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a few hardcovers and pbs available from Closed Circle, signed. Latest: Moonlover and the Fountain of Blood, Jane Fancher short story. Chernevog, part 2 of the Rusalka trilogy co-written by CJ and Jane; and Orion's Children, a tetralogy from Lynn.

You can’t say our lives are same-old/same-old…

I’ve been trying to get the Prius in for regular scheduled maintenance since November when the snow came, when I had dental woes, etc.
I’ve known I really need to get my glasses prescription seen to since, well, at least December.
Here it is February and I started the week with an appointment for both.
Especially the glasses, since a lens fell out day before yesterday and I stepped on it. [glass].
We’re also low on groceries.
My third intended stop.
Jane, bless her heart, went out to shovel her way to the garage as I got ready.
I’m in final stage of ready when she comes back in to tell me I’m not going anywhere.
Half a foot of snow and ice have trapped the garage door.
We COULD go out and try to free it.
I decided to move the appointments to Thursday and we’ll have more spaghetti and meatballs and the better wine until I can get to the grocery.

18 comments to You can’t say our lives are same-old/same-old…

  • That’s what I don’t miss about the snow here in the Desert Southwest. I hope you get the garage door free soon, though.

  • Teasel

    Think positively. At least the mice can’t get in under the door. [Hmm, or out either]

  • Teasel

    Does the Prius hold its charge okay in prolonged cold spells?

    • CJ

      No problems at all. We’ve not been below zero too often, but we haven’t been very often above freezing either.
      And it’s handling the slopes, not quite with the authority of the Subaru Forester, but it’s also much lighter and doesn’t bury itself in the snow, too. We live on 2 gentle slopes, one up the front street and one down the side street, and it does just fine.

  • I used to have trouble with the screw working loose on one side of the frame – but that’s fixable. An optician can hit the end opposite the head with a punch, and widen it just enough that it won’t back out.

    I went in and got my eyes checked two months ago, and the cascade of events from that hasn’t allowed me to order the new glasses yet. Just one thing after another, and some of them running into money.

    • paul

      An optician recommended to me to touch the bottom of the bolt (it may be miniscule, but it’s a bolt) with a drop of clear nail polish. It’ll flake off with encouragement at need.

  • CJ

    Well, my glasses were pretty good until I closed them in the reclining chair, then sat on them. Then dropped them and chipped a lens. Then the lens fell out and wouldn’t go in. The optometrist’s assistant graciously got the lens in and re-bent the frames, but alas, I dropped them again, and ‘plink!’ there went the lens.

    Which I then stepped on.

    I think I am going to take another look at the Flexon frames, which cost more, but I am so incredibly brutal on glasses. I do everything but drop them into a volcano—the deal being that because I only use them for reading (astigmatism operates close up) I’m constantly wearing them on a neck chain, and they get left here and there in late evenings when I’m watching telly.

    • chondrite

      If you had come to the Big Island up to about a week ago, you could have accomplished the ‘sacrifice to Madame Pele’ part of glasses abuse as well. On Jan. 1, the shelf where all the small cascades of lava were emerging cracked off and fell into the sea, exposing the main vent, which poured lava like a giant red hot fire hose. Then that part of the cliff fell off as well, and forced the flow deeper under water. The USGS has a nice summary.

    • Teegan

      My husband got the Flexon frames the last time he got glasses and they seem to be working okay for him. He has multiple pairs of glasses; one for driving, others for close work. He couldn’t adjust to progressive bifocals, perhaps because he has astigmatism like you do. So he is forever taking off his glasses and leaving them somewhere, stuffing them in a pocket, or otherwise misplacing them. The flexible frames have stood up so far for at least 2 years.

      • CJ

        Guys have a particular problem: I can wear those necklace hang-y things to keep up with them, but guys have to cope with a pocket. Ain’t fashion just silly? Mine, I can grab and use instantly. He has to unfold and refold. I can see why, back when, people used monocles pinned to the coat.

  • paul

    Brutal’s hardly the word for it!

    2.5″ of rain here Sunday! Tha’d’ve been over two feet of snow if the cold they’d half been expecting had come in. Just as glad, through I did see standing water on the law.

    Isn’t the idea of a neck chain that one leaves it on when not using the glasses?

  • reading-fox

    Oh no, not having to drink ‘the better wine’ however will you cope? 😉

    The rest sounds pretty rough. Over here in the UK I don’t think we’ve even seen snow yet this winter except on the tops of the hills.

  • Oy. At least your backup plan sounds lovely. Stay warm! Here in Boston there’s a thick sheet of ice over the streets and sidewalks.

  • tulrose

    Eastern Oklahoma isn’t having winter. Sure it’s been below freezing for a while but not that much. The weekend will be in the 70’s and 80’s. Tonight somewhere around the teens.

  • WOL

    Same here in the square bit on top of TX as in Eastern OK. I drove to and from Armadillo today (250 miles/404 km round trip) to have two doctor’s appointments and get biopsy results and diagnoses, etc. Weather was dry, sunny, in the upper 60’s, with a lot more wind than humidity. Been that way for most of a month now, including the last three trips to Armadillo. Our lows have been in the lower 40’s/upper 30’s.

    As for the cupboard being thin, a big can of Wolf Brand Chili and half a pkg of small elbow macaroni with sprinkle cheese zotted in the microwave into hot melty goodness goes down a treat with me on snowy days. I’ve also been known to put spaghetti in same, breaking the spaghetti into thirds lengthwise. Since I’m not allergic to onions, guess what else I put in?

  • paul

    Oh my, now we see how important it is for Americans to appreciate HISTORY! It’s not (just) that we would be condemned to relive it, but when people of influence are ignorant of the lessons history would have been showing them, any danged thing can and will happen. We are adrift in a un-reality TV show! I can’t think of words to describe how it is that Americans purporting to be “strict constructionists” and “originalists” cannot understand the importance of a free press–our Founding Fathers certainly did! Irony isn’t even in the same county.

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