Thursday, August 01, 2013

Gardener, Cook, Crocheter, Whiner

These are my cantaloupe plants sprouting! I'm so happy they actually came up. Now let's see if I can keep them alive and see them bear fruit!  Kris inspired me with all her garden bounty, and she said she planted her cantaloupe in planters. "I can do that," I told myself.  And then I excitedly told the Captain my plans. Of course, he knew I wasn't able to do anything like that yet, but he happily listened to me and then did everything himself. I poked the holes in the dirt and we both dropped the seeds in. LOL. "We" also planted some basil in another container that hangs from the fence. I can't get up high enough to see if they have sprouted yet. No getting up on a chair to peek for me! I'll have Cap do it when he gets home.

I haven't done much cooking lately, if any at all, but this morning I put this roast and veggies in the crock pot. I poured some beef broth over all this, but I didn't get a picture of it.

The Captain bought this bag of little potatoes at the store. I dumped them in after the roast had been cooking about two hours. I don't want them to get all mushy. Today is the Captain's birthday. The least I can do is cook him a good dinner. Happy Birthday, Sweetie!


I'd heard so much about this Catania cotton yarn on different blogs lately, so I got online and ordered some. It's so soft! Feels like it'll be a dream to crochet with. The weight of it is "fine" and has size 2 on it. I have a baby blanket in mind for it, but now I'm wondering if this is enough.

I also ordered some thread.

And I got a bunch of old thread crochet magazines on eBay. How fun to look through them all!


I'm sick up to my eyeballs of this back crap. I still have months of recovery to go. I don't think I can take it, but I have no choice. I'm sick of being an invalid, sick of whining, sick of thinking about it, sick of worrying about it, sick of not being able to do much of anything and being gimpy, sick of medicine, sick of the brace, just sick of it ALL! 

Pammy Sue, you should just shut up and be happy you can walk! 

Um, okay then. That's settled.
See ya!


  1. Yea for the cantaloupe sprouting!!! I bet the basil did too!! You stay off that chair though!
    Love your new yarn! The colors are yummy!!!
    I can almost smell that roast!
    Happy, Happy Birthday Cap!!!!! Whoop it up!!
    XO Kris

  2. PS Hang in there with your back! It will be worth it!!

  3. Love the thread porn, and I must admit, I am green with envy over all those awesome vintage crochet magazines...full of so many doilies...I am looking forward to seeing you make a few of them.

    I am sending you a ((hug)) it sounds like you need one about now. I know it's crappy to have to put up with all this right now, but in the end, you will be so glad you did...and yeah, that being able to walk thing sounds pretty good, too.

    Blessing to you sweet friend. :)

  4. Aw bless you Pammy Sue you are allowed to moan we don't mind after all you have been through. It's great that you are doing so much already! Happy Birthday to the Captain, hope he enjoyed his dinner. I love the look of that yarn and I would really love to leaf through those crochet magazines it would keep me quiet for hours! Take care xx

  5. Anonymous2:56 PM

    I came across your blog recently and read about your staffy having skin issues. I have a staffy with the same problems and after a bit of reading have realized it is a combination of a grass allergy (very common with staffies) and yeast problem . I have cut anything sugary or starchy (that feeds the yeast) out of his diet (including dog food with pasta in it, or the odd French fry he got as a treat) and within 3 or 4 days his skin was so much better! Also, when it is extremely bad we got tablets from the vet that you eep in the freezer with frozen powdered horse milk....apparently it helps!
    Maybe this might help your pet never know!

  6. Well, it looks like you have GREAT plans even if you can't be up and around like you would like to be. Lots of yarn=lots of fun!

    The cantaloupe looks like it's doing very well and that roast...oh yummy.

    It sounds like you are a very blessed lady to have the Captain around aren't you.

    Praying you will heal even faster than you think it will be.


  7. I can only try to imagine how frustrated you must feel but I guess you don't have any choice but to put up with long convalescence do you?
    Your Captain sounds a real honey. Why do you call him the Captain?

  8. That's cool about your cantaloupe. I love Kris' blog, her gardening (cooking, sewing) is an inspiration. Happy birthday to your husband, I hope he enjoys his roast. Take care of yourself and I hope you are feeling better soon. Heather

  9. Happy birthday to the captain. The dinner you cooked looks yummy - I'm sure he'll enjoy it. That cotton is nice - such bright colours. I'm having to take a break from the doiley as my hand and arm are so painful. Dr says its osteoarthritis but I think its overuse of the mouse. Hope it settles down soon. Take care of yourself. Xoxox

  10. I totally GET what you mean. I'm sick of being sick too. Damn shingles crap. Oh well....we just gotta hang in there Sister!
    Hey! I love it that you are growing your own cantaloupe. I hope they grow up big and juicy and sweet!
    Looks like you are doing a few and stuff.
    Tell your hubby I said "Happy Birthday"!

  11. Awe..Love the new yarn.. You will feel better soon. I kill all the plants I grown. I only can grown basil. Sending you positive vibes!

  12. I'm so happy to see you are growing cantaloupes! I am so wanting a garden, but life keeps getting in the way. That roast makes me want one so bad. Mmmm. The colors of your Catania are so brilliant, love them sooo much! Thanks for the kind words about my Lucy. I am really missing her today. Hugs, Teresa

  13. That back surgery is some serious stuff, so just hang in there. The most time I was laid up was 6 weeks after having my gall bladder removed and I know it is nothing compared to recovering from a back repair. I use to take care of people with spinal cord injuries when I worked at the rehab center. Each and everyone of them hated the braces and all the contraptions they had to endure. They were there for physical therapy and hated that too, and sometimes that would be stays for months on end. But no matter how bad they groaned, they saw the quads and paras and knew that there was someone who was in far worse shape than they were in. Sweetie, you will make it through all this, I think you have just enough spunk and determination to do well and above all, to be well and pain free.
    This too shall pass before you know it.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  14. Whine all you like. I'm happy to see you back and blogging. I always enjoy your posts. BTW, I'm a LONG time lurker. Take care and feel good!

  15. Hang in there! It will get better! I would love to have all of those crochet books! Good luck with the plants.

  16. Honey you can moan and groan all you want, back surgery is a tough one as it affects every single movement you make. Happy Birthday to Captain, many he have many, many more.

  17. Sometimes you just need to let it out and whine/bitch to your heart's ease. You are going to make it through this tough time. Not a doubt about it. Sending you wishes for a soothing, smooth day. You DO have some beautiful yarn to play with! Happy Belated Birthday to The Captain. blessings ~ tanna

  18. Those magazines look like hours of fun!! I hear ya re: being an invalid, so to speak. Sounds like you're doing a good job of keeping yourself interested and occupied and productive.
    I've had back issues for just over 3yrs now, taking the pain meds and in pain too much of the time. I sure can understand why my mom got up slowly and arched now that I'm of a " certain age" and have spinal compression (i.e, a bit of the arthur). Sometimes you just have to rant or whine, as you put it. And our husbands know to offer their sympathy, right? ;)


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