The fourth of July is going to be a big Phsttttttt this year. No fireworks displays. No congregating with like minded people to watch explosions go off in the air. No hearing the national anthem, which, by the way, is the only national anthem of our country. David is working so I will be home alone. I wonder if I could be like Kevin in the movie. Eat ice cream in bed, watch old movies, and plan a way to stop the bad guys from getting in the house. That last part I really hope never happens. But you can bet I will be busy doing something or just laying out by the pool, whichever suits me.
We have had several people swimming in our pool. Our daughter brings her friend, her kids and her friend’s kids and sometimes friends of the friends. I say the pool is there and it needs to be used, so they have been using it often. I’ve been in the pool once this Summer. The water has to be like bath water for me to get in it. I like sitting out and watching the kids have fun. One day they swam for six hours. They all are as brown as nuts. I tell them that and they laugh because they’ve never heard that before.
I still miss Belle. Molly still looks for her. I feel sad when I see her bowl I never have to fill and her bed in my shop where she will never lay again. The vet sent us a sympathy card and it made me cry. She was such a good dog. But I am looking for a Lab puppy. The only way to fill the empty space is to fill it with a puppy. Belle can never be replaced, but a puppy will help heal the sadness. I found a breeder who has three day old Labs and I’ve given him our phone number in hopes he will get in touch with us. I told him we were seriously looking for another Lab. I sometimes think I am a glutton for punishment by taking on the care and training of yet another puppy. Molly tried our souls. She really did, but she has turned into the sweetest, most loving dog, but she still will chew anything left out in the yard. Our daughter called and said she left her Boes music box outside by the pool. I immediately felt my stomach drop wondering if Molly had already discovered it and done her work, but fortunately for our daughter, it was still in one piece. Once the man who mowed our lawn left headphones out in the yard and Molly made mincemeat of them. So this is what I want to take on once again with a new puppy.
So much has gone on this Summer and so much will be going on so I’m thinking this will be the fastest Summer to pass in decades. We all will certainly remember this Summer, if not this year as the time of the Virus when we were held hostage by a bug that they know very little about and have no cure for and yet we have to work around it somehow and make our country work. My grandsons will have to wear masks all day at school this Fall. I feel for them. I’ve worn a mask two times and both times were at the doctors’ offices where they handed me a mask to wear. I really feel claustrophobic with a mask on so I go nowhere where I have to wear one. I need to get my hair cut, but they require their patrons to wear masks so my hair will be very long before I make an appointment. I’m getting use to having long hair although it is a pain to take care of and keep the tangles out.
I hope you all are having a good Summer. It’s a wonderful time to read a book, lay in the sun and just enjoy the lazy days. I’ve been reading some really good books on my Kindle. On one blog she has people send in the names of books they recommend. So many books. So little time.
I also have been having fun with my new pastime, painting by numbers. These are not like the old paint by numbers we use to paint. These are very intricate paintings where you really have to pay attention to detail. I finished one of a flower in a vase and now I’m working on one of all colors of roses. David ordered some frames for them. It’s very calming to sit and paint. I think about the masters like Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and even Norman Rockwell who painted pictures for the front of magazines. Now they didn’t need numbers and they really had to pay attention to detail, but I bet they got the same relaxing feelings I get when I paint. I feel at one with them. I can even order Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh to paint if I so wish. If you are interested, just check out paint by numbers and you will find several companies that produce them. Just know, at this time they are being overwhelmed with orders because of the virus and it takes a month or more to get your set, but if you are patient, it will come in time. My first ones took three months to get here and I have another picture I ordered over a month ago. But they are worth it.
So Happy 4th of July. God bless our country and protect it from those who would destroy it. May we continue to live in peace. Bye.