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.

  • God bless and g‘day.
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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.

  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 October 15

Thursday

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It was more than hazy. It was overcast and cloudy at day’s start. The sun only peeked through a couple of times today. But It was enough to reach 84°

  • For breakfast I made French toast with pumpkin pie spice. I didn’t use this spice because it’s October and you can buy almost anything flavored with pumpkin spices. I used it because I always use it in French toast.

  • Today’s study of “A DISCIPLE’S PATH” asked, Think of one of the most hotly contested issues of the day as it relates to Christianity. Write below how you feel about it and why:
  • Certainly the acceptance or rejection of homosexuality is being hotly debated in our culture, communities, and churches. Take as evidence the pending separation or dissolution of the United Methodist Church.
  • A little over a year ago, Pastor John Saint’s sermon caused a major rift in our own congregation at Cross Tracks Church.
  • I wasn’t here to hear it. (I was preaching my last sermon in Iowa that Sunday), but what I heard others say was that this congregation was going to embrace homosexuals in the congregation and positions of authority, and if you didn’t accept it, leave.
  • This was upsetting to the point that some families did leave. John went through training and counseling and left (or was asked to leave) this appointment. As I understand it, he is currently on a sabbatical from the ministry.
  • Personally, I see nothing in the 10 Commandments pro or con on the subject. Since these are the only words directly written by or dictated by God. I have to think that it wasn’t of importance to Him.
  • As to those who quote from the law of Moses, unless they also live by the other 612 Mosaic laws it seems hypocritical to nitpick on those few to the disregard of the others.
  • As to my personal view, I don’t understand why a man would want to be with another man. However, at the same time, I’m not sure why women want to be with a man.
  • I’ve known and befriended gay men and woman who in every other aspect are no different than people in general.
  • As my default setting, i try to love as Jesus loves – unconditionally.
  • Everyone will stand before the Lord and give an account of their lives. I believe all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but those who confess with their lips and believe in their hearts that Jesus is Lord will be saved.

  • Salmon patties were what I fixed for lunch. I usually add crushed crackers to these. However, I had none. I crushed Cheerios using the mortar and pestle I added some spices but I forgot to add egg. Then I baked them in muffin cups. Not surprising, they kinda fell apart. Still tasted good.
  • Eating salmon is something I do very-very rarely because it can cause the gout to flare up. That’s something I can do without.
  • From MAYOCLINIC.ORG “Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It’s characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.

  • An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it may seem intolerable.”

  • Amen to that. That describes exactly my first attack. I woke and pulled the sheet across my big toe. I have had multiple broken bones and a heart attack. Other than a kidney stone, I’ve never felt pain more severe than the gout.

  • Speaking of pain, Ella and I walked to the mailbox and back, this afternoon. No, Ella was not the pain and neither was the walk – mostly. The VA sent a shipment of pain pills.

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2020 October 14

Wednesday

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  • The big nine oh for today’s high. Two days from now the predicted high is sixty seven.
  • Looks like the temperature is rising ,(today anyway).

🎶Lord almighty

I feel my temperature rising
Higher higher
It’s burning through to my soul
Girl, girl, girl, girl,
You gonna set me on fire, mmh
My brain is flaming
I don’t know which way to go, yeah. 🎶 – Elvis Presley
Songwriters: Dennis Linde, Burning Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
  • Yeah, that’s how my mind, so easily, goes off into tangents. One of our former pastors referred to those as “chasing bunnys”.

  • This photo doesn’t do justice to the brightness which has chased the sliver of moon and one lone morning star (Venus) from the sky.
  • The ancient Greeks believed that were two objects, a morning star and an evening star. The morning star named Phosphoros, which means the bringer of light. The evening star was known as Hesperos, meaning star of the evening”. However, both of those “stars” are actually the planet Venus.
  • Were you aware that Venus was both the morning and evening star?
  • We hear so much now days about a manned settlement on Mars within the lifetime of people living today. But less less said about our twin planet, Venus.
  • If the sun were much dimmer in the past (as some believe), it may have been even more Earth’s twin with vast amounts of surface waters.
  • Imagine a system with two, truly habitable worlds. That my friends makes for good science fiction.

  • I made a breakfast casserole this morning. I had a butt-end of frozen ham that I shredded, and likewise a potato. A smallish scoop of pancake mix, three heaping spoons of oatmeal, four eggs, and enough water to make a batter. Baked at 350° for about 20 minutes. Topped it with sliced cheese.
  • Ella pronounced it, “Good.” So I declare it a successful food experiment.
  • Go, play with your food!

  • We are in week 2 of our study of “A Disciple’s Path”, which studies and practices the forms of prayer. So when the daily devotion from the “Upper Room” today spoke about taking time to really listen to God, it was in complete collaboration with the other study ŵe are doing.
  • “Peace be still”, in my case, means “shut up and listen!”

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2020 October 13

Tuesday

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  • Pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday. Now there is a term that is several generations out of date. Is there anyone who still uses actual carbon paper?
  • Sorry kids but you won’t understand the rest of this section, so you might want to skip ahead to the next bullet point. One of my duties in the military was to type (yes an actual typewriter – manually – not electric. >>I told you kids to skip ahead. Go<<) These documents that I typed had to have seven copies. Once they were typed and secured in a safe, the Lieutenant and I took the carbon papers and the typewriter ribbons to the motorpool and burned them.

  • Yep, the sun came up again! Or more correctly, our portion of the earth rotated to face the sun again!
  • The celestial mechanics appear to be unaffected by what plagues humankind.

  • Ella enjoying the early morning sunshine from our porch.
  • While she was admiring the vibrant greens and gilded yellows, I hash browned potatoes and fried bacon.

  • Ella had made a10:30 appointment at an apartment complex. For what? I’m not sure. Apparently for the manager to tell is we are number 136th on the list.

We stood on line to vote. However, when we got in, they couldn’t find us in the system (yet). So we will return in one week, and try again. Come on yard signs, you’ve got another week to sway me to one side or the other. I wish it was possible to vote a straight ticket for “None Of The Above.”

Since we were out and about on a gorgeous day, and because we’ve made a lot of short trips (which don’t allow the battery to recharge), we took a long aimless meandering drive.

This isn’t exactly a micro flower. However, it it’s a small new growth. I hope you’ll forgive me for not useing my hand as a size reference – just this one time.

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2020 October 12

Sunday

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  • I received a text message that my prescriptions were ready for pick up.
  • I needed to fill Rudolf the red nose pickup’s tank. We stopped at QuikTrip on the way to Wal-Mart.
  • On the way home we stopped at Dollar General for milk and bread. I also purchased candy for the church’s Trick or Trunk evening.
  • Not feeling up to cooking or eating, we had baked (microwaved) potatoes with bacon, cheese, and sour cream. A small can of crushed pineapple for dessert.
  • I always suspect that crushed crushed pineapple it’s what they clean off of the conveyer belt after processing sliced pineapple.
  • I’m sneezing and snotting again. My sinuses are all stuffed up. I tried to do some bible study but my mind is full off cotton cotton and cobwebs.
  • I took a long long nap.
  • Looking back at my day, I created the meme below.

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2020 October 11

Sunday

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. It reached 96° this afternoon and was still nearly 90° at 10 o’clock.Another micro flower. Some call it Fogfruit rather than Frogfruit. Either way it’s a strange name for this tiny little flora. Do frogs eat its fruit? The lanceleaf portion of the name is a reasonable description for the long pointed leaves. Though considering their diminutive size, perhaps daggerleaf would have been more apropos.A Frogfoot eater? This happy little snail better find a moist, shady place before the sun comes out of the mists.We went to church at church today. Ella had a message she wanted to give. However, she was not allowed to add something at the last minute. Perhaps she can get on the agenda for next week.Tonight was our first “real” class on our discipleship journey. Last week was more like a coffee get together, without the coffee. We had some good discussion, though some of the tangents wandered far a field. I look forward to the next five weeks. It’ll finish just before I begin my Santa time.God bless and g‘day.

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2020 October 09

Friday

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  • Distant fog obscured the hills this morning and left the sky a shade of white trending toward grey.

There was a brief but might rain come through around 11:30 a.m. However, it must have had an appointment elsewhere, for it tarried not.

Ella re-posted from Lorelai’s mother:

Almost 2 years ago our sweet little Lorelai, (great granddaughter) who already had so much going on health-wise with diabetes, started getting chest pains. It took a few months to figure out she had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. We tried a medication for awhile but inevitably decided on surgery. Last August we took her to Iowa City to the University Of Iowa (I can not say enough good things about her Cardiologist & Staff there – they were absolutely wonderful!) for heart surgery to correct the tachycardia.

Today she had her one year follow up. We are happy to report that she has been released from the care of the cardiologist. She does not have WPW syndrome any more and the surgery was successful!

Seems weird to announce a year later but, if the surgery didn’t take, she would have had symptoms again within the first year post surgery. We are so so so very happy with this news!

Praise God! It is so good to have uplifting news Thank You Father for the healing of Lorelai. We give You all the honor and glory. ~Amen~

God bless and g‘day.

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