What a week

Charlotte and I were set up to have a colonoscopy this week. Last Sunday Charlotte was first so she spent all that day on a liquid diet. It also started raining that morning with the temp hovering around freezing. By the time we left for church it was getting icy. It started snowing while we were in church, we got out of church around eleven o clock and we had an inch or so on the ground. We had light flurries off and on all day. She had to drink that nasty clean your innards out stuff that evening. She was up about 3:30 Monday morning to finish drinking the stuff. We had to be up at the hospital by 6:30, it was still snowing so we left early. The road was not to bad because there had not been much traffic on them. After she had the procedure the doctor said that ever thing looked good, We left the hospital around 10: am. The snow had picked up, it was snowing so hard you could not see more that a couple hundred yards. We just took it easy getting home. Charlotte was pretty crazy from the anesthetic and I had a blast teasing her about all she did.

It warmed up and melted off Tuesday and Wednesday that’s what is great about the Texas panhandle Snow it does not hang around for to long. Thursday was my turn to be on the liquid diet, and drink the nasty stuff. You might have guessed by now it started snowing Thursday and continued on Friday. I drove to the Hospital the roads were a little worse than they were Last Sunday but we made it just fine. All the nurses was asking if we did not get enough when we were here before, so I just told them, why should Charlotte have all the fun. Here again every thing was great. Again it was around 10 am and  Charlotte had to drive me home this time. She did a great job and did not slide once. She had told me that she could drive in this stuff and I guess so for she did a fine job. She just did not understand why the anesthetic did not affect me the way it did her. I told her the only thing I could think of is that I have had lots of surgery’s and maybe I am used to the stuff. Here it is Saturday and we still have snow on the ground but it is hard for it to melt off when it is still 16 degrees outside. But the roads are great as long as you take it easy and we will be able to make to church again tomorrow.

Dejavu all over again

Have you ever had a time when you could swear this has happened before. About 9 or 10 years ago we were at our sons home in Houston. They live on a corner lot and there is a fire plug next to the street in front of their house. So I parked my car on the side street. A lady came to my sons front door she told my son that she was backing out of her driveway and backed into my car. I went out to look at the damage and their was a slight scratch so I told her not to worry and I found a different place to park. She was in a van and it put a big dimple in her bumper.

We went down to Houston again this last weekend to celebrate both my sons birthday and is sweet wife her birthday was just before his. Well now not only does my son have a car, his wife has a car and both grandsons have trucks. So I parked beside the house on the side street. I asked Jeremy if he thought it would be safe there. He said yes that lady does not live there any more. We were there for 4 days and everything was going great. We went over to his house Sunday morning and we were going to leave that afternoon. Sure enough we were settingIMG_0198 in the kitchen talking when we heard a knock at the front door. My son went to the door and then we heard him laughing and the he said dad the lady across the street back into you car. He then explained to the confused young lady why he was laughing. She hit the driver’s door and it was not to bad but we did exchange insurance info because the Honda was a little newer than my old Pontiac we was in before.

41 Years My How Time Flys

The mail man just delivered the mail and as I went out to get it I was wearing my summer shorts. The Temp out this afternoon is in the mid 70’s sun shinning and no wend to speak of. I started thinking 41 years ago today it was snowing like crazy. My wife was pregnant at the time and she told me that her water had broken which had us both upset because she was only eight months along in her pregnancy.

We called one of our friends to see if they could keep our 4 year old daughter while I took Charlotte to the hospital. I turn on the 4 way flashers on the car and away we went. I had to be extra careful due to the snow but we got there. I had to stay in the waiting room while they worked on Charlotte. The nurses was keeping a close eye on her when one of them said, we had a lady in here last night that was about eight months along and she had twins. So they took Charlotte to be ex-rad for they did not have ultrasound back then. Sure enough they spotted three backbones, Charlotte’s and one on each side of hers.

It is hard to believe those two boys will be 41 tomorrow February seventh. They were only 2 minuets a part. and they have been a blessing to us. I never got so tired of hearing people say oh double trouble, instead it was double blessing. We had a girl and I was hoping for a boy and the Good Lord gave us two boy’s.

Amarillo Texas at a standstill

Amarillo ended up with about 11 inches of snow. The weather men told us it was coming and this time they were right. It started with the temp around 33 degrees F and rain. Charlotte had Symphony rehearsal and it was her turn to drive, I told her that I would take her and the other lady. The streets were warm enough that when it started snowing it just melted. When we left around 6:30 pm to head downtown there was a couple of inches on the ground and the road was just wet so we had no problems getting  to the Globe News Center. I dropped the girls off and drove back home. The snow was getting a lot heavier and the temp had dropped below freezing. The rehearsal was from 7:30-10:00, I decided to leave the house around 9:15 to go pick up the girls, the drive was a lot slower the snow was around 5″ deep and very slushy.  There wasn’t much traffic thank goodness, I drove about 35-40 mph this was on the highway.  I had one truck come up behind me with his bright lights on and when he passed me it covered the whole drivers side of the car and of course the windshield with slush.IMG_0174 (2)

I made it to the Globe News Center in plenty of time. It looked like there was about 6″ of snow by this time. When the girls came out at 10:00 the snow was coming down hard I was thankful the wend wasn’t blowing. I told the girls that I was not going to go home on the highway so I drove through the residential areas. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the riders house and another 10 minutes to get home.

This morning when I got out of bed the snow was deep, our local TV station said we had 11″ out at the Amarillo Weather station. My son had to go to work he is a Fireman, Thank goodness he has a 4 wheel drive Jeep with a lift kit on it I have not heard from him so I am hoping no news is good news. I hate to text him in case he is busy. I pray that all of our first responders stay safe and warm today.

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You Are Good Enough

Sunday January 18 2015.

I posted this on my FB page so that my friends who missed the service for what ever reason would know what they had missed. It is a short version of course and it is mostly what I remembered beings has how I did not write any thing down, I have tried taken notes but it makes me miss so much and besides I can’t read my own hand writing once it gets could.

What another beautiful day the Lord has made. I wished I could be positive about it but that wind is making it hard, Okay that confession is out-of-the-way.
Once we got inside out of the wind it was warm and inviting with all the church body being there. Well we did have a few missing. Charles did an outstanding job again this morning in Sunday school. I can’t wait till next week to hear how Jesus, 100% man, had the same pains and trials that we suffer and yet came through it for us.
Oh the Praise team did a wonderful job! Bob led the music since Brad was out. Bob really blessed us when he sang Long Black Train, All the music put everyone in worship mode,
Sheldon’s sermon was God inspired and right on. When he was talking about growing up in the church, how that they were there every time the door was open Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night was right on the money.
Even though he grew up on the other side of the World from where I lived in Borger Texas, it sounded exactly the same. The only thing that sounded different was that his uncle was the pastor. I never got to know our pastor, sure I saw him every time we were there but I never knew him. Sheldon talked about how the Jews would raise their sheep so that they could take it to sacrifice to God only to be told that it was not good enough by the religious leaders of that time. He told us how that we were all told that we weren’t good enough at some things. Then he read Matthew 5:1-12 where Jesus told the people that they were blessed: no matter what.
I think what drove it home the best was the story about how he went with a man into the prison to talk with the prisoners. How that man got up in front of all those convicts and told them that the only difference was that they got caught and he did not. Then the man told them one more thing that most of them had never heard . That no matter what you have done, Jesus says you are good enough.

Mother Nature Saying Happy New Year

She can some times let us know who is boss of the weather. I know the people up north of us are used to this kind of weather. We dropped down to 4 degrees F last night and with the wend it felt like 15 to 25 Degrees below zero. Plus the snow, we are to get up to maybe 21 degrees f for the last day of the year. What a way to end 2014.

The New Year will start of around 33 degrees F with snow on the ground. I have always said that if I wanted to see snow I would drive up to the mountains. We doIMG_0155 need the moisture though so I pray this means that 2015 will bring us up to at least normal on rain and snow fall. Our local lake is down about 60 feet and it would be nice to see it full again.

I would like to wish all my family and friends a Blessed and Happy New Year. May God truly bless each one of you.

Jim H

Little Visitor.

Charlotte fixed some home-made chicken noodle soup to take over to the kids for supper last night. Jeff wasnt feeling good and poor Amy is trying to take care of him but of course she does not need to catch what ever Jeff has. This mourning Charlotte went to the store to get grocery’s and I guess she had called the kids to see if they needed any thing, because when she came home and I went out to carry in grocery’s I was surprised by a little man. Yep Noah came home with her. Come to find out not only was Jeff sick but Riley the 7 year old was too.
Maw Maw was putting a green chili stew together to cook for lunch and of course Noah was in there with her. Noah said Maw Maw I have an ideal, we can make marshmallow treats, So of course she made him some. Later on the buzzer on the dryer went off so she took the cloths out and went to the bed room to put the sheets on the bed and fold the cloths. Of course NP1070670oah went in with her to help, he came in to tell me that he folded my socks. He said Poppy I took one of your socks and put it inside the other one, now when you get your socks all you have to do is reach in to the one sock and pull out the other sock. He cracks me up but you do have to be careful around him, sometimes if you laugh at what he is doing it hurts his feelings and when you ask him why he started crying he will tell you that you were not taking him serious.                                                                 He just loved the green chili stew of course he is like poppy he likes things spicy. He told Maw Maw that we need to take the rest to his house, we told him that they were sick and that spicy food might not be good for them besides Riley would not like it. Well I will make him taste it and he would like it.

Amarillo VA.

I am constantly hearing on the news about the bad things going on with the Veterans Affairs. I personally use the one here in Amarillo it is called  the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center. I have had minimal problems at this center, in fact there was nothing that has occurred that has not occurred at any other doctors office or hospital. I was there just this morning and I had my blood work completed with just one stick and on time. Saw the doctor at my appointment time. Went to the Pharmacy and was waited on as soon as I walked up to the window. Then without an Appointment I stopped by the main office and was in and out in 15 minuets of signing in.

I just wanted to write a big thank you too our veterans service for an outstanding job they are doing and trying to do for all our veterans. I was told that they were short two doctors and they were very busy but everyone I had dealings with was very nice to everyone.

Two Years

I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of you who P1110555have read and commented on my blog. I have been told by WordPress that I have been doing this for two years. My blog has received 22,350 Views and 2,350 comments. I have loved hearing from each of you and I pray as long as I can keep up the blog I will continue doing so.

Jim :)

Happy Anniversary!