Watermelon Woman


The Rain Door
February 6, 2014, Thursday,12:31 pm
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The Rain Door is finally opened. We had a nice rain overnight and into this morning. More will come during the weekend, but we are so in need, that not too many are complaining. Droughts are hard on everyone. I don’t care about my lawn, in fact, would prefer not to have them at all. Save the water for the veggies and fruit trees, I say. Cutting back is hard because we already conserve water. Cutting another 20% will be difficult. So, the more rain the better.



January Dry
January 13, 2014, Monday,11:58 am
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Wow. Losing your password and changing your email service makes for a long retrieval process. Happy to be back. I’m coming up on my 5-year survival anniversary. Just a bit nervous if truth be known.

This California girl has never been so cold for so long. I do hope that this isn’t going to be the way it is from now on. On top of the cold, we haven’t had the rain we need and may soon be declared in an official drought. That means watching our water use even more than usual. Come on rain! Everyone at work is struggling with colds and coughs. Our homes are not insulated nearly as well as they could be. The next project will be cleaning out our attic and adding new insulation. Our stove/oven is giving little hints that it is time to look for a replacement. Oh the joys of home ownership,eh?

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June?
June 5, 2011, Sunday,3:56 pm
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Saturday it rained for most of the day. Today, I made it to the farmer’s market before any rain started. Should start anytime now. We have already broken many rain records in the area. We do expect some sunshine later in the week.

I’ve managed to get the yard weeded with a little help. I tire more easily these days but I managed to finally get my tomatoes planted and staked and the roses dead-headed. The artichokes I planted several weeks ago have survived both snail attacks and rain. In fact, it seems that artichokes like the type of weather we have been having.

The birds seem to be more numerous this year and the hummingbirds are showing up to feast on the flower nectar.

Back to work tomorrow. Sigh.



Rainy season
December 14, 2010, Tuesday,6:40 pm
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Our rainy season is definitely here. It is hard to complain about any rain we get as we always need to fill our reservoirs for the dry season in the summer and early fall here on the West Coast.

I was able to find a  bit of a break this afternoon to take a walk while at work with a colleague. That always makes me feel better.

Work has been especially busy as we gear up to update many online pieces of our site. I could work 24/7 if I didn’t need to eat and sleep!

I’m looking forward to seeing my sister that lives out-of-town some time this month. I also expect one of the kids to come home for a little while between semesters. This spring will be the last before graduation. Whew!

The garden is very wet. It hasn’t stopped the critter from making tunnels under by raised beds and another in the wall of our house. I need a professional!



Wet Yard
March 13, 2010, Saturday,8:15 am
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The grounds are still soaking from the continuous rain over the past five months. How long will it take to dry out? Should I pull weeds now when it is easier but chance pacting the soil? We are supposed to have at least seven days of sun.

The blackberries that I bought for my son are still on our patio. I planted 3 in one big container. Each has new shoots growing. The lemon and mandarin trees are looking good as well. They have enjoyed all the rain. The early tomatoes are still growing stronger. I’m hoping for a taste early in the summer!

I have had my blood work on the latest CA-125. Waiting is the hardest part. As much as I’m trying to be optimistic I still fear the worst. Add in my work stress and I’m pretty much a basket case. We have a scheduled holiday coming up at the end of March (Spring Break) and I hope the time off will not be spent worrying about the next chemo. Report to come later.



Who are you?
March 1, 2010, Monday,9:49 pm
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Walking around the lake two Saturdays ago, I saw my sister coming from the other direction. I stopped to wait for her and smiled at her. My sister did not recognize me! To her credit, she had not seen me since I stopped wearing my blond wig to hide my head while my hair grew out. Before chemo, I had long blond, straight hair. I now have short, brown and curly hair. Quite a change for me too!

We met for lunch later in the week, again my sister did not realize that it was me until I got really close to the car. LOL. My other sister said she would have recognized me (sure, sure). Guess I don’t look like me anymore, but I’m glad I have hair again.

The anniversary of my surgery is coming up soon. As an almost one year survivor, I don’t feel safe. While I go through my days mostly not thinking about cancer, I also realize that I have this overwhelming feeling that there is more to come. People tell me all the time that I am strong and have a good outlook on my situation. I think I’m a fake, pretending that everything is okay when I am really scared to death. This is probably “normal” reaction but I need to be more confident that I will be  one of the good statistics. Maybe pretending to be optimistic will turn into a true feeling.

Weeds have taken over the backyard and with more rain coming, it may be April before I can get out there and set things right. Something to look forward to…



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.



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. 🙂



Waiting for March 8
February 19, 2009, Thursday,8:16 pm
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Why you ask am I waiting for March 8th? I am so tired of leaving going to work in the dawn and getting home at twilight. Daylight savings starts on March 8th. This means an hour more of daylight in the evening to do gardening or just be outside. It’s been gloomy. We do have a break in the rain until Saturday night so maybe the seeds will be started and weeds weeded.

Last weeks rain was amazing. We had standing water and mud everywhere. I don’t think I have ever seen it quite this pronounced ever. Drying out will take a while.



More stress
February 12, 2009, Thursday,9:44 am
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To use a cliche, when it rains, it pours. A week after my brother’s passing, I found myself sitting in an emergency room with my husband. He is fine now but he spent a night in the hospital and a day of tests. The stress levels do rise sharply. It has been raining off and on now for a few days so staring out the window has been the extent of my gardening.

Tomorrow starts a 4-day house and garden expo near here. I plan to go on the first day as everyone working there will be fresh and excited rather than tired and just waiting for the day to end. Even though it is called “house and garden”, I suspect most exhibitors will be contractors for windows, landscaping, and remodeling rather than true gardening. My favorite garden nursery will be there however, so there is hope of seeing plants.

I’ve managed to pick a handful of sweetpeas that are bravely blooming in the cold, rainy weather. There are many blooms about to open as well. Tonight there may be a freeze so I will have to move the pot under the patio cover along with the orange and lemon tree pots. Brrrr.