2021 April 13

We had no storms, in our area, last night. It does appear from the forecast that we have plenty of chances for the remainder of the week. The Texas Hill Country is in drought conditions. I’m not a fan of storms, however, rain works be welcomed.

Aint no sunshine on the horizon and won’t be for sometime either.

Pancakes with blueberries and whipped cream. Yum!  Can’t make a habit of breakfasts like this, but makes for a nice change of pace on occasion.

Ella was sorting her medications for the next couple of weeks and dropped a handful onto the floor. That’s why I keep the reacher-grabber handy when I sort my pills. It is inevitable that at least one will hit the floor and, unlike Ella, I can’t stoop down and pick them from the floor without a mechanical aid.

I am continuing my studies in preparation for our F.R.o.G.* class study of the epistle to the Romans. And, no the epistles are not the wives of the apostles. Epistles is just church language for letters.  * Fully Relying on God

The Center for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration has recommended a pause in giving out J&J COVID-19 vaccines. The pause comes as an effort to educate patients and medical experts on identifying and treating blood clots.

“Austin Texas Public Health and others will pause Johnson and Johnson vaccine administration after six people suffered a rare blood-clotting condition.” — By Delilah Alvarado, Austin Star-News

I’M CONCERNED about the long term affects of the Covid viruses on people who have seemingly recovered from this group of diseases.
I’m concerned about people’s mental and spiritual health after year(s) of isolation and fear.
The long term financial problems faced by employees and employers, as commerce struggles to rebuild and find new pathways, is also worrying.
I fear the profiteers who are now and will continue to use unfair, possible criminally, practices to take advantages of these circumstances.
And now that so many have been and are continuing to be vaccinated, I worry that the long term affects of the cures may be worse than the disease itself.
This illness is causing so many paradigm shifts and reversals in society, that I wonder what we as a nation and a world will be like in ten and twenty years.

Just before 11 P.M. the fire alarm went off in our building. It took just about ten minutes for the fire department to arrive. In that length of time I heard three different stories about where the fire and/or smoke was coming from. The truth was, it was low water pressure in the sprinkler system. But the alarm sure did bring people out of their apartments.

2021 April 12

We are fully vaccinated against Covid 19.  Curative health services came to the apartments and administered shot number two to those who wanted it.
Meanwhile in the news, “Pfizer’s Angela Hwang said this month that immunity granted by her company’s vaccine lasts at least six months, and so far it’s effective against emerging, more infectious variants. But, she said, booster shots will likely be necessary.”
Here is my question, ” Do you believe that the twice yearly booster shots will be free to the public? If so, for how many years?

See those dark clouds obscuring the setting sun? That it’s a smallish but potentially severe thunderstorm headed this direction.

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2021 April 11

A nice sunny Sunday

The first stop we made was to reinflate a low tire. I hit a pothole last week. I knew that it jarred us but I didn’t realize that it had bent the wheel rim. Might have to have that dent pounded out.

Our big event for the day was the first Sunday school of the year and worshiping at church. I am leading the class this year.

I was the liturgist today. The Scripture reading was from Ezra. The part where they name all of the people like, Jeshua, Jozadak, Zerubbabel, and Shealtiel.

The children’s sermon was a lot of fun for them and the adults. They built a wall with blocks. And of course, half the fun of building with blocks is knocking them down again.

We gathered outside for a picnic after church.

From church we went to Wal-Mart to pick up the groceries rusty I’d offered on Thursday.

Are y’all home? I need to run to cedar park and can bring your last few boxes by.

We received this text message from our daughter in law, while we were at church. So rather than her bringing boxes to us, we went and picked them up. She had been storing them for us since last Labor Day

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2020 April 10

The morning sun.

Every day, several times a day, Ella and I play Fast Track. Sometimes she wins. Sometimes I win. Some games one of us gets so far ahead that it is nearly assured that that person will win. Sometimes, however, it is a very close game. In the photo above all I needed to win was to move a single space. Unfortunately for me and fortunately for her, she got all of her pieces safe in home before I could make that last move.

The evening sun

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2021 April 09

Friday, April 09, 2021
White chocolate chip cookies. They are for the PICNIC IN THE PARKing lot after church on Sunday
Yes, I chose the hottest day so far to bake cookies. They were taste tested and approved.
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2021 April 08

By early afternoon it was 88°, bright, and sunny. I’d forgotten that it was foggy this morning. Then, later in the afternoon, it began to cloud over again.

In the bedroom closet, a second higher shelf was added. That will be Ella’s while I use the lower. Just kidding. 😀 All of our longer garments (her dresses and my Santa suits) will be hung on the raised shelf in the coat closet.

FINALLY! those ridiculously low clothes rods finally are taken care of. There were so many things that couldn’t be hung because the rods were so low and the clothes to long.

While the maintenance supervisor was here working on the closets, we had him check the refrigerator. It leaks water from the freezer onto the top shelf of the refrigerator. He discovered something wrong with the defroster function. Since it is under warranty, he called for a factory repair person.

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2021 April 07

It was already 70° at daybreak. It reached 82° by mid afternoon under a hazy sky.

We took Rudolf the Red Nose pickup in for new brakes. Everybody knows, if the reindeer don’t stop, Santa’s sleigh might run over grandma as she walks home on Christmas Eve. So, after close to $475, we can safely stop on a dime. If there are a great number of dimes scattered along the road. The folks at QualTech also gave me a check list of other things that they believe need to be fixed — for another $1,500.00. Y’all pray for Rudolf’s healing — or at least that nothing major breaks.

Our travels today didn’t take us very far. QualTech is less them a quarter mile from the apartments. Basically, we drove down the bypass on the west side of the toll road, passed under the toll road, drove back along the east side, passed under it, and drove up the west side to where we begun.

The slight haziness of the sky diffused the light which made the sun appear twice its normal size

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2021 April 06

It reached 83° this afternoon.and or air conditioner (set art 75°) kicked on.
Since we we’re very late getting out of bed this morning, I founded a larger brunch.

According to our calenders and the flyer we were given, today was a day when we could pickup free produce between 12 and 2. We arrived at 12:30 and there was no sign of the produce truck or other people waiting for them. There must have been a changed of plans that we heard not of. That’s a shame because we are in need our fresh produce. We’ve plenty of canned and some frozen veggies. However fresh is better.

Because we were going to be in the area collecting produce – we thought – I placed an order at Wal-Mart for a few groceries for pickup not too long after getting the fruit and veggies. But since we didn’t get produce, we were too soon for the grocery order. Not wanting to sit in the truck and watch time roll by, we went home. So the grocery run ended up being a separate drive all together.

This afternoon I received a call from the VA in Temple Texas. My appointment with the neurologist has been rescheduled for the second time. So the March appointment, that became the April appointment, has now become the May appointment.

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2021 April 05

I never noticed fog from our apartment windows this morning. However, it was completely overcast. Right around noon we had or first sustained dose of sunshine therapy.

We called some friends to invite then over for a game of Fast Track. But, because they were having four rooms in their house painted, they were unable to come other today. We told them that it is an open ended invitation. We just asked then to call first in the off-chance that we might not be home.

My morning routine goes something like this:  I wake up and reach over and leafy a hand on Ella. If she’s awake, I’ll say something like, “Good morning, My Love.” If she is asleep, I say nothing until she wakes. 

Usually I lay there and thank God for waking me. I open my smart phone and fonts the verse of the day. Then I’ll do a little meditative bible reading. 

Next, I shuffle to the kitchen and start the coffee for my bride. Then a stop at the bathroom for — well you know. Washing my hands, face, and beard. Then I comb the tangles from the beard.

Returning to bed, I check the weather report and as that information to our blog. Next check the email for anything on the prayerchain or anything else that may need my attention. Then I go through and send all the junk emails to the trash.

By then the coffee is done and it’s time to get up. After applying arthritic pain relief gel to my feet and knees, I put my leg braces on. They are designed to relieve some of the stress on the knees, as well as keep the kneecaps centered.

Once dressed, I’ll start breakfast (Usually bacon, eggs, and toast. Sometimes accompanied by sliced oranges, apples, or the occasional banana.

Ella is now up and we sit down at three table. The food is blessed and eaten, our morning meds and vitamins are taken, dishes cleared away, and the devotion from the Upper Room is read. 

If we have no doctor’s nor other appointments, it is game time; Fast Track, Rummikube, or yahtzee.Add in some light housekeeping and the morning it’s

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2021 April 04 Resurrection Sunday

Cross Tracks Church Sunrise service via Zoom. Ella and I drove to the east end of the apartment parking lot to watch the sun rise while participating in the Zoom call.

Ella wearing the bib that “Mom” Florence Barrett made for her. She wore it to make sure that her breakfast burrito didn’t drop onto her Sunday-go-to-meeting-clothes.

WHY I DON’T CALL THIS DAY “EASTER”  

The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring.

Some early Christians chose to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on the same date as the Jewish Passover, which fell around day 14 of the month of Nisan, in March or April

Some others instead preferred to hold the festival on a Sunday, since that was when Jesus’s (empty) tomb was believed to have been found. (Information from ‘Why Easter is called Easter’)

Personally, I try to avoid the use off the name Easter and prefer instead to call it Resurrection Sunday. I want there to be no confusion about what I’m celebrating.  I’m not celebrating the vernal equinox. I am celebrating Jesus the Christ’s triumph of life over death. And godliness over evil, redemption over condemnation.

We arrived at 9:00 AM to practice for the choir. We performed one of my favourite songs, “If you’re happy, say amen.”

After church we returned home for a short rest before loading our bread and cobbler into the truck. And going to Adam and Leigha’s for a celebration dinner. Everyone else, that was invited, bowed out, except Leigha’s parents who came for breakfast. They had left before Ella and I arrived. It was a nice day of visiting. We returned home about 5:30.

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