Saturday, June 30, 2012

~..~ PLAYING CATCH-UP ~..~

   Hello all of you wonderful blogger people!! I have been a bad, bad, blogger this spring/beginning of summer. There actually have been a lot of things going on in my life. I don’t think I can catch up on my life in one blog so I will try to do a quick synopsis. Smile

   For the first time in years I did NOT plant a garden. At first it felt very strange and so sad. It’s been a part of my life and summer/fall for years and I so enjoy it. I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my lower back so I decided to give it a break this year. After envying every single garden I passed while driving for weeks, I finally realized it was ok. I can have a garden next year!! What a relief when I let that go! So….in honor of my gardens from the past and gardens in my future, here is a photo or two from some of them.DSC04818DSC04898There! Now I feel better! Ha! Well….we have been busy beavers anyway. There was a surprise 30th birthday party for my daughter Carissa at the GLB (Great Lost Bear) in Portland recently. She was completely blown away with surprise!! Here are some photos….cake still funny

carissa & friendscarissa arrivesjamie's bluegrass band puddinheadYup….that’s the new boyfriend Jamie and his bluegrass band playing for the event…..they’re good!Jamie you keep good secrets “Oh Jamie!! You can really keep a secret!!”….she was saying! It was a blast.

This all happened a little over two weeks ago. I had been sick a couple of days before. Little did I know that after I got home from that party I would end up at Brighton Quick Care with a positive reading of Strep Throat! I got some terrible side effects from the penicillin they gave me for it. The first day I used Immodium AD and it worked for 4 days and then just stopped. I spent the next 4 days almost entirely in bed and the bathroom and bleeding and bleeding. I got dehydrated and my electrolytes were so off I was sensitive to light and sound and really could just sleep. My husband took me into emergency. They gave me two IV’s of saline and did blood tests…..gosh I didn’t think I had any left?  I had to follow up with my doc the next day and I did. I lost 7 pounds that week….just couldn’t eat….I had already been dieting and had lost 11 so my total now is 18. I really did NOT want to lose weight that way! What a nightmare. So….the result was I had a severe allergic reaction to Penicillin and now that will be added to my allergy list which is growing@!! It felt good to be back among the living again. I was a very sick puppy….now a healthy one! Ok….so that’s enough updating for now. I am still selling marbles on Ebay and now antiques for a friend (soon) . We are invited to many parties coming up in July and August and looking forward to that. It’s been a very strange summer without our little Obie.obie1  I miss him so much. Someday we will get another dog…..Bobbie is just not ready yet…..I am….but we’ll wait. Hope all of you are having a wonderful summer so far and you are enjoying your vegetable and flower gardens!! I would love to hear about them!! I am no longer jealous of you all!!!!!!!!!!! Ha ha……I just want to know if you can produce sexy carrots like I did a few years ago like these…..!!!carrotlovers3CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??????????????????????????????

22 comments:

R. J. said...

Welcome back. Life gets busy sometimes and it is easy to get distracted. I too gave up gardening with the exception of a few flowers that I hang very high so the deer don't eat them.

Eva Gallant said...

I gave up gardening years and years ago, so nothing to envy here! My book sales on Kindle and Nook have been going well, and I've been enjoying spending time with family this summer. Glad you are well again; no fun being sick!

Elenka said...

Hi Deb!
No, my carrots don't end up looking like that. I'm glad because it's too sexy for me.
I'm glad you didn't lose your marbles, tho.
We have a garden, but for the second year in a row, my basil, beet and swiss chard seeds didn't germinate. I replanted (like I did last year, to no avail) and the beets are coming up and I THINK the chard is, too) I do believe we have to get the soil tested.
So sorry you were so sick...it's horrible! But I'm glad you're back on your feet.
Happy Birthday to your daughter! I forgot that GLB has an outdoor patio. It looked like fun.
Take care.

Debbie said...

R.J...It's good to know I am not alone. I am thinking next year of having a couple of smaller raised beds maybe. That is manageable. Oh yes! I forgot the deer like flowers too! They took out half my sunflowers the last 2 years!
Eva...Congratulations on your books!! I am so proud of you! I looked them up on Amazon and showed them to a friend and my husband. Good work!
Elenka...Good for your with your garden...I used to be just like that. There is nothing like fresh beets from the garden Elenka! Love em! Swiss chard is wonderful too. Oh I have had many marble jokes come my way...I've heard them all...haha. Yes...GLB has an adorable patio...first time for me being out there and we really enjoyed it. One of Carissa's girlfriend booked it for the party. I don't know what it cost but we only had 3/4 of it....there were two table by the door with folks that were quite surprised too when she walked in and we yelled!!

Dawn said...

Hi Debbie,
My garden is doing good but boy....let me tell ya about last year...it was grass! I still did not feel well and believe me...it's all good.
Sorry you were sick, my son had it too and had a reaction to penicillin too!
Guess what also.....we have another doggie! my old guy is near and we rescued a mastiff/pit from the place madame volunteers, he's wonderful, different from our 15 year old "wonderful"
Have a great 4th of July!

Dawn said...

Oh! and....your not old enought to have a 30 year old! Sounded like fun

Debbie said...

Dawn...Glad your garden is doing well! I do remember last year was horrible for me too. A new dog?? Good for you...I am ready for one but Bobbie is not yet. By next year I think we'll get one. Wow...so Tartarus is still hanging in huh? You are good parents and now he has a buddy...that's great. Thanks for the comment about not being Old enough to have a 30 year old!! I needed that Dawn!! Take care and now it's time for you to blog!!

Marc Archambault said...

Hello Debbie,

I just read your latest blog and hope you are feeling better.

My name is Marc Archambault and I live in Washington, Maine with my wife Cynthia. I was searching for white dove stuff and found your blog from 2009 about Frank from Naples, Maine and his white doves. I know Frank and he and his wife moved to Florida several years ago.
My wife and I also release white doves for any special occasion. We have been doing this since 2002 and a lot of people do not know that this service exists in Maine. We call our self's "White Doves Of Maine" and have recently have been doing more advertising and have started a web site. Check us out at www.whiteDovesOfMaine.com

Marc

Jean Merriman said...

Hi Debbie!

Glad to see a post here. Dawn told me you had a new post but I have been soooo busy in the past 3 weeks. First getting ready for 7 extra people in the house and then enjoying their company and then cleaning up and doing laundry from 7 extra in the house for 5 to 10 days. So not 7 extra for all the time. The 4th of July is our big holiday so always have extra kids that come from dow south (the traders). Jack and son always do the fireworks and they do a GREAT job.

Sorry about your problems. I feel your pain with the back. I had some fo the arthritis scraped out from L4 and L5 several years ago. It helped some, got rid of the nerve pain. What a blessing that was.

I did get your email and I will call you soon, maybe tomorrow.

vesselsmemories said...

Hi Debbie!
We didn't plant a garden this year either! There just was not enough time, we have too much going on this summer. The food pictures are making me hungry! All of it looks so yummy!!
Take care, your "other" friend, Dawn

Debbie said...

Jean...Sorry I have not posted and thanks for popping in. See you next week and Dawn too!! Can't wait!
Dawn..(Vesselmemories)...my OTHER friend Dawn!! I immediately felt better when I read your comment about not having a garden this year!! The guilt I put on myself...and I don't know why? I could never have gotten to it with the heat we have had this year. Good to hear from you my friend!! Thanks for coming by...even though I am such a lame blogger!!

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vesselsmemories said...

Hi Debbie,
I hope all is well with you and you are all ready for the fall weather. I was in Yarmouth a few weeks ago and thought of you :) It really is a cute New England town...Happy Autumn!
Dawn

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