1. I am hoping for success with your hand surgery…Hopefully, it will bring back some dexterity. You know you can dictate to a computer and it will write down what you say. Thus no need to hurt your hand by typing. I am glad you still post. I just found you and love your blog…very unique. My husband had two spinal surgeries and things were pretty terrible, but he is better. Prayers for you and you fur babies…especially Charlie who reminds me of my little guy Benjy. I am pulling for you.
    Wishing you the best


    1. The practiced strategy is to change the water every three days minimum.

      1. I can’t change the water every 3 days or there would be tons of mosquitos. I was changing the water every day because there are always mosquito eggs in it every morning.
        I now put in those mosquito dunks that are supposed to be safe for the birds but I notice they aren’t drinking from the bird bath now so I don’t know.

  2. Honestly, Charlie is the absolute most photogenic pupper I have ever seen! I love seeing his pictures. He is so sweet. (Ivy too!) After two straight months of rain, May is proving to be a dry month for us. We could
    use a nice soaking rain. So, I have been outside a lot watering. I am not complaining though since it feels so good to be outside seeing the bees, butterflies and listening to the birds sing. That is good that your surgery will be happening soon. The sooner you get that over with the sooner you can start healing and recover and get rid of that pain. Enjoy your day!

  3. I am praying for a complete recovery after your surgery so you can still write your blog and work in your garden and take care of your fur babies!

  4. Hi Brenda,
    It was you who inspired me to begin a flower garden on my deck. After years of being an “on-the-ground” gardener, I too got older and wasn’t able to manage all the heavy garden work. I thought my gardening days were over until I discovered your posts about your patio garden. Now I have started a garden on my deck, thanks to you! I hope the surgery on your hands will make it possible for you to continue to garden (and to post) because I understand how much pleasure it gives you.
    Wishing you many more gardening years,
    Ann in Oregon

  5. Brenda, to assist with your visits with us and to alleviate stress on your fingers, I’m wondering if voice activated text would work for you ? I’m a bit of a Luddite where technology is concerned but I know this exists because a student I taught without arms used it on her computer. This dear child was also born without legs but had a bit of an extension and with it she had mastered writing and had the most beautiful handwriting. She also sang beautifully. This child faced so many difficulties and challenges and she did so with an optimistic spirit. I thought the voice activated text might be an option for you to consider.

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