2020 May 29 Worries, I Got Some

Friday

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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!

Monday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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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.

2020 May 15 brighter gray amidst the gray

Friday In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.The temperature claims it is seventy two and feels like seventy two. However, as I’m sitting on the porch, the breeze feels much cooler to me. It is very pleasant.I baked another dozen cookies before even starting breakfast. The rest of the dough is back in the refrigerator (for now). I wanted to do the baking before the thermometer started climbing. In spite of what I did yesterday (having the oven on when it’s approaching ninety degrees outside), I’d rather do baking without forcing the air conditioning to do double duty.Breakfast was our usual, one each of egg, toast, and bacon.Around eleven o’clock I started some pork ribs in the Instapot. I will pressure cook them for about fifteen minutes then change over to slow-cook mode for an hour or so (whenever we become hungry). Oh yes, there was also seasoned rice, baby carrots, and buttered corn. Followed by a cookie.Eighty eight that fields line ninety one. I knew there was a reason I didn’t spend much time outside this afternoon.That’s a large storm! New York into Texas?Almost. Almost you can see the sun. Almost, as it nears the horizon at day’s end, if you strain a bit, the sun can be seen, a brighter gray amidst the gray.Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.God bless and g’day.

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Day 227, in Texas.Days being self isolated

2020 May 14 Thursday a boy or girl?

In Liberty Hill, Texas

Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with your friends.Look at the early morning sky. It’s both pink and blue. Will the new born sun be boy or girl? It took a while for the sun to show his/her face this morning and even then it was quite androginess.Ahh, now I remember the song,

Brother Sun, Sister Moon”

Brother Sun and Sister Moon

I seldom see you seldom hear your tune

Preoccupied with selfish misery

Brother Wind and Sister Air

Open my eyes to visions pure and fair

That I may see the glory around me.

I am God’s creature, of Him I am part

I feel His love awakening my heart.

Brother Sun and Sister Moon

I now do see you, I can hear your tune

So much in love with all that I survey

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Leitch Donovan Phillips
Brother Sun, Sister Moon lyrics © Famous Music Llc, Sony Atv Harmony
Well, that answers that question. The sun is a he.

In Texas this is known as Extra Thin. In the rest of the nation it is known as bread. Thank God for Texas toast.Grandies is a group of seniors who normally (pre-pandemic) meet every Wednesday for some missions work, fellowship, and games. It has been two months since we’ve been able to gather together.Photo & Quote from Facebook

These cool kids, Grandies for Christ, met online today. They were quite happy to see one another. #zoommeeting

Grandies are collecting food for the Kids’ Summer Snacks for Operation Liberty Hill.

Pouches or small boxes of: Dried fruit, raisins, fruit snacks or fruit strips, fruit juice boxes, Nuts, trail mix

Cups of: Jell-O, pudding, mixed fruit, applesauce

Individual sized: Pretzels, Goldfish, cheese crackers, PB crackers, jerky, Slim Jims, cereal packs, Pop Tarts, peanut butter, microwave popcorn

Bars: Granola, breakfast, protein

Small cans of: Vienna sausages, macaroni, tuna, noodles/Ramen, Microwavable bowls of: Soups, Spaghetti O’s, ravioli

Money may also be donated.We will be at the Cross Tracks Church, 101 Church street, Liberty Hill. Come to the worship center drop off door, under the awning, the last 2 Sundays of May (24th & 30th) between 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.No need to come in. Drive up, set the items on the sidewalk and someone will move them inside.We participated in the Front Porch Photos this evening. Jim and Pam came by with their professional type camera and took our photos. I’m not sure just how they will use them to introduce us to the new pastor, who will be arriving in June (?). However they use them, it was time for an updated photo “book” of our congregation anyway.

This is an extreme Throw Back Thursday, all the way back to the tenth century in Wales.

  • I’ve traced the Davis family tree to Jafeth my 29th great grandfather who was born sometime in the early nine hundreds in Wales.

  • It would be eleven more generations before the use of surnames (last names) was common. Which is when my nineteenth great grandfather, Sir John Dafydd, was born in 1347 in Montgomeryshire, Wales.

  • Sir James Griffith Davyd was the last of the line born in Wales (1487).

  • His son Sir Robert John Davys was born in Acton Turville, Gloucestershire, England in 1500.

  • Captain James Davis, my 11th great grandfather was born in England but sailed to America around 1607 and established a colony where a new ship was built to sale back to England for more passengers. Upon his return, a new colony was established in Virginia and he became its governor.

  • His son, John Davis, was born 1610 in Virginia making him the first in the line to be born in the New World.

  • Captain Jesse Davis was my 4th great grandfather, born 1756 in Campbell, Virginia. He became a Captain in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he was granted thousands of acres of land on Virginia and Kentucky by General George Washington.

  • My 3rd great grandfather, George Davis (1785) was three years old and living in Halifax, Virginia when it became the 10th state admitted to the union in 1788.

  • 2nd great grandfather Charles F. Davis was born in Estill. Kentucky, lived for a while in Edgar Illinois before moving the family to Benton, Iowa.

  • During the American Civil War the Battle of Bull Run was fought on the land given by George Washington to Captain Jessie Davis.

  • Charles F. Davis’s daughter Lucinda, my great grandmother (1847-1892) was born in Edgar, Illinois before the family moved to Iowa in 1860, just before the start of the Civil War.

  • Her son, my grandfather Aldo Coons, was born two years after the civil war.

History is so much closer than we usually consider it to be.

Since it was so cool out (88°), I decided to make and bake some cookies this evening. You did hear the sarcasm in my voice there, right? I limited the baking to ten, and those in the convection oven. That is the only thing I prepared for supper. Now, if I can just keep Ella from eating the dough by the spoonful. Don’t tell her I said that.Still plenty warm at sundown.
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Day 226, in Texas.Days being self isolated

2020 May 13 Wednesday Gray Day Gray Close

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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This morning Ella let out a long sigh and said, “I’m getting old.” To which I replied, “Yes you are. And you’re dragging me right along with you.” Should I have responded differently?

Our neighborhood as seen from space. You wouldn’t necessarily think that such a small grouping as this to be as diverse as it is. The age range is from small children to people in their seventies and beyond. There are folks here from different ethnic and racial groups. There are single men and women as well as married / partnerships. There are able bodied folks, disabled, and differently abled. People have arrived here by diverse routes, from within Texas, and those from beyond the boarders of Texas and the United states. There are working men and women plus those living on disability insurance, pensions, and social security. Yes, for such a small slice of society’s pie, we have a lot of flavors.

Heating rainwater for doing laundry. Carry water in, heat it, carry it out, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat, and …

Wash in the small cooler, wring, rinse in the large cooler, wring and

Hang them on the drying rack.

What doesn’t fit on the racks gets hung over the porch railing.

Now, crash in the recliner until time to being them in, once dry.

P.S. I did help also, mostly with the jeans and heavier items..

The clothes dried at different rates. Clothes on the outside edge of the racks dried faster. Some pieces dried on one side but not the other. Those were turned around. Little by little these dry fruits of our labors were picked and brought inside.

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Day 225, in Texas.Days being self isolated

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 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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