Monthly Archives: October 2019

Good News for Clark – Thurs. Oct. 31, 2019

Clark had a 3 month followup urological appt. this morning with Patrick Kilday, MD who did a cystoscopy of the bladder. There were no new tumors and the scar from the low grade cancerous tumor that was removed last July has healed nicely.

Son Scott from Marin Co. stayed with us last night (and watched the World Series with us). Scott took Clark to the appt this morning. Clark likes to have Scott with him to ask the doctor intelligent questions and hear the answers. Oldest son Jim from Land Park called this morning and agreed to meet them at the appt, so he went, too.

Clark had an ultrasound of the kidneys last week and those are clear, too.

Clark doesn’t have to return to Dr. Kilday for the next cystoscopy for 9 months!


Tommy’s 5th Grade Picture – Tues. Oct. 29, 2019

Tommy’s 5th Grade Picture – Fall 2019

Steve just sent this picture. Tommy has his “smile for the photographer” look. To get his impish grin, he can’t know that you are taking his picture.


Brandon and Lisa’s Newly Remodeled House – Sun. Oct. 27, 2019

Finally, between bridge games and Ball games we got to see Brandon and Lisa’s newly remodeled house.

We were greeted by the hugger, a creature which Beckett bought at the Spirit store with his birthday money.

Clark getting a hug from Beck’s Spirit store creature. Beck wasn’t home, so I didn’t find out his creature’s name.

Brandon and Lisa in the nook in the kitchen corner.

I loved the white cabinets and quartz countertops. The nook is in the left corner.

Lisa worked long and hard to put it all together. I need to be inspired to remodel our guest bath.


Paco’s Marching Band – Sat. Oct. 26, 2019

Kirsten sent some new videos and photos today.

Kirsten wrote:
“Today was the last regular season home football game. Players, band, cheer squad, and many fans “pinked out” in honor and memory of those who have battled cancer. The band swapped their hats/berets for hot pink bandanas. The Trojans (Paco’s Central High team in Traverse City, MI) won the game ending the regular season 8-1. The first playoff game will be this Friday at home following what is supposed to be a snowy Halloween.”

Paco is the snare drummer on the far right.

“Here is the big drum section highlight from today.”

Thanks, Kirsten for keeping us posted! Paco seems to really enjoy the drums.


1996 Toyota Camry V6 LE – Tues. Oct. 22, 2019

As I was driving into the garage on Friday, I noticed that the odometer on my Camry said 150,001!! I bought the car on Feb. 28, 1996 when my oldest grandson Wheeler was 10 days old. Twice it has had a dead battery with no warning. Other than t it has never left me stranded. I just get any recommended replacement parts when the car is tuned up at the dealer every 15,000 miles.

I guess family news is scarce if I am reorting on my car.


Tommy’s Last Soccer Game – Sat. oct. 12, 2019

Kirsten just sent this photo:

That is Tommy in the white shirt next to the boy with his hands up in the air.

Kirsten writes:
“It was a chilly Saturday (41F) in Suttons Bay for the last regular season double-header.
Team Liverpool (Tommy’s team) did not win either game but they played hard and held their heads high. Post-game pumpkin doughnuts lifted their spirits.”

In the live shot you can see Tommy hustling.


Blog Mixup

Yesterday for some reason, 6 old blog posts appeared before the entry I was making regarding the celebration of my friend Joanne Donovan’s 90th birthday.

Cursor down past those old Dec. entries involving Colleen and Deke and you will come to the 90th birthday celebration entry.

I no longer seem to be able to edit and erase old blogs.