Believe it or not, we had a Category 1 hurricane here in Albuquerque a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t last long and it didn’t affect everyone. Fortunately, we sustained no damage, but lots of beautiful old cottonwoods and pines were felled and there was flooding all over the place. And there were power outages. We were one of the lucky remaining 6000+ citizens without power for about 3 days. Still, we did have fun shopping for batteries, LED lamps, and ice for our coolers while others were buying non-essential things. Were were among the few still in survival mode! Oh, and of course, we spent time in the evenings playing Scrabble with headlamps.
When the hurricane began, I ran from one house to another to close the windows in my place. I flashed back to “The Wizard of Oz” when Judy Garland was running with Toto during the storm, wondering if I’d make it to my house. Fortunately, while the floor was somewhat drenched with the rain coming in all directions, a general mop-up did the trick, and the birds and BunRab were fine.
Then, a few days ago, our 11 month-old Maltese puppy, Poppy, tore the ligament of her ACL. Basically, one of her hind knees is busted and we have to wait for another week+ for the swelling and bleeding to go down before she goes into surgery to repair the damage. She is consequently crate-bound except for short forays into the yard to do her business. Here she is peeking at Sam, our Curious George, on my bed. If she weren’t behind her screen, Sam would not be there!
Otherwise, things are doing well! Steve loves to shred his newspapers each night. During the day, I also hang up a brown paper lunch sack filled with a treat and chewable toys, and he spends considerable time ripping that up and finding his treasures.
Let’s hope your summer has been free of hurricanes and torn ligaments!