2020 September 24 Fraudulent Charges

Thursday

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  • My VA doctor said that all of my blood work tests were good. However, the A1C results weren’t available. So she wants me to come back in four months.
  • While I was there, I received a flu shot. Not just any flu shot either. No, buddy, this was the flu shot for old people. What do you conspiracy theorists have to say about specific shots for old people?

  • Yesterday we received a collection notice from the above company. They claimed we owed Verizon about $300 from 2018-2019. But that I could settle it for $225.
  • This is odd because our Verizon payments come out automatically. I called Convergent and spoke to Violet. I told her that I did not owe the $300 and would not be sending them $225.
  • This morning we stopped at Verizon, after my doctor visit. The young man there looked at my records. In 17 years I have never missed a payment or been late on a payment.
  • I then called Verizon’s fraud line. I was assured that I owe nothing and that they would take care of it with Convergent.

  • We tried to get our Texas drivers licenses today to avoid waiting until November 2nd when our appointment is. However we couldn’t even get inside the building at Cedar Park without an appointment. So it looks like it’ll be November 2nd before we get her driver’s license in Texas.
  • Apparently Pflugerville is the only location taking walk ins. It’s the same one where our appointment is. We are told the trick is to get there as they open. Only, I can’t get an answer as to when they open.

  • Before we left Cedar Park, I placed a online order for groceries. I was hoping that it would be immediately open. The first open time slot was for 4 to 5. I took it.
  • We then went apartment hunting again. We returned to places that we previously had tried unsuccessfully to get information. Today we got information that they were out of our price range.

  • We stopped at the new Pizza place in Liberty Hill. As I’m not a fan kid cracker line crusts, I ordered the thick crust. I didn’t expect it to be deep dish Chicago style. That is in no way a complaint. It just turned our to be a lot more pizza than expected. I placed the uneaten parts into the freezer. That’s two more meals.

  • This afternoon I received a phone call from Discover card. I was driving and could could not speak with them. They then sent a text message stating that they had refused a $29 charge.
  • Once I was in a parking lot, I called them. A once cent charge had been made and refunded. Apparently this it’s how thieves determine if they can place an actual charge through. They then made a charge at a Target store on California.
  • Ít looked suspicious to Discover so they blocked it. I assured them that I’ve never been to California and haven’t be in a Target for years.
  • I will now be receiving a new Discover card and new account number. But the same credit history.

At a couple minutes past four, our grocery order was loaded into the truck and we were headed home.

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What a good boy I am. INR right where it’s supposed to be.

2020 $eptember 23 Can I trust my watch?

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  • Looked like another cool, moist, overcast day. The air was full of moisture, but it never quite turned into the predicted drizzle.

  • Fried bread, bacon, and egg for breakfast. And we remembered to take our handful of meds also.
  • Ella and I have our birth certificates and marriage license (to prove that Ella is no longer Ella XXXXXXXX, but is now Ella Williams) with these and our truck license information (proof of residence), we can get our drivers licences. That will make us official Texans. Then we can get registered to vote in TEXAS.
  • Also, we’ve been apartment shopping. Along with the ones that Jenny had found on our behalf, hopefully something will open before the snow flys. 😁. 3 apartments we looked at are in Burnet. This is farther from Liberty Hill than we WANT to be. But only half as far as LAMPASAS.
  • Ella also wants everyone to know that she was right and I was wrong: everything we brought from Iowa (excluding what is stored at Arik and Jenny’s) does fit in the shed on our RV SITE.
  • We are muscle sore and bone weary, but we’re alive and kicking — just not kicking very high. Now it’s time to sit in the recliner for a while.
  • Ella posted: I finished getting the things from Iowa stored. We have a large bag to go to Operation Liberty Hill. Tom has a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow. Then we will go and see if we can get drivers licenses. It would be nice to get them before November. We’ve continued to look for apartments but the ads are very misleading. To me cheap is not $1500 or more. Independent living is not assisted living.

  • Somehow I walked over half a mile today. 3,455 steps? Let’s see, I walked to the mailbox to ship my broken phone back to Verizon, or wherever. I really didn’t read anything on the package other than, “postage prepaid if shipped within the United States”.
  • And since I had no reason to hang around the mailboxes, I walked home again. That seemed the reasonable thing to do. That must have been the point six miles. But where that mile came from? I’ve no idea.
  • Our trailer is only thirty five feet long. How many times would I have to go back and forth to walk that mile? But I’m sure that the biometrics in my watch wouldn’t lie to me.
  • It always tells me the correct time — doesn’t it? Every other clock in our home is set by my watch. What if it has been lying to me? What if it has been telling me p.m. time in the a.m.?
  • Well, it’s after eleven — I guess. So I’m going to bed — after I set my alarm, that is. Wish me luck.

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2020 September 22 Doctors Visits

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  • Today appears to be an instant replay of yesterday’s weather. That’s fine. The ground water, area lakes, and stock tanks (ponds) welcome the replenishment.
  • Ella had an appointment with her urologist (she got a good report) and I needed lab work done in preparation for a VA doctor’s visit on Thursday.

The VA clinic has once again changed location and this time it is very close to nearly all of our doctors. That means that while she is at her doctor, I visit the lab.

  • We went looking for apartments again today. I’m beginning to suspect that apartment managers are not only working from home now, but also putting in a two hour work week. Four sites we’ve visited have had the office locked and also appear to be unreachable by phone.
  • On a different tangent, I was ready to lay down in bed and realized the light was still on. Since getting back onto my feet seems to take as much planning as the invasion at Normandy, I stared at the light switch, just beyond my reach. The little lightbulb in my head went on and I devised a plan to extinguish the lightbulb over my head.
  • I grabbed a large. thin, hard bound book from the shelf near the bed. Adding the size of the book to the length of my arm enabled me to just barely reach the light switch. But it was enough. The light went out.
  • Then my bride, from her side of the darkened room asked, “What book was that,?”

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2020 September 21

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  • It was a nice rainy cool morning that stayed a nice rainy cool day.

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  • Travel was the word of the day. In an attempt to receive Ella’s SSA Letter, we drove into town, where we could access a stronger cell signal. For some unknown reason, though we have made three attempts to do this through the website (as I so easily did), each time the message was “unable to complete for this social security number”. The task was eventually done by phone and automaton. In 7 to 10 business days, it will arrive in the mail.
  • It was around 1:30 and I was feeling peckish. I remembered that, though Hobo Junction was closed, The Junction in Bertram was open and they serve the same chicken fried steak. Yum.
  • There were a couple of apartment places in the Liberty Hill area we wanted to check on. The first one had a sign on the office door that said the manager was sick and didn’t know when the office would reopen. A rather pessimistic woman with a walker hinted that she thought that the manager was looking for another job and would never come back.
  • Off we went in search of the next apartment complex. Ella’s phone announced, “You have arrived,” while we were surrounded by nothing other than ranch land.
  • I asked Google to find low rent apartments near Bertram, which is fairly close to where we are living now. The search came up with 3 possibilities. So Off we went.
  • All three were in Burnet, which is about twenty miles from here. We spoke to the manager of two of the complexes. Prices are within our range. No 1 bedroom apartments are available but one 2 bedroom may be opening soon. We took paperwork to complete. There isa $20 filling charge which gets us on the list.
  • 80+ miles and 2+ hours later we returned home.

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2020 September 19

Saturday

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  • Ella’s post: Here I am 7:30 a.m. and awake. I tried to turn off all my morning alarms but somehow I missed one for 7 a.m. we did get a good night’s sleep.

  • We got back home at 6:30 last night and by 7:30 We’re unloaded and in bed. Now today I’ll start unpacking bags and sorting clothes. We had two house of clothing so we didn’t have to carry them back and forth. Now it’s time to combine and get rid of some. Time for work before pleasure.

  • My most time consuming choir chore for today was sorting and combining spices from two homes. That took way more time than paring down underwear and socks to 14 each. The rest will be donated to our local food pantry/thrift store, Operation Liberty Hill.
  • My phone has a broken screen. Interestingly, it cracked under the screen protector and while in a hard sided phone case. It dropped and landed just perfectly on a corner. The impact caused a series of fractures radiating from the corner.
  • With phone in hand (or pocket) we went into the Verizon store. I was told that I needed to go to a website (Asurion) to file an insurance claim.
  • This was new to me. With previous problems, the Verizon staff did all of this for me. Oh well, things change. It was a simple process that ended with me spending$200.00. Why did I have insurance, if I basically ended up buying a rebuilt phone?
  • We also checked into changing phone plans to lower our bill. As it turns out, in 4 months our phones will be paid for and we cram cancel the service on my tablet, without paying a penalty. That will save us about $80 a month.

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2020 September 18 Home For Good

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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.

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2020 September 16 Loading Day

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2020 September 15

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  • Today’s sun looks just like yesterday’s.
  • We were back at Cutty’s about 7:30 this morning. I fixed some bacon and eggs. We ate outside at the picnic table. I gathered limbs and twigs from our site and the neighbor’s and burned them in the outdoor fireplace. Just tidying the yard.

Some friends came by this morning to say goodbye.

  • Keith and Joey are now Cutty’s members. Tom and Ella are not.
  • Joey and Keith now own this trailer. Ella and Tom do not.
  • I may also have found someone to continue the Sunday worship services at Cutty’s next season.
  • Kara came out a short time before we left for Audrie’s.
  • Jason and Audrie invited us for grilled Iowa chops, sweetcorn. and baked potatoes.
  • Audrie drove us back to Linnea’s just before our bedtime.
  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 Monday 14

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Cloudy, foggy in Carlisle this morning, as we were getting ready to go back to Cutty’s. Up at 6:30 and on the road about 7:15. At cutt Cutty’s before 8.

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This is this morning’s sunrise over Iowa. It’s hard to tell if the sun is in clouds, fog, smog, or smoke.

  • I can’t tell what it’s happening with these piles. Larger? Smaller? Or combined?
  • Our great nephew Tyler came out to haul away landscaping blocks. I had them around an outdoor fireplace. John took a load of them earlier. I had two styles, John did not want the second style but Tyler did.
  • Keith brought his fiancee, Joey, offer today. The trailer has been signed over to them. They also have an appointment, for tomorrow, with the Cutty’s sales staff. They understand that the seasonal site does NOT go with the trailer. They’ve also been told that storage sites and seasonal sites have a waiting list.
  • Tomorrow we will relinquish our Cutty’s membership.
  • Ella posted: This has been a very busy trip for us. The crew emptied two storage units in a half day before moving on to the trailer and shed.
    Everything is packed, except for what we need for the last couple of days.

    We’ve gotten rid of our trailer. It will be moving on to other members of our family to enjoy.

    We’ve seen 5 nieces, 3 nephews, 3 children, 3 grand kids, 6 great grandkids, 2 sisters, 1 sister in law and her husband. 1 son and daughter in law brought us north and another daughter joined us here, helping us clean out things.
    We visited with some friends.

    If you got lost in that list, that’s ok, we have felt a little lost a lot of the time.
    Son, John will be carrying more stuff south, Arik and Jenny have already transported some boxes when they went home to Texas.

    We’ve been at Cutty’s today visiting friends and finishing up paper work and more.

    Everything is packed except what when need to eat tomorrow and Wednesday. We have a pile to give away, a pile to give to family and the pile with the last of our stuff.

    Gee, we’re tired.

I will add an amen to that.

  • We went back to Linnea and Rob’s in Carlisle to spend the night.

The sun in the evening looked a lot like the sun in the morning.

  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 September 13

Sunday at Nathan’s

And at Audrie’s

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W

e spent the night at Nathan’s. I got to visit with him and the great grandkids — mostly Henry.

  • Shortly after two, Audrie came after Ella and I. We then went to her house until 7:30 when we were shuffled back to Linnea and Rob’s. I’m becoming discombobulated. Everyone is making plans for us. Without transportation of our own, we are be shuttled around.

  • God bless and g‘day.
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