IT's just too easy to spend too much time on-line. It is for me, at least. It's like a drug - the conversations and the learning and just all of it.
But I really need to cut back. It takes so much of my time and I have way too much other stuff to do. And I"m not kicking my ass too much about this - I really needed down time. But now I need to get back in gear.
One of the things of being on line is seeing news, like a dear friend's dog dying. ONly 9 years old, at the groomer, they think it was a heart attack or stroke. He was a big dog, a lurking hulk of a sweet sweet beast - but I would have expected at least a few more years. I anticipated us going camping together this summer, for him to teach Ziggy to chill the fuck out.
It's a great reminder to enjoy the time I have with Ziggy. Her lack of stamina indicates to me a general not healthiness and I fear I may not have her for the 14 or so years I expected. I hope I do, but I have to remember to not take it for granted.
This morning we had a lovely time - I took her to a levee on a long line to work on recall again. She's not crazy about coming right when called so we'll keep working on it - it goes against her nature so I'm patient. We rounded a bend and there was a Lab right there. Ziggy saw it, I called her, she came, and we walked back the way we'd come. No drama, though she was done and told me it was time to go home (she headed straight for the truck and wasn't interested in going further). Now she sits at my feet, a very good dog. She will likely spend the day napping. Again. Unless I force it, she wants to sleep like 22 hours a day.
Grateful for the Lab who didn't chase after us or bark. We need to interact with more dogs like that, for Ziggy to gain calm.
So I am not going to spend today again on-line. I spent hours and hours yesterday for the dog (learning things and interacting with other owners), so I don't need to do that again.
I need to do some yardwork, some house cleaning, and loads of homework. I haven't cracked a book this whole long weekend so I'm wildly behind, but I needed the break.
IF you want to see something fun - check out this article with video of the winners of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert - from New Orleans, friends of friends. I've not yet seen them perform live but they absolutely have star quality, it's clear from the video. This is typical New Orleans - the energy, the creativity. This is such an alive place. Love it.
OK ... moving away from this screen ...