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Another installment in our Michigan adventure

If you have been following the story of our daughter Megan's recent thyroidectomy she has posted a sequel detailing her surgery and the events following it.

After we arrived back in Michigan with Megan and the children we spent the night and then headed about five hours further north to visit our friends, Fred and Cheryl, who live in Cheboygan, Michigan for part of the year and here in Greenville for the other part of the year. On our way up we stopped at the Dawson and Stevens Restaurant in Graying, Michigan for lunch. It is like an old fashioned diner and it has the most Coca Cola memorabilia I have seen outside of the Coke Museum in Atlanta. The food was good too, and we will definitely remember to stop there again on future travels.

Here are a couple of pictures of the restaurant:



Fred and Cheryl have a beautiful home right on a lake far from the beaten path. Cell phone reception is a bit unpredictable. Our GPS was even a little confused as well and took us on a little adventure through the woods on an unpaved road until we turned back for fear of getting bogged down in the mud!

Rob helped Fred cut down some pine trees on the property in preparation for getting their driveway paved. After they were cut down it was discovered that several of the trees had severe damage from carpenter ants. I was relieved when the trees were cut down and all the men were safely back on the ground. Ladders and power saws always make me a bit nervous. All the twisting, lifting, and climbing did a number on Fred's back and he was in a lot of pain for quite a while afterwards.

Here are the lumberjacks:


Rob holding the rope:

Here is an example of the damage from the ants:


The Saturday we were visiting Fred and Cheryl took us up to Pickford, Michigan, which is in the Upper Peninsula. Cheryl's grandmother was from Pickford and she has quite a few cousins who live in the area. Every year on the first Saturday of August the town of Pickford has something called Hay Days. On this day they have a parade, special competitions, special eating opportunities, and many families have reunions. People come from all over every year to meet with their friends and loved ones. We attended the parade, ate lunch at one event and then had delicious strawberry sundaes at another venue. We also were able to meet some of Cheryl's extended family.

Here is a picture of Fred and Cheryl and some pictures of some of the Hay Days events:





The next day was Sunday and we were able to attend church with Fred and Cheryl and see some friends we have known for many years who also live in the area before heading back to the lower part of the state to help Megan during her surgery. I'll detail more about that the the conclusion of our trip in my next post.

Here is a recipe for a delicious salad which Cheryl served us during our visit. It is a pasta salad with a sweet and sour dressing rather than a mayonnaise type dressing. Both Rob and I really enjoyed it and I have made it for us since returning home.


Cheryl's Pasta Salad

8 oz. (1/2 box) of ruffled macaroni (Radiatore)
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar (you could probably use Splenda)
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
couple shakes red pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp. celery seed (optional)
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
About 1/2 cup of each of the following vegetables cut into bite size:
green onion
green pepper
cherry tomatoes
(about 2 1/2-3 cups total)
Cook pasta. Drain and while still warm combine with oil.
Mix sugar, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, peppers, celery seed, and dry mustard.
Combine pasta, dressing, and vegetables.
Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving.




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A blessing to share

We have been in Michigan for a couple of weeks and I haven't had much opportunity to post anything here on the blog. I took a Kindle which was useful for reading and checking email. I tried to write a few brief replies to messages and found it to be a frustrating process. We did laugh very hard one evening at the substitutions which auto-correct came up with for some of the names which I was writing--Topher was changed to Gopher and Maddie was changed to Madrid and then to Fed-Ex! My resident IT guy had even turned off auto-correct, but it was still trying to change things up.

In mid-July Rob and I drove up to Sharonville, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati and met Megan, Jim, and the children there. We spent the night and then returned here to Greenville with Megan and the children for a little over a week. We kept busy during that week and were able to get together with Nora and Topher and Mark and Katie and the children several times as well. One thing that we did forget to do was to take a picture with all four of the grandchildren together--it will have to wait until Christmas now.

The following week we headed to Michigan. Megan needed to be home to get a few things done before her thyroid surgery which was scheduled for August 6th. Megan wrote a post about the need for her surgery on her blog if you would like to read the details. On the way up we stopped at the Museum of Appalachia just north of Knoxville where we saw these old-fashioned children:


After we took Megan and the children home we drove further north to visit friends for a few days--more about this in a later post. The day before her surgery Megan had some shopping excursions planned for us to help keep her mind off of the upcoming procedure.

I am very thankful to report that the surgery went very well and when the pathology report came back it determined that she did not have cancer. She was able to begin taking thyroid medication a week after her surgery and hopefully will regain energy and stamina quickly. I'm not going to go into great detail because I think Megan will want to write about this herself. She was particularly blessed by the ladies in her Sunday School class who planned something special for her a few days after she came home from the hospital. We are very thankful for the people of Faith Baptist Church of Warren who have been so kind and generous to our family.

I plan to post more about our trip to MI in my next few posts and also have a good recipe to share.


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