Sunday Break

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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Sidekicks

Many of you have met them before, but these are my three sidekicks here around the house. Lily (left) is a 12 year old Cairn Terrier that I got during my last year of grad school. Alva (center) is a 7 year old Chihuahua/Terrier that I adopted from a dog rescue organization, an Oliver (right) is a 2 year old Pug – looking anxious just how pugs know how to do.

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For the first time in probably more than 1 year, I not only went to the market but I also spent all afternoon cooking in the kitchen. Cooking was one of my favorite hobbies before my rheumatoid arthritis worsened over the past couple of years, so it’s an extra-special treat to be able to return to some of my old habits. I’ve also traded open-air markets with the freshest produce imaginable for higher-priced grocery stores (and the convenience of their shopping carts), so being able to shop in the market and carry my groceries back home is another indicator of the recent spurt of wellness that I have been experiencing.

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In first (or third?) grade my class was treated to a showing of the video for Watership Down…I guess the fact that it was an animated movie led my teacher to believe that is was a movie for young kids. Wrong! The frightening visuals have stayed with me to this day, all the more reason to read the book and see if for the great work of fiction that it is. I’m currently mid-way through reading Watership Down, and am really enjoying it. (I plan to also see the video again afterwards.)

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As many people are beginning to experience the first warm days of spring, here in South America the chill of autumn has arrived. At 13,000+ feet above sea level, winters can be quite rough. Promise me that you all will send me warm thoughts in the coming months!

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

7 Comments
7 comments
  1. Ldy says:

    Loving the pooches, and sooo pleased that you are feeling so good.
    I’m in the uk and for what summer we have we may as well stay in the autumn/winter. But I will deffo think of all my RA friends and check in, and see how you all are.
    Keep up the good work xx

  2. Wren says:

    What cute little buddies to have in your life, making you laugh. My sister had a pug for nearly 15 years — he was truly a character. Great to read that you’re able to enjoy the fresh outdoor markets and cooking again, Guy. Both are such satisfying, homey passtimes. Watership Down is one of the great books of modern times, I’m convinced. Another by the same author is The Plague Dogs — an incredible story told from the POV of two stray dogs in Scotland who escape from a research facility. I’ve read it several times, but the last was years and years ago. Now I think I’ll have to see if I can get it for my Kindle… See what you’ve done?? And yes, YES of course, sending you all the warmth and comfort you need as fall arrives and winter starts showing its harsh face. Take care, friend.

  3. Millicent says:

    Glad to hear that you are feeling well & cooking. What a pleasure! Your pooches are precious!

  4. Cathy says:

    I can’t wait to start visiting farmer’s markets on the weekend. I just love being around all the people that are excited about good healthy food. It must have felt great carrying your bags and going home and making delicious food. Good for you!

  5. Lana says:

    Your sidekicks are adorable especially the little one. Good to hear you are feeling better. We just started spring and winter sucked so I will definately send warm thoughts your way.

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