Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Out patient surgery on Thursday 18th Jan

At Sarasota Vascular Associates, 7:30 a.m. on what will be a cold and frosty morning. (31f forecast for Sarasota),cold by our Florida standards!

It will be to insert a stent into the Iliac artery which feeds blood to my legs.


The iliac artery is located just to the left side of the body of the fourth lumbar vertebra, where the abdominal aorta divides into two arteries. These again divide as they descend from the end of the aorta and each divides, between the last lumbar vertebra and the sacrum, into the external iliac artery, which supplies blood to much of the lower limbs.

This is not me!

My early bird neighbour Barbara will drive me to the clinic.

My good pal Rick will drive me home.

It's routine surgery, but I am more than a wee bit anxious.


In the meantime I got a call from the Humane Society to tell me that Zion is now free of heart worm and ready for adoption.

It didn't seem wise to welcome into my home until after my surgery, so I will pick him up on Friday at 11:00 when the Humane Society opens its doors, (and not a minute later!)

Hi Pittsfield MA friends

Why does this Clinic on Hillview Street, Sarasota take my mind back to Pittsfield, MA?

Those connected with St. Stephen's Parish in that City will know why!

Finding my place in the Universe

When I 'phoned a near neighbour and she had no idea who I was until I mentioned my cat's name!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

So long, it's been good to know you/ Getting my fix.

So long  to my favourite trousers.  They have been with me to the U.K., Norway, Vietnam, Ecuador and Australia.  I  would describe them as "easy on/easy off".  Now there are holes which you cannot see, and cuffs/turn-ups  in terrible and unrepairable condition. It fell to my duty to put them in the trash today.

(Is holding on to old, beloved  and well worn clothes a male thing, or a human thing?)


Sans a dog I've been getting my fix by lurking in the neighbourhood to greet and be sweet with other canines.

I've struck out today with Seamus (Irish Terrier); Shorty (Cairn Terrier); Annie and Kate (Black Labs); Louis and Vittone (Standard Poodles), and Maggie (Schnauzer), and a gorgeous Greyhound whose name I do not know.

I am shameless about this!  

(My U.K. family members know that I was never a great dog lover, but the fabulous Penne, my friend for nine years  changed my mind.)

Oh how I mis her!