Friday, January 23, 2015

In the Eye of the Beholder

Thought for the day:  The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart.


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Our grown kids are not only the proverbial apples of our eyes, but it tickles me to no end that our three little acorns didn't fall too far from this nutty old tree.

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Especially our daughter, who I'm gonna call Sunshine. That little nut has the same quirky sense of humor and love for whimsy that I do. She proved it once again this past weekend with the stuff she and her hubby brought me. Wanta see some of it?

This is one side of the box from my new (ta-DA!) Pink Freud- The Mug. (How cool is that?) Another side says, Alter your consciousness and your subconscious with every sip, and yet another says, The Dark Side of the Moon merely represents the repression of your libinal discontents. 




Here's the mug. The other side shows a continuation of the rainbow strip, along with the words PINK FREUD.

Oh, and get this. On the bottom? It says, For better results, use other side. 

BEST. MUG. EVER.



To go with the mug, she gave me an assortment of herbal teas. The loose kind. Hence, she also gave me Mr. Tea, AKA Fred. 




Here's a shot of good ol' Fred chilling inside the mug. Isn't he adorable? He makes a mighty fine cup of tea, too.


There were several other delightfully non-PC and hilarious presents, all of which had us laughing uproariously, but that's enough of that.You get the idea. Now, I wanta change the subject from that particular sunshiny apple of my eye, and talk about EYES...

If you could, would you change your eye color? I ask because my eyes are gonna be changing color, and I'm not too sure how I feel about it.

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At least, on the plus side, both eyes should be turning the SAME color. Hopefully.

See, I have glaucoma in both eyes, and the eye drops the doc prescribed cause some expected side effects. They're likely to make my eyelashes longer and darker. (Oh darn! And I was soooo attached to my stumpy blonde ones...) and they're also gonna darken my irises.

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This pic is pretty close to my current eye color. (Only mine don't look that angry.) Green. Not a gorgeous emerald green like my friend Caryl has. More of an olive drab. But I like the color just fine. I'm used to it. After all these years, it's gonna be kinda weird to see different-looking eyes peering back at me from the mirror.

But um, here's the rub... will changing my eye color change... ME?
I mean, holy cow, check out this description of green-eyed people I found. Sounds like ME!

When my eyes get darker, and more of a murky muddy brown, will I suddenly... hate the ocean? Stop loving to make people laugh? Lose an appreciation for the fun stuff Sunshine brought over this past weekend?

Crap.

On the other hand, I also read that iridologists (If you can believe it, they're honest-to-goodness researchers who actually study the relationship between iris color and personality!) say that dark-eyed people are better at fast-paced sports, react faster, and have quicker reflexes than light-eyed people. Hot damn. Maybe I won't be such a klutz anymore...



Remember that old song? What's kinda funny is in Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade, one of the characters says, Aw, you're full of it! Keep it up, and it' s gonna turn your blue eyes brown, girl.

I had absolutely NO IDEA I was writing about myself.

Hey, I'm just messing with ya. I know a change in eye color won't change the real me. It's positive attitude time. For one thing, Sunshine has beautiful dark brown eyes, and her personality is a LOT like mine. No green eyes required. And even if Smarticus misses my old eye color, as he says, Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder. (As long as he has his kinda mug nearby, he'll think my new eye color looks just fine.) And me?  Whatever color eyes I end up with, I'll still be looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.

                              Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.

If a guy remembers the color of your eyes after your first date, you must have small boobs.

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102 comments:

  1. The mug is excellent. I don't know about dark-eyed people having faster reflexes than light-eyed people. I have very dark eyes. I'm very slow moving. Kind of like a sloth. Sometimes I think it would be nice to have bright blue eyes for a change. The Hurricane's eyes changed color a few years ago. They were very dark. They lightened some, and they have a green ring around them. I think aliens messed with her.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Yeah, I really love that mug. In fact, I'm drinking a cuppa read from it right now.

      You crack me up! Like a sloth, huh? I say you're just conserving energy for when you REALLY need to move. Why waste it?

      Interesting that Hurricane's eye color changed some. Yep, coulda been aliens. That'd explain it... or maybe a medication she took? If your eyes are very dark, I don't reckon those color-changing contacts would work on you. (The reptile-eyes ones would, though...!)

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  2. Drops that can make your LASHES longer and darker?
    a) I'll believe it when I see it
    b) hand them over kiddo
    (*~*)
    I love that Mr Tea! Where can I get one of those? Amazon? Think Geek? Cafe Press? Or are they USA only?

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    1. HA! I'll let ya know if the drops change my lashes.

      As for Fred, I just did a quick google search for Mr. Tea infusers, and found lots of sources, including Amazon. If you can't find one over your way, let me know. I'd be happy to send ya one.

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    2. I found him at Think Geek and asked my daughter to order one for me next time she buys from there. Don't know how that will work though, I'm still waiting for the last thing I asked her to buy for me.

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    3. I'm glad you found it. If you get tired of waiting for your daughter to deliver, let me know...

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  3. Love love love this post and your daughter !
    What a hoot.
    Fred has some of the best stuff.
    My eyes are green verging on a hazel green now. But i also have a blue line around the outside of the green that is slowly getting bigger.
    I love it...... I am going alien !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Oh, very cool. Your eyes must be absolutely beautiful. (Um, living there in Arizona, you'd better be careful about calling yourself an "alien" ... HA!)

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    2. Nope... If your illegal here in Tucson the Obama government gives you money to have as many babies as you can and tons of stuff from food, clothing, housing, no cost health care and lawyers to bail you out of jail.
      Me they toss in jail and throw away the keys
      le sigh

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  4. Love your new header.
    Nearly as much as your gifts.
    I am the possessor of muddy cow eyes, have less than no sporting prowess, and woeful reactions. Love the ocean. And quirky fun.
    Good luck with your treatment. Lots and lots of luck.

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    1. I'm glad you like the header pic. I thought it kinda "matched" the post.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes. I'm optimistic, because my doctor caught it fairly early, before a lot of damage was done. My mother wasn't as fortunate.

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  5. Love the bottom of the mug!! When I was about 60, my brown eyes developed a blue ring around them, too.

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    1. Me, too! That mug is my kinda humor.

      Really? How cool. My eyes didn't develop any interesting color enhancements when I hit my 60s, although it did seem like they got a little darker after my cataract surgery. A blue ring must be beautiful, but I don't think there's much chance of that happening to my eyes. But, hey! Who knows...?

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  6. Great mug - I can think of more than one person in my life who'd treasure it. As far as eye colour goes, I think you've got the right idea - it's how you see through them that matters, and I like the way you see the world!

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    1. If your interested, the mug comes from a group called the Unemployed Philosophers Guild ( www.philospphersguild.com ) They sell all kinds of cool stuff.

      Yes! Absolutely. There are a lot more important things than eye color.

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    2. UGH. That's "if YOU'RE interested..."

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  7. Hello Susan,
    I have nominated you for the blog award. Please check on my blog.

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    1. Hi-ya, Dumcho. How sweet of you! Thank you very much.

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  8. Yeah, I dig the mug! My wife recently bought me a new coffee mug, it has has the emblem for Starfleet from the Star Trek television series.

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    1. I think anyone who likes Pink Floyd would dig that mug.

      YOUR mug sounds pretty darned cool, too.

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  9. Daughters, and their mothers, are wonderful - whatever colour their eyes are!

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  10. Susan, I love the mug and the Fred that holds the tea is really cute too... ;)

    As for the eye color, I hope your eyes will be okay... my grandmother had the same issue when she was in her early 50's, unfortunately the drops didn't work for her, she had to have the operation. I am hoping it isn't hereditary since I am now in my early 50's... :)

    Anyway, I hope you have a fun weekend <3

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    1. Thanks. My mother also had glaucoma, but it didn't effect either of us until later in life than your grandmom. My mother's was more advanced before they caught it, but the drops did help keep it from getting worse, so I'm optimistic.

      You have a super weekend, too!

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  11. Mr. Tea is unnervingly hilarious. I have no doubt that the transformation of your eye color will have no effect whatsoever on your warm, witty, deliciously intriguing personality (flattery will get me everywhere - won't it?).

    My father had blue eyes and he was extremely violent and completely insane. I have blue eyes and I'm an easy-going (not to mention easy) loveable sweetheart. Go figure.......

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    1. Mr. Tea cracks me up, too. Thanks. Well, I dunno if flattery will get you "everywhere", but it can't hoit...)

      Pbbbt! What do those iridologists know? They'd have a hard time explaining away the differences between you and your father.

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  12. Love your mug & Mr. Tea! And that personality profile of green-eyed people is amazingly reflective of my green-eyed character, Ciel. In fact, the color you show as being close to yours is very close to Ciel's. Hmm. You don't happen to have aura-adapting capabilities, do you? ;)

    I can see why it would be discombobulating to have your eye color changed, but I know you will rock the brown eyes every bit as much! :)

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    1. Well, gee, I dunno. I never actually checked.. maybe I DO have untapped aura-adapting skills. (I'll let ya know...)

      Thanks. I might have to get my hair cut into a short spiky style, and dye it blue. Might as well go for a complete overhaul for the second half of my life. (Why yes, I do plan to live to be 140.)

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    2. LOL! Whenever I claim to be middle-aged, TG asks me if I'm really planning to live beyond the century mark. I tell him yes, I am.

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    3. Obviously, great minds think alike.

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  13. Lovely gifts, and how wonderful a daughter to share your quirkiness with. I'm envious! I have two boys who are just like their dad, and I'm the odd woman out - always! They've got the blue eyes, mine are green.

    Tea, is a luxury I love!

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    1. Maybe you'll get lucky. You could end up with awesome daughters-in-law. (I did!)

      I love tea, but I don't think of it as a luxury. More of a necessity. (Isn't it annoying how most restaurants treat tea-drinkers? No endless refills for us!)

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  14. Hmmmm...the hubs drops for glaucoma haven't changed his eye colour...then again....they were already dark brown and he always had cow eyelashes.

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    1. Not all glaucoma eye drop treatments will change the color and lashes. The doc gave me a choice, and I picked the one she said is most effective. I figured it'd be better to keep my vision than to worry about eye color.

      Cow eyelashes, huh? Good description.

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  15. hahaha Fred sure is relaxing away. Fun gifts indeed. Never knew that about eye drops.

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    1. Yeah, that Fred is one laid-back guy.

      Not ALL drops, and not even all drops to treat glaucoma. Just the ones I'm using. (as far as I know)

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  16. That Fred mug is a great one for loose tea! Brilliant!
    And I also have a mug with that message on the bottom: For better results, use other side. Ha! Very helpful!

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    1. Isn't Fred adorable? (I might let him hang around in my mug, even when I use a tea bag!)

      Yeah, that message on the mug bottom is priceless. It totally caught me by surprise. (Some days, I could USE the reminder!)

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  17. funny gifts. On the serious side, good luck with your eyes. No matter what the color - you want to be able to see. As long as they don't go red like Twilight vampires......take care and have a good weekend

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    1. They're aren't nearly as funny as the gifts I DIDN'T mention. (Some people might have been offended by them.)

      Thanks. That's how I feel about it, too. The doc gave me a choice of treatments, and was surprised I chose the one I did, because of the changing eye color risk. But I asked her to take all the side effects off the table, and simply tell me which treatment is most effective. My mother's eyes got so bad, she couldn't read any more, so the heck with eye color... I wanta see... and READ!

      You have a super weekend, too.

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    2. UGH. Another missed error. Should be "THEY aren't nearly as funny..."

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  18. This post made me laugh, Susan. I have green eyes and that description suits me... except for the jealous trait. I've been "cured" a long time ago. I'm not a jealous person.
    Have a lovely weekend. Enjoy your mug ...and your green tea!

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    1. I'm glad to hear it made you laugh, Julia. To tell the truth, I'm not jealous, either.

      You have a wonderful weekend, too. Yep, I'm drinking yet another cup of tea from that mug right now... (I drink too much tea... shhh)

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    2. And thank you for reminding me that I need to check my eye pressure. Somebody misdiagnosed me with glaucoma many years ago and I was on drops. A few months later other physicians told me that it wasn't glaucoma but they recommended eye pressure check-ups every year. The last one was done over three years ago so I am due!!!
      My eye color is a matter of debate (blue, gray, green?) I must be a rare specimen, Susan. Hahaha.
      Did you know that the iris of each person is as unique and specific as the fingerprints?

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    3. Good! I'm glad this post served as a reminder. Don't put it off any longer! Get those pretty peepers tested.

      Interesting about the iris being unique, but now that I think about it, it makes sense. I guess that's why some high-security places use iris scans to ID people who seek entry.

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  19. Pink Freud - hilarious!
    You could always get bright green contacts. I knew a woman who had purple contacts. First time I met her, I couldn't figure out was so odd...

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    1. Yeah, I know! Best mug ever.

      Nah, I don't want to wear contact lenses. If I did, though, I'd like something weird. Like those purple ones... or cat eyes... or lizard eyes. That'd be a hoot.

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  20. I'm still chuckling at Pink Freud. What a great idea! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. It's a SUPER idea. I'm glad the mug tickles your funny bone, too.

      Greetings back atcha.

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  21. Well, if what they say is true about dark-eyed people being better at sports, it is never too late to take up pole vaulting.

    Kidding aside, I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. Age brings with it many changes and some of it sucks. My eyesight (and many other parts) aren't what they used to be. I hate it but I adjust. The best thing is to have a good sense of humor and roll with the punches. Of course we have to take our medicine. This part of life is about "better living through chemistry".

    I love Fred and am glad he is not anatomically correct.

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    1. HA! I think it'd take a heckuva lot more than a change in eye color to turn me into a jock. (Unless you count shooting pool, bowling, and playing horseshoes...)

      Thanks. I'm glad the doc caught it early. It coulda been a lot worse. Hmmm, "Better living through chemistry" is a good way to put it. (I NEVER thought I'd be taking so many different meds that I'd have to use one of those darned pill organizers...)

      HA! Yeah, I'm glad Fred isn't anatomically correct, too. (But it would have been kinda funny if he were!)

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  22. All my best hopes this treatment works to stabilize your condition. Your humor is indomitable. My compliments, whatever your eye color, and my admiration.

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  23. Love Sunshine's wit. Also, I have green eyes.

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    1. Me, too.

      Gee, someone else with green eyes! Cool. Maybe green is the new brown? Lots more of us around than I thought...

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  24. I have brown eyes and I adore the ocean. Love the mug.

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    1. I kinda think anyone who can see loves the ocean... (Or can smell...or hear...)

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  25. Hahaha...love the gifts. And now I'm wondering about what might have been the gifts you're not showing us. Ahem. Isn't it great when your kids turn out to be the kind of adults you'll want to be friends with?

    And thanks goodness for modern medicine - eye drops and/or surgery for things like glaucoma and cataracts. Hoping the drops will work well for you!

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    1. If you wanta know about some of the others, just send me an email, and I'll show ya. (in case you forgot my email address, you could use that "email me" badge in the sidebar.)

      YES, it's the best thing ever to genuinely like and enjoy hanging out with our adult kids.

      Thanks. My cataract surgery was a huge success, (geez.more than ten years ago!) and I'm optimistic for this treatment, too.

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  26. I wouldn't want to change anything about myself. Not that anything is perfect, it's just that once you start, everything would have to be changed. Yup it's that bad, and I'd end up looking like Jocylin Wildenstein (sp?).

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    1. HA! I don't think I'd choose to make many changes, either. After all these years, I've gotten kinda attached, for better or worse.

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  27. I love the mug. And ooh, teas. I love tea.

    That's interesting about the eye drops. I don't think eye color says anything about personality.

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    1. I don't think eye color says anything more about a person than the shape of her nose or bumps on her head. Some people want to find "meaning" in everything.

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  28. Isn't it great when you can see yourself in your children?
    For instance, my daughter has my sense of humor.
    Thank goodness she doesn't look like me, though.

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    1. Yeah, it sure is.The good stuff, anyhow. They can develop their own darned faults.

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  29. I must be brain dead. It took me several seconds to connect Pink Freud with Pink Floyd even though I own the Dark Side of the Moon. Of course, I own the album, which means the delay was probably a sign of senility setting in. Love Freud and Fred. And Sunshine sounds as amazing as her mom. Eye color aside, I hope those drops do right by you.

    VR Barkowski

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    1. Nah, not brain dead. Maybe a little tired? (I'll bet you cracked up when you figured it out!)

      Thanks.

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  30. ...researchers say that dark-eyed people are better at fast-paced sports, react faster, and have quicker reflexes than light-eyed people.

    Wait, so as a person with very dark eyes you're telling me I could actually be even worse at sports than I am now? Great.

    I wouldn't want to change my eye color, even if they are just a very basic dark brown. They is who I is, and I wouldn't want to change it for the world.

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    1. HA! That's hilarious. I don't expect my "jock factor" to improve at all.

      Healthy attitude. I wouldn't want to change mine, either. Oh well.

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  31. My Brother has light blue eyes - pretty cool. I got the boring, dark blue eyes. Always wished I'd had brown eyes because... well... because they're sexier and who doesn't want to be sexier?

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Personally, I think nothing is sexier than eyes that sparkle with intelligence and good humor, no matter what color they are.

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  32. I think I would like to be interesting and intriguing with blue or green eyes for once!

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    1. Well, if you only want to see what it'd be like to have blue or green eyes, you could always try some of those colored contact lenses.

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  33. Very cute mug! Speaking of cute mugs, your mug will still be as adorable as ever while you're taking the eye drops. Your eye color, and eyelashes will probably change gradually. I know stronger drops have different effects, but the most important thing is to remember to take them on schedule once or
    twice a day, as prescribed. I keep my drops on my nightstand, so I don't forget to take them at bedtime. I haven't noticed any changes in my "drab" green eye color, though my bags and wrinkles are another story! I hope they caught it early, and everything's okay. Take care Susan!

    Julie

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    1. Oh, you sweet-talker you.

      I wouldn't dare leave my drops anywhere in plain sight, not with our two curious cats waiting to tote 'em off and hide them. Yeah, you're right about the change being gradual. It isn't like I'm gonna wake up one morning and WHAM! discover a whole new eye color. It should occur within a year, though, and be permanent. Not all treatments have this side effect, so maybe you have a different type.

      I didn't know you had glaucoma, too. Our medical histories are eerily similar.

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  34. I love Mr. Tea LOL. What a great collection of gifts.
    I didn't realize that glaucoma medicine could change your eye color. Interesting. I hope the meds will do their job though and you will be okay.

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    1. Isn't Fred adorable? (He never argues with me, either... just hangs around, smiling silently.)

      Not ALL glaucoma meds change eye color. Thanks for the good wishes. I go back to the doc in March to see if the pressure has reduced any, and I'm feeling quite optimistic. (So what's new?)

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  35. I love the gifts! Sounds like a fun time. :-) Maybe you will feel like an all new you with your new eye color!

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    1. HA! That's kinda what I was thinking... after all these years of marriage, my hubby might get a real thrill outta having a new-looking me.

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  36. I love that mug. And I wanna Mr Tea. *whines like 5 year old*
    I wonder who wrote the research that says that dark-eyed people are better at fast-paced sports (I have all the energy of a Sloth), react faster, (snails move like Speedy Gonzales in comparison to me) and have quicker reflexes than light-eyed people? (If you throw a ball at me, it WILL hit my face)

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    1. You should be able to find a Mr. Tea online without too much trouble. It's inexpensive, too!

      I dunno about that so-called research, either. I hope nobody takes it too seriously.

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  37. I bet your daughter is awesome - just like you! That's interesting about your eye color changing. Even if it does, I highly doubt it will change your personality.

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    1. Aw, what a sweet thing to say. Thanks! I don't think there's any correlation between eye color and personality, no matter what those iridologists say.

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  38. I would get along with your family. Love the sense of humor. And the tea dude is pretty cute. I didn't know about the eye color change associated with glaucoma. Hoping for the best for you all around.

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    1. Ahhh, so you're "quirky" too, huh? Our sense of humor tends to be a little wacky at times, but we enjoy ourselves.

      Thanks. I appreciate it. The eye color change caused by the drops isn't a sure thing, but highly likely.

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  39. Love the mug and a fascinating theory about eye colour and personality. Hope the glaucoma is sorted and I'm with you. It's not going to make a jot of difference what your eye colour is. You'll still be you! :-)

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    1. Yeah, that mug is a real hoot, especially for anyone who likes Pink Floyd... or pink Freud...

      Thanks. I fully plan to keep on being me... 'cause that's all I know how to be. :-)

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  40. That mug is great, and I'm in love with Fred. I do remember that Crystal Gayle song, I think I still know most of the words! Remember her hair????? If eye color change is necessary to treat the Glaucoma, so be it. :) I hope all goes well with it!

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    1. I'm glad you like that mug, and it looks like Fred has quite a few new admirers. (He's pretty easy to find online from a bunch of different sources, in case you wanta get to know him a little better.)

      Yes! Her hair was amazing, but I always thought about what a pain in the derriere it must have been to wash it... and dry it. Or sleep with it!

      Yep, sobeit. Que sera sera. Thanks!

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  41. Thanks for dropping by my Jobbing Writer blog to read my letter. New friends are always welcome!
    I love the mug - and Fred.
    They tell me my eyes change colour with my mood (they're blue - but the shade varies from ice blue to almost violet, apparently) so you never know if changing the colour would change you. Adventures ahead if it does!

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    1. Hi-ya. Thanks for repaying the visit. I always welcome new friends, too.

      Ah, mood-altering eyes, huh? Remember the old mood rings of the seventies? You "don't need no" stinkin' ring...

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  42. Sorrier to hear you have glaucoma than that your eyes. are going to change color. Especially since they're green. Yes, I have green peepers, too. Mine are more the color of guacamole.

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    1. Thanks. The color of guacamole sounds a lot prettier than olive drab. But ya know, it's really surprising to me how many people who've commented here have green eyes! Pretty darned cool.

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  43. "For better results, use other side." I LOVE that. And I could really use Fred.

    My eyes are hazel - the name giving to eyes that have no definite color but change from day to day. I've never noticed my personality changing with the color so you should be okay. :-)

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    1. Yeah, that cup is a hoot, isn't it?

      Too bad. I'll betcha it would've been helpful to your hubby if your eye color changes worked as a mood indicator. (Those rings were very unreliable...)

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  44. Oh pooh - that should have been "given", not "giving".

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