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Thursday, June 30, 2016

01-30JUN16 - Sultan, WA (w/trip back to louisiana)



Wednesday, 01JUN, late morning we (Corrie, Dan & Canadian sister-in-law, Elaine) departed the RV park in Oak Harbor, WA, & headed back to our house in Sultan, WA.  Thursday morning it was back to the Swedish Clinic in Seattle where Corrie had her thyroid removed 12MAY.  We were concerned that Corrie’s voice has still not returned (sounds like the Aflac duck) & her shortness of breath.  They can see no obvious problems, & more tests were ordered.

After returning to Sultan, Corrie & Elaine head to Everett for shopping.  While there Corrie got a call from the doctor’s office that nothing definitive on tests; but possible blood clot – head to emergency room for more tests & CT scan.  Since we only have one car; Dan was at home & learns of this via cell phone, leaving poor Elaine to hold Corrie’s hand while they await test results in Everett.  Over four hours later Corrie & Elaine finally make it home – all is wellJ!

Friday Elaine packs her bags to return back to Manitoba, Canada.  The plan is to meet her friends back at Angel of the Winds Casino (where they dropped her off last week) around 2PM for the drive back to Canada.  But her friends are delayed at the USA/Canada border & get there late.  No real problem, especially since Dan did very, very, well on penny Video PokerJ.  After Elaine departed, we headed over to Dan’s cousin Bob Harris & wife Pattie’s (who we last visited 20MAR) place for a very nice impromptu visit.

Saturday, 04JUN, & Sunday, Seattle had temperatures 20 degrees over the daily average.  While Dan was using the Ferguson tractor to bush-hog the pasture, it developed an unknown radiator leak.  But because we have approximately four acres of lawn & pasture (but no livestock?), we have acquired four different mowers!  However the tractor is needed for the heavy duty cutting of the back pasture, so we put a call into our tractor repair guy.




Monday, 05JUN, Dan takes Corrie to SeaTac airport to fly to New Orleans.  No emergency, but our daughter Rebecca’s husband Raymond will be drilling with the National Guard for two weeks.  So Corrie flew back to help out w/the grandkids, rather than Rebecca paying for daycare or taking vacation days from work.  Because it was the height of morning rush hour when he left the airport, Dan took back roads into Seattle to sightsee some old haunts rather than fight morning rush hour for hours.

Corrie was at Rebecca’s place from 05-14JUN.  During that time period Rebecca, grandkids Jaxson & Mason, & Corrie went to the beach area of Destin, FL, for several days.  While there they were joined by our son Joe.













Wednesday, 08JUN, Dan reconnects with Habitat for Humanity like he tries to do every year while in Sultan.  This year’s project is a two story house in Everett, WA.

Thursday, 09JUN, Dan headed over to cousin Steve’s & wife Bonnie’s in Kittitas, WA, to help install new fence sections on their property.  Working half a day on Thursday & then most of Friday morning the project is completed & looks pretty good.  In true farmer/rancher fashion Steve had tied a small generator to the back of his ATV, & bolted a chopsaw to the front; so no hand tools were necessaryJ!  After lunch Dan headed back to Sultan.







Sunday afternoon, 12JUN, Jim & Clarke Van Sice show-up for an overnight visit.  Their daughter had just graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  Clarke had been to our house 29SEP15, Jim never had.  Many hours of reminiscing w/excellent dinner at Bubba’s Roadhouse, Bar & Grill in Sultan, WA, where they advertise – EAT BIG FOOD!  Very early Monday morning they headed to SeaTac airport & Dan headed off to a medical appointment in Everett.


Tuesday, 14JUN, late night Corrie returned from LouisianaJ!  Not much else done the rest of the month, other than the usual (gardening, mowing, medical, etc).


This month’s “significant” project was building a coatrack in the pantry/mud room that is used as the entrance from the garage.  Dan has thought about this project off-and-on for three years.  You will notice in one of the pics that there is green tape & blue tape on the floor?  The green tape was the original plan last year.  The blue tape was the final plan after learning the wall studs were not 16 inches on center.