Black cats. They are so mysterious. My neighbor’s kitty would be sleeping on the porch, under the car, in the garden, and I could never tell what I was looking at. He was just a big, black, blob. Finally, on one of my walks, he was lounging on the top of the garden wall with his paw hanging. He looked so debonair! I’ve seen him since and he always hangs his paw this way.
One of the regional parks in our area has a little train that runs a 1-mile loop in the park. They decorate it seasonally and it recently took on it’s harvest look. There was also a pumpkin patch so the place was filled with kids that day. Walking by the tracks as the train went by got me lots of waves and smiles and even a blown kiss from a cutie dressed as a bee!
Being locked down for the pandemic was not good for my attitude. However, we did explore some new places to walk in our area and found a very pretty regional park. Lots of paths and trees. The squirrels, duck, hummingbirds and other birds make it so lively. Although no longer locked down, we continue to walk this park. It’s still good for my attitude!
This is a contribution to Becky’s Squares on walking this month.
After these pandemic lockdowns, it’s so good to be able to go to my favorite places again. We have a little zoo in Santa Ana where I love to hang out for an hour or so. Lots of big trees, walking trails, and interesting critters. After re-opening I saw an article in our local paper, the Orange County Register, and it seems the animals miss us too. Well, at least Lou did! Here’s an excerpt:
After almost two months apart, some of the animals seemed as happy to see the visitors as the visitors were to see the animals.
Education Specialist Terri Hernandez put on an educational show, Critters for Conservation, one of two featured during the day, with an assemblage of animals including a boa constrictor and a hedgehog. Lou, 38, a blue-and-yellow macaw and the oldest resident of the zoo, squawked loudly and disruptively from his perch during the show. At one point Lou had to be removed and taken backstage.
“He’s very jealous,” Hernandez told her laughing audience of grown-ups and children. “He thinks all the people came here to see him.”
After the show Hernandez said the primates and parrots were probably most affected by the shutdown.
Lou thrives around people, she said. “When we were closed he’d get quiet and then demanding, screaming for attention when he’d see workers go by.”
Employees would take him on walks through the zoo to keep him happy and entertained because “large parrots are said to have the intellect and emotional development of a 3-year-old,” Hernandez said.
Dogs may be our “best friends” but bees are our best workers. They pollinate our fields, flowers, and all types of foliage. Seeing a beehive makes me appreciate all those workers and their organization and coordination!