2022 May 15

Day        93⁰     Sunny.Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph
Night     70⁰     Mostly clear. Lows around 70. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

There were eight of us in Sunday school today. That’s the most we’ve had in a while. One was me to our class. I hope Judy comes back. The topic for today was Wesley’s question about getting enough sleep or maybe it was more about living an orderly and disciplined life. However, we spent more time talking around the subject of abortion.

CROSS TRACKS CHURCH

Day 82
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—
Romans 16:27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

2022 May 14

Day 81
Acts 17:1 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
Acts 28:31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

There were about a dozen for coffee today. They did attempt to use the conversation starter cards (see yesterday’s post). Unfortunately, not everyone was given a chance to respond before they moved to the next card. I had envisioned asking one question a day and having a true group discussion on not only answering the question but also exploring why they answered as they did and how they felt about the situation that illicited the answer. In other words, the idea was to begin a true conversation that would help us learn/understand more about each other. Well, it was the first attempt, so maybe it’ll get better as we go.

After Coffee With Friends we drove to Walgreens for Ella’s meds. Thanks to the different prescription that she asked the urologist for, she saved $124. The medication to which she was switched had a zero co-pay.

We went to Murphy USA at Walmart to fill Dasher the HHR’s tank with gasoline. Because we are Walmart Plus members, we saved ten cents a gallon. That came to about a dollar thirty in savings. Now, based on the fact that I fill up about a third as often as when we drove Rudolf the red nose pickup AND Dasher’s tank is about 15 gallons compared to Rudolf’s 25 gallon tank … I’m spending a lot less on gasoline.

2022 May 13

It is around 8:30 a m. a I’m writing this. It is lined up to be a busy morning and afternoon. I have a doctor’s visit at ten, there is a 50+ luncheon at eleven thirty, and a one o’clock meeting at the apartments. As you can see, there’s not a lot of time between events for travel.

Day        92⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     69⁰     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

First stop the bathroom at the urologist. I’m glad that I didn’t have to fill-‘er-up.

It was past 11:30 before the doctor came in. We found why we were delayed was because they could not find the PSA report from our doctor in Liberty Hill. They never did find it. He did a “digital” check if my prostate and said it was slightly larger than normal but nothing to be alarmed about. I’m to go back to him in three months. At that time his lab will do a PSA test. That way there is no mix up between doctor’s offices.

Because it had taken so long at the doctor’s office, we missed the 50+ luncheon. Instead, we went back home and ate leftover chilli and salad.

We were on time for the Activities Meeting at the apartments. The meeting was to discuss the various activities that the residents had begun. One suggestion was that the leaders of the coffees should introduce a discussion topic each day. I said that I had a deck of conversation starter cards. I went and got them and loaned them to Andrea for her to use.

OUR MOMENTS Couples: 100 Conversation Starters for Great Relationships – Fun Conversation Cards Game for Couples

Day 80 ten days to go.
Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
Acts 16:40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.

2022 May 12

Day        91⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the lower 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     68⁰      Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Griddle cakes, eggs, and bacon for breakfast.

Day 79
Acts 1:1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
Acts 6:15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Coffee was at 2:00 today and only a handful gathered for fellowship and conversation. I left early because of the overpowering perfume. Evidently management is using it near the entrance to make the place more welcoming. However, many fresheners, potpourri, perfumes, and cleaning products can trigger migraines in me. So I didn’t stay long at the coffee gathering.

Ella’s pill sorting day. Once every three weeks for her and every four weeks for me. The sorters help us keep better track of when we take our meds. Ella has mornings and nights. I have some that must be taken with food. So mine are breakfast and dinner as well at bedtime.

Ella’s pill sorting led to a visit to the pharmacy at Walgreens. I must wait until the sixteenth to reorder my meds or the insurance gods will deny them. Perhaps this time around they will fill the orders correctly and I won’t run short on meds before the refill date. Both the warfarin and the allopurinol have not been correct since we switched to Walgreens in January. Over a decade ago I had quit using the Walgreens in Iowa because of orders shorted, double filled, or filled with the incorrect medication. I thought it was just that store. However this store has not boosted my confidence in using Walgreens. But to receive our meds with no copay, I guess I’ll just have to put up with them. Double check and verify every order is my new mantra.

Ella needed to stop at Dollar Tree. I was glad when it was in rearview mirror. Inexpensive is one thing but cheap is something else. I guess, for bingo prizes, cheap is okay because the games are free.

I had never before noticed the emblem on the front of this postal van.

There was a good turnout for bingo this evening.

2022 May 11

Day        91⁰     Mostly cloudy this morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     69⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Again it was Anne, Ella, and I at Grandies. I really keep hoping and praying that our friends will come out of their hidey-holes and join us. If they’re waiting for Covid to be gone, they’re in for a long wait. It is out in the world now and likely to never go away. However, we’ve survived the worst of it and it is now (more our less) under control.

 2 Timothy 1:7 
New International Version
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
New Living Translation
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

We stayed and played canasta after the meeting, as usual. Another reason I wish our friends would join us … We could play partners, which I find more fun.

After Grandies, we went to Operation Liberty Hill and delivered items for the Kids Summer Snack Program.
The Texas Hunger Initiative, a capacity-building collaborative project based at the School of Social Work at Baylor University, notes that one in four children in the state does not know whether or not he or she will have food for their next meal. With school not in session, the summer months are the peak months for Operation Liberty Hill. For many families in the area, school can’t begin again soon enough. But not necessarily because of their children’s eagerness to resume their studies, or to see their friends, or become re-engaged in activities. For many, it’s a matter of having a meal. – for more information follow the link https://www.lhindependent.com/news/operation-liberty-hill-tackles-area-hunger-adds-summer-snack-program/article_7425e3e6-8cf3-59a6-bc98-8585420dbbac.html

Day 78
John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Today we did very little all afternoon and evening.

2022 May 10

Day        90⁰     Mostly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the mid 90s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night.    71⁰     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

18-20 folks were at this morning’s coffee. More people show up as the weeks go on. I’m still not convinced that the word as gotten to everyone.

This is great news. Maybe we can finally get back to meeting together and find our new normal.

Day 77
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 14:31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.

The movie was a British film called Military Wives. The air conditioner was not working on the theater room and it was hot. I left. Had the movie been more interesting or the room cooler I might have stayed. However, neither of those conditions were met. I chose to go back to the apartment where it was cooler and I could find something to educate or entertain me. I guess I’m just not geared toward the feel-good-movie-of-the-year.

2022 May 09

Day        92⁰     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 15 to 20 mph. Highest heat index readings up to 106°.
Night     74⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

We made a stop at the credit union to deposit (or rather redeposit) the money that was taken out so we could make change at the Mother’s Day cookies sale. Grandies made $180something. The unsold cookies were given to the Sonshine Friends Preschool.

This was the day to pick up our monthly food order from Hill Country Community Mission. This is something that we began doing in November of 2021. This has allowed us to buy less. However, as I’m sure you are painfully aware, prices for everything have skyrocketed. This means that, though we purchase less, the spending is about the same

On to a related subject. Thanks to switching health insurance at the first of the year, we spend nothing out-of-pocket for the insurance, it is taken directly from the social security payments. Nearly all of our medications are now completely covered with no copay.

And, still on topic, our vehicle expenses have dropped substantially since replacing the GMC truck with the smaller Chevy HHR. We’ve also changed insurance and cut it nearly in half.

These items will go to the Summer Snack Program for Kids. A lot of children (and their parents) rely on the school lunch program during school season. However during the summer, that source is not there. That’s where the SSP comes into play. The program is administered through Operation Liberty Hill and supported by Cross Tracks Church through Grandies.

These items were passed along to the Hills of Leander apartments in-house food pantry. This food pantry was started by the residents during the extended power and water outage during the ice and snow storm of February 2021. Management has allowed us to keep it going and using cupboard and refrigerator space in the kitchen off of the great room/community room.

Day 76 
Luke 17:1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 
Luke 24:52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

Meatloaf made with ground turkey,  Green beans with garlic, and sweet potatoes.  The meal came frozen from Sprouts. It was large enough to share, which we did. I don’t like sweet potatoes and they were the best thing on this platter. I only had a bite or two of the meatloaf before realizing that it contained onions to with I’m severely allergic. Though neither of us ate much of it, we thank God for providing the food for which we paid nothing.

2022 May 08 Mother’s Day

Day.       94⁰     Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     74⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

CROSS TRACKS CHURCH
Today’s service, CLICK HERE
LUNCHEON
Nothin’ says Happy Mother’s Day quite like a big pot of chili. Actually, a pot of chili means, I needed something that I could fix last evening and reheat after church.
The were about 12 of us for the pot luck.
Yep! It’s swimming season.

Day 75
Luke 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
Luke 16:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

2022 May 07

Day        94⁰     Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     73⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING…
WHAT… Heat index values up to 107° expected.
•WHERE…Portions of South Central Texas. 

We had biscuits with sausage gravy and fried eggs for breakfast. The biscuits came from a mix and we dry and crumbly. We have one more packet of the mix. When I make the next one I’ll incorporate butter or oil to possibly make it less crumbly. That’s the plan anyway.

I think that the were around twenty people at this morning’s coffee gathering. Tomorrow an afternoon lunch was scheduled for those who had no Mothers’ Day plans. That appears to be us this year.

Luke 1:1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, Day 74.
Luke 9:62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Green beans, spicy chicken sandwich, and white cheddar and shells for lunch. Fun fact: did you know cheddar is naturally white and food coloring is added to give it more eye appeal? It works for me. These white cheddar shells look quite unappetizing, right?

I received some junk mail in a large white envelope. Thank you world for the doodling paper.

The heat index only reached 97° rather than the 107° predicted high. This is not a complaint.

2022 May 06

Day           90°     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Patchy fog this morning. Highs around 90. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     58⁰     Clear. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

At 8:30 this morning Ella went to help setup and serve at the preschool’s celebration of their mothers.

The children sang for their mothers. (To protect their privacy, I’ve altered the photograph to make the children unrecognizable.)

After leaving Ella at the church, I drove to the library. I didn’t go in search of a book but to leave some zipper sandwich bags for Margret. She has baked cookies for the Mothers Day Cookies Sale. The bags are to package the cookies.

After the library I drove around the curve to sit in the park and read my Bible section for today.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,.
Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Day 73