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The Health Gods Be Frownin’

August 17, 2006

As the title suggests, health issues have been rather – omnipresent this past month.

Chris started the month with gout. From what I could gather, this isn’t a comfortable condition. When I awoke one night to a yell and asked what was wrong, he said the sheet had touched his foot. Not the cat jumping on it (which did happen a few times, stupid cat) but a thin bed sheet.

So, that finally gets better but now here comes…kidney stones! They made their prescence known about 5:30 last night exclusively in Chris’ kidneys. He tried to tough it out (he had a doctor’s appointment just the next day) but we had to go to the ER where they gave him some nice drugs and he was feeling much better.

Today we saw the new Doc and she seems nice enough. At least, she wasn’t leaving the room every two seconds and she at least pretended to listen. We’ll have to wait and see if she really was listening.

And poor Miss Audrey (the foot jumping demon cat) has a lump on her chest. It’s a hard little knot and it’s not causing her any pain and she’s not acting any different. I’m not too worried about it, but we’re going to have it checked out just in case.

China was limping last month but we have that controlled with low dosages of aspirin.

I’ve had my own health problems as well but they’re of a more personal nature so I’m not going to go into them here.

It’s not been the healthiest of summers for any of us. We haven’t been able to do any of our day trips like we did last year and we’re really getting the cabin fever. The only ‘out’ that we have is our bi-weekly D&D games and Chris had to skip the last one because of health issues.

I’m still optimistic that things are going to turn around, believe it or not. We are determined to take better care of ourselves in all areas and this time, we have to or one of us is going to end up dead.

On a happier note, I now have 9 growing pumpkins, and two more that look like they’re going to take as well. I found a half-grown one tonight that I had somehow overlooked so there may be more hiding in that mess of vines.

I also have some kind of rodent in those vines, too. He hasn’t eaten any pumpkins (and if he does, he’s going to find me out there in the middle of the night with a sledgehammer) but he has eaten half a watermelon and two cucumbers. As long as he sticks to the (many, many) cucumbers, I won’t go off the deep end but I love my pumpkins and if he gets one of those, I’m taking no prisoners.

Still no tomatoes red enough to eat, but they’re getting close.

Two of my gladiolus plants have budded. Chris won that bet. Most of them have only sprouted leaves, though. I crowded them with too many wild flowers. Next year, they’ll get a section of their own.

Until next time (and with me, that might be NEXT summer. HAHAHAHAHA!)

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Flowers around the house

August 6, 2005

Earlier this year, at the end of May, I planted some gladiolus flowers in memory of my grandmother who had just passed away. My dad told me that they were one of her favorite flowers. They’ve been growing pretty fast, and this past week, they finally started to bud.

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Yesterday, they started to bloom! It looks like they’re going to be beautiful. It’s no wonder that Grandma liked these. Next year I’m going to plant some more in different colors. If I remember, I only bought orange back in May.

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Back when we first moved here to Maine, I really thought this bush next to the house was dead. And since it took forever for anything to start budding on it, I continued to think this well into April. But now look at it! It’s very pretty. I had never even heard of a Smoke Bush before we moved here, and now I have a very nice one in my front yard.

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I can’t remember what these flowers are called, but they started blooming a few weeks ago. I was told they would start in late July, and they were right on schedule. On the right hand side of the door, the blooms turned out to be white and it took them a couple of weeks longer to bloom.

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Reid State Park and Around the House

June 22, 2005

A couple of weekends ago we went down to Reid State Park. We’ve been to this park before, on our honeymoon, and not much has changed. It’s still very pretty, despite the fact that we got there at low tide.
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The beach looks nice, but I’m sure that if it had been a sunny day instead of chilly and gray, it would have been teeming with peoples.
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Some Sea Roses (which smell wonderful) were growing between some rocks on the cliff overlooking the ocean.
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On the way there and back, we passed this interesting rock painted like a turtle. I don’t think this is the ‘turtle of enormous girth’ but he’ll do for a scenic attratction.
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In gardening news, the gladiolus that I planted in memory of my grandmother are growing quite well. They’re those green shoots between the hosta and salvia.
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In the back yard, the field is full of white daisies, yellow dandelions and orange dandelions, which I had never seen before. There’s also plenty of purple clover blossoms and, oh yes, lots of mosquitos. Fortunately, there are still many dragonflies around and they’re doing a pretty good job keeping those numbers down during the day. At night however…I think they need to add a graveyard shift to their schedule.
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My new hero…

June 11, 2005

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It’s been kind of hot here the past couple of days. I know, I used to live in Florida, I should be used to that. However, I was used to living in Florida with the A/C working at all hours.

We don’t have A/C up here in Maine. It’s really hot right now (about 90) but by Tuesday, it’s supposed to be back down in the 60’s and low 70’s again. Which is nice, and because of that, I don’t really think we need heavy duty air conditioning. Maybe a small one for the bedroom, but not much else.

But, why do you ask, is the Dragonfly my new hero?

Easy. We’ve had a very wet Spring. Since the warm/hot weather hit, the mosquitos came out in droves and have made being outside completely miserable.

Today, when I took China in the back yard to brush out her loose hair, I realized that I wasn’t being bitten by the pests despite the fact that I had forgotten to spray myself down with Off.

That’s when I looked around and saw that our yard is now full of dragonflies. Anyone who is afraid of Dragonflies would call it a swarm, but fortunately, I’ve never been afraid of Dragonflies. I’ve always found them quite pretty.

Dragonflies eat mosquitos and the ‘swarm’ now inhabiting our yard is doing it’s job quite nicely. It’s such a nice change from the past few days.

So, you keep on buzzin’, you Dragonflies. I swear I’ll never squash a one of you.

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Around the House

June 4, 2005

This has been a rather sad week for me, but I don’t really feel like writing about that yet. So, I want to post some pictures of how beautiful it’s getting around here. It’s getting warmer, too, but hopefully it won’t get too unbearable. First, a look at the ‘tree project’ tree. It’s completely covered in leaves now, and you can see that the smoke bush next to it is FINALLY starting to grow leaves.
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Here is a shot of the back of the house. These two trees provide great shade and keep the house cool. You can see that we also got a grill the other day and we plan to use that a lot this summer.
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And lastly, here’s a picture of my flower garden in the front of the house. It’s not a full, overflowing garden, but I’m getting there. I added a couple of Irises and some Gladiolus bulbs yesterday, so hopefully they’ll be blooming in the next month.
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Popham Beach and Around the House

May 11, 2005

It’s been a while since I posted…again. It seems that nothing is really happening, but I’m always so very busy.
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The above picture is one I took two weekends ago when we took our second day trip down to Popham Beach. It was taken from the back of the Popham fort. The picture below is from the same viewpoint, but about thirty minutes later when the rain started tapering off. We’ve been having a lot of rain the past few weekends, but we haven’t let it stop us from enjoying the scenery.
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Some of the scenery is just a short walk away. This next picture is of the ‘stream’ that connects to the Belgrade lakes. This stream is right behind my sister-in-law’s house, which is only about a10 minute walk away from our house. No, I don’t know why this isn’t considered a river, but hey, they call it a ‘stream’ up here.
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For an update on my tree picture project, here’s this week’s picture. Amazing what a difference a week can make, huh? It’s about time, really. I’ve been very anxious to see the leaves come in. The bush next to the tree is growing too, but even slower than the trees.
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The Tree

April 30, 2005

Sorry for the long silence. Things have been moving right along here and there hasn’t been very much to report. So, in the meantime, here’s a peek at a photo project that I’ve started. I’m taking pictures of one of or trees every week from the same position. So far, there haven’t been many changes in the tree, but the grass sure has gotten greener!
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