Monday, August 16, 2010
We left Saturday morning at 12:20 AM to go to East Lansing, Michigan to see the couple that told us about Jesus 32 years ago. The man was stationed at two different Air Force bases with my husband and they were best friends. When they witnessed to us, they lived in Arizona and we lived in Maryland, we still do. They have moved to Colorado and I had never met them in person. They witnessed through letters and when they talked to us by phone.
They were visiting her sister in East Lansing, Michigan and that is probably as far East as they will get and so we went to her house to meet them. She and her sister made tacos for us, refried beans, homemade guacamole, something like a fresh salsa-it had a Spanish name that I don't remember, Spanish rice and a chocolate Bundt cake with chocolate icing. Everything was sooo good!
We stayed at a motel, then traveled to Gladwin, Michigan to attend church with people we know there. Coming home we ran into a gullywasher and it was impossible to see vehicles 25' in front of you on a three lane road. There was pea-size hail and yet there was a visible rainbow and the one end was visible on the right side of the road. It traveled in front of us or the reflecting light that caused it was visible in front of us so that we could never catch up to it and go under it like you would an arched bridge.
People were stopping under any overhead bridges and pulling off into farm roads because it was so difficult to see. The speed limit was 65 mph and the fastest anyone was going was 35 mph. We stopped at a Service Center and one guy was running for cover through the parking lot and slipped on the macadam and must have slid about 4 feet in the water. Another came running into the Service Center and as soon as he stepped off the mat in front of the door, he hit the floor and landed on his back. My husband and I got soaked when we went into the Service Center. We decided to eat supper while the storm pounded sheets of rain and hail. You could hear the rain on the roof above all the other noises in the Service Center.
We were grateful that we didn't have a wreck or any close calls during this trip. We were up 20 out of 24 hours, driving straight through, then spending time with our friends and we got lost trying to find our motel.
I had an enjoyable time, but I was glad to get home and into my own bed.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Princess had her first day of no mistakes yesterday. Our son was lying on the floor playing a video game and she did upset his can of Coke onto the carpeting, but that was his fault for having it on the floor.
This morning we had a thunderstorm and I was sleeping through it until I felt a huge bounce on the bed and a massive head lying across my throat. Once I got awake enough to realize what was going on, I could see the lightening flashes behind the blinds on the bedroom window.
Princess was not panting excessively, but there is room all around the bed frame because we have a full size mattress and box spring on a queen size frame. She tried to hide her head between the mattress and the headboard of the bed. She kept moving around and I couldn't sleep, so I got up and moved to the couch and she came into the living room and lay on the floor beside me.
Later today, I didn't see her, she was in the basement, her food and water bowls are down there. I went down and let her outside. She didn't want to come upstairs once I let her back inside and I didn't have any chores to do in the basement, so once I got on the main level, I ran down the hallway to our bedroom thinking she would hear me and come up. Little did I know...
She came bounding up the basement stairs and began to run like dogs do for the sheer joy of running. I could hear her coming and knew she was galloping. She turned on the speed and came through the kitchen and into the hallway (this house is a rancher) flew to the bedroom, circled and zipped out the way she had come, back down into the basement! In three leaps, she went down 13 stairs! Once in the basement she did figure 8's around a wooden kitchen table we have down there, over to a rocking chair and foot rest, around it, and all I could do was stand and laugh.
A few times in the yard she has done this and will run over and hit me with her shoulder. The force of it knocks me forward and it is all I can do to stay on my feet. If you watch two dogs play, sometimes they use their bodies to bump each other as they run. She was going full speed for probably three minutes. Her nails on the carpeting in the basement sounded like they would shred it and she looked like Marmaduke, head high, ears flowing back, butt tucked under and her hind legs seem to go beyond her front legs when she was in speed mode.
I need the sign with a dog silhouette on it that reads: "I make it to the fence in 2.8 seconds, can you?"
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Yesterday was spent babysitting and cleaning up from the weekend of company from Friday through Sunday, laundry to do, you know, the usual stuff.
We went swimming after 9 PM last night. We had to take off the solar cover and vacuum the pool before we could get in it. The water temperature was 87 degrees and the air was hot and humid. My husband, our son and I got into the pool. Princess came to the edge and hung her front toes over the edge as far as she could without slipping into the pool water.
All at once, I heard her let out a ferocious bark. I looked in the direction she was looking and there on the neighbor's pool was a ball floating around the edge of the pool from the pool filter creating a current. Two neighbors on that side of our house, each have a pool. The two pools set on a small knoll that makes up their back yards and the dirt is dug out around the pools. So this ball was slightly above the level of our pool deck and in the darkness it looked like a person's head with a skull cap (shaved bald head) moving slowing along the edge of the pool. Our dog stood in a braced stance that is an easy one for rottweilers to do. She would, "Woof" and do a low growl until the ball got to the side closest to our yard, then she would let out her ferocious bark.
Our dog is very protective of us against any balls floating on neighboring pools, beware!
Sunday, August 08, 2010
We are having a missionary stay with us this weekend. God has called him to The Northwest Territory in Canada. I will have to catch up with blogging on Monday, be the Lord Willing.
Princess has done terrific with meeting people and not attempting to bite anyone. She was good all day on Saturday but as soon as we started to head for bed, she grabbed the trash bag in the kitchen and dumped coffee grounds all over the kitchen and carpeting in the entrance way into the kitchen, so I had to vacuum and then Swiffer the kitchen floor.
I think Princess should get together with Roobybegonia's dog, Parker and then they would need one other dog to bark and egg them on in their devilment.
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