Saturday, June 8, 2013

This Week's Blog Post

Black Wood Lanyard
It has been a while since I made a black wood lanyard. I love the chunkiness of these beads. Being wood, they are super lightweight so the lanyard is comfortable for the wearer! This one is available at Miss Val's Creations
Use for your ID badge, transportation pass, keys and more. I would normally add cruise card to that list but with so many cruise disasters in the past year I am guessing very few people are booking them these days!
My garden areas are looking pretty! Here is the side of my driveway with irises and wegelia in bloom.
I love how irises stand tall and proud…
then blossom into something so fabulous!
It was breezy when I took this photo. I was amazed by how these buds glistened like silk.
These are the purple and yellow beauties.
I have this variety too which makes me think zebra. They are a little sad looking this year.
My yellow ones look a little sloppy but that is ok because the color makes me happy.
I took a picture of my favorite yellow weed before mowing the lawn. The buttercup!
Here are the wegelia buds.
They open into a pale pink flower covering the branches. So beautiful!
Surgery Week
My Lasik surgery is Thursday! This past Tuesday I had to go to my regular eye doctor for a super dilation. I knew it was supposed to be much more intense than a regular one. What I was not told was that my pupils would be cartoon large for 24 hours! So when my doctor told me this I freaked out because I had things to do that night and needed to go to work that next day. This freak out included nauseous! So she had to give me a few moments before continuing the exam. I felt silly having to wear my prescription sunglasses in the office for part of the day following!

I am so sorry for the nasty close up but I have a need to document the process. This was taken 12 hours AFTER the dilation drops! I did not think to take a photo when it kicked in. I was a bit blind the night before and in bed by 8pm since I could not do anything!
Nauseous is a big concern of mine for surgery day. Now I know I am prone to it and my doctor is sending this warning to the Lasik people. I need to work on deep breathing and happy thoughts so I can get through that appointment with no freak outs!

I used to be one of those people who got nauseous whenever blood needed to be drawn or I needed a shot. For the past 15 years or so I have gone through those things easily by looking away and giving the nurse a head's up that I do not want to see any needles. Eye exams have never been a problem but when I was 15 years old and got my first pair of contacts I did become very nauseous at the doctor's office as soon as they were put in. Apparently I still have issues with things happening to my eyes.

My biggest concern is keeping my eyes safe after the surgery. Poor Emmett and Alice will be locked in the basement for more than 24 hours. My doctor did tell me that 9 times out of 10 if there is an accident, it can be easily fixed (I am not sure what happens with that other 10%)!

Next week will be a scheduled post since I have no idea how my eyes are going to react looking at a computer screen. My shops will be closed from Wednesday afternoon and hopefully reopening on Friday. Although it will not be dangerous for me to look at the screen, it may be very uncomfortable so my time will be limited.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you all have marvelous flowers to admire nearby. Have a great week! ~Val


  1. Wishing you the best of luck with your surgery! I understand about getting nervous with blood draws and similar things. I warned my tattoo artist that I may get sick or pass out. Luckily I did just fine :)
    Love the black and silver lanyard. I love wood since it's so light!
    And your iris look great! I hope to find a place to plant some in the near future too.

  2. I wish you the best of luck on your surgery next week!! I also look away when needles and blood present.

    I will say a little prayer and I'll be thinking of you! Think happy thoughts.

    PS: your flowers are beautiful as always!

  3. Oh yes, I love the chunky wood beads!
    As for the dilation...the first time it was done I was pretty freaked out too, however mine only took 5 hours to go back to normal. Maybe you should consult your doctor why it took extremely long in your case?
    Anyway, I'll be thinking of you and sending positiv vibes on Thursday. I'm sure everything will go smoothly.
    The flowers are beautiful! I'm still waiting for my peonies to come up.
    best wishes and hugs,

  4. Pretty flower shots! Love the lanyard and good luck with your surgery! I am sure it will be worth it ;)

  5. You are going to do just fine, my friend!
    Think good thoughts, AND no more glasses.
    Will be thinking of you.

    P.S. Yup, those are some pretty big pupils!! :-)

  6. Val, Best of luck for your Lasik this week. I don't know anyone who has had it, but you do and that should help reassure you. Take good care, sending good thoughts your way, your kitties will miss you, but you will be back enjoying your irises and working with no glasses. Hugs, Gloria

  7. I'll be thinking of you this week! Hoping all goes well ..... sending positive thoughts and no nausea! beautiful post this week ... I always love your garden shots and what a collection of iris! the bearded ones are my favs. I do like your lanyard the black and silver is such a classic look. Good luck this week!!!!

  8. Val!!! Sending you big hugs and healing thoughts for a great surgery! I know everything will go well ;o) Yes, deep breaths do work! I know when I was very ill, that's what really helped me!!
    I love all your flowers! So beautiful! You got some really good photos! Speaking of photos, your eye is scary! LOL! Love your latest lanyard! Very bold ;o) Give kitties hugs, before you put them away. They will understand ;o) Be well ;o)

  9. Good luck with your surgery! I know a few gals who have had it done and they are all thrilled with the results.

    Your irises are gorgeous! Mine are up but not in blooming yet :(
    Have a great week!

  10. A beautiful lanyard, Val! And gorgeous flowers...your yard must be such a lovely place to be right now. Hard to imagine it was so cold not that long ago. The Very Best of Luck to you with your surgery~I will be sending healing thoughts your way!

  11. Dear Val, I hope everything will go well and you get well soon!!
    Have a good week!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  12. Those flowers are all so beautiful!
    Lasik eye surgery scares me. Please take care of your eyes afterwards, because I think you need at least two weeks to properly recover. I'll be thinking of you!

  13. Good luck with the surgery. Those flowers look amazing!

  14. What beautiful irisis there so pretty. Hope everything went well x

  15. beautiful flowers ~ hope everything will go well!

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  16. Wishing you all the best! And take care of your eyes after the surgery, that's more important :)

  17. Lovely flowers! I wish I had flowers in my yard. I hope your surgery went well and you are enjoying you new world without glasses or contacts. I love the black wood necklace, it's very cool.
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  18. You always have such gorgeous blooms each year, and now after your surgery, you'll be able to see them even better...without glasses or contacts! (You'll have to let me know what "seeing w/o aids" feels like again.)


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