We are now approaching the middle of July. First the good news. Susie and I returned from MD Anderson this last week. Her scans are stable, no growth/ significant changes to report. So, this weekend we are collecting our thoughts on Summer.
A lot has happened in the last month. I only wish we had captured more photos. We started off Summer with a visit from my parents. Dad and I did a walk along Shoal Creek from 12th street up to 28th street. The damage from the recent flood was apparent, but it was being cleaned up by volunteers. Thank goodness, temperatures were quite mild for early June in Texas.
We hosted our annual Summer Solstice Gathering. It was the first gathering without Gabriel. He is remaining in San Luis Obispo to take courses over the summer. Our party tends to be a birthday celebration, specifically organized around his birthday with Susie and I having birthdays within plus or minus five days of the Solstice. So, this year we raised a glass in his honor. It was a smaller turnout, but full of good conversation and food. Though the grilled vegetables and meats were behind schedule, as my grills were put out by the rain the happened right when the coals were ready. So, I had to restart from scratch.
Just a bit after the Solstice Party, Pearl landed a job at the Soda Fountain/ Drug Store around the corner from us. She’s slinging shakes, malts, burgers and breakfast. I’m proud of her, more so because she has to be at work at 7am. Nevertheless, she’s making a few dollars and getting an experience that she can draw from.
Crossing into July, we saw Susie’s family in Onion Creek for celebrating Independence Day. We came back into town to see the fireworks over Ladybird Lake/ aka Town Lake. We were at our friend’s Todd and Han, with the Mahaffeys, Burtons and Caylors. It was a nice evening to cap off a day of fun and sun.
As to the rest of summer, we plan on making our way out to California to see Gabriel and friends. I’ll post photos at the end of the trip. Until then, don’t forget to put on sunscreen, wear a hat and hydrate regularly.