2022 January 25

DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THIS MORNING
Visibility one quarter mile
or less in dense fog.

Day.      54⁰     Widespread fog this morning. Mostly cloudy. Highs around 60. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     41°     Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

The rate of new COVID cases is higher today than any time in 2021. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Or stay out of Public gatherings. Please.
We drove to the Granger Public Housing Authority and picked up a form. Once completed and proper documents attached I’ll mail it back. According to the town limit sign, the population is 1419. It is a sad looking little town and I really wouldn’t choose to live there.
Leftover pork stew remastered with the addition of diced cabbage heart. We rejoice over leftovers. They are proof of God’s abundance given to us.
I’ve had my social security card for over sixty years … and it looks like it. The poor thing is dirty gray and looks like tattered tissue paper. I ordered and received a replacement. It arrived today.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 January 24

Day       rain 70%.    53⁰     Isolated thunderstorms early this morning. Cloudy with showers likely. Near steady temperature in the lower 50s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Night     44°     Partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows around 40. South winds around 5 mph becoming west after midnight.

Arik came over today bearing food from an Indian restaurant.  He asked what we were doing with Rudolf the red nose pickup. I told him that the plan was to turn it in for salvage. The hold up being the lack of a title. He offered to take me to get a new title. I went online and made an appointment for 2:45. We arrived a few minutes before the appointment and tried to get checked in, but it wasn’t working. That’s when I realized that I’d set the appointment for tomorrow. They were allowing walk-ins, so I took a number. We waited in line for a bit before Arik said, “Let’s go wait in the truck. I’ve already had COVID and I’ll bet at least one person in there has it now.” He set the alarm for 20 minutes. When the alarm sounded, he went in to check prices of the line. He came out and reset the alarm. This was repeated several times. Finally we went back inside and waited a short time before my number was called. When I got to speak to someone, she said that the truck isn’t registered in Texas and is have to contact Iowa for a duplicate title.

Once we left the DOMV, we stopped at the Georgetown Department of Public Housing to drop off paperwork. They required a copy of my driver’s license and social security card. They didn’t have a copy machine. Arik drive to Office Depot and made copies of the documents. He also printed a copy of the Iowa form needed to request a duplicate title.

Once we were home, I filled out the request and got it ready to mail.

I know that it sounds like pretty much a wasted day. But it wasn’t really because I got to spend a lot of alone time with my son. We spoke “of many things, of cabbages and kings.”* The funny thing is, we really did speak of cabbages and kings. I told Arik about the pork stew I’d made and how I am going to dice a cabbage heart to add to the stew when I reheat the leftovers. I also related how I had added “jam” to a sermon about David and Goliath. I part of that telling, I told about King Saul being head and shoulders taller that any other Israelite.**

*The Walrus and the Carpenter 
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BY LEWIS CARROLL
“The sun was shining on the sea,

      Shining with all his might:

He did his very best to make

      The billows smooth and bright —

And this was odd, because it was

      The middle of the night.



The moon was shining sulkily,

      Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there

      After the day was done —

“It’s very rude of him,” she said,

      “To come and spoil the fun.”



The sea was wet as wet could be,

      The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

      No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying overhead —

      There were no birds to fly.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see

      Such quantities of sand:

If this were only cleared away,’

      They said, it would be grand!’



If seven maids with seven mops

      Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,

      That they could get it clear?’

I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,

      And shed a bitter tear.



O Oysters, come and walk with us!’

      The Walrus did beseech.

A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,

      Along the briny beach:

We cannot do with more than four,

      To give a hand to each.’



The eldest Oyster looked at him,

      But never a word he said:

The eldest Oyster winked his eye,

      And shook his heavy head —

Meaning to say he did not choose

      To leave the oyster-bed.



But four young Oysters hurried up,

      All eager for the treat:

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,

      Their shoes were clean and neat —

And this was odd, because, you know,

      They hadn’t any feet.



Four other Oysters followed them,

      And yet another four;

And thick and fast they came at last,

      And more, and more, and more —

All hopping through the frothy waves,

      And scrambling to the shore.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Walked on a mile or so,

And then they rested on a rock

      Conveniently low:

And all the little Oysters stood

      And waited in a row.



The time has come,’ the Walrus said,

      To talk of many things:

Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —

      Of cabbages — and kings —

And why the sea is boiling hot —

      And whether pigs have wings.’



But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,

      Before we have our chat;

For some of us are out of breath,

      And all of us are fat!’

No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.

      They thanked him much for that.



A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,

      Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

      Are very good indeed —

Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,

      We can begin to feed.’



But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,

      Turning a little blue.

After such kindness, that would be

      A dismal thing to do!’

The night is fine,’ the Walrus said.

      Do you admire the view?



It was so kind of you to come!

      And you are very nice!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      Cut us another slice:

I wish you were not quite so deaf —

      I’ve had to ask you twice!’



It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,

      To play them such a trick,

After we’ve brought them out so far,

      And made them trot so quick!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      The butter’s spread too thick!’



I weep for you,’ the Walrus said:

      I deeply sympathize.’

With sobs and tears he sorted out

      Those of the largest size,

Holding his pocket-handkerchief

      Before his streaming eyes.



O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,

      You’ve had a pleasant run!

Shall we be trotting home again?’

      But answer came there none —

And this was scarcely odd, because

      They’d eaten every one.”



First Samuel 9:2 says “from the shoulders up” Saul was taller than other Israelites,First Samuel 9:2 says “from the shoulders up” Saul was taller than other Israelites,

And this was odd, because it was





The moon was shining sulkily,

      Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there

      After the day was done —

“It’s very rude of him,” she said,

      “To come and spoil the fun.”



The sea was wet as wet could be,

      The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

      No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying overhead —

      There were no birds to fly.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see

      Such quantities of sand:

If this were only cleared away,’

      They said, it would be grand!’



If seven maids with seven mops

      Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,

      That they could get it clear?’

I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,

      And shed a bitter tear.



O Oysters, come and walk with us!’

      The Walrus did beseech.

A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,

      Along the briny beach:

We cannot do with more than four,

      To give a hand to each.’



The eldest Oyster looked at him,

      But never a word he said:

The eldest Oyster winked his eye,

      And shook his heavy head —

Meaning to say he did not choose

      To leave the oyster-bed.



But four young Oysters hurried up,

      All eager for the treat:

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,

      Their shoes were clean and neat —

And this was odd, because, you know,

      They hadn’t any feet.



Four other Oysters followed them,

      And yet another four;

And thick and fast they came at last,

      And more, and more, and more —

All hopping through the frothy waves,

      And scrambling to the shore.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Walked on a mile or so,

And then they rested on a rock

      Conveniently low:

And all the little Oysters stood

      And waited in a row.



The time has come,’ the Walrus said,

      To talk of many things:

Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —

      Of cabbages — and kings —

And why the sea is boiling hot —

      And whether pigs have wings.’



But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,

      Before we have our chat;

For some of us are out of breath,

      And all of us are fat!’

No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.

      They thanked him much for that.



A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,

      Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

      Are very good indeed —

Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,

      We can begin to feed.’



But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,

      Turning a little blue.

After such kindness, that would be

      A dismal thing to do!’

The night is fine,’ the Walrus said.

      Do you admire the view?



It was so kind of you to come!

      And you are very nice!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      Cut us another slice:

I wish you were not quite so deaf —

      I’ve had to ask you twice!’



It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,

      To play them such a trick,

After we’ve brought them out so far,

      And made them trot so quick!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      The butter’s spread too thick!’



I weep for you,’ the Walrus said:

      I deeply sympathize.’

With sobs and tears he sorted out

      Those of the largest size,

Holding his pocket-handkerchief

      Before his streaming eyes.



O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,

      You’ve had a pleasant run!

Shall we be trotting home again?’

      But answer came there none —

And this was scarcely odd, because

      They’d eaten every one.”







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The Walrus and the Carpenter 
Launch Audio in a New Window
BY LEWIS CARROLL
“The sun was shining on the sea,

      Shining with all his might:

He did his very best to make

      The billows smooth and bright —

And this was odd, because it was

      The middle of the night.



The moon was shining sulkily,

      Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there

      After the day was done —

“It’s very rude of him,” she said,

      “To come and spoil the fun.”



The sea was wet as wet could be,

      The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

      No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying overhead —

      There were no birds to fly.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see

      Such quantities of sand:

If this were only cleared away,’

      They said, it would be grand!’



If seven maids with seven mops

      Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,

      That they could get it clear?’

I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,

      And shed a bitter tear.



O Oysters, come and walk with us!’

      The Walrus did beseech.

A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,

      Along the briny beach:

We cannot do with more than four,

      To give a hand to each.’



The eldest Oyster looked at him,

      But never a word he said:

The eldest Oyster winked his eye,

      And shook his heavy head —

Meaning to say he did not choose

      To leave the oyster-bed.



But four young Oysters hurried up,

      All eager for the treat:

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,

      Their shoes were clean and neat —

And this was odd, because, you know,

      They hadn’t any feet.



Four other Oysters followed them,

      And yet another four;

And thick and fast they came at last,

      And more, and more, and more —

All hopping through the frothy waves,

      And scrambling to the shore.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Walked on a mile or so,

And then they rested on a rock

      Conveniently low:

And all the little Oysters stood

      And waited in a row.



The time has come,’ the Walrus said,

      To talk of many things:

Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —

      Of cabbages — and kings —

And why the sea is boiling hot —

      And whether pigs have wings.’



But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,

      Before we have our chat;

For some of us are out of breath,

      And all of us are fat!’

No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.

      They thanked him much for that.



A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,

      Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

      Are very good indeed —

Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,

      We can begin to feed.’



But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,

      Turning a little blue.

After such kindness, that would be

      A dismal thing to do!’

The night is fine,’ the Walrus said.

      Do you admire the view?



It was so kind of you to come!

      And you are very nice!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      Cut us another slice:

I wish you were not quite so deaf —

      I’ve had to ask you twice!’



It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,

      To play them such a trick,

After we’ve brought them out so far,

      And made them trot so quick!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      The butter’s spread too thick!’



I weep for you,’ the Walrus said:

      I deeply sympathize.’

With sobs and tears he sorted out

      Those of the largest size,

Holding his pocket-handkerchief

      Before his streaming eyes.



O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,

      You’ve had a pleasant run!

Shall we be trotting home again?’

      But answer came there none —

And this was scarcely odd, because

      They’d eaten every one.”







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By Lewis Carroll
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The Walrus and the Carpenter 
Launch Audio in a New Window
BY LEWIS CARROLL
“The sun was shining on the sea,

      Shining with all his might:

He did his very best to make

      The billows smooth and bright —

And this was odd, because it was

      The middle of the night.



The moon was shining sulkily,

      Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there

      After the day was done —

“It’s very rude of him,” she said,

      “To come and spoil the fun.”



The sea was wet as wet could be,

      The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

      No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying overhead —

      There were no birds to fly.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see

      Such quantities of sand:

If this were only cleared away,’

      They said, it would be grand!’



If seven maids with seven mops

      Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,

      That they could get it clear?’

I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,

      And shed a bitter tear.



O Oysters, come and walk with us!’

      The Walrus did beseech.

A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,

      Along the briny beach:

We cannot do with more than four,

      To give a hand to each.’



The eldest Oyster looked at him,

      But never a word he said:

The eldest Oyster winked his eye,

      And shook his heavy head —

Meaning to say he did not choose

      To leave the oyster-bed.



But four young Oysters hurried up,

      All eager for the treat:

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,

      Their shoes were clean and neat —

And this was odd, because, you know,

      They hadn’t any feet.



Four other Oysters followed them,

      And yet another four;

And thick and fast they came at last,

      And more, and more, and more —

All hopping through the frothy waves,

      And scrambling to the shore.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Walked on a mile or so,

And then they rested on a rock

      Conveniently low:

And all the little Oysters stood

      And waited in a row.



The time has come,’ the Walrus said,

      To talk of many things:

Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —

      Of cabbages — and kings —

And why the sea is boiling hot —

      And whether pigs have wings.’



But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,

      Before we have our chat;

For some of us are out of breath,

      And all of us are fat!’

No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.

      They thanked him much for that.



A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,

      Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

      Are very good indeed —

Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,

      We can begin to feed.’



But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,

      Turning a little blue.

After such kindness, that would be

      A dismal thing to do!’

The night is fine,’ the Walrus said.

      Do you admire the view?



It was so kind of you to come!

      And you are very nice!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      Cut us another slice:

I wish you were not quite so deaf —

      I’ve had to ask you twice!’



It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,

      To play them such a trick,

After we’ve brought them out so far,

      And made them trot so quick!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      The butter’s spread too thick!’



I weep for you,’ the Walrus said:

      I deeply sympathize.’

With sobs and tears he sorted out

      Those of the largest size,

Holding his pocket-handkerchief

      Before his streaming eyes.



O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,

      You’ve had a pleasant run!

Shall we be trotting home again?’

      But answer came there none —

And this was scarcely odd, because

      They’d eaten every one.”







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The Walrus and the Carpenter
FROM AUDIO POEM OF THE DAY October 2018
By Lewis Carroll
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The Walrus and the Carpenter 
Launch Audio in a New Window
BY LEWIS CARROLL
“The sun was shining on the sea,

      Shining with all his might:

He did his very best to make

      The billows smooth and bright —

And this was odd, because it was

      The middle of the night.



The moon was shining sulkily,

      Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there

      After the day was done —

“It’s very rude of him,” she said,

      “To come and spoil the fun.”



The sea was wet as wet could be,

      The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

      No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying overhead —

      There were no birds to fly.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see

      Such quantities of sand:

If this were only cleared away,’

      They said, it would be grand!’



If seven maids with seven mops

      Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,

      That they could get it clear?’

I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,

      And shed a bitter tear.



O Oysters, come and walk with us!’

      The Walrus did beseech.

A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,

      Along the briny beach:

We cannot do with more than four,

      To give a hand to each.’



The eldest Oyster looked at him,

      But never a word he said:

The eldest Oyster winked his eye,

      And shook his heavy head —

Meaning to say he did not choose

      To leave the oyster-bed.



But four young Oysters hurried up,

      All eager for the treat:

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,

      Their shoes were clean and neat —

And this was odd, because, you know,

      They hadn’t any feet.



Four other Oysters followed them,

      And yet another four;

And thick and fast they came at last,

      And more, and more, and more —

All hopping through the frothy waves,

      And scrambling to the shore.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

      Walked on a mile or so,

And then they rested on a rock

      Conveniently low:

And all the little Oysters stood

      And waited in a row.



The time has come,’ the Walrus said,

      To talk of many things:

Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —

      Of cabbages — and kings —

And why the sea is boiling hot —

      And whether pigs have wings.’



But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,

      Before we have our chat;

For some of us are out of breath,

      And all of us are fat!’

No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.

      They thanked him much for that.



A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,

      Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

      Are very good indeed —

Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,

      We can begin to feed.’



But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,

      Turning a little blue.

After such kindness, that would be

      A dismal thing to do!’

The night is fine,’ the Walrus said.

      Do you admire the view?



It was so kind of you to come!

      And you are very nice!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      Cut us another slice:

I wish you were not quite so deaf —

      I’ve had to ask you twice!’



It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,

      To play them such a trick,

After we’ve brought them out so far,

      And made them trot so quick!’

The Carpenter said nothing but

      The butter’s spread too thick!’



I weep for you,’ the Walrus said:

      I deeply sympathize.’

With sobs and tears he sorted out

      Those of the largest size,

Holding his pocket-handkerchief

      Before his streaming eyes.



O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,

      You’ve had a pleasant run!

Shall we be trotting home again?’

      But answer came there none —

And this was scarcely odd, because

      They’d eaten every one.”







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Sarah and Evan Gregory read The Walrus and The Carpenter
FROM OURS POETICA
Sarah and Evan Gregory, of The Gregory Brothers, perform one of their favorite childhood poems by Lewis Carroll.
Read More
AUDIO
Play Episode
The Walrus and the Carpenter
FROM AUDIO POEM OF THE DAY October 2018
By Lewis Carroll
Read More
MORE POEMS BY LEWIS CARROLL
Jabberwocky
BY LEWIS CARROLL
A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky
BY LEWIS CARROLL
The Hunting of the Snark
BY LEWIS CARROLL
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2022 January 23

Day.        55⁰     Cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds around 5 mph.
Night.    rain 50%     40⁰     Cloudy. A chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

For my birthday celebration, I chose BBQ. We’ve never been here before. It was very good. When I don’t have the time or money to drive to Cooper’s in Llano, I would certainty choose this as my second choice. We ordered the single meat platter (brisket) and shared it.
That’s all that’s left of our lunch. Any questions?
This is the oatmeal, blubbery, walnut, banana, date, and apple juice bar from yesterday. But with a festive frosting to serve as a birthday cake.

Cross Tracks Church – Spiritual Gifts: “Mr. Potato Head Church” follow link to view worship service.

GOD bless and goodnight

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 January 22

January 22, 2022 – Saturday
Day        51⁰     Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     37⁰     Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

Oh we do love Fast Track. Several games this morning after our devotions. Several more before bed time.

For lunch I made a thick and hearty pork stew. I told Ella, as we were eating, that I wished I had some parsnips to have gone in the stew. She asked if I could have used cabbage, which we have. That was a great idea. If I had thought of it, I would have removed the cabbage heart, diced it, and added to the stew. There is enough leftover stew for another meal. I might just add that cabbage heart.

What to do? What to do? Many, many, too many bananas that are ripe and overripe. Certainly there’s something other than banana bread to use these fruit. I found a recipe: oatmeal, bananas, blueberries, dates, apple juice, and walnuts. Add a little vanilla and baking powder then bake. Sounded simple. Was simple. Probably even healthy. Needed sugar. Yeah, it’s healthy.

While I had the oven hot, I baked some cookies from the dough I made yesterday. Lots of brown sugar, butter, processed flour, chocolate chips and walnuts. Not healthy. That’s why they taste so so good.

Goodnight

GOD BLESS

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 January 21

Day.    46⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill readings as low as 15 this morning.
Night     24°Clear cold with lows in the upper 20s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

From January 01, 2021 to January 01, 2022

January 21, 2022 Williamson County, Texas
State Health Department 7-day Metrics | 7-day Percent Change Community Transmission High Everyone in Williamson County, Texas should wear a mask in public, indoor settings. Mask requirements might vary from place to place. Make sure you follow local laws, rules, regulations or guidance.
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17 mile round trip to church and a friend’s apartment this morning. Pastor was surprised that Ella had come to the church office. She had only intended to have Ella call her this morning.
It was a “God thing” that brought us to Liberty Hill this morning. Because while we were there, we stopped to check on a friend who was in an accident. Her thumb or wrist is broken. That might be manageable if she wasn’t already minus a leg. Using a walker or wheelchair with one hand would seem nearly impossible to me. But she does what she needs to do.

Ella has a unique connection with her high school graduating class. They “meet” every other Friday through Zoom. I think she knows them better now than she did when they were in school together. Do you keep in touch with people withwhom you were in school? I do not, not a one.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 January 20

Leander, Texas
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY
Mixed precipitation expected. Minor sleet/snow accumulations on grassy areas, and ice accumulations up to a few hundredths of an inch on mainly elevated, exposed surfaces. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

Day         precipitation chance 50%     36°     Cloudy with a slight chance of sleet. A slight chance of rain freezing rain and snow in the morning, then a chance of rain, snow and freezing rain in the afternoon. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation. Ice accumulation around a trace. Much cooler with highs in the upper 30s. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Wind chill readings as low as 16.
Night.    27°    Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain freezing rain and snow in the evening. Cold with lows in the mid 20s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill readings as low as 14.

Homemade roasted potato soup for lunch. Good comfort food for an uncomfortably cold grey day.
This is where the sunset would be, if the sun were visible through the awful grayness.
The rain snow mix has been skirting around us all day. But it looks like something big is headed our way.

2020 January 19

Day        73⁰     Cloudy this morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog this morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     33     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Much colder with lows around 30. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…

  • WHAT…A light glaze and some minor snow accumulations on some
  • bridges, overpasses, and elevated roadways. Winds could gust as
  • Inhigh as 35 mph with wind chills in the teens and 20s.
Scrambled eggs, bacon, and biscuit is a good way to start the day.

Yesterday, while driving the borrowed truck, we had rolled the windows down. It was in the mid 70s. When Ella attempted to raise her window, it didn’t budge. So, after calling the trucks owner, I made an appointment with the Toyota dealership for repair work. The soonest they could get it in was this morning at eleven. I’m thankful that it wasn’t put off until tomorrow when the storm arrives.
This Toyota dealership is a very large facility. It is around two years old.  The customer waiting area is also large and comfortable. Thankfully though, I didn’t have to wait there. They kept the truck and shuttled me home. At about 4pm it was ready, they came and got me. If I understand the work order correctly, when they replaced the battery last week, they didn’t reprogram the window motor. Is that a thing?

Ella posted on Facebook:

The last couple of weeks haven’t been too good for us. The transmission on our late truck decided to go out. We did have a nice young man tow us to the shop. He said the bad thing was he wouldn’t have stopped to help someone his own age. I guess we were blessed to be old. We are always blessed to be alive.
The repairs would have cost us more than the truck was worth. On top of that,  we’d put a couple of thousand  into it last year. For now we are driving a truck loaned to us by a couple from Church. God has really blessed us.
This on top of the 50% increase in our apartment rent, has really hit us hard. We had already realized we’d needed to trade for a car. It seems we’re getting old which makes it difficult to get into a truck. We haven’t started serious shopping yet but will soon.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
(Jeremiah 29:11)

We do have hope.

Adam Williams wrote: You may know my Dad, Tom Williams. In fact, you may even have a picture of him in your house. That’s because, for the last twenty years, he has been playing the part of Santa at church, the Mall, or even standing in line in the grocery store. Well, Santa and Mrs. Claus have fallen on some tough times. In the last three months, their rent was raised to the point where they could barely afford to live in their apartment. Then tragedy struck….Rudolf the red-nosed pickup died. At least its transmission did. Without their trusty steed, Santa and Mrs. Claus aren’t able to make it to their doctor’s appointment nor travel to the surrounding cities to apply for public housing, which needs to be done in person.

The death of Rudolf was a long time coming as it was twenty years old and not worth the $6,000 that it would cost to repair it. Therefore, we are raising that same amount for Rudolf, Jr.

Anything beyond the initial asking amount will help alleviate the financial burden of their increased rent. Thank you to everyone! 

Even if you are unable to help financially, if you would post the following link on your social media, that will help get the message to more people. Thank you for your help.  https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10224511591271452&id=1057910567&sfnsn=mo

God bless and goodnight

© 2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 January 18

We received more fresh produce today. This also is a once a month event. It takes place at the San Gabriel location of the Austin Area College. Free to anyone who live within one of three zip codes. We have lived in two of the three. Normally the timing of this event doesn’t follow so closely to the monthly grocery supply from HCCM (see yesterday’s post).

The line at the Leander Christian Church moved very quickly. This food pantry is also a once a month event and it always coincides with the produce pickup at AAC.

Since there are two of us, we receive double of everything. We gave away more than we kept of this load. We kept cereal, shelf stable milk, and bananas. Nearly everything else was passed along to the apartment complex in-house food pantry, along with some canned goods that we have more than enough of.

Pork roast with roasted potatoes and carrots. Paired with collard greens and apple sauce with pie for dessert:  blueberry for me and pecan for Ella. Everything in this meal was provided by God through the work of food pantry staff and volunteers.

Goodnight, y’all and God bless.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 January 17

Day        63º     Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds around 5 mph becoming southeast this
afternoon.
Night     33⁰     Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

One of the things brought into the apartment from our dead truck was our emergency clothing. These are kept sorted in plastic bags inside duffle bags which are inturn inside waterproof construction bags. We unpacked, examined, and repacked them. Everything was just as clean and fresh as the day we first packed them about five or six years ago.

Groceries in the back of the (borrowed) pickup.

Today was our time to pickup groceries from Hill Country Community Ministries. This is a once a month boost to our food budget. There is a pantry on site, that we’ve never been in, where clients can go daily for items they need. What those items might be, I have no idea.

A hallway meeting to discuss Bible study and church services for the apartments.
The Messenger of the LORD appeared to him there as flames of fire coming out of a bush. Moses looked, and although the bush was on fire, it was not burning up. (Exodus 3:2)  This live oak appeared to be ablaze in the setting sun. Yet it was not consumed.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 January 16

Day         58⁰     Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     30⁰     Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds around 5 mph becoming west around 5 mph after midnight.

Cross Tracks Church. Today’s worship service.

Adam and Tate came over this afternoon and helped getting our truck moved from the Mechanic’s shop to the apartments. We have it completely unloaded and ready to go to salvage. We are only waiting on Ella to find where she filed the title. We will need the title to sign it over to a salvage yard.

The apartment, which was already full of things for which we had no storage, is not now looking like a scene from the reality show “Hoarders.”

We are not hoarders. We are prepares. We just weren’t prepared for our bugout,* vehicle to die.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

*Bugout: To move away from your current location very quickly (often under fire) becasue your position has been compromised.