2021 May 23 Pentecost

Coming soon … no masks
Lots of kidos today
Church and Sunday school this morning

KID’S SUMMER                             SNACK PROGRAM!!!           

Grandies Will be at the church between two and four this afternoon for you to drop off your snack items.

This is where Ella and I were from 2-4 today. It wasn’t as large of a turnout as I’d hopped for. However, everything it’s appreciated by kids and families who rely on the school lunch program during the school year, but no longer have that resource during the summer break.

11:30 p.m. FIRE ALARM

These alarms have become so common that many people just ignore them and stay in their apartments. That’s dangerous.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 24

The day began overcast and high humidity. Already feeling muggy.

With nothing else on the agenda, I decided that it was time for an oil change. More than a few other folks decided the same thing. Once the truck went into the bay, they made quick work of the change.


While I was taking the truck for its oil change, Ella began doing laundry. She is very thankful not having the need to go to a laundromat. And we are both very very glad to not have to do them by hand.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 22

No sunrise again today.

Rain on the windows looks like an impressionistic painting. Not a very good one though. The composition is non-existent and the colors are all muddy – pardon the pun.

This was Sonshine Friends moving day at Cross Tracks Church. 2 years and 11 days ago or church lost one of its buildings to a fire. Among other uses of the building, our daycare, Sonshine Friends, occupied the top floor. The bottom floor was home to pastor’s office, the church office, and the fellowship hall with kitchen.
Room was quickly made in the multi purpose worship center for everything and everyone displaced by the fire. Insurance was able to replace somethings lost, including a new building where the previous pine had stood.
The new building will be for the sole use of the daycare. Today, many people arrived to move equipment and supplies from the worship center to the “Louine Noble Education building”. Named for a longtime educator in the community and member of our church, who passed away within this last year.

Today’s darkened sky became darker after the assumed sunset.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 21

Visit to the VA Clinic

A couple times a year I have some blood drawn. The sorcerers at the Veterans Administration laboratories mix it with magic potions. They then use it to divine my past, present, and future. That information then becomes available via a rectangular crystal ball. Their medium then laid hands on me and in a prophetic trance commands the changes I must make to insure a long and healthy life. I then offer an unblemished goat to the gods of Medicare and several calves to the private insurers. I’m then free to go until the next time the spectral mists of time summon me.

We stopped at Burger King for lunch.
We had a potluck supper with friends from church.
This outs the sky as we were leaving the potluck.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 20

It was a very nice day today. Mostly sunny and moderate to warm temperatures.

Our first stop for today was Operation Liberty Hill where we donated two boxes of food.


There were between 30 or 40 people at the OTHG* today. After a lunch of chicken and rice casserole, many stayed to play games such as canasta, Mexican train dominoes, and Fast Track.

Throwback Thursday

Visiting the Iowa state capital 2004. This trip was done to allow one of our German exchange students to see the state capital. She was most impressed with the capital’s law library – photos 3&4 above.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 18

Another sunless sunrise.
Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage and toast makers for a great stay to the day
The grounds crew trying to get it cut and trimmed between rains.
Lunch of leftover chicken and dressing and fresh tomato, green pepper, and cucumber made for quick and easy fixin’s.

A trip to the food pantry netted us 4 boxes and several bags of produce, canned goods, and dry goods. At least 2 boxes and some bags of produce will be taken to the Operation Liberty Hill Food Pantry when we head that direction on Thursday. Before Covid a trip to the food pantry meant going in and select what items you could use. During Covid they just bring boxes to the vehicle. That means we end up with things we don’t need, can’t use, or just don’t want. Since our cup runneth over, we pass the blessing on.

We had an extended round of lightening in the late afternoon. It became so dark that it cool could have been 9pm instead of 4pm.

There were still some unfriendly skies to the west, as it approached bedtime for the senior Williams couple. However, closer to the horizon lay a band of golden light. It was an interesting day and it may prove to be an interesting night. Goodnight and God bless.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 17

Lightening flashing and thunder rolling got our attention late in the morning. But by mid afternoon it was pretty much cleared up.

Carrot and potato hashbrowns, eggs, toast, and bacon for Ella and sausage for Tom.

I spent a lot of time today preparing for this coming Sunday school. Since not using any pre made guide or workbook, I do all the background research myself. Well, prompted by the Holy Spirit to seek fuller understanding. As I’ve said before, I’m not so much teaching as leading discussions groom which we all may learn.

Lunch was chicken and dressing in the Instapot. We coupled that with leftover mashed potatoes and peas and something we haven’t had in a long while – cottage cheese.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 16

Foggy, drizzly sunrise?

We arrived about 8:30 and moved some pews around before our Sunday school class arrived. That way we could could face each other, making it easier to communicate.
Once again I have to say how pleased I am with the group participation in this bible study. It has taken us 7 weeks to work our way through the first 3 chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans.
We are intentionally using a variety of translations. That allows us a broader understanding of the concepts that Paul was attempting to express to his audience.

Before church
After church.
IHOP for lunch

I placed a grocery order before leaving home this morning. I scheduled it for between 12:00 and 1:00. That worked very well because we finished our lunch just before 12:30 and it’s a very short drive between IHOP and Wal-Mart


For some reason some items from my previous order remained on the shopping list for this time. And, not realizing they were still there, I reordered them.

We eat a lot of eggs. Normally we go through 3 dozen eggs in about a week and a half. Last time I had ordered 6 dozen. Well that got reordered. So we ended up with nearly 12 dozen eggs.

This afternoon I scrambled 4 dozen eggs. Those were separated into 8 Ziploc bags and placed in the freezer.

©2021 Thomas E Williams