2020 June 24 Ugly Biscuits

Wednesday

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Pull up a chair, sit a spell.

Another cooler morning. Mostly cloudy translates to completely overcast and a short rain passing through.

It didn’t rain enough to determine if yesterday’s attempt to seal the holes in the awning worked or not.(See yesterday’s post)

The sky looked like soot filled smoke. Thank God that it only cloud and not smoke.

We had no bread for breakfast this morning. No bread equals no toast. So I mixed some biscuits together and dropped them by spoonfuls, as the instruction said. I usually make rolled and cut biscuits. For some reason I couldn’t get the dough to drop where I wanted it. Made ugly biscuits.

Bisquick biscuits seemed too dry. If/when I make then again. I’ll add some butter or oil to the mixture.

Even though I made biscuits, we seen out for breakfast at Sonics. Well, that’s not quite correct. We purchased food at Sonics but took it to the church parking lot to eat it.

While in the parking lot, Ella sent a message to our new pastor. Temporarily, she is staying at a church owned house, just across the street from the church. Pastor Michelle came over to talk. We sat at the picnic table and visited until she received a call from her daughter, so we left.

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Before leaving town, we stopped at Parker’s for essentials: bread, sugar cookies, and ice cream. Okay, you have your essentials and I will have mine.

The remainder of the day was much like every day lately. I’m sure that many off you can relate. Many people have chosen to behave as if Covid-19 no longer exists. We, on the other hand, have chosen to wait for re-run season or Covid2.0. To that end we ordered and received some paper masks. I know what many of you are thinking, “masks don’t work.”

You are partiality right. Unless it is a respirator type mask that has been fitted to your face, they offer very little, if any, protection for the mask wearer. These paper masks are to offer some protection to people around us, to protect them from us. Which is why I’d rather be around people wearing masks, that offers some protection for me. See?

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2020 June 23 On Track

Tuesday

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It was a little thundery this morning and a little wet. But it felt so good to have the door open and cool air blowing in. I’m sure that the ground was in need of more moisture.

I was up about 7 and started the coffee for my bride. I also filled the sink with hot soapy water and dirty dishes.

Then I lay down and read and worked on the blogs.

About 8:30 I came down stairs and washed the dishes that had been soaking. After a little while I heard Ella moving around sou started breakfast. However, when I realized she was in the shower, I quit making breakfast, she wasn’t going to be ready soon.

Eventually breakfast was prepared and eaten.

Fast Track was played several times throughout the day. It would be immodest to mention who won the most games.

When I opened the door this morning it was still raining. I noticed the water was dripping through the awning fabric directly above the door. The awning, like the trailer, is decades old. There were many little pin holes along the edge.

I used some rubber roofing compound to paint along the edge and over any other holes that I saw. Now, I just hope it has time to cure before we have more rain.

After the rain we sat outside in the cool morning air. My chair (the one Ella chose to not sit in) was wet. Therefore, I sat in a camping chair on the deck. The birds were singing, or at least the mockingbird was singing lots of bird songs. Other human voices could also be heard around the park. It was a nice day to be I the open air.

UPS delivered a portion of my prescriptions from the Veterans Administration this morning. In the mean time, we kept waiting for our Amazon order to arrive. About 6:30 I decided to try and track the order. That’s when I found the message below.

I went out and looked again. There was no sign of a package on the deck or the stairs. I checked the app again and found the photo below.

This delivery person couldn’t walk the additional 5 feet to bring it to the door? I’ll bet, when they were a kid, they are the one who threw the morning paper behind a bush to the side of the house! The other day I gave thumbs up to Amazon. Today, not so much. Not near the door and no knock of notification. No gold star for this delivery person.

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2020 June 22 “You Are Not Welcome H ere!”

Monday

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It was stool 80° at midnight and cooled to 75° by morning. It was cloudy overcast with no trace of a dawn. I didn’t bother with a photo.I slept nearly eight hours late-night with half in deep sleep. Even though I was fully awake at seven thirty, I lay a bed reading and didn’t actually get off the bed unto twelve noon. You could say it was a lazy morning.After breakfast (?) lunch (?), I went out and recovered the west facing living room windows. You may recall that quiet awhile back I had covered them. At that time, I said it was am experiment to see how well some cheap white duct tape worked. Well the end of the experiment was that the west facing bedroom window that had insulation held in place with a thin aluminum/Mylar tape is still in place. The windows with the white tape came lose.This morning I re-covered the other two and used the Mylar tape on them also. I didn’t think to photograph or video my working on this project. You will also notice that previously I had the white side of the insulation facing outward. That was done with an eye toward the Aesthetics. I thought that the white vinyl visually blended better with the outside of the trailer itself. However, for solar protection, I believe the foil-side out makes more sense. Telling that solar radiation, “You are not welcome here!”And, now that I was using the aluminum tape, it blended with the foil of the insulation as well.I am still reading Adam Hamilton’s book “MAKING SENSE OF THE BIBLE” I find his insights to be very clear and well thought out. Chapter 14 delves into the various concepts about the “inspiration” of the biblical writers. I have a friend who says and believes “God said it, I believe it.” I was once at the complete opposite end puff the spectrum. I believed nothing in the bible and dismissed it as fairy tales and morality stories. After I became a Christian, I struggled with the brutal, genocidal, militaristic nature of God in the Hebrew bible. It was hard to see the God of love and forgiveness in the New Testament as the same God from the Old Testament. How could these various writers, all inspired by God, portray Him so differently? Over time and by prayerful study, I came to an understanding that has been helpful for me. Hamilton’s book has been helpful in furthering my understanding. I encourage you to read it also.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 21 Father’s Day With Pie

Sunday

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.WORSHIP SERVICE VIDEOAfter church and Sunday school, we went to Adam’s for steak tacos and raisin cream pie (in my honor), plus blueberry pie (Adam’s favorite).In the evening I received phone calls from both Arik and Heather. I also received a text from Rob.All in all, a very pleasant Father’s Day.Some family members are difficult to get photos of and others are impossible.I forgot that I was still wearing my mask from Sunday school..On the way home, we stopped at CVS choir calcium calcium supplements for Ella.Then we took a very roundabout drive home to, hopefully, charge the truck battery.FATHER’S DAY VIDEOThanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 21 Father’s Day

Sunday

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..After church and Sunday school, we went to Adam’s for steak tacos and raisin cream pie (in my honor), plus blueberry pie (Adam’s favorite).In the evening I received phone calls from both Arik and Heather. I also received a text from Rob.All in all, a very pleasant Father’s Day.Some family members are difficult to get photos of and others are impossible.I forgot that I was still wearing my mask from Sunday school..On the way home, we stopped at CVS choir calcium calcium supplements for Ella.Then we took a very roundabout drive home to, hopefully, charge the truck battery.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 20 Waffling

Saturday

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  • 68° & light rain. Predicted High 91°. Morning Low was 67°

Cool and wet this morning. It only rained for a couple of minutes, just enough to settle the dust. This area of Texas hill country has had 17″ so far this year and only .03″ in June.By contrast, where our summer home in Iowa is located they have had 11.87″ of precipitation (some as snow) this year and .77″ this month. Miami, Florida has had 6.28″ in June and 29.22″ this year.

Waffles for breakfast!

Nothing much happened again today until we went to check on the mail. Ella wanted to take a short cut, so she could visit with a neighbor. We didn’t have masks so I was uneasy and kept dropping hints that we should get home. Finally I just left her there. I came home, washed hands, arms, face and beard. I then used an alcohol wipe. Once she was home, I told her to go scrub up.

We received 3 boxes from Amazon

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2020 June 19 Class Reunion

Friday

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With a thirty percent chance of storms, it sure looked possible early today. They sky looked like it contained a large black bear. But I heard nary a growl from it. Presently, a flock of woolly, white sheep replaced the bear. The sheep kindly scattered before the sun. Ol’ Sol strode through that flock of clouds like he owned the sky. Guess he did … today, at least.Grilled ham, baked potatoes, and green beans was the answer to, “What’s for lunch?” Though I had no answer for “What’s for supper?” Perhaps that big bowl of vanilla pudding, that I made for a mid afternoon snack, will hold us over until morning. It must be time for another journey into intermittent fasting.Though Ella and I played several gamed of Fast Track, most of the afternoon was spent searching for something to carry me away to Never Never Land. I watched ten minutes of dozens of shows but nothing drug me into their stories. I may have to take a stroll down memory lane in the “classic TV” section.My diabetic vitamin / supplements arrived today. With them here, I could, once again, fill my pill sorters. By sorting three weeks at a time, it keeps my abreast our reorder times with the VA. The lag time between order, fulfillment, and delivery is such that I want to give them plenty of notification time when I’m about a month and a half into the three month supply cycle.Ella’s graduating class (way back in the 1900s) has been been getting together, via Zoom, every couple of weeks. Tonight was one of those nights.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 18 Where’s The Beef?

Thursday

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The sun is all misshapen this morning.

It appears like the whole family is in for the same type of weather today.

We received an Amazon shipment today. Canned beef roast and sea salt. Nothing artificial and made in USA. Part of our non-freezedried emergency food. Today’s VIDEO

One of the organizations for which I do Santa work had an update on how planning is proceeding for the coming Christmas season. The gist of the meeting was we “we don’t know.” Plans are being tentatively made but nothing is concrete as yet.

The huge mall photo company that contracts me has not yet sent a contract. Unless I know how they are addressing Covid-19 safety, I’m not inclined to sign a contract. I will admit that it frightens me. If I am unable to safely interact with the children, I will not do it, for the children’s safety and moreso for mine. I would certainly miss the children and the money, but I’m not willing to risk my life.

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2020 June 17 Sleepless in Texas

Wednesday

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This is a chart of my sleep last night, or more correctly this morning. You will notice that I didn’t actually get to sleep until nearly three o’clock this morning and then woke at seven thirteen today.VIDEO TALKS WITH TOMYou will understand that today has not been a high functioning day. We picked up prescriptions, picked up pizza, and came home. That was all on my agenda and all I accomplished. Oh I forgot, I filled the pickup with gasoline and cleaned the bird poo off the windshield and hood with the handy scrubber/scrapper at the filling station.I feel like my mind is only firing on eight cylinders. What’s that? You say eight cylinders sounds great? No. You have to understand, it’s a twenty-four cylinder, double overhead cam, brain. My thoughts are swimming upstream in molasses.I tried continuing to work on designing the upgraded truck topper. However, none of the measurements were coming out correctly and I can’t understand why. It isn’t complicated mathematics … normally. Today it is quantum mechanics to me.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 16 Taco Tuesday?

Tuesday

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It was a nice sky this morning. Too bad I slept through the pre-dawn. I’ll bet it was spectacular reflecting from the cloud cover.It seems that the temperature is in a hurry to reach the high for the day. In about two hours it raise five degrees. At this rate, it is going to be higher than ninety one by day’s end.Poor Rudolf the Red Nosed Pickup, he is covered with bird poo. We are not allowed to use the RV Park’s water for washing our vehicles. That is understandable, since the water comes from the owner’s well. However, I have captured rainwater that I will use to do some cleaning.For breakfast (in honor of Taco Tuesday) I filled two tortillas with cheese, eggs, bacon or sausage, more cheese and then topped with another tortilla. Then it was grilled for a minute our so. Salsa was optional.I had considered having tacos for lunch. However, I used all excerpt two of the tortillas for breakfast.Other than our walk around the park and to check for mail, we stayed inside all day. It got hot early and stayed there.The only DIY project on which I worked was drawing schematics for a truck topper rebuild. As soon as the accompanying video has uploaded, I’ll post it here.Also I worked some more on a sermon idea.The two of us played four, five, maybe six games of Fast Track, I don’t know. All I know is that I won one and Ella came in next to last on the others. 😀Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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