2020 June 09 A Bomb In Our Home

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Just a mite warm this morning and headed toward danged uncomfortable.I‘m quite pleased with this photograph of the rising sun. Generally, I like to crop it to a smaller section of the sky. However, today the broader view was better. The grander scale of the sun radiating from behind the clouds was more pleasing.We have been plagued by tiny, flying, creatures flitting around us as we read or try to sleep. Ella had an appointment for a haircut this morning. Before we left home, I set off a bug bomb to be shed of the wee beasties.Once we returned home, we had to open the door, windows, and ceiling vents to allow and lingering poison to dissipate and then we needed to leave for a couple of hours. Yes, with a heat advisory in effect, we had to leave our home open.Okay, I know that I’m just a guy, but does her hair really look that different?We drove to accomplish several things. Number one was to do something while the air in our home cleared out. Number two was to recharge the truck battery. Number three was to drive a road we hadn’t before. Number four was to keep moving and force air through the truck windows (we have no working a/c in the truck).Nearly the same road, there and back again.We gave this young man a bottle of water while we waited. They are widening the road several places along our traveled highways. I know that being a flagger isn’t exactly a skilled-labor job, but I hope they are well compensated for standing for long hours in the 100° weather..Oh yes, a follow up … no little flying bugs tonight.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 01 $30.25

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Sixty nine degrees was a good start for the day. I heated some coffee and mixed together some pancake batter. Then I sat outside and pulled pop-tops from aluminium cans … again, just like yesterday, just like last week. I will admit that I’ll be glad to have the cans gone to that great smelter in the sky … or where ever the smelter is located.

Having said that, there is something almost cathartic about the repetitiveness of the task. It made me think of snapping beans.

For those of you who had the misfortune of not having a large garden of green beans, I will explain.

After the green beans have been harvested and before they can be canned, they have to be snapped into bite size pieces. The stem end and the pointed end are discarded. The snapped beans are rinsed and prepared for canning. Since mom had a large garden, snapping beans could take hours, much like the task of removing pull tabs from one hundred and twenty pounds of cans.

Not much in the way of sunshine in the morning sky.

But at last a little bit of color.

I worked at pulling tabs for a hour or so before going inside and making and eating breakfast. Ella was still sleeping, so I went back to pulling the tabs from cans.

At some point Ella came out to join in the fun. There were several bags of cans that needed to be crushed. She chose that task. I think she just wanted to use the new can crusher. (Six dollars at Harbor Freight)

Eventually we finished with the cans and loaded them into the truck topper. Then we headed toward Marble Falls. The bottom leg of our journey, from the green marker on the right to Marble Falls on the bottom left, looks to be much shorter than the upper leg, from Marble Falls up to Burnet, then over to Liberty Hill, and then back to the green marker (home). However, in truth there is only a couple miles difference. What this map doesn’t show is all of the the up and down miles over those hills for which the Hill Country is named.

One hundred and twenty one pounds of cans converted to thirty dollars and twenty five cents. That added to last weeks, equals forty six dollars and twenty-five cents into the Grandies bank account. That will buy a book of stamps for the card ministry.

I recorded a video this morning while I was pulling those pop tops.

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2020 February 08 Saturday

2020 February 08 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comot as much sleep as I had hoped for, but it gave me a chance to view the moon.There was no worry of our water supply freezing again last night. And with the sky so clear It should warm nicely today.couldn’t see any stars but the full moon was so bright that all the werewolves must have been restless over night. I really need to stop watching old horror films.he sun came up nice and bright. I had hoped of another sunny day with passive solar heating.owever, look at that bank of dark clouds coming up from the south. They are moving like they’re being chased by the devil himself.nd a few moments latter, the clouds caught up to the sun and swallowed it whole. I hope they developed heart burn.few of us gathered to bag cookies for the annual Grandies** Valentine’s Day cookie sale at church. It only took about twenty minutes for three of us to split about twelve dozen cookies into bags of two each. This is one of several fund raisers for our group. It suit supports our ministries.nce again it was laundry day. Three washer loads and two dryers. As usual I took a short nap while Ella kept an eye on the laundry.fter the clothes were washed, mostly folded, and packed away for transport home, it was time for lunch. We couldn’t decide on what to eat. When undecided, go to a buffet. We went to Star Buffet.fter a leisurely lunch, we headed toward home. We didn’t get far before we were turned around by the police. Traffic was stopped at a railroad crossing. Other than the fact that the gates were down and the lights flashing at the crossing, we couldn’t see anything. We got turned around but we were in very heavy stop and go traffic for a half hour to forty five minutes before we reached a place where we could resume normal speed. I don’t suppose we will ever mote what was going on.progression toward sunset with fast moving clouds. It made for some interesting photographs.IF YOU ENJOYED MY JOURNAL ENTRY, PLEASE CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON, LEAVE A COMMENT AND/OR FOLLOW.

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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 20 Monday

2020 January 20 Monday MLK Day in Liberty Hill, Texas

gain I slept well and could have slept longer if the alarm had not awakened us. However, Ella had an appointment for a CT scan first thing today.

h yeah, freezing! Right here in this little section of paradise it dropped down to freezing over night.

e were on the road before sunrise this morning. At times it was difficult seeing the road because I was driving straight into the sun.

t was slightly after eight o’clock when we arrived at Austin Radiology Associates this morning. Ella had paperwork to complete. The appointment was for 8:40 however they were able to get her in at 8:25 and out by 10.

e were going to stop at IHOP for breakfast, but the parking lot was completely full. We decided on Hobo Junction instead. I decided to have a full order of their chicken fried steak. A full order fills a dinner plate, so the eggs, biscuit, and grits come on a separate plate.

ook at that huge white hot ball of fire as it balances atop the treeline.

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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 15 Wednesday

2020 January 15 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

Ella posted, If people don’t see as much of us as usual its because Tom is fighting shingles and I have been battling an UTI. Between doctors, tests and the need for rest, we’ve had to cut back on our usual schedule.

t is obvious to me that sleep and rest are not the same thing. I’ve been sleeping at night and napping during the day. It’s not because I’m sleepy, but because I’m in pain. I do not feel rested.

gain with the fog? As I looked outside this morning, I could see that the fog was no where near as thick as yesterday.

ixty seven degrees in the middle of January is still surprising to me. Over Sixty years of northern winters heave left an imprint on me that eight years of southern living haven’t erased.

randies** today did not have as many people as last week. I think there were only 17 this morning. Normally Ella and I stay and play canasta after the meeting. Today, I was hurting too much stay, so we came home.

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made a couple of quick ink sketches today. My hands have become so shaky in the last few years that I don’t do much of that anymore.

pproaching sunset at quarter to five. And at sundown. There was no trace of the sun.

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  • Day 107 in our Texas home

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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 14 Tuesday

2020 January 14 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

OG! More fog. The fog cleared by mid day but remained overcast until late afternoon. The afternoon sun streaming through the windows raised the inside heat to the place that I closed the door and activated the air conditioner.

e drove into the urologist in Cedar Park this morning. We are searching for the reason they Ella continues to have reoccurring infections.

n January 20th she will go in for a scan of her lower abdomen. She has to fast for 24 hours before hand. She will also be injected with a dye. As a sign of solidarity, I will also fast.

‘m in constant discomfort and occasional pain with the shingles. As if that were not sufficient, I’ve also be experiencing diarrhea today. I decided to forgo the prayer meeting tonight. The meeting is in the 150 year old chapel, which has no restrooms.

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  • Day 106 in our Texas home

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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 28 Saturday

2019 December 28 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

long with the lack of sunshine we also had a very very brief rain shower. Also very windy (15-25 mph) today. I’m glad I worked on the topper yesterday when the weather was nicer. I’m also glad that we accomplished all the away from home chores, so that we do not need to go out today.

e spent some time playing Fast Track this morning. Green beat Red 2 to 1.

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2019 December 27 Friday

2019 December 27 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

essiry, now that there is some honest-ta-god fog! That ain’t some ya-I-kin-drive-full- speed-through-that fog. (Pardon my accent)

h, it’s way better now that the sun is up. (Said tongue in cheek.) I’m glad that there is no place I had to be this morning. Nope, it was a great day to grate a potato for hash browns with cheese on top.

worked on the inside of the topper today. I put down a sort of subfloor with pieces of plywood that I had on hand. I should explain that the truck bed has two heavy steel rails the run crosswise near the center of the bed. They are there to mount a fifth wheel receiver hitch

similar to the one pictured here. I removed the hitch but left the rails in place. So, the plywood was laid between the rails as well as in front of and behind in an effort to create a more level surface. At some future date I will add a second layer of plywood. However, I wanted to get things out of the topper and back in prior to the predicted thunderstorms for tonight and tomorrow. Once the wood was in, I rolled out a layer of rubber mat material similar to this

On top of the mat was laid a 5×7 area rug from Wal-Mart.

hen I was done with the project and had put every thing back into the topper, we went grocery shopping. I was going to order it online then pick it up at the store. I really like doing that. It frees my time and keeps me from impulse buys. However, Ella had been mostly stuck at home for the last month while I was off being Santa. So we went into the store with our list. On the way home I commented that I thought we’d bought $100.00 worth of groceries and $50.00 worth of junk food.

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2019 December 22 Sunday

2019 December 22 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

he fog wasn’t bad this morning from our deck at home. However, it was soon noticeable once we were on the road. The further into Leander that I went the denser the fog became. By the time I drove into Cedar Park it was less foggy. I can’t say that the fog delayed me in any way. That was because there was also less traffic to slow me down.

oday’s schedule at Lakeline Mall was 10-2. That allowed me time in the morning to drop Ella off at Cross Tracks Church so that she can sing in the choir and attend worship as well as Sunday school. A friend brought her home and, maybe, out to eat first. I will also picked up my breakfast from the breakfast bar at church.

his is my carpet that I brought in to the Santa dressing area so that we wouldn’t have to contend with the filth on the floor. However, Charlie had also brought in a carpet and laid it on the Sunday before I came in Monday with my piece of carpet. So for most of the season we’ve had a double carpet. I will be rolling mine up and taking it home. At some point I hope to have it on the floor of the topper.

was off at 2:00 and home by 3:30. I stopped at Dairy Queen for chicken and dumplings (and milk shakes). I also stopped at QuikTrip for gasoline. That means DQ to QT.

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  • 38 days as Santa at Lakeline Mall, Cedar Park with 1 at La Cantera, San Antonio

2019 December 21 Saturday

2019 December 21 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

og was the big story on today’s trip into Lakeline Mall. Also of Interest, I saw a car run a red light. Fortunately I saw him coming and did not pull out in front of him. Just another reason people should not be driving the speed limit in limited visibility. But I guess eventually natural selection will take care of those people.

The Santa set was busy from open until I left at 2 p.m. I’m sure Santa Charlie will be busy until the end of the day. I head a teenager brought to me who was blind and deaf and developmental issues. With no other way to communicate with him, I took his hand and let him feel my face and beard. Hires mother thanked me and thanked over and over again.

imes like this really Make new extremely thankful for the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with which God has blessed me.

ating Cheetos, playing Fast Track, and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallow. What a nice way to spend am evening.

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  • 37 days as Santa at Lakeline Mall, Cedar Park with 1 at La Cantera, San Antonio