"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tree Ents and Dune Dog Afternoon...

My Maple Tree - Photo by Loree Huebner

Like my Tree Ent? Yes, that tree is in my front yard. That maple is at least eighty years old, if not ninety. Boy if it could talk, the stories it could tell. We put that face up many years ago. I thought it would be a good picture for the blog since today is Halloween. Spooky, huh?
This week my post will be short, but I will be out and about visiting my favorite blogs as usual.
I’m still on vacation from my day job, but working hard through requested revisions. The revisions are going very well. The hard part has been revised, and the rest is tying in loose ends during the final read through. If it all works out, I’ll be talking about it on future blogs. I’ve learned a lot about revising in the past week with some gentle guidance from a professional with more experience.
Unfortunately, I have developed severe eye strain in my right eye. It hurts pretty bad and occasionally twitches uncontrollably. It's so silly when it happens, I look like I'm flirting...winky...winky...winky. I consider it a revision war wound. Too much computer time I guess. Anyone got any good remedies for eye strain? I know, I know—shut the computer off!
Anyone get snow over the weekend? I hear it got pretty bad out east. Stay safe. It seems way too early for snow. We had sunshine and some rain showers. Saturday, Eric and I took the dogs to the Indiana Dunes State Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan. I’m going to end this post with a few pictures that I thought I would share with you.
Don’t forget next week, Eric will be here with the History Corner along with my regular post.

And best wishes to all those NaNo-ers out there. I am not participating, but have set daily writing goals.
Have a great week!
Between you, me and the gatepost,

Lake Michigan - Photo by Loree Huebner

Southern tip of Lake Michigan  - Photo by Loree Huebner
If you look real close you can see Chicago in the distance

Chicago - (zoomed in) from the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore - Photo by Loree Huebner

Fly the Border Collie - doing her job - watching over me (the red speck on the shore)
and Pickles the Greyhound - from on top of a sand dune
She's a true hearding dog
Photo by Eric Huebner

Pickles the Greyhound thinking about running up dunes
Photo by Loree Huebner


Sandra Orchard said...

Beautiful pictures, Loree. Looking forward to hearing more about your story!

A warm compress over the eyes for ten minutes helps mine relax when they're strained. Congratulations on finishing the most challenging of your revisions!

Keli Gwyn said...

I wish you well on the revisions, Loree.

Sorry about the eye strain. I've found drops can be helpful.

Terri Tiffany said...

Hey Loree,
Your dogs are so cute! I ended up with dry eyes this spring and eye drops didn't work--too much computer time. So eye doc gave me reststis but you probably just need to turn this off and take a break!

Sarah Forgrave said...

Lovely pictures, Loree! And good luck with those revisions. Hopefully the eye issue is resolved quickly!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Congrats on finishing the grueling part of your revisions! I would love to hear you write a post about the dos and don'ts of revision work. :-)

Sorry to hear about your eye strain! I get that too - when I am stressed and spending too much time staring at the computer. :-) I love your pics! And the face on that tree, lol!

Marji Laine - Unravel the Mystery said...

Love your pictures, but hate that you have eyes strain. I've had twitching before, but I think mine was just nerves. I think you should go with the "consequence of revision" story, though!

Charlotte Sannazzaro said...

In order to prevent eye strain, be sure to change your focal length every ten minutes or so - look away from the screen to something in the distance and focus there for at least a few seconds.

Lovely photos!

troutbirder said...

Ouch. Not good. On the other hand think of all the money Sarah Palin made with a similar affliction. Winky Winky. ;)

Loree Huebner said...

Sandra: Thanks for the advice. A warm compress sounds perfect. Thanks for the well wishes on finishing my toughest revisions...they were indeed the toughest.

Keli: Thanks for the good wishes on the revisions. I am also trying gel drops to lube up the eye. It does help.

Terri: My eyes are pretty dry. I'm trying gel drops. I do need to cut back on the computer. I will as soon as I'm done later this week...or blind first.

Sarah: Thanks, it was a lovely day at the beach.

Gwendolyn: I will work up a few blogs on revisions later this year.

Marji: You may have hit on something...the twitching may be aa separate issue...nerves. I am nervous about these revisions.

Charlotte: Thanks for the advice - I'll take it and try it. The eye strain is still pretty bad.

trout: ha ha winky winky!

Sandra, Keli, Terri, Sarah, Gwen, Marji, Charlotte, and Trout, thanks for stopping by, commenting, and all the great tips for eye strain!! You guys are awesome!

Jess said...

Love the tree ent and love the photos from the Lake Michigan beach~ I used to be able to walk to Lake Michigan as a little girl, and then we moved to Indiana, so I've been to the Dunes, too.

We're getting ready for more snow on Wednesday :)

Loree Huebner said...

Jess: Thanks. The Dunes are still as pretty as ever.

Snow? Oh...don't even say the word. Hope you don't get hit with too much. We are having a beautiful autumn day...may reach into the 60's.

Thanks for stopping by, Jess!

Michelle Teacress said...

What a lovely beach. :)

I'm sorry about your eye. When mine does that, I just need more sleep.

We're getting snow tonight!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Love the pictures, Loree! And I'm lifting you in prayer as you revise, friend!! I'm so excited for you, girl!!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

oops, forgot to mention that my eyes go like that too. I'll be reading to see what advice people offer as I would like to try their ideas too.

I hope yours feel better soon, for me it's only rest that helps so far.

Loree Huebner said...

Michelle: Sleep does help my eye. Watch out for the snow. I hear it's pretty bad in places.

Eileen: Thank you for the prayers! It means a lot to me.

Actually my eye is much better today. No stabbing pain...but still pressure.

Michelle and Eileen, thanks for dropping in!

Stacy Henrie said...

Love the pictures of Lake Michigan! Congrats on the revising and I hope your eye is feeling better real soon.

cynthiaherron said...

Love your photos, Loree!

Congratulations on revisions! :)
Give your eyes a break. Also try some drops for dry eyes/eye strain. (I'm still adjusting to my glasses, but drops can help.)

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, love the tree face and Pickles!

I hope you do well on your revsions; I will pray for your eyes. Take frequent chocolate breaks...

Loree Huebner said...

Stacy: Thanks for your well wishes.

Cynthia: I am using eye drops. It seems to be helping quite a bit.

Jeanette: Welcome here! Thanks for the prayers. Love the chocolate breaks...haha.

Stacy, Cynthia, and Jeanette -Thanks so much for popping in! I'm so happy you did.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, In Others' Words, Loree! Hope your "wink" problem is getting better.

Carol Riggs said...

That's a great Ent! Cute. Fly and Pickles are great names for dogs. :) Enjoyed your beach photos--lovely!! Sorry to hear about your eye though; I hope it gets better.

Misha said...

Beautiful pictures! I hope your eye gets better soon. :-)

Loree Huebner said...

Beth: Welcome here!! Love your blog. My eye is much better now. I still get the twitches now and then...winky winky.

Carol: Thanks. Fly is nearly 14 years old, but still runs the household...and Pickles is a rescue. She's 9 and ran on the track for over 4 years before she came to live with us. The track is such a hard life for the dogs. She's now a 45 mile and hour couch potato.

Misha: Thanks. My eye is getting better.

Beth, Carol, and Misha, thank you for stopping in!!

Deana said...

Aww, your doggies are soo cute and the pics are gorgeous!

no snow here in KY but it is beginning to get cold.

As for eye strain, I was getting the twitching and blurry eyes and went to the eye doc and got she said reading glasses would take care of the strain. Would that maybe help?

Good luck...at least as we go blind we can know its doing what we love:)

Jessica Nelson said...

Love your dog's name! Too cute. And that tree is pretty cool. I don't know about eye strain but I wonder if you could just cover it with a patch or something? Force it to not work?
I hope your weekend is amazing and can't wait to hear about the revisions!

Jayne said...

Adorable tree ent, Loree. I hope you've rested that eye a bit and have had some time to relax. Lake Michigan is amazing. I remember the first time I saw it--I couldn't believe how much like the ocean it looked. Great photos!

We got snow here and lost our power for a while, just before Halloween. The streets were definitely quieter. I don't know if it was the weather or just that all the local kids are getting older!

Loree Huebner said...

Deana: I did make an appointment for next week with the eye doc. I think I do need a new script for my eyes.

Jessica: Pickles was her racing name. I think she was officially called J & J Pickles, so we kept just Pickles. My kids named Fly after the hearding dog in the movie Babe.

Jayne: Lake Michigan is big! The Dunes are amazing. Such a natural beauty that I hope will be protected forever. It's just a shame that there are steel mills on each side of the National Lakeshore.

That snow you got was a bad storm. Funny that we had a few cute little trick or treaters early, then all older kids too...haha.

Deana, Jessica, and Jayne, thanks for coming by and chiming in!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

You must have been on the computer a long time. Hope the eye is better.

We got about 6-8 inches of snow. A lot of branches came down, which created power outages. I didn't have a problem, but my mother lost electric for a day.

Loree Huebner said...

Susan: The eye is much better this week. Wow! You sure got the snow. Stay safe in the winter wonderland!
Thanks for stopping by!