Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Laughing, crying & eating ice cream--just another day.

On my last visit to the Arctic zoo. . .sigh. . .,the polar bears were emoting and pacing in the cold and spewing their cold breath. Such beautiful creatures with those incredibly b.i.g. feet.

I only recently heard about Ben & Jerry's new ice cream flavor--Baked Alaska--which has marshmallow swirls and white chocolate polar bears. Marshmallow and chocolate bears can't be all bad. Up to par with their usually clever design, this carton has a polar bar leaning on a thermometer and the phrase: If its melted its ruined. I haven't tried it yet. Two reviews I found actually came from Sweden and England. . .hmmm. Anne's Food, a blog I frequent, has a photo and her take on the flavor. Also, more at Snackspot.

And speaking of our four-legged friends, we just picked up our dear Pashka's ashes and a little gift from the animal hospital.

It seems they took this impression of her left paw (which was referred to in our house as her 'mush foot') after she passed and had it fired as a keepsake for us. Whew, this was almost more than I could handle at first. . .but now it has a place of prominence along with her (heavy) box of ashes. Our plan is to take her with us this summer to the Lake Superior area around Duluth and scatter her ashes somewhere along the trail used for the Beargrease Dog Races.


Marianne said...

The Polar bears are truly magnificent. Perhaps they were referring to the glacial ice melting? Certainly, if it melts it's ruined on many levels.
Pashka's footprint, that brought tears to my eyes, how kind and thoughtful.

Fruitful Vine said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I had no idea that these bears look so majestic. Great pictures.

GreenishLady said...

That memento of Pashka is really a kind thought of the animal hospital. I'm sure it was difficult to take it at first, but as time passes, I think you will really value having it with you.

AnnieElf said...

Awww, Noni, what a kind and thoughtful thing for your vet to do. We get signed condolescences and that feels good too. I have a collection of those from all the animals we've had to help along to their final rest over the years.

On another note, sad to say but when I look at polar bears, all I can think of these days is how impacted they are becoming due to arctic changes and loss of ice packs. They are such beautiful creatures.

Granny Smith said...

Polar bears are such wonderfully majestic animals, and it a source of sorrow that those in the wild are so threatened by global warming.

It's hard to believe that spring is just arriving in some places. Here the spring blossoms and flowers are all past.

Hmm! Baked Alaska. Now THAT sounds really good!

hpy said...

That was a nice thing to do - but hard to get at that moemnt. That's sure!