And It Just Got Better

I am so thrilled that I had to stop after my eye exam for a chocolat chaud and croissant.

I started wearing brown cat-eye glasses in elementary school. Even at my first eye exam, the necessary myopic correction was large and I wore heavy bottle glass lenses. Combined with astigmatism, I was a “classic” case. Each annual appointment resulted in new glasses because the numbers increased until into my late 40s.  Then, the natural aging process required correction to my reading vision as well and progressive bifocals became the norm. I never liked contacts so I’ve worn glasses for over 50 years.

At today’s (first) french eye exam, I confirmed I no longer need the reading vision correction! I can buy and wear glasses only for distance correction, which means I only need to wear glasses occasionally!!!!! There aren’t enough exclamation points to share my joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still need to go to the opthamologist every year for a glaucoma check. But I’m very hopeful I can buy (the very expensive-can be over $800) french pair of glasses to last a very long time…as long as I don’t set them down on the table to read a menu and forget to pick them back up after lunch!

(u)   x(o)x

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It’s All Good

My Sunday morning bike ride was my first (successful) attempt at the two bridges circle…Pont Chaban Delmas and Pont de Pierre…about 10 km. A spectacular ride over and along the Garonne River. What a way to begin!

Received my French tax bill and I FINALLY filled out the forms correctly because the amount is 0€, as it should be because I pay all taxes to the USA.

My craving for amerexican enchiladas was mollified a bit by using an Old El Paso burrito kit with a jar of fajita sauce and shredded mimolette cheese. The sauce was a more smoky bbq flavor and the cheese was not as meltable as shredded cheddar but I covered those flaws with crème fraiche (sour cream)! Next time-homemade!

Submitting my application for a 10 year residency card soon because on August 26, I will have lived here 5 years! Time flies! Looks like I will not be able to apply for French citizenship (voting rights, passport, certain benefits) because I don’t earn French income and I don’t own French property. Nothing’s perfect but it’s all good.

(u)   x(o)x

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Congratulations Grandmeowter

D has adopted a cat! Pip is a 10 year old male orange tabby with yellow eyes…(if you’re a Christmas Story fan your mind immediately went to Scut Farkus, didn’t it?!). He’s learning house rules (Pip, not Dan or Scut) and doesn’t seem to need much attention. From what I heard, he’s never been a stray or shelter cat so he isn’t particularly aggressive, defensive, or skittish. Neutered and front paw declawed, he seems like the perfect companion in Dan’s lifestyle and I think they’ll become best buds until Pip throws up a hairball. Then all bets are off.

(u)   x(o)x

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Canasta et al

First of all, I thought et al might be French but it’s Latin disguised as French. Second of all, I’m learning and playing the German version of canasta…easy to begin and interesting to develop strategies as I improve. Third of all, I’m writing a book and my energy and enthusiasm for this project is unlimited at this moment. Fourth of all, my latest and greatest cold soup was mostly mango…mmmmm. Fifth of all, I’m thinking about making terrariums to give as Christmas gifts to my French friends…all because I have a prettily shaped glass pickle jar that I can’t bear to recycle. (That means I need to eat a LOT of pickles.) Sixth of all, broiled bacon wrapped pickles make delicious appetizers. Sev-en-d et al.

(u)   x(o)x

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Phosphenes

Today I luxuriated in my 2nd ever reflexology treatment (several years after my introductory session at a salon in Sedona). While there are numerous methodologies, today’s chosen protocol was all about detox, drainage, and elimination. Once again, I felt wonderfully woozy when it was time to return to reality. During my hour of bliss, a sideshow was the vivid colorful kaleidescope playing across the back of my eyelids. Later, a bit of googling revealed this phenomena is caused by phosphenes and the associated science about them. However, I prefer the spiritual narration entries about how these colors represent your seven chakras. I believe the touch on my head and feet released the colors of all my chakras as they were being massaged and freed from blockages. It was like throwing jewel-tone paints, one on top of the other, over and over again, against a black backdrop. It would make an incredible art exhibit. And my 3rd ever session is only a month away.

(u)   x(o)x

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Attack of the OA

It’s like a horror movie…when and where will the next attack of osteoarthritis be? This morning I finally had x-rays of possible bunions. The radiologist said I had many things wrong with my big toes and joints (including OA) and that maybe surgery would help. Now, I will make an appointment with a sports clinic doctor to assess my treatment options. I already know: Lose weight? A must. Long term anti-inflammatories? No way because of my liver. Cortisone shots? Maybe. Professional orthotics? Possibly. Even more ugly shoes? Probably. Surgery? 6-8 weeks of extremely limited activity (I’d have to be brought home and up the stairs via an ambulance gurney and couldn’t leave my apartment that whole time) followed by 6-12 months of kiné and recuperation. Yike-a-rumba! But if it means I could walk without pain…

(u)   x(o)x

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Better Safe Than Sorry

Really it should be better dorky than french! Except for kids, casual french bikers do NOT wear helmets. Considering them to be overprotective fashion faux pas and not wanting to carry around a bulky helmet into every store they enter on errands, they disdain the headgear and in some cases, the people who wear them. On the other hand, I’ve never been fashionable and I like the idea of thinking I wouldn’t get a head injury if I flipped and flew over the handlebars when a car door suddenly opened in my path. Enter Thousand Helmets. Designed to look more part of an equestrian outfit and available in fat head sizes (instead of one size fits all), these helmets are intended to change the stares into jealousy. Too bad that makes them all the more desirable for helmet thievery…guess I’ll still be carrying mine around the store!

(u)   x(o)x

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At Random

When I walk to the market Sunday morning, I can’t help feeling like Belle in Beauty in the Beast and I start singing in my head…

Little town, it’s a quiet village, every day like the one before. Little town full of little people waking up to say: Bonjour bonjour bonjour bonjour bonjour bonjour, good day, How is your family? Bonjour, good day, How is your wife? I’m so happy living this provincial life!

Ignore the rumors, critics, naysayers, and “on and on and on”… Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is all about having fun, being silly, not caring about plot or accents or singing abilities, and loving ABBA! And contributing my 2 cents, I think Lily James as the young Donna is soupertrouper fantastic!
This is the first time EVER that I binge bought and ate a whole pint of B&J’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Progress!!!
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One of My Favorites

I have started listening to a French radio station rather than my iPod collection or Pandora mixes. But I’ve been away from the current music scene for so long that I don’t know artists or songs or sometimes whether they’re singing in English or French! Enter the app Shazam. A simple tap identifies all my favorites and even saves them if I wish to. I’ve discovered two French singers I like: Calogero and Vianney, especially for my current favorite song Le Même. Check it out on youtube; it will make you want to dance!

(u)   x(o)x

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Cold Soup

I’m in the midst of a cold soup fetish. Easy if you have a blender, tasty if you add some crazy ingredients, filling because most recipes call for a soggy baguette, and cooling because they chill overnight-what’s not to love? Today’s white recipe called for green grapes to go with cucumber and almonds and garlic. It is scrumptious. Tomorrow’s flavors are zucchini and pesto and I just might have to add a bacon breadstick! Since real meal cooking is rarely a part of my agenda, I am taste testing easy to make summer soups-and I approve!

(u)   x(o)x

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