Thursday, February 17, 2011

Toby's Stroller

Susan and I have been going to the track at one of the nearby schools practically every day to walk. Even when I go during the day, I take Tillie so she can get more exercise. Unfortunately, Toby gets really upset when we take Tillie someplace and leave him home. Since he hurt his back last year, he cannot walk far enough to take him along but I still felt bad about leaving him behind.
Susan did some research online and found this stroller that seemed like it would meet our needs. We have only had it less than a week, but it has already seen a lot of use.

The stroller is made by Pet Gear and has many nice features. The handle is high enough for me to push without bending over or looking down. The wheels are big which helps the stroller ride over uneven surfaces easily. In fact, now I can take Toby up to the mailbox on our dirt and gravel road. There are two cup holders on the handle bar along with a little tray for keys, etc. Underneath where Toby sits, there is a compartment for dog bowls, leashes, and anything else the dogs need. This stroller holds 60 lbs, which means Toby has room to move around. Even though you are not suppose to put two dogs in the stroller, both of ours would fit in an emergency.
It was windy and cold today, just before we started our walk. We might even get some snow tonight. Toby had a coat on and a blanket in the stroller. Tillie was fine, but she was moving around. While it can be a little boring to walk around the track, the surface is better for my back and knees and we do get to see some beautiful things like this full moon.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Creekside West

Last night Susan and I went to Creekside West for dinner. This is a new restaurant in Yakima that just opened at the end of January. We both had the Shoulder Tenderloin and it was delicious. Even though the place was packed due to Valentine's Day the employees were very nice and the service was good considering how busy they were. We also tried a wine that is new to us called Sweet Bliss. It is a Merlot and we liked it so much we got the information about the winery before we left.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Faculty Brass Quintet

Susan and I went to listen to the Central Washington University Faculty Brass Quintet today. So many more people came than they expected that they ran out of programs. The concert was free but donations were accepted.

The faculty members were putting on a concert at Englewood Christian Church as part of the Second Sunday Series. They played compositions by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Collier Jones, Maria Newman, Jan Koetsier and Paquito D'Rivera.
After the concert we walked around the track again but it was not nearly as nice today as it was yesterday. Still - no complaints.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The White House

A few weeks ago Susan and I spent a Saturday afternoon helping one of Susan's friends, Kay, learn how to use her new digital camera. To thank us, Kay took us out to lunch today at The White House. The White House is a cafe and Bed and Breakfast that is located just a few blocks from North Star where Susan works. Today's lunch at The White House was a special event because the proceeds are going to Children's Village, which happens to be located right across the street.

Children's Village works to connect children with special needs and their families to supportive services. They opened for business in October of 1997 and since then over 16,000 children and their families have entered for services. Mental health resources, drop-in child care and parent help are just a few of the services provided.
The table setting was so pretty, I just had to take a picture of it before we sat down to eat.
While we could order off the menu, all three of us decided on the event menu. Everything was beautiful and delicious. In addition to everything you see here, we each received a cupcake that we all took home because we were too full to eat it after the incredible chicken salad.
I wish more people needed help with their digital cameras and would take us out to lunch like Kay did. We both felt very special.
Susan and I went to a new kitchen store after lunch and then went to the track to try and walk off some of the extra calories we ate for lunch. What a great day and to top it all off, it was 65 degrees today.