Z is for Zippers

When I first started sewing, I was intimidated by zippers. I figured out ways to use buttons, elastic, and velcro to avoid sewing a zipper. Then one day, I made a dress and the before mentioned alternatives just wouldn’t work. So, I sewed my first zipper. Far from perfect, but it looked good enough.

Now, I look at life like zippers. There are many times we are afraid to try something for the fear of it not working out. But what if it does? And what about the lessons we learn when it doesn’t?

What are the zippers in your life? Roasting a turkey? Writing a novel? Entering a triathlon? Riding a city bus for the first time?

Open those zippers. I can’t promise success, but I can promise growth and that’s a far better alternative than staying stagnant.

 

Y is for YouTube

I love YouTube. In addition to the cute pet videos, there is all kinds of how to videos. How to unclog a toilet, how to fry and carve a turkey, how to sew on a button or tie a tie. Granted, there are videos with questionable advice, but all in all a great source of information.

My most recent adventure on YouTube took me to a place I had never even thought of going before. Appliance repair. After some research late one night, I came to the conclusion the control panel on my dishwasher needed replacing. In the morning I contacted an appliance repair company who quoted me a price that would have covered a new dishwasher. Long story short, I found the part locally for less than half the above mentioned company wanted and replaced it myself.

I learned all about torque screws and ribbon connectors. Honestly, the most difficult part was unplugging and plugging the dishwasher in as the cord is under the sink.

So the next time you’re faced with a challenge or wanting to learning something new, head over to YouTube. They’re open 24/7; even on the holidays. I can’t guarantee everything you find will be legit, but a lot of it is and well worth your time.

X is for x-rays

Not an original topic, x-rays, but one that I am far too familiar with. My daughter has had more than her share of them, starting at age 8. Everything started out innocently. She fell over a parking lot tie and had a sore leg, which we had xrayed after a week. The story gets really long, so I’ll try to shorten it. She had a deformity (that’s got a nice ring to it, don’t you think?) in the growth plate in her hip. This led to the ball of her hip slipping off her femur. Within 15 months she endured:

Surgery 1: Insert a screw.

Surgery 2: Remove screw.

Surgery 3: Osteotomy.

Six years of pain, annual x-rays, crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs.

Then one day she fell in the rain and broke her funny bone. There we were in the emergency room when the doctor came in to tell us and all of a sudden she started laughing. After all she had been through, the irony of a broken funny bone mixed with the hassle of a cast was just, well funny.

But something else happened, her hip really started hurting again. After a few trips to her orthopedic surgeons (yes, she had more than one), and more x-rays,  we were given some choices. 1. Morphine patch for the pain. 2. Fuse the hip. 3 Replace the hip. She was 14. After careful consideration, we went with option 3.

Surgery 4: total hip replacement

Surgery 5: tendon release.

She has also experienced oral surgery and broke her ankle, after she performed at Carnegie Hall. Brings a whole new level to the saying, “break a leg!”

So yea, we have way too much experience with x-rays.

W is for WordPress

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to WordPress during a blogging challenge.

Last year, I made a decision to start a sewing blog. I did the research, asked a few writing friends, and for unknown reasons chose WordPress. It is by far the best decision I have made regarding blogging. You really can start a bog in 10 minutes.  I joined the local WordPress Meetup group, where I meet the most supportive people. If there is one in your area, I strongly encourage you to join. Afterall, WordPress is a community.

WordPress provides excellent customer service. Their tech gurus are called Happiness Engineers and to date have yet to disappoint. Occasionally, they pop up in a chat window, just to see if you need help. I love that.

I recently attended PressPublish in Phoenix, AZ. It was a conference aimed at bloggers. Yes, there are super coder people who use WordPress and yes I have learned a lot from them. This event wasn’t for them, it was just for bloggers. Those of us who share our stories, ideas, tips, recipes, etc. A day devoted to our questions and challenges. And help. And food!  Lots and lots of food. And chocolate. I love chocolate.

This was a new venue for WordPress, but it is one that I hope was successful enough that it is repeated. I know I’d sign up.

 

 

V is for Vision

My vision is inconsistent.

When I was six, the doctor discovered my pupils didn’t close. Guess that explains why my eyes were so dark; they used to say I had the gypsy eyes of my ancestors. I thought it was a joke, until I found out that there really were gypsies in my family. That could actually explain a lot.

I wore glasses well into my thirties and then had almost 20/20 vision for about 5 years and then it was back to glasses for me.

My corneas look like a topographical map of San Diego. Smooth like the ocean in some spots, bumpy like the mountains in others. Corneas are like windows and when they’re messed up, well you just can’t see that well. Lack of moisture makes it worse and since I live in the desert it is a constant battle.  This may or may not have been caused by a virus.

An eye doctor told me once that if I wore hard contacts it may help, but because I need tri-focals, I’d still have to wear glasses. Sticking hard disks on my eyeballs everyday AND glasses too. I don’t think so. Option 2: get my corneas smoothed off. Imagine sanding your eyes with a laser. And I’d have to go to Canada to get it done. Nothing against Canada. Again NO.

I’ve learned to live with it. I use eye drops, blink a lot when my vision gets blurry, and increase the font size when possible. Before computers, I’d be limited to the big size Reader’s Digest. I am seriously grateful that isn’t the case.

Luckily, I have options and that is always a good thing.