We have had blustery days this week with temperatures far below normal for us. But we have had bright sunshine and at our elevation we had no snow.
We try taking the dogs to different places at least once every week so they can run free. This visit was to the Pink Beds in Pisgah National Forest. As we expected, there was not another person around that day so we broke the law and let the girls off leash.
Our dogs do not jump much.
Ellie was a bit intimidated about jumping over this small log.
Of course, Lucy was delighted to jump. Several times she ran back and forth to jump the log.
They especially loved the thick bed of leaves and ran and ran.
Finally, they chose to lie down in a grassy area and take a breather.
Ellie followed Lucy's example and decided that she also loved to jump the log.
The two of them looked like children jumping over and over.
We've never had a dog that smiled quite more broadly than Lucy does.
We have watched in horror the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy. We have cried with those who lost so much and marveled at those who have shown so much courage. Our thoughts remain with them in days to come. So many will have very long struggles to overcome this terrible tragedy.
With only a few days left before Election Day we realize how precious our government is, no matter how often we disagree with some of the policies made. It is our responsibility to elect candidates who share our beliefs and who will lead our country with honor and compassion for the welfare of all citizens.
There are two quotes for this Friday. The first is from John Quincy Adams who said:
Always vote for principle though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
And from one of my heroes, Barbara Jordan:
A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation.
And if you have been feeling stressed and think time is passing too fast, I leave you with this frightening fact:
Only fifty-nine days remain in the year 2012.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!