Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Tale of 2 Eyes

Man, you people are the best, no I mean it, the absolute BEST!  I can't even get over all of your sweet comments and encouragement you've left me over the last week.  If anyone ever needed a reason to blog, all they have to do is to look at the unconditional support so many give when they leave comments, it's like a big shot of kindness topped with a huge helping of heartfelt thank you one and all!!!

So...about the art show, and trust me, you aren't even going to believe this, but I swear it's true!  Last week Mr. Tide went to the eye doctor because he's been having issues with allergies throughout the summer, but it had gotten worse and his eye was somewhat bloodshot so he went and had it looked at.

When he got home he informed me that he had developed an infection, but that the doctor said not to worry because they see this sort of thing happen a lot during the change of seasons.  Good enough we thought, and he began his eye drops to take care of the issue so that he would be in tip top shape to go with me on Sunday, which was still a couple of days away.

Then on Saturday morning I woke up with one bloodshot eye, but we thought, well I must have gotten something in my eye, because we had changed sheets, scrubbed everything in sight, just on the off chance that it was contagious.  And he had caught his infection so quickly that there was no way it could have transferred to me, plus I didn't have the allergy issues he had which brought his on in the first place!

So I called the eye doctor, who promptly informed me that there wasn't anything he could do, but he would see me on Monday.  I explained that I had an art show the next day, and that he had prescribed drops for my husband just a day or so before, so could he please help me out...the reply was a kind but firm...see you on Monday!!!

So as weird as I was about not wanting to go to the art show 3 weeks ago, the moment I knew I COULDN'T go, I was dying to go!  Yes, I'm so weird sometimes, and when I'm told I can't do something, well then I'm determined to do it...go figure!

When I woke up on Sunday morning I actually ran into the bathroom to look in the mirror to see if my eye had gotten better, but it was actually worse.  So here I was with the perfect outfit to wear, freshly cut and colored hair (I had my hair appt. on Wednesday), and we had even made arrangements for someone to let our dogs out!

I thought I would be relieved to have to cancel, but instead I was like a caged animal all day long wondering how the night would go and thinking that it was worse not knowing than it was to go!  

So, to make a long story longer, we didn't go, and I have no clue whether or not my eagle picture was selected by anyone!  I sent an email to the organization that hosted the fundraiser and they sent me a very polite reply saying that they would be sending out letters to all of the participants next week, to let each of us know the status of our yay yours got picked, or hey come pick your artwork up!

The irony of this whole thing...the picture I donated was called Eagle Eye...and it was my eye that kept me from going!!!  Oh, and see that pretty picture of the water and the fall foliage up above?!  Well my friends, that is how I got the infection to begin with!  Despite my crazy sanitizing efforts to rid us of any chance that Mr. Tide could infect anyone else, we neglected to clean the eyepiece on my camera!!!  Yup, the man almost NEVER uses my camera, but just a few days prior he took it out and snapped a few shots of the trees overhanging the water and an egret...which none of those shots turned out!

The moral of the story, well there isn't one, except that  my husband should stay away from my camera (I'm kidding), and that just when you think you don't want to do something, well  something may just prevent you from doing it, and you'll wish like heck you could have done it!!!

I've spent the last few days putting drops in my eyes 4 times a day, washing my hands every 20 seconds, and going nowhere.  I've watched lots of movies though, and I did wander around in the backyard a little, so all's well that ends well...and besides if I was feeling a little blue I was always able to read your wonderful comments!!!

I hope you each have a very happy week, and when the letter comes bearing the good news or bad about my artwork, you'll be the first to know!


  1. Oh, Kat! I am so sorry for this development! It isn't an easy thing to put medicine in one's eye! How unfortunate! Well, I can tell you that had I been at the art show, I would definitely have been excited to choose your art! Sending vibes for a rapid recovery.

  2. I can absolutely picture every single twist and turn of this story. You poor thing.

    We had something similar happen with an art auction and a painting with my husband. We had tickets, outfit chosen, and he realized the week before that he was supposed to leave for a business trip that day and he couldn't go the auction. Found out that his painting sold for a pretty penny, with all of it going for a great cause ... but he was on edge for days until he found out the result.

  3. Dear Kat,

    I fell of your Follower List, damn, I just can't seem to rectify this problem. Anyway I read your last post and first, I am so happy to hear you are writing have such a gift for that. I can see that just reading your posts. And the auction. You did what was right for you and what happens, happens. I wish you all the luck in the world, I think the photograph is exceptional.

    I hear you on the eye problem. I've had a problem with my left eye for a very long time. My ophthalmologist told me I had a chronic dry eye and the watering of the eye was to compensate for it. So I've used moisturizing drops since then. I don't know if it's allergies but now the eye itches to high heaven and I've actually rubbed off the tips pf my eyelashes and have created a very red, irritated half moon under my eye. Not very attractive! Today I bought some allergy drops...I hope they work.

    Keep your positive thoughts going for a good news. I will be crossing my fingers, toes, and at least my good eye! lol! And you and the hubs get back to par soon as well!


  4. Eye infections are no fun, I've just recently gotten over one myself! I'm sorry to hear about the's funny how when you couldn't go, you wanted to go so bad! Hope you and your husband are better soon!

  5. Oh Kat, what a thing to happen. Hope your eye and your husband's eyes get better soon. I think the eagle picture is gorgeous - someone will snap it up straight away - they would be crazy if they didn't.

  6. Oh wow Kat, you could not have made up a more perfectly strange coincidence! Hoping you and your hubs will be seeing clearly very soon. Oh well, now you have more suspense to wait through. xo

  7. Oh, what an odd thing to happen. Just so strange. Glad you're on the mend but it stinks that you couldn't make the show. And now to have to wait and see if your artwork was chosen. It's so beautiful, too. Is that it? That last one?


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