Dec 122014
 

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The bad news is, I caught a cold. The good news is, after 9 years of not having a cold or a flu due to a broken immune system, I caught a cold!

Wait! What?  I know, it’s hard to see the silver lining. But really, it’s great news that I caught a cold because it means my immune system is finally starting to function normally. As miserable as it feels to catch a cold while rotating through 11 medications for Lyme & Co. (Lyme & co-infections) this month, I keep smiling on the inside. You see, for 8 years, I struggled with insomnia and a plethora of other auto-immune inflammatory issues but never once did I catch a common cold or flu.  My sixth sense told me this was unnatural, unlike the dozens of doctors who loved to tell me whenever I asked about why it was I never got sick despite the fact that my joints ached and I never slept, that I was just either lucky or very healthy.

I know! Right? What kind of quackery is that?  Continue reading »

Dec 082014
 
Dingo Bells

Long time readers will recognize this month’s masthead from December 2009. I took a short cut and repeated one of my favorite cracker and criminal holiday adventures. As usual, Lyme and Co-infections company has left little in the bank for creativity. But the good news is, I’m getting closer to recovery. I swear internet. With […]

Nov 032014
 
Adventures in Dogcations

This year, we were able to get away for a few days for our anniversary. I’ve been wanting to go up North to a dog friendly environment and hike some headlands and river trails. Last year I was too sick to even sit at my computer and this year, though I’m still on plenty of drugs […]

Oct 272014
 
Thirteen

Thirteen years ago, I married that serious looking fella above.  It was a  little surprising for me to marry such a quiet, contemplative dude, given that I’m basically a loud-mouth Italian. But hey, it works and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that we found eachother.

Oct 232014
 
The Layers of Lyme

Mr. Wild Dingo sat in the kitchen watching me prepare dinner. He claimed he changed his routine from working in the office to the kitchen so he could spend more time with me. Knowing his passion for the economy of motion, I suspected it was easier for him to stay close to me rather than jump […]

Sep 082014
 
The Big Sulk

“Sigh.  Life’s just not fair.” You may be wondering why Loki is sulking like a child whose mom is making him leave Disneyland before he gets to ride Space Mountain . . . for the tenth time.

Aug 252014
 
Happy Juno-versary!

Last weekend, we all celebrated Juno’s 7th birthday and 6th anniversary with us. Instead of the typical family day with just the four of us, we took a very big hike in the mountains with some friends and dog pals. Juno is nothing if not social. She enjoys the company of other dogs on our […]

Jul 062014
 
Brought to You by the Letter B

This month’s masthead is brought to you by the letter “B.”  B is for butterfly, bee and bull thistle.  I could watch nature’s co-workers for hours as they each take what they need from the thistle. As long as I didn’t have to move much.

Jun 092014
 
She's Still Got it!

The other day, I came home to find not one, but two pairs of leather shoes, completely in tact, sitting exactly where I left them,  right under Juno’s nose. I thought that maybe she had finally grown out of her mastication crimes and it made me kind of sad.

Jun 052014
 
Where the Hell are my Wings?

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr. A flock of brawny pelicans soar the sky above the sea one evening. I’m feeling weak and my headaches have returned. All […]

May 272014
 
Happy Loki-versary!

This past weekend we celebrated Loki’s sixth year with us and his seventh birthday.  I could live three lifetimes with Loki and it wouldn’t be long enough to truly understand the complexity of his emotional and behavioral make-up.

May 212014
 
Hard Core

A few weeks ago, the cracker, the criminal and I had a fantastic 6-mile hike, climbing up 1500 feet. Yes, it’s true. I’m getting a lot better.  But I still have a long way to go. I’m functioning anywhere between 30-40% my normal level. And while a 6 mile hike may seem like I’m fully […]

Apr 272014
 
So You Think You Can Herd Goats

It was 7 pm on a Friday. Rush hour for the mountains. I spotted a man looking down the hillside at our pasture where the goats were grazing. I sighed contently. “Another lookie-loo admiring the goats,” I thought. It made me happy that people enjoyed watching them. But as I passed the man, I noticed […]

Apr 212014
 
Squeeeeeee!

The Saturday following the arrival of our Hungry Goats, Mr. Wild Dingo and I entered the pasture from Lower Nitwit trail to begin our dog walk.  As usual, I began taking photos while Mr. Wild Dingo, the cracker and the criminal all patiently looked on.  Then I saw a little black blob that wasn’t there […]

Apr 192014
 
Gone to the Goats

It’s that time of year again when the pasture at the end of NitWit trail becomes overgrown. Normally we use our fantastic land clearing crew who’ve not only developed Lower Nitwit trail but have been instrumental in keeping the property fire-safe. We were at a point though that it was becoming more difficult to manage […]