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The beginning of our week brought us good weather. On Monday we had a sunny, warm day for shower day and a ride in the country. Then on Tuesday, we were again blessed with good weather, even though it began a bit cooler. This was infusing day for me and the appointment was middle of the morning. Did not see the doctor, but my nurse was Jody Grass Leonard. Even though she was very busy we visited while she was doing my blood work. It was all fine, except the cancer count was up a bit, which was a bit upsetting to me. Jimmie and Jim did not seem alarmed, though.
While waiting for a chair in the chem lab, I heard a familiar voice behind me. Turned around and saw three women having a conversation. Was positive that the voice was coming from long-time friend, Mary Nell Shelton, so I yelled,”Mary Nell.”
She turned around and looked puzzled. I pulled down my mask and she ran to hug me. We then discussed the fact that with my mask (and I also had on my wig), it is hard to recognize others in this pandemic. Later, her daughter-in-law, Spring Crenshaw, joined Jimmie and me. Spring was also in the lab for an infusion.
I’d already introduced Mary Nell to Jimmie, explaining that she was Michael Redwine’s sister. Jimmie has known Michael for a long tine – he has even cut and set her hair a few times when she was in the Valley.
Then I introduced Spring and explained that she was Mary Nell’s daughter-in-law. Was so happy to learn that Spring was doing well. Shortly she was called back and not much later they called me, leaving Mary Nell and Jimmie to get to know each other.
Taking me back was long-time friend, Sue Hardy. Was so glad to see her – we’d missed each other on my previous visit, as she had enjoyed a long visit with her Georgia family. We didn’t get in much visiting though, the lab was full and the staff and volunteers were short. Do appreciate all our care-takers.
Wednesday and Thursday were stay indoor days – cold and wet. We ate, watched TV and worked on the latest puzzle, which is coming together slowly.
News came that our first cousin, Cliff (“Topper” to the family) Olson, had suffered a severe stroke–paralyzing his left side. Latest report though is that he is improving rapidly. He is in rehab and already walking with a cane. His spirit, as always, is good, as I expected it to be. He always has a smile and is a very up-beat person. For many years Cliff was an Army recruiter. His wife, Claire Mills Olson, is recuperating from surgery. Pray for them.
Friday after school the Cole house again came alive. Great-niece Caroline had a Monday holiday, so she joined us for a long weekend. Her cousin, Cade, also, got the Monday holiday so he was around much of the weekend. One of the exciting events on Saturday was the gender reveal of Caroline’s calf, chosen as her 4-H project. The reveal was a heifer, which she was hoping for.
On Sunday Pa Bill, Uncles Bo and Rance, were explaining what was required for the project. The calf had to be fed, groomed, trained, etc. Then Caroline wanted to know if they had been in 4-H and what their projects was. They all had to fess up that they had been in 4-H but when it came to projects, they all admitted that they had dropped out when they learned the requirements. Being farm boys, they already had to do most of the required chores in the projects. They told her that the projects did not sound like fun, so they dropped out of 4-H. Have to wait and see if this affects her enthusiasm in 4-H.
Heard from Wanda and Bud that Wanda’s surgery went well. Hopefully, she will continue to improve. Prayers are requested for all those who are ill. They are appreciated.