Years ago when my kids were pretty small, I gardened quite a bit. Back then, if it didn't feed you, it didn't grow in my garden! We had peas, corn, pumpkins, tomatoes and all kinds of veggies that kids liked to eat and watch grow. When I moved to my current home in 1995, my kids were much older and I finally was able to do what I'll call "decorative" gardening. Plenty of roses, hibiscus, pansies, well all kinds of flowers. We are lucky enough to live in an area that doesn't have really rough winters and farmers around here grow year round. After walking through the Emerson Community Gardens a couple of weeks back, I vowed I would return to my "roots" literally and grow some vegetables even if they had to be in pots! So today was the day. My little grandson and I went to our local Miners Hardware store and picked up some "winter" crops; broccoli, cauliflower, peas and spinach. They all look really hearty and I have some empty containers already so over the weekend I'm going to work really hard to get things planted. Then I'll take some more pictures and try to keep you updated on "The Garden".
The Picture - Half Empty or Half Full? Many of you who know me know I've been fighting a battle with Graves' Disease for about a year and a half. It was diagnosed in February of 2007. I was so very sick back then I actually thought I was going to die! One of the main symptoms was a rapid heartbeat and mine was probably 110 beats a minute. I was put on Methimazole, about 40 mg. per day to knock down the worst of the symptoms. That has gradually been reduced until now my dose is 5 mg. a day. Then I got some really bad news this week, my numbers are beginning to rise again. My Dr. called on Wednesday and told me he wanted to do the radioactive iodine treatment. I just don't feel ready for that at all. He gave me until the 7th of November, my next appointment, to "see the numbers change". He says to take the medicine every other day and in two weeks go off it all together. Yeah, the numbers will change and it won't be for the better I'm sure. So, I went on the