Saturday, May 23, 2009

Armchair Review

I'm camped out in the recliner this weekend, recovering from an upper respiratory virus. I am on the mend, but it is a good excuse to not cook or clean, and play on the computer while watching TV--a kind of power recuperation. LOL! Here are some pictures I took before I felt too bad to garden.
Scratcher patrolling the front yard.



My volunteer Morning Glories are already peeking over the fence.




Chrissy is on Squirrel Patrol.


Bocephus recovering with a stick.


Frisky AKA Special K getting a drink.
We have had glorious weather here in Round Rock all week. Cool, crisp mornings warming in the afternoons gradually climbing everyday until it reached 90 Friday. Today dawned beautiful and sunny, and Charlotte and I sat outside, I with my coffee and Charley with her hot cocoa. We listened to the birds and watched the dogs nosing around. I felt a small twinge of guilt thinking of all the "things" I needed to be doing. This afternoon it clouded up and I sat in my throne--er--recliner and watched as a summer storm blew through. I absolutely adore a summer storm--watching it build and flow over the sky. Listening to the thunder roll across the sky and the sound of the rain hitting the window. There is nothing to compare to the fragrance of the rain as it cleanses the air and refreshes the soil. If I weren't under the weather, I would be out in it--along with Charley dancing in the rain.


36 comments:

ShySongbird said...

Poor you! It hasn't been a good week for you and Bocephus! You must both take it easy and recuperate together. I can see how poorly Bo must have been by the fact you mentioned in a reply that he is on Prednisone, a drug I have had to take far too many times in my life, I'm guessing you may be on it too for your infection?

We are enjoying some lovely weather this weekend so I really should be working in the garden rather than on the computer! I fear this may only be a brief spell of fine weather so should make the most of it.

That is a lovely photo of the Morning Glories. I do hope you and Bo continue to improve and will soon be back to your old selves.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hello Shy Songbird,

I am one of those people who take everyone else in the family to the doctor, but don't go myself. I have learned over the years to use a special nasal rinse for sinus infections and take echinacea drops. I have found I do just as well with that as with traditional methods. Prednisone is so hard on the body, and I can tell it is hard on Bo. Bo makes a very good nurse. In fact he has barely left my side since I started getting sick. I have had Tucker on my lap, sometimes joined by Kiefer, with Bo and Chrissy stretched out on the floor under my feet. I feel like I have a staff to watch over me.

Enjoy your good weather and don't try to do too much.

Gail said...

You are deeply loved by your furry friends! Take care and soon you will be back in your garden! gail

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

It's nice your four-legged friends enjoy the garden as much as you. James and Fiona also like to drink from my birdbath, but they stand tippy tippy streeeeetch toes to reach it! Glad you're feeling better.

Rose said...

I do hope you feel better soon, MG! I had a virus that lasted nearly three weeks; no fun this time of year when you want to be outside. Don't feel guilty at all sitting in the recliner doing nothing for awhile; everything will be there when you're well, as my MIL used to say. You need to take care of yourself first.

Enjoyed seeing all your pets having fun outside; it's especially good to see Bocephus feeling better.

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

Jenny, I'm glad you and Bocephus are both on the mend. The weather has been great for gardening AND for recuperating in the garden! Summer seems to be creeping back upon us, though, here on my corner of Katy. Ah, well, it was a nice break!

Cheryl said...

I do hope you are feeling better soon....but relax and let yourself heal...sometimes we just need to do that...

Lovely to see Bo out and about and looking well.....

I love your garden.....it has an openess and the shade makes me think how cool it might be when the weather is too hot......

Sadly my morning glories are not doing too well....something seems to be munching on them....oh dear....

Brenda said...

My morning glories are just now coming up and climbing the trellis! I hope mine do better this year than last year.
Brenda
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Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Gail, I would be lonely indeed without my fur-babies surrounding me. There seems to be so many suffering with this virus, I am staying in my recliner,trying to keep away from everyone in the family--hoping to stop the spread.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Monica, Scratcher and Frisky are good gardening buddies, and sit or lie next to me while I work. Bo and Chrissy--not so much! If I am planting, I have to weigh the new transplants down with rocks or as soon as I turn my back, one or the other will be trotting off with the poor traumatized plant! The dog's sense of garden design and mine are diametrically different.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Rose, My grandmother used to say that too.

I hope my virus doesn't last as long as yours did. That must have been rough. Are you over it now?

Poor Tucker and Kiefer are inside cats, and can't come out. They feel very left out of the gardening games. After Tucker's run-away exploits, I could never trust him outside...plus I signed a paper saying I would keep them in when I adopted them.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi Cindy,

Thanks for stopping by!

The weather has been amazing, and I am hoping to sit out with my morning coffee again tomorrow. It is beginning to feel more like summer than spring...but it was bound to happen! :-)

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Cheryl,

I bet those naughty rabbits have been munching on your morning glories!

Thank your so much for your compliments on the garden. We have planted 21 trees since building and moving in. I'm sure you understand, it is always a work in progress!

I am feeling better, although I am still having some inner ear issues that seem to always plague me whenever I get an upper respiratory virus.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Brenda,

My morning glories have just begun to bloom, so I am sure yours can't be far behind. Maybe they will do better this year. Are they volunteers or did you have to replant?

Hugs,
jenny

Wendy said...

You write so poetically! I loved the way you describe a summer storm. I also love them (as long as the power doesn't go out).

Ah yes, relaxing in the recliner, a good way to let yourself heal. Sometimes we just need to do that. I hope your cold goes away. Nasty stuff. You feel so yukky!

We have had a glorious day today. The sun was shining all day. Not too hot and not too cool. Just beautiful. A day to spend in the garden.

Glad to see your pets looking so happy. I think I may need to borrow your cat for a while. We have a ground hog living under our deck and he ate my parsley!!

Susie said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Loved the pics!

Sue said...

I hope you are feeling better soon. I enjoyed your photos and description of the spring storm. My morning glory volunteers are still seedlings, and in need of being thinned.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I also love summer and spring thunderstorms. The building and the clean fresh scent they leave on the air. Have you noticed how everything seems to perk up afterward? I'm glad you're feeling better.~~Dee

Ruth MacC said...

Hello,
my name is Ruth and I got your link through Debby at Westeria and Roses. I see why you visit her blog! You both have an evident love for your gardens. I really like your photos.
Sorry to hear you are not well but glad you are using the time to blog:0)

Keep up the good work.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Wendy,

Thank you for your kind words. I feel it is high praise, because I have always enjoyed your writing.

I know your fear of losing power is upper most in your mind--with good reason. I hope that doesn't happen again to you and Hubby--how scary!

Bo is doing so much better. I am glad he is a healthy young dog so that he is able to bounce back so quickly. I'll be glad when he is off his meds, and his face is totally healed...but that is all going to take at least another week, I think.

I hope you have lots of nice days now to enjoy your garden and the outdoors.

Hugs,
jenny

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Susie,

Thanks! I thought those were some cute photos of the outside animals. Seems I don't take nearly as many pics of them as the inside cats.

I am feeling better every day. These sinus infections are tough to get over sometimes.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Sue,

I love a Spring or Summer storm--I love a storm anytime! Where I live, it means a break in the dry weather, and much needed moisture for the garden.

You know, I never thin my volunteer Morning Glories! They always do just fine, and become nice and thick when I leave them to do their own thing--but I am a lazy gardener. I might move a seedling that has seeded where I don't want it to grow, but I try to transplant it to a better place.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dee,

There is nothing like a good rain to perk up the garden. It has always amazed me that it makes things so green and lush, the way watering never can.

The smell after a rain is so fresh and clean--I just love it.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hello Ruth,

I am so glad you stopped by. I hope you will visit often.

Now I am off to take the kids to school, but I hope to pop over to your blog to visit too!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

The weather has been unseasonably cool here; it's made for wonderful mornings and evenings in the yard! Glad to see Bocephus' photo and know he's on the mend. Hope you are feeling better soon, but in the meantime, enjoy the break from household chores!

Roses and Lilacs said...

No better place to recuperate than the garden--and with all your furry friends;) Hope you're better now. I know what you mean by the guilt feeling creeping in. You just have to steel yourself and remain in you lounge chair;)
Marnie

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

It has been cool here too, Nola. The temps will creep up into the 90's, and then we will have a cool front blow through with a lovely rain, and cool things down. It has been a wonderful Spring.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

I am feeling much better. Tucker has taken his job very seriously, and cuddles up on top of me to make sure I don't get up and over-do.

Terra said...

I have the same type pebble covered bird bath. Aren't they gorgeous? We have a tabby cat also, and dh and I think they have the best dispositions.
Don't tell our grey tuxedo girl cat I wrote that. I feel very disloyal, but tis true, tabby cats are such sweethearts.
Good to meet you.

fairegarden said...

Oh the joys of watching a summer storm build and relax from the comfort of a good chair. We are partial to the lazyboys, made just down the road in Dayton, TN. Sometimes you need to not work, just take it all in. Dancing in the rain, while not good for sickies, is definitely good for the soul. :-)
Frances

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Frances,

I am surprised that no one has done a study on the medicinal properties of a Lazyboy! When I am sick, that is where I want to camp out until I feel better.

Granddaughter Charley and I love to sing and dance in the rain. One of my favorite memories is of the two of us singing at the top of our lungs, "Robin in the Rain", in the rain of course. I'm sure our neighbors think we are crazy...but, oh well--we probably are! ;-)

Together We Save said...

Hope you are feeling better. You have a beatiful garden.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Terra,

It is very good to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

I do love my cement and pebble birdbath. It is heavy and nothing (fingers crossed) can knock it over. The cats all get drinks from it, as well as the birds. I've even seen a 'possum in it!

I love Tabbies, but I love all cats(as Hubby can attest to). They all have their own beauty. I have a hard time choosing, so I usually have a variety! LOL! Right now I have 4. If I weren't married, I would probably be the Crazy Cat Lady! ;-)

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hello Together We Save,

So glad you stopped by. Thanks for the kind words about my garden. It is a work in progress, but I guess that is part of gardening...like housework, it is never finished!

I am feeling much better--almost 100% today--YAY!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I'm rather late coming round to visit, but I hope you are up and about and on the mend. Garden shots are lovely. : D

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Debbie, It's never too late for a nice compliment! Thanks! I'm glad that you are feeling good enough to take pictures once again.