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

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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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2020 June 11 Look What Came Today

Thursday

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ver night was quite comfortable with the bedroom window and all of the ceiling vents open to the night air.

Though we had been awake for several hours, neither of us were inclined to be other than reclined for a long time. Between be quiet or bestired, we chose bestilled. Finally, in bequest of our bodies, we rose.

Knowing that breakfast would be much later than normal, I made it larger and it became brunch.

hile preparing brunch, I also began chopping vegetables for the slow cook setting on the Instapot. I added a precooked pork roast to the pot then a scoop of dried greens powder, some seasonings, and a can of cream of mushroom soup.

After brunch I washed the few dishes from last night and this morning. That served two purposes, clean dishes and clean warmed hands, before checking my blood.

hursday’s are the day that I test my blood’s clotting factor. The target range is between two point zero and two point nine. Today it was two point one. While that technically is in range, I’m going to raise my blood-thinner dosage ever so slightly by one mg.

Speaking if blood-thinner, my prescriptions had been filled and the medications were ready for pickup. Away we flew (obeying all speed laws) to Cedar Park. Upon arriving we packed in “our” pharmacy parking spot. Out of all the times we have picked up medications lately, only once did we have a spot other than number four. Once settled into the spot, the pharmacy was notified that we had arrived.

needed to use the restroom. I haven’t used a public bathroom in nearly three months. The need was greater than my ability to hold it until we returned home. So into the store I went, masked and disinfectant spray bottle in hand. Of course course the handicapped stall was occupied and the other stool was clear to the top in soggy toilet paper. Eww. So I waited. I always feel uncomfortable standing around in the restroom.

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This was posted one year ago. I think it is even more fitting today.Psalms 46:1-5

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. That is why we are not afraid even when the earth quakes or the mountains topple into the depths of the sea. Water roars and foams, and mountains shake at the surging waves. Selah There is a river whose streams bring joy to the city of God, the holy place where the Most High lives. God is in that city. It cannot fall. God will help it at the break of dawn.

And also for throw back Thursday: this was our patio at Cutty’s Campground in 2014. It was such a nice inviting place to sit with friends in the afternoon.

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2020 May 31 Busy Busy Day

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The sky was pretty and odd at the same time this morning.This morning the worship service participants gathered “together” while maintaining distancing. We were there to do the first LIVE broadcast from our chapel. Previously, it had been pre recorded as segments and then stitched together for broadcast.I had two parts in the service. I didn’t realize that the podium mike want live or I would have used my “preacher voice” to make myself heard.Video “Life in the Spirit”This was our Zoom Sunday school class today. Next week we are going to attempt a mask to mask gathering on the worship center’s foyer.After Sunday school, Ella and I went to Sonic for lunch and then back to the church church to await people driving by to deliver food for the Kids’ Summer Snack Program. A program to feed children who, through the school year, rely on the school lunch for what may be their only meal of the day.We also received more aluminum cans which we will sell at the metal reclamation center. The money is used to support the Grandies various ministries. We also save the pull tabs for donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.Since not all of the donated cans have the tabs removed nor are they all crushed to save space, Ella and I have been and will continue to both collect the tabs and crush the cans prior to taking them for recycling.We finished at four for collecting food and cans. We them drove to Cedar Park to purchase Ella’s medications. She decided to go into the store for a few others items as well. She came back to the car with her purchases and we drove away. That was when she said, “I forgot the prescriptions.” Sooooo, I turned around and went back. This time we parked and had them bring them to the truck.It was differently nap time when we returned home ten hours after we left.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 May 29 Worries, I Got Some

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I‘ve been awake since four this morning. Not that I needed to be awake at four A.M. Not that I wanted to be awake. However, my mind turned on and wouldn’t go back into sleep-mode.Since I was awake, I got dressed and sat outside on the porch for awhile. I took pre-sunrise and sunrise photographs, listen to the crows, cardinals, mocking bird, dogs, goats, and traffic.I came in, started coffee, and washed yesterday’s dishes. I also did some online banking. More roofing compound was also ordered from Amazon.Once Ella started to show signs of getting up, I started a breakfast of pancakes and eggs.BBQed pulled pork, baked potato, and corn for lunch today. All done separately, and at the same time, in the Instapot. Pressure cooked for sixteen minutes, then let it naturally release pressure while on the “keep warm” function. A couple minutes heating to build steam, sixteen minutes pressure cooking, three to five minutes releasing steam, and then slow cooking on the warm cycle for about twenty minutes … really we could have eaten earlier … we just weren’t hungry yet.The mowers and trimmers came around this afternoon. It makes me chuckle when they do. There is very little of what could be called grass. If there were a law against mowing grass, they could never gather enough evidence to convict them. However, they do keep the weeds down to the same height.Our daily walk, to the mailbox, netted us some super exciting, fantastic deal from Dish Network. Or at least I assume it did. I don’t know for sure, ’cause I tossed it in the trash without looking at it.Our niece, Kara, called this afternoon. She said she received a voice clip from “Tom” that said. “Help.” It wasn’t me. However we did spend a fair piece of time flapping our jaws.I worry about her, the a nurse in a nursing home. With the news that keeps reporting the number of people infected in nursing homes, it concerns me.The same is true for the daughter-in-law who works in the emergency room. My son who operates his restaurant. And the son-in-law, fireman, who, along with his whole crew, have tested positive for Covid-19. He is doing fine, thanks for asking.But the point here is, I personally know people who have died of this terrible virus. I know people who are living with it right now. And I have loved ones who are at risk.Yet when Ella and I do have to venture back into the world, we see people crowding together and people not wearing masks.Despite all the news and warnings, there are far too many people who believe, “It can’t happen to me.” So they go out risking their health and their lives. And worse yet, the health and lives of their family and friends.

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2020 May 27

Wednesday

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It was a wonderful start to the day. But it turned ugly later on.

GRANDIES

Once again we drove the six miles to the Cross Tracks Church campus, so that we could have better cellphone connections. Again the attendance via Zoom was low. We are debating whether to continue the zoom meeting, or to just send out emails. I vote to continue with Zoom. There may be a connection with email, but there is no synergy.Speaking of email, I received the greeting and opening prayer, that will be my portion of this coming Sunday’s worship service.The participants will gather at the church chapel at nine o’clock, for a quick rehearsal, before the live broadcast at ten.Once Grandies was over, we drove to Harbor Freight in Cedar Park to pick up a can crusher. Having used it only one time, I doubt it will be used with any frequency.It it’s nearly impossible to be used without being fastened to a wall. We live in an RV. RVs are not known for having sturdy walls. It will most likely be mounted to a post on the deck. I can’t imagine that either of us will go outside to use it. I will continue as I have always done. I set the can on the floor and stomp it flat.I did mount the can crushed on the deck. It is firmly attached to a four by four post. I seldom drink anything from an aluminium can. It’s unlikely that I’ll use it, unless many bags of uncrushed cans are donated this coming Sunday.In addition to mounting the can crusher, I also worked briefly on the pickup topper.Then the weather turned ugly. That’s why there is no sunset photo tonight.Here is a video of today’s adventure.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 May 24 We Got Canned!

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That it’s going to be a large front for a “slight risk” storm, covering about 1500 miles.Along about eight o’clock, the sun made a feeble attempt to shine. However the clouds, once more, overpowered Ol’ Sol and forced him into submission again.Today, being Sunday, means worship and Sunday school. Even though both worship and Sunday school are now online only, Ella and I still go to the church campus on Sunday mornings. We sit under the awning (bottom left in the photo) where we can get a good strong cellular service and/or WiFi.I tried to record the service but failed and I have been unable to find a recording online.I also didn’t think to do a screen shot of our Sunday school class as we gathered via Zoom.

GRANDIES

Our Grandies group sponsors and supports the KIDS SUMMER SNACK PROGRAM through Operation Liberty Hill. Knowing that some homeless children (yes, even in our community) and children in lower income families, rely on the free school lunch program for what may be their only meal of the day. When school is no longer in session, it may be a HUNGRY few months. So the summer snack program was established to meet that need.These are most of the people helping out today. People would drive under the awning (yes we had to move) and volunteers would take the donations (practicing safe distancing and masks) and place them inside the church vestibule.Later, those items were loaded into a van belonging to one of our members. She then took them to Operation Liberty Hill for distribution. We will repeat this next Sunday as well.This was posted on Facebook:

“A gigantic “thank you very kindly” to each of you who delivered snacks foods today in support of Grandies’ drive-through snack collection for OLH! Ya’ll are something special, and may the Lord bless your giving.”

Another ministry/project of the Grandies group is collecting aluminum cans. Texas is a no-deposit no-return state. Grandies collects these cans from members, friends, and anybody else we can find. We then take them to a metal reclamation center in Marble Falls (a thirty to forty mile drive) and sell them. I believe we may average about $15 every six months or so. No, it isn’t much, but it is a service and the money goes to support our various ministries.Now that you have some background about the cans; today, along with the food for the kids, we asked people to bring their cans. My pickup topper is crammed as full as I could get it with trash bags full of cans. Plus the back seat of the truck is also piled high. It may be Tuesday when Ella and I take the First Load to the redemption center.It was a long day (6 1/2 hours) for these two senior citizens so we ordered a pizza for pick up on our way home.The first drops of rain have fallen.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 May 18 Atomic Fireball in the Sky!

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The sun exploded over the treetops today like the atomic fireball that it is. After too many days of looking like the moon’s week sister, it came up with a vengeance today.It started out nice and cool at sixty one degrees, but suddenly began that climb into the nineties. Old Sol will not even reached its zenith until close to two o’clock this afternoon, and it has reached the mid eighties by ten o’clock. I fear the predicted high of ninety two may be optimistically low.At ninety three degrees, I believe we’ve past the hottest part of the dayWell, I’ll be jiggered if it didn’t go ahead and climb to ninety four before five o’clock. Just as I thought the tide had turned and it was gonna slowly cool down. Well I’m as right as the weather forecasters are. I know, that ain’t saying much.Early this morning, I noticed this spider web. This spider (or one of its kin) had built a web in this spot earlier. However, I had rolled the awning away while working on the RV roof last week. That destroyed the web. Today, I was glad to see the web rebuilt. Much to the chagrin of my bride, I do not sweep away spiderwebs. They are God’s fly traps. I’d rather have spiders than flies.We had a Grandies meeting via Zoom at nine o’clock this morning. There were only nine (including Ella and me) out of around two dozen members. Some have neither computer nor smart phone with which to connect. Some are in a hospital or a care facility. By the way, not pictured above but present were the other Donna and Cephus.We will reconvene, again via Zoom, on Wednesday morning for a business meeting. One topic for discussion will be the proposal for Ella and me to gather up all of the empty aluminum cans, that members and others have been saving, and taking them to the recycling place in Marble Falls.Today has been a stay-inside out-of-the-heat kind of day. I can report that my Double Bubble Reflective Foil Insulation has done what it was supposed to do, bounce the sunlight and heat back out of the windows.The only drawback is, that Ella said she feels like she’s living in a cave. I, on the other hand, am considering affixing it to the outside of the glass. That would stop the heat from passing through the windows at all. I have no problem in the least with living in a cave.That old atomic fireball continues to throw the heat at us from around the curve of the earth.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.God bless and g’day.

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2020 May 18 Cutty’s letter
Memorial Day weekend will look much different than the past, due to Covid-19, government restrictions and safety concerns.
weekend will look much different than the past, due to Covid-19, government restrictions and safety concerns.
We are very pleased the Governor has allowed us as members to camp and to have our guests. However, just a reminder that camping units must be self-contained since bathhouses are still ordered to be closed. There are no mass gatherings and only groups of ten or less people are allowed. Social distancing of six feet is also required.
are very pleased the Governor has allowed us as members to camp and to have our guests. However, just a reminder that camping units must be self-contained since bathhouses are still ordered to be closed. There are no mass gatherings and only groups of ten or less people are allowed. Social distancing of six feet is also required.
The Store and Café will be having limited hours and menu. Six customers will be allowed in the Store at any one time. Only one person per family may enter the Store. There will be X’s on the floor to help with social distancing. Paper menus are available at the Gatehouse as you check in and as you walk in the Store entrance. The East door of the Store will be enter only and the West door will be exit only. Please fill out your order, hand it to the cashier, pay and then wait outside where your food will be brought out to you. Due to the small size, the dining area is closed. We are offering to go only. The last hour is ice cream cones only. You may also call 515-721-9690 or 515-986-3929, opt3 to place your order and pay.
will be having limited hours and menu. Six customers will be allowed in the Store at any one time. Only one person per family may enter the Store. There will be X’s on the floor to help with social distancing. Paper menus are available at the Gatehouse as you check in and as you walk in the Store entrance. The East door of the Store will be enter only and the West door will be exit only. Please fill out your order, hand it to the cashier, pay and then wait outside where your food will be brought out to you. Due to the small size, the dining area is closed. We are offering to go only. The last hour is ice cream cones only. You may also call 515-721-9690 or 515-986-3929, opt3 to place your order and pay.
Store Hours Memorial Day Weekend: FRIDAY, MAY 22ND 3PM – 9PM, SATURDAY, MAY 23RD 11AM – 9PM, SUNDAY, MAY 24TH 11AM – 9PM, MONDAY, MAY 25TH 9AM – 3PM
Gatehouse Hours,: SUNDAY – THURSDAY: 8AM – 8PM, FRIDAY – SATURDAY: 8AM – 9PM
The Gatehouse is drive thru or walk up to the sliding door only. No one may enter the Gatehouse.
is drive thru or walk up to the sliding door only. No one may enter the Gatehouse.
Office Hours: MONDAY – FRIDAY: 8AM – 4:30PM
: MONDAY – FRIDAY: 8AM – 4:30PM
No one may enter the Clubhouse.
Activities have changed from what we had originally scheduled. We have been able to schedule a few activities with safety in mind. You can find the schedule listed on Cuttys.com and CampersApp. Paper copies will be only at the member gate box and the Gatehouse.
The Rental Units and Laundry will open as soon as we have staff available to clean and sanitize throughout the season. The Adult Center, Lodge, Clubhouse, Pools, Playgrounds will open after government proclamations allow. The Hayrack, Paddleboats and rental of game equipment will begin again after government proclamations allow and we have staff to clean and sanitize.
will open as soon as we have staff available to clean and sanitize throughout the season. The Adult Center, Lodge, Clubhouse, Pools, Playgrounds will open after government proclamations allow. The Hayrack, Paddleboats and rental of game equipment will begin again after government proclamations allow and we have staff to clean and sanitize.