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Tossed Salad Day [Feb. 16th, 2010|09:15 pm]
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We were up in a clear cold pre-dawn to take M- to the bus terminus--cold for us, as in low-mid 20sF--with a lovely sunrise just coming up as we got home.  I hit the sack again, as still tired from the weekend.  

At 8:30 the phone rang--husband's older brother's wife calling to say that their second daughter's husband was in critical condition--sudden severe illness.   Not expected to make it, apparently.  We've heard nothing more all day but have of course sent prayers to all involved. 

Here the day continued beautiful, though the last ice didn't melt off the pond until after lunch.  I fought my way through dozens and dozens and dozens of emails and blog comments and so on,  trying to get to them all, and work on a story, but by early afternoon was crazy to get outside (inside all weekend at convention is fun, esp. in bitter weather, but not a substitute for being out on the land.)  

So I grabbed camera & binocs, bundled up, pulled on the (uncomfortable old) rubber boots and away I went.  Sure enough...the first elbow bush had made it "out".   Flies had discovered it, along with one very worn American Lady butterfly and one honeybee.   Tomorrow it will probably be humming with bees.  One of the thicketing plums  has swollen buds all up the stem and tip--a week at most before it breaks into fragrant white bloom, by which time at least three more elbowbushes will be going.  Our elbowbushes vary in their bloom time by several weeks, which means we get to enjoy the sight longer, and I spent more time with the camera trying to photograph small fast-moving insects after the pollen and nectar.  Flies first--except also one cucumber beetle--and then bees and then wasps and moths. 

Making a good day in the field better were my new glasses--I could see at a distance and--because I popped for the fancy "Transitions" lenses I'd seen ads for--I could do so without squinting in the brilliant afternoon sunlight.  When I lifted them to see how bright it was "outside"--very, and I had to squint.   Yet in the pre-dawn darkness, driving M- to the station, I had no problem seeing the instrument lights or the road ahead.   Very much Wow!

When I got back to the house, R- had picked up the mail and I had my copies of the Orbit edition of Oath of Fealty...and some bills.   M- called to say he was on the express bus, but thought it might be late.   It wasn't late; we were there just in time, like some fancy inventory/supply system.   Gorgeous sunset on the way home.

Good Tex-Mex from local cafe for supper, and I'm almost ready for bed again.  Tomorrow, surely, I'll rise full of energy and attack the rest of the backlog and make bread.  Maybe another soup.

[User Picture]From: rowan_ree
2010-02-17 03:22 am (UTC)
Glad to hear the glasses work well. My husband and I had both considered them but didn't know how well they *really* worked. I hope they continue to work for ya!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-02-17 05:22 am (UTC)
Me, too. I really couldn't tell before, because of cloudy weather and being inside most of the time for a convention, but today was a real test and I'm delighted. They're responsive to light very quickly--coming inside from the bright sun, I was able to see at once...whereas before, when my eyes had adjusted to the outside light, I often felt the inside was very dark and had to stand still a moment. I'm getting sunglasses, too, for times I'll be out in even stronger sun for extended lengths of time, but for quick in-and-out and even a couple of hours out--this is great.
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[User Picture]From: dafwarg
2010-02-17 05:43 am (UTC)
I've heard some people complain about transition lenses before - something to do with the transitioning wearing out after a while and "fixing" to a light tint (not clear, not dark). Of course, this was some years ago... maybe the newer brands work better.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-02-17 05:45 am (UTC)
Certainly hope so. But right now--it's great.
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[User Picture]From: keristor
2010-02-17 08:47 am (UTC)
I've been using them since they first became available commercially (in the UK that was around the mid 70s as I recall), under many brand names. The early ones did indeed have that problem, but they have been getting much better and now seem to be fine at least for several years. Another thing which used to happen was that they were initially slow to change and got faster with use, either they have improved that characteristic or they now "burn them in" by artificially cycling them before use.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-02-17 03:37 pm (UTC)
Good to know they've improved. I imagine Texas sunlight will stress them enough to shorten their lifespan, but I'm enjoying them. And since my eyes are changing as presbyopia meets diopters of myopia, I can hope they'll last until the prescription changes again.
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[User Picture]From: coalboy
2010-02-18 03:02 am (UTC)
"cold for us, as in low-mid 20sF--"

a thousand miles north, that's cold for us too!
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