Four eyes

The VA, as part of my benefits, provides me a new pair of glasses without cost every two years. That was Jan/Feb 2016. As glasses more complicated than those needed by the average 35 year old (i.e. bifocals, trifocals or progressives) are made in a central location it means something less than a few day turn around. I had a second pair made at a local Lens Crafters before I left for India last year.

Of course my pair from the VA arrived in the afternoon mail, the same day I was already at SFO on an outbound airplane…

So that made two pairs; except that I hadn’t dared travel with only one pair so I had found an older pair (see pink…. see the bifocal line…) which I think date back more than 10 years.

Fast forward to this year. Even with a scratch resistant coating, my VA haven’t survived all that well. The commercial pair was stepped on (not me) and, funny thing, there are no replacement frames to be had – would I like to order a completely new pair?

I don’t think so, not at that price.

So for $500 less than what Lens Crafter’s wanted, I ordered a new pair from the VA. Progressives, no photo grey and dark frames so I know which pair is the newest.

And, I now have four pairs of glasses to lose in the house….

glasses, so I can find at least one pair

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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