On Saturday there was a break in the weather and DH and I went out and cleared out the dead plants from the two new raised beds. I had to sit down a lot due to my back and my leg weakness, but I was able to sit there and pick up all the windfallen tomatoes without it hurting too much. We filled half a bucket with them, most of them cherry tomatoes. They were all split and rotting due to the two weeks of unrelenting rain, so there was no salvaging anything for green tomato salsa, but I hadn't figured there would be.
After cleaning out the beds, I planted garlic. There were seven cloves in my elephant garlic bulb, so I may end up getting one more. And then there were six bulbs of music garlic that I planted as well. They had 8 to 12 cloves per bulb. On two of the cloves the skin came off so I used them in making my spaghetti sauce on Monday. They smelled really good and when I ran into a couple of the minced pieces in the sauce, they tasted really good as well.
We have 8 frost free nights on the forecast including tonight and it happens to be clear today, so I am hoping to get the perrennial herbs transplanted and the huckleberries out of their pots. We have a rosemary tree which is about 3 feet tall, a big thyme, a big sage, and a dwarf marjoram that will go into the same bed as the garlic, but the opposite end. I will put the huckleberries in the middle of the bed so that they can be surrounded by the annual herbs I plant next spring. DH will be doing the work with the most I do being holding up the plants while he shovels dirt around them.
I dont know if the huckleberries are even alive. They never leafed out, but the company says to give them the full year as it can take that long with berry plants. If they dont leaf out they will give me my money back or replace them. I felt when I got them that they were just sticks. Only one had an actual root on the bottom and not even that one leeafed out. So I need to keep track and contact them two weeks before the warranty runs out if they still show no signs of life. I don't think I want replacements from them. I'd rather go with Stark nursery. The berry plants I got from them leafed out the same summer I planted them.
On Sunday I flared up big time due to all the garden work and was pretty useless through Monday, though I did cook. Yesterday I had my physical therapy assessment and the guy agreed with me that it would not be a good idea for me to do pool therapy right now, due to the fact that I can't lift my left leg high enough to go up and down stairs. They do have a lift, but it is not working right now. So I will do 8 land therapy sessions and then we will see if I am able to lift that leg enough to go in the pool and continue from there.
He gave me 3 simple exercises to do. I feel like they are manageable. I was pretty wiped out afterwards so we grabbed Fiamma Burger for dinner. They have gluten free options so you can get a burger with a gluten free bun and fries or sweet potato fries cooked in oil that has not been used for breaded products. I am trying to eat out as little as possible, but it doesn't always happen when pain and exhaustion are involved.
Tonight I am making beef stew for dinner from my home canned carrots, potatoes, and beef. I wanted to make it last night, but just did not have that kind of energy. And it's simple because you just take the juice from the jar of meat, and the water from the potatoes to make gravy (maybe add milk if not enough potato water), ditch the juice from the carrots (makes it too sweet) and then combine everything and heat until everything is warmed through. But even the idea of it last night was too much. I have good days and bad days and today, at least, is a good day. Good enough that my fingers are working enough to type and I can open and close my hands.
I found some sweaters I want to order for Christmas, so need to let MIL know since she wants to know what to get me. I have a hard time regulating my body temperature these days. I've always had extremely cold hands and feet due to Reynaud's, but now it seems to be moving into my arms and legs, so sweaters and leggings for under my pants are becoming a must once the weather changes like this. I have cardigans, but I want three pullovers. And maybe some long sleeved shirts. MIL gives $200 so I should be able to swing both with that budget.
Tomorrow I need to go in and have blood work done. My physical is next week. I've had great blood work for the past few years, but I haven't been eating as well the last three months as before and I think it is probably going to show up in my cholesterol. I hope not. It's bad enough I gained weight since my last visit. At least that is going down again, but I don't think I'll be back to where I was the last time I was weighed there by my appointment time.
I also see the rheumatologist next week and start therapy so I can get medicated again and possibly get a new diagnosis. I need to talk to someone about never just getting to be the one who can be hurt or sick because I always have to put my stuff on the back burner for my kids or my mother and function regardless. It's building and building and really affecting my mental health. My husband does a lot and he is the best, but it doesn't mitigate the others and I've definitely gone into a depression over it and I'm at the point where I need to be medicated again. Or go on a vacation with just my husband again. Or possibly just myself. Three days completley alone with only me to take care of sound like heaven right now. Although I'd rather have DH with me and go for a week.
Anyway, next week will be very busy. At least I am sleeping fairly well. I don't need insomnia with all this pressure building because then I'll spiral and I don't need that right now.