2020 March 03 Tuesday

2020 March 03 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

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he sixty three degrees was nice to wake to, even if the sky looked like a sailors wool blanket

he whole sky was so gray that this small patch of lighter gray, in the south, looked almost white.

ixing breakfast in the George Foreman grill. Between this grill and the Instapot we do 99% of our cooking.

losing the lid of the grill cooks the tops of the eggs without flipping them. Also, thanks to the nonstick surface, no added fats.

ven the biscuits were done in the grill without heating the oven (and the rest of the kitchen). This is NOT a paid advertisement (though if they wanted to throw some money my way, I wouldn’t duck). I just really like these two appliances.

e had phone calls today from a niece and a daughter. Both live up north, where it was a sunny fifty three degrees. It is always nice to hear from family.

onight’s prayer meeting consisted only of the pastor and two couples. That is unusual. Generally there are about a dozen in attendance. I hope that it is not in response to the “Talking Heads” on television news programs warning people to avoid crowds. The coronavirus is worrisome because there currently is no cure. But people are reacting as if it is the and of the world. The reality is that the total number of deaths in the United States is 9. Worldwide the death total is 3,000. For perspective, 750,000 people die from mosquito bites and diseases they carry.

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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 February 25 Tuesday

2020 February 25 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

ind of a chilly start. But I’ll not complain about a winter’s day that breaks so bright and clear.

eautiful sunshine, beautiful sunshine, filling my soul with Glory divine.

e did not go to the senior center today because Ella was experiencing some pain, mostly in her lower back near the hip. I asked if she wanted to go to the emergency room and she said, “No.”

owever, we needed to go to the Wal-Mart pharmacy in Cedar Park to pick up a prescription. Instead of going directly to the pharmacy, I took her to the emergency room.

e arrived about 11:30 a.m. They took her for x-rays and found arthritis in the back (which she already knew) but the hip looked good. They are giving her pain meds and a steroid.

Ella wrote: “Tom and I went and checked out the new St David’s Emergency Room. We knew I would need x-rays so that made more sense that going to the doctors office.
When I got up this morning a could barely move my hip hurt so bad. Well, we found our but hip kids all right it’s my back that was giving me fits. I’ve had arthritis in my lower back forever and it was causing my pain.

The x-rays showed my hips in good shape. However, the back was getting worse. It’s be about 30 years since they x-rayed my back and said there was arthritis. Something I just have to live with. They have given me some steroid pills and stronger pain pills. All the pills I’ll start taking tomorrow. I’ll live but I will be uncomfortable from time to time. Pinced nerves.”

ecause we both have fasting labs tomorrow morning, she will not begin the steroids until after the lab work.

t was slightly after one thirty when we were dismissed from the emergency room. Since the pharmacy closes for lunch at that time, we stopped at Jiffy Lube. Rudolf the red nose pickup needed his oil topped off. They also checked brake fluid and tire pressure.

hen we arrived at the pharmacy, the original prescription that had taken us there was ready. However, we brought two new scripts from the emergency room. Those took between twenty and thirty minutes to fill. We used that time to grab a few more things that we needed our at least wanted.

t was around three o’clock when we got out of Wal-Mart and we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. We drove through the drove up at the closest McDonald’s. Ella got six chicken nuggets. I had a sausage egg McMuffin.

nce we were home, I began working on today’s blog post. Then I watched a little TV. Then I worked on the blog some more.

lla said, “Are we going tonight?” It took me a while to understand what she was asking. It is Tuesday and Tuesday is prayer meeting night at Cross Tracks Church. “I don’t know. How are you feeling? Can you tolerate sitting on the hard pews in the chapel,” I asked. “,Yes, I think so,” was her reply.

HOW TO LOSE A CHILD

It was a very hectic spring day at home. As usual, I was trying to cram too many things into a tight schedule. I was well into the current project when I realized I was missing a vital piece.

“I’m going to the store,” I announced to the family. “Can I come too?” my preteen daughter asked.

“Can I come too?” my preteen daughter asked.“I’m not shopping. I have one item to buy, so you needed to stick with me.””Okay,” she replied.

Once at the store, I quickly located what I needed. After waiting a short time at the checkout, I was able to make my purchase. With my mind on the project at home, I left the store, got in the car, and left.

As I was leaving the drive, I remembered my daughter. Panicked, i turned around, and rushed back in. She was standing at the door with tears in her eyes and a quivering lower lip. “I’m so sorry,” was all I could say.

She is a grown woman now with children of her own. I wonder of she has ever left one of her children. But I’m not going to ask. Why open that can of worms?

ow about you, friends, care to share a story of leaving or losing a child? Or, maybe you were the child left behind.

am constantly amazed, not just of the beauty of sunrise and sunset, but also at how quickly it changes. I’m also amazed at how cropping a photograph can make so much difference.

ake these three photographs for example. They are all of the same scene taken at the same time. The first photograph barely deserves a glance. The second gives the eye and mind more to “chew on”. And the third gives a three course meal of light, dark, and mid-tones.

here were not as many as usual at the Tuesday night prayer meeting. Between four to eight normal attendees were in a meeting. They are part of the group making plans to renovate this chapel. The building is one hundred and fifty years old. It was the first building built in Liberty Hill. Also, it is a designated historical site. That means we have to follow some rather stringent guidelines to maintain that designation.

mmm, that scale it’s headed the wrong way. Maybe I should buy a new scale.

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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 February 04 Tuesday

2020 February 04 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas Our main daily journal is at http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comleep came softly on little cat feet and purred warmly on my chest throughout the night. Which is strange because we have no cat nor kitten.ixty one degrees is the luxury to which we woke today. It reached a nice seventy two degrees with an eleven mph breeze. Tomorrow’s predicted high is forty one and then down to twenty nine.I received this message from the leader of our Grandies** group.All Grandies, The weather predicted for tonight and tomorrow morning looks pretty bad. So I am calling off Grandies. Stay in and keep warm. Some predictions are calling for snow. Ha! Ha! Ha! We will see. But they did say tonight it will blow in around 9:00 PM and it will be cold, rainy, and thunder storms with possible hail. So curl up and stay warm.”Choir practice for tomorrow night has also been cancelled.his sunrise was slightly odd this morning with the glow beneath but not around the sun. I really like that it looks a little abstract or impressionistic. Iggy my hands weren’t so shaking. Out love to paint it.e had about a dozen for lunch at the Georgetown senior center. Let me rephrase that, there were a dozen or more in attendance for lunch. Lunch consisted of chicken fried steak, asparagus, mashed potatoes with gravy, and mixed fruit.efore lunch we had a special speaker from the Texas Consumer Protection Agency. She told about the many schemes and scams to watch for. Many of them target older folks, like us. She also gave tips on what to do if we’ve been the target of a scam.WOW YOU DON’T EVEN

NEED BATTERIES!

Ella found this description for a typewriter in a current catalog.“Royal 11” Portable Manual Typewriter. Get “office-type” jobs (like making labels or addressing envelopes) done quickly and easily without the added complication of using a PC. Full QWERTY keyboard, margin set and release and 1-, 1.5- and 2-line spacing. Other features include paper release lever and guide, and carriage return. Two-color print selection (black and red) and stencil. Includes hard-shell.”

And it even even cuts stencils!Raise your hand if you remember cutting stencils for a mimeograph? Or better yet, leave a comment. I can still remember the smell of the printed pages as they came off of the machine. Yep, I know, no one under 50 knows what I’m talking about.

or supper tonight I made spaghetti and meatballs. I made the meatballs about the size of ping pong balls.I’m glad I took these photos of the afternoon sky. If I had waited until sunset it would have only been a picture of a dark gray sky with no sun to be seen.IF YOU ENJOYED MY JOURNAL ENTRY, PLEASE CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON, LEAVE A COMMENT AND/OR FOLLOW.Thanks for stopping by.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 07 Tuesday

2020 January 07 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

nother sleepless night. I’m feeling better – not well – but better. The injection yesterday is working. I’m also on steroids and an antiviral for the next week.

e went to breakfast at Hobo Junction. This is my number one place for breakfast. Number two would be IHOP. Number three Village Inn / Baker’s Square (same menu). I just had an idea for am activity for seniors. You’ve heard of a “bar crawl“? Maybe I should get a bunch of senior citizens together and do a breakfast crawl. Have each pick a favorite place for breakfast. Obviously, they would have to be breakfast-served-all-day restaurants. What is your favorite breakfast?

ap time for me was intent of purpose, when we returned from breakfast. I just didn’t know that Ella was also going to take a morning nap.

bout 2:30 we drove to Wal-Mart on Walton way so Ella could get her ears lowered. At the same time, I was returning a Bluetooth earbud. We tried with 3 different devices to “find” the buds. I even disconnected all other possible Bluetooth devises, just on the off chance that they were somehow causing interference. Nope. Didn’t work.

e had several hours before tonight’s prayer meeting art Cross Tracks Church. We had some frozen, boneless ribs but not a lot of time to thaw. I but them in the instapot on saute with the lid on and set to steam. When could smell the meat beginning you brown, I released the steam and opened the lid. Turned the ribs over and added BBQ sauce. I turned a streamer basket upside down over the meat and placed a small spring pan on top with pork and beans. Then set the auto setting to meat and adjusted the time to twenty minutes. Locked the lid and closed the steam valve. ‘Twas good.

The prayer meeting was very good tonight we prayed for the sick, the infirm and the homeless in our families, friends, neighbors and strangers. We prayed for our local church, the corporate church and the church church world wide. We prayed for the people affected by the great fire inn Australia. For victims of earthquakes and clouds. There were prayers for the strife between people’s and nations. Prayers for those who go into harms way for the sake of others. We also sang hymns of praise. We connected as a family.

‘m now sitting here working on my blogs and waiting fire time to take my pills before bed.

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)

2019 December 10 Tuesday

2019 December 10 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

t was right down cold last night and this morning. We had not turned any heat on before going to bed. Ella woke up around 3 a.m. and turned on the fireplace. The weather slowly reached 50° under cloudy skies and then quickly dropped again. It is predicted to be 30° by tomorrow morning. I WILL make sure that the heat is on tonight.

woke this morning at 6 to the sound of thunder. It wasn’t until about 7:30 though when it really started to rain in earnest. That’s when the roof started leaking.

ast year when we came back to Texas, we arrived to a leaking roof. With the help of my friends we got that patched and taken care of. I have two more weeks of Santa and it is dark by the time I get home. Which makes it kind of difficult to get up on the roof and do anything about it. I just pray that there’s no more rain until I get a chance to get it fixed. Or that it does no more damage.

riving in the rain this morning wasn’t much of a problem except for the water being splashed on me from the vehicle’s head. But it was still uneventful.

one-year-old boy named Dakota came to see me in his t-shirts that said it’s my birthday. Despite everybody’s best efforts he did not smile. He just sat there very calmly. When Mom came to get him, at first he wouldn’t go with her. He just snuggled deeper into Santa’s coat. It took her many tries before she finally coaxed him to come to her. I think she was about ready to give up and and leave with me or just grab him and go.

oday I had a two year old girl ask for a set of golf clubs and also an 18 month old girl who wanted luggage for Christmas. I thought maybe I had not heard her correctly and questioned mom. Dhe said, “Yes that’s what she said, she wants luggage.”

or the first time ever, I had a child asked if I was one of Santa’s helpers. I assured him that I am Santa. I am there to portray Santa not one of Santa’s helpers. I did let him know, however, that Santa does have helpers, because even Santa can’t be in every place at the same time.

hen I arrived home, it smelled of barbecue. Ella had fixed barbecued ribs for supper. She also had corn and riced cauliflower. It was a good meal. I think I may miss her cooking my suppers once I am done with the Santa gig.

uesday night is Prayer Meeting night at Cross Tracks Church and seldom do we not attend. Tonight, however, I chose to stay home. It was cold and dark. Don’t tell anybody but I am becoming less inclined to drive at night. I don’t feel as competent when driving in the dark. Oncoming headlights really bother me.

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 December 03 Tuesday

2019 December 03 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Sunrise

Sunset

oday I was in the big chair at the mall from 10-4:30. Other than a few Mall Walkers and some employees the mall was empty in the morning. It is a sunny day, maybe that will encourage more people to come see Santa. My first visit of the day was with Charlie who will be 5 in January and his five-month-old twins siblings Sullivan and Kalinda.

saw a special needs man, probably in his late thirties or early forties, with his mother / grandmother / helper I’m not sure which. He was looking excitedly at me, so I went out to talk to him. He hugged me. I asked him what they were doing in the mall today and he said shopping. He said that he liked hugging Santa. So I gave him another long hug.

made it home just in time to see the sun hiding behind the trees. Ella had supper on the table and was standing in the drive to meet me. That can only mean one thing, she was tracking the trucks progress with the Hum.

took a short nap before we went to the regularly schedule prayer meeting. We talked a lot about how our congregation is broken at the moment. They are hurt and feeling resentful our remarks our pastor made in his sermon the last Sunday our September. Ella and I had not arrived back in Texas in time to hear what was said. All we’ve heard is what people have told us they heard. I know there is often a disconnect between what was said and what was heard. There is also a disconnect between what was intended and what was understood.

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 19 Tuesday

2019 November 19 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

t took a while but the sun came up this morning bright and cheery. I know that sunny day helps to start my day on the bright side.

here was a accident along my route this morning. This is a really poor video. I was blindly aiming the camera while I kept my eyes on the road and the traffic. I did not want to become involvedwith the accident as I tried to film it.

nd this was the stop and go traffic that was a part of my drive home. My navigation program assured me that I was on the fastest route despite heavier them normal traffic. That is very reassuring when you’ve been sitting still for awhile.

t didn’t really take 2+ hours tho go the nearly 29 miles. A portion of the recorded time was while I was purchasing a prescription at the pharmacy.

And this was the setting sun as I journeyed homeward.

Ella had prepared meatloaf and roasted potatoes for supper.

After supper we went to the Tuesday night prayer meeting. We sang many hymns and prayed for many people places and things

God bless and g’nite.

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