Things have been pretty busy here, what with getting back to work, and keeping up with stuff here at home. We spent the last two days moving Craig’s desk & compy & files downstairs to the family room, and getting him settled in there-we used to share a huge office upstairs in one of our spare bedrooms, but it was tough with the puppy because the bird is also in the upstairs office, and the bird wants to eat the puppy. If we were both upstairs in the office, Bishop would have to remain in his crate because we couldn’t supervise him nor could we let him just bop around doing his own thing because of Bird Foo. Downstairs we can just gate off where we don’t want the dog to go, and with Craig playing online poker all the time, the dog can just be downstairs with Craig without any consequence. So, with all that said, I now have this huge gigantic office all to myself! Yipee! *s*
I’d been stressing quite a bit last week about things not getting done in the house that needed to get done, as well as things I wanted to do getting shoved to the back burner because house stuff should really come first, at least in my way of thinking. I was feeling really overwhelmed. It’s tough with the RA-I have only limited amounts of energy, and once that runs out, I’m done. I am literally too exhausted to do another thing. During the week is hard because my energy is spent up at work, by the time I get home, I prolly have about an hour left in me, maybe two if I’m really lucky, and that time is usually spent doing the basic everyday stuff-picking up, feeding animals, feeding us. There’s not really much left for anything else. Then when the weekend rolls around, it’s time to bust ass until everything is done, and only then can I collapse in a big melty puddle of tired out. I’m supposed to really watch myself, and know my limits so I don’t put any stress on myself or my joints-but I think I’m doing more harm to myself than good by trying to get everything accomplished in the span of a day. And as I just mentioned, it just doesn’t seem to work to spread things out during the week either. Craig is a HUGE help, and really does his part, but as he says, I am a total nazi about keeping the house clean, and I like things done a certain way. At this point, I just do things when I feel I can, and hope I can make some time for my own stuff. It’s a real trial, especially since before this stupid disease I had boundless amounts of energy. I find myself trying to simplify things I used to do prior to the RA, to make them easier for myself now. I’m trying to live life less complicated, I guess-which is a task in and of itself.
My flower garden is kicking ass, btw. Considering this was the first spring in our new house, we weren’t really sure what we wanted to plant, and where we wanted to plant it. We have absolutely no gardening experience. My dad suggested waiting a bit to see what sorts of things popped up that maybe the previous owner had planted, which is what we did, and there really wasn’t that much. In the back, there’s a good sized lilac, a huge peony bush, as well as a small rose bush. The rose bush isn’t much of a bush really, the previous owner didn’t do much with it, and so it was kinda puny. I’ve been really babying it this summer though, and feeding it yummy Miracle Gro, and it’s standing nice and straight, and has grown quite a bit up and out. Three blooms so far, a deep orangey-peach color. Very pretty, and delicate looking. In the sideyard, we have a gignormus snowball bush, as well as a clump of irises & daffodils, and 2 tulips. The front is just hedges, and what was once a huge empty bed of nothing but weeds, yucky red mulch, and lamb’s ear. Memorial day weekend, we cleared all the old mulch, lamb’s ear and weeds outta there, and after a trip to the garden store, planted a large variety of herbs & flowers-again not really knowing what we wanted, we just kind of picked an assortment of things. For herbs, I planted lavender, chamomile, and catnip. My catnip is just insane, it’s so huge!! Obviously some is for the beasties, but I’m also planning on drying some for tea, as catnip makes an excellent sedative, and is soothing to the tummy. The chamomile is also quite large, and I’m planning on drying some for tea, as well as using some in soap. The lavender-we planted both English & Spanish-is ~eh~…the Spanish is doing well, but the English just didn’t make it. We also planted Cotton Lavender, something I’d never heard of, it has little yellow flowers supposedly, but ours has yet to bloom, and while it’s remained green, has yet to get any size to it. I’m not sure what I would do with it anyway-I don’t know what it’s uses are. The flowers are all doing really well-we have some really huge marigolds, different varieties, as well as mini snapdragons, different types of daisies, porchilaca, and some other stuff I don’t remember the name of. We have a little rock garden in the front yard as well, and I planted little purple violas (“Johnny jump-ups”) in between the rocks, and it looks way cute! In a huge bowl-like pot by our backdoor I planted petunias, vine geraniums, regular geraniums, and asparagras grass and it looks amazing.
Next year, now that I have a little bit of a clue about what I need to do, and what it takes, I want to plant a larger, English-type garden in the back. I also plan on doing an herb garden in the sideyard, close to the house, and also hope to acquire another lilac, pale pink, I think, and a holly bush. I had plans for a sunflower garden this year that I wanted to dedicate to Llew, as well as window boxes, & a wisteria/honeysuckle trellis, but that never panned out. So maybe next year for that too. Of course this is all contingent on how I feel, and how much I’m actually physically able to do.
Bishop likes to garden too, btw. He really enjoys eating the heads off of flowers. His favorites are dandelions and daisies! When I’m out watering, I have to really keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t get into the flower bed, and I’ve caught him a couple of times staring hungrily at the rose buds.
Aside from the garden faeries, and Bishop, we have another little guest in our yard from time to time-Nibbles the rabbit. Nibbles started making his appearance in late Spring, and boy, was he a cute little thing! Probably not much older than 8-9 weeks. We’ve been really enjoying watching him grow, and play, and dine in our backyard. Obviously any beastie that sticks around our house long enough winds up with a name, and Craig thought Nibbles seemed appropriate. We also get an occasional visit from Zoom the hummingbird.
I think that’s about it for now. I will hopefully this weekend be posting a link for pics so be sure to look out for that.
Until next time, smoochies!