Oh No April Snow

Usually this time of year in the Texas Panhandle we have highs in the 70’s and lows in the upper 40’s . Yesterday and today April 29th and 30th we have been in the lower 30’s. I have not heard how much snow we have received and the winds have been blowing 30,40 and 50 mph.

This is what we woke up to this morning. We do need the moisture but I would like to have had it in rain. Oh well beggars can’t be choosers.

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Our God is an Awesome God

I was having a little stomach issues, which turned out to be from some medication I was taking. The VA ordered a CT scan of my abdomen just to see if there was a problem. I new nothing about this until they called and wanted me to see a vascular surgeon.

I was not told what they found until I got to the doctors office. The VA stays very busy, I was asked if it would be alright if they outsourced to a doctor that is not connected to the VA.  I had no ideal which doctor to go to so I had the Veterans Choice who handles making appointments for the VA. They mad me an appointment with a doctor Irwin.

Time came for me to see the doctor, he told me that the CT scan showed that I had an Aneurysm in my artery near my groin just above where it y’s off to my Kidney. He told us that I could wait on surgery and keep and eye on, but where it is located it would be best to have it repaired.

I was not to worried about it for we prayed, and our pastor came by just before the surgery and prayed for the doctor and me. The surgery was a success I spent the night in ICU and was able to come home the next day. I have a little soreness but I am doing great. This is why that I know our God is an Awesome God.

Mom at the Helm

We went to Kemah Texas over the weekend to celebrate our son and daughter in-law birthday. We  had a great time with them Friday then Friday night we took them and our two grandsons plus their girlfriends out for a birthday dinner.

My son and daughter in-law live on their 40 foot sail boat. Every time we have been down there he has had some project going refurbishing the boat that he couldn’t take us out on it. So Saturday around noon we headed out into Galveston Bay. The wind was blowing around 25 knots so it was a little rough but the boat handled great. They extended the Jib sail out about half way and the back sail about the same. For as windy as it was we sailed verily smooth. We were doing around seven knots out to the ship channel. we sailed around for a couple of hours it was so relaxing for me and Charlotte of course the Kids and their friend who came along as a mate did all the work. We had a great time with the kids, but the weather back home was forecasting snow so we decided to cut the trip short and head home Sunday.

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Ancester DNA

Back in April of 2016 we went to on a trip back East. I was told that I had some American Indian in me so I looked it up and found that supposedly my 4th Great Grandmother was Shawnee. We went to that area of what is now West Virginia and looked up what I thought was my Sixth Great Grandfather.

My son got me a DNA kit from Ancestery.com and so I sent it in. According to it I am 53% Great Britain, 18% Ireland, and 29% other. The other shows 0% Native American. So if I do have any Indian, it is so low that it did not even show up.,

It did support that my family came from England though so that is a good thing. I guess now if I get a chance we will have to plan a trip over their.

After the storm.

Praise the Lord here in Amarillo the ice storm in our part of town wasn’t to bad. After staying in the house all weekend we woke up to about 3″ of snow. Last night after it started getting dark the temps started dropping and so the rain turned into snow. This morning the clouds started breaking up and the sun is peaking out. I haven’t seen the reports on how much liquid we received by the snow but before it fell we have had 2 1/4″ of rain the past 48 hours. This should help break the drought we have here.

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First Snow of the New Year 2017

January 5-6, 2017 We had our first Snow here in the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo received 3.7 inches. Temp dropped to single digits plus minus zero F. wind chills during the night. In fact we will get to 2 degrees F. tonight.img_3354

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Thomas E Creek Medical Center

Our VA hospital tries to take care of our veterans. We have several volunteers that do many things at the VA. I drive the parking lot shuttle on Friday afternoons. The veterans we pick up are so grateful for us especially on days like today. They have served their country and put their lives on the line so this is the least we can do for them.

Happy 2017

Charlotte and I made to about 11:30 pm last night. She had fallen asleep on the couch so I woke her up to go to bed. It only takes me about 3 min. to fall asleep. She did say that she then stayed awake till midnight.

We got up and went to church, then came home and had breakfast for lunch. We have a tradition in our family in fact several people have this tradition. That is to eat Black eyed peas for “good luck for the new year”. Charlotte had made some black eyed pea dip. we took some over to the kids and kept some for us.

Tonight for dinner I went out to Taco Villa and picked us up a couple of salads. then we had some of the dip. Oh by the way I actually won at Skip Bo and then we watched a little TV. Hope you all have a very happy 2017.

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Merry Christmas from the Harbin’s 2016

The Harbin family would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful time last night with the family that was here. Things or changing though. Our oldest Grand son did not make this year he stayed back in Houston to be with his girlfriends family. And of course our daughter got to be here for Thanksgiving but could not come for Christmas.

It is always so much fun watching the younger grandkids open their presents. We got the youngest one a Harmonica he loved it. He went around asking howimg_3336 did we know he wanted one. He said that he hadn’t told anyone that he wanted one. We told him that Maw Maw had special powers and that she just knew it.

 

 

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