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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday was this super busy day, but as you know, Penny beagle is a therapy dog and volunteers at a retirement facility. I have never had easier human interactions than following my dog around Longview, while she charms every nice person she comes across. We always start here, as you see, with Longview's woodland paths (the grounds are gorgeous, the view is indeed incredible).
I have noticed that different types of people live there. Some folks may be physically less capable than when they were younger, using a walker or wheelchair, but fun to talk to and just as sharp as ever. Other folks seem healthy and physically capable as a 20 year old, but might be a little forgetful.
Every week we see this nice lady above when we first arrive. She is involved in this card game in the lounge....SHARKS! You know those ladies are competitive! Anyway, each week this particular nice lady tells me, as Penny rolls around in her lap, "when I was younger we had a dog named Trixie.....etc.".
I have noticed that the wonderful staff at Longview is wonderful because, and I learn from this, they listen politely and honestly as an individual tells a story. It may be that the person is back in 1970 in their mind, and tells the same story many times. I am learning, I hope, to be a polite listener...to all :)
Penny is funny, though. We walk in the door Monday and get a message at the front desk "the executive director would like to see Penny please" and we go back to this office where the most handsomely and neatly dressed man in Ithaca gets down to the floor, suit, tie, the works, and rolls around with my dog...they love each other!!! All day long the director may be brushing hair off his suit, but what a GREAT person, right?
We have a wide variety of cousins visiting....well, Mark and Michele.
Now their daughter is interviewing at Cornell, and with any luck we will see A LOT of them in the coming years. How do I put this politely, without offending any of my other cousins, real or imagined? These guys are, um, my favorite cousins, and they are thinking they might even try to move here from the midwest....
Collegetown bagels is EXCELLENT, according to my young cousin applying to Cornell because "what a great place, you can get bagels, ice cream and beer all in one cafe!" . I know. It is awesome (esp. their huge outdoor patio on a nice day, WOW), Cornell is awesome, Ithaca is awesome....
I just finished these---Thursday I am walking the dog and I am like "I have drawn robots on pots....can I MAKE them?????" Which I do!!!! I am hugely enjoying this idea....parts thrown on the wheel then assembled...I get all the best ideas whilst walking Penny....
Finally, the wife and I were walking Sunday and saw this butterfly...near death. Monday we saw it by the side of the road, no longer alive, but so pretty. It is I believe an eastern swallowtail butterfly, whose caterpillars famously look like cat turds, I have been told....what a transformation THAT must be....
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