First of all, I can hardly believe that September is over. It was absolutely thee fastest September I’ve ever lived through!
- I finally got to have dinner and catch up with Rachel Sparks. I hadn’t seen her since we took a trip with Ian to Chicago and I caught Parvo about 8 years ago or so. Yep. Parvo. Woof, woof! It was fun getting to hear about all that she’s been up to over the last 8 years! Rachel went to high school and church with my sons, so it’s pretty neat to see her all grown up, and educated, and doing so well – even if it does make me feel old!
- Took a Friday night and treated myself to a manicure and pedicure! I remember that night well. I needed it. You know – sometimes you just gotta shut the phone off and sit in a massage chair and pamper yourself. It was THAT kind of an evening.
- Had dinner with my old hospice friends at Camp Ticonderoga! We did a lot of laughing, and we ate a LOT of dessert. Thanks for that, Dave!
- Learned how to order things off Amazon. Now – I know I’m at least a decade behind the rest of the world, but yes, I just learned how to do this. AND! I learned how to return things to Amazon at the UPS store. I’m in trouble. Big time trouble.
- My brother Larry and sister-in-law Marianne came over for dinner one night, and we sat on the porch a long time and had a great visit. That was probably the best part of the entire month of September.
- Finished a year-long Bible study with my friend Linda over breakfast. I think I’m gonna pester her to do another one with me, cuz it was fun!
- Went to the Village Players Club in Birmingham and saw the play called “Arsenic & Old Lace,” directed by a friend of mine I used to work with at the hospital. Laughter is the best medicine. In September, I had a great need of laughter!
- I have a new set of chimes my friend Linda bought me, and they sound BEAUTIFUL every night when I’m falling asleep! Still trying to figure out whether or not chimes need to be brought in for the winter. Any thoughts on this?
- Had dinner with a friend at Bubba’s Restaurant on Hall Road. They have thee best chicken I’ve ever eaten! California Chicken with a honey lime sauce. Seriously – the best chicken ever!
- Got to see my friend Tammy AND enjoy some donuts at Blake’s Cider Mill in Armada. She is one of the most thoughtful people I know, and hooked me up with some new snow tires for my Subaru. Thanks Tammy! (And don’t forget about our book exchange – before it snows!)
- Finally got to eat at Cooper’s Hawk for the first time. Best part about my filet mignon dinner? Running into Melanie Shore after way too many years!
- Had a grandparents’ night at Rory and Holly’s so they could go celebrate 8 years of marital bliss. Holly’s parents and myself stayed up late with the kids and played all sorts of games. I’m not sure if we pooped them out, or if they pooped us out – probably both! We thought we saw the Northern Lights, but the truth is – we will never know if that’s what we saw. But it was sure fun gazing up into the night sky out in the country with all the kiddos.
- Started a bathroom remodel that is currently ongoing. My house is a mess. A big, dusty mess.
- My friend Deb stopped by out of the blue on her way back from the Peach Festival in Romeo. She brought me some peaches that I ended up baking and putting in oatmeal all week. Delicious!
- I went flower picking with my friends Diane and Terri. We were surprised at how much fun we had, and how good it felt to be out getting all of that fresh air. There were bees everywhere, but they didn’t really bother us. It’s good to be out in the fresh air with friends. I’m definitely going to do that next year again, but probably earlier in the season than we did.
- Started the month off with my first (AND LAST) Reclast infusion and had a NASTY reaction. Won’t be doing THAT again!
Well, I’d say it was a pretty good month with only one real “low” that I could think of. I’m always happy to turn the page in my calendar to the following month – not because I want time to pass quickly, but because that fresh page looks so nice and neat and clean, and the possibilities for adventure are endless!
This week, an elderly patient I cared for, told me that every day I should try something new – so…. So Long, September! And hello October. Here’s to dreaming up “new things!”