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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

these eyes ...

  These eyes of mine are driving me wacka-doodles!
Dry eyes, itchy eyes, out of focus, dang gum blurry eyes!

  I got into my eye doctor and had a thorough exam. Yes, I needed new lenses and all three areas had changed. Distance, reading (close up) and distance for computer work. I had tried tri-focal lenses in the past and they drove me bonkers. I had tried progressive lenses with the result, so I chose to go the route I did last time, bi-focals for distance and reading and separate pair for computer work. Both other times I ended up changing back to lined bi-focals and of course you do not get back the difference in money spent on the fancy no line, progressive ect. charges. So stick to what I always go back to. I did need new frames this time so I only ordered the bi-focals (GULP!) hoping to pick up the separate frames and lenses at a store that has cheaper combination prices. When I went to pick up the finished pair they had some "reader" glasses on sale and I had the clerk pull my computer script to see if both eyes were the same, they were. And luckily they had a pair in that size! I added them to the bill and came home wondering which piggy-bank I could squeeze the dollars out of for the complete sale. Eeeuuuwww... not going to think about that right now.


Actually the eye exam is the cheapest part of the whole ordeal. Frames and lenses and special coatings needed, that is what adds up!
My eyes are healthy otherwise (Yea!!) but they have always been sensitive to small changes. Add to that the nerves that were pinched and strangled over the years made them more so. My prescription is really not that strong. I do have some evidence of glaucoma starting, but it has not changed in the last 3 visits, so he thinks that is not anything to worry about, just a watch and see. It is just that sensitivity that makes a little change in vision bother me more than a normal person ( I know, I am a weird all over...!)

Back to the "sale" glasses... They are not working at all. I can not concentrate on the screen for any length of time without all the blurry garbage kicking in. GGRRR!! Darn these eyes!

I hope they will take them back. I also think I need the doctor to recheck that distance again. Since I have to get real close to the screen to see, even if I enlarge the font. So that may be off a tick or so... dang gummit!

 what my world has been looking like

So unfortunately for me that means I stay off the computer until I can get that straightened out. (sniff) We are also stuck in an early hot weather system, along with so many in the mid-west and out further west. No rain has made my yard and garden along with many of the farm fields near by very crispy. A weather alert has been issued starting tomorrow for deadly high heat (over 100's here) and humidity. Where the humidity is coming from is unknown to me, unless we get a freaky hard shower that evaporates into steam on contact (most likely). My neck and back do not like extreme weather, ouch.
 It may be a good thing I am not sitting in front of my heat generating computer surfing and reading my favorite sites. We have no air conditioning in our home. I most likely will go to our one lower level bedroom and hope for some heat relief. Our sons slept down there and it always was 10 to 15 degrees cooler.

I hope to be back soon. I owe so many of you comments, I feel naughty for being behind. I am missing you though!

  My final thoughts are prayers going out to all of those in Colorado, Utah and surrounding areas that have been fighting the fierce wildfires. They need rain, rain and more rain! Along with help relocating and prayers! They also have the same heat wave going on at the same time!
Keep safe my friends and family.

         Until next time ...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rare "Golden" Hummingbird!

I went digging through my basement of photo folders to find a post for this Wordless/Wordful Wednesday. But first an update why...

My physical therapy is coming along, slow but sure. It is heading towards training me exercises to do at home to keep adding strength and mobility on my own. Insurance will only cover so much. I also have noticed a bit of trouble with my eyes. Blurry vision in both distance, reading and computer reading has been hard on me. I did get in to see my eye doctor and he ordered new lenses and did not see any internal problems (wheww!) I was having optical nerve problems before my big cervical/neck surgery last January. So that is good news. I just have to wait for the new glasses to come in and hopefully they do the trick. I brought out a few old pairs of glasses to switch to depending on what I was doing and after a bit none of them helped. But I feel relieved that he does not see any growing concerns.
So this is another reason why I have been a bit more quiet (or late) in replies and comments, as I have not been able to sit and read all my favorite blogs. Hopefully that will change soon! I love to read my comments and return them in favor. I miss all my friends here on my computer and in my blog!

So on too the mysterious "Golden Hummingbird" that appeared a few years ago on my patio door window feeder! Imagine my surprise to see that the traditional ruby throated that we only get on this side on the Mississippi but a very bright yellow gold! Well why keep you in suspense... I was able to sneak to the window and snap a few photographs. Again excuse the clarity, I have old double pane patio doors and a plastic storm window I am shooting through...

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Hey! Turn around, we don't want to see your butt!

That is better...
you are a strange looking hummingbird??

You have a short beak for a hummingbird...
Wait a minute! Your a Goldfinch.
Looking for a sweet drink I bet.

This is more like it.
Mr. Ruby throat scared off the nectar thief.

Was that exciting?!? Nah... more silly, I know. ((wink))

Have you ever found a surprise at yours or someone elses feeding station?

Until next time...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Father's Day 2012 !

  Sending my heartfelt wishes to all the dads that make sure to spend time with their children. Time, your love and encouragement are the most important tools to being a "great" dad.

Papa don't preach is the reminder in the above quote.
Children learn more by our actions than all the "talks and speeches" we as parents preach to them. After awhile kids get that selective hearing, we all get, and once you start in with a "much needed lesson" they have turned off that inner ear. They may have two ears, but it is those two eyes that they learn from the most.

A special Happy Father's Day and thank you to my loving husband and to both of our sons who seem to be following in their dads footsteps in being great dads!
I love you all and respect how well you have grown into loving caring men, husbands and now fathers.

One more special thanks and special Fathers Day Wish to all my faithful readers. You mean a lot to me too! As well as to the children you have. Whether they be boys, girls, full of feathers or fur! Have a great day!

Until next time...

Any fatherly advice to add?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Shades of purple #2

More shades of purple found in my yard

Deep purple clematis flowers
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dark purple striped clematis

purple breaded Iris flower

spiderwort (in bud and bloom)
can you see the tiny bee?

until next time...

What colors are you noticing in your neighborhood?

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Historic Recall Election in Wisconsin

  Governor Scott Walker has worked hard since being elected into office just over a year ago. He promised tough choices to bring Wisconsin's economy around and taxes down. He has done that with cuts majorly in union government and teaching jobs with asking them to help pay for some of their health insurance benefits and giving counties a better control over their burdening budgets by asking more cooperation from their staff and teachers as well.

 Many were not happy with that. Thousands stormed the capital building in Madison and protested for weeks while this process was going on. Many of these protesters were not even from Wisconsin! Many were bused in and they left the capital and surrounding grounds in a very expensive cleanup situation.Those same protesters are back today in front of the capital building with their colorful bus driving around and around the area picking people up and dropping them off. Another costly mess. A very noisy crowd all around.

  What has not turned into a mess has been many of Walkers policies since excepted into law. Many people even found smaller property tax bills this year (ourselves included) something that has not happened in a long time.

  Many of his policies are working. They are making the state work within its budget like the rest of regular Americans do. The way government should be made to do across the country. It is working. Washington D.C. take notice!

  Walker is only the third Governor to ever be recalled in the United States history. The first in Wisconsin. As I write this it looks like Scott Walker will also make another historic moment by being the first Governor to win and beat his recall! Along with his Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

  We did our civic duty and voted mid-morning at our townships historic town hall. It was once a one room school house for the township way back in the late 1800's. I thought I would share that building with you today.

 LaFayette Township town hall
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The building still retains much of its school house charm. Of course some modern updates have been added. Electricity and an indoor bathroom to name a few.

  Until next time...

Where there any primaries or other voting in your state today or coming soon?