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After surveying the garden damage and feeling seriously bad for a bit, decided to just get away and joined daughter no. 2 at the monthly blues jam downtown. Music always helps and I was glad I went.  I am much more philosophical about the garden today. Since it's too late in the season to replant some things, I get time off from hard work and sore muscles. The strawberries seem to be ok and looking out the window I can see the buds on the old white rose peeking out. All is not lost, just a little fucked up.

Anah had her appointment with the surgeon yesterday and he wants her to do another month of PT and then a reassessment so great news. That opened us up to being able to go to Colorado in June to hear Ziggy Marley and do touristy things. Had already our purchased tickets  and written them off as a loss, but looks like we'll make it after all. Booked flight last night.

Was going to trim the lilacs today but will put that off till they are drier. And besides I am really sore from working hard yesterday.

The husband is contacting the insurance company about the damage to the car and roof and we have swept the broken leaves off the deck. Time to move forward again, though my plan is to avoid the garden till the plants have some recovery time. But wait, there's still asparagus, guess I'll have to avert my eyes.

Now to mix up a marinade for some chicken breasts and relax. There are always books to read.


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May. 15th, 2018 02:34 pm (UTC)
Great news about Anah :) And I'm glad to hear you can salvage your garden/are coming up with new plans <3

Live music is wonderful medicine, isn't it?
May. 16th, 2018 12:55 am (UTC)
Yes, yes on the Anah news.

I figure the husband will get the garden going again, some years are great, others not so.

Oh yes, live music can get the mind in order and heal the spirit too. And omg, I get to see Ziggy Marley again!! <3 <3
May. 16th, 2018 02:54 pm (UTC)
Soo lucky :D Thrilled for you!! XO
May. 15th, 2018 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad things are brighter today, and there's the prospect of some consolation in the form of strawberries and touristy things.
May. 16th, 2018 12:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too. The plants and I are quite grateful for the rain.
May. 16th, 2018 12:42 am (UTC)
Music always helps me too!
Yeahhhh for Anah's good news! And, you getting to go on your trip!
May. 16th, 2018 12:49 am (UTC)
Great relief that she may avoid surgery.

And getting excited about the trip.

I so enjoyed the things you shared about yours. Gave me the itch for a vacation.
May. 16th, 2018 02:19 am (UTC)
That is great about Anah.

You and your garden both sound beat Hopefully you'll both recover soon
May. 16th, 2018 12:48 pm (UTC)
So, so sorry about the garden. We had a "kitchen garden" on the commune, which we used to grow a lot of the food needed for daily consumption, and my grandparents had the same right across from the farmhouse. In both cases, they were A LOT of work and essential to the health and well-being of the family, so I feel your loss.

GOOD news about Anah! So very glad to hear that! There's absolutely no medicine as good as simply being young and I hope that, along with being very conscientious about the P/T, she'll be able to fully recover without the surgery.

Wishing your husband good luck with the insurance company. I know that can be a hassle to deal with but hope they help. My first, and so far only experience with that magnitude of hailstorm happened years ago when I was working at a Toyota garage down in Houston.

One minute I was hard at it in the middle of a busy shop and then I heard the first couple of "Tick-ticks" on the metal roof and I looked up and everyone was running for the doors. WTF! And then, literally seconds later, the aisles of the shop were filled with employee's cars!

Then, everyone just went back to work as if nothing had happened. It was an amazing performance and one of several weather-related events that happened in the nine months or so that I was down there. But at least I wasn't blamed for that one because it was something they'd obviously experienced before I showed up, lol.

Anyway, good luck with your recovery from all of that and good luck to Anah on her continued recovery as well...
May. 17th, 2018 12:51 pm (UTC)
Damage to the car and roof? That's WORSE than the hail I got. I put doonas on the car and saved it. The roof on my house was not damaged...that time - but was on two other occasions. All the windows on one side of the house were wiped out in the first storm. Lucky we hadn't installed the carpet at that stage. (Had not moved in, but were about to!) The second time the hail was as big as cricket or tennis balls - and jagged, too. A lot of cars were damaged in the city about three years ago. All the cars had big dents in them. The school...the paint on the buildings looked like it was really old and weathered. That's the time my daughter waited 6 mths for her windows etc to be repaired. Two beautiful big old trees were demolished at the school, too :(

Good news about Anah...I hope? Anyway, at least you get to see/hear Ziggy Marley. To go to the blue jam would be healing, too.

Yes, some time off work. All those sore muscles for nothing! That's the way of the farmer, I guess. {{{Sigh}}} I hope you can salvage something.

Did you get lots of rain as well? It looks like a lot. did it fall in a short time? I hear you guiys have a lot of that going on over there at the moment :(
May. 17th, 2018 03:05 pm (UTC)
First a question. What are doonas?

Have never had hail that wiped out windows or as big as tennis balls, that is wild and sad about the destruction. I really hate it when trees are lost. We had a huge one go down in an ice storm some years back. :(

So far I am pleased that Anah dies not have to have the surgery though the PT is painful, she is awfully young to have metal out in her, always a risk for infection later on. Time will tell.

The garden is looking better with time and cooler temperatures. Plants will do their best to survive.

Always interesting how our seasons are reversed. It was unusual to be able to get in the pool so early. The weather has been very odd here of late. The big storm gave us a couple of inches of rain and then it rained again two days in a row so now the pond is full again. We use it to water the garden.

You are in Australia right? Which side? My daughter's best childhood friend moved to Perth about 10 years ago and now has dual citizenship. Loves it there, would never move back here but does come visit.

May. 18th, 2018 10:38 am (UTC)
Doonas are probably what you call duvets. They are a type of bedding consisting of a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers, wool, silk or a synthetic alternative, and typically protected with a removable cover, analogous to a pillow and pillow case. Mine are made of synthetic soft fluffy stuff. I can cover the car with a doona and two sleeping bags. It is a hassle to dry them afterwards, but are a better alternative than a wrecked car. I put a plastic bowl over my head to go out in the hail to put them on. I don't want to put them on unless I really have to. I have been hit in the leg by a large piece of hail, and also, one broke to pieces on the end of my finger as I was spreading a sleeping bag over the back windscreen last time.

The trees at Old Flame's grew back their leaves; they were not knocked down and survived. Trees can be felled in hail storms, though.

That is good that Anah doesn't have to have any metal in her body, especially for one so young, but I'm sorry about all the pain she is in. I hope her ordeal is over soon. Would swimming be good for it?

I'm glad you have got cooler temperatures and your plants are recovering. Cooler weather always does help.

Yes, it is interesting how our seasons are reversed. Usually summer starts here in November. I'm cranky if it doesn't! It's definitely swimming whether then.

The weather has been very odd all around the globe and here is no exception. Actually, I'm getting about usual weather for this time of the year at the moment, but we have had an 'Indian summer' for most of this autumn. Winter will soon be here!

I am on the east side. I think our weather is usually different. In WA you can count on lots of sunny days. I can see why your daughter's friend would love it. One of my sisters has moved over there. She struggles in the summer and is too cold in the winter. She got used to Dampier weather which is hot pretty much of the time :P That's also in WA, but to the north; she now is in Perth, where they have cold winters. She would have moved back here when her 32 year marriage broke up, but had kids over there in uni and stuff, so stayed. Now, she will be over there for the rest of her life, I think, but I see her about every 5 years. Ditto for my brother in Canada :)

Edited at 2018-05-18 10:43 am (UTC)
May. 18th, 2018 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, duvets or comforters here. Thats a rather amazing image - you with the bowl on your head going out to save the car. Being prepared as you are, you must have more hail than we do. Of course like all the odd weather of late, it is increasingly more frequent and more violent.

Your family is scattered. I have only 1 brother and he lives in town right next to where we grew up.

No one has mentioned swimming for Anahs rehab, but it sounds good to me. She does seem to be getting better, was able to go to tennis practice. It is hard to tell what is really going on with her. She is a drama queen :-)
May. 19th, 2018 10:27 am (UTC)
Haha :) Lucky no neighbours can see me! There are times when hail is likely.

Yeah, the hail is getting bigger and bigger :(

A lot of my family haven't fallen far from the tree. Those are the furthest.

Well, if Anah is a drama queen, so much the better. You can be less worried about her :P
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