It’s cold today. Just as it was yesterday. Before that I was wearing shorts and had the air conditioning on. How quickly weather changes.
With it has come the regular aches and pains of arthritis. I’m sure many of you are nodding your heads at that. It is the cost of getting older.
The Stiffness Of Aging:
Sitting here in my chair, I just took the ice pack off my back and switched to heat. It was a rough night last night. I couldn’t lie on my right side and I grew stiff being on my left.
It seemed every time I moved even slightly the pain shifted with my body. I hate nerve pain.
It is dark and overcast. Supposed to have a couple of days of rain, says the forecast. That probably will not help matters.
I’m sitting here with the fireplace on. I certainly enjoy seeing those golden flames while it puts out all that warmth. Even if they’re faux flames, it still feels like a luxury.
Ivy Watching The Birds Outside:
Ivy is staring out the French doors. She sees all the birds swooping down to the concrete patio and this really energizes her.
Now she’s come over and jumped onto the table next to my chair and is rubbing her head against my arm. That means: Pet me. And so I do.
If you pet her on the head or back she is happy. But if you dare to rub her tummy she will bite you. Gently.
A Sweet Scene:
The other day I saw the sweetest thing. Ivy climbed the doggy steps up to the couch where Charlie was sleeping there at the end.
She bent down to him, then nestled her head onto his head.
He did not snap at her, as I was expecting. He just laid there and they held their heads together for a time.
Tears came to my eyes watching them. It was just the most lovely scene. The two of them giving each other comfort and love.
Ivy is about two and a half years old, and Charlie is 14. They are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of age.
She seems to understand that he is old and cranky and has aches and pains and illnesses. And I guess in an effort to show empathy, she just wanted to let him know that she understood.