2018

I’m Poking My Head In …

… to say “Hello”. Sunday, I was released from the hospital. And so far, I’m doing good at that stage, where I am right now. Next to a little bit of house work, I need to walk. That will help the medicine to work and dissolve these blood clots faster. Kevin is a trooper. He has to poke me in my belly twice a day, for ten days. After that I’ll get blood thinners in pill form. He doesn’t like to do it. But it helps him, when I jokingly call it: Operation Bee Sting. That makes us both laugh, and it is only half as bad as it sounds. The next couple of weeks, I have to visit the doctors a few times. And then we’ll go from there. So far, so good. I have to take it day-by-day for a while. Patience is the key. 😉

Btw, after I brought Katelynn to her Band Camp, I saw this beautiful Widow Skimmer sitting on the neighbor’s Crape Myrtle tree this morning. I’ve got my camera real quick and captured a photo of the dragonfly. It’s definitely dragonfly season. That makes me happy. 🙂

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Widow Skimmer Dragonfly on Crape Myrtle
2018

Hello, I’m Still Kicking!

I haven’t posted much the last several days, due to the fact that I’ve got sick and ended up in the hospital, again. Eight weeks ago I was in the hospital, when the doctors found out I have chronic anemia. Well, my blood count and my iron levels look good now. But the medicine, one of my doctors prescribed has a side effect: It caused me to develop blood clots in my portal vein, which leads to the liver, lungs, spleen and stomach. After a couple of days with severe pain in my tummy, Kevin drove me to the E.R. The doctors ordered a sonogram and a CAT scan. They also made sure, I have no issues with my gall bladder. When the E.R. doctor came back with the results, I was kinda relieved to get an answer. It was not an answer I was hoping for, but I finally knew, why I’m hurting so bad. The same morning, I was admitted for an over-night watch to the hospital. One night turned into three nights, which is okay for me. Because I want to make sure, I will feel better and get the right prescriptions. I know I’m in good hands, here in the hospital. So, I will take it easy and day-by-day.

But I can’t wait to post more blogs with photos of my daily adventures. See y’all soon, again. 😉

Hugs 💗 Tanja

2018, In The Garden

Planning For The Autumn Garden

Even when it is hot outside, I have to plan for my Autumn garden. Last week I’ve started sowing plants. And this week, we have some seedlings sprouting on the porch. I keep them in the shade for most of the day, because I don’t want the sun to torch them at that stage.

Happy Gardening!

2018

The Dog Days of Summer*

Damn, it is hot! The last few days, we had temperatures of 106ºF (41ºC) here in the northern part of the DFW Metroplex. The next few days suppose to reach 108/109ºF (42/43ºC), before we get a break and hopefully some rain. Every night, when I water my home garden I also refill the bird baths. One of them, I put lower to the ground. The bunnies and other critters need water in this heat, too. My pets are “lazy” all day, and they won’t move a muscle until 7 PM. When I tell Lexi and Luis to go for a short potty break outside, they look at me as I had stolen their milk bones. Lexi goes in our bedroom, while Luis cools off on our leather couch.

*Original meaning behind “The Dog Days of Summer”:
When Sirius (the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major/Greater Dog, therefore called “The Dog Star”, rises with the Sun on those hot Summer mornings, we call the days from early July until the End of September “The Dog Days of Summer”.

2018, In The Garden

Peppers In The Garden

Since we have triple digit weather, the peppers are flourishing in our garden. Now, we have some jalapeño peppers, sweet bell peppers, and Chilean sweet peppers growing in the raised beds. Hmm, it’s getting hot in here …  ☀️🌶️🔥

2018

Summer’s Heat And Dragonflies

The widow skimmer dragonflies begin to visit my yard more frequently, again This means it’s over 100ºF, and it’s mid July. As soon as I fill up the bird bath and water the garden, my little dragons come over for a visit and check out, what I’m doing. They love to hang out in my yard until sunset. And the following evening, the dragonflies show up again. I love Texas Summers. Usually, when it gets that hot, the humidity goes away.

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A resting Widow Skimmer Dragonfly in our backyard
2018

Luna & The Evening “Star”

While Kevin was sanding the doors for our kitchen cabinets, I came outside to look at his progress in the garage. Surprised, I saw Luna and Venus dancing close together in the western evening sky. Since the moon is still in it’s early waxing stages, Venus shines very bright tonight.

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Venus & the Waxing Crescent Moon in tonight’s sky (07-15-2018)