A to Z Blog Challenge 2015 – Zoo Fix

I am going on an adventure to the zoo. The last time I went to the zoo I took my grandchildren on a cold winter night.

The zoo is one of my favorite places to visit. I enjoy looking at the amazing creatures great and small that God created.

It has been six years since my last visit. I took my grandchildren on a cold, snowy winter night to the winter wonderland lighting they do for the Christmas season. In spite of the cold we had a great time—the last time I would take them before I moved away.

Thinking back to my childhood we would go to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL when we visited during summer vacation. A friend and me took our daughters to the San Diego Zoo during a visit to California. That zoo was so big that we weren’t able to see all of it. I spent more time at the zoo in Columbus, OH. I had an annual pass.

I love to take pictures of the animals at the zoo and the zoo would be a great place to learn how to use my new camera.

It’s been way too long since my last visit to a zoo. I need a zoo fix.

A to Z Challenge 2015 – Steer-Longhorn

I stopped in the middle of a road to take these photos. The Longhorn Steer are very beautiful animals. I have a friend that would pass several Longhorn Steer when she took her evening walk. She started taking them a snack and they would run up to the fence when they saw her coming. One day she took me by there. I found they were very friendly. They wanted to be petted but there was one problem–those long horns. They got in the way and if you weren’t careful you’d get injured.

If I lived on several acres I would invest in a few.

BEEF – WHERE’S THE BEEF A-Z Challenge B

Every once in a while a great tasting piece of beef is on the menu at my home. Some days it might be a juicy steak or maybe a slow cooked brisket. It could be a nice roast.

For a while now there has been a conversation about how bad the beef is. I’ve heard about the inhuman way they treat the cattle while raising them and slaughtering them.

There is a saying that we are what they (animals) eat. So my guess is we can be affected when they are shot up with antibiotics and hormones. The way the animals are slaughtered affects the meat also.

This makes me nervous when I go to the store to buy meat. What exactly am I getting?

A change came to my home. I now buy directly from farmers that raise grass-fed cattle and feed them no grain at all. I like the taste of the beef I buy from the farmer. It is healthier for me. Some of the issues I use to have I no longer experience because the cattle are not all shot up with antibiotics and hormones.

Some people complain about the cost of the beef. I personally think the price is comparable to buying beef from the store. I heard someone say pay farmers now or pay hospitals later. That’s one way to look at it.

For me at this time in my life I will spend what it takes to get me a good pierce of beef.

 

So Where’s The Beef?

 

The Farmer’s Market. I’m going this weekend.

 

Dogs-Man’s Best Friend or Major Ordeal

I thought by now I would have a new member of my family—a dog. That was my plan. I wanted an English bulldog to be my companion.To add a dog to my family was about to become a major ordeal. Before I decided on the English bulldog I tried to figure out if I should get a big dog that takes me for a walk or should I get one that I walk in a stroller. Do I want long hair or short—a shedder or not? How about a pedigree or maybe one that’s been rescued ? So many decisions including how they fare health wise. One can’t stand the heat. Another is susceptible to heart, eyes, ear, leg . . . problems.
They purposely mix the breeds these days and charge a fortune for them—they are still a special breed. What happened to the mixed breeds of the past that a neighbor or friend would give you for free? They didn’t have ailments that cost an arm, a leg and a loan to have treated like they do today. As a matter of fact they were healthy and strong and lived for years. Their best characteristic was faithfulness. They had no special diet and didn’t need the air on because they couldn’t stand the heat. They were a faithful companion who loved unconditionally.