Always seems like lots to do and so little time to do it! The day started nicely, walking Jordy with MOTH in the warm morning sun, all nice and casual, then the pace had to pick up.
Jay had an appointment with the optometrist to get glasses today, but needed to have a complete re-test as his vision had changed quite considerably in the last six months. We picked out frames for him before Alex (optometrist) saw him, and he looks really good in them. They were supposed to be ready this afternoon, but we never got the phone call, and judging by the walk-in clean and repair jobs we saw in the 45 minutes we were there, it wasn’t going to happen today. That’s fine, I don’t mind getting them in the morning. He’ll have a full day wearing them, and should notice the difference quite spectacularly. I’m excited for him, and he’s happy enough, even though he will need to wear them all the time. He said that more than half the kids at school wear glasses at least in class, and plenty wear them full-time, so no one gets hassles any more. As a mum, you gotta be happy with that.
I had to visit my friend Teddles today, and that is always fun. He’s blind, and he calls me his “seeing eye dog” when I take him on errands, like the bank, chemist, barber, all those things he needs a little help with. He’s Kate, my neighbours’, son. He is 71, and he’s always good for a laugh. I could be feeling really craptacular, but he will cheer me up every time. I see him every second Wednesday for his regular routine of banking, but I pop in and see him whenever I am in his neighbourhood. I got to know him quite well when he moved in with Kate after his wife passed away two and a half years ago. He lived here for about a year, until he was able to pick himself up and move on. He also broke his leg quite badly by tripping over a cat just before his wife passed away, so he really needed somewhere until he got on his feet again. He has his own nice department of housing unit now, and it suits him just fine. He’s got good neighbours who help him out when necessary, he doesn’t need to ask for anything, they just get him milk when they go shopping and things like that. We have a Gloria Jeans coffee when we go banking, they know our order now when I go in. And he always flirts with the girl at the bank; it’s really cute and funny. He does have a “lady friend” now, but flirting doesn’t hurt anyone and it keeps him happy.
I stopped at Condell Park shops on the way home to give Beryl her travel mug that I got for her today, and stopped and chatted to a couple of the girls while they had afternoon tea. That’s the best thing about living here; (it can also be the worst thing) you never get lonely for company and it’s never just a “quick trip to the shops”. You will always see someone you know and stop and chat to them. Most people here are friendly and there are enough coffee shops and eateries with alfresco dining that you can stop and chat to someone on any given day. I love it, but it can be a nuisance on occasion.
Well, tomorrow will be “another busy day” too. Lots to do, people to see, places to be….