Sunday, July 24, 2016

Craig's Birthday

We got together today for Craig's birthday. Went out to eat and just hung out.

Craig isn't much on birthday cake so Carol made a Pretzel cake.

A nice day, hard to believe he is 33.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sewer Issues

We have lived in this house for 30 years, moved in 1986. We have had six sewage backups into our basement, of varying degrees. One in 1995, one in 1996, two in 2013 and two in 2015. 
Several neighbors have also had the same problems. Our sewer company Metropolitan Sewer District, MSD, hired a plumbing contractor in 2013 and installed a back-flow prevent valve. This was supposed to fix all our problems. 

It didn't work and several neighbors failed also. 
So now the latest fix is MSD hired a contractor to install a tank, pump, etc. this has supposedly disconnected us from a gravity sewer system and now our sewage is pumped into the main. 

I wonder if this fix will work. Time will tell.

Monday, July 18, 2016


On May 12th we were camping at Rend Lake IL and getting ready to go to Brown County State Park in Indiana. Carol looked at me and asked what that lump was between my neck and shoulder. I said, "what lump". Then I looked in the mirror in disbelief. No idea it was there. Carol said it was the size of a baked potato. 

So we packed up the camper and came home. Went to urgent care and they sent me to a ENT doctor. He did a biopsy and sent it off. He said we will know in a few days. It took 2 weeks but the verdict was Lymphoma. Then off to a oncologist. Every doctor asked me the same questions. Have I recently lost weight, am I having night sweats, feeling sluggish, etc. Not me. I felt fine, no problems. I had just put 41 miles on my bike the two days we were at Rend Lake. 

I haven't been to a doctor for years but in the last two months I've seen plenty. I had a CAT scan, PET scan, Bone marrow biopsy, Echocardiogram, Tissue biopsy, a port installed. 

I have to have 6 chemo treatments three weeks apart. Then some radiation. They say I'll be good when I'm finished. But I was good before they started. 

The first chemo was 8 hours long on June 27 and I did great. No major problems and we were able to go camping for 5 days before the second chemo. The lump decreased in size after a few days of the first chemo. 

Today was chemo number 2. So far so good. Hopefully all the treatments will go good.
They said I would lose my hair with the chemo. I never had much hair but I did have a big beard. 
Carol cut everything off, so now I feel odd. I've had a beard for a long time. They say that it will grow back when I'm done.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Dam West Campground, Carlyle, IL

It was good to get out in the camper again after being home for over a month. We had a nice 5 day trip. 

 I found this guy riding a unicycle all the way across the dam:

Pfeil's latest camper, 2012 Passport:

Ate at the Fish House, of course. We don't eat out often but we always try to eat here:

 Sometimes I think Carol likes the desserts better than the food

We had a good time and are looking forward to the next trip.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Canavera Family comes to visit

Several of the Canavera family were in town so we were able to all get together.  Always fun!