2020 June 12 Playing With Food

Friday

Welcome, family and friends to our daily journal,

from Liberty Hill, Texas

The sun from the bedroom window.

Another beautiful, cool morning

Sunshining through the trees

I‘m playing with my food, again. I fried some bacon, broke a couple eggs on the griddle, put the bacon on top of the eggs, and then put pancake batter over the egg and bacon. With the cover closed on the George Foreman grill, I let it cook until the pancake was set but not brown on top. I then flipped everything, pancake side down and egg side up. It was topped with a slice of American cheese and left to brown the pancake and melt the cheese (cover open). Ta da! A complete breakfast.

Since it was so nice out, we sat and played games outside.

And then we just sat outside.

My second tactical shovel, this time from Amazon, arrived today. I did a video unboxing and comparison of the two shovels.

.

The top of this large bush is in bloom, but not the rest of the bush.

Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

  • God bless and g’day.
  • If you enjoy our journal: comment, like, and follow. Also see our Facebook page and our new Instagram page. Just search for “Tom and Ella Journal.”

My NEW sermons blog Armchair Sermons. Sermons posted most Sundays 10 AM central time.

http://armchairsermons.com

  • ©2020 Thomas E. Williams

Share it with your friends.

  • 8 months 12 days since we returned to Texas.
  • 2 months and 29 days being self isolated.

.

2019 December 25 Wednesday – Christmas

2019 December 25 Wednesday – Christmas – in Liberty Hill, Texas

“What Christmas Means to Me”

hris-mus and Christ-mass are two of my favorite holidays. They weren’t always. I grew up on a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, agnostics, and atheists. None of which celebrate the Christ Mass.

he atheists and agnostics did, at least, celebrate Chris-muss. You know the difference, right? For a long time I didn’t know the difference. I didn’t even know that one was a holiday and the other a holy day.

hrist Mass celebrated the birth of the Christ child, the promised savior of sinful man. He is the fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham that, through him, all people will be blessed.

hris-mus, (notice the way it is pronounced … Chris rather than Christ) on the other hand, is a secular holiday that celebrates gift giving. Santa Claus, flying deer, evergreen trees, and colorful lights.

ow I have grown into being Santa. I enjoy it. Santa is an example of the best of what we are as humans. He is a loving, jolly, and giving soul, who puts everyone’s happiness above his own. He goes out of his way to be a servant to all. And he gets paid in cookies and milk. How great is that?

owever, as we’ve all heard. Jesus it’s the reason for the season. So I’ve made it my mission to put Christ back into my Holy day greeting by saying,

e were blessed to spend much of Christmas day with kids, grandkids, in-laws, and outlaws. We exchanged greetings with family and friends around the world. The Christmas gathering took place at my ex-wife’s home. We ate, we talked, and we played games. Altogether a great day.

God bless and g’nite

  • Visit my devotions blog new devotions every day (nearly)

  • My NEW sermons blog Armchair Sermons. Sermons posted Sundays 10 AM central time.

http://armchairsermons.wordpress.com

  • Tom and Ella Daily Journal of Our Lives

https://tomandellajournal.wordpress.comhttps:/

  • All content (except quotations) ©2019 Thomas E. Williams
  • Day 84 in our Texas home

2019 November 16 Saturday

2019 November 16 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

here were no real cloud in the sky, just a general haze* and some contrails from highflying jets.

Do see that gate behind me? My dressing room is behind there. It is locked and I have not been given a key. It takes a little time to make the change from mild mannered blogger to the supper hero known as Santa a.k.a. Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Papa Noel, Viejo Padcuero, Kerstman, Loulupukki, Weihnachtsmann, Kanakaloka,Mikulas, Babbo Natale, Hotelosho, Juleenissen, Swiety Mikola, Fed Moroz, and Jultomten. Yes, I have a lot of alias. And I did get in with enough time to transform.

When I left work. I headed straight to the pharmacy for Ella’s medication. Okay, as you can see, it wasn’t exactly “straight” to the pharmacy. Nothing in the Texas hill country follows a straight path. I reckon that of you took a hill country native and set hill look interstate 80 heading west out of Nebraska, he would run off the road in less than a mile, because he wouldn’t know how to drive a straight line that long. Grin.

t doesn’t look like $100.00 + but it was. And I didn’t get the milk that I was sure was on the list yesterday, but not today.

his is what the sky looked like a little after four this afternoon. The smoky haze is still in the air.God bless and g’nite.*Saturday 11/16/2019
Very light amounts of smoke from possible seasonal fire activity across the Southeast U.S. could continue filtering into portions of Texas,

  • Visit my devotions blog new devotions every day (nearly)

  • My NEW sermons blog Armchair Sermons. Sermons posted Sundays 10 AM central time.

http://armchairsermons.wordpress.com

  • Tom and Ella Daily Journal of Our Lives

https://tomandellajournal.wordpress.comhttps:/

  • All content (except quotations) ©2019 Thomas E. Williams
  • Day 47 in our Texas home

2019 November 08 Friday

  • 2019 November 08 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

t appears that the sky has gone into reruns or instant replay. Maybe God got a special deal on grey sky paint. Dark and dreary isn’t my favorite color scheme. I like the pallet this Bob Ross always used where there was a happy little cloud here and a happy little tree there.

raffic was backed up on 332 loop and hiway 29 this morning. It took half an hour to go 4 miles to get out of Liberty Hill. Whereas it only took 6 minutes to go the 6 miles into Liberty Hill. Without traffic snarls it should only take 40 minutes or less to drive the 25 miles to the mall where I will be visiting with children (of all ages) from today through Christmas Eve. Our little town has gone through a real growth spurt. So having a traffic light start blinking red, in all four directions, caused quite a mess with people trying to get to work in the greater Austin metropolitan area.

he gate was down and locked this morning when I arrived at the staging area for the Santa set.

sat and watched the mall walkers make their circuits until the set manager arrived to let me in to change into my alter ego, Santa. Just as Superman is his true self and Clark Kent is the disguise, Tom Williams is my disguise.

nlike Superman, I don’t wear my Santa suit under my everyday clothes. Also, it takes me longer to change than it does for Clark. Here is my changing room and my suits. Come to think about it, it does look a little like the stock room at the Daily Planet.

had a fun day at the mall, as I always do. How could I not have fun with the love that Santa gets and gives all day long! One memorable event from today was the little girl who didn’t want to get out of her stroller to see Santa. I talked to for a little bit then got her to do a high five. I thanked her and threw her a kiss. She did the same and then puckered up and leaned toward me. So I bent down and got a kiss on the cheek.

n the way home I made a stop at the Wal-Mart pharmacy to purchase Ella’s medication. Two of the four were ready today and the other two should be ready tomorrow. Looks like I’ll be stopping again tomorrow.

hen I arrived home Ella had supper ready and on the table. Barbecued ribs, herbed potatoes, peas, and biscuits. Nice! Particularly since I left before breakfast and didn’t have a lunch break.

ince I left without breakfast, I also forgot to take my morning medications. So I took my morning meds with my supper, my supper pills a couple hours later, and my bedtime pills an hour after that.

God bless and g’nite.

  • Visit my devotions blog new devotions every day (nearly)

  • My NEW sermons blog Armchair Sermons. Sermons posted Sundays 10 AM central time.

http://armchairsermons.wordpress.com

  • Tom and Ella Daily Journal of Our Lives

https://tomandellajournal.wordpress.comhttps:/

  • All content (except quotations) ©2019 Thomas E. Williams
  • Day 39 in our Texas home