2020 April 30 Thursday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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2020 March 12 Thursday

2020 March 12 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

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t was very comfortable sleeping weather overnight. We had only one window open, so there was no cross ventilation, but it was enough.

nother overcast day with a promise of eighty degrees later today. And later today it reached eighty four degrees under a mostly clear sky.

From July 2010

I made a tasty lentil based soup yesterday. I guess I’ll call it Cream of Lentil Soup.

(I’m not the measuring kind, so the measurements are all approximate.) ½ Cup lentils (washed and sorted) ½ Cup chopped carrots ½ Cup chopped celery ½ Cup finely chopped cabbage 1/8 Cup finely chopped chives (I’d have used onion if I were not allergic to the tasty things)

These were all combined in a medium sauce pan and covered with chicken stock to a depth of about a ½ inch. Seasoned with a couple generous pinches of cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer at low temperature until carrots and lentils are soft. (about 30 minutes).

You want this to reduce the liquid but not run dry so watch and add more chicken stock if too dry or cook uncovered for a while if too wet. The goal is to end up with a thick creamy soup that still has some texture. Taste test and adjust seasonings.

Reserve about a fourth of the soup and purée the rest. Recombine the reserved and the puréed portions. Stir in a ½ cup of plain yogurt or sour cream and serve with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar.

This was enough to make two generous portions. Which was fine as a meal by itself. If you are serving as part of a larger meal, it would serve four.

ow that I’ve found this recipe again, I’m going to try it in the Instapot. I think I will grate the carrots rather than chop. Unfortunately, my onion allergy has gotten worse over the last decade, so I now avoid all of the plants in the onion family, like chives and scallions, shallots, and leeks. So far, I’ve not been bothered by garlic.

bout eight thirty, we received a hint of sunlight, one eye open and peeking from beneath that thick quilt of cloud. Still not satisfied after its long night of slumber, it snuggled back beneath the covers.

ver The Hill Gang has been meeting in this building since the 1970s. However, since the county gave control of the building to the city, it appears we are going to be moved. Many members are very unhappy about this proposed move.

lla, and I played four games of Fast Track before lunch at OTHG before lunch. I know I won and I know she won. However, I do not know how many. I think it was a the score was a tie

fter lunch, we played canasta with Ann, Charlotte, Lu, and Nadine. The team of Charlotte, Ella and Tom were so far ahead in the first game that the other team conceded defeat and we started another game – which we also won.

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Day 164 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 05 Thursday

2020 March 05 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

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hough we had heaters on overnight, I quickly turned them off this morning because it was seventy five degrees in the livingroom. That’s the temperature our air conditioner is set to come on.

ith the outside temperature predicted to be sixty nine and full sunshine, I had to close the shades to keep it from becoming too warm while we were at Over The Hill Gang this morning. There prediction was a little low as it reached seventy one this afternoon. And even with the shades draw shut, it was eighty degrees inside when we retired home. And, Yes, we turned the a/c on.

h what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I’ve got a wonderful feeling,
Everything’s going my way...

THROW BACK THURSDAY

from January 20121

We came to Texas with great expectations of feeding the birds and adding new ones to the list of those we’d seen. Well, the birds have enough to eat that they didn’t need to come begging at our door. For months the feeder hung there without being touched.

Then one day I realized that it was actually empty. We were so excited as we refilled it and made plans to be more watchful for what species of bird was visiting us. A few sparrows came, but not many. No noticeable activity.Then one morning I opened the door and found that five deer were eating from the bird feeder. I stopped putting feed in it. I really don’t want the deer to come knocking on my door demanding to be fed.A couple of days ago, I was sitting outside and realized that there were about a dozen cardinals in the tree next to us. I put more feed in the feeder and moved away from the feeder. The cardinals did come and visit but were more interested in the seed on the ground than what was in the feeder. That afternoon the deer came back and emptied the feeder. The next day, I noticed that the cardinals were back on the ground. The deer, being sloppy eaters, were spilling feed into the course gravel beneath the feeder. The deer would manage to eat some of the fallen seed but left most of it for the birds.

fter breakfast was over, and the dirty dishes stacked in the sink, we headed into Liberty Hill to the Over The Hill Gang for lunch. It was fried chicken day. Today Bush’s Chicken provided two large disposable pans of golden fried chicken. Chicken day is the most well attended Thursday of the whole month.

fter lunch we pushed a couple tables together so that six of us could play canasta. Lu, Nadine, Ella, and I often play cards at OTHG. Today Ira and Debby joined us.

he sunset was much like the sunrise. Perhaps there was a little more haze in the air at sundown than there was at sunup.

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  • Day 183 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 26 Wednesday

2020 February 26 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

hirty seven degrees? I will believe that. Feels like twenty eight, with gusts of twenty four miles per hour? I’ll grant you that also. But “Clear”? I can’t buy that at all! Not when I have the photographs to prove that it is cloudy.

lla fell head-down between the bed and the wall this morning. I had to help her get up and out. When I ask how she felt this morning, she replied, “Like $h!t.” I’ve seem her through a lot of bad times, but I have never seen her hurting like this.

oday began with fasting lab work at our local doctor’s. We arrived a couple minutes early for our eight o’clock appointment. It was about eight thirty when we got back for the blood draw.

hey attempted to get blood from Ella first. It didn’t work. So, they put a heat pad on her arm. While they were waiting to get blood from her, they took mine. When they tried her again, they succeeded in drawing enough blood for their samples.

e arrived at Grandies** just as they were starting. We stayed for the meeting, the roll call, the devotion, and the prayer. However, we did not stay for games. We came directly home, where Ella went to the bedroom and laid down. It wasn’t long until age was asleep.

lla stayed home and in bed when I went to six o’clock choir practice prior to the seven o’clock Ash Wedneosday service.

Single Occupancy

The yellow sticky note hung on the mirror. I slammed the bedroom door. The front door. The car door. Why can’t I slam the door of my heart? As I gripped the steering wheel like a lifeline, I realized that the note was still crushed in my hand.

“It’s not working. Loved you. Bye.”

Not working? Not working! Not working. We knew it from the beginning. It couldn’t work more than you could set fire to an ice cube or freeze a flame. “It’ll never last,” everyone said. “They’ll use each other up in six months,” I’d heard my mother say. She was wrong, it took ten years. Had we used each other up?

I don’t remember starting the car. I don’t remember pulling out of the drive, my body running on automatic. Like a badly edited movie, my mind replayed our entire lives over and over again. Skipping from scene to scene, from event to event. Where were the turning points? Why couldn’t I see it? How could I know it and not know it at the same time?

The cold December sun hung brightly in the afternoon sky. Naked trees cast zebra stripes on the blacktop. Sun. Shadow. Sun. Shadow. Sun. Shadow. Mesmerized by the light flickering through the windshield, I drove.

West. I was driving west. I wasn’t actually going west. I was going away. That’s what people do. They go away. I didn’t want to go away. With all my heart I ached to stay. But I couldn’t. Not now! Not! Now! People go away. My father went away. My job went away and then my friends went away. Now, she went away.

What made Away better than Here? Were the skies clearer or the colors deeper in Away? Did Away make the pain also go away? What would I find when I reached Away? How would I know when I reached it? Were there green signs posted that read, “Welcome to Away”?

Sunlight changed to heat as it passed through the car windows. My face was flush with the warmth while my feet were freezing in shadows beneath the dash. Heat and cold. That was the struggle from the beginning. Heat and cold. You combine heat and cold and you have … nothing! We were too different. Not the kind of difference that adds strength to the other’s weakness. No, we canceled each other. Together we were less than we were separately. Heat and cold. Light and shadow. Her and I.

As if distributed by a miser, an occasional flake of snow flew through the air. For hours the snow had fallen thus, and yet there was no accumulation. “Where does the snow go?” I wondered aloud. It was too cold to melt and yet there was no sign of it on the ground. “Perhaps it is the same five or six flakes accompanying me down the road.”

It suited my mood to have tiny shards of ice as my only companion.

The road unraveled for mile after mile, straight and lonely, yet the scenery never varied. Half shutting my eyes against the sun’s glare, I felt fortunate that I wasn’t driving directly into it.

I didn’t feel fortunate. She was gone. The weight of loneliness sat on my shoulders and compressed my spine as I hunched over the steering wheel. My mind became numb from the sameness of the terrain. My mind became numb from reliving that morning. If I had said this would it have made a difference? If I had done that would the outcome have been different? Deep down, I knew that the answer was “no”.

We may have started on the same road at the same time, but we never traveled the same direction at the same speed. Small changes here and there until we realized we weren’t even on the same path anymore. To her, the destination was the goal. To me, the journey was the goal. She accumulated possessions and I shed them. She used people and gathered things. I used things and gathered people. Her life was external. My life was internal. We hadn’t used each other up. We just nullified each other, like a mathematical equation where each side was equal, but the sum was always zero.

I struggled to keep my eyes half open that had been half-closed against the glare. The world that was black and white, light and dark, now seemed to be covered in a uniform gray. Slowly, fatigue overtook me and I dozed.

I awoke, still driving. The sun dropped below the horizon and I hadn’t noticed. A headache settled between my eyes, the heartache settled between my ribs.

The snow finally begun to collect on the ground, bushes and trees. The headlights created patches of brilliance in the darkness. The trees reached with skeletal hands across the road. Everything was white and black again. Contrast! Nothing but sharp contrast. It was hard to judge distances without the shades of grey.

Our lives weren’t always black and white. There were times when we blended. I guess those were gray times. Those gray times were the moments I wanted most to remember. The gray times were peaceful, possibly even restful. However, they were unsustainable because the intensity of the contrast in white and black were so much stronger! The conflict was more passionate and more alive than the dull gray of those times.

Red! A flash of red. Beyond my headlights a sign appeared. “M el” in neon letters beckoned. Was this Away? My tires crunched on gravel as I pulled to a stop in front of the office. Peeling paint and tarnished metal were the main decorating elements of a motel that had started out cheep and gone down hill from there. A faded sign read “Family owned since 1979”. To these people this was Here. Were they all still Here or had some of them gone away?

The motel clerk sat in the dim light of a forty watt bulb reading a yellowed newspaper. He rose from behind the desk like a specter rising through fog. In the hoarse whisper of a voice long unused he had asked, “Single Occupancy?”

And I cried.

Original published under my pen name of Newdigate Ausley

hirty four degrees at bedtime. Predicted to be twenty nine by morning. That’s cold enough that started the water dripping so the lines won’t freeze. I’m glad that I just emptied the gray water tank. I just got that it doesn’t drop enough tho refill the tank before morning. It’s a real slow drip.

1498 Cutty’s

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  • Day 148 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 20 Thursday

2020 February 20 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.comine hours of sleep? I told you I was tired. Really, I think I truly did need the sleep. I try to turn my restless mind off at night as I lay in bed. However, it races along, swerving from one thought to another.ast night I took a couple Tylenol PM before retiring, to ease the pain in my right shoulder. It obviously helped, I slept for nine hours. I might just do it again tonight.orty degrees that feels like thirty three. Did I mention that our tree’s buds are beginning to open? It will not be long until the flowers bloom and the bees buzz in our little tree.s advertised, it is cold, wet, and overcast. And it appears that tomorrow will be a rerun with, perhaps, a little less dampness.lood clotting factor two point three. ✔ Vitamins sorted (taken with breakfast). ✔ Weight, two hundred ninety seven. ✔ All internal systems nominal. ✔eorge Forman ready to prepare our breakfast. Yes, we have a celebrity cook at our home.his is my favorite way to toast English muffins. Although, since I butter them before toasting them, they are technically speaking, fried.

Throw back Thursday to February 13, 2013

This morning I came back from coffee and sat down in the recliner and went to sleep. I woke up about 10:30 and Ella and I walked up to the rec hall to check the mail. I received a note from the VA reminding me of the appointment on the 21st. I then went online to the VA health net and entered my stats from this morning and answered a questionnaire about my weight and activities.
I then sat back down in the recliner and went to sleep only to awaken with a real need to go to the bathroom. That is how the rest of my day has gone (it is now after 8 p.m.) Recliner to bathroom, to recliner … repeat. I must have picked up some ‘bug’ at the VA the other day. So I guess the good news is … I did get something out of my visit to them the other day. Grin

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  • Day 142 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 13 Thursday

2020 February 13 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comthink I’m getting the hang of this going – to – sleep – before – midnight thing. Now if I can get it backed down to closer to ten.kay, not warm, but above freezing and sunny. Sunny? Really? Sunny?oes this look like SUNNY to you? Yeah, me neither. Sometime around noon it truly did become full sunshine. However, I’ll take our Texas weather over that of our summer home in Iowa where the actually temperature is ten degrees BELOW freezing.hen add in winds of fifteen to twenty miles per hour. That creates a wind chill of thirty six below freezing. I’m glad to be in Texas today.

from 2015 – childcare with grandkids

  • We were to pick up Beket and then wait for Sofia to finish her music lesson. However, she had forgotten her violin at home and so wasn’t able to stay and practice. So we actually got them home a little sooner than expected. That was a good thing because their mother had left quite a long list of things for Sofia to do.
  • It seems that she has not been doing all of her homework. So, now she has extra work to do. Plus it was her night to empty the dishwasher and then fill it with dirty dishes. For both kids, this can be an hour long process! As it was, she didn’t even get started on the dishes until her mother got home.
  • Also she had a melt down over some math story problems that she didn’t understand. I told her to skip those for the time being and work on the problems that she did understand. So much drama! Can’t wait until she is a teenager.

(UPDATE: she is a teenager and learning to drive. Yikes!)unch thursday at OTHG was meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, pinto beans, green beans, salad, peaches, cottage cheese, and a variety of desserts.After lunch we played canasta.ap time at the Williams household. As soon a w arrived home from the OTHG, I swallowed a dose of Nyquil, dropped the recliner into full recliner, and took a nap. Shortly after I awakened, Ella went into nap mode.made some banana flavored pudding and sprinkled Graham cracker crumbs over it to make a sort of upside down pie.Not much of a sunset tonight.

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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)

2020 February 06 Thursday

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randkids having a snow-day in Cedar Park Texas nine years ago. They had much more snow then than we did last night. See photo below. Those little kids aren’t so little any more. The oldest is now learning to drive.

Ella posted on Facebook, ,”People in Iowa go ahead and smile. It’s 33° in Liberty Hill and 29° in Des Moines. I got outside soon enough to get pictures of the sleet. There was more earlier. I’ve seen pictures of a dusting of snow on roofs in Leander. Ok it’s not much, but for people in this area, that don’t see snow, it’s something.”

hat bright sun was very welcome this morning. And was very welcome on our water hose. (Read further to understand that)

By yimny I tink dat it gonna be colder dan a well digger’s belt buckle. Ya you betcha.

ur water line froze overnight, even though I have a heated water hose. For those who are unaware, we live in an RV and our water comes from a hydrant and through a hose which is connected to the RV. This is commonly called “connected to city water.” That term would be incorrect in our case because the water actually comes from a well not a city water line. Thank the Lord for the bright sunshine, by ten o’clock the water was running free again. Which was very timely since we were getting ready (wait a minute. I’ve got to say that like a Texan) we were fixin‘ to go to the Over The Hill Gang* for lunch.

t ten twenty one the outside temperature had risen from twenty eight to thirty eight. At the same time it was nearly seventy five degrees inside because of the solar heat coming through the windows. As a matter of fact, by the time we returned from lunch, I had to close some shades to dampen the solar heat.

This is an article from our local newspaper, “The Library Hill Independent.” The article is about the original 150 year old church building on our campus. It is, by all accounts, the oldest existing building in Liberty Hill. The building is used now as a meeting place, chapel and wedding venue.

It truly is an amazing building. It was originally on another piece of land. It was disassembled moved and reassembled in its present location.

he official count for today at the Over the Hill Gang* lunch was forty nine. It seemed that there were more than that. But that may just have been because there were so many on our side of the wall. There are two large meeting-eating rooms separated by a wall.

e had two teams of three for canasta, after lunch. We played two games and each team won one. We didn’t even do a final total. Once it was clear that one team had enough points to win, we just stopped counting.

his is one of my off the cuff creations. When my children were little and they’d ask what was for supper, I’d say it doesn’t have a name, because until a few minutes ago, it didn’t exist. I now have four adult children two of which are chefs a third who is a foody. So, either I instilled in them a drive to be creative with food or they learned to cook in self-defense.

hat I created tonight was fueled by the need to eat more of the leftover beef and barley soup from yesterday and the desire to not have soup again. In the past, I’ve made pot pies from leftover soup. But I didn’t want to take the time to make a pie crust. I remembered that Bisquick used to have thing they called impossible pies. I had no Bisquick but I had pancake mixes. So, a little of this and a little of that mixed together and poured into my old George Foreman grill with lower grill replaced with the griddle pan. Minutes later we had an impossible pot pie – sort of. It was more like a huge dumpling infused with beef and barley. It tasted dang good though.

I was sad to see that big ball of warmth disappear for the night.

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  • Day 128 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 January 30 Thursday

2020 January 30 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Now this is a true throw back Thursday. This is my Teddy bear. Teddy was given to me by my sister on the day I was born, 73 years ago. I’m sure he was much more plush 73 years ago. However, all of those years of fighting off cattle rustlers and space pirates has left him a little tattered and torn. In one horrible parachute accident, his head was knocked completely off from his body. Though my stitches would have made Doctor Frankenstein shudder, I was able to reattach the head all by myself. You may notice that Teddy is missing an arm. I’m not sure when that happened, it could had been when we were swinging through the trees Tarzan style. I have the arm and Ella thinks I need to sew it back in place. But I think it gives this old soldier a sense of mystery and drama. He has earned each battle scar.

loudy? Yep. Cloudy It began and cloudy it remained. See the “sunrise” photo below and compare it to the “sunset” photo and the end of this post.

gain the day was completely overcast. There are even a grew start drops of rain that landed on the windshield as we drove home this afternoon

made fry bread and eggs for breakfast.

also made a caramel apple pie with a crumb topping and walnut crust. I took it to the Over The Hill Gang* this morning and it all quickly disappeared,so I assume people liked it. If I make it again, I won’t bother with the walnut crust, as any taste it may have had, was completely overwhelmed by the filling. Also I would dice, rather than slice, the apples.

here were forty seven senior citizens in attendance today for lunch. Lunch was bbq brisket cooked by Tresa, who also happens to be Ella and my landlady at the Stocktank RV Park. The brisket was good. However, after having brisket at Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbeque yesterday, today’s meat was too dry for my liking.

adine and Lu played canasta with us. We had not taken our Fast Track game out of the truck from when we played yesterday at Grandies**. That was a good thing because Bill, Karen, Rex, and Blanca wanted to play it. Yes, we’ve addicted another couple to the game. It is amazingly simple to play and so difficult to win.

This was today’s sunset as seen from or “dining room” window. Not very interesting.

God bless and g’nite

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  • *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 January 23 Thursday

2020 January 23 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Mister and Missus Claus riding on the back of a Singer automobile, December 30, 2013

slept for over eight hours last night! However, I feel far from rested. I had lots of strange dreams. I remember riding in a taxi that was a school bus. And even within the dream that seemed strange.

he haze is due to light amounts of residual smoke from seasonal fires across the South Central and Southeast U.S. (including in Texas). And light amounts of suspended blowing dust generated the previous day over Texas during the early morning hours. .

Not a beautiful sunrise.

orty three at the Over The Hill Gang* today. Ella had to at stop at the doctors on the way home for a blood draw. This was a redo because something had gone wrong with the previous test.

Sunset at Stocktank RV Park.

God bless and g’nite

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*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)