2020 June 12 Playing With Food

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from Liberty Hill, Texas

The sun from the bedroom window.

Another beautiful, cool morning

Sunshining through the trees

I‘m playing with my food, again. I fried some bacon, broke a couple eggs on the griddle, put the bacon on top of the eggs, and then put pancake batter over the egg and bacon. With the cover closed on the George Foreman grill, I let it cook until the pancake was set but not brown on top. I then flipped everything, pancake side down and egg side up. It was topped with a slice of American cheese and left to brown the pancake and melt the cheese (cover open). Ta da! A complete breakfast.

Since it was so nice out, we sat and played games outside.

And then we just sat outside.

My second tactical shovel, this time from Amazon, arrived today. I did a video unboxing and comparison of the two shovels.

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The top of this large bush is in bloom, but not the rest of the bush.

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  • 8 months 12 days since we returned to Texas.
  • 2 months and 29 days being self isolated.

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2020 May 16 ACCIDENT!!!

Saturday In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.7 months 16 days since we returned to Texas.62 days being self isolated.

Facing eastward from our porch the sky is the color of cigarette ash.

Facing westward from the dining room window the sky is a study in blues. So many blues that I can almost hear Muddy Waters singing,

Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working but it just won’t work on you!

We had a whopper of a storm pass through late last night and early this morning with lightening, rain and wind.64/100″ of rain with wind gusts up to 40 mph kept me awake until it started to calm down around one this morning. The rain slowed to a stop between five and six this morning.

We more than filled our rain harvesting tub. However, at the same time, those gale force gust blew a lot of dirt and leaves into the tub. After the water has had time to settle down, so that the lighter stuff floats to the top and the heavier stuff sinks to the bottom, I will dip out the cleaner water.

I filled our two ice chests, that we use for washing and rinsing clothing. And then I emptied the remaining from the capture tub. I scrubbed it clean and have it set for our next rain event. In the mean time, it is catching the water that drips from the air conditioner.

After breakfast, we played some Fast Track.

Ella had heard an engine revving and said, “I hope he’s going get enough.” Then there was a series of loud noises in quick succession. I said, “What was that?” We went out and saw the truck in the corner of the lot. Police arrived moments later and then the fire trucks.

You can see the skid marks indicate that he may have been going sideways when he left the road. Taking out a power pole and dropping the line on the ground.

Here is a video I shot this morning and afternoon.

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2020 April 09 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

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hat a beautiful morning! Seventy two degrees and a gentle breeze, that just barely moves the leaves. This is the kind of weather I would vote for on a year ’round basis. Who is with me? Write the National Weather Bureau and demand that they that they maintain a constant seventy two all year. And … and … no snow … except Christmas Eve and Christmas morning! Grin.

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atmeal with raisins sounded perfect for breakfast. However, I forgot the raisins. Ella, echoing her daddy, calls it oatmeal with bugs. I will just have to add the bugs next time.

he back counter in our RV has become the drop zone for stuff for which we don’t really have a designated home. The chore de jour was to find hidey holes for all those sundry items. You can believe that it took over an hour, with the two of us working together, before we ~ called a timeout.

We had a “real” meal for lunch. Roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, and the last of the cornpone.

e had a severe thunderstorm pass through. It couldn’t stay long, had business elsewhere I reckon. The wind came first, like a herald before the king. There were no trumpets but I’ll grant you this, there was plenty of blowing.

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Beginning to end the rain lasted about a half an hour. the wind never let up and the rain was falling sideways. I was surprised that we even managed to capture six inches of rain. I was surprised any of it hit the ground at all. So much debris we blown into the tub, that I dumped it. We should have more rainfall before Monday’s laundry day. And perhaps no more rubble will get into the tub next time.

nce the storm had passed over, we went for a walk to check on the mail box. Seemed appropriate since this is Passover. Chag Pesach Sameach!

Our neighbor seems to have damage to their awning and freestanding canopy.

thought she was trying to sit in my chair and missed. But she said she was backing up and tripped. Ella was also congratulating herself for only falling twice this year. I didn’t point out that we’re less than a third of the way through this year.

From 2018

THINGS NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUT GROWING OLD

GROWING OLD

Nobody said it would be this difficult and sometimes painful to just to get dressed in the morning.

Nobody explained that one third of my income would be spent on doctors, medications, and supplements. And that was after the insurance had paid.

I don’t recall anyone explaining about the mysterious “traveling” pain that would move from body part to body part.

Who would have thought that retirement could be so tiring and busy?

There are bits and pieces of me missing more everyday, hair, teeth, eyesight, hearing, and memory.

Speaking of memory, there’s the panic when I forget something … did I just forget or is it dementia?

Also that social filter in your head, that keeps you from saying what you really think, gets weaker and less effective every day.

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Day 191 in TexasDay 25 of us being self isolated.

2020 February 08 Saturday

2020 February 08 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comot as much sleep as I had hoped for, but it gave me a chance to view the moon.There was no worry of our water supply freezing again last night. And with the sky so clear It should warm nicely today.couldn’t see any stars but the full moon was so bright that all the werewolves must have been restless over night. I really need to stop watching old horror films.he sun came up nice and bright. I had hoped of another sunny day with passive solar heating.owever, look at that bank of dark clouds coming up from the south. They are moving like they’re being chased by the devil himself.nd a few moments latter, the clouds caught up to the sun and swallowed it whole. I hope they developed heart burn.few of us gathered to bag cookies for the annual Grandies** Valentine’s Day cookie sale at church. It only took about twenty minutes for three of us to split about twelve dozen cookies into bags of two each. This is one of several fund raisers for our group. It suit supports our ministries.nce again it was laundry day. Three washer loads and two dryers. As usual I took a short nap while Ella kept an eye on the laundry.fter the clothes were washed, mostly folded, and packed away for transport home, it was time for lunch. We couldn’t decide on what to eat. When undecided, go to a buffet. We went to Star Buffet.fter a leisurely lunch, we headed toward home. We didn’t get far before we were turned around by the police. Traffic was stopped at a railroad crossing. Other than the fact that the gates were down and the lights flashing at the crossing, we couldn’t see anything. We got turned around but we were in very heavy stop and go traffic for a half hour to forty five minutes before we reached a place where we could resume normal speed. I don’t suppose we will ever mote what was going on.progression toward sunset with fast moving clouds. It made for some interesting photographs.IF YOU ENJOYED MY JOURNAL ENTRY, PLEASE CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON, LEAVE A COMMENT AND/OR FOLLOW.

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  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2019 December 21 Saturday

2019 December 21 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

og was the big story on today’s trip into Lakeline Mall. Also of Interest, I saw a car run a red light. Fortunately I saw him coming and did not pull out in front of him. Just another reason people should not be driving the speed limit in limited visibility. But I guess eventually natural selection will take care of those people.

The Santa set was busy from open until I left at 2 p.m. I’m sure Santa Charlie will be busy until the end of the day. I head a teenager brought to me who was blind and deaf and developmental issues. With no other way to communicate with him, I took his hand and let him feel my face and beard. Hires mother thanked me and thanked over and over again.

imes like this really Make new extremely thankful for the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with which God has blessed me.

ating Cheetos, playing Fast Track, and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallow. What a nice way to spend am evening.

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  • 37 days as Santa at Lakeline Mall, Cedar Park with 1 at La Cantera, San Antonio

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2019 November 27 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

he trip into Cedar Park, Lakeline Mall was once again free of jam-packed traffic. It makes me wonder when my luck will run out.

un out it did! You mast not want to sit and watch all 8 minutes of this video. If I had begun recording at the beginning of this jam and continued until I was of the highway, it would have been about 20 minutes of bumper to bumper. Now I realize that, for those of you who live in large cities, this would be the norm. However, this section of highway is mostly rural. So this is not the norm, unless there had been an accident. There was no accident.

Just looking through some mail.

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2019 November 19 Tuesday

2019 November 19 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

t took a while but the sun came up this morning bright and cheery. I know that sunny day helps to start my day on the bright side.

here was a accident along my route this morning. This is a really poor video. I was blindly aiming the camera while I kept my eyes on the road and the traffic. I did not want to become involvedwith the accident as I tried to film it.

nd this was the stop and go traffic that was a part of my drive home. My navigation program assured me that I was on the fastest route despite heavier them normal traffic. That is very reassuring when you’ve been sitting still for awhile.

t didn’t really take 2+ hours tho go the nearly 29 miles. A portion of the recorded time was while I was purchasing a prescription at the pharmacy.

And this was the setting sun as I journeyed homeward.

Ella had prepared meatloaf and roasted potatoes for supper.

After supper we went to the Tuesday night prayer meeting. We sang many hymns and prayed for many people places and things

God bless and g’nite.

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