2022 September 30

Day        84°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     58°     Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds around 5 mph.

Celebrating the last day of September by remembering 🎵🎶 Try to Remember 🎶🎵

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow, follow

Try to remember when life was so tender
That no one wept except the willow
Try to remember the kind of September
When love was an ember about to billow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow, follow

Deep in December, it’s nice to remember
Although you know the snow will follow
Deep in December, it’s nice to remember
The fire of September that made us mellow
Deep in December, our hearts should remember
And follow, follow, follow

Source: Musixmatch   Songwriters: שחם יונתן / Schmidt,harvey / Jones,tom     Try to Remember lyrics © Chappell & Co. Inc

Just 86 days’til Christmas

Twelve weeks (and a couple of days). Are you ready for the Gift of Christmas? Why or why not? Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed by the commercial business and busyness that you fail to truly celebrate the Gift of Christmas.

Another day when I didn’t
even leave the apartments.
©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 29

We were at OTHG from 8:30sm to 2:15pm. We arrived early to start reheating the pulled pork and ranch beans. We needed to prepare the coleslaw so the flavors had time to”marry”. The serving table also needed to be laid out and the ice tea had to be poured into the drink dispenser and ice cubes added.
We stayed after lunch. Ella called bingo and I soaked up some local history from one of the original members.
Playing 42 which is a game I do not understand at all.
There were fewer bingo players today.
Good conversation and shared memories were also taking place.

Some how I missed getting pictures of the table of 5 Crowns card players.

I also didn’t take photos of the bingo players this evening at the apartments.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 28

Day        88°     Sunny. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     59°Clear. Lows around 60. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming west after midnight.

Anne, Ella, Judy, Wanda, and I were at Grandies today. We agreed to send $150 to Operation Liberty Hill this month to assist with their mission for the people of Liberty Hill. From ten o’clock to twelve thirty.

After Grandies we stopped at the Over The Hill Gang building so Ella could make jello for tomorrow. I prepared the tea concentrate, and bagged ice cubes before refilling the trays with water and planting them back in the freezer. From twelve thirty to one thirty.

This is the Liberty Hill Municipal Building

Where we went to meet with the City Council about the contract between the city and the Over The Hill Gang. Thinking that the meeting was scheduled for six thirty, we arrived at six twenty. The contract has been read and approved before we arrived.

So, we went to choir practice in the old chapel at Cross Tracks Church. We arrived about twenty minutes early. Choir was over at eight o’clock.

I took some pain pills and laid down while Ella prepared a dessert for tomorrow’s OTHG Lunch.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 27

Day        88⁰     Sunny. Highs in the lower 90s. North winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon.
Night     60°     Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

We had the outside door open this morning. It was in the low sixty degrees.

Ella had an appointment with her doctor today. We arrived before the office was even open.

Ella received a good report on her lab work.

We then drove to Restaurant Depot to get a business membership for Over The Hill Gang. That will allow us to stop in bulk on items we need.

I didn’t see anything that we needed to purchase at Restaurant Depot today. I considered going to Sam’s Club but decided that Walmart would get us what we need for this week’s lunch on Thursday.

We took the slaw, chips, and potatoe salad to OTHG. The meat and barbeque sauce came home with us. The pork will be allowed to slow cook overnight and be “pulled” after it is completely done.

The Tuesday morning coffee group was still going when we arrived at OTHG.

This afternoon Ella received a call that her stepbrother, Kent Baker, had passed away on Friday, September 23, 2022. He had been in failing health for someone now. He was great guy with an easy laugh. He will be missed.

We played Mexican train dominoes this evening with friends in the community room at the apartments. I left before the last three rounds were played. My back was bothering me.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 26

Day        89°     Sunny. Highs in the lower 90s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night      63°     Clear cooler with lows around 60. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

We had a lunch of pork steak, mashed redskin potatoes, mushr AAoom gravy, green beans, and sliced peaches

A load of light and a load of dark and, badda bing badda boom, we have clean clothes.
GAME NIGHT at the APARTMENTS.
There were about two dozen players tonight and at least five different games played.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 25

Day        94°      Mostly sunny this morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds around 5 mph becoming east this afternoon.
Night     rain chance 20%     73°     Mostly clear in the evening then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

The F.R.O.G. adult Sunday school class grows stronger every day.
Today Pastor Michele came to talk to us about the Methodist Church and the transitioning of the United Methodist Church as it splits into the UMC and the GMC Global Methodist Church.
Many churches are already voting on whether or not to disaffiliate themselves from the UMC organization.
What is the schism about? As I understand it, the Book of Discipline (the law and doctrine of the UMC) states, “all persons are of sacred worth.” and “shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church.
However, “While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world. The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”
No UMC funds may be used to “promote  the acceptance of homosexuality or … not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends” I read that as “no money given to EITHER proponents OR opponent of homosexual rights.” UMC ministers may not perform gay weddings nor use church properties for gay weddings. The schism is from those who possibly want to make these rules tougher and those who wish to relax them. There will soon be rewording of the Book of Discipline.

Today’s Cross Tracks Church Worship Service.

Luke 16:1‭-‬13 The Passion Translation Jesus taught his disciples using this story: “Once a very rich man hired a manager to run his business and oversee all his wealth. But soon a rumor spread that the manager was wasting his master’s money. So the master called him in and said, ‘Is it true that you are mismanaging my estate? You need to provide me with a complete audit of everything you oversee for me. I’ve decided to dismiss you.’ “The manager thought, ‘Now what am I going to do? I’m finished here. I can’t hide what I’ve done, and I’m too proud to beg. I have an idea that will secure my future. It will win me favor and secure friends who can take care of me and help me when I get fired!’ “So the dishonest manager hatched his scheme. He went to everyone who owed his master money, one by one, and asked them, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ One debtor owed twenty thousand dollars, so he said to him, ‘Let me see your bill. Pay me now and we’ll settle for twenty percent less.’ The clever manager scratched out the original amount owed and reduced it by twenty percent. And to another who owed two hundred thousand dollars, he said, ‘Pay me now and we’ll reduce your bill by fifty percent.’ And the clever manager scratched out the original amount owed and reduced it by half. “Even though his master was defrauded, when he found out about the shrewd way this manager had feathered his own nest, he congratulated the clever scoundrel for what he’d done to provide for his future.” Jesus continued, “Remember this: The sons of darkness interact more wisely than the sons of light. Use the wealth of this world to demonstrate your friendship with God by winning friends and blessing others. Then, when it runs out, your generosity will provide you with an eternal reward. “The one who faithfully manages the little he has been given will be promoted and trusted with greater responsibilities. But those who cheat with the little they have been given will not be considered trustworthy to receive more. If you have not handled the riches of this world with integrity, why should you be trusted with the eternal treasures of the spiritual world? And if you’ve not proven yourself faithful with what belongs to another, why should you be given wealth of your own? It is impossible for a person to serve two masters at the same time. You will be forced to love one and reject the other. One master will be despised and the other will have your loyal devotion. Your choice between God and the wealth of this world is no different. You must enthusiastically love one and definitively reject the other.”

I was glad to hear Pastor’s take on this parable as it has always bothered me that the deceitful servant was praised for being shrewd.

After church we stopped at Golden Chick for lunch. Ella got broasted chicken with coleslaw and some kind of nugget (corn or ocra). I got southern fried catfish and dirty rice. I also ordered a side of hot wings, which are, I believe, a new Menu item. Our leftovers came home with us for our supper Before we left we had a small cup of ice cream.

I nearly missed this sunset.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 24

Day        93°     Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     72°     Mostly clear. Lows around 70. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

COVID-19 Check – Data updated weekly. Low In Williamson County, Texas, community level is Low.

Only six for coffee at the apartments this morning.

Everything we ordered, we received with only one substitution. Sad to say but this is a rarity to not have something out of stock or backordered or being shipped from somewhere else.

2022 September 23

Day        95°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. West winds around 5 mph becoming southeast this afternoon.
Night     71°     Clear. Lows around 70. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

Breakfast burritos
We went to Leander UMC for 50+ Game Day.
The were six of us playing Fast Track at the 50+.

When we arrived back at the apartments, there was tailgate food in the community room. I grabbed a couple hotdogs and some Doritos.

Then it was

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 22

Day        95°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. West winds around 5 mph becoming east around 5 mph this afternoon.
Night     72°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming west after midnight.

We had a Taco casserole for lunch to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

We voted to make some changes in the organization’s bylaws. We unanimously voted to create an Auxiliary membership for the underage spouse, life partner, or caregiver of a member. The Auxiliary members have all rights of membership with the exception of voting or holding office. Also using email, social media, and it website to disseminate information rather than the newspaper, is now approved. And a minor change to the semiannual mandatory board meeting changed from Saturdays to Thursdays.

We played games after lunch

42 the domino game. Not to be confused with the answer to life, the universe, and everything. (Only readers of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” will understand that reference.)

5 Crowns was also played … and won by yours truly, Tom Williams.

I, as usual, called Bingo at the apartments. The were only nine in attendance which was down from most weeks.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 21

Day        95°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s.
Southwest winds around 5 mph becoming southeast this afternoon.
Night     71°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

Breakfast scramble of potatoes, bacon, and eggs topped with salsa con queso. We also had raisin bagels.

Anne, Ella, Wanda, and I attended Grandies today. After the meeting, as we were playing canasta, Charlotte came in. She was looking better than we’ve seen her recently. Well, recently is not the current word because we haven’t seen her for a while. She was, however, looking more lively than the last time we had seen her. It was delightful to see her smiling.

Upon leaving Grandies at Cross Tracks Church, we stopped at Over The Hill to check on supplies for tomorrow’s lunch.

From there we went to H-E-B for lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.

Then home again, home again. Though I had slept well beyond eight hours last night, I’ve been yawning all day. Directly after lunch I took a nap. Lying down is preferable to sitting at the moment.

©2022 Thomas E Williams