On Tuesday, I hung wreaths on all the outside lights and put out the Christmas Flag. Mom hung up multicolor light pine garland on the railings and snowman with hearts ties on TV stand inside. I then hung up the stockings on the snowman ties with ornament wire hooks. We put up some more snowman and gingerbread on the two pillars, kitchen cabinets, and bookshelves. We went to Wal-Mart to get some more garland ties, plastic hooks, groceries, and stocking stuffers. Mom found a Winter Temple Square Painting at D.I. a few months ago and hung the picture up on the wall. Dad put his Tax newsletters together to send out to his clients. I finished reading Shadows of Brierley: The Wanderer by Anita Stansfield.
On Wednesday, I went to the InstaCare with my mom and was there for almost 3 hours. She sprained her ankle. Her ligaments are torn on the right side of her right foot. Her problem is, with her M.S., she cannot feel pain in her feet because of the nerves. She couldn't even feel the doctor poking the bottom of her foot with a plastic stick or holding the foot in his hands. Her ankle started swelling and bruising last night and she had no idea why. It only hurts when you push on the bone of the actual ankle. On the x-ray, it actually showed she had chipped the bone in the left side of the same foot recently, but it had healed. She has to wear a wrap around boot for support for the ligaments. I finished reading The Sound of Rain by Anita Stansfield.
Thursday was an extremely windy (hurricane like) day. We kept losing the wreaths and an angel decoration I had hung up on the outside lights, so I had to take them inside. We were lucky considering the damage they got around us in Layton, Farmington, Bountiful, and Centerville. We heard on the news of power outages, semi trucks being blown over, fences getting ripped apart, and backyard items getting tossed around. Mom had me run into the store and get some groceries and some ear buds for the Angel Tree's girl's MP3 player. Mom's new wheelchair arrived and Dad assembled it. Dad had to order her a new one, because the old one's wheels were splitting in half and the seat belt clip was lost at the airport. This new chair has brakes on the handles, when you push it, but it doesn't have a seat belt like the old one. We went to Sam's Club to get a hot dog for dinner and the wind was horrible in Layton. When my dad was getting gas, the guy next to him asked him if he could turn the wind down for him.
On Friday, Mom and I went to the D.I. Mom got some crafts and I got some books. We drove past the new Deseret Book in Layton to see if it was open and it was. Dad turned all the Angel Tree stuff into his work. When Dad came home, we went and ate at Chuck a Rama in Ogden and ran into our Bishop and Dad's cousin, Wendy. We drove past the Ogden Temple to see what they had done to it so far. We drove around Ogden Park, where all the lights and the Christmas doll houses are. One of the tree lots had live reindeer next to the park. A pedestrian ran out in front of us on a dark street and we almost hit him. We missed him by a couple of feet. We drove past our old house in Layton to see if there was any wind damage and lot of people in that neighborhood had fences, trees, and siding destroyed. It was amazing to see two new houses had been built. I finished reading the book, One Day by David Nicholls.
On Saturday, Dad put up the Plastic Christmas trees in the yard and put the wreaths back up on the lights. I put up rust colored snowflakes and gold colored balls on the garland on the TV stand. We had to go to tithing settlement in the evening and ate dinner at Burger Bar in Roy. We drove around the Roy Fire Station and Layton Park to see the Christmas lights and displays, We watched the movie, Super 8, when we got home.
Today, it was snowing. Dad had to go to work after church. I organized my book shelves. After dinner, we watched Four Christmases and Mickey's Christmas Carol. I had such a migraine I had to take a late nap.