Wednesday we ran a few errands in town: my niece Tara’s (mail lady) to pick up some mail that had been delivered there, OfficeMax to fax the receipt to the insurance company for the replacement tire for our blow out, USPS to make a return to Amazon and finally to Walmart to pick up a some groceries.
I mentioned in an earlier post that we lived here in Rhinelander from 1991 to 1999. While we were here I worked at Walmart from September 1992 until September 1999 when we moved away. It’s been 22 year since I started at Walmart and quite a few of the people who started when I did still work there so it was inevitable that I’d run into a few while we shopped.
We also happened to run into Cathy J. who worked with Michael at Dahlquist for a while, many years ago. She has worked at Walmart for 16 years now and we had a good time chatting and catching up with her. Here, then husband, worked with Michael and she worked in the office.
While we were catching up with Cathy I had a tap on my shoulder and found one of my nieces standing next to me. Tracy is my brother David’s oldest daughter. She and I chatted while Michael and Cathy chatted. Eventually Cathy decided she better get back to work and Tracy and I decided we better finish our shopping.
About 6:30 pm that evening we were pleasantly surprised when my niece Karrie (Tracy’s younger sister) and her husband Aaron stopped by for a visit. They’ve only been married a little over a year and are expecting their first child. She has such a beautiful glow about her! They stayed for about 2 hours and we had a wonderful time chatting and getting to know Aaron (who seems just perfect for Karrie). They were off to meet friends for dinner but we hoped that we could get together again before we leave.
Thursday morning was a ‘work’ day for me and Michael worked on replacing our microwave vent. The old one had broken somewhere down the line and Michael purchased a nicer one from Amazon. The new vent is a little larger than the old one so he had to enlarge the hole just a wee bit in order for it to fit. That’s my handy guy! Click HERE for more information regarding the new vent.
We had made plans to visit Michael’s previous employers in the early afternoon. Michael worked for Dahlquist Heating & Cooling for the majority of the time that we lived in Rhinelander. He installed furnaces, air conditioners and water heaters. He even fabricated his own duct work. Dahlquist is a family run business and they treated him very well so we like to stop in and see them when we’re in town. The parents (Joe & Shirley) have pretty much retired at this point and the sons (Wally & Steven) along with Wally’s kids (Joey, Nick & Michelle) currently run the business.
We had a nice visit with some of the family members before making our departure for NAPA. Last Friday we purchased a new battery for the truck as we were having trouble with it not starting. Once the new battery was installed we had no more issues….for 5 days. This past Wednesday the not starting crap started again. Our neighbor was good enough to jump-start the truck twice.
After talking with Wally and Joe it sounded like we should replace the second battery too (even though advised not to when we purchased the first battery). Once at NAPA the store clerk checked the second battery and felt that it should be replaced for three reasons: 1. His battery charger went flooey each time he tried to check it. 2. The battery was much hotter than it should be and 3. There was a rotten egg smell coming from the battery. So we took the advice and purchased the second battery which Michael kind of thought we should have to begin with. The good sign was that the truck started this morning after sitting over night. However, it did that for 4 days last time and on the 5th day it wouldn’t start again…so we’ll cross our fingers and say a couple of prayers and hope that the 2nd battery solves the issue.
With the new battery installed we decided that a movie at the Rouman Cinema was in order. We chose “The Expendables 3” as it was the last day for it to play here and since we’d seen the first two we wanted to see the latest installment. We enjoyed the movie but I thought it was missing the humor of the previous two movies.
We went to Dina Mia Pizza for dinner. Dina Mia has been around for as long as I can remember and has some of the best pizza around. We ordered cheesy sticks and a Hawaiian pizza…the cheesy sticks were really yummy but it seemed like something was lacking with the pizza. It was still good but not quite what I had remembered.
After dinner we went over to my sister, Vicki’s home to visit with her and her husband, Jimi. We touched on so many different subjects and time flew quickly. It seems that we’re all TV addicts so we talked a LOT about different shows that we watch, what we like, what we don’t, what got cancelled and shouldn’t have… Before we knew it it was 11:00 pm and time for us to make our way home. Before we left we made plans to meet for a good old Wisconsin Fish Fry tonight.