Sunday, July 14, 2013

Boo Boo Present

Lou and I have this tradition of boo boo presents.  Whenever one of us is sick or has some procedure done...which is getting more frequent these days...we get a boo boo present.  This is mine.....

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cataract Surgery

Yesterday, I had cataract surgery.  It's been coming on for about 2 years now.  I first noticed a small blurry spot in the middle of my vision and my readers were no longer working for the one fact that eye was getting stronger for reading.  Although my distance vision was vanishing.  I couldn't see large letters across the room but I could read the tiniest print.  That might not be so bad but that eye seemed to have a huge cloud in it. 

So I decided it was time to do something.  Yesterday I had surgery.  The actual procedure took about 15 minutes...not that I was really awake during it.  Everyone was wonderful...from the lady at registration, my pre-op nurse, the operating nurses, the post-op nurses....and of course my doctor.  They gave me just enough sedative that I don't really remember what happened after they wheeled my into surgery.  I talked to the nurses briefly, I remember them drapping my face and thinking I should open my eyes....although I couldn't.  I remember some light and then I remember the post-op nurse helping me off the bed into a chair.  The gave me juice and a danish and sent me home. 

Today I went back to get the bandages taken off.  Everything looks good so far.  There is some shimmering in my peripheral vision but that is normal and will go away.  Before surgery I couldn't see 5" high letters across the room.  Now I can see them with only a little blurring.  The healing process will take about 2-4 weeks but I'll be back to work on Tuesday. 

Quite an experience.  I'm getting lots of cuddle time with the cats and Lou is taking care of me....although he hasn't given me that foot rub I asked for.  Here is a pic of my new bionic eye....

I knew I was getting a lens implant but nobody told me that I was going to get a cat implanted in my eye cool is that.  Everybody's going to want one!!! 

Actually it's just the reflection of the iPhone...but it looks like a white cat....LOL.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

More Stash....

I admit it...I'm a stash whore.  Stash includes books, tools, beads, and artifacts.  I guess that's one of the reasons why I work full I can afford this obsession.

So here is Bead and Button Stash 2013...Part Deux.

Beads from JoAnne Zekowski
Heliodor from Kia.. These are really large.  I'm channeling Wilma Flintstone. 
Rough aquamarine from Kia
More Heliodor from Kia.
Disc beads by Angie Graham
Slag from Gary Wilson
I can't remember what these are but I loved the craters in them.

Cris brought me stash from Tuscon.  Ammonites...
...and fossilized shells
and she gave me a really cool coin from India.  I've since found two squares ones.  They come from the Mulwa Sultanate in medieval India



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bead Stash!!!!

Bead and Button provides the greatest opportunity to buy....STASH!!!  As if I need anymore...but it's hard to resist all the beautiful things you can find at the show.

Wooden Buddha beads. I've seen these all over the place and finally broke down and bought some.

Buddha close-up....I'm ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille.

The treasures below are from Bead Paradise....the best bead store on the planet!! They have a great website.  If you can make it to their store you can buy some fantastic baubles on-line.

Tuareg beads.  Lou saw these and instantly asked me to make him a bracelet.

Gorgeous old glass
Some big metal bead :))  But very cool!!

Old stone stamp
Silver medallions...two elephants, two horses, and a lion...oh my!!
Baule brass medallions 
 One of the coolest things at the show were these drusy shells.  I didn't know things like this even existed.  It made me think how amazing this planet is...that it can make these gorgeous shells.  Found these at Horizon Mineral owned by Joe Jelks...such a nice man!!

Turquoise from the Kingman mine in Arizona.  Summer just cries out for a turquoise bracelet...or two.
Sonoran dendritic rhyolite....maybe one day I'll perfect my skills at setting stones.  I certainly have a huge stash of cabs.

More stash later.....Au revoir, bye-bye.