2020 May 31 Busy Busy Day

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The sky was pretty and odd at the same time this morning.This morning the worship service participants gathered “together” while maintaining distancing. We were there to do the first LIVE broadcast from our chapel. Previously, it had been pre recorded as segments and then stitched together for broadcast.I had two parts in the service. I didn’t realize that the podium mike want live or I would have used my “preacher voice” to make myself heard.Video “Life in the Spirit”This was our Zoom Sunday school class today. Next week we are going to attempt a mask to mask gathering on the worship center’s foyer.After Sunday school, Ella and I went to Sonic for lunch and then back to the church church to await people driving by to deliver food for the Kids’ Summer Snack Program. A program to feed children who, through the school year, rely on the school lunch for what may be their only meal of the day.We also received more aluminum cans which we will sell at the metal reclamation center. The money is used to support the Grandies various ministries. We also save the pull tabs for donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.Since not all of the donated cans have the tabs removed nor are they all crushed to save space, Ella and I have been and will continue to both collect the tabs and crush the cans prior to taking them for recycling.We finished at four for collecting food and cans. We them drove to Cedar Park to purchase Ella’s medications. She decided to go into the store for a few others items as well. She came back to the car with her purchases and we drove away. That was when she said, “I forgot the prescriptions.” Sooooo, I turned around and went back. This time we parked and had them bring them to the truck.It was differently nap time when we returned home ten hours after we left.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 27

Wednesday

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It was a wonderful start to the day. But it turned ugly later on.

GRANDIES

Once again we drove the six miles to the Cross Tracks Church campus, so that we could have better cellphone connections. Again the attendance via Zoom was low. We are debating whether to continue the zoom meeting, or to just send out emails. I vote to continue with Zoom. There may be a connection with email, but there is no synergy.Speaking of email, I received the greeting and opening prayer, that will be my portion of this coming Sunday’s worship service.The participants will gather at the church chapel at nine o’clock, for a quick rehearsal, before the live broadcast at ten.Once Grandies was over, we drove to Harbor Freight in Cedar Park to pick up a can crusher. Having used it only one time, I doubt it will be used with any frequency.It it’s nearly impossible to be used without being fastened to a wall. We live in an RV. RVs are not known for having sturdy walls. It will most likely be mounted to a post on the deck. I can’t imagine that either of us will go outside to use it. I will continue as I have always done. I set the can on the floor and stomp it flat.I did mount the can crushed on the deck. It is firmly attached to a four by four post. I seldom drink anything from an aluminium can. It’s unlikely that I’ll use it, unless many bags of uncrushed cans are donated this coming Sunday.In addition to mounting the can crusher, I also worked briefly on the pickup topper.Then the weather turned ugly. That’s why there is no sunset photo tonight.Here is a video of today’s adventure.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 24 We Got Canned!

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That it’s going to be a large front for a “slight risk” storm, covering about 1500 miles.Along about eight o’clock, the sun made a feeble attempt to shine. However the clouds, once more, overpowered Ol’ Sol and forced him into submission again.Today, being Sunday, means worship and Sunday school. Even though both worship and Sunday school are now online only, Ella and I still go to the church campus on Sunday mornings. We sit under the awning (bottom left in the photo) where we can get a good strong cellular service and/or WiFi.I tried to record the service but failed and I have been unable to find a recording online.I also didn’t think to do a screen shot of our Sunday school class as we gathered via Zoom.

GRANDIES

Our Grandies group sponsors and supports the KIDS SUMMER SNACK PROGRAM through Operation Liberty Hill. Knowing that some homeless children (yes, even in our community) and children in lower income families, rely on the free school lunch program for what may be their only meal of the day. When school is no longer in session, it may be a HUNGRY few months. So the summer snack program was established to meet that need.These are most of the people helping out today. People would drive under the awning (yes we had to move) and volunteers would take the donations (practicing safe distancing and masks) and place them inside the church vestibule.Later, those items were loaded into a van belonging to one of our members. She then took them to Operation Liberty Hill for distribution. We will repeat this next Sunday as well.This was posted on Facebook:

“A gigantic “thank you very kindly” to each of you who delivered snacks foods today in support of Grandies’ drive-through snack collection for OLH! Ya’ll are something special, and may the Lord bless your giving.”

Another ministry/project of the Grandies group is collecting aluminum cans. Texas is a no-deposit no-return state. Grandies collects these cans from members, friends, and anybody else we can find. We then take them to a metal reclamation center in Marble Falls (a thirty to forty mile drive) and sell them. I believe we may average about $15 every six months or so. No, it isn’t much, but it is a service and the money goes to support our various ministries.Now that you have some background about the cans; today, along with the food for the kids, we asked people to bring their cans. My pickup topper is crammed as full as I could get it with trash bags full of cans. Plus the back seat of the truck is also piled high. It may be Tuesday when Ella and I take the First Load to the redemption center.It was a long day (6 1/2 hours) for these two senior citizens so we ordered a pizza for pick up on our way home.The first drops of rain have fallen.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 18 Atomic Fireball in the Sky!

Monday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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The sun exploded over the treetops today like the atomic fireball that it is. After too many days of looking like the moon’s week sister, it came up with a vengeance today.It started out nice and cool at sixty one degrees, but suddenly began that climb into the nineties. Old Sol will not even reached its zenith until close to two o’clock this afternoon, and it has reached the mid eighties by ten o’clock. I fear the predicted high of ninety two may be optimistically low.At ninety three degrees, I believe we’ve past the hottest part of the dayWell, I’ll be jiggered if it didn’t go ahead and climb to ninety four before five o’clock. Just as I thought the tide had turned and it was gonna slowly cool down. Well I’m as right as the weather forecasters are. I know, that ain’t saying much.Early this morning, I noticed this spider web. This spider (or one of its kin) had built a web in this spot earlier. However, I had rolled the awning away while working on the RV roof last week. That destroyed the web. Today, I was glad to see the web rebuilt. Much to the chagrin of my bride, I do not sweep away spiderwebs. They are God’s fly traps. I’d rather have spiders than flies.We had a Grandies meeting via Zoom at nine o’clock this morning. There were only nine (including Ella and me) out of around two dozen members. Some have neither computer nor smart phone with which to connect. Some are in a hospital or a care facility. By the way, not pictured above but present were the other Donna and Cephus.We will reconvene, again via Zoom, on Wednesday morning for a business meeting. One topic for discussion will be the proposal for Ella and me to gather up all of the empty aluminum cans, that members and others have been saving, and taking them to the recycling place in Marble Falls.Today has been a stay-inside out-of-the-heat kind of day. I can report that my Double Bubble Reflective Foil Insulation has done what it was supposed to do, bounce the sunlight and heat back out of the windows.The only drawback is, that Ella said she feels like she’s living in a cave. I, on the other hand, am considering affixing it to the outside of the glass. That would stop the heat from passing through the windows at all. I have no problem in the least with living in a cave.That old atomic fireball continues to throw the heat at us from around the curve of the earth.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.God bless and g’day.

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2020 May 18 Cutty’s letter
Memorial Day weekend will look much different than the past, due to Covid-19, government restrictions and safety concerns.
weekend will look much different than the past, due to Covid-19, government restrictions and safety concerns.
We are very pleased the Governor has allowed us as members to camp and to have our guests. However, just a reminder that camping units must be self-contained since bathhouses are still ordered to be closed. There are no mass gatherings and only groups of ten or less people are allowed. Social distancing of six feet is also required.
are very pleased the Governor has allowed us as members to camp and to have our guests. However, just a reminder that camping units must be self-contained since bathhouses are still ordered to be closed. There are no mass gatherings and only groups of ten or less people are allowed. Social distancing of six feet is also required.
The Store and Café will be having limited hours and menu. Six customers will be allowed in the Store at any one time. Only one person per family may enter the Store. There will be X’s on the floor to help with social distancing. Paper menus are available at the Gatehouse as you check in and as you walk in the Store entrance. The East door of the Store will be enter only and the West door will be exit only. Please fill out your order, hand it to the cashier, pay and then wait outside where your food will be brought out to you. Due to the small size, the dining area is closed. We are offering to go only. The last hour is ice cream cones only. You may also call 515-721-9690 or 515-986-3929, opt3 to place your order and pay.
will be having limited hours and menu. Six customers will be allowed in the Store at any one time. Only one person per family may enter the Store. There will be X’s on the floor to help with social distancing. Paper menus are available at the Gatehouse as you check in and as you walk in the Store entrance. The East door of the Store will be enter only and the West door will be exit only. Please fill out your order, hand it to the cashier, pay and then wait outside where your food will be brought out to you. Due to the small size, the dining area is closed. We are offering to go only. The last hour is ice cream cones only. You may also call 515-721-9690 or 515-986-3929, opt3 to place your order and pay.
Store Hours Memorial Day Weekend: FRIDAY, MAY 22ND 3PM – 9PM, SATURDAY, MAY 23RD 11AM – 9PM, SUNDAY, MAY 24TH 11AM – 9PM, MONDAY, MAY 25TH 9AM – 3PM
Gatehouse Hours,: SUNDAY – THURSDAY: 8AM – 8PM, FRIDAY – SATURDAY: 8AM – 9PM
The Gatehouse is drive thru or walk up to the sliding door only. No one may enter the Gatehouse.
is drive thru or walk up to the sliding door only. No one may enter the Gatehouse.
Office Hours: MONDAY – FRIDAY: 8AM – 4:30PM
: MONDAY – FRIDAY: 8AM – 4:30PM
No one may enter the Clubhouse.
Activities have changed from what we had originally scheduled. We have been able to schedule a few activities with safety in mind. You can find the schedule listed on Cuttys.com and CampersApp. Paper copies will be only at the member gate box and the Gatehouse.
The Rental Units and Laundry will open as soon as we have staff available to clean and sanitize throughout the season. The Adult Center, Lodge, Clubhouse, Pools, Playgrounds will open after government proclamations allow. The Hayrack, Paddleboats and rental of game equipment will begin again after government proclamations allow and we have staff to clean and sanitize.
will open as soon as we have staff available to clean and sanitize throughout the season. The Adult Center, Lodge, Clubhouse, Pools, Playgrounds will open after government proclamations allow. The Hayrack, Paddleboats and rental of game equipment will begin again after government proclamations allow and we have staff to clean and sanitize.

2020 May 17 Veterans’ Names

Sunday In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.7 months 17 days since we returned to Texas.63 days being self isolated.Yesterday, Ella and I did something that we’ve been meaning to do for several years now. It just never seemed the right time to do it.Yesterday we visited Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Liberty Hill.All branches of the service are represented here. I’m curious if all of these people died in service of their country or are they just people from Liberty Hill who served? I shouldn’t have used the term “just people who served.” Certainly serving is important enough. You shouldn’t have to die to earn your name on a wall.I think I was I the army with this guy, but can’t seem to remember his name.’ll have my name on a wall someday. I already have a spot at a veterans cemetery. It’s one of my benifits. Ya gotta use ’em all, ya know.Today we once again sat in the parking lot of Cross Tracks Church. Youth Pastor Josh did the entire service live via Facebook. We could see him through the windows as he broadcast his sermon “Sink“.While still in the church parking lot, we attended Sunday school through Zoom. I think we are really getting the hang of using it now. I wish I would have thought to take some agree screen shots.After worship and Sunday school we drive to Wal-Mart in Cedar Park to pick up my prescription. You just pull into a special parking spot, call the number on the sign, tell them what spot you are in, give them your name and birthday. A gloved and masked person brings your meds to you, asks some identifying questions (which you mumble through your mask(, you give them a credit card which they run as credit so that you don’t need to tough the key pad. You get your card back, (sanitize it) your pills, and they email the receipt. I like it. I hope that this is the new normal from now on.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.God bless and g’day.

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2020 May 14 Thursday a boy or girl?

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.Look at the early morning sky. It’s both pink and blue. Will the new born sun be boy or girl? It took a while for the sun to show his/her face this morning and even then it was quite androginess.Ahh, now I remember the song,

Brother Sun, Sister Moon”

Brother Sun and Sister Moon

I seldom see you seldom hear your tune

Preoccupied with selfish misery

Brother Wind and Sister Air

Open my eyes to visions pure and fair

That I may see the glory around me.

I am God’s creature, of Him I am part

I feel His love awakening my heart.

Brother Sun and Sister Moon

I now do see you, I can hear your tune

So much in love with all that I survey

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Leitch Donovan Phillips
Brother Sun, Sister Moon lyrics © Famous Music Llc, Sony Atv Harmony
Well, that answers that question. The sun is a he.

In Texas this is known as Extra Thin. In the rest of the nation it is known as bread. Thank God for Texas toast.Grandies is a group of seniors who normally (pre-pandemic) meet every Wednesday for some missions work, fellowship, and games. It has been two months since we’ve been able to gather together.Photo & Quote from Facebook

These cool kids, Grandies for Christ, met online today. They were quite happy to see one another. #zoommeeting

Grandies are collecting food for the Kids’ Summer Snacks for Operation Liberty Hill.

Pouches or small boxes of: Dried fruit, raisins, fruit snacks or fruit strips, fruit juice boxes, Nuts, trail mix

Cups of: Jell-O, pudding, mixed fruit, applesauce

Individual sized: Pretzels, Goldfish, cheese crackers, PB crackers, jerky, Slim Jims, cereal packs, Pop Tarts, peanut butter, microwave popcorn

Bars: Granola, breakfast, protein

Small cans of: Vienna sausages, macaroni, tuna, noodles/Ramen, Microwavable bowls of: Soups, Spaghetti O’s, ravioli

Money may also be donated.We will be at the Cross Tracks Church, 101 Church street, Liberty Hill. Come to the worship center drop off door, under the awning, the last 2 Sundays of May (24th & 30th) between 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.No need to come in. Drive up, set the items on the sidewalk and someone will move them inside.We participated in the Front Porch Photos this evening. Jim and Pam came by with their professional type camera and took our photos. I’m not sure just how they will use them to introduce us to the new pastor, who will be arriving in June (?). However they use them, it was time for an updated photo “book” of our congregation anyway.

This is an extreme Throw Back Thursday, all the way back to the tenth century in Wales.

  • I’ve traced the Davis family tree to Jafeth my 29th great grandfather who was born sometime in the early nine hundreds in Wales.

  • It would be eleven more generations before the use of surnames (last names) was common. Which is when my nineteenth great grandfather, Sir John Dafydd, was born in 1347 in Montgomeryshire, Wales.

  • Sir James Griffith Davyd was the last of the line born in Wales (1487).

  • His son Sir Robert John Davys was born in Acton Turville, Gloucestershire, England in 1500.

  • Captain James Davis, my 11th great grandfather was born in England but sailed to America around 1607 and established a colony where a new ship was built to sale back to England for more passengers. Upon his return, a new colony was established in Virginia and he became its governor.

  • His son, John Davis, was born 1610 in Virginia making him the first in the line to be born in the New World.

  • Captain Jesse Davis was my 4th great grandfather, born 1756 in Campbell, Virginia. He became a Captain in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he was granted thousands of acres of land on Virginia and Kentucky by General George Washington.

  • My 3rd great grandfather, George Davis (1785) was three years old and living in Halifax, Virginia when it became the 10th state admitted to the union in 1788.

  • 2nd great grandfather Charles F. Davis was born in Estill. Kentucky, lived for a while in Edgar Illinois before moving the family to Benton, Iowa.

  • During the American Civil War the Battle of Bull Run was fought on the land given by George Washington to Captain Jessie Davis.

  • Charles F. Davis’s daughter Lucinda, my great grandmother (1847-1892) was born in Edgar, Illinois before the family moved to Iowa in 1860, just before the start of the Civil War.

  • Her son, my grandfather Aldo Coons, was born two years after the civil war.

History is so much closer than we usually consider it to be.

Since it was so cool out (88°), I decided to make and bake some cookies this evening. You did hear the sarcasm in my voice there, right? I limited the baking to ten, and those in the convection oven. That is the only thing I prepared for supper. Now, if I can just keep Ella from eating the dough by the spoonful. Don’t tell her I said that.Still plenty warm at sundown.
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Day 226, in Texas.Days being self isolated

2020 May 03 Sunday the Lord’s day

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.It’s not cooling very fast.Some interesting sky early today. However, by the time we went into town, is was nothing but blue sky and sunshine.This morning we got all gussied up in our Sunday go-to-meetin’ clothes and went to church, literally. Wait, don’t start lecturing us about responsible behaviour and social distancing. Just wait and read onAlmost time for worship to start. Stop whispering to your neighbor and face front.Beautiful and rousing prelude music.Sometimes the children’s sermon outs the best part of the service.Praise music for the contemporary serviceHymn sing for the traditional service.And, of course, the sermon followed by a blessing of the elements for our love feast.There was no church service at our church buildings however, there was a full service broadcast. We went to sit outside the church buildings where we could get a better connection on our cell phones or even on the church’s Wi-Fi. That way we could pull in the service that was being broadcast on Facebook and on something called Church Online. Each segment prerecorded at different times in our 150 year old chapel. Maintaining social distances.We had also planned on our adult Sunday school being on Zoom, as it was last week. We kept waiting for the “invitation to join” but it never came. Apparently we should have saved the information sent out two weeks ago. I thought it would require a new link each week. All my mail, that has been read, is purged weekly, so the link is long gone. We never did make it to class. However two different people did send the link to me. I’ve saved it.I hear baby birds chirping away in or tree. But I can’t see the nest anywhere. Well played momma and daddy bird.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow.

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Day 215, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays 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 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 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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