Friday, July 26, 2013

Fridays Are Golden

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?'



Carolina Linthead said...

Lucy has the most beautiful of pillows :-) Love the pic of Elle bowing! Hope things dry out in August...ugh.

The Bug said...

Man I'll bet the forests around you are turning into rain forests!

Your girls are beautiful, and yes, my life is really not all that hard at all :)

my86400sec said...

love the quote. and the girls are darling, as usual. Have a great weekend!

Rae said...

I just read one blogger's post about how she felt relieved because her area got its first rain in several months yesterday. Just wish there was a way to balance things out. The girls are looking mighty sweet as usual.

KGMom said...

Ah, the play bow...our Ziva (who is half golden, half border) does this EVERY time we get her ready to go for a walk. We put a halter on her, and she immediately goes down in this bow, which makes attaching the leash very challenging.
But, you gotta love these wonderful dogs who share our lives.

kks said...

we've had a lot of rain too....wonder if it means lots of snow this winter?! :)
hugs to the pups!

Arkansas Patti said...

Weren't we listening to firecrackers go boom last week? Mercy has July flown by.
It has been so cool here that we are wondering where summer went. The country really is enjoying extremes.

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Glad the dogs are still getting walks in between the showers. We went to Bele Chere yesterday and it is a good thing we did - heavy rain today!

Carolina Mts

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

I so enjoy your blog! Your girls amaze me!!

Ginnie said...

Although we are in the same state it's interesting that our weather has been so different ... quite a bit of rain here but no hail and flooding.
It's amazing how you can get such a variety of pictures of your two girls !

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Seems that so many other areas are getting inundated with rain showers. Yet, here on the eastern shore we could use even a couple. Not saying we want constant rain, but a good couple of days would actually be welcomed now. That quote was a good one because it's so true.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Ellie is a yoga dog. :)
Stay dry and safe!

Betsy Adams said...

Love your goldens... SO gorgeous --and so loving toward each other...

We heard about the road closure on the Parkway. Goodness---tis a good thing we were there when we were... We were definitely in that same exact spot.... Hope they fix it soon.

The rains have done alot of damage in many places this year... Crazy!!!!


troutbirder said...

Many people have no idea of the strength and force of running water. We also get drownings on my little limestone trout streams...

Vicki Lane said...

Such beautiful girls -- and what a great quote!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Bug - Interestingly enough, part of our county is in fact a temperate rain forest.

Donna - Too funny. I can imagine trying to put on a leash with the dog bowing.

Patti - I can't believe how fast this month has gone.

Cheri - We didn't go this year, but it looks as if it might be the last year.

Suz - Yoga dog indeed if you could see some of her stretches.

Troutbirder - Yes, people totally underestimate the force of the water. The rescues are very expensive.