One Eye Down – One Eye To Go

Success! It was a very long day yesterday especially since I couldn’t eat a thing until I was headed home from cataract surgery on my right eye. My scheduled time was 12:45 but I think in reality I didn’t get wheeled into the operating room until 1:30 p.m.. Meanwhile my blood sugar dropped from a super high 250 down to 95 by the time it was my turn to go under the knife.

Everything was painless and complete in around 15 minutes or less. I couldn’t see much but was certainly wide awake through the whole procedure. A sturdy see through patch was taped to my face as they wheeled me back to my tiny cubicle where I’d left my clothes and stuff. My ride had been called to pick me up and was waiting outside the surgical prep area.

Today I return for the first of three post-op checkups, the day after, week after and month after surgery. Then we start the routine on my left eye. All is well!

Eye In The Tree


Share Your World – April 16, 2018

Share Your World – April 16, 2018

List things or events that changed your life?

  1. Accepting Jesus as my Lord & Savior – September 19, 1979
  2. Being forced out of the Air Force by a presidential decree June, 1973
  3. Moving to Oregon May, 2006
  4. Retiring August 2010

Complete this sentence: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s…

…Chicken Man.  Chickenman was an American radio series created by Dick Orkin that spoofs comic book heroes, inspired by the mid-60s Batman TV series. The series was created in 1966 on Chicago radio station WCFL, and was then syndicated widely, notably on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War.

What genre of music do you like?

Christian Bluegrass

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

I appreciate all the runners and spectators that participated in the Boston Marathon this year. They experienced the worst weather in the history of this event yet showed up to cheer the participants.


The Morning Before….

It’s just past midnight Tuesday morning. My cataract surgery is Wednesday at high noon. I received that time to arrive Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.. Yesterday was a local holiday in New England being Patriot’s Day. The running of the Boston Marathon went off well considering we experienced the worst weather in the history of the race. At least an American woman won the race this year for the first time in decades. It was cold, windy and pouring down rain the whole day. Everyone survived the ordeal.

I have a bunch of tiny chores to take care of in preparation for my two trips to Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island tomorrow & Thursday. I’ll have a patch over my right eye after being driven home tomorrow afternoon. Mt gracious driver will again fetch me Thursday morning at my doorstep for the post-op procedure at the Eye Clinic just two blocks from the hospital Thursday at 10:00 a.m.. I am admittedly a bit anxious to get this surgery under way. I’ve waited for over a year for this to happen and I’m down to one day left before it’s a reality. I really look forward to seeing well again. At some point in this first procedure I’ll probably find out about the plans on my left eye surgery in the near future. One eye at a time, I keep telling myself. There are 4 trips to Providence for each eye procedure with 8 total for both eyes. That’s a lot of driving, pick ups and deliveries, all thanks to my wonderful Senior Center here in Uxbridge.

I look forward to returning to church asap as I haven’t felt comfortable driving the past fe weeks as my partially functioning left eye is carrying the load. It’s hard to see, even my computer screen as I type this post. Thank goodness for spell check on my wonderful iMac 21.5″ desktop. I’ve had this computer for over 8 years now and it’s still runs like new. Apple makes great computers. I’ve recently added a 15″ MacBook Pro to my arsenal that is a thing of beauty. Being portable I love it for that purpose but my desktop is by far my favorite.

So wish me luck as I enter the next few days worth of excitement. I hope to come out of cataract surgery with a whole new outlook on life, literally. It sure will be good to see clearly out of both eyes at the same time. Take care all. See you on the other side. 🙂

Bob 01

Marching Penguins

You never know what you’re likely to see when visiting the Oregon Zoo. On numerous occasions I’ve seen pygmy goats marching in front of volunteer herders through the 45 acre loops that make up the zoo walkways. In this case the marching animals are a tad bit different but just as much fun to watch.

Dovetail Saw Shootout

I’m relatively new to quality hand tools. I started collecting fine quality tools just about three years ago when I moved to Massachusetts. I did a lot of research reading about different features, different styles and different price ranges. What I personally settled on when it came to my saw purchases was that you can’t beat Japanese back saws for their performance and value.

Personally I don’t want to learn to sharpen hand saws. I want a good sharp saw right out of the box that has replaceable blades reasonably priced. On all fronts Japanese back saws shine.

Because they are designed to cut on the pull stroke the blades are thinner and don’t require the teeth to be “set” in alternating patterns like western saws. The thinner blades produce thinner kerfs and a finished edge like no other. The cost of a Japanese saw is considerable less expensive than its western counterpart, allowing me to buy three different style Japanese saws for the cost of one or two western saws.

I’ve posted 4 examples of high quality western saws and one Japanese hand saw. I kept them all in the dovetail style to make a fair comparison of like types. I now own three Japanese back saws and couldn’t be happier.

Dovetail Saw Shootout

Adjusting For A Square Format

Zen Art Designs make solid wooden jigsaw puzzles. To make their production process operate more efficiently they’ve determined that a square format for their puzzle will be their standard. I can understand this choice as any rectangular shape would need to be in either landscape or portrait orientation, complicating the production process. By cropping their images to one format, square, they limit their setup process and produce compositionally puzzles to work, frame and hang.

For this reason I went through the images I submitted and cropped a lot of them to their square footprint, giving them a better idea of what their final puzzles will look like. Below is a collage of 6 such images giving you an idea what they might look like in a random arrangement. Of course you realize the borders can vary in color as well as saturation.


More Zen Puzzles

Oh boy, I’m excited! Thanks to the generosity of Zen Art Designs our wooden jigsaw puzzle collection has grown. We were paid a visit by Jaya Boerman, Director of Operations at Zen Art Designs. They’re located in South Deerfield, MA. Jaya gave a wonderful talk about the history of jigsaw puzzle as well as how Zen Art Designs came to be. The company filled a market niche for high quality solid wood puzzles that the common man can afford to buy.

Our Senior Center had previously been given 9 Zen puzzles by the company in an effort to help our non-profit organization. We quickly put together those first nine and are presently loaning them out to seniors who would prefer to work them at home. Jaya brought with another box full of addition puzzles for us to enjoy. He also posed with me outside the center in front of the sign advertising his visit. We will forever be indented to his company for their kindness.

Jaya & Bob


Zen Art Designs Visit

The visit by Jaya Boerman was a rousing success today at my Senior Center. Over 30 seniors showed up to hear the presentation given by Jaya on the history of his company, Zen Art Designs. Jaya brought cases of puzzles with him that became door prizes for those in attendance. Some 10-12 puzzles were won by our seniors. He also donated about 10 additional puzzles to the center along with plenty of literature for those interested in doing business with his small company based in Massachusetts.

Our activities director, Gail, was having such a good time with the lunch crowd and took loads of cell phone pictures to capture the occasion. I’ll ask her for a copy of the shot she took of me and Jaya Boerman standing outside next to the sign advertising the event. It was a rousing success. I sent Jaya home with a memory card full of my photographs that he may want to use in his production line. Now I await their review. I really enjoyed his visit and generosity toward our Senior Center.

Zen Art Designs Luncheon

Today should prove to be an exciting and interesting day. The Senior Center in Uxbridge, MA has an honored guest joining us at noon. Mr. Jaya Boerman, Director of Operations at Zen Art Designs, is joining us to discuss his company’s jigsaw puzzle business. Zen Art Designs has already donated 9 of their wooden puzzles to our center. Mt Boerman is bringing more and wanted to present them to us personally. He’ll also be dining with me and plans to discuss a possible deal to use some of my photographs in their production line. That would be thrilling to me as we’re always looking for more sources to acquire new and exciting puzzles. Since I joined this center our puzzle collection has grown tremendously as word has spread of our activities.

Make sure to check out Zen Art Designs website at: They are a small company based on 54 Whately Rd # C, in South Deerfield, MA 01373. Phone number: (800) 215-6010.

I’m giving Mr. Boerman an SD memory card with 38 of my best photos for consideration. I hope he can use some of them to increase his company’s business.

Sample Photos:

Sunrise At Haystack Rock 01a

Chihuly Glass Boat #2

Cannon Beach Sunset 01

Cannon Beach Foggy

If you’ve ever work jigsaw puzzles you can tell none of these would make easy puzzles to work but the end results would be quite gratifying.

Share Your World – April 9, 2018

Share Your World – April 9, 2018

Been anywhere recently for the first time?

I did make the trek to Providence, RI for my pre-op tests. I’m having cataract surgery on my right eye on April 18. I had never been to Rhode Island before.

List three favorite book characters.

  1.  Doc Savage – Doc Savage is a fictional character originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. He was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic at Street & Smith Publications, with additional material contributed by the series’ main writer, Lester Dent.
  2. Dick Gregory – “Nigger” was the autobiography of comedian and social activist Dick Gregory, co-authored with Robert Lipsyte, nigger was originally published in September 1964 by E.P. Dutton, and has since 1965 been reprinted numerous times in an edition available through Pocket Books, altogether selling more than one million copies to date.
  3. Pat Robertson – Shout it from the Rooftops! (The Autobiography of Pat Robertson)

What is your favorite non alcoholic drink: hot or cold?

Water – I love cold water from a Brita filter pitcher.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

I loved the play of Patrick Reed at this year’s Masters golf tournament. Even though Patrick had never won a major tournament he was as cool as a cucumber right through the final hole of play where he won by one shot over Rickie Fowler. He is only 28 years old.