Now into our sixth full year of a gypsy lifestyle, but no matter how far and wide we travel, it’s always a great feeling to be back in Wisconsin each year. As long as it’s not winter. However, as busy as we might feel while we’re traveling in the RV, it tends to pale compared to the activities we try and squeeze in while back in the Badger State. Catching up with family, friends, doctor appointments, etc., it seems our schedule is alway pretty full.
In no time at all we were back onto our cement pad and what has become our second Wisconsin home at the Ward’s residence in Dale. Snuggles, as did the cats, seemed unfazed by our reappearance. As for the Ward’s, who never seem to be upset that they can’t see their garage for a while, were as always, most welcoming.
|Alrick is always surprised to see us|
|view from deck at Country House; Dutchman's Breeches Peninsula SP|
|breakfast fare White Gull Inn; Bald Eagle at Toft Point|
|White Rive Marsh SWA; Henslow's sparrow; Wood anemone|
|Baxter's Hollow; Acadian flycatcher|
Our time with Dave and Betty had filled us renewed hope that Tom’s lack of hearing might now be improved with hearing aids. Ten years ago, an Appleton area audiologist had said there was no way that Tom would ever hear most bird calls again and to not waste our money on hearing aids. But Dave’s hearing, which was notoriously worse than Tom’s, had greatly improved when he was fitted with digital hearing aids a few months earlier. Dave was now hearing birds again! Using Dave and Betty’s recommendation, Tom scheduled an appointment with the same, audiologist, Holly Rusch-Clothier at The Hearing Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Wisconsin. Testing indicated that Tom might go from a 45 to near 80% mid to high range hearing loss to a respectable over all 20% loss. His low range hearing was still very good.
Based on the test results and understanding he would have a free 30-day trial to return the hearing aids should they not prove worth the expense, a set of ReSound Linx digital hearing aids was ordered. While the decision to try the hearing aids was still in question, choosing this particular model was sealed when Tom learned that hearing aids could be controlled by our iPhone (via Bluetooth). It’s been said that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. With Tom, the best route is through electronics.
|Caitlin and Graham|
More doctor appointments loomed. First up was the dentist who, thankfully, gave us a clean bill of health. Next up, our dreaded colonoscopy appointments, both set to be completed with a five day window of time. Tom started his intake of the yucky liquid and had no sooner completed his exam when Carol began her intake of the horrid stuff. In the Everything turned out well for both of us so we're good for another 10 years (which will be too soon).
|Dave, Betty, Carol, Raven, Mike|
A few days for some needed RV maintenance (new kitchen faucet and toilet repair) during which time Tom managed to throw his back out. Thanks goodness for better living through chemistry (and some stretching exercises) while Carol worked in the Ward’s garden, picking up where she left off the year before.
|High Cliff SP birding|
|Chris, Carol, Penny, Tom, Dale|
|Mosquito Hill, White-tailed deer, Indigo bunting|
|breakfast with Jennie and Alrick|
|Holly adjusting levels, Andy from ReSound covering the iPhone, fitted in place|