Archive | July 2013



I have Diplopia. I had never come across this word until the doctor told me what I had! Without looking it up, would you have known what it was?  Not me!

It started way back in January. I had a visitor and as we sat talking his face started to change… four eyes, two noses and two mouths… then it turned into two heads!

It didn’t happen again until the next time he visited and sat in the same chair. I didn’t know what was happening. I went to the doctor, and he said it was “diplopia”… seeing

I had to see my ophthamologist. That means quite a long wait. At first she thought it might be Temporal Arteritis, but that was ruled out… then she tried prisms in the right lens of my glasses. I wore that for a month, but it didn’t help…and the double vision was getting worse. After three visits, she referred me on to “the muscle man” as she called him.

Again, there was another wait to see him.  He prescribed a change in my glasses…. Then back to him again. The double vision had been getting worse. He tested my eyes and said I was seeing better! Then he said there was nothing he could do for me… come back in 6 months! (I don’t think so!)

I am very grateful that the double vision is not all the time. I have learned to make use of the “good” times and rest when I need to.

Now maybe you will understand why I haven’t been very consistent with my posts.

Out to sea!

Hector Heritage Quay

“The Hector Heritage Quay is one of Nova Scotia’s major cultural tourist attractions. Through the depiction of the story of Scottish migration to the New World, the Hector Heritage Quay introduces visitors to the history and culture of the area. A series of imaginative and informative displays retell the story of the Ship Hector voyage in 1773. The centerpiece of the attraction is a full scale reproduction of the ship Hector. This three masted, fully rigged ship is found on Pictou’s historic waterfront. Hear the sizzling sounds of the working blacksmith’s forge, and the rhythm of the mallets and chisels of the ship’s carpenters. Also on location, the Ship Hector Company Story featuring items built on site and official memorabilia.”

The above was taken from 2.APictou11their website.The_Hector_(replica),_Pictou,_Nova_Scotia

What they don’t tell you… After that first voyage, The Hector headed back for another ship load of more Scottish immigrants… and was never heard from again….lost at sea!

The displays were very informative and entertaining.

We left Pictou, heading for Chetticamp to go Whale watching! Ra Phoned ahead for the schedule, and they held the voyage for us to get there.We headed out to sea, no whales sighted, so they showed us some caves along the coast… then a phone call from the “other” boat telling us whales had been spotted. Our boat turned around and raced across the water to get there as fast as we could!

Whale watching, out of Chetticamp, Cape bretonWhales! Yep! Exciting! WhalesYep!   And then, on the way back to port, we saw more Whales.

Chetticamp is on Cape Breton, as is Baddeck, where we stayed. That’s all for this time!

Movin’ On!

Its July, isn’t it? Christmas is still five months away?If you visited me, you would wonder about that! I’m making Christmas cards, and calendars for next year! You can’t leave things like that until December. The craft fair will be in November, and that is not that far away!

Its no wonder that I’ve lost any sense of order, so please bear with me.

North Rustico was very colourful! Lobster traps laying around along with some junk.  Great subjects for photographers!1995:07:17 Boats for hire.1995:07:17 North Rustico, PEI

We went to one of the beaches and watched Ra, Debbie and Connor swimming and playing in the water. After a while Ra took us back to our motel so we could rest up before supper, and he went back to the beach.

Lighthouse, North Rustico, PEIHeading towards the “other” ferry we stopped over at another place… something like a bed and breakfast, but not! We were to stay there for a couple of nights, but after the first night, Ra saw the room that we had. Barely enough room to move around. He got us a rebate on our room, and cancelled the next night and we moved on.

Taking the ferry back to Nova Scotia, we were now in Pictou. That turned out to be a very interesting stop. That has to wait for another post!

Heat Wave!

We’re Having A Heat Wave!

Remember that song?

Well, it is hot here, but nothing like what some of you have to live with. I’ve got a couple of fans going, and there is air conditioning when we go down for meals or any of the activities.

Can you believe I’ve been working on Christmas cards… in late June and now July! I have also picked the paintings that I will use to make a calendar. I missed last year.  Had to quit and wait until Ra gets back from touring so he can take me to get some more supplies… I ran out of “card stock”.

I have another eye appointment on the 4th, and Ra will be taking me to that, so we can stop at Staples on the way there. My appointment isn’t until 4 PM, and no telling when we will get out of there.

Now maybe you know why I haven’t been writing for my blog!

Time to go traveling again. We left off where we took a ferry to Prince Edward Island. Red sand! Hard to believe, but it was red.  We stopped at a beach, and there was a bank down to the water, and a lot of birds had their nests INSIDE the bank!  Fascinating to watch them going in and out!

Ra had made some special CD’s so we could have appropriate music along the way.

One night we stayed in Charlottetown.. Connor stayed with us over night so that Ra and Debbie could have a “date”. They gave Connor money so that he was to pay for his own meal. It was pretty cute to see him figuring out if he had enough to get a second Coke… and was “this” enough for a tip? The waitress really liked him and gave him the second coke!

In New Glasgow we had a great Lobster dinner. To start the meal off, we were given buckets of mussels… and we could eat all we wanted (we did)! All kinds of food, and desserts.

1995:07:18 Green Gables, PEI

We went to the play “Anne of Green Gables”, and then saw where the author, Lucy Maude Montgomery had lived, and toured through the house. We even saw her grave at the cemetery! The Japanese are quite taken by her stories.  A lot of Japanese tourist visit there… In the Art Gallery we saw a model of her house, complete with the inside furnishings, built in Japan, and sent over here. It was completely built with sugar!! Apparently it took 2 months to build and weighs 330 pounds!1995:07:18 Anne of Green Gables house

Time to stop over and rest our weary bones! Broccoli Beach sounds like a good place to stay!