MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Finished!

I finished the last scissor pouch.

The full outside...


The inside....


and folded....



Yesterday was our visit to the eye doctor and I came away with an explanation as to why I'm not seeing the computer screen as well as I did - I have what he termed as being 'fast-growing cataracts'.  Nice.  I know cataracts are no big deal these days and it's something that's not unexpected and I'm not worried about the process.  However, I am facing six months of further degeneration before I can go back and see what's what.  I *could* cough up a ton of $$ to buy new lenses for my glasses that would help me to see better in the short term but odds are I'll be replacing them again in 6 months or so.  No, that's not in my budget, especially when we had to pay nearly $800 for glasses for Resident Chef (who up until now has gotten away with cheap dollar store readers).  All in all, not a fun visit with the eye doctor!!

- THIS is a different design for a baby sweater.  

- There are lots of free apron tutorials/patterns HERE.  

- Some of you might find THIS of interest.  Not sure how effective they would be overall but better than nothing.  Of course, if you're extremely claustrophobic like me they wouldn't work!

- Those who like to work with paper might find THESE fun to make.

Here's your quote for today (multi-faceted this time!)....
1.  Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.  On the day of prayer, all the people gathered but only one boy came with an umbrella.  That is faith.
2.  Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarm to wake up.  That is hope.
3.  We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.  That is confidence.
4.  We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.  That is love.
5.  On an old man's shirt was written:  'I am not 80 years old, I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience."  That is attitude.



26 comments:

  1. That scissors pouch is awesome..just beautiful work Hubs and I both had cataract surgery two years ago and we can SEE again..amazing...hugs, Julierose

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    1. Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing better - it's been a rapid decline so it will be good to get it fixed. Thank you - glad you liked the scissor pouch.

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  2. That's a beautiful finish on your scissor pouch, congratulations.
    16 and holding, that's good. I'm glad I'm not as impetuous as I was in my teens. A little experience under the belt can be a good thing.
    However I've heard that some just get treacherous as they age. It's a funny old world we live in.

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    1. Thanks Janie. I've been 16 and holding for a long time and intend to stay there.

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  3. Oh boy... I was told recently I've got cataracts growing too (though I don't know how fast). What you describe is what I dread most - the time when vision starts to diminish, but not enough for surgery. I'll be looking forward to anything you may share about the process. I love the newest scissor pouch. Beautiful - inside and out!

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    1. I'm sorry you're in this too Becki - not fun. I know my mid-distance sight has been affected the most (ie. the computer screen distance) but so far long distance seems to be okay. I can read fairly comfortably but my more dominant eye for that is the one that is the least 'cataract-y' at the moment. I'm definitely dreading the time when I might not be able to see well enough to do anything crafty, but at least I'm lucky in that I know it's not a forever thing. I wish you luck with yours!

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  4. Lovely scissors pouch! I’ve always loved your CQ style.

    Actually, all these dumb masks that people are making are not better than nothing (unless you’re just keeping your own germs to yourself). To be safer about not catching a virus (I assume we’re all talking about COVID-19), you need an N95 medical mask (looks like a terrorist mask, IMHO). They’re expensive and largely unavailable currently. Frequent hand washing, avoiding public gatherings, among other usual tips, are the best preventions.

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    1. Hmmm - first time I've heard that I have a 'CQ style' - interesting to note! As for the masks - I agree that most of these things can't replace simply paying attention to hygiene and avoiding large crowds. Some people want to wear masks but I don't think they replace just simply being careful.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your visit to the optician! Loved your quote today! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Christine xx

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    1. Thanks Christine. I wasn't surprised by the report from the optician, for either Resident Chef or myself. Now I just have to wait it out and hope it's sooner rather than later.

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  6. Another beautiful piece finished. Thanks for the great idea for delicate hankies. So sorry you have to wait 6 months for another eye appointment. My Dr would have scheduled surgery in a couple of weeks.

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    1. Thank you Joy. Finding a use for hankies is always a good thing in my opinion! As for waiting for surgery - it's a case right now of my eyes not having progressed to the degree of actually needing the surgery. The 6 month time frame is flexible and I can call to schedule the surgery sooner than that should I get to that point.

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  7. Beautiful Finish!! Terry just had cataract surgery 2 weeks ago. They never said his was fast growing but he had no cataract then within two years he was blind in the left eye. The biggest pain about the surgery was putting drops in the eye before and after surgery for about 4 weeks. He'll be going back in the middle of march to be checked again and get a prescription for new glasses. We are lucky that most of his medical issues are taken care of through the VA. I honestly don't know how we could manage buying his multiple prescriptions and all the health testing he must have. It seems to me if they know you have the cataract and that is it certain to get worse. they would just schedule the surgery.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Yes, I've heard that the drops are the biggest issue with this type of thing - not that they're painful, just annoying. At this point the plan is to wait for my sight to worsen before actually performing the surgery and should that happen before the six month window is up then all I have to do is call.

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  8. Your scissor pouch is just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Lorraine - it's my favourite of the three.

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  9. I've been told I have cataracts but that they are not "bad enough yet" for surgery. Now you've got me wondering though...maybe this is the reason I've become increasingly frustrated with how dim my laptop screen always looks. Huh. I'll have questions at my next eye appointment.

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    1. That's exactly what I was told - that they aren't bad enough for surgery yet. And I notice it most with my computer screen too - it's becoming more and more difficult to see it through the fog.

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  10. The scissor pocket is beautiful. You must be pleased with all of them. Maybe the Resident Chef has been buying the cheapie specs and secretly saving money for the Big day glasses.LOL
    Love the Quote today.

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    1. Hah - Resident Chef doesn't have any money because I control the bank account....hee hee. The scissor pouches were fun to make but they're out of my system now and I can move on to something else.

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  11. Sorry about the cataract issue :( The quote is excellent!

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    1. Glad you like the quote - it's one of the better ones I think. And thanks for the wishes over the cataracts.

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  12. I love you header picture! There's so much here I want to read and to see. I have just hopped over from Kim's place and couldn't pass your wonderful blog by.

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    1. Thank you so much for coming for a visit (just feel a bit badly that you popped in on a day I was whining over my eyes...that's not the normal state of affairs here at Chez Magpie!!). Thank you for your kind words about my header.

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  13. Getting older is not for sissies, is it. Sorry to hear about your cataracts. As for your scissors, how beautiful it us. So much exquisite details on something so small. I always love your crazy stitching.

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    1. You're so right - it's not for sissies - or for the weak either! Thank you for your kind words about my CQ scissor pouch - those pretty scissors are deserving of a nice case to keep them safe.

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