It’s funny how those appointments (no matter how early they are) can mess up the entire day. Yesterday I had an early eye appointment, and even though it only lasted for an hour or so, it took quite a while to get back on track.
My eyes have been giving me minor problems lately and it was time anyway for my annual checkup. I find that I am having a bit of trouble reading the computer screen – even with my glasses or contacts and as a result, in the past weeks I have been sending out incorrect orders. I usually rectify this as soon as I am notified, but it is just an indication that there were some issues that need to be addressed.
Without going into many details, I found out that my eyes are just like that. I have different needs for close work and reading than I do for distance, and besides supplementing my contacts with ‘readers’, there isn’t much I can do about it. I tried bi-focal contacts last year, and I found that they didn’t really do the job. I felt more comfortable with single vision contacts and glasses, and I just need to use the readers on top of them.
Now however, I suppose I need two strength of readers. A stronger pair for close work like scroll sawing and painting and reading and a weaker pair for looking at my computer screen. I asked if the prescription could be set for the mid-distance (the computer screen) but then I will lose the acuity when I did things like driving. So that wouldn’t work.
Bottom line is now I have two pair of reader glasses – one at my desk here for my computer screen and another for close work. This is the second eye doctor that came to that conclusion, so I suppose that is just the way it is. Fortunately for me, everything else regarding my eyes is in good order, so I am grateful for that.
I came home and settled in to drawing my next project. I actually nearly finished the one I was working on, and I will be finishing up the second project today (hopefully). That way I can cut and finish them over the weekend. Below is a sample of what I am up to.
We are working on the March issue for the magazine, which means spring designs are in the air. It is hard to believe that with autumn just beginning we are that far ahead already. Such is the world of publishing.
I haven’t had a chance to paint all week, and that makes me a bit sad. I hope to have some time this weekend to step up and get some down time to finish off my little autumn pull toys and get working on some new designs. I received my next assignment from the Painting With Friends group and I want to get started on that as soon as I can. It will be another fun design that I will enjoy bringing to color and life and I have some good ideas already on what I plan to do.
My car is still at the mechanic, and today I need to take it to a place near Yarmouth where an alignment specialist can give it a look. I have been having some issues with uneven tire wear since I had that accident where I wound up in the ditch nearly five years ago, and I want to get to the bottom of the problem. It may be that some other parts are wearing, as the car is 10 years old and even though I had it aligned a couple of times already this year, it may be a warn part that is causing issues. The guy that I am taking it to is known for his excellent work, so hopefully we can get to the bottom of things. I wish I would have known about him in April, as I would have surely saved myself doing things over again and gone there in the first place. But I know about him now and that is good.
I don’t want to drive to Chicago if there is something even slightly “off” with the car, as I think it would cause even more issues further down the line. I hope he can pinpoint it and fix it so we can go with a clear mind.
I have also spent part of the week planning the trip and lining up some teaching along the way. Keith and I look forward to seeing people and teaching some classes in scroll sawing and also painting. Add that to seeing my friends and family (and meeting my grand daughter) and it will be a great time. I look forward to it and know that the time will go by quickly.
With that said, its time for me to get to work. I want to finish up my drawing today so that I can get cutting tomorrow. I am excited about the new designs and can’t wait to cut them out. :)
Have a great Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"