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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Eye Of The Tiger-Cat



It’s allergy season again. Kaline usually has her eye problem in the fall but this year she is having a spring reaction. We’ve taken her to the vet a few times with it. The vet says it’s an allergy. We’ve tried ointment in her eye; she hates that and I don’t think it healed up any quicker than without ointment. At the vet’s suggestion we tried a dose of Children’s Tylenol. How well that worked I can’t say; I wore more of it than she ingested. I do know that after the one and only attempt with the Tylenol they eyes went back to normal in about a week without actual treatment. It makes sense to me as when my allergies act up if they are mild and I don’t take anything for them they get a just a little worse and then go away. So we’re watching her. So far the only thing that even lets us now there’s a problem in her right eye is a little pink and weepy and she rubs it on everything. Her attitude and appetite are just fine and it’s not interfering with her play or sleep habits. So David and I are making a point of looking at her eye often and keeping a close watch on her behavior. It seems to pain me more than her.


Now for the Wednesday Hodge Podge, hosted by Joyce at From This Side of The Pond


1. When the children of today grow up, what do you think they'll say about this period in time? What do you most hope they remember?

In my own utopian little world, I hope they’ll remember how much safer their world became when the NRA was voted out of congress.

My actual answer may still be a bit utopian, but I refuse to hope for less. I hope they will be able to look back in their own lifetimes and see how community and actual compromise has defeated many personal and public evils. I hope they can see how the lack of thinking of others and unwillingness to bend has always meant and always will mean utter failure. I truly want to believe we can get rid of the rampant violence and inept government we have now, but if not, I hope today’s kids can learn the belter lesson from our inadequacies instead of follow in ditch society’s footprints currently wade through.


2. National Teacher's Day is celebrated in the US of A on the first Tuesday in May, this year May 7th...share how a particular teacher positively impacted you.

Mrs. Hilton in 10th grade was the teacher that saw through the teenaged wall I had out up and knew I had some problems at home. Looking back they were really not huge problems but they sure were huge to me at the time. My dad and I saw eye-to-eye on nothing regarding me being a teenager. Mrs. Hilton was there to talk and she was the one who helped me find a professional counselor I could afford. While Pop hated the whole idea of me seeing a counselor and would not go with me to talk to him, that experience did a world of good in asking me the right questions to get me to say the things I needed to realize about myself to battle my own demons. What I learned enabled me to communicate better and that got Pop in a better communicating place too. I credit counseling sessions outside of school for not just saving but helping me rebuild a great relationship with my dad and I credit Mrs. Hilton for instilling a beautiful faith in other people and helping make me the supportive and optimistic person I am as an adult.


3. What's a dish your mama made, that if set in front of you today would whisk you right back to childhood?

Hot Dog Pie – protein and veggie (sauerkraut AKA cabbage). What seemed like special fun food to us was an affordable meal to young parents in the early 70s.


4. Mother May I was a game we played when I was growing up...no pieces, parts, or plugs required. What games from childhood do you remember loving that were also pieces, parts, and plug-free?

Simon Says or tag


5. Besides your own mother, tell us about a woman who influenced you as a child?

Lydia, our baby-sitter. Lydia was like a big sister in many ways, she even went camping with us a couple times. She did ceramics and had creative hobbies, always brought her homework with her during the school year and juggled her job (us) and school well. I remember scribbling “words” instead of printing when I played because I wanted to write like Lydia. She didn’t treat us like little kids either. I think the most valuable lesson her influence gave me was the importance of respecting other people no matter how much older or younger than you they are.


6. Mamma Mia! What's the best play or musical you've ever seen?

It’s hard to pick just one!  A live show, I think maybe The Taming of the Shrew in Stratford. Ontario, Canada in, I think, 1988. I saw it on a weekend with Jeff and Kelly and again with Mom, Pop and Noni. It was very cool because they set the production in the 1950s and threw in some comments in Italian and Noni just loved that.

On video I love Oklahoma and Hamlet with Mel Gibson.


7. What are three smells that make you feel nostalgic?

Christmas ornaments when they come out of the box, old books or a used bookstore, breakfast cooking outside (campgrounds) and made-from-scratch spaghetti sauce. 

When I get nostalgic, I can't count.  :)


8. Insert your own random thought here.

The powerchair arrived Monday afternoon. Compared to our smallish house, the chair is huge! Right now I’m learning how to drive it, use the controls, in the walking space in the living room. I have to get used to the toggle steering! The turning radius is pretty compact and I can make it spin like a Tilt-A-Whirl! I’ve found that as much as I used to love making the car spin and spin and spin on a Tilt-A-Whirl, I can spin the powerchair around twice on the slowest setting before I start feeling dizzy. I suppose practice steering and spinning will get me in good form on both! ;)

6 comments:

Bobbi said...

When I get nostalgic, I can't count. HAhaha...love it!

Theresa said...

Mrs. Hilton sounds so special, as does your babysitter :)

retired not tired said...

practice makes perfect. You'll be tearing up the neighborhood in no time flat. I loved the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals as well. You don't see them being played anymore!

Joyce said...

Your cat and I have something in common. My eyes make me crazy this time of year, with everything blooming : )

Good luck with your new chair!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Poor kitty. We always keep children's Tylenol for Skye if she happens to step on a bee. Hot dog pie sounds yummy. Oklahoma is a great one. There were so many back in the day. Hope your chair works out perfectly for you. I love the Tilt-A-Whirl and still ride them when I see them!

Edna B said...

I'm glad to hear that Kaline's eye is getting better. It can't be much fun for her.

When I was little, we had a baby sitter who was really cool. Her hubby was out to sea with the Merchant Marines, and she looked after us kids when the folks went out. She took us to all sorts of plays and premiere movies where the movie stars were actually there. She also took us to the drugstore and bought us anything we wanted. She was very special.

The one smell from my childhood that I just knew would bring back some wonderful memories was a perfume called "Evening In Paris". My mom wore it and it smelled super nice. I recently bought me a bottle of the cologne but sad to say, it just did not smell like anything I remembered. Oh well.

Nani, enjoy your new chair, and have a wonderful night. Hugs, Edna B.