Yes, that warrants an exclamation point! A week ago I was all swollen and freaked out when I looked in he mirror; my torso looked like a thick tree trunk. Even thinking about putting on my jeans made me wince. But this morning I saw my waist again and on they went - just like before my surgery. It's a wonderful thing. I thought maybe I'd gotten chubby from all the sitting around and healing, but I think I'm the same... though I really wouldn't mind being a tish heavier. I'd lost some weight recently and I think it's because of muscle atrophy and being too busy to eat properly. So... Mike and I are checking out a gym here in our new town sometime this week so I can get back in the groove of working out. Something about sitting around and not being able to move really makes me want to move a lot - like I used to do. While I am usually very active, it's not the same as lifting weights and getting a lot of aerobic activity. I really don't like feeling weak and skinny... not one bit.
I see my doctor this Thursday for follow-up of the surgery and hopefully he will give me the okay to move more. I am still a bit sore in places and get tired quicker than when I'm 100%, so I might have to wait a bit, but I'm walking around our farm and gardening quite a bit already. I just can't go all out. Maybe next week...
And, speaking of gardening... since that is really all I'm doing right now until the doctor tells me I can be really move again, I must report on how it's going and post more pictures. I know... I know... enough of the garden already! Well, be glad it was something I could do in my recovery or my brain would have turned to mush along with my body! Being zoned out in front of the TV isn't my idea of fun, though it did help me get though the first three days after surgery.
The garden is going well considering. It definitely needs more sun and time for me to battle the bean beetles. They are chewing on the bean leaves and I just need to mix up something to spray on the leaves. Today or tomorrow I hope... if I can find something to mix it in. The lack of sun might be keeping the cucumbers from being prolific, though I've eaten one a day for the past few days. The vines are loaded with flowers, along with the squashes and melons, but not much else is happening there. The tomatoes are doing medium well, but the peppers are very spindly and not very productive. I can't wait to move the garden to its new space next year where it will get lots of sun. Here is the spot, where the bulldozer and felled trees are:
Mike shot this picture of me checking out one of the squash plants. Sophie is walking around... she likes lying in the corn and under the huge squash leaves.
This is the melon patch starting to take off.
Here are some of the pole beans climbing up a pole. They definitely need a higher place to climb.
And Sophie, my garden buddy...
Part of our deck/front porch...
Here are some of the Poona Kheera cucumbers and my first tomato. The cucumbers can be eaten when still light green all the way up to brown like this.
They're seedier when more mature, but I like eating the seeds so like 'em older just fine. But they're great in any stage I've tried. Here is one cut up.
Here is Mike cleaning off our new mower that he got for our front acreage until we can get some cows. This thing is super fast and efficient. Check out the fancy swimmin' pool in the background.
These lilies came up in our front yard, so I picked a few to bring inside. I left some for the humming birds though... who come around often.
Here are developing corn tassels. I'll be blown away if we actually get some corn this year since I've never grown it before and didn't have time to plant very many and pay them much mind. Yesterday I added the chicken poo around them and that should really make them take off. Hope so anyway!
And one last shot of the kitchen sink on a sunny morning.
Things are progressing slowly but surely on our little farm. Since Mike is starting his new business, he is putting all his energy towards that right now and most everything here is on the backburner. Well, we need an income so it is a priority.