That night, we went to the Long Branch Saloon in Germania for dinner - you would really need to know the area to find this place, as it was off the beaten path but jam packed with folks who came for the chicken dinner special. It was special - starting with $3.00 old fashions and then crisp and moist chicken served with yummy mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of veggies. The place really g@ve you a feel for rural small town Wisconsin.
On Thursday morning, I headed to Stoughton for the next few days. I stayed at Dawn’s house, but stopped to see Pat and Tracey first. It has been way too long (since June) and it was so nice to feel their hugs and just to hang out. I stayed until about 7:30, then went to Dawns and spent the evening with her. We went to see her Mom on Wednesday morning. Wanda is in her end of life stage, in her home but under 24/7 care by Hospice nurses and her children. She was very tired after a bath and bed change, she knew who I was but wasn’t talking at all. All I could do was tell her I loved her and hold her hand for a bit. It is so sad, but she is ready to go. I spent the rest of the day with Pat.
I joined Pat and Tracey for dinner when we got back home. I went to bed thinking that five days was plenty and since I had planned to only be with Pat for part of the day (he heads back to work part-time on Monday since his surgery in June), I decided to head back home on Sunday. That is exactly what I did the last time I was there. Five days of activity was plenty and I was ready for the long drive to be back home.