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Monday, January 24, 2022

No More Dog Walks for Me!

I decided to take Rocky for a short walk, but we didn't stay out long.  He's forgotten how to walk on a leash; he drove me crazy going from one side of the street to the other and never walking in a straight line.  I can understand however, as he hasn't been out except for the small back yard, in some time.  I'll have to work on him (and me) in the coming weeks and hope we both benefit from walking in the new neighborhood.

I might even hire a dog trainer to help me be able to control him better - my vision is too poor to have to walk a dog who wants to stop to smell the flowers, the rocks, tree roots, fireplugs, etc.  He had me going from one side of the street to the other, and with my age, poor eyesight, lack of good balance, and lack of patience, it is a recipe for disaster.  I do want him to enjoy the walk however, and it's a toss up between the two of us - it's only fair that he can explore his surroundings and all the smells left by dogs who have passed this way.   If only he could stay on one side of the street!

This is an unfriendly neighborhood, and I will be glad to move out of it and to our new place.  I always say hello to everyone I meet when out for a walk, and have never once had a similar acknowledgement from anyone around here.  It's like I'm invisible!  What makes people like that.  They will look me straight in the eye and not give any indication that they heard me or want to return my greeting if they did hear.  It's not just a few people - absolutely no one I've ever met in this area has returned a greeting or even acknowledged me in any way.  And I've heard from the grapevine that this has always been true of the area.

My granddaughter Quinn, (Steve's daughter) is selling girl scout cookies.  Of course I will do my best to support my grandchildren and a worthy cause, and just a little bit because I have a sweet tooth!  I ordered  $75 worth of girl scout cookies!  To be fair, they have gone up in price since my daughter sold them when she was a kid, but they are now $5 a box!  I bought the varieties I absolutely love, and can't wait to get them and open a box.  Heavenly!

I'm so anxious to move, and am making lists of things I would like to buy for my space.  I already have most of what I need, but a few new items will cheer me up and make my space more inviting!  Of course at the top of my list is a new broom.  You never take an old broom to a new house!  I can't remember what old gypsy woman taught me that, but I always remember! 

I'm also going to buy a new bedspread as  I'm using the comforter Jeannie bought me when I lived in Ireland.  I will fold it up and put it in Rocky's bed so he can be comfy!

I don't anticipate the hassle of moving, but I'm sure ready to do it! 


  1. I am so sorry you are in such an unwelcoming place. I've experienced what you describe, and remember the feeling. Not a happy one. I don't understand why some people are like that. Hugs from Texas! And, I hope when you move, you will meet friendly folks.

    1. I will really be glad to be out of here. We have met and talked to a few people who are waiting to move into our new neighborhood, and i think everyone will be friendly. There are a lot of "Next-Gen" homes - large family homes with a separate apartment for the next generation. So at least I won't just be one old lady in the middle of younger families!

    2. By the way, the NextGen concept can work the other way as well. Some families have grown children who live with them, so it is nice to have separate space! I'm determined to put on my happy face and try to rejoice in the fact that I'm meeting so many new folks. The very concept of the neighborhood indicates that people moving here will be friendly.

  2. I have to add a comment; I just mentioned to Jeannie that I wanted to get a new broom for me, and would buy one for her also. She learned well from me - she told me that she had already ordered new brooms for both of us, because we can't take an old broom to a new house! (That would sweep all our troubles into the new house!)