2021 April 05

I never noticed fog from our apartment windows this morning. However, it was completely overcast. Right around noon we had or first sustained dose of sunshine therapy.

We called some friends to invite then over for a game of Fast Track. But, because they were having four rooms in their house painted, they were unable to come other today. We told them that it is an open ended invitation. We just asked then to call first in the off-chance that we might not be home.

My morning routine goes something like this:  I wake up and reach over and leafy a hand on Ella. If she’s awake, I’ll say something like, “Good morning, My Love.” If she is asleep, I say nothing until she wakes. 

Usually I lay there and thank God for waking me. I open my smart phone and fonts the verse of the day. Then I’ll do a little meditative bible reading. 

Next, I shuffle to the kitchen and start the coffee for my bride. Then a stop at the bathroom for — well you know. Washing my hands, face, and beard. Then I comb the tangles from the beard.

Returning to bed, I check the weather report and as that information to our blog. Next check the email for anything on the prayerchain or anything else that may need my attention. Then I go through and send all the junk emails to the trash.

By then the coffee is done and it’s time to get up. After applying arthritic pain relief gel to my feet and knees, I put my leg braces on. They are designed to relieve some of the stress on the knees, as well as keep the kneecaps centered.

Once dressed, I’ll start breakfast (Usually bacon, eggs, and toast. Sometimes accompanied by sliced oranges, apples, or the occasional banana.

Ella is now up and we sit down at three table. The food is blessed and eaten, our morning meds and vitamins are taken, dishes cleared away, and the devotion from the Upper Room is read. 

If we have no doctor’s nor other appointments, it is game time; Fast Track, Rummikube, or yahtzee.Add in some light housekeeping and the morning it’s

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2021 April 04 Resurrection Sunday

Cross Tracks Church Sunrise service via Zoom. Ella and I drove to the east end of the apartment parking lot to watch the sun rise while participating in the Zoom call.

Ella wearing the bib that “Mom” Florence Barrett made for her. She wore it to make sure that her breakfast burrito didn’t drop onto her Sunday-go-to-meeting-clothes.

WHY I DON’T CALL THIS DAY “EASTER”  

The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring.

Some early Christians chose to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on the same date as the Jewish Passover, which fell around day 14 of the month of Nisan, in March or April

Some others instead preferred to hold the festival on a Sunday, since that was when Jesus’s (empty) tomb was believed to have been found. (Information from ‘Why Easter is called Easter’)

Personally, I try to avoid the use off the name Easter and prefer instead to call it Resurrection Sunday. I want there to be no confusion about what I’m celebrating.  I’m not celebrating the vernal equinox. I am celebrating Jesus the Christ’s triumph of life over death. And godliness over evil, redemption over condemnation.

We arrived at 9:00 AM to practice for the choir. We performed one of my favourite songs, “If you’re happy, say amen.”

After church we returned home for a short rest before loading our bread and cobbler into the truck. And going to Adam and Leigha’s for a celebration dinner. Everyone else, that was invited, bowed out, except Leigha’s parents who came for breakfast. They had left before Ella and I arrived. It was a nice day of visiting. We returned home about 5:30.

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2021 April 03

We were on the very edge of the rain. Though the radar indicated that we were getting rain, we didn’t received enough to call it a sprinkle.

Despite the forecast, the sun rose for a short shot of sunlight. Then all clouded over.

This was another day in which we had no where to go – and all day to get there. These are perfect days to play Fast Track. Actually, any day is a good day to play Fast Track.

It was also a good day to play Rummikube.

At this point I passed. I didn’t see this move until it was too late. Luckily for me, Ella didn’t manage to win before I had a second chance.

I went for a three mile stationary bikes ride this morning. Did you realize that, if it had been an actual bicycle, I could have coasted part of the ride? That would heave given my legs a rest. However, unlike a stationary bike, I would have gotten a little upper body workout as I maintained balance on a moving bike.

I was going to make a loaf of bread it the bread machine. However, for some unknown reason, it wouldn’t start. So I mixed it in the stand mixer, then hand kneaded it. The machine goes through times of mixing, kneading, warming and resting. I, on the other hand, kneaded, let rise, punched down, shaped, let rise, and baked.

While I was waiting for the bread to rise, Ella prepared an apple cobbler. It smells so good that it might not make to Adam and Leigha’s for tomorrow’s dinner.

It was about 2:45 when we sat down to our “noon”meal.  But it was a big one. We had roast beef along with roasted potatoes and carrots. The drippings made a nice rich gravy too. The canned fruit cocktail completed the meal. Notice that neither the bread nor the cobbler were damaged in the consuming puff this meal.

When we can’t go camping, we can watch others on YouTube who camp and do bushcraft. This is Wild Woman Bushcraft‘s channel.  She is a young mother of three boys who live in Bavaria.

This is the reason I don’t wear shorts. Can you imagine the crazy suntan my legs get? Not to mention sunburning my kneecaps. I can hardly wait for swimsuit season.

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2021 April 02

Believe it or not the sun was shining. I just wasn’t in a place where I could capture that sunrise.

Yesterday, on our way to the Maundy Thursday service at Cross Tracks Church, we took some more items to Operation Liberty Hill. The more stuff we sort through, the more stuff we find that we don’t need, but that someone else might need.

We had our first Bluebonnet sighting today on North Bagdad/279 in Leander. These roadside beauties are welcomed as a sign that Spring has arrived in the Texas Hill Country. We took a long way home (a Grandpa Wilson shortcut) just to look for more of them. We found small patches of them but not the vast pastures for which we were hoping. It’s still early though. We will be going on more extended drives on backroads.

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Ella had a follow up to last weeks doctor, visit this morning

Since Ella’s blood draw had to be done as “fasting”, we stopped at Sonic’s for breakfast. We then drove around aimlessly looking for flowers along the roadsides.

By bedtime I had only gone
1520 steps / 0.7 miles

Romans 15:13- May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER- Great and Mighty God, bless me with greater trust that you are nearby and long to help. Dear Father, bless and empower me to be the person you want me to be. Fill me with your Spirit so I may live my life here more like Jesus lived his life here on earth. In the name of the Savior I pray. Amen.    (written by Phil Ware.  phil@verseoftheday.com.)

2021 April 01

Origins of April Fools’ Day

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1.  (Read more)

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2021 March 31

Not much of a sunrise today. The wind had already moved around to the north and was snapping the flags around. They were cracking like whips.

Community First! in Austin, Texas.

The sun was just setting as we came out from choir practice.

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2021 March 30

This was another day when we went nowhere and did nothing (much). We continue to sort stuff that heretofore had no designated place.

I’ve discovered something that maybe – just possibly – may be universally applicable, it’s easier to find places for the BIG things than the small. This may be true off spiritual ends emotional things also.

On April 11th we will once again meet live and face to face for Sunday school. I will be teaching/leading/facilitating our adult class. It is the F.R.O.G. (Fully Relying on God) class. We will begin studying the book of Romans. There ours so much to learn just from Paul’s salutation that we could possibly spend an hour on it alone. Preparing for it it’s how I passed a lot of time today.

Also, I spent a little time learning to do a few things with the WordPress software that I had never done before.

Mark 12:30 – So love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

2021 March 29

Pulled pork in creamy gravy over rice and mixed vegetables in addition to homemade egg bread. That’s a good midday meal.
I won this game
I came in second in this game

Leftover pizza and toasted homemade bread for supper.

After all, they knew who he was.

Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now, ya hear?

God bless and good night

2021 March 27

Pork roast, potatoes, carrots, and asparagus. I didn’t get a photo before we began to eat … sorry.
I did manage to get a shot of the whipped cream with homemade cherry pie somewhere under there.

We went nowhere and did very little. What we DID do was constructive.

Passover has begun so shalome to my Jewish friends. We remember with you.

Biometrics at 11:51 PM
Sleep: 8h26m lite 5h54m deep 2h32m
Pulse:  74bpm
Blood Pressure:  106/70
Blood Oxygen:  97% 
Weight; 284.5
Wrist Temperature:  36.0 C / 
Steps:  2509 / 1.1 mile
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2021 March 26

My prescription was ready for pickup this afternoon. Therefore we took a little drive. More or less across the road from the pharmacy is Andy’s Frozen Custard. We discovered that Andy’s hot fudge sundies with salted pecan halves are fat superior to the hot fudge served by Dairy Queen. That came as a surprise to both Ella and me.
On the way home, I tried a different route. It didn’t work out and we had to backtrack a bit. That didn’t bother us. We just found one way that doesn’t work.
Sometimes I will purposefully take an unknown way and then ask Google’s navigation to find a way through without taking us back the way we came. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. I’m still waiting for the app voice to say, “You got yourself into this mess. Now get yourself out.

Ella had been reading some “detective” books thirds week. They are written by a local writer whip sets his stories in real places in central Texas. The last book had events happening in Liberty Hill.

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