“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”

A malaise has taken over. I don’t feel good. My stomach is a bit upset. I tried to figure out why and came up with the weather as the possible culprit. Seeing clouds was bad enough, but it is just so cold. I sat on the couch a while before I even got coffee, a bad sign. Usually the first thing I do is make coffee. Not this morning. I don’t even want a second cup. Call the paramedics!!

According to the weatherman this morning, today is the coldest April 15th on record. Oh joy!! (sarcasm doesn’t translate well to the written word!)

Maddie and Henry are sleeping, one on the table and the other on the couch. They are each curled up in a ball. Henry seems more comfortable. I guess he has decided this is it, his final stop, his home. Yesterday he ate in the kitchen. Today he hasn’t chosen to go to his dish yet. He gets close but stops. I’m leaving the dish there and figure hunger will motivate him. He has used one side of the dog door, coming in, but it has been hit or miss. I’m going to work on that.

I did get my laundry done yesterday. I just haven’t folded the second load. I feel accomplished.

I’m falling back on travel stories because my life is quiet. It lacks adventure. The only thing on my dance card is the dump. I didn’t go last week and a bag of trash has been sitting in the trunk all this time. I added another bag yesterday. I miss my dump companion, Gracie. I’d take Henry, but the two times we went to do errands together he pooped in the back seat. The car makes him nervous. I will go to the dump by myself.

On the Belgium trip, we stayed in a B&B which was a farm. Outside my window was a quick running stream. I could hear the water as I fell asleep. It was lovely. In the morning, my dad and I checked out the barn. He almost stepped on a flop of horse poop; instead, he held his nose and pointed at it. I snapped his picture. That became a signature move for my dad. I have him holding his nose and pointing at poop in a variety of countries. I laugh every time I see the pictures. He looks delighted. It was fun.

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6 Comments on ““Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    It can always be worse. Yesterday and today Toronto and Northern NY State were hit with ice storms. Unfortunately, the unusual cold weather will just fuel the climate change deniers rhetoric that global warming must be a hoax. 🙁

    Whatever hit your intestinal track must have hit mine yesterday. My wife and I went out to dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant and I had an upset stomach afterwards. The food was excellent but it must have been that I’m not used to eating such rich food these days. My daughter went with her friend to Austin this weekend as a birthday celebration and this dinner was to celebrate my birthday. My daughter and I are born on the same day 47 years apart.

    Henry seems to be adjusting nicely to your home. It just takes a little time and patience. Whenever I travel it takes me a little time to get acclimated to my new surroundings.

    Staying on a farm would certainly put you in touch with horse poop. I get upset when my neighbors walk their dogs and don’t pick up the poop. There’s a city ordinance but it gets ignored. Some folks just think that they are above the law.

    The sun is shinning and it’s 70 degrees right now. I can’t figure out why I’m still sitting inside. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I can’t believe the number of baseball games which were postponed. One was played in the falling snow. It was 34˚ at Fenway. The stands were sparse, and the people who were there wore so many layers.

      Wow, sharing a birthday with your daughter must have made the day special.

      I did take a nap and do feel bit better. I even went to the dump as it is now closed until Thursday soI had to get there regardless.

      It does take time, and he has only been here three weeks. I am so patient with him. I don’t know his history and he is skittish but less than he was when he came.

      I don’t think we have a poop ordinance, but people seem to be good about picking up after their dogs. My neighbor had one dog walking with its owner who pooped in his yard and left it a few times. He waited and caught the owner, walked up and handed her a poop bag. It never happened again.

      I’d be outside in a heartbeat!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope you collected all those photos into an album and entitled it The Poop Papers. 🙂

    I would put plastic on the seat and desensitize Henry with very short trips (end of the driveway and home, round the block and home) and lots of praise and treats. He needs to learn that the car will always take him back home no matter how long the trip.

    We are all on the couch. Rocky and Piki Dog are plastered up against me so they don’t need to curl up for warmth. They are stretched out full length on either side of me so that I can’t curl up. 🙂
    The neurologist gave Piki Dog the all-clear to rejoin general canine society so they spent several hours at doggy daycare yesterday. They haven’t been for over 5 months so they are very tired today.

    The weather up here is cold, clammy, murky, and nasty. And it snowed a bit as well. It will rain all week because the carnival is in town and it always rains on carnival week. It’s tradition.

    Hope whatever illness is trying to catch you misses totally.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I still have them all mostly as slides, but you’re right. I do love that title.

      Thanks! I had figured I’d do to the end of the street then home so I love your idea. I do want him to know he’ll always come home. I have a cover on the backseat. I’d just load up on treats and adjectives. What amazes me is how good he is being home alone.

      Henry must have heard the dog position for the day as he is stretched out across two cushions leaving me one. I’m so glad he is comfortable enough to stretch out and sleep.

      Doggy day care is a great idea as I want Henry to continue to be socialized. Where he was before me had two dogs and he enjoyed their company. I’ll have to look around.

      The weather here is the same.It was spitting rain as my mother would say when I went to the dump. It was also only 34˚. That’s ridiculous.

      I feel better after little nap. Whatever it was isn’t!!

      Have a great evening!

  3. olof1 Says:

    It’s so strange that we have warm spring weather up here in the north and You don’t! Normally we are several weeks after You. I like that change though 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I think Caryn is right about small trips with Henry in the car. I guess that any kind of trip away from home has been anything but a good experience. Albin really dislike going on trips in the car but for totally different reasons, he gets bored and howls a lot when he sees something interesting but can’t stop to investigate it 🙂 🙂

    I do hope You don’t get any kind of stomach flu, You’ve gone through enough at it is lately! but not wanting a second cup of coffee is never a good sign 🙂 🙂

    Take care!


    • katry Says:

      It is winter here right now at 34˚. They are predicting sleet and maybe snow showers for tomorrow. The weather across the country has been so bad that several baseball games were postponed and one was played with snow falling. Here on the cape we are always behind Boston and the area around it. That pesky ocean stays cold for a long while.

      I agree about the short trips for Henry. I want him to be comfortable in the car. Gracie loved rides, and I hope Henry will too.

      Albin and his antics always make me laugh.

      I feel much better now. You’re right. I would love a healthy stretch with no broken bones and no falls.

      Have a wonderful evening!

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