Saturday, November 17, 2012
The day started out beautifully. It was sunny, cold, but not windy for a change and my wonderful Stepdad drove me to the meeting of the Probus walking group so I could go on the walk. The leader, an incredibly fit senior, set out on a blistering pace :P Only three of us kept up with her, and the others in the group trailed behind. We just got down to the path along the river when I spotted the coyote across the river. So we stopped briefly to enjoy a good look. But our leader was a dynamo and anxious to get going, so we speed walked to one bridge, crossed over and went down tons of steps to get to the wooded path along the river. The others in the group elected to stay up top and take the sidewalk to the next bridge. It was a good thing they did or they would have been left far, far behind. I am sorry I got no photos :( i would have been quickly left behind if I had stopped to take them. As it was, I was enjoying chatting with the lady who was walking beside me. She was having a bit of trouble keeping up as well, but we stayed in range of our fearless leader. Then we got back to other side and when we were close to where we went up, we saw the coyote again, watched him for a while and saw him disappear so we could only speculate he had a den there somewhere. It was around the table for coffee and treats for some that I discovered a Dr. in our group had had Dorothy working in her clinic for her for many years. She commented her office had never been run better or more efficiently and that Dorothy knew all the patients and their problems and could schedule them in according to greatest need, etc. She would have gone to the funeral, but couldn't get out of a University teaching class :(
So after the social, I walked over to a Thai restaurant and had their buffet. Enjoyed it although most stuff was heavily laden with coconut milk and my calorie total came to well over 1,000 for the meal :P.
Then I walked over to Mary's to get a ride to the funeral. I was pleased to see all the oldest members of the bridge club had come out, even a man with serious health problems who had to give up playing years ago. It was a simple and quick funeral, with a montage of photos of her life and family. There was a sad moment especially when a photo of her and her best friend and bridge partner Angela was shown, as she lost a ten year battle with breast cancer :(( It was because Dorothy had lost one of her regular partners to cancer that I was fortunate to get a game with her (Maxine, another sweet lady sorely missed). We have been hit hard by cancer at the club this last year, its been so sad :( Three have had bowel cancer surgery and unfortunately, one, our oldest member at 95, has gone into the hospital and we fear she may never come out :(
On a more postive note, Mom has three coyotes living in a den below her hill near her house, so she has been seeing lots of them around the yard. The bad news is they are a danger to the roaming cats, so she wants them gone. So she will have the den destroyed. She thinks someone was actually feeding them which is why they have come to stay.
Have a Super Sparking Saturday all!
Thanks for all the goodies and support!