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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kathy, the Red Nosed Pruner

Thank you for the prayers for Forrest.  He's had the surgery, is off the ventilator, and continues to improve. 

Yesterday I woke up with a scratchy throat -- a tell tale sign that a cold was on the way.  Although I'm happy to say it's been a REALLY long time since I've had a cold, I really dreaded this harbinger knowing what comes next -- the coughing -- inability to sleep through the night because of post-nasal drip -- more like rush than drip.  So I'm babying myself for a bit -- lots of fluids, Zicam, Airborne, and no workout today.  Tomorrow, yes; today, no.

I might go outside and prune the remaining four rose bushes.  I hated cutting off  leafy growth, but I really think the bushes will be better for it.  I'm also taking a page from Betsy and George's book and planting hybrid teas in a few containers this year.  The garden plan is underway and I've made a few changes like the addition of a mandevilla and a trumpet flower.  Pictures to follow after planting.

Two nights ago, we booked a cruise that starts in Barcelona and goes to Provence, Corsica, Livorna, Rome, Naples, Sicily, Croatia, Slovenia, Ravenna and Venice.  We're very excited!  Our travel buddies, Margie and Dave, are going, and we may be joined by my brother and SIL.  The cruise isn't for a year so we have a lot of time to save up and also plan.


Maggie said...

Oh, heaven about that cruise. I have a granddaughter in Barcelona. I have friends in those other cities too. And too, I am keeping your friend in my prayers.

Happyone : ) said...

Glad to hear the good news about Forrest!
Hope you have a very mild cold!
I'll have to come over and visit your garden again this year. : )

Bilbo said...

Need someone to help carry your bags...?

George said...

I'm glad to hear that Forrest is doing better. That is definitely good news. Now we just need to get you over that cold.
The cruise you've booked sounds just wonderful. I know you'll enjoy it.
I hope your container roses do well. Ours are doing very well, in spite of a number of near freezing nights.

Purple Flowers said...

I hope you feel better soon. Can't wait to see photos of your Spring garden. Mine is slowly waking up.

I think you are going on a cruise of a lifetime. Hooray for you!!!! :)

Jay said...

That cruise is awesome. Not for another year? I would wait about 11.5 months and then panic and start planning. ;-)

Linda said...

When I feel a cold coming on I stop right then and spend a days sleeping as much as I can. That usually helps a lot.

The cruise sounds like wonderful fun.

Cheryl said...

Spring time is no time for a cold. So much outdoor work to do. I hope your remedies stave this one off.

Great seeing you yesterday :)

Retired English Teacher said...

I hope the cold doesn't get you down.

You trip sounds wonderful. That is something really special to look forward to.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Kathy, Blogger ate my comment.... Grrrr... Anyhow--I was saying how sorry I am that you have a cold... They can make us feel pretty miserable, can't they??? Take Care!

Glad you are doing some Container Roses. You will LOVE them. Just be sure and keep them watered good. They dry out fast in the containers, which I'm sure you know.

WOW--that cruise sounds incredible... I'm so envious!!!!! You all will LOVE it.


Kimberly said...

Sounds like a GREAT cruise!!! If you need some don't-miss ideas, let me know. I can think of a few! Glad to hear your friend is doing better once again.

Kay said...

That cruise sounds fantastic! You're going to have such a lot of fun. Now then, you need to get some chicken soup and rest.

Anonymous said...

Good to know that Forrest is improving! Hope you feel better soon. I can never remember if it's *starve a cold and feed a fever* or visa versa. Looking forward to your photos from your gardens again this year.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

So sorry you caught a cold. Hope you can shake it off quickly. Sounds like you have wonderful garden plans for this year. I'm anxiously awaiting pictures.
Your cruise sounds like fun.

ain't for city gals said...

I agree with Bilbo...need someone to carry your bags????,,lol...I have never been on a cruise...I think it would be great...not a worry in the world....glad Forrest is doing better...

Gilly said...

Hope your cold is better soon Kethy! They are a right b*****!

Which cruise line are you going on? It sounds very exciting, and one I considered when thinking of this year's holiday. But no, we are going to the Arctic!

Lena said...

Good to hear the update on Forrest!

Hope your cold goes away soon, no fun to be bothered by a cold that robs you of a good night's sleep!

Your trip sounds fascinating!