Friday, June 30, 2006

Thank You!


I was overwhelmed by all of your support and kindness this week as we went through this very difficult time. The house is a much quieter place without Barclay. Sam, our cocker spaniel is walking around looking lost. He can't figure out why his buddy isn't here. He also hasn't barked once...I'm thinking he was only a barker because Barclay got him going! We are settling into a slightly different routine and I am so glad I made the decision...he isn't suffering anymore.

This morning I got up early and made some blueberry muffins...comfort food therapy? I've frozen a dozen and we are eating the others. There is nothing like a muffin made from fresh, Jersey blueberries!

Thanks also to those who have mentioned your concern about the flooding here. We were spared any flooding (other than a lot of water in the yard!) but there are several areas around us which are very bad. Trenton, Phillipsburg and other areas north of us and areas of Philadelphia to the west are flooded. Hopefully, with the beautiful day we are having, the waters will be receding and the clean up can begin. We had a major flood in our town almost 3 years ago and the cleanup was a nightmare. I certainly feel for those people!

I've been thinking a lot about Judy L.'s post yesterday, the things we do out of habit. The blueberry muffins are a result of that...I was going to go pick up bagels and decided to make muffins instead! I had never thought about it but there are many things I don't do out of laziness...I used to do them and got out of the habit...things like cooking! Thanks, Judy, for a very thought provoking post.

My daughter is off having her first ever driving lesson...I'm saying prayers that it goes well. I'm more nervous than she is!

Again...thanks for your kindness...you are the best!

Carolyn

Gratitudes:

1. Sunshine after the rain.

2. The kindness of friends...even those you don't know!

3. Fresh blueberry muffins.

4. Lower humidity!

16 comments:

quiltpixie said...

Those muffins look scrumptious...

Patti said...

I'm glad you made that decision. It was the right one for all of you - including Barclay.

Your muffins look delicious!

Screen Door said...

'Atta Girl!' Sounds like you are doing LOTS better. Just hug Sam xtra tight. Chat with me when you need a pep talk on teenage drivers. It's one of the hardest things I've been through.
I'm glad the water stuff didn't bother yall'.
Have agood weekend - Your Hubby is home tonite.
Melanie

Gail said...

I don't remember the blueberries, but there is NOTHING like Jersey corn! We used to make a meal of corn on the cob when it was in season, and a side salad of tomatoes. Since we moved south the seasons come a little earlier, but the corn just tastes different.*sigh* miss that ol Jersey corn, big time.

anne bebbington said...

We're not a pet household ( three animals - oops sorry kids is enough ) but I'm sure it must be better still having one dog as the house at least won't be completely empty even if it does feel very different to you all - I'm sure there's a pretty valid argument to having pets in pairs at least so then you're not totally without when something happens to one of them - hope the remembering gets less painful soon :o)

Laurie said...

Sorry to hear about Barclay...
hugs
laurie

Vicky said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your puppy. It was a tough decision, but the right one.

Blueberry muffins .... wow, they look wonderful!

(((HUGS)))

Lois R. said...

Oh poor Sam! I bet the giving and the receiving of extra attention for Sam will be good for all parties involved, huh? The muffins look great -- nothing like a bit of comfort food. Glad to hear you also were spared the flooding. We are considering ourselves very lucky that we only had flooding in the back yard, not in the house. Our neighbors were not so lucky...

Linda_J said...

The pain you feel may never go away over the loss of your pupper but he is no longer suffering.

Our good Alabama blueberries are just starting to come in. I can't wait!

Judy said...

I know exactly what you mean. When My first cat had to be taken to the vets the last time, She was 20 years old and I couldn't imagine her not being in the house. I made DH take me to the beach for a week because I couldn't stand being in the house where she wasn't anymore and I needed to be someplace that I didn't expect to see her every minute.

It will get easier as time goes by. Spoil your remaining dog with lots of kisses and hugs!

Darcie said...

Your blueberry muffins look like county fair ribbon winners, Carolyn! YUM!

Nines said...

They don't call it "comfort food" for nothing! Hope you find some! They look wonderful!

ForestJane said...

Ohhh, blueberry muffins!

I wouldn't have even been able to take a picture of them with out diving right in to eat them! I adore hot out of the oven muffins with a thin pat of lite cream cheese melting inside... mmm.

cher said...

oh fresh blueberries are the best! good for you to bake instead of buy-I am so sorry to hear about Barclay-the loss of a dear friend is so hard. You certainly spared him additional suffering but missing him will go on for quite a while.

Rae said...

I didn't know that you lived near the flooding but am sure happy to hear that it isn't at your place.

Rae

JudyL said...

I was just thinking the same thing! We always have typical breakfasts - bacon, eggs, toast or biscuits. I was thinking about fixing either muffins or scones and fresh fruit in the morning. Not sure how that will work with my family but it's worth a try! :)

Your muffins look yummy!

Judy L.