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The Biggest Non Scale Victory Of All

Friday, May 27, 2011

Today I took a client to the beauty shop. While I was waiting for her, the Stylist glanced out the window and said "Here comes Shirley. Can you believe she is in her 90's?" When Shirley (not her real name) came in to the shop, she was walking alone and without a Walker or a Cane. She had driven herself to the Shop, and she was as alert and sharp as any one here.
I almost wished that I had a camera so that I could take a picture of her. I would take it out and look at her when ever I wonder whether all the minutes walking,and working out, and eating 'right' is worth it.
The Biggest Non-Scale Victory I can think of is living a Healthy, Independent, Active Life for as long as possible.

Whenever I am tempted to skip a workout or a walk because it is too hot or too cold, or I 'Just don't feel like it' I hope that I will remember Shirley.

It is scary even today to think how close I came to this being my Future. Thanks to Curves and Sparkpeople--with the support of my Family--the wheelchair in my Life is part of my Exercise routine.

  
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BOBF15 5/29/2011 5:54PM

    I agree, losing the quality of life is like losing life itself.

I have little desire to be a vegetable. emoticon

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JUSFOLK 5/29/2011 5:43PM

    Great thoughts...My next birthday, I will be the age of my Mother when she died. She wasn't overweight at all, but was a smoker, and inactive. I often wonder if she'd still be here if she had adopted healthier habits.

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NASFKAB 5/29/2011 11:32AM

  Congrats

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2KITTIES 5/28/2011 9:11PM

    Thank you for making me stop think about what it's all for-so true! emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/28/2011 6:42PM

    Moments like that really make you stop and think don't they? emoticon emoticon

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YATMAMA 5/28/2011 2:22PM

    How awesome!

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OKCPAM 5/28/2011 12:09PM

    This is VERY inspirational.

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_LINDA 5/28/2011 10:48AM

    Go Shirley!! Go Jeannie!! You can do it!
My goal is to stay out of a wheelchair for as long as possible. My condition is relentless, very virulent and keeps taking me apart piece by piece, but I will be fighting it to the bitter end.. A wheelchair is in my future, but I will be the fittest person you ever saw going in!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 5/28/2011 9:37AM

    I REALLY needed to read this today, Jeannie! THANK YOU!!!! I've been struggling so much with my hormones, and 'feeling' like 'is it worth all the effort' and your blog helped me see the BIGGER picture!!!! Love you, dear friend!

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TMW54812 5/28/2011 8:52AM

    Having seen too many loved ones and friends suffer in old age I completely agree with your goal use it as a source of motivation for times when I think about blowing off exercise.

Stay strong!

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REJ7777 5/28/2011 7:07AM

    Move it or lose it! emoticon

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THISYEARSMODEL 5/28/2011 12:32AM

    Love it!!! Here's to us all being Shirleys! emoticon (That's a toast, SparkPeople style...)

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SHARONGB 5/28/2011 12:19AM

    emoticonYou have come a LONG Way, Lady!!!

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NORASPAT 5/27/2011 10:56PM

    Thats a very good thought exercise is good for the body, the brain and the heart no matter what the scale is saying to me as i languish in a long plateau. I too will think about Shirley and I surely will not give up on my healthy lifestyle. I really do enjoy it. Pat in Maine.
Shirley-Surly can be another Mantra. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MPENNE 5/27/2011 9:41PM

    emoticon reason I've heard of for getting and staying healthy

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POCKETLLAMA1 5/27/2011 9:24PM

    I agree with onekidsmom!

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RITZIBROWN 5/27/2011 9:15PM

    Great Blog! I interact with a number of "Shirley's" 2-3 times a week. Sometimes life throws a curve ball at other potential "Shirley's"; they're in there making the best of the situation(s). I am blessed to have them both in my life. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/27/2011 8:50PM

    emoticon for Shirley! I want to be like her when I grow up... let's do it together, Jeannie... grow into strong, fit, healthy "little old ladies"! emoticon

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Just Walking And Getting SparkPoints!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

We didn't have any severe weather here today, but it was in the upper 90's and humid so No Long Walks for me.
I did take several short, fairly 'eventful' walks, though. First I found a Quarter in the road about a block from the house. It may not sound like much, but I have found enough change--mostly pennies, nickels, and dimes--to pay for several cups of 7-11 Coffee. emoticon
It is kind of unusual to find Quarters though. I think this is only the third Quarter that I have found.
emoticonThen I saw a dog just standing in the center of an intersection looking dazed and lost. Normally I do NOT interact with loose dogs, but I couldn't just ignore her. I stopped and called her and she came to me immediately, although you could tell that she was as nervous about meeting me as I was about meeting her. She was wearing a collar and one of the Tags had her home address and phone number on it. The address was several blocks away, and as I was calling the number, a car drove up flashing it's lights frantically. It was a great reunion for 'Roxie' and her Mom.
emoticonWhen Gary got home from Golfing, we went to Chilis for Dinner. On the way though we stopped at the Park for another short walk (Gotta get all those Spark Fitness Points, LOL!!).
emoticonThere is a small 'cove' on the Lake at the Park where I have seen Turtles several times. I call it Turtle Bay. Tonight there were two Baby Turtles sunning themselves on logs. I am pretty sure they were Red Eared Sliders, but they were too far out in the water to be positive. Even if I had my camera they were so little that I doubt I could have gotten a picture of them.
emoticonDinner was DELICIOUS~~Grilled Salmon and Steamed Broccoli with Green Tea that I always carry with me.
emoticon emoticonPretty soon it will be time to walk over to 7-11 for my Bedtime Snack~~Coffee and a Banana.
Have a wonderful week, Friends and Turtles!!!

  
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TMW54812 5/27/2011 11:47AM

    Spark points plus found change, just two of the many benefits of walking emoticon


I once found $67 in small bills laying by side of the road I walked hundreds of times. What a windfall! Donated to local food pantry.

What an inspiration your experience is to all sparkers. Keep up the grate work.

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JUSFOLK 5/23/2011 8:23PM

    Nice story made more interesting with emoticons!

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YELLOWBIRD01 5/23/2011 7:43PM

    what a wonderful day!!!! Glad you took the time for Roxie!!! Turtles are amazing creatures!!

Have a great rest of the evening!!

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CATLADY52 5/23/2011 6:20PM

    Sounds great. emoticon

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SHARONGB 5/23/2011 5:11PM

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YATMAMA 5/23/2011 2:06PM

    Bless you for reaching out to Roxie! So glad you had a good day.

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_LINDA 5/23/2011 11:45AM

    What an awesome day! Good for you for helping Roxie out!
I am surprised you found a healthy meal at Chili's, I couldn't when I went there once.
Hope you have a marvelous Monday!!

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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2011 11:23AM

    Too bad we can't balance out the temps - it's in the low 50s here today. While I don't know that I'd want 90-something, I surely would settle for splitting the difference, lol!
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THETURTLEBEAR 5/23/2011 8:37AM

    Sounds like a lovely day!!

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WENDYSPARKS 5/23/2011 8:00AM

    Have a nice day!

Wendy :)

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 5/23/2011 7:49AM

    LOVELY day indeed! You're so, so SWEET to take the time with the dog! But I know what you mean about being wary of dogs you don't know. Glad you got to see some more turtles! And I LOVE turtles too! All God's creatures are pretty wonderful--well, rats aren't my thing! emoticon Loads of love Jeannie, Susan

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MARVEEME 5/23/2011 7:49AM

    Quite an eventful day! May you find a $100 bill next time!


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ONEKIDSMOM 5/23/2011 6:46AM

    What a lovely collection of "eventful" walks. Thanks for sharing them. emoticon

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TRIGFROST 5/23/2011 3:27AM

    Your time was interesting...glad you enjoyed the time...

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NORASPAT 5/22/2011 11:34PM

    emoticonThat was my goodnight story Pat in Maine. 45 degrees here and my feet are cold HUGS Pat xoxo emoticon

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ABB698 5/22/2011 11:34PM

    Aww, so glad you found Roxie and reunited her with her family! And a quarter IS a good find! Yesterday, I bought a fanny pack water bottle holder thing at the Goodwill, and when I got home to put my id in the pocket to go to the Relay, there was a Canadian 10 bill along with a handful of Canadian coins, totaling well over $11 (exchange rate)! I paid 99 cents for it, so guess I came out WAY ahead huh? emoticon

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FANORONHA_14 5/22/2011 11:29PM

    You are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Give Up!
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Life is Good!
Good Health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13
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Beautiful Day For A Zoo Walk

Saturday, May 21, 2011

It is not often that I have the opportunity to spend an afternoon outside when the Weather is co-operative. Today it was a little warmer than I like, but with he breeze-Not Hurricane Speed Wind for a change!!--it was a beautiful day for a long walk outside. It is almost hard to believe how much I used to HATE being outside. Now I take every chance to walk outside that I can get.
I intended to walk about 3 miles at the Zoo. I forgot my Camera so I will share a few pictures from other Zoo Walks.
This is a Peacock that Claudine and I saw just inside the Front Gate of the Zoo the first time I took her to the Zoo. He had the run of the place.

Mom got this picture of me the day that I took her to the Zoo. The lettering on the Jeans pockets says "Diva". NOT my best side, but we did have a good laugh over this shot!!

This banner said that Snapping Turtles were coming soon, but as of Today, the Display is still empty.

A lot of things have changed in the course of this Journey. My tastes have changed and sometimes I actually CRAVE Steamed Vegetables and Grilled Fish rather than Fried Chicken and Fried Veggies!! And this Former Couch Potato LOVES taking long walks OUTDOORS!! That may be the biggest shock of all to me.
I ended up walking over 5 miles today because I kept backtracking to look at things that I had missed. I don't think it is possible to see the whole Zoo in one trip, or maybe not even in several trips. It is hard to believe that it all started with the donation of a single Deer to a Neighborhood Park.

I couldn't visit the Zoo without going by to check on the Baby Elephant. I found out today for sure that her name is Maylee.

  
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JUSFOLK 5/23/2011 8:20PM

    We aren't far from the incredible New Orleans Audubon Zoo, but as YATMAMA says, this isn't the time of year to visit it!

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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2011 12:09PM

    What a great shot of the white peacock - I've seen a few, but never with their tails open!
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ABB698 5/22/2011 2:39PM

    Love the zoo! And your DIVA butt is looking good TJ! emoticon

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SHARONGB 5/22/2011 2:37PM

    emoticonGreat way to enjoy the Day!!!

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YATMAMA 5/22/2011 2:00PM

    What a fun outing! It is already too hot here to enjoy our zoo in New Orleans. The animals are so miserable and listless in our heat and humidity. If we get another freak cool front, we are zoo bound!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/22/2011 9:41AM

    That peacock is amazing! And your butt is lookin' good, woman!
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ONEKIDSMOM 5/22/2011 9:01AM

    It is amazing what we find underneath when we take charge of whatever is hampering our movement and health! Good for you... you are drinking in life, each and every day!

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NORASPAT 5/22/2011 9:00AM

    Thanks for the second visit to your Zoo, our nearest real zoo is hours away and we do not go there often. I am hoping to take the grandkids there this Summer. Boston Mass is the nearest.
We do have a wildlife park that is well visited with Maine animals. My first visit there was awful, the exhibits were mostly injured animals in big cages. Now they all have compounds to roam in and it is so much nicer to see them relaxing in a tree or under a tree on a hot day instead of racing around the cages stressed out. Thanks for the zoo trip today. Pat in Maine, 50 degrees here today. Summer will come next week. I guarantee it . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 5/22/2011 7:14AM

    Jeannie, I LOVED taking a walk with you through the zoo! I LOVE the zoo too! And I loved how your taste buds have changed AND your desire to walk outdoors! Isn't it exciting to be on this journey to healthy living! emoticon Love you, friend!

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THISYEARSMODEL 5/22/2011 2:42AM

    Congrats on your new life!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 5/22/2011 12:06AM

    Well done! Its amazing to look back where you once were and where you are now. Lovely photos! Sweet little baby elephant!!
I have pretty much loved being outdoors even in our lousiest weather, but its the bugs that have been bugging me! We are getting clouds of them on the pathways and they swarm all around your face, they are unavaoidable. Concerned on getting them in the eye or inhaling them. We usually have very strong winds too, but the last couple of days has been really quiet..
Enjoy your weekend!

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DRB13_1 5/21/2011 11:38PM

    Thanks for sharing your walk! Amazing all the wonderful things there are to explore and see outdoors!

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Don't Look If You Don't Like Turtles!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

For comparison, here is another picture of the Turtle we saw at the Zoo.

And here is Sparky.

You just can't have too many Turtle pictures, LOL!!

And one just for FUN!

  
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THISYEARSMODEL 5/22/2011 2:46AM

    I love turtles! Never underestimate the power, agility, and grace of the slow beasts! emoticon

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YATMAMA 5/20/2011 4:04PM

    LOL

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BOBF15 5/20/2011 12:10PM

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This is so cute and enjoyable.

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CATLADY52 5/19/2011 6:54PM

    The Whopper tutrle is funny! How large were the ones at the zoo? Their size may smooth out the lumps.

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SHARONGB 5/19/2011 6:30PM

    emoticonLove the Turtle Whopper!!

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SONGOFJOY27 5/19/2011 5:30PM

    I love the burger turtle! Is that a whopper?

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LJR4HEALTH 5/19/2011 1:32PM

    Cute emoticon

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TURTLETALK 5/19/2011 12:10PM

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APRILLSCOTT 5/19/2011 11:30AM

    emoticon just loved all of them especially Sparky. He sure has grown! They are so cute! emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 5/19/2011 11:00AM

    To Cute emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/19/2011 10:24AM

    LOVE the turtle pics! That last one was a bit scary!!
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MIZKAREN 5/19/2011 10:11AM

    LOL loved the burger turtle

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JUNEBUG4967 5/19/2011 10:10AM

    Love the pics! Especially the "burger"!!!
Gloria

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NORASPAT 5/19/2011 9:33AM

    Oh my Goodness that picture of the Turtleburger is a HOOT!!


Thanks for sharing Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARVEEME 5/19/2011 7:27AM

    LOL!

Is the last one WENDY'S new pet, or is the HAMBURGLER chasing him?

My mind wanders....I shouldn't let it off it's leash either.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/19/2011 7:19AM

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KASEYCOFF 5/19/2011 4:34AM

    Put something next to Sparky to give him 'scale' - in the pic, he certainly looks as tho he has really grown--!
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ABB698 5/19/2011 4:33AM

    Turtle Burger! Too funny, Sparky is sure growing up fast! emoticon emoticon

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THATGALNIKKI06 5/19/2011 1:14AM

    aww the burger turtle is cute! emoticon

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Visiting The Baby Elephant With Claudine

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This afternoon the weather was perfect, though a little windy. My friend Claudine has been battling a head cold for the past week or so, but today she felt better, and was 'up' for an outing.
So we headed for the Zoo. The last time we were there the Elephant exhibit was closed for renovations and the Elephants were in Tulsa. Since then, the new Elephant Enclosure has opened, the Elephants have returned, AND we have had a Baby Elephant. I think her name is MALEE, but I am not sure about that.
Another family was arriving just as we did at the entrance to the Elephant Exhibit and they offered to take a picture of both of us when they saw me taking Claudine's picture. It turned out that the Grandmother in their group was also named Claudine.

It is an awesome exhibit, and I am so glad that we got to see it.

Even with pushing the wheelchair, I loved the long winding wooden bridge that we walked across to get up to the exhibit. It felt sort of like walking in to Jurrasic Park.

It was not too crowded and we got to stand at the edge of the 'Balcony' and watch the elephants as long as we wanted to. It was amazing to watch the Baby walk calmly between the two adult Females weaving among their legs without any sign of fear or getting stepped on.

Claudine had never seen a Baby Elephant before (at least, not that she remembers) and she was leaning nearly out of the wheelchair and asking questions the whole time we were there.

We also were lucky enough to see two Red Eared Sliders who let me get some pictures of them.

I am curious about why their shells are smooth and Sparky's is very uneven, almost like it has 'divots' in it?
My pedometer was NOT working so I have NO IDEA how many steps I took, but we walked for 2 hours, and it was a LOT of hills. Claudine--and I!!--had a wonderful time, and she was exhausted when we left. I was surprised that she stayed awake all the way home. We did stop at Coit's Drive In and she had a Corn Dog and Chocolate Milk since I knew that Dinner would be over before we got back to the nursing home. I had a V-8 and an Apple that I brought with me. By the time I got home I was sore all over, I'm guessing because of all the hills that I pushed the wheelchair up and down. I am fine now (thank you, Advil!!) and I can't wait to do it again!!
I almost forgot. We saw this guy just as we were leaving the Zoo.

  
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SHARONGB 5/19/2011 6:37PM

    emoticonWhat a great day you girls had!! And you got those Fitness Minutes too!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/19/2011 10:31AM

    What a great day! I love to see the elephants! About the shells - a couple things I can share. I've adopted rescue turtles (mostly RES) and also raised baby Terrapins for a DNR project (where they are raised by humans for 9 months and then returned to their native water source). The shells can get lumpy if they have more protein than normal in their diet. Also, sometimes there are layers of old scutes - that can actually get peeled off - on their shells. You can't hurt them by doing this - think of it like a dead fingernail. The "real" shell is not peelable so there's no risk of going to far or anything. I've adoped RES that have had a buildup of old scute that I've peeled off, and they sort of looked like that beforehand. If the lumpy part is from diet then it is just the way their shell forms from their initial nutrition, so it will remain that way. But the scute layers can make a lumpy appearance when there is less lumpy underneath.

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NORASPAT 5/19/2011 9:31AM

    LJ Thanks for the blog. Do tell me which zoo you visited since I do not know where you are. I have an elephant collection and an elephant story from my childhood. Thanks another future blog.
I have a collection of elephants just because of my childhood experience with a stuffed one. Youe friend Claudine looks so happy in the picture. You are a wonderful person to do all that pushing for so long. I really admire you doing that for her, HUGS sweet person that you are. Pat in Maine. WELL DONE to share such a day. Pat. emoticon emoticon emoticonJOB!!!
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MIAKODA4 5/19/2011 8:13AM

  The elephant exhibit is awesome!!! I was there just a few days before the baby was born! It's funny cause before my friend and I was thinking that it was very Jurrasic Park like! But it is gorgeous! Glad you had a great time!

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JECKIE 5/19/2011 8:04AM

    Oh my gosh, so awesome! I want to go hang with the baby elephant! I love elephants...

Looks like an awesome day!

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ABB698 5/19/2011 4:37AM

    What a fun day! And that's cool the grandmother of the group taking the pic was also named Claudine! Glad you had such a good day. The baby elephant is adorable! So tiny compared to the adults, but already knows his/her place. Too cute! Thanks for sharing!

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