Monday As Usual…

Life is getting somewhat back to normal today. It’s Ed’s first day back to work since having his cataract surgery on Thursday morning. Thank goodness, Ed’s been doing quite well since having the surgery! Ed’s eye was still dilated on Friday, and he felt tired from the drugs they gave him for the surgery, but by Saturday he was feeling fine, and couldn’t believe how much better he can see now!

Ed’s shingles, or whatever the rash was, is finally going away.  Fortunately, he’s had no pain, whatsoever, just some intermittent itching and the rash.  Once the second doctor gave Ed a prescription for some antibiotics, to go along with the anti-viral meds, the rash really began to improve.  The rash should be completely gone by the end of this week.

I was somewhat relieved when Ed decided not to ride his new lawnmower on Saturday, even though he had the doctor’s permission. There was no chance of dust blowing, due to recent excessive rain, but I did worry about some trash blowing in his eye! At one point, Ed actually walked over to the mower and started to get on it, then noticed the gas tank was almost empty, and changed his mind.

Speaking of that new lawnmower, with the almost empty gas tank,  it will be going back to the store today, after a replacement is delivered.  A few days ago, Ed discovered that the ‘hour meter’ on the new mower doesn’t work.  He called the company, and rather than repairing the meter, they decided to send us a new replacement mower.  Hopefully, the replacement mower will be problem-free, and soon Ed can happily get back to mowing grass.

On Friday and Saturday, Ed and I just hung around the house and did a lot of relaxing.  We grilled some hot dogs with our (neighboring) children and their families, and relaxed outside on the deck for a while. Family time is always good!  On Saturday night Ed and I watched “Dances With Wolves”( again), and I couldn’t help but remember how much I enjoyed the movie when I originally saw it at the theater.   The cinematography and musical score are superb–and, of course, I’m a Kevin Costner fan, too.  They don’t make movies like that often enough!

By Sunday, Ed and I were beginning to go a bit stir crazy, so we headed back to St. Simon’s Island for a little  more R-N-R under our favorite oak tree.  Ed drove the car, for the first time since his surgery, and commented how good it is to be able to read the signs again! ( Imagine how much better he’ll feel after having the second eye done!)  The wind at St. Simon’s Island was brisk on Sunday, and a hint of autumn was already in the air.  Our beach trips will be winding down soon, and I’m sure gonna’ miss them.

One interesting, and unusual, thing Ed and I did on this beach trip, was to visit a couple of new car lots on the way home.  We both suffered major “sticker shock”!!!  It’s been over twelve years since we’ve looked at any new cars, so you can just imagine our surprise!  And to think, our first brand new vehicle cost $5,400, back in 1975…  Sigh.  Ed and I both agree, there won’t be a new car in our future, only a slightly pre-owned one, when the time comes to trade.

Anyway, it’s Monday, and that means I’m going to join Heather & Wayne @ActingBalanced for “The Monday Quiz”…


1. Yesterday (August 25th) was Kiss and Make Up Day… when was the last time you had to kiss and make up?

Ed’s such a patient person, I can almost count on one hand the number of times he’s gotten really mad with me in 43 years.   I, on the other hand, sometimes can fly hot in a New York minute.  I think the last time we “had words” was about a month ago.

2. Are you doing anything special for Labor Day weekend?

Ed’s taking off Friday, which is my birthday, so he’s going to work Labor Day Monday for being off for my birthday, on Friday.  He’s doing this swap so we can spend my ‘actual birthday’ at the beach (and I didn’t even ask him to do this!)  Our youngest son, Brad, and his wife, Jennifer, are coming for a weekend visit, and we’ll do some dual birthday celebrating because Jennifer’s birthday is just two days before mine.

3. If you could go back to school, what would you major in?

If I were twenty years younger, I’d definitely major in early childhood education.  I know, without a doubt, that I missed my ‘true calling’ by not becoming a teacher.  I worked as a first grade paraprofessional for nearly fifteen years, and I loved and enjoyed my job.

4. How much rain did you have this summer?

The summer of 2013 has been the wettest summer ever!  Our total rainfall for the months of June, July, and August (so far) is 16.74 inches!   Believe me, that’s a LOT of water!  The total amount of precipitation for the entire year is 32.95 inches–and nearly one-half of that total amount fell during the summer months!

My question for you is:

5.  Have you ever had a “bad food experience”?  (Finding a hair, a bug, trash etc. in your food )  If so, do tell!

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  1. We have you beat on the rainfall, although we might not have gotten such large amounts at one time….
    Happy Birthday!
    I have had Food Poisoning 3 times…….the worst was on a visit to York, Pennsylvania, I was traveling with Honey Bear on business and we ate at a seafood restaurant. I had Shrimp with Hollandaise Sauce….sometime during the night, I got sick and became so dehydrated that I could not remain conscious……Honey Bear finally work up and asked if I was okay and I told him I was dying.So off to the emergency room we went……they gave me fluids (by then I was vomiting bile) and suppositories and kept me until early morning……Later that day we drove home (we lived in Pittsburgh at the time) and I lay in the back seat the entire trip, spent the next three days in the bed. My first grandchild was born while I was sick.
    I hope you have a blessed week.

  2. YES! Many, many years ago, probably 20 or so years, David and I went to Ryan’s in our hometown back in South Carolina. We got the buffet. When I got back to the table, a roach crawled out of my macaroni! Of course, I totally lost my appetite at that point. The meal was comped, and they offered to give me new food, but I wanted no part of anything else at that point.

    Another time, and this has nothing to do with ick in the food, but bad will…David and I went to a Chinese restaurant in Columbia, SC (we went to USC for college the first time). We ordered tea and an egg roll. We’ve never been there before and just wanted to try it out to see if we liked it for maybe a full dinner later on, plus we were operating on a college kid budget. When we went to check out, the clerk said “The manager said next time order more!” David told them “There won’t be a next time!” and we never went back.

  3. I got food poisoning once when I was a teen. Otherwise I think I’ve gotten of easy. I’m pretty sure everyone has found hair in their food and I’m nearly convinced everyone has done that to themselves by accident. It’s kind of like getting eggshells in your baking. Hopefully you learn from it.

    Last year we could have had a contest with the rain, but this year not so much. We’re in firewatch mode because everything is so dry.

  4. Actually two comments. I too went to the beach this weekend, and although it was a purely sunny day, one couldn’t help but notice Fall is in the wings. I think it’s the way the sunlight falls. ANd #2 0 my first new car – a 1969 VW beetle cost $1810 – out the door!

  5. I have found hair in my food before. It kind of puts me off even if I find my own hair in it lol

  6. We went to this place called Dave’s Deli and after that, our entire family had food poisoning. Imagine the mad rush for the bathrooms and the throwing up, the whole works!! Never gone back there EVER!

  7. Dances with Wolves is one of our very favorite movies!

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