Saturday, December 14, 2013

A week in review

Todd wanted to make sure I included a picture of him carver the Thanksgiving turkey.  So here it is.

This week started off all wrong.  Sunday morning as Todd was leaving for church his car wouldn't start.  It has been very cold here.  Near zero most nights , sometimes below, so the fact that his car wouldn't start seemed to be related to the cold.  We figured the battery must have died.  After church, he set to work to get his car running.  (We really needed his car to run because Bonnie was working at Camas Meadows Bible Camp in the mountains and four wheel drive is recommended.). Anyway,
he took off to the auto store to get a new battery.  When he came out of the store, he saw that the van tire had gone completely flat, to the rim flat.  He had to pull out the spare to get home and realized we would have to get all new tires for the van $$$$.  He again set to work on the Blazer but found out his battery was not dead, something else was wrong.  Monday night,Todd and I towed the car to the mechanics, something I HATE to do, to turn it over to a professional's hands.  Two days in the shop, he couldn't figure out anything, except the Blazer started working and has been running ever since.   Must have been the cold. (Oh, Bonnie had to find someone to bring her home since we had no working vehicles.)
Thursday, Todd took his dad out for lunch.  Todd has been taking his dad every Thursday so his mom can go to the ladies' Bible study, or in the case of this Thursday it was the ladies' Christmas luncheon.   The restaurant they went to is the one where Don's mom served as cook, The Squirrel Tree.    Don's Alzheimer's is getting much worse.  He is hallucinating now.  It's sad.  I am glad Todd was able to give his mom a break.

While Todd and his dad where eating lunch at the Squirrel Tree, I was with Susan and the other ladies from our church at our Christmas luncheon.  We had a great time, one of the ladies made jeweled scarves for all of us, and we had delicious food.  One of the gals, made this creamy, fluffy dessert that was decorated with strawberry and kiwi slices.  As soon as I took a bite of the kiwi, I realized something was not right.  The kiwi "burned" my mouth.  You know, like too acidic.  I wondered if she had treated it with something beside lemon juice to keep it fresh.  Anyway,  after I ate everything, my throat started to swell and felt very raw.  I just felt off, you know what I mean.  I suspected I was having a reaction, but everyone else seemed to be fine.  It didn't appear to bother anyone but me.  I could still breathe so I wasn't in too much of a panic, but I knew I needed to get home.  Fortunately, I had caught a ride with my mother in law and she had to be home early so I was more than ready to go.  I feel bad that I did not do a good pastor's wife job of saying my farewells to everyone.  I was a little distracted, if you know what I mean.
Once I got home, I took some Benadryl and called the nurse's hotline, Oh, and I called Todd and told him he needed to come home asap.  Of course, the nurse told me to go to the ER, but after spending a lot of $$$ on the cars I really didn't want to add to the bill and pay that ER copay.  We managed into talking the clinic into fitting me in.  It wasn't long before I was hugging the toilet and purging everything in my system.  I felt a lot better so we cancelled the clinic visit.  My throat was still swollen. It took about 24 hours for that to go down, and it has been 36 hours and my stomach has finally settled down as well.  For whatever reason, when Todd asked me what he could get for me to help me feel better I told him a Butterfingers sounded real nice.  He took off and came back with a coke, a Butterfinger and a Butterfinger blizzard.  lol  I haven't had any of that stuff for over a year.  What a treat!  (BTW....I googled kiwi as a food allergen and people are highly allergic to it.)

To end the week, we celebrated Friday the 13th in typical James fashion with Oreo cookies.  In fact, that night at our Christmas Elder's Party we gave all of our elders and their wives Oreo cookie treats. lol

Well, that was our week.  I didn't mention all of the school drama.  Not going there right now.  Bonnie finished her first quarter exams.  whew!!!  Now she is on winter break from the college but still has her class at the high school.  Today, we get ready for my parents to visit.  That means lots of baking and cleaning.  So here we go, finishing off this week and getting ready to start another one.

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