2019 October 14 Monday

2019 October 14 Monday (Columbus Day) in Liberty Hill, Texas

65° with complete cloud cover. It reached 85° still mostly cloudy.

It was a good day to sleep in. Being Columbus Day, the senior center was closed. That meant that there was no place to go. Since we got out of bed late, I fixed a larger than normal breakfast. I halved a slice of cornbread (top from bottom) and fried it in some butter until golden brown. I also made some French toast using some rather dry sourdough bread. Scrambled eggs and crisp bacon finished the meal.

This evening we have a potluck to attend, which will be our large meal for the day. So Ella is making bread pudding to take.

Not wanting to heat the inside of our home anymore than it already is (85°), I brought the convection oven outside under the awning.

In October 2012 we were at Shady Oaks Riverside Retreat in the beautiful highland lakes area of the Texas hill country. We arrived there minus the plastic grill outside and behind the refrigerator as well as the cover from the refrigerator’s roof vent. Also the shore power cord had a burnt wire in the plug. Next the slideout would not slide out. The good news was, we arrived with several hundred green tomatoes that would slowly ripen over the next few months. When spring came, we took the Hitchhiker to the factory in Chanute Kansas for repair.

The following October we were at Rio Bonito RV Park just a few miles northeast of Liberty Hill, Texas. We arrived once again pulling the Hitchhiker behind us. Our navigator on the phone directed us down a narrow country road that had a hairpin turn on a tiny bridge with no railings. We arrived at the park, coming from the direction that no one else had ever used. Of course we soon learned the shorter, simpler, and much easier route in and out of the park.

In 2014 we were staying at Stocktank RV park for the first time. We have been here every year since then, although not on the same site each time. In 2018 we were assigned our present site. We like it. So, we keep our unit on this site year around now.

The Emmaus meeting was at the First United Methodist Church in Burnet (18 miles from home). The potluck was at 6 with the meeting at 7.

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Day 14 in our Texas home.

2019 October 13 Sunday

2019 October 13 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Any question as to why we spend more time in Texas than Iowa?God bless and g’nite

Pastor John Saint’s sermon, “The Tenth Leper”.

On the way home from worship, I stopped at Parker’s and purchased a couple pounds of ground Chuck and some sour cream.

For lunch I made some hamburger patties on the George Forman Grill. This is our 2nd grill of the same modle. We liked the first one so much lunch that, when I saw this one in a rummage sale for $5, I quickly bought it. I was surprised that it had all of the grill plates, waffle plates, and griddle plate. Most of my cooking is done between the GF Grill and the instapot.

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2019 October 12 Saturday

2019 October 12 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

49° overnight with a mostly overcast sky. It rose to 71° under a mostly cloudy sky.

Before bedtime, I turned the fireplace off and one of the milkhouse heaters on to a low setting. When I woke this morning, it was 66°, which is about ideal sleeping temperature. And so we slept in.

Sometime before 8 I got up and fixed oatmeal with raisins, and coffee. Then went back to be bed until Ella as ready to get up.

Jardin Corona for lunch

Pinto beans and cornbread for supper.

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2019 October 11 Friday

2019 October 11 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

What a difference a day makes. 50 degrees cooler and rain!

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The Leander senior center wasn’t very busy today. Ella and I are alone almost all morning. Just before lunch, another half dozen people arrived.

We ate and then left for Ella’s ENT appointment. You remember, the one we stopped on Tuesday the 8th to verify the appointment. We were told today that, not only that she doesn’t have an appointment, but that the doctor isn’t in the office on Fridays. !!!??? She set ash ask appointment for next week.

We came home, started the electric fireplace, stretched out in the recliners with warm throw blankets over our legs.

Eventually I assembled some potato-corn chowder in the Instapot. While we waited for the 4 minute pressure cook time,we played Fast Track.

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Day 10 in our Texas home.

2019 October 09 Wednesday

2019 October 09 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

61° and overcast that became mostly clear and 89°.

Before we left for Grandies this morning, I put some chicken thighs and Stovetop dressing in the Instapot on slow cook. After the meeting we played canasta.We were home by noon and the stuff in the Instapot was done. All I had to do for lunch was microwave some peas and open a can of peach slices.

Outside temperature

Inside temperature was too hot to do anything and too uncomfortable to nap. I sat outside under the awning where it felt cooler. The winds of 15 to 25 mph were welcome.

Cross Tracks Church Choir practice tonight was a cool relief for us because the chapel is air conditioned. When we returned home it had dropped to 88° inside and 85° outside.

The sunset happened before we came out from choir practice. However I captured the almost-full moon.

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Day 8 in our Texas home.

2019 October 10 Thursday

2019 October 10 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

76° and foggy/hazy that broke th through about 9:30 became mostly clear and 93° inside and out.

There were 44 at Over The Hill Gang today. Not bad for a day that they aren’t serving chicken. That’s right, the once a month day, when they serve fried chicken, is the most attend attended day of the moon month. Today they served meatloaf (the food, not the singer/actor)

The meatloaf contained onions. Th The last time I are meatloaf weedy containing onions, I look looked like this …

and spent 6 hours in the emergency room. I no longer eat onions. Instead, for lunch, i had some very bland pinto beans.

The Laundromat in Leander has excellent air conditioning and a comfy couch. Not coincidentally, they also have washing machines and clothes dryers. Our home has neither washers and dryers nor air conditioning. So, it seemed like a good idea to hang out at the laundromat for a few hours today.

Wal-Mart also has air conditioning among other items that we wanted to purchase. So, we hung out at Wal-Mart for awhile also.

Even after all these tactics to delay going home, we still had to go home. It was 93.7° inside when we arrived.

I have contacted 3 RV repair “specialists” and have yet to have any of them call me back.

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Day 9 in our Texas home.

2019 October 08 Tuesday

2019 October 08 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

A very pleasant 55° this morning that reached 84° by mid afternoon.

A white ball in an orange sky at daybreak.

I was trying to photograph the miles of bumper to bumper traffic in/through Liberty Hill this morning. But since we were driving into the sun, the sun is what you see.

We were on the move because I had an eight o’clock appointment with my VA doctor. I arrived at 8:04 and was still checking in we when I was called back to her examine room. The results of my labwork were all good with the exception of my A1C which is higher than previously. I do a go good job of not eating sweets … unless there are sweets to eat. I truly do not crack cravecandy. I’m more of a salty snack eater. However, if there are candies or pasteries in the house, I will gobble them down.

From my doctor’s we went to Ella’s Ear Nose and Throat doctor to check on an appointment. She has for Friday.

We then went to the Georgetown senior center for lunch.

When we returned home it was still relatively cool or at least bearable inside. I began working to update some of my blogs, but soon dozed off.

When I woke, I was surprised that I had slept so long. I fixed a bowl of cereal so that I could take my supper pills before going into church for the Tuesday night prayer meeting. I forgot that the wall clock is an hour off. See the October 06 post for more about the clock.

It was cooler preside than indium inside so outside I went, to wait until it was really time to go to church. When the time came, I told Ella to get in the truck. She seemed confused. She had forgotten about the prayer meeting.

When we returned from church, it was considerably cooler inside.

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Day 7 in our Texas home.

2019 October 07 Monday

2019 October 07 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas

61° and completely cloud covered this morning. The clouds were gone by midday and it reached 79 for the high. That is the lowest high that this section of paradise has had in a good long while.

The eastern sky at “sunrise”.

The southern sky had more color than the eastern.

A half hour later the sun almost broke through.

Give us our daily bread. We went to the Georgetown senior center. The local stores donate their day old bread to the seniors

A dominoes game was being played at the center today.

However, most were visiting or watching TV. I’m hoping that bingo will be restarted. Larry, th the person who always called bingo died this summer and no one has stepped up to call.

Just a doodle from today. I should have had a motorhome pulling it all.

Cloudless sky at sunset

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Day 7 in our Texas home.

2019 October 06 Sunday

2019 October 06 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

64° and clear with a predicted high of 94° and still no air conditioning. It reached 95.

We attended church and Sunday school

Once we were home I fixed steak in the Instapot.

It was too hot to do much other than sit in front of the fans.

I napped and woke to see the clock reading 6:32. We were to meet Arik, Jenny and kids for supper at 7 o’clock. I quickly got ready and went to the truck. Ella’s came out shortly, all ready to go. Then I noticed that my watch said that it was quarter to 6. The wall clock is synced with the atomic clock in Bolder Colorado … However, it doesn’t know what time zone I’m in which makes it an hour off. I don’t remember how to reset the time zone function so, for now, I’ll just have to remember it’s an hour ahead.

By the way, notice the indoor temperature is 93.2° at 5:32 p.m. The temperature prediction for tomorrow is upper seventies to lower eighties. That will be great. So far, the nighttimes have been low enough for great sleeping with the fans.

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We were sitting in the truck when we received a message from Jenny asking if we could meet at 6:30 instead of 7. Sure! We were already in the truck so we headed into Leander and Cherry Creek Catfish.

We returned home and opened up the RV so it could cool off.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 6 in our Texas home.

2019 October 05 Saturday

2019 October 05 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas 66° and clear as crystal. Predicted high of 92° and no air conditioning. It missed the predicted high by a couple degrees, reached 94.

We had nothing on our “must get done” list for today. I woke long before first light and enjoyed the coolness of the morning air.

We went over to the Stocktank Market around 11 a.m. I really like the look of the siding. It was constructed to look much older than it is.

Pete and Tresa own the Stocktank which had be been several things since it wss was built: grocery store, restaurant, and live music venue. Currently it is a flea market on a part time bases. The property also contains the RV park where we spend our winters.

While Ella went in to look Arroyo around and visit, I say on on the porch and visited visitedwith Pete, who just turned 90. In the past half dozen years, I’ve enjoyed the brief times spent with Pete. He has been full of fanciful stories that were most likely at lest 80% true. However, his mind it’s failing so that in the space of an hour, I heard the same story about how it has been years since had had a dog. There is a big red dog that has been hanging around and he sure would like to have it.

We needed to replenish a few perishables. We had about a quart of milk that we brought from Iowa. It traveled in the cooler alright. However, I put it in the refrigerator before it had a chance to cool completely. RV refrigerators use a different cooling system than a standard household appliance and they are slower to reach operating temperature. Therefore, the milk spoiled and needed to be replacedWe went to Walmart for bacon, chicken and milk among a few other items such as bottled water.

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