I will use this space as a blog of sorts to keep visitors informed about what is going on with us. I will endeavor to keep it short and concise in an attempt to keep the boredom factor to a minimum. Feel free to email comments and responses.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
A few weeks ago, I signed a contract with a publisher to write a book on accidental or natural mummies. It should be interesting!
Trivia: Did you know that President Obama uses a MAC!
MAY 21, 2009
Carlos from the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca sent me a video that the Instituto produced for their Day of the Dead celebration and I could not resist posting it here. I hope you enjoy it.
APRIL 25, 2009
I have to tell you this. Over the past three years, the sight in my right eye had become increasingly blurry until it reached a point where only extreme contrast was visible. For example, where my left eye saw a movie on a television screen, my right eye saw a glowing square in a field of darkness. I have to note that the change was gradual and I didn't really notice it happening although I knew It was. Last month, trying to see anything in my right eye was next to impossible. It was like looking through a thick layer of Vaseline.
About two months ago, I consulted a specialist and early this week (this past Tuesday), I had eye surgery to remove and replace the lens that had developed a thick cataract. It was day surgery so I checked in at 8:30 am and was back home by 1:00 pm the same day with a huge patch over the eye. I slept most of that day.
The next day, early in the morning, Ellie drove me to the specialist's office where the patch was removed and the surgery evaluated. The specialist reminded me of the medications I would need to put in my eyes over the next month or so and sent me on my way.
I have been using the drops and taking it easy since the surgery. In fact, since my Wednesday morning appointment, I had not even ventured outside until Friday morning, a full 3 days after the surgery and I can only describe the change in my eyesight as nothing less than amazing. I can read signs on buildings where just a few days ago, I would have not been sure I was looking at buildings. But the most fascinating change and one that will take some getting used to is the addition of depth of field. Last week, my world was flat, two-dimensional. Today, there is depth, three-dimensionality and it is like learning to see all over again. I am not complaining. I cannot complain as the improvement in my sight more than makes up for any discomfort arising from the surgery. It is done and I am glad I had it done. I am even contemplating popping the right lens out of my glasses as I now see better without it.
MARCH 15, 2009
Ellie and I purchased some titled land in western Scotland and as a result, we have acquired landed gentry titles. I am officially Laird (Lord) Shawn of Lochaber and Ellie is to be known as Lady Margaret of Lochaber (Margaret is her legal first name).