Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hot Tea Month

Hubby and I entered our favorite coffee shop and moved to greet some of our fellow "regulars." 

Then he helped me settle in at a table. This visit was a to be a computer day. 

The agenda for him was coffee and reacquainting himself with his laptop fresh from the local Broken Gadget repair shop. My agenda was chamomile tea and blogging. We both opened our computers.

"January is Hot Tea Month in the United States and Canada," he announced, staring at the notification on his computer screen. He is well aware of my I enjoyment of hot-tea. 

A bit of internet searching revealed Hot Tea Day, January 12. I mostly drink chamomile hot tea now, but I am still a fan of the "real," caffeinated variety that the Hot Tea Month is celebrating. 

I have yet to satisfy my curiosity about what tea trade association or tea company developed and launched the January hot tea marketing campaign. 

Internet searching turned up a bunch of tea industry organizations and articles with tips on how to celebrate hot tea month. But I was unsuccessful in identifying who exactly was behind the campaign.

Some national day and month observances are humorous; some historical, some noteworthy; some obviously a commercial gambit. 

Even some of those that are aimed at opening my wallet are interesting. But I am mostly oblivious to the ever-proliferating national day and month observances. 

When someone pointed out National S'Mores Day though, it did make me crave the gooey goodness of a s'more consumed beside a campfire. 

Any national day or week observances light your fire?


Friday, January 10, 2020

Where Are My Readers?

A Sticky Problem Solver

Nobody told me I would still be making adjustments two years after my 2017 cataract surgery.  

Nothing big, just irritating. I had worn glasses since the fifth grade. My nearsightedness worsened through the years, but at age 70 I could still see close up. Of course I had to take my glasses off to read or see anything else close up.

 That all changed with cataract surgery. 

Now I have to have readers of one strength for reading and a different strength for my laptop computer.

And therein lies the aggravation. I have several pair for reading, two for the purses I use most often and one for the fanny pack I often wear at home. That had been working okay.

But when I would take a break from the laptop, I was automatically carrying that pair of glasses with me and setting them down someplace where I would be sure to find them. Ha! I don't think such a place exists in our home.

Whether a few minutes, hours or days later that I next used the laptop, I had to search with mounting frustration. And, of course, if we packed up the computers for use anywhere beyond our own home, I would forget to take those glasses. 

Finally an idea surfaced: use Velcro to attach an eyeglass case to the computer. And it would have to be easy to use with one hand. Walmart supplied the case. Hubby wrangled the Velcro into place. I did the test drive. 

Now my laptop eyeglasses are automatically right where I can grab them before I even open my laptop.

Frustration banished!


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wednesday Blessings

I am lying flat on my back in a Dynasplint contraption that stretches my left shoulder. It's a bit uncomfortable but offers a wonderful 20 minutes for reflecting on right-this-minute blessings.

Blessing No. 1: Right now I am enjoying our third day straight of gorgeous blue, blue skies. I can see sky, tree tops and the occasional squirrel and bird as I lie on our window seat with windows to my right and at my feet.

Oops! There goes my timer. I am writing the rest of this post on my laptop.

Here's the rest of my right-this-minute blessings:

Blessing No. 2: The window seats in our downsized house that connect me to God's beautiful world when weather or therapy exercises keep me inside.

Now I am cheating a bit, but I have to add a few more.

Blessing No. 3: An occupational rehab therapist who worked tirelessly in those early months after my 2011 hemorrhagic stroke to secure the Dynasplint and other devices to help me unlock my affected left side.  

Blessing No. 4: A husband who is patient and diligent in helping me get into position on the "bed" of the Dynasplint.

He then straps my left arm into a sturdy sleeve. It is attached to the mechanism calibrated to pull my arm back and stretch that affected shoulder.

Blessing No. 5: A right hand that still works. Flat on my back I could still hold my iPad mini and type with my thumb. 

At the end of 20 minutes I had the first paragraph written and had started on the second.  

The above were not my only blessings, but I have limited them to what I was thinking in my 20-minutes with one exception, Blessing No. 6: Getting out of the Dynasplint and switching to my laptop.

That was an interesting experiment but I think I will stick with my usual activities when in that device. Some days it's praying through my list of friends, family and specific requests I have received. Other days I read books on my iPad mini or just watch the world through those windows.