Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 10, 2017 at 3:53pm

Nice photos, Daniel.

Black walnut mulch wouldn't be good, but hazelnut should be fine.

My compost pile now consists mostly of grass. There's little "brown matter" to alternate with. I may have to get some woods soil to mix in. Did anybody read my comment in the "Wildlife" group regarding raccoons?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 10, 2017 at 7:48am

Has anyone heard of using hazel nut shells for mulch? A local nursery is selling them and featuring them as a green alternative to slug bait that supposedly lasts 4-5 years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 10, 2017 at 3:34am

Daniel, your photos, stunning as usual, reveal a nice variety of species, colors, and forms. It must be satisfying to sit and contemplate all the fine things you have planted. I can also imagine that Charlie enjoys the slow walks through the pathways. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 10, 2017 at 3:30am

Thanks, Thomas, for your response to my questions. Sorry you had so many injuries and live with pain. We can start our own Plantar fasciitis support group, learn from each other and be resources for others so afflicted. 

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2017 at 2:18am

Thanks for the pctures, Daniel! Beautiful!

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 7, 2017 at 4:16pm


I'll do my best to answer your questions. First a brief background. I was born barefooted...literally. The only times I wore shoes were in school and Sunday church. All other times I did barefooted, to the beach, riding my bike, and walking to the point that my soles developed thick callus skin. After high school my job required a lot of walking, lifting, and standing. My shoes wore out on average every two months. Fast forward to 1989.. my 5th Lombard vertebrae ruptured which ended my job. From that time onward, my right leg ceased to function normal. Fast forward again to 2007, one of the rung broke and I fell out of the ladder about 20 feet. This further damaged my spine causing a shift in my skeletal system and walking and other areas (we'll just focus on my feet for now). So my right leg and foot twists outward like a stray vine ( It is not noticeable unless I point it out in a conversation).  also causes excessive pronation.

 Every morning I dreaded getting out of bed. The pains are like putting my feet into fire while a reciprocating saw carving into my skin.

Eventually I was referred to a podiatrist .He said it was the combinations of bare-feet, wear and tear from my old job, misaligned right leg, spine injury, overweight, and improper shoes that causing these painful walking. Also added bonus of cold weather increases my misery.

Plantar fasciitis feet is the damage of the fascia between the toes and heel. I supposed normally it sort of act like a rubber band but over worn or dried out. Excessive pronation is the body weight  transferred  outside the ankle. In a normal walking gait, the body weight will rest on the ankle. Excessive pronation is when the rest happens outside the ankle, either right or left of the ankle.

For the pains, I take two different kinds of pain pills. I also drink coffee daily to speed up the effect of pain pills. Mobility is also important. I must do some walking daily. Some people join health club specifically to use the swimming pool. Swimming or 'watercise' is the best modality to practice mobility while weightless.

It is wonderful that you have your family that love and care for you. A good friend of mine says that this is all part of being a family. It completes the cycle of what a family is. It also teaches the process of what life is, that parts of our lives is always changing. That is what human development is.

That is how I look at it. Religious people whine and cry, "Why me, oh lord!" where as I look at it as, "I wonder whats next to learn about"

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2017 at 2:52pm

Spud, I hope you never have a torn ligament! It is just dreadful and I have a whole clan to help me get around, and all the equipment I need to make it easier for me ... and for family members. There are some things I can do for myself. 

My cherry tree had fruit flies, too, Spud, and I couldn't find an environmentally healthy remedy, so I had my tree cut down. I always cried when I had a tree come down, usually because it cast too much shade on the vegetable garden, or I didn't know how to successfully protect them from pests and diseases.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2017 at 2:29pm

Kathy, what did it take for you to heal your torn ligament in your ankle? That must have been awful! Can you describe your treatment and how long it took to heal? Did you have surgery? 

I don't mind surgery at all, it is just all the checks and re-checks that concern me. My little bedroom suits me just fine and the trouble getting me in the car is hard on Larry. I have been losing weight, so maybe it won't be so hard next time. Or maybe we can get Jared or Zac to do the lift.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2017 at 2:22pm

Thomas, I am very sorry you had "plantar fasciitis feet". What does that mean? Is it something one does or does not do, or something one inherits? How does one prevent it? or protect against having an event? 

I have worn orthopedic inserts for years and heavy "grandma" shoes for as long as I can remember. 

Can you describe your experience for me? What did you feel? How long before it healed? What treatment did you choose? Did you use exercise to speed healing? Did you have to have surgery? How was the outcome? 

The family brought in equipment to help me, i.e. wheelchair, and we brought out of storage the potty chair and cane.

I have what I call "Stations." I hop, roll, scoot, and limp from one station to the next without help from anyone. That pleases me. However, there are things I can't do, i.e. get into my closet, empty my honeypot, bring in my meals. Oh! Pooh! This part is hard for me to ask others to do for me. 

Laura and Larry, Laurie and Zac, Michelle and Jared, and all six great-grandkids help me. Almost three-year-old Brooklyn caught me a toad for our greenhouse to cheer me up. Toads like the crickets and flies that gather there; jeez, they are ugly!


Comment by kathy: ky on July 7, 2017 at 1:28pm
I have a few blackberry canes. But they are very small. Almost like a bush. I picked a handful of ripe ones a couple days ago and they are so sour you can't eat them. That must be why the birds didn't eat them :)

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