Thursday, March 31, 2016

summing up M A R C H

March was a beautiful month.  It brought more daylight (and more walks).

and the rest...

Favorite movie: In the Heart of the Sea
An opera: Eugene Onegin
A concert: Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keane
A trip: Texas Hill Country & Austin 
A birthday: #48

 Favorite foods:  Rhubarb cake and papayas!!

I read two books on eyes (anatomy/health).  
I had two more trips to the opthalmologist this month.

The good: The uveitis was still clear.
The bad: Both of my eyes got very dry.
The good: My right eye's vision finally returned.
The frustration:  It's a day by day thing with dryness and vision acuity.
I ditched eye drops, even homeopathic ones (with mercury included as an ingredient!).
The 'preservative free' tears - they made me gag.
It's like eye drops are not an option for me.
I learned about  palming, eye breaks and applying coconut oil
all over my lids/lashes before going to sleep each night.
 These natural means are helping.  I'm still taking Lutein,
Eyebright herb, and increased omega-3 oil on top of the
fish and brightly colored vegetables that I already eat.
I'm spending time in the sun - and my body is making Vit D.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but the point is -
I'm still in the Eye season.... I'm ok, I'm much better.
A lesson:  I have to choose what to look at and for how long
and everything is not worth my glance. My sight is precious.
Eyes are miraculous.

Blue Star (not an edible)

I was able to wild forage for spring plants like Henbit, Cleavers, Shepherd's Purse,
Dandelion leaves and Chickweed.  Oh, and Stork's Bill!

Finding lots of Cleavers (Velcro Weed)  for tea and juicing & sautéing.

Zody this month:

The vet removed the hideous growth on Zody's little head.
I've watched it grow bigger and bigger over the past 2 years.
It should have been frozen off some time ago; so at this point
he was practically scalped.  And what about those staples! 

Here's how he looks a week after stitches were removed.
Just as coconut is helping my eyes, I'm applying it to his
skin and it's helping the healing process.  His fur will
be back in no time and I will be able to pet and kiss the
top of his little noggen without having to be careful.

I've been working on jewelry (enamel painting or beading).
I'm joining the Medicine Park Art Walk again this year
and getting a head start on items....

To lose patience is to lose the battle. - Ghandi

Guard me as the apple of Your eye. - Psalm 17:8

The mountains call, but sometimes the birds are louder. - SD  

I'm so glad Spring is finally here!!   

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 26 - A cake and a hike

Carrot cake/whipped cream/sprinkled with Stork's Bill

I baked a carrot cake with the works for my birthday.
Almond flour, lots of grated carrots, pecans and raisins.
The wildflowers are a little slow in coming this spring but there's
plenty of Stork's Bill growing in my yard right now.  I thought
the tiny Stork's Bill would make for lovely decoration.
It's totally edible too.   

Can you see Greg?
Can you see me in the cleft of the rock? 

March 26 always has a 50/50 chance toward warm or cold!
A two-sided coin,,, heads won.  "I" got a perfect 80 degree,
sunny, wind-behaved day!  So we headed to our neighboring
wildlife refuge for a hike!   

Greg wanted me to recreate that picture (above) with him,
but for some reason the cool flare wouldn't reappear.  lol
I told him that I couldn't help it that God loved me more. ;)

My 48th mile marker was absolutely special.

Cherish youth, but trust old age.
-Pueblo Saying

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Haiku

Robins court in tree
Where Redbud blossoms blush our
Oklahoma spring 

This Redbud tree was in its prime a couple of weeks ago.
I should have taken and shared a photo then, but the haiku
came to me today as I walked under its glory….

This is our state tree and just pops when everything else
is still grayish.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Texas Hill Country

 We went to the Texas Hill Country over Spring Break. 
The Bluebonnets (and Indian Paintbrushes) filled
the hills, sides of highways, and many nooks and crannies. 

Comb-over from the wind! lol
We spent time at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge;
Pedernales Falls State Park; and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Park.
We hung out in Austin and also visited our former neighbor there. 

Balcones Canyonlands
Pedernales River


One of my favorite artists - who is an Austin native. 
Lots of coffeeeeeee!
Willie for President?
SoCo - fun shopping strip.
Zody is a great traveler - he eventually took over my neck pillow.

Happy Spring to all!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Lyle Lovett - Balladeer Extraordinaire

 Lyle Lovett in concert with his friend Robert Earl Keen
(or is it a headless cowboy playing guitar?)

  Lyle Lovett is quite the southern charm!
  His music can be charged with
silly fun or sensitive emotion....

Fans :)
We were so happy he performed in OKC this week!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Update on Eyes

Today was my final ophthalmologist exam for the right eye.
It remains clear of uveitis and I had several blood tests drawn last
 month which ruled out autoimmune markers for the condition.
  I started taking Lutein and Eyebright herb in February and
will continue to do so for a while.  The Belladonna eye drops 
ease any dryness in both eyes.  (I only need the drops occasionally.)
I think these supplements are helping but  
p r a y e r,    p e r s e v e r a n c e   a n d   p a t i e n c e
over the last three months did a perfect work.

I   t h a n k   G o d   f o r   h e a l i n g  
a n d   f o r   o u r   m i r a c u l o u s   e y e s.

  Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:
"The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!   Psalm 118:15 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Dude (Ruusbroec)

The Dude (Ruusbroec),  Collage Pendant

I recently played with a soldering kit that I bought many years ago... 
 I could tell that it takes lots of practice (and patience) to achieve smooth edges - 
so instead, I went wild and gave this Saint a wicked frame. 

 I slid a vintage stamp and a pressed Blue Star bloom 
between  two glass slides.  
This 'dude' had always intrigued me and a search of his name revealed
 that he was a mystic, priest, and later, a venerated saint.

How about that landscape behind him?!

"Ruysbroeck wrote as the spirit moved him. He loved to wander and meditate
 in the solitude of the forest adjoining the cloister; he was accustomed to carry a
  tablet with him, and on this to jot down his thoughts as he felt inspired so to do."