2020 June 15 Halfway

Monday

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After breakfast, I got a pair of thick-cut butterfly-porkchops out of the freezer to thaw. Later I realized they weren’t going to thaw in time for lunch. That’s when I pressure cooked them then left them on keep warm until just before lunch.

At lunch time I nuked some baking potatoes. Out of the microwave and into the George Foreman grill, using the grill plates. The potatoes stayed there until the grill was at maximum temperature, when I swapped them out for the chops. Once the chops had nicely browned grill marks, they were served

Ella read somewhere that Costco had cloth facemasks for $10. So, having nothing better to do, we went to Costco. They do NOT have facemasks. At least not in the one nearest to us. And miracle of miracles, we left Costco without buying anything.

It wasn’t a total waste of time and gasoline. We stopped for treats at Dairy Queen.

And then at Parker’s Corner Market for perishables like milk,bread, butter, eggs, sausage, and bacon. Oh, and cookies. Cookies are to perishable! Don’t try to tell me differently.

I really like Sudoku. It’s the only game that I have on my phone. I can’t play it four hours on end like Ella does her various games, but, on the expert setting, I can spend a good half hour.

Let’s see, what else happened today. I did not work on/in the topper … but I thought about it alot. I’m working through various designs in my mind. Planning what order the rebuild would take place. First, of course, everything that I packed in there has to be in packed and stored safely out of the way. Next the current iteration of the topper would be carefully disassembled, because I will reuse much of that lumber. So I’ve done a lot of planning for something I am not sure I’ll build.

I also downloaded the lectionary readings for this coming Sunday: Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 , Jeremiah 20:7-13, Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39. I’ve read through them and have a germ of an idea for a sermon. We will see where the Spirit leads.

We are halfway through June and nearly halfway through the year!

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2020 June 13 Iris is Tired

Saturday

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Good (educated) guess by the weather forecasters. Ninety degrees was predicted and ninety degrees was the high.As I fried some bacon for Ella’s breakfast, I also browned some for corn chowder in the Instapot slow-cooker.As we did yesterday, we took our Fast Track game outside. It wasn’t until almost noon before we found the need to close up and turn the air conditioner on.For lunch we had the afore mentioned corn chowder. Corn, potatoes, bacon, milk, vegetable stock are the bases for my chowder. Before serving, I blend in sour cream. And personally, chowder should not be eaten without crackers. And as shaky as my hands are now, without crackers, I would lose half the broth on the way to my mouth.We accomplished a little yard work today, before it became uncomfortably warm. For as long as we have been on this site, there had been a tire buried in our yard. I’ve assumed it to be a flower bed, though no followers are in evidence. However, about eighteen inches away, irises have tried to grow. Every time the mowers come, they run over both the tire and the flowers.My thought was to raise the tire from it’s sunken position and place it around the irises, solving both problems. However, the reality was that it was easier to transplant the flowers than dig the tire out of the rocky ground.To stop the mowers from mowing over the flower bed, it is now outlined with rocks.Once again I also did a minor chore in the topper. Some time back I had stapled some nylon screening over the opening to assist in convincing various insects to “move along – you’re not wanted here.” However, with use, the screen has torn lose from the staples. Today I used duct tape to hold the screen on place and re-stapled through tape and screen. Hopefully that will work better than the first attempt.The remainder of our rest-day was used to read, write, watch, listen, and game. Oh, I suppose some time was allotted for thinking 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 09 A Bomb In Our Home

Tuesday

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Just a mite warm this morning and headed toward danged uncomfortable.I‘m quite pleased with this photograph of the rising sun. Generally, I like to crop it to a smaller section of the sky. However, today the broader view was better. The grander scale of the sun radiating from behind the clouds was more pleasing.We have been plagued by tiny, flying, creatures flitting around us as we read or try to sleep. Ella had an appointment for a haircut this morning. Before we left home, I set off a bug bomb to be shed of the wee beasties.Once we returned home, we had to open the door, windows, and ceiling vents to allow and lingering poison to dissipate and then we needed to leave for a couple of hours. Yes, with a heat advisory in effect, we had to leave our home open.Okay, I know that I’m just a guy, but does her hair really look that different?We drove to accomplish several things. Number one was to do something while the air in our home cleared out. Number two was to recharge the truck battery. Number three was to drive a road we hadn’t before. Number four was to keep moving and force air through the truck windows (we have no working a/c in the truck).Nearly the same road, there and back again.We gave this young man a bottle of water while we waited. They are widening the road several places along our traveled highways. I know that being a flagger isn’t exactly a skilled-labor job, but I hope they are well compensated for standing for long hours in the 100° weather..Oh yes, a follow up … no little flying bugs tonight.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 May 12 Tuesday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.I went put on the storm to move the tub under the lowest edge of the awning.It’s not easy capturing photographic evidence of the amount of rain pouring down on our steps.I saw several snails slowly sliding through the rain. And why shouldn’t they? They have built in umbrellas.This what that “marginalized” storm dropped on us in less than an hour. And I didn’t get the tub under the drip during the hardest part of the rain.Though the rain slowed, we still managed to harvest more rainwater. That means it will be laundry day soon. We now have the water. So now we wait for sunshine.Watch Tom’s video “It’s a Rainy Day”It has been dark most of the afternoon. I keep thinking it must be close to bedtime. I am sure that is partially due to not accomplishing anything all day. Wait, that’s not true. I moved a tub and an ice chest under the dropping awning. Yay!Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.

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Day 224, in Texas.Days being self isolated

2020 May 11 Monday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.Morning Talk With Tom video.I am recycling and repurposing some cardboard boxes. Corrugated cardboard with all of it’s air gaps is a good thermal barrier. So I’m making use of that by placing it between the studs in the truck topper wallsVideo of Tom working I the topperSorry, I was too busy too write much. And now I’m too tied..Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.

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2020 March 19 Thursday

2020 March 19 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

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Day six of being self isolated because of the corona-virus.

Throw back from October 2018. I was up to some Do-It-Yourself projects.

I ordered new headlights. The old ones have becomes so yellowed with age that they were nearly useless at night. The package arrived yesterday afternoon but I didn’t open them until this afternoon. It was a simple thing to remove the old ones and replace them with the new. They even came with bulbs. The bulbs were still good in the old set so now I have a spare set.

On the way home from choir practice this evening the difference in the headlights was remarkable. I think the low beams illuminated more than the old high beams.

I am building a deck for our RV. Replacing the foldout RV steps with standard stairs should make it easier to get in and out. I placed an order online with Home Depot. While at the center I received a text that it was ready. At Home Depot I just needed to show them the order number and a photo ID. A young man (at nearly 72 nearly everyone is a young man) named Steve brought up a cart with my items and loaded then into the truck.

lla and I took a quarter mile trek around the Stocktank today. To document it, I started the record button on my cell phone and then put it in my shirt pocket, making sure that the camera was out far enough to “see”what we were doing. When we returned home, I opened the file to see what I had recorded. My shirt is what I recorded. I had the camera turned backwards, facing my shirt.Ribs, broccoli, mashed potatoes, and biscuits for lunch. Yum.lla’s prescriptions were ready at Wal-Mart this afternoon. So off I went. As l long as I was going, I did some grocery shopping also. Most of the things I wanted were still our of stock. However, while I was checking out the cereals, I noticed a package kind of half hidden. At first, I thought it was paper towels. But I was wrong, it was eight rolls of toilet tissue.nderstand, the shelves were bare of tp, paper towels,and napkins. Yet someone had left that “Easter Egg” for me to find. Also understand that I didn’t buy them to hoard against the “end of the world,” as so many seem to be doing. Given the choice, I would have only purchased four rolls, which was all that I needed to restock our cupboard.

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Day 171 in Texas

2019 October 31 Thursday

  • 2019 October 31 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

nce the sun came up … yes,

we had sunshine! After days of fog, mist, rain, and gloom, the sun began to warm everything, especially my soul. The above photo is the sun lighting the living room curtain. Although it only reached 52° today, it was over 80° inside when we returned home. Passive solar heat produced by the sunlight coming through our large, west-facing windows. However, we have several more below freezing nights this week.

early every Thursday I post something about being at the Over the Hill Gang. So I did a video walkthrough to show the place to you. Video. And below are some photos to show how it fills up at lunch time.

es the police are on hand at nearly every meeting. They come and greet people and hand us the trays as we go through the serving line, then stay and eat. One of them (Robert) also makes ice cream in the machine every week, unless called away on duty.

hese are the leftovers from lunch. Many will come back for second servings or to fill a to-go container. I’ve only taken one item home. That was some exceptionally good pinto beans and ham several years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that it’s $6.00 per person for our meals. However, if you bring a dessert, salad, or side dish to share, then you eat for free. We often bring a dessert. Ella likes to make bread pudding and I will occasionally make a peach cobbler that people seem to enjoy.

ontinued emptying of the topper in preparation for the shelving I will install. I have 2x4s cut to size but not the plywood. I’m also working to water/weather proof it because our bug-out bags and emergency food supplies will be stored on those shelves. We have used the FEMA recommendations as guides for what we carry. I also recommend ready.gov as a good starting place for preparedness. I’m not an alarmist. However, especially when you live in an RV, it’s a good idea to have an evacuation plan. I’d rather plan and never need, than to need and never planned. It worked for Noah. (Genesis chapters 6–9)

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