Montague. A two week family visit.
Dorothy is holding up as well as can be expected, going to work, running home at lunch time to check on her husband, doing the chores Dave would normally do. Neighbors hover and stay the afternoon concerned about their buddy and trying to add comfort where they can. Calls back and forth between two daughters in St Louis and Florida add to the drama as they want to keep in close contact as to the current situation.
The next day, after a couple of Dr’s appt. Dave was feeling much better. Amazing the changes that can be made within 24 hours. All are relieved and breathing easier.
I’m staying at a city park called Trail Way in the town of Montague. Only one mile from my sisters house. A 25 mile bike path winds around the campground for easy access to exercise and views of a boat marina. Nice to be this close in case I’m needed for any reason.
Conversation continues around the outdoor patio, around the kitchen butcher-block table and a hundred pictures are taken as it seems the whole family has a camera ready for that perfect shot.
COMPUTER TIP: I had a perfluxed moment the other day when I hit the Shut down mode of my laptop. It started to log off and as I closed the lid, I noticed it was attempting to load new software on the computer. You know that’s a no no to turn off the computer before it’s finished loading software, but I’d already closed the lid. Now I couldn’t get the computer to re-boot and start again. What to do. I ran into my sisters house and told Kim (my niece) my perfluxumed situation. She’s a computer guru. Kim said, “remove the battery”. It closes all activity running in the background on the computer and when you re-insert the battery it can usually start up again normally. It Worked! Yippee, Kim is soooo smart. And if I had not be in such a state, I might have remembered this tip from my many computer classes.
Drove around the farming communities in the area. Many fruit tree orchards, asparagus farms and lush green countryside. Small scattered towns and hidden cottages along the shores of Lake Michigan.
And the last couple of days before heading into Northern Michigan brought another bought of Illness for Dave. Ambulances came (no siren please). Hospital emergency room, oxygen tubes in place, sedation to ease the recovery period. Drives back and forth to the hospital. Days later and Dave is back with us. A bit grumpy… who wouldn’t be after the all he’s gone through. Tension, relief and a learning curve of what to do, not to do and plans for the next time.
Finally time to move north and into the U.P.