Circus Animals

(Bella the Balancing Cat.)

Life has been keeping me fairly busy here in the Bogs.  It’s been mostly the domestic sort of stuff.  You know, cleaning house, doing laundry, organizing things.  But it’s not all work and no play.  We went out with friends on Tuesday and had a great time.  We also had some good food at the new Thai restaurant in Akron —  Cilantro Thai & Sushi which, I see, is getting some bad reviews mostly about the service.  Their website doesn’t work so I won’t bother with a link.

Our experience was somewhat similar to the last two reviewers here.   The hostess greeted us with “Do you have reservations?”  I said no and that seemed to throw her (and a few other staff members) for a small loop, as if they weren’t sure what to do or how to seat five of us without a reservation.  The hostess made a phone call (to the manager, I assume) who (I’m guessing) told her which table to move and where to put it.  There were plenty of empty tables so I’m not sure what the big deal was.  They moved a table from the front (near the window) to near the door where we came in.

After that the service was decent and fairly friendly.  We ordered hot green tea which was, unfortunately, tepid.  Even after we asked them to warm it up it was still tepid.  The Thai food was good and the spiciness was about right (I ordered my dish — a spicy Thai tofu with vegetables — with a spiciness of 3 on a scale of 0 to 5).  I don’t know about the sushi since I didn’t try it.  I’d go back again but probably more out of convenience (because we happened to be in the area) than because I liked the place.  I prefer Thai Gourmet in Stow.  The service is better, the tea is hot, the food is excellent, and they don’t become confused and have to make phone calls if we walk in without a reservation.

Like millions of other people, we have been watching the Winter Olympics.  We don’t have cable television service so we have limited options as far as television viewing goes.  Sometimes we catch up online with things we want to see and weren’t able to stay up for or were not being shown on the main NBC network.  The athletes are inspiring and I could use all the inspiration I can get when it comes to my healthy living project of trying to become a stronger and fitter me.

(Red-shouldered hawk doing a balancing act.)

Yesterday while we were eating lunch we had four hawks come by, one of which caught something (it looked like a mole or vole).  They put on quite a show, flying around and balancing on the tops of trees.  It was nice of them to provide us with some lunchtime entertainment.  The smaller birds didn’t appreciate the visit.  The feeders, normally hopping with visitors, were empty until the hawks moved on to other territory.

The snow is back.  It never really left.  We had some melting earlier in the week but there was still a good foot or so of snow on the ground even after the rain.  We’re under a winter storm warning until 4pm tomorrow with snowfall totals of 6-12 inches (more in snowbelt regions) being predicted.

(Last night’s view of the pond.)

And that, folks, is about it from the Bogs for now.

(Izzy getting ready to do a flying leap from the laundry table.)