It’s October? Already? Actually, this will be an eventful month for us – stay tuned!
I’ve spent almost the entire last week on my bed or on the sofa . . . and I’m about to go stir crazy. I was able to get an appointment with my doctor last Monday, and along with a new prescription for pain medication, plenty of bed rest, and heat applied to my lower back my back is getting better. Brett has made sure I follow doctor’s orders because just a short while up can quickly make things bad again. I had an appointment with the eye doctor on Tuesday morning which took a bit longer than usual because they had trouble getting my eyes to dilate, and by the time I got home I was miserable again. Brett did the farmers’ market shopping on Wednesday, but Thursday I accompanied him to Safeway and Costco to finish up our monthly shopping, and while it thankfully didn’t make things worse, it didn’t make them better either. Still, it was wonderful to get out of the house for a while. I was disappointed that I couldn’t go to YaYu’s cross country meet on Friday as planned, but we did take her out to breakfast on Saturday morning which went OK. I begin physical therapy tomorrow morning, and hopefully will soon be up and about and back to normal because I’m tired of the pain and feeling like a slug.
I did get a surprise at the eye doctor’s though. My vision hadn’t actually changed all that much in the past three years, but I am beginning to develop cataracts. Yikes! I have to go back in six months for another check up, and he said I will eventually need surgery, maybe next year or the year after. Something else to look forward to!!
WenYu found a job! She’ll be working part-time as a server at a small restaurant in the town of Wellesley – they mainly hire students from the college and work around their schedules, so the owner had no problem with WenYu being gone for nearly a month over winter break. Meiling is also very happy with her new employment – it’s her first “desk job,” and while she will start out being paid through work-study they will pay her as a regular hire once the work-study allotment is used up. It’s a year-round position, although busier during the school year.
In other news, fall has arrived on Kaua’i. We still have warm days and lots of sunshine for the most part (it’s cool and rainy today though), but it cools down in the evening so it’s been comfortable for sleeping. Other than pumpkin lattes at Starbucks, we don’t have to deal with the pumpkin craze here, thank goodness. It was getting out of hand back on the mainland before we left, and I’m guessing it’s only gotten worse since then. Pumpkin spice cat litter, anyone?
This afternoon I am:
- Reading: I’m still reading Between You and Me, but have also downloaded Tana French’s The Secret Place from the library. I can’t remember if I’ve read it already, but it doesn’t sound familiar, so that’s a good sign that I haven’t, especially since I remember all her other books. I’m already on the waiting list at the library for her new book, The Trespasser, which is released tomorrow.
- Listening to: Brett has already started the laundry, so I’m writing to the sound of the washing machine. We’re in between bouts of rain right now, but more is expected later on and one optimistic soul is currently out trimming his yard. Our neighbor is watching football – I can hear him yelling whenever something happens for his team.
- Watching: Brett and I are now into the second season of Penny Dreadful. What a wild, creepy, horrific, wonderful show! Up on deck is the newest season of The Mysteries of Laura (with Debra Messing) as well as finishing up the other series we were watching before we discovered Penny Dreadful.
- Cooking/baking: A small pork roast is in the slow cooker, getting ready to be turned into Thai-style pork stew tonight for Brett and YaYu. We found some vegan “pork” sandwiches at Safeway (which has turned out to have the BEST vegan selection of items on the island) so I’m going to try one of those for my dinner.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: I’m proud of myself for staying in bed as much as I did considering I thought I would go out of my mind. I’m glad too that we finished up the month’s food shopping, and that I got the eye appointment taken care of – I had been postponing it for too long.
- Looking forward to next week: I’m eager to start PT, and eager to get back into my regular duties around the house, although I’m pretty sure I will still be relying on Brett a while longer to help me out. Maybe, just maybe, we can get to the beach – I’m really eager to get down there again too. FAFSA forms for both girls will be submitted this week. Since we have to use last year’s income figures again, filling things out should be a snap compared to the usual experience. Airfares to Tokyo may drop this week according to forecasters, so I’ve got fingers crossed that we’ll find something in our price range.
- Thinking of good things that happened this week: YaYu, Brett and I had a tasty breakfast yesterday morning at the Tip Top Cafe. YaYu was over the moon with their menu and practically couldn’t decide what to order, but ended up a big bowl of oxtail soup, which she said was delicious. I found some terrific new frames at a great price at Costco, and could not get over how little it costs to get my glasses made there even with no insurance, especially since I have a complicated prescription and got Transitions lenses as well (per doctor’s advice). I paid half of what I used to pay back on the mainland, even though we had excellent eye care insurance through Brett’s employer. Our current insurance covered all of the eye exam itself (which we did not know) as will all future exams because of the cataract issue. We had no food waste last week (yeah Brett!) and put $2.17 in the change/$1 bill jar.
- Grateful for: I’m feeling very thankful that both my doctor and the physical therapy provider were able to fit me in for appointments so quickly. I’m used to having to wait days to get an appointment, but the doctor took me in the same day I called (and he’s a busy guy), and PT was able to set up a treatment schedule beginning less than a week after I called. I’m also thankful that Costco will have my new glasses ready so quickly, too. I remain thankful as well for all that Brett’s doing around the house since I still can’t do much right now.
- Bonus question: What are your favorite fruits? My two all-time favorite fruits are a perfectly ripe Bartlett pear (which I’m enjoying right now – Costco currently has them) and a sweet, juicy Santa Rosa plum. One of our next door neighbors when I was young had a Santa Rosa tree as did a neighbor in Portland, but otherwise they’re not all that easy to find and are a treat when I can have them. Late summer and early autumn is fire season in Southern California, and my mom had a connection to pick up the leftover fruit that had been brought in for the firefighters, usually pears, plums and apples. She canned most of what she got, but always left some out for us to eat, and I loved those lush, ripe Bartlett pears. Some fruits I don’t care for are apricots, which surprises me because we had a huge tree in our yard that always produced bushels of fruit. I just never cared for them. I never cared for nectarines either (although I adore peaches). I like berries, especially blueberries, and we were spoiled by the quantity and quality of fresh berries when we lived in Oregon. I will eat apples, and love to cook with them, but they’re not one of my favorite fruits, and I’ll always pass on Red Delicious apples – they have no flavor in my opinion. I used to love oranges and tangerines, but not so much anymore for some unknown reason. Living here I’ve come to enjoy many new tropical fruits, such as dragonfruit and lilikoi (passionfruit), and there’s no way I’ll every buy or eat another grocery store pineapple or banana again. I also dearly love dates and figs.
That’s what’s going on here – how has your week been? What have you done? What are you looking forward to? What good things happened for you?