Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Earlier this week, on Monday, I had my annual physical and all is good with my health except my thyroid is now producing too much TSH so my medication needs to be reduced a bit which means a new prescription (I have 180 pills on hand due to a screw-up) and a follow-up check on the TSH level every 6-8 weeks for a while. Again, I will blame it on the aging process, as I have taken the same dose for 30+ years.

After my appointment, I stopped by Ben’s house and we went for a walk around his neighborhood during his lunch break. It is always nice to have that one-on-one time with him where we can talk without interruption.

When I got back home, I started laundry and packing for my trip to Stoughton.  Poor Frisco is upset again, wondering if he will be included in the plan. Since he doesn’t hear any more, I had a face to face conversation with him, telling him that all is okay - I hope he can read my body language.

Yesterday, I dropped Frisco off at Ben’s at 9:00 and hit the road. Since I had recently read a book called “Driftless” by David Rhodes - a story about the driftless geological area (not affected by the glaciers) that covers northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin, I decided to take the scenic route. The scenery made the additional time worth the extra hour of travel. The road meanders through the beautiful forest-covered hillsides, many with rock walls facing the roadsideand several small towns. All through the Kickapoo Valley,  I saw cows and horses grazing in picturesque pastures with squiggly creeks winding their way through the valley floor.  Before I got to Richland Center, I took a detour through Boaz so I could go past ‘The Land’ where Mike and I and our kids had many wonderful camping outings with our contingent of Milwaukee friends.

The Scenic Route

Highway Q, heading toward The Land.

I arrived at Dawn’s and got setup in my room, we chatted a bit, and then I walked over to Pat’s house to say hello and to meet their two new kittens, Ally and Cass. They are rambunctious and cute little kittens.

Dawn and I sat up and talked and drank wine until 10:30 and then it was time for me to hit the sack.

This afternoon, I met my dear friend, Leslie at Deak’s Tavern for lunch and that was so nice to get together with her again. I think it’s been two years, at least.

Some of Dawn’s beautiful flowers.