2018 March 11 Sunday

2018 March 11 Sunday in Liberty Hill Texas

70° to start the day. The sun is gaining on the moon as they do their slow race across the sky this morning. The moon only had a couple hours head start today. It must have slept in last night.

We drove to Buchanan Dam this morning to go to Highland Lakes UMC. When we first came to Texas, this was our home church. Then we moved to Liberty Hill and began attending there. Since we sing in the choir, it’s hard to get away on Sundays. Today, however, the choir did not sing. It was a perfect time to go to Highland Lakes because they have a potluck on the second Sunday every month. Plus, though we didn’t know this in advance, this Sunday they recognized the “Winter Texans”.

The bell choir rang in the service. And their choir was in fine voice also.

To go there we drove a more or less direct route. More or less because ‘ain’t nothin’ straight when driving through the Texas Hill country. On the way home we took a less direct and more hilly and more curvy route. See map below.

Ella wrote: “We stopped in Kingsland for groceries after services at Highland Lakes UMC.” We also stopped along the road so that Ella could take a photo of the first Blue Bonnets that we’ve seen this year.


The only thing on the list that we really needed was bread. And we could have gone another day or so. However the H.E.B. was on the way. Plus we needed a “rest stop”.

We did little of note the rest of the day. But I did get an evening skyscape.

When the Lord said “Whosoever” He included me!


  • Isaiah 25:6-9
    On this mountain the LORD of Armies will prepare for all people a feast with the best foods, a banquet with aged wines, with the best foods and the finest wines.  On this mountain he will remove the veil of grief covering all people and the mask covering all nations. He will swallow up death forever. The Almighty LORD will wipe away tears from every face, and he will remove the disgrace of his people from the whole earth. The LORD has spoken.   On that day his people will say, “This is our God; we have waited for him, and now he will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him. Let us rejoice and be glad because he will save us.”


His people

All people

Every nation

That sounds pretty INCLUSIVE doesn’t it?

Why do we work so hard at being EXCLUSIVE?

Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself.

Okay, I can do that … almost.

Then he said love your enemy. Wait a minute. Really?


We are ALL God’s children and it is not His will the any should perish.

His promise is for everyone of His people.

2018 March 10 Saturday

2018 March 10 Saturday in Liberty Hill Texas

61° and starry a sky this morning. It quickly climbed to the mid eighties. That’s when the air conditioner went on and doors and me were shut. We topped out at 90°.

Saturday sweet Saturday, peaceful Sabbath to slow us from our busy life. On a recent post I mentioned that I seldom realize that the weekend has arrived … or is over for that matter. However this seems to have been a busier than usual week. And having a Saturday with nothing (not every a ball game) is welcomed with a sigh.

I posted yesterday about not finding cottage cheese at the locations where I had stopped. Today I was still hungerin’ for lasagna.

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What do you do when you need cottage cheese for your recipe and you don’t have any?
Well, if you had enough milk and some lemon juice, you could make some.
Or, if you had some cream cheese, you could add a little milk, a pinch of salt, and mash it together with a potatoes masher.
And tada you have cottage cheese.

And a short time later you have lasagna.


I received a text in the afternoon inviting us to go with Jenny, Arik, and kids to San Antonio on Monday.  We’d be going to a couple missions and food and maybe Mexican market.

I responded “Yes. It is something we would really like to do. We’ve been here six years and not been down to see it. However, I really am not able to walk very far or for very long. And Ella isn’t much better.” I suggested that we could walk until we had to stop and then we’d sit and wait. Really just spending time with the kids and grandkids is reason enough.


God outdid himself painting the sky tonight.



Jeremiah 33:2-3
“I made the earth, formed it, and set it in place. My name is the LORD. This is what the LORD says:  Call to me, and I will answer you. I will tell you great and mysterious things that you do not know.”


Yesterday I placed several calls to businesses. Each time I was greeted by automated voice systems. You know what I’m talking about, right? Push 1 for this option or 2 for that. And none of them are the answer to your reason for calling. Most of us know by now that my dialing 0 you may be able to speak to a real live person. But first you hear, “Please hold for the next available agent (did they just say Asian?). Your call will be answered in the order it was received. Do not hang up and redial. Due to higher than normal traffic, your wait time will be 16 minutes.” You sit and listen to elevator music which is intermittently interrupted by a canned voice telling you, “Your call is important to us. Please continue to hold.” 53 minutes later you finally reach a human, who listens and then says, “Please hold and I’ll transfer you to that department.”

Only after your patience had been pushed to its limits, do you get to talk to someone who says, “I’ve made note of your request and someone will get back to you in the next three to five business days.”

Thank God that He hears and He answers. I’m so glad that I can speak directly to Him anytime and anywhere. Amen?


2018 March 09 Friday

2018 March 09 Friday in Liberty Hill Texas

54° at 5:30 about an hour later I captured some light in the sky. I managed to get two shots from slightly different directions. However, by the official sunrise arrived, so had the cloud cover.

It was late when we arrived home last night. Well, late for two old folks. It was 8:30. So we did not get the clean clothes put away before bedtime. I thought we would take care of that after breakfast this morning. However, I got a call from Verizon that I couldn’t get to/ on time. They left a message that I needed t call financial services and have the number that they were calling about.

The number was not one of our phones so I assumed it was for the mifi/jetpack. I tried several times to return the call but the call kept dropping. I moved up to the bedroom where I was (after rebooting the phone) able to place a call. I got an automatic voice telling me to enter the phone number I was calling about. I did. Then the system said that they had sent a verification code to that phone number that I needed to enter to continue. Remember, this is not a phone but a mifi.

Grr Hang up and listen to the auto voice again and pressed 0 to get a live person. Nope got disconnected again. Redialled and hit 0 at the beginning. This time I reached a real person who tells me that the phone number had been deactivated. I told her that it had not and that I was currently online using the mifi.

mifiShe transferred me to Audrilynn who said that the account was live but past due. I said that it was on auto pay and could not be past due. She checked the records a said that the phones are on auto pay but not the mifi. I asked if she could set it up for automatic payments. She said that she couldn’t but that she’d transfer me to an auto system where I could do it myself.

I explained that we had crappy cell service and was afraid of a dropped call in the middle of the input. Audri said she would stay on the line with me while I did the update. She transferred me and one of the first things that the system said was that I was already enrolled for auto pay on that line. Audri cut in and said that she would try and update the system where it showed on her computer that I want enrolled. I hope that it is now straightened out. Thank you Audri for going beyond her job description.

Now all hopped up on defeating the soulless automatic phone service dragon … I decided to call my bank to straighten out two things that were happening that shouldn’t be. However, before I decided to slay another dragon, I’d go into town where I could get a better connection. Into town meant going to the senior center.

Once I was in town, Ella went into the center while I sat in the pickup where I wouldn’t have all the background noise of the game players yelling “pass”. The banks auto voice greeting (after telling me that I might be able to handle whatever I was calling about online at their website. I was then told that “due to higher than usual call volume that my estimated wait time would be fifteen minutes.” Well, 53 minutes later I got to talk to someone who took the information and said that someone would look into the situations and call me back. Okay, that dragon isn’t slain but I’ve at least poked it.

There was even time for me to get out of the truck and into the center to play a couple rounds of Rummikub.

About eleven thirty Ella and I left to go to the Leander UMC for lunch with the 50+ Group. I really don’t know what this group is or what they do. We just saw a poster advertising the meal and called to sign up.

The current Mayor of Leander gave a talk about the state of the city. He said that Leander Texas is the fasted growing city under 50,000 in the nation. Now coincidentally I’ve also heard it said that Liberty Hill Texas is the fastest growing small town in the nation. I don’t know if either of those statements are factual or not. I do know that these two neighboring towns are quickly growing in all directions including toward each other. The photo below is supposed to be one of those 360° photos that let you move around in it. However, as it currently on my computer screen it just looks like a panorama shot.

I have been wanting to make lasagna and though that Sunday would be a good time to fix it. The trouble is I have neither the noodles nor the cottage cheese needed. But hey, we’re in town with grocery stores nearby. Trouble is they are very large stores and I’m not up to walking the length of two football fields for two items. My solution was to stop at Dollar General. That didn’t work out because they had neither. Okay, CVS pharmacy carries some groceries, I’ll just stop there. Nope not there either. So we just came on home. Maybe I’ll stop at Parker’s Corner Sunday on the way home after church.

A couple of shots of the evening sky tonight.



Now this is how to confess to God.

Nehemiah 1:5-7
“I said, “LORD God of heaven, great and awe-inspiring God, you faithfully keep your promise and show mercy to those who love you and obey your commandments. Open your eyes, and pay close attention with your ears to what I, your servant, am praying. I am praying to you day and night about your servants the Israelites. I confess the sins that we Israelites have committed against you as well as the sins that my father’s family and I have committed. We have done you a great wrong. We haven’t obeyed the commandments, laws, or regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.”

Do you want the Lord’s full and undivided attention on you?

Can you stand (or fall on your knees) before the Lord and say

“Open your eyes, and pay close attention with your ears to what I, your servant, am praying.”

Substitute the word Israelites with the name of your nation, or race, or religion, or gender, or group, or club or whatever group of people with whom you identify. Start big and keep narrowing it down to yourself. Then be truthful, be brutally honest with yourself and God.

2018 March 08 Thursday

2018 March 08 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

42° and mist in the air in the morning. The sunrise in the eastern sky was unseen. However, looking to the south I was able to get a little color in this morning’s skyscape.

Being Thursday means it’s time to test my blood again. I was curious what it would look like because I’ve had broccoli twice this week. Broccoli has a lot of vitamin K which contains clotting factors. Since the object of my medication is to slow down the clotting time, vitamin K (if in excess) can defeat the purpose of the pill. And indeed it was at the far end of the normal range but still acceptable. Yay!

Pancakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream for breakfast hit the spot this morning. Ella said, “Breakfast got a little fancy today. And it tasted great. A pleasant change from the usual.” I used an idea that I read on Rich “The Wandernan’s” blog. By adding some mayonnaise to the batter, the pancakes rise a little higher and are fluffier.

While I was breakfast, Ella was getting the laundry ready to go to the laundromat.

We took an apple walnut pie to the Over the Hill Gang* today. I did not make it. It came from H.E.B.* but I sliced it and warmed it in the convection oven prior to leaving home.

After lunch we went to the ENTs office to have Ella’s ears checked again – this is a follow up after tube was placed in right ear last week.

I sat behind the audio tech and could see the graph on the computer. It looked much different than last time she was in the booth. Where there had been a larger disparage between right and left, now they look like a matched set.

We had to drive through where they are doing road construction to go in and to exit the ENT’s.

Once we left there it was the the laundromat to clean our duds. I don’t really understand how two people can dirty that many clothes in so short of a time. The only thing that perplexes me more is how we can go through so many dishes when we eat at least one meal a day, most days, away from home.

Now that the clothes were clean, it was time for supper. Ella wanted Taco Bell. I didn’t. So we compromised. We went to Taco Bell and then to McDonald’s. We took our sack lunches to the ballpark where grandson Beket would soon be playing.




As we look backward on our lives, we begin to see the rise and fall of our peacefulness and our pain. Like equal weights upon a balance scale.

I’m glad that God is just. However, I’m grateful and overjoyed that he is merciful.

I tremble at his justice.

But I sing of his mercy.

This is His great power to temper His justice with His love.

Psalms 90:12-16
Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom. Return, LORD! How long…? Change your plans about us, your servants. Satisfy us every morning with your mercy so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days. Make us rejoice for as many days as you have made us suffer, for as many years as we have experienced evil. Let us, your servants, see what you can do. Let our children see your glorious power.

  • *Over the Hill Gang Since its ambitious beginnings in 1998, seniors have flocked to the unpretentious brick building at 3307 RR 1869. While the organization has wrapped itself in a host of civic and social activities since its inception, its central rallying event has become the weekly 11:30 a.m. home cooked luncheons held every Thursday. By Dana Delgado LibertyHillLiving.com

  • *H‑E‑B began with one store in 1905, nestled in Kerrville in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We’ve always believed in the value of hard work and the importance of taking care of people. And we’ve always dreamed big. We hire great people, offer Customers the best service and sell only the freshest, safest products. Moreover, we always look for great products for today and tomorrow, and make sure to give Customers low prices with the best value.

2018 March 07 Wednesday

2018 March 07 Wednesday in Liberty Hill Texas

37° at 3:00 a.m. so I turned the heater on. That way my bride wouldn’t freeze her toes (and other bits) when she rolled out of bed. Which she did around 6. I, on the other hand, didn’t reawaken until her alarm went off at 7. Even then I was reluctant to get up. Not at all like me to sleep in or for Ella to willing get up before 8. “Freaky Friday”came in Wednesday this week.

We arrived at Grandies* in time to help set things up for the meeting.

Snack table with fruit purchased yesterday.

One of the people (who is member of our church) who is running for reelection to the school board came to speak with us. We had another candidate (who also is a member of our congregation) come speak with us last week.

After Grandies* we were invited to go to Cherry Creek Catfish with friends. However, knowing that we would have a larger evening meal, and in an effort to conserve cash, we opted to go home and eat.

We had stew meat and ground beef that needed to be browned before dividing into portions and frozen. Part of the ground beef was made into loose meat sandwiches (also known as Maid-Rites, Taverns, or Sloppy Joes) for our lunch.

The left leg was aching to the point that, after the meat was browned, I retreated to my recliner and asked Ella to finish bagging and freezing the meat.

Monthly choir party

Once a month the choir (and family) gather to share a catered meal before practices. It’s a great way to pull the choir family together.

And then it was time for the drive home under the western sky.




  • *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 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.

2018 March 06 Tuesday

2018 March 06 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

41° to start the day. I got a nice photo of sunrise this morning. You can first see the sun through a break in the trees (bottom left).

We didn’t do much around the RV before leaving for the Leander senior center***. Where we played Rummikub ™ with friends until lunch time. Lunch was a chicken Caesar salad.

Today’s kitchen staff.

Action Propane was our only stop on the way home today. I needed to have one of our 30# cylinders refilled. Our Excel takes two thirty pound cylinders but I have two spares for backup.

When got home I unloaded the LP and added some oil to the truck.

The next order of business was to fix the control panel in the RV. Several days ago I noticed the light in the panel no longer illuminates when the buttons are pushed. I never trusted the fullness indicators for the holding tanks. However the water heater, pump, and battery indicator lights are no longer working on the panel.Only two screwed hold the panel in place. I was surprised by the nest of wiring behind the panel.

I was also surprised that they appeared no way to replace the light without replacing the circuit board.

For the price of the circuit board, I’ll just deal with not knowing at a glance if the water heater or pump is on.

Tomorrow is our Grandies* meeting and we are supposed to bring grapes. Guess what we forgot to purchase?

Oh you are so smart. How did you know it was the grapes?

So we went into Leander and the H.E.B. for grapes

Then a stop for gas and a truck wash.

Plus this great shot of the sunset as we were on the way to prayer meeting.

2018 March 04 Sunday

2018 March 04 Sunday in Liberty Hill Texas

61° with a low flying cloud or maybe it was a lifting fog that drifted like smoke just above the juniper trees.

Before leaving for church I put potatoes and meatloaf in the InstaPot. Once it had finished the pressure cycle, I released the stream and left it on the keep warm setting until we returned from worship. At which point I cooked some buttered corn as a side

We just chilled until four o’clock when we headed to Tate’s flag football game. It was the final game of the season and it didn’t go well for his team. In this video he is carrying the ball when one of the other team attempted to push Tate off the field. Tate’s team was penalized for “trucking”, that it’s here didn’t try to avoid the other player.

After the game we all went to Hat Creek Burgers for supper.

And then it was forty minutes home and to bed.

Night y’all!