It has been a long, hot summer
and it can't be over with too soon for me.
With that being said,
I absolutely know that I will be complaining about cold, winter weather soon enough
but, right now,
when I walked into the kitchen this morning
and saw that The Captain had lit the little red stove and I could feel
the beginning of its warmth,
this is perfection for the moment.
This sight is just enough
to put me in the mood for
a small amount of fall decorating.
I plan to do some, as I just can't let this beautiful season get away from me.
It won't be like times past
when all the bounty
was brought out of hiding
and each available surface was covered,
but there will be enough
to make the moment count.
I am so happy about the way
that the wisteria is covering
the top of the gazebo
with no trees to grab on to.
Since it was cut back so far,
I don't know if it will bloom
next spring or not
but I can't help but have visions of
those beautiful purple blooms
dripping down over the Secret Garden,
at least I certainly hope so.
The Captain is doing very well
after his surgery.
He was told that
he couldn't drive for six weeks
but after his two week check up
the doc said he could start.
They didn't have to adjust
the device very much
as they seemed to get it just about right
at the time of surgery.
Tami stayed with us after his surgery
so she could drive us around
until the doc released him.
He still has to wear his sling at night,
just in case he would move
his arm over his head,
but has been able to take it off
during the day.
He is getting his strength back and has been taking short walks each day
when the smoky air allows it.
It has been bad again this year
and the reprieve we had from the hot days was sitting on the porch at night,
but the smoke lingers so we haven't been able to do that for awhile.
A storm is expected so hopefully that will help with the fires
although the wind picks up
before the rains come
and then the threat of lightening
is stronger too.
I mentioned that I thought I was getting a cataract on my left eye
and driving was scary
when I first noticed it.
That was during the time when the Captain was having his symptoms
and he couldn't drive
so I was the only option.
Lines were a little wavy
but when shutting my left eye,
I could get us to Point B from Point A.
I wouldn't recommend it though!
It was so helpful when Tami took time off to come and help us.
I went to the eye doctor and what I thought was a cataract,
turned out to be macular degeneration.
I am now going to a retina specialist
and having shots
put into my eyeball once a month.
Yes, you read that right!
A shot in my eye!
I have never been able to put eye drops in my eyes myself.
Anything having to do with coming into contact with my eyes has really scared me my whole life.
Whenever I had my hair dyed, I was always petrified that some
would drip down in my eyes.
It has always been my worst nightmare and now the doc is telling me
that he wants to give me
an injection into my eye.
I think I must have been in shock because I felt that what had to be done
would be done!
He put drops in that numbed my eye,
stuck some kind of an instrument on it
so that I couldn't blink
and shot away.
I felt just a very little nudge in my eye
and it was over.
Actually, the drops were the worst thing.
As I said, I will go back once a month
for the rest of my life.
It has been two weeks since the first treatment and I can see a bit better.
Of course, the real test will be when I go back in October
but he said they have good results with the treatment.
Well, I just wanted to update you on what is going on around here
and to show you a bit of fall color.
Thank you all
for your concerns about our health
and I always appreciate
hearing from you so much
and try to keep up with what is going on with you as best that I can.
Will talk to you all again soon.
Hope the fall days ahead will be good to all of us.
I hope to get back to painting soon.
Here are a few doodles that I managed to do at the beginning of summer.
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