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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 55 years this February.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


 Never in my whole life have seen time zoom by so fast. It is like that for everyone or just for seniors?

Today I got my second Covid vaccine shot. It was supposed to be tomorrow but there was a change of date. My first shot was painful as it felt that the needle hit the bone but this time the pharmacist who gave me the shot was as gentle as a lamb and I didn't even felt it. ( I don't have much fat on my bones).

I've been plagued by painful shoulders for over a year and I've been taking Ibuprofen when I couldn't bear the pain. I had difficulty lifting plates in the cupboard and doing chores that required lifting my arms.  A lot of things were left undone because of it.

My husband suggested that I see an orthopedic surgeon, who happens to be the husband of a friend. He only takes referrals so I would have to ask my doctor to refer me to him. There's a long waiting list. The idea of having surgery on my shoulders didn't appeal to me at all. 

I have had X-rays of my shoulders years ago and I know that I have calcium deposits and also loose sockets but when the pain was traveling into my biceps, I thought it might be arthritis. I always have frozen ginger in my freezer that I use in cooking so I decided to shred some and ate it raw and drank a little water to wash it down. I took about a tablespoon full 3 times a day with meals.

In a few days, I noticed a big improvement,  and in no time I could move my arms up and lift the plates in the cupboard with ease.  Ginger is very good for inflammation caused by arthritis so now I would rather take ginger than Ibupropehen. Disclaimer, I'm not a doctor so I'm not advising you to take ginger for your pain. So no surgeon for me for at least now.

Today I baked a rhubarb custard pie to use up the frozen rhubarbs I had in the freezer and some frozen pie crust that I made last week. Very yummy.  George likes it with ice cream.

Update on the hydrangea that the deers ate part of.  The other one has fewer blossoms on it as it was chewed more.  The color has already started to change.

Something has killed one of my petunias by stepping on it. I'll blame it on the deers.

I have English cucumbers growing in a bed of Daylilies. They are ready to eat.


All my petunias are started from seeds. I don't spend much money on plants. Notice my barrier for the groundhog is still up. I've seen a small groundhog this afternoon. 

That little hydrangea was started from a broken branch a few springs ago.  The deers never touched this one but the blossoms are small. 

More daylilies growing in the Sundrop flowerbed.  The yellow flowers are finished blooming.

One of my clematis, Jackmanii growing on my dilapidated shed. 

My sweet corn growing in the electric fence enclosure. I just hope the birds will leave it alone. 

This is my first attempt at growing corn. 

And my first attempt at growing sweet potatoes in our short growing season. They need heat to grow well and this summer has been cool. 

Thanks for the visit and I hope that your summer is going well. I appreciate your comments.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021


 This gardening year has been particularly annoying with the herd of deers in our neighborhood. They've been raiding everyone's gardens. If they continue, I'll have to either buy plastic flowers or get a big dog. lol... As if this wasn't annoying enough, the gophers have joined in the garden raids too.  I know deers don't like daylilies and that's a good thing as they have started blooming now. I have plenty of those.

My son Vaughan, installed an electric fence for the veggie garden and it keeps the deers away but the gophers seem to have figured a way to get in and have been decimating my beans. For a while, they had stopped entering the veggie garden but lately,  they've brought in their family and friends.

Sorry, Blogger uploaded my pictures backward, so bear with me. 

By the back deck, I used to mow a steep slope but I can no longer mow it so I decided to turn it into another garden. Do I need another garden. NO... but I no longer need to mow that steep area. I think my lawnmower is heavier or I'm getting weaker, or maybe both. I planted 8  Oriental Lilies that were on special.

The deers have clipped the tops of a few already.

Surprisingly, they have left my YAYA Carrots alone in the raised bed. They are big enough to eat and so tasty.

The deers have eaten the first whole row of pickling onions. Only a few survived that feast.

My son installed an electric fence with 4 wires and the bottom one is quite low.  This is a later crop of beans that have just sprouted. On the right bottom of the picture, two dill plants have been eaten and have survived, and are starting to form seeds heads.

The onions and corn have not been touched so far. The birds will probably wait until the corn is ready to pick before attacking them.

 The peas have not been touched but some of my beets have had some damage.

This is what's left of my two rows of beans that were starting budding to form beans. They've eaten my pepper leaves but did not touch the peppers itself. I did not take a picture of it. 

Yesterday I spied several ripe large bluberries and I was busy taking pictures for the blog so this morning when I went to give them the taste test, they were nowhere to be seen, lol. 

This is only a small sample of my sweet potatoes having been munched on. They were doing so well. 

My hydrangeas have been attacked also. 

My phlox had their tips clipped also. I wish the deers would clip my hedges instead of my flowers.

The deers also clipped many of my Asiatic lilies in every one of my beds. Even my giant Asiatic lilies.

This hosta was beginning to bloom and they couldn't resist.

Here is the other hosta that got the covid clip.

I caught a gopher eating the blossoms of this potted petunia, and I chased him away and had to put a barrier.

And he had eaten some blossoms of these petunias as well so the fencing went up here as well. Gardening can be challenging but also haying. Yesterday, one of our farmworkers ran into several gopher holes in a field and broke the PTO on the farm machinery. Now that's serious business.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope that you have better luck at gardening than I have so far this year. I appreciate your kind comments.