2020 April 16 Throwback Thursday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend. www.TomAndEllaJournal.comAudio journal https://www.spreaker.com/user/12220003ach morning has been slightly warmer than the preceding day. This has been a good thing. However, as all good things go, it can be carried too far. Once it reaches the mid sixties, as far as I’m concerned, it can cease becoming warmer each day.hese power poles are a distraction. However, they also add some visual context. Whereas, if I crop them out of the photograph, the image of the sun becomes less interesting. And, considering how boring it was before, less is not more in this photograph..he groundskeepers were out and working early this morning. Many here at the Stocktank have no jobs to go to during this time of isolation. The sound of mowers and trimmers outside their bedroom windows might have been unwelcome. Yeah, let’s say, unwelcome. That being said, it is nice to see the foliage (I’m loath to call it grass) cut level again. I will miss the proliferation of wildflowers.ggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits for breakfast. Thanks to the Bisquick in yesterday’s care package. Sorry that the picture came so late in the meal.esterday I added padding to the tailgate. It is so much easier on old knees. That padding made a world of difference as I crawled in and out of the topper today.installed some LED lights which will be essential for nighttime use.ext I hung screening, just in case we do use it for short term camping. Got to keep mosquitos and other buzzing pests out. Besides, it’s just cool to have screen, right?.While I was playing in my “clubhouse” Ella was busy doing laundry.And, lest to think I had no hand in the laundry, I carried Manny loads of rainwater into the house. The water was brought to a near boil, then carefully carried down the deck steps and poured into the ice chests which we are using for laundry tubs. This scenario was repeated until the formerly cold water was brought to a warmth pleasant to the hands. I also did a small amount of sloshing the clothes about and hand wringing. Not as much as my bride, it’s true, but some..The clothes were all washed and hung in the sun and breeze to dry. It was approaching one thirty and I hadn’t started any lunch. Previously, it had been decided to venture to the local grocery for milk and eggs. With a trip to town already decided, a drive through Golden Chick seemed to settle the question of lunch.pon returning home, it was time to recline and let the breezes flow across our weary bodies.

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Day 198 , in Texas.Day 32 being self isolated.

2020 April 15 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

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he temperature reached a nice sixty eight degrees under full sun. If I could, I’d but a smiley face on today’s sun. Keep on smiling Ol’ Sol!

Good morning starshine
The earth says “hello”
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below
Good morning starshine
You lead us along
My love and me as we sing
Our early morning singing song( )

Our early morning singing songs were hymns on the Elder Sing CD.

Round leaf rag wort?

Mock Verbena?

Antelope Horns?

Some of the flowering weeds we saw on our morning walk.

nce again HUM said the truck battery was in the yellow zone. We decided to take a longer drive to better charge the battery. Since we were going for a longer drive, we drove to Adam and Leigha’s. We invited them to come out near the truck to talk. It was nice to have a live visit with them, even at a distance.

nce we were done there, we called Sofia to see if Beket and she were able to step outside to talk with us. She was waiting on an important phone call from school. We said that we would try another time.

hile we were out, we ordered pizza from Dominos. Then went through the drive through. There was a small park in Bertrum where we stopped to eat the pizza. It seemed almost decadent to sit, enjoying the sunshine, in a public space. I hope no one tattles on us. Shhh!

nce home, Ella beat me severely. Fortunately, it was only at Fast Track. So three only that was bruised was my ego.

care package from Linnea arrived on our deck. It came with facemasks, Bisquick, and Hot Tamales candies. It was very much appreciated. Thanks. Everything was wiped down with Clorox wipes, because you don’t know how m many have handled them.

tried unsuccessfully to take a nap. When that failed, I asked Ella if she was ready for a walk to the mailbox. We had received a package through USPS but that is a separate delivery person from the mail carrier. When we checked the box there was nothing but echoes.

fter our walk, Ella went in for a shower and I worked some more in the topper. I Keep forgetting to document with photographs what I’m doing.

e had a choir practice, via Zoom, from all of our homes tonight. It did not not go well. Although we could see and hear each other, singing was impossible. Zoom only plays the voice of the loudest and not multiple voices at once. Even when speaking we had that robotic auto-tune voice and it made the piano sound like a calliope.

NO SUNSET PHOTO I was on the Zoom call when the sun was setting.

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Day 197 in Texas.

Day 31 being self isolated.

2020 March 10 Tuesday

2020 March 10 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

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

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

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

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

Smelling Rain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Day 162 in Texas

  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2020 March 09 Monday

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ixty nine was a fair guess, and close. Though the mercury rose only three marks from the morning’s low of sixty three.

ll of the color has been bled away. So sad the sky, for the missing sun, that it wept the whole day through.

feel asleep listening to the old time radio show “Gunsmoke” on YouTube. I must of had an interesting night of tossing and turning. Overnight I became tangled in my phone power cord and disconnected it from the charger. When I sat up this morning, I had an odd feeling in the middle of my back. I thought I must have slept on the spring-like hose for my CPAP machine. As I made my way to the bathroom, my reading glasses fell from my back. And I still don’t know what became of my earbuds.

hicken spaghetti, cooked apples, lettuce salad, cooked carrots, and garlic bread at the Georgetown senior center.

efore lunch we played Fast Track with another couple. I cannot remember their names. I know that they also are from the cold north (Wisconsin / Michigan) and come to Texas for the winter. I judge them to be quite sensible.

I LIKE RAIN

I like the rain. Oh not the cold storm, driven by gale force winds. Not those where you walk hunched over, collar turned up, and hat held firmly to your head. Those are the monsoons of fall and winter. I like the gentle showers of spring that fall warm upon winter’s frozen wasteland and magically transform it into a riot of colors. Even more amazing are the summer sun showers that pass through on sunny days. Those are times when you let loose your inner child, to twirl, head thrown back and arms out. Those are days to splash, once again, in puddles.

kay, so, the sun made a valiant attempt to escape the morass of suffocating cloud cover. Though the attempt was short lived as well as unsuccessful, there for a brief moment, it was nearly bright enough to cast a shadow.

adly, the sun was too weak to hold any dominance against the overburden of clouds. It good it’s face and has slunk beyond the horizon. Perhaps to lay plans for tomorrow’s battle.

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2020 March 03 Tuesday

2020 March 03 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

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he sixty three degrees was nice to wake to, even if the sky looked like a sailors wool blanket

he whole sky was so gray that this small patch of lighter gray, in the south, looked almost white.

ixing breakfast in the George Foreman grill. Between this grill and the Instapot we do 99% of our cooking.

losing the lid of the grill cooks the tops of the eggs without flipping them. Also, thanks to the nonstick surface, no added fats.

ven the biscuits were done in the grill without heating the oven (and the rest of the kitchen). This is NOT a paid advertisement (though if they wanted to throw some money my way, I wouldn’t duck). I just really like these two appliances.

e had phone calls today from a niece and a daughter. Both live up north, where it was a sunny fifty three degrees. It is always nice to hear from family.

onight’s prayer meeting consisted only of the pastor and two couples. That is unusual. Generally there are about a dozen in attendance. I hope that it is not in response to the “Talking Heads” on television news programs warning people to avoid crowds. The coronavirus is worrisome because there currently is no cure. But people are reacting as if it is the and of the world. The reality is that the total number of deaths in the United States is 9. Worldwide the death total is 3,000. For perspective, 750,000 people die from mosquito bites and diseases they carry.

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  • Day 151 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 March 02 Monday

2020 March 02 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

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t was warm last night. We slept with the bedroom window open. We had also changed our sheets from the fleece to the microfiber.

he view of the sky was, once again, as from under a pewter lid. Yesterday’s twenty mile per hour winds gusts have calmed to a pleasant breeze, like a lover’s breath upon your neck.

hile still in bed this morning I heard the sounds of “m-a-w m-a-w from outside my bedroom window.

It was not the panic cry of a lost child. It was the plaintive bleat of a goat. The park owners have three in a pen.

he goats are our nearest neighbours to the west. Though the goats are cordial enough, they no longer come to lunch as they did back in our first year here. In those days the critters roamed the entire property. I referred to them as the lawn care crew as ate their way around the lawns.

owever, one warm fall day, as we were having a lunch under the awning of our RV, one overly friendly goat climbed Ella’s lap and stared her in the face, as if begging for a bite of her sandwich.

I’ve often wondered what MadElla was mad about. But the answer was right there in front of me, parking. It kind of pisses me off too. People parking on the yellow striped spaces between handicap spaces angers me also.

unch at the senior center was fried potatoes, sausage patties, and French toast. The other way of saying that is, “Breakfast”.

upper was a creative use of leftover pork rib, rice, and beans. The rib meat was shredded then mixed with rice and beans, plus some shredded cheddar cheese. A dollop of sour cream and a little salsa. Warm some tortillas and “pesto changeo” an entirely new meal.

I spent a little time working on a business card. What do you think?

h yes at sundown, we are still stuck under that pewter lid. Tomorrow and Wednesday are predicted to have showers and/or storms.

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  • Day 151 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)

CA+170.11

PP 10.61

OI 312.4

QT 32.2

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 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)