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Looking forward to Resuming our Mini Road Trips

Mom’s been wanting to see the bridge a little closer than the view from the day room. Her arms have gotten stronger from the past few months of physical therapy, and while her legs are a little unsteady, I was told Friday she can leave the facility for short car trips.

Destination: across the new span and to Memorial Park in Nyack. Soon, mom.

Days before the topping off ceremony last December, we drove there, prompting questions and observations about the construction. She wanted to know when crews would start removing sections of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

“Are we going to drive on that?” she asked during another trip two months later.

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Leaves are halfway gone from trees, and the new bridge is more visible each day. Yesterday, a few of the residents asked me about the project, and I shared as much as I knew. They and staff are looking forward to learning more when the facility arranges a presentation with the project team.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

New Bridge in the Distance, TZB Removal Ensues

Eastern side of former and new bridges from a third-floor window/© Janie Rosman 2017

Driving west on Benedict Avenue you can see a few of the main span towers as you descend down the hill. It’s a tease until the trees are bare of leaves; their tops are visible.

I took this photo from the third floor day room of mom’s rehab facility one week before the westbound span officially opened. Crews began removing the Tappan Zee Bridge’s landings and abutments last week, which I noticed last week. Today is one month since vision correction in my left eye and two weeks since my right eye’s correction. My distance vision is crystal clear.

However, out of their (and our) line of vision, crews are busy under the bridges:

Two people were talking about the bridge yesterday before dinner. Watching the towers rise was entertaining, one woman told me. “We used to look to see how high they were getting,” she’d say excitedly.

More of the bridges will be visible on the coming weeks as trees directly in front of the day room window change color and fall. Perfect view of sunset, too.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

For Old Times’ Sake: Last Look at Familiar Views

Now that I won’t see the bridge from these views again, what’s left to do? Look at pictures. Here are some at various times of day and in different weather. This was taken a sunny afternoon in August and was used in a Tweet.

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /©

I wrote a blog post about coming out of a school board meeting in early January some years ago to discover it was snowing heavily. Because I knew the Thruway would have trucks clearing the snow (and other trucks’ tires clearing a path), I drove north to Tarrytown and felt better once I was on I-87 and then on I-287.

While I don’t recall when I took this, it must have been during the past month or two. Happened to look up at the clouds and took advantage of the beautiful day and a cellphone camera.

This photo courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority is from Friday night as the last cars were heading eastbound on the Tappan Zee before it was closed.

Checking out the new eastbound ride this week. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Grateful and Happy that Vision Haze is Gone

Twenty minutes after being wheeled into the operating room, I was back in the recovery room with a clear shield taped over my right eye. It was nearly 8:50 a.m. Now — four-and-one-half hours later — the vision in that eye is almost as clear as in the left eye (corrected two weeks ago). Words are a little blurry due to the eye drops and that the pupil is still a bit dilated.

These surgeries are life-changing. Two weeks ago was the first time in 30 years I read a computer screen without glasses. I read newspapers these past two weeks with my left eye (right eye closed). It’s been that long since I read small print without glasses or a magnifier.

I’m grateful to my ophthalmologist who referred me to the surgeon and grateful to him for taking me as a patient.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

New eyes: “The better to see you with, my dear”

During the past week-and-a-half, I’ve been doing computer work with my right eye closed as the corrected left eye sees the screen clearly. That’s not to say I haven’t been wearing glasses.

Last Monday, I had corrective surgery to remove a cataract that had grown on the lens of my left eye. Came home with an eye shield and tried to balance glasses (left lens removed) with the shield until Tuesday, when it was removed.

Each time I sat down to use the computer I put on my glasses and closed my right eye . . . until Wednesday, when I realized the silliness of my actions. Still, each time I got up from the desk I put my hands to my face to remove glasses I wasn’t wearing.

Surgery on my right eye is next Monday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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