Saturday, June 05, 2010
I was up early again this morning; not quite as early as yesterday though, but felt a lot more rested today.
I wanted to get to the greenhouse as soon as they opened up at 9am, to pick up my free flat of zinnias. (Our official city flower is the zinnia, something that was voted on way back in the 30's). Anyway, once a year the city hands out 200 coupons for a free flat of zinnias, to residents within the city limits. I got there shortly after 9am to pick mine up, there was a line of cars already but was moving quickly.
Had to make a quick trip to Walmart to get a bag of top soil and potting soil, of course, while I was in the garden center I couldn't resist looking at the plants! I bought a planter of hens and chicks which were on clearance, and a Gerbana daisy.
I planted some of the zinnias on the long side of my porch.
The leftover zinnias I planted in a planter. My dad stopped over, and he helped me get the bags of dirt out of my car trunk. He also helped me dig the holes for the lilies I bought yesterday in my perennial bed. I re-potted one of my coleous that I had in a pot with some other plants, it was wilting, not sure why, it wasn't from lack of water, but I thought maybe it would do better in a pot by itself and a location in the shade. I planted the scented geranium I bought at the farmer's market yesterday in it's place. I also planted my candy corn vine; in a location by my front steps; hoping to train the vine to grow around the railing there. I also re-potted my sweet potato vine to a larger pot.
My tomato plant is growing fast, and has several blossoms on it. Cucumber plant isn't doing too bad either.
Here's a pic of part of my perennial bed. Some of the plants there won't have flowers on them for a few more weeks yet.
You can probably tell from the dried grass in front we really need some rain!
One of the daisies I bought this year has a flower on it already.
The weather was perfect today, in the 70's and a light breeze. I worked in the shade though as much as I could, and as always, made sure I put my sunblock on.
I have two neighbors who also got the free zinnias; we all had a nice break from our work when we were talking and comparing notes as to where we were going to plant our flowers.
I'm tired now, but not exhausted. A little sore, really worked some of the stomach muscles today. Every year, I can't wait to start planting all the flowers and stuff, but it feels good when that part is done too, and all I have to worry about is the weeding and the watering. Looks like we may get some rain tonight and tomorrow, so I might not have to do that chore again til Monday.
Just relaxing right now, it's starting to get dark. Enjoying the view of the bright yellow finches at the feeders just outside my window, they are such beautiful birds. It's been a perfect June day!
Friday, June 04, 2010
Last night, I decided to go to bed early so I could get to the Friday farmer's market early, they open up at 8am on Friday's. Wanted to get there while the selection of plants was the best. I went to bed early last night, tried to anyway; ended up with a headache and had to take my migraine meds, and I also had to take one of my sleeping pills.
Our farmer's market is in the city hall parking lot two days per week, Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. If I didn't go today, I wouldn't be able to go again til next Friday, since I have my Zometa treatment on Tuesday.
I had my alarm set for 6:30am, but didn't get up til after 7am. Part of it was feeling lazy, and still being tired, but I also had my cat Timmy curled up next to me, purring away. I just wanted to stay in bed and cuddle him, and not disturb him. But finally I did get up.It took me awhile to feel awake once I got up, but I left the house around 8:30am. Parked my car in the lot nearby the Farmer's Market and walked over to the bank to get some cash out of the ATM.
I bought a few lilies for my perennial bed, and also a scented geranium, and also a plant I had never seen before, called a candy corn vine. I won't be planting anything until Saturday or Sunday though; I'm still feeling muscle pain from my Neulasta shot, and tired from getting up so early. We have rain coming anyway; possibly some severe storms this afternoon. It will be nice if the front coming through cuts down the humidity. It was foggy when I left the house today; not hot out, only in the low 70's, but still feels sticky outside.
This is the candy corn vine.
I put the plants in the car, and walked to the Family Dollar store that was in the same parking area. I bought a couple more plant pots and a couple of tomato cages. Then, after another trip to deposit my purchases into the car, I walked over to a couple of nearby little gift stores, where I took my time looking around and bought some gifts for two friends who have birthdays this month.
I was tired after that trip into town, but happy with what I found today. Hoping to get to bed early again tonight so I can get my free flat of zinnias at 9am when the greenhouse opens (that was the coupon I picked up from city hall on Tuesday that I blogged about earlier in the week.) Hoping to get a start on getting those planted; since they will go into the ground instead of containers, I'm not going to try to get them all planted in one day, I'd be pretty sore. I also need to plant the the things I bought at the farmer's market.
I'd love to get out for a walk this afternoon if there is a break in the rain, but even if I can't, I did get some exercise with the walking around I did while shopping.
Just have to share one more picture; this is that cat that belongs to one of my neighbor's that was "helping" me plant some flowers the first part of the week; I caught her hiding in my hostas watching a squirrel in one of my trees last night.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
photo from icanhascheezburger.com
It's 2 days post chemo, the day that the steroids given with the chemo start to wear off, leaving me feeling tired and irritable; it usually lasts into the 3rd day too. Sometimes I feel depressed and kind of "weepy" those days, but today I'm just feeling cranky. But I have just accepted that it is what it is. I know it's only temporary. But those are also the days I have to fight to keep on track and not do any emotional eating. One of the side effects of the steroids is weight gain from increased appetite, and I am determined that I am going to stay within my 5 pound goal weight range while I am on this chemo.
I also had my Neulasta shot yesterday, which is given in the abdomen. It's not bad the day of the injection, but the two days after my stomach muscles are sore. So I try to avoid activities for those two days that involve a lot of bending or using the ab muscles. But that injection is only once every 3 weeks, the day after my chemo.
Even though I was tired today, I went for a walk, 17 minutes and about 1/7th of a mile. I would have walked a little longer, but I need to work up to it; most of my walks have been about 10 minutes at a time; still have to baby that bad hip a bit. I wasn't hurting today, but I thought it would be wise to quit before I started hurting until walking until it hurts. I need to push myself, but not to the point where I am going to end up overdoing it and setting myself back further. And now that I have typed out this blog, I am realizing that some of my crankiness today is that my body can't do what it use it to be able to before I had cancer and the complications from it.
If you didn't know me, to look at me you would think I look physically capable of handling more than I do, but cancer is one of those diseases where you don't always "look sick". And many people that see me and don't think that I "don't look sick" are only seeing me on my good days, or if it's a bad day, they don't know how slow moving I am sometimes in the morning to get ready and make myself "presentable", how much energy it takes on some of those days to do my hair and put makeup on.
Well, enough of my ranting today; tomorrow I will hopefully have a more positive day to blog about.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Chemo took about 3 hours yesterday, as usual. Was tired from the Zofran when I got home. Watched some tv and did a little reading.
The night went as usual after a chemo, stomach ache later in the evening then bad hot flashes when I tried to sleep. Started to feel nauseous around 11pm so I took my Compezine. Took a sleeping pill around 2:30pm and was still awake til at least 3am. The steroids I had with the chemo are keeping me going today though; tomorrow will be the day I'll "crash".
Even though I am at my goal weight, I am frustrated with my "poochy" stomach. Trying to use my stability ball to do more exercises to work on my core. I have to work on my posture too, my poor posture just makes my stomach stick out more. I did a short workout today with stability ball and 1 and 2 pound weights.
Had to get my Neulasta shot this afternoon. Doing some laundry now. I don't mind doing laundry; it doesn't feel that much like "work" to me. I live in a one story house so it's not like I am having to walk up and down stairs to get it done. I'm limited to how many loads I can do per day because my dryer quit working a couple of years ago. I use folding racks to dry my laundry on instead. I don't intend to replace the dryer; it saves me a lot of money on my electric bill by not using it. One of these days, I want to get it out of the house and put shelves in that area to hold my cleaning supplies.
We had some rain last night; not a lot, but enough that I won't have to water the plants tonight. The grass is turning green again too.
I went for a short, 12 minute walk this afternoon. I could smell the lilacs growing the neighborhood and really enjoyed that. It was 73° F at the time I went out, but by the time I got home, I was feeling warm. Even though it's cooler today it's still humid.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
I have chemo in about an hour; before going to my doctor's office though, I am stopping by city hall to pick up a coupon for a free flat of zinnias. Seems sometime way back in the 1930's, the people voted that the zinnia should be the official flower of Big Rapids; why that flower was picked, I don't know, they are ok, I just think there are other flowers much prettier. But if they are free, I am not going to complain! The city has done the free zinnia coupons for at least a dozen years now, if not longer.
They are free to residents who live inside the city limits, the only stipulation is that they be planted where the general public can view them.
By Saturday or Sunday, I should be recovered enough from my chemo to start planting. Saturday is also the day that we take our coupons to the greenhouse in town and pick up our flats.
We had 1/2 inch of rain yesterday morning, so at least I won't have to worry about watering my plants tonight. Will just have to check the few on my porch that are under the awning.
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