Saturday, February 26, 2011


I have been kinda under the weather for the last few days.  I have had a bout with sinus infection and just general blahs.
The weather we are having does not help with the sinus, when it gets like this, I can pretty much take it to the bank that I will have a sinus problem and it generally lasts about 4-5 days.  And if I do not take steps to get it under control, it turns into a migraine and you might as well count me out for about a week.

I have been sand bagging around some of the other blogs I read, and leaving comments, just to keep my mind off of the intense pain in my facial bones, it is just plain intense.  And it doesn't matter what you do, or what you take, it has to ride out so I just stay quiet, try to do some things, just because there is no one to do it anyway, and keep the vaporizers going to help with the intensely dry air we are having, along with the change in the weather from warm to cold, and air pressure, which I am some what sensitive to.

I am anxiously waiting for my blackberry, rasberry, and blueberry canes to arrive in the mail.  This is going to be one of the experiments I will attempt to try around my tiny lot, an attempt to grow berry bushes in the large blue containers I have around the lot.  The blueberry bushes are dwarf bushes and I am hoping I can control the soil acidity that they need to do well in.  The Blackberry and Raspberries, I am attempt to do a form of training the canes like the medieval way of growing fruit trees, I think that they call it "espariel"( I cannot even spell this, please understand)  training the canes to climb a trellis and keeping them controlled. So I am hoping to be over this sinus crap before they get here, so I can get them in some small pots in the house, and then when it gets a little warmer, get them in their containers later.

I ordered these from Gurneys nursery catalog.  Here in town, we have a nursery, but their prices on trees and fruit bushes are out of this world, like $25.00 to $35.00 for a blackberry bush! And these are small canes, not large older bushes.   No way, it seems where I live here, our town is beyond prices charged, so I am trying my hand at Gurneys and see if I have any luck.  I have Ft Laramie strawberry plants from them years ago, and they are still producing and doing well.  I am going to thin out some of these strawberry plants from my parents bed and start these in some blue containers also, see if I have any luck with that.

Other than laying around not being able to function too well or think, not much is going on.  Until the weather starts straightening out, there isn't much I can do at the moment.
So I wish everyone a wonderful weekend, and hopefully I will have better things to talk about, and photos to show from the bushes I am getting.


  1. Dear Denim ~ I am so sorry that you are feeling so bad, and hope you don't end up with a migraine and also hope you are SOON feeling better.

    I also hope your fruit bushes do well for you.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  2. Sounds like we're all a bit under the weather...hope you're feeling better soon. I boxed up your peels, added some bay and rosemary...will mail out on Monday. Take Care.

  3. My Iowa sis has the same sinus problems when there is a weather change. I do somewhat but nothing as severe as yours.

    At least it is too crappy to be outside anyway so just do what you are doing and maybe it will pass without you getting completely down.

    I think the large pot idea will work great.

  4. I hope you recover quickly. I haven't had a sinus infection in a long time (knock wood) but I know what it's like when the closest thing to a night's sleep is spending the night in the recliner.

    Drink peppermint or ginger tea and breathe in the steam. Eat lots of onion and garlic and hot peppers, if your stomach can handle it.

    Have you tried saline spray, or those "nettie pots"? They say the salt solution helps to reduce inflammation.

    Take good care of yourself, and I hope you're back up and at it soon! PS remember there's always Vicks Vaporub! My mom used to use it for everything... Hugs

  5. Bless your heart! I have bad allergies myself and a sinus headache is the absolute worst. Do you do hot wet compresses to your face? Sometimes those help. Oil of eucalyptus helps me. You can put it in the vaporizer.
    "Espalier" - There's tons of info about it on the internet. I have a friend who has had to put an 8 foot high concrete block fence around his back yard/garden because it gets very stormy and windy there. He has espaliered some pear trees and some peach trees along the southfacing side. He pretty much has to tie them down as the wind would just beat them to death. He's the one I got the idea for the rebar trellis from. That's what he's got his trees tied to. I hope you have good luck with the blueberries and raspberries -- and have a good enough crop to get some jam out of the deal!

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