View From My Window

Thursday, December 2, 2021 — A very good day today. I’m tired tonight because I was up late last night and then when I did go to bed, I couldn’t get to sleep. Off to bed around 1:45 a.m., and then back up at 4:15 a.m. makes for one tired puppy. LOL But, I got a lot done today. Here’s the status of my baking effort:

I still have the diabetic and gluten free cookies to make, plus a couple more from recipes sent to me by friends who have moved away. Tomorrow is a very busy day. I have a repairman coming to fix the control panel of the microwave, and the baseboard that needs replacing here in the office. Robert has an appointment at noon in Bakersfield with an optometrist.

I may have said something here before about the fact that the last time Robert got new glasses, he agreed to try the progressive lenses. He didn’t say anything to me about them, but they laid on top of the headboard in the bedroom and never got used. I didn’t question it, not being sure why the glasses were there and which ones they actually were. He has about 3-4 pair of cheater glasses that he uses, but none of them enable him to see well enough to trim his beard or inspect the skin on his face. (or work on the new jigsaw puzzle, for that matter). So off we go to the Target store in Bakersfield. We’ve not shopped at a Target store more than maybe two times in the time we’ve lived here. The closest Target is in Bakersfield or Lancaster — an hour away, no matter which direction you go (east or west). So tomorrow will be interesting, to say the least. And I hope to get more baking done once we get back home.

We did receive one bit of really bad news via e-mail today. One of our dear friends has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Sadly, he’s one of the friends in our hope-to-be-soon mobile home park, and an ex-member of the Tuesday Crew at the Depot. It’s like everyone we know is falling apart. Yesterday, a friend had his thyroid gland removed. Surprisingly, it was done on an outpatient basis! Is there anything the medical community DOESN’T do on an outpatient basis?? That said, with all of the COVID virus infections in hospitals these days, it doesn’t make sense to spend any more time than absolutely necessary inside their walls.

Robert has been doing a bit better these days, with only minor incidents of cognition difficulty. I follow a couple of caregiver blogs and have to say after reading some of the stories of what other caregivers are going through, I feel twice blessed that Robert’s condition is very manageable so far. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it continues this way for some time to come.

Be safe, take good care of yourself and please remember to tell those you love that you love them. If you would spare a positive healing thought for my friends, I’d greatly appreciate it. Second only to family, our friends are the most important people in our lives. What would we be without them?

About tehachap

Happily married and retired, my hobbies are quilting, reading and anything to do with trains (watching, photographing and running them in our G scale garden railroad). My husband and I have truly enjoyed our retirement, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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5 Responses to View From My Window

  1. 67andgood says:

    I hope all goes well with the many errands you have. I must say you are a busy baker and everything looks and sounds so delicious.

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  2. mageb says:

    Toes are most important. 🙂
    Try getting him regular glasses this time and see what happens.
    Boy, that’s a lot of sugar.

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    • tehachap says:

      I do have a couple of cookies that are low-calorie to no sugar (chocolate sugar free cookies and the pizzelles, which are not frosted and are quite thin and crisp). He got a new pair of bifocals and a pair of reading glasses. It was difficult for the optometrist to test him because he kept telling her he didn’t see any difference… it’s like asking him what he wants to eat and giving him two choices. He can’t decide, ever, so he always says “Whatever you want.” He got lost in the CostCo parking lot today. :/ I tell you… it’s not fun at all.

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  3. dkzody says:

    Glad you are able to bake so many varieties of Christmas goodies. That will provide a good selection. The esophagus cancer sounds like a hard one to handle. Hope your friend has really good medical care and the most up-to-date protocols to get him through it. I have heard of people living without their esophagus.

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    • tehachap says:

      Oh wow… I have never heard of that. My maternal cousin had cancer of the throat and he’d never smoked a day in his life! He went to the cancer center at UCSD (San Diego) and they did surgery and then radiation and experimental medication. They saved his life!

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