Sunday, August 26, 2018

Five bits about the summer

1. It was very exciting for me this summer to get drawers put
in our lower cabinets. Finally, no more almost crawling into the
recesses of those low cabinets to find something I needed for cooking.
There was a little less space when the project was done, so it was
a good reason to purge a bit, and so began a "text sale" (without funds exchanged) to
see who of the next generation wanted some of my give-aways. 
 And it further caused a purging and redo of the regular drawers as well.
What a wonderful feeling of something new.
2. A friend and I enjoyed a drive to the country to get peaches. I got enough to eat
some and make four pies, which were delicious--most likely due to the peaches, not my efforts! 
3. Another beautiful summer evening at our favorite restaurant--an outdoor picnic
by a fountain in the city. We've probably done this at least once a summer for 25 years--
since our boys were young enough to play in the fountains. 
4. Festive centerpieces at a women's gathering at our church. There were also
marshmallows on sticks scattered among the "rocks" which I thought were cleverly
designed and made by someone! 
5. It's so fun when a friend knows what you like. I collect hall creamers and
a friend stopped by and pulled these out of her purse. I shrieked in delight, as I've
never seen them in this shade of blue! She saw them in an antique shop in Pennsylvania
for only 50 cents apiece. That's a real steal!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Not a Lincoln Continental

My husband shares my father's love of corny jokes, and often uses the 
same jokes. When the subject of cataracts is brought up, I often hear, 
"I want a Lincoln Continental, not a Cataract." Silliness.

I have wanted a cataract removed for a long time, but it wasn't until recently
that Insurance said my eyes were bad enough for them to pay.
Meanwhile I've suffered with dark images against a sunny window, glaring
headlights at night, unbearable sunshine, and fuzzy vision.

I was a little apprehensive about it all, but it was as close to a "piece of cake"
as surgery can be, IMHO. Granted not all cataract removals go
smoothly, but I'm thankful mine did. I am enjoying a new world of clear
20/20 vision and enhanced color. If I cover my "new" eye, I see what
things used to look like––as if in photo editing, I beefed up the "warm" tones.
I am looking forward to having the second one done soon.

My sister had hers done the day after I did and it is fun to compare notes. 
Our docs were very different in their approach. 
The two little ladies above are not us, but our great-grandmothers 63 years ago.
I only remember the one on the right.
I'm just wondering how well they could see as they aged.

When I was a young nurse, cataract surgery was far different.
People would lie very still in dark rooms with sandbags around their faces. I'm sure
they stayed in the hospital for several days.

I'm certainly glad for medical advances! 

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