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 March 29 Sunday

2020 March 29 Sunday in Liberty Hill Texas

Good morning and welcome to our daily journal!

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

ur home was … well, it was right down chilly at fifty seven degrees in the living room, and a might cooler in the bedroom on account of the window being open all night. We both enjoy sleeping when there is a chill in the air. Oh not frost on nose and toes kinda chill, somewhere just North of seeing your breath is fine for sleeping. It is the getting out from under those covers that takes a real force of will ~ or full bladder.

his morning’s sky was a right pretty sky. It is the kind of sky poets would pen poems about. Lyricist could write ballads about a sky such as this. Artists would weep and drop their brushes just to see it. Birds stop their singing and sit transfixed at the sight. The cat sees it and thinks, “I’ve seen better.”

nd then came the actual rising of the sun. I couldn’t quite imagine the pounding of drums from “Also sprach Zarathustra*” playing as Sol appeared over the horizon. Nor was I tempted to throw bones in the air and grunt, as in 2001: A Space Odyssey. None the less, it was nice to see the sun rise. Heck, at my age, it’s nice to see any sunrise. Thank you, Lord, for another day of living.

Our worship service today was self-led from a bulletin that came via email. We had some rousing prelude piano music by Jim Turner. And then tuned into Pastor John Saint’s sermon. Unfortunately our cell service is … ah … how to say this … iffy … yeah, that’s it … Iffy. This caused the live feed to freeze. This week’s technology was better than last Sunday’s. As our worship committee continues to do this I’m sure it will continue to improve.You may also wish to read my sermon for today.

ithout the normal items for our worship table, at home, this morning, we had the candle (symbolizing Christ’s presence), a rock (the Lord is the rock of my salvation), keys (he who holds the keys to the kingdom).

hortly after lunch of roast beef, with roasted potatoes, carrots, and celery, all topped with a nice beef gravy; I received an email that my groceries were ready for pick up at Wal-Mart.

hen we arrived, we pulled into one of nine or ten spots in the staging area. Soon more people arrived. All spots became full and still more people waiting for a spot. I thought they appeared to be moving along at a good pace. The person next to me was complaining about how long it was taking.

There were a coupled of items that had gone out of stock sources I ordered them on Thursday. I was glad that the folding clothes dryer racks were still available. We have no washer/dryer on our fifth-wheel RV. Laundry day has always meant packing dirty clothes into the truck and shuffling off to the laundromat. That really isn’t an option in the currency environment.

Along with the drying racks, I had also ordered a washing wand. In years past, when we we’re still tent campers, I had done our dirty laundry in a bucket using a new stool plunger as an agitator. This wand is an upgrade from the plunger

oon we were done at Wal-Mart, and were moving on down the road toward Dollar General.

We needed to take a short detour around an accident. I prayer everyone is alright.

e arrived st Dollar General, dressed in my Sunday best. It is a charcoal impregnated dust mask. It’s not the best defense, but it is what I had on hand. St DG I found honey and an off brand of the cereal we couldn’t get at Wal-Mart. I also purchased some paint brushes. I’ll tell you about those brushes some other time. We weren’t done shopping for the day. We stopped at Parker’s Corner Grocery in Liberty Hill for eggs that neither Dollar General nor Wal-Mart had on hand. I also found a small bag of corn meal that I haven’t been able to find for a couple of weeks. Now, if I could just find bread flour or even all purpose flour.

s a treat for our retreat, I got a small pack of ice cream. Once home, we wiped all of our grocery items off with some disinfectant wipes, before putting them away. I left my face mask on the dashboard of the truck. That seemed like a good place in the sun, which should kill any viruses.

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 180 in Texas

* You may know it better as the theme music for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2020 March 27 Friday

2020 March 27 Friday in Liberty Hill TexasWelcome to our daily journal!

Day fourteen of being self isolated, not wanting to be around folks with the corona-virus.

Acc wet appears this will be our last day of eighty degree weather for awhile. All though the prediction was for eighty two, Ol’ Sol pulled out another chart topping eighty six.

here were hopes that the small spot of color would grow into a full on sunrise, with pinks, oranges, purples, and reds.nd ’round about eight o’clock it did … sort of. No pinks, purples, oranges, and reds. Just a bright spot afloat in a sky the color of piss and ash.

Life during the time of COVID-19:

Twice a month on Fridays, we would go to the the Leander UMC for the 50+ Group. One Friday a month there is a meal and a guest speaker. This was the last pre-isolation outing (other than worship on Sunday) that we attended. We only attended then because the speaker was giving information about the new Senior Center that is supposed to be built by sometime in 2021.

And once a month there was a Game Day. People would gather to play their favorite card games, dominoes, and board games. Today would have been Game Day.

Map of Williamson County, Texas

Williamson County, Texas issued Stay-at-home orders

The orders dictate that all residents must remain in their homes unless performing essential activities, such as buying groceries, pet supplies and other items needed to work from home. People may go outside to exercise and walk their pets as long as they comply with social distancing rules, the order states. Travel also is permitted when needed to take care of a person or pet at another home.

This is what Ella and I have already been doing for two full weeks. So no change for us.
.fter our lunch of spaghetti with meat sauce had a chance to settle, we went for our daily walk. We did not violate the stay-at-home edict because this was our exercise for the day. We also picked up the mail, but don’t tell anyone. Mail is not on the list of legal exclusions.On the way past a neighbors truck, I saw this bumper sticker. Since I had just recently regaled you with the fascinating story of how Oatmeal may have come by its name and how this tiny spot-in-the-road made it on the Texas map, I thought it necessary to share the sticker.new groundskeeper came around with the mower today. It was nice to have the weeds leveled off again, even if the job was a little hit-or-miss

TREE TO TREE

In previous postings I had shared that grandpa’s home sat on a hill over looking railroad tracks. I also shared that I loved to climb. This is a remembrance which encompasses those two things.

If you are familiar with the fertile soils of the upper Midwest, then you’ll understand how fence rows, left to their own devices, will become overgrown with small trees the size of a wooden fence post and smaller. This particular story is about a fence line that stretched from near the house to near the tracks, a distance of a city block or so.

Our protagonist is a boy of about eight or nine years of age. And as boys of that age, when left to their own devices will, he was scanning the area for something worth conquering.

At first glance, the trees in question were chicken leg spindly, and, like chickens in a rainstorm. all crowded together. However on this fine spring day, the sap was running strong in both the trees and our hero.

In his adolescent mind an idea sprang forth, full grown, . Had this fanciful thought been born small and slowly grown, his seldom heard, and seldom heeded inner voice (which sound exactly like his mother’s) might have convinced him of the foolishness and danger in his plan.

However, from thought to action we instantaneous. Indeed, so quick was his action, that even his guardian angel had no time to react before the deed was done. Climbing the fence he sprang to a sapling, which swayed under his weight.

This rocking was exactly what he was hopping for. As this slender tree tipped to the downhill side, he grasped another young tree. He hung on as the pendulum effect moved him once more uphill. At the far point of the swing, he released the original tree and let the spring of the second move him to the third. This process repeated until he reached the final tree, just above the tracks.

It would be many years before he heard words like pendulum, amplitude, oscillation, and kinetic energy. However, his young mind had already mastered the practical application of the physics.

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Day 178 in Texas

2020 March 26 Thursday

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Day thirteen of being self isolated, because not wanting to be around folks with the corona-virus.

nice morning for having The door open. The leaves on the trees are rejoicing in the same breezes that make the bushes dance. By three thirty the shrubbery chorus line was still dancing, when we shut the door against the heat.

azy clouds have blotted out the sun once again. I suspect he may have the last laugh later today. And laugh loud and long the sun did, while turning his people-cooker to a simmering eighty five.

Kramer the cat loved to sit in the sunlight. Eight years ago her larger than life shadow stood guard over the kitchen cabinets in our RoadRanger fifth-wheel trailer.

Today I miss Kramer and the RoadRanger. Both gone to wherever expired cats and RVs go.

spent a few hours in the pickup topper this afternoon. Removing Ella and my duffle bags, inventorying and sorting our clothing. I also lightened the duffle’s loads by removing non-clothing items. That reduced the bulk by half and the weight by a fourth. The extracted items are now stored on a shelf. I found only one item, a towel, that became damp when its storage bag had popped a seam.n the heat of the day, we took or daily walk to check the mail and enjoy the natural world, which cares not for our worries. Because nature worries not, we can also release ours and just soak in the beauty.

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 177 in TexasINR 2.5

2020 March 24 Tuesday

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

id you notice something different? No fog! That’s right,”there’s magic in my eyes I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles.” Oh yeah.” (song by The Who – 1967)

e opened the windows overnight and the door, once we were up. We will keep them open as long as it doesn’t become too warm. And, if is truly going to reach eighty three degrees, it might be before noon. Then we’ll close up and start the air conditioner.

ccasionally, the clouds would thin enough that the sun would appear as a bright disc, looking for all the world, like the moon. And soon, too soon, was hidden once again. But wait! The forecast, as yet unproven as I write this morning. Is for a sunny afternoon. Now I pray that the next forecast issued for COVID-19, will be equally cheering.

ust before noon the sun shook off the coat of clouds and began to pour out a week’s worth of sunshine. Though the return of that long lost friend was welcomed back, and though he warms our souls, we shut the door and drew the shades to half mast. His rays through the windows soon had the indoor thermometer creeping up on eighty. Outdoors it reached a record breaking (for this date) eighty six degrees.

Today’s Instapot lunch was lentils, kielbasa, carrots, celery, chicken stock, and (just for the heck of it) a little bit of barley. For dessert was a banapple no bake pie. Instant banana pudding and a can of apple pie filling in a shortbread pie crust.

Remembering My Youth

Once there was a boy-child who played and stayed in the brilliant summer sun ’till his hair was near white and skin near chestnut.

Trees, hills, and fences too, were made for climbing. And climb he did. From top branches smaller than a man’s thumb he hug by his hands, knees, and toes.

As he was swayed by that ever restless breeze of summer, his mind’s eye looked down to the pirate ship’s deck far below, where Captain Hook shook his one good fist at the fair-haired boy, dressed in green, far up in the crow’s nest.

Next, as he squatted in his loin-cloth, high in the vine covered tree, a gentle African wind carried with it, a strange aroma among the normal scents of the jungle, the aroma of a dangerous rogue elephant. as it came crashing through the underbrush.

Now the international man of danger lay flat against the skyscraper roof, binoculars to his eyes and studied the movement of the band of spies that were just coming ashore from the foreign submarine.

All too soon, mother called him down from his perch. Time for lunch and a nap. He had no need of a nap. He had been dreaming all morning.

Water for awhile.

Survival food for awhile.

Trash bags, TP, disinfectant wipes, and towels for awhile. Oh yes, buddy burners and a few yards of rope.

Tools for simple repair and construction.

His and hers duffle-bags with everything that NEMA, National Emergency Management Association recommends, was well as FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency. And other supplies recommended by various survivalist and preppers. I don’t think of Ella and myself as “peppers”, as a good scout I do believe in, “Be Prepared.” Oh yes, the truck and topper for temporary shelter.

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 175 in TexasProgressive 43.17Progressive 47.09

2020 March 22 Sunday

2020 March 22 Sunday in Liberty Hill Texas Welcome to our daily journal! Send Mail to: TomAndEllaJournal@gmail.comDay nine of being self isolated because of the corona-virus.The fog comes. on little cat feet. It sits looking. over harbor and city. on silent haunches. and then moves on.” – Carl Sandburg

Dark was the night and gray the morning.

Fog clings, a coat so thick amidst the chill.

Smothered in silence, I await the day.

his Sunday morning we were listening to hymns on YouTube while waiting for church service to begin on Cross Tracks Church’s Facebook page. Pastor John Saint’s sermon on Facebook is here.Tom Williams’s message for today, “Praising God In Times of Trouble.”unch for today: chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, with green beans. I made the noodles with powdered eggs. And I made them the way I like them, thick, wide,and chewy. Some might call them dumplings. But they would be wrong, dumplings are much lighter and airier.apioca pudding for a nice, warm, afternoon snack. It really was just going to be vanilla pudding. I mistakenly added an extra cup of milk. So I added the tapioca to thicken that extra cup. It was good warm. Does anyone else really like the “skin” that forms on the surface of real, cooked pudding? It’s my favorite part. Because I made too much, there was an extra bowl.ur favorite board game is Fast Track. We have introduced it to many other people and they’ve become as addicted as we are. I tell people that it is easy to learn. It’s just hard to win.lla and I went for what had become a daily walk. Truly, we don’t walk far enough to count as exercise, but we at least get out and “git ta stink blowed off.”nce again sunset is indistinguishable from sunrise, like a library filled with only one book, every shelf the same, every day bound in the same cover. I’ve read this day before, too many times.

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 175 in Texas

2020 March 15 Sunday

2020 March 15 Sunday in Liberty Hill Texas

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

t appears that the good news in the forecast is that our present temperature of fifty seven is as cool as it going to be today. The less exciting news is that the day’s high is only going to be seven degrees warmer than our present temperature.

he Weatherbug declares that it is cloudy. I have no reason to doubt that it is indeed cloudy . . . somewhere above the fog. It doesn’t appear to be very dense right here. I hope that we don’t discover, on our drive to Cross Tracks Church, that visibility is limited in some of the low spots in the road.

ross Tracks Church, Pastor John Saint’s sermon, “Spring Cleaning.” It was based on the Gospel of John chapter 2:13-22, where Jesus cleansed the temple.

More, Life in the

Time of COV19

ttendance was W A Y down at our first worship service today. You will also notice that people are keeping their distances. There were five things, that we normally do, that today we did not do.

  1. Great each other with a handshake, hug, and word of greeting.
  2. Pass the offering plates. Instead they were left on a table by the doors.
  3. Pass the attendance books. I’m assuming that someone just did a head count.
  4. We had no adult Sunday school. I don’t know about the children.
  5. We had no breakfast bar. There were donuts that were served by one person with tongs. Usually there are tacos, sausage & egg sandwiches, and a variety of self serve pastries.

More COV19 related.

told you yesterday that we decided that we would not attend Over The Hill Gang* until there was some resolution to this viral pandemic. I received an email stating that the OTHG will not be meeting until at least April.

had yesterday said that going to Grandies** and choir practice were still unknowns. Grandies is no longer an unknown. I received an email from them also stating that they are suspending meetings until at least April. No word about choir practice.

f you will recall, Friday we attended the 50+ soup and salad lunch. Since attendance was far less than expected, they were giving leftover soup and salad to take home. We decided to forego the salad but did bring home soup. Today, for lunch, I dumped that soup into the Instapot, added some water, and some dumplings, then set the machine on the “soup” setting and let it go. I could have heated it faster in the microwave, but that would not have cooked the dumplings.

s I discovered, pressure cooking dumplings is not the best method. It made them very dense balls of cooked dough. There still tasted good but had to be cut into smaller pieces.

ix thirty and it is still fairly light. However it is also still overcast and foggy.

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 167 in Texas

  • *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)

2020 March 13 Friday

2020 March 13 Friday in Liberty Hill Texas

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y one o’clock it had reached seventy six and it was still completely blanketed in clouds

Today was the monthly luncheon for the 50+ group at Leander UMC. Today it was a soup and salad meal. Today we had a speaker from the Leander Parks and Recreation Office to talk about the planned new building for the senior center, to be opened in 2021. He also gave us information about the Active Adults program.

made some boiled eggs, after we returned home. Six minutes to cook perfect hardboiled eggs. Instapot hard boiled eggs are so easy to peel because the shell comes off in bigger pieces without taking part of the white with it. However, I found an even quicker and easier way to BLOW egg from the shell. Of course you are going to rinse the egg afterwards..

was fortunate to capture thus photograph when I did. This was the last that was seen of the sun.

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Day 165 in Texas

  • *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)

2020 March 12 Thursday

2020 March 12 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

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t was very comfortable sleeping weather overnight. We had only one window open, so there was no cross ventilation, but it was enough.

nother overcast day with a promise of eighty degrees later today. And later today it reached eighty four degrees under a mostly clear sky.

From July 2010

I made a tasty lentil based soup yesterday. I guess I’ll call it Cream of Lentil Soup.

(I’m not the measuring kind, so the measurements are all approximate.) ½ Cup lentils (washed and sorted) ½ Cup chopped carrots ½ Cup chopped celery ½ Cup finely chopped cabbage 1/8 Cup finely chopped chives (I’d have used onion if I were not allergic to the tasty things)

These were all combined in a medium sauce pan and covered with chicken stock to a depth of about a ½ inch. Seasoned with a couple generous pinches of cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer at low temperature until carrots and lentils are soft. (about 30 minutes).

You want this to reduce the liquid but not run dry so watch and add more chicken stock if too dry or cook uncovered for a while if too wet. The goal is to end up with a thick creamy soup that still has some texture. Taste test and adjust seasonings.

Reserve about a fourth of the soup and purée the rest. Recombine the reserved and the puréed portions. Stir in a ½ cup of plain yogurt or sour cream and serve with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar.

This was enough to make two generous portions. Which was fine as a meal by itself. If you are serving as part of a larger meal, it would serve four.

ow that I’ve found this recipe again, I’m going to try it in the Instapot. I think I will grate the carrots rather than chop. Unfortunately, my onion allergy has gotten worse over the last decade, so I now avoid all of the plants in the onion family, like chives and scallions, shallots, and leeks. So far, I’ve not been bothered by garlic.

bout eight thirty, we received a hint of sunlight, one eye open and peeking from beneath that thick quilt of cloud. Still not satisfied after its long night of slumber, it snuggled back beneath the covers.

ver The Hill Gang has been meeting in this building since the 1970s. However, since the county gave control of the building to the city, it appears we are going to be moved. Many members are very unhappy about this proposed move.

lla, and I played four games of Fast Track before lunch at OTHG before lunch. I know I won and I know she won. However, I do not know how many. I think it was a the score was a tie

fter lunch, we played canasta with Ann, Charlotte, Lu, and Nadine. The team of Charlotte, Ella and Tom were so far ahead in the first game that the other team conceded defeat and we started another game – which we also won.

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Day 164 in Texas

  • *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)

2020 March 10 Tuesday

2020 March 10 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

arly this morning earth’s tiny twin shone as brightly as yesterday’s reluctant sun. Earth and moon, siblings twirling together through space in their struggle, pulling apart, then draw closer once again.

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nterestingly while this showed mostly cloudy, at the same time, there was a dense fog alert.

he top photograph was taken well before dawn. The middle photo was taken a few minutes before dawn. Three third picture was taken a few minutes after dawn. Ah, there is the dense fog for which they were alerting me.

esterday I wrote about liking rain. As I was saving that short piece in a file, I found this short piece I had written about fifteen years ago.

Smelling Rain

Have you ever noticed how rain changes the smell of things? Oddly enough when it first starts to rain the air smells dusty (if you’re in country). In the city the rain, at first, seems to bring out the smells of hot sidewalks and old oil.

Usually you can smell the rain coming before it arrives.
During the rain, smells are suppressed. All you smell is rain!
Now! After the rain! That’s when everything smells fresh and cool and clean.
Except the dog!

t the Georgetown senior center today, Ella and I played four rounds of Fast Track.

his is the track of our travels today. From Stocktank RV Park to Madella Hilliard Senior Center in Georgetown and back again by a slightly different route.

nce we were home. Ella fell coming from the truck to the RV. Okay Ella in your own words tell us what happened.

ell when I got out of the truck, I went out to talk to Jackie, Tresa’s sister, who had stopped at the dumpster.

hen walking back in, I picked up a spoon that was on the ground. I was also bending over to pick up a piece of paper that was on the ground. In the process of picking up the paper, I lost my balance. I did about 3 yards of walking real fast, where I was trying to catch up with myself, so that I wouldn’t fall. In the end I did fall. But I think I went down a little gentler than I might have otherwise.

y knee is scrapped, but I really don’t feel too bad. And then Tom came out to help me get up and brush all the leaves off of me, and the dirt.

hese jeans definitely are going into the laundry, because I have mud on my pants from the rain that we’ve had the last few days.

very couple of hours I’ve been asking, “How do you feel now?” I really don’t want her covering up something because “it’s nothing.” Yes, she does that sometimes because she doesn’t want to “be a bother.” I do the same thing, but it’s frustrating when she does it.

fter burning through the fog this morning, Ol’ Sol has been burning bright and (relatively) hot. It topped out at seventy five degrees.


his is the sky that greeted us as we came our from Cross Tracks Church’s Tuesday night prayer meeting.

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Day 162 in Texas

  • *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)