Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thinkin' Out Loud

Thursday Morning

It was past time for me to get back to my walking routine, my brisk 40 minutes every single morning.
I have never figured out why that first step of the thousand mile journey is the hardest.
This applies to so many of life's journeys, not just a daily walking routine.

Making that first phone call, writing that first word, applying
that first brush stroke ...

The above photo and caption was posted Thursday and that was as far as I got.  My daughter and I spent the day together and it felt so good to be with family.  I have to catch myself and not start counting days until I go to the airport to head back to Texas. It is still hard to sink in, "I am home here in Tennessee!"

Back to Thursday, I am "eating" my words, I have often remarked that I don't get bored.  The walking on this dead-end-street is sooo boring.  I might have to listen to music or books on tape.  Now there is another problem ... dogs.  First of all, I am a dog lover/animal lover and was blessed to have them for most of my life.

One close neighbor is letting a large dog out unattended early in the mornings.  The dog is staring at me from their yard and I am getting those "territorial vibes" from it, an instinct I feel requires my attention.  I felt I had to stop walking and just come into our house instead of walking past it.

This morning I headed out later than usual for my walk, I was walking around the circle at the dead end when a younger dog runs out and starts following me, I can feel his breath at my heels and think at any second he is going to bite me.  Meanwhile, the owner hears the commotion and starts calling him of course by this time he has almost followed me home.  BTW, this is the same dog that chased the car Thursday morning as my daughter and I drove around the circle.

It's hard to understand how people can be irresponsible pet owners. 

Brisk walking in my neighborhood had always worked for me as a form of exercise.  Clint recently joined a fitness center and had wanted me to join, too.  It's a few miles from our house, it is open 24/7 and you use a card for access.  I am beginning to think I might join this center after all. I could stop by anytime and even keep workout clothes in the car if I had to do it. I am going to give it more thought.  I hope I am not putting anyone to sleep with my thinking out loud rambling.

On a brighter note, Clint finally opened the new Blu-ray player box, it has sat there for over a week. In the back of our minds, we were dreading hooking it up.  We put both of our brains together :-D and it works!  We actually watched part of a DVD.  The hard part was getting the TV back to the cable mode.  This took about 20 minutes before I figured it out.  We really like our new TV and I had no idea the difference a "sound bar" makes.  Sometimes I can close my eyes and think we are at a movie theater.

Today we finally found some California rolls.  I was excited about something I found that I had never seen before on the shelves:  Sushi ginger in a jar.  I have always loved that ginger so I hope it is good. (It takes so little to make me happy!)

Wake up!  I am through sharing my boring day.  Maybe on my next post I will
liven things up with at least some photos!

Happy Saturday Night!

P.S. ...

I had almost forgotten I had included this picture at the bottom of this post.
Our street is right off this road, as one can see
there is no shouder for walking.


Clint said...

The funny thing about this is that you "think out loud" all day long. It is an interesting phenomenon that requires further study by psychologists and sociologists. I especially like it when you ask a question out loud and answer it.


Cindy Ellison said...

At least I know I will be given the right answer!

(sittin' here laughing!)

Shady Del Knight said...

Your blog reminds me of the Outback Steak House, Cindy: no rules...just right! I don't mind your rambling at all because it enables me to know you better. I hope that you will find a solution so that you can go for your walks w/o having to fear a dog attack or any other kind of attack for that matter. Please be careful out there. Maybe you could use the buddy system and walk with Clint or a neighbor who has the same exercise schedule.

A few years ago our next door neighbor kept two aggressive dogs running loose in his back yard. His aging wooden fence was all that stood between those animals and my yard. When my young grandchildren visited they played in that yard and it made me nervous. One day I was walking my Cocker Spaniel across that yard. One of the dogs became agitated, charged at the fence and hit it with such force that it blew out several slats. The dog started coming through the fence to get at us! Toto and I made a mad dash for the house. That dog would have easily overtaken us if it hadn't gotten stuck halfway through the fence. From the safety of the house I could see that he was unable to move forward or backward. I felt sorry for the beast knowing that he was probably in pain hung up on the broken fence. I called the sheriff and an animal control officer was dispatched to wrangle the dog. The owner was notified about my complaint and offered not one word of apology. The fence was tacked back together and eventually (not immediately) the dogs were removed to a different location. Now who's rambling? (LOL) I hope you and Clint are having a lovely weekend in Tennessee, Cindy!

Sabine said...

Oh man, I also do not like when people let their dogs run around just as freely. "The do nothing, who wants to play!".
Have a good Sunday.
Greetings Sabine

Cindy Ellison said...

Shady ~ Dorothy: Oh! Toto too? Glinda: Toto, too! I love the way Glinda said this to Dorothy. Toto is a perfect dog name.

My goodness, what a dog experience you had with the neighbor dog! It is sure understandable being nervous about having your grandchildren near those dogs. That dog getting stuck in the fence probably saved yours and Toto's lives. The dogs must have been mistreated, you did the right thing by calling the authorities. The way the dogs behaved is probably a reflection of the owners' behaviour, it is no wonder that you didn't get a word of apology. Thank you for sharing this experience. I think more people need to be aware that dogs are still dogs ... they can be unpredictable, especially around children.

(see latest 'foul' remark) :~D


Hi Sabine! It is good to "see" you today, thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. I could not agree with you more. There are some terrible tragedies involving dogs running wild, we have all seen and heard the stories. It's such a shame. Hope you have a good Sunday, too! Thanks again! ♥

Shady Del Knight said...

Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch: I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too! [With a burst of laughter, she whirls around and vanishes in a burst of smoke and fire and a clap of thunder.]

(see latest 'foul' remark) :~D