Friday, June 22, 2018

Memories of June 22nd in Years Past....and Our Friday

I love the Facebook Memories that come up every day. Such good reminders of happy times and sometimes gentle reminders of how much we have grown and coped and overcome things.

I have kept a handwritten diary for over 30 years and I will often take the one down from the year before and see what was going on back then. Then I take the one down from 5 years before - and 10 years - and 15 - 20 - 25- 30 years ago and can see my life as it was then and how it has changed over the years. I think it's a good thing to look back at where we have been and how far we have come and what we are hoping for in the future. In every one of my diaries, at the front it has a page 
called Predictions (Goals) For the New Year and at the end is a page called Reflections (Accomplishments) of the Year.
If we don't have goals, what are we working towards?
Nothing stays the same. 
We either go forward or drift back. 
We don't simply stay where we are.
We are always, always, always changing.

Louis Dean has a favorite quote his history teacher taught him when he was in college.

" History is a study of the past
in light of the present 
for the benefit of the future."

I usually post a photo on Facebook just about every day.
I missed a few years here and there......but here's a few of my June twenty-seconds.....

June 22, 2008
Amber and her Master Syncro Team practising for the Master Competition in Las Vegas later that year and they won GOLD!! Deanie and I were there to cheer them on!

June 22, 2011
Louis Dean paying Snowball some special attention!
Snowball was Amber's elderly cat that we drove all the way to Alabama to pick up from the ones who were keeping her while Amber and Mike were in Scotland when she became so ill she was about to die. The vet was amazed that she recovered and she went on to live for several more years!

June 22, 2011

Summer and I with the first snow cone of the season!

June 22, 2012
Summer and I made a road trip to Houston to see all the quads in the NICU!
Louis Dean was home repairing and working on our camper so we could take it down there and live in it so we could help Amber and Mike while the babies were little.

My first time to hold Harrison. 
Just 12 days before this - we nearly lost him.

This is a video link to Summer's Facebook video that day.

June 22, 2014
Mineral Wells State Park........

We had gone camping along with Deanie, Trish and Andie for our first and probably only camping adventure together!

June 22,2017
We were down here at the ranch and had gone into Waco for the afternoon.

Love Collin Street Bakery!

Today was hot in Texas!!!
So hot that Louis Dean had a hard time working in the front room. He would stay out 20 minutes and then pour water over his head, dry off a minute or two - it didn't take long in this heat - and come inside the camper where the AC was on.
We HAVE an AC for that room!
The room is closed in now except for the steps but we can cover that area  up with packing quilts.
WHY can't you put the unit in??

He insisted he needed some screening or whatever to prevent the coils from being damaged.
I thought that's why the AC has a cover on it - but what do I know??
So - as the temp toppled over the 100 degree mark - we drove to Waco. Nearly.
I had been contemplating good food that could be served cold on this hot day and came up with tuna salad. I had set a pan of eggs to boil on the hot plate in the front room.....and forgot about it until we were nearly to the highway. We turned around and came back - they were still boiling so those are sure gonna be some HARD boiled eggs! Then we left again. By this time it was 5:00.

He dropped me at HEB and he went on to Home Depot.
HEB is one of my Happy Places and on Friday nights - it's like a PARTY happening there!

I was in Hog Heaven when I spied these two exotic teas on CLEARANCE!!!
I was talking to Amber at the time and she loves all things coconut and pineapple and she got excited when I told her I was looking at a tea that had BOTH!!
Bottom line - they.were.on.clearance.
That meant that they would probably never be seen at HEB again.
Soooooo.......I bought every single box of these two teas on the shelf!
Then I had myself a happy little.....
***Happy Dance***
right there in the isle!

Dean and Sherry had gone to town earlier today and we all met up at the HEB parking lot.
Dinner, anyone? In town? On Friday night? SURE!!!!

We all went to our now favorite place - The Catch on Valley Mills.
Free beer!!!

GOOD food!!!
Catfish cooked just the way we like it!
I had a one piece basket and Sherry gave me one of her giant shrimp.
I may have to get next time - that shrimp was the BEST!
Dean and Sherry got regular baskets and Louis Dean ordered a JUMBO one!
He ate every bite!!
Of course he had not had anything to eat all day long except two blueberry bagels with peanut butter.
He said it was juts too hot to eat - which is why I was boiling eggs for tuna salad!

It's night now and not so hot.
I'm still inside the camper with the AC on.
Louis Dean is out in the front room fixing something about a plug.
I am hoping by this time tomorrow night, I will be in the front room blogging away listening to the hum of the AC!!