Cherished Friends, Families and Memories

Posted by on March 26, 2017

Great friends like these are hard to find.

We had another lunch rendezvous today.  This time at the Fish Nest in Glenwood, Arkansas with friends Brock and Tammy and their grandchildren Cheyenne and Blake.  Michael and Brock went to school together and thanks to Facebook reconnected a few years ago and we have since been able to forge a wonderful friendship amongst the four of us.

A great place for a meal out

The Fish Nest offers a ‘Country Buffet’ on Sunday afternoons for $8.99 and we all went with that for our meal choice.  On top of a really nice salad bar there was ribs, chicken, catfish, meatloaf, corn bread, rolls, hush puppies, french fries, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, peas and carrots, potatoes and carrots, fried okra, chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding,  banana pudding, apple cobbler and bread pudding.  As things ran out they were refilled with some of the same foods….sometimes new foods were introduced in their place though.  The food was very good and I think we all got our tummy’s full.

Brock is always so good to us…treating us to his home-made breakfast sausage, jellies/jams and wine.  Today we were treated to banana bread, home-made pork sausage and muscadine jelly….yum!  We decided it was time for he and Tammy to get a taste of a few of our favorites so we brought them some Opa’s (regular and jalapeno & cheese) and some Beaver Nuggets from Buc-ee’s.  Hopefully they’ll enjoy them as much as we do!

Once again, our lunch lasted over 2 hours and we had to ‘make’ ourselves go our separate ways as they were taking the kids fishing and we needed to get to Alice’s house.  I was so impressed with Cheyenne and Blake and how well behaved they were to entire time we old folks chatted laughed.

Family….nothing better

After going our separate ways we made our way over to Michael’s mom’s house where we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening visiting with Michael’s mom and his brother Ron and his wife, Linda.  Unfortunately, Linda had to go to work at 5:00 pm so we had to cut our visit short.  We’re hoping to get together with them again tomorrow.

Once Ronnie and Linda left it was just Alice, Michael and myself and we really enjoyed a nice time visiting in quiet.  It’s nice to visit with everyone but sometimes it’s just nice to have Alice to ourselves…we’re kinda greedy like that, I guess.

We got home about 8:15 pm and settled down to enjoy a piece of strawberry pie while watching a little TV before calling it a night.  Another GOOD day in the books.

Michael checked the status of his VA claim for sleep apnea (he requested an increase because he has now been issued a CPAP) on the internet this morning and found that it had been approved and his percentage had been changed from 40% to 70%.  This is a HUGE win for us.  With the increase putting him over 50% his VA benefits will now be in addition to his retirement check.  If your percentage is below 50% your retirement pay is reduced by the amount of your VA benefits check…so you really don’t receive anything additional.  He is still waiting for his appeals on several other issues that was filed in January 2014 but this decision will help immensely.

A very cherished gift from a child to his great grandmother…

WAY back in 1999 when our oldest son, Zack was 13, his middle school Home Ec (not called that anymore is it?) class made lap quilts for the elderly and some of the kids were able to give them to people they knew.  Zack was one of those who got one to give away and he gave it to his great grandmother (Alice’s mother) and Alice now has it.  I saw it and thought how awesome it was that it was still being used nearly 18 years later.  That 13-year-old boy is now a grown man…a Captain in the US Army, a husband and father of two.  The time goes by SO quickly.


2 Responses to Cherished Friends, Families and Memories

  1. Judy Winkle

    Nothing like a visit with friends in Arkansas! Love my visits to Arkadelphia. Hope to see you in Goshen in June.

    • Kelly

      Hi Judy! We always enjoy our time in AR as it means time with family and friends. Unfortunately, we won’t be making it to Goshen this year. 🙁 We made a commitement to camphost in Utah again so we’ll miss the rally.

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