2022 May 27

Great Bible Study is
Bookended By Prayer
To be a Christian without prayer
is no more possible than to be alive
without breathing. – Martin Luther

COMMUNITY CUPBOARD

We made a quick stop at the Community Cupboard for a snack to take to tomorrow’s Coffee With Friends. We also picked up a small watermelon, pizza cheese, a sandwich, and tomatoes.

The OTHG board meet with the Liberty Hill mayor this morning. We now have a clear understanding on our position with the city and with the Our Village people who currently share the building.  The city   and maintains the building and ground. Over The Hill Gang has use of the entire building 24/7 unless the city needs it for one of their functions i.e. voting. Lb

Ella and I delivered the items collected for the Kids Summer Snack Program. Ella also visited with the program director.

Today was the monthly Game Day at the 50+ group at Leander UMC. One person other than Ella and I arrived to play. Therr were more people “working” than playing. It’s so sad that all of our groups (Sunday school, worship, Grandies, Over The Hill Gang, and the 50+) are having such a struggle to become re-engaged post pandemic. These were previously energetic and active organizations.

We went to Walgreens to pick up two of Ella’s prescription and order a third. I tried to buy the laxatives that I’ll need to take before the colonoscopy. However, I didn’t realize that there are multiple types of laxatives and didn’t remember what type I was told to buy. After we were home I checked on the Walmart app and found that they have what I need. So I ordered it for delivery. Only after placing the order found that it would be shipped rather than delivered from the store. And it wouldn’t arrive until sometime on the day of the procedure – which would be at least a day too late. So I cancelled it.

2022 May 25

Day        91⁰     Sunny warmer with highs in the lower 90s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     62⁰     Clear. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Great Bible Study is Supported By Tools
A man is only as good as his tools.          – Emmert Wolf 

This afternoons Coffee With Friends we well attended. However, since people tend to come and go, I don’t know how many actually attended.

For lunch I fixed medium rare steak, barley with carrots, broccoli, orange slices, and potatoes puffs. The puffs were made with leftover mashed potatoes and gravy. I diced some red bell pepper for flavor and color. I also added some corn starch as a binder. Mixed it and hand rolled into balls. Gently dropped into enough hot oil to cover them. Then cooked until brown and drained on paper towels

Eleven for bingo tonight. We played three full game and for the last game we played until three people had blackouts. If you don’t play bingo, let me explain that a blackout is not a medical condition. It just means that you’ve covered all the spaces on you card.

2022 May 25

Day        76⁰     Mostly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     59⁰     Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph becoming west after midnight.

Four of us in attendance. While we were at the church, we picked up the food items gathered for the Kids Summer Snack Program. We didn’t have time to deliver them because of my doctor’s appointment. But they’re in the car for delivery the next time we’re headed near Operation Liberty Hill.

I’m forever intrigued by the way clothing drapes the human body.

Starting an intimate relationship with a new doctor, in preparation for a colonoscopy – can’t get much more intimate than that. 😁

We were just being seated at IHOP when an EMS and a firetruck pulled in with lights all flashing. Evidently, it was just their lunch time. It does give you a funny feeling when the ambulance parks in front of the restaurant where you’re eating. Makes ya wonder, “Was it something in the food that brought the paramedics here?”

Great Bible Study is Habitual*
We become what we repeatedly do. – Sean Covey

*I’m using the Bible App by YouVersion.com. Daily Bible App with Audio, Verse of the Day, Offline, Bible Study + Devotionals. Download it for your mobile device.

2022 May 24

Day rain 40%     83°     Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe this afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Night     rain 90%     62⁰     A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Locally heavy rainfall possible after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 15 to 20 mph becoming east after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph.

At ten o’clock this morning there were somewhere between sixteen and twenty people present for Coffee With Friends. Some came early and left early some came late and stayed to the end. Some came early and stayed until the very end.

Why Studying The Bible Matters
It’s impossible to know God
without knowing the Bible.
This is a short five day Bible study.

For lunch we had pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravel, and tossed salad.

2022 May 23

Day     rain 30%     82⁰     Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon.
Night rain 70%     63⁰     Cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely mainly in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

There is some dense fog in the valley this morning and we are unable to see the hills on the other side.

We moved out game or to the community room this morning. We made a new friend (who happened to be another Iowan). Her name is Sandy. We taught her the Fast Track game.

Day 90 final day of this 90 day reading plan. Tomorrow I’ll begin a new reading plan.
Revelation 18:1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. by his splendor. 
Revelation 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

Monday at five o’clock they is are games to play in the community room. We were in the process of teaching another newbie named Ellie how to play Fast Track when it new friend Sandy also joined us. Toward the end of the game Ellie had to leave because her grocery delivery arrived. She had to go because there were frozen and refrigerated items to put away. We played several games before calling it an evening at a little after seven o’clock.

2022 May 22

Day    rain 20%     71⁰     Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Much cooler with highs in the upper 70s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of  percent.
Night     64⁰     Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

The F.R.O.G.s are still studying
“The Wesley Challenge” based on John Wesley’s 21/22 questions. 
Today’s Question:
Am I Defeated In Any Pay of My Life?
Reflection Questions
1 In what areas of my life do I often feel defeated?
2. Is there anything in my life that I could change, such as personal habits like eating healthier or exercising more.
that would help me overcome feeling defeated?
3. What are the warning signs in my life that help me see my neel support?

CROSS TRACKS CHURCH
Today’s Sermon by Pastor Michele Lott
HEARING GOD.
For the Children’s Sermon they played Simon Says as an example of listening.

For lunch we had store bought stuffed peppers. From a mix I made “blue” cornbread – that looked more like brownies. However it was delicious even though it fell apart when taking it from the pan..

Day 89 
Revelation 1:1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
Revelation 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

2021 May 21

There were around a dozen for our 10 o’clock Coffee with Friends today but it broke up s little early. People were gone by 10:30.

Day 88 1&2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude
1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,
Jude 1:25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

We were invited to Leigha and Adam’s for dinner (supper). That bowl shape in the middle is Truck the dog.

I’m a little over six foot and wearing sneakers. Grandson Tate will be a sophomore in high school and he’s standing bare foot. Granddaughter Emery (who doesn’t want her picture posted) will be a freshman. She’s also bare foot.

2022 May 20

Day     Rain 30%     90⁰     Mostly cloudy in the morning then partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Highest heat index readings up to 105.
Night     75⁰     Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then mostly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

I was really hoping for some reason today but it didn’t happen. It’s getting kinda dry round these parts.

Breakfast casserole for brunch. Does that make it a brunch casserole? What ever. It was made with breakfast stuff like bacon, eggs, hash browns, cheese, bread, and milk. Mighty tasty too.

Day 87 I read Hebrews and James
Hebrews 1:1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,
James 5:20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

One Year ago was a Thursday and we were gathering at the Over The Hill Gang in Liberty Hill. We thought Covid had been brought under control. – We were wrong. Covid began to grow at an alarming rate again. Shortly the the officers and board of OTHG decided to once again suspend our Thursday meetings. January of 2022 saw an alarming rise in new Covid cases in our local area. In fact it was the highest number of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic. However, by February we were once again able to assemble, but without offering a meal. Only a very few gathered for games and fellowship. Then, in April and May, the city took over the building for early voting. The plan is to get up and running again the first Thursday in June. Fingers crossed.

Tomatoes, crackers, Summer sausage, cheddar and Swiss cheeses for a midday snack. Followed by honest to God homemade vanilla pudding.

2022 May 19

Day        92⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 15 to 20 mph.
Night     70⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Day 86:  today I read 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.
Philemon 1:25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

I Spent most of the morning on the phone with various institutions, automated service machines, and a few live people to have some fraudulent charges removed from Ella’s card. This entailed cancelling the card, issuing a new card and filing a claim to hopefully recover the money.

We needed to go to Liberty Hill for several things this morning. Our first stop was the doctor’s office to receive a CD with Ella’s medical history from the Iowa doctors.

The second stop was to add air to my tire, as directed by the car’s instrument panel. I added four cycles of the free air pump. The instrument showed the same 25 pounds of pressure that originally read. I think I’ll take it to a tire shop and have them check it for a leak and set it at the proper pressure.

Our last stop in Liberty Hill was at Cross Tracks Church so that Ella could be reimbursed for the money spent to buy the graduation gifts for our graduates.

I think there were 9 or 10 people there for our two o’clock Coffee With Friends today. Some of the “usual suspects” were out in and around the pool. And some were just AWOL .

We had around 20 for BINGO this evening.

2022 May 18

Day        94⁰     Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Night     72⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 70. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Ella’s flower garden on the patio. We were gifted with the two pots in the foreground. They were a little dehydrated when we received them. This morning they appeared much improved.

🎶This is the day that the Lord hath made.🎵 It is also the day for Grandies at Cross Tracks Church. Anne, Wanda, Ella, and I discussed our involvement in the Kids Summer Snack Program. Ella and I intended to stop at Operation Liberty Hill to talk to Susan Baker, the administrator, about what they need to get this first snack sack loaded. However,  traffic was at a standstill on highway 183 in front of OLH so I made the decision to not stop today. Ella can contact her by phone. The next piece of the puzzle is finding someone with a Costco or Sam’s Club membership to give us access to buying in bulk.

Since we couldn’t get into OLH we went to Mardel Christian bookstore to purchase some devotional books for Grandies to give to two young people who are graduating this year.

Day 85 I finished Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and began Colossians.
Galatians 4:1 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
Colossians 4:18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

We seem to make very frequent trips to the pharmacy lately. I hope that Ella can get her medications on a 90 day cycle and all on the same day. That’s how mine are organized.