Apparently Mother Nature forgot to flip her calendar over from April to May; she still has us stuck in “April Showers” mode, and it’s been chilly as well. The May flowers are there, it’s just that we don’t get many chances to get out there to enjoy them.
We had one nice day last week when I got the dogs out for a walk and we did some training too. We’ll tell you more about that this week. Other than that, we’ve been doing some nose works, lots of toy play, and running outside to play some ball when we get a twenty to thirty-minute window of sunshine, or at best, a break in the rain.
It’s not my preference to have the dogs running on wet grass, but most of the time our window isn’t that big anyway, so play times are shorter, and we limit jumping to avoid slips. We all long to get outside in the fresh air moving, even for just a little bit.
The weather, along with some other stuff going on, didn’t make for a good start to the weekend. I was supposed to be spending it getting ready for my mini-vacation to Myrtle Beach and the BlogPaws conference. Dealing with other stuff was not on my agenda, and contributed to a stress level that sent me into a mini-breakdown (which basically means I balled my eyes out!).
The Dadz helped me through that, a couple things resolved themselves, and I put off something we were supposed to be doing this week, because I was stressed about it and it was really messing with my focus. What started things out was a slight technical problem with the blog Friday morning, adding another thing to my already too long to-do list that I did not need! Luckily that straightened itself out Saturday, at least hopefully until after the conference.
The worst of it all was that on Friday afternoon, my hubby and I got our official notice that our jobs will be over at the end of the summer. The general store we work at is being sold, and the new owners cannot afford the generous salaries our current boss provides, nor do they need a bookkeeper.
That’s not a good way to start off the weekend. Other things piled on top of that, and by the time I got a message from my good friend on Saturday morning that she was taking her cat to be put down that afternoon (Henry, the sweetest cat, was older with some health issues and his time had unfortunately come), I could no longer hold tears back. I knew something had to give, and we figured out an upcoming appointment we needed to change so I could just relax and enjoy getting ready for my trip (which said friend is taking with me, and we both sorely need right now!). I don’t mean to be vague about all of that, and I will fill you in on it at some point, but right now I just need to put it out of my mind.
By Sunday things were looking better and I could go back to writing lists and getting out suitcases and clothes (we are leaving on Saturday – more about our planned road trip later this week). I’m doing my best to put aside thoughts of the fact that I’ll be needing a new job in the fall.
It always helps to have the crew to focus on. Keeping them happy by running outside for a few minutes in-between showers is good for all of us. On Saturday afternoon, at one point I just dropped what I was doing and we all got some much-needed fresh air and a few minutes of playing. The sun even shone on us for a minute or two! Even when things look a bit on the dark side (weather and other-wise), there is nothing like a happy dog to make it look brighter.