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Senior Citizen’s Day at the Erie Zoo

Sometime Monday I posted on Facebook that I was planning to go on a photo walk at the Erie Zoo on Wednesday.   I asked if anyone would be interested in joining me. A few people showed interest, but they had other plans.

Tuesday afternoon I saw the following Erie Zoo Facebook page post:

“Calling all Senior Citizens! Join us for a fun-filled, free day at the Erie Zoo this Wednesday July 26th from 10am-2pm. On this special day, seniors ages 62 and over and their grandchildren under 18 years old will receive free Zoo admission, free lemonade, free popcorn and a free carousel ride. Thank you to UPMC Health Plan and Northwest Bank for making this day possible.”

I decided at that time NOT to go to the zoo, as I suspected that the zoo would be crowded. I posted on Facebook that I would not be going to the zoo.

Early Wednesday morning I changed my mind and decided to go to the zoo.

I departed home at 8:00 am and arrived at Erie Zoo at 9:15 am, 45 minutes before the zoo opened. There was already a small line forming at the gate! I walked over and got in line. The gate opened at 10:00 am.  Here is a Smilebox video of some of the animals and other things that I saw at the zoo.

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In recognition of the Senior Citizen’s Day event, there were many informational booths in healthcare, wellness, and entertainment scattered throughout the zoo. At these booths were informational brochures and free stuff (e.g. Notepads, Kleenex, bottle openers, measuring tape, pens, etc.)

In addition to it being Senior Citizen’s Day at the zoo, it was Wild Wednesday (the last one this year), when the zoo stays open until 8:00 pm.  I am a member of the Erie Zoo.  Besides the Senior Citizen’s Day giveaways shown in this picture,  as a perk for zoo members on Wild Wednesday, I rode the Wildlife Carousel and Safari Train for free and got a free hot dog and soft drink for lunch.

I am SO glad that I decided to go to the zoo after all.  I had a very good time!

Our Twin Granddaughters’ Fifth Birthday Celebration

Harper and Juniper’s 5th birthday was earlier this month. Yesterday, Stacey hosted a party to celebrate her daughters birthdays.

The girls’ birthday party was held at Betts Park, here in Warren PA, from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm.

Bob grilled hot dogs,
which were accompanied by light refreshments.

The party had two themes: Trolls and Beauty & the Beast. If I remember correctly, Juniper chose the Trolls theme and Harper chose the Beauty & the Beast Theme. Both girls, however, like Trolls and Beauty & the Beast. Stacey’s choice of pavilion was excellent, as it was close to a playground. All the children had a great time playing on the playground equipment, while waiting on the hot dogs to cook.

Highlights of the birthday party included a pinata filled with toys, an appearance by Belle & her Prince, and the opening of presents.

Juniper takes a turn at the pinata.
Juniper hit the pinata.
The pinata fell but did not break open.
“J” hit the pinata, and it fell.
The pinata was full of toys.
Belle and her Prince with some of the birthday party attendees

Juniper wasn’t thrilled with Belle and her Prince.
Harper, with Belle and her Prince

Lastly, here are three pictures of the girls opening birthday presents. The girls were thrilled with each present that they received.

The party was well attended by all three sets of grandparents, as well as other family members, and Harper and Juniper’s friends.

Ice Cream Social

Bob and I are members of a local motorcycle riding group.  Our riding group is called “2 Scoop Cycletherapy” because we ride for ice cream.  We get together with our 2 Scoop Cycletherapy friends throughout the year.

We attended an ice cream social with some of our motorcycle riding friends during the evening of Saturday, February 25.  Everyone brought something to the party, from cups and spoons to ice cream to toppings.  We spent about 2 1/2 hours eating ice cream and socializing with our friends.  Fun was had by all!

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We are looking forward to our first ride together in the Spring.  Hurry up Spring!

R.I.P. Patches

We became parents to an adorable little girl on February 19, 2011.  Our little bundle of joy was a calico cat that we named Patches.  She was our first pet that Bob and I chose together. Patches readily became a member of our family and filled our hearts with joy and love.  Patches’ favorite past times included playing with her toy raccoon, running and lying in her tunnels, sleeping in bed with us (most often nestled beneath the covers), playtime with Daddy, lounging on her cat tree, watching the birds from various indoor perches, lying on our laps, and being with Bob and me both indoors and outside.  Patches really liked to sit on the front porch with us, watching the world go by.  Patches liked drinking from her water fountain.  She found our water cooler and sink and tub faucets equally suitable for drinking.  We fed Patches mainly dry food, but she enjoyed the occasional taste of canned tuna and chicken and turkey scraps.  Whenever we brought groceries and other purchases into the house, Patches checked everything out.  She would look up at us, as though to ask “anything for kitty?”, while peeking in the bags and rubbing against other purchases.  Another thing she seemed to say often, whenever food was present, is “kitty can have that”.  Patches loved vanilla ice cream.  She would wait patiently for her turn to lick the bowl.  Patches did NOT like to ride in the car.  She would show us her displeasure vocally!  I don’t think Patches knew what to make of our granddaughters.  She was curious about Harper and Juniper, but she mostly kept her distance from the girls.  We do have a few pictures, though, of Harper and Juniper with Patches.

This past Monday (January 2) Patches fell ill.  We took her to a veterinary hospital, where a blood test was performed.  The blood test indicated that Patches was in kidney failure.  Patches was admitted into the hospital and placed on liquid therapy via IV for 24 hours.  The next day a new blood test was done. Patches’ Creatinine value had come down from 14.5 to 10.3, but was still very high. A normal Creatinine value is 2.1. Another renal function value that is checked was so high it was off the chart. An additional 24 hours of liquid therapy might have helped, but the prognosis wasn’t good for the levels to come down to where needed. I asked what to expect if we brought Patches home, without continuing treatment. The veterinarian said Patches wasn’t going to get better, that she would continue to go downhill and quickly. It was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make, but Bob and I decided it was in Patches’ best interest to have her put down.

We visited with Patches for a short time before she was put down. Patches didn’t seem to know we were even there; she paid no attention to us. Patches was alert to the new room we were in and noises from all over the hospital. I wish there had been a quiet place to go for our last minutes with her.  Bob stayed with Patches, holding her, as she was put to sleep. I left the room, as I could not bear to watch Patches die. I wanted only to remember her alive. We are having Patches cremated. She was an indoor cat. Patches enjoyed her time outside, but only in our presence. She would not have liked lying outside under ground.

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Rest in Peace, Patches. You brought so much joy and love into our lives. We will miss you always.

 

Happy 1st Birthday Kyla!

Today is our great niece’s birthday. Kyla is 1 year old today.

Happy birthday Kyla!

 

We celebrated Kyla’s birthday one week early. Jared and Sara held Kyla’s birthday party on Sunday, May 1, from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at the Alwine Civic Center in Greensburg, PA. The party destination was a 3-hour drive, each way, for us. We hadn’t seen my brother and his family since Christmas, so I looked forward to seeing everyone.

The civic center was tastefully decorated with pink balloons, a large poster showing Kyla’s first year in pictures, and a pink curtain backdrop. After Jared and Sara welcomed us all to Kyla’s birthday party and Jared said a prayer of blessing for the food, we got in line for the buffet-style lunch. Food selections included fried chicken, hot and cold pasta dishes, ham, small rolls, and a grape salad. Dessert selections included pie, cookies and cupcakes.

Enjoying the party food

Kyla’s first year in pictures

Children who attended the party received a homemade hobby horse (cute), and a jousting lance and jousting shield made out of material.

Some of the children with their hobby horses and jousting lance

At approximately 3:15 pm Sara and Jared helped Kyla open her birthday presents, followed by the cake smash.The gift opening and cake smasher held in front of a curtain backdrop.

Opening Birthday Gifts

Cake Smash

 

We arrived early, around 12:30 pm and left at 4:00 pm. Bob and I are happy that we were able to attend Kyla’s birthday party.

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