Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hospital Visit and Birthday Dinner

The thunder and lightening on the lake made it for a tumultuous night of sleep. The quaint pitter patter of rain on the roof usually doesn't put us to sleep, rather it keeps us awake.

So when the lightening and thunder started in earnest, it was time for me to get up and read. Ugh--- 2:45 AM is early. But I read a few chapters of 'Texas', fell asleep again and finally went back to bed.

By the time we both got up we were a little worn out if you know what I mean. We had a big day ahead of us: Hospital Visit in Fort Worth and then dinner and a sleepover in Round Rock, Texas.
We were goint to so see my sister in law Sue at the hospital and knew there was a Cracker Barrel restaurant along the way. Nothing like a big breakfast to get your strength up. :)
Pam and I found Cracker Barrel's 30+ years ago. In fact, I proposed to her in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Knoxville TN. But I digress....

After breakfast at Cracker Barrel we went over to the hospital to see Sue. She was looking much better the day after her left knee replacement surgery.
Brad had been there for a while already and was about to go in to work. We stayed until the Occupational Therapy nurse came in to run Sue through her paces.

On the way down to Round Rock we saw a Camping World store. We have been looking for one for a couple of weeks so we stopped in a bought a few things.
We have looked for a refillable 5 lb propane tank for our grill and determined the cheapest one we could get was at Camping World so we picked one up. We also picked up a portable refrigerator fan and a bottle of Protectant RV cleaner.

We have been friends with Terry and Joanne since our days in Albuquerque 20 years ago. Joanne called earlier in the week to see if we could come down to Round Rock for dinner and to spend the night. She was going to fix dinner for two other couples to celebrate Terry's upcoming birthday.

They moved to Round Rock 17 years ago and have a very nice place off I-35. We got there about 4:15PM. We had time to spend with them before the other guest arrived. Joanne had everything ready and was waiting to cook the meat.
She really put on a great meal. The menu included: seafood casserole (scallops Mornay) beef tenderloin, mashed potato casserole, carrots and broccoli,
salad, bread and two kinds of wine. It was a terrific meal.

Added to that --- we got to get to know the other couples: Chuck & Libby and Phil & Susan.
It really was a great time. They are all neighbors and good friends who go to the same church.

Dessert was delicious, too.
We had two choices: raspberry & green chile cheesecake and tiramusa. It was a fantastic meal.

Afterwards, we gathered around while Terry read cards and opened presents.
We talked some more with Joanne & Terry after everyone left and got to bed kind of late. But it was a fun time.

That was our day---thanks for viewing.
And a couple of special thanks to new followers
Doug & Sue and
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Everyone have a great weekend!


  1. Forget the Cracker Barrel - I'll take dinner at Terry and Joanne's any day! What a meal - and the desert to boot! What a great way to spend an evening!

  2. I'm with Rick, what a feast! Sounds like y'all had a good time.

  3. That meal sounds wonderful.... We too like to stop at an occasionsal Cracker Barrel...

    Hope you sleep better tonight...