Monday, February 17, 2020

Do You Know What a Snow Leopard Sounds Like?

We finally made our first winter visit to the Cleveland Zoo this year on President's Day.  We spent most of the day walking our dog but visited the Northern Trek late afternoon.  It was a fun hour because the tigers were quite lively and vocal.  I got some good closeups of all three of them.  The wolves were fun to watch too!  They ran around and one leaped to the little island in the beaver pond.  It was the first time I saw a wolf on it!  The biggest surprise though was when the snow leopard made noises!  It sounded like a cat--more like a meow than a growl.  I did manage to get a couple of the noises the snow leopard made on video.  I was surprised that only the sloth bear was out and not the grizzlies.

One of the biggest benefits of getting a zoo membership for the year is being able to go anytime we feel like it and spend as much or as little time as we want there.     

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I'm Learning That Going to the Vet is not a Good Thing by Roxy

My mom got an email saying it was time for my comprehensive exam.  This was my second trip to the vet since I got adopted last August and according to the scale, I gained 8 pounds pushing my total weight up to 74!  I really don't care, but my mom was not happy and took it very seriously.   

Yesterday when the temperatures finally got up to the mid 40s my mom took me on an exiting new walk that was about 1 1/2 hours.  I loved that, but then I learned I won't be getting six Busy Bones a week anymore.  When both my mom and dad go somewhere without me, they put me in my cage with a Busy bone and the yummy Wolf Wilderness frozen stew treat I love.  Today my mom read the Back of the Busy Bone bag and found out that for a 70 lb. and over dog, it should only get 3 a week.  Now I am only going to get ONE a week when they go to church on Sunday mornings and are gone almost three hours.  No more through the week when they just go to the Sr. Center for an hour exercise class.

My mom is actually happy about this because the bag is like $10 so now they will last much longer.  As you can see from my picture above, I am not fat.  I look forward to more long walks in new places with warmer weather coming soon.  I really like all the new sniffs when we go new directions.  I'll get those 8 extra pounds off in no time now that mom is cutting back on those busy bones.  I think I'm going to miss those.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Disappointed in Pet Memorial Markers

Just last year, I bought three pet memorial markers from Miles Kimball (only two pictured here, the other was for our first cat Mr. Moe on New Year's of of 2007).  Now they look like this:

All three are crumbling and the last two are not even legible anymore.  They looked so nice when we first got them and I expected them to last! I'm not happy at all with this purchase.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

A New Discovery - the Minute Clinic

When my husband went to get a free hearing exam and possibly a hearing aid, they found a lot of wax build up in his right ear and advised him to go to the minute-clinic at CVS to have the wax removed before getting a hearing aid.

This was the first I heard of a minute-clinic in CVS.  The name is somewhat deceiving though because it definitely takes more than a minute.  Perhaps the name refers to the time it takes to register and sign in, but there can be a wait as long as a couple hours which was the case when we went to the one down the road from where he was tested.  Fortunately, the CVS only .8 miles from our home also has one.  We just never noticed it before.  They do a variety of things, not just wax removal, and it's less than an urgent care or a hospital.  Our insurance covered $99 of the cost so we only had to pay $5! 

The technician was able to get most of it out and advised using drops a couple days to soften the rest.  She was very nice and considerate of what my husband was feeling during the removal process and did not continue once she saw the ear was getting irritated.  She also made a follow-up appointment for us so we wouldn't have a long wait.  She said the waiting list usually gets crowded.

I would recommend it.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Thankful Thursday

This first week of January 2020 I am thank for:

(1)  Silver Sneakers--I signed up for free and got free membership at Planet Fitness and the Y.

(2)  The mild winter weather we are having. 

(3)   Lunch at Cracker Barrel with my husband.

(4)   Playing Cribbage and Pinochle again with new friends at the Parma Sr. Community Center.  I used to play Cribbage a long time ago with my mom and Pinochle a long time ago when I worked for Buckeye Union Insurance Company.

(5)  I broke a couple records this week:  Got an all-time high for me on the AARP Word Wipe game of 14,723.

(6)  After not shooting pool for a year or so, I cleared the table in just 16 shots breaking my old record of 17 set back in 1917!

(7)  I got my 15-yr.-old cat to play a new game with me using a balloon.  (see video in previous post)

(8)  My Anthem OTC card came in the mail that I can use for up to $70 worth of certain products free at Walmart or CVS each quarter!

(9)  Our investments are all at an all-time high as of the end of December!

(10)  Played Pickleball and won more games than I lost--usually I break even.

(11)  I enjoyed getting my husband to join me at the Sr. Center for dealer's choice day when he won Rummy and I won Cribbage and Crazy Eights.

(12)  Had fun playing chair volleyball at the Sr. Center for the first time.  Looking forward to being on a team when they start a new season beginning February.

I love being retired!  I have some fun every day now!

Find more Thankful Thursday posts at Knit By God's Hand.

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