We're settling into our summer routine around here. Durango's arthritis
prevents us from venturing too far--short walks in the park, tennis ball games
in the yard. None the less, he's happy, enjoying every day, and that's
I've been restoring my grandparents' shortwave radio. I even came
across the original receipt for the radio and an old photo of said radio
in my grandparents' living room. (That's my mom in the photo!)
few facts I learned while researching the radio. It's the Philco
42-380X 1942 model but it came out in June of 1941. There were 103,225
made. It had eight tubes (all still there) and received AM, police, and
shortwave. Can you imagine gathering around the radio to listen to the
news of WW2?
We're still working on the guts of this beast.
When Mr Sage plugged it in all the lights lit up and we could hear faint
background noise but then something started smoking like crazy. Turns
out it was the transformer. I'm guessing it overheated back in the day and that's what led to the warping
of the bakelite faceplate. I did find a guy who makes replacement vintage radio
faceplates but we still need to locate another transformer.
Once I had the radio cabinet finished and speaker installed, the project was not complete without Nipper and his gramophone on display. They're little salt and pepper shakers that belonged to my grandmother. Nipper reminds me of Lucky....
And.....AND.....it's not nearly as hot as it was this time last year. That means I'm in a better mood. ;)
Hard to believe it wasone year ago when we turned down wild pony road and came back with a spotted pup.
She's come a long way from that tiny pup in orange boots to the sweet, good-hearted dog she is today.
An update: since we saw the vet and put our guy on 150 mg of Rimadyl every day, Durango has improved with each week that goes by. He also gets monthly Adequan (glucosamine) shots and BACON on shot day!
He's excited to walk and he does well on his walks. He plays ball in the yard every night. He's happy. It's changed his life and we could not have hoped for more.