2020 September 20

Sunday

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  • It was a great night to sleep with windows and ceiling vents open to let the cool air blow across us.
  • Before getting out of bed this morning, I finished writing and piercing posting a sermon on ArmchairSermons.com and on Cutty’s Non-Denominational Worship Group Facebook page.

Here I am all dressed up for church.

John and Dawn attended with us. We then went home* with them for ham and beans and cornbread muffins. *Home was their trailer at a nearby KOA.

We had a good size group of kids at Cross Tracks Church today.

  • Dawn and John said their goodbyes today. They had planned to go on down to Corpus Christi. However, with the tropical storm/hurricane blowing around in the gulf, they decided to head back north tomorrow morning. They will continue sightseeing along the way.
  • We were in need of Gasoline So, on the way home from J&D i filled Rudolf’s fuel tank at H.E.B.
  • Once home, it took us no time to lay down for a nap.

The remainder of the day was spent in mindless, time sucking drivel on Prime Video and YouTube.

Who can tell me the name of these tiny flowers? They look like miniature lilies.

God bless and g‘day.

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2020 September 18 Home For Good

Friday

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  • Powdered eggs and pancakes from a just-add-water mix. Yes we need some perishable foods. I’ve ordered eggs, milk, bacon, cheese, and a few other items. We’ll get them between 11 & 12 today. Also picking up prescriptions at same time.
  • Ella worked at unpacking, sorting, and finding a place for her clothes that came out of the Iowa RV.
  • I spent the morning combining and repackaging dry goods (flour, sugar, various beans, etc.) This left us with a lot of empty Gladware containers.
  • Together we did dishes. I washed. She dried.

  • We did some traveling today. We started with the 18 mile trip to Wal-Mart for groceries and meds. While there, we got a message that John and Dawn were in Liberty Hill and eating at “Hell or High Water Brewery”, a micro brewery and eatery.
  • As soon as we were done at Wal-Mart, we headed back to our RV.
  • In the meantime, John and Dawn explored some of the slights in Liberty Hill.
  • After they arrived at or trailer, the four of us went to Lampasses. Their navigation system took them on some backroads that I had never seen before.

  • In Lampasses we stopped and got a tour of an apartment.
  • Then we went down to Burnet on the way to the highland lakes area.
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  • From there we headed toward Kingsland, with a stopover at the Llano Slab.
  • We then drove past what is left of Granite Mountain, a solid dome of pink granite.
  • Then through Marble Falls. The falls, for which the town its named, are no longer visible because they are under Lake L.B.J.

God bless and g‘day.

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2020 September 17 2:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m

Traveling Thursday

Welcome, family and friends to our daily journal. Share it with your friends. It is a way of remembrance for us and a point of connection for you.2:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m was all travel time from John’s home in Des Moines to our home in Liberty Hill. There were Potty breaks, gas breaks, and sandwich breaks.

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2020 September 12

Saturday

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We woke after sleeping all night in our recliners. All together a good night. Although I was awakened often by Ella poking me with her finger. She claimed I was snoring.

John, Brandon, and Nathan came in the morning and hauled more stuff to John’s. There it will be loaded into his fifth wheel trailer. I’m beginning to dread going to our Texas home with all of this. Unless we move directly into an apartment, I don’t know where Ella expects everything to fit.

Um, I don’t know. these two.
Krista, Russ, James

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2020 September 11 Patriots Day

Friday Sneezin’ Season

at Linnea & Rob’s in Carlisle

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We left Carlisle in the rain.

Iowa’s state capital building in Des Moines. And it’s still raining.

Lucas state office building which bourse the office of vital records.Which is where we had to go for copies of our birth and marriage records. Those are needed for us to get Texas drivers licenses.Then it was to Village Inn for lunch with no pie. Now that is almost criminal to not eat pie at Village Inn.

  • Roberta and Dani came by for a short visit in the late afternoon.
  • John came and got a pickup load of our stuff. He will start loading it into his fifth wheel trailer. There it’s still more to go.
  • Rob and Linnea came out, bringing the Nyquil and Dayquil that I left in their car. They also took the outdoor bench home with them.
  • I’ll ready for sleep. I’ve taken a dose of Nyquil. Hopefully that will help me find my way to the Land of Nod.
  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 September 08 Rain

Tuesday

at Cutty’s Des Moines campground

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Can you believe these temperatures and the rain?

Arik and Jenny drove us to the bank so that we could close our safe deposit box.Making a list of TO DOs for us to close out the last business before we leave.Rain upon Rain

  • Our nephew Marvin (Keith) called snd then came by to visit for several hours. He has offered to haul away our trash.
  • Today Cutty’s had breakfast at the Clubhouse. Not having transportation, we walked. Our trailer isn’t that far from the clubhouse the walk wasn’t that bad And good for us. We did get to see good friends we might not get to see for maybe the last time.

Lyn surprised us by calling to say sure is working at Cutty’s part time. She came over after 8:30 p.m. and stayed until after 12 a.m.

  • I’m tired. Haven’t proof read, but going to post and go to need
  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 September 05 Traveling

Saturday

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This is the weather forecast we are leaving behind in Texas.

This is the current current weather where we are headed in Iowa.
Up at 3:30 to be ready for Arik and Jenny to, who are driving us to Iowa today.

5 a.m. and we’re on Interstate 35 headed north.
We were following a semi tractor-trailer flatbed that was weaving all over the place it was using all three lanes plus the song thankfully he’s way ahead of us now because he’s also speeding in that big rig.

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15 hours on the road didn’t leave much time for walking.

2020 September 04 Packing

Friday

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Not the prettiest sunrise photo, is it?

  • September 4th! This it’s the time of year when we normally be thinking of packing for our trip from Iowa to Texas. Today, we are packing (lite) to to from Texas to Iowa. We will have time to visit family and friends. HOWEVER, this is a WORKING trip. We need to empty two rented storage units. We will also empty and close our Iowa trailer. The trailer will either move to a new home, to temporary storage, or to salvage.
The evening after I switched the car insurance from Iowa to Texas, I received insurance documents via email. I noticed that it listed the truck as being used from business. I sent an email, to the agent listed on the policy,stating that I only used the truck for personal use.
Today I received another webmail with downloadable documents. As I read through them, I saw that it still said that the truck was used for business. I called the toll free number and, after speaking with the best artificial intelligence phone system I’ve ever encountered, spoke with a live human female who quickly was able to change the truck usage to “commute.” Evidently “personal” isn’t an option.
While I had her on the line, I said, “As I understand it, if the automatic payment is taken directly from the bank account, rather than my bank-card, there is a discount. Correct?” Yes there is and the payment will now come directly from the bank. With those two changes, my payment dropped around $40.
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That it’s the most uninterrupted sleep that I’ve had in a very long time.

2020 August 17

Monday

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  • It was cooler overnight and stayed under 100°, so I’m calling it a win for the day. We could have used some rain but it never materialized. The 10 day forecast shower 0% chance of rain. It also shows highs below the 100° mark for the next 10 days. Yay!

  • Our big adventure for today was Ella going for some lab work. At least it got us out of the house for a little while.
  • Shared from Ella’s Facebook. Author unknown.

    AUGUST 10th 2020 Iowa (& others states in the Midwest) were hit with a storm like no other. Unwarned, unprepared, and left with devastating destruction. And nobody is talking about us. No national news, no press conference, nothing.
    Did you know?
    Today alone Iowa will produce 20 million pounds of pork and 25 million eggs. Just one day we produce that statewide.
    Did you know?
    Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production.
    Producing enough E-85 each year to drive a pick up truck around the earths equator 2.4 million times!
    Did you know?
    Iowa last year alone produced 2.5 billion bushels of corn, 553 million bushels of soybeans, which is more than any other state in the US and more than all but a handful of countries!
    Did you know?
    Iowa produces enough milk to fill 18 billion bowls of cereal totaling in 560 million gallons each year.
    Did you know?
    Over 97 percent of Iowa’s 88,500 farms are family owned!
    Did you know?
    Derecho in Iowa on August 10th 2020 destroyed 10 million acres of crop land!
    Did you know?
    10 million acres is 43 percent.
    Did you know?
    Derecho in Iowa left 1.2 million businesses and homes without power? And going on day five (August 14th) some still have no power!
    Did you know?
    There are linemen from all over the US here in Iowa helping us get power back to families without!
    Did you know?
    Derecho in Iowa on August 10th 2020 created wind speeds of 112 mph!
    Did you know?
    112 mph is considered a category 3 sized hurricane.
    Did you know?
    In a blink of an eye, homes were destroyed, vehicles flattened, sidewalks ripped up, giant trees ripped from their roots deep in the ground, food spoiling in homes without power, people already struggling due to the pandemic. People lost their livelihoods, jobs, animals and some lost their lives. Did you know this?
    If you’re from Iowa you are living it. But if not, you probably are unaware of the devastating destruction.
    Every day Iowa makes a difference for our entire country and nobody is talking about us right now? So many need help and assistance right now. Please share. Please send help to many suffering from a HURRICANE in IOWA.
    ****copied from a friend *****

  • First of all I must thank the unknown person, who originally posted this, for all of the information in the article. Secondly I will say that, since the time of the original post, news has gotten out and much has been done to mitigate some of the storm’s disruption of power and communication.
  • Also I must stress, this wasn’t an Iowa storm, it was a Midwest storm that affected at least 5 states perhaps 9.
  • Ella and I are from Iowa and much of our family and friends are still there and dealing with the aftermath. Yes there is still much to be done. Help, in whatever form you are able to provide, is appreciated. Pray for recovery.

This evening I had a nice, long (over an hour) phone conversation with Adam. I got caught up with their travels over the last month or so. They had gone to Florida and spent a week with the Pfefferkorn family. Then they spent time with Leigha’s family in Bandera, the cowboy capital of Texas. And also on Kerrville.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 August 15

Saturday

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  • “Highest heat index readings up to 105° early before midnight.” What? Daytime high near 105°. Okay, I get that. But 105° heat index at night? How?
  • I just realized that it has been over 5 months of being mostly isolated. 150+ days without gathering for a conversation, meal, and/or games. 5 plus months without a hug from family and friends.
  • Humans, by nature and design, are social creatures. Even the antisocial people are social enough to seek like-minded groups. This it’s why solitary confinement is so feared of a punishment in our penal system.
  • I’m so grateful that Ella and I are in this together. I shudder to think how I would be handling this alone. My heart and prayers go out to some of our elderly friends, who are alone during this time. What is within my power – within your power – to make this easier for others to bear?

  • Once again Ella and I spent time studying and discussing the ideas presented within the covers of this book. There it’s so much, particularly in chapter 14, that begs further thought and discussion. We don’t cover more than a few pages or paragraphs at a time. It really helps to clarify our own understanding about the inspiration out the words I or bible. It is a book that I highly recommend to any thinking person, if you are willing to read it completely.

We were invited to Arik and Jenny’s for supper. While there, we made tentative plans for them to drive us to Iowa in September. It would be for the purpose of getting rid of all of the stuff in our storage units. They would save us some money monthly. They would need to take 5 days off work. It outs a days drive one way. That means we would have only 3 days to clear out years and years of accumulated “stuff”.
Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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