As the glowing yellow orb of warmth and joy starts hanging around less and less each day and a crisp coolness creeps into the air, I am amazed yet again with the realization that summer is over.
There is frost on the ground one morning.
The leaves that were green become red, yellow, and orange and each year I am struck by how short the summer seemed and how I didn’t get to do all of things I wanted to do.
We didn’t get out on the boat once this summer.
We didn’t take the canoe out to lounge on a peaceful lake while one of us reads and the other “fishes”.
We haven’t hiked with the dogs because of Casey’s laryngeal paralysis and Alistair’s torn medial meniscus.
We haven’t explored the mountains surrounding us on horseback with Alistair’s knee and just the timing of things.
But, my goodness…
The things we did do.
There’s the book I completed and published and am now promoting.
I am in literary Heaven because people are enjoying the book.
I hear so many different things in peoples’ voices when they share their thoughts on the book.
Surprise, from friends and colleagues who have only known me as a veterinarian.
Warm, happy relief from friends who have known I’ve wanted to write for years.
Shock, at times, that a self-published author can actually string words together with correct grammar and punctuation. Words that can create emotions as they are read. Words that can take you places.
I am so freaking happy its not even funny.
I got to re-embrace the little community I live in this summer as so many people have thrown their support behind me even though I closed my veterinary clinic one full year ago. I removed a trustworthy place to have your concerns listened to, your animals cared for and your hands held and yet they continue to support me.
From the folks on the golf course, the gang at the Double Arrow Lodge who let me and Gary have a PR photo session, to my friend at Good Times who helped dress me, the community of Ovando gearing up for a book event, staff at the Grizzly Claw for organizing their upcoming event and to Christian at Holland Lake Lodge for agreeing to host my very first book signing ever… the friendship and encouragement is overwhelming.
This summer I have been able to share laughter and smiles with people who have read my book.
Or are going to read my book.
Or want me to sign their book.
I love hearing their thoughts about the future of the characters, their enjoyment of the relationships within and the particular moment they meet the character, Tabitha.
I won’t say any more about that, though. Its yours to explore.
Cindy, Lollie, Jessi, Lynn, Marty, Jackson, Merielle, Jill, Jill’s postman… what an adventure!
We got out to golf a lot this summer.
It was easier on Alistair’s knee than hiking or riding horses and its just been so enjoyable watching our games change and slowly improve.
And I have bonded with our animal companions more than I could have imagined by having the time to be at home with them.
Amazingly, Casey is still with us.
The goofy, jumpy, wiggly, ridiculous, clumsy black Labrador with the unilateral floppy laryngeal fold had a couple of scares on really hot days where he wouldn’t settle down and everything was getting swollen and I could hear the fold flopping as he panted and he started turning blue.
Its not a color that makes veterinarians or Mummy’s very happy, I can assure you.
The cooler weather is a welcome relief for our old goofy boy.
Maybe not if he slams into you or me or blind Loki with her bad eye but it is amazing that Casey is still here to be such a pain in the ass.
And Loki right now, with her really bad corneal ulcer.
I’ve been able to spend the time to help her.
I’m still not sure we’re going to save the eye but we’ve come this far and I’m going to keep trying.
Another special treat is that little Boomer is still with us.
Doing very well, in fact.
She is tolerating her twice-daily methimazole and has even put some of her weight back on.
Not a lot, but enough to make Mummy, Daddy and Boom Boom happy.
This summer took me back to Bismarck to help with the hay and get my dental crowns taken care of.
While the latter isn’t something to focus on, the hay-making was great.
Even with New Neighbor nearly dying from the effort.
And now its time to talk about fall and the chilly mornings and the wood that needs to be cut and more book signings and starting a new book and keeping Loki’s eye and getting out to ride the horses and changing my golf attire just a tad.
We’ve got a little propane heater rigged up in Norman and we’re toasty warm on a golf course that seems abandoned now that the summer people have left.
One more bonus to the end of summer.
The weather changes bring some outstanding scenery both in Montana and North Dakota. As I’ve said before, I am a lucky woman to know both places.
So, goodbye Dear Summer and hello, Autumn.
An exciting month ahead where I will turn 42 and Alistair will turn a bit older than that and the golf course will be empty.
And some overdue Aloha.
Stay tuned for that one and think happy thoughts for Loki’s eyeball.
We think of her and Casey all of the time now with the addition of our golf buddies….
There’s always next summer.