Sunday, August 2, 2015

... this gardener suffers from allergies and pays the price...





Keepin' gothy even when sick! ^o^
Always Do Your Best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
~Miguel Angel Ruiz



I have big fun plans this weekend which were mostly canceled because I’m sick. Most likely, I have severe allergies. While I wasn’t feeling so hot on Thursday, I was outside for 8 hours on Friday during the “extremely high grass pollen” alert helping my fella prep his yard so we can finally put his house on the market. Actually, he was inside and I did the yard almost entirely by myself. I scrubbed rust off of old patio furniture and painted the pieces along with some plant stands in bright colors in order to make his pretty darn dark backyard come to life. I like how it turned out but I’m not a fan of that teal in general so I only picked the color because it was listed as a popular color on HGTV. I do love that monster green/ lime color.
 



Then, I planted his front yard (not pictured) with hardy annuals because his front yard is full sun. You’ll see some cactus planted in pots. Those are actually the “ears” we cut off his 5 ft. cactus. 

I went to the local Lowe’s discount plant section that I affectionately call “death and dying” and picked up a ton of in-need-of-some-help potted flowers. Some fresh potting soil and some water helped these flowers become good as new.


Since Friday night, I’ve been sick in bed. Unlike those of you who enjoy the medicinal knock-out of NyQuil and codeine cough syrup, I get wired and can’t sleep. I asked my fella to bring home some Benadryl for me to try. After a hot shower to clear my head, I discovered my box of Benadryl being protected by Magic!, a little unicorn friend to make me feel better. Turns out that after taking the Benadryl, I woke up at 3am and couldn’t go back to sleep so that’s also on the don’t-take-this-at-night list. Sadly, I didn’t make the Spirited History tour/ paranormal investigation Meet-Up nor did I make tonight’s book club meeting. I’m also taking prescription cough medicine and some meds that were prescribed to me in May. I know! I know! I shouldn’t self-medicate but clearly this has been a post about what not to do.

The good news is that we met with a realtor team who basically said we didn’t have anything left to do except put the place on the market! Yay! And, while doing all the yard work, I got to see a beautiful black widow. My fella’s shed has always made the perfect home for black widow spiders and I’m pretty proud that I’ve taught him that they don’t exactly pounce on you; while it’s good to be aware of them, there isn’t any need to freak out.  I have also taught him the same thing about single wasps. Don’t flail about and they typically won’t sting you. A wasp’s nest is another story in which case, he goes inside and I take care of it. I seem to be somewhat of a wasp whisperer (shrug).
The "small" pumpkin
Tonight before it got dark, I went outside to snip off the hibiscus blooms (they only live one day) and took some pictures. The canna is coming up and looking beautiful! I have no idea where the elephant ears came from but that's a happy surprise. I haven’t planted them in three years! 

And last, my summer obsession is doing well. The larger pumpkin is turning slightly darker and both of them are growing like mad! I’m pretty sure that if I sat still and watched them all day, I would be able to see them increase in size. Growing a vertical pumpkin patch makes picture-taking a bit awkward.

Vertical Pumpkin Patch
The "large" pumpkin


17 comments:

  1. SO sorry about your allergies!! I had them as a child, teen and young adult. Nasty things... And it sucks when the usual meds don't work right for you. Hope you can find things that DO work soon.

    I love your gardening ideas. I shall have to check out our local Lowe's and Home Depot's 'death and dying' sections as well for MY garden!

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    1. Thanks! My mother's solution to her severe allergies is not to leave the house; I find that unacceptable and would rather feel like crap every now and then so that I can enjoy the garden.

      I'm not sure if it's their policy or just my local Home Depot but they don't carry discounted plants. When their plants begin to wither, they send them back to the local nursery who provided them to the store. That's a shame because I love to resurrect almost dead plants (or buy lilies without blooms and have to wait an entire year to see their color which to me is a fun surprise) and because I love a bargain. Most of the plants are 50% off, $5 or $3. On weekends, they're half that price. I grabbed some daisies for $1.50 because they weren't blooming in the store. They've already bloomed this week! Red and white :D

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    2. Totally fun and amazing!! I shall have to do this! And I don't know about our local HD, I just mentioned them because they're close.

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    3. My allergies weren't picky -- I was sick no matter whether I was inside or out! Of course, it didn't help that the things I was most allergic to (acacia trees) lived right outside our apartment! And Christmas trees... ::sigh::

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  2. If you sat outside all day to watch the pumpkin, I think you would be smothered. It's only been, what, two weeks since I saw it, and it's at least doubled in size. Pumpkins are a wonder, and a plague, however you think of them. I'm really glad that you have actual pumpkins on this thing. It's exciting!

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    1. Probably! I knew it would be big but it seems like daily I'm trying to figure out which direction to point the new growth. Johnathan says that I think it so much because it's a project. Yep, that's probably part of it.

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  3. Glad the place is ready to sell! I love the little unicorn and the hammock for the pumpkin! I never take heavy medicine when I am sick, usually makes me feel worse, I just have peppermint tea and honey and sleep a lot!

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    1. Me too! Today the realtor is taking professional pictures and after that it will be listed.

      I have to take medication for Meniere's Disease and I have several serious allergies to drugs. Plus, I have a weakened immune system so a small cold can lead to a sinus infection which can lead to vertigo. It's a nasty little cycle. Accentuating the positive, I'll never have to waste money on recreational drugs since I've had to pop 3 pills a day since I was 15 :p

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  4. I feel for you. My man also has allergies and a couple of times a year, during pollen season, he also gets very sick, as if he's gotten the flu. I hope you recover soon, so that you can enjoy your lovely garden again.

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    1. Thanks! I'm feeling a bit better today :)

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  5. I also get really bad allergies this time of the year. I feel your pain! What works for me is allergy pills from Walmart (The Equate brand, I think?) I got at least 100 of them for the same price as 20 pills of the big name brands. The Walmart brand works soooo much better! It might work for you but not everybody is the same! Take it easy!

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    1. I'm pron to sinus infections in the back of my sinuses. I take prescription allergy meds and use the prescription nose spray AND the over the counter Advil Sinus which usually helps. I hate to admit that I'm taking some antibiotics that were previously prescribed to me in May. They seem to be doing the trick though.

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  6. I hope you feel better soon! And if it's any kind of consolation, all my plant allergies pretty much stopped after I hit menopause. The animal allergies are still alive and kicking though. LOL

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    1. Ha ha ha well that's a plus to menopause then :p

      What I don't want to admit is that I've never been this sick until this year when my fella and his 4-paw daughter moved in. I'm allergic to cats and there isn't a thing we can do about it. I've always had my plant allergies somewhat under control. :-/

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    2. I feel your pain - cats and horses are the worst for me - allergy shots never did a thing for me either. Is it an old cat maybe? Ooooh, that sounded pretty harsh, didn't it. ;)

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    3. I completely snorted when I read that. I knew what you meant though ;) She's about 14ish. I believe that's older but not necessarily old. She will most likely (as we've planned it now) be our last four-pawed child. My pup died about a decade ago... and he was my irreplaceable best friend who ironically would lose his own fur due to allergies. He was a doberman so he didn't have much fur anyway. My fella's best friend forever was a black cat named Cooper. He passed two years ago. He was 18. We've buried enough loved ones.

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    4. I agree with you there. After we had to get our last dog put down at age 7 (Russian Wolfhounds don't live a long time) and who was like another child (the kids used to call him their brother) we've decided there probably won't be any more furry children in our lifetime either. I get enough animal interaction out here with all the birds and the deer and the moose, none of whom I am responsible for looking after, nor have to know about when they die.

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