2018 March 03 Saturday

2018 March 03 Saturday in Liberty Hill Texas

While it started out looking like it was going to be sunny, around ten the sky became completely overcast and gray. It was 60° at five thirty and didn’t change much all afternoon either.

Saturday and nothing to do and all day to do it. Hey! It just dawned on me … I have a WEEKEND!

I’ve been retired for about a decade and am always surprised when someone says, “Have a good weekend.” or “What did you do this weekend?” I actually have forgotten how much I loved the weekends and counted the days until they arrived.

Being retired does not mean having nothing to do (if you’re doing it correctly) it only means that you have (usually) chosen the things that you have to do. As opposed to having someone else choose where you are, what time you are to be there, when you can leave, how long you have for lunch, and on and on.

Yessiree I have no one that I have to answer to but my God. Oh, and wife. Oh and grandkids. And great grandkids. Yes and the kids also. Okay now that I think about it I’m not as free as I thought.

Because we lazed around this morning, breakfast was later (and larger) than usual.


Which meant that lunch was mid afternoon and supper ended up being popcorn.

Which meant that lunch was mid afternoon and supper ended up being popcorn.
No sunset photos because the sun never broke through.

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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 did

n’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 so that Ella could take a photo of the first Blue Bonnets we’d 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.

MUSINGS
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?

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 01

2018 March 01 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

55° at six p.m. The sun came out today. It’s a nice change from the fog.

Thursdays are the mornings when I test my blood for clotting time and it was great this morning, neither too slow nor too fast. If it is too slow to clot there is a risk of life threatening bleeding as well as bruising more easily. If it clots too fast there is a risk of heart attack and stroke.

At the same time I check the INR (clotting factor) I also check my blood glucose level. This morning it was a little higher than usual. That may have something to do with the ice cream from last night.

My levels probably will not be lowered from the treats offered at today’s Over the Hill Gang*. I fixed a peach cobbler this morning that was our contribution to the dessert table.

Once a month chicken in brought in from Chicken Express and today was the day.

Random Facebook posts intrigue me. There are so many post that make claims to being factual that I nearly always either dismiss them or seek to verify them. Most of the time I’ve used snopes.com. however, recently there have been allegations that Snopes itself fabricates evidence.

The reason I bring this up is that this morning I saw a post about strange laws in Texas. One of the purported laws was that it is illegal to drink a beer standing up in the great state of Texas. Could that be right? Could all those old west movies, showing men standing at the bar drinking a beer, be wrong? Perish the thought that those “historical dramas” John Wayne. Randolph Scott, Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper, and Jimmy Stewart could be somehow historically inaccurate.

Okay. Taking my tongue out of my cheek for a moment, I decided to determine the fact or fiction of the claim that it is illegal to stand while drinking a beer. Amazingly my internet brought up a lot of collaborating stories. As a matter of fact it became every more finely tuned by starting that you couldn’t drink more than three sips of beer while standing. I was almost persuaded until I ran across the blog by a lawyer, Jeffery Carr, who did his own search for the truth. Spoiler alert: it is a myth.

The day turned out to be very nice even if it was a bit windy.

Granddaughter Emery had a performance at her school tonight. It was an all Texas theme songfest. I goofed up trying to video the performance. However I did get this photo.

And i have this one of the two of us.

We stopped at Schlotzsky’s on the way home. Mostly because Ella had never ever been to one. Personally I had given up on them years ago. And, I have to say that tonight’s visit hadn’t changed my opinion.


*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 on LibertyHillLiving.com

2018 February 28 Wednesday

2018 February 28 Wednesday in Liberty Hill Texas

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65° and foggy again to start the day. Despite no sun it made it to 75° or better today. The forecast was for rain and possible storms so many people opted to not attend Grandies* today.

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After the Grandies meeting six of us went to Elena’s Bar & Grill (but we don’t mention the Bar part) for a great Mexican lunch.
We didn’t do much in the afternoon other than rest until choir practice at six. The church and the sky look wonderful as we came out from choir practice a little after seven.

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We stopped at Dollar General on the way home to purchase some birthday cards and ice cream.
Once we were home it was time for ice cream and TV.

*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 February 27 Tuesday

2018 February 27 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

It was 61 degrees when we got up this morning and very foggy.

We had a surprise. No electricity (other than house battery) and no water. That means that the power was out at our Campground. The campground’s water comes from a well. No electricity means no pump which in turn means no water to the campers.

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So we decided to go in to IHOP and have free pancakes today it’s Pancake Day.

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Oh did I mention the fog? There’s a lot of fog this morning too. It was actually sprinkling a little as we left home and it slowly went down to a mist. However, we were driving in some heavy fog on the way into Cedar See Park.

After we were done at IHOP we went across the street to Costco. However they were not open at 9:30. We went back after lunch.

We arrived at the senior center at about quarter to ten and the usual gang were already there.

They were playing Rummikub again. Once again, we were shut out of their game because it is a four player only game. Ella and I opened the second Rummikub game and started playing. After we finished the first game, Ted joined us. They were already serving us lunch (Italian sausage in a tomatoes sauce with cheese and a side of squash) as we finished playing.

After lunch we returned to Costco for some health and beauty items. I also renewed our membership while we were there.

It was 68° by 1:30 but was still a hazy, misty, fog. Sometimes the fog can make for beautiful photographs. Not today though it just left the sky the color of dry concrete.

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When we arrived home the electricity had been restored and we once again had running water. That’s a good thing.

Do you ever just stop, look around, and thank God for your life? That’s the mode I’m in right now. I’m sitting in my recliner holding hands with the woman I love. Our eternal life is secure, we get to spend time with friends nearly every day.. And as I’m fond of saying, “For all that’s wrong with us, we’re in good shape.” We don’t have a lot but we have enough.

So, imagine my surprise when i learned that we are homeless. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) use the following: A homeless individual is defined in section 330(h)(5)(A individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground;

One of the other parts of the HHS definition includes living in an RV.

I accept that we are “houseless” but we are certainly not homeless in our own minds.

How about you other full-time RVers? Do you see yourself as homeless?

We did have some beautiful sunset photos tonight.

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2018 February 26 Monday

2018 February 26 Monday in Liberty Hill Texas2018-02-26_07.01.48.jpg44° at 5:30 this morning. Maybe I should have closed the windows. 2018-02-26_07.57.12.jpg

Ella and I fasted this morning for lab work at the doctor’s office. I was supposed to have done my labs a week ago when I had my wellness exam. However I had eaten breakfast. So today when Ella had her fasting wellness exam, I completed mine also.

Something that nobody told me about growing old was how much time you spend at doctors. And how many doctors you’ll see. Primary doctor(s): 3 because we move between Texas and Iowa yearly we have one at each place plus my primary VA doctor. Specialists: cardiologists 2 main (again Texas & Iowa) plus 1 for CPAP machine, plus the Cumin clinic. I didn’t count the three or four cardiac surgeons who have worked on me nor the paramedics and emergency room doctors. Orthopedic, Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, ENT, Allergists. Optometrist & Ophthalmologist, Dentist, Oral Surgeon, & Dental Technician. And probably more than I haven’t thought of. Do I get any exercise? Yes. Just going to doctors! Okay, to quote Forrest Gump, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

Our wellness exam went alright. Ella, as usual, have up her blood easily. 2018-02-26_18.29.13.jpg, as usual, did not. It took three sticks before they struck blood and then the last vial took a long time to fill. It’s a good thing I’m on blood thinners or they might have to carve the blood out with a knife.

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By the time we were done at the doctor’s it was definitely time for breakfast. Our choice for today was Hobo Junction®. I love their chicken fried steak with gravy. Add biscuit, eggs, and grits … well that’s just shirt off heaven. The restaurant is a former depot so it sits right along the tracks Liberty Hill. And it retains that rustic look of days gone by.

We made it to Leander Senior center about ten thirty. The usual hang were playing Rummikub® so we got out the second Rummikub game and started playing. Before long, Claudette came in and joined us. Ella won the game just as they were bringing out lunches to us.

Lunch was on the menu as taco, re fried beans and salad. It was taco meat, tomatoes and lettuce dumped on corn tortillas chips. Since we had a larger breakfast just two hours earlier, neither of us could eat it all.

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On the way home we stopped at Mom’s (our lovely friend, Florence) house to give her some pink roses.

We got a nice skyscape this evening.

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2018 February 25 Sunday

2018 February 25 Sunday in Liberty Hill Texas

51° and damp start to the day. No real sunrise just a brightening of the sky.

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I had some time before leaving for church. So thought I’d do some work on the computer. Microsoft had other ideas. There was a software update.

So instead of doing that, I started some BBQ chicken for lunch. I’m really liking the InstaPot. To start with I used the saute feature to lightly brown some bone thighs. While they were coming, I cut a few potatoes into large cubes. With the chicken ready, I cancelled the saute and changed it to slow cook for four hours. Coated the chicken with homemade sauce, put a divider above the chicken and placed the potatoes on top, closed the lid (making sure the stream release valve was open), and tada I was done.

By now the computer was done updating and I could get some work done.

Image result for louvered RV windowsIt started raining right at 8:00 a.m. We’ve had the windows open all night and this sounded like such a gentle rain that I decided not to close them. One of the advantages of living in an RV is louvered windows that can be left open when it rains. And that was a good thing because just as we arrived at church it cut loose and rained like a cow pissin’ on a flat rock. (one of my Mother’s favorite sayings) The rain was so loud on the roof of the sanctuary that I said the preacher was going to have to shout into his microphone to be heard. However by the time the service started, the rain had slowed to a drizzle. Looking out windows to the east were brilliant white clouds against a light blue sky. Looking to the west it was dark.

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In spite of the weather we had a decent size congregation this morning. Lots of kids for the Children’s Time.

Pastor’s message was about the joy of the Lord. He was inspired by Kathie Lee Gifford’s testimony on the Megyn Kelly Show. Follow this link to watch what she has to say about Billy Graham and what he meant to her and her family.

Just like yesterday the sun came out about three o’clock. The outside temperature rose to 65° and inside to 78°. From the forecast it appears we will have a “day off” from the rain followed by Tuesday and Wednesday more chance of rain. Again I will state that the rain is welcome here in the Texas Hill country. Here is a little information about the drought. “The lack of rain is causing concerns about fire danger, poorly developed winter pastures, including wheat, and dropping surface water levels for livestock, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents in areas that have missed rain events.” For more information click here.

RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury has been staying in Kerrville Texas for a while and had a “meet and greet” there today. I would have liked to have gone but it just didn’t work out for us. Kerrville is about a two hour drive through some of the prettiest parts of the Texas Hill Country. I’m sure that he’ll post something about the get together on his newletter.

As the sun set I took a photo. As I’ve said before, it is the clouds that make a beautiful photograph just as it is that the clouds of life are what makes it interesting.

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The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance[a] upon you and give you peace.

 

 

2018 February 20 Tuesday

2018 February 20 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

We had the 3Ws overnight, warm, wet, and windy.

The overnight low was 65° and we had three tenths of an inch of rain. I don’t know how strong the wind was overnight, however we had an ice chest full of empty aluminum cans (for recycle) on the deck that was blown off and over with cans scattered everywhere.

It was still raining lightly on our way to and from the senior center.

For about the last week Ella had head balance issues. She suspects that it may be related too the new medications that she is taking. So, she called her Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor and left a message on their answering service.

We also stopped at Dr. Chesshir’s office (without an appointment) hoping to get a consult.

He did manage to get her in and said that he would give her a referral to her ENT doctor.

He did manage to get her in and said that he would give her a referral to her ENT doctor.

The credit union is switching out our ATM/credit cards to ones that have chips. Ours arrived in today’s mail but we can’t activate them until the end of the month. Since a lot of our automatic payments run through our existing cards, I’ll need to go through them and update the card information.

The last time I had to do that, I forgot some of the things that only bill once or twice a year. That meant that after it became past due, I got phone calls or letters saying that I owe them money. Opps. I’ll try to not miss any of those this time.

Tuesday evening Cross Tracks Church has a prayer meeting and communion. It is held in the chapel, which is the original church building.

Tonight we remembered the seventeen people killed in the Florida school as well as praying for the survivors and the the gunman.

Tonight we remembered the seventeen people killed in the Florida school as well as praying for the survivors and the the gunman.
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2018 February 24 Saturday

2018 February 24 Saturday in Liberty Hill Texas

Occasional rain and 65° at 5:30 a.m. with 25 mph wind gusts. I didn’t see lightning but heard the thunder. No place to go today so it looks like it will be another quiet day at home.

We’ve had over an inch and a half of rain this week. That is a good thing. Not enough to break the drought but good. We can put up with a little mud. I just want to keep it outside.

Along mid afternoon the sun came out. It warmed to 73° outside and with all the windows open and a fan going it was hard to keep it below 80° inside. It was too nice to have our home all opened up to think about turning the air conditioner on.

As predicted, we went nowhere. I never stopped outside other than to secure the door open. We played games, sorted our pills for the next couple of weeks, read, and watch TV on our phones.
I’ve been binge watching Farscape. It premiered in March 1999 and ended it’s run in October 2004. I’m at season four episode five which aired in July 2002. I only remember a few times that I saw it when it was new.

Here is a treat for those who’ve read this far into the ‘do nothin’ day’. Sunset was great.

2018 February 23 Friday

2018 February 23 Friday in Liberty Hill Texas

39° and rain to start the day. While Ella lay in bed, I started some pancakes. I use the waffle batter recipe when I make pancakes because it makes higher, fluffier pancakes. I used the George Forman grill that I’d posted about awhile back. I also used the cute little silicone rings to make perfect round cakes. ¼ cup of batter in each ring is just right. I watch for the bubbles to form and leave “dents” in the cake before I flip it … ring and all. Once it has cooked a while longer, I carefully lift the ring off and then gently lift the cake to see if it is brown enough on the bottom. After the last cakes were out of the rings, I started our eggs in them and added a couple strips of bacon to the grill pan also.

Ella wanted to reheat a cup of coffee in the microwave. Unfortunately, that is when the circuit breaker blew. Now I know that an electric heater, electric fireplace, electric grill, and microwave are too much for the circuit. With the heater, fireplace, and microwave off; I finished the eggs and bacon.

Fridays we go to the Senior Center in Leander. However, it is such a crummy looking day out, that we decided to stay home and in. So, our relatively boring life became uber boring today.