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The coming week at the Copperas Cove Public Library is jam-packed with events and activities, with something being offered nearly every day of the week.

There’s a new “gadget” I’ve been considering for a long time. There are quite a few different makes and models to choose from including Accuquilt, Sizzix, Cicut, Gemini, Spellbinders and Brother’s ScanNcut (which does exactly what the name implies).

My family has grown by two in the last month. My husband and I have four children and our nephew is living with us while he prepares for college — and then we decided to add two more children who are foreign exchange students.

One of my favorite things to do with my husband is make a bucket list of the experiences we want to share together. We have done everything from zip lining across the jungle to taking paper Valentine hearts to nursing home residents.

Where has the summer gone? Classes have already begun in the Killeen Independent School District.

Ah, the dog days of summer are here. Last-minute vacations, sweating while shopping in the brutal Texas heat, and purging your house to get rid of the old, making room for the new and reorganizing everything to get ready for the school year.

Gaming Day at the Copperas Cove Public Library is normally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Saturday of the month, but this month it is being postponed one week for one little (or big) reason — Central Texas College’s GeekFest.

It’s always unfortunate when a longtime local eating establishment closes its doors, but I was particularly sad to see Las Casas in Temple close down over the weekend.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to find out I had a life-threatening illness — and the treatment of that illness would force me to put my life on hold for a year or more.

I often hear the following refrain from many well-meaning folks who are under the impression that once students graduate, the school year ends for educators: “I bet you are glad school is out and your summer vacation has begun.”

June means summertime is here. I remember being a child and each summer was an opportunity for adventures. I knew time was limited yet the lazy days of sleeping in made me somehow feel summer would last forever.