Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday Morning Meme, Voles and a Sty

The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years. ~Thomas Jefferson

1. What are your children doing right now? If you don’t have children, what is your significant other/roommate/friend, etc. doing right now?

Sleeping. That goes for all of the above, including the dog and cat.

2. How many times a day do you look in a mirror? And be honest with us! WHY do you look? Is it a habit? Do you think you’re attractive? If you avoid looking into a mirror, why? Be honest with yourself!

It really depends. Not that often, I suppose... though the past few days I've done it more than usual because of an eye problem. I don't have time to look in the mirror... I barely have time to brush my teeth (at which time I do admit to looking in the mirror, unless I am walking around and multi-tasking).

3. What do you do/eat/say that makes your mother mentally cringe? What do your children/significant other do that makes YOU cringe?

Um... I have no idea. Mom--you want to chime in on this one? And for my DD? I think it's the screeching birdcalls she makes... mostly because I know that other people are thinking she's a little off center. And DH? Mixes his metaphors or misstates common sayings all the time (like saying, "I could care less"). Drives. Me. Nuts.

4. Which do you focus on more, eating less or exercising more? Do you think one is more important than the other? Do you have a weight loss system that works for you? How much exercise would you say you do in a day? A week? How active (overall) is your family? What sort of physical activities does your family like to do together?

I'm a lazy slug these days, but I don't eat less either!! Ha. I used to be quite active, but not so much any more. I think I got out of the habit when I moved to NH cuz the weather is so sucky most of the year and I can't get outside on a regular basis all year long. BUT, when I decide I want to lose weight? I love Weight Watchers.


Dear heavens... the voles simply don't end!! Yes, after relocating the last one to the lake (about 5-6 miles away), I have another. This new hole popped up almost immediately, so I know it's not the same guy. I knew the weather would be horrible yesterday, so I didn't trap him. Setting out the trap for today, and have plans for another lake visit.



My eye... it's a good news, bad news kind of thing. I gabbed with my neighbor, who's a nurse, and she looked at my eye. Said it was NOT conjunctivitis (YAY!), but instead is a really, really bad sty (hence my eye nearly swelling closed). She suggested hot compresses, several times a day to draw it out.

It's definitely better, but still puffy and hurts like crazy. Still, it means I don't have to go to the doc (YAY again!) because this treatment seems to be working, and I can actually see the lumps (TWO of them because I don't do things by halves) on the inside of my eyelid.



Amy... milkweed is not a thistle. It's got these lovely pinkish flowers that smell a bit like roses mixed with lavender:

I made a concerted effort to grow it in my butterfly garden to help out with the diminishing number of Monarch butterflies, and it's taken off with a vengeance. Last year, I offered seeds to anyone who wanted them, and will do the same this year. If there are no takers, I just toss them in wild areas so that there will be plenty of munchies for the Monarchs.


What I'm reading: Had to shove everything aside to do books for review. I have one I got in the mail (not naming it because I like to keep my review flower anonymous...) and several shorts I grabbed from our database. At LASR and WC, we recently lost several reviewers to health problems -- and we're desperately in need of more. Want to help???

What I'm writing: I worked on a short story for a bit today, but mostly I worked on building this coming week's pages for the LASR/WC website...

Have a great week!


MomJane said...

I tried to think of something you do that makes me cringe. I really can't think of anything. It's probably because in a lot of ways we are very much alike, so I think what you do is just fine. LOL. I think you are perfect.

Sarita Leone said...

So glad to hear your eye is healing. Yay!

Hope you have a great Monday! :)

Caryn said...

Fun meme! I hope that your eye is feeling better soon. And enjoy the book you just got in the mail. :-)

Diane Craver said...

Glad you don't have to visit the doctor for your eye - hope it heals soon!

Tori Lennox said...

*hugs* re the sty!!! They are so annoying!!!

Melissa said...

A word of warning. Hot compresses never worked on my stys. I would always have to get a prescription from the doctor. So if yours doesn't go away get thee a RX!

Brandy said...

Well, at least a sty isn't contagious like Conjunctivitis is.

Sorry to hear about the never-ending voles. Are they afraid of anything?

Have fun with the book in the mail for review! *G*

Have a pleasant day!

Dru said...

I'm glad it's only a sty.

I wonder if it's a family of voles that coming to your garden.

Have a good day.

groovyoldlady said...

Dr. Groovy says, "I DO care about your eye, so I COULD care less."

Dr. Groovy also suggests that you use black tea bags to make those warm compresses with. The tannic acid does wonders for sties and/or for conjunctivitis.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Marianne - glad that they're sties, because you can treat them at home and homeopathically. D gets them frequently.

Sorry about the voles... they are SUCH a pain.

I can't believe you posted that milkweed pic! We have two plants that grew this year out of the blue and I've been trying to figure out what they are, and now I know. Thanks!