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~

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2020 October 08 Hollow Weenies

Thursday

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

October 8, 2012 we were journeying from Iowa to Texas. Here are some very short videos from that day.

https://www.facebook.com/tom.aka.santa/videos/4342096944772/

We left Cutty’s Des Moines campground with our Hitchhiker fifth wheel trailing behind. We c left late enough that we missed the morning rush.

https://www.facebook.com/tom.aka.santa/videos/4342533995698/

It was almost twelve thirty when we stopped at Wendy’s for lunch.

https://www.facebook.com/tom.aka.santa/videos/4342664318956/

When Ella got out of the truck, she exclaimed, “There is a big hole where all those gas pipes are!” My heart stopped and my stomach tightened as I imagined am explosion blowing a hole through the wall. When I saw that I was only missing a plastic vent cover, I was relieved.

https://www.facebook.com/tom.aka.santa/videos/4343176451759/

Driving through Kansas City gives me white knuckles more than any other town I’ve through. That includes New York and Washington DC. So the thought of going through with a trailer — no thank you! Let’s go astound it.

https://www.facebook.com/tom.aka.santa/videos/4343272534161/https://www.facebook.com/tom.aka.santa/videos/4343538260804/

My daughter’s family (Pfefferkorns) live in Miami (Florida).

https://www.facebook.com/tom.aka.santa/videos/4343663503935/

Going 55 on a 75 mph road was just fine by me. I had my home with me do I was in no particular hurry.

  • We have arrived at our winter home, Shady Oaks Riverside Retreat, at about 12:00.

  • The trip down was interesting and we spent nights in several different parks on the way to here.

  • We did not arrive unscathed. Hmm does that mean we’ve been scathed? Now I’m gonna haveta look up ‘scathed’ in the dictionary. Okay now back on topic.

  • We lost the outside vent behind the refrigerator on the way down. We noticed that at our first stop for gasoline. Ella stepped out of the truck and said, “Tom, there is a big hole in the trailer where all the gas stuff is.” That scared the heck out of me until I saw that it was just a missing vent cover. Somewhere along the way, the force of the air blowing into that open space also blew off the top refrigerator vent. (They are both on order at a local RV store)

  • Monday night we spent a free night at a campground that we located by using the book “Free Campgrounds”. There were sites with water and electric. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the site I’d chosen was not one of the ones with water and electric. Oh well! We were only spending the night so that wasn’t a big deal. Most everything we have runs on 12 volts from the ‘house batteries’ or on LP gas. We discovered that the house batteries were weaker than I thought and ran out of power at night. Without the electric power, the furnace would not ignite nor the furnace fan runs. It was a cold, cuddle-up-close sort of night.

  • Tuesday night we spent at outside of Ponca Kansas. We paid $18 although I think that since it was the off season, we might not have had to pay at all. Wednesday morning we were closing up the trailer and getting ready of leave Lake. I had closed the slide out and then realized that the furnace was still running (it had gotten down to the upper 30s over night). The furnace controls are on a wall that is covered when the slide out is brought in. So, that meant I had to send the slide back out. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. In fact, nothing happened except the noise of the hydraulic pump running. The pump is supposed to open the slide, but it didn’t. Nothing to do about it while on the road…so on the road we went.

  • Wednesday night we spent in a state park (sorry, I don’t remember the name at the moment). We had a full hook up site (30 amps). It was $28 per night plus $5 per person per night … $38 for those lacking math skills.

  • Thursday we arrived at “Shady Oaks Riverside RV Retreat” at a few minutes to noon. We were introduced to the park and its rules and then driven around to look at available sites. We chose site 34 and I had Ron park the Hitch Hiker II on that site. The reason I had someone else park the rig was because to get into the site it had to be back down a hill and around a corner into a somewhat tight spot. I’ve been known to take half a dozen tries at a pull through spot.

I plugged in the electricity and attached the water and sewer hoses. Ella hollered from inside the trailer, “How do you turn the electric on?” I told her that it was on. She assured me that it wasn’t. I double checked that the plug was secure and that the switches on the power pedestal were in the on position. Then I checked the Hitch Hiker’s circuit breakers and reset all of them. Nothing worked.

  • We hollered at Ron and he brought his multi-meter to check the circuits. Hot to ground showed we had power. Hot to neutral showed we didn’t. Terry came to help and took the plug apart and said it looked okay.

  • Next he took the pedestal apart to verify that everything was okay in it. Then he opened the circuit breaker covers and checked all of them. He determined that it had to be a broken neutral wire somewhere between the pedestal and the breakers. We manually inspected all twenty five foot of the shore line cord. Then after spending some time trying to figure out the route that the wiring took from the power cord to the breakers, He rechecked the plug. Yep! That’s where the problem was … in the first place checked. The neutral wire had come loose from the terminal. The terminal was rewired and everything worked.

  • With that problem solved, these two men, that I had just met, spent several hours working to get the slide-out problem solved. Ron had the phone number to NuWa (manufacturer of the Hitch Hiker) programmed into his phone along with the name of the service manager. (I’d call that a God Sighting) I called and talked to R.V. (yep! He goes by is initials R. V. and works in one of the largest RV manufacturing plants) He had us check several things to determine if it was and electrical problem (it wasn’t). And then had us switch the hydraulic hoses to see if pushing the “in” button would move the slide out (it didn’t). His conclusion was that it was a bad seal in the pump.

  • Terry had the name and number of a local RV repair and I called. No one was answering which was probably by now an after hours call. The next day a called and spoke with Larry and Ron at Hill Country RV. I was able to order the missing covers for the refrigerator (remember those?). And he is checking on the price and availability of a new pump.

  • Well, that is enough for this posting. I’ll post follow ups later.

—–end of throwback—-

Halloween hollow-weenie

Begin with a hotdog and a large diameter plastic straw.

Slowly insert straw into weenie. Rotating the straw as you push helps.

Slide the straw completely through and tada you have a hollow weenie!

By blowing on the straw, I was able to remove the meat from the center. I grilled it along with the hotdogs. They look like worms, don’t they? Got any ideas for a Halloween food with “worms”?Grilled and filled with mustard or ketchup. If I had cheese in a can, I’ll bet it would work also. Or leave ’em hollow.God bless and g‘day.

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INR 2.7

2020 October 07 Itchy Eyes

Wednesday

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Another glorious day. It reached 87° with a mild breeze. We had the door open most of the day.

  • Itchy eyes, snotting, and sneezing, I may just stay in bed and not participate in today.
  • I did stay on bed until Ella called me down for breakfast. It was around9:30.
  • Immediately after breakfast I took a nap until noon. Thank you antihistamines.
  • Around 1:30 I fixed lunch. It was leftover chicken breast and dressing on a bed of rice with leftover asparagus, and the last two ears of Iowa sweet corn.
  • After lunch we played a couple games of Rummikube.
  • 3:30 came and it was time for another nap.

  • More micro-flowers that we found on our walk to the mailbox.
  • We are hoping for our new drivers licenses and a letter from social security to arrive soon.
  • Another stay at home day, which was well and good since my choices seemed to be (1) sneeze constantly or (2) dose on antihistamines and sleep the day away. Zzzzz

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2020 October 06 Games With Friends

Tuesday

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  • This morning Ella and I discovered that we did not know where the vitamins and supplements, that we purchased yesterday, were. I thought she had put them away. She though I had.
  • Thinking that, possibly, they had not been carried in from the truck, I double checked the truck and found nothing.
  • At this point, I checked yesterday’s receipt. They were not listed. Apparently they had not been added to the original order, but had generated a separate order to be picked up an hour after the main order.
  • After several unsuccessful attempts to phone Wal-Mart, we just went there.

  • Before reaching Wal-Mart, we stopped at Jiffy Lube for an oil change. Rudolf was at the 5,000 mile mark since his last filter and fluids change.
  • Once that was done, we proceeded to Wal-Mart and parked in the pickup area. I got the attention of one of the worker bees. I explained to Dave what had happened. He went through the blue door and returned minutes later with our missing items.

  • At this point, we had forty minutes before we were due at our friends home. Also it was past lunch time. The first attempt was at McDonalds. However, the drive up lane nearly formed a complete circle around the building. We drove on, passing on Bush’s Chicken and landing instead in a stall at Sonics.

We spent the afternoon playing Fast Track with Bill and Karen. The women folk beat us three to one. A lot of conversation ensued. This is the most time we have spent with anyone outside of family in eight months. It was fun and good for our souls.The setting sun peering through a live oak.God bless and g‘day.

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2020 October 05 Sneezin’ Season

Monday

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This kinda reminds me of a crucifix.

  • Absolutely my least favorite thing about living in an RV is dumping the holding tanks. It is not as bad as when we traveled with the trailer. Because, then, I had to get the sewer hose from its storage area, attach it to the trailer’s outlet port, and drop the other end into the sewer. After the tanks were empty, I then had to clean the hose inside and out before storing it away.
  • Since we no light travel with the RV, it stays hooked to the sewer. That does NOT mean that the valves are left open and everything goes directly down the sewer.
  • The pooh has to remain in suspension in the holding tank, otherwise the paper and excrement would form a little brown mountain directly beneath the stool. Therefore the vale must remain closed until the more or less emulsified waste can be emptied from the holding tank.
  • That’s more than most of you wanted to know, isn’t it? But, hopefully, it will be information that some new RVer needs to know.

Our yard is full of micro-flowers all smaller than a dime. I found that these Synderella flowers are part of the sunflower family.

  • For breakfast I had meds and supplements, bacon, egg and toast. Boy, am I full! I need to start adding mega doses of vitamins C before the Santa season begins in November.
  • The bright pink pill at the top is an antihistamine. I woke this morning sneezing and snotting. Ít is not the most pleasant way to wake. During the time of Covid, sneezing in public will nearly get you hanged

Ella ordered a prescription for pickup. Since I’m loath to burn that much gasoline for an item the cost only a few dollars, I quickly made a grocery list and sent it to Wal-Mart for pick up this afternoon. Once I received confirmation that my order was ready, we went into town. We stopped first for the pharmacy pickup. Once we had that, we collected our groceries and headed home..God bless and g‘day.

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2020 October 03 WE HAVEN’T DONE A BLOODY THING ALL DAY.

Saturday

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What a beautiful starburst as Sol bested the treeline. It was nice to see a corona that had nothing to do with viruses.

I fixed homemade potato chowder for lunch.

“We’re so sorry, Uncle Albert

But WE HAVEN’T DONE A BLOODY THING ALL DAY.

We’re so sorry, Uncle Albert,

the kettle’s on the boil

And we’re so easily called away.”

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2020 October 01

Throwback Thursday

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It topped out at 87° around two in the afternoon.

I shut the fan down that stands at the foot of our bed this morning. It was differently cool enough with the cross breeze between the window on Ella’s side of the bed and the window on my side of the bed. Do not read that as a complaint.

This shot of the sun before it crested the top of the trees.

This morning we donated clothing, plastic bags, egg cartons, and miscellaneous items to Operation Liberty Hill. OLH is a combination thrift store and food pantry. It is a Godsend for people in the area who are in need.

We were down to a quarter tank of gasoline. So we stopped and “fed” Rudolf the red nosed pickup

Rudolf’s “check oil level” light came on so we pulled into jiffy lube. They were busy and I chose not to stay. I added a quart myself.

We had time before our Wal-Mart order was ready. So we drove to Lakeline Mall. I was curious as to what shape it was in since the CORONA pandemic. There were very few people in the mall. A full third either didn’t wear a mask or wore it over their mouth only. I find this worrisome, as I’ll be sitting in Santa’s big chair in a month and a half.

Our scheduled pickup time was two to three o’clock. We were actually on the way home with our groceries before two o’clock. You’ve got to hand it to Wal-Mart, they have this system down pat.

We received one of the two books that I ordered for Pastor Michelle’s Sunday night study group. I’ve just started reading it, so I’ll withhold a critic.

Throwback Thursday

The following is a post from 1st 2018

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  • (((2018 October 01 Monday leaving Perry, Oklahoma and ended in Austin Texas

  • 68° and sunshine. To start. And reached 83° somewhere along the route.

  • Crossed over into Texas at 11:10 a.m.

  • We stopped in Waco to visit with Larraine. We visited, she feed us and sent us on our way well gifted with canned goods. We will restock our shelves and donate the rest, probably to Operation Liberty Hill.

  • Dairy Queen opened a store in Liberty Hill while we were away. So it was only polite to stop in and say howdy and sample their wares

  • Arriving at the Stocktank RV park around five, we found the ground where it RV is stored to be very wet. We also found the spot to which we will move it to be very wet. As a matter of fact I got stuck and couldn’t get the truck out. Fortunately they are nice folks at the park who are willing to help. All it took was a one ton, four wheel drive truck and a lot chain to set us free.i decided against trying to move the trailer.

  • We checked in with Leigha and Adam. It was a sad day for them. Dude, their thirteen year old dog, had passed away.

  • We called Jenny and asked if we could crash there for the night. She said yes and we are.

  • G’nite y’all!)))

End of post from 2018

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Sunset October 01, 2020

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