On a Friday, Mac had an appointment at the VA Hospital, Shreveport , for the ophthalmologist to reexamine his Rt. eye.  The Glaucoma measurement has improved but the doctor wants him to continue using the same drops for the Rt. eye in addition to the drops he has for both eyes.

It is about a four-hour drive to the Shreveport – Bossier City area.  We were on our way and just outside of Jasper; the air conditioning in our car went on the fritz. In Jasper, we stopped at the Cat Fish Cabin Restaurant for lunch hoping the air conditioner had just frozen up and would be okay by the time we finished eating.  No such luck….we drove all the way into Shreveport with hot air blowing through the open windows.  We made the decision to drive straight to Shreveport ’s Firestone where my grandson, Ray, works.  They advised us to return the car the next day for analysis of the compressor.  Early Friday morning, Ray drove our car to work at Firestone.  Our son-in-law, Herb, works at the VA Hospital so Mac was able to keep his appointment by traveling with Herb to work.

The compressor on the air conditioner checked out to be okay but they discovered that our tires were in rags.  Solution to our dilemma was a set of new tires and 1⁄2 lb. Freon.  They released the car to us Friday evening.  On our return home the next day (Saturday), we had not gone far when the air conditioner again begin to quit functioning properly. However, we were still grateful that had happened.  If the air conditioning had not gone bad and the bad tires noticed and replaced, no telling what could have happened on our return to Bridge City .  I have no doubt the Lord was taking care of us.  The car will go into the shop right here in Bridge City sometime this week.

While we were in Shreveport , as always we combined it with a family visit, staying in my daughter and son-in-law’s home located in Haughton.  The recipe I have for you this week is from a recipe book my daughter, Carol, purchased at an antique store in Arcadia , Louisiana .  Save this KEEPER for the Christmas holidays.  I might not wait until then to try it.

Thank you for the recipe Carol and special thanks to the whole Farley family for always being there for us during difficult times.

• 1⁄2-cup (1 stick) butter
• 2 tsp. vanillas extract
• 1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1⁄2-cup brown sugar
• 1⁄4 cup white sugar
• 3⁄4 lb. pecans

Melt butter; add everything except pecans.  Heat to simmering, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.  Add pecans. Pour onto baking sheet.  Bake at 350o for 15 minutes.  Transfer to wax paper (I would probably use parchment paper or No-Stick foil).