Miscellaneous Events, 2017

Posted here March 29, 2022

Charlie’s Ear Infection

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

I had a “nasty” infection in my right ear; those were the doctor’s words. I had to take Augmentin and Prednisone. I had been sick since the 17th.

I saw the audiologist on Jan 26. The audiogram revealed hearing loss in the right ear, tapering from 1 kHz upward. The diagnosis was nerve damage; a tapering course of Prednisone was prescribed which is sometimes successful in reversing this: 60 mg for 4 days, then 40 mg for 4 days, then 20 mg for 4 days.

Asha’s First Birthday Party

Monday, February 20, 2017

This little angel face just turned 1 today! Happy Birthday Asha Renee!
(Posted by Joy Christine Jewell, with Joe and Elizabeth Petitt, at 5:45 pm with photo, at right)

Asha had so very much fun at her party! All the fishies, a meal out, and hopping from one favorite person to another. :)

Hopefully I’ll figure out a way to invite more people next year and not freak out myself as she’s so very much more extroverted than I am!
(Posted by Elizabeth Petitt at 5:56 pm)

Jayden Here for Therapy

Our neighbors and good friends, Kayla Cleasby and Terry (Trey) Moore have a son, Jayden, who is autistic and needed some special therapy. There wasn’t enough room for them to do it at their apartment, so they did his therapy at our house.

They held the therapy sessions in our living room beginning on March 2, 2017. They moved the sessions upstairs on March 29. The last day here was May 8; after that they moved his therapy to Kayla’s sister’s house.

Charlie’s Running and Races

Charlie ran one 5K and one 10K race this year; see write-up at https://www.kharlie.com/running/2017.

New Kitchen Appliances

The cappuccino maker knob broke on March 23.
The drip maker carafe broke on March 25.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Received first moka pot and milk frother from Amazon. The moka pot requires a “semi fine” grind; I used part espresso and part regular grind, and that worked fine.

My espresso machine broke, so I got this inexpensive moka pot and milk frother from Amazon. There was a learning curve, but now I’m making great cappuccinos! #yummy #cappuccino #coffee
(Posted at 11:24 am via Instagram)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Received 20″ × 11″ nonstick electric griddle.
First used for pancakes on Thursday, May 25.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

“Wendi M” cappuccino first made using Southern Butter Pecan creamer by International Delight®. Wendi wanted her own version, like the “Kharlie M” and she remarked, “Too bad we don’t have butter pecan flavoring.” She didn’t know that I had just bought our first bottle of this creamer!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tried out the new Belgian waffle maker that came yesterday, so we had Belgian waffles (yum!) with bacon on the side, and Colombian coffee in the French press.

An Odd But Nice Easter

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Christ is risen from the dead!
(Posted at 12:04 am)

I (Charlie) had to work at the grocery store on Easter Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm. Normally one can pick up or drop a shift, but it wasn’t possible this time around. I posted my thoughts and observations on Facebook; read them at this post in Seasons & Holidays.

Wendi and I did have a lovely ham dinner at home at 8:15 pm: Coca-Cola Glazed Ham (Wendi found the recipe online), green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and butter, au gratin potatoes (box mix), King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls, fruit salad with whipped topping, and deviled eggs. Everything was so delicious that we both had second helpings of each item!

Brief Notes on More Events

Wendi’s niece, Winter, was here several times to visit in late 2016 and early 2017.

Joe, Elizabeth, and Asha moved to River Falls, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 2. They shared the basement with Emily Schlotte, who is Elizabeth’s cousin and the daughter of Randy and Therese Schlotte, who lived upstairs.

On Monday, July 10, 2017, we tried to take in a chubby black-and-white cat named Sky, from Kayla Cleasby. It didn’t end well: Wendi turned out to be allergic to her!

Major Repairs on the Van

Our 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan required some extensive repairs in July:

Wendi in the Spotlight

Saturday, August 5, 2017

We both attended Wendi’s 35-year high school class reunion dinner in Beloit.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Wendi got results back from allergy tests, indicating that she is allergic to peanuts, sesame seed, shrimp, and tomatoes (but not wheat or soy).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wendi saw orthotist Lisa Rubrich at Mercy Clinic East at 11 am. She got a new ankle/foot brace; this one is solid, with no hinge, and there is a Green Bay Packers logo on it.

Two Breakdowns in One Day

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Our furnace quit due to an intake blockage outside; the repairman pulled the PVC intake pipe away from the top of the furnace, allowing air to enter from inside the basement.

That afternoon, I set out with the van to run some errands, and just a few blocks from the house, the right front tire went flat! Carefully, slowly, I drove it home and parked it. A friend helped me get a new tire the next day.