2018 April 30 Monday

2018 April 30 Monday in Austin Texas

64° and partly cloudy while it was 57° and cloudy in Grimes Iowa at 4:30 this morning.

7:15 and we’re on the road heading toward Iowa.

8:30 stopped at rest area outside Killeen.

About 9:30 a.m. we stopped in Waco to see our friend,Larraine. She fixed scrambled eggs and fried potatoes for us which was very nice and unexpected. We had wanted a short visit but, as often happens when friends get together, time got away from us. It was about 11:30a.m. when we left her place.

By three o’clock we were in Davis Oklahoma and needing a pick-me-up at an A&W

It was nearly five pm when we stopped at Edmond Oklahoma for a potty break.

And six pm we stopped in Tonkawa Oklahoma for gasoline and a little Love’s

About 7:30 pm we stopped at China Wok in Winfield Kansas.

It was 8 pm as we left China Wok and this is what the sky looked like.

We got a little further down the road and got about shot of the sunset.

By ten we were in Strong City Kansas and in need of gasoline

It was 1:15 a.m. May first when we were at a rest stop in Lathrop Missouri.

We had a Subway breakfast at 2:45 a.m. in Eagleville Missouri

While we were eating breakfast I asked Ella if she knew where her key was for the summer trailer. She said, “Yes, you made me give it to the office.”

That was right. I was afraid that the folks at Cutty’s Camping Resort wouldn’t have a key to get into the trailer to winterize it. The situation was: I didn’t know where my key was.

Ella, smart forward thinking person that she is, had made sure that some of the family in Iowa had keys to our RV, so that they could check on it once in a while over the winter. At 3:15 a.m. she sent a text to our grandson Nathan asking him to stop by on his way to work (his work is near our campground) and let us in our trailer. She was surprised that he immediately responded that he was heading into work early because of major equipment failure at work. So we were able to stop there and get a key from him. And give him hugs.

It was somewhere around 4:30 when we arrived home. But the adventure want over yet. Ella tripped on the steps going to the trailer and the key went flying. We pulled out dry leaves from under the deck and I used a powerful magnet on a long handle to sweep through them hoping to attracted the key.

I called a halt on looking for the key because I REALLY had to use a bathroom. Fortunately, there is a shower house not far from us in the campground. Unfortunately, when we got there, it still hadn’t been opened for the season. So, back we go into the truck and down the road to the gas station convenience store. Ahhhh what a relief it is!

Then it was back home to look for the key again. Ella literally (not figuratively) crawled under the deck and found it. Yay!!!!

Once we had the door open Ella began picking up the dryer sheets (see the previous post to understand about dryer sheets) while I got the shore power, waterline, and LP hooked up and working.

Ella was still gather the sheets while I began getting some of the things out of the back of the truck. The ice chest and a storage box with important papers were carried inside. The rest will have to wait until I get some sleep.

I woke up at 4:30 a.m Monday morning and it is now 5:45 a.m. Tuesday morning and I’ve been driving most of that time.


MUSING – April 30 2018


Jonah 1:1-3
The LORD spoke his word to Jonah, son of Amittai. He said, “Leave at once for the important city, Nineveh. Announce to the people that I can no longer overlook the wicked things they have done.” Jonah immediately tried to run away from the LORD by going to Tarshish. He went to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid for the trip and went on board. He wanted to go to Tarshish to get away from the LORD.

Have you ever wondered how God chooses the people to whom he assigns special tasks? I have. It often appears that he intentionally picks the worst possible candidate. He then says something like don’t be afraid and by the way I’m sending to the most frightening place you can think of.

  • Abraham / Abram was already a senior citizen who lived in one of the largest cities of the day. Good told him to GO but didn’t provide a map.

  • Moses the Hebrew who grew up in a palace and was tested as a son to the man who enslaved his people. He killed a man then ran and hid in the dessert. God called this person who was out of touch with his own kind, to go back to the land where he was wanted for murder. Not just go back, but to free the Hebrews form the mightiest king.

  • Gideon, who by his own words was the least of the least, of the least, of the least. He was told to take an extremely small army of 300 men into battles against 135,000 seasoned Midianite troops who had been a plague on the land for years.

  • And Jonah was told to go to the capital city of his people worst enemy. However he wasn’t sent to destroy them but to save them. He tried to run and hide but God had a plan for him.

God has a plan for you. And the odds are good that it will take you far outside your comfort zone. But remember, the battle is LORD’S you just to be faithful.

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams



Published by Tom

husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and Santa

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