away

high tide

high tide

A friend has graciously lent us her beach house, even knowing that Jack is ill. It turns out that there is a linoleum-floored room that he can sleep in, and it is right next to the guest room. It should not go without saying that my friend is supremely generous, and flexible, to a fault.

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evening fog rolling in

There are glorious views of the marsh out of the western windows of the house. Glorious. I can see why some artists spend a lifetime painting scenes such as this one. A pattering rain falls, now, just as we were planning to grab the paddles and canoe out to the end of the spit — with Jack.  We are doing everything with Jack.

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in the weeds

Oh well.  As is often the case while at the shore, the excuse to stay inside and read is welcome.

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indigo heart lands on patchwork

resting comfortably

resting comfortably

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happy traveler

happy traveler

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weaving lets me expose a little of the underlying fabrics

It is hard to fully relax knowing what is going on for Jack. On a positive note, though, he continues to have a hearty appetite and to rest easily, with less panting than before we got here. With the boys on the West Coast and the mess of my own home elsewhere, it has been seamless to make Jack our Number One concern…  he and I are sitting together pretty much constantly.

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and this is where I am, right now – you can’t see Jack at my feet

And this is where I add that our house sitter has two German shepherds, each of which ON THEIR OWN, significantly outweighs me.  I hope they are not digging up the astilbes like last time.

14 thoughts on “away

  1. saskia

    looks like you’re having a great time together, despite ‘what is going on for’ Jack, it IS difficult to assess how far and how long and how much they can put up with, but you seem to be doing just fine here…..it’s tough, it is what it is, sasx

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    1. deedeemallon Post author

      We are enjoying this break! Several people have said (maybe even you?), that Jack will let us know when he’s ready. If he stops eating or wanting to be with us, for instance, we’ll know we are close.

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  2. deedeemallon Post author

    It truly is. A beautiful breeze this evening – so welcome after days and days of stifling heat!

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  3. Michelle in NYC

    Isn’t this lovely, the beach house, the lovely view, and time to be with the dear dog. It’s so important to pull back from the regular way, shifts point of view…I see you are still on computer. That too would likely benefit from a break as well.
    May the weather be kind to you. Here we have a slight break from the heat too. So welcome.

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    1. deedeemallon Post author

      You re so right, Michelle, about taking a computer break too. Maybe tomorrow! It suppose to be a pretty day.

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  4. debgorr

    Just getting ready to take Briar and Lola out one more time…on a leash tonight. Briar discovered a skunk under the porch…I saw baby skunk. Sigh. It’s good that you have this time with Jack. When my cat Sukie had cancer it was diagnosed with cancer it was very fast..

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    1. deedeemallon Post author

      Ah the skunk bag. I’m remembering it. Our cat died of cancer too. That was about three weeks until we put him down. He was not eating and in pain. Jack is having a good little spell here.

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    1. deedeemallon Post author

      Right now you would hardly know Jack is sick. But the rumors (rumors?!!) – TUMORS — are there.

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