In July a life changing event occured when one of my nearest and dearest friends, Sue, retired and moved to California to live with her youngest daughter and her family. We video chat every Wednesday. She is enjoying her retired life! I am looking forward to seeing her when I go to CA for Christmas. She is planning to spend a weekend with Rhondda and I at Rhondda's in Laguna Woods.
Also the first weekend of August was the 40th Reunion of the Grand Rapids Senior High. It's hard to believe I've been out of high school for 40 years! It was an awesome weekend! The first night was at Zorbaz on the beach, the second night was at the Pokegama Golf Course.
My closest friends from High School---Linda, Jan, Maxine, and Patty, all attended the reunion also. And it was a joy to reunite with so many other friends, several of whom I reconnected with during the past few years on facebook. I even sold three copies of my book at the reunion.
While most of the summer was very good, there was one scary event that took place in August. On the 11th I noticed a lump on Lexi's neck. I googled it and found that it was normal for dogs her age to develop these lumps. Not satisfied with that answer, I called the vet. She was scheduled to go in on the 17th for her heart worm test so the vet receptionist said she would make a note to have the lump checked at her appointment.
On Friday the 13th, I couldn't take Lexi to work with me as I was taking a client shopping. But after shopping, I stopped at home to pick her up and take her back to work with me. She loves going to work, and excitedly ran to greet everyone. I suddenly noticed blood on the floor. I quickly picked her up and to my horror, the side of her neck was covered with blood.
I was working with my supervisor Kim that day, and she suggested I call the vet and take her in. Kim tried to wrap a towel around her neck to stop the bleeding but my girl would have no part of it. I called the vet and explained the situation and was told to bring her right in.
Once I arrived at the vet I called my brother and he came right down to assist me in paying for this unexpected emergency. Once we were in the exam room, the Vet and her assistant came in. She right away referred to the lump as a fast growing tumor because it showed up one day and two days later it burst.
Because of the bleeding, they couldn't aspirate it to examine it for cancer, but said that at her next appointment they would do a chest x-ray and blood work to determine whether or not it was for sure cancer.
It was a long weekend waiting for Tuesday to find out if my baby had cancer. I was a nervous wreck! All I wanted to do that entire weekend was just hold her in my arms. They had wrapped her neck with a bandage and given her an antibiotic and pain killer to take for 14 days.
At her next appointment, they did the tests and found that she did not have cancer! Such a wonderful answer to prayer! The lump on her neck is totally healed, and that weekend is just a horrible memory.
I had a major change in my life last month when I moved into a new apartment. I absolutely love it! I have my own washer and dryer, built in microwave, and patio. Lexi and I enjoy sitting out on the patio on nice days and watching people, or cars drive by.
A couple weeks ago, my brother, sister in law, and I went to Bemidji to the memorial service for my Uncle. He had passed away last summer, but because of covid, they couldn't have a funeral service. My Uncle Bud was my Mom's brother, the youngest of the three children in the family. Although a sad day, it was also a day of reunions, seeing family I hadn't seen for many years.
I was saddened this past week to learn of the passing of Rhondda's son, Chris. After years of pain and suffering, he is at peace now with his heavenly Father. But he has left a void in the hearts of those who loved him.
With the business of packing and getting ready to move, my writing had to kind of be put on the back burner. But now that I am all settled in, I am ready to get back to my writing. I am currently working on a 50,000 word novel, as well as another book of short stories.
Another change I am looking forward to is purchasing a new to me vehicle (my way of saying a used vehicle). My car is in pretty bad shape and is considered to be unsafe.
Until Next Time,
P.S. Will post summer pictures in my next update!!