Monday, May 13, 2019

Mid May and what's up
{Reading, Camping, Cataracts and Grilling!}

This year I set some goals to get back to my monthly update.  Recently  I fell off the Wordless Wednesday goal but still plan to participate now and then.  The end of last month we were camping so I didn't get my April roundup posted.

 Here's the April Breakdown.......

Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein

I will certainly read more by Erin Kelly and and Kristin Fields. A+ in my opinion.



Ugh.  My cataracts have now progressed enough that I will be having surgery.  After a visit to the ophthalmologist last week it's confirmed that I need it.  Alas, my eyes are not round shaped like most, rather football shaped as I am near sighted.  I don't mean the physical appearance of my eyes, rather the inside part.

This means I have to go to a specialist at the Southern Vitreoretinal practice to ensure I don't have a tear in the retinal area.  It's all kinda ooey gooey stuff to me and while I need to know whats happening, I don't like hearing about it.  The upside is I will be able to see clearly (supposedly) once this is all over with.  Maybe it will all be over and done with before the second week of June.  Here's hoping. 

Something new - Doug has a beautiful Weber Genesis II E-310 gas grill. It's a beauty and after using charcoal for so long, what a time saver this is.  No mess of charcoal dust or waiting 30 or more minutes for the charcoal to be ready.  It's a pretty mocha colored grill.

grill1 grill2

He's enjoying it very much and of course I get the benefit of him grilling/cooking.  Nothing like grilled food.  We've been able to eat outside a few times recently and this grill cools down quicker than the charcoal grill so, no radiating heat to run us off.


Camping Plans: We have a camping trip planned at Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Georgia. It's almost 1,300 acres with two lakes and eight Indian mounds.  Our site is near a lake, we'll have to keep an eye on Aja as there are alligators.

Last month we went to St George Island state park.  It finally opened after the devastation of Hurricane Michael.  The weird part is not seeing dunes between the road the and gulf waters.  I will post photos from that trip coming up.


That's most of April.


Katherine P said...

Oh I'm sorry to hear about the cataracts surgery. I do know several people who have had to have it done and the results were amazing so I hope it's quick and easy! I love a gas grill. It's just so much easier but for some reason my husband has switched to an only charcoal philosophy so grilling has become a to-do. I'm hoping we go back to charcoal soon. I've been on a bit of a slump lately and my reading has definitely been affected but I hope the rest of May is fantastic!

Vicki said...

My mom had both eyes done and said she was so glad she did, she could see much better.

I'm still talking to my kids and grandkids about going camping, but we'll probablybe staying in a cabin since my DIL says she will not stay in a tent etc. My parents had a camper when I was growing up and I loved going to different parks in it.

My family used a charcoal grill growing up but we've had a gas one for about 30 yrs. I want to go back to charcoal, to me the food tastes a lot better.

Stacy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you're having to have surgery, but I look forward to hearing your reports on seeing better and being glad it's behind you.

We've only had a grill a couple years but Ty is hooked. He's in the market for a new one. I'll tell him Doug loves his!

JoAnn said...

My parents both had an easy time with the cataract surgery... and it made a big difference in their vision. I'm sure yours will be just as smooth!

Hooray for a gas grill... that one is a beauty. Charcoal grills remind me of my childhood, but gas is so much easier.

I read Cape May, too, and won't be recommending it... kind of a 'proceed with caution' kind of book, lol!

Tina said...

Thank you, ladies, i appreciate your good thoughts about the eyes and surgery! I'm ready to have it over with.

Gas vs charcoal - both have benefits but we are certainly enjoying this new grill now.

JoAnn - that book was not one I'd recommend either!

Beth F said...

Bummer on the cataracts but for most people the surgery is fine. We switched to gas a long time ago and have thought the convenience far outweighs the negatives.

A trip to Ybor City Tampa

Last week we were able to head south and enjoy some time with Doug's brother his wife in Tampa. That was so much fun seeing them again....