Archive for January, 2016

When the going gets rough… TX

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

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The few golden seconds of Nine Points, Big Bend, Texas

You won’t be hearing much from us for a while as I prepare myself for the upcoming three surgeries starting with a right hip replacement on February 1st. There will be some wandering probably in between a couple but right now the logistics and expenses I must say even with Medicare are intense. Turned down from supplemental medical coverage because of pre-existing conditions I am honestly turning to maybe increased sales of our Book to cover some costs. The whole aspect of medical coverage amazes me. I don’t know how others in this same situation are making it!

We are getting to know The Oasis to Midland round trip pretty well these days. I don’t even need our GPS to use the shortcut or roam around town between food stores and Dr’s visits including multiple tests. My Christmas and New Year presents which will be partly donated over a 12 months period by Medicare

All seems to have happened so suddenly. I was doing so well and it all seemingly dropped on me from one day to the other. I guess every change has that instant moment when the situation, whatever it is, well, “changes”… Of course it is a hard situation to take in, as usual it is the acceptance, but Spirit and I together have had some incredible years. We will pretty much sacrifice 2016 and then on look forward to wandering throughout more of this country. I am even thinking about spending the next winter months on the beaches of Baja. It should be cheap, sunny and warm!

The Holidays were rough. Mentally. I don’t think anyone not grieving will understand that time has no bearing on feelings. It was actually harder than ever as I don’t try anymore to understand why. I gave up on that notion! I just build up my patience for the days to go by. Maybe the weather added its own layer of darkness with a constant low and deep gray ceiling. Obviously we made it through. Another one and the sun is even now shining. Can never give up hope.

Hope is truly the fuel that keeps us going. When every moment as much as lived in the present looks forward to the next one “hoping” filled with brighter colors. Just a Human condition, a nice tone to have. What would be the use of Life if we did not see some light at the end of the tunnels? We cannot stand still and think “it is always going to be as such”, as “now” if that now is not very bright as it happens here and there.

My mornings are rough! I accepted that fact also. I feel like an old engine that needs a squirt or two of some kind of starter in its carburator. Takes me about an hour or so to get going! Coffee… I really think it is a drug! I watch Spirit ahead of me jumping and running always like a madman with his eyes on me and more than ever I want to be like him! One year… It is going to take one year. As much as I am looking forward to those surgeries I am deep down a bit nervous about it. The Dr’s make it sound so easy and common. It is by today’s standard and yet much unknown ahead.

This too shall pass while it is my turn to dream of future landscapes, adventures and dig into the memories of the past ones…

Stay well, Ara and Spirit


One of our last Sunset here at "The Oasis"...