Thursday, August 23, 2012

Friday Fragments 8-24

It's official.  This blog is now seven years old.  Back on August 9, 2005 when I made my first brief post (click here for that post)  this blog was entitled simply "Cashjocky."  The Old Salt was added after our marriage in 2007. As my profile page will tell you when I started this blog I had no identity of my own.  I had always been someone's child, sibling, wife, mother or employee.  Finding my own identity is why I stated this blog.  But, along the way I found so much more.  I've discovered a world full of interesting people and places.  I have made friends, fallen in love and even found later that he was my soulmate.  And you, my faithful readers, have been right there beside me sharing in my life.  Like Alice, you followed me down the rabbit hole into the world of online dating. You were there when I took my first plane ride. You were the first to see the wedding photos when the Old Salt and I married. You held my hand through my cancer treatments and you take the mediocre post in stride, along with the occasional good ones.  

Thank you all for sticking with me while I found myself and developed my blogging style.  A few of you have hung with me from the first post and on through the uncertain times when weeks and even months passed between entries.  I thank you all.  Grab a glass  and join me in a salute to our next seven years together.    

We had two severe storms in the last few weeks.  I posted about the first one here.  The other happened last Thursday. Not nearly enough rain but lots of wind, lightning and thunder.  A big old tree, unrooted by the wind, was not far from my house.  The next day I passed a group of three trees near my doctor's office that must have been hit by lightning.  It was as if they had exploded from the inside out.  Huge thick trunks were in jagged splinters.  You could see where one had be dragged from the roadway.  I missed getting the photo because I was alone and did not have time to pull over.  By the time I left the doctor's office and came back they had been cut up and hauled away.  Hate it when I can't make time for a terrific photo op.  

 Every time I enter a room I have to shut cabinet or closet doors.  I'm constantly turning off lights or fans left running in empty rooms.  Only two of us live here and we both are adamant that we aren't the guilty party.  So, this house must be haunted by some strange electricity wasting goblin. Can anyone tell me how to remedy this?  Is there a goblin repellent on the market? 

Eye doctors office yesterday 
Here we go again,  my next cataract surgery will be done on Wednesday.  So I will miss a day or two of posting. The last surgery (read about it here) went well and I was able to spend a short time on the computer the next day.  

Between the Old Salt and me, we spend a lot of time in doctor's offices these days.  It seems that no matter what time of day I make the appointment I find myself sitting in a small room staring at the walls for at least twenty minutes or more before being seen.  If, during my working days, I had kept customers waiting like this I would soon have found myself without a job.  Why can't doctors keep reasonable schedules?  Better yet, why can't I bill them if they keep me waiting more than some government mandated time? I can see the negotiations now.  There would probably be some compromise like a graduated discount based on the length of the wait, excluding emergencies of course.  Now that I see it in print, I think I have hit on a pretty good idea!  What do you think?  Should I write my congressman?

Wishing everyone a great weekend.  Mine is already shaping up to be  hectic as usual.  

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  1. I enjoyed the heartfelt tone of your anniversary musings--Happy Blogiversary!

    I think that doctors have the best intentions but get hung up with patients who take more than the allotted time, sometimes.

    I have a lot of respect for lightening!

    Thanks for joining in this week--Have a wonderful weekend, and good luck with your surgery :)


  2. Happy Blogiversary from me too!!! I'm just one blog year younger than you.

    Storms - - - such power they display.

    It's just like having KIDS in the house - - - no body did anything!!! I HATE my cupboard doors to hang open, so the kids used to hang them all open on purpose to torture me.

  3. Happy bloggy birthday! You have a very cool blog here.

  4. I am glad I found your blog...but I sure missed a lot of years! Wow - 7 years! I am always wondering if I can hang on at all! Hope the surgery goes well...will be thinking about you. We had a marvelous vacation and now I have to try to put my thinking cap back on and get ready for my blogs to resume tomorrow!

  5. Congratulations on the anniversary. Seven years? Wow. That's a long time. I HATE doctor's offices with a passion and the whole medical beauracracy/corporate empire. It's the only thing that really infuriates me. Fortunately, I don't frequent them for myself, but I have to take my mother ALL the time.

  6. I wish I could reach through the computer and give you a big hug. Congratulations on 7 years of blogging, but most of all on all your personal growth. Wishing you a safe surgery.

  7. Good luck Wednesday. Yes, I know, you have conquered so many mountains in the past... cataract surgery will be a piece of cake.

  8. Rita,congratulations on the blogging anniversary and finding the Old Salt. And I am glad we have met in the blogosphere as I enjoy your photo ops immensely.

    I recommend a "nanny cam" set up to find out the golbins in question. PS. Don't tell the Old Salt you're doing it or it won't work. :)

    Good luck with your surgery!

  9. Complimenti on your blogiversary. Seven years is quite an accomplishment. Good luck with the surgery. Your previous surgery should give you confidence in the outcome of this one.

  10. I'm a bit late ... but couldn't resist a "Whoot!" on 7 years of writing. So glad to have discovered this blog. :)
    Seriously, I think you're on to something re. doctors' graduated discount based on wait times. Run with it ... run!!!!

    Will be thinking of you both this Wednesday.

  11. Hey girl -- good luck on the eye surgery (again) and yikes do I understand the Dr's waiting room thing. And Wow huge CONGRATULATIONS on seven years of blogging! I haven't been with you quite that long (b/c I only started this little hobby 5 years ago) but I've read and enjoyed some of your earlier posts.

  12. Hope your surgery goes well and you're able to put your feet up for a while.

  13. Happy bloggiversary & good luck with your cataract surgery!!

    Thanks for stopping by. ;)

  14. Parabéns pelos 7 anos do blog. Eu o conheci só agora, mas vamos juntas! Desejo que a cirurgia seja um sucesso! beijos,chica


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