2020 April 30 Thursday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend.www.TomAndEllaJournal.com Very bright sun in today’s anyBacon and eggs for breakfast.If you Watch this video you’ll see went I didn’t much today. I was too busy videoing and editing.Morning coffee for me and my gal.Breakfast it’s serf set set served.Thursday means it is time to check my blood’s clotting factor.Ella beating mugger at Fast Track again.I worked more on preparing the truck topper.LunchSupper

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Day 212, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 April 29 Wednesday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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It was really amazing this morning. Several amazing things actually. Between 5 and 5:30 we had one heck of a thunder booming, raining, blowing storm. Lots of lightning.

Very close lightning. According to the WeatherBug lightning radar, it was within 0.0 miles from us. I’d say that was pretty close.

I lay in bed listening to the storm, and then watching some videos. I finally got out of bed and started some coffee. Then I went outside and videoed the amazing looking clouds this morning. Then I sat outside with my cup of coffee, listening to the birds. To somebody as hard of hearing as I am, hearing birds is a rare thing. But this morning I could hear quite a few birds singing their various songs.

As I was sitting there, staring at my stained coffee mug, an idea came to me: I’m going to develop a brand of coffee that you make with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, so that your teeth never get stained. What do you think? Is that a million dollar idea, or what? I could go on Shark Tank and get investors.

The sun is doing a passable job of imitating the moon today.

Today was a busy day for both Ella and I. She did some house work and I did some outside work.

I didn’t take much time for writing, but I’ll give you the gist of it. Everything I’ve done to rain proof my homebuilt Tom built pickup topper has failed. We have a HUGE six hundred square feet heavy tarp, silver on one side and black on the other. We have had it in storage for over ten years.

Today I cut it down to sizes that I can use. I covered the topper with a piece of the tarp. It is temporarily held in place with heavy duty staples. I want to use some lumber ~ once I’m able to get some.

One of the many things that has kept us from going north this year is public restrooms. With the danger of the Corona virus on non sterilized surfaces we don’t want to chance it. Ella had a suggested solution. We have a camping toilet – a five gallon bucket with a toilet seat. Ella suggested that, if we opened both the front and rear truck doors, and hung a privacy screen between them, she could use it that way. One big chunk our tarp to the rescue.

Here it’s a short video of what I was working on.

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Day 212, in Texas.

©2020 Thomas E Williams

Days being self isolated

2020 April 26 Sunday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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tarting out as a nice cool morning and then climbing to eighty something. Reached seventy five by by lunch time. It topped out at eighty two around four o’clock. Honestly, though it probably was a good day to sit outside, we didn’t. The list of things we didn’t do is quite long, so I will not list them here.

ith my schedule too full of busyness (fixing breakfast, measuring out ingredients for bread in the bread machine, and even seasoning a steak for tomorrow’s lunch) this morning I missed the sunrise. So what I captured was this starburst.

etter than a flyswatter and more attractive also. I nearly stuck my hands through this web when I was taking the sunshine photograph.oday Ella and I got dressed in our Sunday-go-to-meetin’ clothes and went to church. That is we drove into town and parked in the church parking lot, where we could get a better internet connection. We then connected online with the entire worship service.short time later, we went to Sunday school on Zoom. It was nice to hear and see most of the class (some have no camera on their computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Don’t ask me how that could possible be) it truly was nice to have a group discussion again.

Ella posted: This had been a good day and a bad day. We went to Church and Sunday School sitting in the Church parking lot. We came home for a good Sunday dinner, but now I have time to sit and think.

I was supposed to be going to church. In Iowa and seeing my kids and grandkids and nieces and nephews them there is my sisters. I like our Texas home, family, friends here but, I miss the ones I have in Iowa and don’t know when I’ll get to see them.

almon, leftover from yesterday’s supper at Arik’s, green beans, and seasoned rice for lunch. It was combined with fresh baked bread and then fruit salad as dessert.e followed an Amazon truck home from town this morning. The whole drive home we were wondering if he was delivering to us. When they didn’t make the final turn, we knew he wasn’t looking for us.owever, when we arrived home, there was an Amazon package waiting on the deck. My new set of awning deflappers had arrived. We now have four on each end of the awning. My theory is, if you are going to leave the awning out all the time, as we do, you better have it secured in as many points as possible.

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Day 209, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 April 25 Saturday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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fter yesterday’s high of ninety five degrees, it was nice to have the cool breeze this morning. That gentle breath of wind came through the bedroom window, fluffed out the curtain, and then rolled across the bed.s a matter of fact, it felt so soothing that, when I woke for the first time, I rolled over and went back to sleep. It was nearly nine o’clock when I did plant my feet in the floor and rise from bed.
ver six weeks ago we self isolated ourselves.

We attended church, came home and stayed home … mostly. (Keep reading) We have each other, food, shelter, all of the essentials, and plenty to keep us entertained.

here comes a point, however, when you feel less “protected” and more “imprisoned” or at least under “house arrest.” We have “escaped” several times to purchase essentials and twice to visit family.ven with the family we maintained social distancing. I miss the hugs! I miss laughing with friends. I miss gathering together for worship. I miss our fantastic Sunday school class where we learn from each other.On the plus side, we have learned how capable we are asst being sell-contained and self-reliant and most of all being God-reliant.What is your experience during this time? What have you learned about yourselves?First video one minute twenty nine seconds

Second video two minutes forty five secondsLunch turned out well. I think the experiment was a successes. You did take a couple minutes to watch the videos, right?Gotta give credit to the weather futurecasters for getting the temperature exactly right. It’s amazing that they usually get it with in a few degrees, plus or minus. Just a few generations ago, if they predicted rain for tomorrow, we didn’t expect to know “when” tomorrow. If, sometime in the next twenty four hours, it rained, that was a win.

As a boy with a vivid imagination, I devoured everything Tarzan. My first introduction was through the series of movies staring Johnny. Weissmuller. He was the ape-man more brawn than brain.

Then it was the Tarzan comic books. Which pictured him as highly intelligent as well as in top physical shape.And finally, I read some of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books which showed him as highly cultured, a far cry from the brutish Tarzan of Johnny Wessmuller portrayal.However, the most important thing to me was he climbed trees and had a way cool tree house.Who were your childhood heros and why?Right about sunset I went out on the deck to unlatch the door so that it could be closed. for the night. However, it was so very nice out, that I decided to sit on the deck and watch the darkness come. The last thing I do at bedtime is look out the window I search of stars. If I wake early enough, I look for the morning stars. In a properly dark and cloudless night, the beauty of the stars takes my breath away. Primitive people were totally in awe of the lights in the sky. I think possible, knowing that those are sister planets traveling around that star in the middle of our solar system, and that other lights come from stars unimaginable distances away, I may be more in awe than those people so long ago. Knowledge doesn’t make less a believer in an all powerful Creator, but more so.Thanks again for stopping by.

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Day 208, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 April 22 Wednesday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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We had no storm here. We had a bit of rain, is all. I sat outside on the deck this morning. I was enjoying the rains as they past through.Videos: Capturing rainwater 1Capturing rainwater (2) which will be used for laundry. That is when we have enough clothes that need washing. I’ve written the same shirt and pants for more than a few days now. Let’s face it, I’ve done nothing to soil them. Why change ’em?

or lunch I made the corn and potatoes chowder, that was requested by my bride. I was going to add sour cream, as usual. However, the sour cream smelled more sour than I was comfortable with eating.fter lunch, we hitched up Rudolf the red nose pickup and drove to town so we could check the post office box. Our rental period for the box ends at the thirtieth of this month. I think everything has been switched to the street address.ome of my Amazon order arrived today. I now have the proper RV roof patching material. Now all I need is to find the “sometimes” leak.also replaced the water filter on our water supply. The previous filter had been on there since October first. Normally the filter would have come off at the end of April when we headed north for the summer. Then a new filter would be installed when we returned in October. Since I have no idea when, or if, we are leaving Texas this year, I thought it was time for a new filter now.o-tu,-we-th-fr-sa-day they all are running together. Sunday is different because we “go” to church. We just need to make each of the other days special. I’ve heard of one couple who do a ,”formal” Friday. On Friday’s they get all “dolled up” in their best duds for the day.Maybe:Sunday go to meetingMake a lighter MondayTune up TuesdayWeeding WednesdayThorough Thursday .Fix it FridaySorting SaturdayWhat do you think? What does your weekly planner look like?
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Day 205, in Texas. Day 39 being self isolated.©2020 Thomas E Williams

2020 April 21 Tuesday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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isten to the bird trying, with it’s melodious song, to coax the sun to rise.“Sun arise fillin’ up the hollow
Sun arise fillin’ up the hollow
Sun arise fillin’ up the hollow
Bringin’ back the warmth to the ground”*eek a boo, I see you, one, two, three, on the sun, behind the power pole. Not very bright, Sun.For breakfast this morning we had Sweetberry Cream of Wheat. This is one of the packets of “survival” food, from 4 Patriots, that I purchased a few years ago. I think it is Ella’s favourite. And before y’all ask, we don’t HAVE to eat survival food. We just like it.fter breakfast, we took a walk. It was such a beautiful morning. The Creater was practically begging us to go outside and enjoy His handiwork.here were biscuits, mashed potatoes, corn, and dried beef gravy for lunch.

Tuesday afternoon
I’m just beginning to see
Now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me
Chasing the clouds away**

e took our afternoon walk around and picked up the mail. Then we sat outside under the awning for awhile.e sat there until the camp chairs became too uncomfortable. Which got us on the subject of patio chairs. Comfortable outdoor chairs may be a purchase item the next time we have some discretionary income.

Evening has come to pass
The time of day doesn’t last
Evening, has earned its place today
I’m tired of working away**

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Day 204, in Texas. Day 38 being self isolated.*songwriter Rolf Harris**Songwriters: Justin Hayward. Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, T.R.O. INC.

2020 April 20 Monday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday mornin’, it was all I hoped it would be.* www.TomAndEllaJournal.comAudio journal https://www.spreaker.com/user/12220003hough it began the color of bathwater left behind by a ten year old boy, the sky parted to the sound of angelic voices and behold the sun reigns supreme once again. (Okay, I made up that part about angels singing.)his morning the forecasters hadn’t a clue for today’s high. However, I kept score for them. It reached eighty three degrees.Sorry, Ella, I only had enough to make ONE cookie.Oh, okay, I’ll share.y day began as usual with a step onto the scale. I had lost w-a-y too much weight. Ella said she was also much lighter than expected.y first thought was that some gravitational anomaly had happened overnight. However, when I dropped an egg, it appeared to fall at the normal rate of speed. Not having enough eggs to risk repeating the experiment, I decided that gravity had remained constant. I hated drawing that conclusion based upon data from a single observation. But, times being what they are, and Ella’s glare being what it was, I went with the skimpy data collected.n examination of the scale, it was discovered that a tiny switch had been moved from pounds to kilograms. I’ve never before regretted that Americans have stubbornly refused to move to the metric system … but … I felt so much lighter in kilograms.
Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way.*ther than the earlier confusion about shifting gravity, the rest of the day was very normal.ordered groceries to be picked up Thursday Afternoon. Ella ordered prescriptions for pickup at the same time.Many games of Fast Track were 1played throughout the day. Ella won some. I won some.*written by John Edmund, Andrew Phillips for The Mamas and the Papas

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Day 203, in Texas.Day 37 being self isolated.

2020 April 19 Sunday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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ep! I’ll buy that. It was foggy earlier. By ten o’clock it was cloudy bright. By Early afternoon the sun was all alone in the sky. Good to see you back, buddy.

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Oatmeal with rains and raisin cinnamon bread/toast for breakfast.

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ur worship team has improved the worship-in-isolation every week. This weeks service was seamless, all of the parts of a normal worship were separately recorded then stitched together. Ella and I had reception problems because of our location with less than good signal strength.

Our plan for next Sunday it’s to go to town for better reception. I think we will sit in the empty church parking lot. Maybe even put on our “Sunday go to meetin’ clothes.”

y the time worship and Sunday school (via Zoom) were over, it was lunch time. I had failed to prepare anything. We drove through Dairy Queen for burgers and a shake. Then we sat at the picnic table, located outside the worship center at Cross Tracks Church, and ate..

hat’s all for today. It is our Sabbath.

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Day 201, in Texas.Day 35 being self isolated.

2020 April 18 Saturday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend. www.TomAndEllaJournal.comAudio journal https://www.spreaker.com/user/12220003Good morning! It’s SAT—–UR-DAY!!! Remember when Saturdays meant morning cartoons and afternoons filled with bike rides and tree climbing? Saturdays were the reward for suffering through another week of readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic.Then came adulthood and Saturdays became the day when the ball and chain of the J.O.B. was unlocked long enough for you to tackle the weekend list of chores.After the J.O.B. had used up the best if you, you were released into retirement. And some store clerk said, “Have a nice weekend.” A confused look formed on your face as you thought, “Is this Saturday?”he sky once only ashen has now turned cinereal. Remember “cinereal” from an earlier post? No? Then you’ll need to look it up.had hoped, because of yesterday’s late evening break in the cloud cover, that the drab blanket would unravel overnight. But no, the master weaver rewove the frayed strands and created the current down-filled comforter overhead.I turned the heat on before bed last night. Though I evidently had not set it quite high enough. Oh it was wonderful for sleeping. But the sixty degrees inside temperature is a might chilly.had used the bread machine to make a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread yesterday afternoon. This morning I cut two thick slabs from the loaf, dredged them in milk, egg, and spices, fried them in butter, and served then with butter and syrup. A good treat on a cool morning.Not surprisingly we played Fast Track for a while after breakfast.Lunchtime meant spaghetti with meat sauce. I inadvertently cooked too many noodles.I used the leftover noodles, chicken broth, and a small can of chicken breast to makes soup for supper.That’s all she wrote, folks. It was a slow day at the Williams’s..

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Day 200, in Texas. Day 34 being self isolated.