Our usual travel was curtailed this year, as Marcia’s secretarial association transitions to be more Gen Y friendly and work around the house kept us on our toes.
In March Marcia’s car was smashed while parked in our driveway. In October she was able to buy a nice replacement that included remote start. We are both thrilled with the change.
Over the winter Marcia was able to start working through some of her clutter, which just seems to create more clutter. Her efforts delayed the planting of our garden. We were disappointed by the lack of produce and the constant loss of produce to critters. It wasn’t until Marcia took down the fence that we noticed the huge hole that had been chewed through the back (plastic) side of the fencing. We were consoled that no one seemed to have much luck with their gardens this summer, as attested to by neighbors Marvin and Jeannie Johnson, Debbie and Mohammad Abundah, and friend, Becky Benoit.
Part of our ‘house’ work was dealing with multiple incursions of mice, complicated by Marcia being allergic to them. Learned something very interesting, though. They don’t like pelletized lime. Since lime is good for the lawn and you can’t put on too much, we expect to be going through a lot of it each summer.
As is typical for our age, we have been dealing with health concerns. Marcia had two major stomach pain episodes that had her into the doctors’ office a number of times. We are thankful that her specialist thinks that he finally knows what caused her pancreatitis and has given her an action plan to prevent further stomach issues, at least from that cause.
Evie was sad to find that she had shrunk two inches and her doctor put her through tests to determine why. She has lost some bone mass, but has a great homeopathic nurse who has given her healthy options, so she can avoid the doctor’s recommended Flomax.
The extended family is doing well and experiencing major changes. Marla Hartson has taken on a new and challenging role at work, youngest daughter, Laura, started modeling, and the family is preparing for oldest daughter Cassidy’s graduation from high school. Keren Swedberg got engaged to Scott Sharlow on the 4th of July and Marnie and Dave Swedberg are busily preparing for her wedding, while running their three businesses and Dave working at Marvin Windows. Vicki and Dave Foster’s family moved into a condo after many months of moving around. They were glad to put down some roots.