Crystal Clear – Life Updates, June 2018

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I did one of these and I thought it might be time I wrote another.

As you may or may not have gathered from some of my past posts such as Allergy Season Poetry And Flower Photos,ย I’m an allergy sufferer. This year had been a lot worse in some ways than previous years for some reason with pressure. It turns out a lot of the sinus pressure behind the eyes that I thought I had wasn’t sinus pressure…

We made an appointment for me to get glasses. I was so nervous that I pretty much worked myself into quite a few anxiety attacks. ๐Ÿ˜…ย But as usual, I made a mountain out of a molehill. Everything went fine. My eyes are healthy, just tired of trying to focus on stuff.

Glasses fixed the majority of those problems I was experiencing. ๐Ÿ˜€ I knew that I couldn’t see in the distance. I haven’t since I can remember. Haha, I thought I could see fine up close, but it turns out – I couldn’t. XD I’ve never seen this clearly before. It’s a shock. I was a bit queasy and a little dizzy after putting the glasses on for the first time. My brain was overloaded with seeing everything up close and far away.

Haha, I actually thought that all lights such as white letters on a black background on closed captioning on TV, LED clocks, etc were supposed to have little halos around the letters, which made it extremely hard to read them when they blurred the next line of text or letter and number next to each other. Turns out, they don’t. And this is caused by something called astigmatism that I was apparently born with. But the glasses took that away. It’s still weird seeing things as they are supposed to be seen.

So after over 25 years of my eyes trying to adapt to astigmatism, my eyes were tired and sick of it, and it manifested itself as mimicking sinus pressure.

For those of you praying for me, I thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ God answers prayer! Sometimes in unexpected ways. I wondered if perhaps my allergies caused a sinus infection or something, but nope – turned out, it was mostly the eyes. And the actual allergy problems are not so bad now – no allergy meds needed presently. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for my adventures so far with my glasses…

  • I may have annoyed my mom by reading too many sale signs in the shopping center, and business signs, road signs, and speed limit signs on the way home…
  • When I got home, it took me a while to get used to seeing myself with glasses. I’d walk by a mirror, “WHO IS THAT – oh.”
  • I spent five minutes with glasses cleaning cloths and the spray on glasses cleaner trying to wipe a smudge off the glasses and was annoyed that every time I put them back on, it was STILL THERE. Turns out, it was glare. (Go ahead and laugh – I did! My dad did too. He was the one who suggested it was glare. XD)
  • Taking photos of myself – or my mom taking pictures of me – might be more difficult now because of the glare problem. And also, during a recent video chat, the glare on my glasses was literally showing my friend that I had two laptop screens for eyeballs. O.o I’m still working on figuring out the best angle to get rid of it.
  • I accidentally left the spoon in my tea after stirring in the honey and came close to scratching the lensย  – or knocking the lens out – when I took a sip of it. (Thank you, Jesus, for protecting my glasses – and using the glasses to protect my eye!)
  • It’s nearly impossible to keep the glasses on my nose when trying to garden. As soon as my face becomes oily, they slip down my nose. My dad called me “Granny” like in the Beverly Hillbillies, which I found amusing. XD I had to go back to the eye care center and have the glasses adjusted. Now they stay on my face.
  • I saw a vulture flying low over our road. And… I actually saw it. Not a fuzzy thing being washed out by the bright sky. Crazy!!!
  • I can wiggle my ears – the left ear the best – and I’ve discovered that I can make my glasses dance on my face. I wonder sometimes if I am too easily entertained…
  • At this point, without my glasses, everything is super fuzzy. I guess this means that my eyes are now used to my glasses and aren’t trying so hard (which I’m glad of because I don’t want them to feel like they are going to explode),ย or I just didn’t realize how fuzzy things actually were before and now I have a crystal clear image to compare it with.

And this concludes my adventures of getting glasses. ๐Ÿ™‚ See you tomorrow for Wonder Wednesday!


Wonder Wednesdays – Flammable Water

Why doesn’t water burn?

Image credit: Pixabay

Think about it for a moment. Hydrogen is flammable. Oxygen is flammable. Water is H2O. Why when you put them together can you put out a fire with it? Shouldnโ€™t it burn?

Answer: I must admit, I don’t understand the formula – chemistry isn’t my strong suit. If you want to read the formula, then you can find that here,ย which is where I found the answer to my question. If you’re like me and can’t quite wrap your head around the formulas, then here is the short and sweet answer: Water is the product of a chemical reaction, and thus, has lost all its react-y superpowers because it has already reacted to become what it is. Therefore, we can put out fires with a hydrogen-oxygen mix. Pretty cool, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

**This was posted earlier, but for some reason, it posted back in time to June 7th. I’m not sure why all my posts keep getting backdated like this, but it is starting to drive me nuts. ๐Ÿ˜† Anyway, this is the first installment of Wonder Wednesdays, and I just added a “Wonder Wednesdays” category link in the header menu for easier navigation. ๐Ÿ˜€

I Am His

I Am His

I no longer live
But Christ lives in me.
All I have to give
Is my life, and gladly
I give it to Thee!

I live by faith alone;
I am no longer mine,
I am no longer my own,
But I am Thine –
This body is Thy shrine.

By faith in the Son,
I live my life –
The One who won
Through Sacrifice –
The Savior Jesus Christ

Who died in my place.
His mercy came as a flood
Washing His wondrous grace
Over me, making this child of sod
Into a Child of God.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19 NASB

I’ve had this written for many months, but I couldn’t get the wording of the last five lines to sound right. Finally, it fell into place – thank you, Jesus! โค

I wonder. Do you ever wonder?

Raindrops on grass

I Wonder

I wonder…
Why bubbles are round
Like clear floating soccer balls.
Why do they burst?
Why do they form at all?
I watch it as it floats away…

Donโ€™t you lose your sense of wonder
Never stop asking why
Let your imagination wander
Let your imagination fly

I wonder…
What is fire?
It has no substance
As it grows taller
And joyfully dances
Until it turns its energy source
To ashes.

Donโ€™t you lose your sense of wonder
Never stop asking why
Let your imagination wander
Let your imagination fly

Why canโ€™t we breathe oxygen in water?
Why is each of the prints on our thumbs
Do you wonder why we wonder?
Where does our curiosity come from?

Donโ€™t you lose your sense of wonder
Never stop asking why
Let your imagination wander
Let your imagination fly

Do you ever wonder why things are the way that they are? Sometimes I get too curious. And that is what inspired this idea – a new series in which I find answers to questions that most people probably never thought to ask. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes they explore how God’s wonderful world works, and sometimes curiosity tries to kill the cat lady on other man-made things or word origins. And as an added bonus – I get to practice my essay writing skills. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for Wonder Wednesdays – it may not be every Wednesday, but hopefully at least every other Wednesday! โค

(If you are seeing this twice, I apologize – somehow when I posted it, WordPress posted it in the past, on June 7th. XD I have no idea how that happened – I didn’t schedule it, I clicked “publish” – but it has happened before and it looks like I need to keep a better eye on it so I don’t have to move the posting date back to present day.ย  ๐Ÿ˜…)

Review: Black (The Circle #1) by Ted Dekker

Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1)Black: The Birth of Evil by Ted Dekker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What is a dream? What is the reality? Reality is a waking dreamโ€ฆ or is it? For Thomas Hunter, distinguishing the two is difficult. In one, he is in Denver and has a sister, and there is a deadly virus that could wipe out the whole Earthโ€™s population. In the other, there is a beautiful girl, a colored forest, and the presence of Elyon – and a sinister entity named Telahโ€ฆ

But which is real? Or could both be real? Could it be two worlds? And could they be connected somehow?

The plot thickens when in one he finds out that all he holds dear in both worlds is in jeopardy. However, he thinks he may be able to change events in one from things he finds out in the other. Will he be successful? Or will one or both come to an abrupt end?

This is the first book in The Circle series. A friend gave it to me two years ago for my birthday and I enjoyed it so much!ย (Obviously, I am behind in writing reviews; though technically, I wrote the review last year and forgot to post it… oops. ๐Ÿ˜…) The writing style was great. Thomas is very entertaining. And the dream // world switching was done nearly flawlessly. I really felt the urgency that the character had, and I appreciated the detail that Dekker gave to the Colored Forest and the Black Forest. I also saw a bit of symbolism in the Colored Forest from the Garden Of Eden, which made me enjoy it all the more!

I loved this book so much that when my parents asked me to pick out a book for Christmas, I asked for the next in this series, Red! It’s been sitting on my to-read shelf for the past six months, and I’m looking forward to reading it. My friends keep saying that it was better than Black. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Two Doors

This is week 124 ofย Three Line Talesย and here is the photo prompt and my response. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’d like to join in the fun, just click the link. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Luis Alfonso Orellanaย via Unsplash

At 284 Atahualpa, muraled doors lead to magical new lands

Two doors – floating trees, endless azure skies, and fiery sun-baked deserts await

Which door will you choose?