Watermelon Woman


Falling
October 3, 2010, Sunday,5:31 pm
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It is definitely Fall, which is to say some of the warmest weather of the summer. The warmer weather comes too late for my tomatoes. I really only got the cherry volunteers and one or two from the medium-sized group. What the weather didn’t finish off, the underground rodent did.

I’m anxious right now as I have another test to take to determine if tumors have returned. There also be a CT scan as well. It took me a while to figure out why I couldn’t settle on my projects. This is how I was feeling three months a ago just prior to my last tests.

Wish me luck. I need to get going on my fall garden.



Everyone says “odd”
September 18, 2010, Saturday,9:04 am
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What odd weather we have had this year, this spring, this summer, this fall? Everyone has made a comment about there area of the country being too cool, too hot, too rainy, too dry. The tomatoes are not growing or ripening and on and on.

Are we having an unusual weather pattern this year? Are we seeing climate change in action? I did a Google search on the subject to see what would come up. Boy howdy, there was a lot of talk about the weather this year! Of course, gardeners do tend to obsess about the weather, don’t we?

We didn’t (haven’t?) had the very warm weather usually associated with September. This would be the time that we get extremely hot (100 F) for 3-4 days and we worry about fires. No so much this year. The air is already feeling like Fall.

I have pulled most of the tomatoes and planted some sugar snow peas and scarlett runners. I have a few leaves coming out, but it looks like the gopher/ground hog? has eaten most of the seeds. The prospect of digging out my raised beds, adding screen mesh and we building the bed is frustrating. Sigh



Fall
September 13, 2010, Monday,6:56 pm
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Fall folliage at Indian Lake.

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I know it isn’t really Fall yet but the weather has a mind of its own. I’ve planted my sugar peas and greens. There are a couple of sprouts now but I fear the ground hog, mole or whatever it is, has eaten many of the seeds. My desperation may lead to digging down about 24″ and placing a metal grid to stop or at least discourage the beastie. The cooler weather may be a good thing!

I went with my daughter-in-law to the first pre-natal class. I felt so honored to be there.



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.



Wind, Rain, Sleet, Hail, Thunder and Snow
January 22, 2010, Friday,8:31 pm
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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!



Windy night
November 29, 2009, Sunday,3:37 am
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Or, how I came to be up at 3 a.m.

I have found that the Saturday night before I go back to work after being off for a few days is likely to be a rotten sleep night. Of course, high winds outside are a contributing factor as well. Really weird weather for the end of November. It was very warm today (70 F) and even tonight was not as cold as it has been getting. This kind of wind usually means a change to the weather in the coming week.

The fact that I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday may be a deterrent to sleep as well. I find out the result of the lab work. This will be my first 3 month check-up (after chemo). To say I’m terrified would be accurate.

 



Thinking about Weather
March 1, 2009, Sunday,2:59 pm
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backyard-0651I heard that Texas has mostly 90 degree temperatures today. That’s a little warm for March, isn’t it? Anyway, I’ve been thinking about weather lately. Not specifically what is happening outside, but the idea of weather and how it impacts our lives. For those of us that watch the Weather Channel when there is nothing else on, we are captivated by rain, sleet and snow; hurricanes and tornadoes; droughts and tsnamis.

Is there a connection that goes back to our earliest human times? I think so. We don’t control the weather. It can be our friend for fruits and veggies but also the savage and relentless god that comes in the form of ghastly weather. Farmers and ranchers are more in tune with the weather and its potential than the average city dweller. Dry farming relies on whatever rain comes to the fields for water.

Many animals migrate to the rhythm of the changing seasons. Or hibernate during the cold winter months such as the bears do. Only the human tries to ignore or even control the impact of weather on their lives. We can dress ourselves warmly or cooly. The same with our homes. But there in the back of our minds, we know that “mother nature” can patiently wait for the time and place to rip our confidence way with the wind, rain or flood.

We even talk about “earthquake weather”. Dismissed by scientists as old tales, the fact that we have named it such, says something about the way we perceive weather and our environment. I do wish we could have weather that would predict a quake. Here in California it would be a miracle.

As I write, the wind and rain still claim the day as winter. But there are buds on many of the trees and the promise of spring is here.



Sunny and Windy
January 9, 2009, Friday,2:45 am
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The snow is melting here as the temperatures have been as high as 63 degrees on the Carson Valley floor. Of course, most of the clothing brought along are snow-related. Today got very windy at 10,000 feet and has been all day.

I found a great quilt store in Gardnerville. It is very roomy, having expanded to add more space for workshops. The shop is called The Quilt House. On the Kingsbury grade (Hwy 207) there is another shop that I always pop into when in the area. This one is called Fabrics Unlimited.  It is cozier than the Quilt House, but the staff are helpful and friendly and their are books galore.

As we drive along, I look for nurseries and garden shops but there are fewer and fewer it seems. There was a small chain store very near my house which  closed recently. I must now travel 20 minutes or 40 minutes for a full service gardening center. It is almost as hard to find good gardening magazines anywhere, including the garden centers. I will have to brake down and subscribe to a few.

Now, on to trying to upload my photos, which I will post here if successful. [Update: partial success–see photos below]

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