Friday, January 25, 2013

Icy But Still Fridays Are Golden

As if we were a cake frosted overnight, our mountain is a glaze of sheer ice.  Fortunately, my husband always checks the deck and realized it before heading out with the Golden Girls.  And with temperatures not expected to reach freezing today, the ice will remain.

Following their after dinner walk, the girls snooze the evening away.

This is often how they nap.

Whether sleeping upstairs or downstairs, they used to be reluctant to get up at 9:00 for their final trip outdoors.  Often I would have to call more than once.  But then we found a magic word.  This word, spoken softly sends the girls immediately to my husband's chair.

They wait in expectation.

They would sit and wait forever.

And what, you may ask, is this magic word?  PUPPYCRACK!  A couple of years ago our son and his wife were visiting us and bought the girls some special treats at a pet store in South Carolina.  Ellie and Lucy have never been so excited over any treats, not even bits of cheese.

Puppycrack is made by a relatively small company and every batch is hand made of natural ingredients, no preservatives, and with no sugar, salt, corn syrup or corn.  A portion of the sales goes to aid dogs in shelters and rescue dogs in need of medical care.  Some specialty pet stores in the Carolinas carry Puppycrack, but it is not widely distributed. You can order the treats Online here.  I assure you your dogs will love it.  Another benefit is that the treats are small.  We give them to the girls only once a day because they think they are so special.  In the evening when I say "PUPPYCRACK" they come running no matter where they are.  They are that good.

We will spend the day indoors except for outings in the back yard.  The roads are basically impossible to travel.  Even the driveway is dangerous, so it's out in the woods for us.

This week our community continues to mourn the sudden death of our good friend and neighbor.  My husband and I organized a gathering at his home following the funeral.  All our neighbors pitched in and it was such a warm community spirit.  Our friend's children took great comfort in knowing that their mother had such a wonderful support group to help her through the coming days.  Guests from outside our neighborhood said they wished their own neighborhood was as closely knit as ours.  We are very fortunate and we do appreciate that fact.

The quote today is an anonymous one:

Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening.  But no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love.  It can't take away our memories either.  So in the end, life is stronger than death.

Hug your loved ones.  Try to mend any broken relationships.  Our time here on earth is finite and we know not how long we have.

As the nation faces severe cold, our thoughts turn once again to the less fortunate.  Highs in some areas will not reach positive degrees F.  If you can do so, donate a little more to those organizations who help the poor.



The Bug said...

We had some snow this morning (not a lot) & I am glad once again not to be in NC with all that ice - ha! I'd much rather navigate snow than ice...

Rudee said...

Mostly snow here, but really frigid temps have been the norm. I hear there is to be a heatwave up to the thirties next week, but today, more snow.

I'm sorry to read of the loss of your neighbor.

Jayne said...

Just the mere threat of a bit of frozen precip shut down our city today. Sam and I are both enjoying a day off. :c) Have a blessed weekend and stay warm my friend.

Ms. A said...

I might envy your summers, but I don't envy you that kind of weather! Hope you keep your power and stay warm.

Carolina Linthead said...

Drove home today through substantive snow...truly an adventure and very tiring after the first hour or so, but it is far safer than ice, and the roads are mostly flat in our part of Ohio. Too funny about the Puppycrack!!! Love your very much.

Busy Bee Suz said...

It breaks my heart to think of those who are cold; without shelter or proper clothing.
I will have to look into this puppy crack! Sounds great.
Loving thoughts for your friend who lost her sounds as though she feels much love from family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Hope the temps warm up soon, and things get back to relatively normal (whatever that may be!). Love knowing about puppycrack. Nice to give the golden girls good, healthful treats.

NanaNor's said...

I hope you are able to stay inside and stay warm! Many are dealing with the ice storms; we've had nice weather but I think the snow is going to return. I definitely want to check out the Puppycrack.
Hugs, Noreen

kks said...

such words of wisdom. the girls look great! it has been really cold, the snow is mostly gone. i can't believe Ron beat's going to be a tough couple years for wisconsin...mining regulations are the first choice of business, it isn't pretty, but we fight on to keep the truth alive.

Cicero Sings said...

Good thing Mingus doesn't know about that "PuppyCrack"!!

Yes, we do not know when our time is up and it is best to have "no regrets" where loved ones are concerned.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Oh so happy to see you!! I read your whole post today too... it was a very good one!! I agree with it whole hardily!!!!
Sorry about your awful cold!! It missed us thank God!!!

Ginnie said...

Sorry about your loss ...

Your "girls" react to the word Puppycrack just like my daughter's dogs do to "carrot" ... so much so that they use the words "root vegetable" instead of getting them all excited when it's not going to be for them !

JeanMac said...

Terrific post. The girls are so beautiful.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Good words to live by. Have an old friend who just found out she has stage 4 is short.

Puppycrack? too funny. will have to check it out.

Vicki Lane said...

I like and agree with your musings on death.

Folkways Note Book said...

Our ice was treacherous in Central KY. Yeah, today it is melting. ~~ barbara