It's the time of year when my symptoms get cranked up to eleven and I wish it were as simple to fix as climbing into the big bed, watching Sesame Street and sleeping till I recover.
I do cope much, much better these days. We are still tweaking meds, and I'm sure there will be better days... But some days are gonna be long and hard and there's just no way around that. My condition is chronic, and science just hasn't reached the point where we can reset the body and brain after years of strain.
So I focus on the good things: a neighbour installing fences for me as thanks for letting his cattle move across my land, my Muppet Puppy Ben, the beautiful Christmas tree, my beloved family. I try to accept that I'm doing my best, that rest and self care are necessary requirements of life not luxuries, and celebrate the fact that I'm still here, still happy (I truly am, despite the difficult days), still knitting and spinning and creating and caring.
But man, do I ever wish the pain would stop. The psychic pain has gone, mostly, but the chest pain and fatigue are frustrating daily occurrences right now.
Summer will come, and the burden will ease, it always does.
Maybe I'll spend some time planning the garden and landscaping this afternoon.
Anyone got suggestions for climbing plants that thrive in zone 3? :)
I've always liked the scarlet runner beans for climbing plants. They can be decorative and good edibles too. :)ReplyDelete
Oh, I grew them in the city! Great suggestion. :)Delete
I'm planning on hops and morning glory too.
Good choices, now that I think about it, you can get a variety of petunias that climbs too. Then you get blossoms for the entire growing season. :)ReplyDelete
Climbing petunias? Really? Neat!Delete
Annual but lovely "Canary Bird Vine"--from T&T seeds. they are of the nasturtium family and grow up to 7 feet tall. A beautiful but pricey annual which can be brought inside= Mandevilla and Diplodenia. If against a heated building, there are lovely clematis, if away from a heated building the yellow=flowered clematis tangutica and the blue flowered clematis--these last 2 don't die back to the ground, they leaf out on the whole vine. Yellow blooms all summer, blue has a short bloom time, but the fluffy pompoms that are left are lovely.ReplyDelete
Nasturtiums are lovely... I'll look that one up!Delete
I have a white clematis from Pegg Gardens - it does have neat poofy seed heads. I am going to try starting some of the seeds... Might not work but it's worth a shot. It grew really well, I'll propagate some cuttings next summer for sure.