Puppies and Flowers

The weather has been cool and comfortable, for the most part, although sometimes too rainy. I have been spending a lot of time in the back yard with the Scampers, reading and taking photographs. It has been relaxing. The past week and ongoing have been harrowing emotionally, and my system has low tolerance for that sort of thing, and so I have concentrated on resting, eating sensibly and taking care of myself. The Scampers have been getting into everything at every opportunity. We spent our “puppy time” watching them sleep, and then had to wake them for the last trip outside and the bedtime treat: dried beef liver.

I have been doing well with the bicycling (stationary exercise bike) with 2.5 to 3.1 miles a day, and my blood oxygen level is mostly 90% or above, while my pulse rate is usually around 70 bpm. The muscle tone is coming back, but I think that would improve with an elliptical set-up that would stretch and exercise more muscle sets. At the end of this month, we will be getting our eyes checked for glasses. I lost my last pair years ago and have been wearing older trifocals to the range. That’s been the only time I have worn glasses. It will be different, seeing what is going on around me.

I have enjoyed playing the piano as well as the photography and exercise. I think that it lifts my spirits to concentrate on activities that require dexterity and repetition in order to achieve set goals. I still am working on consistency. I have perhaps three or four weeks before ragweed pollen season starts, at which time I will be spending the majority of my time inside with air cleaners in each room until the snow falls to cover the ground and everything on it.

The parents still are not doing as well as one would wish. One must work to retain mobility and perception. Things to keep in mind as we age, so that we work to avoid pitfalls as we continue through our life together.

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Flowers and Puppy Dogs

The puppies have recovered from their visit to the veterinary clinic, middle of the week, and are now microchipped. Charlie’s umbilical hernia was repaired, and they’ve been neutered. I hope they haven’t damaged themselves; they did not have any real “down time”. Now that they’ve gone through their pain pills, perhaps they’ll slow down? Nah!

The thunderstorms previously seem to have prepared The Scampers for the holiday weekend’s fireworks and accompanying noise. I’m hoping that the promised rain showers keep the air clean enough that I can go out with them. I’d hate to think of how bad the air quality would be in this neighborhood if fireworks weren’t illegal.

It’s been a full day, here, and I’m looking forward to getting some sleep, finally.