Monday, 15 November 2021

Landscaping Project

I've completed most of the landscaping on the house and lawn sides of my new driveway. I had packed mud from a nearby drainage ditch against the sides to retain the gravel in place and give it a more finished appearance. I'm quite curious to see if it will hold up with time.

 

Looking South.
Looking West.
Looking East.
Looking for mice.

 

A few weeks ago I received some good news and some bad news from my doctor. The good news was that my blood and urine lab results were satisfactory. The bad news is that my bone density test showed that I've slipped into the osteoporosis zone with a T-score of -3.0. Not cool!!! So to help with bone strength, she prescribed a 70 mg tablet called Novo-Alendronate to be taken once a week and recommended I start taking a daily calcium pill. I feel great but one can't argue with the data. (sigh) 

 

Anyway, today I planted some Grand Rapids Lettuce seeds in a container and placed it in an unheated, south facing room. With the help of a grow-light, which my green-thumbed sister gave me, I should have some tasty winter harvests.

 

Of course I had to include a few pictures of some favourite locals:

 

Ellie Mae tolerated the rain to listen for mice.
Poppa Cardinal at his favourite feeder.
A young cotton-tail seeking out dandelion leaves.

15 comments:

  1. Wow. That looks like a lot of work. I spotted rabbit tracks in the snow!
    Hubby is on extra calcium, since prostate cancer treatments wreak havoc with all that stuff.

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    1. Aw, your poor J.B. He certainly has extra health challenges. Glad you have each other for support. Loved your share of his birthday celebration.

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  2. Florence your landscaping photos are awesome, I can't believe what you're able to accomplish on your own! I had a laugh at Ellie Mae's looking for mice in between the pics, I've missed her. :^) I'm sorry to read about your recent diagnosis, I know it comes with aging but it still seems unfair, given your super healthy diet & lifestyle. Well, as always loved all the big colorful pics, that red cardinal was an eye popper!

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    1. Gotta say, Doug, that Ellie Mae cat certainly loves her hobby of small game hunting! Full disclosure about my health -- one risk factor is that I'm underweight. Been eating plenty of snacks in between meals but I just can't get above 118 pounds. At five foot eight, that is not nearly enough! So I've added back in eggs and fish to my menu. Don't really want to scare the crows.

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  3. It's looking good Florence. Sorry about the diagnosis but happy they caught it early and they can treat it. I am underweight also, though not as much as you. I know it is hard to get sympathy when you mention trying to keep your weight up but you have mine.

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    1. Aw, thanks Patti! You have my sympathy as well. I think Stephen King wrote a novel called "Thinner". If they ever make it into a movie, we could audition. (sigh)

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    2. Florence, just wanted to say they DID make "Thinner" into a movie (but it was no comparison to King's horrifying book, I can still see that strawberry pie at the end). Anyway, I am sorry you & Patti are struggling with your weight and I wish I COULD relate--I'm an inch shorter than you and 100 lbs heavier.

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    3. Oh, then I guess Patti and I missed that boat, Doug. Now that you mention it, I can also see that strawberry pie. It was certainly a memorable book! Wish you could mail me an extra fifteen pounds. No doubt you have nice dense bones.

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  4. It seems the new medications are the answer, as well as eating more !!! I tolerate my 8 tablets every morning for my heart , knowing each one works in a different and mysterious way unseen!!And always wish they were not necessary, but they keep me upright and alive. I'm sure yours will help, also unseen. Love Ellie May sitting so patiently, and a Red Cardinal. Bright red always a sure way to add that glorious colour.

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    1. Eight tablets sounds like a lot to swallow, Jean. As you say, if they keep you upright and alive, that's all that matters. I do eat a lot and many snacks between meals. I've always been on the lean side. Built for speed, not pleasure as the old saying went. Now in my mid-seventies, it's even harder to keep up my weight.

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  5. Hi Florence, your new landscaping around your driveway looks great, so neat and tidy.
    Sorry about your bone density test. I seem to know quite a few people (my Mum included) that take the once a week pill. I am glad to hear you feel great!
    Your critter photos are lovely. Ellie Mae is gorgeous. We took in one of the neighbourhood stray cats about a year and a half ago. For the first year she would bring us mice gifts a couple times a week. Luckily she never wanted to bring them inside!
    I am curious to hear how your lettuce planting goes. Please update us when you harvest!
    Enjoy your week.
    Robin

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    1. So nice to hear from you again, Robin. I miss your neighbourhood reports as it seems awhile since your last post. No doubt you are busy with other things. I hope your Mum's bones have improved with the once a week pill. I'm now more careful in not risking a fall. Ellie Mae often brings me mice -- which I in turn set out for the crows and bluejays. I'll certainly be posting my lettuce planting results -- successful or not.

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    2. I stopped blogging a few years ago. I often think about starting again.Mum is doing great on the once a week pill. She has had a couple falls (she will be 88 shortly)but no broken bones thankfully.
      Take care!❤️

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    3. Glad to learn your Mum is doing well with her bone management, Robin. I do hope you resume blogging one day. Every location has it's treasures. I remember your local cats being beauties. (Especially that white one.)

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    4. Thanks Florence, that is kind of you. I was just out on the front porch cuddling Snowball, the white one!😆

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