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It is with a heavy heart that I return from my blogging break, our sweet Westie, Mistletoe, passed away last night after sixteen years as part of our family.  She has been a wonderful member of our family since Christmas 1992, and she will be sorely missed. 

            Our Sweet Girl, Missy

Missy had a seizure yesterday afternoon around 4:00 pm that lasted about 5 minutes, but afterward she seemed fine.  I took her to the vet where he checked her out, he said the most likely diagnosis was a brain tumor given her age.  He told me that since this was her first seizure I should take her home and keep an eye on her, keep a log of her seizures, and call him if she had more than one a month or if she began to have cluster seizures.  

Unfortunately, she had a very serious seizure that started around 9:30 pm and lasted about an hour, she never recovered.  Ashley and I were with her to the end, she was struggling to breathe and I leaned over and kissed her head, told her how much we loved her, that she had been a wonderful girl all these years, and that it was O.K. to let go.  She took her final breath and passed on.

          Drama Queen and Missy

Missy brought so much love and joy to our family, we are missing her so much already,  Ashley and Drama Queen are taking it especially hard.  But, she will always be in our hearts and thankfully we have many wonderful memories of our years with her.

            Missy aka Hannah Montana

I had to share this picture of Missy from last Christmas morning.  Drama Queen decided to put her Hannah Montana wig and microphone on poor Missy, and she was so good natured that she stood still for this photo.  She had mellowed so much over the years, from the feisty puppy who barked at everything to the sweet old girl who slept most of the time.   She was the best dog ever!

We love you Missy and will miss you always!

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Summer Memories

One of my favorite memories of my childhood summers is visiting the bookmobile to check out books to read.   Our small town didn’t have a library and the closest one was thirty miles away, so every summer the bookmobile would come every other week and park in front of our neighbor’s house.  This particular neighbor lived in what I guess would be considered the middle of town and we would walk there from our house. 

I remember I always went barefoot during the summer when I was a kid, and walking to the bookmobile was an adventure.   The sand was always so hot, and inevitably I would step on a sand spur on the way there, but once I got to the bookmobile and stepped up inside, the cool tile floor felt so good to my feet.  We didn’t have air conditioning in our home when I was young, not many people we knew did back then, so it was a real treat to go inside the bookmobile and feel the cold air blowing on me.

I’ve always loved to read, so I would check out the maximum number of books allowed and read them all (most of them twice) before the bookmobile came again.  I couldn’t wait to go on adventures with Nancy Drew, step through the wardrobe with the children in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and learn about the life of migrant workers through the story of Strawberry Girl. 

The wonderful memories of summer reading have stayed with me throughout my life, and there is still something very special about visiting the library on a hot summer’s day to check out books to enjoy.  During the school year I’m busy reading, studying, and researching topics for homeschooling, so summer is my time to relax with a good book and read just for me.

I’d love to hear about your special summer memories, you can leave me a comment and/or a link to your blog if you’ve written a similar post!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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