Sunday, May 1, 2011


Barry and I went to spend a gorgeous afternoon yesterday with a couple who we met through this wonderful blogland ... HHL and Mr. G. HHL has been a huge inspiration to us from the get go.

So we spent a gorgeous Saturday afternoon touring their property, sharing wine, stories and a great BBQ. Quite a feast! Thanks guys :)

And while we shared stories and played with a certain adorable "mr. D", it made me realize that I really need to refocus on my writing. I guess I felt, and I've probably said this before, that I've really felt recently that I haven't had a lot to contribute. But the truth of the matter is that we all have something worthwhile to contribute ... And if my writing only helps a person or two, then it was worth it.

I can't believe its been almost 3 weeks since I last posted.

A lot has happened in the past 3 weeks ... I spent a week at home on vacation, went to a Tiesto concert with B (it was great!), got my annual mammogram done (ladies ... anyone over about 40 give or take or with a family history ... get one done!) and got my contact lens checked. To which my opt ometrist asked how my blood sugar was (huh). I got some work done in the garden. Went to my doc to get a requisition for blood work and then went yesterday morning for my tests.

Oh yeah, I haven't mentioned my incident with a very nasty drop in blood sugar after donating blood,  even though I did everything right. I was sweating profusely, my heart was racing, a panic attack started (thankfully I was able to shut it down quickly), I had trouble putting my thoughts together and getting them out of me.  THAT scared me. I was about 2 minutes away from asking them to call an ambulance. If you've ever experienced a bad sugar low, you'll understand.

So its time for me to get serious about watching my sugar levels. I eat well, exercise regularly, try to stay fairly active, drink lots of water ... But with a family full of diabetics, is it any wonder that at 46 I'm facing these issues.
On a happier note, I can't believe it ... it's only May 1st, and the gardens will be ready with one more full day of work. I haven't been rushed, I haven't felt overwhelmed, I just got outside whenever the weather has graced us with dry enough weather, and got to work. I only got 1 decent gardening day during my actual vacation days but I did accomplish other things.  I went to the nursery today and picked up a few more perennials.  I'm even trying my favourite flower (Blue Himalyan Poppy)  (see below) again.  I've tried 3 or 4 times to grow it but have not had any luck to date.  I'm not sure whether I'm persistent or a masochist.

via Google search

I have a major love affair with sky blue flowers ... probably because they've pretty hard to find in nature.  I also picked up a few other flowers but I was strong and walked by all the irises and daylilies (my 2 flower obsessions) .  I'm so proud of myself :)
On the workout front ... it's been a couple of weeks since my last workout ... but my vacation week I was pretty active, between lots of walking and all the garden work I was doing I didn't feel too bad about missing my workouts.  Last week I was fighting something.  I should have gotten up today to work out but I didn't.  But I've been watching what I'm eating and turning down lunch dates ... and my body seems to have plateaued.  So ... 4:15 a.m. tomorrow I will get up and do my cardio workout.    June 30th is FAST approaching. 
Can't wait!


  1. So glad you pulled through okay after that incident. We don't need any more of those.

    I can't wait to see the garden begin to bloom,I think it's going to look gorgeous. Always does though right? :)

    This was such a good weekend, I really enjoyed it. Love doing these things with you babe.


  2. It was wonderful catching up with you both ... so glad you could come for a visit. The next time the weather should be much warmer and the fire pit ready to see us through any cool evenings.

    Please keep an eye on your sugar levels ... xo HHL