I don’t have much to “account for” this month: besides our UK vacation, I didn’t do anything! So I will just chatter.
At the beginning of the month, our city had its annual civic parade. The captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team is a local guy, and his team won the Stanley Cup this year – for the third time. Sidney Crosby “brought home the cup” and the town celebrated all along the parade route in their Penguins jerseys. While I don’t actually watch NHL hockey, it is at least a game I understand, and “Sid the Kid” is a pretty nice guy.
Throughout the month, I made meals for my mom who was laying low after surgery last month. She is SO much better now. The waiting list for her surgery was 18 months and during that time she was like a different person – she said she wasn’t in pain but she is a stoic so I doubt that. Already she is much more mobile and looks 10 years younger. Go, Mom! I figure I owe her a few meals since she makes Sunday dinner for us every week.
We all got together for a family meal at a restaurant for a combined celebration of my brother’s and sister’s birthdays. Their birthdays are only two weeks apart. My brother recently moved back to the city after a few years in a different county, about 90 minutes away. We are all busy, but it’s much easier to get together now on short notice. I feel fortunate that we all get along and want to spend time together.
We aren’t at the stage of having to look after our parents, but we do check in on them and offer to help out in various ways. I like how our skill sets are different. My sister is a nurse. She stays up to date on their doctor’s appointments and medications. She accompanies them to consultations and acts as a patient advocate. After my mom’s surgery, my sister did the home care including injections, changing dressings and removing staples. She knows when to take action if they have any suspicious symptoms. My brother is a facility manager – that comes with construction, maintenance and project management skills. He can do a lot of house and building repair work for them including carpentry, plumbing and electrical. He is also good at pricing out jobs and recognizing scams. Although I am the least useful child, I visit my parents, keep them company, review financial matters with them and do their tax returns, and keep my mom supplied with library books!
I made an unplanned electronics purchase this month. I have a digital SLR camera, but since it’s big and bulky, I don’t travel with it any more. I have a “pocket” digital camera that I bring everywhere. Checking my records, I bought it in 2010, and the one before that was purchased in 2005. Even before that, I bought my “early days” digital camera from the same manufacturer. As a result, I know how to use all the features and settings. While I was in the UK, my camera failed – the shutter only opened part-way every time the camera was turned on. I missed a lot of shots while prying the shutter open with my fingers, and ended up using my iPad for some.
I debated buying another one. Most people use their iPhones but I have yet to upgrade to a smartphone with an acceptable camera. I confess to being a bit of a photo snob and I didn’t want to move backwards from my 14x optical zoom camera. For that reason, neither an iPhone or an iPad would do the trick. I did some research rather than automatically buying the latest from my favourite company. However, their latest did meet all my specs for the price, so I bought the same brand again. Of course, the reduced learning curve due to being familiar with their line-up was a factor. And they have 40x zoom now 🙂
In my area, kids start a new school year a few days after Labour Day (Sept. 4). I haven’t had a kid in school for a long while, but my academic ties never fade, and it always feels a bit like the start of a new “year” for me, too. This is reinforced at the public library where I work, because we offer seasonal programs. Plus, who can resist looking at all the novelty stationery in the stores at this time of year? The Moomin line is so cute!
I would love to hear how August went for you. Does September mark a new beginning for you or anyone at your place?