Yesterday was crew change day out on the boat for Cappy's outfit. One guy got off the boat for Christmas and another got on. He never knows who the office is going to send out to replace his regular workers. Next week, for Christmas, it will be the same thing, so he'll have two temporary guys working for him.
He's having me make sure to bake some goodies and treats for the boys, no matter who's going to be there. So that's what I'm doing. Sewing and baking.
Today is our highly esteemed neighbor, Jude's birthday. We got him a little something, because they are always looking out for me, while Cappy is away. It's a wonderful thing to have neighbors like that. A sense of security. Jude's wife, Sonia, loves watching the crazy antics and goings on in our yard, by our dogs,outside her kitchen window. I don't always get to see the show, from inside our little house. She came over and told me she wishes she'd had their video camera handy the other day. Raleigh-Raleigh, who has taken up residence in the flowerbed, now wicked weed patch next to our front door, was sitting in the middle of the matted-down weeds, early one morning. I feel sorry for the poor guy, because, since he doesn't want to be in the house, and the spoiled Bichons stay in the house most of the time, he's left out there by himself and has to find ways to amuse himself. Sometimes I think he must get kind of lonely because I'll see him 'talking' and playing with the strangest things, such as candy wrappers that have blown into the yard, or his dog bones. Occasionally, SparkyBear and MarkyBear will go out and give him a little company or run around the yard with him; but only briefly. Well, on the day in question, Sonia said it was early and the sun was bright, casting a very dark shadow of Raleigh on the house next to him. He happened to notice his shadow and seemed delighted to have suddenly found himself in the presence of 'company'. I don't know what all he did that amused Sonia's attention, but she said he seemed thrilled to have another dog out there, sitting by him. Together, 'they' sat there and watched the world go by. At one point he put his paw up, in such a sweet way, to touch the other 'dog'. 'They' sat there for awhile longer, and much to our neighbor's delight, she saw Raleigh lean over and 'kiss' his new friend. Awwww. He really is a nice dog. Santa's helper got him some special toys for Christmas that might help keep him occupied and happy out there in the yard, when the sun is on the other side of the house, poor guy.
Speaking of Raleigh and elves and Cappy. I just love watching Cappy and Raleigh, made up like elves, dancing, so am bringing the link up here to the fore-front again, for those who haven't seen it or haven't waded through the labyrinth of posts we have written since we originally published it here on our blog. So...here ya go: