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Breathtaking view over the bay.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland 
"Wet summers are no myth. They say "it’s always raining in Ireland", and the sad reality is that they’re not wrong. While we Irish love to think that we bask in the sun for hours on end during the summer, but the reality is pretty grim. We have one of the wettest climates in Europe: in the summer of 2007, for example, it rained in Ireland for 40 days straight!"
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Today was one of those rare days when I didn't feel I had it in me to do a post.
As I begin here now, it's 1400 hours, 2:00 pm, leaving me little time to prepare a comprehensive post with stories and links.
John, our friend and the fish guy with Tom in the driveway.
So please bear with me as I race through it, feeling compelled and yet pleased to finally be typing on the keyboard of my laptop.  A nap is beaconing me and although I usually only doze for 15 minutes, its everything I need to spur me on for the rest of the day.  We'll see how likely that will be.

This morning, knowing Ann was coming at 9:00 am to clean the house, we both bolted out of bed in a hurry knowing we'd like to get breakfast out of the way, tidy some of our "stuff" throughout the house, and be ready for her to take over for several hours.
Mom and Baby.
As always, Tom made bacon and the most perfect fried eggs on the planet.  This morning there was a special treat for me to savor with my two eggs:  fresh crabmeat John had dropped off last night. Adding chopped celery and a bit of mayonnaise, I made a quick crab salad, along with a few ounces of smoked salmon and a tiny avocado on the side.

Tom enjoyed the bacon and eggs as usual while I savored my low carb, moderate fat, high protein breakfast.  Portions were small but together it was a perfect combo of flavors.
Rescued donkeys are commonly found in Ireland where love and respect for these animals are evident.
Once we cleaned the kitchen and hung a load of laundry on the rack in the entry room, we planned the menu for our remaining seven breakfasts and seven dinners in Ireland.  It was effortless planning this together as we always do.

After chatting with Ann before we left knowing we had many stops ahead of us, we took off ready to tackle the day.  Tom needed a haircut and I needed to visit the pharmacy for a few toiletries and to speak to the pharmacist about some of the meds I am trying to wean off in the next few months.
Messy, dirty sheep with red identifying paint.
I've discovered that one of the drugs is making me feel exhausted and results in too low of a pulse, often as low as the high 40's when at rest.  The surgeon suggested I get off several of the drugs at this point in time, that hopefully won't cause any issues eliminating.  I'm down two drugs with two more to go.

But, the process is slow since this particular heart medication requires a very slow weaning process to avoid a sudden increase in heart rate.  Tomorrow, I'll begin the slow weaning process he suggested which may take a month.  I can't wait until the toxic substances are out of my system.
Ruins in the neighborhood.
So many of these medications have brutal life-threatening and debilitating side effects.  Since I tend to be sensitive to drugs anyway, this surely is the right path for me at this point.  I am looking forward to feeling like my "old self" once again if that's at all possible.

Tom had accidentally broken the glass French Press coffee "plunger" and we hoped to find a replacement in Clifden.  Ann and Eileen suggest we try Sullivan's hardware store.  Luckily, he found a replacement and we were on our way to the supermarket.
Belted Galloway cow all possess this unique pattern of a white belt around their midsection.
He'd stopped at the barbershop while I started the grocery shopping at SuperValu to discover so many customers waiting, he joined me with a plan to return to the after the grocery shopping.  He had no choice.  He needed a haircut, plain and simple.

Once we loaded the car with the groceries, we drove the few blocks to the tiny barbershop, put money in the parking meter, preparing ourselves for a long wait.  Although three other men were waiting, within 25 minutes Tom was in the barber chair.  
Piles of cut peat are often found at the side of the road.
After a good haircut, priced at Euro 12, US $13.37 plus a generous tip of Euro 5, US $5.57 we were on our way back to our holiday home.  Ann was still here finishing the cleaning but we worked our way around her as we put everything away.  It was sweet saying goodbye to Ann once again.  Such a lovely woman with whom we became very attached over the past three months.

Tonight, we'll lay low enjoying a roasted chicken dinner with rice for Tom, cooked cabbage, a side of spinach and broccoli for me. Later, we'll hunker down to watch a few favorite shows.
Scenic lake.
As we wind down our time in Ireland, we can hardly believe three months have passed.  We're ready to move along hoping a change of scenery and activities will be good for both of us.

Have a pleasant evening!
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Photo from one year ago today, July 31, 2018:
Little attempting to mate with this young female.  For more photos, please click here.

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