One of my best friends had surgery last week to remove her gallbladder and I went up to visit her for the weekend and spend time with her. For the first time in 2.5 years, I was the one taking care of another sick person. Well she’s not sick, just recovering from surgery. I showed up at her house with 3 grocery bags of food and a bouquet of flowers. I seriously overdid it but I was pretty excited to help someone else out for a change.
She lives in the middle of nowhere and today we went to this place where you can view elk. Elk are freakin’ HUGE. Here look……


It was my first time ever seeing an elk and I said to my friend “why have I never seen an elk?” I say really stupid things sometimes. She said “because they don’t live in Pittsburgh Amy.” You may not find this as hilarious as we did but we laughed for hours over this.
I’m a city girl and have no idea about anything having to do with the country and my friend’s friend spent the day with us. He hunts a lot and told me all about hunting and that there is a different call for every animal. So I grilled him for a few hours about the different calls of every animal I could think of. It was pretty darn funny, he liked it I could tell.

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25 replies

  1. We lived in Colorado for many years near Estes Park. It is the town at the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park where they have several wild herds of elk. They are huge! And to see them challenging eachother over the “girls” is a site. So is hearing them “bugle!” Our oldest was just 2 1/2 when we first went up to see the elk. He looked out the window and said, “Wow! BIG doggie!” Ok, it was funny to me 😛

  2. I saw an elk fairly close once when cross-country skiing in Yellowstone. The bison on the trails were much scarier. We detoured a long way around them. The geysers were great in winter.

  3. You are a good friend. Nothing makes you feel better about yourself than doing something for someone.

  4. How wonderful you could help. How did you get there? How did you manage the logistics of groceries and flowers?

    • I drove there. I put 2 grocery bags in my duffel bag/ overnight thing cause it was all dry stuff. And the flowers I stuffed in the other grocery bag so I wasn’t really carrying much. This question gave me an idea for another blog post.

  5. Amy, I really like and enjoy your posts. I have been reading them now for about 2 months. I had a cerebellar stroke in July, 2012 at the ripe old age of 62. I am really doing well, but I want to do more. You encourage me and provide hope and you really understand the stroke stuff. I am so sorry that you had to go through this at such a young age. I hope this does not offend you but I do pray for you daily. My faith has really helped me with all of this (and a wife who is an angel). I am responding to the Elk post because you were wrong about one thing. This was not the first time you cared for someone in 2.5 years. You have cared for and helped me and a bunch like me numerous times during that 2.5 years. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and your story. Take really good care.
    Bob McLaughlin
    Lexington, KY

  6. So cool! What a sweet time! How cool to look back on your last two and a half years and see the evolution. You’re an inspiration, Amy. I am positive your friend was absolutely blessed by you.

    My dad is a hunter. His dad was a hunter until he passed. My parents have stuffed bears, a dear, and a racoon in their living room. My grandparents had elk, deer, a mountain lion, bears, etc. It was like a creepy museum in their living room. Yep. I live in California…in the Valley. It’s not all what it seems like on TV. 🙂

  7. You may not have elk in Pittsburgh, but we do here in NYC, right in my home borough of Queens actually: http://www.wcs.org/press/press-releases/roosevelt-elk-calf.aspx. We also have a baby rhino in the Bronx.

  8. Your visiting your surgery patient friend and helping her is uplifting to all of we fellow cerebellar stroke victims. I too want to be a helper again and not a helpee! The fact that you were able to do so is very, very encouraging. Congratulations on your determination.

  9. It’s funny how you get more competent with the passage of time. At first, I didn’t even try to do too much, since I thought I would fail. Now, I know I can do whatever I put my mind to.time heals all, perhaops not perfectly, but pretty well…life is much more enjoyable when you have the sopace to think iof others. Marta

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