This morning I planned to get up, do some chores, and start getting the patio ready for spring.
I was busy working on the patio yesterday afternoon. I raked up leaves and muck, all while sitting down on my garden stool, and put the wet leaves in a lawn bag.
But this morning I got up and as soon as my right foot hit the floor, I knew I was going to have to get my ankle brace on or I wasn’t going to be mobile today.
A few years ago I could do many things I can’t do now. It seems that after I sprained the bad ankle last spring it has weakened it substantially.
I took Charlie to acupuncture this morning. Then I came home and called my next-door neighbor’s grandson who’s still living with her. I asked him if he’d do some chores for me on the patio and said I’d pay him $50.
I know he’d do it for free, as he’s done other things for me. But he also doesn’t have a job yet after he graduated from heating and air school. So he needs the money.
I had him get the big box that arrived this morning that I guess holds the two new planters I ordered and put it on the patio. I’ll put them together later. The soil isn’t here yet.
Then I had him move the galvanized tub garden out to the middle of the patio as I had it a few years ago. That was to make room for the new planters to go against the fence where they can get the proper amount of sunlight.
I had planned last night to do it myself. But this morning I knew I could probably physically still do it, but that I would pay for it afterward. And I just can’t take that chance.
If raking leaves and putting them into a lawn bag while sitting and then moving some big pots around did my ankle in, I can only imagine what moving those heavy galvanized tubs of plants would do.
Then I had him dig up a dead lemongrass plant I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to dig out so I can use the big pot it was in. It was even hard for him to get out.
The lemongrass is an annual. I bought it last year from Southwoods in I think a 2-inch pot. But put it in a bigger planter or in the ground and it grows fast. It ended up being about 4 feet tall by fall.
I cut it back a few weeks ago, but even with my sharpshooter shovel I couldn’t dig it out of that big green pot. The roots were really entrenched.
Hostas & Peppermint:
Look, my hosta plants are coming up among the peppermint plants.
Then I went to get Charlie after his acupuncture appointment. His regular vet from Bartlesville was not there. I asked where she was when they brought Charlie out to my car.
Apparently, her aunt has tested positive for the virus, so she’s staying away from work for now.
This virus is spreading so fast. There are people that don’t seem to be taking this thing all that seriously.
Some young people gathered on spring break like they normally do in some locales. They must think it’s just an old people’s illness. But all ages have been testing positive.
So stay safe out there my friends.
Take care of yourself and order as many things as you can to be delivered to your door.