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What's happening in my Pocono August Garden 2017
Posted on Aug 4, 2017 6:47 PM

Things are growing. Been a cooler, wetter summer than normal. Just gonna post some pics ....
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Morning Glories going up the trellises

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Got Hollyhocks for the first time

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front of the house

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loving the scent of tall garden Phlox

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had a visitor today

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Hail storms in late June!
Posted on Jun 29, 2017 1:54 PM

Had 2 TStorms with hail blow through our area yesterday. Damage mostly to my potted plants. Oh, well ... planted more seeds. Hope for a late summer/Fall bloom. Or I just might break down and buy some cheapo annuals. It's just pots of annuals that were damaged anyway. Except for my mini roses, and they did fine.
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24 inches of snow March 14, 2017 - Holy Moly!!!
Posted on Mar 14, 2017 7:08 PM

Two feet of snow in less than 24 hours. It started around 10 pm last night and we still have snow showers tonite. Cleared off front and back decks and dug small paths from house to street ... and from the side of the driveway to where we throw bird seed and corn out for our critters. Very cold for the next few days with wind chills below zero for the next few nights. BRRR ....

Our regular snowplow guy is in Florida on vacation. How dare he! lol -- He does have someone to take care of his customers while he's gone, but we haven't had this much snow at one time in many years. So any plowing would take twice as long. The substitute plow guy won't be here til sometime tomorrow. Not that it really matters. We couldn't have gotten out of our development if we tried. Our street was plowed twice today - once about 11am and then again around 8. With the wind still howling, snow drifts have piled up all over the roads again. Things are supposed to settle down quite a bit tomorrow.

And Spring arrives in 6 days? NOT FUNNY MOTHER NATURE ....

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure ...
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70 degrees on February 24, 2017 - Amazing! But wonderful! And a TRULY wonderful day for Me!
Posted on Feb 24, 2017 7:24 PM

70 degrees today in the mountains of northeast PA. Not normal, but wonderful. Next week? Rain, snow showers, wintry mix. That's NORMAL.

Today was a very good day. I AM OFFICIALLY FINISHED with my cancer treatment. Started in August 2016 and ended today with my last radiation treatment (boost). Six months of my life that I wouldn't wish on anyone. I have to say though, I fought hard every step of the way.

I feel pretty good. My hair is growing back. EVERYWHERE. I have stayed about the same weight all the way through. I still tire easily, so I rest as often as I need to.

On the negative side, My fingernails are a mess from the Chemo. My right hand thumbnail lifted, but I kept cutting it back to keep it short. It finally came off, but halfway down is brand new, healthy nail growth. I have 2 more nails doing the exact same thing, but am I taking care of them the same way. Thankfully, my toenails are fine and look healthy.

The radiation treaments (34) burned my skin quite a bit during the last 2 weeks, but I have prescription creams I use 3-4 times a day to take care of it. I'll continue using them for the next month or so. In March I have follow-up appointments with my medical oncologist and my surgical oncologist. Beginning of April I go back to see my radiation oncologist. Then my next go round with them will probably be in August/September. From there on I think visits will be yearly.

I can't wait til May/June to get back into the garden again, but I will be scaling down my efforts this coming season. I don't plan on adding any new landscape plants. I did mostly pots last summer, and I intend to do about the same amount this year. I do usually start morning glories & moonflowers from seed indoors and plan on doing it again this year, but I will definitely buy starter plants (flowers) this year to just pop into most of my pots. Nature will have to take care of the rest for the most part. Watering might be problem for me, but hubby told me he would do it for me. Sweet man. The pic below is of my hubby & me at The Crystal Cabin Ice Festival in Hamlin, PA. it's really fun. Ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, and history about how ice was harvested here many years ago. It runs every February.

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Haven't Posted Since June 2016 - A Major Life Change Will Do That To You
Posted on Feb 1, 2017 7:12 PM

I can hardly believe it's been almost 8 months since I last posted anything. Life can do that to you. In August 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

It had been a rough road. I had a breast lumpectomy and 2 lymph nodes removed in early September 2016. Had 4 rounds of Chemo starting early October and ending December 8, 2016. Today I had my 18th radiation treatment and have 15 more to go. Gotta say though - I have been feeling REALLY GOOD since the first of the New Year 2017.

My appetite and sense of taste is fully back. My hair is growing back! It's about 1/2 long now all over my head. Eyebrows and eyelashes are still sparse, but they will grow back, too. I really didn't lose or gain and any weight. I was told it could go either way with cancer treatments. I still get fatigued, but not as bad as when I was going through Chemo. Chemo was every 3 weeks and at least 3-4 hours for each infusion. After each Chemo all I wanted to do was sleep. After my first Chemo treatment, I didn't feel too bad, but I felt absolutely terrible from the 2nd one on. Side effects vary for each person. At least I only had to have 4 treatments. Chemo is awful. Period. It is the hardest part of Cancer treatment. And the day after each Chemo I had to go back to the Cancer Center for a Neulasta shot.

Radiation Therapy is a piece of cake by comparison. The treatment itself takes no longer than 10-15 minutes. It takes more time to get to the Cancer Center and back home again. Treatments are 5 days a week - every day. No weekends thankfully. My course of treatments is a total of 33. The amount varies for each person. Since I am now past the midway point, some the side effects are beginning to set in. Itching, redness, tenderness. I have prescription creams to use and, so far, things are under control.

According to my team of doctors, my prognosis is excellent. Survivorship is the next step in my journey. It's strange, but you never know how strong you can really be until you absolutely have to be ....

I am looking forward to the coming gardening season of 2017. I don't think I will be doing as much as I had in past years, but I will RELISH every moment of what I can do!

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