Tuesday, September 20, 2022



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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Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda


  1. Judy, so glad to hear the Captain is doing better. So sorry about your eye problem. My dad had macular degeneration. I can't imagine getting a shot into your eye, ouch. I hope it helps. Feels good to get some rain. as always your fall decor is lovely. xoxo

    1. Thanks so much, Linda. It sounds horrible but it wasn't bad at all. Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  2. Judy I am so glad to hear Jerry is doing good. You are really having a lot with him recovering and you now with your eyes. I am glad that first shot was not bad and you actually are seeing a difference already. Glad Tami could come and help you both. I loved seeing the rabbit in your decor. We are having last hang on to summer weather. Almost 98 degrees today. Fall is in the air but not quite yet with these weird temps. Take it easy and prayers for continued success with the eyes and Jerry's recovery. xoxo Kris

    1. Thanks so much, Kris. This has been a hard summer in more ways than one. Hopefully, the fall will be better. Our weather has changed dramatically but might get more heat before it is over..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  3. You have been a busy gal. I am so glad your hubby is healing well and doing it so quickly. And that eye thing sounds scary but it seems you handled it like a trooper!
    I didn't do nearly the fall stuff this year that I have done other years. I do have a few Halloween things I will bring out in October but even that won't be as much as I have done in the past. It's been a crazy summer/year all the way around here.

    Hope you have a wonderful week! xo Diana

    1. Thanks so much, Diana, and it is good to hear from you. We are doing well, considering, and even though I am so ready for fall weather, the decorating will be scarce. With Covid still around (no matter what anyone says) I am debating whether I will do any Halloween again this year. It has been a crazy summer but hope that things are doing well for you..Happy Wednesday..xxoJudy

  4. Hi Judy.. am sorry to hear about your mac degeneration.. a friend of mine is having the shots too, and she said it makes a world of difference! I wish the same for you! I'm so glad to hear your hubby is recovering quickly and well.. good for him for getting out for walks! Fall has not shown its face yet here in central Oregon.. but today is actually cloudy and I was gone over the weekend, and I think it actually rained one night! What an amazing event, and I missed it! Your Fall decor is always so fun to look at...... I usually don't put out anything, except maybe a Fall tablecloth and a candle.. maybe something I might get from the Dollar Tree! I don't have room to store much so I keep it very minimal (except for Christmas stuff!). Sometimes I even print out one of your Fall vignettes and put it on my wall in my craftroom! Your paintings are so pretty too! Take care.... and you both be well and continue to healing fast and completely... hugs... Marilyn

    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn, and how sweet that you put anything of mine in your pretty crafts room! Glad to hear your friend is doing well and it is a pretty crappy diagnosis, but after only one shot, I am seeing (haha) some difference so hope it keeps up. Thank heavens my right eye is good. We had a pretty good little amount of rain which is very helpful, but found some leaks in the roof over the screened porch so I guess our porch sitting will be put on hold until Jerry can do some physical work with his arm. He has to be careful until all the wires are settled in. At this point I am only doing fall decorating so that when I do post, I have something pretty to photograph..Happy Fall..xxoJudy

  5. It's some good news, bad news here. I'm so sorry about the macular degeneration but isn't it amazing, the things they can do now to help? And good news that your vision is improving. I'm glad the shots weren't too painful. I've always wondered about that. And good news on Jerry, too, and while I know that's terribly frustrating, improvement is always good and he's well on the way. What a relief that Tami could come when you needed her so much. And probably very glad to do it! Your words on decorating remind me I haven't done a darned thing. When we head north, I need to take a few decorations from here for there! And, get on the stick here, too! You hang in there. (And by the way, all your photos are so pretty!)

    1. Thanks so much, Jeanie. While riding in the car, I can see the center line without any waviness so glad that is a sign of improvement. Can't wait to go to the next appointment to find out for sure and continue on with the treatments. It is amazing what they can do nowadays. The shot wasn't painful at all after they numbed the eye. Can you imagine without those kind of medications! I am going to try to do a few more decorations for fall, and it is really is an incentive to post again. I have always loved doing it and want to again, but don't think I will ever put myself on a strict schedule for it now. Not having a deadline is very freeing..Happy fall, my friend..xxoJudy

  6. I cannot wait to start a fire in our fireplace. Am I rushing things? So love your touches of Autumn. My house is already decorated for one of my favotite seasons. Janice

    1. Thanks so much, Janice. So far we only have had a fire in the mornings in the kitchen. We are back to some sunny, warm days but it seems to stay cooler in the house than it does outside. I love autumn too the best..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  7. Judy,
    I LOVE that sweet little red fire place!! Our weather has definitely changed over to Fall! almost as if a switch was flipped...We are in the high 40's this morning but it was so nice sleeping!!! I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis of macular degeneration...It runs in my BIL's family and he has been battling it for over 20 years as he was diagnosed with it in his 50's...I am like you and can not stand anything being put in my eye which is why i never wore contacts and always had glasses...I have had cataracts for several years and I absolutely dread the though of having surgery on them so I can not even imagine a shot being put into my eyeball...I shudder at the thought...Glad to hear that your husband is recovering....I have been on a healthier lifestyle journey and since June 1st have lost 24 pounds....I am now finally walking for exercise...Something I was not able to do for the last decade because of my knee...You home is always so cozy and inviting looking....
    Sending prayers for you and your husband's health!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Deb. It has been a hard time but, hopefully, it is easing up. Jerry continues to improve and I can't wait to go to my October appointment to see if there has been much of a change. I feel that there has been but all those machine, bright lights and pokes will tell the truth. Good for you on your health journey. Jerry has lost weight too after his surgery and that is a good thing. He is just not eating all the sweets that he was. The only weight that I can lose is in all the wrong places! I am going to start walking too now that the weather has cooled down. Hopefully my back will allow me to do that..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  8. Hi, Judy...oh goodness that is a full plate you have right now. Lovely photos, and I hope that Fall brings nicer weather to all...it certainly has been a crazy year. You Two...take care! and loving that stove!

    1. Thank you so much. I am so happy that fall is here and bringing with it all the enjoyment that it offers. We are on the mend here and I am really looking forward to Christmas..Hope you enjoy some beautiful fall weather..xxoJudy


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