June 7, 2020

It's Finally Starting To Feel Like Summer

It's Finally Starting To Feel Like Summer
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for June 7, 2020

Please say a prayer for Luke or send positive thoughts his way.  He had a check-up at the Mayo Clinic this past week and one of the nodules on his liver has grown enough since his last visit to catch the doctor's eye.  He feels it should be investigated to be sure it's OK.  He's had this happen before as can be seen here and here. The first two went well and the doctor seems confident this one will be nothing bad also.  All his blood work and other signs look very good.   That being said, over the past 20 years every time we've had to face a scary test or surgery with one of our sons, I've always asked my friends and family for prayers and positive thoughts so here I go again.  Thanks in advance!

Every week it feels like we are getting one step closer to normal.  This week, Minnesota allowed restaurants to re-open for outside dining and we participated on Friday evening.  We had to call for reservations and they had our table 6 feet away from other tables, but other than that it was like it was before quarantine.  Better yet, our governor just announced we can re-open restaurants for indoor dining starting this Wednesday.  We look forward to the day when we won't have any restrictions at all.

On Tuesday night, it was warm enough to go boating and actually be able to start swimming again.  The water was still a bit chilly, but I endured.

Candy Cove was a bit mellow for such a nice day, but it was later on a Tuesday so I guess all the party people must have been partied out.  I'm sure they will be back over the weekend.

We saw our first loon of the year.  This little dickens did not sit still long enough to capture decent photos.  He got skittish and dove under water for a minute or so and then would pop up far away.  By the time we were able to get him back in focus, he dove down again.  We'll do better next time.

The geese have been actively building their flocks in our neighborhood.  We rode too close to some on the bike path by accident and the dad started hissing and almost charged at us before we were able to resume our ride.  Vicious little suckers.

We were able to get out for another game of golf this weekend, but unfortunately my game hasn't magically improved since last time.  As a matter of fact, I think I'm getting worse with practice.  The rest of my family seems to be getting better each time, though, so we have that going for us.

Quarantine has been helpful for our puzzle habit.  We recently completed this 1000 piece masterpiece of beer bottles.  It's kind of weird how obsessed I get with finishing puzzles once we get them started.  All we end up doing is taking them apart again so I'm not entirely sure of the point, but I still really enjoy it for some reason. 

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