The past couple of days have been tough ... as I mentioned it was my Mom's birthday, plus am very tired (still adjusting to time difference and I have lots of work on at the moment).
So when a stranger rang my doorbell and asked me if I had a little white and tan dog my heart stopped beating. I really thought Barney was dead ... thank god she was standing there to tell me that she had nearly run him over and had put him in the neighbour's garden (2 houses away) and locked him in there. I could barely speak ... I thanked her profusely and went to the back door where I knew he would be, with our other dog, Fred ... pretending nothing had happened. He ran in and I smacked him for the first ever time (on his arse) and then I howled and howled incessantly. I begged him not to be bad and go out the front again, that he would get hurt or worse and I can't take it. Now I am neurotic that he will do it again so insist on going in the garden with him - he is getting very frustrated as he can't garden hop now - his usual practice is to play with Toby next door, and partake in a Bourbon biscuit and milk two doors away ... tough shit, the little bastard.
How much more shit can I take? And just as I thought that thought ... the power went off in my house. It's dark and both dogs insist on playing chicken with me going up AND down the feckin stairs, whilst I fumble about with candles and lighters (mental note: charge the torches up) trying to figure out by process of elimination what has made the trip go. To NO avail. By midnight I am hysterical ... and screaming for him, literally. Finally set mobile alarm so I can go to work, but in the morning decide to take the day as leave ... it appears that it's something to do with the heating (when you turn it off, it makes the trip go) ... sweet jesus I am going to give that plumber the privilege of hearing my wide range of swearwords when I see him.
But the fact is, Barney IS alive, the power is back on, my Mom's birthday has passed for another year, and I'm used to being tired.
So, I'm feeling lighter ...