Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Breathing Through Changes and Welcoming Spring

There have been many times that I have been frustrated with fellow bloggers who seem to just drop off planet earth. I wonder why it's so difficult not to just post something, anything for their followers to stay connected. Well I am assuming that I have a follower or two that feels the same about the fact that my last post was December 28th, even if those followers are family.

Hello, I am still alive.........yes........I just pinched myself and it hurts. I retired in October and I have come to the conclusion that I rather like it. Although it took some adjustments to reach that conclusion. MeMa is still working two and a half days so it leaves me with rather a lot of time on my own. My recent and much detested checkup has shown that my bladder cancer has returned, not the thing you want to hear your doctor say. To say the least I was crushed and could see the same in MeMa's expression as she stood next to the doctor while he navigated the camera through my nether regions and quietly explained what they were looking at. Three more tumors and a suspicious area that will be biopsied when they remove the tumors on March 28th. I have to admit that I became quite depressed over the next week, but I am quite convinced that I am in the best possible hands. Life has been very good to me and I have no intentions of leaving it now, so I quickly got off the pity wagon and faced the day. After all, spring has sprung and there are jobs to be done. I am right where I have always wanted to be, retired and working in the garden.



This old gardener has a stock of projects to busy himself and an heir or two for their lifetime.

First on the agenda I catalogued the contents of the pantry and freezers so when I do the weekly shopping I am not over purchasing. One of my new loves is cooking. I have always enjoyed eating, but now find that most of the enjoyment of food is the creation and hearing my wife saying she really likes what has been set before her. Forty two years she has planned, shopped for and prepared every meal set before her family. Fortunately for myself over all those years MeMa has amassed a very large number of recipes. Unlike his wife who can gather items from the pantry and prepare a delicious meal without a recipe, this old gardener can cook but only with a recipe to follow to the letter.
drawers full of recipes

on the top shelf there are two rows of recipe books, one row in front of the other.

The latest project in the garden is almost finished, it required a couple of  trips to the masonry shop for cement blocks. What used to be the kitchen garden is now be three raised beds for MeMa's dahlias. Each bed has a graveled two foot wide walkway so she will be able to keep her feet clean while she picks flowers



I use tomato cages to keep each plant in control and each cage is tagged with a numbered brass tag which corresponds with a page in my record book. Then in the fall I give away any that do not perform well and plant a new one in its place.

Since the 50's the property behind ours has been nursery, which takes up a five block parcel of land. The block directly behind our house has always been a utility area closed to the customers so it has always been very quiet. Economics has brought about change, the property has been sold and houses are to be built on four of the five blocks of land leaving the last for the retail portion of the nursery.
There has always been that worry in some small dark little niche of our brains, but it's something that we would scoff at and ignore.

Our house is 100 years old this year, we are the second owners having purchased it in 1976. We have had terrible, good and great neighbors on either side of us so might as well stick around and see what the future holds at the back fence. With the coming of spring I have already started dressing up the window boxes and filling pots.

Spring is bursting in the garden, mostly on time but with our unseasonably warm winter everything is bumped up a bit. The ancient star magnolia is the first to bloom early. Usually it follows the spring bulbs but this year its snow white blossoms are ahead of the bulbs.




20 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your returning troubles, let's hope that your March op' will do the job.

    I was just saying the other day that I must take note of what's in the freezers. I rather lose track; I think I need a book.

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    1. I put my freezer and pantry lists on my iphone

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  2. I'm sorry to hear of the cancer returning Doc I hope it can be sorted for once and all on the 28th. I'm pleased that you are managing to stay upbeat about it though & will keep my fingers & toes crossed for you. My husband can slowly cook a meal provided he has the recipe a list of instructions & me to call on for help when he starts to struggle. Needless to say he doesn't cook very often. Apart from the obvious I'm glad retirement is treating you well xx

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    1. Thanks Jo, they will give me chemo this time round. I have every faith that all will be well.

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  3. Was surprised when you popped up on my side bar again but good to see you although you had some bad news. Yes, you are in the best possible hands so good luck for the op.

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    1. Depression can be an evil thing until one realizes it is such a waste of valuable time.

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  4. I am so glad you said all this. I am sorry one of your pieces parts is declining, and so pleased you are out in the garden working it out. Take care.

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  5. Doc, I wish I had you around. They'll get you up and running in no time. When I had my heart scare, I went about making lists and had resigned myself. Sometimes it is just out of our hands (which is very hard for some of us) and trust in the specialists. Best wishes and don't wait so long to post.

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    1. Thanks Donna, already thinking of a new post

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  6. My hubby took up cooking while recovering from rotator cuff surgery a few years ago. He is like MeMa, though, in that he just throws stuff together on the fly and usually it comes out great!

    Good to hear from you, and sorry to hear about your news. You will be in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks Linda, I think I will be happy following the recipes.

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  7. Good luck to you during your treatment. As others have said, I hope this round finishes the cancer off for good.

    My husband is almost 5 years free of stage 3 lung cancer. Your positive approach and willingness to continue enjoying life played a big part in his recovery, I'm sure it will do the same for you!

    I love hearing about your garden projects!

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    1. Jennifer please give my congrats to your husband that is very uplifting. If this rain lets up I will be out in the rose garden weeding.

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  8. I ADORE that wallpaper
    Can you send me a close up photo?
    jgsheffield@hotmail.com
    Ta x

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  9. Wishing you speedy recovery after the op of the 28th. Your garden needs you, Mema needs you, the critters need you, we need you so get going on getting better!

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  10. I'm sorry to hear that you have the return of such a worry and hope that the upcoming op will return you to good health. I know how you will have been feeling. I've got a heart condition that gives me some concern. I've got a typed sheet that I put on the desktop when I'm away from home. Then if they scrape me off the floor somewhere family and friends can read how much they have been loved and valued in my life. No matter how how upbeat you try to be health worries can sink you from time to time. I'm rooting for you, Doc!

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  11. Let's hope that neither of us have to be scraped off the floor any time soon.

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