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Sunday, August 1, 2010

A New Month and a New Me

August 1. I awoke to sun rays dancing through the vertical blinds and birds filling the air with beautiful songs. Caught up with my email and Face Book and anxious to get back to work.

A new month for a new me! Two months of surgery, going hypothyroid, low-iodine diet, radiation and isolation. Now I'm rejoicing and starting anew. Back on thyroid supplements and starting to feel human again. Hopefully radiation zapped remaining cancer cells and I can focus on our beautiful world, my family and friends, marketing our latest book and my current writing projects.

The Bugle is almost ready to go to press. My husband and Peanut are back with me - still keeping my distance for a couple more days though. Good Lord, how I missed them. The weather's hot but gorgeous. My friend Gay and I are both headed to Branson this week. Gay's daily texts and calls made some long days bearable. Joyce managed to simultaneously plan a convention and keep daily tabs on me. Nancy Smith juggled her book awards program and checking in with me. Mike Mullins entertained me with photos of his hummingbird friends. Marlyce Stockinger gave her "awesome possum" love. Barb Riggle made it possible for me to finish the Bugle even though it seemed an insurmountable task at times. Sean Murray offered me "been there and done that" advice that made it all easier. TC, next time I'll take you up on some of your marvelous cooking.

Friends offered prayers and support. Each one shared their love and lightened the load. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You are all living proof that real love surrounds you when you need it the most.

Meanwhile my son Mark and family are returning from a great vacation at Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. My nephew Matt and his family are leaving for a semester in Scotland. My brothers each made the summer brighter for me and now they can focus on their own activities. Jim can cook "real" food again, butter, sauces and all.

I'm still hoping to attend the Great Lakes Outdoor Writers conference in Ashland, WI, next month. Last year we had a wonderful time in Michigan. I fell in love with Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

If you're looking for a great vacation spot this fall, you'd love Michigan. But that's another story for another day...

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