2021 May 10

What a lovely sunrise!

With nowhere to go, we played many games of Fast Track between breakfast and lunch.

After lunch we took a nap. I also did some studying and writing for this coming Sunday’s Sunday school. I also made some notes on a sermon idea. And I added another devotion at the bottom of this blog and to my devotional blog. https//:musingsdevotions.WordPress.com

Ella did some laundry and I did some dishes – both in machines, not by hand.

I received and answered my post-covid-19 vaccination survey from the CDC.

There was also time for reading and watching TV. What a busy busy day (said sarcastically).

Around supper time we played a couple games of Rummikube.

This is a sunset photo. Almost as pretty as this morning’s sunrise photo, isn’t it?

Read: Philippians 2:3  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 

Think: For the Christian (and Jew) the proper scriptural order of respect is God, Others, Self. In my personal daily life do I follow these guiding principles? Or do I let my self-importance and self-will keep me from being the kind of person God expects, God commands me to be?

Pray: Forgive me, Lord, for times I have let my SELF get in the way of my duties to you and to others. With the Spirits guidance, help, and power I will become a good servant, carrying out my Lord’s instructions. Even more I seek to have the same heart and mindset of Jesus. Make it so, Lord. Make it so.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 09

We had a short early morning shower and then random times of light sprinkles throughout the morning.
It made it to 86° that felt like 92°

We began our Sunday Sabbath with Sunday school discussions. I’m really liking the depth of sharing amongst this group of Christians. 
Then it was time for us to gather together for group worship in the sanctuary.  Today’s sermon titled
“Powered for Purpose” was the first in a new series about Power by Pastor Michele.
During the children’s sermon all of the kids were given a super hero cape and the task of giving Carnations to every woman for Mothers Day.

I asked Ella where she wanted to go for lunch. Though 99.9 times out of one hundred she would respond with “I don’t know” or “I don’t care,” today she said, “Jardin Corona or that place in Georgetown where we got the great steak.”
As much as I like the Mexican food at Jardin, the idea of a nice rare steak won me over. So, it was off to Longhorns Steakhouse. Even the longhorn was wearing a mask.

I opted for the 20 ounce steak with asparagus. They were Spears until I cut them down to bitesize. Ella had a smaller steak and brusselsprouts.
Dwayne, our waiter, suggested the Texas shrimp as an appetizer. They were small shrimp, peeled, very lightly breaded, and fried. They were served hot with banana peppers sliced Julian style. They were so good that I wouldn’t mind going back and ordering one for each of us and forgetting about ordering a meal.

I ate maybe a third of this delicious steak. I will cut the remainder in halves as a meal for the two of us. Our meal was subsidized by John as part of his Mother’s Day gift.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 08

Yum! Breakfast. Pills and supplements are the first course followed by one each of bacon, egg, and toast
John sent money so Ella could buy something nice for Mothers Day.

Read: Matthew 6:1-2. 1. “Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you. 2. So when you give to the poor, don’t announce it with trumpet fanfare. This is what hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets in order to be praised by people. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward.

Think: Jesus assumes that his followers will do good works. He here warns us to be clear and pure in our motives. Give expecting nothing on return. Not quid pro quo. Not to be praised. Give as a sacrifice to God. Do as the instrument of Jesus’s will.

Pray: Forgive me, Lord, for times I haven’t given the praise and glory to you. Form in me the heart of a good servant. Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 07

.We were waiting my turn at the neurology department in the Temple Texas VA.
Just checking in with all of you. I have been concerned about my shakes and tremors. I had a CT of my brain several months ago and today a visit with a Neurologist.
It is not Parkinson’s. Yay! That was a fear of mine. On the other side, there’s not much that can be done. Several medications that i already take are ones that they could have prescribed. Since I’m already taking them, I requested that the dosage NOT be increased.

We ate at the Andice General Store – “home of the World’s Best Burgers”. That’s how the sign on the hiway reads. And I will attest to the fact that they are very good, among the top 2-3 burgers I’ve ever eaten. However, today that brisket called out to me, so of course, I ate it and it was wonderful.

Our trip straight to Temple and mostly all the way back, before I decided to get off of the interstate and see the countryside. The recent rains have greened everything. The Bluebonnet have faded but other wildflowers are painting the roadsides and meadows with color.

Our outside door to the patio had no screen door. We’ve been enjoying having that door open and letting breezes in. However, we were less thrilled with the flies, wasps, and other assorted wee beasties that came acallin’.
I remember seeing magnetic screens advertised several years ago on TV. An Amazon search brought up multiple choices.
What are they? They are a nylon or polyester net slightly larger than the door opening. The screen is attached top and sides with Velcro (thumb tacks may also be used). The screen is split down the middle to allow easy entrance and egress. Magnets are sewn into the fabric along the center seam. This causes the two halves to adhere to each other in the closed position.
With the addition of the screen, we are hoping to be able to have the door open as much as the weather allows.
On a related note, the outside temperature reached 83° while the inside temperature reached a comfortable 76°.

It’s easier to see the screen with the door closed.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Think: Think on these things. As you fill your body with good food it grows stronger healthier. Fill it with poor, non nutritious food and your health will decline. The same is true with your emotional and spiritual health. 

Pray: Forgive me, Lord, for filling myself with those things out no eternal value. Fill me on your goodness that I might feed others. Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 06

OVER THE HILL GANG* met this morning. Lunch was meatloaf, beans, and cornbread. However, since both the beans and the meatloaf contained onions, to which I’m extremely allergic, I went to Sonic for a sandwich. Deborah, Karen, Bill, Ella and I stayed and played two games of Fast Track. I won them both.

Lots of prescriptions and minimum groceries purchased today.

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2-4

Keep praying. Pay attention when you offer prayers of thanksgiving.  At the same time also pray for us. Pray that God will give us an opportunity to speak the word so that we may tell the mystery about Christ. It is because of this mystery that I am a prisoner. Pray that I may make this mystery as clear as possible. This is what I have to do.

Think: Keep praying! That’s simple – isn’t it? Just talk to God – and listen. Remember to pray for others – not just family and friends. Pray, also, for people who dislike you – and those you dislike. Pray for all of those who have power over you – and those whom you have power over. Keep a prayer list, and refer to it often. Pray without ceasing.

Pray: from Luke 11:2-4 the lords prayer from Translation For Translators Version

“He (Jesus) said to them, “When you pray, say things like this: ‘Father, we want you to be honored and revered. We want people to let you rule over their lives. Give us each day the food that we need. Forgive us for the wrong things that we have done, because we forgive people for the wrong things that they do to us. Do not let us do wrong things when we are tempted, someone or something tempts us.’” Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 05

As usual, our day starts with a devotional. Today was Paul’s sermon in Athens. I’ve always been impressed with the way Paul took something that they were familiar with, the idols, and used it to his new teaching about the One God and the risen Jesus.

Then it was time for a round of Fast Track. The board was set up for 6 players, but there were only the 2 of us.

Why does my romaine lettuce look so strange?

A box to go to the UPS store. Plus there was one more bag of aluminum cans to add to those already loaded into the truck. That is our 2 destinations for today, UPS and aluminum recycling.

I thought it was appropriate to wear my Grandies shirt today, because Wednesday would have been a normal day to gather with Grandies.

Plus the aluminum cans that we’re taking to recycling is part of a Grandie’s project to raise money for our card Ministry.

At forty cents per pound. We earned $21.20. It’s a shame that we didn’t have more can donations.

Home again, home again. This is our little patio area as seen from the parking lot.

I also caught this load of fish today. Didn’t even have to clean and fry ’em. I was a little concerned that they might not make the legal size. But apparently this is about as big as they come. Also no apparent limit on the size of the catch. I think if you could get them in hundred pound bags some people would be extremely happy.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 04

We arrived at 7 AM for my 7:30 fasting lab work at the VA clinic.  I haven’t gotten my head around the fact that we now live much closer than previously. Instead of 30 to 45 minutes to drive from our old home, it now takes 5 to 10 minutes.

I waited until nearly 7:30 before going in to the lab. I was greeted in the lobby outside of the reception area by a person who read my temperature from a no contract thermometer. I passed and was given a sticker stating that I’d passed.
Once inside, I pushed a button and received a slip of paper with the number 110. I took a seat and waited for my number to be called.
It was called and I went to the reception desk where I gave then my name, and last four digits of my social security number. A group of stickers with my pertinent information was handed to me. I was told to sit until my number was called again.
This time when it was called I was directed to proceed to station 4. Station 4 was beyond a locked door so I had to be “buzzed” in.
Station four was in the middle of a series of closet size areas with a chair, several shelves with bottles, boxes, and vials. There was a middle aged man who asked me to sit and which arm I wanted him to use. I asked if the arm had to belong to me. He laughed and said, “Yes.”  I chose my left. He deftly found a vein and filled 3 vials which he made a point of labeling while I watched. I was then free to go. I wished him a blessed day and received a “You too.”

Ella chose IHOP to have breakfast. I was not at all surprised. It is one of her favorite places. Mine too.

You can tell that she was glad to be there. She wanted to order Stuffed French Toast. That, however, is no longer on the menu. She ordered French toast with strawberries and whipped cream.

I chose the sampler platter with hash browns and three different ways of eating pork.

Once again I failed to get a picture of all the food stuffs that were collected last Sunday. There must have been 300 – 400 pounds of canned food plus lots of dry goods like cereals, rice, and beans. And, though Charlotte had most of the items for the thrift store, we also had 4 bags of clothing and soft goods to donate.

With all of those items out of the truck, we were able to reload it with things that I normally carry. The rear of the truck now also is home to crushed aluminum cans.

Ella spent some time removing pull tabs and crushing a couple bags of cans that were collected non-crushed. Normally, we had so many cans that we have to crush them to have enough room in the truck. Sadly, even though this constitutes three months of cans, there was no need to crush the final bag.

I spent several hours working on the Sunday school lesson for this coming Sunday.

A Williams reunion from a few years ago.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:8-10.    If we say, “We aren’t sinful” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong. If we say, “We have never sinned,” we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us.

Think: I can be a good person, as the world judges goodness, but without God I can never be a godly man. Without recognizing how I’ve failed to be obedient, I will not ask for forgiveness. Without asking how can I receive forgiveness?

Pray: Father, I know I have failed you. I have not sought and not traveled the life path you have laid before me. I have gone my own way. Forgive me. Set my feet once more on the path of righteousness. Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 03

I left the apartment today to get the mail. That’s it. That and cooking breakfast and lunch the sum total of my activities for today. 
Ella, on the other had did several loads of laundry.

When I received my first Covid shot 5-6 weeks ago, I opted in for follow-up surveys through the CDC. At first there were lists of possible symbiotic with check boxes. For the last couple couple of weeks, after the second shot, the questions are much shorter:
how do you feel? [] good, [] neutral, [] bad?
Any changes? 
I’m surprised that they are continuing the survey. I wonder view long that will continue to collect data.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 02

A bright and sunny morning
Waiting for church to start.
The 1st Sunday of the month is nearly always the day that our church members bring donations for the Operation Liberty Hill Food Pantry and Thrift Store. Several of us Grandies collect them at the church and then deliver them later in the week.
I forgot to take a follow-up photo of the back of the truck after we finished collecting for the day. The back was full nearly front to back and bottom to top.
We also received Several bags of aluminum cans that we will take to the recycling center.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 01

Mayday” derived from the French word “m’aider” that means “help me”

It rained all day. Most of the time it was fairly gentle. But there were times seven it was a real rip snortin’ storm.

I had an extension ladder that I no longer need. I sent a message to the kids, asking if anyone wanted it.. Heather and Arik didn’t but Adam did. They crane over today to get it. We invited Adam, Leigha, Tate, and Emery for a spaghetti lunch. They stayed from around noon until about three.  They had not been gone for more than a couple of minutes when there was a bright flash and explosive thunderclap. We were close enough that I could feel the concussive force.

About a half hour after the lightening strike, I noticed a fire truck, with all lights flashing, leaving our parking lot. I don’t know if the two things were connected