2020 January 03 Friday

2020 January 03 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

ery colorful sky as the sun begins its long, slow climb into the air. With a predicted high of 56, it appears that all the sunshine isn’t going to be converted to heat in the atmosphere. I still have hopes that, as it streams through our windows, we will have some passive solar heat inside. (It did. It was 76° inside when we returned home.)

reakfast was two eggs, toast, bacon, tangerines, coffee or tea. Coffee for Ella and hot tea for me.

efore we left home this morning, we played a couple rounds of Rummikube. We each won a round.

Mad Ella? It must be pronounced mah-della or maybe a Spanish mah-de-yah?

e took our Fast Track game with us to the center, hoping that we could get others interested in playing. They weren’t. We played alone..

fter leaving the center, we stopped at the Ear Nose and Throat doctor to make an appointment for me. My ears have been itching like crazy. I have to keep reminding myself to not stock my fingers in my ears … and it doesn’t always work. They called inn a prescription tho Wal-Mart for some ear drops

herefore, the next stop was Wallyworld. They didn’t have the drops in stock. But They will be here Monday.

rom Wal-Mart we came “straight” home. Hey, what can I say, it’s the Texas hill county and straight roads just don’t happen here.

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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 02 Thursday

2020 January 02 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

espite some color in the clouds just before dawn, the sky soon turned the same gray as yesterday’s sky.

e drove into Liberty Hill, hoping that the Over The Hill Gang* would be meeting for lunch, fellowship, and canasta. However, the building was dark and empty.

ince the OTHG were not there. We extended our drive into nearby Georgetown and the Madella Hilliard Neighborhood center for lunch.

here were very few there today. Perhaps people didn’t realize that they were back open after the holidays.

*The Over The Hill Gang is about relationships and staying connected to one another. They break bread together and fellowship together.
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.

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2020 January 01 Wednesday

2020 January 01 Wednesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

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o sunrise this morning. We are completely overcast. And it didn’t change at all throughout the entire day.

was awakened several times in the wee hours of the morning when my Cpap machine stopped and then restarted on its own. I was concern that the power to our home was fluctuating. However, I soon noticed the light from the electric fireplace was still on. The plug for the Cpap was loose in the socket, which is at the head of the bed. Evidently, as I moved around inn the bed, I had loosened it. Then, as I sat up to readjust the mask, I caused it to make connection again. It is now completely plugged into the socket.

know a lot of y’all eat Hoppin John for New Year’s. Well I have my own traditional New Year’s meal, lentils and kielbasa. I don’t know how this became a tradition for my mother. She grew up in southern Iowa from German stock that arrived in Iowa by way of Virginia and Kentucky. So the tradition of hoppin’ John would have fit right in. However, for us it was lentils and kielbasa sausage, which is more of an Italian tradition (sort of).

e have done nothing much but sit around home for this last week. I became restless and suggested a trip to Dairy Queen. Ella is nearly always ready to go to DQ. I needed to stop for gas in the truck first. 24 gallons in a 26 gallon tank. Yep, it WAS getting a might thirsty. After DQ we went to Wal-Mart for a few items. Was then home under that still gray overcast sky. No sunset. No photo.

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2019 December 31 Tuesday

2019 December 31 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas

didn’t think it was predicted to go below freezing overnight. SURPRISE!!!

I was going to say that this was another go no where do nothing day. But they would be inaccurate. And I have proof.

My Very Fit Pro watch shows that I walked over a mile and was active for over a half hour. So there!

his is New Years Eve. The fireworks are going off around us in celebration. We, to celebrate the close of another year, stayed up until almost 9 p.m.

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2019 December 30 Monday

2019 December 30 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas

his was a go nowhere, do nothing day. I took a sunrise photo. But I missed getting a sunset.

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2019 December 29 Sunday

2019 December 29 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

very pretty sky just before the sunrise. It looks kings of surreal, don’t you think?

was pleased to bring the message today at Cross Tracks Church. The title of the sermon was “How Herod the Grinch Tried to Steal Christmas.” I also wrote the children’s sermon in the style of Dr. Seuss.

fter church we went to Golden Chick for lunch with friends. We were unaware that the soft drink machine had been turned off and there was no ice. It was due to a water main leak.

Ella had already beaten me once before this photo was taken. It shows her beating me a second time.

This it’s her beating me for the third time. Does this qualify as spousal abuse?

This was my turn to win.

have to lay-in-wait for the sun to reach the horizon for photos like this

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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)

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.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 December 26 Thursday

2019 December 26 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas

espite the weather warning, I don’t see the heavy fog close to home. That, however, doesn’t mean a brilliant sunrise.

bout 10:30 we began the drive into Leander and the laundromat.

nce The laundry was done, the big question was, “Where are we going to eat?” We decided on one steak house but found another on the way there. Ella had steak, a sweet potato, and a skewer of mushrooms. I had a rack of ribs, rice pilaf, and a skewer of mushrooms.

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2019 December 25 Wednesday – Christmas

2019 December 25 Wednesday – Christmas – in Liberty Hill, Texas

“What Christmas Means to Me”

hris-mus and Christ-mass are two of my favorite holidays. They weren’t always. I grew up on a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, agnostics, and atheists. None of which celebrate the Christ Mass.

he atheists and agnostics did, at least, celebrate Chris-muss. You know the difference, right? For a long time I didn’t know the difference. I didn’t even know that one was a holiday and the other a holy day.

hrist Mass celebrated the birth of the Christ child, the promised savior of sinful man. He is the fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham that, through him, all people will be blessed.

hris-mus, (notice the way it is pronounced … Chris rather than Christ) on the other hand, is a secular holiday that celebrates gift giving. Santa Claus, flying deer, evergreen trees, and colorful lights.

ow I have grown into being Santa. I enjoy it. Santa is an example of the best of what we are as humans. He is a loving, jolly, and giving soul, who puts everyone’s happiness above his own. He goes out of his way to be a servant to all. And he gets paid in cookies and milk. How great is that?

owever, as we’ve all heard. Jesus it’s the reason for the season. So I’ve made it my mission to put Christ back into my Holy day greeting by saying,

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