Coffee Talk 12.12.21

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Good morning! I hope everyone is faring okay this weekend, given the extreme weather so many have experienced. I’ve been reading about the devastating tornados in Kentucky, and it sounds horrific.

I’ve always lived in areas where tornados are extremely rare, and I can’t even imagine experiencing that. It was extremely windy here yesterday, and we had a crazy storm come through last night, but there was no damage to our area that I’m aware of.

Other than that, our weekend has been fairly ho-hum. Paul and I ended up staying in both nights. We almost went out to eat on Friday night while R was at a party, but we stayed back at the last minute because Savannah was having what I can only describe as an anxiety attack. She was hovering by our feet as we were trying to walk out the door and wouldn’t go to her crate for anything.

It all started on Thursday when a smoke alarm up in D’s room started beeping to signal a low battery. The only thing we can figure is that it reminded her of the beep of the electric fence from our last house. That was over three years ago, though, and I’ve never known her to be weird when the smoke alarm beeped in the past, so it’s a long shot, but it’s the only thing we can figure.

We replaced the battery soon after it started beeping, but she’s been acting strange ever since — super clingy and trembling and panting. This went on for hours on Thursday, and she was clingy all day Friday to whomever was home at the time. Then the trembling and panting started up again on Friday night when we tried to leave for dinner.

It was like having an infant with separation anxiety. She practically attached herself to my ankles and would not budge, so as we were literally walking out the back door, I decided to ditch our dinner plans and stay back with her. While Paul was dropping R off at her party, I made us a plate of cheese and crackers and poured a glass of wine and rented Love Actually.

Poor Paul, when he got back, I had already started the movie, so he didn’t have much choice except to tolerate it. (He can’t stand that movie. Or any chick flick really, but he didn’t evacuate to another room, so I’ll give him points for that.)

As for Savannah, she spent most of the night practically attached to my side, and when I went up to bed later on, she followed me up and lay across my chest and wouldn’t budge. After awhile, I was able to shove her down beside me so I could sleep, but she stayed there all night.

She was a little better yesterday, but she was still clingy, and she slept with me again last night. At least the terrible trembling has stopped.

Paul went out yesterday and got batteries for the rest of the smoke alarms in our house — they are minion — and R took Savannah out for a walk while he replaced them all, so hopefully none of them will start beeping again for at least a year.

Last night was no more exciting. I made a homemade dinner for Paul and D while R attended yet another party… the kid has a more active social life than the other three of us combined! Afterwards, I figured Paul earned a turn with the remote after tolerating Love Actually the night before, so he watched a Beatles documentary while I started a book I’ve been wanting to read.

My sister-in-law left me with her copy of The Last Thing He Told Me when she was visiting a few months ago, and it’s been sitting on my bedside table ever since. I read a few pages, and I could see that I would like it, but I never got back to it until last night. I finally dove in, and I could not put it down. I’m about halfway through, and I hope to finish it this afternoon after church. I highly recommend it if you like a light thriller. It’s well written and fast paced and fairly clean. There’s a little language, but that’s about it.

All that to say, it’s been a pretty quiet weekend around here except for all the canine drama. I wish I could say the same for this upcoming week! I’ll be flying up to Boston on Tuesday to bring C (and her car) home from college. I’m actually sort of looking forward to it. I got myself a nice hotel room for the night, so maybe I’ll watch another chick flick — this time without my scoffing husband by my side, haha!

And then I do look forward to spending time with C during our drive home. I want her to do the bulk of the driving so she can get the experience, which will be somewhat stressful, but I’m hoping the traffic won’t be too bad since it’s the middle of the work week and well before most people are traveling for the holidays. I’m also happy to report a clear weather forecast.

I definitely plan to bring my new Vuori Halo Wideleg Pants and the Halo Crew to drive home in. By the way, the pants were fully restocked in the Heathered Grey, and there are a bunch of sizes available in Black at the moment. Unfortunately the crew is still sold out in the Dogwood, but there’s pretty good stock in the Terracotta Heather, and I actually really like that Flax Heather quite a bit too. It’s not a color I typically gravitate to, but it’s a nice muted shade of mustard yellow, and it would be really cute with the grey wideleg pants as well as the black Performance Joggers.

Anyway! That’s about all I’ve got. I’m going to try to get outside for a walk/run before church. Those crazy storms last night brought a warm front along with them, and it’s a balmy 40 degrees right now. Okay, maybe it’s not exactly balmy out there. I think there’s still some wind, but hopefully that will be dying down throughout the day.

I hope you’re able to find time for some rest and relaxation today. Have a blessed Sunday!

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  1. I am absolutely not a dog expert but I have heard that dogs can sense storms and the storms were horrific here in Kentucky and surrounding states, We live in Louisville and the tornado(s) dissipated less than an hour away from us, I have no idea if Savannah could have sensed that storm but it’s a thought. Praying for all those affected. I can’t even imagine – and glad you and your family are safe!

  2. Poor Savannah! Both my pups start shaking and drooling when the smoke alarm low battery beep starts. The vet said it was the frequency of the beep that bothered them so much. I always feel so awful for them when it happens.

  3. Wow, that was quite a bit of “canine drama”! You never know with animals! We’ve inherited “grumpy cat” when our daughter and grandchildren had to move in with us last month. Not a big fan…..he just glares at us if we even think of petting him! Not to mention he likes to sharpen his claws on anything except the scratch pad, 😬.
    Prayers for a safe drive home with Caroline. That’s an adventure for sure!! Especially through the city, yikes! Speaking of the city, we haven’t been to Radio City since Covid, but this coming week we’re going to the American Music Theater in Lancaster County to see their Christmas Show production. If you’ve never been there, it’s a nice facility and the shows are great!! It’s on Rt. 30 between the outlets so there’s shopping across the road!
    Enjoy your week!!

  4. Poor Savannah! My heart is breaking for her and y’all since she can’t tell you what had her so uptight. Hopefully, she will be much better today! I know that y’all can’t wait to have Caroline home for winter break. Savannah will be super excited. I pray for a good flight and very safe road trip home. Have a blessed day!

  5. Love Actually is one of my favorite holiday movies. And oddly enough, my sweetie enjoys seeing it once a year with me. We’re visiting with friends for the weekend and we watched The Holiday together last night. I’m usually not a big holiday movie fan but it’s another favorite!

  6. Poor Savannah! I too wondered if she sensed the approach of that huge storm system. Also, it was very windy here in D.C on Friday, so I’m guessing it was around Philly as well. I’m sure that didn’t help Savannah to feel better.

    Thank you for all you do and Happy Holidays!

  7. I wonder if Savannah sensed the storm coming? Here in Mississippi we have several tornadoes a year. The animals seem to know they’re coming before the weatherman! It’s strange how they all react differently. There are lots of cattle farms in this area, if you are driving down the highway and notice all the cows laying down together, there’s a storm coming! Dogs on the other hand seem to start wimpering for no apparent reason. Maybe that’s why Savannah was so clingy?

  8. I’m always amazed how much you always get done before church. :). So energetic. Your weekend sounds relaxing. That’s all we have been doing since Nov. 21 st. We both have covid. Well my husband is pretty much well now but mine is lingering. I’m lucky to be able to have energy to walk upstairs to the shower. 🙂 lol.
    I’d love to have a pair of the vouri wide leg pants but I’m afraid they’d be too long at only 5’3”. They are perfect length on you.
    I remembered you were going to go pick up Caroline but thought maybe that already happened. Have still been trying to catch up on your post I missed reading. So exciting…… will be a fun Winter adventure for you both. A time to cherish together for sure. Things change after your kids marry etc, not in a bad way just different and it’s fun to have the alone times with your kids. Enjoy.
    I’ll have to check out the book you are reading. I have about 3-4 myself I can’t seem to get to. Just haven’t been able to concentrate or feel well enough to read during covid. Just found out another family in our church has covid. Young couple and one of their two small children has it too. Don’t know how they will care for two kids both sick.
    Praying for all you affected by the huge storms and devastation. My heart goes out to you all.

  9. Oh Jo-Lynne, my pup hates the beeping of the smoke dectors, the vet stated it hurts their ears. My pup chance a min schnauzer shakes uncontrollably and actually prefers his crate. That’s his safe place.

    Now we try to change out batteries every 6 months and take him outside while my son changes them so he doesn’t hear it.

    Have a blessed day!!

  10. Another dog comment here… we had a lab who, when he got older, started getting really scared of storms and then even regular light rain. Would go in our closet when it drizzled. It started later in his life. Who knows! Thanks for the update on the black pants. And I read that book this summer – enjoy!

  11. My last dog had severe storm anxiety and the smoke alarm beeping was horrible for her. You might try Rescue Remedy for pets. It’s in health food stores and some pet food stores. Just a few drops helps them calm down.

  12. My smoke alarm did the same about 2 weeks ago. Scared my little Maltese-Poodle like nothing else has before. Quite unusual. Eventually she was fine but it really took quite a while. This one is very shrill so perhaps is painful to their ears. Who knows!?

  13. Amazing how those pups become like another child, huh? I hope Savannah feels better and you are able to go back to your normal routine! Good luck with the driving down the east coast.

  14. Ya’ll are my kind of people, changing plans to stay home with your pup. The collie I had was so afraid of storms so we would always know when a storm was brewing. I now have a cat that is the same way, I always say if anyone has trouble knowing what area of the house is safest just follow my cat, she always goes to a downstairs room in center of house. Husbands seem to be the same way with chick flicks; however mine does love the end of Love Actually when the kids perform Mariah Cary’s Christmas song. Safe and happy travels to you and Caroline!

  15. [email protected]
    I’m so sorry to hear Savannah was having such a hard time that she was experiencing so much anxiety. I hope she is doing fine now. Please give us an update and let us know that she is doing better.
    Thank you!

  16. Dogs have amazing bearing. Hearing the smoke detector beeping is probably like nails on a chalk board, plus since they can hear high pitched noises so well, it was probably very hard for her.

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