It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting on my deck writing this newsletter with my best four-legged friend, Lucy, our black lab.  I’m so glad last week is over.  Man, it was stressful.  We are getting ready for opening day at the greenhouse and, obviously, we want everything to be perfect for your visit.  Deadlines, whoops, we never use the word ‘dead’, it’s considered a nasty four-letter word at a greenhouse.  Rather time lines need to be met.  Combine that with family life and every other thing that comes along, life in general can be rather overwhelming.  Do I hear an ‘Amen’?  Then throw a sick dog in the picture.  Lucy was sick for 3 days. She has a rather sensitive tummy and we take great care in what she eats, but things still happen.  Our kids are grown and all 8 grandkids are well loved and cared for.  So, it’s understandable that Lucy is our baby, right?  Well, in the middle of the night last Sunday, Lucy gets sick.  Lucy sleeps with us and when Lucy isn’t feeling good she comes and lays crossways on our pillows, which is what happened in the wee hours of that morning.  I get the nose end and (to protect the innocent I will not use my husband’s name) Hubby and his sleep apnea facemask gets the tail end.  Lovely visual, isn’t it?  I got up and took Lucy outside for a while and after coming back in decide it just made sense that she and I sleep on the couch.  Night 2 Hubby slept on the couch.  Lucy is better now and we are back to normal.  Life is good. 

I just went in to check on the chicken and asparagus in the oven.  The asparagus recipe is from our newsletter last week.  Food is looking and smelling wonderful. Lucy had followed me in as usual.  She never lets me out of her sight.  I’m doing my thing when I notice Lucy going out the back door.  Thinking to myself ‘Good girl, she’s going outside without me.’  Then the light bulb goes on, duh, and I run outside.  Yeah, you know what’s coming…poor Lucy is tossing her cookies. 

Get the pillows out…I’m pretty sure there will be a coin toss for the bed tonight.  I’m calling heads!