Tuesday, June 23, 2009
almost gone. In fact the year is almost half over already. I think we tend to get so caught up in day to day living and simple survival (especially when you have a chronic disease) that we forget to stop and actually LIVE. I had a great LIVE evening. My scooter arrived yesterday. It's pretty cool. Has side rear view mirrors, a horn, turn signals even hazard lights. It travels up to 22 miles on a single charge and can go a whopping six miles an hour (too fast for me....so far :) Anyway, I rook "her" for a spin this evening.
One of the things I had missed was taking my dog, Petunia (a.k.a Toonie) for walks. Toonie is an Olde English Bulldogge. The breed is VERY active with LOTS of energy. You don't keep them physically active enough and, as with any bored animal, behavior issues pop up.
So, I decided to take Toonie for a walk. Put her on her retractable leash, threw a bottle of water in the basket and off we went. It was great. I was outside walking my dog! (OK so the dog was doing all the walking but I held the leash)! We had so much fun. She loves to hold part of her leash in her mouth. I think when she does that she thinks she's walking her "human" and not the other way around.
We maintained a pretty good pace around the block. She even ran full speed for about 1/2 a block. We stopped a few times and I gave her water out of the bottle. She was absolutely in her glory. When the round was completed she still looked like she had plenty of energy, so off we went again. I was amazed at how much energy she had. Of course it could have been that she was simply thrilled to be out walking with her mommy. Normally she only gets walks when dad is home and she loves them.
She ran about 2/3 of the second go around. I forced her to slow to a walk to cool down for the last 1/4 of the block. I imagine she'll sleep pretty well tonight. The plan is to get up early in the morning and repeat the walk before it gets too warm. It was 85 here today. I would have had to wear my cooling vest to be out when it's that warm. To avoid that it will be early morning and evening walks only.
The scooter is proving to be a great addition to the family. It's giving me back activities I couldn't do and letting me LIVE area's of my life that were simply passing me by. ANYTHING that does that is awesome! It makes how you feel, how much you hurt, how frustrated you may be or how angry fade when you experience the simple joys that had been taken away. It doesn't take them away. It simply makes you forget about them for a few moments in time.