Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update January 26 - GOOD NEWS

Bell County has approved COVID vaccinations to people in the 1-B category (those over 65 and those with qualifying chronic medical conditions). Dan and I are both over 65, which puts us in this 1-B category. 

Baylor Scott and White (our medical provider) says they will contact qualifying patients as the vaccine becomes available. So far, no call from them. Bell County Public Health has a website where 1-B folks can sign up for appointments, as the vaccine is available. I was constantly checking that site, and found it nearly impossible to snatch an appointment. Sometimes I would see an opening, but by the time I had filled in the registration form, the appointment was gone. FINALLY, one night about 10 days ago, I thought I'd give it one more look before bed, and I found a small batch of openings. I quickly signed both Dan and I up for February 1 appointments. Later we received a confirming email, saying they were moving us to February 5. I'm perfectly fine with that! So thankful to be on their list! It's like a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. 

We will still have to be diligent to get the appointment for our second dose, which should be administered about 28 days later. They say, though, that it's okay if you have to push that second vaccination farther out.

I'm not sure we'll know how to behave once we have gotten both doses of the vaccine. We are so used to isolating that it may feel "wrong" to be out in public once again. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Snowfall in Central Texas

A winter storm was predicted for our area, for Sunday, but I said, "I'll believe it when I see it." Well, I saw it, and it was beautiful. It snowed nearly all day yesterday, and we had several inches of the white, fluffy stuff by late afternoon.

This morning the sky is blue and the sun is shining, but it is only 30 degrees, so the snow is still blanketing the ground. Snow is a treat for this part of the state. Schools are closed, as are some major roads, including sections of I-35. I'm glad I don't need to go anywhere, and can just stay home and enjoy the wintery scenery.

Clara - Ups and Downs of the Week

 Clara had a week of mixed emotions.

At 6:30 on Thursday morning, her folks got a call from the basketball coach, saying that Clara had fallen and was going to need stitches. She had tripped over another girl's foot, during BB practice, and taken a dive. Chris went to get her and whisked her off to the ER, where she got several stitches in her chin.

We are thankful that no bones, no glasses and no dental retainer were broken, but the laceration was deep!

Things began looking up for Clara on Saturday. Because her non-smart phone had died, her dad took her to look for a new one. Clara's agreement, in order to get her Corgi pup last spring, was that she would wait until she turned 16 to ask for a smart phone. Well, it turned out that finding a "dumb" phone to replace hers was next to impossible. Chris went to three different stores, and finally gave in to the inevitable. Clara, at 15, is now the proud owner of a new smart-phone! Look at that smile!

We love you, our sweet Clara!

Monday, December 28, 2020

Christmas 2020


It might not have been the safest choice - traveling to see family for Christmas during the 2020 COVID pandemic - but, having done it, all I can say is that I'm glad we did!

The entire family came together on Monday the 23rd, including Tim who lives the farthest away. He took two days on the road, coming to Houston.  But on his return he stopped for lunch with friends in Waxahachie, and then continued all the way home that same day. He got to Albuquerque a little before 1:00 AM. Considering his round-trip total of 1775 miles (about 28 hours), it seems obvious that it was really important for him to be with family for the holidays. 

Kelsey was truly "the hostess with the mostest," cooking tasty meals every day. Our Christmas Day meal was a pot roast with potatoes, carrots and gravy; green bean casserole; pasta salad; and dinner rolls. Dessert was pumpkin pie (and buttermilk pie the day after). We couldn't have asked for better (or more)!

Feeling comfortable with the COVID-safety measures that Memorial Church of Christ was practicing, we worshipped together, in person, there on Sunday morning. Afterwards, Chris and Robert picked up food from their favorite Mexican restaurant, and we ate together, at their house, one last time before heading home.