Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Thomas Murray on July 2, 2017 at 10:40pm


I feel the pain you have. It is like someone used an ice pick and stabbed the middle sole of your foot. I have plantar fasciitis feet. I use prescribed arch supports. But any kind of foot injury can be painful. This is when we realized how much we depend on our feet to get around.

Get well soon.....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 2, 2017 at 10:27pm

We had very heavy rain storms the last few weeks, with lightning and thunder. There were no fires in Dist 8, but we know what is coming. We have had hot weather the past few days, the hills, valleys, and meadows turn the countryside into a verdant green to match any scene from Ireland. 

The green grass shot up to as tall as I. With hot temps forecast, the green will turn to dry straw very quickly. Please send positive energies to the firefighters of the N.S/


Comment by Daniel W on July 2, 2017 at 10:17pm

Joan, I'm sorry that you had that terrible injury!   And very glad that you have loving family to help you and care for you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 2, 2017 at 9:08pm

On Monday, June 26, while walking on a clean sidewalk, I heard a "Pop" and felt a "Snap" on the bottom of my right foot. There was no pain. Tuesday. the 27th AM, I awoke with very intense pain, and it felt as though I were walking on broken glass, from toe to heal of my right foot. 

I elevated my foot above my heart to reduce swelling, used cold packs. The pain prevented me from getting from bed to bedside potty. Family members assisted me. We arranged the bed, potty, and "call" button so that I could call for help. By Friday, the swelling grew, as did the dreadful pain.  

Larry lifted me into the car and we went to Newport Hospital. No differential diagnosis and the Dr. referred me to Sacred Heart Emergency.  

The E.R. was packed, I was seated and put on a triage list. In the meantime, several helicopters brought in more patients, one a heart attack, and one a severe logging injury.  It was seven hours before my turn came.  

The doctor wiggled my foot and toes and I about jumped off of the table. He said he had to find the extent of the injury. With the help of three x-rays, palpitation of the toes and foot he made his diagnosis: 

torn ligaments and ??? I don't have the diagnosis sheet close by, but if I ever hear of someone having a torn ligament, I will understand their pain. 

An odd injury for me, a non-athletic, "bookish type". But alas, an injury often suffered by athletes. It is an excruciating event. Even as a child, I could not fathom why a reasonable person would take such risks of painful injuries.  

I continue with the raised foot above my heart, using cold water bottles to exercise the base of my foot, and I use the bedside potty chair. 

Laura and Larry, take excellent care of me and always have smiles and positive attitudes. We had to awaken Jared the other morning because I fell, got my leg stuck in the potty and ended up on the floor wrapped around the potty chair. He popped me right up and lifted me into bed. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 2, 2017 at 8:45pm

Joan, I dont worry about the scans any more.  I am grateful for the good fortune to have this cancer when there is a treatment.  Five years earlier, and I would have died the first year.  I have health insurance, and for the last year, have lived financially secure while no longer working in an abusive, backstabbing, discriminatory, dog eat dog environment.  I am happier than I have been in years.  I get to grow and make food that I love, and I love doing it.  I have a companion who I am as comfortable with ax an old flannel shirt.  I got to appreciate the love of my old, sweet, loyal dog in his elderly years.  If the cancer is back with the next scan, it's OK.  I still feel like fate has smiled at me.

I love that persimmons that I planted 4 years ago look like they are about to bear their second crop this year!  And thd American Linden tree that I planted then, us becoming so majestic!

Comment by Daniel W on July 2, 2017 at 8:17pm

Randy, you are right.  It's the garden work.

Spud, the oral chemo was developed for this cancer, in the last 10 years. So far, when they take people off it, the cancer returns metastatic.  So far. it looks like it is life long.

Back to gardening,  I weeded and mowed this weekend.  I tied the tomato vines to bamboo poles, and pruned them to one or two vines per plant.  I hoed the onions, flowers, squashes, peppers, collard greens.  Weeded the garden blackberries.  Watered fruit trees, vegetables, flowers  berries.  Dug up a few new potatoes and a nice big red skin onion.

Im kind of excited about the garden - as opposed to weed - blackberries.  They are growing fast.  Most are thornless.  One that I planted last year - Ebony King - has a handful of green berries and a few are ripening.  Some of the newest plants - Arapaho & Triple Crown -  have a small number of berries, and are sending out vigorous new canes for next year.

Thomas, I have heard of using a potato.  I have no idea if it works.  People do grow carnations from cuttings but I have not.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 2, 2017 at 2:20pm

 I read online about a gardening tip.

Take a few stems of roses and cut 1" off from the bottom stem. Dip the cut off stem in cinnamon. Poke a hole in the potato and insert a rose stem into the hole. Set on the shelf for a couple of weeks,When the rose has established new roots in the potato plant the potato into the flower bed and over time watch grow into a beautiful rose bush.

I wonder if this can be done with other flowering plants like carnations? Must the flower stem be woody and stiff to be successful growing from a potato?

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 2, 2017 at 1:57pm


The last something happening in Ky was the Ark Encounter. Have you been there yet?

Kathy, Randal, and Idaho Spud,

If you decide to go, let us know how it went.....and perhaps a few pixs too.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 2, 2017 at 11:53am
I'm about an hour from hopkinsville. Maybe a little less. But I can see 98% eclipse from home. 99% if I drive ten miles west.
At last something is going to happen in ky;)
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 2, 2017 at 8:06am

Total eclipse is 60 miles north of me.  I have welding goggles, but will have to check if they are rated 14 or better.  My sister told me that when young, we used to have contests to see who could look at the sun the longest.  Based on that, I think the "going blind" part of the warnings is over-stated.  However, I don't doubt part of my eye problems are related to those contests.


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