I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like to. It has been a real challenge lately. The physical symptoms have been enough on their own but the real challenge has been gathering my thoughts and finding words. Most of the time the words are there. I just can’t make the connection from my brain to my tongue. This has been a problem off and on for some time now and I’m fully aware that it is getting worse. Normally when I write I don’t have this problem. Not sure why that is. However that hasn’t been the case lately. I have read many blogs and wanted to comment. I should comment but I just haven’t been able to get my thoughts out. I’m finding this very frustrating.
I read a past post The Hidden Symptoms of MS from Tripping Through Treacle the other day where Jen expressed some of the same. I had read this post before and I could relate very much then but it resonates even more with me currently.
For the most part I have been taking a break from anything having to do with writing. Even as I wrote the last two recipe posts I struggled. For the life of me I couldn’t get portabella mushroom from my brain to the keyboard. I had to take a step back and laugh. What the heck Shannon! You use these things all the time. It’s right there in your head just type it! Lol. Don’t even get me started on saying the wrong word. In a conversation with my daughter the other day I said Hawaii out of no where. I don’t even remember what the conversation was about much less what the intended word was. So I guess I’m losing my memory too. 🙂 I do know the word started with H. So at least the word that came out started with the right letter.
What I have been doing lately is trying to turn the negative into positive. Pushing through the physical and hoping the other will pass. I’ve been spending most of my time outside. I wanted to plant a garden any way. The backyard needed TLC. The weeds had taken over. Not even kidding! It was a jungle. I was afraid I was going to lose my dog out there.
I didn’t take any before pics. I wish I had. The weeds behind that bed were covering the entire yard.
Now it looks like this.
There is still some work to do. The bed is still pretty empty but I have seed coming up in the back to fill it in.
My little vegetable garden. You can’t see it very well but there is actually quite a bit coming up in there.
I just have dessert wild flower seed in this bed. It just started coming up this week.
The best part. My favorite part is my herb garden. Nothing like being able to step out your back door and get fresh herbs.
It gets really hot here. I mean really hot. I’ve seen it 124 degrees. So summers are really hard on gardens. Even plants that are drought tolerant and like full sun suffer in this heat.
So I decided to make a pallet garden by the patio. For two reasons. Hopefully it will block some of the sun from the patio. Also I hope it will provide needed shade for some of my plants. This wasn’t an easy task at the time. I had no strength in my arms and left leg. I wasn’t sure how I was going to hold the pallet up there to hang it but I’m determined to find a way. So I took one of my patio chairs, found some boards and laid them across the chair to make a platform. So how ever high the chair and wood was, was going to determine the height of the wall. 🙂
I’m sure I will add more to this or change it some how but for now I’m happy with how it turned out.
Click here to see Turning Negatives into a Garden 2, all the changes I have made, and how beautifully the yard has transformed.