Monday, May 21, 2007
Okay, so I'm a little smug. I live in a community that has always been livable and walkable. I live a block and a half away from a co-op, corner store, vet clinic, gas station and firestation. I am about a 5 minute walk away from our little downtown area called "Old Town Takoma". I actually know my neighbors and we have a Labor Day weekend block party every year. Takoma Park was incorporated in the late 1880's. It was one of the first suburbs of Washington, DC. It was called a "sylvan suburb", high up on a hill it was cooler than the malaria-prone DC at the time. It is filled with old victorians and craftman bungalows. Almost everyone has a front porch that is actually used. Kids in my neighborhood have large backyards but they all play in the front yards, running between houses. For a single gal such as myself, it is a real comfort to live here knowing people know my routine, and check up on me if my car is in my driveway during the work week (such as this past week that I had off ;-), wondering if I'm okay.
Takoma Park is also known to be quite a quirky place. We are a "nuclear free" zone. We are home to many artists, college professors, non-profit workers such as myself and federal government employees. My brother-in-law once remarked when we were at the Takoma Park Farmers Market "I've never seen so many hippies since the 60s!" We are very proud to be a progressive community. I mean, where else will you find a statue in the town square to honor a rooster that roamed the streets of Takoma Park for 10 years (evading capture many times), only to be run down by a car with out-of-state plates!
Roscoe the Rooster
So, this is my last day of freedom before going back to work. My God, am I ready for retirement!!Say, does anyone know the name of this flower? I bought it last year, planted it and it died. Then this year it came back about 3 feet away from where it was planted. Again, nature will do as she pleases:
Artsy, fartsy shot of same plant:
Opps, had the close up function still on taking a shot of Moochie
Well, I need to be off to Jiffy Lube. Last thing on my list of things to do while I'm off work.
Oh, a moment of silence please for my neighbor K. who had to put her beloved dog Honey Bear down yesterday. My neighbor is retired and a night person. I know better then to call her up before 9:00 am. So I knew something was up when she was up and loading her car with a dog bed yesterday morning at 7:30. Honey Bear was lying in the grass and I saw my neighbor take two photos of her, then gently picked her up and drove off. I had a lump in my throat at that point. Honey Bear was a sweet terrier mix, going on 18 years old! I don't care how old they are though, or what a long wonderful life they had, when you have to make the decision to let them go, it never gets any easier.
Namaste, sweet Honey Bear.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Just wanted to steer you to the Elephant Sanctuary's website where they have posted a new video showing Dulary's arrival. I wish I could provide a link but I'm just not that computer saavy yet. Go to elephants.com then look to the middle of the page and click on Dulary (in green type), then scrowl down till you see a listing "more information about Dulary" Click on that and then click on "Dulary arrives (a video)" The video is 5 minutes long and so sweet to see. If you have little ones, they will love it. Make sure your computer sound is turned up since there are a couple of loud trumpets! The Elephant Sanctuary is not open to the public and it is wonderful to see her interacting with the other elephants in total silence (except for the ele-noises). Also, the Sanctuary gives them free access to everything from the very beginning. They are not forced off the truck, or made to go into the barn. These animals have not been given control over what they do since they were captured as babies. As you can tell with Dulary, it takes some getting used to.
Another thing that has made me a devoted Elephant Sanctuary fan is that they not only rescue elephants, but take in any and all stray dogs and cats that find their way to the area. They are all neutered/spayed, given their shots, then slowly introduced to the other cats and dogs, then eventually the elephants. With over 2700 acres, and three huge barns, there is more than enough space to go around. ENJOY!!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
He was practically asleep in this photo. And, yes he does have a boo-boo on his head but it is healing nicely. Oh, and if you haven't tried Keene sport sandals, they are the most comfortable every day walk around sandals I have. Pricey, yes, but worth it!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I can't think of a more beautiful color. The problem is, I have been trying for years to get clusters of spiderworts to grow around my birdbath. I dig up stray ones and plant them around the birdbath. When they go to seed I sprinkle them around the birdbath also. You want to see what it looks like this year?
While just a couple feet away, I have this:
And right next to my driveway I have this:Sooo, I just tell folks that I've planned it this way! Okay, one more photo of my coral bells and the last of my bleeding hearts then I'm off for more brush clearing! (Oh, and I know, I need to clean and fill that birdbath!!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Anywho, I still get email newsletters from them on the projects they are working on and I decided to look them up on the web. Oh, it brought back so many memories looking at the photos of the village that for two weeks one summer, I called home. Then I saw this photo
This was where we ate every day. The photo is grainy and a bit elongated but I started looking at the people and I kept thinking "I remember her", "is that what's his name?" Then I saw ME! Can you find me in the photo? Remember, it was over 15 years ago, but I'm there!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I can't tell you how great this sounds. Being such a musical person, I'm surprised I lasted this long without one. I have been listening to a cheap ($25.00) portable Memorex CD/stereo for the past 10 years. I generally have it tuned to the classical station all the time. But when DC's only classical station went under and the old station that used to be classical, went back to classical in January (are you following me), the reception on the new station was so bad that most mornings, I just had to turn it off and apologize to the kitties (they are classical cats and listen to music during the day when I'm at work). With the Bose, the reception is crystal clear. The first time I turned it on I was listening to a classical piece. When the announcer came on afterwards, all the cats JUMPED up frantically looking around as they thought someone else was in the house! That has never happened before.
Okay, your turn. What would you buy?
Friday, May 4, 2007
The past three days have been filled with new adventures and blossoming friendships for Dulary. Finally, her need for sleep caught up with her. The amazing thing is that less than 48 hours after meeting the first Sanctuary resident, Dulary felt comfortable enough to lie down and sleep in their presence. Misty adores Dulary and stood over her as she slept, obviously providing the sense of security Dulary needed to have a restful nap.
(Did you know that elephants only sleep 4 hours during a 24 hour period? And not all at once either, instead, they take little 20-30 minute ele-naps throughout the day.)
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tarra caught her attention right away, in fact Tarra was the reason Dulary left the trailer. After a brief interaction with Dulary still standing in the trailer, evaluating Tarra’s intention, Tarra walked away and Dulary stepped right out of the trailer and hustled after her.
Dulary and Tarra getting to know each other. At 41 years old, this is Dulary's first contact with her own species since she was captured at 4 months old!