with over 20 years in this amazing place. it's never dull. i hope to enjoy years of exploration here.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday walking and Roaming on my own...
the meltdown has begun...several months early but there it is. went moose spotting but only saw planes so i watched planes. something so relaxing about watching the planes land and take off, which is odd because i am so stressed being in planes landing and taking off. one of life's oddities i guess. big planes, little planes. medium sized planes.
Blossom and i did some loops and twists around the park. the ponds are water on top but still frozen beneath. had my cleats on so no falls, can't say my feet didn't feel a bit damp from time to time. of course, Blossom was thrilled with the romp through the top water. a few other dogs we see out there often were out and so them all romped together while i chatted with the owner.
weather is strange. this is our second season with very little snow or cold temperatures. the year before these two we had record snow fall. seems like no two winters are the same here, that i can tell you for sure. some more cold, some more ice, some more snow, or fog...best to be ready for anything and plan to participate in whatever activities mother nature graces you with. this year lots of ice skating, kicksledding for me.. bikers and hikers were out and able to enjoy. nice to be able to take some drives this winter as well. roads fairly clear.
right now there are the ponds of spring all over. March can get cold too though so don't count winter out. i've seen it snow in July here.
spoke to the vet. doesn't sound like we know what is up with Rio and her dilute urine and extra drinking. could just be mental...with rio you never know. she is Rio and she seems her happy self.
Miss Breezy Chatterbug is snuggled up with her. i've seen this again more of late. she's a fickle cat. i suspect Rio gets more attention until she steps on the cat accidently, then it's all Blossom. Breezy does snuggle with my other cat, but she's more of a dog cat than a cat's cat.
have actually bored with watching the actual Oscars of late. seems too fluffy and ridiculous. i do enjoy seeing the fashions so for a bit tonight i was watching the fashion police. i know i should be mourning the loss of Joan Rivers but i actually enjoyed it more without her. would be fun to have people attend to you once in your life and get you all prettied up. it's not a skill i ever acquired. of course, walking around in high heels was not a skill i ever acquired either.
it's highly doubtful that i will be walking the red carpet anytime soon...never say never. life can take some strange directions. one should always take the road less traveled. i remember that poem being required reading in jr high or high school...i related to it. liked that i got the smoke from the tires on that landing above.
of course, Anchorage is a big hub for cargo. the cargo planes tend to be way bigger than the passenger planes (especially this time of year). even those passenger planes often are actually half cargo.
on the news they once again mentioned a woman who was kidnapped by ISIS and killed...an American volunteer. volunteering in these places is a risky business. i'm sure that the many people that were helped by her were grateful to her for taking that personal risk to help them.
it's on the list of things i would love to do if i were more brave and less of a homebody. maybe not in that region but i'm always impressed by those who dedicate their lives to adventure and the pursuit of helping others. mostly they do return home and no doubt return home better people for their service. occasionally, they don't survive. my heart goes out to her and her family. i suspect those last days of her life in captivity were less than pleasant.
on the news they mentioned she may have been sold into marriage or something like this. i'm always a bit annoyed that these kidnapped women around the world who are forced into "marriage" are referred to as this...married. marriage is nothing like what is forced upon these women and to call it marriage almost makes it acceptable. these women are not married, they are sold into slavery. they become slaves to these men who "marry" them.
liked this one above as i got the background blurry and the plane clear. need to practice this for bird shots...spring is coming and with it migratory birds.
Pt Worzonoff with sleeping lady in the distance.
i must have stayed out there watching planes for some time. who knew
the dark clouds were closer to my place, while the blue skies were emerging over the water.
turned out to have a beautiful sunset...which i just watched from my room. then a wee bit of a nap.
i quite enjoy nap time.
nobody joined me for the walk today or for coffee. i was doing some texting at Kaladi's and then my sister called so we chatted. always fun.
sunset in the melt in the street...anything can be beautiful.
getting to the mail was a bit of a swim today. what a mess the place is.
as you can see Blossom is oblivious to the less than optimal winter weather. lots of tennis ball throwing time.
i'd put her on a leash but soon after this was taken she was off again and romping with her dog chums.
ice is thin but nobody went through.
such a sad winter for snow up here...there is always next winter for the snow to fall again.
stumphenge was also a mess. water over the ice.
no moose sighted here either. moose poop, tracks...but no moose today. where are they hiding?
my to do list is growing. tomorrow i'll have to make a greater attempt to get it done.
i did make a costco run today. zipped in/out of that place. i think i beat the just getting off of work crowd.
sun is setting later and later. tonights was so pretty. wish i'd driven to a more pretty place to watch it...the nap was calling my name though.
pretty enough from the window though.
liked the pink light reflecting off the wet streets. i think one neighbor was blasting his frozen driveway with hot water? not really sure what he was doing. he had his motorcycles out of the garage so perhaps he's planning on some early riding this year.
that's my hood.
better try and get to a few things before i crash for the night.
thankful for: A. long chats with friends/family. phone calls are still enjoyed with the right folks B. a relaxing afternoon of planes C. ritz crackers and cheese. simple and tasty!
have lived in alaska since 1995, lived in ketchikan for 6 years and here in anchorage since 2001. it's a wonderful place and i enjoy getting out nearly daily for a walk/hike/stroll or ramble. enjoy the pics