Hip post-op walk

Middle of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico
House sitting in Chatsworth ca.

Here it is - the infamous “post-op walk”. Yes, I am limping but that is because my right leg still hurts, not because it is short. Besides, I may be trained to limp after 3 years needing a hip replacement.

My surgery was on Monday, August 15th and am walking without a walker today, the 18th…which is just three days later. I was walking on the same day I got operated on with the walker but was medicated up too bad to last long. Since then I have been walking half way around the city block we are living on with the walker. But now I am walking completely without the walker. I am still on medication for pain and am a bit off balance so I keep the walker nearby. To go out and part way around the block I am still using the walker to keep up with my wife who is walking the dogs we are house sitting with. YAY!! All is good and constantly getting better! The white socks are to prevent blood clots.

Hip surgery: Done-got the darn hip!

Middle of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico
I had nice private room in the Dignity Health Northridge Medical Center Hospital.

They had me up and walking several hours after the actual surgery.
This is Tuesday - the day after surgery.
The second I am ready to go home, I do! Left right after this picture.
(The stockings I have on are TED hose - to help keep me from having blood clots...the red/orange stain at the top of one is just the antiseptic cleanser.
Nice room with a view of the mountains from the large windows.
Nice room with nice flat screen tv etc.

Hip surgery - prepped and ready!

Middle of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

The day of hip surgery. All ready to go. We had to get there at 5:30 am and the operation was to start at 7:30 am but it was late. No big deal as I am laying there resting. Wanted to get the-show-on-the-road and we did!

Dr. Jaime Hernandez (from Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, CA) is going through the front and only about 10% of the hip surgeries are currently done that way. Makes for a faster recovery and better chances of getting the leg the same length.
Gotta like the socks :)

Pre-drugged up!

House sitting in Beaumont CA - Follows Brea house sit

Beginning of June 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

 We are house sitting all summer in parts of California from La Angeles to Beaumont to San Diego area.
It was in the 90's everyday here. The house has AC though :)

 This house is in Beaumont CA.

 We went to nearby Banning CA to the Fox movie theater.

 We saw "STAR TREK BEYOND" which was nice to see in a movie theater. They have re-molded the old Fox theater and did very a fine job.

We also went to "Rile's Farm", Ok it wasn't snowing and there was not even snow on the ground but the food was good. It' up there (Oak Glen) on the mountain about 5000 ft, a good place for growing apples :) They also host Colony Bay TV.

Ok I do not know witch one is which?

Come to find out there is a method to raising a tortoises.


Shelby - Schnauzer.

Shelby and Benjamin.

One eyed Benjamin.

Medicine cat

Back yard with chicken pen. The pool is a way to cool of by sitting in the floating chairs after work.
The turtles are in the box to the right.

Out the driveway.

The front of the house.

Our car in the drive way. Their cars are in the garage.

Down the street.

Looking to the    mountains.

We ate at Tacos & Beer  a cool little place that we thought had good food and friendly good service.

Debbie having fun.

Me watching Debbie!

Debbie's berato.

My beck berato.

Honda 9.9 hp outboard impeller change video

End of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico 

Here is another video on our Honda 9.9 hp outboard engine.
 We try to keep all our maintance information on the blog for later use. We also keep it on a hard drive so we have a couple of places to access it. We have never replaced the impeller yet and a hoping to purchase a kit and some more spare spark plus soon. We will replace the spark plugs this winter before we set out cruising..

Honda 9.9 hp 4 Stroke impeller change

House sitting in Brea CA

End of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

Brea, CA  has a nice down town area.

 After we left Castaic CA (Debbie's sisters) we went directly to our first house sit in Brea, CA - which is in Orange County, to house sit.

 All the house sits have A\C as it is summer and they are in California.
It was in the ninety degree range every afternoon.

 Here we took care of three cats and two chickens and the property.

This was a nice house with nice people.

Due to the drought in California, the homeowners
took out their lawns (front and back), put in nice decorative stones
and re-did the flowerbeds with drought-resistant plants. 
It looks really good too!

While this is a track-home area, this house kept its original beams and style.

The house is on the hillside, too!

Debbie scratching the elusive cat Felix (to prove she warmed up to us while we were there)...the other two were not skittish at all.

This is Felix again - she is a "she"...the first vet got her gender wrong
hence the male name.

The tabby cat is Tiger and the tortie is Mattie...they loved their morning sunbaths!

Then one morning when Debbie was up early, she caught these raccoons
on camera walking the back fence of the property.

Looks like a mother and her two cubs.

Debbie was so afraid that mom would drop her cub in the garden!

There were a lot of birds in area - here is a humming bird

caught on camera at the feeder.

Debbie with the little bird (chicken), Willow.

Debbie cleaning the "night pen" before the chickens go in.
Debbie also gave them some treats every other day before they went to bed (night pen).

Here is the outdoor chicken coop. 
"Big Bird" is the chicken in this shot. 

The self-feeder is seen at the left - made it easy to care for the chickens. 
Debbie also brought in some treats of watermelon
and romaine lettuce - two favorite foods of chickens.

The homeowners also had mint growing wild in the backyard so
Debbie took advantage of it by making some mint-infused chocolate brownies.

Here are all of the other ingredients!

The batter ready.....

...to bake in the (convection) oven!

The finished product!  See the two missing....yum!! 
Glad that Debbie likes to bake, especially when we are house-sitting!!

There is also beautiful foliage around the property. 
Another thing we get to enjoy when off the boat - a little gardening!

These miniature pink roses are ready to "pop" - hoping
they would hold off until the homeowners returned so
they could enjoy the beauty!