Thursday, May 20, 2021

Welcome to the Geriatric Corner

 Well, two down and none to go!  I had the second hip replacement surgery on Tuesday and beat my own record by leaving the hospital before two p.m.  There's pain involved with this surgery - really, was it too much to ask for consistency??  But I am, once again, in the good and capable hands of my sisters.

The weather has been glorious, although a little rain would be welcome.  Sunshine and puffy clouds every day, with highs in the upper 70s.

Waiting at the train station for my
sister's train.
I'm taking the hip pain as a way to judge recovery and all I have to do is to be patient.  Ha.  Cindy is here until Sunday, when there is the changing of the guard.  I am doubly blessed.  The dogs are in heaven, having their aunties for two weeks.  The humming birds are back.  The lilac bushes are busting out all over.

The sisters are doing some planting for me, but the garden will have to start late this year.  We got basil and parsley in pots ("we", meaning I direct the action from inside) and I have two tomato plants and some Swiss chard to put in.  As frustrating as it is, I am glad it's over and I can concentrate on getting back to normal!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day to all maternal beings!


My own beautiful mother - a hard
act to follow.

Friday, May 7, 2021

That crazy feeling you get in the spring.

After sitting through four straight days of rain, we finally were dealt a lovely day - with pretty cool winds, but never mind.  I have been sorting through my seed packets for months and finally - I couldn't help myself.  I planted something.  So sue me.  Those folks who live in more northern climes will understand - the sun finally comes out, there is green grass and the leaves are erupting left and right BUT every night the temps dip into the 30s.  Sooooo close.  I took a deep breath and planted nasturtiums in an empty hanging basket.  Which I will tote in every night until it's warm enough to leave out.  I move it every hour or so to keep it in the the sunlight.  Tomorrow I am going to pick up some organic lettuce seedlings and I'm going to plant them in my cold frame, goshdarnit.  I can put the glass cover on it to hold the heat in - I just need to see some things grow!

This constant rain has wreaked havoc with the chicken yard.  I try to keep their nesting boxes filled with fresh wood shavings on a regular basis, but they drag their muddy feet in and no amount of shavings keep the eggs clean.  I am in constant danger of having my shoes sucked off.  Wait.  That sounds way too weird.  

I miss my tree.  I had put it off as long as I could, but the heavy rains and high winds were shifting the shallow root base.  Plus, I couldn't bear to watch it slowly dying.  While the garden is enjoying lots more sunlight, the tree's absence makes the house look shabby.  i think I might add some more elderberry bushes because - well, elderberries.  You can't have too many. 

My good old pear tree has pulled out all the stops.  I hope we can maintain non-freeze weather so that the blossoms will last long enough to be visited by bees.  There is so much at stake in the spring.

Sunday, May 2, 2021


 Only it was not quite as dramatic as that.

A sad farewell

This was minutes after the first pic

About 20 minutes later

All that's left.  My tree is now
the pile of chippings in the background.

He's such a cutie.  I'd adopt him, 
if he didn't already have great