2022 September 24

Day        93°     Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     72°     Mostly clear. Lows around 70. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

COVID-19 Check – Data updated weekly. Low In Williamson County, Texas, community level is Low.

Only six for coffee at the apartments this morning.

Everything we ordered, we received with only one substitution. Sad to say but this is a rarity to not have something out of stock or backordered or being shipped from somewhere else.

2022 September 23

Day        95°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. West winds around 5 mph becoming southeast this afternoon.
Night     71°     Clear. Lows around 70. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

Breakfast burritos
We went to Leander UMC for 50+ Game Day.
The were six of us playing Fast Track at the 50+.

When we arrived back at the apartments, there was tailgate food in the community room. I grabbed a couple hotdogs and some Doritos.

Then it was

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2022 September 22

Day        95°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. West winds around 5 mph becoming east around 5 mph this afternoon.
Night     72°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming west after midnight.

We had a Taco casserole for lunch to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

We voted to make some changes in the organization’s bylaws. We unanimously voted to create an Auxiliary membership for the underage spouse, life partner, or caregiver of a member. The Auxiliary members have all rights of membership with the exception of voting or holding office. Also using email, social media, and it website to disseminate information rather than the newspaper, is now approved. And a minor change to the semiannual mandatory board meeting changed from Saturdays to Thursdays.

We played games after lunch

42 the domino game. Not to be confused with the answer to life, the universe, and everything. (Only readers of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” will understand that reference.)

5 Crowns was also played … and won by yours truly, Tom Williams.

I, as usual, called Bingo at the apartments. The were only nine in attendance which was down from most weeks.

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2022 September 21

Day        95°     Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s.
Southwest winds around 5 mph becoming southeast this afternoon.
Night     71°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

Breakfast scramble of potatoes, bacon, and eggs topped with salsa con queso. We also had raisin bagels.

Anne, Ella, Wanda, and I attended Grandies today. After the meeting, as we were playing canasta, Charlotte came in. She was looking better than we’ve seen her recently. Well, recently is not the current word because we haven’t seen her for a while. She was, however, looking more lively than the last time we had seen her. It was delightful to see her smiling.

Upon leaving Grandies at Cross Tracks Church, we stopped at Over The Hill to check on supplies for tomorrow’s lunch.

From there we went to H-E-B for lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.

Then home again, home again. Though I had slept well beyond eight hours last night, I’ve been yawning all day. Directly after lunch I took a nap. Lying down is preferable to sitting at the moment.

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2022 September 20

Day        94°     Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     73°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

This is one of my very favorite pictures.

Awaiting the biopsy. It didn’t take long, and that is a blessing.  And yes, the discomfort bordered on pain. It makes me wonder once again, “Some people do this for fun?”

We were done at the doctor’s in plenty of time to go pick up produce. We took the folding cloth wagon to put items in. I was trying to not lift more than 5 pounds. That is my lifting limit for a while. Ella had to do most of the lugging and putting away.

The produce we received today included about a dozen fist-sized onions, which we gave away. A bunch of small limes and a 🍋 lemon, one single ear of 🌽 corn, a wealth of plums, a couple oranges, half dozen apples, bunches of carrots, and best of all – potatoes. Two of the potatoes are large (1#?) baking potatoes. We had eaten the last of our potatoes before going on vacation, so I was really glad to gather in more.

Once the frozen and refrigerated things were put away, I started (restarted) making spaghetti with meat sauce. I had began the sauce yesterday morning on slow cook. When I realized how long I was going to be away from home with the shopping and cooking, I had called and asked Ella to put it in the refrigerator.

With the busy morning, it was after two when we had lunch. As soon as I had eaten I went to bed. It was after six when I woke up.

That’s it from me. Peace, love, and God’s blessings. Goodnight.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 19

Day        93°     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the mid 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     73°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

I left home right after breakfast. To be fair, we didn’t crawl out of bed until nearly 10. I had been awake for about 3 hours by then but, until Ella was awake, I didn’t see any reason to get up and start breakfast.

While I lay there I had plenty of times to think. One of the thoughts I had was, “I need to get all of the shopping and cooking for Thursdays Over The Hill Gang lunch done today.

Why? Because tomorrow morning I will have a biopsy on my prostate.

What does that have to do with lunch on Thursday? I’m glad you asked. For most of a week after the biopsy I will be restricted to lifting no more than 5 pounds. The taco casserole starts with 10 pounds of ground beef to which I add 10 to 15 pounds of other ingredients. You see the problem? The only day that I can accomplish this is today.

So, I left home right after breakfast.

The first stop was OTHG to get things like tax exemption forms and club membership cards.

About 80 miles driven today.

My next stop was someplace I had never been before today, Restaurant Depot. It was also the furthest away from my starting point in Liberty Hill. There was also the unknown factor. Since it is a members only business, I didn’t know if I would be able to even shop there. We are not members.

Good news. I was given a guest pass. I spent $147.72 of the club’s money restocking some items that I knew we were low on – but that I truly hadn’t intended to buy today.

The next stop was Sam’s Club where we are members. Here I was able to purchase nearly everything necessary to prepare Thursdays lunch … and spent $99.66 more. Sam’s was also headed back toward home, which was my next stop.

When I arrived home my darling wife had  five cans of black beans and five cans of corn waiting on the patio, so that I could just pick them up and go without going into the apartment.

She also had my Life Line device (that I had forgotten to take with me).

I also got some kisses, right over the patio fence. But then I had to go back to Liberty Hill and the OTHG building to put away the purchases and do the cooking.

Other than some final layering and reheating, which someone else will need to do (remember the weight restriction) on Thursday.

Once I was home, I rested before taking the first of the pre surgery medications. Then came the thing I dreaded more than the surgical procedure … an enema.

Having never before had an enema I didn’t know what to expect. However, what I feared was that it would be similar to the laxative given before a colonoscopy. Other than the embarrassing manner of its application, I find I prefer the enema.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 18

Day        94°     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the mid 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     73°     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday school we progressed in our studio of the letter to the Hebrews. We read and discussed chapter six. I had been reading from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on this chapter. In his Introduction he wrote:

•  In this chapter the apostle proceeds to persuade the Hebrews to make a better proficiency in religion than they had done, as the best way to prevent apostasy, the dreadful nature and consequences of which sin he sets forth in a serious manner (Hebrews 6:1-8), and then expresses his good hopes concerning them, that they would persevere in faith and holiness, to which he exhorts them, and sets before them the great encouragement they had from God, both with respect to their duty and happiness, Hebrews 6:9-20.

Scripture:  Luke 15:1-10
Sermon
Unacceptable Losses
Pastor Michele

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2022 September 17

Day        92°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     73°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

There were eight who came to coffee at the apartments today. The main topic of discussion, other than illegal immigrants, crooked politicians, and school shootings, was how to help Joe order cigars. The company’s phone system seemed designed to make it impossible to place an order.

That was, sad to say, the most exciting part of our day.

As busy as our schedule was (he said sarcastically) we did manage to squeeze in many games of Fast Track.

Goodnight and God bless.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 16

Day        91°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     74°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Paul Harvey always began his Friday News and Comment by saying in an upbeat voice, “Good morning America! It’s Friday!” Since retirement, Friday no longer means the end of the work week. Nor does it mean the beginning of the weekend. Everyday is like a weekend. Today, however, was a day with no obligations, no appointments, not even scheduled coffees or clubs. It was a day to do nothing and we did it all day. As a matter of fact, we might even have some nothing left over for tomorrow. 😁

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 15

Day        90°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     66°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

This is a short report on today’s Life Journey. We went to OTHG and set up for lunch. Ate. Sat and visited. Played games until 2:30. We stopped at Walgreens for prescriptions and arrived home a little after 3. I napped until 5:30. Did bingo 6-7. Came home and fixed supper. Ate. Put trash out for pick up. Brought empty trash can back inside. Went to bed. That’s it. Goodnight and God bless.

©2022 Thomas E Williams