I'm so thankful for my dear friend Penny, she has truly been a blessing to me. She has been here in town for most of the past month to get my mom and dad's house ready to sell (she is the executor of the estate; she was listed in the trust to take over if I wasn't able to do it, and I stepped down because of my health issues) but she has also been doing everything she can to help me personally.
I have a small shed in my yard that is over 20 years old; it's never been painted the whole time I have lived here, though it's something I have always wanted to do. The original owners had it painted kind of a "blah" light greenish color, and left the trim unpainted. Before the cancer, when I had the physical ability to do it, I just never found the time, and after I quit working a few years ago and went on disability, I had the time, but not the physical ability. Anyway, I just mentioned it one day in a casual conversation, and Penny offered to paint it for me, and she said she had already thought about it and was going to ask me if I wanted to paint it before I even brought up the subject. So I decided on white, with dark green trim, which will match my house. She got the white paint on Saturday, but hasn't been able to do the trim yet; we've had rain every day since Sunday, and there's rain in the forecast every day right through Saturday, but hopefully early in the week next week she'll be able to do it. She's going back home again, where she lives in the U.P. of Michigan, on June 4th.
Monday, she did some housework for me, including some heavy duty cleaning I haven't been able to get done. Yesterday, she took me to get my lab work done, to Rite Aid to pick up prescriptions, and grocery shopping; then she stayed and helped me with another project I've had to put off because of my health- cleaning out and organizing my spare bedroom that I use as a storage room. It's not quite done yet, but it will be finished up before she leaves. She is making room in there so I can put a couple of storage shelf units in there that were in my parent's house, which will make it easier for me to keep things neat. I am getting rid of a lot of clutter too; some of it will be donated, the stuff that is not suitable to donate will be thrown away.
Today, we went to Menard's where I picked up a few things I needed. I wanted a couple of hanging baskets for my porch, but they didn't have anything very nice looking there, so we went to Lowes for those. I got a fuschia and a calibrachoa with very pretty purple flowers on it that kind of look like mini petunias. I wasn't going to get any other plants but the baskets, but I saw a caladium that was just so pretty, pink and green, and Penny told me to go ahead and get it and she'd pot it for me. I also got a couple of small white wave petunias to put in with it. I'll keep it on the porch; I think even with my fatigue issues, I can handle just keeping 2 baskets and a potted plant watered.
I also got some mulch for my perennial flower bed in front of the house, to try to keep the weeds down, since I'm not really physically able to do a lot of weed pulling anymore. Also some edging for my other smaller perennial flower beds around the yard; I'm not able to do my own mowing anymore so I have to use a yard service now, and Penny is going to put the edging around those plants so that they don't get accidentally mowed down or hit with the weed whacker, and I don't have to worry about somebody mistaking a plant for a weed.
Penny got back over here about an hour ago; she potted my caladium and petunias for me, and now she is weeding my perennial bed, and then she will put mulch around it. Even though I can't actively garden anymore (and I do miss it!) at least I can still have a nice looking yard. I'm glad that I planted all the perennials that I did when I was able to.
Here is the fuschia I got today; it's not as big as I would like, but they are hard to find right now around my town, and I got the last one that Lowes had. I think with some TLC and some plant food, it will grow some more.
The name of this one I can't pronounce or spell, so I'm not even going to try, LOL; but I love the purple flowers. They aren't petunias, though they do like kind of like mini petunias.
And this is the caladium and petunias, after Penny repotted them.