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Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Liebster Award & Tales from the Garden

Today I'd like to say thank you to Brandon "The Kiwi" at The Gamers Table for honouring my blog with a nomination for the Liebster Award.  The idea behind the Liebster is to introduce one another to blogs we might not be familiar with. It is a chance to learn new things and to meet new people.


Rather than make a small list of blogs to pass the award on to, I'd like to direct you all to the blogroll on the right sidebar of my page. It is full of excellent blogs, both of the gaming and non gaming sort. So if you're a gamer you might want to see what the rest of the blogosphere gets up to. And if I'm the only painter you read, please take a look at the talented people whom I share my hobby with.

I've fallen behind on my blog reading for the last few days and I apologise. Those of you have known me for some time may have a pretty good idea of where I've been.  I've been working in my gardens.

This years work goes far beyond the norm for me.  The severe cold damaged all of my rose bushes, my lavender, my sage and my Butterfly Bush and they all had to be cut back to about six inches. Now I don't just have one of each of these plants, I've dozens so it was a lot of work.  Further I had to have two trees that were rotten cut completely down.  This changed the light in two of my gardens. Where once I had part shade and part sun, I now have full sun. This meant moving about 30 pants into new places. Then there's the vegetables that had to be put down and I began work on a sixth flower garden as well. 

I'm putting in about 10 hours a day and it's wreaking havoc on my knee. By the end of each day, I've got my leg elevated and am using ice packs to bring the swelling down. This is something I go through every year, so it's not a big deal but it is does make sitting under the laptop extremely uncomfortable. Hopefully I'll be back to some sort of normal by the end of the month.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend and to the Americans, I wish you all a pleasant Memorial Day weekend. 




55 comments:

  1. Congrat's Anne! Very well deserved too. I hope the knee hangs in there!

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    1. I've only got one more day of heavy work to do so my pain levels will settle down after that.

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  2. Congrats Anne, not only paint fingers but green fingers too!

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    1. I got the green thumb from my gran, but no idea where the painting thing comes from. Probably a mutant gene of some kind.

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  3. Well deserved Anne! I have been doing quite some garden work here as well and hate the way you're so knackered in the evening you can't even pick up a brush let alone paint a straight line... Anyway cheers!

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    1. It does wear one out, especially when it's hot. I'll be glad when I'm down to just having to mow and keep on top of the weeds.

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  4. Congratulations Anne, I hope the gardening pays off and you have a wonderful display

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    1. Ya, I'll have a good display. In full summer it's an explosion of colour and people come from all over to look at the gardens.

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  5. Not so fun about the knee, but being a green thumb myself, I can understand all the time needed to garden. I don't know if you've tried this but I find that straight cherry juice helps with swelling. For me, it does. Not sure if it would help with you. But I'll mention it just in case.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. I'm open to anything natural that would control the inflammation so I'll give it a try.

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    2. I have it terrible at times. It's called Just Cherry, no sugar added (as sugar aggravates). Krunsden I think is the name. Next time they offer online coupons, I'll email them to you. I find that after I get a work out it, I drink it and the swelling in my hands goes down.

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  6. Congrats Anne, roses are eternal....

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    1. Rose bushes can't be beat and I put my heart into them. I was devastated when I saw the damage and wasn't sure if I could save them.

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  7. Congratulations Anne, a top choice for a nomination. I share your gardening pain, although not quite to the same physical extent as you at present! I have a couple of acres and there is always something to do, a garden is never "finished"! Look after yourself. Cheers, Paul :-)

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    1. I've only half an acre to fill with plants. Sometimes I wish I had more, but then I think of all the work. I can barely keep up with it all now.

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  8. Hola
    Amiga
    FELICIDADES POR EL PREMIO
    es merecido
    un saludo

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  9. Well deserved Liebster Anne - your blog is an inspiration and a great showcase of your talent

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    1. Thank you Tamsin. Don't know what I'd do without you guys support!

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  10. Congratulations, and really sorry it hurts your knees so bad to garden for long hours.

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    1. I've had three reconstructive surgeries on it, but that doesn't really help the pain, it just keeps the knee from falling apart.

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  11. Well done. Good to get some gardening done when you can.

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    1. Thanks Clint. It will slow down soon I hope.

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  12. Dahlink, you must take care of your poor knee! I hope that you at least have some kinds of protective pads or something.... I wish I could join you a bit... I can't do a lot because of my poor ticky ticker... but at least I'd keep you company and we could trash the situation in the world while sipping some ice tea!
    Is the weather at least nicer? We're above 30*C here already which is bad because such high temperatures will spread viruses and diseases in the flooded areas :(

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    1. I can't wear knee pads as they force the knee cap too hard into it's compartment. They've done a reticular release so the knee can float. Less bone on bone pain that way.

      'Twould be nice to sit on the porch sipping tea with you of an evening darling.

      The high heat is only going to create a stew of bacteria and the odors are going to be atrocious. Mother Nature can be a real bitch sometimes.

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    2. if only it was bitchy mother nature, dear.... I'm afraid here it's human bitches in the form of greedy politicians....
      How is hubs, dear, haven't asked you in a while... and how is our son-in-law? :)

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    3. You're probably right darling. Shall we lock them all up and feed them on flies!

      The Hubby is hanging in there, but is fighting me on getting a walker. He really needs one, but there's a bit of pride standing in the way of reality.

      Our son-in-law is just grand, such a hard worker and he treats The Spawn like a lady. She walks on air most of the time, she's so in love.

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    4. is he with his family right now, I remember you said he would spend a month there.... Maybe if you find him a vintage cool stick which looks like a royal bat or something :)

      So happy to hear about the love in Spawn's air! Hope the son finds some love soon too!

      We had a torrential storm yesterday during which a thunder hit the powerline in my street so we were out of electricity and internet and everything whole night.... one of our TV is dead and some chords too.... I had to have internet fixed this morning as well.... such a horrid business it is when you have no power in the house....

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  13. Well done Anne. Tamsin is spot on when she calls your blog an inspiration.

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  14. Congratulations. I haven't seen a Liebster in a long time, I thought it had died out. Speaking of dying out, the frost killed a lot of my plants too. There was one spectacular bush I had that I'm pretty sure is dead, but I cut it way back and every week I do some voodoo to try and resurrect it.

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    1. If you got Willows in your area make up a strong willow tea and pour that onto the base of the plant. If it doesn't come back after that, it's dead.

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  15. Congrats on the win at your bin, and damn that is a lot of gardens indeed, the cat is going to have to spread his fertilizer around a bit more lol

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    1. Kitty Fang is out full time right now and she'll kick your arse if she sees you. She's hunting more this year then ever. Every morning there's at least five dead animals on my porch. How hungry does she think I am?

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  16. We're late on our garden this year because of all the softball stuff. Today is suppose to be a big gardening day because it's our first Saturday at home in 6 weeks.
    Don't be too hard on your knee.

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    1. In the grand scheme of things the softball is more important. Supporting your child must come before all else. Hope you get a lot done this weekend!

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  17. Congrats on the award, Anne,for a great blog!
    My wife had me plant the corn yesterday, beans and squash today. She tends the flowers, but has me plant the rosa sharons and cannas( ? Spelling?) She says hedge work builds character! I do like the cannas though, an ugly flower, but beautiful scarlet color; well worth the work of diggin them up each fall and replanting in the spring.
    For my knees, I use tiger balm. Soothes muscles and joints better than anything I've ever tried. Although I'm really close to 50, it lets me keep up with the younger recon kids in the woods! ;)

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    1. Good for you getting out and planting the veggies. I'd love to do corn but it's more work than I can handle. I just do tomato's, sweet peas, green beans, cayenne peppers, sweet peppers and habanero peppers.

      I like the cannas as well as the gladiola, but I hate digging them up too.

      I've tried tiger balm and it doesn't touch the pain. I got hit by a tram whilst walking in a parking lot 10 years ago and almost lost my right leg. I was lucky as the team surgeon for a major football team was on call when the ambulance brought me in. He rebuilt the knee over a series of three surgeries, but I'll never be pain free. I just have to keep increasing my tolerance to pain as I won't take pain killers.

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  18. We're having a very wet spring where I live. The plants are loving it. Can't say I lost any perennials to frost this year, so my gardening time has been mostly routine clean up. :)

    Knees up, Anne! :P

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    1. We had temps at 40 below zero and I live in a 5B zone. I've got everything to come back, but much of it took a beating. I did lose most of my Sweet William, but it will spread and next year be back to normal.

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  19. Congrats on the award and watch the knee and enjoy your gardens Anne.

    Christopher

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    1. When everything is in full bloom it will be worth all the effort.

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  20. I don't mind gardening. It can be hard work here in the tropics but it's rewarding.
    Your knee sounds painful.
    Glad you like the Liebster.
    Cheers

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    1. Your able to grow the massive flowers in all that heat. The colours get more vibrant in that climate as well. I'd love to have a conservatory with climate control so I could grow exotic species. I'd have to win the lotto though.

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  21. Anne! It was a brutal winter and like you, I'm still counting the damage to my plantings. Just yesterday, I realized my beautiful Purple leaved Birch is dead and not just slow to put out leaves. I'd love to see pics of your garden some day, perhaps once it's rebounded?

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  22. Many congrats for being awarded, it's well deserved!
    And for your knee I'll keep my fingers crossed that it gets better soon.

    All the best
    Stefan

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  23. Anne; no BS......try coconut oil on your knee.....it can be applied topically or taken as a capsule; just make sure it's 100 % whole organic...and best to you in and around your garden; it was vicious here this past winter temperature wise and snow accumulated..... and it took its toll on my garden as well....spent 3/4 of the day yesterday cutting down a dead tree that was planted from a mere sapling 10 years ago....two years ago the drought robbed me of my stuff, this year the damn winter......hizzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....congrats on your award also !!
    =^..^=

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