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The party went very well despite the 97 degree temps. We just started cooking later than normal. We ended up with about 70 people during the day and a few dozen more showing up for the fireworks. Hell we had 15 cars pull off the highway and stop to watch. we could hear cheering from the other farms around afterwards. We had a bonfire later and everyone sat around talking until 3 am. It was a great 10th anniversary. Which reminds me that Deb and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary on July 4. We have a fireworks show to do each night starting with Friday this weekend. Avon, Vermont, Mt. Sterling and Rushville. Lots of fun but lots of work in heat that promises not to dip below 90.

This weekend I discovered some lumps on the inside of Jake the Dog's back leg. My folks are still down at the farm so I asked them to take him into the vet for me yesterday. I was thinking it was some kind of bite or allergic reaction since it came on suddenly last week. Come to find out his cancer has returned. In 2001 he had surgery to remove a tumor on the outside of the same leg. It turned out to be mast cell cancer. They got all the cancerous tissue then and even scraped the bone to make sure. It's been in remission for almost four years and didn't even show up on a blood test last month. But it's back with a vengeance now. The vet didn't even feel surgery was an option because the mass is so big and right next to his testicles and all that. So he's on an oral steroid to get the inflamation to go down and make him more comfortable. Then after this weekend I'm to make an appointment and take him in to have a biopsy so we can figure out exactly what we are dealing with. I hate like hell that things like this come down to a matter of money but I simply don't have the warewithall to pay for extended sessions of chemotherapy to extend his life. So if there prove to be no other options medically, I'll be renewing the spritual healing I started with him 4 years ago and just trying to make him as comfortable as possible until it's time to let him go.

Anna, I know it was you that called last night but I wasn't in the mood to talk to anyone. Don't take it personally.

Needless to say, I'm not 100% here today.




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Jun. 28th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
An early Happy Anniversary to you; we just had our seventh yesterday, and I look forward to ten, that's a milestone. Sounds like you had one of those parties that memories are made of!

I am sorry to hear about Jake. He will go on the candle list. It is probably one of the most frustrating things in life that our health, and that of our loved ones, relies so much on money... but thank the spirits our healing does not. Blessings to you and yours.
Jun. 28th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks love, you continue to be an inspiration.

Jun. 28th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Poor Puppy! I hope he is ok!

Sounds like you had quite the evening!
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm just doing what I can.

Jun. 28th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary to you and Deb!

And I'm so sorry to hear about the doggie. I understand completely about this. Remember me telling you about my kitty? I think I told you. I know the heartbreak of having to let go of something or someone you love all too well.


If you need to talk, just know I'm here.
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear.

Jun. 29th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
No problem. Just wanted you to know, I understand.
Jun. 28th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm am so sorry to hear about Jake. I have had 2 cats get cancer. Although, I would have gone in debt for them, I chose against chemo both times.
Only you know what is the best thing to do for Jake, and I'm sure you will make the right decisions.
It is a good thing you found out now, so you can spend some quality time together.

Jun. 28th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree and on the chemo, I think the quality of life goes out the window with that. Thanks,

Jun. 29th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hugs to you and Jake. It's horrible that the choices we make for ourselves, our families and our animal friends all boil down to finances some times.
Jun. 29th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks my friend.

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