San Marcos house sitting by way of Carlsbad beach

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

Once in San Diego County, we just HAD to get to the beach (1 day in three months is just not enough for these water babies!!). Since our motel was in Carlsbad, we went over to Carlsbad State Beach for dinner and a walk. At evening glass-off, it was a little chilly for us hence the jackets! First beach walk with Chip's new hip!!

Getting towards "Glass-off-Time" so it was cool!

What a lovely couple!

Not the "Bates Motel" but not the "Hilton" either.

Got us a place to stay by the beach.

Hip surgery incision

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

The day we left our house sit in Chatsworth, California we stopped by my surgeon's (Dr Hernandez) office and saw Phu Phan (his Physician’s assistant) who checked out my hip. I was ready to suck it up for staple removal but when he removed the bandage he said they would just melt away, the staples. Everything is good and now I can be done with the sponge baths! It is now just a matter of time till I am back to walking normally!
Got this done at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. This is supported by the VA (Veterans Affairs ) "Choice Program".

So this about does it for my hip-replacement saga.

Chatsworth house sit is on to San Marcos - San Diego area

End of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico
While we were in Chatsworth, California I got my new hip (major surgery) and did my post-op and got a clip at Cali Cuts!  What 18 days in Chatsworth can do for a body!
 OK I know this is not sailing. This is and has been about my need for a new hip and how it has taken place. So if you are cruising the "Mexican Rivera" and find out you need a hip or some other major body part fixed then this may help. We had just retired and I was very healthy so this hip thing was a total surprise. It has been a long story and a few years cruising without a hip but now that is over as my new hip is in place..  
Our car at the house in Chatsworth.

Debbie making "Lime Squares" with the fresh limes in the backyard.

Harley, brown lab.

Sam, yellow lab.

Chip gets the "ball" rolling for play outside with the labs!

Debbie and Grandson David playing with the labs.

That was the end to our Chatsworth sit and then we went to the San Diego

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.