Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Melancholy Day

I won't complain about the rain, even though we got six month's worth in 24 hours, but not seeing sunlight for an extended period seems to dampen my spirits and darken my mood.
This afternoon my niece who lives next door called to say that their dog Shadow died. Samantha is 21 years old now, but when she was four, we got this little rag-mop of a puppy from my grandmother. He's been with her ever since, and up until a few days ago, he's been in fairly good health.
The whole bunch of us feel like we've lost a member of the family. I brought his body over here and laid him to rest up in our little doggie cemetery.
This evening we had to run by our friend Fred's house to lay down some tracks for a project he's working on. We headed for home just after six.
There's a place between Warrior and our house where the road tops a ridge of one of the foothills, and then plunges slowly downward for two miles. At the crest you can look to the west and see forever.
There were still clouds high in the sky, but lower to the horizon they cleared long enough to see the waning moments of a sunset.
The sky was the color of a burnt rose. Just catching a glimpse of the evening sky and a few seconds of sunlight put a smile on my face.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day. Now a few lines from one of our songs:
Rhythm of Life
The tide rolls in
The tide rolls out
The sun will rise
Without a doubt
The ever flowing rhythm of life

NOTE: to clarify my note from last night. The problem I was having was "driver error" and not the new Blogger interface. When I'm wrong, I'm not afraid to admit it.
Have a great Thursday.


  1. It's so very sad about Shadow being gone, yet it sounds as if she was a wonderful part of your neighbor's life.

  2. I posted on Jilda's blog about's been a rainy day here too and cold for this time of year. I kind of enjoyed the peace and quiet and soothing sound of the rain. Hope the rest of the week is better for you and for Shadow's family.

  3. Anonymous10:32 PM

    Poor little puppy. Sounds like she had a wonderful life.

  4. Anonymous1:30 AM

    I am thinking of you and your Families loss..there no real words to describe when something like that happen..

  5. I read about Shadow's death on Jilda's blog, I'm so sorry.

  6. Oh Rick, I just read about Shadow on Jilda's blog. I'm so sorry for all of you. Grateful Shadow had a loving family to grow up with...praying for comfort for all.

  7. I still blame Blogger! :-)

    I am truly sorry for Shadow!! What a loss, what a dog! Take care

  8. I love the four lines of the song.

    When a pet comes to live with us they become part of the household/family. And i knpw how you guys feel. We are ourselves saddened with the sudden death of my boss' only son. For sure we are facing hard times here taking care of the old man.


  9. Sorry about the sweet pup, never fun to lose a family pet, especially one that has been around so long.
    Enjoy your sunshine!

  10. Hi Rick. I've just read about Shadow's passing over at Jilda's blog. I'm so sorry for your loss, and I know that you will all miss him very much indeed. I loved the words of your song, "Rhythm of Life". How true they are.

  11. Thanks all for your comments. Today was much better. The sun came out but the temps much cooler.
    I had meetings in town and as I drove back home, I rolled the window down and felt the wind on my face.
    It was a good feeling.

  12. Anonymous6:04 PM

    It's so sad when a family pet dies. We will be faced with the same sad situation with my son's 16yr. old black lab soon. I enjoyed reading your post!
    Hope the weejend is beter for you and Shadow's family.

  13. Hi, that was me, in the previous message as the "anonymous"...clicked the wrong button, and it went through like that!

  14. I'm sorry to hear about Shadow - dogs will break your heart won't they? I've had a few good ones myself that I would dearly love to meet again. Lucky dog to be so loved.
    Your sunset sky sounded lovely.

  15. You feel as if a member of your family died because one did. Our pets are family members just the same as people, only a little nicer, smarter, and more loyal. My condolences.


  16. Sorry about Shadow's death. sandie


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