2021 November 01

This morning I was waiting for the sun to clear the horizon, when I realized that, if I was on the third floor, I’d see the sun sooner. I don’t remember the last time I’d climbed more than a few stairs. With the assistance of the cane, I made it to the third floor balcony. I took a photo, but then walked to the third floor balcony at the furthest east stairwell. There I took the best photograph. I rode the elevator down.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all
that is within me, bless his holy name!”
(Psalm 103:1).

One of the first things we did today was to drop off our application at Crystal Falls Village. The office was closed but the application was placed through the mail slot. We will have to return to give them the application fee.

From Crystal Falls we drove further south to Tamaric Apartments. Their office was also closed. So, we were unable to get application paperwork. We will try again tomorrow.

We visited Whitestone apartments one year ago in October but I don’t remember filling out an application. While we are in the area again tomorrow, I plan to stop for an application

We bought this at Goodwill for the frame. Anyone want to place a bet as to whither Ella will let me dispose of the picture?
Lunch was a chicken and dressing casserole. It would have been better with cheese. The leftovers will definitely have cheese.

APRIL 2020

During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, we became self reliant and self sufficient. We had laundry to do. With no washer or dryer of our own, and unwilling to risk infection by going to a laundromat, we returned to more primitive methods. Washing and rinsing by hand in captured rainwater. A plastic plunger to agitate the clothes in the washtub (a small ice chest) , wringing them by hand, plunging them again in a rinse tub (another ice chest), wringing them by hand again, and drying them on a drying rack. Our arthritic hands ached but we had a great feeling of accomplishment.

Amazingly, this was not the first time we had done laundry in this manner. Nearly twenty years earlier, we used the same method while doing an extended two weeks of tent camping..
Laundry day November 2021: Three loads washed, dried, folded, and put away. All in a more relaxed method.


2018 November 02 Friday in Liberty Hill, Bertram, Burnet, and Marble Falls, Texas

We arrived at the church around 9:30. Our Grandies group saves aluminum cans and people donate cans to us also. Several times a year we take them to Marble Falls for recycling. I should explain that Texas has no deposit and no return on soft drink cans. The recyclers pay by the pound for the aluminum. We made $35.

However that is skipping ahead on the story. We had loaded Rudolf the red nosed pickup’s bed as full as it would go and still put the cover in place.

The cover is in two pieces with each piece locked into place by four screws with wingnuts. Knowing that each of these screws would need to be removed at the recycling center, I decided that two wingnuts each would be enough.

We hadn’t gone far before I realized that Rudolf was running on empty. I went to the nearest station and filled up. 25.336 gallons in a 25 gallon tank. I told you we were running on empty. Thank God that I noticed it when I did.

Because of the side trip to the gas station I changed the route we took. We had gone through Bertram when one of the plywood covers blew off of the truck. Obviously I was wrong that it didn’t need all of those screws holding it down. I pulled off to the side of the road and retrieved the cover and put it back in place with all of the screws.

After getting our cash at the recycling plant, we joined the rest of the grandies group at the Blue Bonnet cafe for lunch and pie.

After leaving the cafe we had time to return home before going to the VA Clinic in Cedar Park.

was given a clean bill of health and a hug by my doctor. She also made me promise to walk a mile every day. She placed an order with the VA pharmacy for something that would help with the pain in my knees and the neuropathy in my feet.

After returning home, I worked some on building a deck.

God bless and g’nite y’all.

©2018 Thomas E Williams

Just before sundown I was working on the truck’s tailgate. Several years ago I had laid a cushioned rubber mat in the truck bed. At that same time, I had affixed a piece of that same material to the tailgate deck to save on my old knees when crawling in and out. This last week, it had come unfastened. This evening I reapplied it. If or when it comes undone in the future, I’ll use construction adhesive.

God bless and goodnight

©2021 Thomas E Williams

November 01, 2021:  Today I’m grateful for Ella’s wisdom and forethought. On the 14th of this month, Cross Tracks Church is celebrating the renovations to the 151 year old original church by having a Pioneer Day.  A community event celebrating 151 years of the oldest church building in Liberty Hill in partnership with The Williamson Museum. Pioneer activities, a silent auction, storyteller, 1800s chuck wagon, crafts and fun for all ages. Ella thought of adding one of my limited edition prints of John Wayne’s birth place. Today, she said to stop at Goodwill where she found the perfect frame for the print.

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