Friday, May 11, 2007


Not much to blog about lately.

I have spring fever and am ready to throw school out the window. Thomas, on the other hand, wakes up happy and is ready to go -- after he makes himself some muffins or scrambled eggs. (The mean mom makes him cook his own breakfast -- Home Ec 101) He has even requested that he be allowed to continue doing vocab and logic over the summer. Go figure.

Got new glasses this week. I got sunglasses and regular glasses. The regular glasses stunk! They were trifocals. The store clerk talked me in to getting no line bifocals which are trifocals. What she did not tell me was that that trifocal business was on the sides, not just in the middle. I don't care about aging -- it's a fact of life, but I refuse to be an old lady who has to turn her head to see everything in focus. $320 for these glasses. I was so upset with myself. Then I noticed that there was a very large gap between the lens and the frame on the right side. I was horrified that brand-new glasses would have such a gap. It was an omen. I fretted about it, but the day after I picked the glasses up, I marched right back and told them I didn't want them. The doctor and the clerk were out there and were not happy. The doctor told me that he'd just order me a new lens. I told him that these have to last two years, and at $320 I expect them to be well made. I told him I didn't feel good about these glasses.

Honestly, I would have kept them and grumbled about the trifocal-blurry-sides business, but that crack really bothered me. The store was quite taken back when I told them I would not be ordering another pair. The sunglasses I got are fantastic, and gladly kept them.

I've been checking glasses online and I think I will order from 39dollarglasses. I can get what I want for 89 bucks -- frames and transition lenses. (Sun really bothers my eyes.) Anyone had any experience with that company?

I finally got around to ordering Thomas's standardized test. We have to test each year, but we don't turn the results in. I waited until the last possible minute to order. What was I thinking? It should come the end of May. The lady on the phone was very nice and explained that there would probably be a delay in our receiving the test. I think she was expecting me to grumble. I laughed and said, "That's okay, I was very delayed in ordering." She laughed -- I think she was relieved. We have always ordered our tests from Family Learning Organization. I have always been pleased with the company.

Our ducks are still with us. They come every evening for some grub.

Bob (the builder, ha ha) has been busy on our privacy fence. Thomas has proven to be of great help and has enjoyed digging post holes. Bob put all the dirt from the holes in our garden and Thomas has enjoyed playing in it. Can we say filthy child? I always figure the dirtier the child is, the more fun he/she is having. So go forth and get dirty, kiddo.

That's about it.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Backyard Happenings

If you click on this, it enlarges so you can actually see the bunny.

Fred and Ethel came close to the door for their evening feeding. I got a couple close-ups of Ethel. The first shot she sat patiently for me. The second shot she turned her head as if to say, "Would you leave me the h-e-double-toothpick alone?" As I was watching the ducks, two bunnies came hopping into the yard. When they saw me, one ran for the bushes -- you can barely see its eyes -- and the other froze in its place, not far from Fred.

Bob bought me a shepherd's hook this weekend because I begged. I wanted the bird feeder closer to the window so I could actually see the birds without my binoculars. We have counted seven different birds that we had not seen before. Thomas is loving bird watching, as are his father and I. It amazes me to think that these birds have always been here but I have never noticed. Last year I remember watching two robbins flirting and chasing each other, but other than that, I have never noticed. It amazes me, because now we're always watching out the windows.