Monday, October 1, 2018

New York City!

Brea and Siri and Kitty have been spending the past few days in air conditioned comfort at Animal Care Associates while Mary T. and I explored Manhattan.  She was able to get a pair of highly coveted tickets to the Harry Potter play, and that was all the excuse we needed to go to New York. 

The play is in two parts, and ran Saturday afternoon and evening, with a two hour break between parts one and two.

Of course we wore Gryffindor colors. 

Under threat of a curse, I'm forbidden from saying much about the play except that it was amazing.

We arrived in New York late, about 2:00am Thursday morning, courtesy of Amtrak, and stayed at the Park Central Hotel, which is midtown, near Central Park and a few blocks from Times Square.

Thursday we went to the Strand Bookstore

"Eighteen miles of books" and more on the street. Believe it. Once inside I forgot all about taking pictures.

After that, and after lunch at a place whose name I forget but had really good food, we went to CW Pencil Enterprise, a wonderful little store I've wanted to go to since they opened four years ago.

 You might be surprised at how many different kinds of pencils and pencil sharpeners and erasers and other pencil accessories and technology there are in the world. And this place has stuff from all over the world.

If you've ever read the book Time and Again, by Jack Finney, you might recognize this:

(19 Gramercy Park)

Or this:
The Dakota apartment building.

If you don't appreciate the significance of these two places, maybe you should read Time and Again. I first read it when I was 13 or 14. It was the first time travel story I ever read, and it really captured my imagination, and sparked an interest in time travel stories.

After that - this was on Friday - we went to the American Museum of Natural History (very crowded and noisy), and then up to the Washington Heights area, where we went to the Cloisters.  It was a welcome respite from the noise and the crowds.

Hmmm. Haven't we seen imagery like this in some of the Harry Potter movies

We left the Cloisters, walked some winding paths through Ft.Tryon Park, and met my sister, who lives in the area and was walking her dogs.

Her dogs, by the way, came from the Fayette County Animal Shelter in West Virginia. They're schipperkes, a Dutch breed, and they're about fifteen years old now.

 So that is a very condensed version of our trip to New York. I left out the part about all the walking we did - miles, literally, every day, or all the really good food places and coffee shops there are. Three days is not enough.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Happy Dog!

Brea seemed to have the best time ever this morning, running on the freshly mowed ball field. Look how green her feet are. We haven't been able to do much of that this summer, mainly because it's been too hot or raining, or my work schedule hasn't allowed.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Finally, an Update

I know it's been awhile. I forgot my sign-in information, including my password, until now.  Obviously. I spent a huge amount of time last night trying every possible password I could think of, without success. Anyway, I finally got lucky and here I am.

Sanibel Island, in May

That's all for now.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Siri's Hair

Got the dogs from the kennel yesterday afternoon. They both had baths while they were there. I think Siri's hair has grown back, finally.




Brea and Siri were the guests of Animal Care Associates in Charleston this week, while Mary T. and I went to Tennessee to see the solar eclipse. I've tried taking pictures of the moon and stars before, so I already knew that I'm no astrophotographer. So I concentrated more on enjoying the experience than on trying to take pictures.

We were at a city park in Goodlettesville, Tennessee, a few miles northeast of Nashville. The traffic and crowds there weren't bad, the weather was good, and we met people from all over the country.  It was my first total solar eclipse.

Totality was around 1:30 pm local time. The temperature was in the 90s when it started and cooled off noticeably at the eclipse progressed.  We could see one star at the darkest point. People weren't really making a lot of noise but the park became very quiet as darkness fell. It was an amazing experience.

I know I said I wasn't going to try to photograph the eclipse, but I couldn't resist trying. These were taken with a point-and-shoot camera.  There were a lot of people there with expensive, professional looking cameras and telescopes.  We had our cardboard viewers and officially sanctioned eclipse binoculars.
I can understand now why some people travel all over the earth to experience this kind of thing.
After the sun reappeared we drove to South Pittsburg, Tennessee, to the Lodge Factory Store. Lodge is the last of the old time makers of cast iron cookware.  We spent a lot of money there. I could have bought it all online but that wouldn't be any fun. I wish they had tours of the foundry.
Then we drove to Senoia, Georgia, where the TV show The Walking Dead is filmed.
We went to the Waking Dead coffee shop, where we signed up for a walking tour of the town with a woman who has worked as a walker/zombie on the show. Some areas were closed off, including one large area where they were filming, so we walked around that and saw places that are featured in previous episodes.
This corner looked different during the zombie apocalypse.


Props used in the show, at the Walking Dead museum

Four of my favorite people, all of them still alive at this time. With this show you never know...

At Nic and Norman's, a restaurant owned by one of the actors and creators of the show. Good food!

That's enough for now. Mary is the big Walking Dead fan; I'm several seasons behind watching it, but I still had a really good time. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Neighborhood Deer

I was returning from buying dog food and giving Siri a bath at Belly Scrubs this afternoon and saw these three deer eating pears in a yard near my house.

The deer around here are so used to people that I had to whistle to get them to turn around and face me. I opened the rear window so Siri could see them, and so I could see how she reacted, but she just stood and looked out the opposite (closed) window.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Update on Siri

I've been neglecting this blog lately, posting more on Instagram because it's easier. I'm lazy that way.  Anyway, there have been numerous inquiries about Siri from people who don't have Instagram accounts, and to them I apologize.

Siri is doing well.  We do a lot of walking, always have, but I haven't turned her loose on the ball field with Brea the way I thought I would by now because of the heat.  It has been hot all summer, in the nineties for the past several days, and very humid, and not much cooler at night.  So that will have to wait.

About three and a half weeks postop, after she got her sutures out.

Siri's hair took a long time to start growing back. For awhile I was afraid it wasn't going to come back in.  In the past three or four weeks her hair started growing back with a vengeance.  She's shedding a lot and I'm finding hair everywhere in the house.  At least she doesn't look so odd any more.

These were taken today - neither dog is much for posing.
I took her to the monthly vaccination clinic today, and she weighed 101 lbs, down from about 113 lbs. before her surgery.  The doctor that did her surgery said he wanted to see her at about 90 lbs.  For a short time she may have been there but it didn't last long.  At that weight she acted hungry all the time and she looked pitiful - I guess it just isn't her natural weight, so I went back to feeding her like I was before. She seems satisfied with the amount and doesn't beg or act hungry.

For what it's worth, Brea weighs about 55 lbs., ten pounds more than when I first got her.  I feed both of them Fromm's Large Breed Adult dog food.  It was recommended by someone whose judgement I trust with these things.  I also give them raw beef and chicken quarters when I think to pick some up and when the price is good.  Brea loves raw beef liver and chicken liver and chicken hearts, but Siri won't touch them. 

Just so no one feels left out, here are a couple of pictures with Kitty:

On our walk this afternoon, Siri tried to jump up on Shelley Moore Capito, one of our United States Senators, who lives in this area and happened to be walking by our house.  No doubt Siri has an opinion about the Republicans' health care plan, since she has always been uninsured.  Actually, it happened because of a bottleneck that occurred when too many people, cars, and dogs arrived at the same location at the same time.

For anyone who's curious, my Instagram account is at mathieu883.