O.K. Here I am, at home, under doctors orders no stress, no work......right? Right. Just finished the two returns that I had to get out before I could really call it quits.
You men!! Ughhhhh. My husband just called me all in a tizzy. A blooming tizzy. (I added the word blooming since this is a garden blog.)
The state of Louisiana in its infinate wisdom has decided to garnish his wages for the years 02, 03, and 04. They want $13,000 for 04. Now he calls right before he's going into a meeting. "What do we do? What do we do? I won't get a paycheck this month". I begin screaming at this point, "I don't know, we're both CPA's, I'd imagine we should know what to do. Call them and find out what happened. " He says, "go find those returns". Now that's another stresser because when he gets in my files he completely destroys them.
I call him back when I find them and he gets all upset because I called and he's in a meeting. Now why, tell me folks, why didn't he wait until after the meeting to call me?
Well, I'm knocked out for the day now. The pain just shot through my head.
The moral of the story....................even CPA's freak out when it comes to taxes and some, I repeat, some, men are helpless.
Sun oh glorious sun. TWO hours worth. One of the things that I've guessed help with the swelling in the nerve. Oh me oh my. The pain was so much less today. The paralysis was less. I still had to take my pain medicine but I didn't have to sit and look at the clock to tell when it would be time to take another.
I did some work that needed to be finished before I take that 'year' off. The practical thing to do would have been to rest. Not to work. But I don't sleep well knowing I still have tax returns (3) to finish before I turn my business over. It helped a lot with my overall nerves which affects that main nerve so I really think it helped.
O.K. Now back to the really fun business. I'm still working on the basil seeds. I worked on the basil flowers that I had in the brown paper bag and the ones that I had left on the stalks and tied and covered with cheesecloth.
The ones with cheesecloth were harder than expected. The seeds were still inside the flower thingy so I guess in their normal life cycle they must just eventually drop out. Well, these stalks still had leaves and everything had turned a very dark color. This made it hard to get the black seeds out of the black flower bases.
I don't think one would normally spend this much time getting seeds out of flower ends but its relaxing and I'm enjoying it. I've now got a little manicure stick with a pointed end and I'm flipping the seeds out.
I'm wondering that when trading seeds it would work to leave the little black seeds inside the flower ends to send. Each flower end has about 6-7 seeds.
Right now the house is quiet. I'm not a happy camper especially because the rain affects the nerve that is still healing. As long as that nerve swells, I can't stop the pain. The humidity kills me! But I'm still very thankful that it will eventually heal.
Any way......I do things to relax so I can keep it from tightening up.
O.K. So I decided to take care of the 'bunch' of basil stems that I've been drying pinned to the wall. Some of these had flowered. As I was pulling leaves, the things started falling from the dried flower buds. It's seeds! I can tell. It's little bitty black things! So I've got the stems I've put in the bag to dry, and the stems I wrapped in cheesecloth while they were still on the plant.
Speaking of relaxing. Yesterday I decided to start the puzzle that Maggie sent me for Christmas. I love putting puzzles together. As I was getting all the edges together, I realize the tray I was using was not big enough. I worked myself all into a tizzy trying to find something to put it on. Do you wonder why the doctor who knows me very well fusses at me about stressing out? I did eventually find a box lid after I had knocked all the stuff the shelves that I couldn't reach in the storeroom.
I really have so much to be thankful for. Sometimes I forget that. BASIL SEEDS!!!!
The Chistmas Cactus is blooming. Tho not as full as Bsmith's its doing great. We have a tendency to knock the leaves off so I just snapped some shots of it now. The leaves on it seem to be very delicate.
My family has a tendency to knock the branches off as they walk by and they seem to be very delicate. In full bloom it is gorgeous!
With the way the weather is here, I've still got things blooming.
My canna and a few hybiscus. I finally got Mr. Bayou to go back and buy that plant on sale and I still can't remember what it is. It's some type of flox but its doing very well.
I finally guilted him into planting the 50 daffadil bulbs that he had me order. I hope its not too late.
I got a force bloom narcisus bulb kit and I hope I did it right.
I need to get out and turn my little compost pile. I'm still in pain everyday, but I'm going to start pushing myself physically to see if I can't work through it. Mentally, I will still continue to take it easy like the doc said. The nerve is still swollen and not getting better. If there's no cloud cover and humidity, I should be able to do it.
My sister and I had a wonderful time in Hot Springs. I discovered that massages help very much with the pain.
We did not do a lot of running around because I would tire out. But I did more than I normally would and that was great.
It was very good for me to see my sister smiling and really relaxing. (she lost her husband a year ago)
We've been going to Hot Springs since we were children. It's been some time, probably about 8 years since we've gone. This is the Chapel at Garvin Gardens. It was such a blessing. No one was there when we went. I believe a wedding had taken place about an hour previously.
It was Sunday and my sister and I had our own private worship service. We prayed and we sang the songs we've been singing all our life. The acoustics were amazing. We sang the songs we sang for Mother's funeral. We sounded a lot better this time.