Mayberry Morning

The sun was out. The dogs sniffed the air and began walking the streets of Mayberry with me. Songbirds called from the trees. We reached the second stop sign and the warm breeze felt great, but I turned us towards home. I sneezed twice and reached for my linen hankerchief. Hello, Allergies. Back at home,…

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

They look gorgeous. They smell lovely. But I’m not fooled. Those vibrant, blooming flowers contain little buckets of pollen time-bombs. If I get too close to the yellow dust, eventually itchy watery eyes team up with my usual light sensitivity. Delightful. Allergy meds crowd the shelves at the pharmacy, but there’s a catch. When you…

Walk This Way

As winter gives way to spring, I assume I’m not the only one who encounters interesting things as I walk to my destinations. Here are some tips for traveling in the springtime: Check messages. I check my email in the morning as I signed up for alerts about local bus delays and detours. If I’m not…

A Moment In the Morning

I fasten the leash onto my terrier’s collar. We step outside and along the porch and down the brick stairs. The icy slush is disappearing. From all directions, the crackle of melting snow reaches my ears. Water pours down the drain spouts. Birds sing and tweet and caw across the neighborhood to each other. Cars…

Weeding in Low Vision

My allergies relented due to some recent thunderstorms. When the sun emerged, my husband and I caught up on yard work. He cut down bushes while I weeded out the flower beds. When I look down to pull a weed, the silicone oil in my eye shifts, clouding my vision. To minimize the oil shift,…