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Posted on: Mar 5, 2015 10:53PM
I'm still under a ton of snow, and it's only 9 degrees today, but I just signed up for our county's Master Gardening program. Now I can't wait to dig in the dirt.
I have little knowledge and hope these classes help. I love flowers and plants but do not have a clue what to do with them. I'd love to hear from others who enjoy this hobby.
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Jun 20, 2017 08:26PM WenchLori wrote:
Wren, I already take it at night lol I know the heat has something to do with it also. Most of our yard has mature trees and 90% of our yard is in shade so everything I do outside is in the shade. I just haven't gotten it intomy head that I can't do what I was able to do a year ago. Some lessons I just can't seem to teach myself 😜
Jun 20, 2017 08:29PM Heidibird wrote:
Jazzy, do you notice the difference between the 2 AIs? I am on Aromosin and, like you, had the joint pain prior to the medication. But now it seems so hard to get out of a chair if I have been sitting more than a short period of time. I am always up and walking at home during commercials to prevent that stiffness. Once I start moving I am OK but that initial get up and go seems to have gone. LOL
I am also taking a claritin tablet each day as I read that it can help lessen the pain. I did a trial run, then stopped it. I started it again because, for me, it did make a difference, My family doctor says he had heard it worked but was not sure why.
And sitting by the garden watching everything grow just makes everything feel better!
Jun 20, 2017 08:58PM WenchLori wrote:
Heidi, our gardens are our best Blessing.
Jun 20, 2017 10:44PM Jazzygirl wrote:
Heidi- my MO told me Aromosin would be easier but honestly I did not see a huge difference. I have noticed some of the sorer areas like my elbows and feet seem a bit better through time though. I get tired too sometimes, which can be from lots of things. My MO confirmed last visit I can stop after 5 years and will be coming off them next March. I know a lot of women are on the 10 year protocol. The heat is making me tired here right now! I need a siesta!
The thing that has helped me the most is swimming. I have always been a swimmer but changed back to a community olympic pool this past April, and now swimming up to 1 mile at a time (70 lengths). Last night I broke a personal record and did 80 lengths, whoot whoot. I find it keeps me feeling stronger and helps to keep the joints lubricated. I like bike riding too, but not back to being strong with that yet either. Walking and hiking still has it's limits because of my feet. And well, that outdoor stuff is out of the question until this heat wave passes.
I am definately stiff when I get up after sitting awhile. I try to move around regularly, but notice especially after a plane flight where I have been sitting for a few hours.
Jun 20, 2017 11:14PM coachvicky wrote:
Here is one of my favorite forums on BCO:Topic: For Arimidex (Anastrozole) users, new, past, and ongoing Forum: Hormonal Therapy - Before, During and After —
Risks and benefits, side effects, and costs of anti-estrogen medications. Note: Please remember that there are good experiences and bad with ALL treatments and this is a safe place to share YOUR experience, not to be influenced or influence others.
I am switching to the TEVA brand of Arimidex based on information from this forum. I might have fewer SEs.
Jun 21, 2017 12:14AM Heidibird wrote:
You bet, Lori!
Jazzy, congrats on being less than a year away from coming off them!! The swimming sounds great. I know it did wonders for my arthritis but DH did not put up the pool after I was diagnosed last year and he hasn't mentioned it this year. I wonder if a hot tub would help. Too bad insurance companies don't pay us for the more natural pain relievers like pools and hot tubs...and garden supplies!
Vicky, I'll have to check that section out and see about useful tips they might have as well.
Jun 21, 2017 01:01AM Jazzygirl wrote:
Heidi- I was going to a gym for awhile and the hot tub did help too, but find exercising in water helps more. Can you find an area pool (YMCA) etc. to go? Lots of people do water aerobics and even aqua zumba. I love the later, the place I go now just has the water aerobics.
Coach Vicky- Good idea to try the Teva generic. I am on the generic for Aromosin. The Arimdex thread you mentioned is a good one, was on that for a couple years!
The tree guy was just hear and gave me a quote to do the large ash tree pruning. He said probably will be back in August to do that work. He also looked a my funky oak tree and said he will return later in the year after it is dormant to bring that up and that it will fill out more on top with time. He says it looks good, just needs some more help. The oak was planted in 2012 and the top died (transplant shock) but it had a good leader so we sawed off the ted top and the leader is now sky high (probably 25 feet!). Tree guys rock!
Jun 21, 2017 04:11PM - edited Jun 21, 2017 04:22PM by Heidibird
Thanks Jazzy. I live out of town and carpool so no time really for me to get back into town to swim. :-(
I headed to the blackberries last night knowing there would be a nice handful of ripe ones. But...not a single ripe one. They had been picked off by the birds! Grrrr. I told DH that we needed to fling the netting over them tonight so I can at least get some as the rest ripen. May need to throw netting over the grapes too as I know from experience that I can come home and not find my grapes either.
To top things off my freezer part of the frig seems to be going out. Things on the top 2 shelves have been defrosting. it is 16 years old so I guess it's time to look for another. But it sure is a pain in the tush especially if we have to go back into town tonight. My net flinging may have to wait.
Jun 21, 2017 04:24PM Scottiemom11 wrote:
Heidi. . .I need to check my figs and blueberries. Last year the deer got them, but birds may be too. Sorry about your freezer. We had a chest freezer in the garage for years but it was hard to get things in and out. When that freezer died, I bought an upright full freezer for the garage. We love it and use it to stock up on meats, frozen fruits, veggies. Pretty much everything. Good luck. Home Depot is a great place for appliances.
Jun 21, 2017 04:55PM Heidibird wrote:
The birds will get my figs too if I am not quick enough to harvest them. I don't mind sharing, but don't take everything!
Ohh yes, Home Depot and Lowes. I'll have to check there. I started to fret a little because our Sears store closed down last year. Two years ago we were looking at refrigerators because ours was giving us a problem. They had such nice ones with cool (no pun intended) features. But then for a $75 part my husband fixed ours. We also have an upright freezer in the garage and a small refrigerator(also 12 and 16 years old) out there. I tend to..err...ahem..cough cough..keep all of them filled up. I would hate to look at the things on the very bottoms of each freezer and see how old they are. But I may need to toss some things to make room i9f we can't get a new one for the house right away.
My student worker has brought in the loveliest of plums. No insect damage at all and so juicy and tasty! She says she has an apple tree whose fruits are almost ripe and a big fig tree too. I am in fruit heaven!
Jun 21, 2017 05:24PM coachvicky wrote:
Thought I'd share this tip.
I use the green leaves of my red radishes (no stems) to make pesto. I add basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, walnuts (Rachel Ray idea) and a really good olive oil.
It is really good.
Jun 22, 2017 03:25AM WenchLori wrote:
My strawberries are ripening but they are the most tasteless things I've ever eaten. My huge blackberries are sour too. Hoo-hum
Just as I was walking out the door to get pictures of my garden it starts to rain. I waited until it cooled off a bit but the rain got here first. Maybe tomorrow? They say we'll get wet from the Cindy storm system headed this way but we'll see.
Jun 22, 2017 03:40AM Gardennerd wrote:
Lori, I agree with Wren. I take the med at night.
Jun 22, 2017 07:43AM WenchLori wrote:
Gardennerd, I've been taking mine at night since I started on Arimidex. I haven't had a repeat of exhaustion so far this week but I've been slowing things down a bit. I'm feeling pretty good! I wish my port incision would heal faster so I can jump in the pool. Just one more week to get through!
One of my early Girl tomato plants is loaded with baby tomatoes. Yummy!
Jun 23, 2017 01:20AM WenchLori wrote:
My Rose of Sharon's are blooming too. Nothing on my hydrangeas yet but they are double the size they've been the past 4 years. I guess they got a huge growth spurt!
Rose of Sharon
Can you find Bob the stray cat?
Jun 23, 2017 04:49PM Heidibird wrote:
I only have one Rose of Sharo and it's blooming nicely too. It's one of the better years for it so far.
Yep, I finally found Bob too. :-)
Got the netting put over our blackberries Wednesday night so hope to have a few more ripe ones soon. Still need to toss some netting over the grapes before it gets too late.
Jun 23, 2017 05:16PM WenchLori wrote:
It's raining here and from the looks of the radar it'll be raining for awhile. My garden is in hog heaven and I'm still chillaxing in bed lol
Jun 24, 2017 04:06PM Teka wrote:
Daughter always enjoys selecting and arranging the flower plants.
Husband and I only planted a 1/3 of the (V) garden area this year.
Jun 24, 2017 07:21PM Jazzygirl wrote:
Nice job Teka. DD does a wonderful job with pots and flowers. Smaller veggie garden will be easier to maintain too!
Jun 24, 2017 11:53PM M0mmyof2 wrote:
Looked at my tomato plants today to discover I have the first tomato of the season growing. More flowers coming on other plants. Looks like it might be a good season for the tomatoe
Jun 25, 2017 12:45AM Jazzygirl wrote:
Jun 25, 2017 06:20PM WenchLori wrote:
Jazzy, he's so cuuuuute!!
Teka, beautiful flowers! Your DD sure has a great eye for pretty flowers.
M0mmy, yay for tomatoes! I have a few plants that have more tomatoes than we will ever eat. Looks like some canning in my near future. My kids just love my red and green tomato salsas.
I have a few cucs that are almost ready for salad making or just for crunching! My beans have gone crazy but my sweet peas are just not growing. My list for in ground planting has been started for next year but I love the conveinence of the straw bale garden and I will do it again next year. I'll get my bales this fall so by spring 2018 the bales will already be set to go!
Jun 25, 2017 06:31PM Gardennerd wrote:
Lori - Love the Rose of Sharon. Never checked to see how big they will get. I have a small 2' one in a pot. After seeing yours, I'm thinking I need to find it a spot in the ground. Is Bob the stray cat in the darkened area somewhat right of center? Otherwise, is your question a brain tease? as in very large right of the cages. The lightened area has a shape of a cat. but it would have to be a big cat.
Teka - loving the pics. I'm loving all the color.
Jazzygirl - I may have the same characteristics of a Racoon also
Rough weekend. My Dad, 92, had out patient surgery two months ago, went home only to return to hospital. Then moved on to physical therapy facility only to have a major setback and is now in ICU. They are narrowing down the cause, beyond old age. No stroke, no apparent heart attack and now narrowing down to hypercalcemia with a few other side effects mixed in. So planning on 1000 mile trip to be with him. Keep posting those wonderful garden and animal pics. Ya'll are what the doctor has ordered for me.
Jun 25, 2017 06:53PM WenchLori wrote:
Gardennerd, mine are 12 to 15 ft tall. If it were my decision I never would have planted where they are. The lady before us planted 2 at the end of our driveway and now they block us from seeing what's coming. I may just cut them down and plant something else there??
Jun 25, 2017 08:16PM pink_is_my_colour wrote:
Peonies and irises are all done for another year. Cut off all the dead flowers. Managed to bring in a couple of the late bloomers only to see all the ants running across the floor. Looks a little barren without all the flowers. Our season is so short. 🙄
My hydrangea doesn't bloom until mid July at the earliest. I don't even see any buds yet so maybe even later. I'm always surprised when it does bloom.