It’s Hard Work

pink pokey flower

Taken from my Instagram. This flower was at the local market.

We have been friends together
In sunshine and in shade.
~Caroline Sheridan Norton

Excellence

red rose

A beautiful rose, with small imperfection on the outer petal. Standing with confidence, in it’s bouquet.

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.”
~Ralph Marston

Forget Perfect

flower

White & pink lily? I’m not sure of the name. Soft filter applied, just for that dreamier affect. Mid-October, 2015.

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
~Leonard Cohen

We Are All Rich

large sunflower

Large sunflower in the local market. Mid-September, 2015.

“Empty pockets never held anyone back.
Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

The Rain is Gone

white flower in grass

A flower fallen in the grass. The city’s hanging baskets were removed from their posts along the street. September, 2015. Anchorage, Alaska

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.”
-Johnny Nash

I got my vision tested yesterday. I also got, my first pair of eyeglasses! My vision was tested in 2012, but I never filled my prescription. I always felt like, I could see you know? Words blurred at a distance, I couldn’t read menu boards or the cable guide but I managed.

I don’t know why I waited so long! Seeing is believing folks! The only thing that pushed me into getting glasses is that I need them to pass the eye test at the DMV, when I got in to get my drivers license.

I am nearsighted, and my vision in my right eye is worse than my left. My eyes were dilated and I’ve got to healthy peepers! My first pair of glasses are pretty basic. Family members recommended Eye Mart, and I got a great deal on a pair of plastic lenses in some cute black & pearl white frames.

Putting my glasses on and taking them off makes me dizzy at first. In fact, I’ve felt overwhelmed at times. Taking everything in, I’m seeing things I didn’t know I was missing. I haven’t stopped talking about it for the past two days. I see the world with brand new eyes. My whole outlook of the world has improved!

Today, we went to the woods for a hike and it was breathtaking. Seeing fall colors and the seasonal changes so vividly, was amazing. I can see all the leaves on the trees. Each leaf, each needle is defined. Words, I can read them all! Even the menu boards, I can read a sign across a large room.

I just want to finish with a line from a commercial that never failed to make me laugh, “my eyes – my special eyes!”

Someone Strange

clover

A purple clover flower sitting by my window sill. On the night of September 9th, 2015.

“Once, I can’t remember, I was long ago, someone strange. I was innocent and wise, and full of pain. Now that I’m a woman, everything has changed. Once, when I was searching, somewhere out of reach, far away, in a place I could not find, or heart obey. Now that I’m a woman, everything is strange.” – Unicorn from The Last Unicorn.

Grumble

large round purple flower

Allium? Large round purple flower as part of floral centerpiece, for sale in the floral department of the market.

“I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.”  ~Joe Walsh

Today started my epic work “week.” I am filling in for my manager whilst on vacation.  My “week” goes something like this a full 8 hours starting today (Saturday) and runs every day through next Sunday. I was semi-prepared for this but then, while at work I remembered that I am always scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. That my friends, makes for a 12 day (if I’m counting right) work week. *sigh*

All I wanted to do today was leave early. I said it out loud, and the Universe stepped in to make sure I didn’t do exactly that. In fact, it was minor trouble after minor trouble blocking my way to freedom. Haha. I just made myself laugh. I’ve been playing Plants vs. Zombies 2 too much because I just imagined using power ups to get me through my day and out of my workplace.

I’m going to be rich $$$, and dead on my feet.

I am. I am. I am.

white flower

Can anyone ID this flower? It looks to me like a type of lily?

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”
~Sylvia Plath