What a difference a week makes! Last Friday found us with a mid-day temperature of 33 and ice on the trees. Then things warmed up and all week we have had temperatures ten to fifteen degrees ABOVE our normal. Severe thunderstorms and high winds moved through our area last night. Today is sunny and very warm. We didn't turn on the air conditioning for several days, but the pollen is so bad we reluctantly turned it on. We figured it is cheaper to pay for a bit more electricity than to keep buying allergy pills, tissues, and eye drops. Hopefully last night's rain reduced the counts enough for us to open the windows and enjoy the mountain breezes.
The girls have really enjoyed the sunshine and being outdoors more, "helping" spread pine straw and picking up sticks.
Ellie always checks in with St. Francis and the little bird he holds.
Lucy "drifted" outside the boundaries and was summoned with a recall. She seemed rather indignant about it.
Jeepers, Mom, I wasn't going to run off anywhere.
Ah, dear Lucy. I know that, but you simply have to abide by the boundaries.
Lucy is a very restless sleeper. She twists and turns and flops around constantly in her crate at night.
She apparently has great dreams because her legs will move and her tail will wag in her sleep.
Here's how she looks every morning before she is groomed. Rather sad, isn't it?
(You may need to click to appreciate the bad hair day)
Time is really flying by. Already one hundred days of 2013 have past. Amazing. We will be stuck in our community tomorrow as the "Assault on the Carolinas" bicycle race takes place. There are several races of different lengths up and down the mountains, around the curves, and through the valleys. Every single one of them includes a portion (large or small) of US 276, the road that leads us anywhere we need to go. There are 40K, 60K, and even 100K races. [No, you cannot join the race. Registration capped long ago with 1,000 participants.] Thankfully, our community is not a bad place to hang out on a Saturday.
Today's quotes come from Carol Burnett. She has a new book, written to honor her daughter Carrie. Carrie successfully overcame teen-aged drug addiction and went on to live a happy productive life. That life was cut short when Carried died of cancer in 2002.
"You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself."
"I've always grown from my problems and challenges; from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned."
HAVE A JOYOUS AND WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!