First Day of Fall
Today is the first day of fall. I have a question – is it fall where you live? Even a little bit? Leaves changing, sweaters coming out of storage, air cooling to a slight chill? Yes? No? Here in Tulsa, smack dab in the middle of the country, our grass and trees are still green, and today’s high will be 92 degrees. My dogs don’t care. They love green grass to pee on. They know mama’s not going to give them more or less Jones chews based on weather. What they won’t be happy about is mama trying to keep them warm when the temperatures drop.
The first day of fall makes me want to break out the dog outfits. I always do that prematurely, since it takes awhile to get cold here. But they’re all so cute! And I lied about not giving the dogs more treats when it gets cold. I figure if it’s cold outside, especially for scrawny Chewy and his thin fur, they need to add a winter layer of insulation. Since they hate wearing clothes, Jones Natural Chews pork skin treats come to the rescue. Chewy loves the K9 Bacon Rolls. And the Pig Ear Snacks.
My Favorite Season
I know I said that it’s going to be 92 degrees on this first day of fall, but Monday’s high will be 68. Fall really is on the way. Soon our Bradford pears will begin to color up, then other trees will follow suit. I love the colors. The crisp air. The dying bugs. Oh good heavens – kill all the summer bugs. Bring on cooler weather.
Here’s my problem this year – cooler weather. This is usually one of my favorite things about fall. The weather is cold and hot for months. It’s menopausal, really. The hot flashes are a fun diversion, but we know that cold weather will settle in for good, soon. Sadly, the chemo I’m on makes me extremely sensitive to cold of any kind. Seriously. I’m grateful that it will end in early December, before the real cold arrives. So this year, this first day of fall, I’m just a little nervous.
Y’all, I don’t think I’ve ever been as transparent about one of my journeys as I have been with y’all during this cancer journey. The disease, the treatment – it changes a person. While it’s been a horrible experience in some ways, and the future is an unknown, and a bit frightening, there have been so many beautiful things about this adventure. You all, for one. Your words of encouragement, your cards and little gifts – each comes usually when I need it most. Thank you.
My dogs have been a comfort. Chewy and Gadget spend much of the day curled up on my legs, keeping me company, keeping me warm. In the evenings they wander upstairs and hang out with Hunny. He has a coffee can full of Jones Natural Chews in his man cave. I strongly recommend a can of Jones in each room. Makes dogs smile. And they’re truly bonding with him. He comes home in the evenings and they’re all over him, which makes us both smile. I know that when the temps drop, the little dogs will be even happier to enjoy the warmth upstairs and with Hunny. The first day of fall is a time for contemplation, I guess.
Thanks for meandering with me through fall thoughts. I hope that this fall is a delightful one for you. I’m on the downward slope of chemo and looking forward to freedom from this life giving poison. Looking forward to dressing my dogs again.
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Spreading the good chews …