Welcome to my World

Welcome to the domain different--to paraphrase from New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe which bills itself "The City Different." Perhaps this space is not completely unique but my world shapes what I write as well as many other facets of my life. The four Ds figure prominently but there are many other things as well. Here you will learn what makes me tick, what thrills and inspires me, experiences that impact my life and many other antidotes, vignettes and journal notes that set the paradigm for Dierdre O'Dare and her alter ego Gwynn Morgan and the fiction and poetry they write. I sell nothing here--just share with friends and others who may wander in. There will be pictures, poems, observations, rants on occasion and sometimes even jokes. Welcome to our world!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Eyes To See-Part II

Right now I am especially appreciative of the gift of sight. For the past ten days or so I have fought a severe eye inflammation that for a few days had me down to about 20-300 vision, with or without my glasses. That was pretty scary and not fun! I went to the local eye clinic--the same one where my ophthalmologist practices. The tech almost freaked out when I could only read the top line of the charts but I knew why. The doctor was not sure if it was allergies alone, an infection or a combination of both so he prescribed eye drops combining an antibiotic and steroid medication. Slowly I have recovered. Not quite 100% yet but getting there. I can drive again, read and spend short stretches on the computer. So the power of sight is very precious to me now! For a few days I could stumble around the house, get a glass of water and use the restroom but that was about all. Yes, I can spell b-o-r-i-n-g!! I called people and slept and whined....and listened to the radio and my CD collection until I was ready to climb the walls.

My ability to sew came back first as it was less eye-intensive than many of my activities so I completed a second wall hanging or kind of tapestry to go with the first one I had done a couple of weeks ago. The idea had been in my mind for some time and I finally found the fabric that would give me what I wanted at eQuilter.com, one of my favorite places on line! Here are my projects. For prototypes I think they turned out well. The one has the Ocotillo for New Mexico and the other the Saguaro for Arizona. They are about 2x3 feet.

BTW on any of my posts with pictures you can click on one and bring up a 'slide show' screen where you can see a larger version. These projects have loops on the back so they can hang on a rod but I just used the pants/skirt type hangers to display them for now so I could get a photo.

No new birds or flowers to report for now. We're in an odd pattern of some stormy afternoons the is similar to the summer monsoon season but not quite the same. Some areas of the state are having good rains as well as some violent storms--medium to large hail, severe wind gusts and heavy rain. Our area could get some this afternoon and evening. No more spectacular clouds, either, but I will keep an eye out--hmm, make that a close watch. Eyes out sounds a bit nasty in view of recent situations!

I am again fairly confident I can go on my planned trip to Arizona next week for my high school reunion and to see some friends and part of my old stomping ground. I will leave Thursday and be home early to middle of the next week. I plan to take lots of pictures, some that can be shared, and just have a good time! Some other sewing I have done is a few new clothing items -- I will be the lady in purple for the most part, one of my favorite colors along with turquoise/teal/aqua shades. Since they actually go together in the right shades that works fine! But I will drive my little red truck.... An 'artsy' aunt once told me red and purple clash when I used them in a coloring book and she was right in part but I still love my "Red Hot Mama". (That is kind of an inside joke as I never cared for red cars but got a good deal on this pickup and decided to flaunt it by naming her "Red Hot Mama" as it was at the start of my writing much more explicit and steamy tales. I was quick to point out that despite a front license plate filler with that name,  it was the truck and not me! Hee hee. But maybe not quite 100%???)

So now you know why I have been away for a few days here and will be again shortly, barring unforeseen catastrophes. I will still work at the book store when I get back but probably as a cashier and not in the back sorting as a box full of old books apparently stored in a shed with lots of dust and maybe mold was one of the triggers for my problem, I think. The doctor tended to agree and said to avoid dust...shun dust in Alamogordo, NM? Not sure how that is possible but I will try to miss the extraneous exposures anyway.

Hasta luego all and go in peace and harmony!


  1. I am sooo glad your eyes are on the mend!! I can't imagine how frightened you must've been, going through such an ordeal, and for so long. Be well and heal swiftly, old friend. May the goddess (and gods) keep watch over you.

    LOVE the new header photo. That cloud pix is phenomenal and perfect for your blog. Stunning! As are the two new quilts. You are so gifted!

    Have fun at the reunion next week. (know you will) Sorry to be late looking in here. I'm still recovering from my cold.

    Hey... I love red and purple together, too. :)

  2. I can't even imagine...though I do know what it is like to work in the stockroom of a bookstore. It's beyond nasty with all the dirt and dust. My eyes would become irritated.

    Beautiful quilts! Just amazing Gwynn.

    So happy that you're doing better. Enjoy your reunion! What fun. :)