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2019 November 18 Monday

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  • 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.

I 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

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  • 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.

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.

fter lunch we drove to the laundromat on Leander.

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 puff 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.

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

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  • 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. 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.

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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019 November 15 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

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  • 2019 November 15 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

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

rost covered three ground this morning. But It should melt away very sun as the sun’s rays land I it.

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

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  • 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. 9th and 10th were weekends and the office was closed.

On the 11th I asked Ella to call the doctor. 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 Ann’s paid full price.

As 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!

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 13 Wednesday

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  • 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.

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 sun.

lla went to Grandies this morning. I dropped her of at the Over The Hill Gang building on my way to work.

ur monthly choir party was tonight.

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 12 Tuesday

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  • 2019 November 12 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

ep! Feels like 14°. That’s cold enough. I understand that you may be reading this from somewhere that WISHES it would WARM UP to 14°, but trust me on this … it is cold enough!

unrise, as viewed from my deck.

iew OF my deck. It doesn’t show well in the photo, but it is coated with 1/4″ of ice. I hung onto the handrails, even though they were also coated with ice.

e had so much snow that it formed drifts in my upside down camping chairs. Grin.

or some unfathomable reason it was a slow day at the Santa set … as well as the rest of the mall.

arrived home before dark, but not before sunset.God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 11 Monday Veterans Day

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  • 2019 November 11 Monday – Veterans Day- in Liberty Hill, Texas
My morning view from the deck

t looked fine in the morning, but hang on to your hat (literally) ’cause the times they are a changin’. It reached the high of 69° early on and then started to tumble toward that predicted low. By the time I was off work at 4:30 the temperature was at 36° and the wind was whipping around pretty good. I arrived home about 5:45 and the temperature was 33° that felt like 21°. There was an Emmaus meeting inn Leander that we had planned to attend but changed our minds. High, gusty wind, darkness, twisted hilly roads, rain, and below freezing; all added up to a bad night to be on the road.

This is Santa’s domain at Lakeline Mall.

Sorry that nearly all of the post is about the weather, but that is what’s happening in our lives today.

God bless and g’nite.

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2019 November 10 Sunday

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  • 2019 November 10 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

little warmth for today before we take another dive beneath the freezing line.

ood news though, we will not be remaining below freezing. It’ll just be a couple of nights.

ore good news, the sun came out from under the clouds today. Hello, Sunshine, where’ve ya been?

astor John Saint’s sermon for today was taken from the same section of scripture (Luke 20:27-38) that will post tomorrow on my Musings Devotions blog. He titled his “God of the Living” and my devotion is titled “My Father’s Business”. This should be posted by 5 a.m. Monday November 11, 2019.

God bless and g’nite.

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  • Day 41 in our Texas home

2019 November 09 Saturday

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  • 2019 November 09 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

The view from my deck

he sun, like a bride on her wedding day, is attempting to peek through a veil. Unfortunately, the truth behind the haze is less poetic. Our skies will be hazy on Friday in Austin, due to smoke from agricultural fires burning in southern Mexico and Central America. Leaves of sugar cane are set on fire to make it easier to harvest. Winds bring the smoke into Central Texas each year. (source, KVUE)

Santa has begun receiving letters. Here are some examples.

s you can see, some letters are pact tight on two pages, others want interesting things like poopy slime. Some letters from very good boys only want candy and Smashbrothers. Some children leave cutouts of their desires. Other leave messages that only the elves can read.

really want to get some photos of the Santa set at the mall. However, Santa isn’t allowed to have his phone/camera on the set. I may have to arrive much earlier and get some photos before the mall opens.

fter work, I once again, stopped at the pharmacy to get the rest of Ella’s medications that weren’t ready yesterday. One was ready, one they were “working on”, and one will not be available until November 16.

found another WordPress blog that y’all might want to check out, darylmadden. He writes short inspirational poems.

God bless and g’nite.

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  • Day 40 in our Texas home