I sort of fell off the map for a few weeks. Oopsie. I’ve been trying to keep up with reading everybody’s blogs but have failed at that too for the most part. Sorry. ❤
Hubs has been working a swing shift and in an effort to see him, I’ve gone completely wonky. Turns out trying to stay awake when on those migraine meds put me right back into dopey land. I don’t recommend it. I had one of my famous 5 day migraines due to a storm system -before- he went on swing shift, so that accounts for the first missing week.
So to update for the missing time while I was being slightly crazy again and not curled up into bed with a never-ending migraine. You’ll have to dig to find the tag you’re interested in. Most have photos for easy scrolling and skipping around! 🙂
I went back to my dermatologist; there was a scheduling issue at the office and they had to change my appointment and I had to see a different doctor, which I wasn’t too happy about. I panic enough with doctors as it is and the reason I go is a progressive thing that the new doctor had no clue what the situation was now versus where it had started. She was nice enough, though. She prescribed a new medication for me to try and if it doesn’t work, she wants to try to fight my insurance to try to get some sort of twice a week light therapy. Thankfully, we have pretty good insurance but we still haven’t met our high deductible yet…somehow. Even after the insurance knocked down the pharmacy’s price, this still makes me cringe….and note it’s for a 15 day supply. *cries*
It could be worse, I know, but I’m used to my medications being free or much, much cheaper. I guess morphea isn’t life threatening (though mine is painful due to its location and how thick it is, which is why the doctors are aggressively treating it), so they don’t much care to cover the costs more than telling the pharmacy to knock the price down from 400.99 to 289.70. Lucky me, guess that savings will cover my dermatology office visit.
As a bit of a fun twist, some of our friends actually came up to visit us.
One flew up from North Carolina, while two others drove up from Maryland and Connecticut. It was a miserably cold, rainy weekend that we had planned several months ago. We had hoped to go camping in the Adirondacks (before I sprained my ankle), so I guess I’m glad the weather was awful so I didn’t have to get left behind.
Instead, we went to an aquarium and then saw Beauty and the Beast (finally!!!). We also drove down to Howe’s Caverns and did a lantern tour.
The Caverns themselves weren’t the most impressive or interesting that I’ve been to (though the winding way in and out was a ton of fun and unique) but the lantern portion of it made it well worth the trip. I’m not sure if every group gets to walk back on their own, without the guide and armed only with their own little candles or if we were lucky because we were a small group and there were no other tours, but it was AWESOME to get to wander around alone in a dark cave. I’d highly recommend doing a lantern tour there if it’s always like that.
The caverns before the guide turned off all the lights and left us alone:
Since our friends have left, I’ve spent most of my time outside working in the gardens.
I feel a bit like a Disney princess out there lately.
The birds are completely unafraid and after the initial shock of having a human out there with them, they’ll happily come to within just a few feet of me. One little chickadee in particular will even hop up to me if I’m sitting and chirp at me when I say hello.
So far this spring in our yard (that I’ve noticed at our feeders), we’ve had black-capped chickadees, blue jays, tufted titmouse, red-bellied woodpeckers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, american robins, american goldfinch, white-breasted nuthatches, dark-eyed junco, chipping sparrows, northern cardinals, common grackles, mourning doves, downy woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and even a pileated woodpecker that scared my husband half to death because he didn’t realize just how large they were. If we go to the common fields we own with our hippy-dippy neighborhood, there are some nesting canada goose, a flock of turkeys, eastern bluebirds, red-winged blackbirds, and tree swallows from just a quick glance. I saw the guy that does the egg count there at the nest boxes over the weekend, so look forward to seeing the official counts. 🙂 I’ve never been much of a birder but it’s hard not to take an interest when there is so much variety in your own backyard.
We’ve been cleaning several of our garden beds this spring — a few of which we haven’t touched since we moved here. They were infested with saplings and (unfortunately for hubs) poison ivy.
I rebuilt a collapsed retaining wall over the weekend while hubs worked on weeding a bed of daffodils we planted last fall; it’s still hard for me to crawl around on the ground with my ankle stabilized. We planted the daffodils pretty far apart so we could execute our plan of planting strawberries between the bulbs this spring so we could have a useful bed all through the year. The strawberry plants, 75 of them, arrived over the weekend, so we’ve been planting like crazy. We’re not quite done yet since the weather keeps dumping rain on us, but we’re getting close!
One of the beds, we’re completely redoing. I started prying out the years of junk that the previous owners had left in it — broken bricks, tiles, assorted rocks — in preparation for tilling. Poor hubs. He started helping and moved a brick and freaked out. He thought he found a nest of baby snakes. Nope.
I thought he was going to have a heart-attack when I rushed in and scooped the little guys up (there were three of them) to move them. He’ll eat a berry I pick out in the forest but doesn’t trust me to know what I can and can’t pick up critter-wise (I “grew up” in nature and have a biology degree and focused on wildlife ecology)… I know the salamanders (northern redbacks as far as I know) would have burrowed back into the soil, but since we were getting ready to till the area, I didn’t want them to get hurt and I know of an area in the side yard where a few hang out, so I hope they’ll be okay there. Better than chopped up by tiller blades?
Once the bed is fully prepped, I’m putting a pink lemonade blueberry bush and a black currant bush in that garden and calling it a done deal….and then building a sloped wall behind it and grading out that part of the yard to help with some of the drainage. We’ve also planted a dwarf plum for hubs. He loves plums and has decided since I proved I can grow white peaches in a zone 5 that I can grow plums for him as well. I need to learn a way to preserve them that he’ll eat — he doesn’t eat jams or jellies…so lots of Chinese plum sauce? 😛
I think after the flower bed rehab, I might move our raised garden and break it down to more of a square foot gardening type of thing for ease. It’s pretty large and unwieldy right now and hubs is getting more into gardening, so I think he may become more invested and active if he has his own little gardens to grow his favorite vegetables versus having to put up with whatever it is I plant. Hubs REALLY wants to build a CNC type of robot to manage the one we have now. I think gardening is relaxing and rewarding, so square-foot gardening may seem more manageable to him. He’s the type of person that hates to stop in the middle of a task, so it would be smaller tasks….and less yard to mow in the part of the yard that I dislike mowing the most. 😀
…and crafting. My favorite thing of all!
I’ve been knitting a little on my RPG scarf — there aren’t many things to keep me tied to my computer and that’s really the only place I knit, so it has been slow going.
I have my May BOM for my friend’s quilting challenge done though!
I really love these gnomes. Probably too much.
I’ve started rewatching one of my favorite old animes, Bleach, while cross-stitching. It’s weird watching it in English but I wouldn’t be able to stitch if I had to read subtitles so I’m having to adjust to the dubbed voiced actors. I miss Renji’s Japanese voice. 😦 Bonus is that I can skip the filler arcs! They do a decent job integrating them and I enjoyed them enough when I was back in college waiting for each one to come out weekly, but it’s nice just getting to watch main arc this time through. I never actually finished the show because the fillers NEVER seemed to end. It’s finally time to do so.
…which means cross-stitch progress! I’m past 1,000 stitches now and even more since this last photo. I’m still enjoying stitching, which is good. Probably bad though because I don’t want to do anything else except garden…and I have sooo much I need to do!
…and last of all, since it was Mother’s Day:
Mom and I when I was probably about 3 or 4. I’m still just as sour and grumpy.
…and because you can’t have a mom without a grandparents somewhere, here are my Granny Boo (Mom’s mother) and Grandmother (Dad’s mom) at my high school graduation forever ago.
Granny Boo passed away just a few months after this photo was taken and Grandmother is still kicking ass and taking names. I sent her a red hydrangea for Mother’s Day since she can make anything grow and loves plants. Last year, Mom asked for photographs of flowers and animals from our yard since we have so much diversity and I inherited (yay) both of the above’s green thumbs (Mom did not), so I spent all of last year taking pictures and then had a book made and sent it to her. 🙂 Thankfully, Mom loved it and immediately understood all of little references that I slipped in there that hubs didn’t recognize.