Inching Along…With a Restored Eye

A few days ago.


Today! The dark shingles are original, turned over and disk-sanded.


A few days ago I posted about the cataract surgery on my left eye, which was done yesterday morning.

For most of the day after the surgery I felt like a piece of glass was stuck in my eye. Not painful, really, but hugely uncomfortable. It would have been much worse without Advil and lubricant drops.

All this vanished though about 9PM last night. Suddenly, my eye felt only, well, strained. And this was a 1,000 times better than feeling like I had a glass shard in my eye!

This morning? Even better! I felt only slight eye strain. And I could see again! For months my left eye was totally out-of-focus. Today? I could see mostly fine out of that eye! Squee!

The doctor said it would take about 4 weeks to feel normal but today, just 24-hours later, I felt 90% normal. So, me very happy!

As such, I decided (of course) to go work on the Cross House! The day was gorgeous, almost 60-degrees, and with no wind. My happiness was amplified!

So, with the sun on my skin, an audible book in my ears, and eyesight!!!!!!, it proved a good day.

A very good day.



  1. Desiree on November 1, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Wow!! You’ve really got your groove on Ross! So glad your surgery went well and you are healing quickly.

    • Ross on November 2, 2019 at 1:10 am

      Thank you, Desiree!

      I’ve was quite freaked out about my left eye going bad about two months ago. WHAT was wrong? Yikes, a cataract!

      But, now all seems well. I’m just amazed and grateful and happy happy happy!

      I also had a wisdom tooth pulled a few weeks ago which was causing trouble. So, October was quite a month!

  2. Stephanie on November 2, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Glad to hear you’re doing well, Ross.

    • Ross on November 2, 2019 at 1:11 am

      Thank you, Stephanie!

  3. Dan Goodall-Williams on November 2, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Ross, I’m so glad that you are doing well. Tooth problems have to be the worst. Removing cataracts has come so far!

    The progress you have made is incredible! You’ve done this so many times, I think you have it down to a science.

    Looking forward to more!

  4. Annette on November 2, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Oh man both you and the house have really come along.

  5. Pam on November 2, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Repaired and restored Ross…just like your precious house. I am so glad everything went well.

  6. Sandra Lee on November 2, 2019 at 11:06 am

    So glad things went well & you are healing! Be careful not to strain too hard and protect your eyes. Did you get special sunglasses to protect peripheral vision?

    Shingling is remarkable by the way!

  7. Guinan on November 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    When I had my cataracts done, aside from the improved vision, the thing that delighted me was how much brighter and more vibrant colors were

  8. Linda A. on November 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Tch, tch, tch, Ross!!! What are you doing up there??? But I knew you would….and it looks GREAT! As usual! I’ve heard that people love their eyes after cataract surgery. So glad yours went smoothly.

  9. Cindy Belanger on November 2, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I’m so glad your eye is feeling better. And of course you had to work on the house. Attaching the shingles is almost done. You’ll be able to paint soon, providing the weather co-operates. Woo Hoo

  10. Barb Sanford on November 3, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Glad to hear it all went well. Though you would look dashing with an eye patch.

  11. Aaron Workman on November 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

    So glad to hear that your eye is on the mend.
    I want to say thanks Ross for showing me something that would never occur to me to do. That is completely finishing as you go.
    I would have shingled, repaired rot and mended metal then came back and painted it all at the same time. Your method not only keeps you from having to go back and set up scaffolding in the same places, it gives visual gratification and motivation to keep going. You’ve made me a believer and I’ve changed ways. Thank you and keep up the fine work.

    • Ross on November 5, 2019 at 8:48 am

      Thanks, Aaron!

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