Cataract surgery & a visit with the Alford Family

My daughter and son-in-law (Amy and Paul) invited me to stay with them while in Inverness for eye surgery. I had my first operation a few days ago, with another to follow next Monday. Meantime, I’m enjoying my visit with the Alford family very much. There’s always something interesting going on at the Alford home! Amy is trying to help one of her hens raise a brood of chicks, but it’s been a challenge so far. Rat snakes keep getting into the coop at night, and they have swallowed six chicks so far. Amy is doing all she can to save the remaining five chicks.

Amy trying to haul down a rat snake from the rafters

Amy trying to haul down a rat snake from the rafters


The rooster isn’t much help, but the mother hen does all she can to protect the chicks. Amy now has them in a rat-proof cage and is keeping them in the mud-room at night!

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She also took them to Vacation Bible School this week. The kids loved them!

We’ve seen an abundance of wild life on the shores of Sand Lake this week. One evening my granddaughter Beza rushed in to say a family of otters was playing just around the bend of the shoreline. Sure enough, a family of five otters was cavorting in and out of the water. What a nice sight. Then two Sandhill Cranes that usually come to that area every evening flew in. There was a bit of a standoff for awhile, and then the otters dived into the lake and headed toward the opposite shore. There’s never a dull moment here!



  1. Hi, Ed, Glad to hear that your first cataract surgery went well – at least I assume it did since you posting this – and that Amy, Paul and family are entertaining you! All is well here, restful week in Taos, great hike down and up the Rio Grande gorge, farmers’ market today for fresh veggies, and making plans for a 4-day raft trip down the San Juan River in Utah in July. Retirement is wonderful. Love to all, Peg Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 02:44:37 +0000 To:

  2. Hi Peg, Yes, the first cataract surgery went well. The second should also, this coming Monday. And yes, retirement is wonderful. Glad to see that you’re enjoying it in style! Love, Ed

  3. Dear Ed,
    Thank God your first cataract surgery was a success. This means next time you visit Africa University you will appreciate our scenic views even more. We pray and have faith that the second surgery will be equally successful. It is indeed a beautiful world we live in. Every day I drive to work I feast my eyes on the beautiful mountains and thank God for the opportunity to do so on a daily basis.
    It is only a matter of hours before your surgery and we will be remembering you in our prayers. Amazing, you could not stay away from your writing to rest your eye

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