2020 May 12 Tuesday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.I went put on the storm to move the tub under the lowest edge of the awning.It’s not easy capturing photographic evidence of the amount of rain pouring down on our steps.I saw several snails slowly sliding through the rain. And why shouldn’t they? They have built in umbrellas.This what that “marginalized” storm dropped on us in less than an hour. And I didn’t get the tub under the drip during the hardest part of the rain.Though the rain slowed, we still managed to harvest more rainwater. That means it will be laundry day soon. We now have the water. So now we wait for sunshine.Watch Tom’s video “It’s a Rainy Day”It has been dark most of the afternoon. I keep thinking it must be close to bedtime. I am sure that is partially due to not accomplishing anything all day. Wait, that’s not true. I moved a tub and an ice chest under the dropping awning. Yay!Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.

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Day 224, in Texas.Days being self isolated

2020 May 11 Monday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.Morning Talk With Tom video.I am recycling and repurposing some cardboard boxes. Corrugated cardboard with all of it’s air gaps is a good thermal barrier. So I’m making use of that by placing it between the studs in the truck topper wallsVideo of Tom working I the topperSorry, I was too busy too write much. And now I’m too tied..Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.

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Day 223, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 May 09 Saturday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends...Nine A.M. and the sun, looking more like the moon than the blazing star that it is, is now visible through the haze and clouds.My shipment from Amazon arrived yesterday afternoon. This morning I’ve been measuring and cutting insulation to fit in the windows. I’m preparing for the summer sun by blocking blocking it from pouring heat through the glass.And when we arrived home from our drive yesterday, the shipment from Wal-Mart was also here.Plus, what seemed like a bonus, the shipment from 4 Patriots had also arrived. 16 AA USB rechargeable batteries, four charging stations that will recharge 4 batteries each.And something I didn’t expect, a free gift of a solar battery charger for anything that uses USBs.When Pete (Park owner) was here yesterday, I mentioned that I wished that the limb, that hung out over our second parking spot, wasn’t there. He said, “Just cut it off. I’ve got a burn pile for it.” So I did. Now, if anyone comes to visit, there it’s a place for them to park. Plus I don’t needed to duck under that limb anymore.This is the ceiling in the topper. I have enough of the insulation to use some inside the topper.This is part of one wall in the topper. I have plenty of space for more insulation before I add an inside wall.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.

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Day 221, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 May 07 Thursday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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How slowly the sunrise rises some days.

Steady winds of 15 to 20 and gusts up to 30 mph. I’ll not complain. The windows and door is open and it feels great indoors and out.

Here it’s today’s short video

Amazon no longer shipping my roll of insulation by United States Postal Service. Now coming by FedEx due May 7-12

Wal-Mart now says that the drawers will arrive tomorrow.

I understand that, due to COVID-19, nothing is running as it did before. And Wal-Mart and Amazon should understand that also. So why did they give me the SPECIFIC date of May 6th, knowing that possible delays might happen? They should have done, as Amazon now has, and given a range of dates. Then I would not have sat outside eagerly awaiting their arrival yesterday. Okay, end of rant number one.

The mowers arrived at eight o’clock this morning. That’s not a problem for me, since I’d been up for hours. However, my bride was still sleeping, as I imagine were many others in the park. End of rant number two.

Eggs, bacon, potatoes, tomatoes, and cheese, breakfast casserole. Yum!. And, bonus bonus, there is enough for tomorrow.

The trash men were here a little after nine today. And that’s when Ella decided that it was time to rise and shine. Notice that the work men are wearing no masks. I know how many snot covered tissues I contributed to that trash. So why would they not wear masks all the time, not just now?

May 8, 2015 at Cutty’s Des Moines campground.

Ella’s eyes are not focusing properly. So this morning she had an appointment with Wolf Eye Clinic. They are the ones who had preformed her cataract surgery. They found that one of the plastic lenses that had been implanted had a film over it. It 7 she’ll be able to walk out good as new.

I did a little yard work in the afternoon. It is easy to mow my little strip of grass with a weed eater. Ella has put some flowers in hanging pots and I’ve applied a new coat of paint to our table on the patio. The patio (and everything else) is covered with maple tree seeds. We sweep them off and the wind blows more down. Sometimes it sounds like rain on the roof. I wish that the song birds would eat them. However, I don’t think even the rabbits will eat them.”

We went for a nice walk this afternoon. About twice as far as our usual walk to the mailbox and back. Checking out the wildflowers as we went.

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Then it was time to sit a spell in the afternoon shade.

Opps! This morning I opened the truck windows so it wouldn’t build up so much heat. I left the ignition switch in the on position all day. I received the following email from my truck!

Hi TOM,
Your 2001 GMC SIERRA 2500HD has triggered a “ Red ” battery alert at 12:58 PM on 05/07/2020.
The status of your vehicle’s battery is critical (below 11.8V) and needs attention immediately,”

Sure enough, the battery is dead. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow and see if I can get a battery boost. Once it’s started, we will go for a long drive to charge the battery.

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Day 219, in Texas.

©2020 Thomas E Williams

Days being self isolated

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Great news from the Iowa Governor! Cutty’s Des Moines campground opens tomorrow, Friday, May 8th.
Please stay home if you’re sick.
We are restricted to self-contained units only. Guidelines require us to keep the bathhouses and Clubhouse closed.
Social distancing is still required by the State of Iowa:
Limit groups to 10 or less, including you, your family and guests.
Keep 6 ft distance, other than those in your immediate household.
Everyone must check in at the Gatehouse:
The Gatehouse will be working as a drive thru only.
No one is allowed inside the Gatehouse.
Everyone will need to put their own garbage located in dumpsters around the campground.
Only exterior RV repairs will be made until further notice.
Parents please keep children off of playground equipment. Playgrounds are still restricted by the Governor. Sports equipment and boat rentals are prohibited until further notice.
The Dog Park is open social distancing applies. It is recommended that you sanitize your hands after leave the Dog Park.
Fishing is permitted, but please use social distancing.
Cutty’s will not be having any organized activities until we get guidelines from Governor. We will be reworking the activities schedule and will inform everyone as soon as we can.
Golf cart stickers will be available at the Gatehouse.
Golf cart rules are in effect.
Again, use social distancing.
We are still working out details on opening the Store, Snack Bar, Clubhouse, Rentals and Pools. We are still waiting on restrictions to be removed and state guidelines set before we can move forward.
Security will be available by the security phone at 515-202-8551 and will be making patrols. All normal Cutty’s rules are in effect. The Polk County Sheriff’s department, which frequently patrols the campground, will be enforcing social distancing rules as well.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Brian Hebron, General Manager

2020 May 04 Monday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.We had another interesting predawn skyscapeUp ten degrees already.Five more by noon.Three more by one o’clock.This is the predicted high. Will it stop here?Nope.Ah, a cooling trend?Hmm, we’ve been stuck on 91° for couple hours now…Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go.
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go, up on the roof top, quick, quick, quick. Applying rubber roofing. Hope it sticks!A few days back, I stretched a section of tarp on top of the truck topper. Today, early (before dawn), I screwed on strips of wood to hold it in place.Later I went up and began applying a rubber roofing coating.May fourth has a special meaning for me. Eleven years ago today, I came very close to death. First some background.It was Sunday May third, Ella and I had were in our second year of living full-time in our fifth-wheel trailer. We had purchased a seasonal site at Cutty’s Des Moines Campground. Ella was working part-time at the campground clubhouse.Over the weekend, we had purchased a small tent type screen room and I was struggling to set it up. I was finding it vary exhausting to work with my arms over my head. I finished with the tent and sat down to relax and catch my breath.I felt strange. Not in pain, but just not quite right. Since Ella was at work, I went to the clubhouse and told her that I didn’t want to be alone because I was feeling odd. I lay on a couch and waited for her to get off work. By that time, I was feeling better.In the evening I began to have discomfort in my arms. The inside of my elbows ached like I had been doing curls with weights. I went to bed and tried to sleep. However, my arms became more and more painful. I also started to have shortness of breath and cold sweats. I had heard the term before but never really understood what cold sweats really meant until then.I had a smart phone and did a search for my symptoms. I found I had three symptoms of a heart attack. It was around one in the morning of May fourth when I woke Ella and said, “I think we need to go to the emergency room.” We loaded into our pickup and I started driving toward Broadlawns hospital. We got as far as the exit gate from the campground before I told Ella, “You better drive.” In retrospect, it would have begin much smarter to call for an ambulance.When we arrived at the hospital, we waited our turn at the reception desk. When I told them that I thought I was having a heart attack, they rushed me to an examination room, where I was quickly hooked to an EKG machine. The nurse/technician said, “You are not having a heart attack right now, but we’re going to do a blood gas check to see what has happened.It was as they were beginning to draw blood that the full-on heart attack hit. I was reattached to the EKG. The attendant said, “You are having a major event.” Even though I was in extreme pain, that struck me funny, “a major event.”“You better call Lee,” I told Ella. Lee was our pastor, my boss, and friend.”We are sending you to Mercy,” I was told as I was loaded into an ambulance. I remember the ride in the ambulance and I remember being unloaded at the hospital. The next thing I knew was when I woke with a stent in my right coronary artery.I had a one hundred percent blockage of the RCA which provides blood to the right side of the heart, which pumps blood to the lungs. The rest of the right coronary artery and its main branch, the posterior descending artery, together with the branches of the circumflex artery, run across the surface of the heart’s underside, supplying the bottom portion of the left ventricle and back of the septum.* Without blood to the heart it would have begun to die and stopped sending blood to the lungs.*https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17063-coronary-arteriesAfter this picture was taken, I finished coating the roofHowever, as I was starting to coat the overhangs. I was standing on a step-stool between the truck and trailer … until suddenly I wasn’t on the stool anymore. It went south and down and I went north and down.Coming down with an open gallon can in one hand and a paint brush in the other. I fell against the trailer and then onto the edge of a propane bottle.Amazingly, I managed to not spill anything from the gallon bucket. But I did hit the truck with the paintbrush. It looks like bird … uh … droppings. Yeah that’s it droppings. After sitting for a spell, I went out and wiped it off before it could completely cureOh yes, it was time for this chore again also. Actually since were are staying put, we are hooked to the sewer line all the time. So it is just a matter of opening and closing the valves. Not much of a chore at all.I did finish coating the overhanging edges of the topper roof. No long term affects from my fall. There is a scratch on my side from the LP bottle and my left wrist aches. I was holding the gallon can in my left hand, so I think the wrist must have twisted as I fell and attempted to not spill the can’s contents..Ella and I spent a few afternoon/evening hours outside under the awning. It was so peaceful and except for bird calls, the hum of the neighbors a/c and the occasional vehicle out on the highway, it was quiet. Even with temperatures in low Nintendo’s and high eighties, it was really nice just sitting there.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.

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Day 216, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 May 03 Sunday the Lord’s day

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.It’s not cooling very fast.Some interesting sky early today. However, by the time we went into town, is was nothing but blue sky and sunshine.This morning we got all gussied up in our Sunday go-to-meetin’ clothes and went to church, literally. Wait, don’t start lecturing us about responsible behaviour and social distancing. Just wait and read onAlmost time for worship to start. Stop whispering to your neighbor and face front.Beautiful and rousing prelude music.Sometimes the children’s sermon outs the best part of the service.Praise music for the contemporary serviceHymn sing for the traditional service.And, of course, the sermon followed by a blessing of the elements for our love feast.There was no church service at our church buildings however, there was a full service broadcast. We went to sit outside the church buildings where we could get a better connection on our cell phones or even on the church’s Wi-Fi. That way we could pull in the service that was being broadcast on Facebook and on something called Church Online. Each segment prerecorded at different times in our 150 year old chapel. Maintaining social distances.We had also planned on our adult Sunday school being on Zoom, as it was last week. We kept waiting for the “invitation to join” but it never came. Apparently we should have saved the information sent out two weeks ago. I thought it would require a new link each week. All my mail, that has been read, is purged weekly, so the link is long gone. We never did make it to class. However two different people did send the link to me. I’ve saved it.I hear baby birds chirping away in or tree. But I can’t see the nest anywhere. Well played momma and daddy bird.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow.

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Day 215, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 May 02 Saturday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.File this under “woops”, I forgot to take yesterday’s medications at supper. And BIG woops, I didn’t take the bedtime pills either!.Yhere is a sea of molten gold overhead today.Breakfast: bacon, eggs, hash browns, toast from homemade bread.Lunch: roast beef with roasted vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery), and homemade bread.Today I added more bracing under the deck.I also did some more work on the truck topper.Early this afternoon I received an email from Lowes that the during strips that I ordered were ready for pickup. I may tell you about that some other time when I’m not so pissed. I’m afraid I’ll say something I shouldn’t. For now let’s just say that I’ve always hated Lowes because out their corporate wide lack of customer service and today only strengthened that impression.On the way home from Lowes I stopped at Winkleys for some wood screws (that Lowes was out of stock ~ but again I’m not going to talk about it).Then I stopped at Dollar General for Prego, butter, and AA batteries. When I pulled up to the store, Ella said, “They’ve got chairs!” Which I correctly assumed meant, “Buy those chairs!” There were four styles of chairs so, after examining them, Ella found those that were pleasing to her eyes.I went into the store now now remembering that I was after Prego and chairs. That’s right, I forgot the butter and batteries.I have showered the work sweat from my hide. I have remembered my pills. I’ve taken some Tylenol. And I’m going to bed, even though it is not quite eight o’clock.When I finally arrived home, I worked some more on the topper.

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Day 214, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated

2020 May 01 Friday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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Six thirty drive into Wal-Mart in Cedar Park only to find that the grocery pick up that I (thought) I had scheduled for between seven and eight, wasn’t actually scheduled at all. It is now scheduled for between four and five this afternoon.

When the sun wasn’t directly in my eyes, it was a lovely drive.Since we were out on the road before breakfast, we drive through McDonald’s for sausage, egg, McMuffins. We ate on the drive home.Hiding under the porch. Ella will never think to look for me here. 😀 Watch the video to see why I am under here.This must be Fix It Friday. Now I’m lying on the kitchen floor, looking up at the bottom of a drawer. I think I see the problem. Now, how to fix it?Waiting on the bread to finish baking. Then while it is cooling before cutting, I will start the microwave. Lunch in about three minutes.We got in line for Wal-Mart grocery pick up at four oh six. We got into a pick up spot at four forty, and at five fifteen we were on our way to Parker’s Corner Grocery to purchaser the items which were out of stock at Wal-Mart.We got home, put ninety eight percent of the groceries away, fixed lunchmeat sandwiches, and collapsed into our recliners.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow.
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Day 213, in Texas.©2020 Thomas E WilliamsDays being self isolated