THIS COLORFUL MURAL WAS PAINTED ON A LARGE TANK AT SIERRA VISTA’S ANIMAL SHELTER
As I see it, I had two choices this morning. I could stay home sitting in my chair reading all day or I could accompany Kelly to Sierra Vista on a shopping trip & sit in the car reading for part of the day. I chose the second option. At least that way I would get to see some scenery on the way to & from Sierra Vista.
CHECKING THE PAPER ON THE WAY TO SIERRA VISTA
I finally clued in today on one of the reasons I like Sierra Vista. It does not seem to have a definite downtown & there appears to be no buildings over two stories high. That means all the surrounding mountains are visible just about anywhere you are in town. Sierra Vista is spread out & not bunched up & congested like other towns/cities of that size & to me that makes it a nice place. So, with scenic mountain surroundings, I spent about an hour all together in a couple mall parking lots contentedly reading my Muleshoe Ranch book.
READING MY BOOK IN THE PARKING LOT WITH THE DOOR OPEN LETTING A COOLING BREEZE BLOW THROUGH
However, I did not get out of the shopping spree totally unscathed. About 25 minutes in a Target store proved extremely hard on me followed by 10 minutes in a Pet Smart. About 3 minutes in a Dollar Store just about finished me off but at least I did escape Marshall’s, Ross’s Dress For Less & my longest parking lot wait…..Dillard's!!
LOOKS LIKE MARSHALL’S HAD SOME BARGOOOOONS TODAY:))
Last time in Sierra Vista we had ourselves some good eats at the Texas Roadhouse so today we decided to head back there for lunch again. And again, we were not disappointed. I really like their daily baked & warmed homemade rolls with the yummy cinnamon butter that goes with them. Crispy chicken with mashed potatoes & gravy with a side dish of apple sauce. Yep, that sure works for me. Two thumbs up for the Texas Roadhouse again.
KELLY CHECKS OUT THE SURROUNDINGS & AL STRUGGLES TO STAY AWAKE AFTER A HEAVY SHOPPING DAY
I wonder why it is a set of written instructions can’t be included with a lot of things anymore. Nowadays, if you want to find out how your new camera, musical device or whatever works, you have to fire up your computer, find a website, find your product & download some kind of adobe software & start scrolling around forever trying to find the exact page you are looking for. Meanwhile the urgency of whatever problem you were trying to solve with your camera, IPod or whatever has long ago gone the way of the Dinosaur. I want to be able to put a camera manual in a camera bag, I want to sit outside & relax with some IPod instructions. I want to read or double check a set up manual in the field & not have to go home, fire up the computer, find the readable program….well, you know what I mean. Argument on the other side of course is having all the instruction booklets in one place & carry them all in a laptop. Try carrying a laptop up a steep hiking trail. Try checking out a products technical point on a laptop screen outside on a bright sunny day. Try putting your laptop in your shirt pocket!!!!!! I’m not against modern technology but come on manufactures, how about a little old fashioned & simple common sense for the consumer.
It is sad watching our best friends age. We all know life does not go on forever & for we pet owners it is particularly difficult knowing we only have our Pals with us for a very short period of time. Our morning walks with the 3 guys were always brisk & far ranging up to just a few short years ago. Both Max & Checkers would fan out blazing the trail ahead but always staying close. Occasionally they would stir up a rabbit but luckily never had a chance of catching it. It was fun watching them run when they thought they could. Those days are in the past now. Max’s running days are over & he walks very slowly. Most mornings he prefers to stay at the Motor Home & not go too far. He’s a happy Boy & wants to go, but he just can’t. His boundless energy has been curtailed by aging arthritic joints. Checker’s hips won’t allow her to walk fast anymore & she usually ambles along slowly behind us exploring this & sniffing at that. She sometimes just stops & sits down telling us her aching hips won’t let her go any further. It is difficult for Checkers to get up the steps of the Motor Home now so we always put our arms under her tummy & help lift her up the steps. On the bright side, our little Motormouse seems to be holding her own against the ravages of age. Her funny little face is turning whiter now but her energy has not diminished & she keeps right up with us on our walks. She is still able to jump up & down off the couch & chairs & is always her little ‘Clown’ self stirring things up whenever she can. She loves to snuggle up close to Max & loves playing ‘toys’ with Checkers. All the guys are happy & we still have our zany play times every day. But sometimes the reality of the future slips in & just makes me very sad as I sit here in my chair watching the guys contentedly snoozing their days away dreaming of long walks, startled rabbits, fetching sticks & balls, swimming in lakes, & RVing with Mom & Dad over the past few years to new & exciting places. These are our best Pals of ever & sometimes lately, I just can’t help but feel a little sadder than usual sometimes.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Things You Don't Want to Hear During Surgery
- Better save that. We'll need it for the autopsy.
- Someone call the janitor we're going to need a mop.
- Accept this sacrifice, O Great Lord of Darkness!
- Spot! Spot! Come back with that! Bad Dog!
- Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what's that?
- Hand me that...uh...that...uh.....thingie.
- Oh no! I just lost my Rolex.
- Oops! Hey, has anyone ever survived 500ml of this stuff before?
- Darn, there go the lights again...
- You know, there's big money in kidneys. Heck, the guy's got two of them.
- Everybody stand back! I lost my contact lens!
- Could you stop that thing from beating; it's throwing my concentration off.
- What do you mean he wasn't in for a sex change...!
- Anyone see where I left that scalpel?
- This patient has already had some kids, am I correct?
- Nurse, did this patient sign the organ donor card?
- Don't worry; I think it's sharp enough.
- What do you mean "You want a divorce"!
- She's gonna blow! Everyone take cover!!!
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