2019 November 19 Tuesday

2019 November 19 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

t took a while but the sun came up this morning bright and cheery. I know that sunny day helps to start my day on the bright side.

here was a accident along my route this morning. This is a really poor video. I was blindly aiming the camera while I kept my eyes on the road and the traffic. I did not want to become involvedwith the accident as I tried to film it.

nd this was the stop and go traffic that was a part of my drive home. My navigation program assured me that I was on the fastest route despite heavier them normal traffic. That is very reassuring when you’ve been sitting still for awhile.

t didn’t really take 2+ hours tho go the nearly 29 miles. A portion of the recorded time was while I was purchasing a prescription at the pharmacy.

And this was the setting sun as I journeyed homeward.

Ella had prepared meatloaf and roasted potatoes for supper.

After supper we went to the Tuesday night prayer meeting. We sang many hymns and prayed for many people places and things

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 18 Monday

2019 November 18 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas

esterday’s weather had gone into reruns this morning. I find I’m without anything blog-worthy to report other than an incident pin the sabr Santa set.

young father brought in a vey active pre-two year old girl today. He had hopes of getting her photo with Santa. However, she refused to move from behind dad’s legs. I tried coaxing her with picture book. No go.

ad took the book and sat on the floor in front of my chair. She sat on his lap and looked at the book. I slid down to the floor beside them. We got some photos. But none where she was smiling or looking at the camera. Dad got up to look at the photos and she started to follow. I asked for a hug and amazingly she came back and hugged me. I said, “Take the picture!” They did and we got a great photo. Dad came and shook my hand and said, “Thank you for that last shot.”

went to work and I return home only stopping to add fuel to Rudolf the red nosed pickup.

nce again, I drove into the setting sun, only to arrive too late to snap a good photo.

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 17 Sunday

2019 November 17 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

he sun rose bright but still through the smoky haze* caused by the fires to our south. All in all I prefer a smoky haze to those grey overcast days puff this part weeh.

astor John Saint’s sermon for today at Cross Tracks Church, “By Your Endurance

rom church we drove to Longhorns Steakhouse in Georgetown. Ella and I both had the flatiron steak, her’s medium rare, mine rare. It was good but not quite as good as I expected from a “steakhouse”. The flat iron cut its such a good piece off meat that all it takes is some fire and salt and pepper … maybe a little garlic.

fter lunch we drove to the laundromat in Leander. Ella did the laundry while I napped. I helped load the machines, added the soap and quarter and pursued the start button, but she did the rest.

e drove home from the laundromat with a stop at the church to pick up some stones from our fellowship hall that burned last spring. I’m using some of the stones as a barrier at the edge of our parking area at the Stocktank RV park. Ella has a craft project in mind for three of the stones. We also stopped at Parker’s for some milk before getting back to our home site.

t turned out to be a nice day. Any day that you drive with the windows down in mid-November, is a good day.

God bless and g’nite.

*Sunday 11/17/2019 Outlook
Light winds, cool temperatures, limited vertical mixing, and increased relative humidity could enhance urban fine particulate.

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2019 November 16 Saturday

2019 November 16 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

here were no real cloud in the sky, just a general haze* and some contrails from highflying jets.

Do see that gate behind me? My dressing room is behind there. It is locked and I have not been given a key. It takes a little time to make the change from mild mannered blogger to the supper hero known as Santa a.k.a. Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Papa Noel, Viejo Padcuero, Kerstman, Loulupukki, Weihnachtsmann, Kanakaloka,Mikulas, Babbo Natale, Hotelosho, Juleenissen, Swiety Mikola, Fed Moroz, and Jultomten. Yes, I have a lot of alias. And I did get in with enough time to transform.

When I left work. I headed straight to the pharmacy for Ella’s medication. Okay, as you can see, it wasn’t exactly “straight” to the pharmacy. Nothing in the Texas hill country follows a straight path. I reckon that of you took a hill country native and set hill look interstate 80 heading west out of Nebraska, he would run off the road in less than a mile, because he wouldn’t know how to drive a straight line that long. Grin.

t doesn’t look like $100.00 + but it was. And I didn’t get the milk that I was sure was on the list yesterday, but not today.

his is what the sky looked like a little after four this afternoon. The smoky haze is still in the air.God bless and g’nite.*Saturday 11/16/2019
Very light amounts of smoke from possible seasonal fire activity across the Southeast U.S. could continue filtering into portions of Texas,

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2019 November 15 Friday

2019 November 15 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

he predicted high was 57 but we actually reached 62°. Ella had to close the blinds and open the windows and door because it reached 82° inside because of the passive solar heat through the windows. The A/C actually kicked on when the inside temp reached 80. That’s when she opened up to the outside air.

ey there, sunshine, I’ve missed your smiling face. Where’ve you been keepin’ yourself?

rost covered the ground this morning. But it melted away very soon as the sun’s rays land on it. This may be the last below freezing night we have for a while.

anta had fun as usual, even though it wasn’t very busy. I had a sleeping baby brought to me. I did the finger to the lips indicating the shhh sound. The little guy slept through having his clothes changed to his Christmas finery, as well as being handed from person to person and his head turned to face the camera.

also had a 2-3 year old boy with autism. He didn’t appear to be bothered by the mall lights and sounds. He also was quite willing to sit on Santa’s lap. What he wouldn’t do was smile or stay focused on the camera. We managed to get a photo that Mom was pleased with. She told me that she had another child with immune deficiencies and ask if I do home visits. I assured her that I am available for evening visits.

I made it home as the sun was already below the trees on the horizon. I had spent the last six miles driving into the low hanging sun. So I’d hoped to get a photo as it reached the treetops. But no such luck.

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 14 Thursday

2019 November 14 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

nother concrete colored sky today, complete with drizzle.

‘m trying to think of how to tell this tale and where to begin. Not at the beginning because that was too long ago and not too specific because … Well that’s private.

So I’m starting this story approximately two months ago. There is a medication that I’ve taken for years. Recently It appeared that the dosage needed to be increased. Instead of taking one tablet everyday, I would take one tablet three days a week and two tablets four times a week. That sounded simple to me. However it also meant that my current prescription of 30 didn’t provide enough pills to make it through a month when I needed 46.

A new prescription was called into the pharmacy. At this point I’m not sure if it was the falt of the person from the doctor’s office or the person at the pharmacy, but there was some miscommunication that resulted in me getting 30 pills and instruction to take one pill 4 days a week. Talking to the pharmacy clerk resulted in receiving that vacant-I-don’t-understsnd-the-problem-look.

Rather than trying to untangle that particular snarled thread of thought, I waited a week until I had an inperson appointment with the doctor on November 1. I explained to him what had happen and he said that he would order 90 tablets.

I went to the pharmacy that evening and was told they didn’t show receiving the order. I went back on the second and was told the same thing. I went back on the 5th and was again told that there was nothing for me. I gave up going to the pharmacy.

The 6th and 7th I was busy with things and forgot to contact the doctor.the 8th I started working as a mall Santa during the hours that the doctor had office hours (Santa is not allowed to have a phone anytime he’s in the suit). 9th and 10th were weekends and the office was closed.

On the 11th I asked Ella to call the doctor while I was at work. She did. He called in a second order of 90 tablets. Now I’m a little unsure how the message got back to Ella, but the message was that the pharmacy had filled the order on the 1st and that, since I failed to pick them up, they had put then back in stock. Grrrr!!!!

This morning (the 14th) on my way to work, I stopped to pick up the pills and was told that the insurance wouldn’t cover it because it was too soon to need a refill. I argued that it was not a refill because I never got the first order. I got that same blank stare from that same clerk.

I told her to forget the insurance and that I would pay the full non-copay amount in cash. She smiled and said that they would be ready in 20 minutes! They have had the order for 2 to 3 days and It wasn’t ready! I couldn’t wait because I needed to continue to work.

I stopped on my way home and picked up my pills and paid full price.

s I was leaving Wal-Mart I called Dominos in Liberty Hill and ordered a pizza for pickup. I arrived at the pizza place only to be told that I had ordered it at the OTHER Dominos in Liberty Hill. So I back tracked about 5 miles and got my pizza. Boy, was I ever glad to get home!

he sun had set long before I was home. But I had taken this photo as I was leaving Wal-Mart this evening.

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 13 Wednesday

2019 November 13 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

o sunshine in the east. It is so completely overcast that there are not any edges to the clouds.

here was a little bit of brightness in the southern sky though. So maybe there is a chance of some color in the sky instead of this dingy grayness.

ust before we left home this morning the sun made an attempt to shine through.

It still looks more like a cottonball caught in the top of that bush, than the bright warm yellow spider in the sky that children draw.

lla went to Grandies this morning. I dropped her of at the Over The Hill Gang building on my way to work. She also went to a going away party for our church secretary who has been there for 18 years.

ur monthly choir party was tonight.

God bless and g’nite.

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