Sunday, January 2, 2022

Seeing Out the Old Year and Bringing in the New!

 Louis Dean and I opened one last gift on Thursday.....

It was from our friend, Dawn. down in Florida.
She was one of my very first blogging friends when I started Linda's Life Journal in January 2010.

Do y'all know Sean Dietrich?
As in Sean of the South blog fame?
We just finished the last book she sent us - written by one of the Statler Brothers.
I  have read Sean's blog but this is our first book by him.
Dawn keeps up with books and loves to read more than anyone I know.

Look at this unique pair of earrings!
I'm going to enjoy these so much!

Summer and Rayne went back to Rowlett after we got home from Fort Worth on Thursday.
I loved having them here and so we were just as excited to have Dean and Sherry spend the night with us. Dean was here in town teaching a class and then they all went out to dinner so it was nearly 10:00 when they arrived.

That didn't stop us from sitting up into the wee hours of the morning visiting!
The time just flew by - as it does when you are with family.

SO I woke up Thursday morning with my first born child under our roof and Louis Dean woke up Friday morning with his first born asleep in the guest room.

We didn't get a chance to visit on New Year's Eve as they had to get back down to the ranch and take care of the critters and WE had a doctor appointmment!

I say WE because I will be taking Louis Dean to all his appointments from now on AND going in with him so I will know what's going on.

I really had no clue why we had this appointment but I found out it is due to Louis Dean having diabetes and his risk is double for glaucoma. I don't know what they did at his last appointment - the one where he got lost and finally found his way - an hour late - but this visit they tested the pressure in his eyes and it is too high. The doctor gave him a Rx for drops to use just once a day in both eyes and it will help to decrease this pressure!

I reward good behaviour!

Breakfast at Joe's!!

Followed by mani/pedi for two!!

Louis Dean settled right down and had a great time - which included a paraffin foot mask.
He was a happy camper!!

We left the house at 10:00 Friday morning and didn't get home until 4:00 that afternoon.
We had made plans to go tp Dallas and watch the Bell kids play in a hockey tournament and then spend New Year's Eve with all the Bells.

For some reason, my energy tank ran completely out and I could take one step more,
I walked into the house and went straight to the bedroom. Changed into my nightgown and went to bed.
Louis Dean brought me some water - I could not even do that - and I stayed in bed until 7:00 when I got up and took a shower and ate a quick sandwich before going back to bed!
When I woke up at 7:00 this morning I was feeling so much better!!
Poor Louis Dean saw the new year in all by his lonesome self but I couldn't help it.

Needless to say, I was the first one up this morning and I enjoyed the ritual of selecting our devotional books for 2022.

I had already ordered my new planners......

so I added the books for this year to the Bible Basket and stored the old ones away.

Cold weather was forecast to be on the way and our fireplace needed a good clean out.

Samantha has to get into any and every thing!

Louis Dean had a good time today watching some of the Bowl games on TV.
The kids had another tournament game and I did not want to miss it!

Kailey is usually the first to find Granddad after the game's over!

They didn't win but they did play well and we all had fun.

The team all went out to eat and we were invuted to join them.

Cane Rosso is in Old Town Carrollton and we had such a good time.
Louis Dean and I visited with the coach and his wife and some of the parents.
Mike has helped coach this year as he did last year so the team has developed a real comradery.
The kids all sat together at one end and I loved watching from the other end.
They laughed and talked and ate and had a good time with each other.

AND we left in time to get home before dark!

I loved everything about this very first day of 2022!


Ginny Hartzler said...

You changed the look of your blog, and I love it! The artist's earrings are adorable, now i want to see them on you. Happy New Year, Linda!

Kathy said...

All the years I have known you, I never realized that you choose a devotional book for the year. Where have I been? That is such a good idea.

So nice that you were able to visit with both Summer and Dean. Too bad they had to hurry back to the ranch, but perfectly understandable.

That pedicure looks great. I wish I were there to get one with you.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Brenda said...

Happy New Year….

Sandi said...

Happy New Year to you both! 🥂

Lisa said...

Love those earrings! So cute! Boy he sure is enjoying those pancakes! Haha. I love the idea of the books. About planners, I have one and dont know how to use it. Haha. (Blog post later).
Happy New Year!!!

MadSnapper said...

loved the part about your first born children under your roof, and now i want to know who was baby sitting the kids on LD's first borns ranch??? the furry kids you know come first on my list. so glad they could come. Bob has never been to any doctor visit with out me with him and I hate it but have to do it. glad you loved your first day of the new year. hope the drops get the pressure down quickly, ummmmm you do know the reward breakfast is NOT diabetic?

Changes in the wind said...

Wishing you and LD a happy new year and it surely is off to a good start!

NanaDiana said...

I am so sorry to hear about LD's eye problems. I also go with hubby here to all his appointments so I get the fact straight. lol. It is wonderful that you have such loving family and can get together as you do.
Love that you choose devotional books for the year. What a great idea.
Prayers for you and LD and the family. xo Diana
ps. Your Christmas cards are a work of art...frameworthy.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Happy new Year Linda & louis dean

I, m going to try and do a post this year and stay in contact with my blogging friends

I just post on Instragram now

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Definitely a good start to the year. Hope all the coming days are just as good for you and your family! Happy 2022!

Vee said...

Many blessings in 2022! Sounds as if you got off to a great start except for that hitch of being in bed while Louis Dean celebrated the New Year in. I myself was in bed hours before midnight. Your family keeps you content, happy, and blessed. God love them!

Carol said...

Looks as though your first day of 2022 was very successful. I spent the day alone as my husband was in his garage working and grands were not here. I read and done some work.

photowannabe said...

I can understand why your tank was running on empty.
You were going on double time those days before Christmas.
Your New Years Day is off to a great start.
Many more years of enjoying your family and loving that man of yours.
Happy New Years.

Bev said...

Wishing you and Louis Dean a blessed New Year

JoyM said...

So glad to read/see the beginning of 2022 Linda.

grams ramblings said...

What a joyful, encouraging blogpost Linda. I love it.
We are in the UK, but my grandaughter is in Fort Worth. I hope to visit her one day.
Wishing you a Holy and Happy 2022 xxx

God Bless

Deanna Rabe said...

Tim would have gone to bed, too! He went shortly after midnight!

Sounds like the weekend was fun with hockey games!

Hootin' Anni said...

I understand wanting to be at L D's appointments.
LOVE those earrings!!

Saimi said...

You never cease to amaze me with all that you do and I love that you know when its quitting time. Happy New Year I'm sure it will be filled with making each moment count!
Love those earrings by the way.

Carole said...

Happy New Year - we are fine - apart from me having a sore foot - get this now and then - always a nuisance. Cheers

Rain said...

Happy New Year Linda!!! Ooooh breakfast looks amazing!!! I love those earrings!!! ♥

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Linda, we are sending ourbelated best wishes to you and Louis Dean for a good year for you both and your families as well. It's no wonder you were so exhausted after all you do. Good that you will be going with LD to his medical appointments now and hope the eye pressure will be eased with the drops. The earrings were lovely and those treats to LD looked wonderful. Too bad the kids team lost.

Debbie said...

those earrings could not be more perfect for you, they look so special!!

the hubs and i always go in to appointments with each other, even now. 4 ears are better than 2!!

i am going to show chuck the pictures of ld getting a pedicure. he always says no when i ask him to go with me, but i know he would enjoy it!!

happy new year, so far so good here!!