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Robert
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Active Weekend with Freddie

Saturday morning I woke up early. I bundled Beatrice into the car. We drove to her vet's office. She dislikes going to the vet,though she behaves well once there. We have been going with our dogs to this vet clinic for roughly 17 years.

Saturday our vet was Dr. Hong. She is really nice. She told me it is time for Beatrice to see her cardiologist. She said it with some explanation that she understood if Bea's age made one consider whether to pursue expensive visits, but it was her job to tell us our options. I did not bother to explain to her how we would seek whatever treatment Beatrice needs, if possible.  Beatrice left with a diagnosis of a bit of an infection in her year, for which they gave me some drops. Her heart murmur is now on both sides. We will take her to the heart vet.

I went for lunch at Wendy's, where I had a grilled chicken sandwich and a large chili. The afternoon was very warm--70 degrees F., [21 degrees C.]. I decided to go for a bicycle ride. I rode the entire Watters Branch Trail, and then rode the Inter-Urban Trail Spirit Park, and along Ridgeview back to the side streets and then on Waterford across Alma and then on home. 

Here is the list of what I saw, which I logged into ebird.com:


Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 13
Mourning Dove 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 5
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 5
House Finch 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 5

I liked the part of the ride when waxwings, warblers and cardinals appeared in profusion, feeding on berries and buds on some trees.
I rode for 130 minutes. I covered roughly 7 miles, though my fitness app logged only the time but not the distance.

In an unrelated development, my Google Fit app now logs more steps for me again. After its recent upgrade, it had been logging roughly 30 percent fewer steps for the same amount of work. Relying on a good suggestion for an empirical comparison by LJ User Deloric. I began to compare it with the Samsung health app already on my phone. The Samsung app showed more steps. I am not sure which was right, but it was interesting to see the discrepancy.

Saturday night we went to the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody".  We enjoyed the movie, though I know, in the way of biopics, that it has some historical inaccuracies and truncates a lot of story into a couple of hour space. I liked Queen when I was a teen. My late father liked "Bohemian Rhapsody", which we would listen to during family drives.  This was perhaps his only foray into rock-related musical listening.

I liked and like about Queen that they treated music as a kind of canvas for exploration and fun and not as a slavish adherence to one genre or another. I tend to favor the first five Queen albums over the latter work, but there are some awfully strong songs in the later work. 

We saw the film at the Moviehouse and Eatery. By careful review of the menu on-line, I had worked out that I could order something called a Southwest Bowl. This would be WW friendly if I deleted the drizzled chipotle ranch dressing. That worked out very well, because i liked the chicken, rice and black beans without unnecessary sauces.  A nice woman sitting next to us explained that she and her husband had just moved from Chicago. He is a professional jazz musician, and not a Queen fan. When he took their kids out-of-town to see family, she decided to go see the movie. She explained that her husband played the stand-up string bass, and did not worry about finding gigs, as once he was among his fellow musicians, they understood that he could play.

Sunday morning I walked on the Chisholm Trail. At WW I was up a pound, which is fine, as I was down 5 pounds last week. My weight is now within a pound of my doctor's prescribed minimum. I walked on the Shawnee Trail in Plano.  I saw a dozen species there, including a Red-Shouldered Hawk perched in a small tree. 

After church, I ate catfish and green beans at Chicken Express. Then I drove to Bethany Lakes Park to walk some more. I like that park in the Winter because the ducks winter on its small pond "lakes" and because a small wooded area near one pond has trees that draw lots of Yellow-Rumped Warblers whom I can photograph.

Later that afternoon I walked in Glendover Park near our home. We ate a dinner of chicken stir fry. I walked some five miles Sunday, which was good. I got a good night's sleep, though  I woke up after a couple of hours and had to go back to sleep.

Cooler weather returned this morning.











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