The many and various ways I pass the time now has a new addition. Usually it involves drinking coffee whilst sitting at a computer keeping in touch with chums, or sipping wine sitting on our tiny terrace catching the sun, and wondering what else I can do to avoid any cleaning or tidying or putting away of stuff and things that aren't even MINE. And now I am going to type this blog. Provided that doesn't become a chore as well, in which case...

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

I've been Very Busy - OK?

No blogging done, at least not by way of writing my own, since August 2013.  The Dolly House took over, and then my annual episode of SAD shortened my waking time by two or three hours a day, then there was Christmas, and then visitors and visiting.  But today I thought, oh go ON write one, so I shall.

I have been awake, up and about, with weary smeary bleary blurry eyes, but awake since 10.30am! The Husband and I both have sight test and eye examination this afternoon. The ophthalmologist is likely to take two steps backwards and exclaim Mrs Bulmer, how have you been getting around without being covered in bruises from bumping into furniture? and hand me a white stick.  Either that or he will pop out my eyeballs, sigh heavily, give them a good polish with a lint-free cloth, and then fit them back in.

Mild exaggeration, but I expect tutting. Last sight test I can remember was December 2005. There may have been one since, but I didn't have any new specs made up, and I rarely wear the distance ones I had made in 2005, and only use off-the-peg readers for music and the instructions on packets. Use it or lose it is my approach to my eyes...the only part of my body I exercise apart from my vocal cords.
  I have about four pairs of sun glasses and even more reading specs from 1.5+  to about 2.5+in strength, so I am guessing my reading add has gone up.  Otherwise, except for the mornings, my eyesight is pretty much OK.

More to the point, The Husband is being tested.  As he has Type II Diabetes (controlled by diet) and a family history of glaucoma, he really needs to be checked out every couple of years without fail.  And because I am the female spouse it is rather down to me to arrange it, as I am in charge of the calendar and pretty much everything that goes in it.  T'was ever thus when a couple marries, no?

The Husband calls me the Social Secretary, when he is not referring to me as the War Office.

And yet, I let him live...


  1. Hari OM
    Happy 2014 Marion and so good to see you up and about in Blogville again! I have been wondering about the Dolls House...

    Hope the eye-doc wasn't too tut-tut. YAM xx

    1. Dolls House#1 done and dusted and filled to overflowing. If you'd like to join me on Facebook (Marion Griffin Bulmer) there are heaps of photos on there, including my half-arsed attempts at stop frame animation which illustrate little stories about various days in the life of the Dolly family.

      Happy New Year to you too, Yam.

      Optometrist almost admiring of my ability to soldier on...naaah, to be entirely truthful I have robustly healthy eyes (so far) and only very slight prescriptions for distance and reading, most of the time I can manage without using specs at all, and The Husband's variflocals don't need replacing. So that was a cheap trip!

  2. Does your hubby have a two yearly diabetic eye check (retinopathy) I have been having them since my type 2 diagnosis in 2000. Had one last week and I mentioned that I wasn't sure I needed it as my diabetes is under control by diet but was told it can pick up other problems as well.

    If he doesn't have it it may be an idea to check - they are free here in NZ.

    1. There is an excellent NHS Diabetic Clinic at our local medical practice and The Husband is very conscientious about attending all his appointments, which are free (as was his sight test yesterday, but I have to pay for mine because my eye health is good and I am not diabetic so I don't qualify for the help).

      It helps that he is retired. The clinic says it is working males in their middle years who are the worst for not attending.

  3. Made it at last, now that sitting at the computer is more comfortable. :-) Glad the eye tests went well and I do envy you the lack of need for specs. The cost of my complex lenses is exorbitant. Sigh...