Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hello, Goodbye, and Art on the Beach to Soothe the Soul

It's been quite a week.  It began as a happy trip to spend time with my mom in Florida and ended with two tragedies, with a lot of driving inbetween.

We had planned the trip for when we could get care for the dogs but at the last minute Paul's daughter was unable to care for them.  No room in the inn at any of the dog boarding kennels or the vet so we finally had to ask a sweet neighbor.  Since we are new in the neighborhood we hate to impose on new friends but it couldn't be helped.  

Rosie (my cat) is quite self-sufficient and prefers to be left on her own with food, water, and litter boxes.  No visitors, please!  The dogs, however, need people, so Malcolm it was.  

Bob the border collie, 
Tybee the Chow/German shepherd mix.

Tybee was 18 1/2 years old but healthy and happy except for arthritis in his back and back legs.  So it was a shock when we got a call that he suddenly passed away with his big old head on Malcolm's lap Thursday afternoon.  
We got up very early Friday morning to get on the road for the 9 1/2 hour drive home to take care of Tybee.   Maybe an hour into the trip The Writer received a phone call.  His nephew was killed in Korea in a tragic accident!  He was 34 years old and left behind a wife and two very young sons.  This young man was a Peace Corps worker in Africa, now teaching English in Korea.  Why, why, why ...


Photos from the Beach -- Art by Mother Nature


So, how was your week?  I'll be around soon for a visit to your blog.


  1. Cynthia I am so sorry for your loss. Take care.

  2. I am so sorry about Tybee and the Writers nephew. Such sad news all around. I hope your trip home was uneventful after all the bad news. :(

  3. ?RIP life is too short and so fragile

  4. So sorry for your losses. Our pets are such an important part of our life. As to the nephew, road travel just scares the beJesus out of me any more. Too many idiots texting. We had 2 near misses last week. Hope things get better for you.

  5. One tragedy is so hard, but two--my heart goes out to you.

  6. I'm sorry for your loss . These little guys are very important in our lives and we miss them.

  7. Sad news re: Paul's nephew and to think he also was dedicating his life for the good
    of others - tragic, really tragic.
    I think your dog had a really long life. 18 1/2 years for a long is exceptionally long.
    Chins up, and sincere sympathy to you both and the families.

    Storm season has started with a vengeance already but at least SO FAR no damage in my
    neck of the woods and it does cool the nights down.
    This "tossing out" business is strange - what to take from treasures that mean a lot but
    just take up room??? Any ideas, or just toss, toss and toss.!!!!!!

    1. Ooops - 18 1/2 years for a DOG is etc........ (above.)

  8. Oh my sad and sorry to read about your dog and The Writer's Nephew when nephew is so young, always a shock is sad news.
    You take care and it was obviously 'time' for them to go.

  9. So sorry to hear about the losses.. Please take care.. a big hug..

  10. What a sad story, must be so hard for you to loose a long time friend but he had a good life and had reached a respectable age. Always so difficult to say goodbye to a pet. But the loss of the nephew is very tragic for everybody.
    Wish you all the best.

  11. Oh Cynthia, what sad news to get, any time, but especially while away and concerned about leaving the dogs anyway. Then to hear about the nephew. How very sad. I will sure be thinking about you both today. Love, Henny

  12. So very sorry for your losses.

  13. Oh, my. How very sad for your family.

  14. So sorry for your losses. Your hearts will be heavy. Take care.

  15. Oh Cynthia, that's terrible news, how awful for you all.
    With hugs
    Wren x

  16. Oh dear what a sad week for you both. My heart goes out to you.

  17. Oh Cynthia I am so sorry. To lose a loved pet when you are not there must have been very distressing and then to receive the tragic news of the nephew all within 24 hours is just too much grief.