2022 June 08

Day        98°     Partly cloudy this morning then clearing. Hot with highs around 100. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     73°     Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Very hot high temperatures between 98 and 103 degrees are expected this afternoon across South-Central Texas. A few isolated locations southwest of San Antonio could briefly reach 104 degrees. Combined with humidity, this could lead to heat indices ranging from 102°-106°.

Jerry, Mari, Wanda, Anne, Ella and I at Grandies today. It was nice to catch up with J&M today. We stayed and played canasta. We didn’t play to the final count because one team conceded that they were beaten.

After Grandies, Ella and I went to the Over The Hill Gang’s building and did some prep work for tomorrow’s luncheon. I mixed up the coleslaw and cooked some bacon to go into the beans

Ella made lime jello with sliced pears. It reminds me of a school of fish in a pond.

Here are the beans waiting for the bacon to cook and add flavor to the sauce.

Our final leg of today’s journey took us to Operation Liberty Hill where we unloaded these donated items for the thrift store. Now we have room to load the food items donated on Sunday. Then those will also be donated to OLH. Once the food is delivered we can load the aluminum cans that we also donated. We will be taking those to the recycler soon. I don’t know just when, but soon.

Today, we’ll focus more on what it means to read the text through the eyes of Jesus. Perhaps the clearest example of this is the bible study that happened on Easter day. It took place on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:15).

Doing Theology From Below
is a devotional study found in the
You Version Bible app. https://www.youversion.com

2022 June 07

Day        98°     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming sunny. Hot with highs around 100. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night    74°     Clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Very hot high temperatures between 98 and 103 degrees are expected across portions of South Central Texas this afternoon.
Combined with humidity, this could result in peak heat index values in the 102 to 107 degree range.

I was up at 5:15 this morning to begin taking the last of the laxative. Though this process is unpleasant, it is less unpleasant that my previous experiences with preparing for a colonoscopy. Mostly this is do to the change in the medication and dosage. Five years ago I was required to mix and drink a full gallon of purgative. The newer system required drinking a ten ounce bottle of medicine last night followed by thirty two ounces of water. That was repeated again this morning. By splitting the amount and timing of the dosage it made it less onerous.

I arrived at 10 a.m. and went in at ?, Our of surgery at 1:15 p.m. the doctor came out at 2:45 p.m. By then, I’d read all the reports and seen all the photos. So it was a handshake and a goodbye.

We had just a few minutes with the coffee crew this morning before we headed to the doctor.

I was really ready for IHOP. The bowl of cereal that I’d eaten Sunday night just didn’t last through ’til late Tuesday afternoon.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it this way: “We have learned to see for once the great events of world history from below— through the perspective of the barred, the suspects, the badly treated, the powerless, the oppressed, the scoffed—in short the perspective of those who suffer.”  

Doing Theology From Below
is a devotional study found in the
You Version Bible app. https://www.youversion.com

2022 June 06

Day        98°     Mostly sunny. Hot with highs around 102. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Night     74°     Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Ella driving the car.
The first time driving the HHR.
First time driving at all in at least 3 years.

Tom. Yeah I even got a picture of you. What do you think of driving the car? Easy, hard, nothing?
Ella. I just got to get used to the fact that it is not the truck that has to turn.
Tom. Yeah you did take the right turns little wide and the left turns a little short sometimes. Other than that, I think you did a wonderful job.

Hill Country Community Mission
Today was our personal monthly food pickup. We had much more frozen items than we’ve had in the past. My personal favorite was the hot breakfast sausage. (Of course I can’t eat anything until sometime Tuesday afternoon or evening. I’m fasting in preparation for the laxative cleanse tonight and tomorrow morning. Colonoscopies I don’t mind. It’s the “prep”.) Fresh produce included potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, bananas, and grapes. We will get more produce on June 21st. As usual we will pass things along to the food pantry in the apartments as well as the Kids Summer Snack Program through Operation Liberty Hill. We are extremely blessed and thank God for His bounty.

Kathleen M. O’Connor said in her book, Lamentations and the Tears of the World, “The first condition of healing is to bring the pain and suffering into view.”

Doing Theology From Below
is a devotional study found in the
You Version Bible app. https://www.youversion.com

2022 June 05

Day        96°     Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Night     70°     Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Today’s Wesleyan question was,
Do I grumble and complaint a lot?
We had some really good class discussion generated by the question de jour.

Cross Tracks Church Experiencing God

The balloons for Pentecost Sunday were just the start. What a beautiful mess was made in church today. Follow the link above to see the whole service.

After church we needed to purchase gasoline. With our Walmart Plus subscription we get a ten cents a gallon reduction at the Murphy USA stations so it was a no brainer to head to Walmart.

I also needed to purchase food for Thursday’s Over The Hill Gang’s meal. I’ve ordered fried chicken and rolls from Golden Chick. Today I purchased fixin’s for a jello fruit salad topped with cool whip and bananas. Coleslaw veggies and dressing and also bacon for the pinto beans.

Next, we drove through Burger King and picked up lunch.

Then it was back to Liberty Hill and the OTHG building. I cut the 3 pounds of bacon into smaller portions and put them into the freezer. That way we can take out just what we need to brown for that day. We will go back on Wednesday to prepare the coleslaw and jello.

Then we headed back to the church for Grandies monthly food drive for Operation Liberty Hill. We also received boxes of clothing and such for their thrift store. A half dozen or more bags of aluminum cans were also donated. 
Our Chevy HHR was backed full with cans and thrift store items. So, we left the food donations at the church. We will take them to OLH on Wednesday.
When we arrived home we unloaded the cans because tomorrow is Ella and my monthly food allotment from Hill Country Community Mission and we needed to make room.

Doing Theology from Below is also learning how to read the text through the eyes of Jesus as our Rabbi. In other words, Jesus is our living hermeneutic or interpretive lens on the text. 

Doing Theology From Below is a denotational study found in the YouVersion app. https://www.youversion.com

2022 June 04

Day     rain 20%     91°     Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning then partly cloudy this afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Night     64°     Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

In The Message’s translation, John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” 

There were at least ten of us for coffee this morning. To begin with we had no coffee or filters. I did find a coffee carafe. Someone brought a pot of coffee with them to share. Ella went to our apartment and came back with filters and some one else brought some Folgers. So we ended with two pots of coffee.

I’ll admit that I’m spoiled by Prego spaghetti sauce. Even then, I add more spices. Today I used a can of Traditional Spaghetti Sauce.  Now understand this, I’m thankful that we had it. I just wish I had been able to add enough to make it better. Since I had added a pound of ground beef, I didn’t want to throw it away. However, rather than save the sauce, I washed it through a sieve and saved the meat for later use.

This was a good afternoon for reading and studying. I went through the Over The Hill Gang’s books and bylaws. I found that we need to have an election of officers this month. I worked on announcements for this week as well as a grocery list for the meal. Fried chicken and rolls are already ordered for pickup on Thursday.

2022 June 03

Day     rain 20%     90°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night      rain 20%     67°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows around 70. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

I spent a great deal of time completing an online form to pre register for the colonoscopy procedure. It was the same information that I had previously given the nurse over the phone. I then had to call the nurse at my cardiologist so that she can relay my Monday INR results to the nurse at the endoscopy center.

Our Friend
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” – John 14:26

It was a very laid back day today. We only left the apartment to take the short walk to the mall box.

Kara called this afternoon and told us about the house she is renting in Des Moines.

2022 June 02

Day     rain 40%     83°     Mostly cloudy this morning then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. West winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast this afternoon.
Night rain 20%     69°     Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows around 70. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

OTHG Starting Over

ORIGIN OF OVER THE HILL GANG

Two cakes, a pie, and some brownies were brought for dessert.

Five pizzas, tossed salad, pinto beans, coffee, and tea both sweet and nonsweet. It made for a good opening meal. I think we can do chicken next week.

Our Teacher
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1

We arrived home in time to spend a little of it with the coffee group. There must have been close to twenty there.

Sixteen for bingo tonight. We managed to get in three games.

2022 June 01

Day rain    20%     90º     Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Night     74⁰     Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and water for breakfast

Only three of us again today. People have gotten it of the habit of coming. Our maybe I should say, they’ve gotten into the habit of not coming. I pray that it Grandies group wasn’t another victim of the pandemic.

On our way home from Grandies, we stopped at Walgreens to pick up the laxatives (yum) that I will be taking on the 6th and 7th to prep for a colonoscopy . 👎

Our next stop was at Domino’s for pizza. It works out to a little over $3 per person.

Interesting clouds today

Our Power
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

These two photos were taken an hour apart. What a difference

2022 May 31

🌨️Day      rain 20%     93⁰     Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers this morning then mostly sunny this afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
🌚Night     75⁰     Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Egg, bacon, hash browns, toast, and orange wedges.

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OUR HELPER
But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” – John 15:26

Baked fish, and quinoa with zucchini, butternut squash, and tomatoes. Also carrot and celery sticks, Mandrin oranges. Water.

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2022 May 30 Memorial Day

Pancakes and patriotism

As we celebrate Memorial Day, we remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who made the greatest sacrifice imaginable. 
Whether it was on the battlefield of Antietam, the beaches of Normandy, in the mountains of Afghanistan, or any of the far flung corners of the world, thousands of Americans have taken up the mission to defend our Nation, ideals, and freedoms at home and abroad, knowing that they may not survive. 
Memorial Day weekend often serves as an opportunity for Americans to 
spend time with friends and family. As we consider the cost of our freedom, let us also remember the families of our fallen, our Gold Star families. As we remember the sacrifices of our fallen service members, we also recognize the tremendous loss to their families and admire their patriotism and perseverance.
Despite all of these sacrifices, the struggle to preserve our freedom 
continues. 
Just as in times past, our enemies seek to threaten the freedom for which our American brothers and sisters have laid down their lives. These enemies don’t just fight our troops on the battlefield but through seemingly random acts of terror.
One of the best ways to honor our fallen comrades is for us to work together to defend our freedom 
and our American principles. 
We cannot allow the erosion of the liberties our family members and friends have fought so hard to defend.
As we pray for the fallen and their families this weekend, we will also pray for our men and women currently serving in harm’s way and also their families.
 I am truly grateful for those who have served our country, past and present, 
Let us pray. In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts, let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing .
Father God, You who created us,
who sustain us, who call us to live in peace, hear our prayer this day.
Hear our prayer for all who have died in service to our country, their hearts and hopes are known to you alone …
Hear our prayer for those who currently put the welfare of others ahead of their own and give us hearts as generous as theirs.
Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives in the service of others,
and accept the gift of their sacrifice …
Help us to shape and make a world
where we will lay down the arms of war and turn our swords into plowshares. for a harvest of justice and peace.
Comfort those families who grieve the loss of their loved ones and let your healing be the hope in their hearts…
Hear our prayer this day and in your mercy answer us.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holly Spirit, amen.
May The peace of God be with you all. Amen.

We took our game board to the Community Room this morning and invited people to come play with us. Sandy did. She also beat us on the second game.

Ella washed our white laundry last night and finished the dark clothes today.

For the Memorial Day Community Supper, I baked a peach cobbler. Ella and I worked together on some carrot sticks, and I made a dip for the carrots. I grilled our burgers before going to the gatherings. The are two propane grills around the pool area where others will be grilling. However, it was less of a hassle to use the George Foreman with the grill plates at home.

Out of the 18 pieces of peach cobbler that I cut, 6 were left

Our Guide
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” – John 16:13