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 12 Playing With Food

Friday

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The sun from the bedroom window.

Another beautiful, cool morning

Sunshining through the trees

I‘m playing with my food, again. I fried some bacon, broke a couple eggs on the griddle, put the bacon on top of the eggs, and then put pancake batter over the egg and bacon. With the cover closed on the George Foreman grill, I let it cook until the pancake was set but not brown on top. I then flipped everything, pancake side down and egg side up. It was topped with a slice of American cheese and left to brown the pancake and melt the cheese (cover open). Ta da! A complete breakfast.

Since it was so nice out, we sat and played games outside.

And then we just sat outside.

My second tactical shovel, this time from Amazon, arrived today. I did a video unboxing and comparison of the two shovels.

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The top of this large bush is in bloom, but not the rest of the bush.

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2020 June 11 Look What Came Today

Thursday

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ver night was quite comfortable with the bedroom window and all of the ceiling vents open to the night air.

Though we had been awake for several hours, neither of us were inclined to be other than reclined for a long time. Between be quiet or bestired, we chose bestilled. Finally, in bequest of our bodies, we rose.

Knowing that breakfast would be much later than normal, I made it larger and it became brunch.

hile preparing brunch, I also began chopping vegetables for the slow cook setting on the Instapot. I added a precooked pork roast to the pot then a scoop of dried greens powder, some seasonings, and a can of cream of mushroom soup.

After brunch I washed the few dishes from last night and this morning. That served two purposes, clean dishes and clean warmed hands, before checking my blood.

hursday’s are the day that I test my blood’s clotting factor. The target range is between two point zero and two point nine. Today it was two point one. While that technically is in range, I’m going to raise my blood-thinner dosage ever so slightly by one mg.

Speaking if blood-thinner, my prescriptions had been filled and the medications were ready for pickup. Away we flew (obeying all speed laws) to Cedar Park. Upon arriving we packed in “our” pharmacy parking spot. Out of all the times we have picked up medications lately, only once did we have a spot other than number four. Once settled into the spot, the pharmacy was notified that we had arrived.

needed to use the restroom. I haven’t used a public bathroom in nearly three months. The need was greater than my ability to hold it until we returned home. So into the store I went, masked and disinfectant spray bottle in hand. Of course course the handicapped stall was occupied and the other stool was clear to the top in soggy toilet paper. Eww. So I waited. I always feel uncomfortable standing around in the restroom.

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THROW BACK THURSDAY

This was posted one year ago. I think it is even more fitting today.Psalms 46:1-5

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. That is why we are not afraid even when the earth quakes or the mountains topple into the depths of the sea. Water roars and foams, and mountains shake at the surging waves. Selah There is a river whose streams bring joy to the city of God, the holy place where the Most High lives. God is in that city. It cannot fall. God will help it at the break of dawn.

And also for throw back Thursday: this was our patio at Cutty’s Campground in 2014. It was such a nice inviting place to sit with friends in the afternoon.

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2020 June 10 Panini

Wednesday

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🎶 Oh what a beautiful morning 🎶 after yesterday’s heat, it was really nice early today.It was so nice that, not only did I work inside the topper, but Ella and I sat out and played several games of Fast Track.For lunch I turned the George Foreman grill into a panini press and made pork and cheese sandwiches. Sorry, no photo, I guess we we’re too hungry.I spent a long time filling my pill sorters. And then even a longer time trying to order refills. The VA now has a handy dandy reorder app … I guess … so far I haven’t gotten it to work. I’ve logged on … It knows that I’m me. But I haven’t discovered how to order my refills. I’m not done trying.With the sky this clear, I’m hoping for a cooler night, without the A/C running. It we still 80° at midnight last night. Maybe we can open a bedroom window 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 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 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 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 16 ACCIDENT!!!

Saturday In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.7 months 16 days since we returned to Texas.62 days being self isolated.

Facing eastward from our porch the sky is the color of cigarette ash.

Facing westward from the dining room window the sky is a study in blues. So many blues that I can almost hear Muddy Waters singing,

Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working but it just won’t work on you!

We had a whopper of a storm pass through late last night and early this morning with lightening, rain and wind.64/100″ of rain with wind gusts up to 40 mph kept me awake until it started to calm down around one this morning. The rain slowed to a stop between five and six this morning.

We more than filled our rain harvesting tub. However, at the same time, those gale force gust blew a lot of dirt and leaves into the tub. After the water has had time to settle down, so that the lighter stuff floats to the top and the heavier stuff sinks to the bottom, I will dip out the cleaner water.

I filled our two ice chests, that we use for washing and rinsing clothing. And then I emptied the remaining from the capture tub. I scrubbed it clean and have it set for our next rain event. In the mean time, it is catching the water that drips from the air conditioner.

After breakfast, we played some Fast Track.

Ella had heard an engine revving and said, “I hope he’s going get enough.” Then there was a series of loud noises in quick succession. I said, “What was that?” We went out and saw the truck in the corner of the lot. Police arrived moments later and then the fire trucks.

You can see the skid marks indicate that he may have been going sideways when he left the road. Taking out a power pole and dropping the line on the ground.

Here is a video I shot this morning and afternoon.

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2020 May 15 brighter gray amidst the gray

Friday In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.The temperature claims it is seventy two and feels like seventy two. However, as I’m sitting on the porch, the breeze feels much cooler to me. It is very pleasant.I baked another dozen cookies before even starting breakfast. The rest of the dough is back in the refrigerator (for now). I wanted to do the baking before the thermometer started climbing. In spite of what I did yesterday (having the oven on when it’s approaching ninety degrees outside), I’d rather do baking without forcing the air conditioning to do double duty.Breakfast was our usual, one each of egg, toast, and bacon.Around eleven o’clock I started some pork ribs in the Instapot. I will pressure cook them for about fifteen minutes then change over to slow-cook mode for an hour or so (whenever we become hungry). Oh yes, there was also seasoned rice, baby carrots, and buttered corn. Followed by a cookie.Eighty eight that fields line ninety one. I knew there was a reason I didn’t spend much time outside this afternoon.That’s a large storm! New York into Texas?Almost. Almost you can see the sun. Almost, as it nears the horizon at day’s end, if you strain a bit, the sun can be seen, a brighter gray amidst the gray.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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