Saturday, September 09, 2006

Saturday Fun

This morning when we woke up, Mom said to me, “How would you like to go to Olde Salem Days?” (an outside craft show). Of course I jumped at the prospect of getting out and having some fun! Mom wanted Dad to go along, so he could push my new light-weight wheelchair. She also wanted to create some new family memories. Our agenda was not quite the same as Dad’s though; he came downstairs dressed in his mowing outfit! Mom kindly asked his permission to play instead of work and, fortunately for us girls, he agreed! So, off to Salem we went. The ride into town was beautiful and only added to the pleasantness of the excursion. Once we arrived, I sat in the wheelchair, while holding an umbrella over my head to protect me from the sunlight. The three of us “walked” down the streets of Salem looking at the many booths, oohhing and aahhing at our favorite exhibits. Dad even got a wonderful surprise! When we first arrived, we noticed old cars parked along one street. It turned out that at the edge of every street, there were 1930s-1960s cars displayed for people to admire and reminisce. Below is a picture of a 1961 Bugeye Sprite- the car Dad and Mom drove together when they first got married. Other treasures of our trip included 2 new Christmas outfits for my American Girl dolls, a delicious head of cabbage Mom got for a $1.00, and a bag of fresh green beans. Below, I’ve also posted a picture of me snapping the green beans…something I love to do! This “mini vacation” was such a treat…the kind of adventure that makes you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re living in reality!

In other news, I ran out of lancets (the little sticks used to collect the blood for testing) for my glucometer a few days ago. Mom called several local pharmacies to get replacements and, after no success, decided to buy a new glucometer that was more standard. Paul Burton picked up the machine on his way home from work and I decided to get it ready for Mom. Little did I know how easy the machine would be use! By the time I had gone through all the “first time use” directions, I had tested my own blood sugar…including pricking my finger! Mom was pleasantly surprised and happy to give up the job. I was so excited about being able to do this myself that Mom jokingly cautioned me not to be checking it every hour. No chance of that!

The Bugeye Sprite

Katy snapping green beans:

Comments:
  1. Nancy Owens Says:

    Dear Katy - I am catching up on your blog and seeing how you are doing. Things sound so good. You are such an encouragement - a reminder to us of all that is truly important. I am writing this while sitting in Caree’s apartment in Bangalore, India. Yes, I am thinking of you while I am here - rushing through the streets trying to shop. We went out yesterday and bought groceries - such a challenge. Had to go to three stores to get stuff for baked spaghetti. Praying for you. So glad you are getting better. Love, Nancy Owens

  2. Jess Lankford Says:

    Katy-Lady!
    Reading your blog is one of the highlights of my day! I find that I am so often encouraged by the things that you share…You find joy in cracking beans - and it reminds me to find joy in those little mundane moments which really aren’t nearly as mundane as I would like to make them out to be! :) As I was reading about your outing - I thought of Anne of Green Gables - and smiled. Your outing to town reminds me of the way the ‘wide-eyed’ Anne viewed things when she first came to Green Gables. (I loved the Anne books growing up - so the fact that you remind me of her - well…it makes you a kindred spirit!) Don’t know where I’m going with this post - but wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you daily, I’m amazed by your spirit and courage, and can’t wait to see you again in church!

    Love ya!
    Jess

  3. Laura Griffith Says:

    It was so good seeing you “out” at Wellspring :) I wanted to say “HI” but you had so many wanting the same that I kept passing you by and then you must of went “bye bye” because I didn’t see you again. Hope it wasn’t too much for you. Actually, I’ve been to Salem days and if you can get through that, Wellspring is a cinch. Still in our prayers and still waiting on that grandbaby. :)

  4. Ryan Kirkwood Says:

    It is great to hear you are doing so well and having so much fun. That was a nice looking car your parents have good taste. Although it would look better in Red. Apparently my sister was to have given you my email so I will just leave it hear for you. Have a great day tomorrow and I look forward to hearing from you. ryaniankirkwood@yahoo.com

  5. Cecelia Says:

    Katy, what can I say? God is so immense! He’s so much bigger than even the breath we expel to say His name. How I glorify God for your life, and I share all the same beautiful blog messages in praying for continued healing, strength and patience. I am elated at the news of your Roanoke doctors, right down to the detail that God provided a reunion! That must have just “blown you & your Mom away”! Hallelujah!

    Continuing to lift you and your family in prayer,
    With Christian love,
    Cecelia

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