Just a Few Quickies

My Holly Golightly
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Well, Holly’s health issues continue to increase, and the latest lab report indicates problems with her thyroid and kidneys.

The vet indicated she will now require meds for these ailments and the Cushing Disease that she has had for over a year.

And to make matters worse, her diarrhea is back – both yesterday and again this morning.

Dogs are different than children – they cannot tell you when they are feeling sick or their tummy aches.

Imagine when you were a youngster, and you got a toothache.  You would probably cry out to your mommy or daddy.

But when dogs or cats get aches and pains, they can’t communicate their boo-boo to us.

I will continue to take Holly to the beach each morning.  The fresh sea air is good for both of us.

We walk a short distance in the grassy area near the West Beach parking lot, and then we sit on a bench and watch the sea.

Here is a short clip of our recent walks:

 

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On Sunday, Robert came to my place to help me hang the new pictures I bought from Keith Franks, a local photographer.

Keith is also a senior, and his photos are amazing.

The three pictures that I chose were on aluminum, and they are like what you might see looking out a window.

But they need to be hung on the wall by using a special hanger that you screw into the wall.

And I do not have a drill or tools to do the job – so, that is why I called Robert.

After chatting over coffee, Robert hung the pictures – while I stood nearby watching, helplessly.

I was thrilled with how they look on the walls.

Here is how they look:

 

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Yesterday, after my walk with Holly, I decided to buy an ironing board.

I recently talked with someone who told me that ironing boards are a thing of the past because nobody irons their clothes anymore!

I remember my Ma teaching me how to ‘press’ my pants with iron and how to avoid getting a ‘double-crease.’

Ma also taught me to place a cloth over the pant to avoid making the pant fabric shiny from the iron.

It used to be that when you saw a person wearing a rumpled shirt or pants, you would assume they had slept in their clothes.

Not so, anymore, exclaimed this old friend.  It is how the young ones now roll.

She also told me that schools no longer teach children cursive writing – only how to print.

I cannot imagine why this basic skill is no longer taught but assume it is because everything is now done on a keyboard!

But I have always had a problem accepting ‘new norms’ and often stick to the old ways and traditions.

However, after searching the stores for a suitable ironing board, I could not find one that met my needs.

So, I searched online and bought one from IKEA.

But rather than drive to the IKEA store in Coquitlam or Richmond and then walking ten miles inside their store to find where the iron boards are displayed – I paid $12 to have it delivered.

It is supposed to be delivered today (June 22nd).

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After yesterday’s walk, I decided to stay at home with Holly if her diarrhea persisted.

So, I tried to assemble an end table that I had bought a few weeks ago from IKEA.

I spent at least 3 hours trying to put it together, and I even read the instructions, which most men seldom do.

And I am embarrassed to admit this, but I had to dis-assemble what I had assembled – twice!

When I finally got all of the parts together – and tried to put the two drawers into the unit – they did not fit!

And I had two parts of the end table leftover.

Maybe, they give you spare parts in case one breaks, I thought.

So, I phoned my buddy Robert and asked him if I could bring the end table to him to see if he could fix it.

Sure, Danny, bring it over to the house.

As soon as I arrived at Robert’s place and showed him the end table – he immediately found the problem – I had installed the tracks that the drawers slide on – backward!

But he did not laugh at me or tease me and said he would fix it for me.

I hate being a nuisance or imposing on a friend, but in this case, I had no other options, accept to use the end table as firewood.

But I do not have a fireplace in my new digs.

I hope the ironing board that gets delivered today is already assembled.

I think that it probably does not, and I will have to ask Robert for help again.

Robert is the only person I have known that has the same ability that my dad had for building or fixing stuff.

And they are both perfectionists.

And one other thing about Robert – he has always had my back.  And I have always had his.

We have been friends ever since we met on a film set in 2007.

Here is a clip from one of our weekly get-togethers in 2017:

 

It is great to have friends like Robert.

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Yesterday, after dropping off the end table to Robert, I went to a furniture store to buy two recliners.

They are going to be delivered on Thursday.

But I need to find someone who would like to have the couch.  It is Holly’s favorite place to sleep, except for our bed.

My new place is not big enough to have both the couch and recliners, so I photographed them and sent the pictures to a few friends and offered them for free.

I would even pay to have them delivered to a good home.  But nobody was interested.

Anita, my landlady, suggested I try posting an ad with pictures on the Facebook Market Place page.

She told me it was a great place to find or offer free stuff.  She and her husband Ralph, are among the nicest people I know.

An hour after putting the ad on Facebook, I had a person come to take the armchair.  He was very happy to get such a nice chair and it made me feel good that it went to a good home!

So, as soon as I post this blog post, I will place an ad on Facebook and see if anyone wants this very nice and almost new-like condition couch – for free!

If nobody takes the couch – it will be taken to the dump.

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That is all for now.

It is almost Noon, and Holly and I have not yet been for our morning walk at the beach!

Maybe, the ironing board will arrive while we are at the beach.

However, it is very hot outside, so maybe we will stay at home.

UPDATE:  Shortly after writing this post, I got a Father’s Day card in the mail.

Here is what I received:

Hugs to the person who sent me this beautiful and heartwarming card.

When I showed it to Holly, she looked at me and winked.

UPDATE: (Wednesday, June 23rd) I forgot to mention that my buddy Norm (the northern one) got the results from his recent bone scan and it was good news – he does not have bone cancer!

His other good news was that we won two dollars from the lottery (we’ve been share buying a lottery ticket every week since 2011).

We have not given up on the possibility of becoming instant millionaires and we often discuss what we will do with our winnings.

UPDATE:  (9:15 AM – Wednesday) – I just got a great music video from my friends Gina and Norm (the southern one).  It is about getting old and I loved it so much, I decided to add it to this story.

It is a song by Alan Jackson – here it is:

Bye for now!

Dedicated to Robert Mahe

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Imagine – lyrics

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Songwriters: John Lennon
Imagine lyrics © Lenono Music

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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By Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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