Thursday, June 6, 2019

Salad Days

Time has really gotten away from me. I find myself missing favorite bloggers’ posts for days and am shocked how long since I put up something myself. It seemed a good day to rectify that.

In short, things are looking up. Strawberry plants I didn’t expect to survive winter are producing some sweet fruits. And insects are leaving many of the berries alone! Today I enjoyed a particularly big, juicy one. Given the choice, my dear husband took the two smaller ones.

Besides that little consideration, he has been super throughout my difficulties with anxiety.

We went out today to do a little gardening together. Lettuce planted in our square Earth Box is doing great!

A tender, tasty blend from the garden center.

Most every trial turned out at least okay. We adore our 2017 Volt, my cat Jezebel has stopped limping, and Tilly acts half her age despite a frail appearance. It seems her infection has at long last been defeated. This bright eyed girl is jumping into bed again! Jezzy got sort of supplanted as a result, but receives attention when she wants.
Silly Tilly has lost the guard hairs on her flanks.
Looking like a cat/hyena doesn't bother her.
She just wonders what I'm doing
My one major worry regards my best friend’s father. ‘Dad’, as I’ve called him longer than I can recall, is in hospital following a stroke. Thank heaven, he is stable and hasn’t displayed any serious side effects from what medical professionals are calling a minor brain bleed. The family is awaiting further test results to make a plan for his future.

I feel for them as they keep encountering delays. At the same time, however, I consider it a good sign that other patients are in more urgent need of equipment. Prayers for Dale in Northeast Ohio are appreciated.

On the bright side, my flowering cactus are especially beautiful. We should get lots more into mid summer.

Prickly pears are aggressive in my Southwest Ohio beds.
Dragon's blood sedum here helps control them.
Also, another friend delighted my husband and me by finding this old photograph of us. He used to whirl me around the dance floor in a Texas two-step back in the day.
Friend Lars (aka 'Phoenix') and me circa 1997. Who was I looking at?
Do you grow any of your own fruits and vegetables? If so, what kinds of crop(s) do you grow?



  1. It's easy for days to get away from you. Glad things are going well. Sorry about your friend's dad.

    1. Thanks! Looks like he's going home today, diagnosed with a minor stroke. We hope to have more of an aftercare plan soon.

  2. You two have a green thumb. Cool.

    Prayers for Dale.

    You two are such a good looking couple. A fun shot.

    I'm glad you're doing better.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

    1. Funny enough, we only saw true success with these planters my husband found. :) Thanks for all the kind words!

  3. I wondered if you were ok. Happy you are. That lettuce looks delicious!

  4. I have checked your site thinking I wasn't getting your posts, but you just had not posted- glad you are back. That is a great photo of you and your hubby. I am happy to read your kitties are doing well. I will add Dale to my prayer list.
    We, well, my hubby grows lettuce, tomatoes,cukes, beans, peas, peppers,zucchini and potatoes. Still need to plant the corn.

  5. WELCOME BACK. I missed your post. Don't you just love seeing the old pics that you locate or someone finds, unless they tell a story you don't want everyone to know! haha....Plants, mine need some much needed love. My body and my heart just has not been in it this yr. THe ones the come back yearly are doing well however I did not by any blooming fill in the blank spot plants this yr. Or any for my pots that usually line the steps of the front porch and deck. Veggies are fruit....haha, nope, those sort of things require love and attention. I seem to give all that to the pets these days. I planted tomatos last yr in pots but they did not do as good as I would have liked or have done in the past so I did not do them this yr. It's June and the yr is moving right along, I sometimes feel like it is leaving me behind, still trying to right my world. But I am better. I find myself nervous when I have to get in the car. I fear folks pulling out or coming up along side of me. I know I will get over this also but it makes for a nervous drive when I am out. Hoping we both find our footing again. Glad the furbabes are doing well.

    1. Our tomato plants aren't looking too good right now. We shall see. Fingers crossed. Heh... It's been six months since our car accident and I still flinch when people pull stupid stunts. A guy almost hit us in a parking lot yesterday! Best wishes on regained footing and healthy furbabes. :)

  6. Glad kitties are well and I love the cactus! Super pretty. And I hear you on the time running away. I barely get a single post up a month, which is pretty sad, but better than nothing!

    1. I enjoy your posts. ~grin~ Thanks for the kind words!

  7. look so beautiful in 1997....
    yes, we grow 5 different kinds of fruit, and one kind of vegetable...

    # Glad to read your post.... have a wonderful day

  8. Awesome that the kitties are doing well. Thanks for sharing this awesome post.


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