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The Rare Sunshine

During the couple of weeks I was sick, I didn’t realize how little I was moving — just coughing. It’s left me so weak it isn’t funny. I seem to have strength every other day, maybe. The sun today felt so good, it helped me gain some energy, and it inspired me to start pruning this huge Rose of Sharon bush by my front door. I couldn’t stop, and finally ended with it half its size, like I would have wanted, and 3 trash bags full of branches.

A few days ago the sun inspired me to start sweeping up and bagging old leaves that were stuck in corners of the walkway and steps. If the sun would just come out a little more often, my yard will end up looking great. The next thing is raking on the other side of the house and cleaning up the hedges. I’m looking forward to scrubbing the moss off the stones of the well, and the lichen off the rock wall, later on.

That doctor who posted a video on the method of cleaning your grocery items when you bring them inside was a bit too late for my last major grocery trip. I bought quite a bit, and when I got home I had only the strength to drag all the bags inside and drop them on the kitchen floor. I just put the refrigerated stuff away, and simply left cans, bottles, and boxes there for a few days. Actually, I kind of wonder if I’ve already had the virus and am still recovering. Who knows, really?

posted on Mar 26, 2020 1:07 PM ()


My battle is with a holly bush but we have settled on having it trimmed by a landscaping service. Be well everyone.
comment by elderjane on Mar 27, 2020 3:21 AM ()
If the death rate wasn't so high in people like me I'd get sick and get over it. But I don't feel that lucky now.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 26, 2020 4:20 PM ()
" I’m looking forward to scrubbing the moss off the stones of the well, and the lichen off the rock wall" You and I have to have a talk about life!!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 26, 2020 1:50 PM ()
Shhh, I'm trying to convince myself it'll be fun.
reply by drmaus on Mar 26, 2020 2:12 PM ()
I used to prune some and clean up fallen leaves in our stone covered area. I needed a full sized ladder to trim the bougainvilla (sp?) bush. I also planted some flowers in a nice pattern and it really looked great. Then we had three hurricanes in a row and I said, "screw that". Following these efforts, I'd often had to go to bed. Ed used to mow the lawn (it is huge, front and back) and he always chose to do it at noon in July and scream for water or orange juice and I'd have to come running with a drink, wondering if I'd find him collapsed. We have a landscape guy now. He does lawn plus bushes, bless him. And he edges nicely. Ed didn't know how to do that.
comment by tealstar on Mar 26, 2020 1:22 PM ()
Of course you should hire people to do this kind of backbreaking work, whenever possible. Your bougainvilla (spelling beats me) sounds like my rose of sharon, which if I were to let go one season would grow as high as the roof. It's a battle I have to forestall every year, either chop it way down in fall or deal with it in the spring.
reply by drmaus on Mar 26, 2020 2:14 PM ()

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