Friday, October 12, 2018

We Love Our Lucy

Another week with lots of rain.  The ground was already soaked and then we got some rain from the edge of the recent hurricane.  Thank goodness the storm did not follow the initial path or we would have gotten even more rain.  As it is, we have lots of flash flooding, a few slides and some damaged roads.  But it could have been so much worse and for that we are truly thankful.

Lucy certainly did not like the rain at all.  Good thing we have accumulated a large number of "dog towels" for drying off wet dogs.  Yet another benefit of a long marriage.

After days of rain, the wonderful and welcome sun popped out yesterday afternoon.  The deck dried and we sat out enjoying the sun and watching the birds.  The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are migrating through and are such a delight to see.

She loves the sun, indoors or outside

Lucy had her annual checkup and we mentioned that she is moving much more slowly and groans occasionally when she lies down.  Our veterinarian recommended an arthritis medication.  We started it on Monday and we can tell a major improvement.  She no longer hesitates before going up or down the stairs and she jumps up to enthusiastically greet us when we come in from errands.  The medicine is quite expensive but well worth it.  She definitely feels so much better and we are grateful for that.

Today's quote is another from Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain):

The rain is famous for falling on the just and the unjust alike;
But if I had the management of such affairs,
I would fall softly and sweetly on the just,
But if I caught a sample of the unjust outdoors
I would drown him.

I suppose it's quite a good thing I do not have management of such affairs.  I can think of so many of the unjust I would drown.



robin andrea said...

So glad to know the hurricane passed by without much damage there, and that Lucy's medication helps with her aches and pains. All good news. Absolutely LOVE the Samuel Clemens quote. Sums up how I feel rather poetically.

Lowcarb team member said...

Just so pleased to read that the arthritis medication has helped Lucy …

All the best Jan

Barbara Rogers said...

So happy for Lucy. When a beauty that is loved as much as she is, was sure is a strain for everyone. Being able to move in the world is important, and I know how the old joints can complain
Yes, we were blessed with little damage and only a bit of mud and creeks rising.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm so glad you were spared the worst of the hurricane and can now enjoy some sunshine.
I love that photo of Lucy; she's a beauty.
We tried rimadyl for Cocoa and sadly it seemed to upset her, she's slow moving. But, she's still moving. :)
Have a nice weekend-all the best.

Arkansas Patti said...

So glad you missed the worst of the storm. I am sure Lucy is happy that the rain has finally stopped and how wonderful that the arthritis meds are helping her. Most of us can feel her pain and delight when it eases.

Tara said...

Love the photo of Lucy! Golden and glowing in the sun. Such a beauty. And so very happy the meds are working for her - what a difference, and, like you say, worth every penny. Keeping her moving seems essential to her good health. (as it is with us)

I've been thinking about various friends in the path of Michael. You're the first I've heard from (good? bad?). I feel for those who got the brunt of it. Not good at all.

What will it be like in 20 years, I wonder.

KB said...

I am so happy that the arthritis med is helping Lucy! It is amazing how much a dog's behavior can change due to arthritis pain. I hope that you get more sunny days this week.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I'm with Lucy in not wanting to be out in the rain, but prefer to sit and watch it from safely indoors. And, like Lucy, I also have a touch of arthritis. Glad you are getting some welcome sun and that Lucy is feeling better.

Cheryl said...

So pleased the medication is helping Lucy with her aches and pains.
Old bones love the warmth of the sun :)

Glad the hurricane did not pass through your region. It must be very worrying when you know one is coming. I can't imagine.

Have a good week and hope the sun shines.

Joared said...

Glad you avoided the worst of the hurricane. I liked the liight summer storms we used to walk in during summer in the Midwest when I was young. I’ve not experienced that in the West. The storms in Arizona and here in So Cal have been fierce, dangerously lightning filled but certainly much less forceful than these hurricanes. Glad Lucy feeling better.

Nance said...

We all need a little pharmaceutical help now and then to get the most out of life.
Fall has definitely arrived now, and rather harshly in NEO. But I'm glad for cooler temperatures rather than constantly sweating and fretting. Let's hope that hurricane season ends abruptly and soon.

Vicki Lane said...

What a miracle some meds are! As for the rain, we got just enough to soak things well without causing damage. Yes, I too agree with Twain's comment. But I remember a verse (by whom I don't know) "The rain it falleth on the just/ And also on the unjust fella./ But chiefly on the just because/ The unjust hath the just's umbrella."

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

I love the Twain quote. Let it rain ….

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Robin - I also love the rain quote. I would love to storm the unjust.

Jan - Thanks, we are too.

Barbara - Yes, we definitely dodged a bullet here in the mountains.

Suz - Actually, we did not try Rimadyl which our veterinarian doesn't like much. Lucy is getting a Cox inhibitor and she doesn't seem to have any side effects so far.

Patti - My brother and I used to joke about how our elderly aunts and uncles complained of joints. Now we do understand.

Tara - Oh, yes. The effects of Michael were devastating in some areas. So sad to see how bad some folks were hit.

KB - There has indeed been a remarkable change in Lucy's behavior. She gets up much more easily and doesn't hesitate at all to go up or down the stairs.

Beatrice - I'm a sun lover myself, but after so many months of staying indoors, I happily put on my gear and go out in the rain. Thank goodness it's not too cold yet.

Cheryl - Thanks. We are far enough inland that we don't often have a really big effect from the storms. But there have been times when the gulf storms came right at us with lots and lots of rain. Thank goodness this one did not.

Joared - It does seem that storms almost everywhere are more intense than ever.

Nance - We have also turned to more chilly weather. We even turned on the heat. But our days are sunny for the most part and we are grateful for that.

Vicki - I love the verse! I sometimes do feel that Trump's minions have taken my umbrella.

Ginnie - Amazing how some areas of our state need rain and some are soaked.