Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday MishMash!

I mentioned that I went to a yarn shop last weekend while I was in Austin - I wish I had more time to spend there, because it was filled with so many wonderful items; yarn, yarn, YARN, buttons, bags, all kinds of cute accessories - oh man.  But I had a hungry husband waiting for me, so an hour was all I managed.  And I can't even show you what I bought because it's all to make baby items and the new mom reads my blog, so you'll have to wait to see the finished items until late this summer.  But here - I can show you what greeted me when I walked in the shop:
A knitted and felted trophy wall!  This is the only kind of animal trophy wall I like to see...and it was very cute.

The shop is Hill Country Weavers; they've recently moved to a bigger location and the new store is light and bright and very easy to wander through.  The employees were all so sweet and helpful, too - really makes me wish the shop was in my town, instead of a two-hour drive away.

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I had an eye doctor appointment on Wednesday afternoon, and afterward I zipped over to the grocery store.  I thought it was a little warm when I walked from my car across the parking lot to the store, but it was breezy so it didn't seem too bad.  When I got back in my car, I saw that my car's thermometer read 90 degrees - what??  I swear, it didn't feel like that.  But check out the humidity level:
So THAT'S what a "dry heat" feels like, eh?  I could tolerate this.  Too bad we don't see this low of humidity levels very often.

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Speaking of eyes and vision, I was having some massive irritation in both eyes a couple of months ago, and it got bad enough that I finally went to an ophthalmologist (as opposed to an optometrist, who you see for glasses and/or contacts).  Turns out I have a thing called Pinguecula, or bumps on the white part of my eyes, which get extra irritated when allergens are strong (check, it was early spring and everything was blooming), or when the eyes are dry.  What causes it in the first place?  Sun damage.  I rarely wore sunglasses until four years ago, when I got contacts.  Call it the curse of having to wear glasses - it was all I could do to get a new pair when my prescription changed; a pair of prescription sunglasses was out of the question in terms of affordability back then.  So, the lesson here is, make wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses a priority, if you aren't already doing that.

Along with the irritation caused by the Pinguecula, my contacts have been randomly falling out of my eyes.  It happens mostly when I'm running, or have just finished a run - I'll be standing there and *boop* there goes a lens.  My optometrist is having me try out a new type of contacts made for *ahem* older, dry eyes.  I mean, COME ON, is this necessary?  I guess it is.  But geez, even though I don't feel like I'm older apparently my eyes are acting like senior citizens.  I'm crossing my fingers that the new contacts work, as I am really getting tired of the irritation and lens loss from my other ones.

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I told Rosalie yesterday that I was fired from the gift shop - that's right, I fired myself.  You see, every morning we have to count the money in the drawer and total it to a specific starting amount, which the people who closed the afternoon before had to leave in the drawer - I guess it's sort of a double check thing, because the lazy in me says, hey, they left X amount of money, why should I count it again when there's been no sales since they closed?  But I follow protocol and count the money.  We have to add up the change and the bills and we were off by $10 yesterday.  So we recounted everything and were still off.  Finally, I got out my phone to use the calculator and hey guess what?  I can't add.  We actually were correct with our count.  Sigh...

Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

  1. So, I don't have bumps but I do have dry eyes that are bad enough that my doc told me to buy Systane drops and put them in twice a day. They do help and I can tell when I forget them. When my doctor recently switched me to dailies, he had me try Alcon Dailies Total, made for older eyes. They were fine, but the regular dailies were fine too so obviously I chose them since they were cheaper.

    I swear, why does aging have to be so expensive?!

    I say, next time feed Jeff BEFORE the yarn shop.

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    1. I'm trying the Alcon Dailies Total 1, and I will say, they felt much nicer in my eyes right from the first wear. At this point, if they don't fall out, they'll be worth the extra cost because I was going through my old contacts at a rapid pace.

      Aging IS expensive. Remember when you could get a pair of single-vision glasses? Sighhhhh. That ship has sailed.

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  2. As I've gotten older, my eyes are dry. Now I wear dailies. They are more expensive but worth it. Still my right eye dries out even now and then due to pollen ,etc.

    GL!!

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    1. I'm sorry your eyes dry out too, but I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in this.

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  3. I've never heard of that eye condition--I guess it isn't something we'd see in pediatrics! LOL! I've been having eye issues too--I blame the pollen getting in my contacts. I wear hard contacts so once something gets underneath one of them--yowza! I use antihistamine eye drops and I clean those contacts after every run.

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  4. Ha! Adding is hard sometimes!!!!

    I hope the new lenses help and that wearing sunglasses does too.

    Gosh, I wish the humidity could be that low when it gets that warm, most of the time. Then I wouldn't feel so horrible going out in it (said almost everyone).

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  5. Wow, so the bumps aren't reversible? They'll always be there? I don't know if I have dry eyes, but I've been rubbing them a lot lately. Maybe I'll try some eye drops! Mr. Monk had to have special (expensive) eye drops for his dry eyes.

    I've gotten prescription sunglasses a couple of times, when my glasses prescription hadn't changed much and my insurance would pay for new glasses. Very nice to have, but yeah, not willing to pay for them myself.

    The "stuffed heads" are so cute! I want to visit that store!!

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    1. Nope, they aren't reversible and they could, in fact, grow over the iris, which in that case I'd have to have surgery to remove them. So here's hoping that doesn't happen, because that kind of eye surgery sounds really delicate and I don't want to mess around with my eyes unless absolutely necessary.

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  6. Interesting about that eye condition. My sister and I were just talking about that on our walk the other day. She asked if I ever get those white little bumps and I said No. She gets them. I need to tell er about this! Thanks!

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    1. I wonder if your sister has the same issue? You'll have to let me know.

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  7. Love the 'trophy animals'!!!! Double checking used to be annoying to me to....after working in a bank I see the purpose!!!!

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    1. I'm just lazy, but yeah, I understand why we need to count that drawer every time.

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  8. Maybe it's a good thing that yarn store is over 2 hours away LOL!

    I have dry eyes from blocked Meibomian glands. I use a moist warm eyemask on my eyes and it really helps them feel better. I would use it even if I didn't have dry eyes!

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    1. My thought is that if the yarn store was closer and I could drop by anytime, I wouldn't always feel like I needed to buy everything because who knows when I'll get back? That's my theory, anyway...

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  9. I'm annoyed by my contacts on a regular basis. I've always been a sunglass wearer though...I'm the person who will have them close by even if it's raining!

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    1. I have a dark black pair and a brown pair, both polarized, and I will reach for the brown pair even if it's overcast - that color seems to cut the glare really well. Raining, not so much, but that's because I don't want drops on them. I bet your eyes are rewarding you for being so good about wearing sunglasses all these years! :)

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  10. I don't use my sunglasses that often. When I go on hikes I never use them, somehow I prefer looking at things through natural light. I do use them while driving. I have reading glasses for almost 2 years now and it changed the world for me. I hadn't realized how much effort reading was for me before.

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