2022 June 25

Day        98°     Sunny hot with highs around 101. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     74°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

COFFEE WITH FRIENDS

BRUNCH PROVIDED BY LIFE CHURCH

Leading us in old hymns

Preaching on Gideon giving God the little that he had and God making it mighty.

Deuteronomy 4:39
[Moses said:] “So remember today and never forget: the LORD is God in heaven and on earth. There is no other god.”
Reflect
Israel’s LORD God was a living God, and no image or idol could be made that could represent God.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 June 24

Day        100°     Mostly sunny. Hot with highs around 102. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon.
Night     75°     Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Very hot high temperatures between 99° and 104° are expected this afternoon across South-Central Texas. Combined with humidity, this could lead to heat indices ranging from 102°-106°

Leander UMC’s monthly 50+ Game Day. For the third month in a row we were the only ones there who weren’t workers. We stayed and played Chicken Foot dominos for about an hour and a half. We haven’t played that for years! Wow, it’s been that long.

 Deuteronomy 4:2b
[Moses said:] “Obey the commands of the LORD your God that I have given you.”
Reflect
What must the people of Israel do in order to occupy the land God promised to give them

We stopped at Community Cupboard mere minutes before closing time. Ella picked up cookies and bagels. I didn’t realize how dirty my windshield was until I saw this photo. Our maybe that’s the reflection of the dashboard.

I’m experimenting with food this evening. I brought home the leftover beans from yesterday’s luncheon at Over The Hill Gang. I poured all that good bean juice off and kept the beans. I added a can of diet Dr Pepper and some molasses to the beans. I then boiled it down reducing the liquid to nearly dry. I did a taste test and am not satisfied. It is in the refrigerator for now. I will continue to tweak tomorrow.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

The Bible study plan is from the Bible app http://www.youversion.com

2022 June 23

Despite what the WeatherBug report says, our car’s onboard thermometer read 105° this afternoon.

OTHG General Meeting June 23, 2022
Elections were held.   The new officers are as follows: 
•Tom Williams president;
•Jannett Thornburg vice president;
•Merle Rouillard secretary;
•Janet Ross treasurer;
•directors Ella Williams and Monica Moser.

Lunch was lasagna, lettuce salad, garlic bread, and pinto beans. Desserts provided were cookies, watermelon, and cheesecake.

We had twelve for bingo tonight. My voice lasted through the whole thing. I did have to stop and blow my drippy nose a couple of times though.

Deuteronomy 1:11
[Moses said:] “May the LORD, the God of your ancestors, make you increase a thousand times more and make you prosperous, as he promised!”
Reflect
The first generation of Israelites that came out of Egypt was unfaithful during the forty years they wandered in the wilderness. In what ways did God care for the people throughout their journey (verses 29-33)? In what ways have you experienced God’s care?

31 Daily Readings comes from the Bible app https://youversion.com

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 June 22

I had just begun cooking breakfast when the fire alarm for the whole apartment complex began screeching. No. It was not my cooking that sounded the alarm. Ella and I were among less than ten who vacated the building. Unfortunately, there have been so many false alarms in the year and a half that we’ve been here that people no longer respond to them. We did. I lifted our patio chairs over the railing and parked them and us across the drive to await the fire department.

The first firetruck went around the side of the buildings. I assume toward the place of the original alarm. The next three units arrived and parked in front of the main entrance. They shortly silenced the alarm. Before long we were told we could go back to our apartment.

We finished our breakfast and then headed to Cross Tracks Church for our weekly Grandies meeting. It was just Anne, Ella, and I again this week, which is better than last week with just Anne. She also took it upon herself to sell the cookies for Father’s Day. Cookie sales brought in$136.00.

After Grandies Ella and I went to the OTHG building to check on the supplies for tomorrow’s meal. I think we are in pretty good shape.

Exodus 40:16
Moses did everything just as the LORD had commanded.
Reflect
What is the significance or importance of dedicating houses of worship and sacred objects today?

This evening Arik, Jenny, Sofia, and Beket took us to a fancy Italian American restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day. The food was very good. However the best part was the Father’s Day card I received.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 June 21

Day        96°     Mostly sunny. Hot with highs around 100. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     75°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

We did a lot of waiting in line today. Not a complaint, just an observation.
  The first line was at Austin Community College when we picked up fruits and vegetables.
   • Then it was in line at the Golden Chick drive thru.
   • Next it was at Leander Church of Christ where we received more fruits and vegetables plus canned goods and frozen meats and meals.
Ella has already taken a large bag of fruits and veggies to the apartment food pantry. We also had two overflowing boxes of non perishable food that I didn’t realize she had also taken the already.

Now the is a”Sign of the Times”.

Genesis 35:3b
[Jacob said:] “I will build an altar to the God who helped me in the time of my trouble and who has been with me everywhere I have gone.”
Reflect
What does Jacob say he will do when he arrives in Bethel? What does he tell his family and all who are with him to do in preparation for worshiping God? How do you prepare yourself for worshiping God?

Another day, another scribble.

Movie night! “Dreamer”

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 June 20

Genesis 28:16
Jacob woke up and said, “The LORD is here! He is in this place, and I didn’t know it!”
Reflect
What promise does God make to Jacob while he is dreaming (verses 13-15)?
What is Jacob’s vow to God (verses 20-22)?
Are there promises that you have made to God?

As promised yesterday, we made our outing into the world today by going to Walgreens to pickup more medications.

We also stopped at the Community Cupboard to pick up some bread and bagels. The woman at the counter said, “Could you use some frozen meat?” I asked what kind. “I dunno. Miscellaneous.” With a sales pitch like that how could I refuse?I still don’t know what was in the bag ’cause Ella put it away when we got home. I think she said there is deli sliced chicken and some pot stickers. But what else? I dunno either.

Watching a YouTube podcast and sketching again.

At five o’clock this evening we put our masks on, grabbed the Fast Track game, and went to the community room to play games. We’re had six people playing Fast Track. And then we played a card game. I don’t know what it was called, but I won.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 June 19

This is our last day of confinement! Sadly, our only plan for tomorrow’s liberation is to drive through the pharmacy lane and pick up medications.

Scripture:  Ecclesiastes 1:2-14
Sermon:  Looking for Answers
Pastor Michele

We attended church online today. While I’m grateful that our church is able and willing to broadcast live worship service, it is just not the same as when the body of believers join together and participate together in worship. Plus, I really miss the discussions and real learning that takes place in our adult Sunday school.

I accomplished a major chore today. I stripped everything out of the refrigerator – including the shelves and drawers. Everything received a thorough cleaning and rearranging. I found things on the back of the bottom shelf that I don’t want to talk about – or – think about.

Ella has been doing a little laundry every day while in quarantine. Today it was the bedding.

It’s this different kind of knowing –
the kind that James Alison calls
the Intelligence of the Victim
that we have been exploring throughout this series. It’s that intelligence that leads us home.

Doing Theology From Below
is a devotional study found in the
You Version Bible app. https://www.youversion.com

2022 June 18

Day        94°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast this afternoon.
Night     75°     Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

A day of rest and more rest. The most ambitious thing I did today was make a loaf of whole wheat bread in the bread machine. With my fog filled brain I forgot to put salt into it. Without the salt to temper the yeast’s activity, the dough bubble up and collapsed in upon itself making a stunted loaf. We are eating it anyway. The taste is also a little off without salt to intensify it.

Jack Fortin said it this way, “We need a big enough mission to warrant community and a strong enough community to sustain the mission.

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©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 June 17

We get up and move around
and then go lay down again. 
The “nose hose” is just
from my CPAP machine.

I was feeling better this morning so I re arranged the kitchen cupboards. I removed all of the dishes, bowls, cups, glasses, and measuring items from the cupboards above the kitchen counters. I then scrubbed the shelves. Once they were good and dry, I filled them with all the canned goods from the tall cupboard near the refrigerator. I then scrubbed and dried those empty shelves which became the new home of the plates, etcetera.

Having gone through our larder, I discovered there were many more multiple duplicated items that we could share. I don’t mind being prepared for short term food shortages, I don’t want to become a food hoarder.

I had some broccoli that needed using. So I thought, “Broccoli cheese soup.” However, bacon also sounded good in it, and some diced potatoes, carrots, and celery.  It was a little too soupy so a handful of barley was added to absorb the liquid. And then some butter, milk, and American cheese. Tasted mighty good and went down still-sore throats easily.

Good night and God bless you all.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 June 16

We had a few groceries ordered for delivery from Walmart. However, the Robitussin had to be picked up.

However, we needed to drive through at Walgreens … once … they finished filling the prescription for the Covid meds that were ordered on Tuesday.  However, the same medication was ordered for Ella this morning and it is ready for pickup. What the #$@##!

If it wasn’t required by our insurance to use Walgreens to receive the zero co-pay on most of our meds, I would never go back to any Walgreens. Over the years whenever we used ANY Walgreens, they have consistently screwed up the orders. Does it sound like I’m upset about the crappy attention to detail by Walgreens pharmacists and staff? I am. I suppose SOMEBODY had to hire those that graduate at the BOTTOM of their class.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

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