2020 April 16 Throwback Thursday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend. www.TomAndEllaJournal.comAudio journal https://www.spreaker.com/user/12220003ach morning has been slightly warmer than the preceding day. This has been a good thing. However, as all good things go, it can be carried too far. Once it reaches the mid sixties, as far as I’m concerned, it can cease becoming warmer each day.hese power poles are a distraction. However, they also add some visual context. Whereas, if I crop them out of the photograph, the image of the sun becomes less interesting. And, considering how boring it was before, less is not more in this photograph..he groundskeepers were out and working early this morning. Many here at the Stocktank have no jobs to go to during this time of isolation. The sound of mowers and trimmers outside their bedroom windows might have been unwelcome. Yeah, let’s say, unwelcome. That being said, it is nice to see the foliage (I’m loath to call it grass) cut level again. I will miss the proliferation of wildflowers.ggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits for breakfast. Thanks to the Bisquick in yesterday’s care package. Sorry that the picture came so late in the meal.esterday I added padding to the tailgate. It is so much easier on old knees. That padding made a world of difference as I crawled in and out of the topper today.installed some LED lights which will be essential for nighttime use.ext I hung screening, just in case we do use it for short term camping. Got to keep mosquitos and other buzzing pests out. Besides, it’s just cool to have screen, right?.While I was playing in my “clubhouse” Ella was busy doing laundry.And, lest to think I had no hand in the laundry, I carried Manny loads of rainwater into the house. The water was brought to a near boil, then carefully carried down the deck steps and poured into the ice chests which we are using for laundry tubs. This scenario was repeated until the formerly cold water was brought to a warmth pleasant to the hands. I also did a small amount of sloshing the clothes about and hand wringing. Not as much as my bride, it’s true, but some..The clothes were all washed and hung in the sun and breeze to dry. It was approaching one thirty and I hadn’t started any lunch. Previously, it had been decided to venture to the local grocery for milk and eggs. With a trip to town already decided, a drive through Golden Chick seemed to settle the question of lunch.pon returning home, it was time to recline and let the breezes flow across our weary bodies.

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Day 198 , in Texas.Day 32 being self isolated.

2020 April 15 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

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he temperature reached a nice sixty eight degrees under full sun. If I could, I’d but a smiley face on today’s sun. Keep on smiling Ol’ Sol!

Good morning starshine
The earth says “hello”
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below
Good morning starshine
You lead us along
My love and me as we sing
Our early morning singing song( )

Our early morning singing songs were hymns on the Elder Sing CD.

Round leaf rag wort?

Mock Verbena?

Antelope Horns?

Some of the flowering weeds we saw on our morning walk.

nce again HUM said the truck battery was in the yellow zone. We decided to take a longer drive to better charge the battery. Since we were going for a longer drive, we drove to Adam and Leigha’s. We invited them to come out near the truck to talk. It was nice to have a live visit with them, even at a distance.

nce we were done there, we called Sofia to see if Beket and she were able to step outside to talk with us. She was waiting on an important phone call from school. We said that we would try another time.

hile we were out, we ordered pizza from Dominos. Then went through the drive through. There was a small park in Bertrum where we stopped to eat the pizza. It seemed almost decadent to sit, enjoying the sunshine, in a public space. I hope no one tattles on us. Shhh!

nce home, Ella beat me severely. Fortunately, it was only at Fast Track. So three only that was bruised was my ego.

care package from Linnea arrived on our deck. It came with facemasks, Bisquick, and Hot Tamales candies. It was very much appreciated. Thanks. Everything was wiped down with Clorox wipes, because you don’t know how m many have handled them.

tried unsuccessfully to take a nap. When that failed, I asked Ella if she was ready for a walk to the mailbox. We had received a package through USPS but that is a separate delivery person from the mail carrier. When we checked the box there was nothing but echoes.

fter our walk, Ella went in for a shower and I worked some more in the topper. I Keep forgetting to document with photographs what I’m doing.

e had a choir practice, via Zoom, from all of our homes tonight. It did not not go well. Although we could see and hear each other, singing was impossible. Zoom only plays the voice of the loudest and not multiple voices at once. Even when speaking we had that robotic auto-tune voice and it made the piano sound like a calliope.

NO SUNSET PHOTO I was on the Zoom call when the sun was setting.

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Day 197 in Texas.

Day 31 being self isolated.

2020 April 14 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

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Day 196 in Texas.Day 30 being self isolated.

2020 April 11 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend. www.TomAndEllaJournal.comAudio journal https://www.spreaker.com/user/12220003.he sixty degrees felt wonderful this morning. Once it reached sixty five, I opened the door. I don’t know what the sun was up to overnight, but he’s ashamed to show his face this morning. Also predicted is a seventy precedent chance of thunderstorm. Looking at the hourly prediction, it appears between three and seven o’clock is the best chance for rain.baked biscuits this morning. I questioned the amount of butter in the recipe. But according to three recipes author, they should turn out light and airy. They did not. Though they tasted good enough, they were quite heavy. Actually, if I were to add more sugar and some vanilla, it would make good shortbread cookies.It was a nice morning for a walk. It was sprinkling ever so lightly, being too polite to interrupt our walk. Once around most out three park.HUMx sent a notification that the truck battery was in the yellow zone and needed to be charged. So, as soon as we were done with our walk, we went for a drive, to recharge the battery. We were as aimless as a crosseyed archer. So we just wandered around with no destination in mind. I’m sure that most of these back roads were rabbit trails originally.While we were out, we stopped at Parker’s for bread and coffee. All of us in the store wore masks except one clerk. Most were also wearing gloves.I used the last of our gallon of milk to make mac and cheese for lunch. I should have thought to purchase more milk while at Parker’s. We are not really without milk. We have some quart seize cartons of shelf stable milk. There are also quite a few packages of dry milk.Several times through the day, we played Fast Track.

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Day 193 in Texas.Day 27 of us being self isolated.

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 April 08 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend.www.TomAndEllaJournal.comAudio journal https://www.spreaker.com/user/12220003eventy one degrees at six o’clock in the morning. No overcast dove colored sky today. Going to be close enough to tickle ninety degrees on the toes.early clear and touched with gold in this morning’s heavenly vault. And getting ready to. burn.ornpone for breakfast. I’m trying to vary our breakfasts with the means of our limited larder. I know, traditional ‘pone is made with white cornmeal. I did mention the finite selection of our cupboards, right? I may make biscuits with either pepper gravy or sausage gravy one morning soon.ednesdays are Grandies meeting days. Even with social distancing, we decided to wear our go to meeting t-shirts, even though we couldn’t go to a meeting. Look how tiny Ella looks. It must be a trick of perspective. She’s further from the camera than I am.ometime around three o’clock the temperature reached ninety four. I said this morning that it would be close enough to tickle ninety degrees on the toes. It appears I was wrong. It got. close enough to bite it on the ankle

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Day 190 in TexasDay 24 of us being self isolated.

2020 April 06 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend.www.TomAndEllaJournal.comooking through the fog toward the East at the rising sun. It’s right there. You see it, right? No. No. A little to the left. As you missed it.he view to the South is just as foggy. The far hills have ducked of sight. Don’t take it personal. They are very shy hills. Sometimes they even disappear behind clouds of cedar pollen. No kidding. When the cedar and juniper are pollinating, it drifts like smoke through the valleys.he Western view is probably the foggiest direction at the moment. A couple of yard lights are trying in vain to fight their way through the mists. Just try to hang on until sunrise. Oh … right. No sunrise.

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e broke with tradition and took a morning walk. And it did not involve checking the mail box.love the old time look of the rough cut siding. This building isn’t quite as old as it appears. It was built in the late 1990s with the idea of making it appear like real old western frontier general store.ots of yellow weeds and pink flowers, I think they may be primroses.small patch of blue bonnets and more yellow weeds. Texans go bonkers over blue bonnets. They run out into a large patch of flowers, plunk their baby down for a photo op. Folks, there are rattlesnakes out and about. THINK.into beans and rice with smoked sausage and carrots for lunch.The dishwasher is broke. No, we have no machine that’s broken. It’s me. I’m broker.Found a mask that’ll cover my beard.And it doubles as a cap. How great it’s that?My HUM device notified me that the truck’s battery was in the yellow zone. So we went for a drive to charge it. We were still in isolation. It just was a rolling isolation.God bless and g’nite.

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Day 188 in Texas

Day 25 of us being self isolated.

2020 April 03 Friday

2020 April 03 Friday in Liberty Hill Texas

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.esterday, just before the rain, I put the awning out.The hope was that we could leave the door open, without rain coming in. It worked~mostly.Today I was looking at the awning and thinking. “It just doesn’t look right.” Finally I realized why the awning looked wrong. I hadn’t installed the rafters / braces. These rafters keep the awning fabric wretched and tight. That means less likely to tree tear.ow many different ways of saying gray can there be? “Without interest or character; dull and nondescript.” (Thank you, Google.”

Synonyms for gray/grey

  • Dove
  • ash
  • ashen
  • battleship
  • cinereal
  • clouded
  • dingy
  • drab
  • dusky
  • dusty
  • granite
  • heather
  • iron
  • lead
  • leaden
  • livid
  • mousy
  • neutral
  • oyster
  • pearly
  • peppery
  • powder
  • sere
  • shaded
  • silvered
  • silvery
  • slate
  • smoky
  • somber
  • stone

(Thank you thesaurus.com)I had to look up the meaning of cinereal.
“Cinereal is an old English word that comes from the Latin ‘cinis,’ which means and relates to ashes, specifically the dead cold heavy black ashes left after a fire.here are hills hidden by the cinereal foggy mist that permeates the air this morning.was up hours before Ella, I went to the living room and closed the door to the upper level, so as to not disturb her. Sometime later, I heard her in the bathroom. I asked if she was staying up or going back to bed. “Bed,” was her groggy reply.s time progressed, my stomach began to growl like a hungry lion. So, in fear, I prepared some oatmeal.Nobody wants a lion in their tummy. Though they may want a tiger in their tank.oments before ten o’clock, my bride appeared and was ready for breakfast. The oatmeal was easily reheated in the microwave.

This is day 22 of us being self isolated. These days we seldom dip a toe into the news-stream. We are already doing all of which we are able be remain safe. Hearing all the bad news of the day its not not going to change that.

I do not accept ANYTHING I read on social media as fact. I writes family and friends would stop sending misinformation and links to potentially harmful websites.

Hearing that one million now are infected needs to be balanced with the news that six billion nine hundred and ninety nine million are not not infected. (Numbers are not to be taken as exact, they are estimates) I did hear an assumed expert saying that we are still closer to the beginning off this pandemic than we are to even the middle. I suspect, and fear, he may be right. But right or wrong, there’s still not a dang blame thing that Ella and I can do, beyond what we are doing, praying and taking all precautions that we can.

hicken tortilla soup. It looked prettier before I stirred the cheese into it. I used V8 juice to extend. It had corn, black beans, red and green peppers, spices, and, of course, noodle sized bits of a couple flour tortillas.

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 185 in Texas
This is day 22 of being self isolated, not wanting to be around folks with the corona-virus.

2020 April 02 Thursday

2020 April 02 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

Good morning and welcome to our daily journal!

ray on gray and rain after rain is our weather forecast for the whole of the next seven days. Sunrise is a fade to gray and sunset is a fade to black.

This is day 20 of being self isolated, not wanting to be around folks with the corona-virus.

loudy hardly described the sky. There was more water in the firmament above than in the firmament below and all day long it leaked. Sometimes misting and sometimes pouring, but once it began, there was no hesitation.

he goat pen full of yellow that the sun was unable to find. Speaking of goats, where do you suppose them to be? That’s right, inn a sheltering shed. Now, ask where the neighborhood boys might be. Oh you have already guessed, playing in the rain.

reakfast of French toast and fresh fruit. Prepared powdered egg with a splash of milk and copious amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg, made for a fine morning meal.

The flood of 1993

27 years ago Des Moines Iowa became the largest city to be without water, as the Des Moines River flooded downtown, suburbs, and the water treatment plant as well. Folks all along the Mississippi River a and the Missouri River (Iowa’s east and west boarders) were all’s being flooded. It almost looked as the whole state was under water.

Ella and I fared well through that emergency because we prepared. We will do well during this time of testing also.

unch was a rehydrated Broccoli Cheese Soup. Cooked I the Instapot and doctored up with some real cheddar cheese and a little thickening. Served with toast.

ollow-up: I checked inside the topper and found no leeks.i was really glad. Had it been wet inside, I don’t know where else I would have looked.

oday was a day for simple meals. Supper consisted of corn meal mush. Ella ate hers with milk and sugar. I eat mine with butter and salt. How do you eat your mush. If there had been leftover, it would have eaten fried for breakfast. Tomorrow, I may need to actually prepare a real meal

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 184 in Texas