“Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee even better.”

When I first took Gracie out this morning, it was misting. After that it started to rain. I could hear it on the roof. But now, it seems to have stopped leaving the day still dark and chilly from the dampness. It is uninviting.

A few of the neighborhood kids were outside yesterday riding their bikes. Whatever or whoever had held them hostage has let them go. That’s the first time I’ve seen them all summer.

Today is in-house chores like watering plants and doing laundry. I’m thinking I’ll stay in my cozy clothes and take an afternoon nap. Gracie is already napping.

My sisters and I always have the small print reaction to drugs and such. If only 3% of people get a rash, we’ll each have a rash. Yesterday I had a follow-up check for the laser procedure I had on my eyes, the laser iridotomy.  The doctor checked and then explained that for 1% of those who have the procedure, it doesn’t work; of course, I am among that 1%. That means another, more intricate procedure to safeguard my eyes by releasing the pressure as they do for people with glaucoma. I called my sister and told her about the 1% and she said of course you would be among them. My other sister said the same thing in the same words. It’s a family thing.

When I was a kid, I caught all the kid diseases. I remember lying in bed in my dark room when I had the measles and being bored to death doing nothing. The only things I remember about chicken pox are they have nothing to do with chickens and you can’t scratch or you’ll get scars. Mumps made it difficult to chew and my face was swollen in places. My mother took everything in stride despite the fact that over time we passed the illnesses to one another, and she was our nurse going up and down the stairs whenever we needed her or thought we did. Luckily, when we were all done being sick, we were none the worse, not even a scar.

According to a new study, coffee can make our lives longer. I’m thinking I’ll live to be well over 100 given how much I drink coffee.

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8 Comments on ““Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee even better.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember having all those childhood diseases but I don’t remember feeling ill with any of them. I had to be in the dark room for the measles and that was boring. I remember having the mumps but I don’t remember anything else about it.
    My middle brother and I had chicken pox at the same time so mostly we had a lot of fun. My father had to look after us which he did by telling us to behave because he had to go downtown for a bit. He went to get breakfast, coffee and the newspaper. He’s always bring us back donuts. It was a good two weeks. My youngest brother got chicken pox the week after we went back to school. My mother watched him. He didn’t have as much fun since she didn’t go downtown for breakfast and coffee. Poor kid. 🙂

    The weather here is murky, warm and humid. It rained very early this morning so it feels like breathing water outside. Once in a while the sun will shine through but not for very long.

    Enjoy the day.

    • Hi Caryn,
      I remember the discomfort mostly. I think my siblings got them around the same time or after. Either my brother or I brought the diseases home from school. My mother wanted all of us to catch them so that she wouldn’t have to deal with them later on with my sisters.

      Our weather is the sun though the sun has stayed out longer. I turned the air off for a while but the house got to hot and humid so it went back on.

      I haven’t done my chores yet, but I did take my nap!

  2. sprite Says:

    Ugh! So sorry your surgeries didn’t work, and good luck with the follow-up procedure!

    • thanks, sprite. I was surprised when he told me he had to do the more complex laser surgery. I suppose I shouldn’t have been.

  3. Bob Says:

    I especially like the scientific studies that agree with my lifestyle. 🙂 My father used to say everything in moderation. That’s probably good advice for someone else because I can’t eat sweets or drink coffee in moderation.

    Like you and many others of the boomer generation I also had all the childhood diseases which my kids didn’t get because they now have vaccinations for measles, mumps and chicken pox. However, my daughter did get a mild case of the chicken pox after receiving the vaccine. Luckily the Salk vaccine for polio came out when I was in the second grade.

    Now the childhood diseases are making a comeback as a result of a hysterical group of parents who are spreading a proven falsehood over the Internet that the vaccines to prevent childhood diseases cause autism. As a result of their crazy campaign many school districts are allowing parents to opt out of having their kids receive the vaccines. Fake news is not just reserved for 45.

    Today must not be my day for computers at work. My desktop PC could not open a file linked to an MS Sharepoint site and my classroom PC can’t get on the network at all. The first issue fixed itself after chatting with IT and the second one is being looked at right now by the IT guy.

    Today is another hot cloudless sky. As we move into mid July and August the weather becomes boring just hot and dry most days.

    • Bob,
      My father smoked and was known to have a drink or two over the weekends. What he wasn’t know for was taking his blood pressure pills. He died of a heart attack.

      I too had the Salk vaccine and had it again in Ghana on shot day when I was in training. Those parents are playing with their kids’ health. The school districts around here used to prevent kids from attending, but I don’t know about now. Religious convictions will be accepted as reasons for not vaccinating but I don’t think disputed theories will.

      I usually have to figure stuff like that out for myself. When I was working, I’d call the IT specialist and she’d tell me it wouldn’t be for a couple of hours. I generally couldn’t wait so I figured it out for myself. Later she told me she waited on purpose as she knew I’d do it myself.

      It is quite humid here.

  4. olof1 Says:

    Grey and dull here today and cool so the flies weren’t that nasty when we were out walking. Nova is back to her self again and even played a bit 🙂 The pill situation seems to be solved too, smelly cheese is the word for the day 🙂

    I rarely get any side effects thankfully, I can gulp down almost anything and never notice anything.

    I do remember getting the measles but can’t remember much else. I have however had chicken pox several time, I’m not sure if it is four or five times 🙂 Normally one only get it one time but my bodu doesn’t seem to understand that 🙂 🙂 I only get one or two poxes (can one say so? ) each time so it doesn’t really bother me.

    Have a great day!


    • Christer,
      I’m so glad Nova is back to herself. I know how awful it is when one of our pets is sick. Gracie is doing well, but her back legs are a real problem. She is still hungry and gets one small can and one large can of dog food.

      That’s weird about you getting chicken pox multiple times. I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone else getting it more than once.

      It is grossly humid today. We had a pop-up thunder shower which lasted about 5 minutes but dumped a lot of water.

      Have a great evening!

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