2018 January 22-24

2018 January 22 Monday2018-01-23_07.33.04.jpg

Because Ella is still ill, we stayed home in the morning and did not go to the senior center for lunch. Ella had a dermatologist appointment in the afternoon

2018 January 23 Tuesday my birthday Ella had a doctor’s appointment at nine. She got a shot in the butt, a nebulizer treatment, and earwax removed. By the time we 

71 years young. This art program took my photo and made it look like a painting. It also accentuated my wrinkles. 

7were out of there it was almost eleven. We went to the senior center in time for lunch.



We picked up one of Ella’s prescriptions before heading home for a nap.

We went to Adam and Leigha’s for a spaghetti supper to celebrate my birthday.

On the way home we once again stopped at the pharmacy to pick up another prescription.


2018 January 24 Wednesday Ella said, “I think I’m beginning to feel better. I have more of a voice and don’t cough as much.  I’m on antibiotics, the Dr doesn’t like to take chances. Some might think I cough a lot now but it’s nothing like before.”

She was feeling well enough to go to Grandies in the morning but did not go to choir practice in the evening.

2018 January 20-21

2018 January 20 Saturday. It is still foggy this morning with a very welcome 51°.

I got up at 5:30 and started the coffee and then crawled back into bed. It was eight when i actually got up and started breakfast. Ella started in bed until much later.

We have nothing in our schedule for today so she was free to sleep as much as she wants or needs to.


I did have a small amount of laundry to do (Ella had washed all of her clothes prior to leaving Iowa) so I went to the laundromat while Ella napped.


2018 January 21 Sunday I went to worship and Sunday school while Ella remained home. She has no voice left. Between my hearing loss and her squeaky voice, we’re not communicating very well.

After lunch we both napped. My nap was about twenty minutes her’s was several hours. It seems that all she does is sleep. I was concerned that she was just going to spend all of her time in the bed or the recliner so I suggested going out for supper; which we did.

2018 January 19 Friday

2018 January 19 Friday

Ella posted, “Tonight is last night in Iowa until spring. I said the final goodbye to Cindy’s husband Doug, gotten to know my youngest great grandson better, and witnessed the busy schedules of my grown children and grandchildren. It will be good to be home with Tom. And to go to my own doctors. I hope to get to feeling better, but I’ll miss my kids.”

She did arrive home safely. Her flight was due in at 11:55 p.m. and was right on schedule. It is a 50 mile / 50 minute drive one way.

It was foggy due to a warm air mass moving into our area. Somehow the fog seemed fitting. Two weeks ago it was foggy in the morning when she left.

Because of the fog, I left home about 8:45. I still made good time inspite of the weather. It is about ten miles from my door to the toll road. And I took it nearly all the way to the airport, so there were not a lot of stops in-between.

She has had a hacking coughing cold the whole time she’s been gone. She still cannot talk without coughing. Plus she just doesn’t have any voice left.

We arrived back home around 1:30 a.m. and didn’t waste any time going to bed and to sleep.

2018 January 18 Thursday

2018 January 18 Thursday 
My first stop for the day was at Verizon to straighten out what the new guy messed up on Tuesday. I don’t 
really blame him. It was his first day. There was an ice storm. And there was no manager on site to help him. 
However, it took some time talking to the store manager and customer service before they were able to undo 
what he did and get it straightened out. This is really the only concern that I’ve had with the company and I’ve 
been a customer for around two decades. 
My next stop was the Walmart pharmacy. I had placed an order for my blood thinners via their app. The order 
was placed the middle of last week. Yet when I went to the pharmacy on Tuesday, it hadn’t been filled. They 
said that they hadn’t received word from the doctor and would resend the request to him. Well, today I went 
back and they still hadn’t filled the order because they said that the insurance said that it was too soon to refill. 
Since I didn’t have enough to make it through the weekend, I knew that something was wrong. After some 
questioning, I found out that the pharmacy had turned in the FIRST order to the insurance company … but not 
filled it. So when they sent the SECOND request, insurance turned it down. I eventually got it straightened out 
… I hope. They put in in Que to be filled but by that time it was time for me to go to lunch. So, I had to come 
back later. 
I made it to the Bagdad Senior Center in time for a couple games of Mexican Train before lunch. By my count 
there were 22 people there for the meatloaf lunch. 
Once lunch was over, I went back to Walmart to pick up the prescriptions that they finally filled. Then it was 
home. When I got home the water was once again running. Yay! “You don’t miss the water ‘till the well runs 
dry” or when the waterline freezes. It may dip below freezing again tonight so I will let it drip again overnight. 

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.


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.


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