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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We are in Cedar, Michigan (near Traverse City)

We left Bend, Oregon on Thursday May 28 as Teddy's mother entered the terminal stage of her life in Michigan, and passed away on June 5. She was 93 years old and had been suffering from heart disease for some time. The funeral was yesterday, June 9 and we are slowly getting back to normal. We intend to stay here in Cedar, living in the farmhouse till late August when we will head back to Pahrump, Nevada where we have reservations for September and October. Our trip east was fraught with difficulties as we had two tire blowouts on the trailer on consecutive days. To complicate problems even more they both occurred in sparsely populated areas of Montana and on a weekend (Saturday and Sunday). I guess the old adage "When it rains it pours" is true, at least in our case. As the ancient Greeks would say, "The Gods on Mount Olympus were having fun with us poor mortals again."
Here is what a tire looks like when it goes flat and shreds at highway speeds.
...and here I am on Sunday sitting in a camper chair trying to contact a tire dealer. The cell reception was so bad that I had to climb to the top of this hill to make a connection. The second tire failure was on Sunday and since I no longer had a spare, we had to wait about four hours to finally get someone to come out and mount two tires. I have Good Sam's road service which worked on Saturday but on Sunday they were having trouble finding help but promised to reimburse me for anyone that I could find. Finally a local sheriffs deputy got a tire guy to come out for us. In the meantime Teddy and I just sat and read books.


Garry / Cheryl said...

Teddy, I am so sorry about you mother. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Glad the tires didn't cause an accident !

deedee said...

I am also sorry to hear about your mother. Also, glad to hear the tires did not cause an accident.

Mary said...

So sorry to hear of your loss and all your trouble returning to Michigan.

Barb & Bill said...

Our sympathy on the loss of your mother.

Glad you didn't have an accident with the tire blowouts and that you made it back to Michigan safely.

Barb & Bill Connor