Monday, July 11, 2011

A Hod Pog of going's on

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope that all of you are doing well, and surviving the gardening and heat blues.  I am reading from other's blogs that the heat is on, and everyone is dealing with it as best as they can.
We are now in the heat too, we are also starting the July monsoon season, where we get almost daily thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evenings. These come up from the southwest from Colorado.   Some have been a little monstrous but we only had one hail storm and thankfully, it did not damage my garden too much, as the fence and the closeness of the other trailers saved the garden by deflecting the hail stones, which were about the size of a quarter and then pea and marble sized stones.  I just trimmed off the damaged leaves and used my worm compost tea and some organic liquid fertilizer to snap some of the plants out of shock.  Everything seems to be doing fine.  We now have the heat to deal with.

It has been ok around here, we had a neighbor from hell problem very early Saturday morning, the house neighbors called the law around 2 am, which I did not hear anything, which is shocking, but I was very tired and slept through THAT little skirmish, but then, I got up around 4 am, because I hurt somewhat, so I was up and then all hell broke loose again from the same B**** that lives next to me, and she was starting more problems with the B**** sister who lives in the trailer to the north of me about 2 doors away.  They were all out in front of my trailer and so I called the law and the dispatcher, with a little humor, told me this was the second time they were called and that the cop that patrols our area at night will not be happy going back there.  By the time everything was calmed down, it was a little past 5 am, and I was not a happy camper and neither was the house neighbors. I wish they would all move.....

I have been busy drying cilantro and then yesterday (Sunday), I cut some of my french Tarragon and am drying this under my carport for a few days. 
I also changed my kitchen around to accommodate the canning later on,. First, trailers are not laid out well in the first place, especially the kitchen, but I moved my frigs to the south wall, and then I have my work table in the middle to handle canning.  I moved my baker's shelf where the one frig was and I like it.  I can move around and not stumble into everything.
I am going to try, if everything is quiet this week, to wash down my cupboards and go through some things and throw stuff out or to the Goodwill.  I am running out of room.  I just cleaned out the cupboards last winter, seems stuff just multiplies.

We have started the trips to the pain specialist for D for his spine problems.  They are doing injections in specific spots in the vertebrae to control pain.  The meds that they give him do no good anymore, and I am not a fan of meds anyway, so this is the last option for now.  I talked to the Doctor and he does not have anything good to say about the prognosis, as almost 2 1/2 yrs ago, he asked for MRI's and an appointment with his neurosurgeon, only to be denied, and now the nerve damage and spine damage is beyond repair and with D's age, it is a last option and a permanent one, in which D would have the problems I have with spine surgery. The injections also only last about 4 days for pain control, so it's not a fix either.   This is what work comp does to someone in our state, which is nothing, and then ruins the health of the employee and then there is nothing that can be done.  Or should I say, this is what happens when the employer does not HAVE work comp in the first place.  It is a mess.

I need to schedule my doctor's appointments also, I have had some issues with my parents, and I also lost a very beloved kitty over the Forth of July weekend.  Her name was Runt, and she was 21 yrs old.  She put up a good fight, but I am sure that she had liver cancer and finally I had to take her to my vet to peacefully send her to heaven.  She was a very small, kitty, and was very sick when I got her at about 6 wks old.  She had a very bad bout with a bacterial diarrhea and since that, she always had digestive problems which I controlled with enzymes and probiotics.  I do not think that I did too bad of a job to get Runt to 21.  She was a very sweet and yet grumpy kitty.  I will miss her terribly.

Other than that, that is about all that is going on.  I also forgot to mention, that I got 3 cucumbers and a tomato, Yay!  And  they sure were tasty!  Had them for dinner last night.  Everything is very slow though but it is coming along.

Well, I need to get going this morning, before it gets too hot.  We are supposed to have storms also, so I need to mow and trim some more.  I trimmed the garden yesterday so I could take photos of it, and I didn't want all of you to see the crappy weeds I had in my garden, it looked  like a poop hole.  The weeds got away from me.
Anyway, enjoy your week and take care all.



  1. Glad to have you back. Sorry you lost your kitty. I'm getting tomatoes have not had a cuke yet. I wish I could grow tarragon! I keep trying and it just doesn't do well here.

  2. The heat has been creeping up on us in KY and hit with a blast today. I can only be thankful that it is later in the season this year than last--our first summer in KY was daunting with 90+ temps from early June through mid-August. We had trouble last season with tomatoes and green peppers literally cooking on the vines.
    Speaking of tomatoes: we've had problems here with 'wilt' and 'blight'--apparently both are common in zone 6. I read this weekend that copper sulfate scratched around the plants when set out and then at intervals is helpful. Have you had any experience with this?
    Keeping a cat to age 21 is remarkable--I think our oldest were 16 and 18 respectively. They were ready to go to their rewards. It is still a wrench to part with one.
    Will be interested to hear about your canning. Smaller kitchen than I'm accustomed to here and I sometimes stand in the middle of the floor looking helplessly for one more spot to land a kettle or hot jars.
    A pox on those neighbors--do you suppose that sort are trying to create drama in otherwise boring lives--or they just don't know any better than to wake everyone up with their fights?

  3. Sorry to hear of D's medical problems. My heart really goes out to people with chronic pain or conditions. My little bout with polymyalgia rheumatica taught me to be much more understanding of these kinds of conditions.

    Your blue container garden just looks wonderful! I love it.

    Wish you could send some of the rains down our way.

    You beat me on the tomato....I still don't have any!

  4. So sorry to hear about your beloved Runt. I know she had a wonderful life thanks to you.

    Cucumbers already? I'm jealous. I got a couple tomatoes and some green beans but everyday I keep checking to see if there are any cucumbers yet.

    Take care of yourself. Hugs.

  5. Dear Denim ~ I am sorry to heart about dear Runt. What a good life she had in your loving care.

    You, D and your folks are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Your container garden is great and giving you a harvest already. That is wonderful.

    Your kitchen rearranging sounds like it is really working out for you and I'm glad of that.

    Love and hugs to you,


  6. Well I can finally comment again and I'm soooo glad, I was feeling very bad about not being able to put my two cents worth in, here and there.

    Sorry about the kitty but that's a long life for a cat that's perfectly healthy. You did good.

    Sorry about your NFH's too. Been there, done that. I'm so grateful for our good neighbors here.

    Yeah, my garden's probably finished without producing much this year, though we have a chance for some rain today and tomorrow. Sure need some. I don't know if I will do a fall garden or not. It depends on how things go for the next month.

  7. We've had an odd year for growing things - my courgettes (those that survived the slugs) are only just now starting to grow properly. There are very few bees locally to polinate my beans, despite having planted LOTS of Borage (the ultimate bee plant) and a swarm coming over our house at the weekend. I'm beginning to think stuff in pots and containers in the middle of the concrete stable yard might stand a better chance of growing . . .

    I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your darling Runt, but gosh, 21 is an inredible age for a cat, and probably 20 years more than she might have gotten had she not been nursed and saved by you . . .