Monday, April 27, 2015

reasoning with a 120 pound dog is not effective..

 and yet i often find myself trying.  talking to her and reasoning with her to no avail.  she doesn't want to be left home alone but doesn't want to load up in the car.  i suspect she wants to just sit on the front deck...who knows though.  for sure a communication gap between the dogs and i.
swans are here and the geese and more birds show up every day it seems.  this par was out at University Lake.  so pretty.
 growth along the Turnigan Arm trails too.  spring is arriving earlier than usual but i haven't heard anyone complaining.
 headed here with Blossom before i started my 3 nights of work.
 this day Rio opted to stay home.  or maybe i helped her opt to stay home.  can't recall.
 work went fine.  first night i got to leave work early.  ER didn't need me and neither did the house so i was home and in bed before 4 am.  so maybe this walk was actually that next day.  hmm...
 amazing how days blend together.  who knows what happens what day. i'd say that i should be worried about dementia, early onset, but i've been forgetful my entire life so i really don't think it will be easy to spot those early type signs in myself.  hopefully i never get dementia or similar.  i think we all hope our brains hold out the longest.
 the next night i worked in Acc.  took a patient out, got a patient in and then in the morning both my patients were headed out.  transferred one and then got one ready for cath lab. so a busy morning but i got out a few minutes early that day as well.
 last night i again started in the ER.  was only there half of the night.  in the end they needed to call in a nurse to PCU, transfer a PCU nurse to ER to take my patients and then i went to Peds and got admits there.  honestly, the ER could have done without me or another nurse so that seemed a bit silly, but i don't make those decisions. i just go where they tell me to.  i try to avoid being in charge of anything but myself.
 was able to average out to over 10,000 steps/day this last week.  i was about 500 steps short last night, but was way ahead other days .  i had the music on and i was dancing but i ran out of time before midnight hit before i could get all the steps.  slept a lot yesterday.
 the other day between shifts i cruised the bog then took the hood up to Patterson and down.  with the app giving me distance and time and stuff it's fun to check out the various routes i take and see how far they are.
 these are my birds for that walk . geese and woodpeckers.  the woodpeckers have been very active in the hood. i wake up hearing that banging away each day.  so funny.  what a strange adaptation.  the world is a crazy place.
 have been trying to check the news. Horrible earthquake in Nepal, they also had avalanches after on the Everest so more deaths.  i remember reading interviews about Everest and the stream of bad luck they seem to be having up there. a lot of deaths these past few years.  many sherpas have lost their lives and more have again, along with climbers.  the death toll for this earthquake is still not tallied...over 4000 at this point for sure.  many villages just haven't even been gotten to.  these huge earthquakes are just amazingly devastating.  i'm always shocked by what a difference it makes in these places with no building codes as opposed to a place like Alaska or California.  i'm not saying we can't get trashed by a quake of the same magnitude but when you look at the damage, ours is generally much less. my thoughts go out to those of Nepal and the surrounding areas.  i know they must be terribly scared and devastated.
 i've noticed along Patterson Ave that people will put their own chairs at bus stops that have no bench.  this was true for over a year at a few bus stops further up the road and now they actually have benches put in.  now this one has chairs...funny too as these chairs have names on them.  so cute.  wonder when the city will switch them out for a bench. i'm sure it is nice for folks to have a place to sit and wait for the bus.  many who ride the bus are older.
 i think the quake was around an 8.  so very large. many avalanches and mudslides.  they are having a difficult time getting in to help folks and then large aftershocks keep occurring which worsens things.  saw a video someone took of the avalanche on Everest.  read that those who took refuge in their tents were some of the worse off as they became trapped in the tents and were picked up and slammed down.  folks from all over the world go to Everest and the surrounding area.
 in that article about the Sherpas and Everest. some in the local villages seemed to be saying they felt that the mountain decides if it wants to be climbed and they thought the mountain was tired of all the people up there.  probably of all the trash being left behind as well. they are trying to get helicopters in to get folks out.  it is a wee bit ironic to me that all these climbers can't find a way to climb off of a mountain?  supposedly the ways out are covered and unstable though. the air is thin and there is limited supplies i'm sure for experimenting with routes.  they are flying out the injured first so those who haven't been physically injured must wait.  there are many above the avalanche area who are trapped up there.
 they haven't had a quake that large in many years.
 i enjoyed watching these swans out there on U-Lake yesterday....everyone seemed to be enjoying the pair.  they don't often chill here.  lots of dogs out there too.  my pups were pretty tired by the time we got home.
 we were for sure not winning any speed races out there.
 have my appointment today to get my knee checked.  we shall see what the doc says. plan to walk dogs after and maybe see if there are any more swans out at Potters.
 the ice is pretty thin at U-Lake.  birds are so light though these swans can easily walk on top of the thin ice. not too worried about Blossom out there now.  she would just crash through this thin stuff and be fine getting back to land. the edges were open anyway so she'd have to swim pretty far in to be in any trouble.
 still need to make breakfast and it's nearly 1 pm.  took a late nap last night then lay around lazily watching a movie. so to bed and dancing at the same time.
 always love the swans they are so beautiful and graceful.

 they are working on the camera's out at Round Island.  the crew arrived safely. we are getting thank you notes out to the organizations that donated.  otherwise a slow week for me WARIS wise.  hand out my card at work, carry them around and then start up the conversation.  i'm always open to talk about walrus.
 little beaver swimming around.
 back to swans.

 and..then there are the mosquito's.  a few swarms of them out there yesterday. it's that time of year as well.
 the first bunch have hatched and are out and ready to attack and suck blood.
 quite the swarm of them out there yesterday.  no bites though.
 not as bad as the swarms i saw in Nome when i was up there. hopefully i won't get attacked up in Barrow this summer. they have daylight all summer so i chose late July/August.
 swans and grebes...the grebes are often spotted out there.
 there was also a huge and devastating volcano in  South America this week.  the earth is never shy about showing that it is more powerful than us all.
 guess i better get my day moving along.  do want to hit the gym later today for a swim and some rowing/biking maybe.  looks like we got some rain last night.
 maybe more coming.
thankful for:  A. buildings that have some earthquake resistence.  you can't always beat mother nature but i'm happy to live where we at least try a bit B. being needed at work, it's always a good thing.  needed and appreciated.  C.  that the swans are back..welcome spring

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