2020 February 29 Saturday Happy Leap Year

2020 February 29 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

t was a great night for sleeping with the bedroom window slightly open. Both Ella and I sleep better when it’s cooler.

nother bright and warm sunrise. It also was another good educated guess by the weather bureau. The high today actually topped out at seventy one degreesal-Mart sent Ella a text that she had two prescriptions ready. She did not feel like going to get them. So, I went alone. I also purchased milk, eggs, and bacon which we were out of or nearly out of.Using the instapot to boil eggs for egg salad sandwiches took only four minutes. From the instapot to a bowl of cold water made them extremely easy to peel.just finished watching three and a half hours the Batman from 1943. It was stitched together from the cliffhanger movie serials (probably six to twelve). It made me realize how faithful Adam West and Burt Ward were to that old serial in reprising Batman and Robin for the television series.nd then I discovered that there was an even older movie series from 1939, “Mystery Of The BAT-MAN.” And it lists Bob Kane as the writer from which the script was adapted for the screen. Even though 12 films were ordered, only 6 were actually shot before the production company went out of business. And none of the six films were ever released to the theaters. Thank you YouTube creators for releasing episode number one. It Is interesting to see Clark Kent, Commissioner & Barbara Gordon, and even a “nod” to The Shadow. This Bat-Man even wore and used his utility-belt. It is a shame that the 1939 version was never completed.mazingly, the tiny town (population of about 200) where I lived as a child had a movie theater. Many Saturday afternoons were spent watching cliffhanger movies of Tarzan, Superman, Rocketman, and others. I have very found memories of those movies.IF YOU ENJOYED MY JOURNAL ENTRY, PLEASE CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON, LEAVE A COMMENT AND/OR FOLLOW.
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  • Day 150 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 28 Friday

2020 February 28 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

will take forty one degree mornings everyday instead of twenty nine degrees.

he pre-dawn sky had some color in it. However, it had pretty much disappeared by the time the sun arrived.

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ill and Karen invited Ella and I to their home to play Fast Track today. We played for games in two hours. Karen and I were partners and we won all four games.

peaking of Fast Track, the three game boards, that Ella ordered from Duane, arrived today. They were sitting on the deck, when we arrived home.


I saw an ad today for a prescription medicine to help people whose eyelashes have stopped growing! There are people all over the world dying of all types of infectious diseases an. d we have a medication that helps when your eyelashes stop growing?

It makes me sick to think that I live in a society that cares more about peoples eyelashes than real people dying because of infectious diseases, starvation and crappy living conditions.

We are a nation of riches. We have an excess of ability, an excess of talent, an excess of wealth … and this is what we do with it?

No wonder Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

This isn’t the American dream. This is the American nightmare.

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  • Day 149 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 27 Thursday

2020 February 27 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

rr. I say brrrr. Baby, it’s cold outside. Ella is feeling better, but not good. We decided to stay home again. I didn’t get out from under those nice was covers to take a sunrise photo

Now for something different

Simple Recipe for Beans & Ham(or Ham & Beans if you prefer.)
I used Mayocoba beans however Pinto or Navy beans would work just as well.
Use enough beans for the number of people you will feed (1 cup works well for 2 people).
Sort, rinse and soak beans according to package directions.
Cover beans with at least one inch of cool fresh water. You may need to add more water as it cooks.
Cover pan and bring to a boil.
Add approximately 1/2 teaspoon of chicken base per serving.
Add ham (I used 1/2 of a nice Black Forest Ham Steak) and cook until ham can be shredded easily.Remove ham and shred by pulling between two forks.
Season beans with Mrs. Dash Table blend, salt and pepper to taste.
Cook until beans are tender and add ham back to soup.
If beans are too soupy for your taste, slowly add small amounts of instant potato flakes until desired consistency is achieved.
Serve with hot buttered corn bread. Yum!

t warmed up nicely today. The sun through the windows warmed us to the place that I needed to open the door and turn on a fan.

INR 2.7
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  • Day 149 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 26 Wednesday

2020 February 26 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

hirty seven degrees? I will believe that. Feels like twenty eight, with gusts of twenty four miles per hour? I’ll grant you that also. But “Clear”? I can’t buy that at all! Not when I have the photographs to prove that it is cloudy.

lla fell head-down between the bed and the wall this morning. I had to help her get up and out. When I ask how she felt this morning, she replied, “Like $h!t.” I’ve seem her through a lot of bad times, but I have never seen her hurting like this.

oday began with fasting lab work at our local doctor’s. We arrived a couple minutes early for our eight o’clock appointment. It was about eight thirty when we got back for the blood draw.

hey attempted to get blood from Ella first. It didn’t work. So, they put a heat pad on her arm. While they were waiting to get blood from her, they took mine. When they tried her again, they succeeded in drawing enough blood for their samples.

e arrived at Grandies** just as they were starting. We stayed for the meeting, the roll call, the devotion, and the prayer. However, we did not stay for games. We came directly home, where Ella went to the bedroom and laid down. It wasn’t long until age was asleep.

lla stayed home and in bed when I went to six o’clock choir practice prior to the seven o’clock Ash Wedneosday service.

Single Occupancy

The yellow sticky note hung on the mirror. I slammed the bedroom door. The front door. The car door. Why can’t I slam the door of my heart? As I gripped the steering wheel like a lifeline, I realized that the note was still crushed in my hand.

“It’s not working. Loved you. Bye.”

Not working? Not working! Not working. We knew it from the beginning. It couldn’t work more than you could set fire to an ice cube or freeze a flame. “It’ll never last,” everyone said. “They’ll use each other up in six months,” I’d heard my mother say. She was wrong, it took ten years. Had we used each other up?

I don’t remember starting the car. I don’t remember pulling out of the drive, my body running on automatic. Like a badly edited movie, my mind replayed our entire lives over and over again. Skipping from scene to scene, from event to event. Where were the turning points? Why couldn’t I see it? How could I know it and not know it at the same time?

The cold December sun hung brightly in the afternoon sky. Naked trees cast zebra stripes on the blacktop. Sun. Shadow. Sun. Shadow. Sun. Shadow. Mesmerized by the light flickering through the windshield, I drove.

West. I was driving west. I wasn’t actually going west. I was going away. That’s what people do. They go away. I didn’t want to go away. With all my heart I ached to stay. But I couldn’t. Not now! Not! Now! People go away. My father went away. My job went away and then my friends went away. Now, she went away.

What made Away better than Here? Were the skies clearer or the colors deeper in Away? Did Away make the pain also go away? What would I find when I reached Away? How would I know when I reached it? Were there green signs posted that read, “Welcome to Away”?

Sunlight changed to heat as it passed through the car windows. My face was flush with the warmth while my feet were freezing in shadows beneath the dash. Heat and cold. That was the struggle from the beginning. Heat and cold. You combine heat and cold and you have … nothing! We were too different. Not the kind of difference that adds strength to the other’s weakness. No, we canceled each other. Together we were less than we were separately. Heat and cold. Light and shadow. Her and I.

As if distributed by a miser, an occasional flake of snow flew through the air. For hours the snow had fallen thus, and yet there was no accumulation. “Where does the snow go?” I wondered aloud. It was too cold to melt and yet there was no sign of it on the ground. “Perhaps it is the same five or six flakes accompanying me down the road.”

It suited my mood to have tiny shards of ice as my only companion.

The road unraveled for mile after mile, straight and lonely, yet the scenery never varied. Half shutting my eyes against the sun’s glare, I felt fortunate that I wasn’t driving directly into it.

I didn’t feel fortunate. She was gone. The weight of loneliness sat on my shoulders and compressed my spine as I hunched over the steering wheel. My mind became numb from the sameness of the terrain. My mind became numb from reliving that morning. If I had said this would it have made a difference? If I had done that would the outcome have been different? Deep down, I knew that the answer was “no”.

We may have started on the same road at the same time, but we never traveled the same direction at the same speed. Small changes here and there until we realized we weren’t even on the same path anymore. To her, the destination was the goal. To me, the journey was the goal. She accumulated possessions and I shed them. She used people and gathered things. I used things and gathered people. Her life was external. My life was internal. We hadn’t used each other up. We just nullified each other, like a mathematical equation where each side was equal, but the sum was always zero.

I struggled to keep my eyes half open that had been half-closed against the glare. The world that was black and white, light and dark, now seemed to be covered in a uniform gray. Slowly, fatigue overtook me and I dozed.

I awoke, still driving. The sun dropped below the horizon and I hadn’t noticed. A headache settled between my eyes, the heartache settled between my ribs.

The snow finally begun to collect on the ground, bushes and trees. The headlights created patches of brilliance in the darkness. The trees reached with skeletal hands across the road. Everything was white and black again. Contrast! Nothing but sharp contrast. It was hard to judge distances without the shades of grey.

Our lives weren’t always black and white. There were times when we blended. I guess those were gray times. Those gray times were the moments I wanted most to remember. The gray times were peaceful, possibly even restful. However, they were unsustainable because the intensity of the contrast in white and black were so much stronger! The conflict was more passionate and more alive than the dull gray of those times.

Red! A flash of red. Beyond my headlights a sign appeared. “M el” in neon letters beckoned. Was this Away? My tires crunched on gravel as I pulled to a stop in front of the office. Peeling paint and tarnished metal were the main decorating elements of a motel that had started out cheep and gone down hill from there. A faded sign read “Family owned since 1979”. To these people this was Here. Were they all still Here or had some of them gone away?

The motel clerk sat in the dim light of a forty watt bulb reading a yellowed newspaper. He rose from behind the desk like a specter rising through fog. In the hoarse whisper of a voice long unused he had asked, “Single Occupancy?”

And I cried.

Original published under my pen name of Newdigate Ausley

hirty four degrees at bedtime. Predicted to be twenty nine by morning. That’s cold enough that started the water dripping so the lines won’t freeze. I’m glad that I just emptied the gray water tank. I just got that it doesn’t drop enough tho refill the tank before morning. It’s a real slow drip.

1498 Cutty’s

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  • Day 148 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 25 Tuesday

2020 February 25 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

ind of a chilly start. But I’ll not complain about a winter’s day that breaks so bright and clear.

eautiful sunshine, beautiful sunshine, filling my soul with Glory divine.

e did not go to the senior center today because Ella was experiencing some pain, mostly in her lower back near the hip. I asked if she wanted to go to the emergency room and she said, “No.”

owever, we needed to go to the Wal-Mart pharmacy in Cedar Park to pick up a prescription. Instead of going directly to the pharmacy, I took her to the emergency room.

e arrived about 11:30 a.m. They took her for x-rays and found arthritis in the back (which she already knew) but the hip looked good. They are giving her pain meds and a steroid.

Ella wrote: “Tom and I went and checked out the new St David’s Emergency Room. We knew I would need x-rays so that made more sense that going to the doctors office.
When I got up this morning a could barely move my hip hurt so bad. Well, we found our but hip kids all right it’s my back that was giving me fits. I’ve had arthritis in my lower back forever and it was causing my pain.

The x-rays showed my hips in good shape. However, the back was getting worse. It’s be about 30 years since they x-rayed my back and said there was arthritis. Something I just have to live with. They have given me some steroid pills and stronger pain pills. All the pills I’ll start taking tomorrow. I’ll live but I will be uncomfortable from time to time. Pinced nerves.”

ecause we both have fasting labs tomorrow morning, she will not begin the steroids until after the lab work.

t was slightly after one thirty when we were dismissed from the emergency room. Since the pharmacy closes for lunch at that time, we stopped at Jiffy Lube. Rudolf the red nose pickup needed his oil topped off. They also checked brake fluid and tire pressure.

hen we arrived at the pharmacy, the original prescription that had taken us there was ready. However, we brought two new scripts from the emergency room. Those took between twenty and thirty minutes to fill. We used that time to grab a few more things that we needed our at least wanted.

t was around three o’clock when we got out of Wal-Mart and we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. We drove through the drove up at the closest McDonald’s. Ella got six chicken nuggets. I had a sausage egg McMuffin.

nce we were home, I began working on today’s blog post. Then I watched a little TV. Then I worked on the blog some more.

lla said, “Are we going tonight?” It took me a while to understand what she was asking. It is Tuesday and Tuesday is prayer meeting night at Cross Tracks Church. “I don’t know. How are you feeling? Can you tolerate sitting on the hard pews in the chapel,” I asked. “,Yes, I think so,” was her reply.

HOW TO LOSE A CHILD

It was a very hectic spring day at home. As usual, I was trying to cram too many things into a tight schedule. I was well into the current project when I realized I was missing a vital piece.

“I’m going to the store,” I announced to the family. “Can I come too?” my preteen daughter asked.

“Can I come too?” my preteen daughter asked.“I’m not shopping. I have one item to buy, so you needed to stick with me.””Okay,” she replied.

Once at the store, I quickly located what I needed. After waiting a short time at the checkout, I was able to make my purchase. With my mind on the project at home, I left the store, got in the car, and left.

As I was leaving the drive, I remembered my daughter. Panicked, i turned around, and rushed back in. She was standing at the door with tears in her eyes and a quivering lower lip. “I’m so sorry,” was all I could say.

She is a grown woman now with children of her own. I wonder of she has ever left one of her children. But I’m not going to ask. Why open that can of worms?

ow about you, friends, care to share a story of leaving or losing a child? Or, maybe you were the child left behind.

am constantly amazed, not just of the beauty of sunrise and sunset, but also at how quickly it changes. I’m also amazed at how cropping a photograph can make so much difference.

ake these three photographs for example. They are all of the same scene taken at the same time. The first photograph barely deserves a glance. The second gives the eye and mind more to “chew on”. And the third gives a three course meal of light, dark, and mid-tones.

here were not as many as usual at the Tuesday night prayer meeting. Between four to eight normal attendees were in a meeting. They are part of the group making plans to renovate this chapel. The building is one hundred and fifty years old. It was the first building built in Liberty Hill. Also, it is a designated historical site. That means we have to follow some rather stringent guidelines to maintain that designation.

mmm, that scale it’s headed the wrong way. Maybe I should buy a new scale.

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  • Day 147 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 24 Monday

2020 February 24 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.comMail to: TomAndEllaJournal@gmail.comt stayed very comfortable overnight in the RV with no heaters running. It wasn’t quite warm enough to have the bedroom windows open though.hat’s all she wrote. I was very fortunate to have checked the sky at just the right moment. Earlier it had been a completely gray sky. Moments after taking this photo, the sky was once again the color of a weathered tombstone.erhaps the reason my thoughts are also gray today is because it was four years ago today that my sister, Maryann, died. She was the last of my immediate family.

  • My father died of cancer in 1952 at the age of 45.
  • My youngest sister committed suicide in 1956 after being diagnosed with cancer. She was 21.
  • My mother died in 1994 from complications from a fall and broken leg. She was 87.
  • My brother died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 63.
  • Maryann died in 2016 at the age loud 83.

still have plenty of family left, but they are all younger than I: Children, stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, great great great nieces and nephews, and all those in-laws and out-laws. There are also all of those exchange students that we’ve hosted over the years, all are family.his small tree, at the Georgetown Senior Center, though not in full bloom, is looking very spring-like.At the center we played a couple of games of Fast Track. My partner and I lost both games. We will take the game back to the center tomorrow, In hope of having them join us for games again.e took a slightly longer route home from the center. We were following the advice of our HUMx device as we searched for the best gasoline price. We saved six cents per gallon on twenty five gallons. I think that means that I saved a dollar and a half.here was a nice progression as the clouds and sun interacted at sunset

nce again I was unable to get to sleep until shortly before midnight. I might have gotten to sleep earlier if I hadn’t been having some lose bowel movements that kept me running. I know … too much information. However, this blog is also written FOR ME. It is a way to track my health issues. Along that line, I didn’t get a photo of the scale this morning but it read 299.0. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t lost some pounds last night, let alone show that I’d gained some.
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  • Day 146 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 21 Friday

2020 February 21 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.commail to: tomandEllajournal@gmail.com‘m really excited about the New domain name and email address.Not quite six hours of sleep. But okay I’m back to waking at five o’clock, which had been my “normal” time to wake for years. Now our I can just get to sleep earlier.espite all of the recent rains, we are still in a drought.
So far, Texas has seen relatively little change in drought conditions since the beginning of the year. As of last week, more than half the state, or about 53.4%, was experiencing some degree of drought, but the winter rainfall in Austin is only about a half-inch less than normal. (Quoted from Austin Statesman)ven though I was awake and moving at five o’clock, I fell into the YouTube black hole and missed getting a photo of the sunset. If you really need a sunrise photo here is one from February 14th. Today’s sunrise would have nearly exactly like the forteenth’s.ecause Ella and I didn’t get around until later today, we skipped breakfast and went to the Georgetown senior center earlier than usual. As it turned out, we were the first ones (other than staff) to arrive.y the time lunch was served,there were about a dozen folks at the centere stopped at the Wal-Mart store inn Georgetown before coming home. We were out of milk, both the regular refrigerated and the shelf-stable, ultra pasteurized milk. Though it does not NEED to be refrigerated, I like to keep at least one cartoon refrigerated “just in case.”

IN THE BEGINNING part 7

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(Go to 2020 February 14 Thursday)

Originally published November 2011
We recently purchased the second RV, a 2001 Hitch Hiker. We intentionally purchased a smaller fifth-wheel (30’) because it would be easier and less expensive to tow to Texas. Since we would be living in the Hitch Hiker (from now on referred to as HH) for only about four months of the year, it would not have to have all of the storage space that the RR had. We did chuckle to ourselves that the trailer we bought to take to Texas is a full four season and the one we were leaving in Iowa was only a three season. Little did we suspect the changes that were in store for us!
We purchased the HH and made arrangement to have the RR moved from our seasonal site at Cutty’s. The Road Ranger (RR) was going into storage so that we could give the HH a good ‘break in’ period. The plan was to live in the HH through another Iowa winter, spring, summer and fall before heading to Texas. That would let us become accustomed to the trailer. The reality of what happened was; the slideout on the RR refused to slide in. Upon examination, it was discovered that a corner portion of the slideout had suffered water damage and ‘dropped’ several inches. It may be repairable. However, since the RV is twenty years old, the cost is likely more than the trailer is worth. The Cutty’s maintenance staff was able to tow it (with the slideout still in the “out” position) to the on site storage area.(to be continued)

ep, I’m trying to lose weight again. And by “trying” I mean, I hope I will loose about fifty to sixty pounds without me doing anything different in my life.The local Lions Club. Had a fish fry fundraiser this evening at the former American Legion Hall in Liberty Hill. So shortly after the groceries were put away, Elsa and I went into town for supper.aking the long way home, we stopped at the Liberty Hill “Mall” (Dollar General) which had gone through a face lift of sorts. Most of the clothing was gone. A vastly expanded frozen food section and a new (small) fresh produce area are the biggest changes that we saw.

hat is either the sunset over a live oak or a burning bush. What do you think? Should I go investigate?

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  • Day 143 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 20 Thursday

2020 February 20 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.comine hours of sleep? I told you I was tired. Really, I think I truly did need the sleep. I try to turn my restless mind off at night as I lay in bed. However, it races along, swerving from one thought to another.ast night I took a couple Tylenol PM before retiring, to ease the pain in my right shoulder. It obviously helped, I slept for nine hours. I might just do it again tonight.orty degrees that feels like thirty three. Did I mention that our tree’s buds are beginning to open? It will not be long until the flowers bloom and the bees buzz in our little tree.s advertised, it is cold, wet, and overcast. And it appears that tomorrow will be a rerun with, perhaps, a little less dampness.lood clotting factor two point three. ✔ Vitamins sorted (taken with breakfast). ✔ Weight, two hundred ninety seven. ✔ All internal systems nominal. ✔eorge Forman ready to prepare our breakfast. Yes, we have a celebrity cook at our home.his is my favorite way to toast English muffins. Although, since I butter them before toasting them, they are technically speaking, fried.

Throw back Thursday to February 13, 2013

This morning I came back from coffee and sat down in the recliner and went to sleep. I woke up about 10:30 and Ella and I walked up to the rec hall to check the mail. I received a note from the VA reminding me of the appointment on the 21st. I then went online to the VA health net and entered my stats from this morning and answered a questionnaire about my weight and activities.
I then sat back down in the recliner and went to sleep only to awaken with a real need to go to the bathroom. That is how the rest of my day has gone (it is now after 8 p.m.) Recliner to bathroom, to recliner … repeat. I must have picked up some ‘bug’ at the VA the other day. So I guess the good news is … I did get something out of my visit to them the other day. Grin

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  • Day 142 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 17 Monday

2020 February 17 Monday -Presidents Day- in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.com

ou may have noticed that the “WordPress” has been dropped from the URL. Yep, the domain name is officially ours.

nterestingly, it both shows the sleep starting at eleven twenty-seven and the thirty-seven minutes puff awake time. I don’t think it should show it both ways. Either I was asleep or I was not. It seems silly to add it and them subtract it. Right?

arm, cloudy, and dense fog alert. I concur. The view from my deck looked cloudy and foggy. At the same time it felt remarkably warm for mid February.

ince it is Presidents Day, all of the senior centers are closed. We had nowhere to go and all day to get there. That gave Ella the opportunity to beat me two out of three games of Fast Track.

The sky at noon when it was seventy four degrees outside and inside. That is why there is a fan in the doorway. Before long, the door will be shut and the air conditioning started. For those of you in locations with snow, freezing rain and below zero temperatures, I’m sorry. Consider this as a reason to join us in Texas.

nce it reached eight degrees outside and eighty five inside, it was definitely time for the air conditioning.

IN THE BEGINNING part 4

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(go to post “2020 February 14 Thursday”)

Originally published November 2011

Our dream had been to retire to amobile lifestyle’. I envisioned it being something like, waking in the morning and flipping a coin to decide if we were to travel left or right, forward or back. We were still several years from being able to retire but we were beginning to live a version of the dream.

Our friends and family were concerned for us to the point that when we said we were going to live in the RoadRanger during the winter they asked, “Won’t you be cold?” To which we replied, “I don’t know, ask us again in the spring.” Well, thanks to following the advice of other full-timers, we made it through that first winter with only minor difficulties. And, “No” we were not cold. We learned to use foil-backed foam insulation to skirt the trailer. We also learned to use 40 watt ‘trouble lights’ to provide just a little heat behind the RV refrigerator. (Unlike household refrigerators which use a compressor, RV refrigerators rely on evaporation and must have heat to work.) We learned to use plastic film to cover the windows. We learned how to depend on the fresh water tank for water and how to keep the water lines from freezing. But most of all we learned how beautiful God’s world is in the winter.
We watched the leaves on the trees around the lake turn from green to bright fall colors and then to abandon the trees for the winter. We watched the sunlight sparkle so brightly on the lake that it almost hurt your eyes. We watched the geese and ducks invade and then leave as they passed through to warmer areas. Gold finches changed to their drab green fall color. Rabbits, raccoons, deer and hawks became the winter time entertainment replacing the song birds of summer. We discovered that the winter sun shining on snow and ice mimicked the sunlight sparkle of the summer lake. We discovered how little we needed for us to be happy.

(to be continued)

he sun, at its setting, made me forget the lackluster, fog and cloud shrouded beginning of the day.

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  • Day 139 in our Texas home
  • *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 February 16 Sunday

2020 February 16 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.com

Brahm’s Lullaby

ullaby and goodnight,
With lilies of white
And roses of red
To pillow your head
May you wake when the day
Chases darkness away,
May you wake when the day
Chases darkness away.

Lullaby and goodnight.
Let angels of light
Spread wings round your bed
And guard you from dread.
Slumber gently and deep
In the dreamland of sleep,
Slumber gently and deep
In the dreamland of sleep.

oing for a high temperature of seventy four. However, it over shot the mark and landed on seventy eight degrees. The mercury topped out at eighty five inside. Even with the door open and a fan oscillating, it was too warm for yours truly. I shut the door and started the air conditioning. Once it was down to seventy five inside, the a/c went off and the door was once again open.

There was a little color in the sky this morning. However, I never actually saw the sun, which remained shrouded in clouds until midday.

astor John Saint’s sermon this morning at Cross Tracks Church, Liberty Hill, Texas was “You Have Heard It Said”

fter the worship service, we went to our Sunday school class. We have just begun to study Adam Hamilton’s book “Making Sense Of The Bible.” Having just read the introduction and the first three short chapters, I can already tell that I’m going to love this book.

e needed a few essentials to restock our refrigerator and pantry. That meant a trip to the Wal-Mart in Cedar Park. While there I topped off the truck’s gas tank.

y the time we were dove at Wal-Mart, it was past noon and time for lunch. Golden Chick was on or way home so we went through the drive-up. We brought the food home and ate here.

esterday evening we received a text from the RV park owner that the yards would be mowed on Sunday. We were asked to make sure that everything was picked up before the mowers arrived. I brought our two camping chairs up on the deck a and found a few scraps of trash that went into the trash. Today, when we returned from our travels, the site head been mowed. There really isn’t much grass, the ground is too full of rocks for much to grow. However the recent rain has caused some straggly looking weeds to pop up. Now they’re gone.

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IN THE BEGINNING part 3

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(go back to 2020 February 14 Thursday)

Originally published November 2011
The next year we bought a membership with Cutty’s Des Moines Camping Club which is a members’ owned resort in the Des Moines area.

The campground is over eighty acres of gently rolling sparsely forested hills with an eleven acre fishing lake in the middle. The resort has amenities such as: two outdoor pools, wading pool, eighteen hole miniature golf, western play village, giant slide, playgrounds, basket ball courts, horseshoe pitching areas, sand volley ball, shuffle board and tennis courts.

Cutty’s is much like the small towns in which Ella and I grew up. There is a general store, café, laundry facilities, RV parts store, repair shop and a large “main street” meeting area where there are all types of entertainment every weekend during the camping season. One of the biggest attractions for us was the large clubhouse which remains open year around. The clubhouse has in indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, exercise room, showers, and laundry.
(to be continued)

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  • Day 138 in our Texas home
  • *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)