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THE QUEST FOR THE BLESSING
On Loving God Wholeheartedly, Part Two

The Second Hundred Days go down go up
The Quest for Need Level
With the start of my southward journey being postponed for spiritual reasons, this allows me a couple more days to continue the down sizing of my possessions.
Thus far, I have been able to remove seven large bins of things from my possessionship, including many of my so called keepsakes, most of which I was not so inclined even to take a photo of.

The Journey to the Bottom of Texas go down go up
Friday, 30 November 2018, League City, TX.
(Day 101 TG) 69°F. 7:00 am, overcast, humid
24,900 DA, 670 DR70, 4322 DR80
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Awake after a warm night, in fact, I did not use my cover for most of the night. After getting dressed, I drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and another morning of pounding keys. I finish both passage three, The Me and passage four, The Burden before packing out shortly after noon. Then, I drive to the Oak Tree house to install the new bolt on my battery and to do some laundry.
Next, I go in and help Susan for a short time and then she prepares supper. Soon after, Chad turns on the football talk show and I decide not to watch any of that and pack out to the jammer for the evening.
During the middle of the night, I am awaken by the dogs barking, get up and go online to check my com and then see Susan walking out front. When I say hello, she comes over and sits to talk for a little while. She tells me that her male dog Lucky saw a possum and that caused the barking. Later, she goes back inside and I return to sleep. Warm night.
(Day 102 TG) 72°F. 6:30 am, overcast, light rain.
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Awake ready for coffee, start the jammer, which is starting much better after my work on it, drive to the w-mart, purchase coffee, check my com, begin today′s journal entry and then start key pounding on the episode. Then at one this afternoon, I pack out and head to the Oak Tree House to remove a ceiling fan and correct the installation. I arrive shortly after one-thirty and find Susan already having taken the globe off and the bulb out so I ask if she has turned off the breaker. She walk out to the box and turns the breaker off after which, I take down the rest of the ceiling fan and find out that the wires have gotten loose with two of them totally disconnected.
Upon telling Susan that I found the problem and that it will be an easy fix, she smiles and says good. I reconnect the wires and show Susan how to connect them correctly and how to check to make sure of a good connection. Then she helps me reassemble the ceiling fan and I ask her to go out and turn the breaker back on. When she comes back in, she turns on the switch and both the light and fan work correctly.
Then we go out in the garage and work on getting the rest of the stuff ready to move away from the Oak Tree House for good. In fact, tonight will be the absolute last time that I will sleep under the oak tree here at the Oak Tree House. Like the house on Yorkshire avenue where I grew up and which was the place where I kept my summer camp chest in the attic for so many decades, the same camp chest will no longer be stored here at the Oak Tree House but will soon be moved to a new location.
After having two flour tortillas with cheese and sliced meat for supper, I retire to the jammer for the evening.
(Day 103 TG) 64°F. 6:30 am, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake just before the alarm sounds, rise immediately when it does, dress and drive to the w-mart for coffee and routine. Today, I find out that Createspace, the online printing service that I have been using has consolidated with another printing service and to continue with the new service, I will have to learn the new app program, which I begin doing today. So far, I have found that this app will require me to completely redo each episode.
At one this afternoon, I return to the Oak Tree house to pick up a few more things that I must needs make room for, items that I still want to sell and will do so when I stop along my route to pound keys. After I get everything in the jammer, I put on my dress clothes and drive to the hall for the circuit overseer′s talk. After the meeting, I drive back to the Oak Tree house, change clothes and then drive out of town.
The first stop is at a hg-mart to resupply on my supper foods and nut butter which foods are not cheap and cost me over two hundred dollars. However, as I tell every one else, I would rather spend the money on nutritional food that is not inflammatory now instead of the doctor′s bill later.
Leaving the hg-mart which is in Rosenberg, Texas, I now drive south on IH 69 and stop in Wharton, Texas at a d-mart for the night.
(Day 104 TG) 50°F. 6:30 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake before the alarm but lie here for a long time and rise because I can not go back to sleep. I walk into the d-mart to return the coconut flour I purchased last night because it was not just coconut but they added pea protein, soy product and a couple other foods that I do not eat.
Then, I walk back to the jammer, start the engine and head out of the parking lot. I have been thinking about journey south and have decided to make the drive in one day, foregoing the long coastal route that I have taken in previous years. My desire is to drive to the valley and spend time completing episode one so as to submit it to the online printer by the end of the year. So, I continue south on IH 69, stop in Edna for coffee and then continue four hour drive to the valley.
I arrive in Harlingen just before noon and drive to the first w-mart near the intersection of IH 69 and IH 02. I go inside and continue work on my episode work, now an upgrade because of the new program that I must needs learn. At nine this evening, I pack out and retire to the jammer which is parked next to a fan palm tree.

The 2018 Sojourn in the Valley go down go up
Tuesday, 04 December 2018, Harlingen, TX. 40 Miles Upriver from Texas Coast
(Day 105 TG) 54°F. 6:00 am, clear
Overnighting in a parking lot,
8 % Waning Crescent Moon
Awake, dress and then get out of the jammer to go inside the w-mart but see the moon with earthshine about two hands above the horizon. Methinks if the city lights do not prevent me from viewing the moon tomorrow morning, it will be even smaller and hope to get a photo of it just above the horizon.
The Quest for
The Blessings
(m5he-ch-cres-18.20181204.0632) The Crescent Cold Moon with Earthshine
I continue pounding keys until long after dark, completing more than half of the episode rewrite, then, at nine this evening, I pack out to the jammer.
(Day 106 TG) 55°F. 6:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, go inside for coffee and another day of key pounding. At six-thirty, I pack out and head for the Kingdom hall for the midweek meeting.
After the meeting, I stop at a burger called What and then drive to the d-mart for the evening.
(Day 107 TG) 70°F. 7:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
After going inside to purchase another can of starting fluid spray, I walk back outside, start the engine and then drive to the w-mart for coffee and key pounding. I am able to complete through to chapter thirty-five today. It has been a long day of recreating chapters and proofing text, so I go out to eat and have two pieced of trout, salad, turnip greens and sweet potato for supper but then I drive to the d-mart and go inside for some milk chocolate.
Finally, I retire to the jammer and finish today′s journal entry.
(Day 108 TG) 71°F. 6:30 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, start the jammer, drive to the w-mart, walk inside, sip coffee, pound keys.
At eight this evening, I drive to park the jammer on the street next to the w-mart and climb into the back.
(Day 109 TG) 50°F. 6:30 am, overcast
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, walk into the w-mart, sip on coffee and pound keys. By noon, I have finished the final rewrite of episode one and also finish compiling the separate files into one finished (.pdf) file. Next, I begin working of setting up the bookmarks in the finish file.
During the last couple of days, it has been humid, even raining at times. I have uploaded the completed file but the printer service rejected it because it has a bleed margin. So, I will need to spend a couple more days recreating the upload file without the margin. Yes, I am still learning this application. It is a good thing that recreating the upload file takes no where near as long as creating the original file.
By eight-thirty this evening, I have through about half of the new book file and will still need to continue working on it for two more days. Then, I will have to upload it again to see if the printing service will accept it. I hope so, but even if I have to redo the upload file again, it should not take to long because I am learning this application quite quickly. I then pack out and head out to the jammer for the night.
(Day 110 TG) 39°F. 7:30 am, clear, cold
Overnighting on a city street
It is much too cold to rise this morning when the alarm goes off and I go back to sleep. Then, when I do rise, I go directly into the w-mart for coffee and to check com. Also, I work on completing the second rewrite in the book project but do not have time to upload it before I need to stop and get ready for the meeting today.
When I leave the w-mart to go to the weekend meeting, I go to a different hall than I have gone before. This one is north on IH 69 a couple of miles and then east on SR 499, which is the road leading to the airport. The hall is right on the main road, easy to find and only a few minutes away from the w-mart. It is so convenient that I will probably keep coming to this one for the rest of the time that I remain in Harlingen.
After the meeting, I return to the w-mart, upload the file to the printer service but still receive several error messages needing to be corrected. Wow, this is taking so much longer than I had imagined it would take. I will stick to it for a time and try to acquire an acceptable print ready upload by changing the format again.
I do another reformat in my endeavor to meet the requirements of the print service, working until late and finally go out to the jammer for the evening.
(Day 111 TG) 42°F. 7:00 am, cloudy, cold
Overnighting on a city street
Up late again this morning and have need to wipe the moisture from the inside front windshield, this being the indication of humidity. Methinks, by abiding here in this location just fifty miles from the Texas Gulf coast, I am dwelling as close to the coast as I did when I grew up on the Texas coast. Too, dwelling near the Texas Gulf of Mexico during the non summer months will result in seeing a lot of humidity, overcast skies and a lot of rain. However, this year, there has not been too much rain falling even though there has been a lot of humidity and clouds. Then, I walk into the w-mart for a cup of coffee and to check my com.
Then, I continue the reformat of the book, upload it and again get a rejection because of errors, making this so frustrating. I go online to the help section of the service and find that I am not the only one having this problem, that the application provided by the service has a major glitch.
Instead of trying to fix each of the more than one hundred errors in my book, I will try another approach by contacting the print service and ask them to fix the problem that I am having with the application. This way, I will be able to use the first format with the bleed setting that I want to have in my book. I compose a document detailing the problem that I am have, then, go to the contact page on their website and paste my document into their contact box and press send. Then, I am told that I will be contacted within twenty-four hours.
At this point, I pack out, walk out to the jammer, drive to a nice shady location and begin cleaning out the interior of the van. Too, I open up my kitchen and make another container of my fudge and spoon it back into the almond butter jar. What I have remaining that does not fit in the jar will be my supper tonight and breakfast tomorrow.
Upon returning to the w-mart, I go back inside to pound keys until I am ready to retire.
(Day 112 TG) 43°F. 7:30 am, sun
Overnighting on a city street
Up, coffee, com, key pounding.
In the evening for supper, I finish off the spinach with salmon and then retire.
(Day 113 TG) 65°F. 7:00 am, cloudy, humid
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, walk inside for coffee, check com and still no reply for the print server. I continue my work on episode three and then in the early afternoon, I check my bookshelf at the print server and find that the bleed problem has been corrected. I turn the bleed on for the book, upload the previously prepared and formatted book and then check the print preview. Wow, what a difference, not the more than one hundred errors, but only two. I correct the two pages and upload the book again and this time it passed the manuscript check, finding no errors and a new button appears on the application, the Approve button.
I am not quite ready to press this button because I still want to have one more proof copy sent to me so I begin looking for how to print a proof copy but the book that was transferred from the previous print service still has problems and does not allow me to order a proof copy. I sent another letter to the contact department asking them again, not to just fix the current problem, but to delete all the transferred books so that I can start anew without all these problems. I will have to wait again another 24 hours or more for their reply.
Meantime, I find out about the upcoming predictable nonpareils events sights coming up during the next year starting with a super blood moon and total eclipse on January 20.
I continue for the rest of the day, working on creating the list of grandfathers for episode three. Shortly after dark, I pack out to the jammer and sit there for a time thinking about the idea of waiting for a few more days for the next reply. It is then that I decide to not stay here in Harlingen but to drive back up the coast to my sister′s home. Earlier, I had found out that another one of my replacement bank cards had arrived at here home. When I looked at all the cards in my wallet, I see that two will be expiring next month and both should arrive prior to the first of January. Too, when I am able to request a proof copy of the book, I will want to have it shipped to Susan′s address. So, by driving back there, I will be better able to do both of these tasks.
I then start the jammer, drive back onto IH 69 and begin my drive north and stop in Kingsville, Texas at a d-mart for the evening.

The Journey Back to the Bay Area go down go up
(Day 114 TG) 49°F. 8:00 am, clear
Overnighting in a parking lot
Upon rising, I go into the d-mart to buy some baby spinach for the drive north, leave out of the parking lot and continue driving north of IH 69 (US 77) to Victoria where the route to Houston changes to US 59 north. Upon arriving in Rosenberg, the road name changes to IH 69 and I stop for a short time in Sugarland, Texas at a hg-mart for a couple more bags of super food powder. Soon, I leave the store and drive onto SH 6 heading east until I arrive in Alvin, Texas where I continue east on SR 517, then left on SR 646, then SR 96 and finally arrive back at the Oak Tree house.
Immediately, Susan give me a tour of the house to show me how much she has accomplished since I was gone during the last ten days. Too, Chad and Lauren have moved to Wimberley, Texas while Susan does the last tasks getting it ready for sale. We then get ready for a man to come by to buy the six piece sectional sofa that Susan has been trying to sell, which they do and pack it all out to a trailer.
I then drive the jammer into the garage so that I can work on both the engine as well as the interior, after which, Susan and I watch a few episodes of a TV show. Finally, I pack out to the jammer for then night.
(Day 115 TG) 49°F. 8:00 am, overcast
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Upon rising, I go inside to take a hot shower. Then, I sit with Susan for a short time for her to tell me that she is spending the day running errors and paying bills. When she leaves, I go to work on cleaning out the inside of the jammer, do a load of laundry, and then work on making more of my super food fudge using up the remaining meal replacement powder.
After emptying all the containers into a large zip page, I then take the containers to the sink to wash and set them on the counter to dry. I put a log in the fireplace and turn on the gas jets to warm up the living room. Susan arrives back home and takes a nap after which she prepare supper for us and while we eat, we watch more of the tv series. After several episodes, I retire to the jammer.
(Day 116 TG) 55°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Arising, I go inside for a shower, then coffee, then back out to the garage to work on the jammer. After taking off the doghouse cover, I run all the vacuum lines to check for leaks and find that I have replaced most all of them. There is one line that I cut the ends off and it too fits tight. Also, I find that another line goes under the van to the transmission and leave this line check until another day. I also find where the PCV valve is located and make a mental note to buy a new one to replace it.
Nest, I replace the doghouse cover, shut the hood and drive to the ap-mart for the PCV valve but like most parts for old cars, they have to order it. Finally, I return to the Oak Tree house, park the jammer in the driveway and go inside. I light two logs in the fireplace and sit down to watch more of the TV story.
Susan prepares chicken and we both sit in the living room, now on lawn furniture to eat and watch the TV. Later, I retire to the jammer for the evening.
(Day 117 TG) 45°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Upon awaking, I go inside to shower and then walk out to the jammer. It is much colder today and must needs use starter fluid to get the engine to fire, then drive to the w-mart for coffee, com, catch up on my journal writing and then prepare for the meeting today. Forty minutes before the meeting begins, I get into the jammer and drive across Clear Creek into the megalopolis, but not too far, only far enough to arrive at the Webster hall where many of the friends come up to me and say, Hello Thom, welcome back.
Afterwards, I return to the Oat Tree house and together, Susan and work on several projects. At nine, I retire to the jammer.
(Day 118 TG) 46°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Arise, go in for coffee, com and soon after, Susan rises. We begin working on trying to correct a problem with two non working receptacles but can not find the cause for them not working. We finally give up on that project and work on a few other ones.
Shortly after it becomes dark, we drive to the local Mexican for supper. Afterwards, we return to the Oak Tree
(Day 119 TG) 59°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Arise, go inside to make coffee, check com, and watch a couple episodes while I awake Susan to arise. When she does get up, we begin work again on the Oak Tree house. She does some final paint touch up while I go out into the back yard to clean it up, set some pavers and then to build a rock garden. When she has completed her work inside, the realtor comes by and the two do a walk through. After that, Susan comes outside and helps in the back yard, moving rocks, cleaning the shed, and mowing the grass. I finish the rock garden and then turn the dirt to ready it for the new plants and mulch.
When it begins to get dark outside, Susan and I both go in to clean up and then drive to a restaurant for salmon, broccoli and Mexican rice together with a chip, salsa and cheese side. We return home and I go to bed.
(Day 120 TG) 60°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Up later this morning which seems to have become the norm while here at the Oak Tree house due to staying up later with Susan. Awake, walk into the house to make a cup of hot, check com, and catch up on my journal writing. When Susan awakes, we resume working on the house until about four in the afternoon when we go to the h-mart to buy landscaping materials. after which, we stop for a burger called What.
Upon returning to home, we first unload her car, and then we go inside and after lighting a log in the fireplace, work for a short time more. Finally, we sit in the living room to watch a couple TV episodes before I head out to the jammer for the night.
(Day 121 TG) 54°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Awake, walk into the house, make a cup of coffee, light what is left of the log that remains in the fireplace and then step up my computer to pound keys for a time. When Susan awakens, we continue with the work on preparing the house for sale.
I do all the planting and spreading mulch while Susan does the lawn maintenance and we are able to complete all the work by five this afternoon. Then, I go inside to take a shower and get ready for the meeting tonight. At six-fifty this evening, I drive to the hall and go inside for the meeting. Afterwards, I return to the Oak Tree house and park in the driveway for the evening.
I notice that the moon is fast approaching full.
(Day 122 TG) 45°F. 7:00 am, sun
Winter Solstice
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Awake, walk inside with my computer and get online. Then I make a cup of hot and sit down to check my com. At nine, Susan walks into the living room and tells me that she has a buyer for their boat and will be meeting him at noon. We have a cup of coffee together while waiting on the photographer to arrive, who will take photos of the home for the realtor. When the photographer arrives, we leave for the w-mart and sit here for a short time while Susan waits for the time to leave for her boat sale appointment. When Susan leaves to sell the boat, I stay and work on episode three.
Later, when Susan calls, I return to the Oak Tree house, after which, we go out for a salmon steak meal. When we return to the Oak Tree house, I see that the moon is 98 percent full and get out my camera for a few photos. After that, Susan and I watch a couple more episodes of the TV show we have been watching. Finally, I walk out to the jammer and retire.
The Nonpareils
The Cold Full Moon
(m5he-ch.full-12.20181221.2046) The Full Cold Moon
(Day 123 TG) 58°F. 7:30 am, sun
Full Cold Moon, 11:48 CST (1748 UTC)
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, walk into the oak tree house, take a shower and after making a cup of hot, begin working on updating the full moon page on my website.
(Day 124 TG) 55°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Upon awaking, I dress, start the engine and drive into the city again, stopping first at a ff-mart for coffee and two breakfast sandwiches. Then, I drive to the hall, arriving early, take my seat and soon the friends begin to arrive. Afterwards, I drive to the w-mart, walk inside and begin pounding keys.
When the w-mart closes, I drive to a Mexican restaurant and have a salad bowl after which, I drive to a d-mart to park for the night. I will not be going to the Oak Tree house for a few days because it is wrapped up in Christmas, which is a worldly celebration that I have not participated in for forty years or more.
Finally, I retire to the jammer for the night. On the com today, I have found out that two more of my very close friends from my home congregation have gone to the grave and have begun awaiting for the resurrection.
So many have gone to sleep since beginning my life serving Jehovah and are now awaiting the resurrection out of the grave by Jesus. (John 11:11, 12, 13, 14)
(Day 125 TG) 57°F. 6:30 am, sunny
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk into the w-mart for coffee, com, key pounding and because I wish not to hear all the goings on of the world being so wrapped up in the holiday celebrations, I put on my ear phones and listen to kingdom music. This way, I am totally isolated from all the sickening stench involved in the death march all around me this time of the year.
In fact, the area where I am overnighting has been totally encroached upon by the megalopolis in every way: physically, mentally and even spiritually. I remain here at the edge of the city, so that I may receive two items, my latest proof of episode one and the second of the two replacement check cards from my bank. When I receive these two items, I will pack out of this lowland filled abundantly with the lowlanders and travel back to the open road seeking the high place. But that is still several days from now, so I must needs wait here.
(Day 126 TG) 60°F. 6:30 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, put on my fall blues, walk inside the w-mart for coffee, com and key pounding.
At five this afternoon, Susan calls and invites me over for supper and some more of the tv series we have been watching. At nine-thirty, I pack out to the jammer for the night.
(Day 127 TG) 64°F. 7:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Awake after an all-nighter, which for an old person means that he has slept all night without having to get up to go to the bathroom. I dress, start the jammer engine and drive to the w-mart for another day of work on the computer
I just received notification that the letter from my bank will be delivered today in the mailbox. After I pick that up, I will only be waiting for the book delivery, which should arrive tomorrow afternoon. At five this afternoon, I pack out to retrieve my mail but find that it has not arrived yet. I go inside and help Susan pack out but before everyone is in her car, I leave for the w-mart. Much later, I return and park on the street in from of the Oak Tree house for the night.
(Day 128 TG) 58°F. 6:00 am, thunder showers
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Awake at five-fifty this morning and can not go back to sleep, so I rise and drive to the w-mart for coffee and to continue working on the episodes. At two this afternoon, I receive a message that my package has arrived at the Oak Tree house, so I pack out, drive there, park in the driveway and see the package on the front porch. I walk up and retrieve the package and next walk down the street to the mail box. Upon opening the mail slot, I retrieve the letter that I have also been waiting for, the one from my bank. Methinks, I am good to go, but I also want to go to the meeting. I see that the thunder storm knocked down a lot of limbs and leaves, so I spend a little time cleaning the front yard, after which, I go inside and take one last shower here.
I drive to the w-mart to await for the meeting and dress. Then, I arrive at the hall early but only need to wait for a few minutes before the hall is unlocked and enter. During the meeting, the brother conducting the part calls on some very close friends that have been away for several weeks and I turn to see that Ed and Cathy are back as well as Jonathan and Amber.
After the meeting, I walk up to the family and get hugs from Ed and Jonathan. We talk for a time and then Ed asks me to meet him for coffee in the morning. We agree to a w-mart and he says that he will be their by eight. Later, I drive back to the Oak Tree House and park in the driveway for the night.
(Day 129 TG) 58°F. 6:30 am, sunny
Overnighting under the Oak Tree
Awake, dress, drive to the w-mart and begin sipping coffee and pounding keys while waiting for Ed to arrive. He does arrive at eight, and we talk until he must needs go to conduct the meeting for the ministry at the hall. I remain at the w-mart and continue with the work I had begun earlier this morning when Ed calls and tells me that he wants to come back to the w-mart to ask me a couple of questions about his computer.
We he returns, he explains that he is helping with legal property documents for the world wide construction work and is in need of a way to better picture the property. I show him the photo editor that I am using, (Paint.Net) which is a free application and how easy it is to learn. He likes it and says that he will download it on his computer. Before he leaves, he gives me an envelope and says This is to help your Wayƒaring. I thank him and then tell him that I will see him then next time I come to the area.
I then pack out to the jammer and leave the NASA area, drive west on SR 528 to Alvin, Texas, turn right on SR 6 and drive west to Sugarland, Texas where I turn left and drive south on IH 69 to Edna, Texas. Exiting the highway, which at this location is still US 59, I drive to the d-mart to overnight. The d-mart here has closed, only about a month ago, but the parking lot is still being used for overnighters.

The Return to the Valley Sojourn go down go up
(Day 130 TG) 51°F. 6:00 am, cloudy
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, drive to the burger place called Whata for a free senior coffee and a sausage taquito. Then, I resume my southbound drive to the valley on US 59 to Victoria, then US 77 south through Robstown and Kingsville, Texas. Continuing south to Raymondville, the US 77 then changes to IH 69E and I continue on the interstate to Harlingen, Texas.
I drive directly to the w-mart for my second cup of coffee arriving there before noon and go inside to update my journal and web page. At nine this evening, I retire to the jammer and climb into the back to get horizontal.
Sunday, 30 December 2018, Harlingen, TX. 40 Miles Upriver
(Day 131 TG) 46°F. 7:30 am, rain
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, wipe the sleep from my eyes, walk into the w-mart for coffee, com and to continue pounding keys unto eleven, when I pack out, dress for the meeting and drive to the hall.
I plan on staying here for a couple more day, maybe driving up to Rio Grande City for the midweek meeting on Wednesday, 02 January at 7:30 pm. However, as long as the weather here does not turn bad, I have found this to be an ideal place to overnight with everything necessary within a five mile radius. There is a d-mart just half a mile across the interstate intersection, ample restaurants, the hall is less than three miles north on the interstate, there is street parking right next to the w-mart, and the price of gasoline here is under $1.80. Too, the temperature is in the low fifties upon awaking and there is little if any rain. What else could a wayƒarer want, except maybe a shower once in a while.
(Day 132 TG) 55°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, walk into the w-mart for coffee, com and to continue with the read through of the current volume.
After the sun sets, I pack out and drive to a Mexican food restaurant for supper after which I drive to the d-mart to check for food staples. Then, I drive back to the w-mart and park on the street for the night. It is noisy tonight as I had expected but maybe this will be the last time for this celebration.
(Day 133 TG) 54°F. 6:30 am, cloudy
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, dress in my fall blues and walk inside to another dry day here at the bottom of Texas about thirty miles from the coast. When I purchase a cup of coffee, I witness to Eunice about why I do not celebrate and she discloses that her family does not either. I give here one of the JW contact cards and tell her that she can go online to learn more. She replies that she will look it up. I then return to my desk and continue pounding keys.
Resuming the key pounding, I work until long after dark and then pack out to drive to the d-mart to purchase a new mouse and find a blue tooth mouse for under twenty dollars. I then drive back to the w-mart and when parking, a man approaches to beg for money. I tell him that I do not have money to give him and ask Are you hungry? He tells me that he is and then I tell him that I eat an entirely different type of food and offer him some. He says that he will take it. During the time that I am making for him a cup of Daystart, he tells me that he believes that the Great Tribulation will start before the 14 May, 2022. I then begin talking with him about God and show him God′s name in the Bible, but he immediately replies that Jesus is God. I tell him that I will be here for a few days and if he wants to talk more, I will be willing also. He leaves and I install my mouse.
Then, I pack up the computer and get into the horizontal.
(Day 134 TG) 51°F. 6:50 am, overcast and humid
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, dress and go inside for coffee, com and key pounding
At six this evening, I go for a burger, after which I park at the w-mart for the night.
(Day 135 TG) 45°F. 7:00 am, overcast and humid
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, dress and go inside for coffee, com and key pounding. At six this evening, I pack out and go for a salad at my favorite Mexican restaurant.
After eating, I dress in my brown suit and then drive to the hall for the mid week meeting. Afterwards, I drive to the w-mart and park for the night.
(Day 136 TG) 49°F. 8:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting on a city street
Sleep late this morning, wake, dress, walk in for coffee, com and then more work pounding keys to finish the current volume.
I continue until well after sunset and then drive to a local home style Mexican food restaurant. Wow, was I disappointed, looks like I will be going to Chipotle while here in the valley.
(Day 137 TG) 59°F. 7:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, dress in my fall blues, walk into the w-mart and continue with my routine that I have been with for some time. At seven, I go out to have the good food.
Then, by nine, I am in the jammer and reading in the Bible.
(Day 138 TG) 50°F. 7:00 am, sun, hot
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, dress, wash my hair, go inside for coffee and com. Later, I come outside to dress for the meeting and the temperature has risen to above 80 degrees.
The meeting begins at four and afterwards, I go back to the w-mart and pound keys for a few more hours.
(Day 139 TG) 59°F. 5:00 am, sun, hot.
Overnighting on a city street
Up early, go inside for coffee, com and key pounding. I work all day on the computer and then some time after it becomes dark, probably nine this evening, I pack out to the jammer. A homeless man walks up and a conversation ensues, but it is the man that directs it to the Bible. I sit with him for a while and show him in the Bible some truths to help clear up a few misconceptions.
One thing I ask him is, Why do you smoke cigarettes if you say you are a Christian, the Bible tells us to treat our body as a temple to God and quote from 1 Corinthians 6:19 which states: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? He told me that he is working on trying to stop smoking. He left after eleven and I got into the jammer to acquire the horizontal but I could still smell the stench of death.
(Day 140 TG) 63°F. 7:00 am, overcast and humid
Overnighting on a city street
Arise a bit later this morning, walk inside for coffee, com and key boarding.
At seven this evening, I stop work, pack out and go out to eat grilled trout, vegetables, biscuits and lemon water. After the meal, I return to the w-mart and park on the street.
(Day 141 TG) 65°F. 8:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting on a city street
Another comfortable morning, cool but a bit humid. Arising, I go to the back of the jammer, open the lift gate to brush my teeth and wash my hair. Then, I walk inside for coffee, com and key pounding. The first task to do is upload the two newly formatted pdf files of volume one and they do so successfully. Now, the last thing that I want to do is read through new files and check for corrections.
I am still trying to sell more of my possessions online but it seems that all the people who contact me just have nothing better to do than play around online. I am totally frustrated with these people. Too, it is just eleven days away from the total eclipse on 20 January, and I would like to be at Falcon lake on the night of that full moon. I plan on leaving Harlingen soon to travel the hundred miles to get there. Currently, I am just less than forty miles from the gulf of Mexico and it has not been to bad here this entire time.
I spend most of the day working on the read through but still have much more to do tomorrow. At seven-thirty, I pack out tho the jammer and read. It is much cooler tonight than it has been all week already down to the very low sixties.
(Day 142 TG) 58°F. 7:00 am, cloudy and humid
Overnighting on a city street
Awake, dress in my fall blues, walk into the w-mart, coffee, com, key pounding.
Then, at four this afternoon, I pack out, walk to the jammer and begin working on my container of supplements. I want to take the powder out of the capsules, mix the different supplements together and then latter use the mixture to add it to my MRP. Doing this to the supplements will decrease the amount of size that they occupy in my burden. This will be especially important when I am backpacking. In fact, I can get a two month supply into the area of about an eight ounce cup of coffee.
Finally, I put every thing away and get dressed for the meeting, after which, I drive back tot he hall to park for the night.
(Day 143 TG) 55°F. 7:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting on a city street
Up to a cool morning, walk inside for coffee, com, and to pound keys.
Then, at four this afternoon, I pack out of the w-mart, drive upriver to my next stop inland and go inside of a hg-mart to get the finally ingredients for the supplement mixture. I will be adding these ingredients when I arrive to camp at Falcon Lake.
Afterwards, I drive to the w-mart near the hall where I will go for the weekend meeting Sunday morning and go in for a short time but soon walk back out to the jammer. Looking up, I see that the Wolf moon is waxing crescent and now dropping to the western horizon so I take a few photos before is disappears into the clouds that are on the horizon.
Later, I find a spot in a nearby parking lot to park for the night and hope that the police will not ask me to move. Finally, I finish my journal entry, shut down the computer and get horizontal.
Later, it begins to rain very hard and methinks how I must needs remind myself that next Sunday shortly after ten pm, the eclipse begins.
The Waxing Crescent
Wolf Moon
(m5he-ch-cres-19.20190111.2143) The Waxing Crescent Wolf Moon
Later, I find a spot in a nearby parking lot and hope that the police will not ask me to move. Finally, I finish my journal entry, shut down the computer and get horizontal. Later, it begins to rain very hard.
I have to keep reminding myself that next Sunday shortly after ten pm, the eclipse begins, because this one will be the last one for over a year, until May 2012.

The Journey Upriver go down go up
Saturday, 12 January 2019, Mission, TX. 80 Miles Upriver
(Day 144 TG) 55°F. 7:00 am sun, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake to a bright sunshine, the rain last evening has washed the clouds out of the sky leaving just a little haze on the horizon. I drive into the parking lot of the w-mart, go inside for coffee, com and to pound keys. It is already warm here and methinks that the temperatures are warmer now than previous years, but who am I to know about meteorology.
Although it has been a bit warm during the days, it has however been quite nice out at night, especially when I get up in the mornings. At seven this evening, I leave to have my supper, then return to the parking lot to park for the night.
(Day 145 TG) 51°F. 8:00 am
Overnighting in a parking lot
Again, the sun is shining and the sky blue but the temperature is cooler this morning that it has been for a time and it was necessary to use the starting spray to start the jammer. I go inside for a cup of coffee and to study for the meeting today. At nine this morning, I pack out, drive about two hundred yards and park again at the hall. Then, I go inside for the English meeting, the only congregation at this double hall, where there are about seven Spanish congregations. A few of the friends remember me but most do not because I do not usually stay at this hall for very long but travel on upriver to the next stop on my path to the northwest.
After the meeting, I go to the g-mart to shop for a few green vegetables, several cans of salmon and find a couple of other items that I have been looking for, including Acacia fiber powder. After leaving the store, I drive back to the w-mart to work more on the computer
Later, I drive to the nearby parking lot for the night again, especially since nobody bothered me here during the last two evenings. There is still the Aerostar in Washington that I would like to purchase but the drive there at this time of the year is totally out of the question. I will keep praying for a replacement van to continue the journey.
Upon looking up into the night sky, I see the moon, now at almost first quarter and grab my camera for a few photos.
The Waxing Crescent
Wolf Moon
(m5he-ch-cres-19.20190113.2049) The Waxing Crescent Wolf Moon
After putting away my camera, I climb into the back of the jammer and get horizontal.
(Day 146 TG) 52°F. 8:00 am, overcast humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake very late this morning, drive to the w-mart, walk in for coffee, com and key pounding. Today, I work on uploading moon photos and updating their photo galleries. Then at seven, I pack out to the jammer and move it to the parking lot to have my supper.
(Day 147 TG) 47°F. 7:00 am, overcast, misty
Overnighting in a parking lot, 80 miles to Coast
Awake, spray starter fluid to start the jammer and drive it to the w-mart for coffee, com, key pounding. Yes, another long day waiting for the winter to wrap up. I will stay here at my second stop for a couple more days before I move to my next location upriver.
During this day, I limit my food intake to very little, mostly just food from my pantry. Later, I retire to the jammer, climb into the back and get horizontal to read and then sleep. I have been wanting to take of photo of the gibbous Wolf moon but as of late, there has been no moon at all in the night sky, only clouds, rain and cold.
(Day 148 TG) 54°F. 6:00 am, overcast, rain, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk inside for coffee, com and key pounding. I have been eating from my pantry the last few days, experimenting on the taste of my daystart recipe and the mixture yesterday was nowhere near palatable but knowing that it was good for me, I ate all of it. Today, I use less of the meal replacement powder and the taste is much more to my liking. At three this afternoon, I get out my tablet and begin studying for the meeting tonight. Later, I pack out to the jammer, clean up somewhat, get dressed for the meeting and then drive the two hundred yards to the hall. In the short time that I have been here, I have come to love this congregation because of the warmth that they express towards me.
After the meeting, I grab a burger and then drive back to the parking lot near the w-mart to stop for the night. The rain seems to have abated and it is much warmer this evening than it has been for several days.
(Day 149 TG) 58°F. 6:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake before my alarm goes off and just lie here thinking that I must get up some time. Later, I arise, start the jammer, drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and key pounding while waiting for the winter to run it′s course.
Meanwhile, I continue here just 80 miles from the Texas coast under a sky that remains overcast both day and night, with fog hanging thick each morning and light misting rain periodically falling throughout the day. This is winter in south Texas and home to about ninety-five percent Spanish speaking inhabitants. I only wish my friend Cobalto was here with me this winter.
(Day 150 TG) 64°F. 7:30 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake to another day of thick fog with a light misting rain, which according to the weather forecast, ends here tomorrow, which promises to provide a clear night for the upcoming eclipse, at least, that is if the forecast remains true. However, my plan is to leave Mission, (only 80 miles from the coast) drive up the valley to Falcon state park (150 miles from the coast), where I will overnight hoping to watch the total eclipse in a clear sky there.
I have been looking forward to this eclipse Sunday evening 20 January 2019, at 11:12 local time (23:12 CST) but also, the next day (22 January 2019 from 04:00 until 07:00 CST), there will be a rare conjunction of planets, Jupiter and Venus as they rise in the east just before the dawn begins, which is at 07:01 CST. Exciting Celestial times.
It is eight this evening before I pack out of the w-mart, drive to the parking lot and retire for the evening. It has been a long day of pounding keys but I have got a lot of files upgraded with new information. Nevertheless, this is to be the last night in Mission for me this winter.
At two thirty tonight, I awake and look outside to see the near full moon in a clear sky, which, methinks confirms the weather forecast. I take a couple of photos and then get out my phone to check the status of the full moon and find it to be about ninety-four percent of full.
The Waxing  Gibbous
Wolf Moon
(m5he-ch.gib-19.20190119.0234) The Waxing Gibbous Wolf Moon, 94%
After putting away my camera, I climb into the back of the jammer and return to the horizontal.
Saturday, 19 January 2019, Mission, TX. 80 Miles Upriver
(Day 151 TG) 62°F. 7:30 am, sun, clear
Overnighting in a parking lot,
Awake, dress, drive to the w-mart and go inside for coffee and notice that two sisters have set up a cart on the street near the w-mart, much like they did yesterday early in the day.
I then go inside to upload the photo from last night. I have been wanting to get a waxing gibbous shot of the Wolf Moon and now I have one. Next, my plan is to drive to the state park at Falcon lake for a hot shower and to overnight for a couple of days, which should provide ample occasion to take photos of the Wolf full moon. That drive will begin later this morning after coffee and also after I make a stop at the d-mart for more hemp seed and coconut flakes.
I have been looking forward to this eclipse Sunday evening 20 January 2019, at 11:12 local time (23:12 CST) but also, the next day (22 January 2019 from 04:00 until 07:00 CST), there will be a rare conjunction of planets, Jupiter and Venus as they rise in the east just before the dawn begins, which is at 07:01 CST. Exciting Celestial times.
At ten this morning, I begin the drive up the valley, first to Rio Grande City (120 Miles Upriver) and stop at the burger place named What for coffee and a taquito. Next, I continue up the valley to Falcon state park (150 Miles Upriver), and drive through the entrance station to show my pass. So, far, this drive has only taken an hour and a half and after checking into the park, I go right to the shower house and once under the hot water, I linger for a while but even then, it is still only noon when I pack out to the jammer. Next, I check at the recreation center to find it closed with no internet service available but do find a sign which states the center is only open 9 to Noon now.
This is when I decide not to overnight here but to leave the park and drive up to Laredo. However, first, I stop at the county park and find Robert, the French Canadian in his regular space. I stop and say out loud bon jour and remind him of my name when he walks out looking somewhat confused as to who I am. Then, in his thick Quebecois accent, he says Oh, yes, I remember. We sit and talk for quite a while and then I bid him au revoir and leave upriver for Laredo. I arrive in town at five, stop at the w-mart and check the schedule for the meeting here tomorrow, pound keys for a short time and then retire early.

The Journey Upriver go down go up
Sunday, 20 January 2019, Laredo, TX. 225 Miles Upriver
(Day 152 TG) 49°F. 6:30 am, sunny, clear
Full Wolf, Super, Blood Moon and Total Eclipse, 11:16 CST
Overnighting in a parking lot,
Awake, dress in my fall blues, walk into the w-mart for coffee, com and to study for the meeting this morning. Such a great study about how we must continue to trust fully in Jehovah. At nine-thirty, I drive to the hall, walk in and begin greeting the friends. Like the rest of the Rio Grande valley here in Texas, the culture is about 95 to 98 percent Mexican, a people that I have come to love dearly, particularly because of the warmth they show strangers. Too, I find out that the circuit overseer is visiting here this coming week.
Afterwards, I return to the w-mart and continue with the key pounding, which before I know it, the time has arrived to go outside and look up. When looking up, I see that the moon has begun eclipsing and has reached more than half way into the shadow of the earth. It is still just shortly after ten pm and the moon will not be fully within the shadow until just after eleven. Methinks, good, I have an hour to drive to a dark place and set up. Earlier today, when driving to and back from the hall, I espied such a place and drive directly there.
After parking on the side of a dark road with the passenger side of facing south, I climb into the back of the jammer, open the sliding door window and look up at the moon to see it to be just past half way into the shadow.
The Waxing  Gibbous
Wolf Moon
(m5he-ch.gib-19.20190119.0234) The Full Wolf Moon Entering the Earth Shaddow
Then, I begin photographing the moon as it continued to progress to the total and continued take photos all along. Then, looking up at the clock, I see that the time is here, and upon looking up again can not even see the moon for a moment and methinks, Yes, it is in total. I continue taking photos for another few minutes and then the battery in my camera becomes exhausted.
I check my spare and it too needs recharging. Well, I am done, put away my camera and drive back to the w-mart to park for the night.
(Day 153 TG) 48°F. 8:00 am, sunny, clear
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk into the w-mart for coffee, com and to pound keys. I check out the photos from last night and find that I have several good ones of the total eclipse. Then, I begin work of cropping the photos and updating my photo pages.
In the late afternoon, a man comes in the w-mart and walks to the back of the store to do his prayers and from this I deduce that he is a Muslim. When he walks back out into the front, I smile and greet him and a conversation begins. We talk for quite some time about the Bible and worship of God. I do not leave the w-mart until late and then walk out to the jammer to get horizontal.
(Day 154 TG) 56°F. 8:00 am, sun, clear
Overnighting in a parking lot
Upon arising, I dress, walk inside, set up my computer to add money on my coffee card and then purchase a cup of hot. Next, I begin pounding keys and continue doing so all day. Chris and his wife (she told me her name but I forgot) came in for coffee and walked up to my table to say hi. He also reminded me that the midweek meeting with the circuit overseer is tonight.
At six-fifty, I pack out to the jammer, dress in my brown suit and drive to the hall. The talk by the circuit overseer is the same one I heard both in Rocksprings, Wyoming and Dickenson, Texas congregations, but methinks that one can never get enough of a good thing. I leave the hall just before ten this evening and drive back to the w-mart. There is a light rain that begins while in the parking lot at the hall but soon stops.
(Day 155 TG) 48°F. 7:00 am, cloudy
Overnighting in a parking lot
It rained last night, starting during the drive from the hall back to the w-mart, and later, a much harder rain arrived at the w-mart and lasted for a couple hours. However, by the time I awake this morning, it is over and the parking lot is already dry. Methinks this is typical of the desert and Laredo, although not fully in the desert, is definitely on the edge of one of this continents largest, the Chihuahuan desert and exhibits many of the characteristics of a desert climate. However, I will not actually enter the Chihuahuan desert until after arriving in Del Rio, Texas later this month when my annual winter journey across the desert begins.
Later in the day, the sky becomes as clear as it was the night of the eclipse, typical for a desert ecosystem. I work on the Appendix Passage all day and upgrade most of the files with the new website Quest for TWJ as directed by the board.
(Day 156 TG) 48°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Up after another cold night, go through my routine and end up in my office pounding keys.
Continue until eight this evening, then go out for a burger.
(Day 157 TG) 50°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk inside for coffee, com and then begin another day of key pounding until one this afternoon, when I pack out and drive to the state park for a hot shower, and wow, was that so nice. After the shower, I drive to the Del Mar street w-mart, go in and set up to continue with the new look of the Appendix Passage.
Before I pack out at nine this evening, I get a lot done and upload it all to the website. Then, I drive to the parking lot for the night.
(Day 158 TG) 57°F. 8:00 am, cloudy, light rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk inside, coffee, com, key pounding and back to work.
Late night, stop walk out to the jammer, sleep.
(Day 159 TG) 50°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Up, walk into the w-mart, coffee, go through today′s Bible study, pack out and go to the meeting. Afterwards, I return to the w-mart for more key pounding and then at nearly ten, after uploading all the completed Methinks files, pack out to the jammer for the night.
(Day 160 TG) 50°F. 8:00 am, sunny clear
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, walk into the w-mart, coffee, com, key pounding.
At seven-thirty this evening, I have completed a entire group of pages, upload them and then pack out to find a nice Mexican restaurant.
(Day 161 TG) 42°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake to a much colder morning, dress, walk inside for coffee, com and then begin my key pounding. Then, at four this afternoon, I finish the work that I have been working on all this month, upload the files and then check for effect. Then, since I find several broken links, I open up the html editor and go back to work until shortly after seven when I finish fixing the broken links, but still have all the Supplement pages to do.
Methinks, there is only a few days left for me in Laredo, and will stay for the mid week meeting tomorrow night. Then, soon after that, I will pack out to places upriver.
(Day 162 TG) 44°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk inside for coffee, com and then key pounding.
At four, I stop, pack out and drive to the state park to take a hot shower and really enjoy having the hot on my body again. Afterwards, I stop for something to eat and then head to the hall for the meeting. Finally, I return to the parking lot where I have been overnighting and park again. During the evening, it warms up somewhat and later, it begins to rain lightly.
(Day 163 TG) 55°F. 8:00 am, rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, walk into the w-mart for coffee, com and pounding keys. I begin by updating the store page, making the new changes that were announced last week. Then, I continue working on the Supplements pages.
At well after nine this evening, I pack out to the jammer for the night.
(Day 164 TG) 59°F. 8:00 am, cloudy, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, walk into the w-mart for my routine. In the late afternoon, I get a text message from Francis Joe, who want to begin snowbirding and has questions. We text for about an hour about what is involved. She also asks some questions about what she can take for what is currently ailing here and I an able, while texting with her, look up answers in my research on my website. Wow, I am beginning to understanding exactly how to use all of this research and how it can help other.
After we finish our conversation, I get out my tablet and begin listening/watching the videos while I work. I had begun doing this not too long ago and see that by doing so, I can now keep up with all the new releases. At ten this evening, I pack out to the jammer.
(Day 165 TG) 62°F. 8:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, walk in for coffee, com and more key pounding.
In the middle afternoon, I drive to the state park, go to the shower house for some hot water and because it is so warm today, I then go to the lakeside parking to clean up the jammer. Susan calls to tell me that she is in League City doing another get stuff run and ask me for the best way to return to Wimberley, Texas so she will not have to drive through Houston.
I tell her to drive west on Texas 646, then right on Texas SH 518, then right again on Texas SH 6 and drive west under US 59 in Sugarland, Texas, staying on SH 6 which turns northward all the way to IH 10 in Katy, Texas where she can go west to Wimberley from there. She says Wow and thanks.
I then finish cleaning the jammer and head to the parking lot where I have been overnighting for the last two weeks. I plan on going to the meeting in the morning and soon afterwards, drive upriver to Del Rio, Texas to find cooler weather.
(Day 166 TG) 63°F. 8:00 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
It was a warm night and did not have to use my cover for most of it. Awake, buy coffee, dress and then drive to the hall for the meeting. I tell several of the friends goodbye, that I will see them next winter and then drive to the w-mart for another cup and to update my journal. At two this afternoon, I pack out and drive upriver.
After over three hours of driving, only after just arriving in Del Rio, Texas as about 5 pm, I look up in the western sky and see something on the horizon. I have to drive a bit further to get a clear view and seeing that it is a sundog, immediately grab my camera and snap a shot. However, I want to get some good photos, so I drive to a salf location, park off of US highway 277, get out with my camera and begin taking photos, taking several which I believe will turn out nice.
Halo Gallery
The Sundog
(m5ph-halo.sundog.19.20190203.1734) Halo Gallery, The Sundog
I continue into Del Rio, stop at the w-mart, park, go inside and begin working on cropping, uploading and coding the web pages. When it is complete, I upload everything to the web site and then create a post on my social media. It is not long before several people replay on social media. I continue for a while longer in the w-mart to update my selling apps with the zip code of my new location.
It is not until nearly ten pm when I pack out and head to the jammer for the evening. The evening is cooler here than it was in Laredo. It was beginning to warm up there. I am not sure how long this stay will last in Del Rio, but it will be at least until I am able to join in worship with the friends here. Meeting are Tuesday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.

The Journey Upriver go down go up
Monday, 04 February 2019, Del Rio, TX. 400 Miles Upriver
(Day 167 TG) 59°F. 7:00 am, overcast, fog
Overnighting in a parking lot
New Moon
Awake, dress, drive to the w-mart, go in for coffee, com and then begin writing chapter two of Episode Three. Actually, I am just trying to organize my thoughts about what some of the chapters will be.
After working all day, I stop at eight, pack out, stop for a meal and then drive to the d-mart to overnight.
(Day 168 TG) 60°F. 8:00 am, overcast, fog
Overnighting in a parking lot
I had wanted to rise early this morning but it was hard to achieve sleep last night again, so, I will try again tomorrow morning. After driving to the w-mart for coffee, I resume work on the current task, research and compilation of information for the next episode.
Then, at eight this evening, I pack out to retire for the evening and after a time reading I am able to get into the sack reasonable early.
(Day 169 TG) 64°F. 6:30 am, clouds high in the sky, wind
Overnighting in a parking lot
After sleeping well despite a warm night, I arise early, however slow, and drive to the w-mart, go in for coffee and com. The into the mens room to brush my teeth, after which, I return to my seat and begin a day of pounding keys.
According to the weather report, the temperatures at night are going to below 50° for the next four nights, which is how I like it. At eight this evening, I pack out, drive to the d-mart to buy some vegetables and then park for the evening.
(Day 170 TG) 51°F. 6:30 am, overcast, humid
Overnighting in a parking lot
Up early for a change, drive to the w-mart for another day of coffee, com and key pounding and watch a beautiful sunset from inside at the table. Today, I determined that the Joktan and his family walked fifteen thousand miles from Ur to Lenapehoking.
At eight-thirty, I pack out, drive to the d-mart and retire in the jammer for the evening.
(Day 171 TG) 42°F. 7:00 am, overcast, hail
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, rise, dress and hear hail hitting the outside of the jammer. When I remover the sunshades from the front windshield and see some slush on the outside. I turn on the wipers and drive to the w-mart, go inside for coffee and my routine.
For some time now, I have been looking online to find a replacement vehicle for use as my jammer. A few days ago, I came across a 1997 Ford Aerostar for two thousand dollars, which by itself is not great, but the sales add lists that it has only 64 thousand miles, (64,000 miles). This low mileage has caught my attention and I have been debating on whether to make the drive to where it is being sold, Dallas, Texas.
At eleven this morning, some of the friends come in for coffee and greet me. I ask what time the meeting is Sunday and I am told it is at one in the afternoon. I continue working of the words of episode three and then retire to the parking lot at nine-thirty.
(Day 172 TG) 49°F. 8:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
I had planned on going out in the ministry this morning but decided only this morning that I would not participate. I drive to the w-mart and continue the work on the words of episode three.
At eight this evening, I pack out, drive to the burger house for supper and then to the d-mart to park for the night.
(Day 173 TG) 52°F. 6:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
This is the fourth day in a row that I have had to spray starter fluid in order to start the jammer. I then drive to the w-mart for coffee and to study for the meeting this afternoon. The study is about The Paradise and teaches us how to become proficient in telling others about our hope of living there. I really enjoy this study and look forward to hearing all the comments at the meeting.
After the meeting, I return to the w-mart to continue writing words until almost ten when I retire to the parking lot for the evening.
(Day 174 TG) 54°F. 8:00 am, overcast, rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
Upon waking, I dress and then try to start the jammer. I am surprised that it does start without having to spray starter fluid. I then drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and my routine. At eleven, the friends arrive and I walk to their table to greet them. After, I return to pounding keys.
At eight this evening, I pack out for the night.
(Day 175 TG) 55°F. 7:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Much warmer today, the jammer starts and I am not shivering. I drive to the w-mart for coffee. At noon, I pack out, fill the gas tank and drive north on US 90 to Seminole Canyon state park to use the shower facility but the water pipe has a leak and the maintenance men are working on it. So, I wait and it only takes about two hours before the water is back on.
So, while I am waiting, I start conversations with any and all who come by the shower house and get to talk to a few about the Bible, but most about other things. I then go into the shower house and take a hot shower, wash my shirt and underwear and then pack out back to Del Rio for the mid-week meeting. Afterwards, I drive to the d-mart to park for the night.
(Day 176 TG) 54°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Finally, it is sunny again this morning, start the jammer and drive to the w-mart for coffee and look online to see if the 1997 Ford Aerostar is still for sale. I have been debating in my mind if I should go to Dallas and have been hesitating because the sales person at the car lot has not responded to my repeated questions. I find that it is still available and then decide that I must go and take a look at it so that I may decide if it will be the next jammer.
Methinks, if I get there and it is in fact just junk, then I can always turn around and drive out of the city. Still, I am hesitant to drive the four hundred miles which would take at least six hours. Nevertheless, I begin working north however haphazardly.
I pack out and begin my drive first up US 277, then US 377, then SH 41 which takes me to Mountain Home on IH10 where I drive east the short distance to Kerrville, Texas where my thoughts are to stay for a day or two. The jammer makes the drive without too many quirks and I am glad that it is still getting me down the road.
In the early afternoon, I see a young couple and ask them the question I normally ask of people who I believe are also Jehovah′s Witnesses and the man answers yes, which means to me that he is a witness. With that, I then say hello brother and a conversation ensues.
After sunset, I pack out and drive to Mamacita′s restaurant for my supper and I have the grilled fish, salad, beans, rice, salsa and chips. I have been here only once before, which was more than two years ago and I came to believe that this is absolutely the best Mexican restaurant in Texas. I retire to the parking lot very full to sleep off the food.

The Journey into the Red Zone to Replace the Jammer go down go up
(Day 177 TG) 53°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Upon awaking, I drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and a very short morning of key pounding. For over a week, I have been wondering about the 1997 Aerostar in Dallas with under 65,000 miles but have been putting off driving there.
However, yesterday, I began a slow trek north but today, I realize that in order to look at the van before this weekend, I must drive north today and get very close to Dallas. Therefore, I drive north on SH 16 to Fredericksburg, turn east on US 290 to Johnston city where I stop for lunch at the Pecan Street Brewery, a place that I know to be a restaurant with good food from a previous drive through here. I have the fish tacos which I believe is the best fish tacos I have ever had.
Then I pack out again, this time north on US 281 and stop in Marble falls for the afternoon to pound keys and to continue longer thinking about if I really want to drive to Dallas or not. Finally, I tell myself that I do not want to continue driving the 1989 jammer any longer, especially with the constant surging at cruising speed and know that it will not get any better but will most likely only get worse.
Then, as the sun is reaching the horizon, I make the decision to continue to drive north this evening so that I can get close enough to be within fifty miles of the car lot upon awaking tomorrow morning.
Leaving Marble Falls, I drive north on US 281 through many of the Texas hill county highlands towns and then at Hico, Texas, I turn north on SH 220 and meet with US 67 to continue my drive eastward. After driving through Glen Rose, I continue to Cleburne where I locate the d-mart and stop for the evening.
I am now just twenty miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, so I park, climb into the back of the jammer and close my eyes.
(Day 178 TG) 41°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Upon awaking, I drive to the w-mart, get online and send an email to the car lot in Dallas asking if they are open today. Immediately, Gene sends me a response stating, Yes, 9am to 6 pm. I finish up with I am doing and at nine-thirty this morning, I leave the w-mart and drive into the red zone, Dallas, Texas, arriving at the auto lot at about ten-twenty.
I walk up to the office and ask about the Aerostar to which Tony takes me to it and lets me look it over. At first, I am not too impressed and find a lot of things that need to be repaired, but knowing I have the ability for making such repairs, I continue looking at the van.
I discover that this is the strip down version of the Aerostar, which means it has no or few electrical accessories, but I like this because there are fewer things that can go wrong. This means that this Aerostar has no electric windows, no electric locks, no cruise control (I will miss this one), and no electric seats.
It does have a working heater, air conditioner and am-fm radio. I begin to think that I can live with this Aerostar, especially since it has only 64,640 miles.
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1997 Ford Aerostar
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190215.1837) 1997 Aerostar in Dallas, The Journey Continues
Once I have checked it thoroughly, I approach Tony and he tells me to call Gene. After, I relate all the things that I have found that needs to be corrected, I ask him, What is you best price? and without any hesitation, he says $1500.00 out the door, which in car sales talk means $1500 including tax, title and license.
I tell him that I have yet to test drive the van and will let him know. However, that price was below what I was thinking and if the test drive proves the van good, all of the repairs are nothing with getting it for that amount.
I test drive the van a like it even more and so call Joe in Tennessee to tell him about it. He replies, It is exceptional deal and looks like Jehovah has really blessed you. I respond, Yes and I will have to make a lot of prayers of thanks to him for this blessing.
I then clean all the debris from inside the van, after which I leave to get online and check with my insurance for coverage on the 1997 Aerostar and also get an address from Susan so as to register it in Texas. I then relay the address to Gene and tell him that I will be there later to pay for it. When I arrive at three, he writes me a receipt and then tells me that I need to get the Texas inspection next.
I leave in the van, drive to a nearby shop and have Natasha do the inspection on the 1997 Aerostar. While she is working on it, I begin witnessing to her and find that she is from Iran and is Bahai faith. I also give her my business card for The Wayfarers Journal to which she tells me that she will look it up on the internet. I leave the auto shop, drive back to the sales lot and leave the 1997 Aerostar, the keys and Tony tells me that he will come get me at the w-mart in the morning.
I pack out in the (blue) jammer, drive the 1.4 miles to the w-mart and go inside to update my sales items, add the 1989 Aerostar to the list of items for sale and then work on updating my journal entries for the last two day. I begin to get replies on the blue Aerostar right away. At eight-thirty, I leave the w-mart, drive next door to the d-mart and retire for the evening.
(Day 179 TG) 45°F. 7:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk next door to the w-mart for a cup of coffee and just get my computer turned on when Tony calls to tell me that he is outside. I pack out, get into his car and ride with him to the car lot. I update him on my information, get into the white 1997 Aerostar and drive back to the d-mart where the jammer is parked arriving by eight-thirty.
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House Moving Day
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190216.0928) House Moving Day in Dallas, The Journey Continues
I walk back to the w-mart for a refill and then go back to my camp and begin working on moving into my new home, the 1997 Aerostar. I begin by removing the two rear seats from the 1997 and set them on the ground between the two vans. Then, I begin cleaning out the white van by wiping down the inside with some solumel cleaner I had left over from the time I was purchasing Melalueca products. Immediately, the inside begins to smell better.
As I finish cleaning a wall section, I move the furniture from the blue van into the white one. I did not think that the newer Aerostar could get any smaller as I thought that the blue one was the smallest one made. However, I get my tape measure and find out that the inside of the 1997 white one is smaller in dimensions than the 1989 blue van and because of this, I will have to down size my possessions once again.
Yes, I acknowledge that I still have way too much stuff.
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House Moving Day
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190216.0929) House Moving Day in Dallas, The Journey Continues
I keep at it all day getting most everything transferred over to the white van and finish by installing the two rear seats into the blue van. I work right up until sunset. However, that is a misnomer because there is no sun in the sky at all today, just clouds, fog and at times a light rain. After I put everything away, I get out my cook pot and make a pot of repast. When it is done, I pour off the excess water into my cup and upon taking a sip, methinks, I continue to be totally amazed how good the pour off liquid from my repast tastes. I sip on the cup of hot while the repast is cooling and then, begin eating the rice, quinoa, onions, ginger, and spice mix.
After eating and cleaning up the kitchen, I lock up the two jammers and walk into the d-mart to purchase some water and a bar of dark chocolate. Returning to my camp, I climb into the white jammer, it is officially the jammer because that is now where my gear bed are, and turn on my computer to write today′s journal entry. The blue Aerostar van is empty tonight except for a few boxes so I have room to sleep. Tomorrow, I will trade the wheels and move the rest of the boxes into jammer. I finish with the computer and put it away at nine and then get directly under the covers.
(Day 180 TG) 43°F. 7:30 am, cloudy
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk to the w-mart for coffee and check for the time and location of a kingdom hall near by. I find on only a few blocks north but the meeting is at nine this morning. So, I do not stay long but leave out and walk back to the jammer, open the rear lift gate and change into my suit. Then, I get into the blue Aerostar and drive to the hall for the meeting. Afterwards, I leave, drive to my camp and begin work on switching the wheels between the two vans. The white van tires have really good tread but the rubber has micro cracks apparently from age and heat. The blue van has two new tires and two more that are less than six months old. Too, I like the 15 inch rims that I bought, cleaned, primed and painted when I had the green Aerostar. By two this afternoon, I finish the tire transfer and then take the remaining boxes out of the blue van and set them on the bed in the jammer.
When everything is done, I walk to the w-mart, get online and update my add with The Blue Van is Ready to Sell, please come Look at it. and then sent the same statement to the six or seven people who contacted me and said they wanted to buy the van. Immediately, I get a response from Uri, who says that he is on his way now. I tell him that I will wait for him at the van. In just a few minutes, he shows up with his friend and they take it for a test drive. Upon returning, they ask a few questions about it and I tell them the history about the water leak, and how I fixed it using a Head Gasket stop leak, and how it still is an old van with a lot of quirks.
He asks about the transmission that I said I had rebuilt and I show him the receipt for the rebuild. He then asks if he buys the van, could keep the receipt. I tell him yes and he pulls out the five hundred and hands it to me. I have him sign a bill of sale I had earlier prepared, then I sign the title and hand it to him. While they are removing the darkening panels I had installed, I close up the jammer, start the engine and after three days in this red zone, I drive out of Dallas.
Upon driving out of Dallas, I can say that I never plan to return into this city again, however, I know from past experience, that almost nothing can be a never, because there may be a better van here in the future. You never know.
Still, while here, I was totally disgusted about how filthy it is every where, how bad the roads are, how noisy it is here and how disgusting the people are. Yes, the people here are totally disgusting they have no respect for others, are always speeding by in a hurry and honking their car horns. This too and I was not even in a bad area of the city.
Upon leaving the city limits, I drive southwest on US 67 back to Midlothian, Texas, stopping at the w-mart to get online and report that the blue Aerostar is sold. Also, I update my journal entry and upload it to my website.
I have yet to decide where I will go for the next full moon, which occurs in two days, on 19 February 2019, at 15:53 UTC (09:53 CST). I want to be in an area with clear sky but methinks that I will first just go west to Dinosaur State park for a hot shower. Once I have soaked in hot water again, I will make that decision.

The Sojourn Awaiting Paperwork go down go up
Finally, at seven-thirty, I retire to the d-mart for the evening, knowing quite well that I must remain here in Texas for some four or more weeks awaiting for the state of Texas to provide me with first, my license plate and inspection sticker, then the title to the new jammer.
(Day 181 TG) 39°F. 7:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress and walk into the d-mart. I check for my regular purchases and find one but I also buy some plastic restorer spray for the jammer. Then I drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and key pounding. The temperatures here in the top of Texas have been very low but for the most part, have not felt that cold because it has been mostly dry here. I am so glad to be out of the city, I had dreaded going in and I had hated being there but now I am barely far enough away to remove most of the bad influences. Midlothian, Texas is about as far from Dallas as League City is to Houston, still both are too close for me but serve as a place to stop prior and after a visit into the alligator and snake infested swamp of either megalopolis.
I stay here at the w-mart for a short time, then, I pack out to a car wash and do the clean on the jammer, well, at least the first step in putting on the shine. After that, I drive to Dinosaur Valley state park for a hot shower to do the clean on myself, especially up after those three days in the red zone, repeat with garbage, filth, poison, wickedness and all kinds of other nasty things.
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Putting on the Clean
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190218.1506) Putting on the Clean, The Journey Continues
Leaving the dinosaur valley, I drive into Glen Rose and stop at a Mexican restaurant for my supper and have grilled fish and shrimp, salad, refried beans, rice, chips and salsa. As bad as this type of food is on my diet, I really do love this meal. However, this has happened at least twice this month and I should limit this kind of food to only once a month.
After eating, I get back into the jammer and drive east on US 67 the twenty five miles back to Cleburne, Texas where I go into the w-mart for my com and key pounding. I stay inside until the store closes at ten, pack out and drive to the d-mart for the evening and as I arrive, it begins to rain.
(Day 182 TG) 36°F. 7:00 am, rain
Full Snow Moon, Super Moon
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, walk into the d-mart for greens, engine cleaner, and batteries. Then, I drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and key pounding. However, after checking the weather radar, find that I need to drive about three hundred miles west in order to get out from under the local thick cloud cover and be able to see the Super Snow full moon tonight.
I pack out at noon and head west on US 67 out of Cleburne, stopping first in Glen Rose, Texas at a Mexican restaurant and this is my first time at Casa Azteca for me. When walking in I comment that this looks new, to which the hostess says Yes, brand new. I have the fish tacos and I must say that these are close to being the best I have had in Texas. However, nothing has been even close to the fish tacos I had at Pecan Street Brewery on Day 177 TG. Still, these hit the spot for me and then I continue east on US 67 to Dublin, Texas where I turn right and head north on SR 6 to IH 20, turn left and continue westward on my to drive out of the rain.
There is a break in the rain near Sweetwater, Texas but the sky is still cloudy, and I continue west through Big Springs, Texas, after which the sky begins showing blue everywhere. Shortly after that, I see the sun break through the cloud cover, drop very quickly to the suntouch and then disappear.
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Sunset before Super Snow Moon
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190219.1823) Sunset before Super Snow Moon
I arrive at my exit, the one with the w-mart across the street from the d-mart and pull off IH 20 into heavy local traffic. I am able to make it into the parking lot and upon looking up towards the western horizon, see the full moon. I grab my camera and begin taking photos, during which the entire time, thinking I made it, I drove out of the rain into the drive side of the state.
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Super Snow Full Moon
(m5he-ch.full-02.20190219.1924) Super, Snow Full Moon, The Journey Continues
(Day 183 TG) 36°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, turn on the jammer engine for some heat and then begin getting dressed. I see the moon about one hand above the western horizon, grab my camera and take a couple of photos. Then, I get dressed, drive to the w-mart and go in for coffee, com and to pound keys. When I try to upload files to my web site, my web site host does not let me long on to the server because there is something wrong with the w-mart WiFi service.
I pack out shortly after noon, drive to Big Spring, Texas and stop at the w-mart here, where I have no trouble getting onto my web site server. At four this afternoon, I go out to the jammer to so some body work on the roof.
So, about the heat of the day, I go out to the jammer, get out my wire brush and begin grinding on the roof rust until it is all a light tan. Next, I tape around the edges where I do not want over spray and finally I spay on a rust converter spray every where there is the least amount of sun burn. Finally, I remove all the tape and put away my tools and on the way back into the w-mart, I stop turn around and snap a photo with my phone.
I will let the primer dry for a day or two, then I will scrub the entire roof with a cleaner, after which I will paint over all the rust converter with at least two coats of a white primer. Probably, the hardest part of working on the roof is gaining access to it. I was racking my mind on where I could find a ladder and suddenly it came to me that if I parked next to a picnic table, I could stand on the table and reach the roof without having to climb onto it. So, now, I have a plan.
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Sunburn on the Jammer
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190220.1653) Sunburn with Rust Converter on the Jammer
In Texas, this type of damage is called Sun Burn which results from the long summer season. I have always joked about this one, saying that Texas has fours seasons, December, January, February and Summer. It has always been funny to me but the damage done by the sun to vehicles, homes and just about everything here is not funny but required a lot of work to keep repaired.
After sunset, I leave the w-mart, drive across town to the d-mart and find a place to park for the night, but soon after, the local rev your engine club parks close to me and begin to see how loud they can make their cars sound. I move to the far side of the d-mart where I can not hear the engines revving and park the jammer. Next to the van is a dogwood tree, now in full bloom so I get out and take a photo of the tree.
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Spring in Texas, Dogwood Blooms
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190220.2029) Spring In Texas, Dogwood Blooms
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Super Snow Full Moon
(m5he-ch.full-02.20190220.2126) Super, Snow Full Moon, The Journey Continues
Yes, spring has begun here in Texas and it will not be long before this wayfarer will move north even further. Then, I climb into the back and get horizontal.
(Day 184 TG) 49°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
After sleeping late, I rise, drive back towards the w-mart and stop on the ways at a ap-mart to purchase some vacuum line and fittings and try to correct the ac vent door problem. After that, I drive to the w-mart for coffee, com, and key pounding. Then, I check for a mid-week meeting for tonight and find that the closest is in Abilene, Texas, so, I pack out at about two this afternoon and drive east on IH 20 the one hundred miles to Abilene.
As I pull off the freeway, turn left on the street where the w-mart is located, I see a restaurant that I have not seen since my high school days, one which was my favorite one then but all of the chain closed by the time I was in college. Wow, methinks, I wonder if it is still as good as it was back then, and I pull in and eat supper. I have to say, Yes, it is still a very good meal. However, like all other restaurants, it can only exist by preparing inflammatory food and I must avoid eating here. I then drive across the highway to the w-mart to await for the meeting tonight.
The friends are very warm and many come up to me to say hello. Afterwards, I drive to the d-mart to retire.
(Day 185 TG) 46°F. 7:00 am, fog
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, drive, drink coffee, com, pound keys and the journey continues.
In the evening, I drive to the d-mart for the night.
(Day 186 TG) 42°F. 8:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and key pounding.
In the early afternoon, when it warms up, I drive to the Red Bud park in town to use a picnic table to climb on and clean the top of the jammer and then use up my water to finish washing the outside of the van.
After that, I drive back to the w-mart to continue in the heated area and pound keys. At sunset, I leave and stop at the Taco Bueno for my supper, after which, I drive to the d-mart for the evening.
(Day 187 TG) 25°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, defrost the front windshield, drive to the w-mart for coffee, and to study for the meeting this morning at ten. At nine-thirty, I drive to the hall, walk in and immediately, I am greeted by several of the friends including Lance and his family. The speaker is visiting from another local hall and helps us to see the value of trusting in our God fully using a really good illustration about a train that looses the ability to break to a stop.
Afterwards, I go to a car wash to clean the engine but can not find my engine degreaser, so decide to do it tomorrow. I do however, pull off the remaining pieces of the rear bumper and deposit the broken plastic in a waste receptacle in the park.
Finally, I head to the w-mart for more key pounding and work on uploading photos for a newly created gallery. It is long after sunset when I leave and retire for the evening at the d-mart.
(Day 188 TG) 40°F. 7:00 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, it is so much warmer this morning than yesterday, dress, start the jammer, drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and another day of key pounding. I suspect that I will be here until this weekend waiting for the call to come pick up my license plates for the jammer.
I keep pounding on the keys until eight and then pack out to the d-mart for the evening.
(Day 189 TG) 51°F. 6:30 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
It is so much warmer this morning than it has been this week. I rise, dress and drive to the w-mart for coffee, com and key pounding.
In the late afternoon, I go outside to sand and prime the roof of the jammer, at least until I run out of primer. Then, I go to wash the jammer engine and while there slip and twist my left leg. Immediately, I realize that my leg has a pulled muscle and I have to limp to continue working on cleaning the jammer.
After cleaning the engine, I drive to the d-mart to buy additional paint to continue my work on the roof, finishing the front third of the top.
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Gloss White on the Jammer
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190226.1834) Gloss White on the Jammer Roof
As the sun drops close to the horizon, the grackles amass to the trees, power lines and roof tops surrounding the d-mart and with a clamor that is deafening. I purposely park in an area devoid of any thing for them to roost upon as I do not want grackle poop on my freshly painted roof.
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Grackles, Only in Texas
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190226.1848) Grackles Flock to the d-mart, Only in Texas
(Day 190 TG) 54°F. 7:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Wake, start engine, dress, drive, sip coffee, check com, pound keys until noon. Then, I pack out and drive twelve mile south on Buffalo Gap road (SH 89) to Abilene state park for a hot shower and while here take some photos of the park, including some in the bird blind.
After putting on the clean again, I drive back to Abilene and stop at the Bueno for supper. Then, with the temperature dropping fast, I go back to the w-mart and take up my office space again to continue pounding keys. Later, at about eight this evening, I pack out and drive to the d-mart for the night. It is very cold and need to add my blanket above the sleeping bag which make it just right for sleep.
(Day 191 TG) 28°F. 7:00 am, fog, light rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
After rising I start the engine and drive to the w-mart for my regular cup of hot. The barista asks, Do you want a tall pike this morning? to which I answer, You have my number. I take up my office space and begin sipping coffee while checking my com and pounding keys.
I stay indoors today due low temperatures here in Abilene all day long. The rain does not stop until the early afternoon and the temperature rises to the hight forties. In the afternoon, I call the auto dealer where I purchased the 1997 Aerostar and they have my license plates for me. I go to the meeting here in Abilene tonight to say my good byes and afterwards begin the drive to Dallas. I only drive for about an hours and stop at the first location on IH 20 with a d-mart.
I stop, climb into the back and it is after eleven tonight when I close my eyes.
(Day 192 TG) 40°F. 8:00 am, overcast
Overnighting in a parking lot
Rising, I drive to the ff-mart for coffee first, then onto IH 20 and drive east towards Dallas. At ten this morning, I drive into the auto-mart to pick up the license plates and windshield sticker. Then, I leave out of Dallas immediately even though I had wanted to stop at two stores that I know are here and have not found either store any where else during the past several months. Still, I decide not to stay in Dallas, ever if these stores are located in this city but depart hastily. As I am leaving, I think that I could make the drive to Austin some time next week, where I know both stores have a location. I drive south immediately and stop first at Midlothian, Texas, (the League City of Dallas) for a quick stop in the d-mart and to gas up.
For the rest of the day, since it still is somewhat warmer in north Texas, at least for a couple days, I drive southwest on first US 67, stopping in Glen Rose for a Mexican meal, then take the SH 220 cutoff and continue south on US 281 through the Fossil Ridge area. I only learned today about this being an exceptional locations for fossils.
Even though there will be no where in Texas except the very bottom that does not drop below freezing this weekend and first part of next week, I feel that I am far enough south to keep myself warm. I stop for the evening in Marble Falls and drive to the w-mart where I first put on the license plates and windshield sticker before going in. Finally, after waiting two weeks, the Jammer looks good with a license plate on it.
At seven, I drive to the d-mart for the night but before climbing into the back, I walk into the store because it looks to be a very large one but it does not have anything special, so I only purchase a bag of pecans.
Saturday, 02 March 2019, Marble Falls, TX.
(Day 193 TG) 50°F. 6:30 am, rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
Arise, dress and decide that it is this morning that I will drive into Austin and upon arriving, stop first at a hg-mart, one which has sprouted rolled oats and buy all five bags from the shelf. I also find no added salt salmon and buy five of these too. After only an hour in the store, I walk out, put the food away and then drive around the block to the next store, an o-mart where I only need one thing which is a new neck hanging wallet.
I also buy a sticker for the jammer window, one which is a John Muir quote: The Mountains are Calling. Methinks that I really connect with John Muir, always long for being out of the city and heading for the mountains. Too, I look forward to meeting him in the resurrection in the paradise. When I check out, I get into the jammer and head west on SH 71 out of Austin to Bee Cave, Texas where I locate a w-mart to go in to charge my batteries and pound keys.
Then, at four this afternoon, I pack out and drive to Buda, Texas and then to Kyle, Texas which is on an interstate highway and has both a w-mart and d-mart close to one another.
For my supper, I have a burger called What and then drive to the parking lot where I am planning to park for the next few days.
(Day 194 TG) 44°F. 6:50 am, overcast, rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, rise slowly, then dress and walk inside the w-mart for coffee, com, comb my hair and then study for the meeting today, and wow, such a good study from Psalms 16. At nine this morning, I pack out to the jammer, dress in my suit and begin my drive to the hall on Jacobs Well road in Wimberley.
My GPS takes me on several county roads and the drive is slower than I had thought it would be, taking about forty minutes, but the congregation although small, is quite warm and welcoming.
The Quest for the Blessings
Breakfast in Wimberley, Texas
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190303.0938) Spiritual Food at Wimberley Congregation, Texas
After the meeting, I stay and talk for a time but soon, I in the jammer and drive to the Wimberley Cafe for a late breakfast.
The Quest for the Blessings
Breakfast in Wimberley, Texas
(b1a11-58.02-e.20190303.1234) Breakfast at Wimberley Cafe, Wimberley, Texas
After eating, I get into the jammer and drive back to Kyle, first on the Old Kyle Road (FM 3237), then continue on FM 150 (from Dripping Springs, Texas,) arriving in Kyle, Texas at a little after two in the afternoon. I then grab my computer bag, walk inside the w-mart and begin pounding keys.
At eight this evening, I pack out and retire to the jammer, put up my light blockers and get horizontal.
(Day 195 TG) 29°F. 6:30 am, overcast, windy. High 36°F.
Overnighting in a parking lot
Another very cold night and methinks I am getting used to this dry cold, but, I have still not come to like it as I would rather it be in the low fifties when I awake. I dress, walk into the w-mart, buy my coffee, and sip on it while I check my com and begin pounding keys. I will stay here in this latitude below Austin, Texas so as to avoid the much colder weather north of me, at least for the next few days.
I stay in the w-mart all day as it only rises to 36 °F today. Richard calls me in the afternoon and we talk for a long time discussing some of the upbuilding subject of Bible study late. I talk with a man who is sitting next to me in the w-mart who seems totally without hope and I try to reason with him that there is a realistic basis for hope. He seems to reject every thing about the Bible that I bring up but when he packs out to leave, he says, I really enjoyed talking with with you, thanks. I tell him that I will be here for a few days and that we could talk some more it he returns.
(Day 196 TG) 25°F. 6:30 am, sun
Overnighting in a parking lot
I enjoy the sunglow while the jammer engine warms up the van, then see the suntouch but do not take a photo because the area is cluttered with parked cars which does not make for a good photo ambiance. Rising, I dress in my winter blues, walk inside, set up my computer and phone to charge and then go for the cup of coffee. When I sit down, I check my com and then begin pounding keys.
After working all day on the Forts Gallery, and now it being well into the night, I retire to the jammer to drive to a Mexican food restaurant. I find one in the same parking lot and it turns out to be Tex-Mex and really good. Afterwards, I return to the parking space near the w-mart and climb into the back
(Day 197 TG) 26°F. 6:00 am, sun, clear
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake to another cold morning and again watch the sunglow in the east over the parking lot and at six fifty-one this morning, see the suntouch. The sun set last night at six thirty-three which means there is eleven hours and forty-one minutes of daylight today, just short of an equinox, which occurs on the twentieth of this month.
I walk inside, set up my computer and begin charging my batteries, then coffee, next com and finally catch up on my journal writing for the morning. By eight this morning, the temperature has already risen to above freezing.
(Day 198 TG) 49°F. 6:30 am, cloudy
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, rise, dress, walk inside, set up computer, go back for my phone and tablet to plug in for charging, coffee, pound keys, ah, the life of a snowbird.
At five, I meet Jason and Ally who tell me that they are searching for Truth. I ask her to repeat what she just said and she tells me again. I then tell them about my three year search for the meaning of life and she asks me, Did you find it? to which I tell her yes. We spend over an hour talking about the difference between the Truth and all the others churches who claim to be Christian. I leave there and head to San Marcos for the midweek meeting, first south on IH35 then southeast on SH 80.
I pull over along the state highway and put on my suit, then I drive onto the hall property, park and go inside, still beaming from the wonderful experience just enjoyed in Kyle, Texas. After the meeting, I drive back towards San Marcos and stop at the d-mart for the evening.
Friday, 08 March 2019, San Marcos, TX.
(Day 199 TG) 61°F. 6:30 am, light rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress, drive back to IH 35 and south to the next exit where I get off and stop at the w-mart for coffee, com and key pounding.
I continue all day until after the sun set, then go out to eat and finally drive back to the w-mart to park for the night. It is noisy here near the interstate but I am tired and go to sleep fairly quickly.
(Day 200 TG) 65°F. 6:30 am, rain
Overnighting in a parking lot
Awake, dress and I am slow moving this morning. I carry my tea tree oil with me into the w-mart this morning to put in hot water and drink so as to help allay the sinus congestion and or head cold that I am experiencing. I know that this has been brought on from my ignoring my living food diet and turning to eating in the local restaurants, especially the Mexican ones. So, today, I am determined to return to my living food.
I sit in the drivers seat with my computer resting on the steering wheel, the day is past, I am soon to be horizontal and looking back on this day with respects to my return to living food, well, I did not do to bad. At least, I did not go to a restaurant for my supper, but instead ate from my pantry.
Too, now that my pantry is well stocked, I have no reason to go to a restaurant. Still, the urge is strong, but like other temptations I have been able to overcome, I will have to use the same technique, that is prayer and trust in Jehovah.
It is nearing nine this evening and I am tired, it has been a long day working on the computer in the w-mart to stay out of the outside heat, which rose upto the mid 80′s. Tomorrow will begin early again so I am now going horizontal.

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