My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #147: There's No Place Like Home

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-28-2010 11:52 AM 3819 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After yesterday’s adventure, I am happy to be able to stay at home and get some work done today. Although I know it is good for me to venture out into the real world sometimes, I can’t help but appreciate the comfort and security of my own surroundings. I have always been someone who enjoys their surroundings, and even though I look forward to the day trips I take, there is something comforting and safe about returning home. I don’t think that it is severe enough to be referred to as agoraphobic, but the undertones are certainly there. I have made a fairly comfortable ‘nest’ here on my little pink cloud and my happiest days are spent here working and creating things.

With that said, the visit to the eye doctor went well. There was one incident where I needed to take a pre-test to see how my peripheral vision was that troubled me though. You had to look in this little box and they gave you a hand-held remote control thingy and every time you saw little “ants” dancing you needed to click the button. The test wasn’t what bothered me. It was the fact that I mentioned to the girl “oh, I see you have a new test” and she replied that they have had it for several years. I then mentioned that I had never done it before and she looked on my chart and said “yes, you did fine on it”. Humm . . . .

I spent the parts of the remainder of the day trying to recall doing it. It seemed so new to me. And certainly I would have remembered the little ants and the hand-held remote? It was a little bit disturbing.

Other than that things were fine. I needed an adjustment on my reading (close) prescription and was given a new pair of bi-focal contacts to try out for a week or so before ordering the supply of them. I still will need readers because of the close work that I am constantly doing but that is fine and I don’t mind them at all.

Over the last couple of years, I had several people tell me that readers were detrimental to your eyes and made them worse. I asked my optometrist about this and she said they were fine. Apparently from age about 40 to about 55 it is normal for our eyes to deteriorate a bit. She said that then things level off and they stay pretty much the same barring all disease and other factors. She said many people start using readers when they notice this decline in the ability to read and do close work and over the next few years they may see their prescription change and they need to get stronger readers. Some think that it is the glasses that cause this, but she feels it is a natural occurrence and would happen anyway. So not to worry.

It makes sense to me. So I have about five years to go to bottom out and at least at this point they aren’t that bad at all. Good news for me. :)

Today I will be (again) back at painting. I AM going to post more skating pond figures and catch up with that, as I only have a couple more to paint and then the accessories which are easy. I need to finish this and get things buttoned up with the pattern and everything else, as I found it is taking me far too long.

It has been one of those weeks where I am busy every second and seemingly getting nothing accomplished. I think it is because so much of what I have been doing is customer service related and I am still ironing out a few things with the site. The other day I had an order and although the customer chose US shipping, it didn’t have a shipping charge or charge the customer. That took a couple of hours to figure out and to make it work properly. There were so many things that didn’t translate properly from the old site and although I only have to set up the order form one time (THANK GOODNESS!!) it is quite complicated and tricky to make things work the way they should. I want to say “this is it and it is done” but I am almost afraid to boast too soon. I’ll say that it appears that everything is done and working (until the next thing comes up – lol)

It’s still raining and its a great day to paint and make a pot of soup. I am hoping to be able to report that I am just about finished with the pond and I am aiming to unveil the entire scene by the end of the weekend.

“Barring all disasters” :D

Have a wonderful day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 01:49 PM

Looking forward to seeing the POND and reading the story that goes with it.

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 06:45 PM

ooh boy – ooh boy chrismas time ariving before time
you realy know how to teas the public :-)

and about the glasses I have used glasses since I was 7-8 year old
if what people have told you was right then I shuold have been blind many many years ago
its not the reading glass or the close work it just that our eyemuscle that is bgoing to be more stiff
and can´t strech over the length so smoothly as it did before and therefore can´t make the focus

to bee nearsighted is mostly something that happens in the city-civilycatation where they ain´t
have to rely so much on the eyesight to survive as they are in the areas where they have to hunt
down the wild before they can eat , just look at the eskimo´s nearly nobody of them have glasses
in the age of what we call the working period between child and 70 years

have a great day yourself Sheila

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 10:52 AM

Hi Sheila.

As one who also needed either readers or longer arms, I can sympathize. The way my doctor explained, like many other tissues in the body, the cornea loses some of its elasticity as we age, and close in work like scrolling or reading, requires nearly the maximum flexing they are capable of even at their best.

Here’s a hint to keep from having troubles, whether you wear glasses or not. Every 15 minutes or so, take a break to look at something farther away. Even just across the room works. Take a minute or two each time and just let your eyes roam. If you wear readers, take them off while doing this. It will really lessen the eye strain you get from long sessions of close work.


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#4 posted 10-29-2010 12:26 PM

Thanks guys!

Yes, I have had to wear glasses since my early teens. My eyes haven’t really deteriorated since then though so it is just part of life for me. Contact lenses have really come a long way over the years and are very comfortable for me to wear most of the day. I do take them out at night when I am settling down to read or paint, and I do try to rest my eyes then.

These bi-focal contacts are new to me and my eye doc says that it is a give and take with them. She said it is difficult to get both the distance and the close vision perfectly balanced. When the reading is perfect, we tend to lose on the distance and vice versa. I give her credit because when she first put me on them, we tried about 3 different prescriptions for a couple of weeks each before settling in on one that worked best for me. She was very thorough and patient and just kept trying to get both visions as good as she could.

I don’t mind the readers picking up the slack. I am quite used to them. My eye doc said that the dollar store ones are as good as the expensive ones as long as they work. I have several pairs in funky colors that I use and I always have a pair handy.

Thanks too, Paul for the information. I do try to look up and walk around and stretch every half hour or so when working at the saw, which is my most intense time for close work. I go read my email or change the music or just visit with the kitties a little bit to stretch out my back and walk around. I never realized how this could help my eyes too, but I am sure it does. My computer monitor is about three feet away and I don’t need the readers for it at all so I think that isn’t a issue or is considered close work. Also, when I paint I usually have a movie or show on and look up frequently at the screen. So I am not focused for too long.

I am happy that she said everything else looks great with my eyes. I am also otherwise healthy and on no medications whatsoever so hopefully things will stay that way for a long long time! ;)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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