Lede: the opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story:
“the lede has been rewritten and the headline changed”
Who knew? I thought it was always spelled “lead”
Not wanting to be accused of burying the lede like last April “Wait for It”. I am telling up front, that this summer I have had a series of tests culminating in a biopsy on July 23rd which found cancer in calcifications in my left breast. I have scheduled a lumpectomy for August 30th. This is a very early, 0-stage? d.c.i.s. (ductal carcinoma in situ) I will visit the oncologist mid-September to find out what happens next.
Now that I have gotten that news out of the way, I can tell you the fun stuff that has happened this month.
The Project: Our friend Jay came up for a week and helped twist the cottage a few degrees clockwise. It was quite tedious as there were many adjustments along the way.
Poor Jay, wish I could say we had some fun times while he was here. Maybe he’ll come back in another 8 years.
Jay wasn’t the only one put to work. Our eight year old granddaughter Audrey joined us for the following week and she helped as well.
After the cottage was turned, we raised it nine inches with house jacks and new posts so that it is at the same level as the house. So once the deck is rebuilt, you can walk from cottage to house without the two stairs. Then we poured concrete in all the new post holes. Next comes the skirting around the foundation.
Audrey’s Visit: Luckily, tractor driving counts as fun for Audrey. She also got to ride a horse for the first time, have art lessons, go fishing, attend the county fair, among other fun activities.
Roger and I worked several shifts at the Fair this year. Roger judged the 4-H youths in horticulture. I hung around the Fiber Arts exhibit as docent among other chores. Audrey got to make fiber beads as a Courtyard Activity. She also got to go on a number of rides. Her parents and siblings joined us later in the week and attended the Fair as well.
Family Visit: So Bjorn’s family went to the Fair one day and we went to the beach the next day. After that, the forest fire unhealthy air attacked us and we stayed close to home. There was this game about deactivating a bomb (fun, right?) and a puzzle among other games.
Coming Soon: The air finally cleared today (8/23) at least for awhile. We have a forest owners field day at our house this coming weekend. And next week, my surgery. I will hopefully be reporting on these events as well as more cottage project advancement.
I’ve placed a new sculpture next to Willow Man in the front courtyard. Remind you of someone?