Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wow! I really didn't realize that it had been so long since I'd posted on this blog.
Here is a very short update on the rest of 2016.
March
Tim had his semi annual checkup with his wonderful VA doctor as well as a follow-up with the doctor who performed the more invasive part off his heart surgery.
We dog sat with Zeus while his family was on spring break.
We also attended granddaughter's musical at school.
APRIL
Attended several of Beket's football games as well as Tate's football games.
Ella had here physical before heading up to Iowa.
I had my. Last visit with my cardiologist for the year.
We said our goodbyes to family and friends and left for Iowa on May 1sr.
From May through September we had several routines in our schedule; Wednesday's we gathered at Village Inn for pie, most mornings we met at the campground cafe for coffee, Thursday evenings we were there for family style meals. There were countless cookouts and community breakfasts.  Not everything involved food ... but most of them did. I preached most Sundays from MAY day through Labor day.
MAY
Ella had Ann appointment with her doctor as soon as we we're o.k. Iowa.
I started to work in the fee booth at Cutty's campground on. the 6th.
We celebrated Mother's day at John's with nearly all off the kids.
Ella started working at the clubhouse on the 9th. but only worked a fee days after that. There was a change in what was expected off her. She would have spent some days working alone in the rental units. She couldn't have be able to work through the summer o.k. non air conditioned buildings. I didn't like the idea that, if something were too happen to her, she would have been working alone.
Around the middle off May Ella began going to a chiropractor several days a week.
On the 21st we went to a William's family reunion with some of my nieces and nephews.
O.k. the 23rd I was called for jury duty, but wasn't chosen.
We started attending the Grimes senior Center on my days off.
I started preaching again at our Sunday Worship services that go from Memorial day through Labor day.
JUNE
I had a colonoscopy on the 7th.
Our section off the Resort had a block party the day before Father's day.
At the end of June, we had a head to toe treatment...literally. We saw the dentist o.k. the morning at the foot clinic in the afternoon.
Ella had a colonoscopy on the 29th.
JULY
Spent party of these 4th with family, however, I had to work.
July 23rd was Christmas in July. I dressed as Santa so kids could get their photos taken with me.
AUGUST
6th was the Nye family reunion.
24th was a gathering off the class of 65.
SEPTEMPER
Preached the last sermon for the season on Labor day weekend.
10th we had a block party in the C section off the resort.
On the 19th we started on drive back to Texas.
On the 21st we were back at choir practice on Liberty Hill, Texas.
OCTOBER
We got back in our Texas groove.
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER I had the delightful opportunity to wear the red suit and listen to children tell me what they wanted for Christmas.
Christmas morning I got to preach at our home church so that Pastor Steve could have the day off.

Thursday, February 28, 2013


2013 February 28

               I just came in from outside where I was marveling at the bright sunshine and good weather on this the last day of February 2013.  Except for the years that I was in the Army, I’ve spent every previous winter in Iowa.  I just checked “Weatherbug” to see what is happening back home.  It is 28 with a windchill of 19 and flurries.  Here I am in a T-shirt and shorts and have the door standing open.  For those that grew up in warmer climes, this is no big deal.  And for those of you who “follow the sun”, you’ve undoubtedly adjusted your thinking about winter.  I’m still too new at this for it to seem “right”.  I’m hoping that we will be able to continue this life style long enough to stop being “Winter Texans” to becoming “Summer Iowans”                                       

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nothin' Much and then Nappin'



2013 February 12
135/80bp, 67 pulse, 123bs
The Whole World Has Gone Grey

        A little rain shower passed through before 7 this morning.  I guess that was the “40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning.”  It has turned into mostly sunny this afternoon.

        After doing the usual things this morning, I sat down and started a new blog, “Tom and Ella’s Photography”.  You can visit it directly by going to www.tomandellasphotography.blogspot.com or you can click on the tab on this blog’s homepage that reads “photography”.  This is just a way to share some of our photos with more folks.  I plan to create a blog to showcase some of my artwork and doodles also.  And if you haven’t already found it the tab on the front page marked “Recipes” will take you to our website for our own concoctions.

        After yesterday’s four hours of drive time coupled with the ‘sit and wait’ time at the VA … (I’m not ranting today … you can read both of yesterday’s posts for that) … today we’re just sittin’ with our feet up and readin’, watchin’ TV and spending quality time with the laptop.





        As a way of paying homage to our day of rest, lunch was a simple tomato soup and sandwich.  I spent minutes slaving over a hot microwave to prepare it.  And now I’m thinkin’ of crawlin’ into the recliner and napping the afternoon away.

        I’ll get this posted and if anything exciting happens before bed time (not to be confused with nap time) I’ll add an update.