Friday, April 30, 2010

A Real Howlabaloo

The quiet pastoral area where we live wasn’t so quiet last night. Every dog in the neighborhood, and from the sound of it, there’s at least 36, had a full moon party last night. It seems unfair that those rascals can now sleep all day and the rest of us have to pretend we’re rested. I must give our dogs credit- they knew what was good for them and didn't participate. However...

In other countryside news, Annie (the black lab) had another encounter with the chickens last evening. The chickens are free-range and spend every afternoon out of the pen. Since Annie's rampage when the chicks were small, our dogs have lived peacefully with the chickens. We have 2 roosters and trust me, you don’t have to train them to have cock fights, that’s what they do. They were getting into it and Annie just couldn’t resist the temptation to jump into the fray and she had one of the roosters in her mouth when Jim came riding to the rescue on his tractor. He’d been mowing, and the tractor patrol put the petal to the metal and separated rooster and lab. They both survived. Now I know why roosters have a whole bunch of feathers- it’s protection.Somber local news is that the man who I think of as the patriarch of our neighborhood died yesterday. He had a stroke and moved to the best neighborhood of all, but his many children & grandchildren, who all live around here, will miss him a lot. We are expecting at least a dozen people at our house tomorrow for a cook-out and “family fun day” and the funeral is during that time. We’ve decided that he would rather us celebrate family and love and look out for his widow on a daily basis than cancel everything to wear black for him. I hope that’s the right decision. I truly want to show my respect to the family. Any thoughts?

Hope you experience fullness & joy in your life this weekend. I saw this photo yesterday and it made me smile and reminded me of one of my sister’s sayings, “whatever blows your skirt up.” I think that’s supposed to mean “whatever makes you happy”.

5 comments:

Uncommon Blonde said...

Several thoughts:
I can't believe you posted a pic of dad in his wader boots on here.

I love that picture at the bottom.

Those roosters scare me.

Beverlydru said...

Oh, but he LOVES those boots. He woudn't be embarrrassed at all. They're not just ANY wader boots, they're made of fine gortex. This is a reminder of why we should never take fashion advice from him. LOL

Sassy Granny ... said...

Nothing like nature interrupting a perfectly good sleep!

I love the picture. Children are so captivating, and it would appear these two are relishing the simplest of pleasures.

Blessings,
Kathleen

Edie said...

Annie was just breaking up the fight. She's a peacemaker at heart. :)

I'm so sorry for your neighbor's family.

Cute picture at that end. Reminds me of when I was a little girl and we would spin to make our dresses fan out.

Thanks for your prayers Beverly. You are a blessing to me.

Much love to you!

My ADHD Me said...

I'm glad you went ahead with the "fun day". I know that is what I would have wanted.

LOVE that last picture!!