11 Nov, The cross generational worship at our church is delightful. How fun to see the children assume roles as readers, and participating with the pastor in Offering the benediction. The antics of a set of two year old twins during the children's sermon makes all of the adults smile. Son Jon, Granddaughter Lauren and her beau, Tyler, joined us for brunch at the Yacht Club. We miss Yassar, the Maitre D' at the club. The rains they came, soaking Ron and his cell phone. Will it work in the morning?
10 Nov, We are counting our blessings! Thanks for son Jon, daughter Julie and Granddaughter Rachel joining us to see Granddaughter Zoe’s performance in the Little Mermaid. Zoe, a senior in HS, has won many local and state accolades in musical drama. She graduates mid-December, planning a spring semester break to travel before she begins college in late August. Zoe is also an accomplished equestrian.
9 Nov. Progress is being made on several DNA projects, plus going through boxes in the storage unit. These are humungous boxes filled with years of records that go to recycling. Ron is preparing a zillion pierces of paper, tax records, some from forty years ago to go to the dump, the dump, the dump, dump, dump. Lunch was a great treat at the Toasted Yolk. A delightful customer said she enjoyed watching us. Ron told her the story how we became Smooch and Smooch Smooch. She was enthralled to know Ron hiked the Appalachian Trail, and also that Cynthia was vacationing in a Vietnam during some of that hike. She explained that she has never had a vacation because she is a caregiver for everybody in her family. Cynthia blessed her. She cried. Life is good, love shared is the joy of life.
8 Nov: Awake, exercises done, oatmealed and we were in the car for a long drive to the Galleria area and medical center by 7:30 AM, for appointments that took up the entire day! Ron made Cynthia’s hairdresser laugh until his belly shook and he had tears in in his eyes. It was fun to have fresh Atlantic salmon at Pappadeaux for lunch. Now that darkness falls upon the earth like a trapdoor by five thirty, it was too late to get in the day’s walk. Granddaughter Zoe called with joyful news of her acceptance to her number one college choice.
7 Nov, Cynthia is en route to College Station to visit daughter Julie, granddaughter Corrie and her two babies. Ron is hardly working. He is good at this job. Today we are thankful for family.
6 Nov, And thank God the mid-term election is over; no political ads tomorrow. Cynthia had a girl day at Bambi's and Ron went along to keep her company. Eating at Jason's Deli is a treat.
5 Nov, Thank God! Just Thank God. We woke up! We are healthy! We are incredibly happy! Thank God. This was another one of those days to run a million kazillion errands. Cynthia had a medical appointment in the Woodlands at one PM; afterwards, we treated ourselves to a monster-sized baked sweet potato at Jason's Deli. Cynthia eats a quarter of her potato, so Ron ate his baked potato and three quarters of Cynthia's sweet potato.
4 Nov, Sunday Offering from Cynthia:
I decided to post positive thoughts this month to combat the negativity and cruelty so highly visible in the media and on social networks. Each day I will thank God for something positive on our blog and Facebook.
I am thankful for my baptism into the mystical body of Christ on this, All Saints Day. I lit a candle in memory of my father who died on All Saints Day, 1977. As I lit the candle I reflected on a memory of that day as I grasped the deep meaning of the mystery of the Communion of Saints. In Christ Jesus we are connected to those who have gone before us. At the same time, we are connected to our community.
“The first service one owes to others in a community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for others is learning to listen to them. God’s love for us is shown by the fact that God not only gives God’s Word but also lends us God’s ear. . . . We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them."Dietrich Bonhoeffer
3 Nov, After running morning errands, we walked four miles, once home again, we settled into doing DNA projects on our Macs. Triangulation on GEDmatch.com is a terrific tool, but how to research 500 close matches?
2 Nov. Thank you, Lord, for this gorgeous day beside the lake. After a four mile walk, we inspected the disaster in the storage unit: Jon moved boxes and boxes of stuff from Cynthia’s former home into our storage unit. She had forgotten about the boxes. Now we have to figure out how to dispose of the stuff. We can’t start a bonfire. We hauled our personal items to the condo, like shirts. After wearing the same shirt for the past seven months, Ron wore through the back of this favorite shirt; but the front has lots of wear left in it. He located a favorite long sleeved shirt from the 60’s or 70’s that must have been a cast off from a Haight-Ashbury Hippie. But Cynthia loves the blue that matches his eyes. Tonight’s sunset was a show stopper, with many shades of blue, lavender, peach, and Rose to delight us on our evening walk to the fitness center. The deer are out and about, but the numbers seem smaller.
1 Nov. Lake Conroe, Texas. After seven months on wheels, we are back at the condo. Jon moved a bunch of Cynthia’s boxes that were in his storage unit into ours. It is packed full. We shopped for groceries and walked to the fitness center knocking out 12,000 steps. Good night