|Carol, Alrick, Jennie, Graham, Caitlin, Tom|
|speaking at Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library|
Lynn and Laurel and Jim and Vicki treated us to dinner at Basil’s Cafe (Thai food) in Appleton followed by cookies and coffee at Lynn and Laurel’s. Justification for this totally unexpected invitation was a “thank you” for our recent trip to the Ecuador Amazon where we managed to bring both Lynn and Viciki back alive. What a delightful bunch of people! Is it any wonder why we enjoy everyone’s company on our birding trips?
Stuart and Debs treated us to a home cooked meal at their new digs that included an official tour of their new home. Carol agreed to work with Stuart regarding some landscaping ideas - as long as she didn’t have to actually do the physical bits.
|Betty and Dave|
More appointments in June and July with our financial advisers, the eye doctor, a followup with Tom’s audiologist, plus Carol’s periodontist, and then our annual wellness exams with Dr. McKee. Many of these appointments are booked months in advance which always takes a bit of juggling to make happen.
|Warren, Sharon, Carol|
|Caitlin and Graham|
|Jeff and Bill, Penny and Dale|
|ferry crossing to Washington Island|
|miniature golf at Bay Beach|
|new friend at the NEW Zoo|
|Jess showing Arick various stages of Monarch butterfly development|
Ideally Hamish, now a 13 year old cat and in excellent health, would be happiest in a home with no children or other pets. After much angst and soliciting friends far and wide if they would take Hamish into their home, alas, there were no takers. To top it off, the “no kill” pet shelters had a year waiting list just to get him in the door. We didn't have that window of time and honestly, given Hamish's skittish nature, to put Hamish in a shelter with little hope of adoption would not be fair. A hard decision was made that on the day Carol’s house went on the market, Hamish would have to be put down if he wasn’t adopted by then. Not a happy decision, plus the sad task of taking Hamish to a vet to be put down fell to Tom’s shoulders.
One more plea via Facebook the day before “D” day and then, at the 11th hour, a miracle! Alvina Tan, who worked in the recording studio at Lawrence, communicated via Facebook that she was in tears thinking of Hamish’s fate and while she’d never had a pet before (let alone any experiences with cats) she said she’d like to try.
After a little coaxing, and with the promise of full support from us and from her boss, Larry Darling, Alvina took Hamish home with her the next day, the day Hamish was scheduled to take his last trip to the vet. And what a great cat owner she’s turned out to be. Both she and Hamish couldn’t be happier - and we couldn’t be happier that Hamish was able to settle into a good home. Whew! What a relief!
Early in July, Carol had contracted a mild UT infection. Nothing new and nothing that she hadn’t experienced before. However, this time, there was an unexpected twist. She developed an allergic reaction to the treatment medication which evidenced itself in the form of a serious outbreak of head to toe hives. It got to the point where we were making daily trips to the pharmacy to try something different plus a trip to the ER when her breathing became difficult. Things eventually were brought under control - but it did put a damper on some of our socializing.
|Carol, Antoinette, Julia (from Boise!), Julie, Tom, Keith|
|Matt and Mato|
|lunch with high school classmate 'girl friends'|
|Jico (pronounced 'gecko') and officer Haney|
|Caitlin and Graham at Salsa's|
|Carol, Jim and Jess|
|Warren, Sharon and Carol at the Blue Spoon|
|Tom, Nick, Paul, Carol at SAP|
|Birding by Beer potluck|
|last morning at the Ward's before heading west|
We do so much enjoy our Wisconsin sojourns with much missed family and friends and while it always feels like we're in a whirlwind while we’re there, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.