2020 Life Logs, Day 37: Enjoying Treading Water
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Weather: Rain All Day; High 45 degrees, Low 39 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
Another busy day, but I feel like I am treading water. I stay busy, but I don’t seem to move forward! But I am enjoying the ride, or maybe I should say swim. This morning, I took Shadow for a walk in light rain and then I took my neighbor and landlord, Shirley, to have the one-week check-up on her new hearing aids. Her niece and my good friend Karen Baranowski would normally take her to any medical appointments, but Karen is out of town. I was more than happy to fill in. By the time I got home, it was time for another walk with Shadow and then I headed to Bruce and Jane Woodin’s for a visit. I then went into town to do a few errands and back home for one more long walk with puppy. When we got home, we played soccer in the yard for a bit and then came in to dry out. I read for a bit, made a great broccoli potato soup for dinner, and had a long conversation with Melissa Berryman or People Training For Good Dogs. After reading her book, I have chosen her to train me and the Goldpebbles to properly interact with Shadow. Hopefully, we can get this wild and wonderful puppy under control. I have my introductory class on Saturday, but I don’t think the Goldpebbles can attend as they have their Scout Pinewood Derby. But as soon as we can arrange a time, Melissa will do a make-up class with the boys. There are three private lessons and then a string of group lessons. I know they won’t be able to attend all, but we’ll include them as often as possible. As she so wisely points out, all of us who are an integral part of Shadow’s life need the same training so that he gets the same message from each of us. Heather and Jed just do not have time right now to attend, but I will get another copy of Melissa’s book as part of the course and give that to H & J to read. And I’m sure the boys will enjoy teaching mommy and daddy the ‘proper procedures’.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow, even though there will still be rain in the beginning of the day. The temperature is going to be in the 50’s before the north winds start blowing in a cold snap. It is forecast to be 56 degrees F tomorrow, but only 36 degrees on Saturday. So, I plan to spend at least part of the day outside enjoying the ‘warmth’.