Thursday, March 22, 2012


I frequent an anticoagulant clinic in order
to keep track of my INR.
 I take Warfarin in order to keep my blood from
clotting. Having my blood tested regularly
is a very important part of regulating my INR.

This is the sign that greets me every few weeks.
I happen to know it greets about 120 other people each day.
Sometimes more, and this isn't the only
Anticoagulant Clinic here in Boise.


This little machine is amazing!
The Pharmacist just draws a little blood and
inserts it into this tiny machine and within
minutes we know my INR.

Here we go!

The machine is showing my INR at 3.4. That is above my range but down from two weeks ago. My range should be 2.5 to 3.00.
I take 7.5 MG of Warfarin per day, except for one day, which I half the tablet. We are still working with my diet and this dosage.
My diet limits me in some of our most nutritous foods, such as greens etc., etc.
But consistency is very important.
An INR means International Normalized Ratio which measures the time for blood to clot and compares it to an average.

This sweet Pharmacist is writing out my dosage, again, until
we can get into range of my INR.
My INR was determined after my Pulmonary Embolism.
Each person has a different range accordingly.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More Beaches, Tea, Sanctuary and Tall Ships.

Another chapter of our fabulous beach trip in late January.

Summerland California. Pretty place near Santa Barbara. Our hosts took us to a sanctuary garden shoppe. Cant quite remember the name of the place but it was peaceful and serene. Lots of nooks and crannies indoors and out to explore. The proprietor served us tea. 

Now that I live somewhere where they don't grow, I really appreciate all the citrus trees and smells. Love these lemon trees. I want.

Our hosts street. Constant glimpses of that gorgeous ocean, an everyday occurrence. 

Ventura California

 Our view outside the timeshare the husband
 found on Craig's list.

In perfect life, there would always be a morning walk on the beach.

My old faithful friend. The ocean, Ventura style.

I think there were some babies!

These might look like duplicates but I'm sure if you look closely there's something fresh to "I spy."
You could just sit here in solitude and dwell on every little good thing that has come your way, or just soak up more of ....more.

 Even the lower part of the palm tree is fascinating. That's what I miss the most apparently, the palm trees and the citrus. And of course that ocean!

Ventura Harbor

We just happened to be there during the tall ships visit to the Ventura Harbor. There were tours and sailings giving guests a taste of 18th century maritime life. 

Proper care and feeding of ships in the harbor I guess. Just lift 'em up and power wash and paint 'em!

The Martha Washington (black and yellow ship) aka The Black Pearl used in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Redondo Beach. 

Dining alfresco early morning right on the pier, enjoying all the sights and sounds living near the ocean brings. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012


A 25 minute walk can not only give you
a bit of exercise but can be
a great "experience"! 
Very fulfilling in many ways!

Caught this little critter, in this beautiful tree one minute into my walk!

Heard the "Fire Alarm", brought back memories of School, as I watched all
the kids file out!


Oh Spring!


 This is the pedestrian bridge crossing Overland
between Curtis and Cole!

A safe passage for children and all the rest of us!

Walking along, and of course a Fire Truck is always impressive!
So took a picture!

Whoops, they over shot! Must of turned a U-Turn....
Wait! ... Is it the Elementry School I just passed!

Oh ....  Another Truck on the way!

As I return to investigate, I have to pause and take a
 picture of our beautiful snow covered  mountains ... Shame on me!

Switching gears here!
Walked down the bridge and met up with an elderly
woman who was out walking her dog.
We both exchanged concerns of what was going on!
This is the dog she was out walking.

This beautiful dog looked familar to me!
YES, this dog is a Norwegian Elk Hound..
10 months old, and just graduated from school with
a first place ribbon, in the category of "stay"!
Now, I must add that my Son-In-Law and daughter
have a Norwegian Elk Hound similar in age!
Going through school as I write! 

His name is "Chisem"

Okay back to the crisis
at Grace Jordan Elementry School!

Kids are now being led from their safe spot ( A Church parking lot behind school) back to school!
So all is well!

These little Tulips are peeking their heads
up in our own yard! (Oh yes, and a weed to boot!).

Mark's little Garlic Field!

 All 30 Rose Plants, that Mark tends
to every year! Starting to bloom.

Okay, that is what I saw on my walk today.