Revolution #9

Doesn’t seem that long ago that Obama was being inaugurated for his first term, the world was in economic turmoil, and we were off to Montfort hospital to see our new grandson. Sarah and Dave named him after his great grandfathers and so Edward Vincent McLean became “Teddy.” He still is going with it, although ...

Optical Optimum

Well my cataract surgery has now reached a happy ending (at least for now.) Everything healed up nicely, I have a stable eyeglass prescription and today I am back with glasses after a couple of months getting by without them. The replacement lenses very slightly undercorrected my distance prescription so that had to be fixed. ...

The Tanks

For most of our married life we had to replace our luggage every few years – either because of wear and tear on the fabric, or broken handles / ripped zippers thanks to baggage handling technology.Even a set of hard sided luggage succumbed to the inevitable bumps and bruises of travel. All that changed around ...

Figuring It All Out?

As another Winter Solstice approaches so does my 13th anniversary of retirement. I calculate that in the 21st century I have spent only 25% of my time gainfully employed (23.5% if you add in the year 2000 – which technically is in the 20th century.) But who’s counting? And just as it is with any ...

Reflections in a Plastic Eye

Well it’s done. Final score: acrylic implants 2, cataracts 0. The second surgery seemed to go better and faster than the first – although the first was pretty slick itself. Recovery is better when you have one blurry and one really good eye – as opposed to one blurry and one really bad eye. I ...

Options in Cataract Surgery

This post doesn’t have an appealing title and will be a curious mixture of economics and technical data, so I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t read it. However anyone who might be contemplating cataract surgery in future might find my experience helpful so here goes. First of all, getting a cataract removed and a ...

Phaco-What?

Well I am now halfway there in the cataract surgery game. I had my left eye operated on last Tuesday and my right eye is scheduled to get fixed on December 5. Compared to some surgery which shall remain nameless (prostate biopsy) the eye stuff is pretty benign. The worst part by far is wearing ...

Blame It on the Bossy Nonna

8 year old wisdom: “You’re so bossy Nonna, you boss me around all the time.” This was Teddy recently when his Nonna made him quit playing Hot Wheels on the PC and come to lunch. And Nonna admits that she has always been “a little bossy.” Her own mother agrees – and she knows best. ...

Social Media and Me

I just finished paying for my online hosting service and domain registration so I guess this blog will continue for another year, God willing. That got me thinking about social media in general and how my online activity and presence may have changed in the past 20 years. My conclusion – it has and it ...

Another Sweet Girl

I have been really blessed with each of my grandchildren. There’s Teddy – smart at math, science and literature. He’s like his grandpa in that he can really get into some subjects while others leave him cold. There’s Veronica – sweet and kind and affectionate but looks after her siblings like a tiger. And finally ...

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