This picture of your handsome Dad and me was taken outside the Patriot Center Saturday November 7, 2008. The Army National Guard was one of the sponsors of the American Freedom Festival. Anyway, guess what? I have just spent one hour and 18 minutes downloading pictures I wanted to include in this post, and guess what just happened? I lost them all, just minutes ago! Talk about user error! 0' well, life is like that when you don't quite know what you are doing! Hopefully, I have learned from my mistakes and won't do that again. Speaking of learning, here are some things I learned about Veteran's Day that I thought was worth sharing with you all: 1. Veteran's Day was originally called Armistice Day which essentially means "cease fire" day and occurred on November 11, 1918 to mark the end of the fighting between Germany and the Allied forces (of which we were one) during World War I. 2. This armistice treaty was signed in a railway carriage in Compiegne Forest on 11th of November approximately at 5:00 A.M. Paris, France time which is about 11:00 p.m. US time November 10th. It was to be in effect at 11:00 a.m. Paris time, and generally that is why parades, and etc. get started at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th. Here in Washington, DC, at the tomb of the Unkown Soldier, the President comes and does a special Wreath Laying Ceremony. 3. The Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I but that did not happen until 7 months later, on June 28, 1919 in France. Perris and I went to Versaille and saw where the treaty was signed. Incredible! Go sometime! Better yet, Come with us! 4. Veteran's Day is meant to honor all Veteran's of any war and any soldier presently or formally serving. 5. Your Father Lynn, Brother Michael, Sister Anne, Grandpa Ray Jensen, Great Grandpa Leo Ray Jensen, and Granpa Conrad Benjamin Nelson are some of our family soldiers that have carried the standard of liberty to the world, and have kept us able to enjoy the freedoms that we have. Every year that we went to Knott's Berry Farm for their Military Salute, it has always been a special thing to me, but now studying about Veteran's Day has given me a new appreciation--especially for our family members whose legacy is one of promoting and defending freedom.
As part of our Veteran's Day salute, as you can see from the first picture, Dad and I got to attend the American Freedom Festival at the Patriot Center here in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday November 7th. Country star Phil Vasser, who hails from Lynchburg, Virginia, Lee Ann Womack, from Jacksonville, Texas, and Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry from Kentucky performed for us. This is Phil Vasser---He was my favorite and had a lot of American Spirit and music, and Connie would have loved his piano playing, and his piano!It was a beauty!
Yup this is Lee Ann Womack--she sings "I Hope You Dance" The song I held dear from Anne's Baccalaureate right before she graduated Yucaipa High in 2001. As you recall, I had just gotten out of the hospital and was amazed that I was still alive.
I was so happy to be able to see her graduate!
The guy with the hat in the picture is Montgomery and the hatless guy at the microphone is Gentry---They sing, "Just Another Day in Paradise"
Really, I have always loved Veteran's Day (probably because of the Knott's Berry Farm Tradition) but I wanted to make it more meaningful by learning more about it. Hence, Dad and I taught our Family Home Evening Group about Veteran's Day (my part) and Thanksgiving (Dad's part), and Dad even gave a trivia test on all holidays to the group which is now officially called YAH and stands for, Young at Heart, instead of our old title of Empty Nester's (Don't laugh)! Anywho, just like any kids during family night, our group wanted to get rewarded for their knowledge, so not having anything to give them that night---I promised brownies and chocolate chip cookies to give them today and I worked this morning and got it done. I have to admit, I tried both and they are some of my best treats I have ever made, thanks to Grandma Dorothy Nelson. I simply used the McCall's Cookbook she gave me years ago. It has scads of wonderful recipes in them. It may take me awhile, but I am going to try most of the recipes in the 785 page book over time. When you visit, expect me to use a recipe or two from the book. Here are the treats I am giving away today!
Now for the part of the blog that you have been waiting for: Your sweet pet and mine: Molly!
We took her to South Paws here in Fairfax, Va. which is off of the 50 and she had a 2:30 appointment with Dr. Norton, on Veteran's Day, Wednesday November 11, 2009. While waiting, Molly, like any inquisitive child, loved to look out the window. Afterall, there was lots of neat "stuff" to see. When the doctor came in to talk to us, shortly thereafter, he said that her spindle cell tumors would continue to grow and open up and bleed (like they were doing) unless they were removed. He was honest and said that if he did operate, he probably wouldnt get it all because of the type of tumor it is; it wraps around everything, but he did say that it is a good chance that even though they will grow back, they probably won't grow back aggresively and at a rate that would matter to Molly. He remarked that she would most likely die of other causes related to age, other than the tumor, when it was her time to go. Next, she had chest x-rays to see if she was healthy enough for surgery and to see if the tumors had spred. Luckily, they had not, so, I felt that the only humane thing to do for Molly was have the doctor operate and remove her lumpiness! The next morning, Thursday, I brought her in before I had to leave for work, and the next day, Friday, Dad and I picked her up at 6:15 p.m. to take her home. Here are some before and after pictures.
It was raining outside and she was mesmerized by some car that had it's windshield wipers going in the parking lot! She was cute!
Lynn being supportive---Really! He cleaned up her blood from the carpet when her tumors opened up, and he cleaned up her other messes, and he has been a real good "Daddy" to Molly, and a great friend to me. (Yes, I do appreciate you being with me, more than you know)!
Now for the part nobody anticipated--- When she first came to us, she looked kinda', well... horrible! She really couldn't walk by herself,( I had to be taught how to carry her), and she had a gash from her surgery site that I just measured and (it is over 7 inches long)! But, even with all that, you could tell that she was happy to be back with her "parents" (Dad and I).
Content to be with us!
Daddy giving her sufficient love and support!
It is now 7:40 p.m. This marks exactly 2 days since she has been home from surgery and today, Molly has made great progress. She has a better appetite than she did yesterday and actually can walk a bit from room to room. (She followed me in here (my bedroom) all by herself, and struggled and succeeded in picking herself up when she tripped in the kitchen). She can't go up and down any stairs yet, (not even the little ones), but I am going to work as hard as I can to get her to be somewhat independent in that by the time Joe (our dogwalker) comes to walk her Friday. She does improve daily, so I am encouraged. Well, all good things must come to an "end" and I have to admit that Daddy really thought this one had a great "ending!" Hope you do too!