Saturday, October 10, 2020

I'm at the Playground by Roxy

Usually I only walk around on the ground cutting through this playground at Veteran's Memorial Park on State Road, but today since we went very early in the morning before any kids were there, mom let me walk up to the top of the slide where there is a nice lookout deck for me to lay on and watch over the park!  It is a good rest spot for me because mom can sit on the ledge at the top of the slide while I lay down as long as I want.

The first time I went was actually yesterday, but mom didn't have her camera with her so we did it again today.  I also had a very long fun run in the outfield of a baseball field.  It felt so good to be able to run full speed with no leash holding me back!  Mom started running along with me but she couldn't keep up so let me go on my own, then was a bit worried when she realized the big opening with no fence at the side of the field, but no worries.  I just did one big run for probably less than a minute and came right back to her.  Next time she says we'll do it on a different field that is all fenced in except for two small gate openings.

I love going to State Road park!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Like My Yard Sign

When on a walk with Roxy, I saw a cute Browns sign I had not seen before.  I really liked it and then saw two more similar ones on the other side of the street nearby.  I thought they were homemade so later that day I walked that way again to show my husband.  We picked one of the houses and I asked where they got their Browns sign from.  The lady said her son made it so I asked if he could make me one.  She said she would have him give me a call so I gave her my phone number.  Three days later I heard from him saying the sign was done and I could pick it up any time.  He only asked for $20 which I was more than happy to pay for it.  I picked it up this morning and put it in my yard.  I love it because it's so simple, easy to read, and yet conveys the dog pound with the bone shape. 

Do you have any Browns decorations in your yard?


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Friday, September 4, 2020

Zoo Outing With Masks - New Rhino Exhibit

Today we went to the zoo for the first time since COVID-19 hit.  We donned our masks and walked around much of the zoo.  Some of the buildings were closed, but we were able to see the kangaroos hopping around, the tiger up close and growling, and the new rhino exhibit including a couple rhinos.

We tried taking a selfie with the grizzly bear in the background, but couldn't get the bear in it.

The rhino exhibit is very large, but we didn't see any rhinos in it, until we moved to where some people were looking over the fence.  There it was, right against the wall where people could barely see it:

Right after I said it figures the rhino would go to the place where the people couldn't see it but then the rhino did get up and move around in its new exhibit that just opened this summer.

 Have you been to the zoo yet this year?

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

A New Place to Walk and Run by Roxy

Today I got to go to Parma Heights Baptist Church for a walk around the grounds and some great play time off leash at the fenced in playground!  It is the perfect place for me to do my zoomies and not get yelled at.  The video shows me in action and is very short because the Flip batteries died before I was through with my running.  It only shows the very beginning, but I ran lots more after that.

It was fun exploring the obstacles on the playground too.  I went inside one that looked like a big frog or alligator, not sure what it was and even found a big "bowl" of water because of the early rain that came last night and early this morning.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Bible Study With Pets

I love it when my pets join me during my Bible study time.  I admit, I had to put Spunky Doodle on the table, but at least she stayed and settled in.  She was near the window but then moved right on my book!  Roxy came up on her own and sat next to me nice.

I am currently doing the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer along with some ladies from church.  The author was in the movie, War Room which I enjoyed very much.  Are you currently involved in a Bible study? 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

One Fall Changed Everything

Almost two weeks ago, my husband fell on an uneven sidewalk on our way to play Pickleball.   This time he broke his collarbone so no more walking the dog for at least six weeks.  When we do walk around the neighborhood, we leave Roxy (the dog) at home and I insist we hold hands because I'm afraid he might trip again and even do more damage.  I am trying to think of places he can walk where the ground is even, or on grass so it wouldn't hurt so much if he did fall.

Emergency told us it should heal on its own without surgery but would take about six weeks.  He has to keep that right arm still and cannot raise it at all which means he is stuck in that shirt (unless we cut it off), he can only do sponge baths (can't get the sling wet), and pretty much only has use of his left hand.  Even reading is difficult because turning the pages is not easy.  He came up with a great idea though--get some audio books on CDs from the library, which I did.  The first one he listened to and reviewed was Box of Butterflies by Roma Downey.

He wants very much to join Roxy and me on our walks, but I'm just not comfortable with that yet.  Our dog is very, very strong and unpredictable so holding hands with the leash in my other just doesn't work.  I feel bad for him though knowing how much he loves to walk, so I got him a Cubii.  I figure he can use that while I am out walking Roxy.  It didn't work with him sitting in the swivel rocking chair, or on the couch so we set it up in the basement where he can use it while sitting on a straight chair watching TV.   At least it gives his legs more exercise.  Hopefully I can get over my fear of him falling again enough to allow him to join us on a dog walk perhaps on our church grounds.

It's been so nice outside lately that I told him he could pull weeds if he wanted and he was thrilled with that idea.  He loves being active and that's something he could do I think without falling.  Then though, he wanted to do more and worked at trying to pull out some of the day lilies that are no longer good.

Poor guy.  Other things that have changed are as follows:
 I vacuum.  I wash the dishes.  I wash him.  I get him his meals.  I cut the grass.  I take out the garbage.  I clean the toilets. (He used to do all these things--I should dust too, but haven't gotten to that yet but I will one of these days.) 

I thank God that it happened in the summer so I don't mind walking the dog as much and that he can go outside without wearing a coat or boots and even sit on the porch to enjoy the fresh air.  I am thankful he isn't in the hospital and can be at home.  I'm thankful that I get the whole bed to myself because he is much more comfortable sleeping in the chair.  I'm thankful this is a temporary situation and that he will heal and recover from this.

Thanks to all who have been praying for us as we navigate through this tough time, adjusting to a new normal and figuring out the best way to do things.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Scary Trails at West Creek with Roxy (Part 2)



Boy, this was a bit scary!  We went to explore a new trail--the Grassroots Gorge Overlook Loop.  At first, I thought we were already on it but that was just the trail leading up to it.  There were signs at the beginning of the trail and a upper and a lower one.  I saw "Enter" with a big green arrow on the top trail and a big red "Wrong Way" sign on the bottom trail, so we went on the top trail.  As we were moving along nicely, we passed another walker coming in our direction so I told her she was going the wrong way, that there were signs at the beginning of the trail.  A bit later, two more ladies were coming toward us and when I told them they were going the wrong way, they said I was going the wrong way!  Oops.  They told us that the top trail was for the bikes and the bottom one was for the hikers.  I was really all one trail that made a loop.  The path was pretty narrow so it was already hard to keep the 6 ft. distance when passing someone.  I thought, wow, bikes come on this path!  That thought really scared me because some places were very narrow and there wasn't much space to move off the path, the hill was right there!  When we finished the loop, I checked those signs again and sure enough, there was a bike at the bottom of them.  The bike on the red wrong way sign had a line through it and a bit farther down, a sign read "Hiking only in this direction."

The next day, I wanted to go back and go the right way, so we did.  We went early on a Saturday morning and it was more crowded.  We saw a biker with a dog running along with him enter the loop so we waited for him to come out before going in.  I hate to think of what would happen if we were walking that loop with Roxy and the guy on the bike and his dog came at us from the other direction--very scary!  I can't even believe he would do that with his dog on such a narrow trail!  Anyhow, after they came out, we went in and did pass one biker coming at us.  There wasn't much space to go off the trail to let him through, but we managed.  It was a nice loop but we won't be doing that one again, at least not with Roxy.  

Then we continued on a path across from the Grassroots Gorge entrance and found the Little Loop (picture above).  At least there was no bike on that sign, just a one way directional sign so that's the way we went.  The trail went through the woods and was very narrow--not enough room to pass anyone so I was glad it was only one way and no one else came when we were on it.  There were quite steep drops on the sides and I was glad Roxy didn't pull me too much.  We saw a couple raccoons chasing each other about midway down the hill and fortunately, Roxy did not go after them!  In the picture it doesn't look too bad, but at some places, the hill was steep on both sides of the trail.

I was relieved when we went back down to the flat circle area.  We did take a little detour to do a little loop on flat ground through the tall flowers/grass.  Some of the grass was taller than Gerard!  Roxy liked it a lot though. 

We still have more trails to explore, but those are for another day!  

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

West Creek Park is HUGE! (Part 1) by Roxy

 I got to go to West Creek Park and WOW!  We couldn't even cover it in just one day so I am doing several blog posts about my outings there.  The video is a collection of several pics taken during my first two outings there.  I was so excited to actually be walking right in the woods and off the concrete paths.  They have actual dirt trails to walk on, some flat and some on hills.  

Plus, a lot of dogs come there to walk and explore.  Some I got to meet but some I just had to let go by.  They have trail signs, but sometimes my mom still gets confused.  My dad says it would be easy to get lost in the woods and they should have people stationed around to help with directions.  

So far I explored four different areas.  Our first stop was along the way to get to the main part where the big circle path is.  We explored in the woods on the Lookout Ridge trail first.  The picture to the left is of how excited I got running up the hill to dad.  I was moving so fast, he missed my head!

The main part with the big circle path at the bottom is where I was able to get a drink at the doggie fountain.  It also has benches for people to sit on.  My mom and dad were sitting on one near the end of our outing.  I spotted something move in the big high grass nearby and went to chase it.  My mom wasn't expecting that and tipped over, almost falling off the bench.  Too bad dad didn't get a picture of that!  It would have been a funny one.  To my credit though, I did stop when I heard her yell my name.  That was enough for one day--about an hour.

 On our second trip, we did three trails . . . sort of.  The first one we thought was going through the park, but it was the path that went along the main street next to the park.  My mom was disappointed we wasted time on that one.  

Then though, we followed two trails that went through the woods.  The first one we did was pretty narrow and long which led to the Skyline Overlook.  See picture to the right. we could actually see the Cleveland skyline above the treetops in the center of the tall buildings downtown from there but they didn't show up on the photo.  It was pretty cool though.

Lastly, we went on the Lookout Ridge Loop, but we backtracked to get back because we were getting tired by then and it seemed to be blocked to complete the loop.  Mom is still not sure how that trail goes.  We'll probably try it again another day to see if we can figure out the loop part.  

Next time we are going to check out some loop trails off the main circle path.  Those are really an adventure!  Be sure to look for that post (West Creek Park Adventure - Part 2)!

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Snow Rd. Park with More Woods! by Roxy (Updated with pics on 8-3-20)

My first trip to Snow Road Park was so much fun!  It's even bigger and better than Fernhill with more opportunities to go off path and explore!  We only went on the main path today, but that means we have more areas to explore yet on future trips.  I really want to come back here again soon!  It's great for hot days because the woods path is mostly shade, unlike Fernhill that has more sunny places.  Between the two, I like this is my favorite.  Have you ever been here?

Trail to Greenbriar Commons
I see a pool and playground!

On our next outing, I got to explore a side trail that mostly goes uphill all the way.  There is a bridge and a bench along the way.  The first time we went on it, we only went as far as the bench, but the next time we went all the way to the top and discovered it connects with an area called Greenbriar Commons!  There was a pool, a library, a playground and pickleball and bocce ball courts up there.  My mom was very excited about that.  There was a nice breeze up there and a bench to rest at. 
Hey, that's that path down there we came up on before!
 On another visit, we discovered another way down on a trail through the woods that comes out just a little way past the bridge.  It's fun to discover new things!

Another day we explored the wide open space on the other side of the park from the trail.  There are some woods over there too, but no hiking paths.

Last time we went, mom led us off the cement trail along a dirt trail that followed along the creek.  That was the most fun yet even though it was mostly flat.  There were some very narrow spots and at one point a little ditch that dad crossed first, then I jumped over and mom had to let go of my leash because she couldn't go as fast as me.  Dad had a little freak out, but he was able to pick it up pretty quick.  Sorry no picture of that.

I love walking at the parks and look forward to exploring a place called West Creek!  I highly recommend going to the park!  Woof!  Woof!

It's hard to remember to take pictures when you are having so much fun!

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

If Only . . . Hindsight is 20/20!

Last night Roxy jumped up on the window sill of our bedroom window.  I heard a racket and saw she had knocked out the screen, accidentally of course!  I keep having to remind myself she did not do it on purpose to get us mad.  We have no idea why she did that.  It could have been a neighbor or an animal crossing our yard, who knows?  Unfortunately, she can't tell us.  So, at 2:00 a.m. I went outside and tried to push it back in with no success.  My husband woke up and wanted to know why I was up.  He yelled at the dog and went outside to see if he could push it back in but couldn't do it either.

During the day I noticed there was some space along the side of the screen and light was coming in.  The top and bottom were still in place though and I was able to pop it back in like it should be.  I thought I had fixed it.  This is the same window she broke her head through the screen the second day we had her, Aug. 11, 2019.  She was so excited to see us return home from church!  A friend replaced the screen then for us and we haven't had any more problem until now.  

If only I had got the full screens instead of half screens when I replaced our windows, we wouldn't have this problem.  At the time I didn't see any need for full screens so wanted to save a bit of money and went with half screens.  The window company we used are out of business so now the only option is to replace the whole window.  I think we'll open it from the top at night for now without a screen.  Birds don't generally fly around at night, do they?  Insects like bees and wasps sleep at night, right?

Oh well, live and learn. 

The good news is that when Window Nation came to give us a free estimate on Tuesday, July 28, they were able to take out the screen all the way and put it back in for us with no charge! He was very nice and saved us $1,000!

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Happy 16th Gotcha Day to Spunky Doodle! (Feline Friday Blog Hop)

Today my mom surprised me with two new things:  a new soft pink bed just for me and a cat scratcher wave which I had to try out right away!
It tips!

Ooh, this is good!

This is very comfy, so soft and just my size!

Thanks, mom.  Happy Gotha Day, Spunky!

I felt bad I didn't get her anything last year so got her two things this year.  We've had her since she was a tiny kitten.  She was born to a stray and started as an outdoor cat but is now only an indoor cat.  She adjusted just fine.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fun Times During These Hot Days! by Roxy

I am the one on top of the obstacle.
It's been so hot lately, in the 90s every day this week, that my mom decided to take me to doggie day care so I can be more active.  Otherwise she figured I would just lay around the house
ALL day.  She takes me on an early morning walk and then drives me to doggie daycare.  I like it very much.  It's fun to be with so many other dogs and have a big place to walk and run around in (my house is quite small).  There are two big indoor spaces and the outside space has shade in the morning, an obstacle to climb on and a pool.  I have not gone into the pool yet but like watching some of the other dogs play in the water.  Although it is hot, I am definitely more active at doggie daycare than I would be if I were at home.  I am not big on walking outside when it is upper 70s or higher.

I recommend doggie daycare to all dogs.  Woof!  Woof!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Roxy's 1st Trip to Fernhill Park

Yesterday Roxy spent all day at the vet for her dental cleaning, a couple vaccines and to get microchipped.  It was a good day for it since it mostly rained all day and cleared up for her evening walk.  Anyhow, I felt bad for her so wanted to make it up to her.  Today we took Roxy to the Fernhill picnic area off Snow Road for the first time and boy, did she enjoy it!  It was only 69 degrees so a very good day to go with her there.  She likes cooler weather.

She made this video so she could tell you all about it!  After we got back, it was time for lunch and then she came with us to watch us play Pickleball.  She actually got to watch four others play too who were on the next court.  They were very impressed with her!

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Sunday Crate Battle

In this video, you can see for yourself how easily Roxy goes into her crate for meals but when we need her to go in for a long time so we can go somewhere, she does not go in easily at all!  It took two of us to get her before we went to church this morning.  Since she chewed my slipper again when we left her free, we decided we can't trust her to be good while we are gone so need to crate her.  We now take her along with us when we go for an hour to play pickleball at our neighborhood courts.  She seems to prefer that even on hot days to being left alone in the crate.

We've been doing all her feeding in the crate so she associates it with good things; however, it does not seem to be working very well.  We took on on two walks not too long before trying to crate her in the hopes she would be tired enough to enjoy some down time.  Anyone have any suggestions to help us out with this?

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Where's Spunky Doodle?

Looking for me?
When I looked for Spunky in all her usual spots, I expanded my search and found her snoozing on Roxy's bed.  It's a little big for her.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thankful Thursday: Watching Pickleball by Roxy

I am thankful that twice now mom and dad brought me along with them when they went to play pickleball near our house.  They used to leave me loose in the house, but since I chewed up the slipper last time they left me alone when they played, they decided to try taking me with them.  The alternative would be to be in my crate.

They brought along some water for me and tied my leash to the fence.  I had a ringside seat to watch them play and was happy to be with them.  There are lots of other things to see there too.  Sometimes there are kids playing hockey behind the pickleball courts, sometimes there are kids playing on the playground near by, today there was a man cutting the grass around the courts and sometimes other dogs go by.

Gerard seems to play better when I come along because mom's attention is divided.  She says I'm a bit of a distraction.  Both times I went, dad actually won a game!

This seems to work okay if it's not real hot out because there is no shade there for me to be in.  Where do you take your dog?

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Hunting Success by Roxy

Image result for chipmunk images clip artMy mom calls me Wild Thing and Nutso sometimes when my wolflike-features arise.  I was so happy on my early walk yesterday and today because I finally actually caught my prey.  Yesterday I got hold of a chipmunk on the way to the park.  Mom was very mad that I went for the chipmunk even though I didn't actually kill it.  It ran away when I dropped it but mom said I was mean.  Then she reminded herself that God made me with these instincts and I was just doing what God made me to do.  I think she was mostly disappointed in herself for not protecting the little cute chipmunk better--after all, she was holding my leash.
I am so proud and happy!

I almost got a squirrel on the way home when I jumped up a tree at full height, but it managed to get higher before I got him.  Sorry no picture, mom didn't have her camera with her. 

Today, dad was holding the leash when I rummaged in the bushes and caught a sparrow!  That one I did kill.  Maybe I should be nicknamed killer, although I don't look mean, do I?

I felt like celebrating so when mom and dad went out for about an hour to play Pickleball, I went after mom's fury black slippers that were ontop of her dresser.  I had great fun tearing apart the one and was ready to start on the other when they came back and went crazy yelling at me calling me a very bad dog.  I didn't get pet by either one of them and both of them yelled at me and kept at it until dad finally decided to take me for a walk to the mailbox.  I am in big trouble now--I may need to find a new home.  Mom did say she was glad no screens were ruined, but that from now on I have to go in my den (cage) when they leave because I can't be trusted.

I only slipped up today.  She had those slippers there for a long time.  She got them after I tore up her other pair of slippers like these.  She mentioned something about them costing $70--they are Indian moccasins that she liked a lot.  I think she should let me have the other one too.  What good does just one slipper do her?

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Enjoying My Walk . . . and Rest Time by Roxy

 Some days we start off with a short early walk, but other days, daddy surprises me with either the 45-min. Snow Road walk or even the Veterans Memorial Park walk!  I am fresh early in the morning and like walking at that time the best.

On the way home, especially on warm days, I enjoy finding a nice shady spot with a breeze to rest for a bit.  Daddy is always eager to get going, but since I'm the boss, he'll wait until I'm ready.  My mom brings along my water bottle for me too which I appreciate. 

I am a happy doggie!
Enjoy your day.  Woof!  Woof!
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Peaceful Protest?

What if people would actually treat others as they would like to be treated?  I really wish people would follow this simple guideline and the world would be such a better place!

Image result for justice images clip artPolice brutality is an outrage and what happened to George Floyd at the hand of a policeman is certainly a terrible thing.  The video showed on the news was very upsetting to me and I was glad to hear justice will be done.  I just don't understand how these protests will make it better.  The policeman has been removed from duty, arrested and charged with murder or manslaughter so I don't know what more the protesters expect.  The police need to stop killing their suspects and use only necessary measures to get them into custody and get a trial they are entitled to having.

When I see protestors holding signs that read "Black Lives Matter" it gets me mad that Blacks still feel prejudices against them.  People are people regardless of race.  We need to get past grouping people by race and view everyone as a valued person.  Just like we need to get past labeling people as republicans and democrats.  We should all be Americans.  If only we could get rid of the labels and all the divisions this would be a better country!

I understand people have the right to PEACEFULLY assemble and protest, but I wonder--is any protest totally peaceful?  It only takes a few to start violence and in a crowd, it seems to spread pretty quickly.  People sometimes will do things in a large group that they normally would not do.

Certainly burning down the police station and destroying property, businesses and looting isn't going to solve anything, but just make matters worse.  Have these violent protesters never heard that "Two wrongs do not make a right"?  I feel bad for these many business owners who worked so hard to get their business to survive through the COVID-19 shutdown, only to have to deal with the aftermath of the violent protesters who ruined their business.   Furthermore, add to these protests the total disregard for the 6' recommended social distancing during this Pandemic and I can't believe how many people acted so irresponsibly.  I get so upset when I watch the news lately. 

Personally, I don't see that protests are ever productive, especially not these that are happening now!  There is no reason for them.  No one is happy with policy brutality, not even the police!  It reflects poorly on them.  When people become violent, as they tend to do at protests, it gives the police no choice but to do what they can to maintain some order.  Of course, people will get hurt.  They should leave before that happens!

Seeing these violent protests across our nation, including downtown Cleveland, makes me sick.

Jesus said in Luke 6:31 (contemporary English version): Treat others just as you want to be treated.
I try to do this, how about you? Don't you wish everyone would do this?

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Disappointment--Why Don't People Follow Rules???

First of all, I want to thank all those who are currently serving or have served in our armed forces on this very unusual Memorial Day.  No parade to go see this year.

It's a beautiful day, temperature in the 70s this morning and I was looking forward to playing Pickleball again with the group at Independence, Ohio.  I went up today only to be disappointed.  The was a big blue and white sign posted right next to the gate to the Pickleball courts which had some rules for playing:

Maintain 6 feet apart.
Only players allowed. 
Singles only.
Wash your hands at least 20 seconds when you get home and sanitize your equipment.
Courts will be closed indefinitely if these rules are not followed.

When I arrived, there was already a court going with three people so I made four.  I immediately pointed out the rules that we can only play singles, not doubles.  They all just scoffed at me saying they had played doubles last week, that it is okay.  Plus I noticed none of them even had masks.  It is extremely difficult to play 6 feet from your partner the whole time.  Therefore, I wore a mask and was very surprised that no one else did.  The one lady assured me that they live in Independence and know people so it was all right to play doubles, it wouldn't be shut down. 

I played a game trying my very best to maintain the 6' distance from my partner.  Mostly, I succeeded, but a couple times we were less than that.  The other side didn't even seem to be making an effort to keep 6' apart.  This really irritated me.  I played very well though and we won 11-4.  Another court started up with no masks and playing doubles as well. 

Another person came and I offered to play singles with someone but no one wanted to play singles so I left after just the one game.  I did not feel comfortable and couldn't get the others to follow the rules.  I was really looking forward to playing again with the group; however, it is not worth putting myself at risk.  I am so disappointed that people refuse to follow the rules to keep others safe!  I intend to check back to see if any will follow the rules, but if they don't, I'm out of there!

People who think they are above following rules is quickly becoming a pet peeve of mine!  I can't believe people are not taking COVID-19 seriously after all the deaths and all the precautions that the doctors and government officials have put in place.

This virus is not gone yet!  Please continue to be patient and stay safe.  Wear a mask when out in public if you cannot keep 6 feet apart.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Roxy vs. Harness (Jury is still out)

I still do not like my new harness.  My plan is to continue to avoid it if possible.  If not possible, I will try to shake it off and when that doesn't work, will bite at it.  I know mom and dad realize I am not crazy about this thing and prefer just my collar.  Since mom bought the harness to make me happier so my neck does not get pulled on my walks, she should be okay with returning it since I am happier with must my collar, right? 

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Roxy and Her New Harness

Do I have to wear this?
After using Don Sullivan's, The Perfect Dog, collar and training DVD and cards for about 7 months, it seemed Roxy progressed as much as she was going to.  I felt bad not giving her treats when she did what I commanded, which is a fundamental no-no for this training program.  The collar has sharp points on one side of the interlocking pieces and has the capability of tightening around the dog's neck when pulled on.  I followed the method and sure enough, it worked to a degree. 

When doing the training, the method is to say the command only twice and pull on the collar to get her to obey.  I did not like this painful method of correction that hurt her neck.  It was described as being similar to the teeth of a mother dog and mimics the feeling of what a pup feels when its mother trains it.  If you give her the same command over and over, she will learn to obey promptly, which she did.  So promptly though that she would do the action even before I gave the command!  She got bored and so did I.  If I stuck with training sessions every day for 20 min., who knows if she would have gotten better?  The goal of his training system is to get the dog to walk off leash with you with distractions.  Where I live, we have a leash law.  Dogs must be on a leash when out walking.

I liked have the 10' long leash that gives the dog more freedom and is very lightweight.  The only drawback to it is that there is no hand loop at the end to hold so I have to wrap it around my hand and wear gloves so the nylon leash does not give me a rope burn.  

When I saw the Doggie Kingdom harness, it looked really sturdy and comfortable for the dog.  I felt it was time to give Roxy a break.  She walks well on a leash for the most part and only flips out if another dog walking close by starts barking at her.  On occasion she will charge at a bird or squirrel and a dog in a car with its head out the window usually barking at her.  Anyhow, the collar with her tags is still on so if we do need to correct her, we can always give it a tug or two, but there is not absolutely no pressure at all on her neck as she walks along.

The funny thing is, she didn't like the harness the first couple times she wore it.  She would shake and when that didn't get it off, she rolled on the ground biting at it trying to get it off.  If you look close at the picture, the side is scratched up a bit from when she scraped it against a tree.   I am happy to report though, that with each walk wearing the harness, there are fewer rolling/biting episodes.  Today we went for an hour and a half walk with her wearing it and rolling only a few times, some of which were in leaves that she would have rolled in even without the harness.  I think she just needed a little time to get used to it.  I really like the reflective strip on the front and the reflective stitching around the edges for walking when it's dark outside and her name and phone no. shows up very nice. 

It also comes with a lifetime warranty.  Check it out at Doggie

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How We Get Books With Libraries Closed

At the corner of our street is a "Little Library" where we found Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans, In the Dark by Brian Freeman, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.  I read Promise Me a long time ago but my husband didn't.  He read about halfway and gave up on it.

I have loaded several that I have not gotten to yet because before the Senior Center closed, I took a couple from there to read.  I just finished Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult and am currently reading Water From My Heart by Charles Martin.

With the libraries closed due to the Corona Virus, we've been reading books that we had from the library before it closed.  They were Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah, A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer, Bravelands--The Spirit Eaters by Erin Hunter.   We both Liked Turn of the Key and A Heart So Fierce and Broken best.

I also have loaded some to my Kindle that I have not read yet but which I plan to read.  My husband read Her Last Breath by J. A. Schneider; however, he prefers to hold a book.  He does not like having to press the lever to advance the pages.

Finally, to our surprise, a neighbor of our who is a librarian dropped off If It Bleeds by Stephen King for us yesterday.  It actually has four short stories.

We are managing to continue reading but still look forward to getting back to the library when it opens.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Park and Shop 1960 Game

Park and Shop is a game I remembered playing from my childhood that I enjoyed.  Unfortunately, it got thrown away at some point, but I recently purchased a used one on Ebay.  It's a game that always changes because although the goal is the same, cards change your route from game to game and just like in real life, things come up that change your plans.  There are two versions, one where you just complete your shopping and get back home first to win, the other you have to use play money to make purchases and you earn points for accomplishing certain things.  We played the version without the money which is simpler, but I lost all the games! 

You get yellow cards that tell you what stores to shop at and you plan your route.  You get a red parking ticket when you park with another stop you must make on your way home.  If you land on the gray spaces, you have to pick a pedestrian card if walking, or a motorist card if driving and follow the instructions.  These may be good or bad, but usually they pull you off course.  When driving, you only use one die because cars have one engine and when walking, two dice because a person has two feet.  (This seems backwards though, since you can travel faster in the car than you can when walking.  I'd like to try changing this next time we play and see how it works.  The way the board is laid out, the parking lots are all close to the homes with all the stores more in the center of the board (blue spaces)). 

Anyway, it's pretty fun and even though I was ahead, those gray squares slowed me down enough for my husband to win today.    Since this was used, some of the token pieces are missing and I'm not sure what's going on with the motorist cards.  Most are red (like the parking ticket cards) and some blue, yet in the instructions, it says the motorist cards are red.  I'm thinking there must have been another version and some of the cards got mixed up.  Oh well, it's still playable, fun and one my husband can win.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

5 Things That Put Me in a Better Mood Instantly

Here are the things that instantly put me in a better mood:
Clear Blue Skies

1)  I love getting up early enough to see the sunrise.  It reminds me that God's mercies are new every morning and he has given us another day.  Also, a sunny day with clear blue skies always helps me mood.  All I need to do is look up and enjoy the view.  It's very calming.

petting my cat, Spunky Doodle
Boxing my Kindle cord

2)  My cat Spunky Doodle always improves my mood when I take time to pet her.  Also, when she does cute things like hide under blankets or rugs, go in new places like the sink, refrigerator, cupboard.  When she is in play mode, I enjoy playing with her with a shoelace on the bed or ping pong ball on the steps, or spinning her in a chair.  We've played lots of different games over the years.  Even when I just see a cat in someone's window or yard while we walk in our neighborhood, it puts me in a better mood!  I love cats!
favorite cookies
Pizza, my favorite food

3)  Good food always improves my mood.  I used to eat pizza 4 days a week, but stopped when I had to watch my salt intake to lower my blood pressure and besides, my husband would get heart burn from it.  Now I only have it on rare occasions.  My husband and I both enjoy the Pinwheels though.  He surprises me sometimes by bringing me one of these now and then.  Chocolate and marshmallow has always been a favorite combination for me since I was little and my grandma introduced me to marshmallow eggs at Easter!

A good Pinochle hand--a run, aces around and double Pinochle (doesn't get much better)

Beating my record high game on Word Wipe

Making a good shot in Pickleball, leading to winning

Making a great shot on the golf course leading to making par

Watching the Browns actually win a game!

4)  Winning always puts me in a better mood instantly!  Doesn't really matter what it is.  I love playing games and when I win, it always improves my mood.  I haven't golfed for a long time because my husband does enjoy it and it takes a lot of time to do (for me) and is pretty expensive.  I hope to go again though sometime.  I used to love bowling too, especially when I was the anchor on my team and finished strong in the tenth frame to pull out a win.

5)  Yes, I must admit, even my dog, Roxy, puts me in a better mood instantly at times.  I love seeing her energy when she gets the zoomies in the house, or starts running after rolling in the grass.  Sometimes I encourage her to run through the house.  I feel bad we can't let her run free outside since we have a small yard that isn't even fenced.  When I used to sleep in while she went on her morning walk with my husband, she would come running in to greet me with jumping on the bed and giving me a big sloppy kiss.  I no longer sleep in but join her for her early morning walks but we do enjoy porch time together!

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