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Sunday, June 8, 2014

When It Rains It Pours

Hi Everyone! I’m back!!! Although is was sheer delight to visit my daughter and her family in Idaho, I don’t mind saying, it sure is good to be home.

I’ve actually been home since the last week of May, but, I’ve had a few “mishaps” which have kept me from you:) You see gentle readers not only do I have a broken toe, I also managed to sprain my shoulder while “playing” with Marion, lol…We weren’t actually “playing” but I’m sure Marion would be quite embarrassed if I told you what really happened. Not to worry, we are both doing fine:)

I’ve been back and forth to the doctors a zillion times (or at least it feels like it) and although the recuperation time seems way too long, the prognosis is very good. I sit in front of my computer, arm in a sling, three sheets to the wind (almost) pecking at the keys ever so slowly to prepare this post. Life is good:)

I don’t plan on making this a long drawn out injury report so let’s just say, posts and comments may be brief for the next couple of weeks. (something I’ve been promising to do ever since…well, the inception of this blog. I guess now I won’t have much of a choice, lol…) What? No short hand in the computer world. (I know I’m dating myself here:)

We’ve had plenty of help too. Marion’s grand-daughter visited for a couple of days which was a huge help and my son John has been running me around town for tests and more tests, Whew! He’s also done a fantastic job “suggesting” we eat healthier. He even made us homemade yogurt this morning (under my strict supervision of course:) to use in the new NutriBullet he bought us. He and the NutiBullet have been indispensable! (one handing the bullet is sooooo easy:) I’m not one to take any kind of medication so adding beneficial healing herbs to the “smoothies” is sure to speed things up:)

As you can imagine, it has been driving me crazy not being able to work in the garden too. Thank goodness Bill, the young man who lives across the street, has been more than willing to keep things tidy in the yard. (he took the picture of the wild chamomile above and all the other images in this post) His Mom and Dad have been riding both their lawn mowers across the road to mow our lawn. People just never cease to amaze me! (I’ve promised to keep them all supplied with goodies as soon as I’m feeling better:) Bill’s addition to the garden is this lovely little orange strawflower which he planted himself. Isn’t it “purty?”

When I told Bill that June was National Rose Month, he insisted on taking a picture of the first Rose of the year in the garden. He then proceeded to cut it and put it in a vase for Marion. He’s such a sweet young man:)

I have been slowly trying to catch up on all your delicious blogs. I’ll be taking little bites for a while but don’t you worry, it won’t be long before I’ll be plopping down for an entire meal! Speaking of “plopping”, the Picnic Game is still on for this year! I’ll be refreshing everyone’s memory about the “rules” and such on Wednesday. I know it sounds early but, after all, International Picnic Day is June 18th. One can never plan too early for the Picnic Game. Can one?

71 Nibbles:

Shirley Tay said...

Gosh, it's certainly awesome to be greeted with beautiful flowers! Welcome back, Louise! So are you totally recharged & ready to feed us with your posts?? xoxo

~ Nee ~ said...

Welcome home dear Louise ,
We missed you , glad your are back . So very happy you know how much you enjoyed Michele and her family , I bet those grandkids had grown so much and they had so much to show you . So sorry to hear you broke your toe , easy does it and you will be wearing heels in no time , ;-D . Follow the doctors orders and soon they will be a distance memory . The garden looks just wonderful and how nice it is to have such generous and wonderful neighbors . If you compare the two garden posts you can tell what difference a month make . Oh how beautiful your garden grow .It's so wonderful your son took such good care of you and the NutriBullet is just what you need , you will certainly enjoy it . I bet Marion was glad to have you home again . The rose is beautiful as all the flowers are beautiful . As you know , I could go on and on , I will save some for another time . (((HUGS))) to you and Marion and again I say welcome home ....Nee

Beth said...

Welcome back! You were missed!

Mae Travels said...

So sorry you have injuries and aches... Good luck healing fast. I'm very glad you are back to blogging. I've been watching your old post because I use your list of other bloggers all the time to see "what's cooking?" The new picnic game will be fun. I'm already considering what letter to be.

Recover well!

Gloria Baker said...

I really miss you dear Louise and Im happy you arrived:)
Love your flowers look georgeous!
And count me in the picnic of course!!!
♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥

Poppy Crocker said...

Welcome back, and I hope you feel better soon! It's especially no fun to be injured right at the beginning of summer. You're so lucky to have people to help you out, so at least that's good.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a great trip, but sorry about your injuries! That stinks -- but it sounds like you're well on the road to recovery. You really do have some great friends and neighbors to help out like that. Lovely pictures -- Bill he has a great eye! I've heard about Nutribullets, but haven't really investigated -- sounds like it's good stuff. Anyway, glad to see you again..

lena said...

oh louise! i'm glad to read that you are okay..what you have you been doing with marion huh? hehe...such nice and helpful neighbours you have! well i believe you and marion have been a wonderful neighbour to them too, that's why! picnic game! wow wow..really? looks like i just came back from your picnic not too long ago! haha! take care, rest well, catch up later!

SissySees said...

Wishing you a full recovery! I'm glad you have good neighbors and beautiful flowers.

Oh! And guess what the Knight found yesterday!? A certain package I was sure the USPS had lost. ;)

Gloria said...

Hi Lousie ....hope you doing well ...good to see you back..missed you & your lovely post...

~~louise~~ said...

I feel the same way Shirley. Returning home from Idaho to the garden was simply wonderful! I'm ready for the Picnic Game! Are you:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Nee, it's good to be home:) Tabi is almost as tall as me and Noah is not too far behind. (I'm told I'm short though:) There isn't much that can be done about the toe but I am taking it easy with this shoulder. I never realized how often you actually use your shoulder, lol...You are so right, the garden has changed dramatically since before I left. It really is my sanctuary:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Beth!

~~louise~~ said...

I'm recovering as fast as I can Mae! I have oh so many things to do:) I'm so glad to hear you use the list of invited company Mae. I have gotten comments about my blog looking "cluttered". I happen to like everyone handy right at my side also. I'm glad you do too:) I'm so glad you will be playing the Picnic Game again this year. It really is the highlight of my blogging year. I hope it is for others too!!!

backroadjournal said...

Welcome back even though you are in a wounded state…I'm so sorry. Isn't it nice to have friends and family to help out in time of need. Take care of yourself.

I Wilkerson said...

Welcome back Louise and sorry about your mishap. But your garden looks in better shape than mine despite everything. You do have wonderful friends and family! Take care of yourself--I like my yogurt with berries (fresh or thawed), cashews and granola if you need some more incentive. Looking forward to the picnic game--we will have to plan some light games if you are still convalescing ;-)

Dottie said...

Dear Louise, Welcome home....you were missed...but so sorry to hear about your shoulder and your toe. Never a dull moment. Glad that your trip with your daughter was wonderful and Marion had a good time as well with her relatives. Your garden has truly grown, and your neighbors are so kind that they are willing to help you out with your gardening. The rose is fabulous. I love the color and that was so nice to have given it to Marion in a vase, Well, dear Louise I hope that you feel better and you are back to yourself soon. Prayers and hugs to you...Blessings on a good week...Dottie :)

Dawn Yucuis said...

Louise, I am happy that you are back! But so sorry to hear about your toe and your shoulder. I hope it heals fast, and you are fine soon. I love your pictures of all the pretty flowers. Take care of yourself!

~~louise~~ said...

You are so sweet Gloria. I missed you too:) I can't wait for the Picnic Game! It's going to be the best one ever!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Poppy. I am very fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family. I don't plan on being "down" for long. Too much to do, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks John. It's GREAT to be back!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Lena:)

Yes, I'm fine and so is Marion. It's actually a funny story now that it's in the past but it sure wasn't funny then, lol...I know, it's hard to believe it's Picnic time again. We are going to have a wonderful Picnic Game this year. I can feel it in my bones, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Channon...So glad to hear you received the package. I was beginning to worry:)

Barbara said...

Louise, I am so sorry about all your mishaps! But am pleased you had a good time and how fortunate to have friends, family and neighbors who are such a help in time of need. I think your garden looks wonderful!
Take care of yourself!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Gloria. It's good to be back:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Karen. I AM on the mend!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Inger!

It was wonderful to return to the garden all "bloomy" and fresh. I'm sure your garden is thriving with organic goodness, lol...Oh the Picnic Game is going to be GREAT this year. I'm sure we can come up with some "light" games we all can play:)

~~louise~~ said...

Never a dull moment indeed, Dottie, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed this post, Dawn. It sure is good to be back!

Pam said...

I am sorry to hear about your pain - I hope you are on the mend soon!! Where in Idaho were you visiting your daughter? I am from Hailey (Sun Valley) and my husband is from McCall.

Gloria Baker said...

Dear Louise when you have time come to see my birthday´s cake!

Marjie said...

I was wondering where you were! Glad your woes are "nothing too serious", although broken toes and arm slings are bad enough. All of your flowers are really pretty; hooray for Bill and his parents!

~~louise~~ said...

Oh, I'll be fine, Barbara. The sooner the better of course:)

~~louise~~ said...

Feeling better by the day, Pam. Thanks! My daughter lives in Blackfoot. I think Sun Valley is up North.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh Gloria, your birthday cake looks oh so "purity" I bet it taste dee...li...cious!

~~louise~~ said...

I do have wonderful neighbors, Marjie. I will have to make them something really special:)

Zoe said...

Welcome, Louise!

Hope that your shoulder is getting better... Remember not to be too cheeky with Marion the next time :p You gals must be so "violent" with each other :p LOL!

Love the beautiful colours at your end... It is grey and misty here but not too bad today :D

Zoe

Linda said...

Hi ~~Louise~~....
Glad you're back!
Sorry for all the injuries....especially at this time of year....
You sure have outstanding neighbours....
Look forward to more posts♥️
Cheers!
Linda :o)

~~louise~~ said...

You are so funny Zoe:) I just love your sense of humor. Sending warm sunshine your way:)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

OMG! Take care of yourself, Louise, and take time to smell the roses!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
Welcome back! So sorry to hear about your toe and shoulder! Ouch! Hope you get well and "mended" soon! :)
Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time with your daughter and grandkids! You have such caring son, with your healthy yummies from the Nutribullet, you will be running on your toes in no time!
Lovely neighbours! Your garden is beautiful, Lousie! I could spend my whole day there just admiring all the beautiful flowers that are growing! I know how painful your shoulder must be. I had a mishap myself about 2 weeks ago, could not lift up my arm, probably I overworked my arm (as what the doctor says) when I was doing some gardening and then bread kneading! I can only bring the laptop mouse right to the edge of the table and could not lift my hand over to the keyboard to type. I gave up! No cooking for two days! Haha!. A visit to the doctor with some painkillers works wonders for me, and the pain was gone in two days!
Take care, take it easy, and say hello to Marion.
Looking forward to The Picnic Game. I'm already going thru my cookbook collection! :)

grace said...

i'm so sorry you've been banged up, louise! i hope you're as good as new ASAP!

Ivy Sew said...

Hi Louise, Sorry to hear about your injury. Hopefully you are fully recovered by now. Wow, time really flies. It's almost one year I get to know you and it was thru' The Picnic Game. Glad that I know a cyber friend like you, Louise! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers. You have a speedy recovery and warmest regards :)

Cakelaw said...

You have been in the wars! Hope you are on the mend, and welcome home.

Katerina said...

I hope you will recover soon my dear Louise! Nasty injuries!!! Your garden looks so beautiful! Have a beautiful rest of the week!

kumars kitchen said...

Oh Dear Louise, we feel so sorry for the injuries....glad to see you post...please take care our friend and get well soon...Have A Lovely Day!!

Tina said...

Welcome back and I sure hope you heal soon. Love the photos of the garden, I know you are itching to get out there and get your hands in the dirt. Just follow doctor's orders and you'll be out there soon.

You were missed!

Chaya Selig said...

Glad to have you back and on the mend. You brought with you the flowers that make us smile.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. Take care dear and get well soon.

Your garden is so lovely.

Cheers,

Rosa

Juliana Levine said...

Louise, I am glad to see you back, and sorry for your injuries...I hope you are feeling much better now...
The garden just look beautiful...all the flowers look amazing...thanks for the pictures, I really enjoyed them very much!

Brandi said...

The flowers in your yard are so beautiful and you have so many different kinds. I'm sure you're glad to be home. Hope your body heals quickly.

Alida said...

Welcome back lovely Louise! Sorry to hear about your health problems hope you get better soon! I love the beautiful flowers of your garden. Nice to have you back XXX

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Linda! I do have some fantastic neighbors. They have been awesome!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks T.W. If there's one thing we have lots of around here it's Roses! They are the best they have ever been and Marion and I are just loving them!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Joyce,
That nutribullet has been a life saver, literally, lol...I'm just curious, how long did it take you to be able to lift your arm? I'm sorry to hear that you were in a similar situation. I don't mind saying it stinks, big time! I practically have to be able to put the keyboard on the floor to type. Marion has threatened to take pictures of my "new" blogging pose. Hilarious actually, lol...I don't do pain pills or any other prescription medicine for that matter but, I must admit, Aleve and I have become best friends, lol...I'm so glad you will be joining us for the Picnic Game again. It's such fun!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Not to worry Grace, I'll be fine, soon:) Thank you:)

~~louise~~ said...

Not yet, Ivy but I'm working on it, slowly...I didn't realize it has only been a year Ivy, I feel like we've been blogging pals forever!!! It's been wonderful getting to know you too:) Lots of hugs your way:)

Lady Lilith said...

Nice. Now that is some great lists of parties. I love summer parties especially those that include bbq's and family.

Kathy said...

Oh Louise…so sorry to hear about your injury…hope your doing better. I read this post about a week ago however my Ipad would not post my comment! It sounds like you had a fabulous time visiting your grandchildren! And your garden is one of the prettiest I’ve seen! Welcome home!!

~~louise~~ said...

I am feeling much better, Cakelaw, thank you:)

~~louise~~ said...

I am most defintely on the road to recovery, Katerina, thank you:)

~~louise~~ said...

I'm doing much better, Kumar. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts:)

~~louise~~ said...

I wasn't happy with the doctor's orders, Tina. So, I went to a chiroprator! On the way to playing in the dirt, sooooon!!!

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed the flowers Chaya. Sending you lots of smiles:)

~~louise~~ said...

Not to worry, Rosa. I'm feeling much better:)

~~louise~~ said...

I am feeling much better, Juliana, thank you:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Brandi...I'm so glad you enjoyed this post:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you, Alida. It's wonderful to be back!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Lady Lilith...

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you, Kathy. I'm feeling much better but taking it slow. I'm just itching to get in the garden though, lol...

Amelia said...

Hi Louise, oppss.. I missed so many of your wonderful postings. Let me catch up one by one later. Sorry to read about your mishaps, glad that nothing serious and you'd fully recover.

Love your garden and those beautiful flowers. Really nice to play around to pass time and good exercise too. Wish I have a huge garden like yours. :))

Best regards and take care.
Amelia