Worry is like a rocking chair, it's gives you something to do but gets you nowhere!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fertilizer and Skywatch Friday..before and after..

For more Fertilizer Friday-Flaunt Your Flowers click http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/
Slim pickins 'round here..

all colors on the same plant.

For more Sky photos click http://skyley.blogspot.com/
Last evening I took this standing on our upper back deck. (click to enlarge..look at the bottom right of the moon)
This afternoon I captured these contrails that crossed.
I have been wanting some colorful containers for my gardens but refused to pay the crazy prices for them. I went to Wal-mart bought some spray paint , gathered some old containers and...

Today I am thankful for having great children...No, they are not perfect~~a gift just the same!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Header Challenge...."Mushrooms/Fungi"

Today's Header Challenge Theme was chosen by me--'Mushrooms/Fungi". Drop by http://thefishingguy.blogspot.com/ , http://womtig.blogspot.com/ and http://imac-photosfromthemindseye.blogspot.com/ to see what they posted for their headers. Don't forget to leave a comment and let us know what you think.


Today I am thankful for the power of prayer!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Look Back While Looking Forward..

Everyone knows that we have had a much colder (freezing) and wet January here in North Florida compared to January of 09. I decided to see what blooms I had on January 26th and 27th of 09.
I found a couple photos of Narcissus Double Erlicheer.
Today, the majority of my Narcissus' are out of the ground, no buds so far.
Two of my Gerbera Daisies were holding on this time last year..
This year, they are just a memory.
Last year my pink Verbena, which I call Miss Prissy, was still blooming-this year nada.
And my lovely Candytuft was in full bloom last year, this year it is just setting it's first buds.
This time last year I had seedlings up which I started indoors...lesson learned, it was too early.
I believe it's time to start some inside now.
Seeds I started this past Saturday.
Brussel Sprouts
Lettuce Romaine
Leaf Lettuce
Sweet Spanish Onions
Evergreen Bunching Onions
Mustard Kale
We also broadcast two packets of Wildflower Seeds.
I do have 19 wintersown containers on the back upper deck that I started Jan. 13th and 16th some are showing a little activity. My husband bought and planted our first Raspberry plant, I can't tell if it's a bush or a vine??? Should look it up. I found a medium size container of Calla Lilies on the 'sad' rack at Lowes for $4.oo it came home with us too.
As I look back at the blooms this time last year I am overcome with joy an anticipation of looking forward to a new and improved gardening season!
Today I am thankful for the joy in my heart...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

This and That...

This is what our way back looked like after those 4 inches of rain... Ms. Doris three doors down, Raechel was wondering how your gardens looked after the rain...
Yesterday afternoon as my husband and I walked around the yard he spotted the first Crocus bulbs emerging...HOORAY! I haven't grown these in years...I am so excited.
I spotted the first Hyacinth Bulbs emerging
and Autumn Joy Sedum.
Yesterday I did some clean up in the Full Sun Garden...It sure does look bare now. Soon the Daffs will bloom bringing some much needed color to my gardens.
Thank you Jean at http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/ for this plaque from your give-a-way. It's hanging on our front porch. Pop on over and give Jean a Hello, tell her Darla sent you!

Have a Blessed weekend.


Today I am Thankful for the beauty that surrounds me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Birds, Birds, Birds...

In about an hour yesterday I saw many different birds. Here are a few that I captured in our front yard.

Woodpecker-Red Bellied

Blue Jays
Mourning Doves
Song Sparrows
Male Cardinal in the middle of Song Sparrows, click to see them.

Brown-headed Cow birds with Song Sparrows

Red Winged Black Bird.

Birds seen but not captured were House Wren, Pine Warbler, Crow, Hawk,Tufted Titmouse and
Goldfinch. It was a very busy day at the feeders.
Today our weather is very unstable. Thunderstorms, Tornado Watches and Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings...........all around us. It is rumbling and bumbling out there with a great lightning show! Temperature 61 F.
Today I am thankful for a safe shelter, our home.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Header Challenge Day...

Don't know if you can tell it was raining this past Saturday when I took this photo of two Goldfinches... Here's the 1000 piece puzzle that Hubby and I finished in one week. (He did a lot more of it than I did, I put the flower part together)
Dew drops on my Blue Fescue grass yesterday.
Dew drops on my Coral Reef Sedum...I love this plant!
Today's Header Challenge was chosen by Tom over at http://womtig.blogspot.com/ the theme - any photo you want as long as it's in Black and White. Be sure to drop by Tom's, http://thefishingguy.blogspot.com/ and http://imac-photosfromthemindseye.blogspot.com/ at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, that's 8:00 p.m. (I believe) across the pond and let us know what you think.
I am still in search of a nominee to compete with the other nominees to become our 5th member.
Let me know in your comment if you are interested. See ya around 3!

Today I am thankful for my loving, caring husband..

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Medical Update...

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and get well wishes, you have no idea-(or maybe you do)- how much I appreciate and believe in the power of prayer!
My Docotor does not believe there is anything in my life style (other than some stress) that caused my heart to run a race. I have had this before, not documented, and not to this extent. Some people just have an extra charge in their hearts. I have a prescription beta blocker to use as needed if it occurs again. You can also take in a deep breath, press down, exhale and cough to slow the heart rate down or plunge your face in to a ice filled bowl of water, now doesn't that sound like fun? If it occurs again, I will be seeing a cardiologist for a more invasive work up. Sometimes they have to go in the artery in the leg, stimulate the heart for it to happen again and then fry the culprit. At this stage in my life, it is not life threatening, just something that we don't want to continue. He was encouraging in letting me know that I am probably a good candidate for a pace maker when I am around 60 years of age....thanks Doc!
On the other hand, my body is losing potassium and this is his main concern right now. As low potassium can cause this and other not so good things. I will be taking a prescribed potassium pill for about 6 weeks, in a month I will have a blood test to see if my body is retaining the potassium if so, I will go off of the potassium and have my blood tested again to see if I am still retaining it. If my body is not retaining the potassium I get to have all kind of cool tests...sigh. This is the second physician that has told me to decrease my water intake...
I am asking for continued prayers ... I have been blessed to meet all types of wonderful bloggers and dearly love the interaction that I have with each and everyone of you. In the mean time, our weather is going to be just beautiful and I plan on getting in the garden. Tomorrow's Header Challenge is any photo of our choosing as long as it's in black and white. On that note, I am looking for a nominee to participate for a couple of weeks and then have a Header Challenge with the other nominees to see who will become our 5th weekly member. If you are interested just leave me a comment and I will contact you.....
Today I am thankful for , The Peace that surpasses understanding.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Interesting Weekend....Potassium is Important!

It rained all day Saturday into Sunday morning, we received over two inches. I spent some time on Saturday doing some winter-sowing, helped my husband finish the 1000 piece puzzle, played a game of Scrabble took a very long hot bath and then my heart decided to go into TACHYCARDIA...."sudden onset of fast heart beating." You should have heard the debate between my husband and I about if I needed him to call 911. I was unsure for about 15 minutes and then something happened and I calmly said, " Call someone NOW!" When the first responders got here my heart rate was 243..yeah, a little on the fast side..normal between 60 - 100. The paramedics on the ambulance were right behind the first responders and quickly took charge. They recorded my heart rate at 230 , they did tell me it was impressive. I became extremely thirsty, they started and IV and then the head Paramedic says, "Mrs. Green I am going to inject some medication into your IV that's going to completely stop your heart from beating for about 10 seconds, you will be awake and know what's going on, then you will feel like you need to take a deep breath and your heart will begin beating again.." Sure enough, happened just like he said it would. It is so weird to lay there without a heart beat, I felt hollow inside. One of the paramedics said, "I've never seen that happen before." I said, " That makes two of us", my husband said, "No, that makes 3 of us." So forth and so on, they had learned this procedure but never have had the "opportunity" to use it. (glad I could help, lol) There were about 7 first responders and paramedics, and of course the Chief standing in my living room, staring at me.
To the hospital we go, yep, my first ambulance ride, (don't care for another one). They kept me on the heart monitor and oxygen...Did two chest x-rays, blood test and a urine test.
I was advised to stop all stimulants, nicotine, coffee, tea, cola, medicines containing caffeine, over the counter cold and sinus remedies, diet pills, herbal supplements....and of course cocaine and amphetamines. (they always assume this sudden onset of fast heart beating is drug induced)

My blood test indicated a low level of potassium which can cause A LOT of problems. They gave me two potassium tablets to take at the hospital and a 7 day prescription of potassium and then I am to go to my primary care physician for another blood test...and go from there. I did go to work at Church on Sunday, then spent the afternoon resting and reading.

I am praying that the Potassium will do the trick...I know what can happen if this continues, I refuse to entertain or receive that information. I trusted God yesterday and I trust Him today.
Today I am thankful for those men and women who dedicate themselves to emergency assistance!!
**UPDATE** My Doctor wants me to come to his office this afternoon. I feel sure I will have positive news to report tomorrow!

Friday, January 15, 2010

GBBD and Fertilizer Friday..

I believe this is the least amount of blooms I have ever had in January.. 9 or 10 consecutive days of below freezing temperature makes a big difference in the garden. Today High 71--heavy rains on the way.
The last of the Gomphrenas--guess these are seed?
This Pansy is keeping her bonnet around her little face.
Most of my Snapdragons are holding on. It sure it taking the ones I started from seed a long time to bloom.
Of course this Walking Iris is not in bloom. Just wanted to show the frost damage, see the white blades?
Alyssum is trying to hold on.
Lobelia and Petunias have been kept on the front porch under a sheet,
and still they look sad.
The two Poinsettias that I had planted in the garden and kept alive for over a year are severely frost bitten. I am leaving them w/o pruning to see what happens come Spring. In the meantime I have a beautiful Poinsettia in the house.
Come Spring it will be planted in a large container and 'placed' in the garden. If Jack Frost decides to visit next winter I can bring it in.
Thank you Carol over at http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com/ for hosting the monthly GBBD. Thank you Tootsie over at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ for hosting the weekly Fertilizer Friday.
Thanks for the help on IDing the birds yesterday. We have only seen the Goldfinches in the winter here.
Today I am thankful for a healthy family.