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6 days until Thanksgiving 2017. Mike is one week post-op from total knee replacement (rt leg). Whole leg is still swollen, bruised and painful; but he’s managing with a walker to get around the house. Planning on Jeff, Todd, Andy, Sarah and Feifei to be with us for dinner. Julie will be with her family.



Have been going back and forth to the lake, hence some insights of projects needed that will be addressed next year: 1) lighting for the deck and steps down to the lake, 2) “roof” to prevent sap dripping on the new deck extension 3) further planning on structure for the other room extension 4) removal of 3 dead large ash trees on lots, 5) cleanup of dead branches etc. on same 2 lots, 6) widening...


Some Photos from Charleston

(These were taken with my phone) I really had a great time on this trip. I would rank this vacation among the most worthwhile I’ve taken, and would definitely be willing to repeat it. I was surprised by how scenic it was, not just the ocean but that part of South Carolina overall. I may add more photos here as I have time to go through them. Edit: Added some more photos The view when...


Thursday Aug. 31 update

Heading for Negaunee today.  Can you believe it’s the labor day weekend already?  And next Wed. we will celebrate our 59th anniversary……..can’t believe it’s been that many years either. Mike’s right knee is “bone on bone”, so he’ll be having a total knee replacement on Nov. 3.  He has to wait that long because it has to be 3 months since a cortisone injection, which he had on July 30. C’mon family!  Use this site...


solar output

So far it looks like we are on track. Producing more energy than we need in the summer, and obviously it’ll be less in the winter, plus we’ll use more in the winter. If I did it again, I’d probably go with a 25% smaller system, just to knock out the higher tiers of charges.


Family seniors health news

I had repeat ultrasounds of both carotids, then appointment with vascular surgeon yesterday. Am “stable”, so just to continue having testing done every 6 months. Rt. carotid is “about 80% blocked”.Today Gd-pa/Dad had orthopedic evaluation of right knee and his inability to bear weight without pain. Given cortisone injection. All due to arthritis aggravated by the fall in May and ruptured Baker’s cyst.    Hopeful for pain relief. Tomorrow will be my last day for...


backpacking trip to Sierras

Kai, my friend Dale and I went on a backpacking trip to the Sierras.  We only stayed for 2 nights, but it was up at 10,600 feet or even higher.  Lots of snow, lots of mosquitos, and some fish. Woke up 3 times last night because of avalanches.  We had a great time, but it was pure survival mode!