2022 November 24 Thanksgiving

Day        rain 20%     59°     Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 60. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
Night     rain 70%     Cloudy. A chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Near steady temperature in the upper 50s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.

In honor of the holiday, we stayed in bed until nearly ten o’clock. Santa doesn’t work today.

For lunch we had turkey dark meat, cranberry/pecan dressing with mushroom gravy, steamed broccoli, and cherry galette. We have lots for which to be thankful.

Arik, Jenny, Sofia, and Beket stopped on their way home from lampasas, where they had Thanksgiving with his mother. They came bringing the best banana bread I’ve ever eaten. Thanks, Jenny.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 23

Day        59°     Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 60. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
Night     rain 70%.    50°     Cloudy. A chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Near steady temperature in the upper 50s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.

Santa from 10:30-2:30 = 4 hours

Ella had made grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for where I got home.

Around 5:30 I made some homemade vanilla pudding. I like to eat mine while it is still hot.

This morning before going to work I started the fish washer. After our pudding I hand washed the dishes from lunch and supper.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 22

Day        rain 20%     51°     Cloudy. A slight chance of showers this morning. Patchy fog this morning. Not as cool with highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.
Night     42°     Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Light and variable winds.

I have good news.
Vanessa Bergman, CPhT from Urology Austin Pharmacy, contacted me yesterday that she has secured a grant that will cover the cost of my hormone medication for the prostate cancer. Previously, my share of the co pay (after insurance) was going to be $900.00 a month. The grant will currently cover the cost of medication for the next five months at the current dosage. Beyond that, I don’t know.

I Stopped on the way to work and picked up Ella’s meds. I could have done it after work but I thought that the line would be shorter in the morning. Also I am prone to forgetting things to do afterwards

I had times to play a game of sudoku while waiting for Ella’s medications.

With her drugs taken care of, I proceeded on to work via the back roads, by Lakeline Blvd

I was surprised to find the mall doors locked when I arrived. I was even more surprised when, after coming in the employees entrance, to find the hallway doors locked. I was just turning to walk away when security came to unlock the door. She said, “I really shouldn’t let you in this way, but since you’re here …” I said that I am an employee. She said, “Oh, I thought you were a customer.”

Santa was moderately busy today with many visits in the three hours that I was there.

Ella had most of our lunch/supper ready when I arrived home.

At five o’clock Ella went to the apartments community room to play Mexican train.

While she was gone, I used the time to practice singing the music for the Christmas cantata. I have a CD for the lower voices.

The Community Cantata is December eleventh at our church. It will follow a supper/potluck. Ella and I have been asked to dress as Mr and Mrs Claus for the event.

Some days ago Ella received the following text.

Hi Ella I got your number from Diane. I am the GM/Area Manager for Alamo Coffee. We were looking to see if Santa would be available to come to our 2 locations. Lampasas and Round Rock. We are looking for the 10th(lampasas) and 17th.(round rock, off 1431).

I asked Ella if she had responded. She hasn’t. So I asked her to call this person. Once she was on the phone, I some to her. I now have two more Santa gigs this year.

The story of how this came about is quite interesting. Someone this summer, the woman from Alamo coffee was visiting a friend at the apartments. They had gone out to swim and sit by the pool. Ella and I were out swimming also. And Ella being the friendly person that she is, stuck up a conversation with them. During the chat, it was mentioned that I am Santa. So when she was looking for Santa at her coffee houses, she called Diane, her friend at the apartments, for a number to contact me. Diane had Ella’s number. And there you have it, the story of how Santa, in his swim suit, interviewed for job.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 21

Day     rain 80%     44°     Showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     rain 30%     42°     Cloudy. A chance of showers mainly in the evening. Near steady temperature in the mid 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

It is Ella’s birthday
So, to celebrate her birthday, she’s doing laundry.

After work, I went home, picked up Ella, and took her to IHOP for lunch/supper (it was 3 o’clock when we arrived). She had fluffy french toast with strawberries and bananas. I had sirloin Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and broccoli. I forgot to ask if there were onions ~ there were. I did my best to remove the onions and leave the mushrooms. I guess I will find out later how will you did removing the onions to which I’m highly allergic.

It was game night at the apartments. Yes, we took Fast Track to play.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 20

Day     rain 50%     42°     Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     rain 70%      39°     Cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening then showers likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds around 5 mph.

Enough: Just the Beginning

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 19

Day     rain 90%     44°     A chance of rain showers this morning then rain showers this afternoon. Cooler. Near steady temperature in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     rain 30%     35°     Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the evening. Near steady temperature in the upper 30s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

TODAY AT THE APARTMENTS

Lunch

Santa’s Adventures

Santa was in the big chair from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. today and he hit the ground running. There were three families waiting for him at the set, The second one did not have photos taken. They just came to visit.

There were so many kids I really couldn’t keep track of them. Had four teens one boy three girls came to talk and giggle.

I had a 5-year-old boy who wants a dinosaur with a button on its back that makes it talk. As he was leaving he said “Peace out Santa.”

A two month old boy came to visit and we managed to even get smiles for the photos.

Santa was visited by some older teens. She and he both ask for black eyeliner and a soul. I told them that I’d look for the eyeliner but I’m not Jesus I can’t help them with the soul.

Four adult men came into the set and sat on Santa’s knees to get photos taken.


The day ended with a set of twins.  They said “Do you know how old we are?” Well, they had already told me what grade they were in, so it didn’t take a lot of math to figure it out,  I went on the high side and I said “You’re nine.”

“How do you know?”

I replied, “Well the same reason that I know that when you first started school, one of you said that science and math was your favorite subject and the other one said something about drawing stuff.”  “What I’m  not sure if is which one is which.” Oki

And they told me which one likes science and which one likes art.

The trick there is that identical twins quite often choose different subjects that are their special thing in school. So it wasn’t a stretch to guess that one liked science or math and the other would choose more artistic subjects. It sure helps sell the idea that Santa knows and remembers them.

So many kids and adults, it was a marvelous day.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 18

Day.    Rain 20%     51°     Cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     rain 60%     41°     Cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening then showers likely after midnight. Lows around 40. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

I stopped for gasoline on the way home

Ella had supper warm and ready to dish up when I walked in the door. I ate, took my evening pills, and was in bed by 6:45. My back was bothering me.

I have confirmed the Santa gigs for December 3rd & 4th. The 3rd is Santa & Ms Claus at the Liberty Hill library 3:30-5:00pm. The 4th is Santa for Austin Heart at Georgetown events center. 4:00-5:30pm. I will also be doing Caring Santa the morning of the 4th from 9-12.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 17

Day        57° Mostly loudy. Highs in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     42°      Mostly cloudy.  Lows around 40. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

6 days into the season. I arrived early, shortly after 10:00 this morning and was dressed by 10:30, and ready to start at 11:00.

The first visit of the day was a mom, a grandma, and two in a stroller. It was just a “come and say hi”  with no photos.

The second visit, with photos, was from four boys in their Christmas sweaters. They ranged from third grade through 9th grade.

A 3-year-old girl came into show me the toys that she was returning to Build-A-Bear. Mom said they’d be back later and dressed for photos.

I had a couple of (how do I want to say this) beyond middle age empty nesters, they came in for photos. They wouldn’t sit on my knee, which I think would have been a better photo.

We had two boys and a girl, all preteen, came in for a visit with no photo. The girl wanted a cat but Mom said no. They had all just come from getting vaccinations.

Shortly after lunch, Santa got a visit from a grandma, mom, and tiny tiny granddaughter.

I had a family of four come in for “just a visit.” However, when Mom saw how much fun they were having, she decided to get photos.

There was a little girl maybe two or two and a half years old walking in the mall with her dad. Every time they went by, she’d wave. Finally, dad brought her in, but she wouldn’t let go of dad, no visit no photos.

I also had a young boy with his baby sister come for photos near the end of my shift.

Ella had my supper all ready for me when I returned home. She had gone to the apartments community room to call bingo. She also had all the trash bagged and ready to be set out in the hall.

I brought home my white shirt and Santa gloves to be laundered. After I ate supper, I started a load of white clothes, including mine from work and all the whites from home. Once the washer stopped I put everything into the dryer.

Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 16

Day        50°     Mostly cloudy this morning then clearing. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Night     39°     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds around 5 mph.

THIS WEEK
Thu 56° | 40° Partly Cloudy
Fri  51° | 40°
Sat 42° | 38° 40% rain
Sun 47° | 42° Partly Cloudy
Mon 30% rain 49° | 45°
30% Chance Rain Showers
Tue 53° | 50° Chance of Rain
Wed 60% rain 60° | 58°

My daily transformation. Caterpillar to butterfly and back to caterpillar.

From 7 to 8 choir practice.

Goodnight and God bless

© 2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 15

Day        49°     Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     34°     Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Getting ready to get ready.

6:52 PM I’m home. I’ve had supper (thank you Ella). And I’m lying in bed.

I’ve had my supper pills and some Sudafed. The are bedtime pills to take but they’ll wait until my first bathroom trip

That’s all to report tonight. Goodnight and God bless

©2022 Thomas E Williams