“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.”

Today is cloudy but still quite warm. It is 64˚ without the sun and will get warmer by the afternoon. I have given up on fall despite the wonderful weather. Skip, my factotum, is readying the deck for winter. He is putting the decorations and candles in boxes, taking up the rug and covering the furniture and umbrellas. He has done it for so many years he just moseys along from one task to another. He’s already cleared the backyard of branches including a couple big enough to be called limbs. He has removed the fallen post from my front fence which had been broken this winter when the huge pine limb fell on the lawn. He’ll replace it. He has some inside stuff as well. Yesterday my house cleaners came and today I have Skip. Life is good.

Gracie and I will be going to the vet’s today. She has a one o’clock appointment. My friend reminded me to ask if acupuncture will help. Last night was not a good night for either of us. Gracie started panting and woke me up several times. At 3, I took her outside hoping that’s what she wanted. It wasn’t though she did take the opportunity to squat. At 4, I fed her some treats. That didn’t work so I helped her off the couch to the bathroom where the water dish is kept. She ignored it and wanted back on the couch where she continued to pant. I finally got up and brought the water dish to her. She drank and drank then settled down to sleep. We were both exhausted. I’m beginning to think she has decided our roles need to be reversed. She will be pampered. I will respond to wishes and commands. She’ll find I am good with Sit!

When I woke up last night, I thought I’d left outside lights lit. Through the back window, I could see so much light the trees had shadows. It was the moon, big and bright and gorgeous on its way to being a full moon tomorrow night. This full moon is called the beaver moon by some as at this time of year beavers are building their winter dams in preparation for the cold season. Because beavers are mainly nocturnal, they will keep working under the light of the full moon. I suppose busy as a beaver would work here but would be just cause for groans.

I lament the closing of my deck.

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11 Comments on ““It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.””

  1. sprite Says:

    I noticed the moon when I was leaving work last night. It really was quite impressive. This month isn’t a supermoon, but the next two full moons (December and January) will be.

    • sprite Says:

      Oops, I should have said the next three full moons. The blue moon/lunar eclipse at the end of January is also a supermoon.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,

      When is the next blue moon?

      Now I have three super moons to look forward to.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      The moon is so full now and there are two days until its full. I can’t imagine how wonderful it will look.

      I remember the last supermoon hanging in the sky. Magnificent!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Big moon here too this morning but I’ll not see if for quite some time now since we’ll get new low pressures passing by. I won’t mind since cloudy nights means no frost 🙂

    I now have winter tires on my car so it does feel a bit more safe if the winter will come. The first prediction for how winter will be came today and as usual it will be longer, colder and more snowy, just like the three previous ones were predicted to be 🙂 🙂 🙂 So now I’m preparing for an unusually short and warm one instead 🙂

    I hold my thumbs for Gracie!

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’ll explain more fully tomorrow but it is a muscular issue, not arthritic. There is no cure, just trying to keep it from getting worse.

      It stayed cloudy today but was still warm. Even now with the sun down it is warm. It will be more seasonal tomorrow.

      My father used to have to switch to winter tires, but now we have all season tires so no switching. We are in for a lower than average amount of snowfall, but you can’t rely on the forecast!

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I noticed the moon last night as I was out with the dogs for their last walk. Thanks for giving the name as I couldn’t think of it last night. I couldn’t spend too much time contemplating the moon because the resident pack of coyotes has moved house to the woods behind my yard so I had to be on the look out for them. They’re not very concerned about people.

    It is very un-fall-like weather today. Again, the windows and porch door are open and I’m in short sleeves and flip-flops. It’s not just warm for November. It’s just plain warm.

    Like Christer, I’m holding my thumbs for Gracie.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I haven’t seen our coyote in a long while so it may have moved off. There were rabbits and skunks all summer so they too are a sign of no coyotes.

      I had windows opened today but the doors now have the storm windows on them. I put one on for Monday and Skip put the other on today.

      Gracie has a muscular issue. The signals aren’t getting to her back legs. The vet said the muscles are all twisted. She put Gracie on a pain pill hoping that will help.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Bob Says:

    Our beautiful satellite may have been the key to all life on the earth. It’s been a long time since men walked upon it’s surface and we discovered it was not made of green cheese nor did we find any monsters. 🙂 The beaver, or harvest moon is beautiful.

    Hopefully, the vet will give you good news.

    Today was a beautiful sunny day with a high of 70.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think it is just the beaver moon as the harvest moon was in October. The harvest moon is the full moon nearest the start of the autumnal equinox.

      It is sad that we stopped making advances in space travel. The trip to the moon was unbelievable. Too bad that’s where we stopped.

      The vet said it is muscular degeneration. She put Gracie on pain pills and we’re going to do some acupuncture. She said Gracie needs to be active to keep her muscles strong. I ordered a back pull harness so I don’t have to keep lifting her.

      We had a lovely day even without the sun.


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