I could feel the damp coldness on the window and hear the gale force wind driving the rain. Sighing, I pressed my fevered forehead to the glass. I had wanted to go out today, get some fresh air and pick up a few things. Instead, an open window and rummage through the kitchen cupboards would have to do.
Something warm and furry brushed my fingers then a cool wet tongue licked my hand. My guide dog, Hope, had come to my side. I could hear her tail wagging as I reached out and stroked her head and ears.
‘Looks like another day inside for me,’ I said, ‘though Bob should be around soon to take you out.’
Bob was my next door neighbour, he had a guide dog also and another Labrador. He was only blind in one eye but did have some blurred vision in his left. He liked walks and use to do a lot of hiking.
With having the flu, I had asked him to take Hope out for me. She enjoyed being with the other dogs and having some down time from her job of guiding me places.
I crossed the living room and Hope followed at my side.
‘Alexa,’ I called to the device, ‘what’s the weather like today?’
‘Currently it’s forty degrees, heavy rain, strong winds and cloudy. Tonight, there will be more rain.’
‘Alexa, what’s the weather like tomorrow?’
‘Tomorrow it will be forty-three degrees, scattered showers and heavy clouds.’
‘Thanks. I’ll try and go out tomorrow.’
There was a knocking on the door. Hope barked and guided me over, though I knew well enough were my front door was.
‘Kat, it’s Bob,’ he called through the door.
I unlocked things and let him in.
‘Hi,’ I said, ‘is the weather as bad as it seems?’
‘Yes,’ Bob replied, ‘I’m in my waterproofs and wellies. Hello Hope. How’s the flu doing?’
‘Bit better. I wanted to go shopping but might be best if I don’t.’
‘Oh? I can go and get you somethings. I climbed mountains so this weather doesn’t bother me!’ Bob replied and laughed.
‘No, it’s okay. I’ll try later,’ I answered.
‘Well, if you can’t, I really don’t mind.’
‘I know but it’s fine honest. Here’s Hope’s lead. Have fun, girl.’
We said goodbye and I went back into my apartment and to the window again. I opened the window and felt the almost freezing air on my face and arms. The wind was strong and water droplets hit my face.
I was glad Bob was heading outside instead of me, it sure felt horrible out there today.