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Kefir!

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Hello again… its been a while… but… let me introduce “Kefir”.  He is a dreamy white long-haired little kitty.  Super funny and lovin life.. he climbs across the bookshelves like a expert rock climber somehow crossing each shelf as if there is a ledge.  Push ups.  Somehow.  He notices when there are animals on tv and jumps to greet them, only to be ignored. Poor lil guy.   He finds the arms in jackets so he can peer at you at the ends with the ears plugged on its ends.  A burrito with a face.

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c3dr

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This is what I call my sprint up to my house from the mailbox.  It stands for Coal Creek Canyon Driveway Run… don’t think anyone would of ever guessed it!  I always use my day planner for writing my exercise goals… after the acronym, i write the # of times its been accomplished, then a little box to check it off.  When I was running longer distances, it would be like this:  a preceding box, the word ‘run’, the distance in mi and then the # of times circled.  It could be a ‘sprint’ or ‘bike’ or whatever.  When the year is up, I will know exactly how many miles and number of times I’ve succeeded that year.  Of course, I could use an Android app or something, but believe me, it is much more fun this way! 

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Micmac

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He was going to be euthanized.  Its been since October when Micmac came into my life and home.  A creature with ice green eyes, smoke fur of black, grey and hints of white and beige.  This magnificent ball of long fur and tuffs everywhere, is a full grown adolescent, cutest squeaker alive with a look of compassion.  Meekie-face, I love this boy. 

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Seasons

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The year seems to quickly pass and mysteriously so.  It haunts me, the Seasons that is.  Hints of each within each, symmetric, different.  It could be the experience or just the change between them that haunts me.  I leave a part of myself yet take nothing in return, I hold onto those goosebumps as it goes…

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Raven’s Feather

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I heard chattering in the backyard, so much so, I had to look.  On the powerline above JL’s grave sat a single raven.  He looked at me for a while and flew off.  The next day above the grave he spoke again, looked at me and then flew away.  The following day, I took a walk down the street in the neighborhood, turned right after several blocks and stepped on a raven’s feather.   

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Jean Luc

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He was my love for 19 years.  I remember seeing him for the first time – his zest, friendliness and his most unusual sound, one in which I now know, was an intense intrigue and interest in me.  It took a little bit of time to earn his trust, but when I did, we were inseparable.  We went everywhere together from Arizona, to Texas, Houston and Austin, to Colorado, Longmont, Denver and Golden.  He was perfect in my eyes, beautiful, with long black/brown hair and large gold eyes.  He was a big darling boy – squeaking for words, fetching paper balls, and sitting center stage during my violin sessions and singing fits.  I made music for him and he showered me with sweet gazes.  He would come snuggle under the covers with me (with his face sticking out), practice “making biscuits” on my back, and understood my emotions very well.  When he sensed sadness, he would come lay by and rub my neck.  He was a old kitty soul that helped me so much throughtout the times.  He always knew what to do to.  In 2008, he started to have glaucoma and kidney issues – it was not visible until I took him to the vet in late 2009 because he seemed lethargic.  The vet gave him a kidney flush and stated he had 25% vision in his eyes and that he needs to be on k/d prescription food.  JL appeared to improve some.  Today was the sadest day in my life (thus far).  I noticed he was having trouble walking and eating.  He has been slowly starving to death.  The vet took a blood test and found all kidney enzymes extremely high and low levels of blood cells.  His glucose level indicated diabetes.  I had to have JL euthanized because they only gave him a couple of days to 2 weeks.  I could not take him home knowing that I would have to bring him back again.  I could not watch while he starved to death, vomited or had seizures.  It was absolutely painful for me, so much so, that I cried all day long for many days and everytime I think of it, my heart races.  I still cannot believe he is gone.  I held him in my arms while he became cold, asked for forgiveness and buried him in the backyard.  I love him so very much, God please keep him safe and happy for me.  JL, I hope I helped you too.  Love you,  My Beloved Pookie Face – 7/09/11.

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Violin, Cuckoo Clocks & Dried Food

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Its been a wild work life the past year.  So to keep sane, interests from the past and present have come into light.  I’ve always liked cuckoo clocks but never had it in my focus until recently… I bought my first clock at the Brass Armadillo Antique Store in Arvada, CO.  I’ve seen it before, but it grew on me the second time around.  Lonely and sad, it needed a home where it could tic toc and sing every 1/2 hour and on the hour.  Come to find out, one clerk told me that a co-worker is considered a cuckoo doctor and is actually labeled as such!  So, after arriving at his house, or rather his cuckoo nest, I realized I found a gem of a person, one that is very kind and fabulous and has a love of these clocks as evidenced on all of his walls.  After a little while, I noticed a couple more little ones, sad and lonely and guess what?  They have a new happy home.  So….. after a long while (well a month), I was browsing Ebay and noticed a 1900’s very old elaborately carved clock but it had a reserve… how lucky was I that it had a reserve of $50 but no one wanted to bid because they thought that it would sell for $$$$.  It is in my basement waiting for the Cuckoo Dr.’s prognosis.  It is beautiful.. dark walnut wood, bone hands, and nice round pendulum.  The second distraction to work is my love of playing the violin.  The first one I’ve had was from 1982.. a stradivarius copy, a good copy made in Mittenwald, Germany.  Very good indeed.  BUT… I was curious to see what Ebay had, not intending to buy anything like that on a online auction site but I was amazed to see so many.  I found one that was old and had a unknown maker label on it and was located in Prague.  All I wanted was a really old violin with no interest in the labels as they are usually all fake.  The name appears genuine but really hard to read dating 1894.  If anyone knows of someone that can read old handwriting, please let me know!  Regardless I wanted the sense of an instrument that had been played for a long time, with history, knowing that many people have played it, the places its been.  I received it in May and without being set up, sounds amazing… loud, crisp, even, very resonate and caramelly.  The last description of the sound was hard to describe.. could be the oldness that I have not ever experienced.  I’ve given it to a local luthier to examine and set up properly… so far it only needs the fingerboard resurfaced a little and a chinrest. Can’t wait to get it back so I can play! Lastly, the awe and deliciousness of dried food!  Received the excalibur drier for my bday and have dried just about every fruit and vegetable.  My favs are green apple and tomato.  Beef jerky was also made and turned out very good.  Experimentation is in full force, have already made brandy infused peaches and tomato with taco and onion seasoning.  No other word comes to mind except for amazing! 

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Running

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Running has been fun, it’s replaced the slog of bike riding and it seems so much easier for me at least.  Today, I ran 10 miles for the first time late in the day.  Sometimes its easy and sometimes its not… just depends on what the body wants to do.  Listening to the iPod in the snow, dreamy.

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Puzzles

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Its been a whole year since I’ve written in this blog.  <Sigh>  One thing that is exciting to note is that I’ve mastered the Rubik’s cube and now am working on the 3-D pryamid puzzle.  A 5x5x5 Rubik’s cube in on order, yay.  I’ve bought a bunch of games for my collection of games – Bananagrams, Life’s a Pitch, Such a Thing and Story Cubes.  Now I have to find some people that want to play!! 

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Update – My Health

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I am pleased to write about my visit to National Jewish Hospital for a pulmonary consultation.  My referral was to Dr. Good.  I was very impressed.  He thoroughly discussed my records, spoke to me in a manner that answered ALL my questions (without me asking them).  Dr. G was sincere about helping me determine the exact area of my shunting and spent 2.5 hours with me discussing anatomy and also the chemistry behind the mechanics of lung and heart function.  Dr. G stated that he will find the answer.  So I am scheduled for many tests:  Bronchial Provocation, hypoxic and hypercapnic procedure, exercise tolerance w/ arterial line and a shunt study procedure.  In between this time, they have also set me up with their cardiologist named, Dr. Buckner and then a follow up with Dr. Good.  The only part that makes me nervous is the arterial line they will place in my wrist!

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