Despite rain that is falling this afternoon, our week and the weather could not have been better! Not even a little bit of drama with our barn roof could dampen how good it felt to have sun and warm temperatures.
It began at six o'clock in the morning on Wednesday when I missed a phone call from the company that we had contracted with to put the new roof onto our barn. The gentlemen on the phone was apologizing for not calling the previous day and told me that they would be there about 7 o'clock to begin the work on replacing our barn roof. WHAT??!! It was 6:30 when I listened to the message, so I felt a little bit of panic because we had specifically asked for a days notice so that one of us could arrange to stay home that day to keep the dogs from barking the entire time. Carl was already gone and my schedule at work on Wednesday could not have been more full of patients. So, I did the only thing I could, and that was to leave the dogs. I was leaving for work just as the roofers arrived and the dogs started barking at the windows.
Of course I worried about their barking the whole time while at work. Our dog-walker wouldn't be able to let the dogs out, so when I was able to have someone else take my patient before lunch, and I decided to race home to check on everything. My mind was filled with all the scenarios of how the dogs may be reacting to the noise and having people around. What if a fight began because of all the tension and excitement...what if one or more of the dogs got injured in this fight, and what if their barking at the window caused one of the windows to break....wait, did I remember to close the window? What about Todd in his crate, what if he got so excited in his crate that he injured himself...what if, what if, what if... When I finally got home I decided to enter the house through the backdoor. As I quietly opened the door, all the dogs were fast asleep on the kitchen floor. Todd slept peacefully in his crate. I think my coming home got them more over excited. Now why did I worry?
But the shingles match the ones on our house, and we couldn't be happier with how the barn now looks. With Carl's injuries from its first replacement last year that brought with it regrets, taught lessons and gave us a lot of hindsight, we gratefully and finally close the proverbial barn-door on this chapter.
I hope you have a good weekend!
Early tomorrow morning I'm off with a friend to see the cherry-blossoms in Washington D.C. I cannot wait!