As if we were a cake frosted overnight, our mountain is a glaze of sheer ice. Fortunately, my husband always checks the deck and realized it before heading out with the Golden Girls. And with temperatures not expected to reach freezing today, the ice will remain.
Following their after dinner walk, the girls snooze the evening away.
This is often how they nap.
Whether sleeping upstairs or downstairs, they used to be reluctant to get up at 9:00 for their final trip outdoors. Often I would have to call more than once. But then we found a magic word. This word, spoken softly sends the girls immediately to my husband's chair.
They wait in expectation.
They would sit and wait forever.
And what, you may ask, is this magic word? PUPPYCRACK! A couple of years ago our son and his wife were visiting us and bought the girls some special treats at a pet store in South Carolina. Ellie and Lucy have never been so excited over any treats, not even bits of cheese.
Puppycrack is made by a relatively small company and every batch is hand made of natural ingredients, no preservatives, and with no sugar, salt, corn syrup or corn. A portion of the sales goes to aid dogs in shelters and rescue dogs in need of medical care. Some specialty pet stores in the Carolinas carry Puppycrack, but it is not widely distributed. You can order the treats Online here. I assure you your dogs will love it. Another benefit is that the treats are small. We give them to the girls only once a day because they think they are so special. In the evening when I say "PUPPYCRACK" they come running no matter where they are. They are that good.
We will spend the day indoors except for outings in the back yard. The roads are basically impossible to travel. Even the driveway is dangerous, so it's out in the woods for us.
This week our community continues to mourn the sudden death of our good friend and neighbor. My husband and I organized a gathering at his home following the funeral. All our neighbors pitched in and it was such a warm community spirit. Our friend's children took great comfort in knowing that their mother had such a wonderful support group to help her through the coming days. Guests from outside our neighborhood said they wished their own neighborhood was as closely knit as ours. We are very fortunate and we do appreciate that fact.
The quote today is an anonymous one:
Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening. But no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. So in the end, life is stronger than death.
Hug your loved ones. Try to mend any broken relationships. Our time here on earth is finite and we know not how long we have.
As the nation faces severe cold, our thoughts turn once again to the less fortunate. Highs in some areas will not reach positive degrees F. If you can do so, donate a little more to those organizations who help the poor.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!