Sunday was a special treat! My cousin, Ron, his wife, Ellie, and his mom, Aunt Donna drove up from Ruskin to attend church with my parents in Tampa. After services they came on up to Wesley Chapel to honor me with their presence. I had made a mega pot of Mexican Style Chicken Soup! Hey, it's good for whatever ails you! I had forgotten that Ellie isn't a lover of soup, but since my recipe is quite rustic with big ol' chunks of chicken and veggies, she enjoyed two bowls full! I made sure they all knew to add in some Oaxca cheese and fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime to give the soup that truly Mexican twist. I also served crusty french baguettes with butter. When they asked if there was a connection between the Mexican soup and the French bread, Agustin was happy to point out that the whole "Cinco de Mayo" celebration is in honor of Mexico winning it's independence from France! So we happily dunked our French bread into our Mexican soup! LOL
We had a wonderful time visiting and catching up. We only live about 45 minutes apart, but hadn't seen each other since Christmas of '06!! I know, it's a crying shame!
Monday, Ron called me from his office to let me know that Wednesday he was reporting to Brandon hospital for a heart catherization, asking us to pray, not knowing what else lay ahead for him that day. All he knew was he hadn't passed the stress test during his physical. Well, it turned out he had two blocked arteries. One was blocked 100% , which they corrected Wed. by placing a stint in it. The other is 70% blocked, but was left as is. Ron was given a prescription and he has determined to continue his walking routine and watch what he eats more closely. (Boy Ron, I'm sure glad we got to enjoy that Tiramasu before you received your bad news!) I'm so glad he didn't require open heart surgery! Please remember him in your prayers as you go about your day. He will return back to work on Monday. Oh and one more note about my cousin Ron - he is quite the accomplished pianist! I just love hearing that guy tickle the ivories. One day soon, I want to take a photo of his unique piano and post it here for you all to see how truly beautiful it is.
Me and my Aunt Donna!
(HMMM---makes me wonder what he's up to!)
We love you Ron and Ellie and are so thrilled you chose to spend Sunday afternoon hanging out with us!