Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Middle of August already

Good afternoon Folks ~ It’s Wednesday and I’m not working at all this week. A little unpaid vacation.  The vacation part is nice, the not getting paid, not so nice, but that’s the breaks sometimes. I will be working 4 days next week. This morning it didn’t feel too bad out so I decided to mow while I had the chance. I was beat after that, and it did rain later. Before I mowed, I got two large chicken breasts into the crockpot and poured on a sauce made up of melted butter, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and capers. I’ll fix some asparagus, and either mashed potatoes or rice. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. It will be nice having left-overs later on too.

I’m glad you all enjoyed the last post about the Zebra longwings and the hamelia paten blooms. Those flowers sure are a butterfly magnet.

Now here are some of what’s in bloom now.

This is an alamanda that I rooted from a cutting from a friend. The camera lens fogged up when I went outside to take pictures, so this photo is a bit hazy.



Philippine violets


Blackberry lily


Hamelia patne and some kind of fly, I think.


Salvia Coccinea


Caravan in background.


Cocktail rose


Homere ~ A sweet little rose.




Chrysler Imperial


I’ll do up another couple of posts as this one is rather long already.


I want to thank you all for your kind thoughts, well wishes and prayers about this bug we had.  DH thought he had reached the peak in the last post I wrote, but alas the next night was absolutely horrible. In the middle of the night his neck pain got worse, to the point where it was excruciating, as his neck kept having horrific spasms. I thought of calling 911, I was so scared, but he didn’t want me to and I didn’t want to either. We prayed instead. The spasms eventually subsided. The next morning I went out to the stores with a list in hand. Drinking straws, something strong for pain, and a neck brace. I’ve been massaging his neck lightly with essential oils, he took Aleve, and while he’s not 100% back to normal, his neck is very stiff and sore, he is definitely doing much better than he was. He’s off the Aleve now, and taking vitamins and herbs, drinking LOTS of water, more than we normally do. Monday I also bought some Tiger Balm which has really been good for his neck and shoulders too. We brought in one of our outdoor adjustable lounge chairs, rigged it with pillows and he’s been able to sleep in that.  Hopefully he’ll soon be sleeping in our bed again. I miss him. He even did a little project in his workshop today.

I’ll close this with a quote I came across recently by Andy Griffith.

“I firmly believe that in every situation, no matter how difficult, God extends grace greater than the hardship, and strength and peace of mind that can lead us to a place higher than where we were before.”

May we all continue to grow and learn in this life we are blessed with.

May we be thankful for the gift of each new day.



~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Such pretty photos. Your first one is soft like a painting. I like it.
Scary that the pain has gotten so intense for DH. Take care.

denimflyz said...

I just love your flowers, FL. so beautiful and they bring a smile to me. I even love the fly, with its beautiful color.
Hot here now, about 95*. Then cool, cool, yah.
I have had a stiff neck also for the past few days, I am not sure if its a flu or some other bacterial or viral thing going on.
Please have a wonderful rest of the week.

Rebecca said...

Oh, my! I'm sorry to hear of your husband's lingering effects/pain! What a very unusual "bug".

As usual, your photos are exquisite. You have such beautiful blooms down there...

And I was thrilled with the ever-so-little peek at the caravan! (I don't give you any rest about it, do I?)

Lynn said...

Your Zone 10 garden is so colorful. The seventy-seven percent humidity here fogs up my glasses, the morning windows and it’s difficult to breathe when you first step out. I’m so sorry to read your husband had a relapse. Your Andy Griffith quote is a perfect wrap for today. Happy Wednesday evening.

Sunray Gardens said...

Everything is wonderful and so colorful. Love what all you have blooming.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Lona said...

Glad to hear that you are getting some rain to keep the rain barrel filled. That violet is just so pretty.
I hope your DH gets to feeling well again.Prayers.