Spring, my windowsill, and myopia.

What a beautiful day today. There are tiny green leaves everywhere, and I got to mow the lawn. There is no smell I can think of that can compare with the smell of fresh cut grass. I went to a greenhouse, filled with the scent of earth and warmth – trays and trays of growing things. It was a feast for the senses. Three raspberry plants, a blueberry bush and some parsley sprouts came home with me. I am a little concerned for the parsley, as I had to re-pot them. They are sitting on the window by my other herb plants. I have dill, and mint as well as the parsley. They I grew from the seed, and they are doing really nicely.

 

I also acquired a new cactus. It is called a Pink Nymph. The thorns are really lovely – they fan out, forming a circle with one red-tipped thorn pointing outward from the center. The cactus looks as if it were covered with a web. Very nice. My other cactus is a Red-Headed Irishman, (or Rosie) It is starting to bulge outwards significantly. Definitely growing 😀

 

There are a couple succulent plants on the windowsill as well. My mother gave me this little one with oval leaves, and it has tripled in size since last fall and is sending up a bunch of new shoots. I just re-potted it so we shall just have to see. One of my other friends gifted me with a mature jade plant. What a gorgeous plant. The tips of its leaves have started to turn red. At first I was concerned, but I guess that means the plant is receiving more sunlight, which figures, as the days are most definitely brighter.

 

And last but certainly not least, my kalancho plant. It is a flowering plant with large broad leaves and a largfe cluster of little yellow rose-like blooms. It has also grown quite a lot since I re-pot it, and I am in love. The florist gave me some great tips for pruning it.

 

The garden makes me quite happy. I like tending my plants. It makes me feel capable, to raise and tend these plants – the first dill sprout made me feel like a champion.

 

It is interesting that the first step is always the toughest. A couple years ago, I had laser eye surgery. I was fairly close to blind before it happened. Severely myopic at any rate. The surgery was amazing. Life changing. Before, my eyes were a point of weakness in me. I was dependent on my glasses. Without them, I could not distinguish sky from earth. Last week I went to the optometrists for the first time since (excluding the follow-up appointments). My eyes are weakening again. I have known for a while, but damn. Back to spectacles.

 

I have a habit. Two years since my last pair of glasses, and I still compulsively try to push my glasses up the bridge of my nose. And soon, I will be doing it again for real.I am a little bummed out by this. Not severely, but it has most definitely been at the forefront of my mind.

 

I do not mind the fact that I have to wear glasses. I still have amazing vision, a hundred times better than what I did. And on a purely cosmetic level, I think glasses are a great accessory. I just remember that first moment after the surgery. I was still incredibly blurry, but I could not remember a moment in my life when I could see that clearly without glasses. And now my eyes feel weak again.

 

Oh well. In 30 years I will buy myself a new set of technologically engineered eyeball enhancement doohickies and have X-Ray vision. Boom baby!

 

Well until next time,

 

Z.

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