2022 August 17

Day        101°     Partly cloudy. Hot with highs around 102. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south this afternoon.
Night     77°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 70s. Southwest winds around 5 mph.

Bacon, egg over easy, on sourdough toast, with pico de gallo, a fried plantain with honey, and a nice juicy plum: that’s what’s for breakfast this morning.

That red and yellow mottled fruit next to the banana is one of the plums we received yesterday. Can’t say as how I’ve ever seen one like it before. The flesh is nearly white with a reddish ring near the skin. The ring reminds me of the smoke ring on a fine piece of true barbeque.

Being Wednesday, we went to Grandies. Nothing much to report. Anne, Ella and I were the whole group. We played canasta after the meeting and Ella was the big winner.

On the way to Grandies, we stopped at HEB to purchase ten pounds of ground beef for Over The Hill. After Grandies we went to OTHG to prepare tomorrows lunch.

Ella made ice tea for tomorrow (both sweet and unsweetened). She also mixed up some garlic butter and spread it on the loaves for tomorrow. We will today it in the morning.

I peeled a lot of English style cucumbers and cubed them. They were them mixed together with grape tomatoes and a creamy mayonnaise and sour cream dressing.

That ten pounds of ground beef became a very meaty spaghetti sauce. Spaghetti to be cooked in the morning.

It was about the 3:30 when we finished up at Over The Hill. On the way home we bought a few groceries for home.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 August 16

Day        96°     Partly cloudy. Hot with highs around 100. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     76°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s.
South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

The loaf of bread and some milk were
most welcome as we were out of both
I think we had six or more bags of
produce plus some canned goods
but I didn’t take photos.
We received a lot of fruit: apples,
oranges, tangerines, plums,
bananas, even some plantains.
We also received two bouquets
of very pretty flowers.

This is the box that we are regifting
to the in-house food pantry.

There was a game of Mexican Train dominoes tonight. Ella and I went down to the community room to play. However, there were soon nine people to play and only eight trains and eight spaces. So, I gave up my seat to someone else and came home. I do enjoy playing it – for a while- but these games tend to go on from five o’clock until after eight.

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2022 August 16

Day        94°     Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     75°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast.

More napkin doodles

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Playing Fast Track and being trounced by my loving wife.

The map doesn’t do justice to the curves and hills along this drive through the Texas Hill Country.

I received an email from my car (ain’t that weird?) telling me that my battery was getting low. So we went for a long drive to make sure the battery got a good charge. We’ve been doing a lot of short trips lately that haven’t given the battery enough juice to replenish from all of those startups.

I had put our lunch in the instant pot before we went on our drive. So, when we returned home, we had Hamburger steak and potatoes cooked in mushroom gravy, green beans and baked apples for lunch.

Monday evening at five o’clock we have various games at the apartments. Today Ella and I learned a new game, Triominos. It was fun and I would (will) play it again. The person who brought the game (sorry, I don’t remember her name) said that she had a whole closet full of games but no one with whom to play. If I had been thinking, I’d have invited her to Over The Hill Gang on Thursdays.

2022 August 14

Day        rain chance 20%        93°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the upper 90s. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     74°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

Another example of how “how stupid do you think we are that we need this allergen information on a package of nuts?”

Scripture Psalm 42:1-4
Sermon
Drink to Soothe the Soul
Pastor Michele

That’s all folks

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 August 13

Day        rain 20%     96°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Hot with highs around 101. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Highest heat index readings up to 109.
Night     76°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

The topics for today included: Eviction, thief, wheelchair thrown from 3rd floor, cat jumped or was thrown from the 3rd floor. Amazingly all of these topics revolved around one person

I worked on advertisements for Over The Hill Gang and Grandies. Got both of them posted.

I made a potato chowder for lunch. I also fried some potatoes for breakfast.
I’m attempting to use all remaining spuds before we leave for a short vacation in Iowa. I’ve already thrown many away that were beginning to rot. I don’t want to return to the apartment and finding it smelling like rotting potatoes.

I just noticed the date on the instructions I received from the doctors office. It is the attention to detail that gives me all of the assurance that everything will be alright. Nothing can go wrong.

There was a karaoke tonight at the apartments. That’s all I’m going to say about that. I don’t want to offend anyone.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 August 12

Day        change of rain 40%     97°     Mostly sunny this morning then partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the upper 90s. North winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon. Highest heat index readings up to 106.
Night    rain chance 20%     77°     Mostly clear. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

No rain today

We slept in today. I mean a serious sleep in. I woke just before 8 and let Ella sleep until 9:30. Because we slept so late, we didn’t have breakfast. No breakfast because lunch was going to be served at 11:30.

The first place we HAD to go was the Murphy USA gas station at Walmart. We were so low on gas that the car’s instrument panel had stopped displaying how many miles we could drive on the gas in the tank. It only read “low fuel”. I filled the 15 gallon tank with 14.567 gallons of gasoline. Oh, and the reason we went to the Murphy station is because I saved ten cents a gallon with my Walmart+ app.

The next part of our morning drive was to Walgreens to pick up Ella’s medication. Because of the arrangement with our health insurance company and Walgreens, we have zero co-pay with nearly all of our prescriptions.

We had a free lunch at Leander United Methodist Church’s 50+ group. The educational part of the program was a presentation by a Leander policeman about scams that target seniors. We even received the packet of forms that need to be completed when a person has been a victim of a scam.

We then drove to the North Austin Sam’s Club. I had hoped to purchase everything needed to prepare the lunches for the Over The Hill Gang’s lunches for the next two Thursdays. I was quite surprised, therefore, to discover how little I was actually able to stock up on at Sam’s Club. They had very little of what I needed.

Before we pulled out of the Sam’s Club parking lot, I received a call from Austin Urology. Yesterday’s blood draw showed that I do have an elevated PSA level. So on September 20th I will go in for an outpatient biopsy. The actual procedure only lasts about five minutes but I blocked off a two hour time on the calendar because the doctor’s schedule is so fluid. I’ll admit that I’m a little anxious about this because it was prostate cancer that my brother died from. He was seventeen years older than I. And I’m now twelve years older than he was when he died.

Having come up short on supplies at Sam’s,  we went back to the Walmart where our day had begun. We managed to get everything that we need for the lunches, just not everything that I wanted.
I was surprised that at neither place was I able to purchase the restaurant size cans of fruit cocktail or mandarin oranges. Also, I really wanted some creamy cucumber salad dressing for the cucumber and tomatoe salad we will be serving. I guess I’ll make it myself.

Haveing finished with the shopping, we went to the OTHG building and unloaded the supplies. Once everything was put away and we had tidied up a bit, we headed for home.

It was 4:30 when we returned home and I realized that I had never taken my breakfast meds – because I never had breakfast. Now it was nearly time to take my supper pills. Though breakfast and supper pills contain some different pills, they also contain some of the same pills. I didn’t want to double up on the medication so I had the breakfast pills at 4:30 and the supper pills at 8:30. It is after nine as I write this and I haven’t taken my bedtime pills … I’ll probably take them around midnight. Goodnight and God bless.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 August 11

Day        rain chance 50%     94°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning then a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast this afternoon.
Night     rain chance 20%     75°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

No rain

This morning’s sky

Thursday is Over The Hill Gang time. We left home at eight and arrived at OTHG in time to put the King Ranch Chicken casserole into the oven. It baked for nearly two hours. That seems excessive to me since all of the ingredients are precooked before being layered in the baking pan. The next time I make this, I will thoroughly mix everything rather than layering and cut the baking time by a third. But that’s why you follow a recipe the first time – so it can be modified the next time – and the time after that.

It was Hat Day at OTHG.
Each hat had a story.
Or maybe people were making them up
off the top of their head.
😁
Then it was to the doctor’s to have blood drawn to check my PSA. (NO, not a Public Service Announcement.) Prostate specific antigen. From my last doctor’s visit my PSA was a little elevated. Three months ago the digital exam showed my prostate to be slightly enlarged. If today’s blood shows a continued elevated PSA, I will go in for an in office (in orifice) biopsy.
Our next stop was at Dollar Tree so Ella could shop for BINGO prizes. On the way into the store, she gathered up shopping carts from the parking lot. That’s my gal.

We had 12 for BINGO tonight. I called using a deck of BINGO cards instead of the cage of little balls. It worked well, though it did take a little longer when verifying the bingo.

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2022 August 10

Day        rain chance 40%     96°     Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Hot with highs around 100. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming east with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon.
Night rain chance 30%     77°     Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. An

Our first stop at 8:15 was Over The Hill so that I could assemble the King Ranch Chicken casserole for tomorrow. In the morning I will place it into the oven to heat through and brown the cheese topping. I also prepared the ice tea and put it into the refrigerator for tomorrow. Ella decided to not make jello. We will have spiced pears instead.

We arrived at Cross Tracks Church for our weekly Grandies meeting at about nine forty-five. Anne, Wanda, Ella, and I were there. After the meeting, we played canasta until nearly one o’clock.

Our intrepid heros returned home to a lunch of reheated leftovers and then napped away the afternoon.

2022 August 09

There were four of us for morning coffee at Over The Hill this morning. That’s double what was here last week. We discussed mahjong and bunco games as possible additions to Thursdays or possibly other game days.

We managed to unload the donated food at Operation Liberty Hill today after our morning coffee at OTHG.

We made the sixty something like round trip to Wilco metal recycling in Jarrell and turned renting pounds of cans into $13.05.

On the way home we stopped at the new HEB on highway remind and Ronald Reagan Blvd and purchased a bag of lettuce for Thursdays lunch. Once home I made an Italian taco? Meaty marinara with mozzarella wrapped in a large floor tortilla.

This evening we were invited to Adam and Leigh’s for supper and conversation. We saw their newly remodeled kitchen and appliances.

Adam and Leigh’s new refrigerator makes fancy crystalline balls of ice.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

5022 August 08

Day     rain chance 20%     97°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Hot with highs around 101. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night      rain chance 20%     76°
Partly cloudy. A slight of chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Ella did the small amount of laundry we had today while I went to Walmart.

I needed to go grocery shopping for Thursdays lunch at Over The Hill Gang

When I returned home, I cooked spaghetti with meat sauce for lunch

I diced five carrots, three bell peppers and a full stock of celery. These were sauteed in butter. I boiled, deboned, and shredded ten pounds of chicken. Tomorrow I will take all of this and the remaining ingredients to the Over The Hill Gang building and finished building the King Ranch Chicken casserole for Thursday morning.

From twelve to four we were interviewed and examined by a home health nurse sent by our insurance company. This was a full yearly wellness exam.

From five to shortly after seven we played Fast Track in the community room with Ann, Fran, and Dolly.

©2022 Thomas E Williams