My assimilation into the Borg Collective continues

By: palmettobug53 , 1:29 AM GMT on September 23, 2013

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It's time for step two in the process of becoming One with the Hive.

My second cochlear implant is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25th. I report to the hospital at 12:30.

If the second procedure takes the same amount of time as the first, I won't get back home until sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 Wednesday evening.

I'll have plenty of time to play on the computer before going in Wednesday morning but I doubt that you'll see me again after that until Thursday morning.

I'm not nervous at all. I dread the first three days. I know what to expect this time. Ignorance was bliss, last time.

The pain isn't the issue; it's the protective cup they put over the surgery site for the first 24 hours. I understand the reason for it but that doesn't mean I have to like it. It was extremely uncomfortable. Even with the pain meds, I didn't do much more than doze off and on all that first night. I was up at 5:00 a.m., ripping that thing off.

The second worst part was not being able to do a good shampoo for 3 days. The antibiotic rinse that was liberally doused over my head several times during surgery left my hair a stiff, sticky, snarled up mess.

I'm really looking forward to looking like the Bride of Frankenstein again.

The best thing I can do about the hair is pull it back the best as I can and avoid looking in any mirrors.

The vertigo is no problem. I just got dizzy getting up out of bed, out of chairs or when I'd move my head suddenly. No nausea; just dizziness. I just have to be sure that I move slowly and deliberately. That wore off in about a week.

The tongue numbness and coppery taste in my mouth wasn't that much of an issue and it gradually wore off.

The larder is stocked. The house is cleaned. I will stop after work Tuesday and pick up a good supply of fresh fruit.

I'm ready to get the show on the road.




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150. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:31 AM GMT on October 10, 2013
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149. palmettobug53
12:30 AM GMT on October 10, 2013
I did? I guess I just didn't look back far enough, Numberwise! lol

I'm not surprised. Some days, if I didn't have my work ID on, I wouldn't even know my own name!
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148. NumberWise
12:20 AM GMT on October 10, 2013
Ummm...Bug, you did post the link to Plant Delights Nursery! It's in Comment 108. I read through that link, as well as the other one for the Ginger Lily, and I'm sorry that I live too far north to plant them!

It sounds like you're making progress on those piles at work. I suspect that there is a very good reason why that particular job is yours - they know it all will get done.
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147. palmettobug53
12:10 AM GMT on October 10, 2013
Karen, you and my opthalmologist are correct. Staring at the computer for hours dries out your eyes, because you don't blink as often.

A couple of years or so ago, I noticed the same thing when driving up and back to Dad's. About halfway there, my eyes would get dry and I'd have to rummage for my eye drops.

Even more recently, I sometimes have the same thing happen when I spend an afternoon or evening reading a book.
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146. SBKaren
10:47 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Sandi - I hear you about your staff meeting, but at least they take time out of your working day....unlike my staff meetings that were always held after school was closed and all kiddywinks had gone home!

Oh staff meetings - almost every Tuesday for an hour after school is out. I look forward to that after school time because I generally get no interruptions or distractions (generally is a loose term for sure!) So that means that I don't get to my work until the staff meeting is over. And to top the cake, the staff meeting is always held in the media center, so lingerers always grab me with questions, etc. Contractually we are 'done' at 2:25 (school is out at 2:15), but lately I've been getting home between 4:30 and 5:00. Someday things will get better...I hope. I used to be able to leave by 3:30 last year - but that must have been after the dust settled somewhat......as of now, nearly two months after school has started, I'm still waiting for that dust to settle!
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145. SBKaren
10:40 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Karen, I know contacts have changed a lot since I had my last pair but I think I'd still have issues with the the dry eyes. I still have some problems with it. Some days are better, some days are worse. It's worse at work, working on the computer.

Bug - I hear ya! I don't wear my contacts when we drive long drives (and if I'm driving), because I don't blink as much and they drive me nuts. Same thing with a work day when I'm on the computer too long. I'm on the computer every day, but when I'm actually teaching I'm generally projecting through my projector onto a screen and therefore not staring at small print so much. It makes a HUGE difference!

All that said, I made an appointment with my eye doctor for this Friday as the prescription glasses that I have (blended bi-focals) seem to be not as clear as when I first got them (????? years ago?). Since I have enough contacts for a year, I thought I'd go in to get glasses. My insurance will pay for part of them, certainly not all, but it won't cover both - it's either contacts or glasses. Perfect timing since I can go at least a year before I need to order more contacts!
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144. palmettobug53
9:33 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
GG, you hit the nail right on the head. It's a real grind, trying to catch up, after being out.

By the time I left today, I had gotten some volume out. There's still plenty to keep me hopping, though.

What PlantDelights Nursery? That wasn't me. You've been blog hopping too fast and forgot who posted. Or where. I went to your blog but didn't see it. lol

Barb, thanks for posting that. I've read a bit about the Thracians in National Geographic magazine, from time to time. I'm pretty sure I've seen documentaries over the years on TV, too. Nothing in depth, though. Maybe a trip to the library is in order.
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143. barbamz
8:14 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Here is something new for your archeological passion, palmetto :)

Unearthed chariot and team of horses points at lavish rites of ancient Bulgarian peoples
EuroNews Video, 09/10 12:59 CET
Why would an ancient Thracian people, the Getae, bury – 2,500 years ago – a chariot complete with horses standing upright?
The discovery near the northern Bulgarian village of Svestari, has marveled the archeological team that made it.
It is the oldest such find in the region. ...
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142. GardenGrrl
7:05 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Hi, sounds like a grind getting back to work but glad you are keeping your humor. Love the beer story :)

Tell you what, that link you did for PlantDelightNursery, wow. what a great site for finding plants not seen at Home Depot. I spent waaaay too much time there and plan to spend more time come winter getting ready for my spring garden. Don't no whether to thank you or be mad ;)

It's hump day, watch out for cube camels. (You do get that commercial don't you?)
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141. palmettobug53
5:11 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Another day of trying to get the piles down.

Sandi, I feel rather like some poor slob working away at the bilge pump, when there's a hole the size of a car in the bulkhead!

One step forward and two, back!

I can see your point about meetings during work vs meetings after work. Still, that hour and half in the meeting was an hour and a half away from my desk. When I think of what I might have been able to get out of the way in that time.

I just have to work on it all, the best I can.

Hi, Jeff. Therapy is on hold until after we activate my 2nd implant. We do that next Tuesday, the 15th. I'll then get with my therapist to set up an appt to get the process started again.
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140. sandiquiz
8:46 AM GMT on October 09, 2013
I hear you about your staff meeting, but at least they take time out of your working day....unlike my staff meetings that were always held after school was closed and all kiddywinks had gone home! Some nights they could go in for a couple of hours, most usually in the winter, when it was frosty, foggy or snowing, and I had 25 miles to drive home!!
Keep plugging away.. you will win in the end.
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139. BrowardJeff
3:09 AM GMT on October 09, 2013
I forget how it worked last time..how many weeks until they activate the implant? Do you have an appointment scheduled?

And in all the chaos, have you had any appointments to work on the existing one? Or is that kind of on hold, since the situation is going to change again?
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138. palmettobug53
9:29 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
Sandi, I won't be around long tonight. I've got a couple of things to do this evening and I am trying to get myself to bed early this week.

I've cleared out a good bit of my backlog but new stuff is coming in so fast, I haven't made much headway.

I had a make up session today with our director because I missed the monthly All Staff meeting the day of my surgery. There were a few others that had missed it, too. That took an hour out of my workday.

I have a monthly unit staff meeting tomorrow. That's another hour away from my desk.

I swung by the store after work for a few thing to take to work for lunch the rest of this week. I am not in the mood for soup and/or sandwiches for lunch. I've still got plenty of those supplies but I've eaten so much of them the past week and a half, I'm tired of them.

The Day I Took Beer To Work is hilarious. After my initial shock of finding a Bud Light in my hand instead of V8, I laughed, too.

Dad cracked up, when I told him about it on my next visit. He was living at the lake house back then. My brother just collapsed and laughed until he had tears running down his face.

GAMS! You're out! I hope you're starting to feel better. I'll be sure to pass along your condolences to Hubby.

I feel pretty good today. Tired but good. All the headache, earache etc is gone. The surgery site is tender to the touch but it will be like that for several more weeks. It took the first site about 6 - 8 weeks to completely heal up and all the soreness to go away.

Jeff, your wet bar sounds great. A place for everything and everything in it's place. I'm glad you still like me, even if I don't keep beer supplies on hand at all times!
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137. BrowardJeff
7:53 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
I never used to keep beer at the house, either. I like to drink socially, but not just sitting around the house by myself.

But last year when I remodeled, I decided to put in a full wet bar. So now I have vodka, gin, rum, and so forth. Plus a two tap kegerator. I keep Miller Light on tap for myself, and rotate through something more flavorful for my friends. Right now, I have Sweetwater 420.

So..yeah. I guess I'm set up.

But it's ok. I still like you, even if you don't have beer there.


-Jeff

P.S. Ooh! A Gamma sighting! I hear that's a good omen. :)
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136. seflagamma
5:33 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
Hello Bug,

It has been so long since I was here last. I am belated very sorry to learn about your hubby's Mom's death.

Also so happy you are doing so much better after this second surgery. Glad it is all going so well.

The beer story is a great one; that will probably be retold over and over again!

Thank you so much for all your visits to my blog with all my drama lately! LOL

We are both doing as well as we can considering our "age" and being troopers.

Hope to be checking in more often in the days to come!

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135. sandiquiz
5:03 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised to see you checked in last night...and loved your beer tale!
How cruel they were to laugh at you! .... But it was funny!!
Hope today is no worse than yesterday :-)
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134. palmettobug53
4:43 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
Jeff, what can I say? We used to always have a 12 pack of Bud in the fridge. We just don't drink much beer at home anymore. I'll get some Samuel Adams seasonal beer, from time to time. Maybe some Red Stripe, once in a while.

I always keep wine on hand. I usually have some vodka for an occasional bloody mary. Some gin, for gin and tonic in the summer. Brandies, cordials, Irish Mist for winter sipping.

Ylee, I might be able to pull it off but I'd be hesitant to try, these days. Few of the Higher Ups from the old days are left and the ones in power now would turn a jaundiced eye on that sort of breach of the rules.
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133. Ylee
5:06 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Quoting 120. sandiquiz:
I'll be good and refrain from adding any vodka. I'm tempted. It would make the first day back easier!
Oh, go on, be a devil! It will make it easier, for sure!
They say it is odourless, so no one would know! Lol




You can pull it off, bug! All you have to is blame it on the surgery. "My inner ear's not quite right!" lol!

Hope tomorrow's better!
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132. BrowardJeff
4:42 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Quoting 131. palmettobug53:

Back when Hubby and I always kept beer at the house...
...

We don't even keep beer at the house much anymore, either.


I don't understand either of these statements. :)
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131. palmettobug53
10:16 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Hi, Mike, Jeff, wab and Sandi.

I'm tired but not totally exhausted. From past experience, I know the first week back after having been out for surgery is always tiring. And it has nothing to do with the amount of work I have to wade through. The body is still in healing mode and getting back into the work routine, itself, takes some adjusting to.

I'll just work on it the best I can and it will eventually get done.

Ok.... Here's the story:

Back when Hubby and I always kept beer at the house, the bottom shelf of the fridge was where all canned drinks were kept. My V8 juice was always kept on the left, sodas in the middle and the Bud Light on the right.

At the time, I wasn't driving. I rode to work with a coworker. I also did not take my lunch back then. We had several fast food places within a block, block and a half.

One morning, my ride pulled up earlier than expected. I waved out the door at her and then ran around the house like a chicken with my head chopped off, making sure all the lights were off, I had all my clothes on, etc. I raced to the kitchen, grabbed a can from the left side of the shelf, wrapped a paper towel around it and shoved it in my purse.

When I got to work, I pulled out the wrapped can. Without looking at what I had in my hand, I gave it a bit of shake (V8 tends to settle), used the paper towel to wipe off the top and popped the tab.

I felt something oozing out of the can. The thought ran through my mind, "Man, I must have a can of bad V8."

I looked down and to see that I had a can of Bud Light. I let out a shriek and everyone turned to look at me. They all busted out laughing.

Hubby must have been rummaging on that bottom shelf and got my system all messed up.

My supervisor told me (once she could quit laughing enough to speak) that she'd been standing in the doorway the whole time, watching me and thinking, "My God, the woman has finally lost it."

She also said, "Oh, if you could have SEEN the look on your face, when you saw what you had in your hands!"

I ran to the kitchen and poured it out.

Within 30 minutes, the entire office had heard what had happened. By mid-morning, the news had trickled down all 10 floors of the building. By lunchtime, it had reached Administration.

Of course, the story got embellished. They had the shaken beer exploding all over the place, which it did not do. It just foamed up and out over my hands.

Luckily, the folks in Admin had known me for years and knew I hadn't done it on purpose. I heard they laughed their butts off, too.

Around midafternoon, my director came down to my unit to 'give me a good talking to about bringing alcohol to work', which is strictly forbidden. He couldn't keep a straight face.

Man, oh man.... All day long, people were laughing at me. Esp the guys. They'd see me coming and just double over.

For weeks, they kept asking me, "What did you bring today? Coors? Michelob? Heinken?" and cackling incontrollably.

A couple of years later, we got a new director. I'm not sure who filled him in but one day HE started laughing at the sight of me.

It took me years to live that down.

It's also one reason I switched from buying the 12 oz cans of V8 and buying the 48 or 64 oz bottles of V8 or generic veggie juice and fixing small drink containers to carry to work. No more cans!

We don't even keep beer at the house much anymore, either.
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130. sandiquiz
7:32 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Oh, poor you!
Watch yourself, and watch the clock!
Hopefully the week will get better! lol
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129. whitewabit (Mod)
6:46 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Quoting 126. palmettobug53:
Sob......

I have so much work to do. I didn't even realize it was lunchtime until after 12:30.

I'm trying to eat on the run. Maybe I can get back online tonight. I do have a new thread almost ready to put up.

Cal, the butterflies are just all over my lantana. A constant flittering and fluttering.

Astro, so far, I've not had any direct issues with the shutdown. I've read about muttering tourists because Ft. Sumter is closed and the Charles Pinkney house is closed. Both are national monuments or historical sites.

Hi, Finn! (((HUGS)) back to you!


it really piles up when your away a week .. you'll get it whittled down to a peak over the top level in a week ..

don't ever forget lunch !! my tummy would have been growling by then ..

how did you by accident take a beer to work ?? have to hear this !! where I worked you would have been fired .. accidently or not ..
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128. BrowardJeff
5:29 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Hi Bug! I'm eating at my desk today..had a meeting that ran until 12:30, so I just popped out to Panera to get a sandwich to go.

Hope you don't get too tired today. You know it'll take a few days get to back to a normal routine, and a few days to get through the backlog.
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127. clearlakemike
5:11 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Hi Bug, glad to hear you have survived the morning there. I use to have lots of lantana around my condo in Palm Springs that I use to enjoy. Don't remember it attracting butterflies, though. Maybe because it was the desert. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed here. I went out on the highway the other day and you could have shot a cannon ball down it...not much traffic on it.

I took beer to work once also...it didn't go down either.
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126. palmettobug53
5:02 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Sob......

I have so much work to do. I didn't even realize it was lunchtime until after 12:30.

I'm trying to eat on the run. Maybe I can get back online tonight. I do have a new thread almost ready to put up.

Cal, the butterflies are just all over my lantana. A constant flittering and fluttering.

Astro, so far, I've not had any direct issues with the shutdown. I've read about muttering tourists because Ft. Sumter is closed and the Charles Pinkney house is closed. Both are national monuments or historical sites.

Hi, Finn! (((HUGS)) back to you!
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125. LakeWorthFinn
5:47 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
(((Bug)))
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124. calpoppy
1:49 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
Bug, your garden and your house look very cute!! Lantana won't grow out here, to cold but I wish it would butterflies just love it.

On the contact lens thread, I use Multifocal lenses, expensive but will worth it. Can see up close and far away! Keep them clean and they last for quite some time.

I guess you are going to work tomorrow, have a good first day.

Your Vitex will one day be huge! We cut one of ours back to about 7 feet, and it has grown since then another 3 feet!! Carolina Jasmine so pretty in the spring!!!

Oh, looks like my coastie son will be in North Carolina next year.
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123. Astrometeor
1:48 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
The only thing the gov't shutdown has done to my family was cancel a star party that was to be held on the Natchez Trace. The road is still open, but we didn't want to bother the ranger since he's kind of furloughed right now.
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122. palmettobug53
1:04 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
Sandi! LOL

I'd never.... well, uh... Ahem. I did take beer to work by accident once. I've never lived that one down.

No, Mike, I don't think one bloodshot eye is a good look for you or anyone else.

I've about got my new topic finished. I think, though, that I'll wait until tomorrow night to post it. I'll have to do a little final tweaking, choose some WU photos and add some links.

Did I say tomorrow night? I'd like to. It just depends on whether I can abide the thought of looking at a computer after I get home from work or not.
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121. clearlakemike
10:08 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Mike/Bug - I wear mono-vision contacts. They take some getting used to, from what my doctor says. I wear a close up contact in my left eye, and a distance contact in my right eye. My doctor mentioned the kind of contacts that Mike wears last time I went, but they are more expensive and I've had pretty good luck with the ones I use. I also get contacts that are suppose to last two weeks, but I wear them for a month, so they last me twice as long as what they are prescribed for. I do not sleep in them and take them out and clean them every night and my doctor said that was fine.

Karen, I wore the mono-vision contacts also until the multifocal ones came available. They worked well for the reading issues but I had to put my glasses back on for long computer sessions. My reading eye would get really blood shot. It wasn't pretty, lol. That isn't a problem with the multifocals. The only thing I don't like about them is the slightly less clarity in the distance. I wear mine for a month too. Usually, don't sleep with them in. I clean them with the Clear Care 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Triple Action Solution. It helps extend the life of them. Read the instructions very carefully if you decide to use it!! You don't use it as a rinse! It will burn your eye out as I learned the hard way on one absent minded morning.
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120. sandiquiz
9:40 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
I'll be good and refrain from adding any vodka. I'm tempted. It would make the first day back easier!
Oh, go on, be a devil! It will make it easier, for sure!
They say it is odourless, so no one would know! Lol


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119. palmettobug53
9:29 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Hi, Rob. I see you're catching up with yard chores. Goodness. Miss Donna certainly does have her hands full with her Dad's 92nd (!) birthday Wed. and Thanksgiving the following Monday.

Wab, I'll try to take it easy but I expect to be very overwhelmed with the amount of work, plus everyone asking, "Well, have you gotten this done yet?"

Beth, at least I have a desk job and there's no heavy lifting and hauling to do.

YLEE! You can actually see some of them? I think this is a first. It is odd that you can see all but one.

Karen, I know contacts have changed a lot since I had my last pair but I think I'd still have issues with the the dry eyes. I still have some problems with it. Some days are better, some days are worse. It's worse at work, working on the computer. Besides, I've worn glasses for so long, they're just who I am!

I don't mind getting back to the routine. It is the volume of work that accumulates when I'm out that can be daunting. I'll just start slogging through it and it will eventually get caught up. It takes me about 2 weeks, normally. This time, it will take longer, as I already have another special project waiting on me, which takes priority over my usual duties. I also need to see what the deadline is for getting it done.

Caro, I should have repeated my mantra. The one that goes, "Come in, sit down, relax, converse. My house doesn't always look like this. Sometimes, it's even worse." LOL

I think everyone is always a little nervous when someone visits for the first time. First impressions, you know. If you see things every day, after a while, you don't notice anymore. Every now and then, I try to walk around the house and look at it like I'm looking for the first time. It can be shocking!

Time to get something to eat. Fix my juice containers with my veggie juice with a splash of hot sauce. I'll be good and refrain from adding any vodka. I'm tempted. It would make the first day back easier!

I also need to bake a sweet potato and fix a salad for tomorrow's lunch.
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118. SBKaren
8:27 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
cgal - sent you a little tutorial - hope it helps spur your memory of how to do this just in case you have some others you want to post!
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117. carolinagal
8:14 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Karen, I'm glad you posted the photos. I have completely forgotten how to post photos in comments. The rest of the ones that I took didn't come out much better. Although I did take more photos around her yard that I could share here at some time.

Bug, I'm trying to ignore your "duster" comment from a few days ago --- (that was so not necessary) and I hope you'll do better at taking it easy when you return back to work. Keep reminding yourself that it will take time to get caught up and that you are making some progress. Just being there IS progress, and if you overdo it - that isn't helping the progress in the long run.
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116. SBKaren
8:07 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Ylee - that's odd that you can see all but one. They all are linked from Facebook - all. So that's just plain weird! I looked at the link's address as well and couldn't really see why either!

Mike/Bug - I wear mono-vision contacts. They take some getting used to, from what my doctor says. I wear a close up contact in my left eye, and a distance contact in my right eye. My doctor mentioned the kind of contacts that Mike wears last time I went, but they are more expensive and I've had pretty good luck with the ones I use. I also get contacts that are suppose to last two weeks, but I wear them for a month, so they last me twice as long as what they are prescribed for. I do not sleep in them and take them out and clean them every night and my doctor said that was fine.

Bug - I imagine your going back to work is like me returning to work. After having the summer off getting back into the work routine takes some getting used to. I know you certainly didn't have the same amount of time off that I get during summer, but it doesn't take long for the body to realize that you don't have to get up at a certain time, etc.!!!!

I join the other voices in saying just take it easy the first couple of weeks. Work will smooth out with time - I know, so much easier said than done!
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115. Ylee
7:58 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Guess what, bug! I can see all the pics except the 3rd one! It has a different URL than the other three, and won't let me see it because of "social networking not allowed"! Don't know what the difference is, since they all came from FB, I'm assuming!

You look just like your avatar, minus the antennae and wings, lol!
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114. PeaceRiverBP
7:29 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Bug; I hope you can take it slow on your first day back to work, although I'd guess that you'll be feeling some pressure to get things caught-up, again. I hope good Karma makes an appearance and shoves the bad Karma out the door!

I've read Blue Highways several times- great book! Does your local library have it?
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113. whitewabit (Mod)
6:38 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Quoting 111. palmettobug53:
I'm going to miss being ablet to get online and visit whenever I wanted to, as well.

It's back to the lunchtime posts for me.

I don't know if I'll get online much after work, either. I expect to be tireder than normal and heading to bed early next week.

We just had a short shower. About .10 of an inch.

I'm off to Wally World in a few minutes, with my list. I'm going to get in, get my scrips refilled, hit the grocery section, snag what's on my list and get out. No wandering around the store, browsing.

Will try to get back later on today.


so back to the old grind .. do take it some what easy if at all possible .. no need to wear yourself down ..
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112. GRANDMANAN
6:18 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Afternoon Bug, good to hear from ya, going over your blog see you now have two new eye pieces, trust they are working well for you.

Donna making plans for Thanksgiving, still don't know how many will be sitting down, pressures of other duties type of thing. On Wed. Is her father's 92nd birthday, another date to have the family together, a busy time for her.

Have a good week.

Rob

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111. palmettobug53
5:53 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
I'm going to miss being ablet to get online and visit whenever I wanted to, as well.

It's back to the lunchtime posts for me.

I don't know if I'll get online much after work, either. I expect to be tireder than normal and heading to bed early next week.

We just had a short shower. About .10 of an inch.

I'm off to Wally World in a few minutes, with my list. I'm going to get in, get my scrips refilled, hit the grocery section, snag what's on my list and get out. No wandering around the store, browsing.

Will try to get back later on today.
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110. clearlakemike
5:32 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Ah, it is very nice to see you, Bug, your garden, the bench and your new plant. I have enjoyed your conversations with me too this past week...you helped me get through a sort of horrible week, thank you.

Haven't seen a red brick house in a long time either. Reminds me of where I grew up. Your garden looks very nice!

The contacts are more expensive, I think, and not good if you have dry eyes. I sometimes fall asleep with them in and they stick to my eyes like that too. I am yanking at my eye, wondering if it is my eyeball or they are just stuck on, lol.

Good luck to you with returning to work!!



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109. sandiquiz
4:47 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
When you get back to work tomorrow I shall miss our 'almost' conversations whilst you have been at home recuperating.
Thanks for clarifying....I do hope folk are kind to you and don't give you to much extra for a day or two!

Will be thinking of you...:-)
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108. palmettobug53
2:02 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
I have an old fashioned common lantana that gets very tall and shrub-like and has creamy yellow and pink flowers. This is the variety that was very common years and years ago and is considered an old fashioned plant. Like you'd have seen in your grandmother's or great grandmother's garden. It's the one just behind the hanging baskets. I also have one of the more modern spreading lantanas with red/yellow flowers, further to the left and mostly out sight in that shot.

I got my Ginger Lily rhizomes from a neighbor of Dad's in Sumter, SC. The Colonel was retired AF and plants, his yard and garden were his delight.

Here's a nice video from the Clemson Extension service: Ginger Lily. There a number of varieties but mine look like these. I still don't know what variety they are but with the way they smell, who cares?
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107. palmettobug53
1:32 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Thanks, Karen!

I appreciate you bringing these over for the folks that don't do FB. I'd seen them via email but am not real swift with the photo uploading.

GG, the yard is a bit straggly in places at this time of year. It was really lush looking up until around the end of July.

The vines on the fence are our state flower, the Carolina Jasmine. It blooms very early in the spring and smells heavenly. I really need to give it a trim soon.

Most of what's showing in the bed with the bench is lantana. It is not very winter hardy, so I cut it back to the ground after the first frost/freeze. In the spring, there's a lot of day lilies, glads, daffodils, etc that come up in there. By the time the lantana gets big, all of the earlier plants have long bloomed out. The upright plants just behind the hanging pots are ginger lilies, currently in bloom. Another one for aroma.

The lantana is just drawing butterflies in droves right now: viceroys, skippers and (I think)sulphers. Caro got a couple of nice shots of them.

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106. GardenGrrl
10:26 AM GMT on October 06, 2013
Good Morning, awesome garden!
It's my Monday. Hope for your Monday tomorrow they have some mercy on you.

As I said in Sandi's blog, it seems our government has given up on it's war on terrorism and is looking for something easier like a war on domestic Tourism.

With all the parks and monuments closed they are winning.
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105. SBKaren
10:50 PM GMT on October 05, 2013
Sorry, I forgot to come back! Here are the photos that Bev posted on FB. She said she thought there were some better ones and that she would upload them when she has a chance, but I haven't seen them yet.



You can see the bench in the corner of the garden :)

Bug showing off her new plant!


New plant


Bench


I know everyone on FB was thrilled at seeing them and expressed those sentiments on there!



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104. palmettobug53
10:17 PM GMT on October 05, 2013
Mike, I've tried contacts but have issues with dry eyes, which made them a bit uncomfortable for me. I was always flushing my eyes. One time, they stuck on my eyeballs and I was in a complete panic, trying to get the things rehydrated enough that I could pull them off. I mean, they were stuck on there like someone had used superglue or something. It took me close to an hour to get them off.

I'll admit that was a long time ago but I'm so used to glasses, they're second nature. I've worn them since the second grade, barring that two years of contacts. Other people are so used to seeing me with glasses that they told me I just didn't look right without them.

Glasses, esp. once you get into bifocals, trifocals, etc are expensive but there are ways to save. With contacts there's other expenses and it cost me more with contacts than it did with glasses.

I have a town named after me in KY, Ylee? Awesome! I read "Blue Highways" a few years back but I'd like to get my hands on the 'Revisited' book.

Yeppers, Wab. Back to work Monday. I doubt I can take it too easy but I'll try. Judging from what's in my email inbox, it will likely take me several weeks to catch up. I'll have to allot an hour for this, half an hour for that, two hours for the other, etc every day until it all gets under control. I also have another project waiting for my return. It showed up at least three weeks earlier than I expected. I was hoping to concentrate on getting my desk caught up before it reared it's ugly head.

My karma must be bad or something! lol
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103. whitewabit (Mod)
7:56 PM GMT on October 05, 2013
Hey Bug .. hope your doing good .. you going back to work Monday ?? if so do try to take it easy .. know that isn't easy in most cases ..

all the rest of the rain passing either north or south of me .. one more chance in a couple of hours .. temps haven't risen as expected because of cloud cover this morning so hoping severe weather won't develop this afternoon ..
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102. Ylee
6:58 PM GMT on October 05, 2013
Hi, bug! Your mentioning of Blue Highways Revisited had me check it out; one of the the first photos in the book was a scene from Sulphur, Indiana, only 45 miles away!

I also found this map, which traces Heat-Moon's path, and gives excerpts from his book, like this one: "I lost the light at Bug, Kentucky, and two miles later, at a fork in the road with three rickety taverns in the crotch, I crossed into Tennessee."

Hope you're getting some good rest!
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101. clearlakemike
6:09 PM GMT on October 05, 2013
Bug, I have been wearing multifocal contact lenses most of the time now for several years and they are great. No hardware sitting on your face. And I can seamlessly focus on reading to long distance and everything in between. They are very comfortable to wear. You do give up a bit of the clarity in long distance, however. I give my eyes a break from them a couple times a week and then enjoy the view more sharply.
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100. palmettobug53
5:58 PM GMT on October 05, 2013
Sandi, what you need to fix that spigot is a kid, handy with a wrench, and small enough to climb into the barrel, if it was set on it's side!

Mike, my computer glasses will probably pinch, too, but in another area. Spread out the discomfort.

I developed a temporary fix for that, last time. I was looking around for some kind of cushion for the ear pieces. I bought some clear silicon ones at Walmart but they are a bit on the *tacky side, so it was hard for me to put my glasses on or take them off. They pulled on my hair.

* Not ill-mannered 'tacky' but finger touch tacky.

My solution was those foam rubber pencil grips! I bought a package of 10 at the dollar store. Hot pink, bright lime green, fluorescent orange, bright blue and fire engine red. Two of each, so there were matched sets.

They don't let me slide my glasses on easily but they're easier than the silicon and don't pull my hair.

Very chic! lol

Well, hello, Shore! I was beginning to wonder where you were. Haven't seen you around much. I had guessed you were either very busy or had already headed up the road. I couldn't remember when you'd said your trip was.

Darn this government shut down. Not only does it put thousands and thousands of people out of work, it shuts down websites, parks, monuments and Lord knows what all else for the rest of us.

I'm hearing lots of grumbles.

Well, you're smart to come up with a backup itinerary for your trip. If A is closed, I'll go to B.

Speaking of 'Blue Highways,' have you checked out 'Blue Highways Revisited'?

Garlic Chicken? Oooh, that sounds good. Just have some fresh parsley or something on hand, if you plan to be sociable afterwards! lol

Do hold back a little of it to infuse in some olive oil. That will be handy in the kitchen.

So you're getting Miss Dixie enured to the pet sitter this weekend and next weekend.

I have a cousin that travels abroad fairly frequently for work. She had several cats but now just has one elderly. She's (the cat, not my cousin!)on twice daily meds for hyperthyroidism and is extremely shy of people. All of my cousin's 'cat/pet' experienced neighbors have moved. She was hesitant to board her cat, due to the fact that she's older, hasn't been boarded in years and would be stressed out. She also hated to ask one of the non-cat/pet neighbors to try to take on the job of administering meds.

I told her of your problems with Miss Dixie and that you'd found a great pet sitter that The Queen seemed to tolerate. I suggested she check around and see if there was anyone in her area offering that type of service. I'm sure a good pet sitter would be experienced in giving meds.

She did find one and was going to check them out. I don't know if there is more than one or not, to be able to pick and choose. I hope she's able to get herself situated with someone she likes and her cat likes. Or tolerates, as the case may be.

My cousin can be out of town for several days or up to a week or more, at times. She worries about her baby when she's gone and it would be good to know she's in good hands.
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