Second eye fixed; second book almost done.

The cataract surgery on my right eye took place last week and went as smoothly as the first one. Well, all except for the healing: This one is bloodshot and a bit sore seven days after the procedure.

It’s not infected, though. I know this because I went for a check-up today and was told I could stop using the antibiotic eye drops, although I do need to keep squirting in the steroidal ones.

Once the eye is completely healed I’ll be able to get an updated prescription for glasses. Until then, I’ve been enjoying the odd sensation of walking around the house sans specs without bumping into anything. Or to sit at a computer and write, as long as I increase the type size.

Speaking of writing…


A sibling to “Your Playbook For Tough Times” is nearing full term. It’s all done except for the introduction. Current working title is “Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 2: Needs And Wants Edition,” although that could change.

Vol. 2 is similar to the first in that it’s all about how to get the most out of each dollar you have right now, while working always to improve your financial future. Among the topics: food, transportation/travel, money attitudes, holidays, education (including retraining after job loss), hearth and home, weddings and other special occasions, pets, spending hacks, insurance and funerals.

(Yep, funerals. It’s amazing how much consumers don’t know about their rights when it comes to rites.)


Asking for help, offering a discount

The intro is giving me fits right now, so rather than sit and stare and fume I decided to start editing the finished chapters. I’m making decent headway there, and hoping that the cumulative effect of rereading all the stuff I’ve written will jump-start the writing of the introduction.

The first part has to be extremely compelling, given that Amazon lets potential buyers read a certain number of pages for free. Obviously the reader reviews are a boon, but some people need to know whether this book is the right fit before plunking anywhere from $6.99 to $9.49 to purchase it.

And speaking of that:

If you’ve read “Playbook” and found it helpful but haven’t had time to review it on the Amazon landing page, could you please please please do this now? Doesn’t have to be a dissertation; a few sentences about what you liked and/or how you think it will help others would do just fine. Many thanks.

If you haven’t read “Playbook” yet, you can take advantage of a short-term discount. Before April 18, visit my payment platform and use the code VOL2 to get the e-version (PDF) for $5. You can buy with PayPal or a credit card.


In other news…

It’s snowing again, after several weeks of flake-free and often sunny weather. [Edited to add: At least eight more inches have fallen since I wrote this yesterday. It’s still coming down and doesn’t look as thought it will stop any time soon.]

While I’m wishing spring would get here, I have to admit that the snowfall really is pretty. Temperatures in the low to mid-30s are nice, too, after zero and below.

It’s even warmer in our greenhouse, which showed temps of 70 degrees and higher thanks to the clear roof and all that glass. Not that we can put plants out any time soon, mind you.  We’re starting seeds but will have to wait until mid-May at the earliest before we put any in the glass house or in the ground.

Any readers in or near Tarpon Springs, Fla.? I’ll be there from April 7-11, visiting family and enjoying a beak from that pretty pretty snowfall. If you’re interested in a coffee meet-up, I’m all ears. But since I don’t drink coffee, it would need to be at a place that had lemonade or Diet Coke.

Putting in another plug for the Lola Retreat, a conference about women and money. You have until April 14 to take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, and until May 1 to apply for one of the needs-based scholarships being offered.

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  1. If it is so warm in the greenhouse, why can you not put plants in there?

    • Donna Freedman

      It still gets pretty cold at night — zero or below lately — and we don’t have a heating system in the greenhouse. Well, other than the sun.

      • Practical Parsimony

        Maybe a heat sink would improve the temps in the greenhouse. Even milk jugs painted black, filled with water would hold heat for the night. Of course if it is zero in the greenhouse, not much will help. Passive heating will be less expensive.

        • Donna Freedman

          When it’s actually safe to put plants out we will have two kinds of heat sinks: slate tiles and milk jugs holding dark water (made with the used teabags we’ve been saving all year). That’s because evenings are cool even in high summer.

          Traditionally planting-out day has been the end of May, but we can push it a bit with cooler-season crops.

  2. I’m glad to hear the surgery went well–sorry to hear the healing has been a bit slow. And congrats on working on that new book. 🙂 I’ve put together two small eBooks myself and it’s quite a lot of work.

  3. I am glad your surgery went well Donna! I can not wait to read your new book. The first volume is my money bible,I carry it in my backpack everywhere. I love it! 🙂

    • Donna Freedman

      Why, thank you! … And I was sorry to hear about your mom’s illness. Hoping to see on FB that she has come home from the hospital.

  4. jestjack

    Glad the surgery went well….I for one am stunned that you needed this surgery at such an early age. Are there any precautions that you/we should/could take to prevent this from happening? Cataracts I always thought was an “old folks” malady….

    • Donna Freedman

      My sentiments exactly! My dad is 81 and he hasn’t had cataract surgery. Neither have my siblings. Guess I lucked out in the genetic lottery. #sarcasm

  5. Cathy in NJ

    Glad that you are on the mend.

    It’s the best that it’s so easy to make fonts bigger. I never thought I would need it, but I use it now so often.

  6. Practical Parsimony

    I have had cataract surgery on both eyes. I still cannot see due to failures of surgeon and person who measured and made lens. I need a program on my computer the de-fuzzes the letters.

  7. Glad to hear the cataract adventure seems to be working out OK…for selfish reasons I’ve been MOST interested to see how it goes for you.

    Surprisingly, though, the current eye guy informed me that I do NOT have budding cataracts (whaaa???) and that the problem is increasingly severe astigmatism. He wrote a killer prescription for progressives that, contrary to my experience-induced skepticism, actually works at all distances! Sometimes miracles happen.

    • Donna Freedman

      I used to have progressive lenses and they did help. But my left eye in particular had gotten so cataract-y that further correction wasn’t possible.

      Since I also have astigmatism, I’ll always need glasses. (Can’t get a new prescription for a few more weeks, until the eye is completely healed.) But the left eye’s vision improved by 66 percent after the surgery. Wow.

      It’s still so weird to walk around without glasses and not bump into things. Last night I was at a fundraising auction for my nephew’s school and while I had to lean closer to read the tags on the silent auction items, the fact is I functioned in public without glasses for the first time since I was a little kid. Which is a good thing, because I’m visiting some relatives in Tampa in the coming week and I will need to get myself through airports without my trusty specs.

      Hope the progressives continue to work well for you.

  8. Cheryl

    This reader is in Tarpon Springs and very happy to read you are coming to our quaint little greek sponging & fishing village! And you are coming at the perfect time if year – weather is lovely and the annual art show on the bayou is this weekend! It used to be free, but now they charge a few bucks. I would love to meet up (as I stated in my comment on your more recent post..I seem to be reading backwards, I’m behind this week 🙂
    Please email me if you plan a meet up! clee009ATtampabayDOTrrDOTcom

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