2023 January 17

I WENT to the Tuesday Coffee at the Over The Hill Gang this morning. They were 11 of us there. Ella, though still not feeling 100%, went to coffee with friends in the community room at the apartments.

Today Was Grocery Pick Up Day From The Food Pantries

GROCERIES picked up from Hill Country Community Ministries at the Austin Community College, San Gabriel Campus in Leander. This is a free program that is open to anyone who lives in one of five zip codes. There are no income guidelines to meet.

GROCERIES pick up from Brighter Days Food Pantry at the Leander Church of Christ. This program’s only guideline that I’m aware of, to be a senior citizen. They do also have a similar program on a weekday evening (Wednesday I believe) that had no age restrictions though there may be some income brackets – I’m not sure because I don’t use that service.

Day 78° partly cloudy. High as in the lower 80s. West winds around 5 mph becoming Southeast with Gus up to 20 mph this afternoon. Night 53°, mostly cloudy. Not as cool. More humid with lows in the lower 60s. Southwinds 5 to 10 miles per hour with gust up to 20 mph.

BROCCOLI cheese, rice, and salad shrimp for lunch. Ella suggested this. We had all of the ingredients on hand so I made it in the Instapot. I should have cooked the rice first and then added the soup and shrimp to heat through. As it was, the rice burned to the bottom and didn’t cook through when pressure cooked. I did manage to get the rice cooked by setting the Instapot on saute lowest heat setting and then constantly stirring. Without the rice, I think this would be good over noodles like chow mein or lo mein.


And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14 NRSV https://bible.com/bible/2016/1jn.5.14.NRSV


JENNY and her friend and co-worker, Thomas, came to our apartment to assess tripping hazards and suggest possible solutions. This inspection is done through a program at the hospital and evidently there are funds available to purchase shelving or storage units for us. They will be coming back on Saturday to help us install some type of storage and possible set aside some things to sell.

Goodnight and God bless.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 16

MY alarm went off at eight, like it does every morning, except Sunday when it goes off at six-thirty. Before going to bed last night, I had ordered groceries for delivery between eight and nine. I got out of bed and went to the apartment door. Right there, just outside the door, day my grocery items.

THANK you Walmart delivery.

I MADE pancakes, eggs
and bacon for breakfast

Day 77 degrees mostly cloudy this morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Night 55° partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lowe’s in the lower 50s. Southwest winds around 5 mph.

I TOLD you yesterday that I was going to vacuum the car some day. Well, that’s today.

Hebrews 12:14 New Revised Standard Version     Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 The Passion Translation.    In every relationship be swift to choose peace over competition, and run swiftly toward holiness, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.https://bible.com/bible/2016/heb.12.14

Do you see what’s wrong in the photograph above! I was driving through Walmart headed toward the gas station when I saw this.

Two hours and thirty-seven minutes waiting for the part and the repair.
©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 15

ELLA isn’t feeling well this morning. She was up and down a lot in the night with coughing fits. I know because I was occasionally awakened by that cough. She didn’t not feel like going to couch this morning. She stayed home and tried to sleep while I went alone.

THE F.R.O.G adult Sunday school class began the study of a book, “Revealing Jesus“. The Book explores the various “l am” statements by Jesus in the gospels.

Cross Tracks Church in Liberty Hill Texas.
Scripture:  John 1:29-42

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).  Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

MY little car has been so dirty for too long. I drove it through a car wash. At least it is now clean on the outside. I could drag our vacuum out there and clean the inside also. I should drag our vacuum out there and clean the inside also. I will drag our vacuum out there and clean the inside also. But not today. This is a day of rest.

ONCE home, I prepared spaghetti with meat sauce for lunch.

I MIXED up some instant vanilla pudding with whipped cream for and afternoon snack. We are the pudding while playing Fast Track. We played two games and each of us won one.

Day 70° Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Breezy and not as cool with highs in the mid 70s. South winds 15 to 25 mph. Night 60° Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Not as cool with lows in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to 15mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Stuff Was Happening

THE word I’ve heard is that someone in the apartments was not responding to calls or knocks on the door. The managements master key couldn’t open the door because it was dead bolted. A hole was cut in the wall to be able to open the door. The person inside was alive but not responsive.

This information has not been
authenticated by any official. As a matter of fact, below is the management’s email for today.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 14

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18‭-‬19 NRSV

Covid Alert For Williamson County, Texas community risk level decreased on 01/13/2023. Yay! Back in the comfort zone.

Day 63° mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Night 52°, mostly clear. Not as cool with lows in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 10 miles per hour with gusts up to 25 mph.

A few of the people at coffee this
morning at Hills of Leander apartments.

AFTER coffee Ella and I went to Walgreens. I had so pee treatment medications to take. Ella wanted some Mucinex® to help rid her of her constant coughing.

OUR lunch of chicken nuggets, toasted barley, spinach, and applesauce.

Beyond that we did very little.

Goodnight and God bless

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 13

I TOOK the car in this morning for repairs and to bring it in line with the yearly inspection codes. Come February it will need to pass inspection for a new license window sticker.

I RETURNED home in time to join Ella at Coffee With Friends at the apartments.

DAY         59°     Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

NIGHT     39°     Clear Lows in the mid 30s. East winds around 5 mph becoming south after midnight

I SEEMED to spend a lot of my day making phone calls. I called to return some shirts that I’d ordered on line. They are really nice shirts, however the sleeves were too short. (I know it’s not that the shirts are too short. My arms are too long.)
I ALSO called to make an appointment for an MRI. It is set for the morning after I have the gold bead inserted into my prostate.
IT was necessary to call my financial institution to raise my daily spending limit on my debit card. That was done so that I could use the card to pay for the car repair.
AS president of Over The Hill Gang, I also made calls to some local churches. We are seeking help with preparing our Thursday lunches. In the past, several churches had taken us on as mission projects. Each one prepared one meal a month. The OTHG paid for all of the food and supplies but the work was done by volunteers from the various churches.
THERE were also strings of text messages – also taking care of business.

SHORTLY after five o’clock, I brought the car home. I find it a lot quieter with a new catalytic converter and exhaust system.

  ©2023 Thomas E Williams.              INR 2.4

2023 January 12


PICK up your plate, girls etcetera, and potato them move to the other table for all the fixin’s: ground beef, ground turkey, bacon bits, onions, salsa, nacho cheese, and cheddar cheese

PLENTY of food for everyone

Baked potatoes, mixed
fruit, and pinto beans.

DISCUSSING money collected and
number of lunches served.
29 members present.

DISCUSSION group one.

DISCUSSION group 2.0

FIVE Crowns at that end of the table

AND Five Crowns at this end of
the table. This is where I’m sitting

DAY        60°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Much cooler with highs in the lower 60s. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
NIGHT     41°     Clear cooler with lows in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

There were only five at bingo
tonight at the apartments

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 11

MY morning load of medications,
vitamins, and minerals
BREAKFAST of toasted English muffin, hash brown potatoes, crisp bacon, large eggs.
Sandy, Ella and I were at Grandies. After our meeting we played 2 hands off canasta.

LUNCH of bologna sandwich, pork and beans, chicken noodle soup, and fruit salad.

HEATHER and Austin came and removed the couch from our apartment. It will be going to Arik and Jenny’s rental house where Sofia will be staying while in college. It really opened up the space.

I Took the car in for a quote on repairs so  it will pass inspection. It’ll cost just under $3,000. 1/3 of that is replacing a cracked catalytic converter and associated parts and labor. This was due to my running over a curb as I made a too wide of a turn at night. They’ve ordered parts. I’ll take it back in on Friday morning.

DAY Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
NIGHT Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lied in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph beginning west after midnight. Gusts up to 25 mph.

Habakkuk 2:14 NRSV     But the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 10

WE visited our cardiologist this
morning. Good news is, “we both
have hearts”. The better news is,
“they are both still beating”.
Seriously, we both received good
reports. We will do our normal six
month return visit. Doctor Crimmins
said that he will do an ultra sound
on us both at that time. 

ONCE we were done at the doctor’s, we still had an hour to kill before our groceries would be ready for pickup. We decided to get some lunch at a drive through. There was a Chick-fil-A® right next to a Carl’s Junior® Burger. I gave Ella a choice and she surprised me by choosing chicken.

ELLA wanted some collagen face wipes. Since we were going to Walgreens for our grocery pickup anyway, we arrived a little early so that she could go shopping for the wipes.

WE hadn’t eaten or Chick-fil-A yet so we say in Walmarts parking lot and are. I say my ice tea between my legs and discovered a large hole about halfway down the styrofoam cup. It was very cold and made it appear that I’d peed my pants.

ELLA bought her wipes while our groceries were delivered to the car

ONCE home and the groceries were out away, we tested until it was time for Ella to go play Mexican Train.

Now here is something I haven’t been concerned about lately. But Williamson county Texas has moved our risk level to medium. Do you know where your masks are?
DAY 80° Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Patchy fog this morning. Not as cool with highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Night 55° Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lied in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 09

Day        69°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs around 70. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south this afternoon.
Night     42°     Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. South winds around 5 mph.

We stopped by church do that we could take this photograph of this months donation to Operation Liberty Hill.

From the church, we drove to Liberty Manor apartments to get Monica and take her with us to the board meeting at Over The Hill Gang.

THE board meeting lasted 2 hours. We accomplished a lot of planning. Ella and I will resign at the end of the month. The scheduled radiation treatment will make it impossible to attend.

WE wanted a photo of us all together. However the sun was so bright that it was impressive to see the screen. Also we shouldn’t have tried shooting into the sun

76 pounds of aluminum cans at 40¢ a pound netted Grandies $30.40. Our little car was literally jam packed with bags of cans

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 January 08

Cross Tracks Church worship service. Follow link to see full service. https://fb.watch/hWJz9xswp7/?mibextid=RUbZ1f

Day        Chance of rain 20%     63°     Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Cooler with highs in the mid 60s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     46°Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lowe’s in the mid 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

THIS is the day to pick up items for Operation Liberty Hill. And also aluminum cans for recycle . We now have enough cans to make a trip to the recycler worth while.

THERE are three full bags of crushed cans still in the car. We are crushing these additional nine bags of cans so that we can save space in the car for a passenger.

IF we can accomplish this goal, we will re load the car with crushed cans before going to the Over The Hill Gang board meeting tomorrow morning. We need space to pick up Monica and take her to the meeting and then back home. We will them drive the cans to Jarrell for recycling. If we can’t make room for the cans and Monica. Then, after taking Monica home, we will need to return to our apartment and pick up the rest of the cans before going to Jarrell.

BY the way, Ella and I are taking turns with the crushing.

WE managed to crush all of those cans. We managed to get nine bags of cans crushed down to three. Add the three bags of crushed cans that we left in the car and the one bag of crushed cans that Ella and I already had on hand. We have a friend in Liberty Manor who has some cans also that hopefully we can pickup after taking Monica back home. Luckily they live in the same apartment complex.

Have a blessed day.

©2023 Thomas E Williams