Friday, July 20, 2012

Fridays Are Golden

In the interest of equal time, I decided to give Lucy another post of her own, since I did two posts for Ellie's birthday.  So here are some more glimpses into the daily life of Lemonade Lucy.

She loves to lie on the deck watching birds and animals.
She rests her head on the lower railing and puts two paws between the slats.

She is so smart that she knows which bed says "Lucy."
(I strongly suspect that for some reason this bed is the more comfortable, 
but my husband insists Lucy can read her name.)

It took quite a while for her to learn "down/stay," but she does know the command and follow it.
In fact, both dogs run to the door and put themselves in a down/stay whenever the doorbell rings.
They may look so well behaved but don't kid yourself.  After they have been released they run to the fridge for their little piece of cheddar cheese.

While Lucy is very active, she can sleep better than anyone I know.

Another week has ended.  We have seen some respite from the high temperatures but are having rather severe thunderstorms almost every day.  Our thoughts go out to those suffering from nature's wrath.  And to those who suffer at the hands of their fellow man.

Today's quote is attributed to several different people, most consistently to Helen Keller, so I will go with that.  It seems very appropriate amid all the problems that make us feel so small and insignificant.  In an era in which large corporations are considered "individuals" who can buy our electoral process, we sometimes think we don't matter much.  But we do...each one of us.

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something I can.

You likely have heard variations of the story of an old man frantically trying to save starfish stranded on the shore.  The shore was littered with starfish, most of whom would surely perish when the sun rose.  The task seemed impossible.  So many starfish and so little time.  A man approached the old man and asked what he was doing.  When the man told him, the younger man responded, "Why?  There are too many of them.  This won't make a difference."  The older man threw another starfish to safety in the ocean.  "It will to that one," he replied.  Then continued his work.

We all have to believe that little things we do will make a difference.  I reflect on the starfish story often in these confusing days when every detail of our lives seem politicized.  And for a while I feel a little bit better.



Cheryl said...

I love the first image of Lucy.....that is just so cute.

I never heard the starfish story.
It is so true......better to something, even if you don't make much of a difference, than to do nothing at all.

Have an enjoyable weekend....even though I am having a blogging break, could not miss the golden girls and your words of wisdom.

The Bug said...

I can just hear Lucy singing, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen..." Heh - she is really cute peering out from behind bars.

I can sleep really well too - & I plan to do just that in the morning. Mike will be lucky if he sees me before 9:00. Wow - when we were first married I could easily sleep until noon. Guess I'm getting old :)

troutbirder said...

I missed your inspirationsal messages amd quotes, Carolyn. Thanks and thanks for your concern. I felt pretty isolated without a working computer but some days in the mountains and good help at Mayo was enough to get me going again. In spite the power of money from the corporate "individuals" and some involuntary neck muscle movements to the right I intend to keep my head facing to the left where it can do the most good..... :)

Ms. A said...

The first image is a very creative shot, I love it!

We've been having thunderstorms and lightning daily, for about 3 weeks. Since we are still trying to recover from drought conditions, I don't mind... as long as it doesn't flood. One area not too far away, had 14 inches in 72 hours. I don't want that much!

Taradharma said...

Lucy is a doll. Love her peeking out from the deck.

The quote is an important one: we can all do something, and we and the world benefit when we do.

The news of the world is horrific. Today I will take a break from it for the duration.

I tried to train my dogs to 'sit stay' when the doorbell rang. My patience and strength ran out before the training took hold. Good on you for sticking with it! I'm sure your visitors appreciate it.

Have a good weekend.

Berts Blog said...

Oh my favorite friday post. The girls are so incredibly beautiful. Just looking at them helps us to forget the saddness of this day for our friends in Colorado.


Dawn Fine said...

Adorable as always! I love love the starfish story..thanks for sharing!

Rudee said...

Ah, Miss Lucy. She is magnificent!

And she can read?

kks said...

lovely post....Lucy is a beauty! yes, we (one) can make a difference...never give up...

How Sam Sees It said...

Lucy is so pretty! It's funny, but everyone thinks Golden's are so easy to train - they are so playful!


Arkansas Patti said...

Really enjoyed the shot of Lucy's nose and feet.
Also really enjoyed the starfish story and it is so true.
I know "one" can make a difference each election day especially when I had a friend lose an election by 7 votes.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I've not heard that starfish story....and I love it. Thank you for sharing, it is a great analogy for many things in our lives.
I love that your girls do the stay command when someone rings the doorbell. You are excellent dog parents!

Ginnie said...

"Lemonade Lucy" ...I love the name and they both are so photogenic.
Yes, I've had some of the heavy rain, thunder and lightning too, but at least it cools it down, if only for a short bit.

My Mind's Eye said...

Lemonade Lucy that is so cute...
We love your place on the porch.
As for cheese I'd probably do about anything for it too
Hugs madi

KGMom said...

I read about your break--I don't blame you. The well runs dry at times, and life crowds in.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Great quote, as always. Hope your weekend was good. On we go into another week.....

KB said...

I love the starfish story. So very appropriate.

I also love your girls. R loves to do the same thing as Lucy on the deck. But, he can't read. Wow, Lucy, you're a star!

abbott.simth said...

After they have been released they run to the fridge for their little piece of cheddar cheese.

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Jayne said...

Nice to see your "girls" again my friend. Just popping in to let you know I am back. :c) Hope you are enjoying your break.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

KB said...

I've been thinking of you, missing your Golden Fridays and your wry sense of humor. I hope that you are well.