Rochester, MN

Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
Trip End Apr 2008

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sorry I did not keep my planned schedule of completing an entry every week or 10 days.    The last two weeks Jack and I have spent most of our time in Mayo Clinic, which is an incredible facility.  Both of us have been poked, x-ray'd, tested, biopsied, and had almost every type of exam available.  The doctors have decided we will live for awhile yet.  Both of us have follow-ups and procedures scheduled for December when we return for Christmas with the Truskos.  There are a couple of possibilities they are still checking for Jack's chest pains but have ruled out many of the bad options.
Please consider Mayo when medical needs arise.  They are so efficient and caring. The many hours we spent between procedures and appointments were a delight. We toured the incredible buildings.  There are so many wonderful structures and pieces of art that have been given in memory/honor of people for whom Mayo meant a great deal.  My favorite is a large marble lobby outfitted with lovely art, comfortable seating and a grand piano.  The piano is played frequently by patients, guests and a few regulars.  It is so soothing and comforting.  Quite often somebody (usually a patient) drops by, requests a special number be played and sings along with the piano. 
We enjoyed being with Kiki, Brett and boys.  They all seemed to have adjusted very well to life in Rochester. Of course, winter hasn't arrived yet! Rochester is a great place to raise a family.  Love the Midwest friendliness and caring for/about others. 
There is a new addition to the family--a wonderful little Jack Russell Terrier named, of course, Frazier.  He is a delight and a very good little guy.  Kiki certainly has surrounded herself with a household of males-and she has five of the best. 
The fall has been lovely.  The drive to Branson today was most enjoyable.  While the leaves are pretty much off the trees in the north, the trees here are in full color.
We are looking forward to seeing several productions while we are in Branson, starting tomorrow with one of our favorites:  Mannheim Steamroller. 
Tonight we had dinner at one of my favorite Branson places:  The Hard Luck Diner.  It is a 50's style diner where all the staff sings. They are extremely talented and most have,  are, or hope to perform in Branson productions.  One's wait staff member breaks out in song several times during our time in the restaurant.  They all have CD's that can be purchased.  Most of the time they sing solos but occasionally sing in groups.  It is always a delightful experience.  Tonight while we were in the restaurant Jack was talking to Lynn Wilson on his cell phone.  He held the phone out so Lynn could hear the performance (Lynn had been at the restaurant with us last year).  Our waitress took the cell phone and sang to Lynn. 
This week Branson begins a celebration for all veterans.  The shows give wonderful tributes to all current and previous members of the military. During the shows, they ask current members or veterans of each branch of the military to stand and that branch's song is played. .  It will end with a grand parade on Veteran's day.  What a wonderful and well-deserved tribute.

More later..
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hledgerwood on

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So good to hear the 'baddies' are flying out the window. Had to chuckle when I looked at the map along-side this posting. Poor map thinks you are in Branson, Ontario...dare I say not a musical center! lol....Mannheim Steamrollers would be great to hear! We drove to Lakeland to hear/see Trans-Siberian Orchestra last night! Fabulous.

Keep rockin' an' rollin'! See ya soon, Ledge

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