2020 October 31 Hallowed Saints Eve

Saturday

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  • The second full moon in a month is known as a blue moon. It has nothing to do with the color, though my early morning photo looks a little blue.
  • On another note (pun intended) I always enjoyed the song “Blue Moon” especially the final 🎶blue moon🎶.

Blue Moon – Song by The Marcels

Songwriters: Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers
Blue Moon lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

  • As the moon fled the sky, the sun burst forth in all of its radiant glory. After another chilled night, the warmth was most welcome.
  • Everything was coated with dew that looked for all the world like frost. Central Texas is not quite ready for Jack Frost to paint the world in sparkling crystalline white.

  • This morning we drove to Adam and Leigha’s so that they could sit in on a virtual visit from Paula from Humana. It was very informative and presented in a way that we (think) we understood.
  • There was a break for pizza so I told Paula I would look over the information about a plan for me, since I am a veteran.

As we were leaning A&L’s we stripped to fill up on gasoline at 1.599 / gallon. Thank you QuikTrip.

  • Stopping at Dollar General for a couple of items. But it was too crowded for my comfort. So we left and came home.
  • At six o’clock we attended a virtual wedding that took place in Iowa. Our great granddaughters’ mother was married in an outdoor Halloween.themed wedding. It appeared to be nice weather for it.

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2020 October 30 Shabbat Shalom

Friday

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  • Cool but sunny. I’ll take it.

Okay, I’ll admit to a little OCD. I always try to leave a balanced pattern in the carton.

Why make a lot of small pancakes when one large is easier?

  • Our outing for the day started with retrieving Ella’s repaired boots.

Then a stop at the pharmacy for prescriptions.

Once home I replaced a sewer hose that head developed a leak.

A large bag of aluminum cans, that we forgot to take the last time we went to the metal reclamation center, was loaded into the back of the truck. This Sunday afternoon is the designated time for people to drop food pantry donations and aluminum cans.

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2020 October 29

Thursday

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  • Wind is the big news this morning. It was the wind which woke me this morning. 40 mile per hour gusts had us rocking.

There were a few pinkish clouds before sunrise. But they were gone once the sun arrived. Throughout the day, passing clouds would obscure the sun’s face for short periods.

THROWBACK THURSDAY

  • Nine years ago today we were preparing for winter. We were on three clubhouse at Cutty’s Campground in Des Moines, Iowa. The fall leaves were in full color and reflecting prettily on the lake. We had already had a hard freeze, so the leaves were beginning to fall from the yes..
  • We had prepared our camper for the cold months ahead. I had skirted the base of the trailer with 3/4″ aluminum clad foam board. Plastic heat-shrink had been applied to all of the windows. The water holding tank was full and the water-hose disconnected from the hydrant and drained.
  • Two 100 pound LP tanks had been installed. Low wattage heat sources were under the trailer (to keep pipes from freezing) and behind the RV refrigerator )so that it would have enough heat to operate when the temperature dropped below zero).
  • Several weeks worth of food and supplies were laid in incase we were snowed in.
  • The truck and van were full of ethanol blended gas to prevent gasoline freeze. And fresh antifreeze was in their radiators. Each carried jumper cables in case of a drained battery. Each also had blankets, candles, and candy bars incase we became stranded on the road.
  • Winters in Iowa could become deadly. Falls and hypothermia were only the most obvious dangers. Many people suffer from heart attacks and snow blower accident every winter.
  • Now, any question about why we started coming to Texas during the winter eight years ago?

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2020 October 28

Wednesday

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  • There is no morning sky photograph this morning. I just couldn’t bring myself to share another bleak grey-white picture.
  • Slowly, I slid from beneath the nice warm comforter and made my way to the bathroom. Then I stood on the scale and once more realized that I’ve reached a state of equilibrium. I’ve neither gained nor lost weight.
  • Next it was to the kitchen to start the coffee. I also cut some potatoes into bite size chunks. They were tossed into the Instapot with salt, pepper, oil, a two slices of thick cut bacon. It is an experiment. Pressure cooking for 25 minutes.
  • With that all accomplished, I slid back into bed and under the still warm comforter to await the appliances finishing breakfast.
  • While laying in bed I read a daily devotion out loud for Ella’s benefit as well as my own

  • After a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, wonderfully soft potatoes, and interestingly (yes let’s call it interesting) soft-fall-apart bacon; we read our second daily devotion. Then we played Fast Track. Ella won 2 to 3.
  • After checking the bank account, I placed our grocery order. We are scheduled to phot pick up between 2-3.
  • Just prior to noon, the sun began to shine. It was 44° at that point with a “feels like” of 38°. It eventually topped out at 56°.

Arrived at Wal-Mart at 2:25 and were loaded and on our way in about 10-15 minutes. It took me a little longer to unload the groceries once we were home.

On the way home we stopped at Dollar General for earbuds.

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    A little over 3 hours? Let’s try that againFive+ hours in addition to the other three. Now we’re talkin’.

    2020 October 27

    Tuesday

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    It was right down chilly this morning. Weatherbug reports that the average temperatures for today are high of 76° and low of 56°. We are really skewing that average today.

    .The heater in the electric fireplace and the heavy comforter on the bed kept us snuggly warm all night.Laundry ready to go to Leigha’s where it will be waned and dried while we participate in The Connected Senior Care Advantage Virtual Medicare Shop and Compare Event“.We went, we washed, and we watched – for the first 90 minutes. But it slowly dawned on me that I didn’t understand it anymore when someone else read it to me than it did when I read it to myself. I think that these Medicare insurance providers need to hire political speech writers. Them I understand why I should vote for their person and not that other lowlife that is running against them. Maybe that would help me decide what insurance to vote for.

    • God bless and g‘day.
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    2020 October 26

    Monday

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    • Yesterday, in the gloom of the morning, I removed the reflecting bubblewrap type insulation from two of our westward facing windows. Windows and door were open and it was very comfortable.
    • About four o’clock we left to go to the Trunk or Treat event at Cross Tracks Church.
    • With the door shut, and the afternoon sun streaming through those windows, it was very warm when we returned home after seven o’clock.
    • It was still very warm by the time we went to bed last night. I was having trouble going to sleep, so I turned the air conditioning on. It didn’t run long the air through the open windows was cool enough.
    • About 11 a.m. it was 52°and breezy. We had the door open and blanket throws over us in our chairs.
    • Since it was so cool, I baked blueberry muffins to go with breakfast. I don’t want to run the oven when it is hot out.

    Before 1:30 the thermometer had lost ground – not good if it’s going to make it to the predicted 73°. I closed the door and one window.By four o’clock it had dropped to 44 that felt like 39°. That’s when I decided to plug in the heated water hose that brings water to the RV. I also started the electric fireplace. I came to realize that the 73° high for the day was at one minute past midnight VERY early this morning.Niece Kara called this morning (from Iowa) to say she had spent the night in her new (to her) travel trailer. She needs to get insulated skirting around the base of the trailer. But it keeps snowing. They have had 3 snow events, including a snow squall, so far this year in October.Sorry that this part is all about the weather.

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    2020 October 24

    Saturday

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    Forty eight degrees is darn good snuggling weather. I got up. Started coffee. Looked outside. Went back to the bed.

    Weather prognosticators say the sky will clear this afternoon.

    • “Two mowers and two weed eaters were delightful sounds early in the morning,” Tom said sarcastically.
    • I try to rake stones, pingpong ball size or larger, out of the mowed area, so that the mowers won’t hit them. I must have missed one ’cause the mower flung something at the trailer with a loud thump.

    • The goat pen grass always looks so nice. Instead of hiring men and machines, couldn’t we just let the goats run free like they used to do? They are right amiable critters, always wanting their heads scratched and back petted. The goats, not the men. “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” – Lamont Cranston
    • Late afternoon, w went to Cross Tracks Church to stuff trick or treat bags with odd things like pencils, book markers, stickers, and cheap tiny gummy looking toys. This ALL seemed inappropriate for preschoolers, but that is what the preschool director chose. We also added some small candies that were not part of what we were supposed to stuff.

    God bless and g‘day.

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    2020 October 24 Gray Day

    Friday

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    A dark morning with little hope that it will become brighter.

    • Cowboy boots are newly resoled, reheeled, polished, and buffed. Thanks the the Austin Boot Hospital. I’m not kidding. That really is the name of the shoe repair.
    • Repaired just in time for Santa to make an appearance at Trunk or Treat this coming Sunday.
    • While we were there, Ella left two pair of her boots too be reheeled.

    • On the way home, stopped at Wal-Mart for hearing aid batteries. I also bought more candy to give away at the Trunk or Treat.
    • We will not be decorating our truck. Some of our friends will let Santa and Mrs. Claus use their shiny red truck during the event.

    The wind shifted from south to north, became gutsy, chilly, and brought some rain. As you can see, the clouds were dark and low.Not a lot of rain fell. Though it fell hard and fat while it lasted. The temperature dropped quickly.It was down to 51° by ten o’clock tonight. It ís also forecast to be 48° by morning. We turned on the electric fireplace and added a quilt top to the bed tonight.God bless and g‘day.

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    2020 October 22

    Thursday

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    Though the clouds persisted throughout the day, it still reached 86° this afternoon.

    • Moments later, the sun was completely obscured by clouds.
    • Cloudy day chasing the sun away.

    🎶With the way you’re feeling today
    You’re cloudy and gray
    OK now you’ll take today
    To try and chase it away
    Hey! You’re chasing the sun away
    Hey! You’re chasing the sun 🎶

    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    • “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity ”

    ….. Henry Van Dyke
    • A long day with little effort and smaller reward. We are caught in the doldrums. We need some direction, some activity, some direction, and distraction. There memory is the first thing to go. I don’t remember what the second thing is.

    God bless and g‘day.

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    2020 October 21

    Wednesday

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    • We missed all twenty of the percents for rain. Nary a drop of rain fell anywhere near us.
    • On a side note: we’ve talked with family and friends in Iowa who’ve had been dealing with copious snowfalls and snow squalls. As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”
    • Oh wait. Did I mention it reached 85° today?

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    Around 10 a.m. I thought we might see some rain. Nope. Not here.

    • It has been a while since we have played Fast Track. We played 3or 4 rounds.
    • Both of us worked on our Disciples workbook this morning and/or afternoon.
    • I also began preparing a sermon, just-in-case I’m asked to preach somewhere.

    God bless and g‘day.

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