Pawsitively Patchez

Knowledge starts with a “K”

When we arrived home from Florida we really needed to rest up. We had worn our paws off in Disney World running to and from attractions. There was certainly good reason for a good rest. However, Becky was at the computer once again clicking, talking, thinking and drawing very strange pictures and chatting with Jenny more than ever and using words that I hardly understood.

It was a dark rainy day when I was told that I need to “expand my vocabulary”. That is what Maggie suggested  that day when I had approached her with a whole list of words I heard Rebecca using. I had carefully written them all out for her to explain to me.  Maggie looked at the words I had written on the list and said that I had done a wonderful job of printing out the words and most of them were spelled correctly. She shared with me how I could improve their spelling and then introduced to me the most wonderful, amazing, inspiring, book. It is a book of knowledge. It is called the DICTIONARY.

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I loved the book the moment I saw it. Of course I needed a little help getting it off of the book shelf and on to the table, but like Maggie said, “What are friends for”? and she laughed.

Maggie explained how to find a word in the big book that I was looking for. You look for the first letter first then the second, oh it was just so exciting.  It gets tricky though, you really have to know how to spell the words correctly first. For instance, did you know “knowledge” starts with a “K’, not an “N”.  Well someone was really thinking when they put this book together. I think everyone should have a dictionary!

You will never guess what the first word that I found in the dictionary all by myself was!?!………….Yup, you guessed right, “Friend“, it is now one of my most favorite words. :).

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This was THE BEST rainy day I had enjoyed in ages. I sat and read the words in there until my eyes got so tired even with my glasses on.  Maggie made me a nice cup of tea to enjoy while I read. Every once in a while someone would come into the kitchen and ask  Maggie why I was so quiet, she would respond with just one word, “Dictionary”, “aha” they would say, and tip toe out of the room.

Bobbin was not so interested in my big book so he read a book that was more his cup of tea.  I told him that if he found a word in his book that he did not understand he could ask me to look it up in the dictionary and I would tell him the meaning of his word.  I think Bobbin and I have found a game that we both like to play now. For a cat who cannot speak human he sure understands a lot. I do not know where I learned Cat but it has come in handy many times. For instance, when Bobbin gets into one of those moods where he just really needs to hunt, I can remind him that I am not here to be hunted nor am I a chew toy and he listens.  He is very special, and I have learned from my dictionary that, “special”, can me many things, so it is really what my cat friend Bobbin is…..special :).

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I was pretty sure there were no trips planned for a month or so and I was kind of glad because it was going to take me at least that long to read the whole dictionary.

But you would not believe where our next adventure was. It was very exciting, here is a hint:  I was squeezed by monsters, there were smelly things and lots of colour, oh and I can not forget manicures and afternoon tea…….those are the clues to whet your appetite for the next blog post.

Inquisitively yours,

Patchez

 

 

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“Eyes” in Florida

So I just know you have been wondering what exciting and amazing adventure we were on just ten days after getting home from cruising to Disneyland!  We were off to Florida!  Not just any old city in Florida though, it was one of the best. We were going to Orlando.  Oh I was so very excited about this idea, because “you-know-who” has his summer resort there 🙂 and I was hoping so much we could go and see my oldest friend Mickey.

Rebecca explained to me that the first place we were going to was for business and we had to be on our beary best behavior.  We were staying at a resort where they were hosting the international optometrist conference.  It would be a big gathering of people who look after people’s eyes. OOOHHH!  I listened ever so carefully as she explained things to me. We were going to tell all the optometrists that came from all over the world about our new app that can help to make people’s eyes healthy and it would help children in a very special way. OOOOOHHHH!  This sounded so important. So now all those boring business meetings with all the white board pictures, and the talking and listening and talking and listening was turning out to be something that we could share with other people and even help them. I was so excited to be able to be included in the adventure.  I was so happy to learn that Jenny was going to be there and cousin Brit and her Mom.

We met up with cousin Brit at the airport and her Mom was there too, Becky calls her Auntie and that is such a beautiful name to give her.  She has a beautiful smile and I knew I was going to like her right off the bat.   The airplane ride was long and we got to Florida and found Jenny at the hotel. They got right to work setting up the display. My job was to make sure the room that Becky and Jenny shared was at the proper temperature for them to have a good rest when they came back from setting up.

The conference was so much work for my friends, they spent long hours talking to the eye doctors  and then the eye doctors would have lots of questions for them. My Jenny and Becky kept smiling and telling people answers and the people would nod there heads and listen, it was just like a business trip meeting but more people and everyone was very nice to each other.

At the end of the conference it was decided that it was BEARY successful and that their team was on the right track, now they had to get down to business and polish things up. Well, I have not seen anyone polishing things, they just keep looking at funny pictures and talking to each other on the computer every week and making big plans.

We all went to Disney World when the conference was over. Poor Becky had such a sore foot. I forgot to tell you she had had a nasty fall down the stairs to her place carrying a bowl of soup one night and she hurt her foot so bad. She went to a Dr. and he said she was going to be ok but I am concerned about her foot, it is not getting better very fast :(.  So Disney World was lots of walking but we got to see so many exciting things. I am going to post some pics that we took while we were there.  I kind of wished Maggie was there too but she said that she just can not be going all the time on trips….then she winked at me.  I just know she wanted to be there too.

Saying good bye to Jenny and Bobby was so sad for me. I feel loved when Jenny holds me in her arms.  And when no one is looking Bobby smiles at me, but it’s our secret.  Jenny and Bobby got to stay a little longer at Disney World but that is ok, I was ready to get back to the Pacific North West and have a good ole rest. Winter was coming in and I needed to get ready for the cold weather.  Our flight home seemed long cause I was anxious to see Maggie. She was waiting outside at the airport for us and ever so happy to give Becky and I a big hug.

I slept beary well once I got to my room and snuggled into my bed.  I know that Disney World is bigger than Disneyland, but I found myself wondering if  bigger is always better. I could not help but think about all my old friends back in California and wondered if I will ever be fortunate enough to go on another trip to see them all.  I also thought about all those nice people who came from all over the world to learn how to make people’s eyes work better, that is a very nice job to have.  I did not get to meet Dr. Ess who works with Becky and Jenny, but I sure hope I get to meet her some day.  Becky told me lots of Dr.s really respect Dr. Ess.

I am now going to go and look in the dictionary and learn about respect, what an interesting word …R-E-S-P-E-C-T. hmmm.

continuously pondering,

Patchez

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