2023 June 08 Thursday Round Rock Texas


I GOT up about 7:30 went in and started the coffee heating and tried to convince Truck to go out for his morning potty break. Fed and watered Truck. Finally got him to go out.

I STARTED packing up our stuff. We had loaded some of it into the car last night. But things like our CPAP machines and our medications were still not loaded.

WE fixed and ate breakfast. Then went and sat on the deck with Truck to make sure he had plenty of time to go to the bathroom before we took off for the day.

OUR first stop is at the dentist. We wanted a clear plan as to ,, a to be happening and when. Ella now has an appointment for a carrying of her mouth next week. The next step is with the oral surgeon. She can’t get in there until the end of August. Evidently, once the teeth are removed she will be fitted with dentures that same day.

THEN it was on to the Over the Hill Gang where we had baked potato dinner. We had 32 for lunch. Most stayed after lunch to play games. Ella played bingo. I played 5 Crowns.

WE left OTHG about 2:15 and were at our apartment around 2:30. We had the car unloaded in about 20 minutes.

I ARRIVED at the kid’s to let Truck out by 3:15. I sat on the deck with him until about 3:45 and he never did leave the deck. It was 86° and that was too warm for me to sit out here any longer. I went inside and he went with me.

Ella had said she wasn’t sure whether she’d gotten all of her power cords. I looked around where she had had them plugged in beside the bed and there were none there. However I did find the remote for the television that I had not found the whole time we stayed here. So because I had hours to kill waiting for the kids to come home, I watched a Spider-Man movie. I’m not sure what the name of it was. But it was another origin story. One of the concerns I’ve always had about superhero movies is they don’t seem to be able to tell the story unless they start at the beginning and retail the whole how they became a superhero.

I RECEIVED a text from the kids saying they are on the ground in a car and headed for home and would be here about 8:40. So truck and I are waiting near the front door to greet them when they come home.

ELLA called a few minutes ago to see that she has shorter hair than the last time I saw her. I guess I just can’t trust her alone hahaha.

TRUCK and I spend about another hour outside this evening. I’m really going to need a shower when I get home. I’m a little sweaty and sticky and stinky too probably.

Amber & Andres anniversary
FINAL DAY OF House and dog sit for Truck
7:00 a INR Check 2.5
✓ 10:00 a Over The Hill Gang Baked Potato
✓ 2:00 p “coffee” at the Hills
✓ 6:00 p Bingo Hills Great Room
✓ Meet with dentist

10:09 PM 07:09 AM
Total sleep time 08H 49 M
100% of 8 hour goal
REM zero
Deep 02 H 42 M
Light 06 H 07 M
Awake 00 H 11 M.

Wed 2:12 PM to Thu 7:00 PM
Thu 7:00 AM to Fri 7:00 AM
7:36 AM 77F Feels Like: 77°
Hi 90° | Lo 69° Mostly Sunny
DAY 90° Partly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning then a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 69° Mostly clear. Lows around 70. South winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. 

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 June 07 Wednesday Round Rock Texas

AGENDA June 7, 2023
Clothing to thrift store
House and dog sit for Truck
Tom anniversary Colonoscopy 2022
10:00 a Grandies
6:30p Prayer Meeting (Chapel)
Call dentist.

6:17 AM 72°F Feels Like: 72° Mostly Clear
Hi 89° | Lo 69°
DAY 89° Sunny this morning then partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. West winds around 5 mph becoming southeast around 5 mph this afternoon.  .
NIGHT 70° Partly cloudy in the evening then mostly clear with a 20 percent. chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

11:47 PM to 05:55 AM
Total sleep time 05 H 12 M
65% of 8 Hour goal
REM zero M
Deep 01 H 27 M
Light 03 H 45 M
Awake 00 H 56 M
longitude: 97°, latitude: 30°N, Altitude: 673.23′
39 mi 1 hr 7 min D
Inverness Dr, Round Rock,
TX 78681 Left at 9:05 AM
Driving 18 mi. 34 min 9:05 AM 9:38 AM –
Cross Tracks Church,
Liberty Hill, 9:38 AM 1:14 PM
Driving-21 mi. 33 min
1:14 PM Inverness Dr, Round Rock,

2023 June 06 Tuesday in Round Rock

My bride and I are a good looking couple, right?

I WISH I knew how old I was in this photo. I’m guessing nine or ten. I am rocking that sport coat or western jacket. I’m standing outside my grandparents’ house in Prescott Iowa. I have a lot of find memories of the time we lived there.

TRUCK slept with us again last night. He was barking and whimpering at one point. I just said his name and he stopped. This morning around 6:30 he started squirming and kicking against my legs. I was glad my legs were under the covers because he really needs his nails clipped and I don’t need scratches on my legs.

ANYWAY, I got up and went to the back door to let him out, thinking that was why he woke me. “Nope. Not gonna do it,” was the look he gave me. I went back to the bedroom and provided to get dressed. Getting dressed is not as easy as what you might suppose, when you have a dog sticking his nose into everything that you’re trying to do, especially my socks.

NOW that I was dressed I went to the kitchen to warm a cup of yesterday’s coffee. I took my cup and headed toward the door to the deck. I held it open for Truck. He hesitated but when I stepped out he followed. He sniffed at and licked at some rain water on the deck. However he acted as though he didn’t want to leave the deck. Coffee in hand, I sat in a chair and waited. Eventually he did go down into the yard and do his business. Then he came back up and sat beside the door looking at me as if to say, “Are you going to let me in or not?”  However I wasn’t done with my coffee. I seldom drink coffee but it tasted really good this morning and I wasn’t in any hurry to finish it. Plus I was enjoying the cool morning air and the bright blue sky. I wasn’t ready to go in.

WE stopped by Over The Hill Gang to leave some pulled pork and tamales for an upcoming meal. We found a plant exchange going full force. There were 15 folks in attendance. They had brought extra plants to share from home. Of course we left with four plants and some dirt.

WE did a lot of running around today. We started by going home. I had some things I needed from the freezer in our apartment. While we were there we went to the community expecting to see the regular coffee group. However, no one was there.

OUR next stop was Operation Liberty Hill to drop off the food donations from last Sunday. We had things for the Thrift store also. However the Thrift store wasn’t accepting any donations today.

FROM there we went to the Over The Hill Gang building. See above

While in Liberty Hill we stopped at the doctor’s office. Ella had received a text telling her she needed to make an appointment. But she didn’t understand why she needed another appointment. It was for follow up from last visit. So she made the appointment.

BACK to the apartment for lunch and a nap before picking up our medications from the urologist/oncologist.

OUR pills were waiting for us at the doctor’s when we arrived. It only took a short time to get them.

THEN it was back to the kid’s house to let the dog out.

✓ 7mg
✓ House and dog sit for Truck
Take pulled pork and enchiladas to OTHG
✓ 8:30 a Over The Hill Coffee and Donuts
✓ 9:00 a COFFEE AT the Hills (we were there but no one else)
✓ Pay Urology Austin $250
✓ Make Ella’s Dr. Appt with Mona Flores
✓ Pick up meds from UA pay $50
✓ Deliver food to Operation Liberty Hill
X clothing donation to OLH
(not accepting donations today)
X 5:00 p Mexican Train (Community Room, Hills
WEATHER City of Round Rock Texas
69°F at 5:20 AM Feels Like: 69°
and partly cloudy Hi –° Lo 65°
DAY 85° Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 66° Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 June 05 Monday Round Rock Texas

I just about waited too late in the
day to get our daily picture
✓ B-day Sabrina Pfefferkorn
✓ House and dog sit for Truck
✓ 9:00 a Wilco recycling
✓ 2:00p HCCM food

City of Round Rock Texas
6:33 AM 72°F Feels Like: 72° Mostly Cloudy
Hi 83° | Lo 64° throughout the morning and early afternoon we had intermittent very light sprinkles
DAY 83° Partly cloudy this morning then becoming mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 64° Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then mostly cloudy after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

SLEEP 10:39 PM to 06:20 AM
Total sleep time 05H 27 M
68% of 8H goal
REM zero
Deep 02 H 32 M
Light 02 H 55 M
Awake 02 H 14 M


I LEFT Adam and Leigha’s at 8:15 this morning and headed toward home. Because of utility work and road construction it took 27 minutes to go 10 miles. I hadn’t taken that back road for some time and thought it might be faster. The joke was on me.

ONCE home I gathered up the crushed aluminum cans and put them into the car and headed toward the recycler in Jerrold Texas. That drive took 38 minutes to go 28 miles on back roads. We had collected 48 lb of aluminum cans for which we received $19.20 to use for our various Grandies missions. The drive from Wilco recycling to Adam’s was 19 miles and took 19 minutes and 16 seconds mostly on Interstate 35

AT 1:20 we got in the car and headed toward Hill Country Community Ministries food entry to pick up our monthly food allotment. As usual we brought home more food than we could possibly use or even have a place for in our refrigerator / freezer. So the “overflow ” was taken to our in-house food pantry just off the community room at the Hills. It was nearly 3:00 by the time we had put everything away. I decided that was nap time for me. Game night starts at 5:00. We may stay to play. I’ve asked Ella but not received either a “yes” or “no”.

SPEAKING of naps … Truck was baking in his sleep this afternoon. Dreaming of squirrels and rabbits?

ABOUT 4:30 Ella decide on “no” and we went back to Adam and Leigha’s

THAT’S it for now. God bless you and goodnight.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 June 04 Sunday in Round Rock Texas

BECAUSE it was Sunday morning our alarms went off at 6:00. We got up cleaned up dressed up ate up and we’re on our way by 7:15. By 4:45:00 we arrived at the church. Fortunately we both have keys to get in before 8:00.
ELLA got busy getting the coffee bar set up for the morning.
I WENT up to the F.R.O.G. classroom and begin setting up the video feed for today’s lesson. I made notes, reread the the section of Hebrews that we are studying for today, I also did some study from other books of the Bible. I also had time to thumb through the hymnal and sing some of the songs to myself.

THE class members began arriving before the nine o’clock start time though some of them habitually come a little after nine. At nine I opened with a prayer found in our study material for the book of Hebrews. Then I asked for volunteers to read portions from the book of Hebrews. I initiated discussion or what was read. Then the video was played and as the presenter asked questions I paused the video and we discussed the questions.

I WAS going to post a link to today’s Sermon by pastor Michele. But the link doesn’t seemed to be working at the moment

DIRECTLY after worship we began loading our car with non perishable food, clothing, household items, and aluminum cans. At noon we closed everything up and headed into Cedar Park and Walmart/Murphy to fill up with gasoline. From there it was back to Adam’s.

SLEEP time from 12:41 AM to 05:56 AM
Total sleep time 05H 15 M
65% of 8 hour goal
REM zero M
Deep 01 H 49 M
Light 03 H 26 M
Awake 00 H 00 MSUN

June 4 AGENDA Sunday
✓ Audrie and Jason’s Wedding anniversary …
✓ House and dog sit for Truck Adam et all to
8:00 a Coffee Bar at Cross Tracks Church
9:00 a FROG class Sunday school
10:00 a Worship service
11:00 a OLH & aluminum cans

City of Round Rock Texas
70°F at 6:42 AM Feels Like: 70° Hi 86° | Lo 65°
Mostly Cloudy.
DAY 86° Partly cloudy with a chance 70%
of showers and thunderstorms this morning then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Temperature falling into the lower 80s this afternoon. North winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast this afternoon.
NIGHT 65° Mostly cloudy. A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

BEFORE we got out the door this morning we discovered that Truck had left a “present” on the dining room floor. We flushed away the evidence and continued on our way to church

ABOUT 5:00 this afternoon Truck decided he wanted to rough-house with me. I however did not want to rough-house with him. I had to forcibly hold him down. Which maybe was what he wanted. Maybe I needed to prove my status as alpha male.. So to give him something else to do other than pester me I took him outside. And he ran and ran and ran like he had a bug up his butt. Now he’s just laying here. Maybe he just needed to burn off some extra energy. Maybe he misses the younger Williams men who will do more rough play with him.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 June 03 Saturday in Round Rock Tx

TRUCK is on my $H1T list this morning. As I was taking the trash out, he bolted past me through the open gate. I hollered at him to come back but he kept going. I tracked him down in a neighbor’s yard. I got his attention and headed for the front door. He followed me through. I told him, “Go to your room. You’re grounded.”

AGENDA SAT June 3, 2023
House and dog sit for Truck
10:00 a Coffee With Friends at the Hills.
74°F 7:28 AM Feels Like: 74° Hi 90° Lo 68° Mostly Cloudy Sat, June 03
DAY 90° Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs around 90. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 68°Partly cloudy. A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

Life at the Hills of Leander

IT appears there was some excitement this morning at the Hills of Leander. I’m not sorry we missed it Her is the text message that went out today: 
7:39 AM
• (phone number removed) Anyone see smoke
• (phone number removed) Did any call fire department
• (phone number removed) No smoke…another false alarm.—Jean

• Fire Department came and left , no smoke 💜

ELLA and I had just pulled into a parking spot at the apartments when the fire alarm went off for the second time this morning. More text follows:
• (phone number removed) Back in the day I would have said “smoke, I didn’t even see the Indians?” But then that would politically incorrect so never mind Diamond Donna
• 8:51 AM NanC Lol
• NanC (Phone number removed) Not again!!!!!! Sally
• 9:00 AM NanC One fire door closed in Bldg 8 and elevators working! wtf #%@S!
• (Phone number removed) 8:45 and alarms are going off again

10:54 AM
• (phone number removed)
Sad.. no one takes it seriously anymore.
You either go back to sleep or going on with life.
11:26 AM • (phone number removed) That’s exactly what I get worried about that one day it’s true and it won’t be good. Ella Louise Williams, Nye, L…
That is exactly what really worries me. A complex this size has that many more opportunities for a real problem.
11:36 AM
• (phone number removed) I saw the fire repair truck yesterday. I guess he didn’t fix the issues but made a new one. I hope the owners are fined. Well no, that would take funds away from other problems, or raise rents.
12:36 PM
• (phone number removed)
“+15125730669: That’s exactly what I get worried ab…”
12:54 PM
• (phone number removed) Sorry to have missed the wake up call. This is why you need to know your neighbors so you can wake them up for a real emergency like a fire. Everyone should have their own escape plan.


SINCE the fire alarm had brought a few of the apartment dwellers out of their caves, there were more for coffee this morning. And, of course, the biggest discussion was on the false fire alarms. The fire department said there is a fault in the alarm system box just inside the front entrance. It is management responsibility to have it repaired. The local management says that they have turned in a request to the corporate office but no funds have been allocated for the repair.


©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 June 02 Friday in Round Rock TX

ELLA spent the night at our apartment. That doesn’t mean that I was alone in my bed at the kids house. Truck started out the night in bed with me but by morning he was gone. I feel cheap somehow. Grin 😁 I went to the apartments this morning as soon as I thought she would be up and awake and up. I got there before 9:00. And she was up having coffee with the coffee group. She said she’d gone up there for breakfast hoping that somebody had food. I had brought the bread bacon and some of the eggs with us to the kids house. Without without bread and without bacon it just wasn’t worth her making eggs I guess. Fortunately somebody had brought a pumpkin pie to coffee so she did have something to eat for breakfast. I was also there for the coffee group this morning.

DO you remember all those bags of cans that we picked up at Betty’s the other day? Ella had crushed most of them. I crushed the remaining bag and a half or so. So I can crushing is done until at least Sunday. We’ll just have to see what we receive in donations on Sunday.

WE were back at Adam and Leah’s by about 10:30 this morning. Before I had left to pick up Ella I had started some boneless chicken thighs slow cooking in the instapot. I brought some canned goods from our apartment that I used to complete our lunch. So for lunch we had the chicken breasts in cream of chicken gravy with mashed potatoes and hominy and the blackberry cobbler that Ella had made Wednesday.

FOR supper we had the leftover spaghetti squash from Wednesday noon.

WE did spend a little bit of time outside but not much. It was just too hot. Officially it was 92° however it felt much warmer.

THERE was no place that we needed or wanted to go today so we just relaxed around the house.

AGENDA June 2, 2023
✓ Tom Stone’s birthday (Turned 83)
✓ 15mg
✓ House and dog sit for Truck

Morning Coffee at the Hills

74°F 7:07 AM  Feels Like: 74°
Hi 89° | Lo 69° Partly Cloudy Fri, June 02
DAY 89° Partly cloudy this morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs around 90. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
NIGHT 69° Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Preparing myself for the day
and for Sunday school.
I’m adding to the journal days at a time. I’m hoping to close out 2019’s journal by the end of June 2023.

God bless you and goodnight.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 June 01 Thursday in Round Rock Texas

We’re together weird together is Ella and my new motto.

This is Truck.

AFTER letting Truck out to go potty. Then after fixing and eating breakfast we brought Truck back inside. We then loaded into the car and headed toward home.

AGENDA  Thursday June 1
✓ All Day 7mg
✓ All Day Con Agra $170.11
✓ House and dog sit for Truck
✓ 9:00 a INR Check and call
✓ 10:00 a Over The Hill Gang Fried chicken
X 2:00 p “coffee”
✓ 6:00 p Bingo (Great Room)

I HAD failed to bring my INR test kit in with me to the kid’s.. I needed to stop and check my INR today. It was at 1.7 which is a little on the low side.

WHILE we were at the apartments we even had a few minutes to visit with the people at the coffee table. They were eating pineapple upsidedown cake

THEN we went to the community cupboard to look for some kind of dessert because Ella had forgotten to bring the dessert that she fixed yesterday for today. She picked up a pineapple upsidedown cake. What are the odds?


Ella and I arrived early because I thought that this was one of the Thursdays what’s Gary Spivey brought us more history of Liberty Hill and environs. I was wrong. It’s two weeks away. Being the first Thursday of the month we had our traditional lunch of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, a vegetable, and fruit. The first Thursday is also when we have cake and ice cream to celebrate the birthdays for that month. After lunch we played games. I played 5 Crowns and Ella played bingo. There were other games and conversations also.

ONCE we were done with our games we went to Betty John’s apartment to haul away the aluminum cans that she had been collecting for donation to Grandies monthly can collection on the first Sunday of the month. She had seven or eight bags of aluminum cans for the recycler. We took them to our apartment  where we will crush them to save space in the apartment and the vehicle. We already have a couple of large bags of crushed cans at home. Depending on what we collect this coming Sunday, we may be ready to take them to the recycler next Monday or Tuesday.

73°F at 6:55 AM that Feels Like: 73° Partly Cloudy
Hi 89° | Lo 68°. Thu, June 01
DAY  89° Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 80s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
NIGHT 68° Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

ELLA stayed at the apartments so that she could call bingo for the residents tonight. I went on to the kids so I could let Truck the dog outside. Rather than having me drive back to the apartment and then back to the kids house tonight, Ella will stay home and sleep in here own bed. I will stay with truck tonight and go retrieve Ella tomorrow morning.

2023 May 31 Wednesday in Round Rock TX

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 70°F at, 6:24a that feels like 70° with haze. Hi 88° | Lo 67°  
DAY 88⁰ Patchy fog this morning. Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 67° Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

✓ All Day House and dog sit for Truck
✓ 10:00 a Grandies
X 6:30 p Prayer Meeting (Cross Tracks Chapel)


Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21

Speaking things into existence is considered using the Law of Attraction. A practice by which a person manifests their desires by putting belief into intent. Also known as a self-fulfilling prophesy. There exists a belief held by some that if a person places their willpower into a particular thought, as well as using items such as a journal to set the desired outcome, the Universe (or God) will, through time and its (His) own means, fulfill the request into existence.

You don’t have the things you want, because you don’t pray for them.
James 4:2 GW

A man may do a great deal of good, or a great deal of hurt, both to others and to himself, according to the use he makes of his tongue. Many people have caused their own death by a foul tongue, or the death of others by a false tongue; and, on the contrary, many have saved his own life by careful thought and a gentle tongue, and saved the lives of others by a timely testimony or intercession for them. And, if by our words we must be justified or condemned, death and life are, no doubt, in the power of the tongue. 


In today’s meeting Anne, Ella, and I discussed:
Anne’s Grandson made it safely into Costa Rico. He got the proper paperwork. Sister in law has PET scan to determine if todo cancer treatment or not
Ella concerns about church family (UMC/WMC) splitting. She’s glad to be in an accepting church.
Tom’s good report from the utility about his very low PSA and lack of damage to his bladder.

The “Coffee” proposed last meeting is on hold but Ella will ask advise from Michele. If we close out Grandies we may turn some of our ministries such as mailing greeting cards over to Congregational Care. But not sure what committee could take over the monthly food drive and Kids Summer Snack Program or whether anyone would continue the aluminum recycling.

The rest of the day was uneventful. By that I mean I took a L.O.N.G nap

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 May 30 Tuesday in Round Rock TX

82°F at 10:21a feels like 84° under partly cloudy sky’s. 87° | 67°

AGENDA Tuesday May 30
All Day 5mg
All Day House and dog sit for Truck
X 8:30 a Over The Hill Coffee and Donuts
X 9:30 a Coffee at apartments
10:20 a Tom Urology Austin Dr Bruce
2:00 p Renken Dentistry (1825 Crystal Falls)
X 5:00 p Mexican Train (Hills Community Room)
X 7:00 p Board Meeting (Cross Tracks Chapel)

MY visit to the urologist went very well. The blood work showed that the PSA is very good. An ultrasound showed zero damage from radiation to my bladder.

ELLA visited a new dentist today. The plan is to remove all of her remaining teeth and go full dentures. That means that she will need to stay by going to an oral surgeon to remove her remaining teeth and the roots of broken teeth.
An incomplete 3D rendering of her mouth.

©2023 Thomas E Williams