Oh, the beautiful gifts, all wrapped with care with the perfect bow and tag to know where it goes. Well, the gifts I give are usually tucked in a gift bag with some tissue paper or wrapped with no pattern and so much tape! Wrapping gifts is not one of my talents. I am still working to find my hidden talent, and I know it will show up someday!

We had my husband's sibling's birthday and Christmas celebration this past week. Trying to get all the packages out in the pouring rain was a difficult job, and I was soaked by the time I got through the door. So no one cared about how the bags looked as they saw us all coming to the restaurant.

Reflecting on the previous year, it was the same table we were at, in the same restaurant, and doing the same thing only a week sooner than the year before. My mind flashed back for a moment or two as we approached the table, sitting down all of the gifts.

Last year I asked everyone to listen for a moment as I wanted to tell them something we had just been told. Now, before I share the news, I want to explain we will celebrate just the same.

The doctor called just an hour ago. My test results came in, and I had to be told. I have breast cancer, and I will see several doctors as soon as Christmas is over to determine treatments and the level of cancer I have.

This year we began with the birthday celebration of singing, opening gifts, eating dinner, and then Christmas gifts along with Birthday cake. Two of the gifts I have received so far are very thoughtful and meaningful as we continue to move forward with a new year ahead.

In January, I will complete a bone density test to see the progression of the harm to my bones with the current daily medication I take, and then a new mammogram with ultrasounds to look at the other mass to check for any changes. I am sure a biopsy will be part of the plan.

Currently, I am cancer free. It is the best way to be. I plan to stay this way—Celebrating on Christmas Day! I have rung the bell, I believe, and I know all things are possible with faith and prayer.

Look at these two beautiful gifts I received from my “sisters”-in-laws and one more still to come.

A cancer survivor bell ornament for my dinning room tree where all of our family and friends meet.
An angel ornament to remind me to Believe, her favorite and my favorite word to use especially at Christmas. Added to my little pencil tree in the dinning room.

August brings us fresh vegetables from the garden, smells from the kitchen from canning, back-to-school shopping, and the beautiful garden walks full of flowers beginning to fade as a reminder fall is on the way.

The last super moon of 2022 will be August 11 at 8:36 p.m. central time. August is also the best time to see the Perseid Meteor Shower. It can be viewed now until August 13th. The best time is August 11th-13th, but the bright, super moon will prevent seeing the falling stars.

Celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd! If you are not able to celebrate on this day, make a plan to celebrate with others as a family event maybe. There is nothing like having a slice of an ice-cold piece of watermelon as you enjoy family time, a ball game, a picnic, or any time you choose.

You know fall is coming when you begin to talk about S’mores. National S’mores Day is August 10th. My grandchildren love anything sweet, but we enjoy making S’mores. Gathering around to roast marshmellos is a fun time as you tell stories. Take the warm or burnt marshmallows, place them between two graham crackers with a square of Hershey's chocolate, and you will see them melt together; it immediately warms your heart and brings a smile to your face.

Another unique day to celebrate is August 13th International Left-Handers Day! Do you know anyone who is left-handed? My husband is left-handed! When we go out to eat, we have to try to remember to sit so, we are not hitting each other as we try to eat.

The United States celebrates National Honeybee Day on August 20th. It will be a buzz that day! Okay, that was not a good joke. Every third Saturday of August is celebrated as National Honey Bee Awareness Day. The role of honey bees in pollination and the importance of their products as honey and honey wax are recognized.

To learn more about the month of August, recipes, unique facts and interesting things to know this website is full of things to know.

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