Lots of news...little energy
We visited the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, including Kitty Hawk which was full circle from the Wright Brothers Museum and the Air & Space Museum in Dayton, OH we took earlier this year. Funny stories about these photos and I'll start from the bottom up.
I love statues. All art, really. At the end of a wild Mustang beach tour in Corolla, NC, I shot this photo of Tootsie-the name given to the horse statue in front of the touring facility. As I was looking back over photos I took of the trip, the one directly before my Tootsie photo was of a black horse in nearly the same pose. The photo before that one was the middle photo which I posted above--even closer to the same pose as Tootsie. I saw these as we were grabbing a late lunch after our tour & we laughed so hard at the similarity. Also, the wild horses were gorgeous--but I've been a fan of Ford Mustang's my entire life, and these looked a lot smaller and heftier than I had imagined them being! Still, gorgeous. I only wish we could have seen them running free along the shoreline, but it was still very cool to see them grazing in the front yards of homes and vacation rentals along the coast.
The top photo. Yikes. So, I have a bit of a heights phobia. It's very strange how it hits me though. I LOVE roller coasters. Just days before the photo above where I'm gripping onto the wall for dear life, I was in the observation deck of the Needle in Gatlinburg, TN and I had no issues whatsoever there. In fact, I happily took photos and even took photos for a group of young women who were vacationing there. Therefore, I had no idea--and it REALLY took my brother-in-law by surprise, and to a lesser extent my husband, that I would completely lose my shit when we climbed the 220 steps to Currituck Lighthouse. As a matter of fact, I'm still fairly fit (hiking and dancing go a long way, but I am 16 years younger than hubs & 29 years younger than my brother-in-law) so I passed them by while climbing ahead of them a couple of levels. As I hit the last 20 steps up to the observation deck, I yelled down, "There's no guardrails the last 20 steps." That was the end of my rational brain. Fear brain took over from there. After climbing 200 steps, there wasn't any way I WASN'T going all the way to the top, but I was frozen in fear by the no guard rail and iffy wall situation, so much so that I could not look out at the gorgeous view once I reached the top. Luckily hubs shot a couple of photos there. I gripped onto that inner wall like my life depended on it...hubs and bil got up to the top where my bro-in-law warns me that there are a ton of wasps. As I'm gripping the wall even more tightly (I'm allergic to bees) I respond that wasps are the least of my problems. I'm so gripped by fear, ALL I want to do and all I can think of is to get back down (safely) to terra firma. I announce I'm heading back down. I know the 1st 20 steps have no guard rail, so here is where I am so very thankful I've been meditating and doing yoga for 40 years...that is how I got back down safely to terra firma without freaking out to an even more embarrassing level. Breathing, self-talk and gripping onto the rails (once I had them again! lol) and reminding myself to take it slowly, or I *was* going to tumble. Bah. Oddly enough, my knees didn't start to noticeably knock until the last 4o steps back to the bottom. The most embarrassing things were that hubs & his bro overtook me going down because I was so scared and that I made a group of 3 others wait until I got down to the base of whatever 20 steps I was covering until a landing...I apologized profusely but I could NOT remove my hands from both guardrails at that point, and it showed the next two days as I was completely sore across my chest and upper arms the next day!!
As gorgeous as it is in the Smoky Mountains/Blue Ridge Mountains, I'm afraid it will be colder than we want it to be. It was a good 10-15 degrees warmer, but all of these locations warned us of ice and snow storms, which is something we are trying to avoid.
So, I did throw my hat into NaNoWriMo again this year. And, I AM writing a novel again for the first time in 4 years (and my last novel is still woefully unfinished, but I started writing it in honor of my best guy friend from childhood who died of cancer--I made him the hero of the story! ♥). It started out good in that I was excited about my story (still am) but my eyes were so trashed out, I was afraid I tore my cornea again because my vision was affected. Of all things, I got onion cutting glasses. (See below...)
They are AMAZING for dry eye!! They are not perfect. I cannot wear them for prolonged periods of time because they squeeze the life out of my brains, and I get migraines and some infection/irritation behind my ears, but! I get approximately an hour to 1.5 hours more use out of my eyes on a daily basis if I can keep the migraines at bay! They came with a sports straps to hold them closer to your face, which I have transferred to my moisture chamber sun-goggles because they are too loose to be useful outdoors--now those glasses are useful again! And these are much better at $20 than the $70 ones I bought 4 years ago. I also got a different brand, a set of 3 but in different colors. Those are even worse at the brain squeezing, but I do have different colors now, and I've tried a 2nd brand which I can't wear long enough yet to have a definite opinion on. I have a 3rd brand arriving on Sunday to try out (with even different colors).
Sorry I've been so sporadic with the posting. Between the eyes not seeing and the head not allowing me to human, I've been a mess. I'm currently working on the happy medium of using the goggles to extend how much I can use my eyeballs and when I need to take them off and do other things to prevent migraine. This is promising though--I might be able to come up with the right combination to help me human more a few more hours each day. And, that would be my idea of a heaven on earth right now.