Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dog Walking - Try 1

Posted by: Rick

We are really lucky that we have a great place to walk the dogs, even among social distancing. We have a loop we walk, out the front door, turn right, to the end of a long block walking through the neighborhood. Then a right turn, cross the canal, another right turn onto a walking/biking path. We follow that along the canal to a main street where we turn right again, walk to the mailboxes where we check the mail, then on home. It is exactly a 1-mile loop. It gives us and the dogs a bit of exercise almost every day. And, we rarely see anyone else. If we do, it is certainly easy to maintain our distance. Of course, a lot of people are doing the same thing nowadays.

Today, after our walk, I was going to blog about how nice it was to get out and walk the dogs before it starts to rain or snow later.

However, a few hundred yards into the walk, we passed another couple walking their dog on the other side of the road. I was walking Natalie on a flexi-lead. She was being good and I let her all the way out on the lead. Then, she decided to go meet the dog and took off at a full run. This is over 100 pounds of dog at a full run. Lots of momentum there. I did not let go of the leash in time and she pulled me horizontal in the air, and I soon it the ground on my right side--shoulder and head hitting with full force. I must have tried to break the fall with my left hand because that wrist is a bit sprained now.

Where I hit my head

My glasses got completely mauled in the fall.

This is even after Lynne tried to straighten them up some

The man with the other dog ran over to help me up, but, holding firm to social distancing, I told him I did not need help. Instead, I just rolled around on the ground for a while. I really appreciate his offer of help and his concern and I am afraid I might have been somewhat rude to him. Sorry!

I did get up, collected the bits and pieces of my glasses and we decide to walk back home.

I don't really blame Natalie. I knew she was likely to want to go meet the dog. But, she was being so good, I thought we'd just walk on by. 

After cleaning up at home, I called Costco--where I got the glasses--to see if I could order replacements. They are working with a reduced staff and are offering no in-store services, but I was able to order a new pair. They will take about a week to come in. Luckily, I have a set of contact lenses (that I had decided not to wear). Lynne found them buried in the closet and I can get by with those for a week.

Meantime, my head, my right knee and my left wrist are pretty sore. Time for a soak in the tub?

I'm planning to make bread later this afternoon. We'll then have bread for fondue some time this weekend. We are going to have chicken thighs braised in a lemony sauce with caramelized onions and garlic tonight. I'll try to remember to post photos and a link to the recipe tomorrow.

Meantime, I'm trying to get used to having to use "readers" to see the computer screen. But, that is a whole different story.

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