Bedtime: Not As Much Fun As It Used To Be

The prolonged heat of this summer has left me with another case of eyes so swollen and sore that I can barely see. Having the air of fans or AC blowing across them – even while I sleep – has caused a serious enough situation that I needed to take action.

Oh no! Mommy is being kidnapped! No, I am just covering my eyes to help keep them protected from the fan while I sleep. Hey, someone help me to bed, will ya?

I tried a bandana, but that didn’t work.

Not my image

If your eyes are bad enough, there are sleep goggles to keep your eyes hydrated at night.  They also make you look a bit like Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix.  The catch?  They are around $60+ shipping, and they only last a few months.


The blindfold didn't work, but I read that wrapping your eyes with plastic wrap might keep them protected during the night. Could one of you help me to bed? Hey, you're covering the wrong part of your face.

As an alternative, I found someone’s more economical suggestion of using clingy plastic wrap to cover your eyes.  I don’t have plastic wrap, so I borrowed some for  my nocturnal experiment.  That night I put a big blob of what amounts to ophthalmic petroleum jelly in my eyes, wrapped them up and tried to sleep.

The plastic wrap was hot and crackly, but it did clue in to something I hadn’t known before.  I had never realized that I open my eyes even before I fall asleep.  The plastic crackled every time I did, and I would force myself to close them again.  Sadly, the gel and the plastic wrap still did not solve my problem.

I think I've got it this time. Now I am using tape to keep my eyes clsoed! Boys? cCould someone help me to bed?

Yup, the next step was taping my eyes closed.

I am one of those lucky individuals who has a negative reaction to the adhesive on surgical tape and Band Aids.  This led me on a hunt for hypoallergenic tape that wouldn’t cause my eyes to swell shut.  (Although that probably would have solved my problem.)

Interestingly, while searching to tape, I found out that the latest fad is “mouth taping”.  Seriously.  It promotes breathing through your nose while you sleep, and it is supposed to cause you to sleep more deeply and wake more refreshed.  Imagine all those logopthalmic mouth breathers all taped up like mummies at night!

I still haven’t discovered a proper solution to my problem, but I’ve found that using tape and plastic wrap over my eyes gives the most comfortable results.  (My mom cringed when I told her that.  “Comfortable?” she asked.   Oddly enough, yes.)

hello, Canine Protective Services? HELP!!!

Toby innocently stands there, wondering what mommy is looking at.

Isn’t there someone out there who would like to adopt a little terrier? I am a good boy, and I don’t bark too much.  Please?


Oil painting of Westie puppy.Oil painting of Westie puppy.

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Statue of Mary outside of a church.

Today I had to go to the dentist for a broken tooth.  I am grateful that it was only a stress fracture and easy to correct.  I am also grateful that my dentist is still in business and able to help patients. As a bonus, I got to tell some people about my paintings and hand out a few cards.  That was nice.

I know my gratitude is self-centered, but at least I am trying.

Back end of Cairn terrier sticks out from under the bed.

Her day may have been nice, but mine sucked.  During the part of the evening where I like to bark insanely at top volume, I found myself with a training collar strapped to my neck!!  When I barked, Mom yelled, “Quiet” and made the collar beep.  This happened twice.  I was so upset that I threw myself into my kennel and stayed there.  Harrumph.  If I can’t bark, I don’t even want to look out the door.

– Toby (the most put upon doggie in the entire world) Sad Emoji

Cairn terrier sleeping in kennel.

Don’t look at me.  I’m unhappy.


If you would like to see what Bitey and Toby have been up to, pick up a copy of Dream Our World.  Inside, the boys run, unsupervised, through the Museum of the Imagination and view the world of art from  canine perspective.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Dream Our World is available from Amazon and from my website.

For My Friend Max

Unhappy terrier wearing Christmas Santa outfit.

When I get this strap off my jaw, I am SO going to bite you.

Unhappy terrier lying down while wearing Christmas Santa outfit.

I’m in my happy place… I’m in my happy place…

Unhappy terrier playing dead while wearing Christmas Santa outfit.

Maybe if I play dead, she’ll go away.

Dear Max, at least your Papa had the excuse of being tipsy when he got too close to that one-click Amazon button. My Mom was completely sober when she made this.


Cover of the book Dream Our World

Copies of Dream Our World are still available!  Recent readers have commented on how good the book is at introducing youngsters to art.  If there are any little ones or even teachers in your life, consider inviting them to The Museum of the Imagination.

Come with Bitey and Toby on their adventure to the MOTI.  There they view the world of art from a canine perspective while enjoying a day of unsupervised fun.

Dream Our World is available from Amazon.