Friday, September 14, in southern Arizona
In the freshness of morning I’m outside painting the concrete border of a raised bed that extends the full length of one side of our house. A concrete sidewalk runs alongside the raised bed.
Happily I paint along until the 35-foot border is almost completed.
Suddenly Roger appears around the far corner of the house.
“Oh, no0000!” I groan.
Why do I groan?
Well, Roger loves to run on the border of the raised beds. He does this so often that it is commonly stated at our house . . .
“There goes Roger on the Roger Highway.”
Roger has jumped onto the freshly-painted “highway.”
Startled by my loud groan, Roger jumps off the border onto the unpainted sidewalk and trots toward me with a goofy grin on his face.
“Roger!” I moan. “Roger, get off the sidewalk!”
Roger is confused.
He’s already trotted several feet toward me. Now he turns and trots the other way.
After surveying the scene, I gotta’ admit, those little pawprints are kind of cute going up and down the sidewalk.
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In response to popular demand . . .
Here are photos of one of the rooms I painted and that Nancy decorated with her furnishings:
This is the den.
It’s a small room with one window. The fireplace adds architectural interest and warmth, even though it’s faux.
On the wall opposite the fireplace hangs a cheery, colorful painting of parrots.
Nancy picked up the painting at a resale shop in Florida. Twenty-five bucks, hand-painted, perfect condition, in a nice frame. It really puts life into our den!
Roger soon claims his special spot.
It’s ideal for keeping an eye on the front yard while lying in comfort.
He likes this comfy place so much that sometimes he sleeps all night long on the back of the loveseat, snuggled into the nubby throw.
With those big brown eyes, pink ears, and adorable underbite, who could fault him for a few pawprints?
(And to be honest, it was my fault. I should’ve thought to keep him in the house.)
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Thanks to Geri for sharing her heart attacks and recovery with us and to blogorinos who contributed to the discussion that followed. — Sue
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