My friends, if I have been a bit erratic over the past few days, it is because we have had a veterinary emergency in the middle of a snowstorm. We knew this day would come for Spicy (lower right) but it became apparent that she needed to be put down on Friday, just as the snow rolled in. We have been indulging her with bacon and hot dogs. The mobile vet finally made it here this afternoon, and she put Spicy to sleep in the company of my wife and I and our daughter.
Now I have no reason to go to bed early, or to get up in the morning.
Sorry to be a downer, but somehow it felt right to share here. We are dogless for the first time in many years.