2020 March 19 Thursday

2020 March 19 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

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Day six of being self isolated because of the corona-virus.

Throw back from October 2018. I was up to some Do-It-Yourself projects.

I ordered new headlights. The old ones have becomes so yellowed with age that they were nearly useless at night. The package arrived yesterday afternoon but I didn’t open them until this afternoon. It was a simple thing to remove the old ones and replace them with the new. They even came with bulbs. The bulbs were still good in the old set so now I have a spare set.

On the way home from choir practice this evening the difference in the headlights was remarkable. I think the low beams illuminated more than the old high beams.

I am building a deck for our RV. Replacing the foldout RV steps with standard stairs should make it easier to get in and out. I placed an order online with Home Depot. While at the center I received a text that it was ready. At Home Depot I just needed to show them the order number and a photo ID. A young man (at nearly 72 nearly everyone is a young man) named Steve brought up a cart with my items and loaded then into the truck.

lla and I took a quarter mile trek around the Stocktank today. To document it, I started the record button on my cell phone and then put it in my shirt pocket, making sure that the camera was out far enough to “see”what we were doing. When we returned home, I opened the file to see what I had recorded. My shirt is what I recorded. I had the camera turned backwards, facing my shirt.Ribs, broccoli, mashed potatoes, and biscuits for lunch. Yum.lla’s prescriptions were ready at Wal-Mart this afternoon. So off I went. As l long as I was going, I did some grocery shopping also. Most of the things I wanted were still our of stock. However, while I was checking out the cereals, I noticed a package kind of half hidden. At first, I thought it was paper towels. But I was wrong, it was eight rolls of toilet tissue.nderstand, the shelves were bare of tp, paper towels,and napkins. Yet someone had left that “Easter Egg” for me to find. Also understand that I didn’t buy them to hoard against the “end of the world,” as so many seem to be doing. Given the choice, I would have only purchased four rolls, which was all that I needed to restock our cupboard.

God bless and g’nite.

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Day 171 in Texas

2020 March 12 Thursday

2020 March 12 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

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t was very comfortable sleeping weather overnight. We had only one window open, so there was no cross ventilation, but it was enough.

nother overcast day with a promise of eighty degrees later today. And later today it reached eighty four degrees under a mostly clear sky.

From July 2010

I made a tasty lentil based soup yesterday. I guess I’ll call it Cream of Lentil Soup.

(I’m not the measuring kind, so the measurements are all approximate.) ½ Cup lentils (washed and sorted) ½ Cup chopped carrots ½ Cup chopped celery ½ Cup finely chopped cabbage 1/8 Cup finely chopped chives (I’d have used onion if I were not allergic to the tasty things)

These were all combined in a medium sauce pan and covered with chicken stock to a depth of about a ½ inch. Seasoned with a couple generous pinches of cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer at low temperature until carrots and lentils are soft. (about 30 minutes).

You want this to reduce the liquid but not run dry so watch and add more chicken stock if too dry or cook uncovered for a while if too wet. The goal is to end up with a thick creamy soup that still has some texture. Taste test and adjust seasonings.

Reserve about a fourth of the soup and purée the rest. Recombine the reserved and the puréed portions. Stir in a ½ cup of plain yogurt or sour cream and serve with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar.

This was enough to make two generous portions. Which was fine as a meal by itself. If you are serving as part of a larger meal, it would serve four.

ow that I’ve found this recipe again, I’m going to try it in the Instapot. I think I will grate the carrots rather than chop. Unfortunately, my onion allergy has gotten worse over the last decade, so I now avoid all of the plants in the onion family, like chives and scallions, shallots, and leeks. So far, I’ve not been bothered by garlic.

bout eight thirty, we received a hint of sunlight, one eye open and peeking from beneath that thick quilt of cloud. Still not satisfied after its long night of slumber, it snuggled back beneath the covers.

ver The Hill Gang has been meeting in this building since the 1970s. However, since the county gave control of the building to the city, it appears we are going to be moved. Many members are very unhappy about this proposed move.

lla, and I played four games of Fast Track before lunch at OTHG before lunch. I know I won and I know she won. However, I do not know how many. I think it was a the score was a tie

fter lunch, we played canasta with Ann, Charlotte, Lu, and Nadine. The team of Charlotte, Ella and Tom were so far ahead in the first game that the other team conceded defeat and we started another game – which we also won.

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Day 164 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 05 Thursday

2020 March 05 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

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hough we had heaters on overnight, I quickly turned them off this morning because it was seventy five degrees in the livingroom. That’s the temperature our air conditioner is set to come on.

ith the outside temperature predicted to be sixty nine and full sunshine, I had to close the shades to keep it from becoming too warm while we were at Over The Hill Gang this morning. There prediction was a little low as it reached seventy one this afternoon. And even with the shades draw shut, it was eighty degrees inside when we retired home. And, Yes, we turned the a/c on.

h what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I’ve got a wonderful feeling,
Everything’s going my way...

THROW BACK THURSDAY

from January 20121

We came to Texas with great expectations of feeding the birds and adding new ones to the list of those we’d seen. Well, the birds have enough to eat that they didn’t need to come begging at our door. For months the feeder hung there without being touched.

Then one day I realized that it was actually empty. We were so excited as we refilled it and made plans to be more watchful for what species of bird was visiting us. A few sparrows came, but not many. No noticeable activity.Then one morning I opened the door and found that five deer were eating from the bird feeder. I stopped putting feed in it. I really don’t want the deer to come knocking on my door demanding to be fed.A couple of days ago, I was sitting outside and realized that there were about a dozen cardinals in the tree next to us. I put more feed in the feeder and moved away from the feeder. The cardinals did come and visit but were more interested in the seed on the ground than what was in the feeder. That afternoon the deer came back and emptied the feeder. The next day, I noticed that the cardinals were back on the ground. The deer, being sloppy eaters, were spilling feed into the course gravel beneath the feeder. The deer would manage to eat some of the fallen seed but left most of it for the birds.

fter breakfast was over, and the dirty dishes stacked in the sink, we headed into Liberty Hill to the Over The Hill Gang for lunch. It was fried chicken day. Today Bush’s Chicken provided two large disposable pans of golden fried chicken. Chicken day is the most well attended Thursday of the whole month.

fter lunch we pushed a couple tables together so that six of us could play canasta. Lu, Nadine, Ella, and I often play cards at OTHG. Today Ira and Debby joined us.

he sunset was much like the sunrise. Perhaps there was a little more haze in the air at sundown than there was at sunup.

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  • Day 183 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 27 Thursday

2020 February 27 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

rr. I say brrrr. Baby, it’s cold outside. Ella is feeling better, but not good. We decided to stay home again. I didn’t get out from under those nice was covers to take a sunrise photo

Now for something different

Simple Recipe for Beans & Ham(or Ham & Beans if you prefer.)
I used Mayocoba beans however Pinto or Navy beans would work just as well.
Use enough beans for the number of people you will feed (1 cup works well for 2 people).
Sort, rinse and soak beans according to package directions.
Cover beans with at least one inch of cool fresh water. You may need to add more water as it cooks.
Cover pan and bring to a boil.
Add approximately 1/2 teaspoon of chicken base per serving.
Add ham (I used 1/2 of a nice Black Forest Ham Steak) and cook until ham can be shredded easily.Remove ham and shred by pulling between two forks.
Season beans with Mrs. Dash Table blend, salt and pepper to taste.
Cook until beans are tender and add ham back to soup.
If beans are too soupy for your taste, slowly add small amounts of instant potato flakes until desired consistency is achieved.
Serve with hot buttered corn bread. Yum!

t warmed up nicely today. The sun through the windows warmed us to the place that I needed to open the door and turn on a fan.

INR 2.7
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  • Day 149 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)