It's the last week of July as 2013 continues to fly by. The "scattered" evening thunderstorms seem always to hit our area. We've had rain every evening and hail on Thursday. The rivers continue to run high and dangerous. July has seen seven river rescues in our county with one death from a waterfall and one critically injured eight-year-old whose parents took him tubing on a swollen river.
Most mornings and afternoons are sunny however, and we have really enjoyed that. We had half our deck stained yesterday morning. With an inch-and-a-half of additional rain last night, the other half is too wet to do today. Based on the forecast, it may remain wet for a few more days. The section of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Craggy and Mt. Mitchell is closed with a six-inch crack across the highway. The crack is several feet deep and is attracting a lot of foot traffic since the road is closed. Several other roads are closed with landslides and the Department of Transportation is way behind on scheduled maintenance. Clearing the landslides and repairing those roads obviously take priority to filling potholes.
And life for us goes along pretty much as usual. We have managed most days to get the dog walks in between the showers.
Ellie stretches almost in a play bow when called downstairs to be groomed.
We have no idea why she does this.
The two dogs enjoy playtime in the den.
And Lucy takes advantage of the sunshine with her nice soft pillow.
The quote for the week comes from one of my favorite columnists, the late Sydney J. Harris:
"When I hear someone sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'
HAVE A WONDERFUL END OF JULY WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!