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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Tuesday 4 "Time To Pamper You" and Wednesday Treasures

 I am running a day behind since yesterday I had an eye appointment and had my eyes dilated all day, so couldn't spend much time on the computer.  It was an interesting appointment at a new eye doctor (to me).  He said I do have some cataracts forming, but not bad enough yet for surgery...probably next year he says.  However I am getting some new glasses as the old ones are obsolete for my current vision.  He also had a new piece of equipment that they were just figuring out and I was the first patient to get to see the inside of my eyeballs from pictures taken with this amazing new kind of "camera".  They said I could take a picture of the picture, so here you go:

Left eyeball

Right eyeball!
You can say you saw all the way inside my eyeballs right here! Pretty amazing stuff, huh? He said except for the small cataracts and a very small non-consequential amount of macular degeneration, my eyes are very healthy and normal for my age. He said not to worry about the macular degeneration. It's within the normal range, but they will "keep an eye on it" in the future. Praise God! I am very thankful, indeed.  Tomorrow we will make a trip to St. Augustine to an eye surgeon for my husband to have his cataracts checked to see if they are ready for surgery yet. Most likely he will need to have them removed soon, but we will find out for sure tomorrow.  

So, that's the medical news for now.  Now to the Tuesday 4 meme for this week:

Time To Pamper You...

Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.

Let's talk about you personally.

1. Do you pamper yourself at all? If yes, how do you do that?
I'm really not too sure that I do too much pampering of myself. Aside from getting my haircut about every 6 weeks, I pretty much do everything else for myself that needs to be done. I have never had a professional manicure or pedicure, although I know I need the latter and have been thinking about having that done. It is getting increasingly difficult for me to cut my own toenails and they are in dire need of some attention. Our doctor's office will cut them for me if I ask them to, but I think I'd rather treat myself to a pedicure one of these days. 

2.What kinds of foods/dishes do you consider to be a real treat? Do you often pamper yourself by having them?
Now, a special way to pamper myself would be to have a little tea party. Although I'd prefer to have it with a friend, that isn't always as easy to do as one would think, so once in a while I will make myself a special little pot of tea and have a tea party and maybe a cookie or piece of pie or cake or whatever special treat is available.  Maybe I should do that right now...I have this piece of lemon-blueberry cake waiting to be eaten:
There's a story there.  Monday was our Ladies' Bible Study, and it was also one of our ladies' birthday. She is our church secretary/administrative assistant and does so much for our church in addition to her actual duties.  We don't always have desserts at our Bible Study, but once in a while someone will bring in something special, especially if we know it's someone's birthday. So, I had those fresh blueberries and thought that would be a good opportunity to use some. 

My sweet DIL Rose has made this recipe before and it is so good, so I thought I would try it. However, she usually makes it in a 9x13" pan. I thought I would try it in my Bundt pan. You use a lemon cake mix, and mix it up according to the directions on the box.  Then you fold in a cup of fresh blueberries. Well, the blueberries sank to the bottom of the pan, and with a bundt pan, when you dump out the cake, the blueberries should be nicely baked on top. However, in this case, they stuck to the bottom of the bundt pan, and I had to literally scoop them out and piece them all together again on top of the cake! What a mess!!!  Thankfully, the recipe also calls for a lemon juice/confectioners sugar glaze, so I made that and poured it over the top of the berries and the cake, and it actually ended up not looking so bad. And the best part was that it tasted really moist and good, and everyone enjoyed having a piece at our Bible Study! So that story has a happy ending. 

We can pretend this is my little tea party for today...this picture is on my Teapot Calendar for the month of May, which begins today!

And here is the quote from the calendar to go along with it:
yes, sometimes a pot of tea is a good way to just "pamper yourself" and put all your other "matters" out of mind for a while.

3. What luxury item/items do you consider would be very hard to do without? (like buying books, having your hair done.. just about anything you really could do without but prefer not to.)
Hmm, well getting my hair cut every 6 weeks...I'm not very good at cutting it myself. Getting books at the library...which reminds me, I need to go to the library today when I finish this post!  I don't "buy" books anymore, unless they are a bargain used book at a yard sale that I can't refuse. Then I give them away once I am done. I don't want to collect anymore books. I have too many already.

4. What kind of holiday or vacation would be a total luxury with which you might pamper yourself?
Oh my! This is just pretend, right?  I would love to take a trip somewhere like Prince Edward Island and go see the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, who wrote the "Anne of Green Gables" stories.  Then I would love to take a trip somewhere where we can stay in a really nice old Bed and Breakfast and be treated like a really special guest...someplace really beautiful, with lovely gardens and  places for tea parties, etc.  That would be delightful! It would be really fun to do that with some blogging girlfriends  or some of my other girlfriends or my sister and maybe her daughter and my daughter in love and even my nieces...a real "girls only" kind of trip. 

This picture is on the Thomas Kincade calendar for May, and it looks like the kind of place I would enjoy visiting.  

That verse is perfect too!

While we are sharing May calendars, here is the picture for the John Sloane Country Seasons May calendar:
That would be a fun place to visit too! Maybe spend a week on a really sweet farm...maybe an Amish farm/bed and breakfast! (not when it is really hot, however, since they don't have air conditioning!)

Oh, here is the Susan Branch calendar for May...it's perfect for this little dream pampering too:

Speaking of birds...This Brown Thrasher was playing peek a boo with me yesterday morning as I went for my little walkabout on the lot next door:

You can just see his eyeball peeking at us...

And here's our Canada Goose couple, still patiently waiting for the babies to be born:
This is Mother Goose sitting on her nest.

Above is Father Goose standing watch and Mother Goose having a little break, standing up on the nest.

Close up of Father Goose...ever watching and guarding his mate...
And this is Mother Goose.  I'm not sure what was happening this morning. She actually went out for a little swim and then came back to the nest and it appears she is eating something.
I think the babies should be getting closer to making their appearance, but I really don't know for sure.
I will be sure to let you know when the big event happens!

I may not have an "English Country Garden", but here's the water lily garden on Still Waters Pond early this morning. Thought you might enjoy these water lilies and other little water flowers...

Okay, that's it for today and yesterday!  
Hope you are all doing well! 
Have a blessed and beautiful day!
It's 86 degrees here and very humid. Summer is upon us way too soon.
But still I am thankful for what God has given us to enjoy!


  1. Happy May Pamela! I am glad your eyes are doing okay. My cataracts are getting worse, but new glasses helped until I need surgery. I pampered myself by taking a few days off blogging and the computer. I have been doing more reading. Have a great week!

  2. your preserve is doing well, and beautiful to see. the blueberry cakes sounds delish,. my answer is for two in one. I don't buy books, i can't live without them. i do pay 10 per month to read all the kindle books i can read, they are losing money on me. I hope i never have to live without reading, my mom was like me and the last five years of her life could only listen to someone read. I assume that is considered pampering but since Bob cuts my hair and never had a mani/pedi and will not. I don't liek to be touches. i would never lay down and get a massage. we don't go to movies, had not has a vacation since 2004, we don't smoke, drink, party. i spend that money on INTERENET to play with all my devices.. does techie stuff come under pamper?

  3. Yay for the good eye doctor appointment! Tom had one of those 'inside the eyeball' images done last year ... amazing! I don't normally make desserts, but will be making an exception for your blueberry lemon cake for our next Bible study brunch. Now retired, I can no longer afford $100+ hair color and precision-cuts every 4 weeks but that's okay. Don't know who I plan to impress, anyway. LOL. Glad to know I'm not the only one who struggles with her toenails. Probably that's why I've no open-toed shoes.

    I always look forward to seeing what beautiful scenes you have on those calendars. Girls trip? Count me in! (... if only in my dreams.)

  4. My ophthalmologist has done this before on me.
    I hope all goes well. The procedure is not a big deal—I hesitate to even call it surgery. You'll be in and out in 10 minutes. Probably the simplest surgery there is.

    For years, I had long hair to my waist. About 5 years ago I cut it short. Now I have to invest in myself every 6 weeks for a haircut. I no longer look good in long hair. And since my hair is naturally curly, it starts to act up, after 4-5 weeks! That is what I wanted to prevent by having long hair for as long as I did. My grandma had long hair till the day she died - she always wore it up and when she would let it down, it was so long and pretty and that is what I always wanted. Now I am cursed every 6 weeks getting a haircut which I do not enjoy at all. Plus its getting more and more expensive.

    So that lemon blueberry cake is a cake mix that you add blueberries to? Yum. It sounds delicious and looks good.
    I like that Thomas Kincade cottage. I'd like to spend some time there.
    Nice to hear from you.
    God Bless

  5. Ah, the good wonders of technology with those photos of your eyeballs, Pamela! So happy for you for your good report, and praying for John as he may need cataract surgery sooner than later.
    Your wildlife photos always lift my spirits, and the Lord knows, with Danny in the hospital for his heart ablation, God's amazing creation is the place where I can always see His wondrous hand at work. Keep praying!

  6. I don't pamper myself often either. Do go get that pedicure!! I haven't had one since my sisters were here. We went together and I treated them for their birthdays (June 1 and June 5). It was fun. I miss getting a facial. Had to stop those for budge reasons. Good luck to John at the eye doctor. My cataract surgeries were easy and made such a difference! Keep us posted! Keep us posted on the goose eggs too!! xo

  7. I enjoyed all aspects of your post and the good news on the medical front. It is amazing what new technological wonders there are out there. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

  8. Lovely photos. Most women don't pamper themselves alot except for some of the young ones. But I think most of us enjoy the simple pleasures of life. I feel pampered just breathing in the clean salt air.

  9. Oh that's sure a pretty pink teapot, love it! Now you KNOW HOW I LOVE our John Sloane calendars....but I think I have to pick the Kinkaid one this month because I do so love that little dark blue house! It's so pretty, and all the flowers, and a birdbath and a bench. And the "chimblee", and I think I see a garden flag? So pretty. Pampering?....what's that again? LOL. I have so little time for anything like that, I guess to me is books.....pampering IS BOOKS! Lots of good books to read and enjoy. So glad your eye appointment went well! I've had those pictures made too, and they are neat! I SO SO SO DISLIKE having my eyes dilated though! It lasts the whole rest of the day on me, the doctor said it's because of my blue eyes, it lasts longer on lighter eyes.....I didn't know that. Your pictures are all so pretty today, especially the lily pads and blooms. Oh, and I hardly ever see a Brown Thrasher, so to see one is a special treat to me. I think they are very neat and unusual birds with their golden eyes. Hugs!! have a great day!

  10. When I had cataracts the first eye doctor gave me the "wait until they're worse" advice, which I've never understood why they do that. I ignored it and went to a better specialist. The Specialist is one of the top men in his field. He went ahead and performed the surgeries. I'm glad I did because I still had the really good insurance before the man that calls himself 0bama slithered into office. Sometimes I do miss wearing contacts, though, because I didn't have to constantly be looking for these "readers". I mislay them often. LOL
    I have yet to read the "Anne of Green Gables" stories. Don't know why I haven't yet. Period pieces are some of my favorite fictions.
    God bless ya. Y'all stay safe. Might wanna stock up on items before this election (we have). The Dem's are saber rattling again. Just sayin' ....
    Please pray with us about our Nation today at Noon. Thanks.
    Love In Christ.

  11. Enjoyed your blueberry/lemon cake. I had a stretch of time where blueberries were the thing I wanted and ate. I have had some cataracts for some time. The eye doctor always tells me that I am to tell her when they get so bad that something needs to be done. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  12. Shhhh, don't tell Moma Goose but I'm in love with Father Goose!! The calendar pages are great, I really love the Thomas Kincaid house, I can see myself living there. ☺

  13. So glad to hear that all is well with your eyes right now. My doctor has said I have cataracts, but not enough to have surgery yet, just like you. That lemon blueberry cake looks and sounds quite good. Love watching the birds in your area. Looking forward to the baby geese. Have a great day!

  14. Hi Pamela. Hurray for a good eye exam! I hope your husband's cataract surgery goes well. The lemon-blueberry cake looks so delicious. So glad that your lady's group enjoyed it. Have a good day. See you again soon!

  15. Love all the beautiful pictures. So glad you had a great eye appointment. I had cataract surgery done about three years ago now on both eyes. Best thing I done! Didn't realize how bad my sight was until I had that done. Speaking of eye appointments I am late this year getting mine. Maybe that will be on my list of many things to do. Happy May friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  16. My doctor said I have just the start and could wait a year. Since our TV is so far away in the family room I got some distance glasses because it's a touch blurry. I won't us them any place else. Otherwise I feel like I see fine. Hope your husbands appointment went well.

  17. Hi Pamela! Thank you for your comment. I haven't been near the tornado ravaged places as they are keeping people who don't live there away. Only residents and volunteers are allowed in which is as it should be. I'm not sure if we'll go look even when we are allowed in. It seems like morbid curiousity to see others' tragedy.
    I'm trying to catch up on all of the blogs out there. We had a great time camping.

  18. I enjoyed your answer this week. A gal I follow loves the Susan Branch books, but I can't seem to find them anywhere to look at the inside. I think I've seen them on amazon.


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