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Jul 23, 2015 3:04 PM CST
Name: Lynn Golovich
Wyandotte, mi (Zone 6b)
"It's never to late to be what you
Some of you have been so kind to send me boxes of iris and I am so happy to have them. I need to find some super duper vitamins to reb up my energy level so I can get them all planted!!! Anyone have any vitamins they take that seem to help with the energy level???
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Jul 23, 2015 3:11 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Just keep plugging away, plant a few every chance you get, and once you see the beds start filling in its good incentive to keep going. I find the actual planting goes pretty quickly, but the preparation of the beds is what takes time and stamina. A good multi vitamin certainly couldn't hurt though. I have seen some energy boosting supplements at the health food stores, you may want to check into those. I quit smoking in April and have found I have a lot more energy these days- probably should check into some supplements myself...
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Jul 23, 2015 6:41 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
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Wonderful on the quiting smoking. You won't regret it My brother is still here at age 89 because he quit it.
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Jul 23, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Good going Neal, I you had mentioned earlier that you had quit, but since I hadn't heard an update wondered how you were doing with that.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Jul 23, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sending good, good, good! Good vibrations your way!
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Jul 23, 2015 8:23 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Check into the vitamins. They help give energy. Also make sure your staying hydrated cauzennof enough can cause you to lack energy.
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Jul 23, 2015 9:17 PM CST
Name: Lynn Golovich
Wyandotte, mi (Zone 6b)
"It's never to late to be what you
Thanks Richard! I am a water drinker always have a glass full of ice water with me so i think I got that part covered. Something I didn't mention is that I am having a knee replaced (again, same knee) in November and that slows me down cause it has never felt right since my first surgery almost 2 years ago. Hoping a year from now that I am happy that I had it redone.. At this point I wish I had never had it done the first time!
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Jul 23, 2015 9:29 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oh -- so sorry to hear about the knee............. Sad

Omigosh Neal -- you just quit smoking -- good for you!! Hurray! I quit a 3-pack-a-day habit thirty years ago. And I thank God every day that I did. Lucy's right -- you'll never be sorry.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Jul 23, 2015 9:31 PM CST
Name: Lynn Golovich
Wyandotte, mi (Zone 6b)
"It's never to late to be what you
Good for you for quitting smoking Neal! Are you still missing it? Keep up quitting. Think of all the money you will now have to spend on more iris! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jul 23, 2015 9:34 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Good point!! And you never stop missing it. Never. But it stops being an insistent demand. That's good enough.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Jul 23, 2015 10:31 PM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
Ouch on the knee.

I hate Tylenol, it is really bad for kidneys and livers; but sometimes the pain makes us tired. Since having the rotator cuff surgery, I am much more tired, probably because the pain wakes me up too. I have taken a bit of Tylenol on the really bad days. I am very blessed to be able to take aspirin if I take 2 Tums with them. Yay. It is the only anti-inflammatory I have not reacted badly to (except for spices). It doesn't kill pain as well as Tylenol.

As far as vitamins go, most are not very good quality. New Chapter are good, but pricey. I have found them for 1/2 the price of health food stores on eBay. I also like Innate products. Don't take them after 10 a.m. or the B vitamins can keep you awake. I cut my New Chapters in half. They are too strong and I dream vividly.

For speediness, a good cup of tea keeps me going better than coffee and it is an awesome antihistamine too.
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Jul 23, 2015 11:15 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Neal, I'm so glad you quit smoking. I hope it hasn't been too hard.

Lynn, so sorry to hear your knee replacement wasn't all it was cracked up to be... From what I've heard, knees are harder than hips, and shoulders are the worst... On the plus side, it's amazing that they *can* replace those parts now.. I hope the second replacement does the trick for you.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Jul 24, 2015 5:31 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thanks for the support everybody! Cravings hadn't been too bad till recently, but I've been really stressed, so I suppose that's to be expected.

Lynn, have you ever checked into yoga? There are a lot of forms of yoga, both for healing after surgery and for energy and stamina. My partner recently fell from a ladder and ended up with a broken pelvis and sacrum, and amazed doctors by recovering so quickly, due to yoga both before and after the fall.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Jul 24, 2015 5:56 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
And attitude, everyone. Gardeners seem to have the best attitude and seem to rebound better from things that keep other people down. Keep your spirits up because life is too short to despair.... and it helps with healing! Glad you are still quitting smoking, Neal! I hope it is permanent.

Good luck with the knee this time around, Lynn. I have heard good and bad reports about that type of surgery. Hope it turns out well for you this time.

Yoga is good for body and soul and everyone should try it.

Broken bones..... foot, knee, ribs, clavicle, nose and head but I have not broken anything for the past few years. I decided to stop climbing trees to cut off limbs, big ladders to the roof, and rocky cliffs...... well, most rocky cliffs.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Jul 24, 2015 9:08 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Oh my...I've only broken a finger. I tend to need sutures for things rather than casts. Head and fingers, mostly.
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Jul 24, 2015 10:06 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Fell off a ladder? Wow! So sorry for all the injuries.

A Dr. now retired wanted me to have a hip replacement because of a very arthritic left hip. I said 'no' knowing that I would not be able to garden at all. glad that I turned him down.
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Jul 24, 2015 10:45 AM CST
Name: Lynn Golovich
Wyandotte, mi (Zone 6b)
"It's never to late to be what you
irisarian said:Fell off a ladder? Wow! So sorry for all the injuries.

A Dr. now retired wanted me to have a hip replacement because of a very arthritic left hip. I said 'no' knowing that I would not be able to garden at all. glad that I turned him down.



I would NOT be having this knee done again if it had healed properly the first time around. I just can't imagine living with this pain the rest of my life when there is a chance that second time will be much better!!
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Jul 24, 2015 2:59 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Go for it!!!! Thumbs up
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Jul 24, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I hope that this time fixes the problem.
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Jul 24, 2015 8:14 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Lynn, all 3 of my sisters have had knee replacement, and all say they're really glad they did it. Surely this time will have you dancing next summer! Sending good healing vibes Smiling
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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