Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Random Stuff

Some small strips of cilantro, parsley, and basil are now planted between some of my baby berry bushes. We also replanted the corn, cucumbers, and cantaloupe, none of which came up before. The asparagus trench is nearly filled in; the shoots have grown high enough. The sweet potatoes look like they're going to fail.

Several years ago, when the eye doctor told me I needed bifocals, I refused. I said I wasn't getting them until not having them was driving me totally bonkers. I'm not quite there yet. But I must be getting close because I'm considering it. Boy, my eyes have gone downhill a lot in the last month or so.

We thought about turning on the air conditioner today. Didn't do it. If we can get through tomorrow, the weather looks like it will become more pleasant. But, hey, the beans and tomatoes are probably lovin' this!

I took the kids out shopping today. We bought jeans for those of us who only have one or two pairs that aren't raggedy. We bought underwear and socks for those who hadn't raided my dad's dresser drawers two weeks ago. Normally we manage to get along with far fewer pieces of clothing than most people. But so much of it is shabby. And I keep wondering what's going to happen to the economy, and that maybe we shouldn't count on there being a steady supply of merchandise to the stores by the time we finally relegate our worn clothes to the dumpster.

Two friends from church are undergoing major surgeries next week.

I think I'm going to be helping out a friend with respite care for her mom. (C -- I left a message on your cell phone.)

A young man stopped by the house today to try to sell me some books and computer programs to help my kids keep up in school and get better grades. I wasn't interested; I didn't lead him on. But he was persistent. Not pushy persistent, but nevertheless he kept trying to find something I would spend money on. When I told him we homeschool, he smoothly began asking about what curriculum we use. "Oh, we make it up as we go. Libraries are great." That was only the beginning of the confusing responses the poor guy encountered.

I hope Alia is getting to the swimming pool every day. Hey, maybe Maggie and I should try a lake tomorrow.

While I was stopped at the gas station today, two different sets of lost people got themselves straightened out by a few moments with my local map. Neither one trusted the oral directions given by me and others. The map overrode their skepticism.


  1. I bought educational mag subscriptions once from a door-to-door college student. Stupid me, the magazines never came. I lost $50.

  2. If you get bifocals, make sure you get the progreeive lens. They are great for the computer. Bifocals cut out the taking off - putting on of the the other glasses.

  3. I don't know what to think, Mom. I've had people tell me that it's much harder to get used to the progressive, and others tell me that the lined glasses drive them nuts. I've had some people say that progressive lenses are horrible for the computer, and others say they're the best. I don't even know what to try.

    Right now I'm still managing most of the time with just taking off the regular glasses when I have to see up close for a few seconds. But it's gotten so much worse in since Easter that I'm thinking I'm going to have to keep my reading glasses WITH me all the time instead of just when I sit down to read with the kids or when we have a hymn I don't know in church. But if I have to have two pairs with me constantly, maybe the bifocals are drawing closer.

  4. I've heard the same thing about progressive lens and computers. But I couldn't play the piano in the progressive lenses. And piano outranks computer (believe it or not!). So I had the lines put back in. But I do sometimes have trouble at the computer. Someone told me that maybe what I need is trifocals. I guess by the time I'm 80 it'll be octofocals.