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Another thing to miss about being with our Iowa friends. PIE RUSH WEDNESDAY at Village Inn. Free slice of double crusted fruit pies with an adult entree order.If I shut my eyes and let my mind drift back, I can hear the clink of dishes and coffee cups, ice in the glasses. and the background murmur of other diners. I hear Ted Nelson’s laugh, Tom Stone saying, “And this is the truth, I’m not making this up.” Then Francis Free beginning by saying, “I’ll grant you this …”Conversation would normally include opinions (for or against) about various board members of the camping club and polices and improvements (or lack thereof) of the campground.Then there were the aromas of freshly baked (or microwaved) pies: raspberry, blueberries, apple, or hot peach ala mode.For the better part of a decade we could gather at Village Inn on Wednesdays, order a drink and receive a free slice of fruit pie or the monthly specialty pie. We regularly would have a dozen (plus or minus) people gather around the tables to visit and eat pie. Last year the policy changed, requiring ordering an entree. We still gathered though weekly attendance became sporadic.This year some of the “snow birds” have, like us, sheltered in place and not returned to the campground. Village Inn, most likely, would not be able or willing to seat that many people together at a table because of Covid 19.

Wednesdays in Love Liberty Hill means, for us and our friends, Grandies. 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!During 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.

However, again because of the corona virus, Grandies it’s not meeting. For a while we tried meeting through the Zoom application. However, lack of interest or ability has halted that also. There is some sporadic exchange of emails but that is a less than satisfying way to gather, visit, laugh, and yes, play games.

I‘ve been watching several mysteries and cop shows. This has lead me to several conclusions.

  1. Car trunks are designed to transport people, living or not so much.
  2. Kidnappers and murderers have much neater / cleaner trunks than any of my vehicles.
  3. If your vehicle has a trunk, at some point, you or your victims be stuffed into it.
  4. I’m never again buying a vehicle with a trunk.

Another indication that I need new glasses. In addition to not being able to see clearly, they are beginning to leave gray green marks on my temples. Basically they control how I see and how I’m seen.

This evening was a chance for the congregation to get to know the new pastor and her us. We met in groups of ten or less. Each group had fifteen minutes with her. It was interesting. And, no, she was not dresses in robe and scarf.I didn’t bother with a sunset photo. It would lol identical to the “sunrise” photo this morning with a slightly different landscape.Thanks again for stopping by.

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2019 December 20 Friday

2019 December 20 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

There is no sunshine this morning therefore no Sunrise photographs

mm, warmer this morning, but do you see the predicted high for today? Yep, just three degrees warmer than the current temperature

ork started an hour early this morning on the Santa set in anticipation of more of a crowd. School is out!

got to work only to find out that our set manager will not be finishing out the year with us, because of a family emergency that called her out of state.

he day was busy as expected. And I imagine that tomorrow will be busier yet. The school age children were there today also, because the local schools have gone into Christmas break.

t was raining when I left work this evening. Apparently it had rained most of the day. This didn’t seem to make any difference to the traffic on the roads.

stopped at Wal-Mart again tonight. This time I was able to get my medications. I was also able to buy more grocery items that weren’t on yesterday’s list.

t was dark when I arrived home, so no sunset photo.

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2019 November 29 Friday

2019 November 29 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

oggy foggy morning. There was very little traffic this morning. Since this is Black Friday, I had expected the hoards of shoppers flooding the highways. It will be interesting to see how today plays out on the set.

he mall was busy but certainly not the crazy Black Friday Frenzy that you see on television. Santa was busy most of the time without having more than a few people waiting in line.

riving home in the fog wasn’t bad except for the sudden appearance of cars driving without their headlights on. Even though we were both in the proper lanes, It’s unnerving when they suddenly appear a dozen car lengths away and heading in your direction. I took as many back-roads as I could, to avoid traffic.

had the pleasure of being Santa for several special needs people today. One was a young woman of 22. I remember her from the last several years. She has a very distinctive look. It appears that she has a little girls head on an adult body. I can’t think of a better way to describe her. She is always very sweet and a little shy. The things for which she asks are things you would expect a preteen to ask for. I also had a mother with two preteen boys with autism. One with dark hair and heavyset who gave me lots of hugs and kept cuddling in with his head on my chest. We had a hard time getting him to look at the camera. Her other son was fair haired and thin. He fixated inn the umbrella for the camera flash. So, with him, it took time to get him to look down at the camera. I also had a 17 year old week it’s an exchange student from the Czech Republic.

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2019 November 28 Thursday – Thanksgiving

2019 November 28 ThursdayThanksgiving in Liberty Hill, Texas

was up at 6 and wrote a devotion for my Musings blog. I then prepared some items to take to the Thanksgiving gathering at my son, Arik’s. The foods I prepared were in remembrance of my mother.

om always had a large garden (1/4 – 1/2 acre) with lots of green beans. When It was time to pick and can the beans, there was always a large pot of green beans, bacon, and chicken stock bubbling on the back burner most of the day. So, I made green beans with bacon and chicken stock and cooked it over night on low in a crockpot.

nother thing that she would make on rare occasions was Yorkshire pudding. After oven roasting a beef roast,she would remove the meat, mix some flour, eggs and other stuff, pour it into the roaster, and pop it back into the oven. I used a lot of shortcuts such as pancake mix, beef soup starter, and some canned beef. I hope it will taste something like what I remember ought Mom’s.

hursday’s are when I check my blood clotting factor (INR) and my hands need to be clean and warm; doing dishes is a perfect way to accomplish both at once. My INR was exactly where it was supposed to be.

e had a great meal and wonderful conversation. The meal we a cooperative event. The conversation was helped along by a set of cards fussy asked things like, “What do you think the world will be like in 25 years?”

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2019 November 27 Wednesday

2019 November 27 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

he trip into Cedar Park, Lakeline Mall was once again free of jam-packed traffic. It makes me wonder when my luck will run out.

un out it did! You mast not want to sit and watch all 8 minutes of this video. If I had begun recording at the beginning of this jam and continued until I was of the highway, it would have been about 20 minutes of bumper to bumper. Now I realize that, for those of you who live in large cities, this would be the norm. However, this section of highway is mostly rural. So this is not the norm, unless there had been an accident. There was no accident.

Just looking through some mail.

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2019 November 26 Tuesday

2019 November 26 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

here was some color in the predawn sky. However, by “sunrise” the sky was a dark charcoal. It was more like a sunset than a sunrise.

ostly moderate traffic this morning. Since some of the area schools (maybe all) are on holidays break, I didn’t know if traffic would be heavier or lighter. This morning it proved to be lighter.

he trip home was less congested also. Perhaps it was because I was traveling through town in the early afternoon rather than during rush hour. I’m anticipating that the holiday traffic is going to be clogging the roadways soon enough.

hat is not evident on the map above is that I stopped set Wal-Mart to pick up our grocery order. I like using the Wal-Mart grocery app to place an order and choose a pick up time. They send a message when it is ready. You inform them when you are on the way. The app tracks your arrival at the store and they bring them out and load then I your vehicle. It saves time. It also saves money because you only get what is on the order and no impulse buys. (I am not paid by Wal-Mart for my endorsement … although if they wanted to send some money my way, I would not turn it down. Grin)

rom 7 to 8 we were at Cross Tracks Church for the Tuesday night prayer meeting. We sang some hymns that had special meanings for us in this time of uncertainty. We shared praises for the joys in our lives and lifted concerns to the Lord I prayer. It is always an uplifting hour.

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2019 November 20 Wednesday

2019 November 20 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

t looks like a nice week ahead, weatherwise. This morning might not be as bright and cheery as yesterday, but we had the door open and enjoyed the temperature and the breeze.

dropped Ella at the Over The Hill Gang building so she could attend Grandies. Afterwards she went with some of the group to Dairy Queen for lunch. I’m not not sure who brought her home after that .

t was a very slow day for Santa and even slower for the photographer. I had children come to talk to Santa that didn’t have photos taken. I also had two large groups of co-worker adults who came to get group shots. Both groups were from different stores in the mall. So that should give you an idea of how un-busy the mall stores were, that they could lock their stores down and come for a photo shoot.

ight more days until Thanksgiving. Nine more days until Black Friday. Black Friday could go either way for the Santa set. Moms, who are shopping, may send dad with the kids to get photos. Or they may not bring the kids at all. However, after Thanksgiving the crowds willi start forming to see Santa.

lla had supper ready when I arrived home. She even had a treat for me, a Heath bar Dilly bar. I had about a half an hour to relax before we went to choir practice.

nce we were home again, I worked on a sermon for December 29th. Last year my sermon was titled “After Christmas Sale”. This year’s sermon will be about the unexpected ways God provides our needs at the moment we are in need.

he sunset was amazing. And I’m amazed that the photo turned out as well as it did, because I took the shot out the driverside window as I was driving home.

God bless and g’nite.

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