If you have access to news and weather it comes as no surprise that western North Carolina has seen a deluge this past week. Here at our house we have measured 11 inches of rain since last Sunday. Many roads in our county are closed and the French Broad River Basin is out of banks in several places. In other nearby counties slides have completed closed some highways. And it's not over yet. Few people recall this much rain absent a tropical storm.
This is what's in store for us.
Photograph from The Weather Channel
The downtown Independence Day festivities went on in the rain although we did not attend. Rather, we celebrated at home with my favorite food...HOT DOGS! We never eat hot dogs so it was quite a treat. And they were fantastic!
July 4th marked Lucy's birthday as well. She is eight years old although she still thinks of herself as a teenager. We had two choices when we selected Lucy from the breeder. She immediately came up and started chewing on my husband's shoe laces while the other puppy moved to a corner of the room. My husband was hooked forever from that moment. After we made our choice, the breeder brought out another female from the litter. They could have been twins both in actions and in looks. He said he wanted to keep a female from this litter and had not been able to make up his mind between these two dogs, finally deciding only 30 minutes before we arrived.
Baby Lucy loved to crawl over and push this giant ball.
She ran and played until exhausted.
She never did like to have to sit on command.
Ellie shared her tennis balls.
She is a great dog to take hiking and will go and go, smiling all the way.
Lucy brings great laughter and joy to our lives. She has quite a sense of humor and is very creative at amusing herself.
Our quote for the week comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson who penned the words during the Civil War. They apply no less to our situation in America today:
"The reason why the world lacks unity and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself."
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!