That leaves one dog, Lola. I’ve always known she was a mix of ST and some sort of terrier. I thought it was Westie, but wasn’t certain. I’ve decided Miss Lolita is definitely part Westie. On Sunday as we watched the eclipse some folks nearby had a little Westie who wandered over to visit us. I took a look at him, and I was certain. Lola has a Shih Tzu tail (curls up over her back), Shih Tzu ears (long and floppy, not pointed and upright like the Westie) and coloring (she is cream colored with fawn markings, not white like the Westie). The rest of her is d.e.f.i.n.i.t.e.l.y Westie! Probably more Westie than Shih Tzu.
I’ve been beating myself up for a couple years because I thought she was overweight. You see, I was comparing her to a Shih Tzu, and they are often sturdy-bodied, but even so, they usually have the slender abdomen. I’ve said before that she is built like a fat sausage! Looking at the little Westie Sunday I remembered how stocky the Westies are! I came home and looked at my little girl, and I realized she has a normal “Westie body.”
I’m so happy to realize that she is not overweight! I’m not a bad mommy!
Speaking of the eclipse, it was awesomer than awesome! I met with five other ladies and we had a picnic, then positioned our chairs for the show We had solar eclipse glasses that blacked out everything but the sun, and it was breath-taking from beginning to end! We tried to take pictures, but none of us had the right equipment. Here are a couple examples:
Regardless of how good or poor the pics, the experience was wonderful. We played music on car radios, picking appropriate songs for the occasion: Black Hole Sun, Soak Up The Sun, Ain't No Sunshine, Supermassive Black Hole, Total Eclipse of the Heart, 40 Miles From the Sun, & Champagne Supernova. Then, when the eclipse reached the ring of fire stage, a guy in a nearby car played .... wait for it, wait for it .... Ring of Fire!
Then this morning I woke completely congested. Ugh. I blew my nose, cleared just enough to barely breathe, and I thought, “That’s good.” I sank back on the pillow to stretch and wake slowly. Then my eyes popped open as I thought “I SMELL SMOKE!!!!”
I jumped into action! Ran to the kitchen, and this is what I saw outside:
The only difference is that the sun itself was solid red! I could look straight at it with no eye discomfort. The sky was that weird purpley-red you see in the photo. It was very freaky!
I turned on the TV and grabbed the laptop, and I quickly learned that the smoke was not from a local fire, but from one about 200 miles west of here in the Gila Wilderness on the NM-AZ state line. Good grief! Imagine a fire big enough that the smoke travels that far! Later today, my nephew in Lubbock said they are getting a little bit of it clear over there!
Mid day, the sky actually cleared, and we could see the beautiful blue sky. However, by the time I left to come home, 3;30-ish, it was totally smogged in again. As I drove home, I noticed that every car had a strange reddish-gold sheen to it, as the sun was again behind a thick layer of smoke. blech.
By noon my nose and throat were beginning to feel irritated, as were my eyes. I’d already taken a couple hits from my inhaler, and still my chest felt tight. Gonna be a long night, I’d guess.
For once, aren’t you glad you don’t live here??? LOL! I get it, but trust me, this will pass and you’ll be jealous again! I’ll let you know when to resume envy mode, OK?