Shortly after midnight I realized the bed felt really spacious, particularly by my feet. I kicked my leg one direction, nothing. The other direction, the husband. It felt great to be able to stretch my legs completely. Then, it dawned on me. There was no dog on the bed.
We started letting Lulu sleep on the bed when we were grieving the loss of Nickel. And, then, we never put a stop to it. The only time Lulu doesn’t sleep on our bed is when there’s a thunderstorm.
But there was no thunder. However, the ceiling fan and tower fan in our bedroom drown out most outside noises. I lay in the rich stupor of almost sleep when I finally heard it. I opened my eyes, and, then, I saw it. Old as she is, that darn dog’s hearing and eyesight are still sharp.
I found her under a table in the corner of the great room. She let me hold her as I squeezed a few drops of Rescue Remedy on her tongue. This trick worked a few weeks back during another thunderstorm that hit in the middle of the night. Is there some scientific reason why these storms always come at night?
At 12:55 a.m., I carried Lulu to the guest bedroom where heavy curtains keep the room dark. She panted. She shook. She drooled. She paced. Then, she’d stand stock still. Then, spin in a circle and lie down, only to get up minutes later, spin the other way and lie down again. The Rescue Remedy wasn’t working, even with additional infusions.
My mobile phone blared at 1:00, 2:57, and 3:29 followed by the landline as the flash flood warning kept getting extended and the rain kept coming and the thunder kept rumbling.
I didn’t sleep until after 5:00 a.m. Then, I woke when my phone blared again at 7:20. While I didn’t get much sleep last night, the upside is for a rare few long hours, I didn’t think about COVID-19.
The island is soggy today. Roads flooded. Roads closed. And in, at least, one case, a road blew out. It’s gone. Trees fell and rushed down rivers, crashing into bridges, clogging drainages, and, generally, causing a real mess. If COVID-19 wasn’t enough to keep people at home today, the storm slammed the door shut on any thought of venturing across the island.
Hawaii jumped to a new statewide total of 151, up 29 cases. We have six new cases on Kauai for a total of 11.