Not so much Christmas stuff as just LIFE happens. Sigh.
We went to Sulphur Springs for family Christmas togethers, and Rick's doctor appointment at the dialysis unit. Got back here after 5 days gone ... and our Internet was not working. No amount of troubleshooting would make it better ... finally called Dish Internet on the 23rd. They sent a tech out on Christmas Eve. He couldn't figure out the problem. Modem was fine. Router was fine. Wiring was fine. My computer was fine. ???
He went back outside, stood there looking at the dish ... and it dawned on him. The dish was off the satellite just a point or two, but even that didn't fix the problem. It was that someone had backed into the arm of the dish, and caved it! He didn't see it until he was standing on the side of the dish looking at it. The arm was caved into a "V". He replaced that ... and I have INTERNET!!!!! LOL!!!!!
With that being said - I have some past posts that I was writing on the computer while I didn't have Internet. So, I am going to post them as a catch-up ...
Thank you Kent for helping us to load the car on Saturday! Wow! I was dreading that task ... and you made it so easy, so quick! Thank you!
Thank you Miss Glenda for coming over, for your help, for your love. You are so precious to me! I cannot imagine my life without your friendship and love! Thank you!
We left Coffee Creek and went thru Granbury. Stopped at the H-E-B. We had found a reloadable card from there in Rick's wallet - called, and we had $15 on it. Doesn't sound like much - but it was a God-send to us! We haven't been this without money since 2008 - when the company Rick was working for crashed. So, anyway - we went by H-E-B, and I bought the stuff to make a pot of chicken stew for the Walker Christmas lunch today. It costs $15 to make a pot! LOL - ain't God good?!?
I drove on to Benbrook - didn't know for sure where I was. I am fine in heavy traffic on the roads, if I know for sure what lane I need to be in 1/2 mile up the road from where I am at that moment. But, if I don't know for sure - panic sets in. By the time we had stopped at the McDonald's in Benbrook, for a potty break - my stomach and my head were screaming at me! I was shaking so hard I had to sit in the car a few minutes before I could get out! Good grief! After the potty break - Rick said he would drive. Fine with me! I sat down, buckled up and prepared to help him find the signs to where we were, and where we needed to go.
He pulled out of the parking lot ... turned left ... and BAM! There was the sign for I-20! At that point, I knew exactly where I was, and where I needed to be to get where I needed to go! LOL ... I know that God was smiling! LOL Well, probably Laughing Out Loud, too!
On the road East now ... thru all the Ft. Worth and Dallas traffic. Safe and sound ... Thank you Lord!
We stopped in Greenville at the Family Christian Bookstore. I LOVE that place! I think I could LIVE there! Bought me a 2015 planner. It is smaller than the one I had, and smaller than what I have been using. I hope it works PERFECTLY! I know that most people use their phones, tablets and computers ... but I still like the hand held, hand written, planners.
Made it to Sulphur Springs, or the house - 7 miles east. Got everything unloaded - Rick and I working hard to get it done before dark. Rick built a fire in the fireplace. The house wasn't "cold" - but certainly had a chill. It was 60*. Not comfortable to him as a dialysis patient - he seems to be most comfortable at 70*-75*. And certainly not comfortable to this body of mine. I am most comfortable at 75*-80*.
Thank you Mandy and Elijah for bringing in the wood! It was so good to come in and find both wood boxes full! Just WOW! Thank you sweetheart! I LOVE YOU!!!
After he got the fire going, we went up to his dad and mom's - to visit. She fixed us a hamburger - it was good. And we sat there for a little over an hour visiting with them. Laughing and talking. It was good.
Came back here to the house. Rick argued with the fire a little. I sat the cycler up. And then, we watched an old movie - one of Rick's absolute favorites ... "O Brother Where Art Thou?" We laughed ... it was good. I worked on finishing up this year's filing - and I did! I finished! Oh that feels so good! To know that it is all in order for the year! And the small file box is ready for 2015! Whew!!!
--and that was the first day ... Thank you God for keeping us safe. Thank you God for the better day with Rick. It had been such a ROUGH week - it was nice to have a quieter, better day. Thank you God.
Slept about 5 hours last night ... hard sleeping! Got up at 5 this morning. Sat on a heating pad for about 30 minutes. Wrote in my journal - spending those precious quiet minutes with the Lord. Got the stew started ... and now waiting on the cycler to finish up, so that we can unhook Rick.
Going to be cooking the chicken stew this morning, and making a peach cobbler.
Chicken stew cooked ... not as good this time as usual. It's hard to keep 2 houses stocked and ready -- especially when money is so short. Sigh. Oh well -- not that it isn't good, just not as good as usual to Rick and me. I didn't have my garlic, onion, and cilantro mix.
The peach cobbler turned out really, really, good! I think it was the best one I have made yet with this "new" recipe.
The Walker Christmas ...
It was good to see everyone. The laughs, the hugs, the fellowship. And oh the FOOD!!! My word! If you came and left hungry - well, that was your own fault! There was enough food for an army!!!!!
Uncle Carry was there ... he's had a couple of falls lately, and we were told that his pacemaker is not acting right? I have always loved Uncle Carry ... he never treated me like I was just married into the family.
Aunt Jody was there ... she looks just as pretty as always. She's had a stroke, and is having some residual effects from that. Said that she is having a hard time swallowing on one side of her throat, still has some paralysis.
Uncle Lonnie and Aunt Cathey were there ... they look good. Rick was giving Uncle Lonnie a hard time about his hat - LOL.
Uncle Bill and Aunt Jerry were there ... we had a good visit with them while we ate lunch.
Jimmy and Mary Lou came ... I'm glad for the time that she got to spend with her family.
Roy Lee and his precious wife ...
Teresa ... Diane - oh the desserts! Oh my! Thank you again for that wonderful coconut cake! Made me smile, thinking about my momma and her coconut cakes for me ... Edie ... Jay ...
Jason & Samantha - precious boys that you share with us all ... Amy ...
Vince and Lou Ann ... Gayle ... Matthew and Zandra ...
David and Tina ... Aaron and the girls ...
And there were some there that I didn't recognize - kids of the grandkids ... growing up so fast.
The hugs from "my boys" were some of the sweetest - Jason, Jay, Matthew, Aaron ... the only thing more perfect, would have been if Joshua had been able to be there!
We had chicken stew ... chili ... sandwiches ... bbq little smokies ... pico de gallo and chips ... a vegetable tray ... cheeses of all kinds ... turkey ... red beans and cornbread ... a chicken taco casserole ... a table FULL of good food!!!
And then, the desserts! Oh my! We all took turns just standing there looking at the dessert table - mouths watering, oohing and ahhing over everything! LOL ... coconut cake ... candies of all kinds ... buttermilk pies ... cherry pies ... peach cobbler ... cookies of every description ... cupcakes ... pies, pies and more pies ... Oh my! I think we all gained 10 pounds just LOOKING!!!
We all missed the ones who couldn't be with us --
Uncle Roger and Aunt Gloria ... Al and Christine ... the grandkids ... the great-grandkids ... Aunt Jeney ...
And we especially missed those that are now our "angels" on high --
Uncle Toyce ... I know that everyone misses you, but I miss you, too! I miss your hugs!
Uncle Rex and Aunt Joy ...
Uncle Cleo and Aunt Vi ...
Uncle LC and Aunt Helen ...
Uncle Art ...
Aunt Lois ... Aunt Lois, you would be proud of Diane! She made the candies this year. Made us all smile remembering you ... and made her cry when so many told her that she reminded them of you.
Came back here after the Christmas lunch ... Rick took a nap ... I wrote a little in my journal.
I was tired. Sat down in my recliner, put my feet about half-way up. Promptly dozed off.
Woke up to the phone ringing. My cousin, Johnny.
It was good to talk with him. I wish I had been more awake and alert. Seemed like I had the hardest time keeping my eyes open! But it was good to hear from him.
--praying for Steve (Johnny's brother). Had a motorcycle accident in September - broke his back in 2 places.
--praying for David (Johnny's nephew). A deer stand collapsed with him last week. His knee is shattered. A whole knee replacement is the only answer.
Rick got up from his nap. We went up to Jimmy and Mary Lou's for supper and to visit.
Came back here and watched "The Quiet Man". Bedtime. Yawn ...