2022 December 04

Day        58°     Cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds around 5 mph becoming east this afternoon.
Night     49°     Cloudy. A slight chance of drizzle after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Near steady temperature in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

This morning Mrs Claus went to the mall with me. She helped with the special needs folks by getting them organized and ready for meeting Santa. 9 to 12.

One young “special” girl, after a couple photos declared, “All done” took my hand and led me off the set. Evidently, I was supposed to go home with her. That’s a switch. Usually they want to go home with me.

For lunch we had bacon wrapped shrimp with jalapenos and cream cheese. Sides of buttered rice and asparagus.

She looks so tall!

Tonight Santa and Mrs Claus meet with the folks and children at the Austin Heart Hospital Christmas Party. 4 to 6.

Today’s travels

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 December 03

Day        64°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Patchy fog this morning. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     47°      Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Santa & Adults

Sometimes people seem surprised that adults like to come and visit with Santa. Think about it. Santa represents the very best of which people are capable. Why would you not want to spend a few minutes with him.

Mr & Mrs Claus at the library in Liberty Hill tonight. Unfortunately, I left Dasher’s headlights on and ran the battery down. I called the starter service for a jump. They were delayed getting to us because of the Christmas parade going on the street leading to the library.

We got home safely – just a little later than expected.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 December 02

Day        69⁰     Areas of fog this morning. Mostly cloudy. Not as cool with highs in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     49°     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight.

Santa had a small problem today. My suspender strap came undone and my pants drooped in the back. During a break, I tied it back together. However I’ve taken them home for repair.

Once I arrived how, we took very little time getting ready to go to the Over The Hill Gang’s potluck and game night which is scheduled for the first Friday of every month. Our is it? This is the second month in a row where Ella and I have been the only ones there. The first Friday in November was a heavy rain storm and only we two were foolish enough to drive in it. I have no idea why this one was cancelled. Did I mention that I’m President of OTHG? And Ella is a board member?

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 December 01

Christmas shoppers, you’re running out of time!

Another 11 to 5 day at Santa welcome center. This would have been a perfect day to visit Santa before the crowds and long lines appear. Santa had a tiny 15 month old girl came running to him as fast as her uncertain legs could carry her. I also had a three year old boy run and launch himself into my arms. These are the hugs that Santa really loves. The was a hesitant two year old who want crying but just not wanting to get close. I say down on the floor with a story book and had Dad sit with him beside me. Before long Dad moved away and we got nice photos with the child and Santa.

I arrived home in time to enjoy a holiday meal. The LIFE Church has “adopted” our apartment complex and occasionally brings us food, music, and message.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 30

Day        57⁰     Sunny. Much cooler with highs in the mid 50s. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Night     36°     Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mxph.

As I was getting in the car, after work, I realized that is left my phone in the closet of the changing room. I decided on not going back for it.

Hurried home from the mall, loaded Ella into the car, and headed toward Cross Tracks Church in Liberty Hill. We drove through Hardie’s for Whopper juniors for me. Then, a little ways up the road, to Taco Bell for Ella’s Mexican pizza

As we were talking our places for choir practice, I had a coughing fit that seemed to go on forever. I left the stage and moved to the far edge of the sanctuary. By the time rehearsal began I had the cough (mostly) under control. My voice was rough but I managed to practice the cantata from my place of exile.

Without my phone I was unable to post this update last evening. It should post later today – when I have an Internet connection. But you will know that because you are reading it.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 29

Day        83°     Patchy fog this morning. Mostly cloudy with a chance of drizzle this morning then partly cloudy this afternoon. Highs around 80. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     43°     Clear. Much cooler with lows in the lower 40s. West winds around 5 mph increasing to north 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph after midnight.

Santa was at the mall 11 to 5 again today. And again it was very slow. Only the appointments and about the same number of walk ups.

Traffic was bumper to bumper on the way home.

Again Ella had food ready so that I could walk in, wash my hands, and sit to eat  4 cheese pasta with smoked sausage and corn.

I brought home my white shirt and gloves to be laundered, Ella has them washed, dried, and ready to go back down me tomorrow.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 28

Day        67⁰     Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Night     41°     Partly cloudy in the evening then cloudy with patchy drizzle after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Not as cool with lows in the upper 50s. Temperature rising into the mid 60s after midnight. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

It was a long and lonely day as Santa. Six hours of sitting and waiting and less than a handful of visitors.

My friend Larry purchased a new wheel and tire for our car. When I arrived home I jacked up the car and removed the tire. I was just finishing that when Larry arrived with the new tire and rim.  It is now on the vehicle.

Ella had supper ready on the table when we were done with the cat.

After supper was bed time for me. I’m still not well. Lots of coughing and rough voice.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 27

Day        63°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds around 5 mph.
Night     44°     Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds around 5 mph.

I would have rathered stayed in bed than get up this morning. But I knew I couldn’t. It is Sunday and Sunday is Sunday school and worship. Two too important things to miss. I quickly poached scrambled eggs and wrapped them in tortillas with nacho cheese. One stayed wrapped and I gave it to Ella. The other I ate with knife and fork.

Today’s Sermon
First Sunday of Advent

Our travels to us to church and back home.

We had Old Bay style Clam chowder for lunch. I liked it a lot but it was too spicy for Ella’s taste – though she finished her bowl.

We hung some Christmas lights on our patio today

I slept off and on most of the day. I have to kick this cold. It’s not a good look for Santa. Next Saturday Mr and Mrs Claus will be at the Liberty Hill library. Next Sunday morning I will will be working with special needs folks nine to noon. And that evening Mr and Mrs Claus will be at a Christmas party for employees of Austin heart hospital.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 26

Day     rain 50%     55°     Partly cloudy with a chance of showers with isolated thunderstorms this morning then mostly sunny this afternoon. Highs around 60. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Night     45°     Clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

I went home after work and Ella joined me in a trip to Walmart. I purchased some OTC medication and some gift items.

While we were there I topped off the gas tank in Dasher the HHR. Since I’ve only been , for the most part, driving between home and work (a distance of 9 miles one way) I haven’t burned much fuel.

Once we returned home, Ella reheated the mall she had prepared: pork chops, peas, and rice rice pilaf. We also had a nice slice of the excellent banana bread that Jenny brought over yesterday. It was late enough that I took my supper meds with whatever this meal was.

Once again I pretty much napped until bedtime. This head and chest cold is really wearing me down. Also one of the side affects of the hormone tablets is fatigue.

God bless you and goodnight

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 25

Not feeling my best today. I came home from being Santa and immediately went to sleep. Ella woke me to say lungi was ready. I ate and went back to sleep. I woke around 6:30 and asked Ella to play some Fast Track. We played several games and I went back to bed. I woke a little while ago and realized I hadn’t posted anything for today. So, here it is.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams