2023 May 29 Monday Memorial Day in Round Rock Texas

I WOKE just before 6:30. I let Truck out to do his business. I got Ella’s coffee ready for when she wakes. And started working on the blog.

8:30 Ella was out of bed and ready for breakfast. 9:30 we got in the car and headed toward home. We arrived in time to have coffee with Friends at the apartments.

WE packed our ice chest with meat s, milk, and ice. Also bagged bread and buns.

AGENDA Monday May 29, 2023
All Day House and dog sit for Truck
Trashcan into apartment
X5:00 p – 8:00 p BOARD GAMES not at our apartment.

DOLLAR TREE was next on our Itinerary. I thought she was buying bingo prizes. Wrong. Junk food.

I WAS a little surprised that Goodwill was open on Memorial Day. But they were. Ella found a dress and shoes to wear to an outdoor July wedding in Iowa.

City of Round Rock Texas
72°F at 6:34 AM light rain
Hi 83° Lo 66°Cloudy.
DAY 83° Mostly cloudy this morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 66° Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

© 2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 May 28 Sunday in a Round Rock Tx

All Day House and dog sit for Adam
8:00Coffee Bar at Cross Tracks Church
9:00 a – 10:00 a Sunday school
10:00 a – 11:00 a Worship WEAR RED

Sun, May 28
DAY 87° Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
NIGHT 66° Partly cloudy this evening then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

WE were up at six and on the road by seven. For breakfast we drove through McDonald’s for McMuffins. We arrived at church about ten ’till eight. Ella got the coffee started and the snack tables organized. While she did that, I made preparation for the FROG adult Sunday school class.

ONCE Church was over we went back home changed clothes, fixed and ate lunch. We then gathered up a few things that we hadn’t taken with us to Adam and Leigha’s yesterday. Ella gathered up the dirty clothes hampers. We will need to do laundry at some point while at the kid’s.

WHILE she was doing that I sacked up the trash and set it out for the trash(wo)man who collects trash on Sunday evening. Because of that we will need to return home tomorrow to put the trashcan back into the apartment. I don’t want to pay a fine for having it left sitting in the hallway.

HAVING transferred what we needed to the car, we headed toward Adam’s. We made a detour through McDonald’s for chocolate shakes. Ella helped unload the car at the kid’s. We then say it on the deck with Truck the dog long enough for him to go potty.

The remainder of the day was spent relaxing.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 May 27


THERE were eight for coffee this morning. My momma always said, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”  To which I reply, “”.

WE were packed up for our stay at Adams by eight thirty. I set everything, except our Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes, on the patio. It was easy to go out to the car carrying the sgtm clothes and hand them in the backseat. Them I opened the rear hatch and loaded it with the things lifted over the railing from the patio. As soon as coffee was over (10:15) we headed to Adam’s.

SHORTLY after ten thirty we arrived at the kid’s and began carrying things from the car. Truck the dog came to the door to greet us with no barking. After we got things settled into the bedroom I offered to let Truck out to the backyard but he wasn’t interested. After lunch Ella and I went out to the deck and Truck came with us.

LATER we came in to take a nap and he joined us on the bed.

WeatherBug 72°F at 9:34 AM Sat, May 27
Feels Like: 72° Hi 82° | Lo 67°
Partly Cloudy
DAY 82° Partly cloudy this morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 67° Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

WE had a quick moving rain event in the late afternoon

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2023 May 26 Friday in Leander TX

AGENDA Friday May 26 (Today)
No events scheduled

77° at 9:00AM Hi 83° | Lo 64°
partly cloudy east winds 5 to 10 mph

TOTAL sleep Time 06H 13M
From 1:15AM to 7:36AM
Deep 2H 30M
Light 3H 43M
Awake 0H 8M
77% of 8 hour goal


Fran, ?, Dora, Ann, Sandy, Ella and I were there this morning. Don is in the hospital. His son said he’s not doing well. All we know is that it is not cancer.


SHRIMP SOUP. lots of tiny salad shrimp, chicken stock, vegetable stock, diced yellow red and green peppers, 1 stalk of celery finely diced including the leaves, and 1 package of ramen noodles without the seasoning packet. Very tasty if I do say so myself

THE 1920s gala was well attended by people in their costumes. I think that there was only one other man present. There was a small buffet with sandwiches and snacks.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 May 25 Thursday in Leander TX

68° at 8:00AM mostly sunny going to high of 82° Thu, May 25


ELLA had an early (9) doctor’s appointment today. This is a follow up from last month’s visit. Last time some medication changed were made. Today was to check on the effectiveness of those changes. Everything was OKAY.


ONCE we were done at the doctor’s we drove the short (1.5 miles) distance to the OTHG building. It was not quite 10:30 when we arrived. I made ice tea and coffee while I waited for everyone to show up. It’s Pizza Day.

WE have a new sign for the OTHG building


Sofia has officially graduation – though she’ll have to go back to the school to pick up her diploma. Ella and I watched it on our phones. We then went to Arik and Jenny’s. From there we went to Mesa Rosa Mexican restaurant for supper.

AGENDA Thursday May 25 (Today)
7:00 a INR Check and call  (2.6)
9:00 a Ella to Dr Mona
10:00 a Over The Hill Gang blue shirt day
X 2:00 p “coffee”not here
3:00 p Arik & Jenny
4:30 p Mesa Rosa (15515 n rr 620)
X 6:00 p Bingo (Great Room) not here

DAY 82° Partly cloudy this morning then clearing.
Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 65° Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

12:06 AM to 7:25 AM
Total sleep time 07 H 04 M
88% of 8 hour goal
Deep 02 H 42 M
Light 04 H 22 M
Awake 00 H 15 M

AS I notice the number of people wearing backpacks, I wonder how humanity survived in ages past without carrying half of their positions on their backs and all their memories in their phones?

I GREW up in a decidedly more primitive age where we didn’t have to carry a supply of drinking water with us everywhere we went. If you wanted to write with ink you dipped your pen into the ink bottle. A tablet was a bunch of papers sealed together on one edge with a cardboard back. A watch had one function, to tell time. It worked with gears and springs not electronics. The telephone was wired to a wall.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 May 24 Wednesday in Leander TX

INR 2.6

Leander, Texas 7:08 AM Mostly Cloudy
64° F, Feels Like: 66°, Hi 79° | Lo 64°


We had a pleasant surprise today, Bill and Karen Kennedy came to Grandies. We haven’t seen them at Grandies, I believe, since sometime in 2020. Also in attendance were Anne Slager, Sandy Wentworth, Ella and I.  After the meeting and a game of canasta we went to a new Italian restaurant in Liberty Hill called Bella Sera. The food was good and, by ordering from the Lunch Special menu, reasonably priced. We were home by two o’clock.

DAY 79°Mostly cloudy with a 30%  chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 65° Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:6‭-‬7 NRSV


©2023 Thomas E Williams

Total sleep time 07H12 M
From 10:54 PM to 06:55 AM
90% of 8 H goal
Deep 02 H 48 M
Light 04 H 24 M
Awake 00 H 49 M

2023 May 23 Tuesday in Leander TX


THE great Coffee Group Civil War is under way. Today there were four of us at a table in the community room, as usual. However, some of the regular coffee group were sitting in chairs in the lobby area. Don’t ask me. I don’t know. I don’t want to know. I don’t like the negative tension that is going around.

I COULDN’T stay long anyway ’cause I had an appointment with a vampire to have blood extracted. I have an appointment with the urologist next week where I will learn the results of the test and what it means for the future.

I AM curious but not concerned. My past is forgiven and my future secure.

DAY 85°Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 64° Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Total sleep time 08H 18 M
From 11:53 PM to 8:30 AM
Deep 02 H 25 M
Light 05 H 53 M
100% of 8 H goal
Awake 00 H 19 M


Sandy, Ritha, Kay, Fran, MiLei, Tom, Ella, Sandy, ?, ?, ?, Dora. I left before the end of play. There were still four more rounds to go but I was tired and my back hurt. Also, I’d won four rounds and it was somebody else’s tooth

Homemade Vanilla Pudding
Cook Time: 20 mins
Additional Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hrs
2 cups milk
½ cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg optional
Step 1
Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat until bubbles form at the edges.
Step 2
Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a small bowl.
Step 3
Add sugar, cornstarch, and salt mixture to hot milk, a little at a time, stirring until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
Step 4
Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in vanilla and butter (at this point I also quickly add a well beaten egg)
Step 5
Spoon pudding evenly into 5 serving dishes; chill in the refrigerator before serving or eat while still warm.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

Goodnight and God bless.

2023 May 22 Monday in Leander TX

DAY 81°. Partly cloudy. Not as cool with highs in the mid 80s. East wind around 5 mph. NIGHT 65°. Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Low in the mid 60s. Southeast wind around 5:00 mph.


SANDY, Linda, Ella and I, Shirley(?), At one table with Ann sitting at a separate table. Apparently she really doesn’t like Shirley(? I don’t know if that’s her name.

SHORTLY after ten o’clock Ella and I drove to the Community Cupboard for a loaf of bread. We also received bananas, and four small (bigger than a golf ball, smaller than a tennis ball) potatoes. We were back home before our Walmart grocery delivery arrived at eleven ten. It was while putting the groceries away that I realized that I failed to add butter to the order. We’ve only a half of a stick left.

THE only thing on today’s agenda is at 5:00 this evening when we play board games. Tomorrow we may attend coffee at 9:00. I have a Urology appointment for fasting lab work at 10:20. Then in the evening at 5:00 there’s Mexican train.

WE did take our Fast Track game to the community room for Game Night. At one point there were five of us playing.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 May 21 Sunday in Leander TX

65° Haze at 6AM.  High: 75° Low: 59° rain: 60%.

SUNDAY school from nine to nine-fifty we are basing our study on the book of Hebrews. The author is addressing a situation with the Jews who had become followers of Christ but, when things got tough, went back to Judaism.

PASTOR Michele’s sermon, “Moments that Changed the World: The Moment They Became Leaders”

 DAY 72° Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
NIGHT 60° Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. North winds around 5 mph.

FOLLOWING church we went to Adam’s and Leigha’s for lunch and conversation.

LAST Sunday Ella was ill and didn’t go with me to church. I stopped on the way home and bought a strawberry cheesecake Blizzard for her. She ate it and threw it back up. Today, after leaving the kids house, we stopped at Dairy Queen and bought her another.

ONCE we were home I slept for an hour or so. I really needed it. The remainder of the day remained restful.

TOTAL sleep time 04 H 06 M
From 01:40 AM to 05:55 AM
51% of 8 hour goal
Deep 01 H 36 M
Light 02 H 30 M
Awake 00 H 09 M

© 2023 Thomas E Williams

2023 November 20 in Leander TX

64° at daybreak under a cloudy sky the temperature topped out at 80°


LATE this afternoon I was tasked with writing a “presented to” in some of books that will be given to graduates at Cross Tracks Church by our Grandies for Christ group. Only, as I opened the last book, I discovered that it was a used book with a dedication already in the book. We had to drive to a Book and Bible store and purchase an additional book.

SINCE we were out and about and it was approaching suppertime, we stopped at Wendy’s for a couple of combo meals. Ella had chicken nuggets and I had the ghost pepper chicken sandwich.

Once we were home I finished writing in the final gift book

IT was just a short time after completing the books that it was time to go to the Commons Room for karaoke.

I SANG a couple of times. For some reason I felt short of air while singing. Also, the songs that appeared on the screen had slightly different lyrics than I was familiar with.

©2023 Thomas E Williams