Thursday, September 24, 2009

Return to Routine

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

It's been an interesting few days down here at the ranch... DH has been home sick all week, which really puts a hitch in the routine DD and I have organized. The schoolroom is behind the master bedroom, so we have to wait until DH is up and out before school starts ... this has put DD a bit behind as it's hard for her to settle down after putzing around all morning.

As for me? Well... I haven't been able to watch any of my shows this week (usually I have the TV on while I'm working on the computer) and it's season premier week! ARGH. Thank heavens for TiVo. Also, just having DH in the house is oddly unsettling ... I didn't get any real "alone" time this week and it makes me very cranky. I've often said that DH and I need to have our own houses, side-by-side, and visit each other. Neither he nor I like too much togetherness with anyone, so it works out, really. But this week was a strain.

Today, he's planning on going to work, but he's off again F/S/S ...

The good news is, neither DD nor I seem to have caught his bug (knock wood).


DD and I went to the eye doctor yesterday. Her Rx has changed quite a bit (which I figured, as she can't see the oven timer if she's on the other side of the kitchen), but mine didn't, which is good. However, I've been getting headaches when I work on the computer too much, and the doc said I really need reading glasses. Here's the problem: I wear a prism because my eyes see on different levels -- one is looking up a little higher than the other. Basically, I have permanent double vision. I can't wear contacts for the condition either. When I was younger, my eyes worked to focus together, but as they get old and tired, they can't do it anymore, so I have special glasses that help them work together. If I had reading glasses, they'd have to have the prism, too.

While this wouldn't be a problem under normal circumstances, I'm a little ADD and tend to not sit still for very long. So, I'm on the computer for 20 mins and then pop up and mop the floor, then sit again, and then pop up and walk the dog, and then sit....

And having reading glasses would mean a game of "change the glasses" every few minutes. So, for now I'm opting out. It's not that bad, and it's better than the alternative.

Getting older really stinks.


The weather here has been just amazing -- high-70s and mostly sunny. DD and Dd have done a LOT of running around outside, and I'm still cleaning out the gardens for winter: dead-heading and cutting the perennials that are dying (like the hostas) and pulling up my dahlia bulbs to store them over the winter.

I bought a bunch of pink daffodil bulbs to put in for next spring. They're deer (and hopefully vole) resistant and will give some nice, different color to the yellow ones I already have. The voles and chipmunks have eaten nearly all my crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs, so I'm not really certain what my spring gardens will look like next year. We won't talk about the almost certain damage the voles will do over the winter... little buggers.


Your Right Part Says You're Conventional and Professional

You are confident, smart, and together. You command respect.

You've found it easily to excel in life. You play by the rules and win the game.

You are a very practical person. If something works, you stick with it.

You approach life rationally and carefully. When things aren't fair, you just work harder.

Well... yeah.



Maria Zannini said...

Ref: I've often said that DH and I need to have our own houses, side-by-side, and visit each other.

LOL! We couldn't afford two houses so we settled for one very long house.

It's hard to get used to having someone 'underfoot', especially when you're used to being alone much of the time.

Melissa McClone said...

Hugs on the glasses. I finally got progressive lenses to help with reading. It sucks getting old!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear your hubby is feeling better.

I actually told my sis a few days ago that if I got married again or in a commited relationship I'd like for us to each have our own place since I rather enjoy living alone lol.

Good luck with all the eye issues.

Tori Lennox said...

Hugs re the glasses. I wear bifocals and hate them. But the other option would be swapping from regular glasses to reading glasses all the live long day.

Dru said...

I'm glad DH is feeling better.

I live alone and treasure my alone time especially when I have visitors.

I wear progressive lenses and it's not too bad.

Your Non-Existent Part Says You're Confident and Spontaneous

You are a very carefree and relaxed person. You don't put in effort when you don't have to.

You tend to be interested in nature and a bit of an environmentalist. You try to live a green life.

You are a casual person. You don't do well in formal settings... in fact, you avoid them.

You try to let the small things slide. Even if that means you don't always comb your hair.

so-so're going to love both NCIS shows.

Have a good Thursday.

Brandy said...

I have to wait for everyone to go to sleep for some alone time. Maybe accounts for my insomnia. *G*
I hope you get some time soon!
I am legally blind without my contacts/glasses, so I wear them ALL the time. I couldn't imagine having to switch back and forth.

I hope you have a pleasing day!