Lasik Update 1 Week Post Op.

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It's officially been 1 week since the Lasik.

No more eye drops as of today.  As you recall I was using 2 different eye drops, one a steriod and the other an antibiotic in my eyes, PLUS a sterile rewetting drop every 2-3 hours.

Each morning when I wake up my eyes are a bit cloudy which is normal.  It takes about 1/2 hour for them to adjust.  That is mostly due to the build up of "stuff" in and around my eyes as they heal.  A warm, wet face cloth placed over my eyes for a few minutes takes care of that.

The instructions are not to wear eye make up for a week.  My doctor suggested to stretch that to 2 weeks if possible.  I will do that.  What the heck?  I already scared everyone in my office going without make up for an entire week....What's one more week right?

My close up vision is challenging.  I have worn the cheater glasses for 2 years now so that wasn't a surpr…

To Lasik Or Not To Lasik....That is the Question


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My 28 year old daughter recently had Lasik correction on her eyes.  She raved about it; telling me how wonderful it was and how clearly she can see now.  Her actual surgery is the video above.

I have had glasses since I was in the 4th grade.  I finally got contacts when I was 18 years old.  I am now 53 years old.  I wear my contacts every day and when I get home from work I take them out and put on my heavy, thick glasses.  The glasses have the super thin lenses however with my prescription they are still pretty thick.

After careful consideration I decided to just go for a consult.  The initial appointment was free and lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The criteria is as follows:

20-55 years of age
Nearsightedness up to a -9.00  (I was a -7)
Your cornea must be of normal thickness and curvature
Do not have Keratoconus or other corneal pathology
Lastly must be in good health

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IPE Decking


Our deck was badly damaged by a tree that fell on it a few years ago.  We didn't want to rush into getting just any deck so we took our time and did a ton of research.  When I say "WE", I mean my husband who is amazing and patient when it comes to finding the best of the best.  We wanted something that was durable yet good looking with low maintenance.  The old deck was 26 years old and made with pressure treated wood.

We decided on IPE (pronounced EE-PAY).  This material is indigenous to Central and South America.  It is one of the toughest and long lasting decking material available today.  IPE is very low maintenance. You do not have to worry about it growing mold and it will naturally fade to a silver color over time.  If you want to preserve the color, apply IPE oil to the deck.

Instead of the traditional railing we chose Atlantis stainless steel cable rail system.  It looks AMAZING!  Cable Rail Pics.  W…

Weather and Property Damage

October 2011:   I just purchased a fence for my 4 rescue dogs with my first bonus from my job.   It cost $1,200. I got the metal fence that had the special coating on it so it doesn't rust.  It was 4 feet high.  I was SO PROUD of that fence.  The dogs loved it and it was so easy to open the basement door and walk out with the dogs so they could do their business.  Taking them out one by one on a leash was getting way too time consuming and stressful. 

October Snow Storm 2011:   There was a freak snow storm.  I remember the leaves were still on the trees and the snow / ice made the trees incredibly heavy.  I had the brand new fence for about 2 weeks.  You remember, the one I am SO PROUD of and worked so hard to buy.  Well, mother nature played  fast one on me.  Between the wind,  the heavy snow and the leaves still being on the trees, things started to fall like domino's.  One of the large trees close to the house splintered and slammed the deck and demolished my fence.

I wan…
Day 6:  The eggs are hatching.  The little monarch caterpillars are emerging.  They went from totally white to a little dark and then OUT into the world.  You will have to zoom in to see them. They are SO SMALL!

Baby caterpillars are very fragile. Do NOT touch them. 
Their brothers and sisters are down below in a separate area and eating up a storm.  Within 2 week they will be forming their chrysalis and transforming into butterflies.  I purchased these caterpillars already grown.  
Day 1

2 days later 
Thank goodness I have many more plants for them to feed on.  This one didn't last more than 2 day!! 
I will be moving the adults into my transition area so they won't have to fight for food.  They will each have their own individual space and food prior to their metamorphosis. 

Monarch Butterfly Personal Sanctuary

Magic Wings:  Deerfield, Mass

I have visited the butterfly sanctuary many times in the past 15 years.   As I get older, I am more aware of the greatness of nature and the importance of preserving it.

In 2017,  I, with the help of my husband,  raised and released approximately 100 butterflies.  Among them were Monarchs,Monarch photos painted ladies Painted Ladies and swamp swallowtails. swamp swallowtail   Raising them from caterpillars and watching them transform into the beautiful winged angles was so rewarding.  Every day I would come home from work and wonder how many had made it to the top of the butterfly mansion my dad made me to form their chrysalis

North American monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico, traveling thousands of miles to escape the cold weather.  I'm think next year I just might follow them on their journey! I know that feeling well after shoveling the snow and putting on several layers of clothing jus…