BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

The week changes and I’m now driving full time for Dolores or sentenced to 600 hours community service driving the school bus.

This week its full time on D11 but I had already booked 3 Activity trips for the week prior to the full time appointment. Managed a bit of clean up in the Shade Garden and a couple of barrow loads of branches and then some “break up” of the remaining ice and snow that had pushed the garden furniture down into the soil by about four inches!

Saturday and much work in the garden with all the boiler room contents of cushions and gazebo out, and inbound for the larger display items which were always difficult to put away in the loft space of the workshop. All the display bins out of the workshop and now lights and décor can at last get back in their correct boxes.

Finally the floor! and with hoover in full action things are looking much better. Hoover needs a blow out and the volume of dust is immense and I’m covered in it and think I’ve breathed in a good load which is making the airways hurt…….. really NOT good!!!

With the Gazebo up again we set off for Mancos for a delightful Easter Sunday Brunch. Very good and no problems with the diet which struggles along with a lot of “plateauing” at this stage but its still a downward trend.

A full week on D11 Horse and I have to cancel an activity trip as Brenda is away in LA and the dogs wouldn’t get walked or fed if I took the trip.

The weather has been a little better and cycling is done when it can be, but not always easy. Now we are coming into that windy season which I really dislike. However, I have been getting out there and should pass the 500 mile barrier, today 4/28/19, and on the weight side another first at 190.4 !

Edward turns 39 on the 29th but his new phone won’t accept calls from me if he is at home!! ……. we roll into May and once more the weather changes and we have 3 days of pouring rain and a nice cold wind.

Late developments on the Activity trip schedule and the Baseball team that I have been carting around the state get a double bonus set of trips with 3 days at Aztec this week and then a game at Cortez and an overnighter next weekend at Delta.

New numbers with a Friday ride taking me up to 522.91 and the beginning of the end with the last of the Nutrisystem meals taking me down to 188.4 which I don’t remember ever seeing!

Baseball games all go pretty well and we are now off to Pueblo this week after the Delta outing. A nearly 6 hour drive to get there, night stop, and two games on Friday then drive home.

Prior to leaving on Thursday the weather becomes nice, warm and sunny, with a rise into the 70’s and I manage to creep the total up to 587.04 but the weather is supposed to revert to WINTER on the day we leave!

Thursday, and after the morning run, the parents of the Baseball Team arrive to decorate the bus before it’s departure for Pueblo and the State Championships. The weather in Pueblo is close to 90F but very windy. We get a full “911” departure escort with Police and the Town’s  fire trucks with blaring horns and flashing lights. 8 hours on the road with plenty of stops and some roadworks but we are finally there.

On the personal front I have been anything but well and although I achieved a good weight loss getting down to 185.6 there have been some consequences either related or not. Another Doctor visit to deal with a serious upset stomach issue has so far revealed nothing other than no infection but other problems. It seems all the effective medicines out there have a magnitude of side effects. Ibruprofen  that I have been using as a pain killer for my shoulder injury while going through rehab causes stomach bleeding and should not be used by people over 62 ? All the anti-biotics that I was told to take for the pneumonia and coughs kills all the good stomach bacteria which may cause “leaky gut” !!! now I’m left with 4 weeks of nonstop uncontrollable diarrhea  which the proven Imodium has NO EFFECT on !!! Looks like I’m going in for some very unpleasant testing soon.

Not for me!

By the time we have made Pueblo the weather has changed back in Dolores and is now cold, wet and very windy. New discovery in some of the rooms are BED BUGS!!! I don’t see any.

Friday and off to the games and it sure is warm. We are leading 6-4 as we start the bottom the 6th but the opposition get some wild hits, a couple of missed catches and before you know it the score is 6-10. All out in the 7th and we are on our way home.

The END of a great season

The journey home is anything but nice! Coming down I25 it must be blowing 50mph and the bus can only just make 55 into the howling headwind. We turn off on the 160 and make our way into the awful mountain weather ahead. Pouring rain, bursts of SNOW and yet more wind.

Stop at Alamosa which has to be one of the windiest places on Earth! Up ahead you can see Wolf Creek has the next batch of foul weather and sure enough its coming down blocking the windscreen and even settling on the road!!!!!!

….. but its the middle of May ????

Finally into Pagosa Springs and yet another stop. Just another two hours to go.

TONY DOWN

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *