Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Garden Update

Despite several hospital stays, and weeks of bed rest my plants are still surviving, the knockout roses which were fairly dead in the beginning of April have responded to a trim, careful watering and has rebloomed. The tomato plant which fell over several times has given me some lovely tomatoes which at this time I can't eat so I have been giving them away. The yellow Hibiscus which was totally striped of all growth early in the spring has regained its foliage and given me several sunshine yellow flowers. and the Mexican Petunias continue to bloom each day, this is before they open completely. Life finds a way.

 For now all I can do is water this illness has taken its toll on my energy, the weight loss has been significant (26 pounds in a month) which makes me weaker and most days I am not drinking enough water etc. for the hot Florida days, though I force in at least 2 glasses of water through the day I usually drink a half gallon or more daily.
I long for the day I can get my hands in soil and transplant to larger containers or the ground, but that is still a long way off.  An actual visit to the doctor's office would be beneficial so that maybe I can get answers to why there is still so much pain after being on antibiotics for several weeks and a solutions to fix this ailment.  I have no concentration to read or stitch so my days are spent lying down watching old DVD movies and sleeping.  I know eventually this will pass and I will regain my quality of life but right now its just exhausting.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

I am made of scraps.
Colorful bits of every life that goes through mine
and that I am sewing in the soul.
They are not always pretty,
not always happy,
but they add me and make me who I am.
In every encounter, in every contact,
I'm getting older ...
In each patch a life,
a lesson, a love, a nostalgia ...
That make me more of a person,
more human, more complete.
And I think this is how life is made:
pieces of other people who are becoming part of the people too.
And the best part is that we will never be ready or finished ...
There will always be a patch to add to the soul.
So, thanks to each of you,
that are part of my life and that allow me to enhance my story with the remnants left in me.
That I too can leave bits of me on the roads and that they can be part of their stories.
And so, from piece to piece we can become, one day,
in an immense embroidery of "we".
Cora Coralina. Carioca poet.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day!

 Though we are social distancing this year there are still many things to do to celebrate Earth Day check out the link below.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

As the sun sets tonight we are one day closer to putting this all behind us.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Home again, home again, jiggety jig!

The month of April started out on the wrong foot with me in the hospital for a few days getting IV antibiotics for a horrendous colitis attack, honestly I never knew anything could be so painful as an infection in the intestines.
The first photo is the antibiotics hanging along with the IV fluids I was getting to recover dehydration. The second photo is the two plugs I had to pull out everytime I needed to use the restroom. My foot in the yellow non skid socks to keep me from falling on my butt.  I’m home now recovering, feel weak as a kitten and so tired but hopeful to be feeling my old self soon.

Right before I got sick I had just added a few new plants for my garden, herbs and green beans, lantana and milkweed for the butterflies, jasmine and native honeysuckle vines and 2 rose bushes and a hibiscus.

Well the day after I had the new plants arranged and waiting for transplant I had the colitis attack and was only able to water my plants and two days later I was in the hospital, meanwhile we were about to have a change in weather from upper 90’s to normal 70’s and finally a forecast of rain.  The rain did come however most of the large plants fell over in the wind so missed a good soaking from the rain.  Needless to say when I arrived home I was heart broken and didn’t take a photo of the near dead plants.
Happy to say after my son righted the plants and they were watered a few hours later most were looking good.  Two days ago I gave the herbs a good soaking and they look okay except the sage which may bounce back with a good trim.  The green beans have sprouted a few beans in a matter of days.

There was a stowaway on the Milkweed plant in the form of a caterpillar just looks like a dark shadow under the leaf it ate its way through the buds and leaves on the plant and decided to hide for a while.

This is the latest photo taken yesterday afternoon of the herbs a bit worse for wear but surviving. Greek oregano, chives, Italian oregano, basil, thyme.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Yes even a Goddess needs to wash her hands!
  Times are trying our patience and making us a little stir crazy and laughter is the best medicine or so it is said so I hope this put a little smile on your face today.