Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Woe is me

I’m not talking plague and pestilence here – just a few little pin pricks which I could well do without. For instance I have been throwing myself wholeheartedly into saving the planet(unlike another house holder not a million miles away) washing plastic bottles, flattening shiny cardboard, reverently wrapping teabags, egg shells, and banana skins in the Daily Telegraph and depositing them in their respective boxes and then I went and cut myself washing out a tin of baked beans. I’ve had to ban MTL from doing the same- should it occur to him – as he is on Warfarin.

I was fairly confident when the optician summoned me for an inspection that my eyes were fine and sure enough the beginnings of a cataract hadn’t changed in two years and everything else was healthy (there is a special in- depth examination now which I had) but my prescription had changed. Recalling how much they cost last year I ummmed and aaahed and even quoted my son’s disbelief at how much they cost, whereupon I was reminded of the varilux lenses, the specially thin lenses, the titanium frames and the react- to- light lenses and if I left it longer than six months I would have to have another examination. So for the sake of economy I shall use the same frames, stick to varilux because they are excellent and dispense with the react- to- light which I don’t find very satisfactory - and it still costs a bomb! The big drawback is it takes about a fortnight to fit the lenses – they have to go away and I have to use old glasses meanwhile so be prepared for barely legible posts.

Mum always said ‘A woman’s hair is her crowning glory’ so I was concerned to return from holiday to find my usual hairdresser had disappeared. She only worked two days a week but for anything other than a straight forward shampoo and blow- dry I would always make a point of booking her. She has always been so kind and supportive I couldn’t understand why she hadn’t said anything but was told firmly she wouldn't be allowed to. There is talk that she is going to start again and meanwhile my hair is growing at a rate of knots.

I’m meeting the girls today and they have had far more important problems to deal with so I’ll get a grip and play some music. It will either be below or above this.

Below – nothing like a combo of Maria and Tosca to put thing in perspective.

13 comments:

john.g. said...

Tell me about the cost of eye tests and glasses!

angryparsnip said...

So true, I have broken my glasses and am using older pair. I know when I go to have them repaired they will say you need to have your eyes checked it has been two years,,, blah blah blah so tired of it all.
But my eyes are getting really bad. Even with glasses it is hard for me to read and draw.
Everything is so expensive.

cheers, parsnp

Pat said...

John: did you get used to Varilux in the end?

Parnip: what bad luck to break them. I think mine are plastic for lightness.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Recycling has become part of our everyday existence. We don't pay it much mind anymore. We just do it. Even The Daughters have been indoctrinated.

It takes FOREVER to brainwash someone into giving you a proper haircut. For said person to just up and leave is totally unacceptable. Hunt her down.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

All of these things just wear you down, don't they---?? Between cutting yourself and Glasses that cost a fortune and not knowing where the Hair person disappeared to....OY!
I know it isn't the ewnd of the world---but sometimes it feels like it!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Maria and Tosca....The BEST!!!! I guess her problems were a lot worse....(smile).

Pat said...

UB: I'm on to it - tracking her down I mean. It would help if I knew her surname.
Kathy! Come home!

Naomi: How beastly of Onassis to desert her like that. Such a sad end but goodness she could let rip on stage.

AndrewM said...

Should've gone to Specsavers.

http://www.specsavers.co.uk/offers/over-60s/

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I actually meant "TOSCA'S" Problems.....lol! But, there is no doubt Onassis treated Maria very very VERY badly....!!
There was no one like her! Such an "artist" with so much emotion....!

Pat said...

Andrew M: you sneaked that in.
I don't think you are Damien's(the optician) favourite person.
Being without my good glasses is driving me nuts.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

of one's glasses, pat - i've had the light to dark glasses and was really happy with mine - however, i did find that the dark was not quite as dark as i liked when being out in the sun a lot - like when driving my convertible with the top down - so i ultimately have since chosen not to go with them and instead have two pairs, one of which is a very dark lenses -

naomi is so right about onassis - and about maria! no one like her! and her passion! magnifique!

Pat said...

Gypsywoman: I'm really suffering with my second class ones and constantly having to change from one to the other. Makes one appreciate modern technology. Only another ten days or so before I get the new ones.

Granny Annie said...

My "crowning glory" is totally gone:(

Pat said...

Granny Annie: a crowning glory is not much g9ood without a lovely smile and you have that.