Happy June! Happy heat! Happy Humidity! We’ve certainly had heat and humidity! June also brings on the 12th, “Loving Day,” (we should love one another); the 14th, “Flag Day,” show your colors, the beautiful stars and stripes of our great country; the 20th, “Father’s Day,” remember your Dad, and how hard he worked to give you the necessities of life, and any extras he could afford; the 27th, is a real good one “Ice Cream Cake Day.” Enjoy the entire month. Also, a very important day in June is the anniversary of D-Day, June 6th. That was a day never to forget. All those men who lost their lives for FREEDOM, and you know, we’re still fighting for it. Bill and I visited Normandy in 2007, and it’s still vivid in our minds. Just visiting it changed our lives, and never let us forget it. Thank your veterans when you see them, and in prayer, thank the vets we lost, especially that day. I remember in the New York City papers publishing people dancing and kissing in the streets some weeks later. Even at our home, on our street, everyone was dancing, cheering, laughing out in the street. It was over. We hoped “all the boys would be coming home,” but many gave their lives, and their remains stayed there, and the American cemeteries and memorials are so beautiful, at least in Belgium and France, the ones I have seen. My aunt lost her young son, (my cousin) Charles Owen, who was flying over the Channel. He was brought home.

Speaking of vets, the Vets Coffee House next meeting is Thursday, June 24th, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Waxhaw Baptist Church, located at 8213 Old Waxhaw Monroe Road, in Waxhaw. For more info, contact Harry Watkins, at 704-774-9509. Harry is an exceptionally good natured guy with a smile on his face, and he will offer you a warm welcome. From what I hear, once you get there, you’ll want to go back - the vets always have a good time together. They get breakfast, camaraderie, out of the house, raffle prizes, doesn’t that sound like fun? Hope you go!

The Waxhaw American Legion Post 208 meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary provides a nice dinner at 7, prior to the Business meeting. Once again, out of the house, camaraderie, good food, and guys who have been through just like you.Post 208 also has Bingo on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. FUN! Maybe you’ll win a few bucks, and enjoy and meet new people. Try it, you’ll like it.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan proudly announced the birth of their second child, a daughter, Lilibet Diana, named after her great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and grandmother, Duchess Diana. I’m sure, big brother, Archie, gave her a warm welcome. Best wishes to the entire family.

And on this side of the big pond, the Olsen family, Greg, former Panthers player, and his wife are thrilled to have been able to get a heart transplant for their young son, T.J. Thank God for the miracles and brilliance of the human brain that some people are intelligent enough to be able to learn how to do such marvelous medical miracles. Hopefully this will provide T.J. a long, healthy life. T.J. appears to be a duplicate of Greg. They look more like brothers than father and son. I might add, T.J. is also exceptionally handsome as his father. Good luck to the entire family.

Did you happen to see the March 2021 Reader’s Digest? It tells about dogs who sniffed at lesions. Those lesions were cancerous. Another case, a dog was almost bothersome to a woman, sniffing relentlessly - that woman had ovarian cancer. In that particular report, it said the human’s snoot comes no way near a dog’s. The human is equipped with 5 million olfactory receptors, and a dog has about 300 million olfactory receptors.

During the 18th century, search and rescue dogs emerged when monks of the Great St. Bernard Hospice in the Swiss Alps discovered that the dogs they they had been breeding were capable of leading them to the victims of avalanches buried in the snow. One woman owned a border collie-Doberman mix who became attracted to a mole on her mistress’s thigh. Continued to try to sniff it. When the dog attempted to bite the mole off her leg, she went to the Dermatologist, and the biopsy showed cancer. The doctor and his associate sent the info to the “Lancet,” a medical journal.

Very soon following its publication, people all over the world were adding info to the publication. A 66 year old man had a patch of eczema on his thigh which his Labrador Retriever would not stop sniffing. the gentleman made a call to his doctor, and sure enough, it was a basal cell. I tell you you can’t make this up. Now they are using dogs to detect cancers. While Bill was in the hospital following his triple by-pass, one day he had a visitor - a German Shepherd. The dog came up to see the patients once a week, and did a great job at lifting their spirits. So if your dog sniffs you too much in one spot, have the doctor check it out.

Did you happen to catch the news report on WCNC about a HUGE alligator walking in the front yard of a Charlotte homeowner? Yikes, it was so huge, it looked artificial at first. And I complain about the ants in ours, at least I can step on them.

Have a great week, make those appointments for your medical check -ups, take time to smell the roses, and remember how much ‘fina’ it is to wake up in Carolina.