It wasn't such a great day for my friend as she was still sick with the stomach virus, but that turned out a blessing for me. If she had gone for her surgery I would have been on my way to her house and broken down in the middle of nowhere. But I was in town and was able to make it to a mechanic. Things were up and down, though. They had only a couple mechanics working today, so could not even look at my truck. Si I figured I'd put more anti-freeze in the truck and head home. I called a friend from church to make sure I had waited long enough to put the antifreeze in after the truck had overheated as much as it had. There came a second blessing. Dan told me he would be over in a little while. He found that I had a crack in my radiator (rather than a nice leak in the hose where I thought it was) and spent the afternoon putting a new radiator in my truck. So I have made it home, with my truck. He checked while the truck was running and didn't see anything leaking so I am hoping that the dripping from under the truck was just from water hitting the bottom of the truck and left-over antifreeze and water under the hood. Along with the leak in the radiator we managed to find where the suspected leak in the oil was (in the radiator).
It cost quite a bit today, but was a big saving from what it would have been if I had headed out to my friend's or if the mechanics would have had time to get to my truck today. So, even though I had problems today, I feel extremely blessed.
I might not be able to get on here on New Years Day unless a place with WiFi is open that I can go to. Tomorrow a close friend is having eye surgery and needs me to stay with her that night. Then on New Years she has to go back to have a recheck on her eye. Her daughter cannot take her, so she needs me to take her. Not close. She lives 90 miles from here and Tuesday has to travel 60 miles from her home. So I probably won't get home until Wednesday.
Today was a great day. I went to church, then out to the ranch where Fancy is now. She seems to really be happy there and is doing great. I should have taken her out there sooner. Of course, I didn't know anything about the place before. Then I got a tag for Orzo and came home and started some of the Cream of Chicken and Rice soup to take with tomorrow and to give to my neighbors as a late Christmas present (or New Years Present). It is supposed to be a high of 20 tomorrow, so I figure soup will be good and that one will be suitable for all concerned.
Then I enjoyed the football game by radio. Wow, the Broncos are Number 1. Boy, the tradres Elway made really made a change here. Go Broncos, all the way!
I didn't get much walking in today or "exercis", but I sure did get worn out working in the front bedroom. A friend of a friend came over to help me take out the little boards that they put the carpet on. Then I had to move things so we could get to the other areas of the room. The floor in that room had gotten ruined some time ago so there were several boxes of things in there and the bed that was torn down. (Actually, there are boxes all over the place) We got all those wood strips out (I'm not sure what they are called) and all the staples and nails as far as I know. Now I will be heading for the next room to tear out the carpet.
Yesterday I did get called about the stress test I am supposed to take. She said I didn't need to actually run on the treadmill. They only go as fast and long as the person can actually do. She did say I should be able to walk up two flights of stairs without stopping. I am not sure if that means to two floors or just one floor in an office building or the hospital buildings (I have done that fairly recently). So I went up and down my basement stairs (both ways) 4 times. It wasn't my breath that ended up stopping me from more, but my legs wore out. So I got some exercise that way. I am hoping that I will be able to do more before that appointment which is now in the middle of the month.
Anyway, Eventually this house is going to get organized and I will have the wood floor with rugs instead of dirty wall-to-wall carpet.
I spent the last two days with friends. We had a feast, snacks, and everyone opening presents. Everyone ws having a fun time, but the spirit of Christmas wasn't really there. The kids were ripping into presents like they couldn't handle not having more and more. And I got to thinking why nobody seems to know what the true meaning of Christmas is.
Christmas is not about getting presents and eating to stuff yourselves. It is not about how many cookies you can eat at a time (and one of the kids had 3 plates of cookies). Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of mankind. The greatest gift that we were given was the Son of God, the Word made life.
I know that I was participating in the fun and meal and treats just as much as the others. I need to remember that this is the celebration of Jesus' birth and not just what so many people say, that it is just a day for family and presents.
Yesterday I tried to FedEx a package to a friend of mine who lives 90 miles from here. They were charging FedEx Air rates (the closest air port to her is here in Denver), so I said I could drive it up there for the same or less. So plans were made to go between church services. I was an hour late getting there because of a road closure and I had trouble getting over to the highway. I ended up going back west as far as where I would have started out. That put me a little late coming back, but I figured I could get back for at least part of the Candlelight Service. No, I got lost on the way back because I had to try to find a different exit to come back and couldn't find one getting back to the street I needed. It is really ridiculous that I got lost coming back here when I have lived here all my life and have driven to my friend's many times over the years. They are now changing things so much that you can't even get through anymore. So I missed the Candlelight service completely. I just wish I could have made it back in time.