Quick trip back to US

Trip Start Oct 20, 2003
Trip End Dec 22, 2004

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Thursday, April 1, 2004

I really haven't added much to this since we returned from Rome. Lots has happened. On the spur of the moment we decided to attend the wedding of FM's nephew in Michigan. On April 1st we flew to Detroit, rented a car, and drove to Bev's house in Albion. We stayed there until Sunday. The wedding was in Marshall on Saturday. It was great fun attending the wedding and seeing all the relatives. Shar came up from Jacksonville. She, Richard, Lorrie, and the Dianes stayed with Bill and Marla. Tom stayed at Bev's with us. Bill and Marla's was the base of operations in Marshall, so we did lots of eating, drinking, and socializing there.

On Sunday, 4 April, we drove to Brookfield to visit with Steve's family. Fred especially enjoyed the grandchildren with Annie being a special attraction. After our visit there we drove to Milwaukee to stay with Cath and Jude. Their house is wonderful and they provided us with a first floor suite. What fun it was to be there with them. Lots of eating and lots of Manhattans.

We had lots to do during our nine days in Milwaukee. We both had dental appointments. Marty's went off without a hitch. FM was another story. Fortunately he had the first appointment on Monday. During the cleaning and exam, they found a cavity. He made an appointment for Friday morning. While he was there to get it fixed on Friday, Dr. Pechloff discovered that the root was bad. Since there wasn't time for a root-canal, he made an appointment with an oral surgeon to have it pulled. While the anesthetic was still functional, we drove to the oral surgeon's and he pulled the tooth. Fortunately Fred didn't have any bad problems afterward. Along with the dentist, we made a couple of visits to the Sherman house to get summer clothes and CD's to bring home with us.

After four days with Cath and Jude, we went to Bill and Sandy's. A great visit. Sandy arranged a beautiful open house for us on Holy Saturday. Lots of people: Bill and Sandy, of course, Paulette, Pastor Joe, Peggy Rozga, Chuck Ellingson, Brad Hausler, Mary Steppe, Irene, and two friends of Sandy and Bill and Brad Hausler from Minneapolis (I can't think of their names right now.) We also arranged to have dinner with Janette and lunch with Carol Pillion. On our last day there we had lunch with some of Fred's friends from Waukesha. We were able to get to Cross on Easter. Bob recognized us during the welcoming part. We also got to the Adult Center to see the ladies.

Being back in the US was a bit of a shock. We had forgotten about all the US flags. We also missed the news of the world. The noise was amazing and the big cars were something else. We were also amazed at how expensive food and restaurants were.

We were happy to get home. Fred started as soon as possible on plants for the patio. He has Geraniums, Dahlias, Petunias, Marigolds, Ivy Geraniums, Impatiens, Sun Impatiens, Tuberous Begonias, Lobelia, a Fuchsia, Basil, Oregano, Marjoram, Tarragon, Chives, and Thyme. He is also trying to start a Stargazer.
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