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.

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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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2020 October 20

Tuesday

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Exodus 19:16 And now, the third day arrived and the morning dawned. And behold, thunders began to be heard, and also lightning flashed, and a very dense cloud covered the mountain, and the noise of the trumpet resounded vehemently. And the people who were in the camp were fearful. No, really, today there was no lightening and thunder nor trumpet sounding. Just a dark cloud over the town of Liberty Hill. We had a couple of 3 minute rain showers between 9:27 & 9:43 this morning. Done. It was not the coming of the Lord — not this time.

66 Days until Christmas. 31 days until Santa arrives at Lakeline Mall. Wear your masks and come get a photo taken. It’s going you be an interesting season.

Today I voted. Ella also voted. However, it was provisional. Her voter registration is not yet in the system. She voted but her ballot was sealed in seen envelope along with a card with her name and information. On election day, the envelope will be opened and they will check to see if she is in the system. If she is, the ballot will be counted. If she isn’t, it will not be counted.

We also went to the Blood Bank to make a donation. No. Not blood. We donated all of the pull-tabs from aluminum cans, that the Grandies have been collecting.

Dollar General was right next door, so we purchased some candy for the Trunk or Treat at Cross Tracks Church October 25th 5 to 7pm.

God bless and g‘day.

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2020 October 19

Monday

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  • There was no sunrise today. I could have posted a photo of a light gray overcast sky. But thought better of it.
  • I think Weatherbug is having a little schizophrenic episode today. Notice that in one place it predicted today’s high in “the upper 70s”. Then in another the forecast high is “83°”. Maybe they are just covering the spread.
  • >>UPDATE<< it reached 86° about 3:30. That is kind of amazing considering that we never saw the sun for more than a few minutes at a time.
  • I slept in today. I didn’t roll it of bed until after eight o’clock, but still omit slept a little over six hours.

Amazon delivered my bottle of “Instant Spitshine” boot polish this morning. I polished my Santa boots with it. I have to say I’m underwhelmed. I was expecting a high gloss Patent leather look. It looks just like regular Kiwi liquid wax.

  • Nierembergia is the micro flower for today. Its common name is cupflower. It is a genus of plants in the nightshade family. There are more than 90 genera and nearly 3,000 species in this family.
  • When I hear the name Nightshade, I immediately think of deadly nightshade or belladonna. However, here are plants within that family that are eaten worldwide: eggplant, paprika, chile pepper, potato, tomato, and petunia.
  • Okay petunia is normally not considered a food plant, but I’ve been known to add them to salads.
  • Oh yes, another plant in that family – tobacco.

  • Another note, even though potatoes and tomatoes are in the same family, the potato fruit (not the tuber) which looks very much like a tomato is poisonous.

  • On our walk back from checking the mailbox, I found another member of the nightshade family. Solanum Rostatum, often called Buffalo Bur.
  • I like to have my hand in the photo so it is easier to judge the flower’s size. This little plant has plenty of sharp spines to discourage such familiarity.

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2020 October 18

Sunday

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  • We attended Cross Tracks Church today. It was not our original intent to do in person worship today. However, we listened to an online services from another church early this morning. Part of that sermon was Ephesians 4:15-16 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. The two underlined sections seemed to say to us, you have to be there to be part of the congregation.
  • And then pastor Michelle’s sermon was based on Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Okay, we can take a hint.
  • In the evening we had our Disciples class.
  • Between times, we napped, or filled the time with mindless pursuits
  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 October 17

Saturday

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Normally our breezes here run 5-10mph. So today is breezier with some real winds at 25mph.

  • It was a but chilly this morning, but we opened the door anyway. We just dressed warmer. It’s so nice to have fresh air and to be able to watch what is going on outside.
  • Too long this summer, we sat in front of an air conditioner with the windows covered in sun reflecting insulation. Ella raids she felt as though we were living in a cave. We had plenty of L.E.D. lights on, so it wasn’t dark, it was just that closed in feeling.

Sol has gone away. Ain’t no sunshine when he’s gone. Duh!🎶Ain’t no sunshine when (s)he’s gone
It’s not warm when (s)he’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when (s)he’s gone
And (s)he’s always gone too long
Anytime (s)he goes away. 🎶

Songwriters: Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

  • We had plans to go to Arik and Jenny’s today. Adam and Leigha were also going to be there. However, Jenny sent is a text message saying, “I was in staffing for a very critical covid positive patient thursday. I was in all proper ppe but wanted y’all to be aware in case you didn’t want to come over today. … Happy to still have you over but wanted you to know about that and exposure and let you decide.”
  • We replied, ‘I believe we will err on the side of caution and stay home – or maybe buy groceries.
  • So I ordered groceries for pickup at three o’clock.

  • Spaghetti was our lunch meal. I heated water in the Instapot for the noodles. At the sometime I heated the sauce by setting a pan on a trivet in the water. The pan is actually a steamer basket lined with foil, because I had no pans of that size.

  • After a quick cleanup of the dishes, it was time to head to Wal-Mart.
  • I hardly had the truck doors open before the groceries arrived.

  • The remainder of the day was spent reading, studying, writing, and watching TV (Amazon Prime) and YouTube.

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