2022 November 14

Day     rain chance 80%     53°     Showers this morning then showers likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Patchy fog this afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph becoming north this afternoon.
Night     40°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Breakfast of ham and poached egg with toast.
Lunch was bottle of protein drink and a Special K bar.
Supper was a fried egg sandwich with cheese.

This me at the mall getting
ready to go to the set.

This is my disguise for getting out of the mall without being recognized as Santa.

I hit the curb going around a corner on my way home. I’ve got plenty of excuses ready, if you wanna hear ’em. But it all comes down to my fault. I had one of those emergency spares and called for someone to come help me change it.

While I was at the mall today, Ella did the rest of the laundry.

Monday night is game night at the apartments. Ella had the opportunity to play and to teach someone new how to play Fast Track.

God bless and goodnight.

© 2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 13

Day        52°     Sunny this morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming east this afternoon.
Night     46°     Mostly cloudy. Not as cool with lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.

Breakfast: egg today, sausage (bacon for Ella), and hash browns.
Lunch: salmon balls, asparagus, shell macaroni with white cheddar.
Supper: cereal.

Cross Tracks Church

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 12

Day        51°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Much cooler with highs in the mid 50s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Night     35°     Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the lower 30s. North winds around 5 mph.

Santa was at the mall today from 10:09-2:14 today. However, he was unable to click in or out without an internet connection.

It was a short day and fairly busy with little “down time” between visits. That is very good for only the second day. Santa had more visitors than those who came for photos.

A two to three year old was having do much fun interacting with Santa that Mom, who had not dressed him for a Santa visit or intended to have photos taken. decide to have photos taken.

Another visit of interest was when a smallish four year old came rocketing into Santa’s arms. Her mother was concerned that Santa might have been injured by the impact. He wasn’t.

When I arrived home, Ella had a plate of food ready for me. She had attended the Veterans Day luncheon at the apartments. Yes, I know that yesterday was Veterans Day. And, no, I don’t know why it was chosen to celebrate on Saturday. The Over The Hill Gang celebrated in Thursday because that is the day we meet for lunch.

I took a short nap after the late lunch/early supper.

After that Ella and I played five or six games of Fast Track. I came in second place most of the time.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

3 versions of the same verse

Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.
Colossians 3:2 TPT

Since you were brought back to life with Christ, focus on the things that are above—where Christ holds the honored position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne.
Colossians 3:1 GW

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1 NRSV

Which version to you prefer? Why?

2022 November 11

Day     rain chance 90%     70°     Showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Cooler with highs around 70. Temperature falling into the lower 50s this afternoon. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to north 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph this afternoon.
Night     rain chance 30%     39°     Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Much cooler. Less humid with lows in the upper 30s. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
SUMMARYLarge hail will be the main severe – weather threat in south Texas.

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
1 Peter 4:10 NRSV

Ella had an MRI scheduled for this evening. So to save time when I was off duty, she doesn’t the day at the mall. She had intended to return to the car and wait there. However, a cloud burst kept her from leaving the mall.

It was an enjoyable day for Santa. Not busy enough to be profitable for the photographer but Santa got hugs and smiles. Santa also brought a smile to a 90+ year old man by having him sit on Santa’s lap for a photo with his daughter.

Santa also recorded a short greeting that will be down to a seven year old girl with cancer.

I finished up in time that Ella and I could grab a Whopper Junior before going for Ella’s MRI.

Though it was farmers than dark when we arrived home it was only eight o’clock.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 10

Day        79°     Mostly cloudy early this morning then clearing. A slight chance of showers early this morning. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Night     65°     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds around 5 mph.

A hearty breakfast before going off to the mall. Hi Ho Hi Ho!

Santa is at Lakeline mall. Though not starting today like I was told. Tomorrow will be day one of the 2022 Season

Santa set for this year.

Santa for this year. I was told we started today. I went in, changed clothes, and waited, and waited.

Santa never goes anywhere in the mall without a helper. It so sad that even Santa has to be concerned that someone will manufacture an incident and then do Santa and the photographers. So I always travel with my own witnesses.

Anywho, eventually a young man came to the Destin area to tell me that we don’t start until tomorrow.

On the way home I stopped at Walmart for some Velcro One Wrap. I need it to keep the fur boot toppers in place.

I got back home about twelve thirty.

Ella took over calling bingo tonight from 6 to 7.

That gave me the time I needed to gather in our groceries for the month.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 09

Day        78°     Cloudy this morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog this morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     67⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

This was our last Grandies meeting until after Christmas. Anne, Ella, Wanda, and I were there. We played canasta afterwards.

We went through Walgreens drive thru and received the medications that weren’t ready yesterday. Ella is upset and obsessed that he pills come in bottles that are vastly too large for the small amount of tablets inside. Personally I don’t care but I’ll admit it would be like buying a one cup measure of milk in a gallon jug.

We did not make it to choir practice tonight. I was having some stomach issues. The are no bathrooms in the chapel where we practice

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 08

Day        78°     ☁️ Mostly cloudy this morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     🌧️ 20%     64°     Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then mostly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

After having coffee with friends at the apartments,

We went to Operation Liberty Hill to drop off the food collected at Cross Tracks Church last Sunday.

We them went to Walmart looking for Velcro One Wrap. That’s what holds Santa’s fur boot toppers in place.

They didn’t have what I wanted. But they had something that might help until I can purchase what I actually need.

The next stop was Walgreens for Ella’s meds. In typical Walgreens fashion, only one of her meds was ready..

Then it was home for some homemade goulash. Might tasty, if I do say so myself.

. At five o’clock, six of us gathered in the community room to play Mexican Train. After several hours, we called it quits for the night.

Once home we gather all of our trash and bagged it before setting it out in the hallway for the valet trash service to take it away.

Before going to sleep I worked some more on a sermon/Bible study that is started Sunday afternoon

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 07

We had a little rain early in the morning and then a more substantial rain this afternoon.

My alarm went off at 4:30 this morning. I was originally scheduled for cataract surgery at 5:30 a.m. today. I postponed it until after Christmas. But I forgot to cancel the alarm. I shut it down and went to sleep until 8:30.

Ella had already started a load of laundry and was busy crushing aluminum cans.
By the time I had pancakes and eggs ready for breakfast, she had finished crushing the whole large bag of cans.

It was game night at the apartments

There were four or five tables of games and players.

Then one of the men got up walked about seven or eight feet and passed out.

Several people attempted to get him on his feet. One of the women commanded, “Don’t pick him up. Get him comfortable on the floor.”.

While someone went to get a cushion for his head. I asked if anyone had called 911. They had.

It wasn’t long before the Emergency Medical Servises ambulance arrived.

The EMS quickly had him hooked up to diagnostic equipment. By then the fallen man was conscious and alert. Over his objections, they loaded him into the ambulance and left.

I’m trying hard to find the bright spot in today. I’m thankful for all God has given me. At the same time, today has seemed great and overcast to me

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 06

Day        82°     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Not as cool with highs in the mid 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     rain chance 20%     57°     Partly cloudy in the evening then cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Not as cool with lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Breakfast sandwich of ham, egg, and cheese.

There were nine of us in the F. R. O. G.* Adult Sunday School Class today. We have one new member, Julie.

In Sunday school and worship we covered the fourth and final “chapter” of Adam Hamilton’s book Enough. There is an extensive epilogue and I don’t know if it will be covered in either the class or worship. We will soon begin an advent study. Yep! Only 49 days until Christmas.

Today was also our monthly intake of food, personal items, clothing, and more for Operation Liberty Hill food pantry and thrift store. We also received one large black garbage bag of uncrushed aluminum cans. We will crush them down to about 1/4 the volume.

The cans we will store until next month … maybe ’til next year … before taking them to the metal recycler. There’s not enough to make the trip worthwhile.

Operation Liberty Hill will not be open until Tuesday morning. That’s when we’ll deliver those donated items we have in our car. It’ll have to be done early because today afternoon we will be receiving groceries for ourselves.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

2022 November 05

Day        69°     Sunny cooler with highs in the lower 70s. North winds around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Night     55°     Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds around 5 mph.

A nice hearty breakfast this morning.

There were nine at Coffee With Friends at the apartments this mornings at 10:00. One has left prior to me taking a photo.

We went to the mall so I could try on the Santa suit. Everything was fine except the shirts. I ordered 37″ sleeves and received 35″.

Leonardo Da Vinci‘s famous drawing of human proportions indicates the height is the same dimension as the length from finger tip to finger tip. Were that true in my case, I would be 6’10”. So I reason that it isn’t that my arms are too long. My legs are too short. And as proof of that: my brother, who was 6’8″, and I were the same height when seated.

By the way, these are Santa’s helpers this season.

8.4 miles and 24 minutes from home to the mall while avoiding the toll road. That is assuming light traffic during my commute. I should have missed the majority of the earlier rush hour but maybe not the afternoon homebound traffic.

©2022 , Thomas E Williams