Monday June 29 – Saturday July 4, 2015 Previous Post:
Charlottesville, Virginia It’s Winnona’s Turn at the Hospital, but first……
One way to catch up on the blog is to have a down week, don’t do much that’s really interesting and then use one post to cover it all. So hold on to your hat.
All the pictures in today’s post are from the 4th of July Fireworks at McIntire Park in Charlottesville as I think our friends are tired of having their pictures taken and I don’t tend to take my camera when we are running errands or doing chores.
Monday June 29 – High today 83 degrees
Winnona goes into the hospital today. We drop her off at 8:30 am. They say the surgery will take most of the week.
They say she will be released “hopefully by the end of the week”. Hmmmm. I was thinking FOR SURE by the end of the week, not “hopefully”.
Later, I go to the ophthalmologist at UVA for a cataract evaluation and she says I can have both of them removed one week apart beginning July 21. Now the question is, do I want to do this?
I’ve heard nothing but great reports from people who have had their cataracts removed but these are my eyes I’m talking about and for a reader and birder and hiker, to mess with the eyes is a VERY serious thing.
Dr. O wants to know what artificial lenses I want put in. Do I want both eyes corrected for distance? If so then I’ll have to wear glasses to read and probably for the computer and to see the dashboard on Winnona. Goodness that’s more than I wear glasses now.
I have worn contact lenses for 30 years until the last 3 years when my eyesight couldn’t be corrected enough with them. With contacts, I was able to do monovision (one eye corrected for distance and one for close up) and could see at all of those distances reasonably well.My brain handled it fine.
Should I have monovision lenses put in? But these aren’t switchable lenses, they are permanent. If I have one eye corrected for distance and one for closer vision then what kind of glasses will I need? My optometrist says that whatever is put in will alter a bit from “perfect” as the eye heals. What to do is my dilemma.
Well enough of my concerns about this surgery. I was just really really wishing for once in my life, I would not have to wear glasses at all. I really hate them.
If any of you have had this surgery and have tales or wisdom to share, I’d appreciate it very much. I’m getting very cold feet.
Tuesday June 30 – High Today 88 degrees
I do some yard trim to beat back the bushes and vines. With all the rain things have grown amazingly. I find a very vigorous crop of poison ivy.
I don’t think there is anything that will it that DEAD other than the hated Monsanto Round Up. If you know of anything else please let me know before I break down and do it.
After I clean up the prunings, and with poison ivy in mind, I go in to wash with the wonderful Octagon soap only to find that the only bar is in Winnona.
I’m going to run some errands this afternoon and put that on the list. I hit 3 grocery stores, K-Mart, Walmart, Martin’s Hardware and CVS. No one has Octagon. They have other things like Lava but no Octagon.
When I return home I think I’ll just buy it on line. When I google it, I find it all right and you can have a bar for $25 or $30. It seems in their wisdom Colgate Palmolive has stopped making it. I am dumb founded. This is THE ONLY thing I have ever found that will get that oil off of your skin and you’ll have no rash, ever. We wash with it anytime we are anywhere there might have been poison ivy. Well GREAT! Is this progress??
Wednesday July 1 – High Today 88 degrees
I take Ruby in this morning because she has had a slow leak in her front tire for some time and I’m tired of having to get out the compressor to top it up.
Settle Tire is first come first served and even though I am there at 8am, I wait two hours for them to come out and tell me that the tire was so out of alignment it had worn nearly bald on the inside tread that I can’t see. They show me the tire. Yes it is a strip of zero tread on the inside. Well all righty then. Time for two new front tires and an alignment.
Of course they don’t have the tires I need but they will have them tomorrow. So home I go to mow the lawn, do the laundry and make a big pot of soup.
Tonight is the full moon. I heard from several folks in other places that it was beautiful but I wasn’t able to see it here. The sky was totally cloudy. Darn!
Thursday July 2 – High today 78 degrees and rain
Took Ruby in for her new tires. Waited another 2 hours for those to be mounted and balanced only to be told that they couldn’t do the alignment today. Too many cars already in line for it. He suggests forgetting about Friday and coming back on Monday. SIGH…..
Andy, the guy in charge of the body work on Winnona, called late yesterday and says that the paint has to dry and she’ll be ready to go tomorrow BUT, the boss has just given everyone the day off at the last moment to celebrate the 4th of July. So the shop will be closed.
Now the plan to pick up Winnona gets pushed back to Monday too.
Friday July 3 – High Today 77 degrees and rain
Not one thing of any note to report today except that I’m reading a very interesting book entitled Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County by Kristen Green. It’s the story of the massive resistance in Virginia to integrating the schools in the 1950’s.
Prince Edward County was the epicenter of resistance in this state. As I understand it they were the first to coin and demonstrate the term “massive resistance”. Well aren’t we proud.
They closed all their public schools for 5 years. A “white academy” was opened in the county seat of Farmville which is just South of Charlottesville across the James River. The black children had no school and thus no education for all 5 years unless they left their homes and families to go north to live with relatives.
The books is excellent! I knew that this very thing had happened in Charlottesville 20 years before I moved to Virginia and the seriously struggling Rock Hill Academy in Charlottesville was still a private school when we first came here. The school went out of business within a year or two. But I had no idea of the full story of the viciousness of the resistance so close to home.
One of my favorite things about being back in my home town is that I can use my library card to get books much newer than I ever find on the road and at a price I’m willing to pay. Libraries really are one of the only things in life that are still FREE.
Saturday July 4 - High today 82 degrees
Today is America’s Birthday and I celebrate with 15,625 steps. First I walk a mile or so to the city market and back. I’ve done several posts over the years of my trips to the wonderful Charlottesville City Market. Today don’t take my camera although I should have with all the beautiful foods and pottery for sale. They make great luscious pictures.
In the evening, I walk down to the fireworks held about a mile or so from Mason Lane where Winnona stays during her visits to Charlottesville. I’m sure she’d rather be there now than in Cosner’s Parking lot.
People stream in to McIntire Park. The parking lots are full and the streets a mile back are parallel parked bumper to bumper.
There has been a carnival and a BBQ here this afternoon. People are sitting everywhere on blankets and chairs. At about 9:15 it all begins and for a small town, they do a fine job. I haven’t figured out how to do fireworks on my Canon SX50. Previous cameras all had a “fireworks” setting and they seemed to turn out a lot better than these. Guess I should have broken down and actually read the manual. I think I’ve said that before.
We’re getting pretty tired of being in Charlottesville. We’ve caught up with all our friends and done most of the chores we’re going to do.
We have been really lucky with the weather. It was in the mid and upper 90’s the week before we came but so far during our stay they have had a relatively nice break. The worst it has been is 88. But with the humidity 88 feels like the 90’s. Temps back into the full blown 90’s are predicted for next week so we are anxious to go back up onto the mountain.
But…..we have to pick up Winnona on Monday, I have a pre-op appointment with my doctor on Tuesday for the eye surgery which will be in later July and David of course has his regular cancer clinic visit on Wednesday so it will be another FOUR days before we can head up. That seems like forever.
Still all these chores needed to be done and our home town, where we know the body shop, the tire place, the optometrist and the hospital. seems like the best place to get em’ all done. I’m just not used to being in Virginia during the summer. Haven’t done that for 5 years.