heard that familiar “clanging” in the neighbourhood today and got so excited! The
knife sharpener! I flagged him down. When he pulled up, I asked him if he was
the ice cream truck. He said, no, it’s too
cold for ice cream! I asked him if he would sharpen my scissors. He said he
would. I got three pairs of scissors sharpened! I like the old-fashioned charm
of a knife sharpener. We still also get the ice cream truck coming through our ’hood.
Pretty cool, really. Do they still have knife sharpeners coming around your
I managed to snap this picture before he (or she) flew away! I googled moth images, but I couldn't find out what kind of moth this is. I have since done some more research and I found it! It is a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).
This photo was taken in our backyard.
Neil and I were out walking yesterday. All was well. We were strolling along and then I heard a man yelling back behind us. I turned around and saw him across the street with two large black dogs, both on leashes. He must have accidently dropped one of the leashes and one of the dogs started running after us at full speed dragging his leash behind him! The dog paused for a moment (hearing his owner) and then kept after us. I froze! Was this dog friendly? Or would he attack my dog? Even from a distant I could see that the hair on his back was up and he didn’t look very friendly. I wasn’t going to take any chances. I quickly lifted Neil up as high as I could. The dog was right there beside me. He was very aggressive, trying to jump up and snapping. Fortunately, I am not afraid of dogs (good because they can smell fear). I said, “down, down, go home,” as forcefully and as confidently as I could, turning away from him. The dog finally turned and went home. Meanwhile the owner was still yelling for the dog to come, but the man never left his driveway. I kept walking while still holding Neil in my arms. My heart was pounding and my hands were shaking. Thank God Neil didn’t get hurt. I wasn’t even concerned about myself, only Neil. I can’t even imagine what could have happened if I hadn’t lifted him up. Maybe the other dog would have settled down and been fine. On the other hand, he could have bitten, or worse, even attacked Neil. I will never know, but I am glad I didn’t take that chance.
I would expect that most of you have heard of the San Antonio River Walk (which we did a few years ago and LOVED). Well, today I went on a Ravine Walk. It was such a beautiful day. The kind of day that makes you happy just to be alive!
Rarely a day goes by without someone telling Neil how pretty he is. It's a wonder he can fit back into the house with that big head of his! I couldn't help taking this picture while we were out today. We walked about 4 or 5 km. I'll have to measure our new route.