10-29-16 Bixby’s tail is down; he doesn’t like all the remaining debris from Hurricane Matthew either. It’s eerie walking by and hearing something rustle inside the stack of branches, and the debris has been all over the place for three weeks. It seems they are slowly getting it cleared away. Our walk was otherwise very pleasant, though. He even met a dachsund mix that was very friendly!
Since I missed pilates, I took to foot with Bixby for the 2 mile round trip to the post office. I am determined to stay resilient and healthy, so I had to do something. What happens right away? Bixby makes a mess on a neighbor’s lawn. Luckily I had a “poop bag,” since rules say I must use one. However, I won’t carry that thing all the way to the post office! A return home to dispose of it and wash my hands puts me off time, so I instead go the other way for a shorter walk, and now I must drive to the post office later. I could’ve just left it, but would I be fined? What are the consequences? I hate that rule. However, if I was the neighbor, I’d likely be unhappy with someone leaving their dogs mess on my lawn too. At any rate, walking the other way provides some interesting sight-seeing and is a far different view from the walk to the post office. I’ll share that one at a later date!
Walking gets my brain going. I’ll start thinking, This is what it would be like if we run out of fuel and no longer have the use of cars. Could I handle it? I’d like to think so. The geography of “my side of town” would change drastically, though. It would certainly decrease. It’s neat though, as you walk along, you notice things you normally just breeze by when traveling by car. I can walk fast, but not so fast I can’t notice my surroundings!
Above is a family-owned meat shop that has been a mainstay in my side of town for years. It’s really neat to go inside; there is a small country store feel to it!
The view on this route is lovely, although nature is fenced in. It is well-manicured and evidently belongs to the owners of this particular neighborhood. A fenced in forest, quite interesting.
This is one of the retirement communities in our area. There are probably three on this road. Bixby stopped to sniff this lovely foliage, but would not pose once I got the camera out. I won’t complain since he is usually quite cooperative!
I only took a few pictures, since my main objective was to get a good, brisk walk. Much as a girl can do that while stopping every few minutes when her canine companion needs to sniff something or mark his spot. He is a wonderful companion, though, and he gets me outdoors a lot. These longer treks get boring with no one to talk to, so Bixby solves that dilemma. Well, he doesn’t talk, but he does communicate. He gives me those looks, he stops, he notices things that I don’t and takes me to another level of living. God bless him.
“Echoes of My Neighborhood” is a weekly blog topic started by Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha at http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com. You can find some of her “Echoes of My Neighborhood” posts at http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/category/travel-2/dubai/echos-of-my-neighbourhood/ Jacqueline lives in Dubai and has quite an interesting neighborhood! You should go and check out her blog.