Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What you see...

 ...is indeed..

...not always what you get.

A few days ago Mr. Jenny and I returned home from yet another frustrating and painful day of medical testing.

I was exhausted.

He was exhausted.

"I'm going to check my office," he informed me and wandered off that direction.

"I'm going to check the phone for Doctor call backs," I informed him and wandered off that direction.  I went to the phone, pulled my reading glasses off the top of my head...and then something really, really terrible happened.

A few seconds later I stood in his office doorway, shaking and crying like a crazy (or would that be crazier?) woman.

He jumped up from his office chair.

"What is it!???    Was there a message!???" 

I just kept crying.

He went and got me water.

Finally I was able to gasp out, "I don't think I can take much more of this!  You're not going to believe it but NOW something is wrong with my vision, too!"

I choked down more water and kept crying.

"Okay.   Slow down.   We'll call the doctor.   Tell me what happened."

I shuddered.   He looked scared to death.

We are both seriously exhausted from all this.

Finally, in a shaky voice,  I said, "Okay.  I went to pick up the messages and all the sudden my vision went dark."

He was watching me quite intently.

He very kindly put his hands gently on my forearms.

And then Mr. Jenny smiled at me.

SMILED!  

SERIOUSLY!!!!!

That really, really ticked me off.

"You think this is funny?" I huffed.

"Kind of," he said as he lifted my reading glasses off my face.

He showed me my glasses.

"You left your sunglasses on top of your head instead of your regular reading glasses.   Your vision is fine."

Hmmm.

Hmmm.

Awkward.

"Is your vision dark now?" he asked me patiently.

Hmmm.

Hmmm.

Awkward.

Thank Heavens for sweet husbands who have the intelligence to recognize that sunglasses make vision go dark.

We are still cracking up over my mistake.

And yesterday Mr. Jenny asked if I thought I should mention the dark vision to the latest specialist.

I just gave him the stink-eye which he could see VERY clearly because it was NOT concealed under my sunglasses.

Sigh.

PS.   Bless you all for your cards and your lovely thoughts and e-mails.   We both so appreciate them.  It helps.  We're hoping for some answers this week.   I know a lot of icky things I DON"T have now.   Just waiting to see what is wrong.   Other than the dark vision that is.

Blush.

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Alphabe-Thursday Letter V


Good morning class.

Welcome to round eight of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the very vivacious letter:


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter U


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Welcome to round eight of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the understated letter:


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter T


Good morning class.

Welcome to round eight of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the terribly terrific letter:



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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter S


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Welcome to round eight of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the simply sensational letter:


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Monday, March 24, 2014

I can imagine her now in her bathroom mirror...

Extra blush.
 
Check.
 
No lipstick on teeth.
 
Check.
 
Orange scarf tied jauntily around bristly hair.
 
Check.
 
I saw her in a garden.
 
I could tell she was sick.
 
Her face had that sallow color that can’t quite be disguised with foundation.
 
You could tell that it hurt her to move.
 
Her eyes were ringed with pain.
 
But there she stood.
 
Smiling.
 
The bright orange flag of her scarf screamed her defiance.
 
“I’m sick but I’m gonna live my life anyway!”
 
Damn.
 
I was impressed.
 
And humbled.
 
Mr. Jenny and I had planned to go to a garden show this weekend.
 
Saturday morning was not a good day.
 
Saturday morning I had cried against going anywhere.
 
My hair is short and bristly. I have that sallow color that can’t quite be disguised by foundation. It hurts to move.
 
I didn’t want to go like that.
 
I didn’t want to go with my cane and my hunched over walk and feeling like a 95 year old woman who is not having a good day.
 
But mopey and quiet I got in the truck and went anyway.
 
What a blessing that I did.
 
The gardens were riotous in color…
 
Arizona in spring is astonishing.
 
Hot pinks, lime green, buttery yellows and cobalt blues.
 
Amazing colors and textures everywhere.
 
But the color that is strongest in my mind is bright orange.



I can still see that scarf fluttering so very clearly in my memory.
 
The woman and I connected for a few minutes in the fluttering shade of an Arizona Ash tree.
 
We touched hands briefly.
 
Invisible illness isn’t really invisible to other people who have it.
 
I guess invisibility times two equals awareness.
 
Bless you unknown lady in the bright orange scarf.
 
You have thrown down the gauntlet and I am picking it up.
 
Courage.
 
Ah.
 
Courage.
 
It isn’t always carrying the sword into the battle, is it?
 
Sometimes it’s just being able to recognize that someone else is carrying it.
 
...
 
...
 
Be especially kind today to people around you,  friends.
 
You don’t know what another heart is bearing.
 
You don’t know the pain that lurks under another person’s invisible bright orange scarf.
 
...
 
...
 
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Green! It does a body good!

Here's our little Irish beauties getting into the festivities in Ireland.
 
Aren't they sweet?
 
Mr. Jenny and I certainly think so.
 
Although...
 
I suspect we're a bit biased.
 
And although we've had to postpone our April trip to Ireland...
 
I'm really, really even more determined now to get there soon...
 
I totally need to try that lime green wig on!
 
 
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