My Thanksgiving started with 35 degrees and rain in Lufkin at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. I left for Dallas and bought gas in Jacksonville at the Huddy’s Market Exxon Station. Julie and Rocky recommended the fried pies. I asked what flavors, and they had apricot, peach, chocolate, coconut, apple and cherry. I told them that Julie had given their bathroom a AAA rating and recommended the fried pies. When I ordered apricot, they made it while I waited. The sales lady brought me three pies (apple and cherry plus my apricot) and said they wanted me to try them. I called Julie and told her what they had done. I ate one on the road then I ate the second one and Julie said eat the third at Kaufman, but I thought it needed to be eaten hot and I had the third one at Athens.
It stopped raining in Jacksonville and I arrived in Dallas to sunshine and 53 degrees. Julie and I had time to go to have our nails and toes painted. Rocky had dinner when we got home.
Wednesday, Julie had three doctor’s appointments. The cleaning lady Lupe came at 8 a.m. so we went and had breakfast at J.J.’s Cafe. Her first appointment was orthopedic to check her broken foot. Then it was her primary physician to check her shingles after 4 weeks. Then in the afternoon it was the optometrist to check her eye since she was almost clear of the shingles. Julie recommends strongly that everyone that has had chicken pox get the shingles shot. She has had a bad case on her scalp, face and eye.
In between doctor’s appointments, we stopped at Castle Gap Jewelry Co. in the Preston Center. We visited with sales person Carolyn Booth, then store manager Laura Thompsen. When I returned to purchase a turquoise necklace, we met the owners Beverly Bennett and her brother Scotty Bennett. Their mother, Maxine, who is 93, started the business with husband and family 40 years ago. Castle Gap is the name of a historical park in West Texas where according to folklore the treasure of Mexican Emperor Maximilian was buried. Also helping me decide on the purchase was Annalise Wright The stones came from the Morenci mine in Arizona which is closed. Several turquoise mines had been bought by the Canadians for the copper and closed. We had a lesson in mines.
Thanksgiving morning we were up to watch the Macy‘s 87th Thanksgiving Parade. Julie said that it brought back memories when their Uncle Bill Royle’s classmate Jean McFaddin was the organizer of the parade and invited Julie, Nancy, along with Laura and Clark Royle to be in the parade as her family and guest in 1985. It was a family trip for all of our “Royle family.”
Rocky cooked the ham, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and jalapeno poppers to take to Anne Rice’s home for dinner in Plano. Those enjoying the Thanksgiving meal were Anne’s daughter Debbie Rice, Mary Jane Adams, Cindy Carrio, Carolyn Campbell, Marty Stewart and his mother, Ruth Stewart from St Louis, and neighbors Susan and Bill Kaupas and her mother Mary Baumann who had moved from Chicago five years ago to Plano.
Black Friday, we were up late and were on a quest for some of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” Steinbach nutcrackers for Nancy (Herde). We made five Tuesday Morning stores and Holidaze Christmas Store and struck out. I did not know that Alice in Wonderland was celebrating 150 years and bought a coffee mug with characters on it. We stopped at Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass shop and then went to Chico’s on Lovers Lane.
Julie collects the Dept. 56 North Pole Village and Dept. 56 Dickens Village pieces along with Mark Roberts Fairies. She and Rocky have them all on display at their house in Dallas. There was one that she wanted Ernest to give her for Christmas. We had a busy day and a long one.
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Saturday, I returned to Lufkin in time to see the Auburn vs. Alabama football game with my Auburn War Eagle (Tiger) husband. He has been humming since the end of the game. Thanks to all that called him wishing him good luck in the SEC title against the University of Missouri. It is nice to know that you have friends while you are still living!!!!
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Judy Dixon is still traveling with Shane and Cami Dixon to watch grandson Jake Dixon play for LaGrange High School who won over Ingleside 61 to 24 in San Marcos. Their next opponent will be Gonzales in the 3A Regionals. In the Ingleside game, Jake ran 68 yards for a touchdown while playing quarterback. Yea for Jake!
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Happy Birthday: Ray Polk, Patty Stephens, Virgia Walker, Abby Carswell, Bobby Allison, Cecile Braden, Royce Read, Betty Anderson, Kyle Roper, Kathy Thannisch, Shirley Lewis.
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Happy Anniversary: Linda and Howard Daniel, Gwen and Lance Kettering.
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Ed and Linda Mount spent Thanksgiving in Waco with Bonnie and Joe Arrington. Their son Allen and Jessica Arrington have grandchildren Joel and Noah. Their other son Michael Arrington will graduate in December from the University of Texas at Austin. He plans to pursue a degree in law.
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After church, Ernest and I went to Popeye’s for a crawfish basket, and they were sold out. The season did not last long enough for us.
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Remember the Festival of Trees at the Museum of East Texas, which will be up until Jan. 5.
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See you someplace during the week. Catch you around town.
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