Saturday * March 28th 2015

The Cure for Anything…

morningmoonsmallMy cyber buddy Lisa has a blog which has the title of the Isak Dinesen quote.  To be quite honest, I never pondered upon the true meaning of those words.  However, for me in the time I’ve spent here on the beach in Puerto Peñasco I’ve found them to be true.

In the two months I’ve been here, I’ve been “seeking out my bliss.”  I’ve joined a couple of social groups that meet for drinks and dinner, and have become fast friends with a couple from Prince George, British Columbia.  I’m exercising (on an outside patio facing the ocean) three times a week, and have indulged in pedicures with some massages booked.

The American Legion AND the Playa Bonita RV park (next door) play Bingo (on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively).  To be honest I’ve never been much of a Bingo fan, but both places play “Shooter Bingo.”  There are six games with the last being blackout or coverall.  After someone wins a game, the caller calls a “shooter number.”  If you have that number on your card, you either get a shot of tequila or a small chocolate candy.  I won the blackout game at the American Legion, and one of the games at Playa Bonita.  :-)  It’s great fun.

Cali has thrived, and it’s a joy to see her romp on the beach chasing pelicans and introducing herself to other dogs out for beach walks.

I’ve had a sun drop made for my awning, so now I have a pleasant patio to sit and watch the ocean.  Next week, I’ve having the two sofas in my Lazy Daze recovered.  After much pondering, I’ve decided upon a light tan “pleather” (vinyl leather).

I had my 63rd birthday last Sunday, and my friend Al took me out to dinner at what I think is the best restaurant in Puerto Peñasco – Chef Mickey’s.  My new Canadian friends came along too, making for a very pleasant evening.

Please forgive me for not posting, but the truth is I’m healing in the “salt water.”  Seriously…

 

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A Bicycle Dilemma…

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When I sold my Toyota Dolphin, I took my bicycle off the hitch receiver in the back and stored it in my garage.  The chain was rusty, so I took some WD-40 and cleaned it, then lubed the chain.  However, something was still amiss…

I took my bike to a local bike shop and found several components on my bicycle were destroyed – probably due to someone hitting me in the rear in a parking lot and causing the damage.  The cost of repairs outweighed the overall cost of the bicycle.  :-(

The guy at the bike shop was nice, and took off my “extras.”  (bell, kickstand, etc…)  I asked if their was a place that the bike shop donated bikes, parts, etc…  Yes there was!  So, at least to have a good feeling I donated the bicycle and the working parts will be cannibalized to create complete bicycles for children.  :-)

Since I had sold my Toyota Dolphin (and switched insurance), I didn’t feel I could submit any sort of claim.

Also, since I’ve “upgraded” to a different RV and spent lots of money I don’t feel I can afford to buy a bike at this time.  I’ll save my money, and when I can afford it a new bicycle will be mine.  I do need a bicycle with an adjustable handlebar, since I’ve had two wrist surgeries (right wrist) and comfort is mandatory to ride.  I’ve got my eye on a Specialized Expedition Sport Low Entry

You’d think I’d be somewhat depressed about the situation, but “it is what it is.”  At least the parts are going to a good cause…

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The Cali Report…

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My Best Girl!

As many of you know, Calamity Jane (a.k.a. “Cali”) is my terrier-mix (probably with a poodle) that I adopted thirteen years ago from the local animal shelter here in Las Cruces.  She’s always been a happy girl, although at times she’s a little naughty.

Last summer she had two surgeries for a fast growing malignant soft tissue sarcoma.  She’s old and has some soft “lumpy bumpies,” but this one was hard and different.  While the surgery was successful, I still worried.

Recently, Cali has developed a cough with gagging at the end.  She’s a food “gulper,” so I wasn’t too worried.  However, when the cough became more frequent I made an appointment with the vet.  Sadly, Cali also has developed canine osteoarthritis.  She has bad days and good days.  The bad days involved licking her right front paw, limping, and sometimes crying out in pain from moving.  I had stopped giving her Dasuquin, and only gave her a Previcox when she seemed to be in distress.

I found out at the vet that the coughing was due to seasonal allergies.  It’s very strange, but lately my allergies seem to be much better (and Cali’s do too).

The vet gave me some tips on pain management, and said that once Cali is in distress it takes much longer for her to rebound from the pain if I give her medication “after the fact.”  So, now I’ve re-introduced the Dasuquin and she’s on a daily dose of Previcox.  The vet also gave me a prescription for Tramadol.  We decided that if she’s having a really “bad day” I should give her a Tramadol in addition to the other medications.

At thirteen, my “best girl” deserves to be comfortable and pain free.  The medications “don’t come cheap,” but I can’t put a price on the companionship and love Cali gives me.  She’s already “bounced back” to her old self after two days on daily Previcox.

In addition, Cali showed no signs of tumor re-occurrence at the vet.  Her heart was strong and her lungs were clear.  Did I say that I love my girl?

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