2020 February 17 Monday

2020 February 17 Monday -Presidents Day- in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.com

ou may have noticed that the “WordPress” has been dropped from the URL. Yep, the domain name is officially ours.

nterestingly, it both shows the sleep starting at eleven twenty-seven and the thirty-seven minutes puff awake time. I don’t think it should show it both ways. Either I was asleep or I was not. It seems silly to add it and them subtract it. Right?

arm, cloudy, and dense fog alert. I concur. The view from my deck looked cloudy and foggy. At the same time it felt remarkably warm for mid February.

ince it is Presidents Day, all of the senior centers are closed. We had nowhere to go and all day to get there. That gave Ella the opportunity to beat me two out of three games of Fast Track.

The sky at noon when it was seventy four degrees outside and inside. That is why there is a fan in the doorway. Before long, the door will be shut and the air conditioning started. For those of you in locations with snow, freezing rain and below zero temperatures, I’m sorry. Consider this as a reason to join us in Texas.

nce it reached eight degrees outside and eighty five inside, it was definitely time for the air conditioning.


If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(go to post “2020 February 14 Thursday”)

Originally published November 2011

Our dream had been to retire to amobile lifestyle’. I envisioned it being something like, waking in the morning and flipping a coin to decide if we were to travel left or right, forward or back. We were still several years from being able to retire but we were beginning to live a version of the dream.

Our friends and family were concerned for us to the point that when we said we were going to live in the RoadRanger during the winter they asked, “Won’t you be cold?” To which we replied, “I don’t know, ask us again in the spring.” Well, thanks to following the advice of other full-timers, we made it through that first winter with only minor difficulties. And, “No” we were not cold. We learned to use foil-backed foam insulation to skirt the trailer. We also learned to use 40 watt ‘trouble lights’ to provide just a little heat behind the RV refrigerator. (Unlike household refrigerators which use a compressor, RV refrigerators rely on evaporation and must have heat to work.) We learned to use plastic film to cover the windows. We learned how to depend on the fresh water tank for water and how to keep the water lines from freezing. But most of all we learned how beautiful God’s world is in the winter.
We watched the leaves on the trees around the lake turn from green to bright fall colors and then to abandon the trees for the winter. We watched the sunlight sparkle so brightly on the lake that it almost hurt your eyes. We watched the geese and ducks invade and then leave as they passed through to warmer areas. Gold finches changed to their drab green fall color. Rabbits, raccoons, deer and hawks became the winter time entertainment replacing the song birds of summer. We discovered that the winter sun shining on snow and ice mimicked the sunlight sparkle of the summer lake. We discovered how little we needed for us to be happy.

(to be continued)

he sun, at its setting, made me forget the lackluster, fog and cloud shrouded beginning of the day.

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  • Day 139 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)