Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tap-Tap-Grind :)

(I wanted to put a pic up, but some things are better left to the imagination ;)



I was getting into the rhythm.



"How's that feel?"

"Still feeling it."



"How about now?"

"Not yet." (I was getting concerned I was taking too long, but also wanted it just right ..although also concerned I'd go to far and then what?)


"What about now?"

"Perfect!" :)

That was me yesterday. Totally into the rhythm. "Tap-tap-GRIND. Tap-tap-GRIND."

Still can't get it out of my head. :)

Now if only I had tap shoes and a pretty costume and was on dancing with the stars ...THAT would be a really fun "Tap-tap-grind."

But ...I was in the dental exam chair following my dentist's instruction so that he could take down any high spots before I left. You know ...where you bite down to have the dye on paper transfer to where it needs to be smoothed down for a better bite. He did a great job resurfacing 3 teeth on my right side ...removing/covering silver filling with white filling.

I've never had a dentist with such rhythm though. It does stay with you like when you can't get a song out of your head. And I really felt like putting my whole body into it ...but I controlled myself. You'd have to hear him to appreciate it. :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

SeaSpray Vs the Eye Exam :)
My world without glasses. :)

I had my annual eye exam at the opthamologist's office last week.

First, the tech comes in to do the eye chart test, before the eye doc comes in to do his part of the exam.

So ...I'm sitting there ...ready to get started ...ready to prove myself ...that I can still beat the chart. Never mind that I already need glasses for distance. That being said ...I can drive and see without them. No big deal if I don't mind driving as if navigating through a Monet painting know impression of what is really there. Seriously, I can still drive without my glasses, providing I'm not cruising at 90 mph. Objects come up pretty fast at 90 and so you do need visual clarity at a distance when driving at that speed. Conversely, 30 mph big deal. I'm just saying. ;)

I never wear my glasses, except for driving and TV. Part of the on going resistance I suppose. Although ...I do wonder if people that know me, who may see me from a distance in public and perhaps smiled from a distance may've thought I snubbed them? Because from one end of the store to the other ...I know it is a human form with a face ...but again Monet comes to mind, because I don't see detail.

But, I digress.

So ...there I am ...anticipating the challenge she has set before me. Let the competition begin!

She had me put my glasses on. Then she handed me the shield to hold up over my eye and told me to read the chart.

Now I know they want you to read from the top line to as far down as you can go.

I got all cocky and smarty pants ...eager to demonstrate what I could do. No flies on this SeaSpray! Yes ...I know it's not a competition. Just an eye exam. But, the pressure brings it out in me ...pressure to perform. So ...I looked at the chart and I happily said, "Well ...I might as well save you some time and cut to the chase ...I can see that is a "Z" at the bottom of the chart, down in the lower right hand corner!"

She began to notate it and then stopped ...looked at me and said , "You HAVE to put the shield OVER your eye!"

Ha ha! We both laughed. :) When I looked down, I saw that I was holding it down on my lap. I was so eager to start that I had gone full speed ahead ...WITHOUT the eye shield. "DARN! I really can't see that "Z" ...unless I use BOTH eyes." So ..I had to go back up a line or two. I forget now. But throughout the test ...I'd get to that area and state, "Well I already KNOW that is a "z". :)

I think that the second I squint and say ... "I know that is a "C" or a "D" ..or wait an "a" ..wait I can do this." ... I should just give it up. I'm done. Guessing isn't a viable option when driving, etc.

But ...then they get really tricky with all that shifting of the lens they have you look through. "Which do you like better? This? Or This?"

"This one! No that one! Wait! Can you do it again? Yes that one."

"So like that?"

"I think so?"

"Or this?"

Now ..I'm confused because I begin getting into my head ...trying to get into her head and feeling like she's tricking me. Really ...they could totally mess with you if they wanted to... just for fun. :)

"Wait ..are they NUMBERS?"


"They look like numbers ...3, 5 not sure. And that one on the end looks like a 9 or is it a 7 ...except I know you said that their not numbers ...but I'm seeing numbers on this line."

Why was she still testing me at this point? Entertainment? When I asked if they were numbers and she told me they were not numbers ...I would think the test would be over at that point for sure.


"Which do you like better? This ...or this?"

"Okay ..this is better because it's darker ...but that other one is better because it's larger. Can I see the other one again?" (Beginning to feel like when taking those tests in school where at the end just took my #2 pencil and colored in any option ..hoping for the best to get it over with. :) "Yes this one is sharper. I like this one. Firm in my resolve I said, "I'm going with this one." I always feel like I want to impress with the right answer. And I also always second guess myself ..wondering ..what if I picked the wrong one? But, I made a decision. She was good with it ...I was good with it ...test over!

It was a workout I tell you.

I am happy to say that this near sighted SeaSpray's distance prescription hasn't changed since 2006. Ha ha! Unless weariness of it all at the end just happened to keep me in that range. :) There is a very slight change in reading, but not much and I can still read without glasses ...unless teeny, tiny light colored print on a pastel shampoo bottle. Ha! The first time I couldn't read the back of some shampoo bottle ...I thought the print was defective. :)

Anyway, I still don't want glasses with reading and distance combined and so only use those cheap store reading half glasses, but I did find a pair with pretty bling on them. The only thing is I guess even the weakest that I chose, should be even weaker and the eye doc said they are hard to find. But, I rarely wear them either. I don't know if it's an old wive's tale, but I avoid wearing glasses unless I have to because I don't want to be dependent on them. Although, admittedly ...I suppose that is why my eyes feel tired sometimes.

I am so glad they stopped using that puffing thing test. I've always hated that. So drying and dusty feeling. Like I blew into dust and flew back into my eyes. And I may be weird ...but I like the test where they dilate your pupil. I always try to see inside but can't. And funny thing ...after exam was over the doc and I were talking for a bit outside the exam room, and I was not thinking about my appearance. I forgot I always leave those exams with sunshine yellow/gold stained eyes, until I saw them in the elevator mirror. It just hit me funny ..that there I was talking away like I looked normal. Status quo for an opthamology office I suppose... kind of an opthamology office chic to converse and leave with yellow stained eyes. Yeah ...that's it chic. ;)

Anyway ...I won! No new prescription necessary ...unless I guessed my way into that prescription! ;) And the rest of the exam was uneventful. Good report - YAY!

And that eye doc and his staff are all terrific. Always a positive experience when I am in there.

Friday, September 16, 2011

What a Day!

Another spectacular autumn day ..when the boys were little. :)

And here is older son's and d-i-l's first born daughter, picking apples. :)


What a day!!


I love today!

It's so nice to have a completely sunny day, with hardly a cloud in the sky! Even though it isn't officially fall for another 4 days feels like a cool, crisp autumn day. The leaves are beginning to change and in another couple of weeks will be a spectacular display of rich hues of crimson, yellow, gold and orange.

It was so weird yesterday. The weather was warm and humid when I left. In the few hours I was in the hospital with my friend, a cold front had come through. And so now it's time to bring the warmer clothes out. I do miss the pool though.

Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Good Intentions

ne morning, a grandmother was surprised to find that her 7-year-old grandson had made her coffee! Smiling, she choked down the worst cup of her life. When she finished, she found three little green Army men at the bottom. Puzzled, she asked, 'Honey, what are these Army men doing in my coffee?' Her grandson answered, 'Like it says on TV, Grandma. 'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup''
That was also from facebook -author unknown

Kids are so sweet ...aren't they? :)

When I was about 5, I thought I would do something nice for my Grandpa MacDonald, so one early one sunny morning ... before everyone got up, I grabbed all his pipes out of tobacco cabinet ..and washed them in warm, soapy water and hung them all back up in the little tobacco stand he had. It was right next to his favorite chair. After he lit and began smoking his pipe ...the flavor wasn't the same and he didn't understand what was wrong. So he tried another one ...same thing.

I happily informed him that I had washed all his tobacco pipes.

The only thing I remember after that was being told never do that again because it ruins the pipes. I can imagine him saying "What the bloody hell is wrong with this pipe?!" He was born in Scotland and so that seemed to be a word I heard often from him. I really bet he said it? Ha ha!

And I know they thought it was funny, because I heard the story told over the years. :)

Grandma MacDonald always liked to begin her day with a teacup of hot water before she got out of bed. This one bright and sunny morning, I offered to make it for her. I was little, but not sure what age. I got it all together and proudly brought it in to her. She sipped on it and then asked "Patty, did you boil this water?" I said, "No, I got it from the sink." Obviously, it wasn't steaming as she preferred it ...but she graciously sipped it until it was finished.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Funeral Medical Humor :)

A cardiologist died and was given an elaborate funeral. A huge heart covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the service. Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside. The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the beautiful heart forever. At that point, one of the mourners burst into laughter. When all eyes stared at him, he said, "I'm sorry, I was just thinking... of my own funeral... I'm a gynecologist."
The proctologist fainted.
And so this SeaSpray wonders ...where does the urologist go?

This was in FB, thought I'd share. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

If you think...

"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito." ~author unknown~

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Some Thoughts 10 Years After 9/11
WTC Memorial (photo credit)
WTC Memorial (photo credit)
WTC Memorial (photo credit)

I am so GLAD they have finally completed this memorial. What a powerful tribute to all the people that lost their lives that day. A place to remember all the sacrifices made by the many heroic people, risking their lives to help others.

I am still so sorry for all the devastation the attacks caused on 9/11/2001, in the WTC -NYC, the field in PA and the Pentagon, Washington DC. I am still so sorry for all the grieving people that have lost family and friends. It is a solemn day. I am sure it has forever changed most of us. The cost has been astronomical in so many ways. I wish for healing and peace for all of us ...and in the same breath ...I say ... may we remain ever vigilant against those that would bring this great country down if they could ...may we never forget.

I hope it is alright (since giving credit) that I posted the sergeant's comments in here. (see below) I will remove it if it is not.

I was only looking for a picture to put up to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 being celebrated today, when I came across this blog: September 11 Ten Years, but then was greatly moved by the following comment:

Sgt.Swannick said...

I’m Not Invited To Ground Zero On 9/11

I strapped a gun on my hip and a badge on my chest
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I lost my right kidney to cancer
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

My left kidney is at stage III renal failure
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I lost my thyroid to cancer
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I suffer from Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I have a lesion on the right side of my brain
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I suffer from lung scarring, inflamation, atelectasis
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I suffer from chronic bronchitis, small airway disease, growing lung nodules
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I suffer from a chronic cough
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I suffer from sinusitis and rinitis
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

I suffer at the hands of our self-serving politicians
and I’m not invited to ground zero on 9/11

There was one other time I was not invited to ground zero
Guess it was a good thing myself and thousands of others showed up

Sgt. Michael Swannick

I was grieved when I first heard that the 9/11 responders and clergy were not invited to this 10 year anniversary memorial. It just isn't right. There had to be some way to include them. I know they say logistics/seating, etc., but big screen TVS somewhere ...some kind of connection in the moment. They were there on 9/11/2001 and should have been there today. Certainly the families are a priority. And there are security concerns. But, why couldn't they have representatives from the emergency services that were present on that fateful day, and then have the overflow of first responders in another area? Something to INCLUDE the FIRST responders? I'll go even farther and say that at some point, it would've been nice to have both presidents come and speak to the first responders in the overflow area... if there had been one. A visit from from former President Bush and President Obama into the that area, would have personalized it for them. Say what you will about President Bush ...he helped to pull us together that day ...his words while on that pile of ground zero rubble ...empowered those workers. Being with him again would've meant a lot, I am sure.
And, regarding not inviting clergy because they felt they couldn't be all inclusive just wrong.

Faith was instrumental in pulling us together that day and providing comfort and hope. Does anyone remember former President Bush, other political leaders and clergy speaking at the memorial in national cathedral right after 9/11? There were no outcries against having clergy speak. Nor was there an outcry against our political leaders publicly speaking about and praying to God.
Congress united in spirit, singing God Bless America.

Our country ...America ...the United States of America was founded on Judeo - Christian ethics. Our court system is based on Judeo -Christian ethics. We have an American culture. It has been the "city on the hill", a beacon of light to so many people around the world. Even my maternal grandparents and most of their siblings left Scotland to come to live here in the early 1900's, as did my paternal side of the family leaving Germany and Switzerland to come here. People from all around the world left their countries to come here. And people still risk their lives to leave Cuba and Mexico to come here. The Vietnam boat people risked their lives with the hope of making it to this country. Knowledge of our culture didn't deter them.

If I decided to live in India, France, Egypt, Greece, China or Israel... I would not expect them to change their traditions or religious worship because it is offensive to me. Nor would I expect to have my views espoused. I would believe what I believe and be respectful of their cultures.

America is a a multi-cultural nation, based on the Judeo-Christian ethics that the founders of this country established. We are all free to worship in any faith of our choosing or to reject all faith. I don't believe most people take offense at our historically religious values, but rather only a minority of people do this ...ruining it for the rest of us.

Furthermore, I see an erosion of our American culture and sovereignty. And this is a dangerous path to go down. We have to stop being so politically correct that we neutralize the very values that empowered this country. History speaks for itself and anyone can read about the founding of this country ...but read the original words of George Washington and others ...not the sanitized politically correct versions in which their religious views and influences on this country have been omitted.

When I was growing up and for most of my life in this country (until the last decade and a half or so) ...we never had to worry about offending people if we said "Merry Christmas", put up a Christmas tree, said "under God" in the pledge of allegiance and I could go on. What a sad state of affairs that some people get all squirrelly over these things. Good traditions! And if you don't want to participate - don't.

Also, I am appalled that an atheist group has tried to prevent the cross (2 steal beams that emerged from the rubble in the form of a cross) at the WTC site from becoming a part of the WTC museum. It was found within 24-36 hours after it all came down and was considered to be a miracle that most certainly provided comfort and hope to many people that were working there and/or lost people they love in that terrorist attack. It had been on the grounds for 10 years and people have left remembrances around it. But, now the atheist organization wants to is coming out against it.

No one is barring objects of other faiths from being there.

But ... That cross was found in the rubble. Can you just imagine the emotions that hit those workers when they saw and erected that amidst the rubble?

That cross ...IS a part of the history of this grievous event. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that it became symbolic of hope ...providing peace and comfort amidst the horror in those awful days, weeks, and months of cleanup. And it has continued to remain an important symbol for this last decade.

Just don't look at it if it is offensive to you. But, please ...stop ruining it for the multitudes of people it has powerfully impacted, bringing them hope, peace, comfort, and is perhaps a touch point in faith for those who lost their friends and family that day ...on September 11, 2011.
Here is an interesting interview discussing this matter.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Where's Rudolph When You need Him?

It was scary driving home tonight ...with no HEADLIGHTS!

It was dusk and getting darker by the second when I realized my headlights weren't on.

I didn't see it initially because the dashboard lights were on and all the store and street lights.

And then as I pulled out onto hwy ... I thought it seemed oddly dark.

They do come on automatically, but then I still turn them on at night by pulling out all the way.

I did.

They didn't come on.

I pushed them off and on again.

Oh no!

What to do? What to do?

It wasn't dark, but almost. Darker at road level then the sky kind of getting dark. So, I quickly took some other roads that run parallel to the hwy and then got back on.

Everyone's car lights seemed so bright.

Parking lights don't enable you to see, but at least others know your car is there.

Boy ...I didn't realize how well the lights work until not having any and feeling scared. It wasn't dark yet ...but I should have had those lights on and so I put the hazard lights on and made sure that I was right behind a car with lights and one was right behind me and I only had about a half mile to go before turning off the main road.

All the while, preparing to pull off the road and call for help.

Then the full moon helped light the way on my road.

It felt so good to pull into our driveway.

We just got the car. It's a used car, but in excellent condition. We know who owned the car and they took good care of it. The body is in excellent condition too. They did just spend a thousand dollars repairing the electrical system. I hope this isn't a problem like that.

Why would the headlights suddenly not work? They worked last night. Anyway ...I hope it is a simple repair.

And I am really glad I got home before it was completely dark.

But ...where's RUDOLPH when you need him?! I know ...I know's coming into their busy season and he's probably training for that 24 hour marathon in which he pulls Santa's sleigh all around the world. After all ...Christmas is only a few month's away. ;)

Hey! I love that Christmas and all the holidays are just around the corner. Actually, just tonight ...I picked up a little something and it is my first official Christmas present ...which just happens to be for my son and his family ...a family present. :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

And Yet ...ANOTHER use For Duct Tape ;)

It takes 7 seconds for food to pass from mouth to stomach. A human hair can hold 3kg. The length of a penis is 3 x the length of the thumb. The femur is as hard as concrete. A woman's heart beats faster then a man's. Women blink 2 x as much as men. We use 300 muscles just to keep our balance when we stand. A woman has read this entire post. The man is still looking at his thumb. (that was from a link in facebook)

I can't sleep ...even tho I am Dorothy going down in the poppy fields kind of tired. I mean Just like Dorothy ...I went down, down, down into blissful sleep in those poppy fields alright, but Mr SeaSpray is in the I'm gonna kick my leg every 19-21 seconds and still sleep like a baby mode.

And so ...I ask you ...what's a SeaSpray to do?

I think I am woken up all night ...even when I don't know it. And if trying to fall asleep when he is in that mode ...I just doze and my body is kicked or jerked again and I stir right back awake.

I am a basically easy going person. But, it has occurred to me that If I am upset enough to count to 19 -21 seconds ...repeatedly...while lying there in the dark ...just to see if it really takes him every 19-21 seconds to kick me and/or shake the bed again ...then I must not be so easy going in those moments. Furthermore ...I think counting sheep is more conducive to falling asleep (I prefer counting waves rolling in :) ...not bracing for the next assault!

You'd think when I am this exhausted wouldn't wake me. ???

Anyway ...I am not supposed to, but I took a Benadrly and that really does help. One doctor told me to do that. My new pcp told me I should not because I could develop a tolerance to it and may not work if I have an allergic reaction. That was earlier in the summer and I have been compliant. I don't want to take any chances either. But, I have a really busy day tomorrow and so I had to tonight. I will tell the pcp and I am going to ask if it's alright if just once in awhile. And most nights, I do get by with just melatonin with green tea extract. Although ...I still think I am probably not getting quality sleep ...not all night.

As for tonight ...drastic times call for drastic measures.

If anyone else has dealt with this ...I'd love to know your solution.

Like ...what would happen if I used duct tape and taped him down (just the lower half ..and maybe ...just the one leg) while he's sleeping ...I mean aside from his wondering why he can't get out of bed when he wants to? What would be the harm? And after doing that would give me ample time to make my great escape when he figured it out. ;)

For some reason ...and I don't know why ...we have an unusual amount of duct tape lying around here and there.

You know ...they say there is an element of truth to all humor....

I'm JUST saying. ;)

Y-a-w-n and nite nite. Benadryl kicking in and if I don't go to bed right face will be planted on the keyboard and I really don't want to greet people tomorrow with little squares branded into my face. ;)

Monday, September 5, 2011


I wholeheartedly agree with this quote!

Admittedly, I have been letting fear and some other things alter what was always my optimistic and upbeat spirit. One thing I have learned through the process though, is that it is certainly a whole lot easier to be positive when life is going your way for the most part ...with maybe a few setbacks here and there. I am someone who has always seen the glass half full and could still see good come out of most bad things. Ever ready with a smile and a positive word of encouragement. Almost always believing everything really will be alright. And my faith in God has carried me through so much. There is always hope with God in the picture.

But, I have found that when illness, loss of loved ones and loss of other things rock your world one continuous tremor in which things you hold dear are shaken loose ...those optimistic foundations can be shaken, the glass half full can spring a leak and if you're not careful ...all the negatives can insidiously chip away at the cracking foundation in which you could lose your footing ...yourself along the way. Again, I have found that faith goes a long way to bring restoration back into life ...providing hope for the present and future. I am grateful for that.

I have also determined that instead of allowing the negatives in life to pull me down ...I am going to use that energy to succeed at the current goals I have set for myself and for future plans.

No ...nothing bad has happened in my life. I'm just re-evaluating some things.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I Am Just CRAZY For These Kids! :)

I love this pic of M! He has crazy hair. that is one determined cowlick. He is ALWAYS bright eyed and happy. Boy is he strong. :) 8 mos old.

My Angel Girl - sweet and beautiful D. I think she could read an entire library in a day and is quite the writer as well ...not to mention a delightful sense of humor and fun to be with. :) 10 yrs old.
Future photographer in the making? Sweet, bright and oh so busy W, my Angel Muffin ....always ready with a big smile and for the next adventure. :)

I had the pleasure of watching the two wee ones the other day, while D and her Mom went school clothes shopping. Wow ...hard to believe fall is just about here and school begins this week. Actually, some schools in the area already opened and kids back to college now.

W and M kept me busy for sure. M gets around quickly on the floor now and I am certain will be crawling soon. W is totally into reading books now and she seems to especially like the kind you pull to create action or reveal something hidden. She just has to be guided to NOT rip the parts out, but seems to be doing better with that. So ...just guess what her Mum mum (that's me) is going to buy her next? :)

D and Mom's shopping trip was successful and she got a lot of nice clothes. It's always exciting to begin the new school year.

I am just crazy for these kids, love them so very much and boy do I love their hugs and joie de vivre. I love to watch them when they are busy ...taking everything about them in. I am continually amazed at how special they are in every way. And I count my blessings that they are in our lives. :)

Oh ..wait ...just one more picture ...

M - 8 mos