2018 January 17 Wednesday

2018 January 17 Wednesday

Brrr! It got down to 8° overnight in Liberty Hill Texas. That’s downright chilly even for this Iowa born transplant. It was 57° inside the RV. Before I went to bed last night, I covered the windows with some fleece lined blanket throws to add a layer of insulation to those cold cold single pane windows.

Being as how it was chilly in the fifth wheel, I lay in bed until way after eight. Not because I was tired or sleepy … just because I couldn’t convince myself that there was a good reason to get out of bed. As I posted yesterday, all of my normal activities for the week have been canceled because of the weather.

Finally, I decided to treat myself to a breakfast that I didn’t cook. I got up, checked the water (as expected the hose/pipes are frozen), uncovered the windows (for solar heating), and started some chili in the Insta-pot and then went into Liberty Hill for breakfast at Hobo Junction.

I knew that I had at least one prescription to pick up at Walmart. So off I went. And one prescription was all that they had ready. And it wasn’t one of my Warfarins either. It was a salve that the dermatologist had called in for the dry skin on my toes. When I heard the price of $150.00, I declined. I have some Epsom salts to soak my feet and some hand lotion to apply for a lot less than $150.

Just so the 40+ mile round trip wasn’t wasted, I picked up a loaf of bread, some earbuds, a can of electronics duster spray, and some holding tank treatment. The duster spray was to blow the dust out of the furnace thermostat in hopes that it would return to a normal operating condition. At the moment the furnace is running, and I’ve turned off all of the auxiliary heaters. It is now 67° inside and 31° outside (going for a high of 34°).  Maybe the waterlines will thaw.

It’s now about 12:30 and my chili should be done. I’ll check in later.

It’s later. I received a text from my son Arik inviting me to supper (I still say “supper” but he has been corrupted into the incorrect term “dinner”*) and a showing of Star Wars episode 2. Supper was gumbo. Since he is a chef and restaurant owner, it is always a treat to eat his meals. Of course the real reason that I went wasn’t for the food or video, it was for the hugs from all four of them … plus the two dogs.

It was around nine when I arrived home. Imagine my surprise to find that it was 90+° in the RV. Yep, the furnace was running full blast. I turned the heat off and opened a window in the bedroom. It was in the low 20s outside but the cold air was very welcome. Before I went to sleep, I closed the window and turned on the furnace and an electric space heater. Good night.

*From a Google search: “Supper vs. Dinner. In parts of the US, supper and dinner are used interchangeably to refer to the evening meal, but elsewhere dinner is the midday meal, akin to lunch, and supper, the evening meal. … The word dinner comes from the Vulgar Latin word disjējūnāre meaning “to break one’s fast.” There you have it folks. Dinner, if used at all, should be “breakfast”. Other sources say that dinner is the largest meal of the day … whenever you eat it.

2018 January 16 Tuesday

Screenshot_20180116-043502.png2018 January 16 Tuesday Texas is closed today.

Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement but it sure seems that way. Schools are closed and business didn’t open or closed early. Why? You ask. It got cold! It got down to 21° last night and isn’t going to get back above freezing until Wednesday. Plus we had “flurries”. I even saw some blowing across the road! Gasp!

Sorry if I don’t sound terribly impressed by this “cold spell”. I’ve lived through too many winters in Iowa (5 of them in a fifth wheel trailer) to get all that excited by this dip below the freezing line. But people are acting like it is the end of civilization as we know it.

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I went to IHOP for pancakes this morning. I then went to the nearest H.E.B. to pick up paper towels, TP, cereal, and distilled water (for the Cpap). The water shelves were practically bare because people were stocking up for the apocalypse. The senior center was closed and those that receive Meals on Wheels will do without today.

After leaving the grocery store, I stopped at the Verizon store to purchase a Jetpack wifi. I was the only customer that they had today. I was their first customer .. and while I was there, they received a call that all the stores were closing. I made my purchase and they locked the door behind me. Since I had planned to eat at the senior center that was not open today, I stopped at KFC (right next to the Verizon) and picked up a $5 meal deal. I’m glad they were open.

Our church’s Tuesday night prayer meeting is cancelled as is Wednesday morning’s Grandies, Wednesday nights choir practice, and Thursday’s Over the Hill Gang. That really clears my schedule for the week. The only thing that is left is to pick Ella up at the Austin airport at 11:15 p.m. on Friday night. I might just spend the next few days walking in small circles with nothing to do.

2018 January 13-15

2018 January 13 Saturday

Nothing to do and nowhere to go and no one to do it with. Ella is still in Iowa and staying with a grandson and his family.

I did some light housework then just goofed off until I got a text that one of my prescriptions was ready at Walmart. I was hoping that more of my meds would be ready also. Nope only one out of four. Two needed doctor’s approval and one was out of stock. I picked up a very few items while I was there and then went home to nap and watch TV.

2018 January 14 Sunday

It was worship and Sunday school in the morning as usual. Then home for lunch.

After lunch I took the truck into town to fill-up and run it through the car wash.

Then it was a quick stop at Verizon for a couple of power cords for our new Pixel phones.

It was a quick stop because I had to get to Tate’s flag football game.

It was a good game. However his team lost.

It was also Emery’s birthday. She had friends over for a party yesterday. Today, after the game, she got to choose where she wanted to go for lunch. She chose Asia Cafe. Meals there are several family style and some of the tables have Lazy Susan’s so that people can serve themselves.

2018 January 15 Monday Martin Luther King day

For some reason I woke up around three thirty and could not get back to sleep. I lay there until a little after four trying to convince myself that I was sleepy. All I managed to convince myself that I was hungry. So, I had breakfast very early.

Now that I was up and nothing in particular to do (and too dark), I moved some more things out of the living room. Ella may not recognize the place when she gets home.

Speaking of Ella, each time I’ve called her, she has been coughing and hacking (feel free to pray that she heals quickly).

Tomorrow is supposed to be when the weather tanks. However today the weather is pleasant so I decided to check out DXL (store for big and tall men). If been told that they have a store in this general area.

I got in the truck and told Google to navigate to DXL. It took me to the outlet mall in Georgetown. However when I got there and checked the mail map, there is no DXL. There is a big and tall men’s store. However they sell casual clothes. I’m looking for a very specific dress shirt.

It wasn’t a total waste if time. I’ve been carrying a $10 Starbucks gift card in my wallet for quite a while. I used it at their store in the food court. I used all but $.37

To purchase a turkey sandwich and cup of coffee. Wow!

Next stop on my agenda was the Georgetown Walmart. I had just arrived when I get a call from Heather. She and Austin were going to be passing through Liberty Hill in the early afternoon. I suggested meeting a Dahlia’s for coffee. I forgot that they are closed on Sunday and Monday. I called her back and suggested Hobo Junction.

It was nice to spend some time with them. I don’t get that chance very often.

2018 January 11 & 12

2018 January 11 Thursday

Normally Ella and I would go to the Over the Hill Gang on Thursday. However, with Ella in Iowa, I decided to go to the Leander Senior center instead. I arrived about nine thirty and, other than the staff, was the only one there for the first half hour or so. Marvin arrived shortly followed by Gary. Gary had made a stop at the food pantry to pick up a box of baked goods. Soon others started arriving and we played Rummikub. I still don’t care for it … but if I wanted to play … this was the only game going. By lunch time there were eighteen people there. That’s the most I’ve seen there for quite awhile.

2018 January 12 Friday my day started with a trip to the dermatologist. 2018-01-13_11.29.19.jpgHe froze several spots on my back and ordered some creams for my ears and feet.

Then I went down the road to McDonald’s for breakfast. As I was eating, a little girl (3-4) came up to me and said, “Hi!” I looked at her mother and said, “Looks like I got recognized again.” It doesn’t matter that I’m dressed all in denim and wearing a cowboy hat. Kids still know Santa when they see him.

This is the last day at the senior center for a while. Saturday and Sunday they are normally closed. However they will also be closed on Monday for M.L. King day.

2018 January 10 Wednesday

2018 January 10 Wednesday

Yesterday when I told Ella that she didn’t have many clothes in the hamper, she seemed surprised. Now I know why. She had more clothes on the floor on her side of the bed and in the shower stall.

Being Wednesday it is Grandies day also. After Grandies was over I went across the tracks to Hobo Junction for lunch.

Then it was a trip home to pick up the clothes to take to the laundromat.

I did have time for a short nap between laundry and the choir party. Once a month we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, that occurre that month, with a catered meal.

After the party, we had to sing for our supper. Most of the music that we will be singing in the near future are familiar hymns. However there is one has a very peculiar harmonic split in the middle that seemed to have most of the choir (especially me) confused. The Sopranos are the only one who continue to sing the melody. The Altos Tenors and bases are all split into first and second parts. Not only are we singing different parts we are singing different words part of the time. I would compare it to seeing around except instead of waiting for your part you’re actually overlapping the other parts. Perhaps after we get it to where we all understand what we’re doing it will sound better than it did last night.

When I arrived home I watched a little bit of television. Howie Mandel hosting a comedy show. After that I did some reading and then I went to bed a little bit early.

2018 January 09 Tuesday

When I awoke at 6 a.m. the furnace fan was running but it was just blowing cold air. Which means I need to go out and turn on another LP bottle. It got down to 30 degrees last night outside but it stayed comfortable enough inside.

I sent a text to Ella. She said she was awake but had not gotten out of bed yet.

After breakfast (fortunately I had some roasted eggs already prepared so I didn’t need the stove) I exchanged the two empty LP bottles for full ones. There empties were loaded in the back of the truck and away I went..

My first stop was to top off the truck’s gas tank and run it through the car wash.

Next I want to the senior center and played games (Rummikub and Mexican train). I didn’t stay for the lunch if eggplant. Instead I went to Golden Chick for fried catfish.

When lunch was over, I stop to refill the LP bottles.

Next I went to the laundromat to do a couple loads. I needed to wash some denims.

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When I returned home I started working on putting up more insulation around the RV.

2018 January 08 Monday

I spent the night at Adam and Leigha’s. The couch in the TV room makes into a bed. Once I found a spot between the support bars, it was alright. I didn’t sleep well though… different bed and no wife. I woke around four and shortly afterward Adam and Leigha left for their “gladiator training”. And at that time Dude came in and wanted on the bed with me.

After breakfast Tate, Emery, and I played Monopoly. I managed to loose everything by 9:30 while it took Emery until 10 to loose everything to Tate. He had hotels on Boardwalk and Park place

At noon I was on a video call with Ella when Adam came home for lunch. He was just leaving when Leigha got home. She’s not done working just going to finish the day making phone calls from home.

Tate is watching TV while Emery is doing something on her electronics.

Adam returned home and started supper. I left after supper and thanked them for having me over.

I stopped at the grocery store and purchased the few items that I hadn’t bought yesterday when Adam had called me back.

As soon as I returned home, I put together a peach cobbler to take to the senior center tomorrow.