2021 April 11

A nice sunny Sunday

The first stop we made was to reinflate a low tire. I hit a pothole last week. I knew that it jarred us but I didn’t realize that it had bent the wheel rim. Might have to have that dent pounded out.

Our big event for the day was the first Sunday school of the year and worshiping at church. I am leading the class this year.

I was the liturgist today. The Scripture reading was from Ezra. The part where they name all of the people like, Jeshua, Jozadak, Zerubbabel, and Shealtiel.

The children’s sermon was a lot of fun for them and the adults. They built a wall with blocks. And of course, half the fun of building with blocks is knocking them down again.

We gathered outside for a picnic after church.

From church we went to Wal-Mart to pick up the groceries rusty I’d offered on Thursday.

Are y’all home? I need to run to cedar park and can bring your last few boxes by.

We received this text message from our daughter in law, while we were at church. So rather than her bringing boxes to us, we went and picked them up. She had been storing them for us since last Labor Day

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2020 April 10

The morning sun.

Every day, several times a day, Ella and I play Fast Track. Sometimes she wins. Sometimes I win. Some games one of us gets so far ahead that it is nearly assured that that person will win. Sometimes, however, it is a very close game. In the photo above all I needed to win was to move a single space. Unfortunately for me and fortunately for her, she got all of her pieces safe in home before I could make that last move.

The evening sun

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2021 April 09

Friday, April 09, 2021
White chocolate chip cookies. They are for the PICNIC IN THE PARKing lot after church on Sunday
Yes, I chose the hottest day so far to bake cookies. They were taste tested and approved.
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2021 April 08

By early afternoon it was 88°, bright, and sunny. I’d forgotten that it was foggy this morning. Then, later in the afternoon, it began to cloud over again.

In the bedroom closet, a second higher shelf was added. That will be Ella’s while I use the lower. Just kidding. 😀 All of our longer garments (her dresses and my Santa suits) will be hung on the raised shelf in the coat closet.

FINALLY! those ridiculously low clothes rods finally are taken care of. There were so many things that couldn’t be hung because the rods were so low and the clothes to long.

While the maintenance supervisor was here working on the closets, we had him check the refrigerator. It leaks water from the freezer onto the top shelf of the refrigerator. He discovered something wrong with the defroster function. Since it is under warranty, he called for a factory repair person.

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2021 April 07

It was already 70° at daybreak. It reached 82° by mid afternoon under a hazy sky.

We took Rudolf the Red Nose pickup in for new brakes. Everybody knows, if the reindeer don’t stop, Santa’s sleigh might run over grandma as she walks home on Christmas Eve. So, after close to $475, we can safely stop on a dime. If there are a great number of dimes scattered along the road. The folks at QualTech also gave me a check list of other things that they believe need to be fixed — for another $1,500.00. Y’all pray for Rudolf’s healing — or at least that nothing major breaks.

Our travels today didn’t take us very far. QualTech is less them a quarter mile from the apartments. Basically, we drove down the bypass on the west side of the toll road, passed under the toll road, drove back along the east side, passed under it, and drove up the west side to where we begun.

The slight haziness of the sky diffused the light which made the sun appear twice its normal size

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2021 April 06

It reached 83° this afternoon.and or air conditioner (set art 75°) kicked on.
Since we we’re very late getting out of bed this morning, I founded a larger brunch.

According to our calenders and the flyer we were given, today was a day when we could pickup free produce between 12 and 2. We arrived at 12:30 and there was no sign of the produce truck or other people waiting for them. There must have been a changed of plans that we heard not of. That’s a shame because we are in need our fresh produce. We’ve plenty of canned and some frozen veggies. However fresh is better.

Because we were going to be in the area collecting produce – we thought – I placed an order at Wal-Mart for a few groceries for pickup not too long after getting the fruit and veggies. But since we didn’t get produce, we were too soon for the grocery order. Not wanting to sit in the truck and watch time roll by, we went home. So the grocery run ended up being a separate drive all together.

This afternoon I received a call from the VA in Temple Texas. My appointment with the neurologist has been rescheduled for the second time. So the March appointment, that became the April appointment, has now become the May appointment.

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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.)