SYW: Of cats, sons, and houses

I love the questions for Cee’s Share Your World challenge this week! So I’ve written my responses:

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?
I wear glasses. I used to wear contacts but it got too complicated. I’ve always had trouble putting them in and often would get delayed going to work or school because of my contacts. Another problem was dust particles getting into my eyes. Also, I was allergic to some of the common solutions and the one that worked for me was discontinued. But because my vision was better with contacts and I looked better with contacts, I persisted until after I got reading glasses. Having ADHD, I was prone to losing them. At school, I would take the glasses off and then forget where they were, so I started wearing them around my neck on a chain. But that didn’t work well either – I had to wear an ID on a lanyard, so sometimes when I put my reading glasses on, the lanyard would get tangled with the glasses’ chain and I looked really ridiculous with an ID hanging off my glasses! So I gave up on contacts.

Now I wear transitional trifocals! These are perfect for me because I have everything in one pair of glasses: three vision corrections (near, far, and in between) and sunglasses when I go outside. Simplicity is always best for a person with ADHD.

 

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Image downloaded from Google Images – transition lenses

 

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?
I am definitely a cat person. I like dogs, but I love love LOVE cats! I love to watch them do the things they do (even when they’re sleeping!) and every cat I see I think  is adorable. Cats are not as popular as dogs because people think they are too aloof and independent. Independent, they definitely are, but the cats I’ve had are also affectionate. (My cat follows us around the house. She likes to be near us, even if she doesn’t want to be with us.) Anyway, cats are easier to take care of! If you want to go out for the evening, you don’t have to worry about going home early because you have to feed them or take them outside. It’s easier to travel when you have cats because someone can come in to take care of them but they don’t need constant attention like dogs do. And I love to travel!

I could not have a cat for 20 years because we discovered my son was allergic to cats. However, he grew out of it and by the time he was in his 20s, he no longer had an allergic reaction! So I finally got my wish 3 ½ years ago of adopting a cat from a shelter. Her name is Hazel, she is beautiful, affectionate, and funny! I love her so much!

 

This is a beautiful picture of Hazel!
Hazel in 2014 (my favorite picture of her)

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?

1. A warm climate and hopefully a congenial social/political climate as well.

 

 

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Sunset in San Diego, California (April 2017) – the kind of place I would like to live.
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Tucson, AZ – another place I’d like to buy a house.

 

 

2. No stairs, since my knees are getting arthritic.

3. Being within walking distance of most of the things I need, such as the library, bank, etc. I love to take walks and appreciate nature, so I’d like to be able to walk to places and see greenery and flowers along the way. (Of the 3 items, this is the one I currently have.)

 

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Balloon flowers and others in a neighbor’s front yard

What inspired you this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
My son’s progress! He is finally living outside our house, attends 12-step meetings every day, and is staying “clean.” He has a really nice girlfriend who values him for who he is, and a steady job, which isn’t the best but it’s, well, steady! What inspires me is his change in attitude. While in the past he always complained and compared himself to others his age, he is now accepting who he is and dealing with his problems much more calmly.

 

 

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Happy times at a restaurant on Pier 39 in San Francisco, Dec. 2015: our son, Jayme, is in front. Behind him are his sister, Tam; cousin, Irene & Peter, Irene’s boyfriend; little cousin, Gabby.

 

 

 

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