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.
It is kind of unusual to find Quarters though. I think this is only the third Quarter that I have found.
Then 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.
When 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!!).
There 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.
Dinner was DELICIOUS~~Grilled Salmon and Steamed Broccoli with Green Tea that I always carry with me.
Pretty 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!!!
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.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
One year ago today, I found a tiny Red Eared Slider while out for my evening walk. There was at least one busy road and a large parking lot between him and any water so I doubted he had a chance of getting to the Pond safely. So, I did what any Spark Turtle Mama would do. I brought him home.
Since then he has outgrown two habitats and is currently living in a 10 Gallon Aquarium. He loves to bask under the heat lamp and climb on the rocks that my Son and I find and carry home from our walks. He still LOVES Freeze Dried Shrimp, and he will eat the heads off Freeze dried Crickets but won't touch their bodys! And he will take the small food sticks that we give him directly out of our fingers. This is him in his Favorite 'Basking' pose taken back in February.
I have never had a Turtle before and I don't know a whole lot about them. Thanks to Thiagram and a couple of other SparkFriends I have learned a lot in the last 12 months about Turtle Behaviours. He has grown incredibly and developed an adorable personality. He begs for food every time you even get close to the Aquarium. However, after he is full, he STOPS eating, even if fresh Food is still available. And, like a Good Spark Turtle, he goes outside often~~weather permitting~~for his exercise. I am pretty sure that the neighbors think I am crazy, out there 'Walking the Turtle'. And, No, he doesn't have~~or need!!~~a leash, LOL!!
I spent most of today trying to get a good picture of him, but he was NOT in the mood to pose.
At one point, he even tried to climb up my leg so that he could get past me to hide under my car. He was all the way up on his tip toes here.
I finally got Sparky and his Tea Bag in the same shot.
I hope you have enjoyed he Sparky update.
I did~~FINALLY!~~get a good shot of the characteristic red marking that gives Red Eared Sliders their name.
I can hardly believe it has been a year already, or how much Sparky has grown and changed. I am looking forward to the next 12 months. The only thing I don't enjoy is cleaning the darn aquarium, but I will take the bad with the good. It is worth it.
And he is OFF to his next adventure!!
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