Don't Forget Your Eye Protection: Lesson learned the hard way!

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Don't Forget Your Eye Protection

By rocklady
August 29, 2014

As you are working in the garden, don’t forget your eye protection.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 29, 2014 10:01 AM CST
Thanks for the alert, Rocklady. I hope all gardeners will heed your advice. Plants/stems/twigs/etc. can be so dangerous and we gardeners tend to suffer "optimism bias", believing it won't happen to us.

It can happen and it's not fun. Just one dahlia stem can put a gardener out of commission for a week. Luckily, there was no permanent damage.
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 29, 2014 11:14 AM CST
Oh, dear, Arlene. Sometimes in our exuberance we fail to see what is right in front of us! I'm so happy that there was no permanent damage. Thumbs up Our eyes are so precious.

P.S. Thanks for the acorns!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 29, 2014 11:30 AM CST
This is a great tip, we all need reminding so it doesn't happen 'the hard way'. I almost always wear sunglasses in the garden, but in summer I go out in the cool, breezy evenings when they really aren't needed for sun protection.

My favorite new garden toy is a rechargeable leaf blower, and of course it blows all sorts of stuff in all directions so the other evening I came in with an eyeful of gritty something. Lucky it wasn't worse, it all washed out with no ill effects. My sunglasses were on top of my head the whole time, so it served me right!
Elaine

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 29, 2014 11:49 AM CST
Evenings are the nicest, coolest time for garden work and I wear the sunglasses as long as possible. I have a pair of the clear glasses and should make it a point to find them but by 8 PM it's getting dark anyhow now. I will find them and keep them available!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 29, 2014 1:32 PM CST
Wow, Arlene! Glad there was no permanent damage. We could just kick ourselves in the behind after stuff like that happens, couldn't we?
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 29, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Indeed!
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Aug 30, 2014 1:00 PM CST
@dyzzypyxxy Those leaf blowers really do blow a lot of debris around. I don't use ours as DH "likes" to do that and I have to remind him to use the glasses for that very reason. He just had cataract surgery last fall and I don't want him damaging his eyesight now that he is seeing everything more clearly. Whistling
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam

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