2020 March 13 Friday

2020 March 13 Friday in Liberty Hill Texas

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y one o’clock it had reached seventy six and it was still completely blanketed in clouds

Today was the monthly luncheon for the 50+ group at Leander UMC. Today it was a soup and salad meal. Today we had a speaker from the Leander Parks and Recreation Office to talk about the planned new building for the senior center, to be opened in 2021. He also gave us information about the Active Adults program.

made some boiled eggs, after we returned home. Six minutes to cook perfect hardboiled eggs. Instapot hard boiled eggs are so easy to peel because the shell comes off in bigger pieces without taking part of the white with it. However, I found an even quicker and easier way to BLOW egg from the shell. Of course you are going to rinse the egg afterwards..

was fortunate to capture thus photograph when I did. This was the last that was seen of the sun.

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Day 165 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 10 Tuesday

2020 March 10 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

arly this morning earth’s tiny twin shone as brightly as yesterday’s reluctant sun. Earth and moon, siblings twirling together through space in their struggle, pulling apart, then draw closer once again.

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nterestingly while this showed mostly cloudy, at the same time, there was a dense fog alert.

he top photograph was taken well before dawn. The middle photo was taken a few minutes before dawn. Three third picture was taken a few minutes after dawn. Ah, there is the dense fog for which they were alerting me.

esterday I wrote about liking rain. As I was saving that short piece in a file, I found this short piece I had written about fifteen years ago.

Smelling Rain

Have you ever noticed how rain changes the smell of things? Oddly enough when it first starts to rain the air smells dusty (if you’re in country). In the city the rain, at first, seems to bring out the smells of hot sidewalks and old oil.

Usually you can smell the rain coming before it arrives.
During the rain, smells are suppressed. All you smell is rain!
Now! After the rain! That’s when everything smells fresh and cool and clean.
Except the dog!

t the Georgetown senior center today, Ella and I played four rounds of Fast Track.

his is the track of our travels today. From Stocktank RV Park to Madella Hilliard Senior Center in Georgetown and back again by a slightly different route.

nce we were home. Ella fell coming from the truck to the RV. Okay Ella in your own words tell us what happened.

ell when I got out of the truck, I went out to talk to Jackie, Tresa’s sister, who had stopped at the dumpster.

hen walking back in, I picked up a spoon that was on the ground. I was also bending over to pick up a piece of paper that was on the ground. In the process of picking up the paper, I lost my balance. I did about 3 yards of walking real fast, where I was trying to catch up with myself, so that I wouldn’t fall. In the end I did fall. But I think I went down a little gentler than I might have otherwise.

y knee is scrapped, but I really don’t feel too bad. And then Tom came out to help me get up and brush all the leaves off of me, and the dirt.

hese jeans definitely are going into the laundry, because I have mud on my pants from the rain that we’ve had the last few days.

very couple of hours I’ve been asking, “How do you feel now?” I really don’t want her covering up something because “it’s nothing.” Yes, she does that sometimes because she doesn’t want to “be a bother.” I do the same thing, but it’s frustrating when she does it.

fter burning through the fog this morning, Ol’ Sol has been burning bright and (relatively) hot. It topped out at seventy five degrees.


his is the sky that greeted us as we came our from Cross Tracks Church’s Tuesday night prayer meeting.

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Day 162 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 09 Monday

2020 March 09 Monday in Liberty Hill TexasWelcome to our daily journal! Send Mail to: TomAndEllaJournal@gmail.com

ixty nine was a fair guess, and close. Though the mercury rose only three marks from the morning’s low of sixty three.

ll of the color has been bled away. So sad the sky, for the missing sun, that it wept the whole day through.

feel asleep listening to the old time radio show “Gunsmoke” on YouTube. I must of had an interesting night of tossing and turning. Overnight I became tangled in my phone power cord and disconnected it from the charger. When I sat up this morning, I had an odd feeling in the middle of my back. I thought I must have slept on the spring-like hose for my CPAP machine. As I made my way to the bathroom, my reading glasses fell from my back. And I still don’t know what became of my earbuds.

hicken spaghetti, cooked apples, lettuce salad, cooked carrots, and garlic bread at the Georgetown senior center.

efore lunch we played Fast Track with another couple. I cannot remember their names. I know that they also are from the cold north (Wisconsin / Michigan) and come to Texas for the winter. I judge them to be quite sensible.

I LIKE RAIN

I like the rain. Oh not the cold storm, driven by gale force winds. Not those where you walk hunched over, collar turned up, and hat held firmly to your head. Those are the monsoons of fall and winter. I like the gentle showers of spring that fall warm upon winter’s frozen wasteland and magically transform it into a riot of colors. Even more amazing are the summer sun showers that pass through on sunny days. Those are times when you let loose your inner child, to twirl, head thrown back and arms out. Those are days to splash, once again, in puddles.

kay, so, the sun made a valiant attempt to escape the morass of suffocating cloud cover. Though the attempt was short lived as well as unsuccessful, there for a brief moment, it was nearly bright enough to cast a shadow.

adly, the sun was too weak to hold any dominance against the overburden of clouds. It good it’s face and has slunk beyond the horizon. Perhaps to lay plans for tomorrow’s battle.

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  • Day 161 in our Texas home

  • I want a t-shirt that reads “I AM NOT SAYING THAT YOU ARE STUPID
  • I only surmise your cognitive function is indicative of an intelligence quotient on the lower left side of the bell curve.”

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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  • Day 151 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 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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  • Day 147 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 24 Monday

2020 February 24 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.comMail to: TomAndEllaJournal@gmail.comt stayed very comfortable overnight in the RV with no heaters running. It wasn’t quite warm enough to have the bedroom windows open though.hat’s all she wrote. I was very fortunate to have checked the sky at just the right moment. Earlier it had been a completely gray sky. Moments after taking this photo, the sky was once again the color of a weathered tombstone.erhaps the reason my thoughts are also gray today is because it was four years ago today that my sister, Maryann, died. She was the last of my immediate family.

  • My father died of cancer in 1952 at the age of 45.
  • My youngest sister committed suicide in 1956 after being diagnosed with cancer. She was 21.
  • My mother died in 1994 from complications from a fall and broken leg. She was 87.
  • My brother died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 63.
  • Maryann died in 2016 at the age loud 83.

still have plenty of family left, but they are all younger than I: Children, stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, great great great nieces and nephews, and all those in-laws and out-laws. There are also all of those exchange students that we’ve hosted over the years, all are family.his small tree, at the Georgetown Senior Center, though not in full bloom, is looking very spring-like.At the center we played a couple of games of Fast Track. My partner and I lost both games. We will take the game back to the center tomorrow, In hope of having them join us for games again.e took a slightly longer route home from the center. We were following the advice of our HUMx device as we searched for the best gasoline price. We saved six cents per gallon on twenty five gallons. I think that means that I saved a dollar and a half.here was a nice progression as the clouds and sun interacted at sunset

nce again I was unable to get to sleep until shortly before midnight. I might have gotten to sleep earlier if I hadn’t been having some lose bowel movements that kept me running. I know … too much information. However, this blog is also written FOR ME. It is a way to track my health issues. Along that line, I didn’t get a photo of the scale this morning but it read 299.0. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t lost some pounds last night, let alone show that I’d gained some.
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  • Day 146 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 21 Friday

2020 February 21 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.commail to: tomandEllajournal@gmail.com‘m really excited about the New domain name and email address.Not quite six hours of sleep. But okay I’m back to waking at five o’clock, which had been my “normal” time to wake for years. Now our I can just get to sleep earlier.espite all of the recent rains, we are still in a drought.
So far, Texas has seen relatively little change in drought conditions since the beginning of the year. As of last week, more than half the state, or about 53.4%, was experiencing some degree of drought, but the winter rainfall in Austin is only about a half-inch less than normal. (Quoted from Austin Statesman)ven though I was awake and moving at five o’clock, I fell into the YouTube black hole and missed getting a photo of the sunset. If you really need a sunrise photo here is one from February 14th. Today’s sunrise would have nearly exactly like the forteenth’s.ecause Ella and I didn’t get around until later today, we skipped breakfast and went to the Georgetown senior center earlier than usual. As it turned out, we were the first ones (other than staff) to arrive.y the time lunch was served,there were about a dozen folks at the centere stopped at the Wal-Mart store inn Georgetown before coming home. We were out of milk, both the regular refrigerated and the shelf-stable, ultra pasteurized milk. Though it does not NEED to be refrigerated, I like to keep at least one cartoon refrigerated “just in case.”

IN THE BEGINNING part 7

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(Go to 2020 February 14 Thursday)

Originally published November 2011
We recently purchased the second RV, a 2001 Hitch Hiker. We intentionally purchased a smaller fifth-wheel (30’) because it would be easier and less expensive to tow to Texas. Since we would be living in the Hitch Hiker (from now on referred to as HH) for only about four months of the year, it would not have to have all of the storage space that the RR had. We did chuckle to ourselves that the trailer we bought to take to Texas is a full four season and the one we were leaving in Iowa was only a three season. Little did we suspect the changes that were in store for us!
We purchased the HH and made arrangement to have the RR moved from our seasonal site at Cutty’s. The Road Ranger (RR) was going into storage so that we could give the HH a good ‘break in’ period. The plan was to live in the HH through another Iowa winter, spring, summer and fall before heading to Texas. That would let us become accustomed to the trailer. The reality of what happened was; the slideout on the RR refused to slide in. Upon examination, it was discovered that a corner portion of the slideout had suffered water damage and ‘dropped’ several inches. It may be repairable. However, since the RV is twenty years old, the cost is likely more than the trailer is worth. The Cutty’s maintenance staff was able to tow it (with the slideout still in the “out” position) to the on site storage area.(to be continued)

ep, I’m trying to lose weight again. And by “trying” I mean, I hope I will loose about fifty to sixty pounds without me doing anything different in my life.The local Lions Club. Had a fish fry fundraiser this evening at the former American Legion Hall in Liberty Hill. So shortly after the groceries were put away, Elsa and I went into town for supper.aking the long way home, we stopped at the Liberty Hill “Mall” (Dollar General) which had gone through a face lift of sorts. Most of the clothing was gone. A vastly expanded frozen food section and a new (small) fresh produce area are the biggest changes that we saw.

hat is either the sunset over a live oak or a burning bush. What do you think? Should I go investigate?

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  • Day 143 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 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.

IN THE BEGINNING part 4

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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  • *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)