Saturday, August 27, 2011

Red Sky at Night Lesson For Me





















It seems Nature wanted to let me know that there are many meanings to the old folklore saying of "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." This was our western sky the eve before Hurricane Irene's arrival. All I could think was.... so much for the red sky at night theory!

While I would not have wanted to be out on the water yesterday with the severity of riptides and ocean swell, the storm we experienced from Irene's far-reaching bands was relatively mild. At least in my patch of the low country!

This is my poster boy, Dudley. His cuteness saved his life during puppyhood. Now he's my very good, very spoiled boy, and I'm a well trained human!

In preparation for Irene's arrival, I took all  the porch furniture cushions into the house, leaving just one dog bed for... his highness. He was okay with that as it frequently occurs for thunder storm prep.

Around 3 pm, Dudley became quite agitated. I saw him bouncing around out on the porch. He started twirling... a true sign he's upset. Then, he came into my studio and actually pawed at me, wanting to climb up and sit on my lap. I was perched high up on my drafting chair, in front of the computer, trying to get work done for Spring Island.

As you can see, Dudley is not a fluffy, ragdoll type of lap dog. He weighs 21 lbs., and has a bony little bottom!  When he sits on your lap, he has no concept of lying across your legs or curling up in a ball..... On no, he sits in the pictured position with his front paw nails digging into your legs.  The poor boy was shaking like a leaf and then.... Irene arrived. It's so amazing what animals know!

Prior to becoming blind, his sister, Grizz, always let us know it was going to rain. She'd find me and pace, eat/chew anything she wasn't supposed to, just to get my attention that it was time to go out for a walk NOW!  Her radar was about a half to an hour out from the time of rainfall. As I became a better trained human, she didn't get the opportunity to eat/chew so many off limit things :)

Back to Irene..
The rain was quite heavy at times, but I've experienced more winds during some of our severe thunderstorms. It would pour, then nothing. During one of the nothings I took the dogs out for a quick trip but.... we had to race back to the house very shortly after leaving it!  That outburst lasted about an hour and we haven't seen rain since.

Oh, but the sky around sunset...
Look at these cloud bands..... This is the view to the east, and below, the western sky.


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So, my lesson from Nature is to learn to read her signs and trust she knows what she's talking about :)  Overall, our day was a sailors delight given what it could have been.

My heart and prayers are with all of you who are caught in this huge storm. Stay safe, be wise and know you will make it out to the other side.

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! I'm continually amazed and delighted by our canine owners. :D

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Angie! Yes, our furry friends add such richness to our lives :)

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  3. Beautiful skies and thanks for sharing your highness with us :) Love those dogs although a friend of mine (a vet tech) described them as autistic. Guess they are a bit different but a Basenji stole my heart once long ago and I've never forgotten it. I do hope all the warnings are for naught and this thing passes through without major damage or loss of life to those on the east coast.

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  4. Thanks, Rhonda! You've got me laughing at autistic! I think they are reincarnated humans with how they want to live this next life all figured out from the get go! They do steal your heart and are like no other kind of dog. Me too with the forecast!

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  5. Pam - I've been thinking about you and my online friends who may be touched by Hurricane Irene. I'm glad you're only getting the edges and it won't be too bad. I was so relieved to see the storm change its track from the center of Florida, but it would have been nice if it stayed out to sea. I feel so much for those who have to evacuate - it's such an ordeal...

    Those skies are simply beautiful! And Dudley is a cutie. Glad you're safe!

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  6. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for your thoughts and I'm happy you and Florida were spared hurricane havoc. Thankfully Irene weakened and hopefully power will be restored soon from NC on up.

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  7. Very pretty skies but they can't compete with a dog photo! Dogs are so smart if we'd just learn to listen properly! Glad Irene wasn't near as bad as was feared. Hope that's the worst you get all year!

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  8. Thanks, Timaree! I know, isn't Dudley a sweetie :) They have taught me a lot. You and me both about storms. Will breathe easier after October when hurricane seasons comes to an end!

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  9. Pam glad you did not get the worst of Irene. Beautiful photos. And just love your dog!! I can picture him trying to sit in your lap. :-)

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  10. So glad to hear your experience was benign! Yes, dogs are truly amazing! We're so lucky they share their knowledge with us... :-)

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  11. Thanks, Toni! Dudley was a funny boy. I was trying to figure out how to take a picture of us on my computer but I think I hid that option a long time ago.

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  12. Thanks, Jeanette! Yes, we certainly are!

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  13. ...aaaaahhhhh...I loved reading about Dudley! What a sweetie he is, bony bottom and all! It's amazing what animals know. I've seen it many times with my cats and my dogs. Glad Irene was kind to you...

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  14. Thanks, Kelly! We squeaked by this time hurricane damage this time.... and hopefully for the rest of the season!

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  15. I'm so happy to read your post and know you are alright! Good boy Dudley for the warning. The skies do look gorgeous. Glad you're okay Pam.

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