The Search Continues…

It’s been three weeks since my last entry!  This task is far more daunting than I first envisioned – When has that ever stopped me? Never…

I wish I could write that I haven’t blogged because I’ve been so busy doing new things, but that wouldn’t be true.  There have been a couple of new things that I’ll be sharing but life or should I say habits have a way of anchoring us down. If I’ve learned anything through these past four months is life doesn’t deliver new things they must be sought out – You have to get out and out of your own way to experience them.

With that said here are a few new things I’ve tried since my last post; First and the most fun standup paddle boarding. I was invited by a dear friend to try it out, being a lover of anything on or in the water I was game. Thankfully I have good balance and a fairly strong core from my martial arts training so balance was not an issue. Paddle boarding gives you a different perspective being upright than you get from sitting in a kayak. I felt like a gondola driver (if that’s the correct term). The paddling is certainly more akin to canoeing than kayaking which gave my shoulders a bit of a break but my forearms took a bit of a hit. All in all a wonderful experience one I hope to try again, however nothing beats the connection to the water than a kayak and this experience made me want to get into my kayak all the more!

My next new thing was a new author, Kate Carlisle of the cozy mystery genre her book  Homicide in Hardcover was a delight well written and fun to read! I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in the series.

My final new thing was a blueberry lemon bread that I made from a recipe that I found on line. The bread came out great (it was done before the crazy heat). The recipe was fairly straight forward but if you don’t like a lot of chopping and shredding lemon peels then stick to a quick bread mix …

Well that brings me to a total of 20 new things in four months, which if I my math is correct I’m right on track for completing my goal…

Gin

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NEW (not by choice)

I admit that when I first had the idea of celebrating my 60th year with “60 New Things” I thought they’d all be of my choosing — Not so!

My vision was new adventures, new places, faces and things… Although some of that has happened, a few New (not by choice) things have occurred too. For example caring for aging cats have brought the following New adventures; twice a day insulin administration, weekly B12 injections along with crushing half a Pepcid Ac and hiding it in food, and my personal favorite Colace stuffed moist cat food balls. All for one too sweet cat named Sage, who is battling diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. My other aging feline Gracie suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, and also has a special diet and medications.

There is much more to caring for these elder cats than meds and food. For instance Sage’s neuropathy has caused weakness in her hind legs, requiring me to become creative with aids for her getting onto the bed and couch, placing a large bin under the litter box to catch urinary overflow, and there is the constant monitoring of diet, makings sure that they aren’t eating the other’s food which would cause havoc with their health!

This has lead me to thinking of about all the other pet parents with aging pets and facing challenges of caring for their fur-babies — I think there should be some sort of pet home-care and hospice services. My vet says there is a big need… Who knows this may be my 3rd career ?

I’ve grouped these “things” into one so far 17 new things 43 to go! Hopefully more of my choosing…

G