“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

The morning has been a busy one already. First I was awakened by the ungodly sound of the alarm ringing at 7:30. I know it seems silly that I need an alarm for 7:30, but for me that is still early morning. I groaned out of bed, shuffled down the stairs and went to get the papers. I had my coffee, a necessity that early, and read the papers. I then got dressed and left as I started physical therapy this morning. My back or rather my hip has been horrific with painful spasms at night. I am rudely awakened by a woman howling in pain. Shockingly I am the screamer. The doctor decided physical therapy might help so I started my two days a week today.

Gracie is herself. The last test determined she has an irregular heartbeat, but they still don’t know what happened. The vet speculated that her blood pressure went down when she had multiple irregular heartbeats in a row and that caused her to fall. There were two other possibilities but the vet thinks this is the reason. Gracie is starting today on fish oil and some pills from the pharmacy to maintain her heartbeat. In a week and a half she’ll have a second test on her heart. I watch her all the time. One of my Boxers had cardiomyopathy so I worry about Miss Gracie. The vet doesn’t seem to think so, but they didn’t think Maggie did either. In a bit Gracie and I are heading to the dump. The vet called too late to go yesterday.

It is dark, ugly, damp and cold today. It’s a jacket or heavy sweatshirt weather. I didn’t wear one this morning, and I was cold.  I think it is a perfect stay in the house day, wear comfy clothes, read and have a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. I might even make meatloaf and mashed potatoes tonight. I’m in a comfort food mode.

Sunny days lend themselves to activities, to being outside, to taking in all that vitamin D. Dark days are an excuse for staying home and being comfortable. Black and white horror movies should be on the TV. The house should smell like popcorn. I’m going to post my music, take Gracie to the dump, pick up her pills then come home and enjoy being cozy and comfy. I’ll bring out the afghan and lie on the couch. I suspect Gracie will lie with me. I see a nap in both our futures.

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10 Comments on ““Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.””

  1. candidkay Says:

    Heartily agree! Rainy days are meant for books. Snowy days are meant for a brisk walk and a fire, a book or a movie. Hot chocolate. And the deliciousness of these days is there is no pressure to DO.

    • katry Says:

      I have loved rainy days since I was a kid. I remember we were on vacation in Maine when I was around 11, and it rained one day. I took my book and went to the quiet of the car to read. It was wonderful.

      I am so looking forward to the afternoon and the couch!

  2. olof1 Says:

    What ever it is Gracies has I hope it’s easily fixed with pills or similar.

    Rainy days are either book days or movie days, snowy ones too but they can also be a nap day 🙂 But snowy days demands Julmust and gingerbreads 🙂

    Today has been rather dismal, rainy, misty and in to the bones cold. I got my tires changed to winter tires after work so now I’m prepared for winter, may it never arrive 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I picked up the fish oil and her prescription. I hit the giant fish oil pill in cold cuts she hate down. She is taking only 1/4 of the other pill twice a day. It is tiny. She found it and spit it out. I had to open her mouth and put it in the back so she’d be forced to swallow.

      The polar cold is on its way.

      Have a great evening!

  3. lilydark Says:

    I hope Gracie and you are doing well. I started physical therapy last week. It is at the hospital that is nearby and I can walk there. Pain sucks.
    We might be getting fall weather ( we’ve had a very long Indian Summer here, although we are all waiting for the rain to come).
    I’m in bed with a book. I went to the library with a friend of mine and stacked up on books for the next week. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
    Last week, as a treat, my friend and I got Vienna Teng tickets for December, for my holiday treat.
    I can see from your song list you’ve picked out some of my favorites.
    Lori and the Crew.

    • katry Says:

      We see to be okay, but I’ll know more about Gracie when she takes her next tests in a week and a half. My back is killing me after today, but I’ll survive.

      We had an ugly day today and it isn’t going to get any better, colder though.

      I’m going to the library tomorrow as I’m in need of a few books to read.

      Nothing going on with me for a while. This is my slow season.


  4. flyboybob Says:

    Today looked like a gorgeous day looking out the window while working. Clear skies and temperature in the 70s. Cuddling with a good book, sipping hot chocolate makes a cold rainy day brighter.

    I’m glad to hear that Gracie is doing well. After our a Greyhound Rolex passed away at twelve, we down sized to a Dachshund. For one thing they live longer and make smaller poops. When you get older downsizing makes sense.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It sounds like a great day-love the 70’s. You’re right about brightening a rainy day with a good book. I haven’t had cocoa for a long while but I always liked it.

      Smaller dogs do live much longer, and the smaller the dog the longer the life. I love boxers and can’t imagine having another dog.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope Gracie responds to fish oil, medication and the tough love involved in getting a pill down her throat. 🙂
    I also hope your PT helps alleviate the pain of back and hip. Have you also thought of massage? I found that regular therapeutic massage helped me a lot.
    At the moment I am creaking around like an invalid. I cleaned the walnuts off the lawn the other day and am still paying for it in my back, neck, arms and hands.
    My posture reminds me of the old man who used to live a few houses down. He would start out his gardening chores in the normal upright position. After a couple of hours labor his upper body was bent at 90º to his lower body. He was still pushing the wheelbarrow around in that position, though. I’m not quite that bad off but I sure feel as though I am.

    The day started out nicely enough. Sun and clouds. Not awfully cold. Then the winds kicked in and the sun went away. The wind chill was very uncomfortable. Prepping us for the coming frigidity, I suppose.

    Enjoy the warmth.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      So far the chicken roll has gotten the fish oil pill down her throat, but I am out of it now so I’ll have to get creative. The other pill I just put down the back of her throat myself.

      Last night was a bad night. The pain woke me up several times. I kept trying to get comfortable.

      I describe myself as a question mark at times. I always wish I could be an explanation mark.

      Sorry about all the aches. I totally sympathize!

      It is sunny and pretty here today though it is chilly but warmer than yesterday. I’m staying close to home today. I’ll take a shower and get into clean cozy clothes-my big accomplishment for the day.

      Have a great Saturday.

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