2023 January 19

I HAD the oven going for a dessert to take to Over The Hill Gang. Since I had it preheated, I decided to bake our breakfast also. Shredded potatoes and carrots, and pieces of deli ham all stirred together with four eggs in a cast iron skillet.

Day 65°, mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 miles per hour becoming North this afternoon. Night 47° partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lowe’s in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

I HAD already used a previous photograph for the Tom and Ella Journal masthead when I took the above photo. I may use it tomorrow.

WE played a couple of games of Fast Track before I left for the OTHG meeting and lunch. Ella decided to once again stay home.

ELLA had a prescription ready for pick up. Do I did. Running counter to pay experienced with this Walgreens, everyone went smoothly and I came away without the usual frustration and stress. This is a good day.

THERE was a goodly number of folks already at Over The Hill when I arrived at 10:40. Most were guys that had been here much earlier for the men’s meeting. This makes me feel proud of the work this club and its board has done since June of 2022.

OTHG was nearly a victim of Covid. Out of fear of endangering the lives of our members, we had shut down in mid 2020. After 14 months of inactivity we opened back up only to once again shut down again in the fall of 2021.

THE spring of 2022 filled us with hope and we began again with a handful of people coming for coffee and some games. However, it was only to have the city take over the building as a voting place.

THE OTHG board made plans to reopen in June of that year, we began advertising on local social media. And people responded. We now run plus or minus 30 regularly. And that’s just for our Thursday luncheons. We also have activities on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We have a ways-to-go to reach the 70-80 attendance that we had in our glory days. However we have a solid core on which to build.

DONNA WHEELER gave us information about the Williamson County Community Resource Centers with special emphasis on the Liberty Hill location. Types of services to which they can connect those in need:. children, food pantry, health care, mental health, affordable housing, employment, transportation, older adult, education, and family crisis.

BINGO, Five Crowns, and canasta we’re played today. Evidently the players of 42 and Scrabble played other games today.

IT was pizza day at Over The Hill today. Unfortunately for me the only one that had no onions was the pepperoni. I’m not a fan of pepperoni but I ate it and was glad of the food.

AND there were desserts aplenty.

I stayed and helped with dishes. And also to play canasta until nearly two o’clock.

FROM OTHG I drove to O’Reilly’s auto parts and doesn’t about eight bucks on a set of blindspot mirrors. I particularly needed one on the passenger side. I have some limited range of motion turning my head that direction.

THE next stop was back to QualTech to get and pass the state mandated inspection. I can now get the car’s licence renewed for 2023.

ONCE home, I took a short nap before going to the community community room and calling bingo for an hour.

Goodnight and God bless

©2023 Thomas E Williams

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