Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Optometry and Road Works, Medical, Underwater Photography,

Optometrist visit for us today. Apparently I have a cataract growing and have to watch how my eyes are as I have one more or less useless eye (I can see periferally but not straight ahead) - he gave me a paper with a square design on it and a central dot. I have to stare at the dot now and again and if any of the lines appear to waver, I need to call him. I had problems making sure I didn't crumple it on the way home but now I find it on line so I could reprint it if I needed to. Matt had two cataracts done, but I can't remember if he could see straight away or not. If not I would be essentially blind until it cleared up. Getting to the optometrist was a pain in the butt. There is still a lot of road work going on for this LRT system and we followed the detour but there was one place where there were 2 sings, one saying go ahead and one turn left. I only saw the turn left one and we ended up going in a circle!!! Just got there on time and the optometrist told me how to reach Hiway 8 which is a express road and took us back easily. For some reason, we never use the express roads.

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment and they arranged me to see another doctor who will go over my medications. Why can't my doc do that? Anyway, they tell me getting to them is easy again now, but I know there is still one place where there is a detour.

I mentioned a while back that I had booked tickets to see a show about Underwater Photography for the National Geographic. The photographer, Brian Skerry, has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater. There was a reminder in my email and the following picture which I found fascinating.

Don't you think that is amazing? The diver looks so tiny against the huge whale, a Southern Right Whale. Then I found a video.

For those of you who will be cooking your hearts out for Thanksgiving, this looked like quite an easy recipe to make ahead of time. Sadly Matt does not like Sweet Potato.

Cheese-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Portable and healthy, these potatoes can be prepared ahead of time and are ready-to-eat after a quick
reheat. Cook time includes five minutes cooling time and assumes you use the microwave option

2 small sweet potatoes (between 5 and 6 ounces each)
2 oz soft fresh goat cheese
1/4 cup fat-free cottage cheese
2 Tbs skim milk ricotta cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
1 green onion, sliced
paprika, to taste

1. Scrub potatoes, prick lightly with a fork and microwave for six minutes, or until done. (Or, bake in oven at 400 degrees F for one hour or until done.) When cool enough to handle, cut the potatoes lengthwise and scoop out the insides into a small mixing bowl. Set aside potato skins.

2. Mash the cooked potatoes with the three cheeses and salt and pepper. Distribute the potato mixture evenly among the potato shells. Top each with the sliced green onion and sprinkle paprika on top.

3. Return potatoes to the microwave (one minute on high) or oven (10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees F) or until hot. Wrap or store in a portable container to bring to work or the gym; microwave on high for 1 1/2 to two minutes on high before eating.

Servings: 2

Author: FLKeysJen

Have a great day


  1. My hubs had surgery on his left eye in September and was told he could see fully by two weeks after the surgery. We had to put in multiple eye drops several times a day for a month. He has had two followup visits and will get his right eye done in February. He could see well after two weeks, but we were told this varies a bit by each person. Good luck! As for your recipe, we eat sweet potatoes, which many in Canada call yams. . .they are very healthy and one of my fave veggies. If you bake it long enough the sugar inside caramelizes and it tastes sweeter.

    1. Uh oh, I remember having to put drops in Matt's eyes, but I don't remember him not being able to see DG. As I said, if I have to have the surgery, I will be virtually blind until it heals as I have very little vision in my right eye.

      I love sweet potatoes, Matt just does not like them at all. I though yams were quite different.

  2. Good luck Jo - at least it's being taken care of ... and you're being monitored. Recipe looks good ... cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. I'd like to try it but.....

  3. Why can't your doctor go over your medications? That makes no sense.
    That is an amazing photo.

    1. Damned if I know Alex.

      It is amazing, did you watch the video? It tells you how they got it, fascinating.

  4. Good luck with your appointment. I have an eye doctor's appointment today too, presumably for a new prescription for my glasses. It seems to change every year.

    The sweet potato recipe sounds delicious.

    1. I thought that's all mine was Danielle. These days my prescription doesn't change that much.

  5. I hope your eyes get better. That's pretty scary considering we need you online and reading.

    I would totally wet my wet suit if I saw that whale. The only picture would be of me fainting.

    1. Thanks Liz, me too. Nice to be needed LOL

      You would? I would love to see a whale like that. That's how I met my old man, diving.