Friday, December 23, 2016
Karma wondered why in the world I woke up at 2am--LOL!
Well, I was so exhausted after part two at the eye doctor yesterday that I was in bed before 9pm. I'm up several times every night and by 2am I couldn't get back to sleep thinking about eye surgery--awk!
I went Monday but after an hour we had only worked on my history and the prescription for new trifocals. So, I had to go back Thursday for part two--dilation and the whole shebang. Turns out--no glasses for me. I am being referred to the Fercho Cataract & Eye Clinic because I definitely have cataracts and questionable area that could be macular degeneration. Need to investigate more.
So, I am compiling days that would work for Leah to give me a ride and have to call back. Could take a month or two to get in--kind of like appointments for my rheumatologist. So, will be some time in January or February, I imagine. I don't want to go over the holidays, regardless.
Cataracts run in the family but I thought I'd be closer to 80, to be honest...not 65. :( My mom has AMD (Age related macular degeneration). My Dad had and my son, Dagan, has glaucoma--but I was cleared of that. Pressure was normal, actually. Well, that is the bad news I got yesterday.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...LOL!
The girls peck machine-gun style when they first arrive...
...and then they slow down a bit. I read that they can eat all the calories to last them a day in 20 minutes and I believe it when I see them gobbling away.
When it was still really super cold (until about three days ago when it warmed up to the 20s and 30s) they were hanging about nearby. So cute the way they dig themselves a nest sometimes to hunker down to keep warmer against the wind.
They even stayed next to my patio a couple times.
This day I caught them in a huddle out on the sidewalk there.
But they gradually all decided to move over across the sidewalk to catch the last afternoon rays.
Still been eight of them in my usual flock. But one day while The Girls were here I saw another flock fly down and land across the way by the garages! Must have been 7-9 of them, too. If there is eight--then I might not know which flock is actually here--LOL! But last fall I saw a second flock and The Girls chased them off with a fury...so unlikely. But wouldn't it be cool if they got together and were one huge flock!?
I made a new whatever-is-in-the-freezer/frig/pantry-soup.
Frozen diced onions, sliced celery, crinkle cut carrots, mixed veggies, and baby spinach. Cut up some potatoes. Better Than Bouillon vegetable stock. Large can of crushed tomatoes, two cans of black beans, and some orzo pasta. Salt, pepper, and some Herbs de Provence. So good! I forget about orzo pasta!
You will laugh when you see what came inside of this box!
One Lamy EF nib!
It came just like this.
Nothing whatsoever else in the box. LOL!
Anyways, I have had these two Lamy Safari pens for...must be somewhere around 35 years.
Lamy Safaris came out in 1980 (just googled it) and I know they'd been around a couple years before I bought the red one. That was my first non-disposable fountain pen and I used it a lot. So much so that I bought the blue one shortly after so I could have two colors of ink cartridges.
I bought them with EF nibs. But I was used to my death grip on my ball points. I loved Flair pens with their felt tips but could destroy and smush them in no time from pressing so hard on the paper. Needless to say my EF nibs became almost broad nibs over time...a short time--LOL! For years I have been wanting to switch the old nibs out for new ones...and I finally did it!
New EF nibs. I bought one in silver and one in black to see if there is any difference over time. They had both been black before.
These days I know how to write with a soft touch after years of using fountain pens. So nice to have my trusty old Lamys back in the game again!
Speaking of fountain pens. The first FP I saw was my dad's. It didn't use a cartridge. Had to use the lever on the side to fill the bladder from an ink bottle! I used to beg Dad to let me watch him do it. He used that special pen to write in his small five year diary every night.
Funny thing is, I was just talking about Dad's diary with Leah our last craft night a couple weeks ago. (She didn't make it this last week because they lost electricity in their neighborhood and manually opening their garage door is a real pain.) Anyways, I was joking about if I ever had one I know I would keep track of the weather because I think it would be interesting to be able to glance back five years on that day to compare. But if I ever had one I would want to use FPs like Dad did...and it is hard to find FP friendly paper.
So--it was two days later I find out that Leuchtturm has come out with a five year journal!! Leuchttrum is the brand I use for my bullet journal and have tested the paper so I know most of my inks and FPs will work well on their paper! So--yes--I ordered one. :)
It's called Some Lines A Day: The 5 Year Memory Book.
I'm not sure what I will keep track of besides the weather, but I have a week to figure it out. There's not much room. Maybe a highlight of the day, gratitudes, diet, health...who knows? But I will be writing with a fountain pen and will be thinking of my dad. :)
I've also been setting up my new Bullet for 2017. Got birthdays and the usual monthly things entered--and added some washi tape for the pages of each month.
Yup--have four months set up--whoohoo! And with the washi tape and sticker color coding it makes it easier to know which month I'm on.
This bullet will only last about 9-10 months and normally I just finish a writing journal whenever and start the next one...so starting a new bullet, a new writing journal, and now a 5-year diary all at the same time--whoohoo! Probably will never happen again. :)
While I was working on lists for the front of my new bullet journal...well, I was hunting up old links I had saved for free classes to see if they were still available or not since some of the links are like 2-4 years old. I clicked on one and...well, let's just say I messed up Mr. Rusty. Apparently there was a virus attached to that old link. Dagan was over and got Mr. Rusty back in working order for me.
Okay, here's the really, really embarrassing part.
I thought I remembered the name of that bad link...yup...you guessed it. I clicked on it again. But this time I was on McLap!!
So Dagan stopped by to pick up McLap over his lunch hour on Wednesday. (He didn't even made fun of me--LOL!) You may remember that Dagan and Leah are not as familiar with Mac products...but he thought he could maybe save my old McLap. (You suddenly can't close anything and boxes pop up all over the place that they want you to click open--but I didn't.) I haven't heard the fate of McLap yet. Let's just say...here I thought I had computer issues before--LOL! And then I am still having internet issues, too. *sigh*
While Dagan was here he shoveled off my patio for me. After it would warm up and then freeze every night there was a crust built up that I wasn't strong enough to get through. Thank you, Dagan!!
They're talking "something" coming Sunday and Monday. 100% chance of something--LOL! Freezing rain, snow...just sounds bad. Starts on Christmas Day, too. So I hope everyone who will be traveling in this area will be safe. Drive and walk carefully, folks.
I called Nazar again over a week ago about gluing the flooring down. Left a message, I should say...as you know he doesn't answer the phone much. Well, he actually called me back this time--the same day--shock! Told me he had contacted a flooring company but had not heard back from them. I asked if he could give me some warning as to when they were coming. No...not with a third party, he said. (I knew it was probably too much to ask...and he probably wouldn't do it anyways--LOL!) No...haven't had anyone show up yet.
BUT--there actually WAS a notice on the Community Room door that the library lady was sick on the second Tuesday! Shock! AND we got a sheet/newsletter in our door this month that was all cheery about the new (and final) building being open now with some information about the new Media Room and Exercise Room in the third building. No signature as to who wrote it. If it was Nazar, maybe he is trying to turn over a new leaf? If they hired a new activity director you'd think they would have introduced themselves, right? Could have been calendar lady, though. Who knows? Anyways, it was nice to get a kind of a newsletter...and a cheery one, at that.
So, that's about it from up here. I'm still letting it sink in about the eye specialist and possible eye surgery. Karma and I will have our quiet, peaceful Christmas. (She is still barely self-abusing.) I will watch It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story at some point as I always do. We'll have our little private Christmas with McFamily some time in January. Dagan has his annual heart and pacemaker checkup in Minneapolis beginning of January and then his dad's side of the family is having Christmas in northern Minnesota after that, too. I'm sure glad I don't have to drive all over for holidays anymore, to be honest. Been there. Done that. ;)
Well, have a wonderful holiday!
Think positive about the coming year!
Love and hugs from Fargo. :) :)
"We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them."
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."