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”.
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2020 August 13 Weight

Thursday

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  • Looks like we’re in for more heat. It turned out to be a mirror of yesterday. 100° that felt like 110°

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This morning

  • What shall I write about today? How about my weight? Eight years ago I was 12 pound lighter and still over weight. When I graduated from high school I weighed 160 pounds. The WebMD declared that to be at the low end of my ideal weight. When I returned from military service I weighed about 190. I had worked really hard to put on those pounds. I was very muscular and fit at that weight. Soon after that my life, while very hectic, became less active. That’s When those pings that outs worked to gain, called all their friends to come join them. Before I was really aware of it, I was over weight. That was strange to me, because I had always been such a skinny kid that my mental image had not kept up with reality.
  • I remember seen indecent that took place a couple months after getting out of the service. One of my friends said, “I’d like to see you and Merrill wrestle.” To which I replied, “Are you kidding? Look at the size of his arms!” My friend said, “So? Look at the size of your arms.” I was surprised to realize that my arms were at least as big as Merrill’s. I was no longer the skinny kid. I had added muscular bulk that I truly never had taken notice of.
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2020 August 04 Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday

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I think the sun has cleared the horizon but is hidden behind that cloud.

TODAY’S VIDEO

Whooee! Compared to yesterday’s 100° it’s practically chilly at 96°This afternoon when I walked up to get the mail, I was greeted by a very friendly black and white border collie type dog with a frisbee in its mouth. I know the dog and I know the dog loves to retrieve thrown balls, sticks, anything. So, I threw the frisbee. She quickly brought it back. Because it was so heavy, this frisbee is obviously made for dogs. And of course I threw it again. She retrieved it. I threw it again. She retrieve it. I threw it again. She retrieved it. Our neighbor said, “You have got a friend for life.” I wasn’t sure I was going to get away from her, because she wanted to keep playing. But eventually I had to throw the frisbee to her owner, and then pick up my mail and return home. That was my excitement for the day. She looks very much like the dog in this photo.Good night, Sun. Let’s do this again tomorrow.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 01 Changes

Saturday

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It’s hard to believe that it is the 1st of August today. In a normal year we would have been in Iowa for the last 3 months. We would have been spending time with our family and friends up north. And we miss them. However, with the state of the world as it is, we decided to not risk our lives by traveling and being in contact, along the way, with people of unknown health.And even though we’ve remained in Texas during this time, we have mostly been isolated from our family and friends here also. The Corona virus has caused us to make changes and adaptations beyond our norm. We no longer go to senior centers, and clubs that we normally would be attending while we were in Texas.The way we shop has been drastically changed. Instead of going to stores and sorting through the selections, we now purchase online, for pick-up or delivery. Our travel has been shortened to short distances except for an occasional 70 mile drive to recharge the battery in the truck. Even during those times we avoid contact with other human beings.I‘m still hearing people talking about getting back to normal. I do not believe that we will ever return to the way we were doing things just a few months ago. We will adopt a new normal as we go forward during and after this disease has run its course.I relate the changes to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. After that horrible day, things in our world changed forever. To those born after that event, the normal that they grew up with is not the normal that preceded that day. So will our world be changed forever by this disease. Those being born from this date forward will grow in a world markedly different than the world before.We played several rounds of Fast Track today. Then we switched it up and played two rounds of Rummikube. This was the big excitement in our day today.
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2020 July 27

Monday

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Yesterday I woke with an itchy rash on my right hand. This morning it’s slightly swollen and I have this sore on my finger.

Stopping at dollar General for Benadryl and Cortisone salve.

Unique building in Bertrum

Driving through the Texas hill country

Lake LBJ and cactus

TODAY’S VIDEO

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2020 July 23 Prayer Chain

Thursday

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It was a truly lovely sunrise.

We just heard this morning that two of our friends are in need of prayer. Neither of them want their names given because of privacy issues.

Friend one has tested positive for Covid 19. He is asymptomatic. However, before being tested, his daughter and granddaughter had spent the weekend with him. Now all three are quarantined.

Friend two is a dear sweet man who had been suffering for months with disabling gout. When finally persuaded to go to the doctor, it was also discovered that his major arteries are severely blocked. Because of other health issues, including being diabetic, they are unable to operate. The prognosis is he has 6 – 8 months to live.

Please pray for these men and their families. Pray for healing or strength to get through it. Pray that God’s will be done.

For lunch I made creamy potato soup. Watch TODAY’S VIDEO.

THROW BACK THURSDAY

This portion was originally published July 23, 2016,

Which was Christmas in July at Cutty’s Campground in Iowa. “I dressed as Santa so kids could get their photos taken with me.

Even though I have a lighter weight suit for summer use, it was still plenty warm. It’s hard to say who had more fun, the kids or I.

In the evening, I went on three hayrack rides around the park with the kids. I wore red shorts, red t-shirt, the Santa jacket (open), and the Santa hat. We tried singing Christmas songs but the tractor was too loud. We all just waved at the campers as we went past.”

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2020 July 22 ILL WIND

Wednesday

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Too cloudy to see Venus or Mars this morning.The darkness before the dawn.

TODAY’S VIDEO

The tropical depression developing in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine sometime on Wednesday. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer says there are hurricane watches in Florida cities along the Gulf, with the possibility of storm surges and flooding. –NBC News

The first year that we wintered in Texas, they were in a multi-year severe drought. Sitting for coffee with a group of fellow RVers, some snowbirds and some Texans, the topic of the drought was brought up. One of the Texans said, “We need a good hurricane.” I commented that I’d never heard those two words put together before.He explained that a big storm in the gulf could bring much needed rain into Texas. That would make It a “good hurricane.” “It is an I’ll wind that blows no one any good.”*Looking at our futurecast, there may be just such a good hurricane coming. Now I just hope the winds and waves prove to not be destructive elsewhere while bringing moisture our way.God bless and g‘day.

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‘it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good’. This is first recorded in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546:

“As you be muche the worse. and I cast awaie.

An yll wynde, that blowth no man to good, men saie.
Wel (quoth he) euery wind blowth not down the corn
I hope (I saie) good hap [luck] be not all out worn.”

2020 July 21 No Longer Eye to Eye

Tuesday

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Awash in whites, greys, and blue, rises the sun in golden hue. It was a bit of a lyrical morning.For lunch Ella made a chicken and dressing casserole from leftover boasted chicken, stovetop stuffing, and cream of chicken soup.I no longer see eye to eye with my glasses This morning, I called and made an appointment for an eye exam (really, they will check both eyes, but “eyes” exam sounds strange). And then, I hope, new glasses with which to see the world. Not rose colored though. I i eye eye aye aye, grammatical stuttering.For an afternoon treat we drove through DQ. We weren’t alone in choosing this time this activity. It was double hearts (points) day, which may have had some bearing on the decision.The predicted 30% chance for rain never materialized. The forecast high of 88° was surpassed by an actual high of 91°. It was still nice enough to spend a short time sitting out in the afternoon shade.God bless and g‘day.

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2020 July 20 Venus

Monday

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Venus the most feminine of the wanderering stars in the early morning sky. Ain’t she pretty? Our sister planet. But But does she call or write. Nope. She seems so inhospitable that we’d rather visit Mars.Several countries and Elon Musk are planning manned expeditions. But those in the know, know John Carter of America beat them to it two centuries ago.Anyway, isn’t Venus stunning in the pre-dawn sky?

The definition of planet, since the word was coined by the ancient Greeks, has included within its scope a wide range of celestial bodies. Greek astronomers employed the term asteres planetai (ἀστέρες πλανῆται), “wandering stars”, for star-like objects which apparently moved over the sky.

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