Thursday, July 05, 2012
Here's a link to my facebook page pictures of my veggie garden beds
Unfortunately, the pics to my garden bed are in the laptop that has died. Those pics will have to wait until we get it back from the geeksquad.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
I LOVE gardening!
I tend to spend my mornings outside in my gardens.
I have 10 raised veggie beds, 1 raised strawberry bed, and many flower borders : the Butterfly Border (natives and non-native plants), the (native) Prairie Border, a Hosta Border, and a Dense Shade (all natives) Border.
I use the Dense Shade Border on the north side of the house as a kind of "nursery" since the soil is so wonderful. Any native plants I rescue go in there while they recover from the shock of being moved and they can just concentrate on making roots.
I also have a section of our woods that was over-run by nasty Garlic Mustard and Japanese Honeysuckle which have just about killed out any natural understory. I've worked for 2 years to clear it of the invasive plants, and cutting back the native Prairie Rose to controllable size. I will soon be ready to begin planning and planting some spring ephemerals and ferns in there to create a Woodland Garden. My husband is working on a lovely castiron and wood park bench he got for me from a garage sale. It will be put in the Woodland Garden for a cool spot for reading, resting, or dreaming.
Yesterday morning, I spent about 3 hours working in the flower borders.
I enlarged one to make room for more marshy/swampy native plants I've collected from various sources. I had the plants in the north-facing Dense Shade Border, but they needed more sun and water to thrive. So, where the hose spigot is and the ground stays damp, I enlarged it to the the SW and transplanted the Marsh Marigold, Woodland Wild Petunia, and Swamp Buttercup. There was already Swamp Milkweed and a Blue Flag Iris in the border. I still need to locate and plant several Cardinal Lobelia to "complete" (HA!, right fellow gardeners?!?! LOL) this border. This border is now called The Wetlands Border.
I also moved 2 varieties of native Beardtongue (think wild foxglove) from that Dense Shade Border to a border along our garage which receives a lot more sun. I got those moved just in time too...they are beginning to seed, so I'll have more Smooth Beardtongue and Foxglove Beardtongue next spring!
The Hosta Border was recently enlarged to hide a downspout. So I transplanted the natives Purple Rocket and Woodland Phlox in there, along with an unknown variety of Coral Bells. There's already Virginia Bluebells in there waiting for their 1st spring. After the mass of native Turtlehead bloom and before they seed in the Dense Shade Border, I'll move them into this border as well.
I also spent a few minutes harvesting our 1st green beans of the season for our 4th of July lunch and tying up tomato plants in the garden area.
I am used to getting a few chigger bites after spending time outside. Since we moved to the country to our home in the woods 4 years ago, we've battled with chigger bites. Our poor black lab/golden retriever! With his long hair, he battles with them on his legs and belly all spring through summer until frost. And no flea drop or collar works on chiggers.
I look like I have the chickenpox!! I am covered in bites all over my trunk and behind my knees!! I showered after being outside, but somehow the nasty lil buggars survived. They spent the 4th of July hiding in my unmentionables and biting me along the elastics and straps and anywhere else they could! What am I supposed to wear today?!?!?!? I need a moomoo with no hem edges, straps or elastic anywhere to irritate the bites!!
So, gardeners and Outdoor Women.....how do you deal with Chiggers?!?!?!
I think I'll go soak in some Epson Salts in my garden (HA!) tub. sigh.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Midwest heat and humidity are here.
I've tried, but I just can't power-walk outside with the humidity. It makes me feel sick for the rest of the day. I thought when I got off bp meds, that sick feeling would go away, but maybe they just compounded an issue I have with heat and humidity because of a different health issue (hypothyroid or fibromyalgia or perimenopausal) or maybe it is just aging and not tolerating it as well anymore.
So my exercise routine for this summer is....
*gardening in early am and after 7pm when temps and humidity are easier to handle.
*Walking DVDs with Leslie Sansone in the airconditioning.
Mon- 2mile, Tues- 1 mile, Thurs- 3 miles, Fri-1 mile
(different distances to keep my body guessing)
*Coach Nicole DVD for strength training Tuesdays and Fridays
*Yoga DVD- at least 3x week, more would be better.
*Grab some extra fitness whenever possible (family hike ,family projects on weekend, etc) I do still have all that "spring cleaning" yet to do............but that's another story.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
"Live as an Overcomer" reflection
"Jesus girls aren't made to get stuck in a state of defeat.
We were made to walk in paths headed toward victory. This doesn't mean these paths won't be riddled with struggles we'll need to learn to overcome. They will. For lessons on overcoming are some of God's greatest gifts."
"Revelation 2:7: 'To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."
I am on the path headed toward victory! I am overcoming! Having the right to eat from the tree of life will be sooooo worth any struggle I have here on earth...even my struggles with overeating, poor food choices, laziness, pain, health issues, emotional eating.
Victory is possible.....as long as I depend on God, not on myself.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Well, I have made the transition from 60mg of Cymbalta to 30mg of it. It took 3 weeks to gently transition.
a few things I've noticed...
#1 my appetite has increased.
#2 the all-over throbbing (not really pain pain, just a throbbing) all over my body has returned.
#3 my hands ache more
#4 my knees ache more
#5 my thigh muscles stiffen much up more easily
#6 no change in my mental/emotional state
But all of this is still manageable with my healthy nutrition, adequate rest, walking, and yoga. Well, the appetite thing has thrown me a bit for a loop this week, especially with the hormonal cycle increasing it as well this week. The new pudginess to my tummy is not making me happy AT ALL! When I did my measurements for my monthly weigh-in and measurement recordings yesterday morning, for the 1st time my tummy and thighs increased a bit from the measurements from 4 weeks ago.
Time to increase the cardio back to 4 days/week!
I thought with all the gardening I am doing, I could go down to just 3 days. My body is saying otherwise.
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