2020 June 30 Last Day

Tuesday In Austin, Texas

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I found the part that is cloudy in the “partly cloudy”.

Being that it was our last day caring for guinea pigs and dogs, Ella cleaned the bedding so that the kids would have a clean bed in which to sleep.

We also have a clean bed inn which too sleep. And we will not have a dog sleeping with us. Other than Zeus rolling me off of the bed and Bluebell laying with her head on my feet, the dogs weren’t that bad of bed partners. It was a king size bed after all.

My bride made out possible for us all to sleep on clean Covid-free bedding.

The Resident Rodents got their cage cleaned again this morning. Judging from the amount of pig poop over the least few days, I may be over feeding them.

The dogs have been going bat$hit crazy this morning. Zeus has been jumping higher into the small tree than I thought possible for a fat older dog. Then, they’ve raced around the fence line with their noses in the air. I don’t know if they are chasing birds, squirrels, or invisible intergalactic invaders. Whatever it is that they are at least getting their exercise.

I had all the dishes washed and put away, so for lunch I ordered Domino’s pizza.

Another photo of Bluebell sleeping with her enormous tongue hanging out. I can’t help thinking she looks like roadkill.

Bluebell wasn’t the only one dozing. Ella, at least, kept her tongue in her mouth.

Today is our last day to sit with the animals. I carried all of our stuff (clean clothes, CPAP machines, games, etc) out to the truck before the kids returned home.

Since we couldn’t hug and kiss anyway, we just put the last bag (the one with Ella’s chocolates) into the truck and left.

I scheduled our grocery pickup for early tomorrow morning.

After arriving home, I received a text from the landlord with the site rent and electric bill. I promptly sent payment to her.

That is the end of our excitement for the day.

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2020 June 27 Life Guard Duty

Saturday

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Austin, Texas

The sky fluctuated today between overcast and hazy. Ella said she read that it was African dust. But the only thing I see about African dust in the Texas sky was from one year ago. I have no definitive answer.

The Bible in 50 words

“God made, Adam bit, Noah arked, Abraham split, Jacob fooled, Joseph ruled, Bush talked, Moses balked. Pharaoh plagued, people walked, sea divided, tablets guided. Promise landed, Saul freaked, David peaked, prophets warned, Jesus born. God walked, love talked, anger crucified, hope died. Love rose, spirit flamed, Word spread, God remained.”A friend sent this out in her email.

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Zeus inspected the pool to make sure it as safe for us. No sharks or alligators were seen, so it was deemed alright by the life guard.One final test of the water’s purity, plus a walk ’round by Bluebell and we were allowed in.At one point, Zeus walked the edge of the hot tub and licked the top of my head.

Ella wrote: 1st full day animal and house sitting.

Blue Bell has spent a lot of time crying. They know we’re ok but their family isn’t here. For the last few months their family has been here all the time.

We have our guard dogs at work even when we are in pool. They aren’t going to let grandpa and grandma come to any harm.

As it is approaching bedtime, both dogs are on the master bedroom. I’m not sure if they are there to protect us or for us to protect them.

Yesterday, I was doing some genealogy searches and found both of my parents obituaries. It was kind of a strange feeling. My father died when I was 4 years old and I truly do not have any memories of him. Because I was raised by a single mother, we had a very close relationship and I miss her still.

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2020 June 25 Sitting Bull

Thursday

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WeatherBug declares the morning air to be “partly cloudy”. Could be. I won’t know for sure until the fog lifts.Fog has surrounded us. It wraps us in lace curtains that shields us from the sun’s prying eyes and burning glare.

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”

Corrie Ten Boom (1974). “Tramp for the Lord: The Story that Begins Where The Hiding Place Ends”, p.12, CLC Publications
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On June 25, 1876, Native American forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.
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June 2013: I woke in the night with severe back pain. With a history of heart attack, I choose to take the pain seriously and go to the emergency room at the VA in Des Moines, Iowa. Mistake number one. There were ERs much closer AND, if you think you may be having a heart attack, don’t drive anywhere ~ call 911.

At the VA they did an MRI and x-ray. It was not a heart attack, just muscle spasms. I was given muscle relaxers. I was also told that the tests showed a spot on my lung as well as one on my kidney. I was told that a VA doctor would call in the morning about those items.

After nearly two weeks of ME calling THEM, I finally got and appointment. The doctor looked at his computer (never at me) and said, “The spot on your kidney is benign and we’ll just keep an eye on your lung.” This is why I no longer go to the VA when I’m in Iowa.

.Something that most people would never guess about me, most of my life I’ve been an introvert, sometimes bordering on asocial. I wear the persona of a gregarious person, but under that mask, is still the young boy who was in speech therapy for stuttering. On occasion, when stressed, he again controls my tongue.

As a youngster, I would memorize speeches, poems, and parts from plays. When alone, I would practice saying them out loud.

In a college speech class I learned to organize my thoughts for an oral presentation. A good speech is much like music. If music was all one note, played over and over at the same tempo, it would bye only boring noise. I was shown how to change pace, volume, and inflection for emphasis and to keep the audience’s attention.Little did I know how that would be out help to me later on in life, when I began to preach.Watch Ella beat me at a game of Fast Track, and then say I cheat. We also explain the rules and show how to play..

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2020 June 24 Ugly Biscuits

Wednesday

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Pull up a chair, sit a spell.

Another cooler morning. Mostly cloudy translates to completely overcast and a short rain passing through.

It didn’t rain enough to determine if yesterday’s attempt to seal the holes in the awning worked or not.(See yesterday’s post)

The sky looked like soot filled smoke. Thank God that it only cloud and not smoke.

We had no bread for breakfast this morning. No bread equals no toast. So I mixed some biscuits together and dropped them by spoonfuls, as the instruction said. I usually make rolled and cut biscuits. For some reason I couldn’t get the dough to drop where I wanted it. Made ugly biscuits.

Bisquick biscuits seemed too dry. If/when I make then again. I’ll add some butter or oil to the mixture.

Even though I made biscuits, we seen out for breakfast at Sonics. Well, that’s not quite correct. We purchased food at Sonics but took it to the church parking lot to eat it.

While in the parking lot, Ella sent a message to our new pastor. Temporarily, she is staying at a church owned house, just across the street from the church. Pastor Michelle came over to talk. We sat at the picnic table and visited until she received a call from her daughter, so we left.

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Before leaving town, we stopped at Parker’s for essentials: bread, sugar cookies, and ice cream. Okay, you have your essentials and I will have mine.

The remainder of the day was much like every day lately. I’m sure that many off you can relate. Many people have chosen to behave as if Covid-19 no longer exists. We, on the other hand, have chosen to wait for re-run season or Covid2.0. To that end we ordered and received some paper masks. I know what many of you are thinking, “masks don’t work.”

You are partiality right. Unless it is a respirator type mask that has been fitted to your face, they offer very little, if any, protection for the mask wearer. These paper masks are to offer some protection to people around us, to protect them from us. Which is why I’d rather be around people wearing masks, that offers some protection for me. See?

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2020 June 22 “You Are Not Welcome H ere!”

Monday

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It was stool 80° at midnight and cooled to 75° by morning. It was cloudy overcast with no trace of a dawn. I didn’t bother with a photo.I slept nearly eight hours late-night with half in deep sleep. Even though I was fully awake at seven thirty, I lay a bed reading and didn’t actually get off the bed unto twelve noon. You could say it was a lazy morning.After breakfast (?) lunch (?), I went out and recovered the west facing living room windows. You may recall that quiet awhile back I had covered them. At that time, I said it was am experiment to see how well some cheap white duct tape worked. Well the end of the experiment was that the west facing bedroom window that had insulation held in place with a thin aluminum/Mylar tape is still in place. The windows with the white tape came lose.This morning I re-covered the other two and used the Mylar tape on them also. I didn’t think to photograph or video my working on this project. You will also notice that previously I had the white side of the insulation facing outward. That was done with an eye toward the Aesthetics. I thought that the white vinyl visually blended better with the outside of the trailer itself. However, for solar protection, I believe the foil-side out makes more sense. Telling that solar radiation, “You are not welcome here!”And, now that I was using the aluminum tape, it blended with the foil of the insulation as well.I am still reading Adam Hamilton’s book “MAKING SENSE OF THE BIBLE” I find his insights to be very clear and well thought out. Chapter 14 delves into the various concepts about the “inspiration” of the biblical writers. I have a friend who says and believes “God said it, I believe it.” I was once at the complete opposite end puff the spectrum. I believed nothing in the bible and dismissed it as fairy tales and morality stories. After I became a Christian, I struggled with the brutal, genocidal, militaristic nature of God in the Hebrew bible. It was hard to see the God of love and forgiveness in the New Testament as the same God from the Old Testament. How could these various writers, all inspired by God, portray Him so differently? Over time and by prayerful study, I came to an understanding that has been helpful for me. Hamilton’s book has been helpful in furthering my understanding. I encourage you to read it also.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 20 Waffling

Saturday

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  • 68° & light rain. Predicted High 91°. Morning Low was 67°

Cool and wet this morning. It only rained for a couple of minutes, just enough to settle the dust. This area of Texas hill country has had 17″ so far this year and only .03″ in June.By contrast, where our summer home in Iowa is located they have had 11.87″ of precipitation (some as snow) this year and .77″ this month. Miami, Florida has had 6.28″ in June and 29.22″ this year.

Waffles for breakfast!

Nothing much happened again today until we went to check on the mail. Ella wanted to take a short cut, so she could visit with a neighbor. We didn’t have masks so I was uneasy and kept dropping hints that we should get home. Finally I just left her there. I came home, washed hands, arms, face and beard. I then used an alcohol wipe. Once she was home, I told her to go scrub up.

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2020 June 16 Taco Tuesday?

Tuesday

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It was a nice sky this morning. Too bad I slept through the pre-dawn. I’ll bet it was spectacular reflecting from the cloud cover.It seems that the temperature is in a hurry to reach the high for the day. In about two hours it raise five degrees. At this rate, it is going to be higher than ninety one by day’s end.Poor Rudolf the Red Nosed Pickup, he is covered with bird poo. We are not allowed to use the RV Park’s water for washing our vehicles. That is understandable, since the water comes from the owner’s well. However, I have captured rainwater that I will use to do some cleaning.For breakfast (in honor of Taco Tuesday) I filled two tortillas with cheese, eggs, bacon or sausage, more cheese and then topped with another tortilla. Then it was grilled for a minute our so. Salsa was optional.I had considered having tacos for lunch. However, I used all excerpt two of the tortillas for breakfast.Other than our walk around the park and to check for mail, we stayed inside all day. It got hot early and stayed there.The only DIY project on which I worked was drawing schematics for a truck topper rebuild. As soon as the accompanying video has uploaded, I’ll post it here.Also I worked some more on a sermon idea.The two of us played four, five, maybe six games of Fast Track, I don’t know. All I know is that I won one and Ella came in next to last on the others. 😀Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 15 Halfway

Monday

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After breakfast, I got a pair of thick-cut butterfly-porkchops out of the freezer to thaw. Later I realized they weren’t going to thaw in time for lunch. That’s when I pressure cooked them then left them on keep warm until just before lunch.

At lunch time I nuked some baking potatoes. Out of the microwave and into the George Foreman grill, using the grill plates. The potatoes stayed there until the grill was at maximum temperature, when I swapped them out for the chops. Once the chops had nicely browned grill marks, they were served

Ella read somewhere that Costco had cloth facemasks for $10. So, having nothing better to do, we went to Costco. They do NOT have facemasks. At least not in the one nearest to us. And miracle of miracles, we left Costco without buying anything.

It wasn’t a total waste of time and gasoline. We stopped for treats at Dairy Queen.

And then at Parker’s Corner Market for perishables like milk,bread, butter, eggs, sausage, and bacon. Oh, and cookies. Cookies are to perishable! Don’t try to tell me differently.

I really like Sudoku. It’s the only game that I have on my phone. I can’t play it four hours on end like Ella does her various games, but, on the expert setting, I can spend a good half hour.

Let’s see, what else happened today. I did not work on/in the topper … but I thought about it alot. I’m working through various designs in my mind. Planning what order the rebuild would take place. First, of course, everything that I packed in there has to be in packed and stored safely out of the way. Next the current iteration of the topper would be carefully disassembled, because I will reuse much of that lumber. So I’ve done a lot of planning for something I am not sure I’ll build.

I also downloaded the lectionary readings for this coming Sunday: Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 , Jeremiah 20:7-13, Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39. I’ve read through them and have a germ of an idea for a sermon. We will see where the Spirit leads.

We are halfway through June and nearly halfway through the year!

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2020 June 13 Iris is Tired

Saturday

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Good (educated) guess by the weather forecasters. Ninety degrees was predicted and ninety degrees was the high.

As I fried some bacon for Ella’s breakfast, I also browned some for corn chowder in the Instapot slow-cooker.

As we did yesterday, we took our Fast Track game outside. It wasn’t until almost noon before we found the need to close up and turn the air conditioner on.

For lunch we had the afore mentioned corn chowder. Corn, potatoes, bacon, milk, vegetable stock are the bases for my chowder. Before serving, I blend in sour cream. And personally, chowder should not be eaten without crackers. And as shaky as my hands are now, without crackers, I would lose half the broth on the way to my mouth.

We accomplished a little yard work today, before it became uncomfortably warm. For as long as we have been on this site, there had been a tire buried in our yard. I’ve assumed it to be a flower bed, though no followers are in evidence. However, about eighteen inches away, irises have tried to grow. Every time the mowers come, they run over both the tire and the flowers.My thought was to raise the tire from it’s sunken position and place it around the irises, solving both problems. However, the reality was that it was easier to transplant the flowers than dig the tire out of the rocky ground.To stop the mowers from mowing over the flower bed, it is now outlined with rocks.Once again I also did a minor chore in the topper. Some time back I had stapled some nylon screening over the opening to assist in convincing various insects to “move along – you’re not wanted here.” However, with use, the screen has torn lose from the staples. Today I used duct tape to hold the screen on place and re-stapled through tape and screen. Hopefully that will work better than the first attempt.The remainder of our rest-day was used to read, write, watch, listen, and game. Oh, I suppose some time was allotted for thinking also.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 12 Playing With Food

Friday

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The sun from the bedroom window.

Another beautiful, cool morning

Sunshining through the trees

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

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

And then we just sat outside.

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

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

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