Friday, December 4, 2015

We Love Lucy

Finally the rains have stopped and we have clear and crisp weather.  We are slowly decorating for Christmas.  It's so much easier since we are retired.  I remember times when we felt obliged to get it all done over a weekend.  Now we decorate over a period of several days.

Lucy is not at all interested in participating in the decorations.  She doesn't even bother to watch what we are doing.  You might think from recent posts that she does nothing more than lie on her bed.  Truth is, she goes for an extensive run off leash in the park almost every morning.  And at age ten, she is no longer a puppy.  So after her runs she does spend a lot of time on her bed with her two favorite pillows.  Lest you think she is really asleep, I can assure you that if the treat jar is opened either upstairs or downstairs, she is alert and ready to find the treats.

She rearranges the pillows to suit her

 Sometimes she sleeps on her side.

I don't think we have ever had a dog who managed to look more comfortable then Lucy does.  She knows when we go downstairs to the den even when she appears to be sleeping and will get up and come downstairs where there are two comfortable beds there in the den and one in my husband's study.  (Yes, we still have Ellie's bed there.  Can't bring ourselves to give it away.  And sometimes Lucy does lie in it.)

This week brought another tragic shooting, this time in our country.  Again.  And once more it was followed by rhetoric and a refusal by Congress to pass legislation to prohibit even the people on terrorist watch lists from legally purchasing firearms.  Or to strengthen the background check requirements to include Online sales and sales at gun shows.  The Senate Majority Whip (a Republican from Texas) said such legislation violated constitutional rights because someone might be on a terrorist watch list in error.  I obviously have no answers, but I do know that obtaining very dangerous multi-round firearms is far too easy in this country.

So once again, we hold the victims and their families in our thoughts.  And wring our hands helplessly.

Today's quote is from Mother Teresa.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

I do fear that as a Nation, we have forgotten that we belong to each other.  And to one planet.  Some people seem to think that belonging to one religion or political party is what identifies them.  They truly have forgotten that all of us belong to one another.



Anonymous said...

Lucy is a great role model for calm relaxation. Your last paragraph says it all. Thank you.

KB said...

I love Lucy too. She looks so utterly content, and she obviously loves that bone-shaped pillow you gave her! I understand about Ellie's bed - I have things of K's that I have kept... I like being reminded of her. I don't ever want the reminders to go away.

You said it well about the state of our nation. I wish that the NRA didn't own our legislators because I think that's the main reason why nothing ever happens to control gun access. I don't know if I ever told you that my first dog was shot to death next to me by a man who had illegally obtained a gun (and was drunk). Gun control is personal for me, and it's becoming personal for far too many people.

Busy Bee Suz said...

If only had the same attitude as Lucy; rested and content.
Have a great weekend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Nice that the rains have stopped. We have had a lot of rain today, but to be expected in December. Unfortunately the NW of England has been quite badly affected by Storm Desmond, a lot of flooding and homes without power!

May you enjoy sorting out and putting up your decorations.

What super photo's of Lucy, just so lovely ... she looks so contented.

All the best Jan

Ginnie said...

I love the Mother Teresa quote. With all our technology now we are a very small world and if we don't let love overcome greed and power I fear what will happen.

The Bug said...

That is a great quote - I do believe that so many of us have no idea that we're connected to each other. Sigh. I think I'll just look at Lucy on her bone pillow...