Learning to be sedentary: not my style

On Aug. 1, my early morning journey began at the well-organized Surgery Center on Trolley Line Road. Highly skilled podiatry surgeon Dr. James Zeremba operated to perfection on all five toes on the right foot.

Every question or concern I had in advance of this procedure was addressed by his competent staff of Phonecia, Regina and Sarah. When I awoke, RN Rob was there in fine form in recovery, too.

Dr. Zeremba really has a calming, friendly personal style. That makes all five doctors in my Aiken life extraordinary in my book: primary being Dr. Danijela Zotovic; then, dentist Dr. Kevin Eubanks; Dr. Daniel Smith, for eyes; and Dr. Trey Wofford, our favorite vet.

For a town this size, we have such fine medical options at our disposal, as well as those in Augusta. Readers who have moved as many times as I know what is important to locate in a new town.

For me, it is in this order: that right place for hair (I have Beth Porter Yonce in New Ellenton), friendly and competent medical folks and the best groceries for various items.

In early November, I will repeat this effort for the other foot. My care has been superb. I have followed every instruction and am healing quickly.

The amount of nurturing is almost embarrassing, with pillows and benches quickly provided to elevate foot, calls, emails, flowers, food, cards and attention.

I admit there is something pleasant about hearing the sound of a vacuum or a power washer, with someone else running it!

Being invisible

My one (and I hope only ever!) time taking a motorized cart while shopping taught me more than I wanted to know. My experience was that I became almost a “non-person” or if noticed at all, felt like I was in the way of mobile folks. I am going to remember this and try to connect with people who shop using these in the future.

Being treated royally

On the other hand, venturing out to see the movie “Get On Up” at Aiken’s Regal Cinemas worked out well. They have some accessible seats and aisles wide enough to place a folded bench to use as a footrest.

The movie was good, but I would not call it great. With James Brown coming from our area, it was certainly interesting to learn more about this gifted musician’s life, through hardships to triumphs.

At the end of the show, it was raining really hard. My delightful “chauffeur” ran to get the car, almost pulling almost up to the theater door.

There, a polite young stranger opened his huge umbrella, making certain my booted foot did not get wet. That’s what I love about Aiken: A small gesture, but so kind.

New business for art

Jackie Farnell sent me this good news: Aiken’s Artist Nest is a new business at 218 York St. S.E. (Magnolia Market is attached to her building). There they display and sell many types of art from more than 23 local artists.

Jackie would love to invite you to stop in to see the art boutique. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.aikensartistnest.com.

While you are enjoying downtown artists, remember Betsy Wilson-Mahoney’s studio at 309 Hayne Ave. S.W. Call 803-270-1213 to make sure you will find this “artist in residence.”

Apple Fest plans

Nov. 1 is the date for the long-standing Aiken tradition of Apple Fest, at St. John’s UMC. Carole Beattie Parsons, 2014 chair, has her team at work already, to ensure the three organizations who will benefit from this Apple Fest receive significant checks.

Having served on the Board of two worthy recipients in recent years, I know this boost can almost make the year for a not-for-profit local charity.

Nancy Perrine and Glenna Lathrop are co-chairing the jewelry boutique. They promise there will be an incredible array of jewelry, including pieces from an estate of a generous family, who knew their mother wanted her treasures to find new homes.

You may wish to gather up items to donate, as you get ready for cooler weather. Grateful recipients include Trash and Treasures and Second-Hand Rose for consignment or donations. There will be handcrafted heirlooms and craft shopping, along with entertainment and a silent auction.

The mountain apples and food are legendary treats! When you can drop items off will be in late October. (If you want to donate sooner, ACTS and Christ Central are always grateful to get gently used items).

I will remind you about the Chocolate Festival, just before Apple Fest, when more details are available. Losing Hopelands Garden concerts and the Farmer’s Market in the Alley at the end of this month, we begin the next round of fun Aiken activities and sports. I love this town!

Midge Rothrock has degrees in communications and an MBA and writes each month in the Aiken Standard’s Mature Times. Send story ideas for “A Smidge with Midge” to Rothrock at rothrock@atlanticbb.net.