Friday, November 18, 2011

Fridays are Golden

We've had a great week around here.  The weather has been quite variable, as it often is in late autumn in the mountains.  We have had some sunny days and we always  take advantage of them.  In fact, one of our primary reasons for retiring here had to do with the weather.

Ellie runs free on a recent outing.

 Our Lucy is a very "needy" dog.  She will often lie on the wood floor and thwock her tail for attention.  And yes, she wants you to come to her rather than for her to get up and come to you.  If the tail thwock does not get results, she comes over to my husband's chair and puts her sweet head on the arm of the chair.  That works every time.

It's pretty hard to ignore that pleading face.

Lucy prefers to play on her own terms.  She often signals that by picking up an old rubber tug the girls love so much.  She brings the tug to you and quickly runs away when you reach out your hand.  She thinks that is a great game.

Come on, Dad.  Try to catch me!

 When Lucy tires of the game she takes the tug with her, usually to her bed.

If I don't bring this with me they might just throw it again.

Time is flying, isn't it?  Thanksgiving is next week.  After that the Christmas season will really ramp up.  I love Christmas in a big city.  So exciting, so much fun, and so many things to enjoy.  But I have to admit, I now prefer Christmas in a small town.

Regular readers know how much I love our small town newspaper.  We eagerly wait for the publication on Mondays and Thursdays.  The paper does not have comics, but our "Letters to the Editor" section rivals any comic pages for giving me a laugh.  The sports pages cover only the local college, high school and elementary school sports.  (For instance you would never know that the Green Bay Packers are still undefeated if you relied on our local paper.)

Small towns in the North Carolina mountains still have Christmas parades.  They are not Holiday parades.  Only the larger towns have Holiday Parades.  Nearby Asheville has a Holiday Tree.  A photograph in their newspaper today gives the caption that the man is stringing the Christmas lights on the Holiday Tree.  You figure.

Our neighoring town of Rosman (smaller even than Brevard) had a newspaper article about their upcoming parade.  I found it amusing.  Here it is:

The Rosman Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m.  Line-up and registration will begin at 1:15 at Rosman Elementary School.  Parade rules are the same as previous years:
1.)   No ATVs
2.)  No one dressed in a Santa Suit
3.)  Candy must be thrown out of the roadway for the safety of everyone.

I love the simplicity of the parade rules.  Why add all the political rhetoric?  Just keep it simple and easy to understand.  I think we all should look at our own lives and try to simplify things this holiday season.  As someone said, "In a hundred years it won't matter.  It hardly matters now."



The Bug said...

Our holiday season is bracketed by NC - we're heading down next week for Thanksgiving & will go back again for Christmas. While I enjoyed the unexpected holiday snow last year I think I would like something a little more balmy this time!

Golden Daily Scoop said...

Who could resist any of those golden faces! We LOVE their beds, so jealous!!!

Ms. A said...

Both of those beauties would be pretty hard to ignore, although I'd be thrilled to ignore Christmas. Have a beautiful weekend in those beautiful mountains!

Taradharma said...

here in Sac we will actually light a Christmas tree at the state capitol. How refreshing!

your girls are as cute as ever -

Anonymous said...

love your post! thanks for sharing...loves soraya

How Sam Sees It said...

Our boys are very demanding, and we are always more than willing to give them all the attention they want! We hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


Karin said...

Your girls are such a treat to visit! Love that face! Just caught up on your more recent posts! Have a wonderful week-end!

Ms. ~K said...

Hugs and belly rubs to those adorable Goldies!!!

troutbirder said...

Santa is banned. Huh?

Arkansas Patti said...

You and hubby are so nicely trained. I'll bet you were quick learners.
You really live in a big town. Two newspapers a week?? We only have a Wednesday addition. You are so right, it is a hoot to read.
Go Packers, my adopted team.

cyclopseven said...

Nice post. Small towns celebration are always down to earth, because you know almost all the people there, and things usually are simple and well balanced. All the best.

eileeninmd said...

Being a lover of Golden's I just love your Lucy and Ellie. My Goldie Girl love to play keep away. Great photos, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

D.K. Wall said...

You left out Little League baseball. Our local paper - all 3 days a week - covers LL like it was the world series. Which it is in a small town.

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

We live in a very small town and love the community celebrations during this season! We can't wait!!!!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

George said...

I certainly agree with you that we do much better when we simplify rather than complicate. I also enjoy Christmas in a small town. Our local community has a Christmas parade, and the only reason a person is not watching it is that he is in it! It's nice to see everyone involved in it.

It's also nice to see that Lucy has her parents well-trained.

Rudee said...

I like all the things there are to do in a city, but would trade it in a heartbeat for a home in the mountains.

Ginnie said...

Your dogs are very expressive. My daughter has two dogs and the smaller one craves (and gets) attention, while the larger one is "above it all"...too funny.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Christmas is Christmas....not just a holiday. Right?
I would love to see a Christmas parade too.
Our letters to the editor and even funnier, the rebuttle of commenters online. (People are crazy)
Wishing you both and your sweet girls a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Tipper said...

We have a needy dog-Ruby : ) She thinks she has to be the center of everyones attention : )

I can't believe thanksgiving is here either.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, every single one.

Bug - Hope the weather is great and your trip is safe.

Miley - The beds are from Orvis and are actually large enough for both dogs to lie in one.

Ms. A - "thrilled to ignore Christmas???" You'd better hope Santa doesn't see that.

Tara - I heard the the govenor of WI is signing a bill to change the name back to "Christmas" Tree.

Faith, Hope, Love - Glad you dropped by.

Sam - It is rare indeed that one of us isn't down in the floor with the dogs.

Karen - Thanks

Troutbirder - Santa is banned only from the other floats. There is only one Santa on the last float.

Patti - I hope you watched Sunday's game. The Packers are on fire.

Eileen - Thanks. These are the first Goldens we have had and we do love them.

Herd - Yes, I forgot Little League. I actually watched the LL World Series.

Boondocks - Your mom is already in the Christmas Spirit, isn't she?

Rudee - I think part of it has to do with your age.

George - So true.

Suz - I couldn't agree more!