Happy 4th of July!

I don’t really have a specific topic to blog about today but I just missed you.  This blog post is going to be about writing, my retinal detachment, social media and family.  I don’t know if I can get any more eclectic than that! I guess this is what happens when you are introspective but easily distracted.  Look, squirrel!  🙂


I got up this morning before everyone else as usual and made my cappuccino and began writing on my memoirs.  I’m not really going in any sort of order but I am using my Scrivener program to organize my memories.  They all have a year listed in front of them right now.  I have no idea how it will look when it is finished but this way is working for me right now. I have learned to adjust as needed. This morning I wrote about when I tried to join the basketball team in 6th grade.  It is odd digging up memories from that long ago.  When you remember one thing, another thing pops up that you had completely forgotten. Like the shorts my mom made for me to wear for the basketball team. She said that the red and white cotton shorts that the coach recommended and all the other players were wearing were too short so she made me some out of red-orange polyester with white velvet trim. Funny what stays with you in the end.


Having this retinal detachment has certainly brought back a lot of memories since the last one I had was 32 years ago.  By the way, my last doctor visit went fairly well. I still have the gas bubble blocking most of my vision in the left eye and the doctor said it may take another month for it to dissolve.  It was a really painful exam as he dilated me and then put a bright light in my eye to see my retina and then moved my eye around which was still sore from the surgery.  He said it looked like the retina was still attached though and then he told me to see the other retina doctor in three weeks since he was leaving for Yale University at the end of the month.  Well, I received an appointment for my follow-up but not with a retinal specialist.  My hospital, MUSC, is down to ONE retinal specialist now and he is obviously over-worked.  They scheduled me with a follow-up with an ophthalmologist who specializes in eye cancer.  I called them and told them that I really wanted to see a retinal specialist and basically, I was told that I couldn’t because he just didn’t have any openings for the next couple of months. I’m not happy about it but not sure what I can do at this point except pray that my eye continues to heal and that our hospital fixes their problem with being short-staffed on retinal specialists ASAP.


About social media…someone asked me about my “non-presence” on Facebook this week.  As many of you know, I deactivated my Facebook account last December and only recently reactivated it.  It was a good break and it gave me a lot of perspective about how much time I was spending on social media. I have a few groups that I enjoy on Facebook where I can make useful contributions and get good information.  I have groups for homeschooling, parakeets, beagles, writing and even our HOA has a group which I have found useful to keep up with what is going on in our neighborhood but I felt like I was spending too much time posting my own pictures and stuff about my life that people really didn’t want to see.  I have never been a “popular” person and because of that I may never be a famous author in my lifetime and I’m okay with that. I don’t have a need for that much attention.  I have always enjoyed having a small circle of close friends and if you are reading this blog post, you are in that circle.  ((HUGS))


I have all four of my children home this weekend and I am so thankful for that.  My oldest just recently got a big promotion, my second oldest just recently graduated from college and got a new job, my third child successfully finished his freshman year of college, and my fourth child is enjoying her summer before she begins 8th grade this fall in which she will be taking 9th and 10th grade level classes as a precocious homeschool student.  We will be spending the weekend hanging out, playing board games, playing video games, watching movies, grilling burgers, and doing that fun family stuff you do together when you have more time than money.  I can’t wait!  I should wake them all up now so we can get started!  Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!


(P.S. I borrowed the patriotic squirrel image from Buzznet.  I don’t know where they got it.)

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  • Jean

    Donna, I’m sitting outside right now on my porch enjoying the cool breeze and your blog. I enjoy your writings. Glad we are friends as well as cousins.

  • Glad to hear the eye is healing, praying it continues healing and the hospital will have another specialist soon. I’m looking forward to reading your memoirs in the future! It is funny how certain things can trigger memories. I am so happy all of the kids are home for the 4th. Sounds like a great family staycation. Love and hugs to y’all! Ps. I was wondering about the squirrel picture, ha ha. Pps. Happy Anniversary to you and Brian!

    • DJ

      Thank you for the prayers! We sure do miss you guys a lot! Can’t wait for the visit!!! Happy 4th to the three of you! ((HUGS))

  • Good to hear from you and to learn what has been going on with you and yours. Love ya.