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Senior Moments: Virtual doctor visits and more

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, May 21, 2020

A friend of mine threatens to let her dog’s groomer cut her hair if the groomer opens before her hair dresser.

I’m thinking of going with her. I love seeing moms and dads in the backyard cutting the kids’ hair, just like when I was a child. In my large family, none of us ever went to a professional to get our hair cut. That was mother's job!

Ah, more time for memories these days, for sure.

I had an appointment for a virtual (using the Facetime application) appointment with my doctor last week. It was my Medicare annual checkup.

I really enjoyed my 25-minute one-on-one visit with my doctor. And the best thing about it (ladies), was that I did not have to be weighed. Times have changed.

Recently, I came across a recipe you may wish to enjoy with that extra stay-at-home time: Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwiches. You will love them. They are absolutely amazing, to say the least.

Melt 2 cups of milk-chocolate chips in your double boiler. In the meantime, mix a half cup of creamy peanut butter with a quarter cup of sifted powdered sugar.

Spread the peanut butter mixture on 16 Ritz crackers and take 16 more to put on top of the first 16.

Here’s the trick: Put the filled crackers in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then, using a small pair of tongs, dip the chilled peanut butter sandwiches into the chocolate until completely covered. Cool on parchment paper for about an hour. It’s a real gift to us chocoholics.

By the way, recently I found a piece of paper stating that “all restrictions have been lifted” and my heart skipped a beat as joy flooded my very soul. I continued and the next portion read, “It’s kind of old though; it’s dated July 4, 1776.” Oh, well. Someday, it will happen!

Now for a tricky question. Recently, I was asked who would be president if the vice president died? Of course the answer is “the president.” But, for some reason, most people (like me) want to jump to the Secretary of State.

So much has become political these days. However, as many know, I simply love election years. I don't understand all the issues, but the ones that matter and involve life and death, I take seriously. Yes, I do think my vote counts and I weigh my decisions carefully.

Well, I hope you’ve started or are well into your gardening. I think I’ll plant some iris bulbs this year as I so admire them in other people’s gardens.

That reminds me of a cute knock-knock joke: Knock, Knock - Who's there? Iris! Iris who? Iris you were here!

It will happen. One day, this pandemic will be over. Always remember, God has a plan.

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