Monday, February 24, 2014

Your Eyes....Windows To Your Health?

All jokes aside, when is the last time you had your eyesight checked?  No, I don’t mean when you get your license renewed (at least in my state) or that little eye chart you find posted everywhere.

Generally, if you don’t currently need to wear glasses or contacts, you should consider a full eye exam every two or three years; however, once past the age of 40, many professionals will suggest an annual exam.  If you already wear glasses or contacts, or if vision disorders/diabetes runs in your family, it is suggested you get an annual exam.

One big bonus of eye exams is that other health issues can be ‘brought to light’, such as glaucoma or bleeding behind the eye.  Certain types of lesions with scarring on the retina can be a sign of various health disorders.  Specific retina imaging can even reveal problems indicative of cardiac disease! 

The medical field is constantly seeking ways to detect life-threatening problems early; articles are constantly being publicized regarding various ‘new’ findings or theories.

In addition to a typical eye doctor’s office, exams are now available at several major retailers and drugstore chains.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Internet.....Your Friend!

Like so many of us out there, I am always looking for ways to ‘cut corners’ without cutting quality of life.  By that I mean wiser spending on those items one MUST have, such as insurance and/or a vehicle, household necessities, personal must-haves (i.e. jewelry, makeup, and hair products), etc. 

As a one-person ‘do it all’ (breadwinner, mother, caregiver, the list is endless…) I am not afforded the luxury of making several calls to multiple places to obtain quotes ….sending emails requesting information are not always answered quickly and waiting is not always an option!

Two days ago, my car was extensively damaged when another vehicle lost control on the ice and landed hard on the driver’s side of my automobile!  Fortunately, other than some bothersome cuts, bruises, upset stomach, headache, muscle pain, I was not hurt too badly.  Now my problem is……WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THE CAR????  The door is destroyed, the windshield is cracked and it’s freezing outside and windy!  My financial situation is not good enough to just run out there and buy a car like I’m replacing toilet paper!

Due to my present life situation, I have learned to make extensive use of the internet; it is an indispensible part of my life now.  Other than food, paper products and medicines, much of my shopping is not done online.  Shopping online (i.e. Amazon) is easier, quicker, costs less gas…heck I even save on insurance because of less mileage!

The car, what about the car?  After doing some online research, a friend picked up some duct tape and plastic sheeting from the local hardware.  Online I learned how to make a temporary ‘window’ for my driver’s side door….hopefully, after the weekend is over, I will be able to pick up a replacement door at one of the car recycling places in our area (former junkyards, ha ha, got to love socially correct wording!) and pay to have it installed.  I am also doing online research for a replacement automobile!  

Thursday, February 13, 2014


♥♥♥♥     I ABSOLUTELY L O V E THIS    ♥♥♥♥

I am going to have this plastered EVERYWHERE in my house!  (ha ha)

This is one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter...reminds me somewhat of so many mothers out there:

  • beating our heads out of frustration
  • constantly advising our children  (no, Harry Potter!)
  • defending them against all odds (when he 'zaps' the bad warlock and tells him 'you will NOT....hurt/whatever...Harry Potter!)
  • sometimes causing a 'scene' to be paid attention to

The similarities are many.....the love and protection of our children and loved ones.....aren't we all SO much alike?