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.

2022 May 17

Day           94°     Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     71⁰     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

There was a nice turnout for this morning’s coffee.

Free To Everyone Produce provided by Hill Country Community Ministries

Day 84
2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:.
Galatians 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

My poor lonely car all alone in the parking lot this morning. Very rare to see open spaces.

I made French toast for breakfast.

Monthly Food For Everyone at Austin Community College. It is provided by Hill Country Community Mission. As the name implies, there are no requirements other than to live within one of the three zip codes areas that HCCM serves.

Lunchtime came in the time between FFE and Leander Church of Christ’s monthly senior food pantry. So we went to Sonic for lunch.

I’m good on gas for another 350 miles, so no fill-up for a while, thank God.

Today’s ingathering consisted of: sliced strawberries; canned peaches, tomatoes, carrots, corn, and mixed fruit; prepackaged lunches; peppers; avocados; potatoes; sweet potatoes; carrots; onions; collard greens; cabbages; broccoli; papaya; bananas; oranges; tomatoes; pears; ground beef; peanut butter; walnuts; cornflakes; pinto beans; 3 loaves of bread; spaghetti; shelf stable milk; and packages of chicken chunks.

These are the items we donated to our onsite food pantry. Also there are a few items that we’ve set aside to donate to the Liberty Hill Kids Summer Snack Program

2022 May 16

Day           93⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     71⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

For breakfast we had pancakes, egg, and bacon.

Day 83
1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,.
1 Corinthians 16:24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.

The washing machine is misbehaving. It doesn’t always finish some of the cycles before shutting down. There’s no money in the budget for repair or replacement. Worst comes to worst there is a coin operated laundry literally over our heads on the third floor. Repairing the exhaust on the car come first, if the budget allows.

Pork medallions seasoned with pumpkin pie spice; barley with carrots, bell peppers, and celery; apple sauce; and biscuit:. that answers the question, “What’s for lunch?”

Sketch from television. There was an advantage to the sharpie marker running dry ~ it made a nice shading tool.

2022 May 15

Day        93⁰     Sunny.Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph
Night     70⁰     Mostly clear. Lows around 70. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

There were eight of us in Sunday school today. That’s the most we’ve had in a while. One was me to our class. I hope Judy comes back. The topic for today was Wesley’s question about getting enough sleep or maybe it was more about living an orderly and disciplined life. However, we spent more time talking around the subject of abortion.

CROSS TRACKS CHURCH

Day 82
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—
Romans 16:27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

2022 May 14

Day 81
Acts 17:1 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
Acts 28:31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

There were about a dozen for coffee today. They did attempt to use the conversation starter cards (see yesterday’s post). Unfortunately, not everyone was given a chance to respond before they moved to the next card. I had envisioned asking one question a day and having a true group discussion on not only answering the question but also exploring why they answered as they did and how they felt about the situation that illicited the answer. In other words, the idea was to begin a true conversation that would help us learn/understand more about each other. Well, it was the first attempt, so maybe it’ll get better as we go.

After Coffee With Friends we drove to Walgreens for Ella’s meds. Thanks to the different prescription that she asked the urologist for, she saved $124. The medication to which she was switched had a zero co-pay.

We went to Murphy USA at Walmart to fill Dasher the HHR’s tank with gasoline. Because we are Walmart Plus members, we saved ten cents a gallon. That came to about a dollar thirty in savings. Now, based on the fact that I fill up about a third as often as when we drove Rudolf the red nose pickup AND Dasher’s tank is about 15 gallons compared to Rudolf’s 25 gallon tank … I’m spending a lot less on gasoline.

2022 May 13

It is around 8:30 a m. a I’m writing this. It is lined up to be a busy morning and afternoon. I have a doctor’s visit at ten, there is a 50+ luncheon at eleven thirty, and a one o’clock meeting at the apartments. As you can see, there’s not a lot of time between events for travel.

Day        92⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     69⁰     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

First stop the bathroom at the urologist. I’m glad that I didn’t have to fill-‘er-up.

It was past 11:30 before the doctor came in. We found why we were delayed was because they could not find the PSA report from our doctor in Liberty Hill. They never did find it. He did a “digital” check if my prostate and said it was slightly larger than normal but nothing to be alarmed about. I’m to go back to him in three months. At that time his lab will do a PSA test. That way there is no mix up between doctor’s offices.

Because it had taken so long at the doctor’s office, we missed the 50+ luncheon. Instead, we went back home and ate leftover chilli and salad.

We were on time for the Activities Meeting at the apartments. The meeting was to discuss the various activities that the residents had begun. One suggestion was that the leaders of the coffees should introduce a discussion topic each day. I said that I had a deck of conversation starter cards. I went and got them and loaned them to Andrea for her to use.

OUR MOMENTS Couples: 100 Conversation Starters for Great Relationships – Fun Conversation Cards Game for Couples

Day 80 ten days to go.
Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
Acts 16:40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.

2022 May 12

Day        91⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the lower 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     68⁰      Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Griddle cakes, eggs, and bacon for breakfast.

Day 79
Acts 1:1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
Acts 6:15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Coffee was at 2:00 today and only a handful gathered for fellowship and conversation. I left early because of the overpowering perfume. Evidently management is using it near the entrance to make the place more welcoming. However, many fresheners, potpourri, perfumes, and cleaning products can trigger migraines in me. So I didn’t stay long at the coffee gathering.

Ella’s pill sorting day. Once every three weeks for her and every four weeks for me. The sorters help us keep better track of when we take our meds. Ella has mornings and nights. I have some that must be taken with food. So mine are breakfast and dinner as well at bedtime.

Ella’s pill sorting led to a visit to the pharmacy at Walgreens. I must wait until the sixteenth to reorder my meds or the insurance gods will deny them. Perhaps this time around they will fill the orders correctly and I won’t run short on meds before the refill date. Both the warfarin and the allopurinol have not been correct since we switched to Walgreens in January. Over a decade ago I had quit using the Walgreens in Iowa because of orders shorted, double filled, or filled with the incorrect medication. I thought it was just that store. However this store has not boosted my confidence in using Walgreens. But to receive our meds with no copay, I guess I’ll just have to put up with them. Double check and verify every order is my new mantra.

Ella needed to stop at Dollar Tree. I was glad when it was in rearview mirror. Inexpensive is one thing but cheap is something else. I guess, for bingo prizes, cheap is okay because the games are free.

I had never before noticed the emblem on the front of this postal van.

There was a good turnout for bingo this evening.