Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Some News is Bad News

This feels like being dismissed, or maybe just dissed.

 My oncologist says that he's not my most important doctor at this point.  According to him, the cancer is not the biggest problem.  Evidently, the liver disease and the failing kidneys are much more important.  He says that any treatment he could prescribe to shrink the cancer could not be done because of damage that might be done to the liver and kidneys.  He has no alternatives, and I won't see him again until we get back to TC next year.   The kidneys were damaged because of paracentesis = evidently removing a lot of fluid can damage the kidneys.  In the future they can only remove 2 or 3 liters at a time, followed by a shot of albumin - not sure why.

 Thankfully I have a nephrologist and a gastro-enterologist to turn to, in addition to good old Dr. Burke.  The nephrologist's office is helping me contact a Dr. in Florida.

We continue to be discouraged, disheartened, disgusted and disillusioned by the Michigan football program.  I never thought I would see the day when that program would be so undeserving of respect .... because, after all, "It's Great To Be a Michigan Wolverine."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oh Happy Day!

This is the day we've been waiting for for an entire year!

 Ground has been broken at 4113 Lone Pine Drive.  Hallelujah !

 Of course there's no telling how much they will be able to complete before bad weather arrives - but at least we know that all of the permits are in place, and plans are underway!  Such good news...and such a relief!

It will not change our plans to leave TC on Nov. 4 for Florida.  But we may actually have a place to come home to next spring.


Michigan Relinquishes Little Brown Jug to Gophers

Michigan opened the scoring on a 10-yard touchdown rush by De'Veon Smith, but Minnesota answered with 30 straight points to take back the Little Brown Jug in a 30-14 final.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The 1936 rogue standing by the 2015 Rogue.  

Farewell Jeepie!  You were a ton of fun.  Farewell good old dependable RAV4 also.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Ricardo !

So, we are getting a new car!  Turned in our jeep today - Rav tomorrow we hope.  We're getting a Nissan Rogue.  It's black and beautiful.  Pictures later.  Happy Birthday Dick!

But then:


Munson Ultrasound - Heidi and Dr. Klegman

31 minutes - 8.875 L

So lucky Dick spent part of his birthday in the hospital cafeteria.  Poor guy.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jana Jana Jana

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANA!   You're not really 48.  You're 39 with nine years experience :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Michigan Schooner Festival

Maritime Heritage Alliance
Starts September 19, 2014 Ends September 21, 2014

Michigan Schooner Festival 2014

Thank you to all who made this year's Schooner Festival a success! While the weather wasn't as cooperative as it could have been, it was still fun for all. Thank you to all the wonderful presenters, to the crews of the boats who had to endure wind and rain, to the great volunteers. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


These two letters illustrate the problems we are having trying to have a condo built in T.C.
We have been repeatedly disappointed, frustrated, led on and let down.  Dick emailed the builder yesterday to try to get a grasp on what the heck is going on.  To me, it sounds like more delays and more unkept promises.

This is the response we got from our proposed builder at Lone Tree.

Hi Dick -

I just made a comment to Lynne this week how ridiculous it must look to the newer clients that we can't start building yet.

We have had to jump through hoops to get the lots transferred and it is because of the people at Garfield Township, both old and new, in the zoning department. As of today, we still do not have title to the property. We just found out this week that the township is requiring notarized signatures from the people who currently live along Lone Pine Dr. You can imagine how difficult it is to try and coordinate that. Carol went door to door last night with a notary to try and make this happen. We are still 2 notarized signatures short. Once we have the signatures, I can have the amendment recorded with the county. After this happens, I can take it back to Garfield Township and get the building permit. This process has been incredibly cumbersome and ridiculous. I am just as frustrated as you, especially as we get closer to winter, so I completely understand where you are coming form.

I already have paid for and pulled the sewer, water and soil/erosion permit. The contractors have been lined up  and now pushed back again. I hope to see this resolved (2 signatures and recorded) by mid next week and we will start immediately. It should only take a couple days to get the permits. If I can get the concrete work done before things start to freeze, we should be in good shape to have the building ready in the spring. If winter is anything like last year it will play a role in the timeline. But I remain optimistic that we can be dried in before it gets bad outside. As long as the township doesn't throw anymore curveballs our way.

Thanks and feel free to send any questions my way. Brian

This is the letter that Dick sent to him:

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM, Richard Steiger wrote:
Hi Brian,

As you can imagine, Nancy and I are extremely frustrated and actually, quite disillusioned by the Lone Tree situation. Our direct conversations with you were quite positive. We probably told you this before but at this stage in our lives we are no longer able to keep our home and property out here on the river maintained at as high a level as we have in the past. Because of this situation, we have decided that a condominium is where we should spend the rest of our lives.

As I think you know, we have shopped all of the condos in the Traverse City area. We determined that the Lone Tree floor plan, location, and price was the one which, by far, best fit our needs. As a result of our meetings and discussions with you and Lynne we anticipated having a condo available early last summer. It was for that reason we scheduled the closing on our house for June 1. Fortunately, the buyer has allowed us to stay in our home as renters through the summer.

Part of our frustration level might be caused by the lack of our direct communication with you. We direct our questions to Beccy who talks to Lynne who then, we assume, speaks to you, then passes the information on to Beccy who then informs us. We have been told that the unit would be finished by; early September, Mid October, end of November, before Christmas. What we have been told is that there has been a problem getting the latest permits from the county/township but the issue will be resolved in about two weeks. Then once permits were apparently acquired, the property had to be surveyed which will take about two weeks. Then another lot was needed because of the retention pond and the procedure must start all over again which will take about two weeks. The last comments were that all was good and construction would begin in about two weeks, just after Labor Day. Well, more than two weeks have passed since Labor Day but apparently nothing is happening.

Currently we have contracted with a moving firm to pack our furniture and possessions November 1 and put everything in storage. Luckily we will not be homeless, we will return to our Florida condominium for the winter. We do not wish to become full time Florida residents. We want to have a home here in Traverse City. For that reason we believe that it is imperative that we take action to determine where and what that might be.

We are aware that we have not signed a contract or anything and that you have no legal responsibility to us, but could you please give us a few answers. Is it your intention to build another condominium duplex in Lone Tree? If so, do you have a date certain when construction will begin? Can you possibly guarantee that we will have a place to come home to in May or June? Is there anything we can do to help the situation proceed?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Fun Continues

 Ricky. Just a note to thank you and Nancy again for making available the purchase of the excellent golf cart at a very excellent price. I had someone ask if it was a Florida car because it had no rust. It is really in good condition.
   The kids and grand kids are entirely thrilled with the " best new toy" as 10 year old Darby calls it. They were out riding around all day at the lake on Saturday. I have paths back up the hill and it was just the greatest for them. Also, they discovered the really neat trunk that can hold pumpkins.
   Thanks again and hope to see you guys in Florida.