2022 September 14

Day        91°     Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     66°     Clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Only four of us for Grandies today. We need to do something to get this organization going and growing again. This is a ministry, a service group. But it can’t keep continuing this way. It is becoming more of a club than a ministry. I don’t know. Maybe it has run it’s course and should be allowed to die, if it is no longer relevant.

We arrived home at 12:45. We had to be at the doctor’s by 2:00 so I need to come up with something for lunch at quickly. I thought there were some ham steaks thawed in the frig. They turned out to be thin sliced ham. So I filled them up with some swiss cheese and flash fried them to make Ham and Swiss cheese rolls. I had started some water boiling to make Mac and cheese. We need a vegetable or fruit. We had some individual cartons of apple sauce. We were out of the apartment and on our way by 1:35.

We made it to the doctor’s office with six minutes to spare.

We were at the doctor’s for a check up. And results of our blood work. Both of our results were good. My PSA is elevated – but we knew that already. That’s why they are going to biopsy my prostate on the 20th. My vitamins D is slightly low. Time to start taking my vitamins again.

I have had recurring diarrhea as a side effect of one of my medications. I asked to try something else. And we shall. I also asked for something for my itching ears – maybe I can keep my fingers out of them.

Ella requested to pee in a cup. She has a history of developing a urinary tract infection while traveling. We had just completed a round trip of nearly two thousand miles. So she thought it prudent to have it checked out.

Ella will also be scheduled for a routine mammogram.

We also received our yearly flue shot.

From doctor’s office to Walmart. From Walmart to Walgreens. From Walgreens to home.

Once home, I mixed up a gihugent baking pan of cornbread. I also started both instapots slow cooking ham and beans for lunch at Over The Hill tomorrow.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 13

Day        92°     Mostly sunny. A slight chance of showers this afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
Night     70°     Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.

This is a great prayer with which to start my day.

We delivered all of these grocery bags (paper and plastic) to Hill Country Community Ministries this morning. They are constantly in need of bags.

We came away with a wagon full of groceries. I didn’t take a photo.

Once we unloaded the groceries at home, we reloaded all of those aluminum cans.

Yeah, all of those cans. And I went to the recycling center in Jarrell. Remember, that’s where we were headed yesterday when the car stalled from trying to run on a gasoline water mixture. Today I made it there. Ella chose to stay home. She said it was too put the groceries away. I think she just didn’t want to get stranded again. 😁

I made a little side trip to pick up baking pans and pots at Over The Hill Gang. That way I can do all of the cooking at home rather than go to the OTHG building on Wednesday.

Then I finally unloaded the food and items for the food bank / thrift store at Operation Liberty Hill.

Finally it was home time. After some quick sliced ham sandwiches, it was time for we to take some Tylenol and a nap.

This evening we went to Adam and Leigha’s house for supper and a visit.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 12

Our little car was jam packed with cans for recycling, food for the food bank, and clothing for the thrift store

Yesterday I had emptied a 5 gallon gas can into our tank and Ella said this morning it may be that we have water in our gas. That may turn out to be an expensive 5 gallons of gas.

The following are text messages from HUMx Roadside Assistance

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10.33 to 1:07 for Tom and Ella waiting for the tow truck driver.  1:07 to 2:16 for Ella waiting in a parking lot before Merle came to rescue her

When the tow truck arrived, he had room for only one in the cab. I went with him to Firestone and left Ella waiting in the shade in a parkinglot. I was hoping that Firestone would have a shuttle or courtesy car to go get Ella. They did not. I called Ella and told her to call an Uber. She said that she was going to call Leigha (who works from home) to see if she could do an emergency run. In the meantime, I received a call from our friend Merle. I asked if she could go get Ella. Merle was able to get Ella and take her home. Yay! I really wasn’t comfortable with leaving Ella like that, even if it was her suggestion.

1:20 to 5:38 sitting in Firestone waiting for the car to be repaired from what I had done to it.

Yep! Water in the gas. One and a half hours of labor plus parts plus tax = $271.79 that was a very expensive 5 gallons of gas. Plus $32.83 for 11 1/2 gallons of gasoline.

After our normal morning routine, we loaded into the car and headed toward Jarrell to deliver the aluminum cans that we had picked up yesterday at church. We didn’t get very far down Crystal falls parkway when the car died. We pulled into a parking lot and called roadside assistance. By text message we were told that due to labor shortages it was taking longer than usual to find a tow service. When they finally found somebody it was going to take an hour and a half or a little more to get somebody to our location. So there we sat.

We didn’t make it to the metal recycler today. It closed at 5. I didn’t get home until nearly 6:00. I tried calling to reschedule the HCCM from 9:15 tomorrow morning to later in the day, so that I could get rid of the aluminum before loading with our monthly food allotment. However, they had closed at 3:00pm.

Once I arrived home, I unloaded all of the aluminum cans into our apartment. That was necessary to have room for grocery pick up tomorrow. We have lots and lots of grocery bags that we will donate to the food pantry tomorrow. Those were loaded into the car. That works out okay because the bags will be unloaded at the place where we pick up the groceries. I didn’t think to take a photo of the back of the car now loaded with bags. I may get one in the morning.

Yes, many things about today were inconvenient, but I thank God that the car stalled out only about a mile from home and I was able to get off the road and safely into a parkinglot. It could have been a far different story had it happened on the interstate sixty or seventy miles from home.

Goodnight and God bless.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 11 Patriot Day

Day        88°     Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 90s.
North winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     69°     Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Ella was alone working the coffee bar at church today. She needed to be there by eight to get things set up and the coffee brewing. I helped setup a h folding table and loaded a new 5 gallon water bottle into the water dispenser and then went upstairs to set up for Sunday school. I got the lights on and the temperature lowered.

We brought some Iowa sweet corn back with us from vacation. This afternoon Heather and then Jenny came to get some. Adam invited us to their place for supper on Tuesday. We will take his then.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 10

Temperature 83°
Feels Like 84°
Hi | Lo 92° | 74°
Average 91° | 70°
Yesterday 93° 71°
Dew Point 64°
Humidity 53%
Hi | Lo 94% 32%
Pressure 29.96″ ↑
Hi | Lo 29.97 29.82

We did go up for coffee with friends for a short while. However, when it seemed to me, to be a gossip exchange, I left.

I unpacked two wagon loads of stuff from the car that had not been unloaded when we returned from vacation. The car still needs vacuuming and washing. But that will wait ’til another day. It was necessary to be emptied because tomorrow is the monthly time to gather food for Operation Liberty Hill and aluminum cans for Grandies after church.

We had meds to pickup and then back home. After yesterday’s outing/ordeal we didn’t feel like doing anything but staying home.
I checked my pre biopsy instructions to double check when I need to stop taking some of my medications.
Ella got caught up on laundry.

We talked to my 61 year old nephew Kirk today. He has cancer. He has completed his chemo and will be going in for surgery soon. He has had a rough life partially due to poor life choices. We talked about his faith and how he has confessed his sins to God and received forgiveness, but can’t quite forgive himself.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 09

Day        89°     Mostly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s.
Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     71°     Mostly clear. Lows around 70. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.


We had a micro board meeting this morning. Merle, Ella, and I discussed some concerns with one employee of Our Village who doesn’t understand that this is our building and everything in it, with the exception of items they have purchased and installed in the northwest room, being to Over The Hill. We also discussed the contract that I received via email. The were changes we feel need to be made in the contract before it will be signed.

After our meeting we drove to the doctor’s for lab work. I noticed that the rest driver’s side tire was nearly flat. So, when done with the doctor, we stopped at QuikTrip to air the tire.

Once the tire was inflated we went to a very busy Lamb’s Tires, where we sat for four and a half hours. (Partially due to lunch breaks) The tire was unrepairable and they didn’t have the proper size replacement on hand. They located one at another store and sent someone to get it. Once it arrived the mounting, balancing, and installation took less time than figuring the amount due, taking payment, and printing the receipt.

Do you remember that fasting lab this morning? We hadn’t eaten since about seven or seven thirty last night. We arrived at IHOP about five-thirty. By rough estimate that’s about twenty-two hours and we were hungry.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 08

Day        90°     Mostly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     71°     Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

The bouquet didn’t survive us bring gone.

Thinking that they wouldn’t last until we returned, on August 25th we ate the last of the potatoes, eggs, and milk. I was amazed to find that the few slices of bread we left were still eatable. For breakfast, I made today, thawed some ham slices and reconstitute some preferred eggs from our emergency food stores.

We needed to stop for blood draws in advance of next week’s checkups. However, we had not fasted. I suppose we should have known that fasting was necessary, however it was never specifically told to us. At any rate we now will return tomorrow morning.
Pizza was ordered in and a
lettuce salad was available.

Thirty two were in attendance for today’s Over The Hill Gang luncheon. Most stayed after lunch for games (mahjong, 42 dominos, bingo, and Five Crowns). Ella played bingo and I played 5 Crowns.

Ella had some medications ready for pickup at Walgreens so we did.

We then did some Walmart shopping for essentials (milk and eggs) for us. While there, I also purchased some ham steaks, dry Great Northern beans, and lettuce for next Thursdays OTHG.

Before we left on vacation, I had made arrangements for someone to talk my place calling bingo. I didn’t think I’d be back tonight. I was really hoping that I could just rest this evening. However, the person, who was going to cover for me, knew I was back and assumed I was going to host the bingo. They didn’t show up. So, rather than relaxing, I called bingo

Goodnight and God bless.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 07

Reno, Kansas
Wed, September 07
Day       85°     Patchy fog in the morning. Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds around 5 mph.  
Leander, Texas
Night     72°     Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

Mayfield Green, Kansas 2:00am.to 6:45am. Nice long nap.

At 8:45 entered Oklahoma

1:36pm back in Texas

Welcome center, Gainesville, TX. 1:43
Interstate North bound Texas traffic at a standstill from Gainesville to the Oklahoma boarder. Construction.
Home again 7:27pm

2022 September 06

Carlisle, lowa • Tuesday, September 06
Day        81°     Areas of fog this morning. Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
Leander, Texas • September 07
Night     72°     Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds around 5 mph becoming west after midnight.

Shortly after 10:00am we said goodbye to Linnea and thanked her for putting up with us and for putting us up for a week.
11:30am We stopped by John’s work to tell him goodbye on our way out of town.
On the way out of Des Moines we saw this mural at E16th & Grand.

At about 2pm we arrived at the cemetery in Agency Iowa. Ella wandered looking for relatives.

These are photos that I took. To see Ella’s photos go to her Facebook page.

After Agency, we drove the hundred miles or so to Prescott Iowa so that I could find some of my family.

6:45pm crossed into Missouri

7:20pm sundown somewhere in Missouri.
At 7:59pm we stopped at a Burger King in St. Joseph Missouri for a purity break and supper.

918pm welcome to Kansas

We pulled into a service area on the Kansas turnpike at ten twenty so that I could update the blog and take a nap.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 September 06 Labor Day

▾ Carlisle, lowa • Monday, September 05 •
Day        78°     Cloudy this morning then becoming partly sunny. Highs around 80. East winds around 5 mph.
Night     63°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds around 5 mph.

No sunshine, just a bright overcast start of the day.
What does labor Day mean to you?
• Another day off?
• Getting up close and
personal with the grill?
• Celebrating work(ers)?@qq
• Road trip time?
• Backyard filled with family and friends?
•Just another day?
• What does it mean to you?
Kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

©2022 Thomas E Williams