Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day Dad!!!

I haven't scanned in any old pictures yet so I'm limited with what I have to post. This picture of me and my Dad was taken at the cottage…looking back at older blog posts I posted it a couple years ago which means it really is time to get scanning…which is something I hate doing. So time consuming. I need to hire an intern. Or maybe I an trick Maura into coming to visit and looking at pictures. She loves to make fun of my 80's hair - which was awesome at the time by the way. Anyway, my Mom's handwriting is on the back with my comments in parentheses:

First sucker July (I assume 75?) Mom was away (but of course).  Given by Joyce Rosou.

As the story goes my Mom was super mad. Looks more like a cigarette to me which would have been a total 70's thing to do. And funny.

Happy Father's Day Dad!!! See you soon!

I'm not sure how the "location" feature works on Blogger but I used Google Earth to zoom in on the cottage. Not sure why it calls the location the Baltimore Hwy because it is obviously the Sni. Anyway, there is a boat pulling into the canal :) Gotta love technology! Click on the "Location" link below and you can zoom in - the pointer is on Korneffel's island where we were standing, our cottage is the island in front of that one. And that is where I spent every day of every summer until college. With no phone. No internet. No cable. Just sun and swimming and water skiing…imagine...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Maura and Katie posted a nice picture from Mother's Day on Facebook. I'll be back in Michigan at the end of June for a visit and a friend's wedding. Looking forward to seeing Dad and everyone!
Wow, I just realized it has been a very long time since I've posted!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Maura's Birthday

I had a very last minute work trip to Detroit right after the holidays - perfect timing since I hadn't seen my Dad in awhile AND it was Maura's 19th birthday (pics below). It's amazing how Maura got to be 19 yet I'm holding strong at 27. Strange how that happens. I visited Dad each day and we went to dinner a couple of times with Katie and Maura and her friend Natalie. I think he likes that he's surrounded by beautiful women everywhere he goes :)

The additional speech therapy is paying off, although some prompting is still needed it felt like my Dad was more able to get his point across. We were talking about electric cars and how his friend Dennis has come full circle during his retirement and is now working to promote electric vehicles. Dennis must have told my Dad all about it when they went to dinner before Thanksgiving because he knew exactly what I was talking about. I think my Dad will be forever amused by Dennis and all the interesting and funny stories he always has.

The speech therapist surprised Katie and me by helping my Dad make us birthday cards. They were so sweet and such a surprise. I thought I was done being emotional about how things are different these days, but that card caught me way off guard. Since my Dad is out of therapy for a little while, I brought in some supplies so we could make a card for Maura. We talked through what he wanted to write on the card and then I clearly wrote it out for him to look at. We took one practice run and then he wrote it out himself. Dave was all business, it was like he sat down to take his SAT's. He knew exactly when he made a mistake but wasn't able to correct it (I should have brought a pencil). All were very simple fixes and then he could see it was correct and he'd move on to the next letter. He wasn't really into the stickers I bought, he likes things clean and simple these days, but I vetoed him and he reluctantly consented. Always the smart man.

One of the things I find amazing, but not surprising, about my Dad is that there isn't a resident, nurse, or employee at Martha T. Berry that doesn't know Dave. He doesn't talk much but everyone knows his name and he makes a point to say hi to everyone he knows when we go for walks. I used to say the same thing growing up, it didn't seem like there was a single person in Algonac that didn't know (and love) Dave Batchelder. Katie and Maura just experienced the phenomenon crossing back from Canada when the border patrol agent saw Katie's license and said, do you know Dave or Keri? (he just happened to be an old friend of mine that my dad helped out in high school by racing over to patch a hole my friend punched in his wall before his parents got home).

Remember - if you go visit and Dave isn't in his room he's pretty easy to find. He will be somewhere between his room and the front entrance. There is a common area between the pair of elevators on both the first and second floor - sometimes he goes in there to watch the activities and visit with people. Dave is always the early riser and on the move. He gets around perfectly fine on his own (but expect to push if you are together).
I put this pic on facebook and feel it necessary to explain again,
Maura is in 3" heels and I am not shrinking :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 2012

I had a last minute trip to Michigan for work (12 hours notice) so the good news is I got to visit with my dad last week. I saw a few things at Martha T Berry where he lives that I hadn't seen before like this huge bird cage. More of a habitat really. I've walked by it a dozen times and never noticed I guess.

I'll post more later in the week but tonight we were looking at some pictures from my dad's 60th birthday party and what he really called attention to was how much hair he and Dennis had back then and how dark it was. Pretty funny actually! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Happy Holidays from Denver
 and from Michigan
Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

A little late, but Happy Thanksgiving! My Dad, Katie, and Maura went to Katie's family for dinner and fun was had by all. Before Thanksgiving Dennis Wiese came in town and everyone went out for dinner, below is what Dennis sent me on the visit. My Dad has been getting more speech therapy and the new therapist is a dream from what I've been told. It is amazing how one person can make a difference. Everyone has commented on the improvements. Thanks to Dennis for letting me know how the visit went!


For your blog. 

I stopped by to see Dave Monday Nov 21. He was in great spirits. He took me on his rounds to see staff and his many friends. He preferred that I push him around, then used his good foot as a brake when he wanted to stop. He understood all I said, and was able to think out how he wanted to respond, but just can't find the words to do so. Katie somehow managed to keep his speech therapy going.

On Wednesday, Katie, Dave, Maura, and I went to Outback. All three of them looked super. Katie has her 'take Dave out to dinner technique' down to a science, and needed no help getting him from car to wheel chair and back again.  He ordered short ribs and I thought, "This is going to be interesting." Katie stripped the meat off the ribs and everything worked great. It looked like Dave had lost some weight and Katie has said he is very tired of the Martha T Berry food, which all adds up. 


these pics aren't from Tgiving - they were from a few weeks earlier 
but I thought I would share

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another Year Older!

Happy Birthday Dad!!!
Yesterday was my Dad's 72 birthday! If I can count right that is, he was born in 1939. He had a birthday dinner date with Katie and Maura with cake afterwards. I'm sure they had a good time. I've been meaning to post about my visit in early August but somehow didn't get around to it for 3 months - bad! In fairness I've been traveling a LOT! Including two trips to Europe - one for vacation (Paris) and one for work (Amsterdam, Germany). Now it's tough to remember all that I wanted to share. For some reason I woke up at 5am today (Saturday) so I guess it is as good a time as any to get caught up.
Maura and I busted Dad out one day for lunch and a drive through Mt. Clemens. He definitely knows exactly where he wants to go and how to get there. Honestly, if he wasn't my co-pilot I'm not sure that I could have found my way from downtown Mt. Clemens back to Martha T. Berry. Maura is so good with Dad. He can't always find the words he wants to say and she makes it fun for him to keep trying. 

I've heard from a few people that Dave is speaking better each day and I agree. Katie was able to get him back into speech therapy and she said he has a great new instructor that loves working with him, my Dad is a very good student. What I liked about this instructor is it feels like the first one to give suggestions on how Katie can work with him and suggested some outside resources as well. I can't wait for my next visit to see how he has progressed. Below is another picture from Maura's graduation - Dad and Kathy Wis. It was such a gorgeous day and he looked pretty handsome in his suit.
Well, I promise I will post right after my next visit while things are still fresh in my head. If you haven't been in for a visit in awhile, stop by and wish Dave a Happy Birthday! You know he'll be smiling when you walk in.