A Total Eclipse of My Nap

Yesterday was odd. Slightly before 1:30, just as Tallulah and I were deep into our mid-afternoon pre-dinner naps, Mommy started opening all the shutters in the house. (Normally the shutters stay closed during the day. Something about keeping the blazing sun out so that the air conditioner doesn’t run non-stop so that the electricity bill isn’t sky high so that we can still afford dog treats. Tallulah and I are totally behind that reasoning.) And then she said, “Wake up, girls. We’re going outside so that we can experience the eclipse.” Whatever. As you can see, I had no problem continuing my nap outside.

But something was a bit off. Even Tallulah noticed it. It was strangely dark for the middle of the day, and the temperature felt somewhat cooler than it should have. We didn’t hear any birds and the school children who would normally have been out on the playground were all inside. Was this that eclipse thing all the humans were so excited about? “Don’t look up, girls.” Mommy said. Now why on Earth would Tallulah and I even think of looking up? All dogs know that food falls on the ground–it doesn’t hover in the air–so our eyes are generally focused downward.

And then she said, “Let’s get our official Solar Eclipse 2017 photo, girls.” Seriously? The first attempt was a dud. I was yawning (did I mention that this was my nap time?) and Tallulah had some shadow on her nose. Hey, wait a minute. You don’t think that was the eclipse thing, do you?

The next attempt wasn’t much better, but this is it: the official Harper Lee and Tallulah Bee Solar Eclipse 2017 photo. Whoop de do! We only had 75-percent coverage in New Orleans, so it wasn’t like we were seeing stars or anything, but I guess for Mommy it was pretty exciting. For me? It just turned out to be a total eclipse of my nap.

While our official photo wasn’t such a big deal, we did get a kick out of these two pictures. They’re from our Twitter friend Susan Whelan (@nolamaven). She Tweets and Instagrams about all things New Orleans. Here in the Big Easy, we know a thing or two about cooking, so it’s only natural that we’d turn to the kitchen to find the perfect utensil for viewing an eclipse: a colander. And of course the whole experience would have to include some sort of canned beverage. And just look at those images of the eclipse. Perfect little crescents in the Crescent City.

We’ll have to wait another seven years for the next solar eclipse. Tallulah will be just shy of her ninth birthday, and seven more years would put me at just over 15 years old. It made Mommy a little sad to think of that.

I tried to assure her that I can make it . . . but she’ll have to stop interrupting my mid-afternoon pre-dinner naps.

Tell me about your solar eclipse experience.


28 Comments on “A Total Eclipse of My Nap”

  1. Emmadog says:

    My mom isn’t really into that kind of stuff which was great because it was cloudy and rainy when it was our turn. She saw some kind of eclipse in the 70’s and that was plenty for her.

  2. KDKH says:

    Our dogs weren’t too impressed, either, and they totally refused to wear the eclipse glasses!

  3. Amy says:

    Those are great pictures of you girls, even if you did look a bit sleepy. We went to twilight outside, but it got trip-over-stuff dark in the house.

  4. Pawsome official photos, girls! And the outtakes were adorable even if they disturbed your sleep. It was just another Monday in our books. I watched it on Twitter and felt badly for the roofers banging away on the house two doors down. They worked all day and I’m sure they didn’t have eye protection. 😧

  5. wait a minute…I heard the next one wasn’t til like 20 something years…but now that I think about it, maybe I did hear something about 2024. It got darker here (we only had about 80% here in Michigan), it was a little strange but sort of looked like one of our normal cloudy days. BOL.

  6. You gals look so beautiful in the eclipse, the last photos are cool.

  7. We didn’t get anything here in Scotland – not that we would have noticed it was dark & grey anyway!!! Hope your mommy/human blogging assistant made it up to you for disturbing your afternoon naps!!!

  8. We kept the boys inside during the eclipse since Pierre is often looking up to find squirrels in our trees. LOL! Ugh! I didn’t think about who will be with us in 7 years…

  9. pibblelife says:

    Silly humans…the only thing that is more important than a nap is snackies, treats and meal times! Oh and maybe chasing balls.

  10. Mom was wondering if the macaroni strainer thing would work. We saw it on a TV show. That picture proves it. IT WORKED! Mom made me stay inside for the eclipse, while she put on her paper glasses and went outside on the balcony for a while and then in the courtyard for a while. I waited on the couch.

    Love and licks,

  11. Ogee says:

    We all hope to celebrate the next solar eclipse with you, Miss Harper Lee! Looking forward to it!

  12. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties says:

    Harper Lee, great picture even if it did interrupt your midafternoon pre dinner nap. Hope you were able to finish your nap! ~nose nudges Bessie Pup

  13. Jan K says:

    That was a very good point, Miss Lee….unless treats were falling from the sky, why would you look up? πŸ™‚

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