Ah, here we are in our 47th year of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Ok, I exaggerate. But, man, doesn’t it feel like this thing has lasted forever? The experts on social media say next up is Godzilla or maybe flying sharks. I say whatever, and nothing would surprise me at this point. I’m still spending a lot of time in my garden (mostly mornings) even though it’s hellishly hot here in North Carolina. I keep thinking once we get through July, then get through August, then get through half of September, THEN it will cool down a tiny bit. It’s often hot through half of October, too, but I’m an optimist so I’m going with September!
Chuck had total knee replacement Friday and so we’ve been learning to deal with the ins and outs of that. He’s been pretty lucky, not too much pain. He got behind on his pain meds yesterday–which EVERYONE suggested he not do. But it’s so hard when you’re feeling good to remember why you’re feeling good–the pain meds. Physical therapy started right away at the outpatient surgical center and has continued in-home. So, in addition to everything else going on in the world, we’ve dealt with two surgeries. My shoulder is healing nicely after a setback earlier at week 8. Now to get Chuck on the mend. He is planning on having the right knee replaced in November, so he has to work hard on getting through this one.
Two of the four kitties have had ongoing health issues. At times, serious. They are growing older, so maybe that’s to be expected. Wait! Those surgeries Chuck and I had must mean that we, too, are getting ol…nah. Can’t be.
I’ve had a garden companion since late March. It’s a strange relationship, one that might seem incompatible at first glance. But somehow we make it work. We have the same taste in plants. My favorite $40 anemonella is also her favorite. My favorite antique roses are also her favorite roses. I love blue cardinal flower and so does she. She prefers to eat all of my favorite plants and I, strange gardener that I am, allow it. Meet Flora Leonora, my gardening assistant. In truth, early on she ate a lot of plants, but now she hardly touches anything but a large patch of weedy grass in the back.
First pic is from early April. The second pic was last week after squirrels knocked over a bird feeder. Flora Leonora was much appreciative.
A bit of writing news. I have an essay in this anthology, TAF Stays Home: 29 Freelancers Writing. I wrote about the early days of the pandemic, how I spent my time, and what was going on in my garden (and my heart and head). TAF stands for Triangle Association of Freelancers, a professional writers’ association in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
The anthology is available from Amazon.
Speaking of books, I read Linda Hogan’s book ‘Dwellings’ for a virtual book club. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It instantly became one of my all-time favorites and a book I know I’ll keep by my recliner for a long time. Almost every sentence is underlined and asterisked. You see Penny is modeling it in the kitty photo collage above.
Not too much else going on. I hope everyone is making it through ok. I know many are back to pre-quarantine days. Let me know how you’re doing where you are. And…WATCH OUT for those flying sharks!