2020 February 14 Friday

2020 February 14 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.com

Sleep

azy cold? Crazy cold. Much colder than the weather men/women predicted. Much colder than I was prepared for.

unrise. I told you a few days back that it wouldn’t be long until the dim would rise behind that danged power pole. Well, tah duh!

rom Facebook. I saw this word search on Facebook. They didn’t want you to post the answer. They just wanted it reposted. I don’t do that. But I just wanted to prove that I could solve it.

ingo was the name of the game at the Georgetown senior center. They just decorated the center for Saint Valentine’s day.

ttendance was still a little off. But, those of us that were there, had a good time.

izza sounded good tonight. Rather than cook, I ordered a Domino’s pie for supper.

There was a little color in this evening’s sky.

IN THE BEGINNING part 1

Originally published November 2011

The genesis of this story goes back a long time. I’m not sure of the exact year when it happened but I know that it was at least a decade ago, maybe closer to two. (Keep in mind that this was published 2012) The company, for which I was then working, added a new benefit to our package. The new benefit was the chance to purchase Cancer Insurance at a discount. It was set up so that my wife and I would both be covered. It was for a one-time payout if either of us was ever diagnosed with cancer. Because cancer has eaten away at both sides of our family, it seemed like a good idea to take the policy.

In 2003 Ella’s mammogram came back showing a spot. It was as tiny as a grain of salt. They performed a biopsy and found it was indeed breast cancer. The good news was that the biopsy had removed it all. However, to be double sure, she had a lumpectomy and radiation treatments in January 2004. The cancer is gone, thank God.
We sent the paperwork to the insurance company and received a check with which we paid the doctor. There was money left over. What to do?
With a new perspective of our own mortality, we resolved to start doing some of those things that were planned for our retirement. We loved camping and so determined to get away more often. We had been tent campers since early in our marriage. We would often spend two week stints several times a year living in our tents even while going to work every day.
Now to understand us, it helps to understand ‘how’ we tent camped. First there was the tent. It was 12’x17’ and had 3 rooms with 2 ‘pop out’ closets. Then we had a screen room which was 15’x20’ which was butted up to the front door of the tent. Then there was the shower tent that butted up to the back door of the tent. Over the entire layout was a 20’x30’ silver, sun-blocking tarp. The tarp sat on a home-made frame. We also had a tarp as a water barrier under the entire set up. We then had a carpet scrap that covered the tent floor. We stacked two queen-size air mattresses for our bed.
In the screen room, we had a plywood counter top laid across a series of plastic stacking drawers in the kitchen area. Two of the drawers also acted as sinks for washing and rinsing dishes. We used a propane stove that had two burners, a grill, and a tiny oven about 4”x6”x10”. Folding tables and chairs sat in the dining area and camp chairs in the sitting room area. Both tents were well illuminated by Coleman lanterns powered by a couple of 20 pound LP tanks.
I mentioned the shower tent, well; we had a battery powered submersible pump that connected to a hand held shower wand. On the floor of the tent was a very small inflatable ‘kiddy’ pool.
If we camped where there was electricity, you might also find a mini-fridge and a microwave.
With nearly 600 square feet of living space, we were far from ‘roughing it’. As a matter of fact we often pitied the people in their travel trailers and motor homes for having to live such ‘cramped’ lives.
We lived very well when we tent camped. However, as all good things do, there came a time when the set up, tear down and put away part of camping became too much for us. After you’ve rolled up all of that canvas and find yourself on your knees looking for something to help pull you back to your feet, which is when you begin to think about travel trailers. (to be continued
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  • Day 134 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 13 Thursday

2020 February 13 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comthink I’m getting the hang of this going – to – sleep – before – midnight thing. Now if I can get it backed down to closer to ten.kay, not warm, but above freezing and sunny. Sunny? Really? Sunny?oes this look like SUNNY to you? Yeah, me neither. Sometime around noon it truly did become full sunshine. However, I’ll take our Texas weather over that of our summer home in Iowa where the actually temperature is ten degrees BELOW freezing.hen add in winds of fifteen to twenty miles per hour. That creates a wind chill of thirty six below freezing. I’m glad to be in Texas today.

from 2015 – childcare with grandkids

  • We were to pick up Beket and then wait for Sofia to finish her music lesson. However, she had forgotten her violin at home and so wasn’t able to stay and practice. So we actually got them home a little sooner than expected. That was a good thing because their mother had left quite a long list of things for Sofia to do.
  • It seems that she has not been doing all of her homework. So, now she has extra work to do. Plus it was her night to empty the dishwasher and then fill it with dirty dishes. For both kids, this can be an hour long process! As it was, she didn’t even get started on the dishes until her mother got home.
  • Also she had a melt down over some math story problems that she didn’t understand. I told her to skip those for the time being and work on the problems that she did understand. So much drama! Can’t wait until she is a teenager.

(UPDATE: she is a teenager and learning to drive. Yikes!)unch thursday at OTHG was meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, pinto beans, green beans, salad, peaches, cottage cheese, and a variety of desserts.After lunch we played canasta.ap time at the Williams household. As soon a w arrived home from the OTHG, I swallowed a dose of Nyquil, dropped the recliner into full recliner, and took a nap. Shortly after I awakened, Ella went into nap mode.made some banana flavored pudding and sprinkled Graham cracker crumbs over it to make a sort of upside down pie.Not much of a sunset tonight.

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  • Day 134 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 11 Tuesday

2020 February 11 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.com

ook at that! I actually went to sleep before midnight. I got in eight and a half hours of mostly uninterrupted sleep. It felt good to lie under the covers and listen to the rainfall on the roof. However, I needed to make a phonecall. I went to the living room so as to not make my bride.

asty cold and rain, seems like a good day to stay home, dry and warm. To that end I called the senior center and cancelled out reservation for today. Part of that cancellation was due to the menu for today, Cod Vera Cruz, which is made with onions. If you are new to this blog, understand that I am dangerously allergic to onions. They make my lips and throat swell to life threatening levels.

othing but gray skies and puddles. Sounds like a country western song doesn’t it? 🎼 I’ve got nothing but gray skies, since you’ve been gone. I’ve cried puddles of tears since, you went away 🎶. Yep. I think that could be a number one hit on the country charts.

t is a great day to have a fire in the fireplace (even if it is only electric). It still gives off heat and even though I know that the flames are not real, they are still as mesmerizing as real flames.

aking scalloped potatoes and ham for lunch. I used a combination of our Instapot and oven. Things were prepared separately in the Instapot and then combined and baked in the oven. It seemed like a good day to have the oven on also.

long with the scalloped potatoes and ham, I mixed some soda bread together also. I’ve been wanting soda bread and didn’t want to wait for Saint Patrick’s Day. Plus, I already had the oven heated.

I just sat down after clearing away the dishes and leftovers from lunch, and I realized that I didn’t photograph the finished products. Where is my TARDIS when I really need it?

ell, I took this photograph of the soda bread even though it has been torn apart.

Again no sunset photo.It was too dark at “sunset”.

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  • Day 132 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 10 Monday

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didn’t even bother taking a sunrise photo. This is looking west and it shows the same overcast sky but has better scenery. A rain shower past through before we were out of bed this morning.

e had fries with our breakfast. We also had some fry bread with sugar and cinnamon.

ust so you don’t think that all we had for breakfast was fries and bread, we also had bacon and eggs.

he drive to the Georgetown senior center it’s a fairly straight road and most of it is sixty five miles per hour. And no, it didn’t take an hour, eleven minutes, and twenty six seconds to get there. I just forgot to stop the tracker app when we arrived.

e took our Fast Track game with us to the center. We had hoped that someone would join us in a game. So far that has not happened. Ella and I played five games. I won the first three and sure won the final two.

here were about a dozen there for lunch today. Lunch was beef tacos, beans, and baked apples. The cooks made a special plate for me that was made without onions, to which I am dangerously allergic.

rom the center in Georgetown we went to Wal-Mart in Cedar Park to get Ella’s prescriptions. Both of us took time yesterday to refill our pill sorters. Both of us had enough for one week’s worth of pills but not enough to fill the rest of our sorters. She ordered hers and we picked them up today. I ordered mine through the VA and will receive them sometime in the near (I hope) future. There is one pain pill that I take three times a day that I have a ten day supply of. Those have no refill available. I’ll contact my VA doctor to see if she will do a refill without an office visit.


I have been thinking about my grandfather.

There are some things that I remember and there are some things that I know about my grandfather. My memories of my gran’pa are few. He was in his nineties when I was born, so I remember him as a frail old man who had big gaps in his memory.

What I know of him paints a different picture that is hard for me to visualize. Trying to picture him as tall, lean and muscular is difficult. I know he was these things, because he had to be.
He made part of his living digging wells. This was before big drilling machines. This was in the day when they were dug with muscle and sweat. He was what was known as a well witch or water diviner.
I remember that he showed me how to cut a forked branch from a sapling to use as a divining rod. He held it in an overhand grasp and then walked with it in front of him. When the end dipped of its own accord this is where there was water. He could tell by the pull of the rod how deep the well would be.
I’m not sure that I believe in diving for water, but I’ve held it in my hands and felt the pull for myself.
They other thing that he did was fiddle for dances. All of my grandfather’s relatives played various musical instruments. These are things I’ve been told by my mother.
These things I remember: I remember gran’pa sitting at the table just staring and not saying a word. This was his way of letting us know that we needed to pass something to him. I remember him eating peas with his knife and saucering his coffee for it to cool.
I recall his mustache. I’m, at the time of this writing, seventy three years old and I still envy that mustache. It was a glorious, bushy thing that completely covered his lower lip.
I can still see him sitting in his easy chair with his feet propped up in the open door of the oil burner. The oil burning stove sat in the living room and was the only heat for the two story house. Gran’pa would sit there and go to sleep with his eyes open. That both fascinated and frightened me. Once he’d gone to sleep, his pipe would fall out onto his chest. I think every shirt he owned had burn holes in it.
He had holes in more than his clothes. He also had holes in his memory. He knew I was his grandson, but he didn’t recognize my mother as his daughter. He always called her “that woman”. I remember how much that hurt her.
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  • Day 131 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 09 Sunday

2020 February 09 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.com

slept just under six hours this morning. However, I awakened on my own without the aid of an alarm. I guess that means that I had slept enough. Who am I to argue with my body’s determination of how much sleep it requires?

ixty two degrees this morning. No wonder I was too warm under the covers last night. No sunrise photo because of the heavy clouds cover.

astor John Saint’s sermon “THE COURAGE TO BE” was insightful.

s I was using my phone this morning and entering in a message, I got a piece of glass from the cracked screen protector in the tip of my finger.

o once worship and Sunday school were over, we went to Verizon to get a new screen protector. We went to the store closest to home. They did not have one. Rather than drive to the next closest one, I called them and gave them the information about my phone. They said they had one and It was $38.00.

ather than drive to that store, I went to Amazon. My search brought up several options that fit my phone. They ranged in price from $7.99 for a pack of three to $19.99 for a pack of two. Both with guaranteed next day delivery. I ordered the cheapest. Our I f it works, great. If It doesn’t, I’m only or $7.99 and may be able to return them. Right now I’m operating without that screen protector so as to not get more glass in my finger.

This year at Christmas time, I

had a remarkable encounter. I

(Santa) was sitting in my big

chair at Lakeline mall when I

noticed a young woman who

obviously had “special needs”

and her helper standing

outside the set. I went over to

her and was introduced. I was

told that she was deaf and

nearly blind.

I signed, I am Santa, to her. She reached up and felt my face

and hat then took my hand

and pulled it close to her face.

She found the edge of my

glove and was pulling at it. So I

removed the glove so that she

could see/feel my hand. She

then once more examined my

face. After slightly pulling on

my beard (yes it’s real), she

signed that I needed to cut it. I

laughed and signed, I love you

and merry Christmas.
reached up and felt my face

and hat then took my hand

and pulled it close to her face.

She found the edge of my

glove and was pulling at it. So I

removed the glove so that she

could see/feel my hand. She

then once more examined my

face. After slightly pulling on

my beard (yes it’s real), she

signed that I needed to cut it. I

laughed and signed, I love you

and merry Christmas.

o sunset photo because there was no visible sunset. And from the forecast the next four days will be more out the same.

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  • Day 131 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 08 Saturday

2020 February 08 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comot as much sleep as I had hoped for, but it gave me a chance to view the moon.There was no worry of our water supply freezing again last night. And with the sky so clear It should warm nicely today.couldn’t see any stars but the full moon was so bright that all the werewolves must have been restless over night. I really need to stop watching old horror films.he sun came up nice and bright. I had hoped of another sunny day with passive solar heating.owever, look at that bank of dark clouds coming up from the south. They are moving like they’re being chased by the devil himself.nd a few moments latter, the clouds caught up to the sun and swallowed it whole. I hope they developed heart burn.few of us gathered to bag cookies for the annual Grandies** Valentine’s Day cookie sale at church. It only took about twenty minutes for three of us to split about twelve dozen cookies into bags of two each. This is one of several fund raisers for our group. It suit supports our ministries.nce again it was laundry day. Three washer loads and two dryers. As usual I took a short nap while Ella kept an eye on the laundry.fter the clothes were washed, mostly folded, and packed away for transport home, it was time for lunch. We couldn’t decide on what to eat. When undecided, go to a buffet. We went to Star Buffet.fter a leisurely lunch, we headed toward home. We didn’t get far before we were turned around by the police. Traffic was stopped at a railroad crossing. Other than the fact that the gates were down and the lights flashing at the crossing, we couldn’t see anything. We got turned around but we were in very heavy stop and go traffic for a half hour to forty five minutes before we reached a place where we could resume normal speed. I don’t suppose we will ever mote what was going on.progression toward sunset with fast moving clouds. It made for some interesting photographs.IF YOU ENJOYED MY JOURNAL ENTRY, PLEASE CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON, LEAVE A COMMENT AND/OR FOLLOW.

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  • Day 130 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 07 Friday

2020 February 07 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comell, I made it to sleep before midnight and slept straight through until my bladder demanded that I get up. That’s not too bad.o more below freezing nights, at least for the next ten days. Although it is not all sunshine and roses. Five out of the next ten days have rain in the forecast. I personally could do without the rain. However, the city water supplies, lakes, rivers, ponds, and stock tanks will welcome the refill.nother burnt orange pre-dawn with the sun just barely below the treeline.s the sun works it way northward, it will soon be behind that light pole that is in most morning photos taken from my deck. I could take photos without it if I got warmly dressed and walked a hundred feet or so to the south. However, I’m just not that ambitious. It’s just so much easier to step out on the deck and snap a picture.

Now for something completely different

MAKING A BUDDY BURNER

From Wikipedia: A Buddy Burner is a simple stove made from a can and part of a corrugated paper box. It is usually fueled by paraffin wax but other fuels, such as boiled butter, animal fat or diesel fuel, can be used. It is usually used for cooking but can also provide heat. To make a burner, you will need a shallow can such as tuna, lots of corrugated cardboard, pencil or pen, sharp knife or scissors, needle nose pliers, and a small candle (optional). You will also need melted wax. You may use canning wax (paraffin) or melted candles. DO NOT MELT WAX OVER OPEN FLAME!!!Use the can as a guide for the width of the cardboard strips.Cut the cardboard into stripsCut the candle the same height as the strips so that the wick will protrude above the stove top. It was a lucky coincidence that I could cut mine in two.Trim the cut candle so that the wick it’s exposed.Using the needle nose pliers, begin forming a coil of cardboard.Watch my video on YouTube where I demonstrate how to wind the cardboard and insert the candle. https://youtu.be/vK0Vgw2rTqMInsert the coil into the can and the candle into the middle. You are now ready to pour the melted wax into the can.Once again, do NOT heat the wax over an OPEN FLAME. The molten wax becomes quite volatile. Some people say to use a double boiler. However, because the wax is nearly impossible to get out of the pan on clean up, I would rather heat it in a disposable can sitting in a pot of boiling water.oday Ella and I attended a Valentine’s Day Luncheon at the Leander UMC where the 50+ meetings and game days are held. This is an annual event held on the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Since next Friday is Valentine’s, this was the Friday before. It was all fancied up with cloth tables clothes, table center pieces, hors d’oeuvres, food served in courses, and a fancy dessert of pound cake slices topped with mixed berries and whipped cream.fter the meal there was a game. A slideshow projected photos of movie star couples and we had to write the names of the couples, the name of the movie, and/or their characters’ names. I knew something about all of the movies except “An Officer And A Gentleman” which I’ve never seen.

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  • Day 129 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 06 Thursday

2020 February 06 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.com

randkids having a snow-day in Cedar Park Texas nine years ago. They had much more snow then than we did last night. See photo below. Those little kids aren’t so little any more. The oldest is now learning to drive.

Ella posted on Facebook, ,”People in Iowa go ahead and smile. It’s 33° in Liberty Hill and 29° in Des Moines. I got outside soon enough to get pictures of the sleet. There was more earlier. I’ve seen pictures of a dusting of snow on roofs in Leander. Ok it’s not much, but for people in this area, that don’t see snow, it’s something.”

hat bright sun was very welcome this morning. And was very welcome on our water hose. (Read further to understand that)

By yimny I tink dat it gonna be colder dan a well digger’s belt buckle. Ya you betcha.

ur water line froze overnight, even though I have a heated water hose. For those who are unaware, we live in an RV and our water comes from a hydrant and through a hose which is connected to the RV. This is commonly called “connected to city water.” That term would be incorrect in our case because the water actually comes from a well not a city water line. Thank the Lord for the bright sunshine, by ten o’clock the water was running free again. Which was very timely since we were getting ready (wait a minute. I’ve got to say that like a Texan) we were fixin‘ to go to the Over The Hill Gang* for lunch.

t ten twenty one the outside temperature had risen from twenty eight to thirty eight. At the same time it was nearly seventy five degrees inside because of the solar heat coming through the windows. As a matter of fact, by the time we returned from lunch, I had to close some shades to dampen the solar heat.

This is an article from our local newspaper, “The Library Hill Independent.” The article is about the original 150 year old church building on our campus. It is, by all accounts, the oldest existing building in Liberty Hill. The building is used now as a meeting place, chapel and wedding venue.

It truly is an amazing building. It was originally on another piece of land. It was disassembled moved and reassembled in its present location.

he official count for today at the Over the Hill Gang* lunch was forty nine. It seemed that there were more than that. But that may just have been because there were so many on our side of the wall. There are two large meeting-eating rooms separated by a wall.

e had two teams of three for canasta, after lunch. We played two games and each team won one. We didn’t even do a final total. Once it was clear that one team had enough points to win, we just stopped counting.

his is one of my off the cuff creations. When my children were little and they’d ask what was for supper, I’d say it doesn’t have a name, because until a few minutes ago, it didn’t exist. I now have four adult children two of which are chefs a third who is a foody. So, either I instilled in them a drive to be creative with food or they learned to cook in self-defense.

hat I created tonight was fueled by the need to eat more of the leftover beef and barley soup from yesterday and the desire to not have soup again. In the past, I’ve made pot pies from leftover soup. But I didn’t want to take the time to make a pie crust. I remembered that Bisquick used to have thing they called impossible pies. I had no Bisquick but I had pancake mixes. So, a little of this and a little of that mixed together and poured into my old George Foreman grill with lower grill replaced with the griddle pan. Minutes later we had an impossible pot pie – sort of. It was more like a huge dumpling infused with beef and barley. It tasted dang good though.

I was sad to see that big ball of warmth disappear for the night.

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  • *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 05 Wednesday

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hirty three degrees with very wintery clouds in the sky. Our Grandies** meeting was cancelled in fear of the predicted storm. However, as the day wore on, it became evident that, other than cold, windy, and nasty looking, the storm never came. Choir for this evening was un-canceled.

lla wrote: “I guess Texas is trying to compete with Iowa today. Our temperature is 33. We haven’t seem the snow or sleet but but then we weren’t out looking for it. We’ve stayed in all day. Grandies didn’t meet today since it was so cold. At 73 we are still the kids of the group. We do have choir practice tonight so we will be getting out then. I’ll have to put on my heavy coat for the first time this winter.”

f you think this shot of the sunrise is dismal, wait until you see the sunset photograph.

ith our normal Wednesday activities cancelled, we stayed home and did little or nothing nothing. I know, makes for an exciting post, right?

kay, I did accomplish a few things today. I made homemade beef and barley soup. It was quite good, if I do say so myself.

lso I wrote a sermon and have it set to automatically post a few Sundays from now. I will probably work on it some more before it posts. I also wrote a Musing Devotion for tomorrow.

warned you at the top of this post that the sunset photo was worse than the sunrise.

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  • Day 127 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 04 Tuesday

2020 February 04 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas Our main daily journal is at http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comleep came softly on little cat feet and purred warmly on my chest throughout the night. Which is strange because we have no cat nor kitten.ixty one degrees is the luxury to which we woke today. It reached a nice seventy two degrees with an eleven mph breeze. Tomorrow’s predicted high is forty one and then down to twenty nine.I received this message from the leader of our Grandies** group.All Grandies, The weather predicted for tonight and tomorrow morning looks pretty bad. So I am calling off Grandies. Stay in and keep warm. Some predictions are calling for snow. Ha! Ha! Ha! We will see. But they did say tonight it will blow in around 9:00 PM and it will be cold, rainy, and thunder storms with possible hail. So curl up and stay warm.”Choir practice for tomorrow night has also been cancelled.his sunrise was slightly odd this morning with the glow beneath but not around the sun. I really like that it looks a little abstract or impressionistic. Iggy my hands weren’t so shaking. Out love to paint it.e had about a dozen for lunch at the Georgetown senior center. Let me rephrase that, there were a dozen or more in attendance for lunch. Lunch consisted of chicken fried steak, asparagus, mashed potatoes with gravy, and mixed fruit.efore lunch we had a special speaker from the Texas Consumer Protection Agency. She told about the many schemes and scams to watch for. Many of them target older folks, like us. She also gave tips on what to do if we’ve been the target of a scam.WOW YOU DON’T EVEN

NEED BATTERIES!

Ella found this description for a typewriter in a current catalog.“Royal 11” Portable Manual Typewriter. Get “office-type” jobs (like making labels or addressing envelopes) done quickly and easily without the added complication of using a PC. Full QWERTY keyboard, margin set and release and 1-, 1.5- and 2-line spacing. Other features include paper release lever and guide, and carriage return. Two-color print selection (black and red) and stencil. Includes hard-shell.”

And it even even cuts stencils!Raise your hand if you remember cutting stencils for a mimeograph? Or better yet, leave a comment. I can still remember the smell of the printed pages as they came off of the machine. Yep, I know, no one under 50 knows what I’m talking about.

or supper tonight I made spaghetti and meatballs. I made the meatballs about the size of ping pong balls.I’m glad I took these photos of the afternoon sky. If I had waited until sunset it would have only been a picture of a dark gray sky with no sun to be seen.IF YOU ENJOYED MY JOURNAL ENTRY, PLEASE CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON, LEAVE A COMMENT AND/OR FOLLOW.Thanks for stopping by.God bless and g’nite

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  • Day 126 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)