These are the nights our pups dislike. The fireworks aren’t as prevalent in this neighborhood as in our last one, but they still spook the pups. Lexie worse than Goldie. Lexie retreats into the closet, hiding under a row of hanging clothes, and she’ll sleep through all the sounds, including thunderstorms. Goldie? She used to lay her head on the pillow next to me, breathing puppy breath into my face. About like sleeping next to the Babe with his CPAP machine.
Now, Goldie wants a little comfort, then sleeps at the foot of my side of the bed, then jumps down onto the floor, like every other night, sleeping next to my side of the bed. Lexie surfaces once the noise stops, and sleeps next to the Babe.
A newscast the other day interviewed one of our veterans about fireworks noises and PTSD. Yes, it bothers some terribly. Others, not so much. The commonality? If they’re not expecting it, they startle and react. It may not turn out well, either. Please be aware. Yes, our pets are terribly affected by fireworks; our Veterans are even more. Please be considerate. Please warn them if you’re lighting fireworks off. Maybe they’ll want to go elsewhere for the evening. I don’t know if noise cancelling headphones help in this circumstance. I pray all our veterans make it to July 5 with few issues. If you need help, call your local VA. Call your VFW, Legion, or other organizations for help.
I’ve had a wonderfully no stress Saturday. I have not done “should’s” today. My youngest brother invited me over to breakfast today. He’s quite the cook! Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, great company, it was legendary. We decided it would be time to catch up with each other, not just troubleshoot for our aging Mom. It was very nice, much needed. Thanks, Tim! I needed that.
Once I stopped at a local farmer’s stand, $41 later, I had tomatoes for BLT’s, summer squash, strawberries, Georgia peaches, a cantaloupe, and the best ever, a Black Diamond Watermelon!
I was so relaxed, I just had to take a nap. I planned this as a day off, and will get busy first thing in the morning, despite it being Sunday. These days at home will be combined work and rest for the Babe and me. Those are good times, and we enjoy them.
Whatever you’re doing this long holiday weekend, be safe. Eat lots of good food. Make some memories. Remember to lock the gates to your yards (we don’t want scared dogs to run into traffic if they’re afraid of fireworks!) and double check them. July 5, it’s three years since we lost Roxie that way. Someone left our gate open after being in our yard, possibly getting a fireworks toy, and she ran out the next morning, afraid, and she ran into the highway traffic. It devastated all of us, especially her sister, Lexie. She cried, howled, whined for months. Saddest sound I’ve ever heard.
Anyway, enjoy your people, your activities, and know we’ll all meet again tomorrow. Happy July 4th, friends! Enjoy! I’m curling up again with a book; and picking up a crochet project for me!