Catching Up with the Blog in Wisconsin

I have really been remiss in keeping up the blog.  Blame it on the Clostridium Difficile. Yet, some days I think I am getting better.  Some days I don’t.  On one of those bad days, I made an appointment with a Gastroenterologist for Wednesday. I’m keeping the appointment even though I’ve had three good days in a row.

Here is a sight I forgot to post when we were at my Sister Barbara’s house in Maryland.  She is using nephew Jonathan’s bedroom out as an Air B&B while he is in the Peace Corps in Ghana. This woman from California is a pipe fitter and is working at the nuclear power plant.  She is living in her pickup truck but, was staying in an air conditioned room for the hottest days.

b1 Gypsy Pickup
Gypsy Pickup
b2 Gypsy Pickup Stbd Side
Gypsy Pickup Starboard Side
b3 Gypsy Pickup Back
Gypsy Pickup Back
b4 Gypsy Pickup Port Side
Gypsy Pickup Port Side

Now, on to Wisconsin. I haven’t been taking many pictures, so you know I’m not feeling great. The ones I am taking are not turning out very well either. I have to post something.

Son-in-Love George bought the whole family matching shirts.  I’m not sure but, they probably have something to do with motorcycle racing.  Or maybe tools; he recently left Harley Davidson and is now working at Milwaukee Tool. They were not posing so no one is looking at the camera.

b5 Barton Family
George, Owen, Jennifer, and Cam

I don’t know where that blue hair came from.  No one in my family has blue hair so it must be from the Moulton side.

As in previous years, the boys come into the motorhome in the morning to wake me up.  If I am already awake, I pretend to be asleep.  After all the bouncing and squealing is done.  They want a biscotti from which they eat off the chocolate. Notice that I have them seated on the “pleather” sofa and not the fabric one.

b8 Eating Chocolate Off the Biscotti
Eating Chocolate Off the Biscotti

We had several hot days so Jennifer had the boys cleaning and filling the wading pool. A whole lot more water went into the sky, on the shed, and in the grass than went into the scrubbing and cleaning of the pool.  Yes, both boys were soaked. Then, the weather turned cool and they have not been in the pool.

b Filling the Swimming Pool
Cam and Owen Filling the Swimming Pool

Yesterday, we went to the Discovery Center right on Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. It is a great place for kids. We got a treat.  Jennifer’s Zumba teacher works at the aquarium at the Discovery Center and she took us behind the scenes and showed us tanks with baby fish.

b9 Behind the Scenes at the Discovery Center
Behind the Scenes at the Discovery Center

Here is a spherical tank filled with tiny sea horses.  They were less than an inch tall. There were also several tanks of very tiny clown fish.  Owen exclaimed, “Nemo!” Those pictures didn’t turn out so well.

b13 Baby Seahorses at Discovery Center
Baby Seahorses at Discovery Center

This was an exhibit on hydraulics.  It was a life sized back-hoe.  There were four or five levers alongside the hoe part where the children could operate the hoe and make it dig mulch.  The levers in the cab did nothing but, that didn’t stop Cam from operating them at a furious pace.  I could not get him out to let some other children have a turn.  Jennifer came and carried him out.

b11 Cam Operating Back Hoe at Discovery Center
Cam Operating Back Hoe at Discovery Center

You can see the two red marks by his eye where he fell and hit the rocks at a local eatery.  A woman asked him what happened to his face and he said, “A rock did it”.

While Cam worked in the back-hoe, Owen and Jennifer were placing plastic balls over a sphere.  I was not close (I used the zoom) and didn’t understand what was going on.  Was it air or magnets? Whatever, the balls were floating like magic.

b12 Floating Balls at Discovery Center
Floating Balls at Discovery Center

Another discovery was a revolving door which the boys pushed round and round.  When some bigger kids came to join in, Andy got Owen and Cam out so they would not end up being pushed around when the big boys pushed faster.

b10 Revolving Door at Discovery Center
Revolving Door at Discovery Center

Andy and I didn’t notice that Jennifer and the boys stopped in the gift shop and went to the garage looking for them.  Jennifer bought me a present! It is a C-Diff microbe plush toy! The tag says it is over a million times actual size. I’m pretty sure the actual microbes do not have eyes though. The inside of the tag is filled with a description of C-Diff. Cute, but he’s hard for me to love at the moment.

b Clostridium Difficile Plush Toy
Clostridium Difficile Plush Toy

15 thoughts on “Catching Up with the Blog in Wisconsin

    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 12:32 am

      Thank you. I am better just to be here with the grandsons.


  1. Bernadette July 17, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Fun post and pictures. I can’t imagine why anyone would want a C Diff plush toy. Imagine sitting down to dinner and telling Andy, listen I have this great idea, how about we make C Diff plush toys to sell.


    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 12:19 am

      I asked the same question. Daughter Jennifer said the museum gift shop has all kinds of microbe plush toys. We were wondering what kind of person came up with the idea.


  2. Carol Ferenc July 17, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Your travels have been awesome, Dinata. I just wish you could feel better.


    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 12:17 am

      Thanks Carol. I sure would like to get rid of this bug and get back to our normal summer activities.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. TanGental July 24, 2016 / 2:35 am

    thank you for the follow and for bringing your lovely blog to me


    • Dinata Misovec July 29, 2016 / 6:48 pm

      I’ve enjoyed it so far and am looking forward to more of your posts. Unfortunately, my blog is suffering along with my gut this season.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Rhonda Sittig August 5, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    This looks like loads of fun together!! Your post caught my eye because I’m in Wisconsin visiting my daughter– and the whole family is arriving tomorrow to head up to a lake house. It’s so beautiful and green here! (we’re from drought ridden California).


    • Dinata Misovec August 5, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      We had never been to Wisconsin before our daughter moved here. We were surprised how beautiful it is. We say we would like to live here – in the summer. We are in Mequon, just north of Milwaukee. Where are you?


      • Rhonda Sittig August 5, 2016 / 11:24 pm

        Our daughter has just been here a year– in Madison– but we drive up north on Sunday to Lake Monacqua. It really is so green and beautiful…


      • Dinata Misovec August 6, 2016 / 11:43 am

        p.s. I making that zucchini cheddar rice today.


      • Rhonda Sittig August 6, 2016 / 11:23 pm

        That’s so nice to hear Dinata–that someone is making one of these recipes, Hope hope you like it! take care…


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