I had some misgivings, but I finally set up a date for my knee operation and it was performed on 9 December 1975. I seemed to have many complications from it. I couldn’t get the left to bend or straighten it out as it should. I had a great many painful therapy sessions. After many months it got better, but I still can’t bend it as I should. I sometimes wish I hadn’t had it dine, but as my wife (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) points out to me, my knee would have gotten worse with those jagged bones rubbing together it couldn’t have gotten better. I guess it was for the best after all. I sure don’t want my other knee done as long as I can get around at all.
We had a bad winter, lots of snow and wind. Those precious friends in the ward took us both over to Payette and Ontario for many treatments that winter through that awful weather. They were truly filling their calling of love for their fellowman.
There was a very special son born to Harold (Harold Norman Johnson) and Myrna Jean (Myrna Jean Johnson) on 9 August 1975. Also, on 9 September 1975 Grace’s husband, Calvin (Calvin King Knighton) was hurt terribly bad and he laid in a coma for a long time. This was a very bad time for her. He still isn’t well and she is still having it rough.
We received word that our granddaughter, Lori Smith (Lillian Lorraine Smith), was married on 16 November 1975 but we didn’t get to meet her husband, Nelson Lunt (Nelson Earl Lunt) until the next year. I had known his father (Earl Sperry Lunt) when I lived in Bountiful and I had known Nelson slightly.
We had known for about a year that eventually Harold was going to have to move his family to Mountain Home because his work was taking him more and more that way. We hated to leave our ward and our friends, but we didn’t want to live so far away from any of our family I talked to Estella about moving back to Utah but with the loss of vision in one eye (from a broken blood vessel) I wouldn’t be able to drive in heavy traffic and property was so very high down there now, so we decided to move where Harold did, they had told us they wanted us to.
We went up with them and looked around and decided we couldn’t afford anything but a trailer or mobile home. We knew we would have to have a lot where I could raise a garden and we had always liked the good feeling of owning our own home. So this is what we had in mind.
In February Lavern (Lavern Ellen Tidwell) and Hubert (Hubert Tidwell) came up for a visit. This was her first visit in our home since we left Utah and it did Estella good to have her there.
Soon after this we went looking at used mobile homes. We didn’t find anything we liked for a long time, but then one day when we were on our way to Payette we found just what we wanted. The price wasn’t bad and we made a $500 deposit and they held it for us until we found a place for it in Mountain Home which was several months.
To be continued…