Wednesday, October 27, 2010

obsessed with green headed ducks....

my day started way too early. i was worried about making my 10am tire changeover appointment, but my tub guy came in at 7am. he beat my alarm. i just opened the door, fed the dogs and read the paper. didn't sleep much as i was worried about that 7am time. waking up early is not something i do often. the tub looks great though so all worth it i think. there are pictures below.
got the car in for it's changeover. the tire that was losing air had a reason to. there was apparently a screw in the tire. so that is all fixed up now. studs are on. i took the girls for a few spins around cuddy park. i think that is the name of it. it's right by the main library in town here. so it was nice to just walk a few blocks from the car place and be able to enjoy the day.
there is some open water there at the park and the ducks were having a time out there. i quite enjoyed watching them for a bit. it was tough keeping blossom out of the water. those green heads are just so pretty, me being a green lover and all. the ducks would find some little morsel and then all the ducks would make chase on the duck with the tidbit. very amusing.
it was icy out everywhere and i had to scrap ice off my windows this morning. walking was a bit slickery. we ended up having to sit outside once we were done with our walk as some guy got up inside the tire shop as soon as i sat down and said he was allergic to dogs. i had my jacket, hat and mittens so i was fine out there. the sun kept popping out and that felt great.
have no idea what this duck has that held all the other ducks attention, but it must be tasty.
got the eyes checked and will pick up my very first pair of glasses in a few weeks. they assured me that the frame is nice, i have no idea as i've never shopped for glasses before. i'm just a smidge off of 20/20 but i think the glasses will help me see the moniters in the patients rooms more clearly. that has become a bit more difficult. it will also be good for night driving...something we do alot of in winter.
hit the gym for some laps after my eye appointment. really i needed a shower for the day and my shower is out of commision til tomorrow am. got in 33 laps though so it was nice. the last laps i had the lane to myself, not too usual during the week.
there was a group of canadian geese which kept landing and flying about. seemed like they are doing drills in preparation for the long flight ahead. this park is in what is considered mid-town.
they just did a re-design on this park a year or so ago. it came out real nice i think. great little patch of green in the middle of all those businesses. no doubt a great place for a lunch break for those working in the area.
below is the new skating ring they put in. it's set up for speed skating, hopefully, one day they'll add some lighting. it's a nice place to skate though, blossom and i have taken the kick sled there a few times.
yesterday was another day of errands for me. i had the tub guy so i had to be out of the house for much of the spraying. guessing from the residual smell it's a bit toxic. first we walked around the bog and out in the neighborhoods, then off to costco then to my biocheck thing for work. i didn't totally pass as for some reason my cholesterol is higher this year. this aging thing bites really. so i'll have to do something about that. i think i'll start with a real lab test as i suspect that finger check is only moderately accurate. my blood pressure was great and my bmi was under their requirements. we get money off of our insurance for having more normal limits. my cholesterol was one point above the allowable. what a bother. hit the gym for a shower and 30 laps yesterday as well. felt bad as the dogs had to stay inside the car. he wanted the house empty for like 3 hours after the spray and the windows were open for ventilation. considering it gets down to 30 at night, it was chilly. got home too late to bother with cooking so i've been eating chinese delivery.
this is bog, a bit icy on the bridges.
above is another bog shot and below is an eagles nest i spotted on rovers run the other day. i do occasionally see an eagle out there, but hadn't ever noticed the nest. amazing how you can go a place repeatedly and still find new things to revel in. didn't see the eagle that day though.
took the pups to pet co tonight. it's blossoms 5th birthday so i felt i should celebrate it somehow. she's such a great dog. got her a few toys, squeaky tennis balls and some big bones to munch on. one for rio and one for blossom. i really thought they would just nibble at the leftover bits, but rio devoured hers and blossom just took hers out in the yard and buried it. the usual outcome of that is that rio, the nose, will locate the bone in spring and that will be the end of that. blossom doesn't bury her bones very deep at all and really only just moves leaves over the bone with her nose.
above is snow on chugach before monday and below is after monday. obviously, that snow is advancing. there will be no retreat, only further advancement until we are covered in it. the tire changeover place wasn't too packed but it will go nuts after that first snow. good to have it done with.
so the old tub look was beige and chipped and the new look is white, clean and unchipped. i'm quite happy. they said there is a seven year warrantee, but i'm no longer to use a mat. (they put a non slip application on it) they even re-did the edgings so it looks splendid!
so tomorrow i get to shower in my new, clean tub.
parting shot of mufasa. he circles me every morning waiting for his chow. i fear he will eat off my face if i don't get out of bed and feed him. he's super thin, getting matted and unkempt at this point. still comes for breakfast and dinners so i'll let him hang out a bit longer. he seems to love his coat. i took it off for a washing last night. sad to get a peek of what is leftover of the cat. can't be too much longer now.
still, i've always found old cats endearing. something about an old cat that just makes me a softie. he's driven me nuts for years and now i enjoy him more than ever.

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