2020 July 24 Battling the Sun

Friday

Be safe – Be Considerate – Wear A Mask

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The sun appeared big and bright this morning. My camera reacted to the brightness by darkening the sky. Usually I remember to apply a filter that corrects for the auto adjustment. However, I forgot today.

This extra layer of insulation that Ella and I put up this morning, made a noticeable difference in our inside temperature today.

TODAY’S Video

This evening, or late afternoon, we walked up to check our mailbox, which was empty. On our way back we stopped to visit with one of our neighbors, who has a tiny house that she’s been working on for several years. She invited us in to see what new things have been done in it. I did not have my mask with me and was uncomfortable getting to close. Ella had her mask in her pocket but didn’t think to wear it. Ella went on in and did a full tour. I went in only far enough to see the restroom. then I went back outside.

When we arrive home, Ella said she wanted to purchase some elastic to replace the hair ties that were on the masks that our granddaughter sent us. So, we loaded into Rudolf the Red-nosed pick up and went to Dollar General, looking for elastic. We did find the elastic. We also found a loaf of bread, candy bar, an ice tea, and a soft drink.

Every since the summer solstice on June 20th, the sun has been working its way Southward in the sky. I notice it more in the Western sky than in the Eastern sky. Perhaps it is because the western sun is now setting in a more or less open horizon, rather than behind the live oak trees.

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2020 July 07 Killing Ants

Tuesday

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here’s something I didn’t tell you folks yesterday. When we got home and we were putting the groceries away, I noticed small black ants on our countertop. From past experience I know that it’s very hard to get rid of those little black ants. So my plan for today is to go to Winkley’s Hardware and purchase a couple of bug bombs. I’ll set one off on the bathroom level and one off in the kitchen area and then leave for a few hours. I also have ant spray that I will go around the outside and spray all of the places that I can find, where anything on the trailer that touches the ground. Hopefully that will cut off any trail they have down to the ground and back.Killing ants videoell we traveled around for quite a while today. We drove down one road that had a sign that said “private property turn around now this is your last chance.” All other roads were much friendlierAs we drove, the breeze coming through the windows kept us fairly nice. At one point we started heading east towards Georgetown and a real nice cool breeze came through, and I said, “If I’d know it was going to be this cool in Georgetown I would have come here first.”Other than a stop at Taco Bell for lunch we kept moving. It was close to 4:30 when we return home which means we had been gone for 3 and 1/2 hours. We opened windows, doors, and a roof vents then turned the fans toward them.Then we came outside to sit under the awning where it is nice and cool with a wonderful Breeze.Ella was saying, “It was 74 or 75 degrees out here on our patio. I don’t complain about that temperature any day of the year.” I’m not sure what glue she has been sniffing, but it is 81°. It hasn’t been 74° Since last midnight.Did I say that it rained? It did, not hard and not long, but it did rain. That short rain did drag some of the heat out of the air.See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 July 06 Docs, Meds, Foods

Monday

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hough the golden Sunrise was beautiful to behold, it was but a harbinger of the heat that was going to come forth later in the day. As you can see in the screenshot below, the temperature was already in the 80s before sunrise, with the “feels like” temperature of 85°.

esterday I had posted about having pain in my eye since Friday morning when I woke. This morning, I set an appointment for two this afternoon. I will see the nurse practitioner at Liberty Hill Physicians. I’m also hoping that to get word from the pharmacy that my prescription has been okayed and filled.Ella has prescriptions ready for pick up already. After my two o’clock appointment I also may have an additional prescription issued from the Physicians here in Liberty Hill. So, hopefully, I can get all of those taken care of this afternoon.hen we returned to Texas from Iowa on October 1st, it was with a clear plan to go back to Iowa around the 1st of May 2020. This has been our yearly cycle for over a half-dozen years. We spend the best part of the year in Texas and the warm part in Iowa. We have family in both places and long to see both of them.This year the coronavirus changed those plans. We have now been in Texas for two months longer than we normally would be. We are fearful of the drive north, stopping to eat, or even drive through. Public restrooms, no matter how well maintained, cannot be considered a germ-free. I have always been skeptical of the cleanliness of motel rooms and, during this time even more so. Therefore our travel plans have been put on hold until we have better assurance that we won’t catch this disease, which could be deadly to the two of us.In regard for these facts, I have decided to stop posting how many days we have been in Texas. This year it may be a year or longer. Similarly I’m also no longer posting how many days we have been isolated because of the covid-19 virus. Partially this is due to the fact that we are no longer isolated in the truest sense of the word.We venture forth to pick up groceries or prescriptions, with were ordered online. We also have begun going out to eat, although those are at drive-thru restaurants not eat-in restaurants. Although we still do not gather in large groups, we have gone to family functions several times as well as worship and Sunday School.We are still hand sanitizing and wearing masks whenever we go out in public, but we are going out in public more than during the beginning of isolating.

e arrived a little early at the Doctor’s this afternoon. The entry door and exterior wall was broken. I didn’t ask and wasn’t told, but I am guessing that someone hit it with a car.Haley, the nurse practitioner examined my eye and declared it to be a bacterial infection. As suspected, a prescription was called in. That brought the total meds waiting for us to four. Three for me with one for Ella.ince we were now going to Wal-Mart, I placed the order for groceries to be picked up. The list was already in my online shopping cart. All I had to do was schedule the pickup times. The next available time was between 6 and 7. I took it. Since it was just barely 3 o’clock, I was going to go home. However, Ella said, “I guess we can find something to do for 3 hours.”he first thing we found to do was grab lunch at McDonalds. We took our sandwiches across the parking lot and sat in front of Lowes to eat. We sat there for about an hour and a half. Ella dozed for a bit. Then the sun broke through the clouds to shine on her.We went in search of shade and bathroom. The bathroom I found at QuikTrip gas and convenience store. The shade we found sitting in the pharmacy pickup spot at Wal-Mart. We called to let the pharmacy know which spot we were in. A young woman soon arrived but then she noticed she had left one of the meds on the counter. Before long, she returned with everything needed.Watch our videos on YouTube.It wasn’t quite time for the groceries to be ready, so we found another shady spot in which to wait. Did I mention that we don’t have working air conditioner in the truck? Checkout the forecast at the bottom of this post.The notification arrived that the groceries were ready for pickup. Since we were in the parking lot, it took us no time to be loaded and on our way.Once home, we managed to store nearly everything away in the cupboards.The sun was already setting when we pulled into our RV site.I put the eye drops in the say down to finish today’s journal.See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 July 04 Independence Day

SaturdayWelcome, family and friends to our daily journal.Breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast. Followed by several games of Fast Track.

Our local town cancelled all of the Independence Day activities.Several years, and several years ago, I looked dashing in my Uncle Sam hat. That spray-in hair color in 2014 was a bad idea. After repeated shampoos, it still had a red tinge. Then I used Dawn dish soap and it came out nicely. By the way, the heat was so floppy that I had to stuff it was paper to make it stand up in true stove pipe fashion.No news is good news. I received three notifications today that there was nothing (bad) to report. Somehow lack of bad news doesn’t always equate to good news.Speaking of news, I grow weary of hearing “black lives matter”. Not because I disagree with it, but because it seems so self evident to me. All lives matter.True, were my skin tone a shade or two darker, I might see things through a different life-filter.On a related note, have you ever noticed that when the news sources report on a person of color, they always mention it? They feel compelled to add the modifiers “black, Asian, Hispanic” However, if the person is “white” it is never mentioned. Wouldn’t it be nice if no race identifies were NEVER used? Will we ever realize there is ONE race, “human”?

We did nothing other than try to stay cool today. And that proved more difficult than expected. The air conditioner way running a lot and causing the circuit breaker to pop off. I kept raising the thermostat (finally setting it art 90° – the highest setting for the a/c).I may have to replace the breaker, because I don’t believe that it is carrying that much of a load.

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  • 9 months 04 days since we returned to Texas.
  • 3 months and 20 days being self isolated.

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2020 July 03

Friday Welcome, family and friends to our daily journal.

Actually the morning was pretty nice because of the low humidity. But that prediction of 97° was a few short of the real 100° high.

If you recall, yesterday Ella and I ordered medication refills. She received notification that her’s are ready for pickup. So far, no word on mine. It may be Monday before mine are ready.

Breakfast was bacon, spam, American fries and cheese in flour tortilla

DAILY ROUTINE VIDEO. videoed yesterday.

The Cross Tracks Church prayer chain

is amazing. As requests come in, they as immediately distributed via email to a vast army of prayer warriors, who will lift those joys and concerns to the Lord in prayer. James 5:16b “For the unremitting prayer of a just person prevails over many things.” How much moreso the prayers out many just people.

Prayer requests can be summited through the church website, Facebook page, over the phone (512) 515-0070, by mail (101 Church street, Liberty Hill, Texas 78642), in person during worship, or at the church office (though at this time of isolation it may bee closed)

JUNE DRIVING HISTORY as emailed from my truck via HUMx.
Distance 516 miles, Idle Time 3h 21m, Trip Time 19h 32m, Avg Speed 26 MPH, Max Speed 78 MPH, Avg MPG 12 MPG

Very cheesy mac and cheese, peas and canned peach slices

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Since I’m stuck at home where adventures are few and far between, I’ve been living vicariously through other people’s adventures on YouTube. Some have tiny homes (some on wheels), some have mansions, some do bushcraft, prepping, or survivalism. But even during this plague time, they are doing things that I wish I was able to do.

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2020 July 02 Honey Be Mine

Thursday

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Ella posted: We’re out for a drive today. We started at the
Texas Honey Hole, A new business in Liberty Hill. Then we went exploring the country North of town.

Ella failed to mention that we purchased cinnamon-coffee infused honey. The honey farm is very near the campground. We’ve had their flavored honey before. I’d purchased it at Parker’s groceries. It’s really good. Ella also purchased some peanutbutter fudge sands a couple of soft drinks.

The next stop was QT for gasoline before going for a drive to recharge the battery. I was concerned that our recent short drives were taking more power than it was putting back into the battery.

It’s becoming harder and harder to find a road that we haven’t traveled.

When we do dings such a road, we may go for several miles before the road just stops and we must backtrack. That’s one of the things that happen in hill country. However, you find many beautiful landscaped along the way.

Once we were home, I was going to sort my pills for the next several weeks. I’ve already placed a refill order with the VA for my medications. There are others that do not go through the VA and I’m low on those also. I placed that order and told Ella. She said she had some to order also. It looks like we will be making a trip to the pharmacy.

The sun is setting in a burnt orange sky. One look at the thermometer tells took why the sky is burnt.

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2020 July 01 Missing Friends

Wednesday

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TODAY’S VIDEO

Another thing to miss about being with our Iowa friends. PIE RUSH WEDNESDAY at Village Inn. Free slice of double crusted fruit pies with an adult entree order.If I shut my eyes and let my mind drift back, I can hear the clink of dishes and coffee cups, ice in the glasses. and the background murmur of other diners. I hear Ted Nelson’s laugh, Tom Stone saying, “And this is the truth, I’m not making this up.” Then Francis Free beginning by saying, “I’ll grant you this …”Conversation would normally include opinions (for or against) about various board members of the camping club and polices and improvements (or lack thereof) of the campground.Then there were the aromas of freshly baked (or microwaved) pies: raspberry, blueberries, apple, or hot peach ala mode.For the better part of a decade we could gather at Village Inn on Wednesdays, order a drink and receive a free slice of fruit pie or the monthly specialty pie. We regularly would have a dozen (plus or minus) people gather around the tables to visit and eat pie. Last year the policy changed, requiring ordering an entree. We still gathered though weekly attendance became sporadic.This year some of the “snow birds” have, like us, sheltered in place and not returned to the campground. Village Inn, most likely, would not be able or willing to seat that many people together at a table because of Covid 19.

Wednesdays in Love Liberty Hill means, for us and our friends, Grandies. 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!During 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.

However, again because of the corona virus, Grandies it’s not meeting. For a while we tried meeting through the Zoom application. However, lack of interest or ability has halted that also. There is some sporadic exchange of emails but that is a less than satisfying way to gather, visit, laugh, and yes, play games.

I‘ve been watching several mysteries and cop shows. This has lead me to several conclusions.

  1. Car trunks are designed to transport people, living or not so much.
  2. Kidnappers and murderers have much neater / cleaner trunks than any of my vehicles.
  3. If your vehicle has a trunk, at some point, you or your victims be stuffed into it.
  4. I’m never again buying a vehicle with a trunk.

Another indication that I need new glasses. In addition to not being able to see clearly, they are beginning to leave gray green marks on my temples. Basically they control how I see and how I’m seen.

This evening was a chance for the congregation to get to know the new pastor and her us. We met in groups of ten or less. Each group had fifteen minutes with her. It was interesting. And, no, she was not dresses in robe and scarf.I didn’t bother with a sunset photo. It would lol identical to the “sunrise” photo this morning with a slightly different landscape.Thanks again for stopping by.

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  • 3 months and 17 days being self isolated.

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