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After almost a month of very warm days and no rain, today arrived with gray clouds and a few sprinkles to settle the dust. This is what the weather is supposed to be like in April.
Mama and Ian came up and we lunched on Salade Nicoise (made by Mama), steamed asparagus with homemade Dijon mayonnaise (me), deviled eggs (me again) and fresh strawberry shortcake for desert. A perfect spring feast.
I have next week off from school. This break is most welcome -- I'm looking forward to spending it staying home and seeing a lot less of humanity. A little peace and quiet for the soul.
Speaking of souls, our dear elder dog, Seal, visited the vet last week and the news is that she's losing weight because her kidneys are failing. There isn't anything that can be done to reverse the damage, but we can try to keep her going by managing her diet. On Friday we'd decided it was time to put her down because she's gone downhill so quickly and we don't want her to suffer. But the last couple of days she's seemed happier and Bruce is thinking that maybe she wants to stay with us a little while longer. So I think we'll be canceling tomorrow's vet appointment. Loving animals is simple but complicated.
Seal has never been an in-your-lap affectionate sort of dog. She clearly loves us, but in a sweetly reserved way. Very British, one might say.
So yesterday I was surprised when she walked up to me gently wagging her tail as I sat on the porch step drinking tea. I was even more surprised when she stiffly settled her front half onto my lap. We enjoyed the sun together and Murphy joined us (he was a little jealous, I think). Maybe she was saying goodby. Or was she showing me that she still enjoys life.
Complicated. But we'll figure it out.