Fall!

I did it! I survived summer. I did not burst into flames or turn into a melted puddle of fur and bones because of the heat. I did not get eaten alive by mosquitoes (which at times felt like a sure possibility). I didn’t die of boredom as I waited for those long days full of sunlight to pass. And here I am, one season closer to that magical time of year – winter! I can almost feel the snow now!

I love Fall in my woods because there is always that delightful reality that it very well may snow sooner than you think. I have seen snow in October in my woods before. The hope is so very real that I can almost taste it! I can feel it in my bones – that’s figuratively speaking, of course, since I am not nearly as old as Lucy the black lab who literally feels the promise of snow in her bones as they ache and creak with the change in weather.

Oh, we are just that much closer. I will begin my vigil now; I will watch the sky for that first snowflake.

Let the Fall adventure begin!

Full Moon Song

I was sitting out in the yard last night watching the stars and enjoying the full moon. That’s when I got a brilliant idea. Let’s just say, I was inspired! I theorized that singing Christmas carols would somehow speed time up and make winter arrive sooner. It works in the beginning of November for those “early bird Christmas carol” people (you know the ones, the people who have carols going while their jack-o-lantern is still fresh; the same people who put out Valentine’s candy in the stores when we should be after-Christmas shopping!)!

So I sat straight up and in true form, I tipped my head back and began to sing. I began with the first thing that came to mind which was “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.” The words were hopeful on my lips. I paused and looked around. I even felt the air temperature. No change. Time to try another song. I began with the sweet lilting line, “silent night….” when my friendly neighbor, Lucy the black lab, showed up and exclaimed “no, it isn’t!” Oops. At least most ideas seem brilliant at first. It was worth a shot!

Let the adventure begin!

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Rain or RAIN?

There are two distinctly different things in life that when written on paper, look quite the same – rain and RAIN. Sure they are spelled the same. They are even pronounced the same, although one looks like it might be said at a louder volume. But right now I am acutely aware of the distinctness; there is a difference in quantity, speed, and duration of the rainfall. The water has been falling from the sky in buckets and with little break at all – for days. I began to get “doghouse fever” and took a walk in the woods despite the incredible soaker we are having. My fur felt like it weighed about 200 pounds – it was so full of rainwater. Unfortunately, I was made aware of that right when I was standing in front of Lucy’s little den. I immediately shook, as instinct requires when one realizes the fur situation and to lighten my load for the rest of the walk home. Let’s just say that Lucy felt pretty put out at my timing. The ducks in her pond didn’t seem to even notice. All that to say ….. the precipitation we are experiencing here now is RAIN (and I won’t be allowed near Lucy’s den for a while)!

Let the adventure begin!

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Swimming in Lucy’s Pond

I realize now that time will pass too slowly if I just hide at home while I shed. So I ventured out yesterday. I took a swim in Lucy’s pond today, which made the ducks she watches fly all different directions. It also made Lucy worry that they would never return (then what would she do with her time?). One thing is for certain, the dip in the pond helped with my shedding and, despite my making a mess of Lucy’s den, I feel like a new dog. The water was cold and refreshing. The next best thing to snow, I’d say. The ducks returned the moment I finished shaking off. Lucy immediately stopped worrying. All is well in the woods. I might go swim at Tepkins’ pond tomorrow. Anything to cool off…

Let the adventure begin!

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