Saturday, September 13, 2014
Today was such a beautiful day. Sunny and warm after weeks of rain and yesterday's cold after a night with snow mixed in the rain. I did some shopping and then got Cassie and we went for a walk. They were playing softball at the high school, so we stopped to watch for a while. Those girls were pretty good. Then we went to the park in back of the school because I was pretty sure my neighbor had gone there so her daughter could play at the playground. I just wanted to go sit and watch Lucy play. So Lucy's mom and I sat and talked for a while while she played. I love to see kids having fun. Lucy was just starting to slide on her own and go back up the stairs on her own. The thing that had the slide actually had 3 slides and climbing portions. After a while some other kids came and the boys were climbing the thing. I just enjoyed the day completely.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
My garden isn't that far along since it kept snowing off and on completely through May, so it wasn't planted until the 1st week in June (seems to happen every year). Last Sunday I went to a class on extending the life of your garden and I am going to try to build a couple of the things they showed there for next year. Meanwhile, this is what I have now.
My tomatoes are pretty well grown, but no fruit quite yet. At the class he told us that we need to prune the bottom 12-18 inches so that the sun will warm the ground enough that it will remain warm at night since Colorado nights drop so much in temperature and add organic fertilizer every 2 weeks until mid July.
My squash vines have taken up just about all of the garden and are out in the lawn. The vine goes into the yard on the one side and across the garden between the little corn stalks and out the other side of the garden now.
My first 6 spaghetti squash plants died as soon as I planted them. From what I learned in class they had mildew, which seems to be common on those plants. I went back and got 3 more and they have been growing really well. I have a few squash already on them and several blossoms for more. I hope they will ripen before it freezes and that they will store in the basement for the season.
I am not sure if the rest of the vine there is one type or a few. I planted zucchini, Kibachi squash, and pumpkin seeds. This is the largest of the vine growing. I thought it was the zucchini, but the fruit of the vine is round, not long. So I have either the squash or pumpkin or both. This is what the rabbits seem to like, so I'm not sure how much there will be of it. There are quite a few of these blossoms.
And I have seen a few of these:
My corn stalks are only about 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall and should be around 6 feet. The tops look like they may get corn, but I don't know. I also planted cucumbers and the plants do have blossoms, but I am not sure they will grow cucumbers before it is too late to ripen. There aren't any fruit on them yet. I also have three cantaloupe plants that had died down to nothing when I planted them and I don't think there is any way they will produce, but at least the plants came back up. I will definitely need to find a way to start them earlier next year. Maybe I will be able to get the materials a little at a time over the year to make the boxes or shelters for next year and maybe some 5 gallon buckets for some of them.
I am hoping the rain we had over the last couple days will help the garden and not hurt. It rained from around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon until after midnight Wednesday night without stopping.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Eight years ago, just before my birthday, I found out that I had Ovarian Cancer. So a couple weeks later I had major surgery for it. The doc got it all, though I did have to go through chemo and radiation -- the radiation because it was not only Ovarian cancer, but started as Uterine cancer and had progressed to stage 4. I've never been a very positive person, but for some reason I was very positive about beating this cancer. I also had a message from The Lord that I was going to be all-right. Maybe being positive about beating it had something to do with how I found out about it, too, because I wouldn't have been at the doctor except for a problem with my feet that turned out to be neuropathy because of diabetes. I hadn't even had a doctor until that was diagnosed. Then went through a nurse practitioner who didn't really care and finally passed me off to my doctor. She was very insistent (nicely) that I get checked for the suspected cancer and then that I have the surgery. Needless to say, she got her way.
I have now been cancer free for 8 years and past treatment for almost 7 1/2 years. June 18 was my Oncology appointment and I was officially discharged from that department. All follow-ups from now on will be with my Primary Care doctor, who cared enough to get me through this.
I thank God for the ways that he got me to this point -- with the neuropathy/diabetes and all the way to a caring PCP and wonderful surgeon.
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