Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This, That, and Nothing

Apache Junction AZ - hot, hot, hot

Mostly nothing.  The hot Arizona summer keeps us inside in the air conditioning most of the time. We hit 115 yesterday but cooling down to 110 today. It really isn't as bad as it sounds because our humidity has been really low. We also haven't had any monsoon storms yet but the weather people keep telling us that they are coming - someday. 

Fluffy clouds are pretty scarce during the summer so we really appreciate them when they do show up.

They also make for a pretty sunrise over the Superstition Mountains. 

Jim has made great strides in his recovery. He is almost back to his old self. Makes me very happy. He's riding his bike around the park every morning and I'm walking. We get it done early in the morning before the heat settles in. (I just want everyone to know - I HATE WALKING!!) I have always hated it even when I was young and spry. It is so boring. I'm looking into getting some ear bud thingies so I can figure out how to listen to a book or music or something. 

There are still 9 of us who meet every Tuesday morning for treats and company. We have a few people returning to the park in August so our little group will grow. It really helps to break up the week and gives us something to look forward to.

The pups are definitely showing signs of old age. Skittlez's back legs give out frequently and she is deaf. This picture shows how she stands most of the time. She spends most of the day sleeping. 

Rocky is going blind and deaf. It really is sad to see him get stuck in a corner and he can't find his way out. But he's learning to cope and is still a lot more active than Skittlez. He loves his Dad but doesn't feel the need anymore to spend all his time in Jim's lap. Which is a good thing since it is so hot. (Our air conditioning really works great in our trailer but all of our front windows face west and it still gets a little warm about 4:00 p.m. with the sun beating down on us.)

We've really been enjoying all the coverage on the moon landing 50 years ago. It's still amazing to me when I look up into the sky at night and realize that man has actually walked on that moon.

The moon setting this morning.

Our talented daughter-in-law, Michaela, painted a mural in the cat room at the vet's office where she works.

She has an Etsy account showing her work.

That is the news from here. We are doing just fine. Life is good.


  1. Great news about Jim. Despite hating walking it is good to do it. Such a healthy thing to do for your body. You both want to stay healthy.

    So very sorry about the pups. It breaks my heart. I can only imagine what it would feel like to find you baby lost in a corner. Keep going them all the love you can.

  2. giving them all the love, dang auto correct.

  3. It's good to hear Jim is recovering so well. Yes, ear buds and music can make walking fun--dancing down the street, anyone? The pups know you still love them and that's the important part, right?

  4. Nice to hear from you again and that Jim is improving. You are managing the heat very well from the sounds of it.
    So sad to hear of your dogs going down hill.

  5. Glad to hear from you again Sandi and to hear that Jim is doing well.

  6. That is great news about Jim!!! I know that makes you both happy!! I HATE walking too!! I much prefer my walking on a nature trail but I try to walk whenever and wherever I can!!
    I understand about the fur babies!!! Our Shih Tzu is 13 and has dementia!! His eye sight is not great but he can hear. His legs give out at times as well!! It is sad...wish they didn’t age as fast as they do!

  7. I am so HAPPY that Jim is doing so much better. You had me worried for awhile. A book or music would probably help divert your boredom. Two years ago when my Jim had the back issue, I was walking alone and it is boring!

  8. 115.... that must be really hot.

  9. So happy to hear Jim is doing so well. This heat is rotten. I do not like curtains but my bedroom and master bath have windows on the west side. So I bought darkening drapes for the bedroom besides the shade and or the bathroom I bought art foam board and put it up against the widow behind the shade and the curtains, I has helped.

    Stay cool

  10. Glad you are learning to cope with the Arizona Summer.
    It's bad when we age but sad when we see our pets aging faster.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  11. Your Rocky is a spitting image of my Choco, who is blind, can't smell, hips in awful condition, incontinent and can't hear unless I raise my voice to the point of the neighbors hearing me. Sure makes me sad to think what should be the next step yet I hesitate. He is 14 now. He and your Rocky could pass for identical twins, down to the last white whisker. Artistic talent makes me a bit envious and regretful I didn't pursue it.

  12. Great piece of art work. I've been indoors for the longest time too. I'm so tired of it. My grocery is the coldest store I know. I'm so hot from just getting to the store that that first blast of really cold air just makes me happy every time. I can spend a lot more money when I'm cold!

  13. How old are your dogs? My Luci is 14 in Dec... she is really getting white and think at times she can't hear me... maybe she is ignoring me too!! that is always a possibility... hahaha

  14. Just wondering how you're gonna handle the heat when summer gets here. :cD

    Seems like just yesterday I watched the moon landing on TV. Can't believe it's been 50 years!

  15. Fluffy cloud is a warm welcome (something uplifting)

  16. 115 was as hot as we had during our summer in the blast furnace. No monsoons is a good thing, hope that hasn't changed since your posting.

  17. Herein our desert-y town in SoCA. 115 is just too dang hot. We are not hitting those #, just in middle 90s.

  18. I have been a bad blogger and cannot seem to get back to it..Glad to hear you are both doing well. We are hoping to get out of Illinois for the Winter...Medical stuff here as well. I would love to get out of Illinois PERMANENTLY, just sayin'.

  19. I do not like that kind of heat, I would be a puddle. Much love to the fur babies, it's never easy watching them age.

    I can finally post here again! I needed to update my prehistoric web browser.


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