Friday, September 15, 2017

FMM - Dogs and Stuff

First, the stuff:  It has been a WEEK, y'all.  Stressing over Irma and how my uncle in Florida was faring - the hurricane went right over where he lives.  That was a long 48 hours from when the storm first started hitting his town to when we finally heard from him; he ended up sheltering in a hospital and luckily, except for his trees and yard, he didn't have any damage to his house.  We were glued to the Weather Channel, watching the radar all weekend.  After seeing the devastation brought on by Harvey in Houston, Jeff and I were thinking that we would need to go to Florida and help my uncle muck out his house...while we would have been happy to help, I'm really glad he didn't end up needing it.

And then, the wildfire in Oregon near where my parents live is still ongoing, not very contained, and, as wildfires are, unpredictable.  While they haven't had to evacuate, they are close to the level one boundary and it's still a huge concern, and another thing I've been worrying about.  The unease that began with hurricane Harvey three weeks ago has continued, thanks to the other disasters.  I just want things to calm down and for all my people to be safe and sound - that's not too much to ask, is it?  As a result of all of this, I've been super distracted, discombobulated, and have a hard time focusing - I'm usually pretty good at getting things done, but not this week.

Anyway, I don't have a lot to say today, but I do have some adorable dog pictures to show you, and that's always a calming thing, right?  What's funny is that they're not even my dog!  But Paco is currently in the cone of shame thanks to nonstop chewing on his right front paw, so he's not looking particularly adorable at the moment - he said "no picturez, pleez" so I'll abide by his wishes.

First up is this picture sent to me while I was in Santa Fe and missing our Saturday run - afterward, when everyone was cooling down on the driveway, Cary came out with four-day-old Logan, and his devoted dog-brother:
They said Koda would not take his eyes off of Logan - isn't that just the sweetest thing?!

Next up is a picture of Audie, who belongs to my brother and his wife.  Her brother was taking care of Audie while we were in Santa Fe, and she had all sorts of adventures, including a trip to a hardware store where she was treated like royalty:
They gave her a store bandana and the clerk is currently offering her a dog cookie!  I love her blurry wagging tail - life is good for a spotted dog, yes it is.

OK, not a dog, but the best.  Just the best:
I brought the new parents dinner and ended up holding the baby so they could eat.  Hey, I'm a full-service friend, what can I say?  He's such a cute little guy and I just loved holding him.

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We are back to warm morning temps and high humidity, yay!  Not really yay.  But it is what it is.  We'll be running tomorrow, and I'll be back on Monday with the rest of my Santa Fe recap.  

Have a great weekend!

13 comments:

  1. I live in Orlando, Florida, we decided to listen to all our crying relatives that were asking us to leave and not ride out the storm. We came back home on Tuesday it was the trip from hell though since we have no air in our truck right now. We went to my dads place about 50 miles north of B'ham Ala hurricane Erma chased us. Coming back, once we were on I-75 at Tifton, Ga we were only going 25-30 mph in stop and go traffic that started at 2:00 in the afternoon it should of been about 5 hours to home at that point we did not get home until midnight. Gas was in scarce supply to so we tried not to let our tank go past 1/2 but hubby slipped up and we had to hunt and peck for gas in the dark in Ocala, Fl it took about an hour to find a station that had power and gas then it took another hour waiting in line. Once we finally got home the house was OK and we had POWER so therefore AC. I have spent the last two days home feeling shell shocked. Our yard was trashed. My best girlfriend came over on Wednesday and we worked in the yard getting it under control since my hubby had to go back to work we are thankful he still had a job to go back to others have not been so lucky. Last night I was finally able to sleep 8 hours straight through so I feel a lot better today. I just pray we have seen the worst of the weather this season and it gets better from here on out. Glad your uncle was OK I know it must of been scary watching it play out on TV.

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    1. I'm sorry. I know several people from St. Martin who rode that hurricane out there and they are completely and totally shellshocked and exhibiting PTSD symptoms. I am glad you and your family are safe - that's the most important thing.

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    2. Susan, I've been thinking about you - I knew you were in Orlando and when the storm ended up walloping your town, I was extra worried. I'm glad you guys evacuated. But your trip home, OMG. That's exactly what we were thinking we'd be in, had we needed to drive to where my uncle lives. I'm so glad you guys have power (and A/C, the holy grail in the south)! Hope life is starting to feel a bit more normal now, although I suspect it will be a while before that really starts to happen.

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  2. Glad your week ended with that baby snuggle. It was a tough week all around, but babies just seem to make it better!

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  3. "I've been super distracted, discombobulated, and have a hard time focusing" - couldn't have said it better myself. On top of it all my regular schedule has been all out of whack due to multiple doctor's appointments (how in heck did I schedule them all this week?!) AND what I thought was allergies turned into a full-blown cold. I haven't done an active thing since Wednesday. My brain is starting to go a bit stir crazy but my sinuses are reminding me I feel crappy.

    Enjoy your run!

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    1. I feel ya, Helen. Rest up as much as you can, and I hope you get to feeling better soon!

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  4. How ironic! Our neighbor has one golden left in his litter of pups and I was thinking that if we got it I would name him Logan!

    This week was particular difficult emotionally. On Monday I was distraught on my way to work as I listened to the news radio. Not only did they talk about 9-11, but Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the wildfires, and the earth quake in Mexico where so many lives were lost. To top it of, that day (Sept 11, was the day we lost our first lab (many years ago) but it still stings. Oh, just so much to deal with this week. I'm glad it's Friday! Sorry for such a long comment. Glad your uncle and his home are okay.

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    1. Oh yeah, I didn't even mention 9-11 but yeppers, that was another gut-punch moment. Poor Mexico with the earthquake, it feels like they've been forgotten in all of the hurricane drama.

      I hope you get the new puppy!

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  5. Well, I was glad that you mentioned you will finish your Santa Fe report at the end of this post. I thought, wow, she's so distracted she forgot all about Santa Fe!

    The wildfires are scary, that's for sure. I hope they will get them under control soon, so

    you can stop worrying about your parents. And so they will have some clear air to breath!

    LOVE the doggie photos! Is Koda an outside dog? Or does he watch over the baby inside the house too?

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    1. Koda is an inside dog, so he is plenty busy with his baby duties. :)

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  6. I'm glad your uncle and his home are ok. Praying for your parents.

    Dogs and babies have a way of making things all better.

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  7. Yikes to all the stress and worry about family members!!! Thankfully your uncle fared well....crossing my fingers and praying for your parents!!!!

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