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Started 6/17/08 by Rae (raeanne50); 28682 views.
cookly

From: cookly

Feb-18

Friendly greetings to all, just checking in and saying hi. 

I'm doing very well, better every day. So pleased at the timing of it all.. a winter to rest and heal, and now spring is very near. Those anxious afternoon hours are pretty well replaced now with activity. My growing room is in the basement. I used to dash up and down those stairs a hundred times a day, bringing plants up, taking supplies down.. I can't do that anymore, or at least not until my muscles come back ! So I do it very slowly and carefully. I plan ahead more.  My broken arm still gives me trouble and the weakness can cause balance problems on the stairs. Having a black cat doesn't help either. 

Still quite a  bit of snow but I  believe the Big Melt is underway. 

All for now, love Rae 

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

Feb-19

Hi Rae

I do most of my planting on the small porch and have large and smaller pots I may plant out in a month or so. Very happy to hear things are going so well.

Because of my poor eyesight, I am very careful about not falling in the garden or going up and down stairs -- those basement steps sound dangerous. Do you have good lighting and a rail?

Love to you

MaryLouise

Brian (BrianB125)

From: Brian (BrianB125)

Feb-19

First daffodils and crocus just popped up this morning, they weren't there when I came in yesterday evening.

cookly

From: cookly

Feb-19

Good for you Brian wink.   Our first bulbs are still in frozen ground with a foot of snow covering them. 

I reached the end of preparing  my greenroom downstairs. Its clean enough and I'm all organized. So yesterday, I took some cuttings from a pot plant, and planted eight seeds of another strain. Today I'm planting two trays of flowers, one petunias, one stained glass plant,( forget the Latin name). They each take a long time to germinate so they come first. Also on my list is 'Marvel of Peru" perennial blue flax, castor beans, and more.. I keep adding to the list.  

This might morph into a gardening journal, although I've maintained a paper one for decades and its a treasure. 

daisy20111

From: daisy20111

Feb-20

Yes! I love to garden too! And now i need to break the habit of having beers while i do it.

BTW Cookly...i totally agree...staying sober is a mind game...and the mind can really play tricks...thats what im working on.

I drank a little last night but made it sober the day before.

Slowly but surely im figuring out how to put sobriety above all else. And i will keep on trying and growing my sober self until its bigger than my drinking self.

Daisy

daisy20111

From: daisy20111

Feb-20

I neglect getring things done to stay sober too...i get it. I often drink to get through getting stuff done. Today ill go for another walk after work. Thata how i stayed sober a couple of days so far. Then home and eat and early bed...i have to replace what i do after work...a big having beer time for me

Daisy

cookly

From: cookly

Mar-10

just checking in. I'm still sober, happy and healthy. I gained 8 lbs since Nov so was pleased about that. 

Got a new kitten, her name is Fiona. She's a very pretty dark tabby. So that's put new energy into the house..the dogs are delighted, the old cats rebuff her as expected, but their growls and hisses are pretty feeble. Looking forward to getting outside and watching her discover all the marvels there..hopefully soon; its snowing today. 

My flowers are germinating nicely and needing more daily care; this is the part I love. I've seeded most of what I'm starting in the basement room, tomatoes and basil will be last. 

love to all, Rae  

Brian (BrianB125)

From: Brian (BrianB125)

Mar-11

Rae,

Sounds wonderful.  I've got almost two months before I can put anything out in West Virginia - but flowers and trees are bursting out all over here in DC.  It's funny how your attitudes change.  I used to never like magnolias - just too gaudy - but on my morning walk yesterday I stopped and took a picture of one - it was right next to a three story house and it was just as tall as the house - and completely full of blossoms - you couldn't see the house behind it - just wonderful.

Glad I didn't gain 8 pounds - I need to lose them.

Brian

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

Mar-11

Hi Rae

Fiona sounds a beauty, I hope you put some pics up on FB.

And congrats on putting on some weight, being sober, healthy and best of all, happy!

I'll be starting my autumn planting soon and feel just as you do -- sometimes the planning is the most fun. I have an abundance of ripe tomatoes and basil for salads right now.

xxMary

Elsie (Elsiek)

From: Elsie (Elsiek)

Mar-12

Hi Rae

Aww, a kitten is just the best thing ever to raise the spirits! Fiona is a sweet name.  I'm so glad you are feeling well and stronger.  I have an acquaintance who has lost so much weight with her drinking and associated illnesses that she really does lack the strength to make a change. ( apparently she has a BMI of 14)  Like Brian, I really need to lose rather than gain weight, but at the same time, it's good to have a little in reserve. I have a friend going through chemo at the moment, and a therapist said he had read research that said that fasting around the time of treatments makes it more effective. Quite rightly my friend responded by saying 'sod that.' She is just relieved that she hasn't had terrible nausea or taste bud changes and is still enjoying her food!

Take care and have fun with Fiona x

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