We seem to have had a streak of bad luck in our house lately. First a new refrigerator and then a new washer and dryer. And now, when we have had some really chilly mornings, our new (less than a year installed) fireplace with gas logs failed to work. The system is fully enclosed and can only be opened by repair people. (Not that we would have tried anyway.)
So a repairman came out and set to work. They had identified the problem from a video I sent showing the logs igniting and then promptly going out. And he fixed it easily. While he was here he did the routine annual service work so we are all set.
When we have repairmen in the house Lucy considers it her duty to watch them carefully. Our Ellie, on the other hand, would have greeted the repairman but when he brought out anything noisy she would have skedaddled to her crate for security. At any rate, Lucy sat in front of my chair the entire time the workman was here. She watched closely at every little thing he did and was not at all concerned with the very loud noise of his vacuum.
Doesn't look so hard to me.
I'll bet I could do that.
If only I had those magic thumbs they talk about.
The mountains have been so beautiful this fall. We took a day to go over to the Biltmore Estate to walk some of the trails there. It was sunny and cool. Perfect weather. (You might want to click on the photographs to appreciate the beauty.)
The Biltmore House from the "back" side.
One of the ponds on the estate.
We did not take Lucy with us. Instead, we engaged our dog walker to visit her while we were gone. We do take her to the trails in the nearby National Forest and State Forest and for rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway. When Ellie was alive they had such fun together, but Lucy still enjoys the trips.
Ellie (left) and Lucy in October 2012. They were resting before we started back home. They had spent a great deal of time running around in a circle and jumping over a fallen log.
Tomorrow is Halloween. It's a big holiday and a big festival here in Brevard. We are in Transylvania County after all. The local newspaper prints a special vampire banner to replace its usual header. We will go down tomorrow to watch the festivities. We have no trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood anymore. The only ones we ever had were the grandsons of a neighbor. Alas, they have outgrown trick or treat. Of course I must buy some Halloween candy just in case someone might come by. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.)
Today's quote is from Mark Twain:
"Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody."
Halloween is the perfect time to bring out your dark side.
I loved this little saying the first time I heard it.
And I still do.
HAVE A SAFE AND WONDERFUL HALLOWEEN
AND A GREAT WEEK AHEAD