While Sug was traveling back to the US from her mission in the Dominican Republic Charlie and I were traveling to Pennsylvania to pick up a puppy for her.
Dash went with us. He is our 4-and-a-half-month-old long-haired dachshund who weighs 12 pounds.
Sug’s dog’s name is Rory and at 8 weeks he weighs 4 pound 3 ounces, one-third of Dash’s weight.
Rory snuggled up close to Dash for the long ride home.
We stopped at the only Starbucks along the route so Charlie and I could have a coffee and also to get some water for the dogs. After a little research I found out that Starbucks has an off-menu, free treat for dogs: The Puppuccino.
The Puppuccino is a tiny cup filled with whipped cream. Dash enjoyed his very much.
Additionally all sorts of wild animals visit: deer, rabbits, ground hogs, squirrels, raccoons, etc.
I received a phone call from Dash’s vet that said his specimen showed that he has been eating too many bunny balls. Hmmm.
Other visitors include large domestic animals like the neighbor’s goat.
We decided to get a dog run not just for Dash but also for a new puppy named Rory which we are picking up on June 16th.
The 5 foot by 10 foot kennel was delivered from Lowes. We decided to order the style with pre-assembled panels as opposed to poles that are wrapped with chain link fencing. If we decide it needs to be larger we can order another set and insert the panels.
It went up in a flash.
The last detail was to attach the shade cover with zip ties which came with the kit.
Finally in the middle of the summer we are heading to Smith Island, the last inhabited offshore island on the Maryland side of the Chesapeake. None of us has ever been there before.
Sug, Charlie and I going in part to attend a Methodist “camp meeting” that has been held on the island for the past 132 years.
I have rented a house found on AirBnB which will provide us with bicycles and a canoe and a perch to view beautiful sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay. There are few cars on the island which must be accessed by boat alone.
We’re excited to celebrate the Year of the Island by traveling in state, in hemisphere, and across the pond.
After much research the recipe is easy: 4 to 1, water to sugar. Translated into easy terms that’s 4 cups of water to one cup of sugar which exactly fills our two 16-ounce feeders. Don’t use honey, brown sugar, unrefined sugar or sugar substitutes, as they can be harmful to hummingbirds.
Boil the water until the sugar is totally dissolved. Boiling kills germs that might cause premature spoiling. Do NOT add red coloring because it is not necessary and might cause harm.
Then fill the feeder and wait for the birds.
We’re having 7 days of rain. How ’bout your weather?
I know I have a lot of lists. The Bucket List, however, has no ending date except the obvious one.
To that end here is my Bucket List: Items in grey have been on the list for awhile; items in orange are new to the list; items in blue have been accomplished.
See the pyramids in Egypt – hoping also to cruise on the Nile and ride a camel.
Inspire somebody to do something great — not sure that if I do inspire anyone I may never actually know it.
Own my house
Write a book and have it published — I don’t know what the actual subject might be but I think I would write a fictional story.
Visit the Louvre in France — I have been to the Louvre and have seen the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a ride in a gondola in Venice
Go on a cruise — I’m making plans to leave from Baltimore Harbor and cruise to Bermuda.
Audition for a movie — I would have to check the local casting calls. Getting the part is not as important as auditioning.
Own a beach house — I have been regularly checking real estate ads for a run down fixer-upper. I don’t know if this will happen but it is not impossible.
Invent something — I’m hoping I could invent something that would be useful and bring in some cash.
Have a million dollars — working on it.
Go whale watching
Buy a stranger a meal
Do something I know is reckless!
Fly in a helicopter
Read the Bible — I read the entire Bible in a year. Very inspirational and enlightening.
Save somebody’s life
Fly 1st class
Make and sell a product
See the Southern Cross in person
Visit London — Planned for Fall, 2018.
See the Northern Lights — I’d like to view the Northern Lights — the Aurora Borealis — from Iceland.
Visit New Orleans
Learn to Tango
That’s 25 items. I reserve the right to add more. As I was looking at other people’s lists and trying to add to my own I realized I had already done quite a few things in my lifetime that would have been on my list had I made one earlier in my life.
I have a lot to do and see in this world. I better get busy.