2020 January 21 Tuesday

2020 January 21 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texase slept in today. Therefore there was no morning photo. My Very Fit Pro’s battery ran out overnight which means I don’t have my sleep results either.have tried unsuccessfully multiple times to get photos our the buds on our tree. I solved it by snapping off a small twig.he Georgetown senior center was our only outing today. We has chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges, and a little cup of gravy. Outside of Texas, does anybody else use gravy as a dipping sauce?God bless and g’nite

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  • Day 112 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 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.

God bless and g’nite

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  • Day 111 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 19 Sunday

2020 January 19 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

slept eight hours! If the alarm hadn’t gone off at seven o’clock, I might have slept a whole lot more.

hirty three degrees that feels like twenty eight is cold, right? Before you answer that question, take a look below at the current temperature in our summer home.

eels like minus twenty three degrees. That’s what happens when it is five degrees below freezing and you add twenty five mile per hour winds. It’s enough to make a sane person think about moving somewhere warmer.

es, it is cold, but look at that sun this morning. Ain’t she beautiful? We’ve opened all the window shades on the eastern side of the RV to take in all of that solar heat, while we were at church. And it worked. It was 52° outside and 74.5° inside, with no heat on. It was so warm that we did not open the shades on the west side in the afternoon because it would have been too hot.

peaking of church here is pastor John Saint’s sermon at Cross Tracks Church, Liberty Hill, Texas. The sermon is titled “Come and See“.

lla is on a twenty four hour fast. She had breakfast at church. She had an “omelet” baked in a muffin cup and later an apple fritter. Then the fasting began. Nothing but clear liquids until after the CT scan tomorrow morning. Around noon she had a glass of chicken broth. I had considered fasting with her. However, the recommendations for quicker relief from my shingles is to eat regular healthy meals. So, I ate a lite lunch and snacked on fruit on the afternoon. I will not have breakfast (or maybe lunch) until she is also is able to eat.

y HUM device keeps track of many things, of cabbages and kings. No. No. No cabbage and no king. But one of the reports is what you see above. Interesting (to me at least) is that over half of the miles driven this month/year were driven in the first week. With our health issues, we’ve cut back on some of our adventures..

here was a more colorful sunset than I expected. The sky was so clear today that I thought it would also be a plain cloudless sunset.God bless and g’nite

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  • Day 110 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 18 Saturday

2020 January 18 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

About nine o’clock the sun broke through the clouds.

lept a little bit more and a little bit better. That, at least, is movement in the proper direction.

t was plenty warm inside until the stun went down. I’m constantly amazed at view much passive solar heat we can get on a sunny day.

onna get cold tonight. Last night we had no heat on until we climbed out of bed this morning. Tonight I turned the heat on before going to bed.

God bless and g’nite

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  • Day 109 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 17 Friday

2020 January 17 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

he sky looked the same all day. This photo could have been taken at 8 a.m., noon, or 5 p.m.

h yes, fog. Let is not forget the fog. We didn’t go anywhere today so there was no need to drive in the fog. As a matter of fact the only time I left the warmth of my home was to take out the trash, dump the black water tank, and walk a couple hundred steps to the mailbox and back.

think I may feel a little better than last week at this time. That by no stretch of the imagination means that I’m feeling good. The pain from the shingles across my abdominal area sometimes mimics hunger, which I find very strange.

God bless and g’nite

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  • Day 109 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 16 Thursday

2020 January 16 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

An RV is a bubble of familiarity in liminal space.

e got our forty percent of rain between eight thirty and ten o’clock. I don’t think that we made it anywhere near the predicted high of sixty seven.

s a nod to “Throwback Thursday,” there is the following photo from 2010. This was our second or third Iowa winter in an RV. We went through several more before moving to Texas for three seasons out of four. This is known as a white out. There is enough snow in the air that visibility is drastically reduced.

n a related note, that is our van to the left in the photo. I really miss our conversation van(s). We had two identical conversion vans, with the exception that one was a Chevy and the other a GMC. My mother would have said, “Same difference.”

e did a lot of camping in those vans. Our first trip to Texas was in one of them. I traded one for Rudolf the Red Nose pickup that we now have. The other developed electrical problems. After it had sat for many years unpaired, I sold it for salvage. I regret that often.

oday we had lunch at the Over The Hill Gang*. I was feeling a little better today than yesterday. Because I was feeling better, we stayed and played canasta after lunch. I was really ready to be home by the time the game was over.

t was still early afternoon when we arrived home. There was a light fog in the air. The fog became heavier as the day wore on.

God bless and g’nite

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  • Day 108 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 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.

God bless and g’nite

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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)