This weekend's craft show is fast approaching! I've been spending these past few days pricing up items, making signs, business cards, creating my overall display...it's all fun, but oh, so much work! My daughter has decided (or maybe been guilted) to attend with me, so I've put her to work making something quickly that she can sell. She has a real unlike me trait to not be interested in sewing, but she loves scrapbooking. So I found a lot of free labels for her to cut out and make up some magical reindeer food bags. Gosh, there's a lot of great resources online for these, just type "free reindeer food labels."
On another note, I'm quickly finding out just how fast a cataract can progress. I was diagnosed a year ago, and since then I need reading glasses to stitch and read now almost all the time. My right eye is getting worse for wear, and it's frustrating. Some of this is obviously due to age deterioration, but most is from the cataract developing. And even more frustrating is the cause of this. Twenty years ago, I became absolutely plagued with pain in this right eye and was diagnosed with iritis, which is treated with steroid drops and at one point, an injection (YUCK!). Year after year, the symptoms would keep reoccurring, then the treatment process (which took months), then a few months of feeling fine only to have it come back. After finally being diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1996 and the subsequent treatment for that, I've been iritis free since then. Supposedly, some early Crohn's 'flare-ups' can be in the eyes. So now, even though we're told that these types of steroids are safe, I have to wonder why I only have this cataract in the one eye that was treated with them for long periods of time. If you know someone who is being treated for long periods with prednisone, please urge them to find other means of treatment, if available. It may act like a 'cure all' for what's ailing them, but the after effects can do more harm than good!