2022 July 31

Day        100°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Hot with highs around 100. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     75°     Clear. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Scripture Lookup:. James 3:16, Numbers 5:14, 2 Timothy 2:22, James 1:27, Colossians 3 12 through 14, Ephesians 4:31, James 1:18, Jeremiah 17:7-8. What’s up yeah it’s a house life treating you today
Scripture:  Mark 1:4-15

Ella required Jardin Corona for lunch. They, apparently, are the only ones who know how to make Blanco enchiladas the way she likes them. 

Our next stop was Walmart. With the upcoming trip to Iowa and back, I thought it a good idea to purchase a phone holder for the car. Something that would keep the navigation app in line of sight. While not blocking the view of the road.

Murphy USA Gasoline is ten cents a gallon cheaper with a Walmart Plus account. So 12.879 gallons saved $1.29.

Then we were back “home” at the Hampton Inn.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 30

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For an hour a week, we are called out of our everyday life and into our “church world.” But what if it meant more than that?

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Tom’s breakfast
Ella’s breakfast

As we were coming back to our room, I told Ella to be careful or she was going to spill her coffee. She, as usual, had both hands full and her cup was at a precarious angle.  Then, as the door swung shut, it hit me in the elbow and knocked the cup of tea from my hand. 🤭

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We went back to the apartment for coffee time. There were fourteen or fifteen folks there before people started learning.

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Ella had mentioned several times, “Sometime, not now, but sometime I’d like to stop at Hobby Lobby. I want some magnets for my necklaces.”
Today, with nothing else on our agenda, seemed like a good time to turn her loose in Hobby Lobby. I waited in the car.

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It has truly been years since
we had an Asian food buffet.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 29

Day     rain chance 20% 100°     Partly cloudy this morning then mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Hot with highs around 100. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Night     76°     Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

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We’ve Been Kicked Out Of Our Apartment.

While they replace our shower stall, we will be at the Hampton Inn in Cedar Park. Courtesy of Hills at Leander.

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Check in time at the hotel is not until 3pm.  So, after breakfast, we loaded our vehicle and drove to the Georgetown Senior Center. There we played Fast Track until lunchtime.
Lunch was ham, sweet potato, green beans, croissant, and am orange.

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“if we fail to contribute to some good beyond ourselves, we condemn ourselves to the hell of loneliness.”

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Oil change in preparation for driving to Iowa

With my veterans discount
it came to a little less than $80.

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We still were too early to check in
at the hotel, so we stopped at DQ.

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This is how Ella packs for
4 nights at a hotel.
I shudder to think how she’ll pack
for a little over a week in Iowa.

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For supper, we went to IHOP.
Normally we have a bowl of cereal.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 28

Day        102°     Mostly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Hot with highs around 102. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     76°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

We had good and fun with the Over The Hill Gang today

BINGO this evening was a little lite on people. There were only nine in attendance. Those that were there had fun.

Jesus practiced solitude as a way to restore Himself. One clear example
of this is recorded in the first chapter
of Mark. 

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 27

Day     rain chance 20%      101°
Partly cloudy this morning then mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Hot with highs around 101. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     76°     Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Jesus practiced solitude as a way to restore Himself. One clear example of this is recorded in the first chapter of Mark. 

Four attendees: Anne, Wanda, Ella, and me.

Taco Bell for lunch. If I’d have realized how small the burrito was, I’d have ordered at least two.

We (Over The Hill Gang) and Our Village went to Liberty Hill City Hall and met with Mr. Brandenburg about contracts for the use of the building commonly referred to as the Over The Hill Gang building. Contracts to be signed in August 2022 and be valid September 2022 through the end of August 2923.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 26

Day        102°     Mostly sunny. Hot with highs around 102. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Night     75°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

At the heart of this study is growing
in our relationship with God, 
and you cannot have a great relationship with someone if you are not in excellent communication with them. Prayer is the way we communicate with God.
This morning at Coffee With Friends
We played from five o’clock to seven and were only halfway through the game of double twelve dominoes. We stopped the game à little after seven.

Not much to report. It was a slow and relaxed day.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 25

Day        101°     Sunny hot with highs around 101. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     75°     Clear. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
It’s a little hazy this morning, though it doesn’t show up on the photo.

We choose to do the grocery shopping for the OVER THE HILL GANG today. The rest of the week is so busy that I wanted to be sure to have time to prep the meatloaf.

We took the groceries to the Over The Hill Gang building in Liberty Hill. I mixed the egg, salt pepper, bread crumbs, and oatmeal together then I mixed together the beef broth, Rotel, ketchup and diced pepper and added it to bread crumbs etcetera. Finally, with good clean hands, I worked in ten pounds of ground beef. Once it was mixed, I placed it into a large baking pan that had been coated with cooking spray. Finally it was topped with a ketchup coating. It is now wrapped in cling film and resting in the refrigerator. Thursday morning it will go into the oven.

While we were there, we emptied the ice cube trays into a gallon size ziplock bag. Then the trays were refilled and placed into the freezer.

The mixing bowls, cutlery, and utensils were washed, rinsed, and placed in the drainer.

Ella needed to stop at Dollar Tree to spend the $3 given to her for the purpose of buying bingo gifts.

A nice hearty stew is one that is more meat and vegetables than sauce. You could almost eat it with a fork. But don’t the sauce is too good to pass up.

At the Hills
Board games and card games, plenty of games for everyone.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 24

WeDay        101°     Mostly sunny. Hot with highs around 101. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     76°      Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Preparation for today’s Sunday school class. There were five today. I do very much enjoy the exchange of ideas, and life experiences that happen here.

The final sermon in this series. https://fb.watch/etH7pqekEz/

This is the cause of the problem of the nosey cat. These parts of the exhaust are no longer connected. The studs that are supposed to connect them have been completely destroyed.

My friend, Rick, brought ramps to raise the front of the car so that it can be worked on … err … under.

Rick getting some tools and equipment from his car.

He slid under the car.

These are the studs that had formerly held the two flanges together. They had to be cut off so that there’s clamps could be applied.

These are the clamps that replaced those rusted out studs.

These are the clamps doing the job for which they are designed. These photos condense a lot of time and effort into a very short telling of a weeks long saga. Thank you, Rick, thank you.

We stopped at Burger King for lunch. 2 Whopper juniors and two fries with a coupon. Just the right size lunch to split between us.

We lay down for an afternoon nap and I actually slept for over an hour. Then around five o’clock we went for a swim/soak. This is the first time this year that we’ve been in the pool at the apartments.

God bless and goodnight all.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 23

Day        102°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Hot with highs around 102. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     76°     Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Some bac’n potatoes. I was just letting the bacon pre cook in the steam from the potatoes. And hopefully, add a little bacon flavor to the taters. Yes that is a Texas shaped cast iron skillet.

Today’s Coffee With Friends
melted into the Gospel Brunch, so I don’t know how many were here for the official coffee or just early arrivers for the brunch

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Brunch was provided by Life Church, our neighbors just across the toll road.

Zephaniah 3:1-20
Today’s Key Verse:  Zephaniah 3:17b
The LORD will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life.
Reflect
What does Zephaniah say about the leaders of the people? In what ways have they misused their power?

Jesus quoted Scripture a lot. Did you know that 10% of all recorded words of Jesus were Old Testament quotes? What if 10% of what you said was Scripture? You’d have to know your Bible well!

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 July 22

Day        101°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Hot with highs around 101. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Night     76°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Isaiah 43:1-28
Today’s Key Verse:  Isaiah 43:11
“I alone am the LORD, the only one who can save you.”
Reflect
How will God rescue the people? What verses speak of God’s assurance of safety?


Four men came to him carrying a paralyzed man.’ -Mark 2:3 GW
Whoever walks with wise people will be wise, but whoever associates with fools will suffer.Proverbs 13:20 GW

When Jesus committed to community, He modeled the importance of being in relationships because that helps determine your habits, and your habits help define who you are. 

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Well, here it is at the end of the day and we didn’t actually stay in bed all day as I said at the beginning of this post. We did a little. Ella washed a load of clothes and I cleaned out the freezer – donating some frozen foods to the apartments food pantry. Ella did a great job of organizing things as they went back into the freezer. I left the apartment once to move our vehicle closer to the apartment and once again as we both carried the afore mentioned food to the pantry. Stopping on the way to pickup our mail. After this last week of being on the go all the time, it was nice to take a slow day. Goodnight y’all.

©2022 Thomas E Williams