Today was the end of Thanksgiving break. And a wonderful break it was, all three girls were home at the same time. We’ve not all been together since the holidays last year. Low stress and lots of activities, we had a traditional turkey dinner made with lots of help. With everyone chipping in, we got the hard work done in a couple hours. My friend Suzie spent more time working on her pies than we did on the whole dinner. It was fun. And the rest of the weekend was also filled with laughter.
Liz left this morning on an early morning flight, so we used the trip to San Diego airport as an excuse to take Elle to the fiesta island dog park. A final hurrah for a good weekend of play. This space was immense, it must be at least one square mile of open space for dogs to run with no leashes. A large flat spit of land, the dog park is surrounded by water. Even at 6:15 in the morning, there were many dogs and most of them had gone swimming. Elle did well for a while, but finally couldn’t stand the tension and she went swimming as well. That was ok at first, but that was only the beginning. She followed her swim by rolling in the dirt. Black dirt. We no longer had a golden retriever, we had a dark colored ugly mess. The picture below does not do her dirt job justice. It took a shower and a bath to get the dog clean again. But she had a wonderful time. She ran her guts out for over an hour, played with dogs, and had the doggy equivalent of day at disneyland for dogs. We may take her there again, it was fun. What will slow us down are the 40 mile one way drive and the dirt.