The Summer Is Passing By Too Fast

Rim Storm moving in.

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August! Already! The summer is passing way too fast. I haven’t even had time to go fishing!

I am happy to see the rain finally arrive. The grasses and shrubs in the forest have been revitalized.

A big surprise came with this great weather ‚ Our plum tree is working overtime producing fantastic tasting plums for the first time since about 10 years ago. Now I need to read up on preserving them before they spoil. They have a very short span before they go bad. I’ve never made plum jam before, but I am willing to give it a try.

I am waiting on pins and needles for our sixth great-grandchild to be born. Our granddaughter Bethany began labor on Sunday morning and it looked as if the birth would be eminent. Not so. As of Tuesday afternoon, our grandchild has not arrived. We are all praying that our granddaughter is OK along with this stubborn little infant. My prayers are with them both.

My husband had a colonoscopy on Tuesday morning that turned out OK, there was only one polyp. Six months ago, there were 10! He is a polyp-making machine!

He was told by his doctor that he could wait another year for the next one. He has no trouble drinking that stuff the day before, but I do! Luckily, I don’t have to have another procedure for two more years. Thank goodness. But actually, colon cancer is a silent killer and everyone 50 years or older should have the procedure. I didn’t have my first one until I was about 65 and if it wasn’t my fishing buddy Theresa insisting that I check with my doctor, who knows what would’ve happened. I did have colon cancer. I was operated on and the doctor removed a portion of my colon and thank my lucky stars, he removed it all so that I didn’t need any other treatment. Now I have the procedure every other year. I urge everyone not to put this off, get it done! You may be saving your life.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Firefighters Nick Fitch and Rick Heron and finally back from the forest fires in Idaho. We are thankful that the both of you have returned home safely.

Firefighter John Lacy has finally been released from his doctor to go back to work. John had a serious knee injury. The rest of the crew is happy to have John back.

The August fire board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Star Valley Fire Station.

Double D doings

Nine ladies came to compete in the nine-ball competition last Tuesday evening. The chalk dust was really getting heavy, and when the dust cleared, Patty Adams shot for first place, followed by Ethel Cain taking second place and Nanci Olson shooting for third place.

This week’s recipe:

It is called “Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake”

The ingredients are:

1 coffee mug

4 tablespoons all purpose flour

4 tablespoons sugar (use a sweetener for lowering the calories)

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

2 egg whites

3 tablespoons skim milk

3 tablespoons applesauce (instead of 3 tablespoons oil)

splash of pure vanilla

Directions:

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg white and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the milk and applesauce and mix well. Add the vanilla and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed.

Allow to cool a little and tip out onto a plate if desired.

Chocolate chips or anything else you want can be added.

Serves one to two.

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user Spitfire 12

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