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[Feb. 7th, 2017|10:39 am]
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I am back from my trip to Florida to celebrate my grandmother's 100th birthday. I now have over 8 hours of music from the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. I used some lists of best American songs of the twentieth century to make sure i had appropriate classics. I'm not sure it registered for my grandmother, but my parents were delighted. Watching my youngest niece be inspired to dance by Rag Mop was a hoot.

I managed to spend much of the driving around in more rural routes than interstates, which was a pleasure: pines, palmettos, and cypress knees. I had brunch with a friend B in the market town of Webster FL. Only the buffet place was open. A few cows lingered in the cattle auction barns, and friend B, Carrie and I wandered the empty open market stalls. Family visits were pleasant, watching the kids fish wonderful. The place i had found for my parents and sib's families worked out wonderfully: i was gratified by a number of acknowledgements as to how pleasant it was. Tampa area weather was balmy. There were some significant emotional demands. I've returned home with one of my facial inflammations: a tiny ulcer in my mouth and an ache that consumes half my face. (Not the burning pain, at least.) Not particularly rested -- i'm glad i didn't over do it earlier in the week.

Carrie was a great road trip companion, and we visited four different dog parks. All were pleasant, and Carrie was a good participant. Winter Park's dog park has lake access and MANY squirrels. That was the best. Also, the first, and i became happy to see how willing Carrie was to stay close while off leash. I would like to have her off leash while i am working in the yard, but a road is moderately close. I was coached on dog park etiquette and dog psychology by my aunt and her husband, which eased me past my anxieties about how Carrie would take it. Then i was able to ease Christine's anxieties.

I do wonder how i could entice squirrels to play with Carrie.

Now struggling to get caught up after my absence.


[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2017-02-07 04:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great trip, and hooray, Carrie! Alas, Zelda is still a little too dog-aggressive to take to a dog park. I'm going off on a little road trip with her tomorrow, there will be many nature walks. I'm hoping that once she is tired (which doesn't take long, since she's a little chubby), that I can let her off the leash without fear. But we'll see.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-02-08 12:39 pm (UTC)
Bon voyage! Your dog stories have helped inspire us.
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2017-02-07 09:04 pm (UTC)
Rag Mop, OMG.
Carrie is such a good dog! In Friday's youth she had caught a couple of squirrels on the porch. The results were not pleasant.
I don't know much about them, but some neighbors have electric fences that keep their dogs in the yard.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-02-08 12:34 pm (UTC)
I think my folks' neighbors also had one of those invisible fences. Since we have a fenced yard area, i just want to get her more trained so i'll know she'll come when called. We're trying to teach her when do take her out that she's n the long leash while in the cleared area but once we go down the driveway it's a short leash -- hoping to signal that the areas are different.
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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2017-02-08 02:56 am (UTC)
That's great that Carrie got some dog park action.

Florida is also a very cool place.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-02-08 12:38 pm (UTC)
Florida can be a lovely place, indeed. My Sunday morning walk would have offered some interesting birding, i think, but my dad was focussed on exercise and i was lucky to manage dog and photos of trailside flowers.
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