Branson we went to B&D's house for a week. Had a couple of get togethers
with them and their friends--Ron, CJ, Justice (grandson), Lee & Dotty.
Helped Bob fix a couple of things. Then on to Rantoul, Il to be there in case my
brother, Tony, needed any help with his daughter's (Alllison) wedding. About the
time we got there (thur) they had done more tests on John and decided to
operate. Tony lent Kay his second car and she drove to Springfield to be there
for the surgery. They ended up removing part of his lung. That evening he ended
up back in the OR for additional surgery to correct something from the first
one. Next day he started swelling up so bad they said he looked like the
Michelin Man or Martin Short's character, Jeremy Glick. Kay came back to Rantoul
for a day and we went to Champaign
to buy me a suit for the wedding. Since this wedding was a pretty formal deal
and it was for my niece I said I would buy one.
AND THEN--they told me they expected me to wear it!!!!!
Kay went back to Springfield that evening. The following wed they
operated on John again. I think this time it was for the swelling. Everything
started to settle down for John so Kay came back to Rantoul.
the wedding. On thur Tony had a bunch of people over to his house for a cookout.
On fri was the rehearsal dinner, sat (23rd) was the wedding and sun was a
brunch. This was going to be a busy weekend!
started coming in. Cousin Pete & his wife,
Carolyn, cousin Bob, our sister
Jean and her family & my daughter, Sherry, who was staying in Bloomington
with her mom and drove over for the events, all arrived on thur. The food was
good & we enjoyed meeting the groom's family.
to extenuating circumstances which I won't go into here, we had lost track of
our sister MaryAnn. I hadn't seen her since '66. MaryAnn & her husband Rusty
made it in this afternoon. It was wonderful to see her again. She had grown into
a beautiful woman and a very nice person. Last time I saw her was when I
returned from Vietnam and she was only about 6 or 7 yrs old.
evening, at the rehearsal dinner, cousin Pete's daughter, Lisa, arrived with her
2 beautiful daughters, Jessica & Sabrina. I hadn't seen Lisa since about '76
and had never met her daughters. Very polite young ladies. The rest of the
evening there was spent getting to know everybody. Then some of us left and went
to Julians. This was the old Coca-Cola factory in Champaign and is now a sports
wedding--When we arrived I had to endure all the wise remarks about me being in
a suit. The wedding went great. Lots of people, string
quartet, seven bridesmaids, etc. Then on to the country club for the reception. Ever since
Allison was a little girl she had been telling Tony that she wanted her
reception to be at the country club. And thats what she got. Beautiful setting.
Small wedding cake for the ceremonial cutting and then everybody was served
wedding cupcakes, which were delicious. Dinner was great, they had a band and
the evening lasted until very late.
really wasn't feeling like going to a brunch this morning. Must have eaten a bad
potato chip or something. But, I went since it was for Allison. We didn't stay
long. I had brought my camera but didn't get any pictures of the brunch. That
went to Bloomington, Il to visit Sherry, her mom Linda & Linda's husband
Dave. Enjoyable visit and they have a great house.
were at B&D's house in Mo, the headlights on my truck quit working. Since I
was towing it to Rantoul I decided to wait until then to fix them. I couldn't
find what was wrong after checking the wiring, connections, etc. Made an appt at
the dealers and when I got there the headlights started working again before it
was even looked at. So went back to the campground. Next day they quit again.
Took it to the dealer again and this time they told me it was a switch in the
steering column that went bad. There went $600.00. A couple of other small
things were also acting up and we got to thinking about trading up fro the '97.
It was still a good looking truck but had 120,000 driving miles + 50,000 towing
miles. I started checking the internet and discovered that we could buy a new
'05 cheaper than a used '03/'04 due to the big discounts going on at the time.
So, thanks to Tony's help & influence at the dealership where he has been
buying his vehicles for many years, we now have an '05 GMC Sierra Crewcab
truck. And with decent payments. Before we bought the truck we checked with the
driveshaft disconnect co. (for towing behind the MH) to make sure they were
making the disconnects for the vehicle. Sure! Let us know if it is a one piece
or 2 piece driveshaft. And gave us prices for each type.
winds came up and I ended up with a broken awning spring on the slideout. I
taped it up and will fix in Effingham.
that settled we headed to Effingham. Kay was going to drive her dad, John &
Linda to Savannah to visit Mike & Clara. John still couldn't drive because
of his surgery. I stayed in Effingham and dog watched. Or he watched me, I'm not
get back we start getting the truck prepared for towing. The closest dealer was
in Terre Haute, In, about 70 miles away. Drove over so they could measure the
driveshaft and then order it. Got the measurements, called the driveshaft co and
they said they don't make a unit for this model truck. Now wait a minute--you
told us you did before we bought the truck! Now what? They also make an external
pump for the transmission that would circulate tranny fluid while towing. It
would be wired to the MH elec system. No choice--so we have an appt in sept to
get this done. Sure hope it works as they claim. And they said it would not void
August we spent helping John & Linda get some projects done around the
house. Sprayed the deck with John's new pressure washer, then sealed it, washed
down the garage & house, sealed the driveway. Plus little things that always
are there to be done.
started his first chemo treatment last week and he seemed to handle it well but
it did make him tired.