Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another leafy Saturday

The leaves in November fall like rain. Only different. They are bigger and don't absorb into the ground. Rather they sit on our lawn and taunt us - ha ha, they say, I am going sit on your lawn all winter and be ugly. With possibly the biggest yard that I will ever own in my life, hauling leaves is no small feat, nor is it for the faint of heart. Fortunately for us, we have hand's down, the world's best neighbors and we do leaves together. They have six people, we have two, plus Mr Handsome who has to be smack dab in the middle of everything. And Paul has the weapon, the nuclear-powered leaf blower. It works. At 8:30 this morning, we were back at it (I imagine to the chagrin of other neighbors) and think that this is the last of the leafy Saturdays before winter. Amen.

I write a lot about Samson. I can see that it might get dull or boring, not too interesting after having him a year. The thing is, I don't get bored or tired of writing about him or taking his picture, or playing with him, or hunting with him or napping with him. He had a rough start somewhere and every time we go outside and he comes charging full speed home, it makes my heart feel good. There are so many dogs right now, sitting in shelters. So many dogs that will never make it out. I read about dogs for adoption on Petfinder and some of the reasons the dogs have been surrendered make me sick to my stomach. Reasons like the dog got too big (hello moron, you got a German shepherd and they get big DUH), or we didn't have any time for the dog, our family was too busy (wow, hope your kids don't throw you away when you are old and they are busy) and this was priceless, owner didn't like the coloring of the German shepherd. I don't have anything to say to that. Perhaps someone stops by my site and sees what a little exercise, discipline and affection will do for a beauty like him. Or any other dog. And maybe will save one of the nearly 3- 4 million (that's MILLION) animals that will be euthanized THIS YEAR ALONE. The cool thing about our neighbors, on both sides, and our good friend Deb and our good friend, Mary along with a host of others, all have dogs rescued from a shelter. This year, our Christmas dollars will go to the shelters that are desparate for supplies. I will write about that later.

We have a busy weekend with some fun errands and a couple of steaks on the grill. Head over to the Cafe this weekend. We are hosting the Chilipalooza with several neighbors bringing their favorite brand of chili to compete and share.

It's off to coif, afternoon pie with friends and a little shopping at our favorite store. Enjoy the day!

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