While I was home in Texas (tGCoE) for the last five months, I often found myself sitting with my 101-year-old mother and gently holding her beautiful hands. No, they are not pretty, but they are beautiful. One day as I sat with her, I began thinking of all the wonderful things she has done in her life. Raised nine kids, which spawned multiple grand-kids who are growing their own families. No telling how many cloth diapers she changed, or the number of runny noses she wiped, (not to mention bottoms). She clothed us, fed us, put us to bed at nights and put up with all our shenanigans and she always prayed for us. She wrote 7 books, several which affected the lives of many people and traveled to Međugorje, afterwards creating a website extolling its miracles. She started going to Texas Tech University just for enjoyment and ended up graduating at the age of 89. She is now at the age when she looks back at all she has done with her life, and she sees so much more she wishes she could do. Living Life to the fullest will do that to you.
As I dwelt on this, it dawned on me … no, it hit me like a bug on a windshield, that during all the years I have known this precious lady, I have never seen her and Wonder Woman in the same room together! Yep, my mother is Wonder Woman! That explains everything.
I am so proud of all she has done! D&D
Back in March we flew to Texas, the Greatest Country on Earth, (tGCoE) for a month and ended up staying five months, compliments of the Chinese Communist Government.
As all resourceful people do, we made the best of it. You may not believe this, but I seldom grumbled about it, and I will mention my Better Half kept me pumped up. So to have a sense of closure, I sat down and took a few notes on what all we accomplished during my period of grumbling. Please bear with me ….
- We obtained a storage unit in the Austin area and received shipments from Brazil, Antwerp Belgium and Hagerstown, Maryland. The Maryland shipment originated from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- Received my vehicle from Brazil (thank you American Taxpayers) and got it tagged and licensed. Ended up having to change out the camshaft sensor, which would have taken me two hours of frustration and bad words, but with Dani’s help the time was cut down to less than an hour.
- Located an apartment we plan to move to once we return to the tGCoE.
- Spent a day in 103 degree weather clearing out some items in my storage unit in Lubbock. Which included discarding those things I thought we would need in our lives 10 years ago, and things that have fallen apart due to tGCoE heat.
- We were able to eliminate large items from the storage unit listed above, which included three tables, ten wooden chairs, queen size mattress and box springs, a filing cabinet, office chair, bed frames, two chests of drawers and a small ugly wooden table with a crack down the middle from tGCoE heat, which garnered an astonishing 27 requests to purchase … for $5.
- Was able to complete the transfer of retirement funds to my financial guy, which was no small matter. Also was able to start the process of transferring funds from another location, which has not been completed yet. So, far, it has require 9 phone calls.
- Gathered paperwork from the far reaches of tGCoE for obtaining a permanent visa in Brazil.
It was frustrating to be “stuck” in tGCoE, so we told ourselves to treat this time as a vacation, so these are what we did in the category of relaxation:
- We traveled in Austin multiple times for relaxation with my sister, and enjoyed her new back deck.
- We traveled to Houston several times for relaxation with my brother and his lively and boisterous wife. Also was tasked with tasks that I very much enjoyed, as it was good to use my hands to work again.
- Went to Broken Arrow, OK to see a brother and his amazing wife. Got to work with my hands again.
- Went to Frisco, tGCoE and visited my brother and his patient wife, and helped correct several issues with distant relatives. Also enjoyed a few cigars on his back patio.
- Went to a large ranch near the small community of Miami, tGCoE and visited with some very good people from the past.
- Drove to the Destin Beach area of the Florida Panhandle and enjoyed the warm gulf.
- Rented a condo for about three weeks near Galveston and hosted good people.
- Took a quick trip to Port Aransas.
- Took Dani to see the Big Cross at Groom, tGCoE.
There were other things we did, but my memory is sluggish today. After suffering in the 100+ weather of tGCoE, we arrived in Brazil where they are still deep in Winter. It was a cold 50 degrees this morning, and at 5:00 pm it is 55. Not bad until you add the cold light rain that has been coming down off and on all day. And bear in mind this apartment like most others, has no heat and the doors and windows do not seal.
Now, before we part I must tell you about this:
We have been having light brunches in the morning, consisting of two boiled eggs, a slice of lunch meat and a slice of cheese. Just enough to fool my stomach into thinking it is not hungry any more. So, as I sat down to write on this, I put 10 eggs onto a slow boil with the understanding my sharp mind would alert me to the eggs after about 4-5 minutes. A few minutes ago, I heard some strange popping noise coming from the kitchen. I found the eggs had no more water in the pan and they did not look very happy. I cooled them down and found two had cracked. So, I ended up eating two 40 minute eggs. It will remain to be seen what they do to me.
P.S. I must mention Lubbock, tGCoE and my sisters and their amazing, patient and lively husbands. Plus my good hard-working brother who doesn’t know when to retire, and four nieces and a partridge and a pear tree.