It's been a brutal week across the country so I'll take this as a sliver of good news. Gas prices in Texas are down heading into the holiday weekend.
Gas Prices in Central Texas
Take the good news where you can find it. Seeing prices fall at the gas pump is better than watching them rise. It's unreal how much we are paying for gas in Texas, the land of gas and oil, but for anyone outside the state, I know the cost per gallon is even higher.
Overall, the cost of gas in Texas is cheaper than most states. The national average for a gallon of unleaded gas is $4.60. Here in Texas the average cost for gas is $4.25, and slightly cheaper in Bell County where the average cost of a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $4.21.
Compared to last year's prices, when gas in Texas was $2.73 a gallon for regular unleaded, it's just unreal how much gas has skyrocketed over the last year.
Memorial Day Travel
According to AAA, 39.2 million people are predicted to travel at least 50 miles or more from their home over the Memorial Day weekend. That's an increase of almost 10% from 2021.
Many of the folks traveling over the holiday weekend expect to be paying more at the pump than this time last year, and although we've seen record high gas prices here in Texas, those number are slightly down from where they were last week. Sure it's only 3 cents, but that's better than seeing them go up another 3 cents.
So the news is only slightly good but with current trends in the gas market, at least we're not paying California prices of more that $6 a gallon.
Be safe this holiday weekend!
Are You Moving To Temple, Texas? Be Aware of These Annoying Things
I was excited to move to Temple and start a new chapter in my life, and while life here's been good so far, the moving part...well, not so much. Here are a few things I learned that might help you out if you're looking to make this place home.
This Temple, Texas DoorDasher Helped an Elderly Woman Get Fresh Start
Shelby Moeller never imagined that an odd request while delivering for Door Dash would lead to a life-changing experience for him as well as an elderly woman who needed more than food.
He described his initial encounter on Facebook, thanking people who offered to help the 78-year-old woman he named 'Jane Doe' to protect her privacy. On March 20th, he was able to share some amazing news on Facebook.
"Many of you probably remember my post last week about door dashing and coming across an elderly woman in deplorable conditions. When I made the post, I was thinking that I just needed to raise awareness that our elderly right here in our community are often alone, forgotten, and in need of help. I never imagined that through my post, God was going to provide a small but mighty army of volunteers that would jump in and save Jane Doe."
Jane Doe had to be moved out of her apartment while biohazard disinfecting was done by Spotless Crime Clean. All furniture, carpet, and most of her possessions had to be thrown away. There was also no edible food, as everything in the kitchen was either expired or infested with insects.
Shelby was able to spend some time with the woman, who he described as his 'new adopted grandma'. He learned about her background, and how she had struggled throughout her entire life, being reduced to having nothing multiple times. She had developed some hoarding behaviors, and he believed that some of that was due to her fear of losing everything again.
Take a look at the before and after photos of the amazing transformation of her home that changed a Central Texas woman's life and helped her start over in a healthy environment.