John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
We had a terrific day today. The grandkids were here, they built/put together gingerbread kits. Each kit was different – carousel with lights; Santa and sleigh; train; and a sugar house. There was lots of laughter, noise, fun; a few frustrated tears that finally got resolved and all was well. Then I took the kids to an outdoor Holiday Fair and we circled the booths two full times for sure, and possibly managed a third, just by the kids going back and forth to look at things; and then to lunch. Robert, our son, was at the house fixing the brakes on his vehicle and Mike stayed at the house with him, and helped him. Mike was even able to give Robert some advice on what to do when someone was bleeding the brakes. I was thrilled when I learned that!
Robert stayed at the house while I ran an errand and when I got home, I started to fix dinner. Robert needed to go help his wife, Alycia; after the kids and Mike had dinner, the boys were playing on their tablets and the girls were in and out of the house several times. Mike sat in the middle of it all smiling. It was terrific! Robert came back, got the kids to take them home and suddenly the house was quiet! Mike asked, “Do they always get so noisy when they’re together?” I answered “yes” and he smiled and said, “They’re really good kids! Noisy, but good kids.”
Mike’s sister called and said she’d sold the River house and Mike said we need to buy a pickup truck. I told him we didn’t have the money – and he got really upset and asked me why we were broke! I didn’t mean that – I meant we don’t have the money from the sale, and I don’t want to empty the savings to buy a truck. But now he was agitated!
Then Mike went to watch tv, I got his evening medications together to give to him, and he asked me for another, extra pill. I said he already had a half left from the 1 I had given him the night before. He got angry and told me I was taking his control away from him and he wanted the meds back. I said NO! I am still in the process of making sure I have everything being done properly and he wasn’t going to have them back. Then he started yelling, “I can drive anytime I want to and you don’t need to take me everywhere!” I told him, “Okay, take the jeep and go” He stopped short and looked at me, then sat down. 15 minutes later I was trying to turn off some lights in the house – we’ve been here a year and I still don’t know all the light switches! Mike decided to ‘help’ He flipped a switch and I told him which light it worked, so he flipped it again, and again I told him which light it worked about the 5th time I was beginning to get frustrated. I said, “that is not the correct switch and flipping it off and on several times will not change that fact! ” So he went to the next switch and we repeated the multiple times of flipping it. I finally figured out which switch it was and he got angry with me and told me if I had left him alone he would have been able to figure it out himself. I took a deep breath, told him I needed a shower and kissed him goodnight. After he went to the family room I went around the main level of the house and got all the rest of the light out.
It has been a great day, a little dicey at night and that seems to be the pattern now. Have a good evening.