Week of 10/7 - NDakota
Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
14Trip End Apr 2008
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Joined Jack for a few days with Tom and Butch in northern Minnesota at their lake home. This is quite an exciting time because they are just completing a new log "cabin" with their son, Ward, and his family. It is an incredible home on Cotton Lake in MN, nestled in the woods--just a few houses away from their present cottage. The new cabin is 10,000 sq. ft. with 8 bedrooms and is a show place. Some of the logs are huge and over 100 years old. Ward's wife, Debbie, has done the interior in north woods style and it is a WOW!
Have had one problem on the trip: I apparently forgot to take my medication-at least we haven't been able to find it yet. I had just obtained a 3 month supply so cannot reorder and will have to get a new prescription to even pay myself. There is a new doctor in Steele whom so I stopped to ask about writing the RX to carry me through until I can reorder. One RX is very expensive and he gave me 3 months of pharmaceutical samples. Checked on the internet and found that the 3 months would cost $450 discounted and $750 from a regular pharmacy. What a blessing!!! No wonder the people of Steele love him so. He is the first doctor I have seen who wears jeans to work.
Jack is having a great time with our new red mini van. After having a new car every year while he was growing up and a new one frequently when we were working, it has been a long dry spell of driving the same vehicles. One of these days I may even be able allowed to drive it! Have found a good home for our previous van. We learned about a very sad situation of the daughter of a dear friend. This friend has been like a 4th daughter for Mom and Dad throughout the years and has helped in lovingly caring for them many times. We will see that their daughter gets the van to help her with transportation for her six children. It is good to know that the car we have enjoyed for more than 10 years will have a loving home and fill a critical need.
Had the opportunity to attend Sunday services at the church we attended while in college. The pastor, David Thompson, is the son of the first pastor we had when we moved to Federal Way. It was a great service. Additionally, I got to the Helen Hample, who was the Dean of Women when we attended Jamestown College. She is 94 and leads an extremely active life. She approached me at church when David introduced me and actually remembered me-after 45 years!
Jack is spending the weekend hunting pheasant with his family in western ND. Think they enjoy this annual event as much as anything they do-with the exception of watching football.
It is hard to leave Dad because he has changed so much. The "energizer bunny" Dad as I have described him for years, has really slowed down. He is 91 and finally taking it easy but not feeling good about it. He will be at Kiki's for Christmas so we look forward to seeing him then.
Before we leave for the Wisconsin Dells we will spend the night in Fargo with Johnny and Judy Green, who have been friends since we were in college. We used to get together when we lived in Fargo when our kids were toddlers. We would have dinner and then play cards while the little ones slept-no DVD's at that time-or even video cassettes.
Kiki and family will join us later in the week when the boys have two days off school.