August. Summer is flying past us. We continue to have sunny days and afternoon thunderstorms. When the weather predicts "pop-up" or "scattered" showers, they invariably pop up right over our house. And this weather has been especially favorable to the ticks and mosquitoes. They are everywhere!
In the warm weather, we don't take the Golden Girls for long walks like we do in cooler temperatures. We do let them romp around in the woods. That way they can judge just how much running they want to do. My husband took the following photographs.
Lucy loves the laurel and rhodo tunnels
Ellie patiently waits on the stoop for the go ahead
Lucy always looks at you to see if you are following along.
She really does not like a sit/stay.
Our lives go along peacefully despite the onerous actions of our General Assembly and Governor. Our governor signed the new abortion restrictions into law last week despite repeated pre-election promises that he would never sign any law making further restrictions on abortion rights. And he maintains that he did not. He signed the recent laws to "protect women's health." Never mind that it effectively closes all abortion centers in the State except for one.
A group of women protesting his actions gathered outside the governor's mansion. They were dressed in retro fashion styles of the early '60s. As they silently protested, Governor McCrory came out with two armed guards and DELIVERED A PLATE OF CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES TO THEM!!! He smiled as he handed the plate to a surprised woman and kept saying to the group "God bless you, God bless you." He did not take any questions from the group. Just handed over the cookies and walked back inside the gate. As one newspaper columnist wrote, "The governor doled out sexism, chocolate, and a side of condescension."
The women placed the cookies at the mansion gates with a sign that read: "Governor McCrory, we'll take women's health over cookies." In response to massive complaints sent to the governor about his actions, his office issued this statement, "Sometimes a plate of cookies is just a plate of cookies." Yeah, right.
Our timely quote for the week comes from Kahlil Gibran. I try to keep it in mind.
"I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers."
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!