Planning A Getaway…

cottagefor our 14th wedding anniversary next month – to this wonderful garden cottage.  It’s near the ocean.  It’s near the redwoods and fine hiking trails and fantastic seafood.  And the best part is that it’s less than 45 minutes away from where we live.

I can imagine opening that gate to see the magnificent garden.  Ohhhh!  And dreaming in this bedroom with a balcony overlooking the garden!

bedroomWe have so much to celebrate and be thankful for in our lives.


Some Photographs and Stuff

cherry pieBefore I was interrupted by some crazy wooden crate running into my eye – how dare it – we’d taken some photographs of our Thanksgiving layout…it started with taking your lovely cherry raisin and cranberry pie out of the oven.  I love the way you’ve carried on your mom’s tradition of carving the two pieces of wheat into the top crust.

We moved on to taking turkey and dressing and veggies from the oven but…the absolute best part was this luscious pie.  We’ll finish it tonite.  So sad…

tonightTonight, we ended up with this.  Some sorta turkey pot pie and wine and crusty bread and…yes…that little jar front and center.  That is my very own homemade facial scrub that I made this afternoon 🙂  All very lovely and romantic and healing.  Plus it’s rained most of the day!

facial scrubThe facial scrub I made was absolutely fabulously  moisturizing and gentle.  My skin just feels wonderfully smooth and moisturized.

Mixture of granulated sugar, olive oil, honey and a drop or two of essential almond oil.

Rub into skin gently and rinse.  Follow up with your regular moisturizer.

Even with the mishap – my eye is healing up great, it’s been a great week 🙂


It’s About That Vision Thang – Some Joy

Since some of you are following my blog and know about my macular degeneration, and since it’s just such a joyful day – and a hopeful day for those of us with this eye issue..I went for my exam today…

I haven’t needed an eye injection, for my wet macular degeneration, in over 9 months 🙂 Of course, I’d had weekly and then monthly or every other month injections for almost 10 years…I was so lucky that my disease was diagnosed just a couple of weeks before injections became an approved treatment method.  So lucky that I was going to the Stanford Eye Clinic.  So lucky that my doctor was taking part in the trial.  Just so damned lucky all the way around…compared to what could have been.  Especially since I’d been only in my early 50’s when diagnosed.

So yes, I’ll take an eye injection any day.  If that’s what it takes to prolong my vision…pffft.  Piece of cake.  And now look!  Maybe all of these years of injections have had some sort of slow benefit and slowing of the disease.

I’m just so damned thankful!  My girlfriend and I went to a bakery and I bought  a very small chocolate iced chocolate bundt cake to split with you later.  We’ll celebrate and be horribly unhealthy and have it with ice cream and walnuts  and whipped cream!

OMG!  Yummy thankfulness just abounds.


Joy To The Gods That Be!

Because I am so absolutely certain that readers are sitting on the edges of their chairs wondering about the trials of a 62 yr old-somewhat retired-baby boomer hippie type with wet macular degeneration getting her friggin drivers license renewed:

Today was the final chosen day to renew.  I really couldn’t wait any longer without feeling somewhat silly.  It went this way:

This really nice lady took the medical form from my rentinal specialist which stated that my vision was ABnormal because I have been blessed with macular degeneration.  I watched her lips move as she read the completed form.  I heard her whisper ‘macular degeneration’.  She looked at me and back at the form.  She took the form to another really nice lady.  They talked amongst themselves.

The outcome is that I have a 90 day temporary license.  I have to take the driving test to show that I’ve compensated for the poor vision in my left eye.  So I do that on April 7 and then all will be approved.

I’m going to take a driving course.  I want to prepare.  I was so worried about the written test 😛  I didn’t even have to take it!!  We have the extra income from watching toddlers now and then in retirement.  I’m going to use some of that extra money to take a refresher driving course.  I’ll feel better on April 7.  I’ll feel prepared.  I mean we’ve all driven for years.  I know this.  But I don’t know about some of you but…I’m a safe driver but…I’d better take the course just to be sure I’m following ‘proper procedure, sir!’

So yea!  Ever since I was diagnosed with wet macular degeneration – 8 years ago in my mid 50’s – I’ve been dreading this day.  So looks like I’ve wasted – altogether since I was diagnosed – at least a good 90 days worrying about this now and then.  Hmmmm….

I’m feeling happy.  I’m feeling joy.  I’m thinking this day in my life ended up as it should have but much better than I expected.  It’s difficult to deal with a chronic illness over which you have little control.  It’s difficult to be chipper, chin up and all that.  It’s difficult…but it’s not friggin impossible!!

And how sweet you were today changing our 20 mile trip so that we didn’t, after all, have to go on the freeway.  Yeah…I have these emotional issues and today set them free for a few hours.