Tuesday * September 2nd 2014

A Bump in the Road…

Traveling doesn’t come without challenges…

I broke away from the WIN group in my summer travels to visit some tango communities and improve my dancing.  As in regular life (as opposed to RV life), there are people who are authentic and true, and people that have ulterior motives.  There are some kind souls in the group, but in life not everyone “plays fair” and/or are the type of people you want (or actually need) as friends.  People will make assumptions about you based on their own inferiority – sad but true.  I do better in small groups where folks don’t all try to be “the boss” and go out of their way to gossip about individuals.

Bless them and move on…

Cali had surgery…


Cali has to wear an e-Collar for a week or so – she is NOT amused.


The “ow-ies.”

When we left home in early June, Cali was fine.  However, I noticed a rapidly growing mass under her left arm/shoulder that was the size of an egg.  Not wanting to wait until we returned home, I had a vet in Lincoln City needle aspirate the mass.  Fatty tumors are common in older dogs and Cali has one one her chest that has been checked.  However, while there were fatty cells, there were also suspicious ones.

Instead of sending a sample off to biopsy, I decided to have it removed and then biopsied.  Last Thursday Cali had surgery and I think it went well.  She had the mass in question completely removed (and sent to biopsy), as well as a hard nodule inside the fatty tumor on her chest that had been checked and benign.  She also had an eyelid tumor removed that the vet said could be problematic later.

Needless to say, I was a complete wreck.  I’m away from home, all on my own, and had visions of losing my best girl and driving home alone.  The vet has a good feeling about the biopsy, and said even it was something “bad,” she felt it was self-contained and she removed it completely.

Taking care…

I’m a little “rough around the proverbial edges” with this total experience, so I’ve decided to take care of myself.  I’m in Eugene dancing tango, and this coming weekend I’m attending a Richard Council workshop in Newport.  I decided a massage is in order, so I’ve scheduled one for Tuesday afternoon.  While life is unpredictable, all one can do is have faith and forge on…

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Tango in Portland…

I’ve been in Portland, Oregon for a couple of weeks now with my intent being to better my Argentine Tango. 

Gee, you can dance tango every night of the week here!  :-)  I’ve been staying at the Moose Lodge and taking a set of group lessons with Alex Krebs – a well-known instructor in the Portland area.  I’ve also signed on for a couple of private lessons, which were difficult to book since he’s pretty busy.

My plan is to stay in the Portland area for the month of July – maybe also the first week of August.

My posting has gone by the wayside.

However, there’s a good reason for that – the Moose Lodge has a HUGE cell phone tower on the edge of the lot.  Unfortunately, the sign says AT&T and not Verizon.  It literally blocks the signal of my phone that at time I get 1X – the lowest of the low.

I’m out today (I took the bus!) and had a mani/pedi, and now am at a local Starbuck’s in the Lloyd District slurping an iced hazelnut coffee and finally posting.   Not for long thought, it’s $1.00 taco night at the Moose Lodge and it’s really yummy.  You can’t beat a pint of Shock Top ale for $2.00 either!  ;-)

So, I’ll leave you with some pretty photos of the Portland Rose Test Garden…




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High Desert Living

I’m really enjoying high desert living here in Bend, Oregon…

Tree-lined Path

Fragrant pine path…

I’ve been dancing a little tango, frequenting thrift stores, and visiting the Senior Center.  The Senior Center is wonderful, with two lunches a week and lots of activities and exercise classes.  On Tuesday, lunch is $3.50 and they show a movie afterwards.  The movie was “We’re the Millers” and I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time.  Yes, it was somewhat goofy and raunchy – but it was one of those movies where you just sit back and LAUGH!

Wild Roses

Beautiful and sweet smelling wild roses…

Parking at the Moose Lodge has been great since I don’t have a tow car.  I go inside to visit and have a drink and now I’m somewhat of a “local.”  For some reason, I was there rather late and there were five women left (one was the bartender).   We were playing the slot machines, one of the woman said, “If I get the bonus, I’ll buy a round.”  She did, but we took “vouchers” for a later time.  She got the bonus again and bought everyone a round of something called Fireball (a cinnamon flavored whiskey).

Speaking of playing the slot machines, I played a little.  I’m a very “careful” gambler and play the lowest bet.  In the time I’ve been here (and I haven’t played every night) I’ve hit the “three dragons that pay $100.00″ on a forty cent bet.  THREE TIMES!  Unfortunately, the dragon wanted a little playing cash before appearing…


Flowing water on a walk…

Cali and I took a long walk along a beautiful path by the Senior Center after lunch today.  Her arthritis seems to be in check, and I haven’t had to give her any Previcox – just the regular glucosamine.  She was somewhat “naughty” the other day.  I had a piece of peach pie that I had wrapped in plastic from lunch the other day.  I put it on the driver’s side dashboard thinking she couldn’t possibly reach it.  Wrong!  She ate the pie, the plastic wrap, and the paper plate.  The only evidence left was a small piece of the paper plate.  I’m thinking she may be part goat…

Are You Dead?

Apparently some “Dead Heads” in Bend…

It’s sunny and warm here in the mid-seventies.  People are friendly and I’m having a nice visit here.


Make a wish…

So, life so far on the road has been kind to me.  I’ve been able to move through and make decisions without placing blame and feeling hateful.  I’m beginning to realize that there are some people (and things) in life that no longer serve me.  In cases such as those, it’s just best to bless those people and move on.  In addition I’ve taken the initiative to reach out to some people that I felt ambivalent toward.

Don’t hold your breath, I’m not having aspiration of becoming Mother Teresa.

May the advent of summer find you happy and healthy, and may you embrace all the beauty and love the season has to give.  BREATHE, ENJOY, EXPERIENCE, LIVE, LOVE – REPEAT…


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