Friday, March 29, 2013
good morning everyone. dare i say it???? SPRING IS UPON US. even if its ever so slightly. had a good day yesterday--learning to cope with my eye thing went well. i am still experimenting, but i am going to pass along what i learn here in case it helps anyone else.
first of all, marianne and i walked at the park--we did a four mile walk in just over an hour. then we drove through the park and saw two osprey--one was in a tree eating a fish, and its mate was gathering sticks. they fly through the trees, choose their stick and then fly back and grab it out of the tree on the wing. its amazing to watch.
so far driving is the hardest part of my adjustments. this floater has some attached strands that drift into my field of view and blur the vision slightly in that eye. it really interferes with my concentration. still working on a strategy for that.
anyway--we came home and visited for awhile--swapped some seeds--i will have a really interesting group of tomatoes this year!
after that i went into my workroom to work on painting a little. this is the thing i have been the most concerned about--would i be able to paint anymore with this floater? i learned a few important things. yes i can paint--it seems the position i hold my head in while painting works to my advantage--holding it looking down on my work seems to get the floater down far enough in my eye that it doesn't bother me. i also turned my chair and table so my right side is against the window. this way my working (left) hand doesn't cast a shadow on my work, and the outside light hits my right (floater) eye from the side. it seems like strong side light helps to wash the strandy floaters out so i don't see them. i am experimenting with strong side light at the computer too. still working on that.
today i am going to run at the park, so i am going to put some visine A in my eye first--this causes a mild dialation and i want to see if that helps any. this is not something to do all the time if it works, but if i find i need to drive some long distance and it helps i can do it.
after i stopped painting the weather was lovely so i headed outside for my first day in the garden. worked on the huge front bed which is what is pictured on my spark page background. it was heavenly. getting down in the dirt and clipping and pulling. seeing my old friends putting new growth up from the ground. listening to the bluebirds and the humming of a solitary bee that kept pace with me while i worked. the kittens found me and played in the piles of spent twigs and plants i was pulling out, then we laid in the grass and blabby flopped up against me. the feel of her sun warmed fur was so beautiful. chickadees were calling in the big spruce tree and the sun felt so good on my face. it was such a lovely way to spend time and i got about 2/3 of the bed done. my knees were a little resentful of the bending and kneeling, so i stopped for the day--they need time to acclimate themselves. but all in all it was just lovely. i had an old pair of transition glasses so i stuck those on to see what happened. i was so happy and occupied that i didn't notice my eyes at all--which (hopefully) means i am starting to teach my brain how NOT to focus on it and get on with life. i am also going to wear these transition glasses to drive to the park so i can see if they help with that. if that's the case i will go back and have another pair of glasses made as transitions that match my current prescription. i think the amber tint of those glasses matches the tone of the floater and makes it less apparent. supposed to be nice again today so i will work outside more. then tomorrow is moving day for my parents, so we will be working at that all day. hopefully sunday will be quiet. have a lovely easter everyone!