Samuel Jerome and Richnightder

Samuel Jerome and Richnightder
Our boys in Haiti

Friday, September 24, 2010

Good Day, Sunshine

Ever notice how everything seems better when the sun is shining?  Yesterday was a typical "Oregon" kind of rain.  It rained all day from dark, oppresive clouds that obliterated the sun's rays.  It was the kind of day that makes one wish they could stay in their pajammies all day long.

Unfortunately, Jerome had two eye doctor appointments which necessitated me putting on clothes and banning me from lounging on the couch after school in sweats.  He first saw the optometrist who concluded that since his corrective Strabismus surgery in Minneapolis last March, his eye sight has actually improved.  This is not a typical outcome from strabismus surgery.  He has a little near-sightedness, but it has improved a lot since his surgery.  I guess that is just a nice benefit besides having both eyes looking in the same direction at the same time.  His second appointment was with the Opthamologist who concurred that his eyesight has indeed improved and although his left eye still drifts slightly vertical, the surgery was a complete success.  He will probably need another surgery somewhere around puberty to further align the eye, but given how profoundly crossed his eyes were before surgery, one would never be able to tell he had had strabismus for the first 6 years of his life.

We gorged on Borscht soup last night at the neighbors and it is really, really good stuff.  She made the soup in a pot so large, I actually believe a small child could bathe in it.  It was GINORMOUS, but she said it was the only way she knew how to cook after having a family of 9.  Richnigthder had 4 big bowls of Borscht and Madison had 3.  It is a hearty soup and now that I have the recipe, it has been requested that I make it soon.  It was perfect soup weather last evening.  Dark, cold and damp. 

Now that the weekend is here, the weather is supposed to warm up to the 70's and be sun-shiny!  I like that a lot.  I probably won't be making Borscht this weekend, but instead plan to use the BBQ as long as the nice weather holds out.  Tomorrow Kitty,Bunny, Gucci and Carlos will be partaking in the Bismarck Kennel Club fashion show.  Not quite sure how to dress them.  I could probably do a costume, but fashion????  Not my thing.  Madison made a hat a while ago for Carlos that made him look like the pope.  Dumb dog wore it all day and didn't seem to mind it.  Guess I could dress him like that and call it Italian fashion?

As soon as Thomas finishes some reading and Jerome finishes some sentences, we are heading out to enjoy the gorgeous weather.  Can't ride the horses outside today as it is still too wet and slippery so that'll have to wait until tomorrow.  Sunshine beckons and I cannot ignore basking in the last warm rays of this fall's sun!

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