Watermelon Woman


Weather blues
January 29, 2010, Friday,9:07 pm
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I really like the rain but the gloomy days are getting me down.  It is too wet to do anything even when it isn’t raining. Sigh. We are to have a couple of days of fair weather then back to more rain for several days.

On the other hand, I’m feeling pretty good despite a twingey back and numb toes. I can wear my own hair rather than a wig. My hair is a different color and now curly instead of straight. Quite a change from what I was used to.

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Wind, Rain, Sleet, Hail, Thunder and Snow
January 22, 2010, Friday,8:31 pm
Filed under: flowers, Gardening, ovarian cancer, seeds, weather | Tags: , ,

The weather was quite something today. We had wind, rain, sleet, hail and thunder too. The hills even had some snow this morning! I am happy to have a window in my cubicle so I can see the outside. I have a lovely tree outside my window that changes with the season.  The wind was blowing the rain sideways on to the window which is why I heard when the hail started. A co-worker and I had returned from a walk in the sun just an hour or so when all of the fun stuff started!.

We are supposed to have a short break in the rain starting tomorrow afternoon and until Sunday afternoon.

I am hoping that this will give me enough time to plant a few seeds in my raised beds. My Baker Creek order has arrived and I would like to get started on the cool weather items:

  • Sweet Pea Dolly Darden
  • Tonda di Parigi Carrots
  • Harris Model Parsnips
  • Lilac PomPom Poppy
  • Mother of Pearl Poppy
  • Mizuna Greens

This is by no means my full order. Other seeds such as tomato, watermelon, squash, okra, sunflowers, etc., will need to either be started first or wait until warmer weather to sow. I will post the varieties in the spring.

I received excellent news today on my latest blood work. I know that I won’t be doing chemo for at least the next 3 months. A CT scan and more blood work will follow then. It is a little crazy to try living each day and not thinking about what might happen 3 months down the road. Some of the weight I’ve been carrying is off my shoulders at least for a while. 2010 is looking good so far!



Green hills
January 18, 2010, Monday,2:46 pm
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The rainy weather has put the green back on our hills. Beautiful during this time of year to see them. With predictions of a week of rain, we should keep the green for a good while.

I sent off my seed order last night. I went a little overboard with the bean order. Dry beans and green. Watermelons–of course! Plus a few flowers — poppies, sunflowers and sweet peas.

The days are getting noticeably longer. I can get home before it is completely dark. Of course, I only have a 3 mile commute. 🙂



No snow
January 12, 2010, Tuesday,7:15 am
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We are back from a snow trip. There wasn’t too much snow however as it never snowed during the full week we were visiting. In fact the temperatures went as high as the 50’s. This made driving a breeze with no chain restrictions at all. We did get some low fog which made driving on mountain streets a challenge. It was still beautiful.

Our doggy is still hospitalized after an operation to remove a 6 inch tumor on her liver. She also has pancreatitis and is refusing to eat. We will visit her again today and hope that will help her appetite. She is 2 hours away from our home so visiting is difficult. She is very strong and I do think she will bounce back from this illness. Her hips are another problem though and I don’t think we have many options. Getting old sucks big time and all we can do is give support and our love.

I’m back to work as well in this new year. There are many challenges starting with a shacky budget and absent leadership. Managers hired to do a specific job are being over-ruled or ignored. I guess that is the same old, same old. Happy new year.



Happy 2010
January 1, 2010, Friday,4:26 pm
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Happy New Year to All!

I  am happy to be in 2010. As you may have read here, 2009 was a difficult year for me and my family. Hoping for only good news on the health front this year.

I received  several seed catalogs and have been planning what I am going to purchase.

  • Tomatoes – trying some new heirlooms
  • Melons – yellow-fleshed watermelon and Russian variety
  • Lettuce – mix of small-leaved salad
  • Kale – curly-leaf
  • Swiss chard –maybe, first planting was eaten by something
  • Onions – in the ground already
  • Beans – Scarlett Runner
  • Sunflowers – really missed them when I didn’t plant them last year
  • Cotton – just to see if they will grow here in California

Fruit trees

  • more apples, another Lady (christmas apple)
  • lemon Meyer
  • lime – sweet Asian

Not sure this is all but it is a start. I may add some other annuals to the list. Just looking a the catalogs like Baker Street makes me smile. I have another opportunity to learn and do better in the garden.

What are you planning for the new decade and this year?

  • pomegrante
  • fig