Monday I went for my CT scan. Now I wait for them to tell me what they think has been accomplished. I have to go with the certitude that the cancer is now gone, and time will let me get back to what I was for healthiness. Right now, I am still someplace close to the bottom of the cycle = not much wind yet, and I can feel that there is still some interior inflammation from the radiation. I don’t have the strength I had before the treatments, but that will change.
My appetite has returned with a vengeance, but I’m not bloating up as a result = yet. I eat a meal, then want something more about an hour later, no matter how much I eat at the meal. Then I want to start snacking about a half hour before the next meal. Evenings are a series of small snacks until an hour before bed = usually fruit is what I want then, so it doesn’t load me too heavy for sleeping.
I was able to get in the garden this week, and rescue the leeks that had been frozen into their bed before I could get them out. Leeks, like onions, will take a fair amount of frost with no harm. We’ve had a few warmer days here, and 95% of the snow is gone. The ground in the beds has mostly thawed, which allowed me to fork out the leeks. I cut them slightly shorter than the tall ice cream pails I store vegetables in in the spud pit, and filled a pail to put in the pit. I do not know if they are going to store well or not, but I know that once the ground is frozen, I can’t get the leeks out of the ground anyway.
There are a few ice chunks left yet in the soil in the spud beds, or I would have planted my potatoes, and mulched them heavily until spring. Forecast for the next few days shows freezing lows, and single digit highs for the near future, so I likely won’t get to plant my spuds until spring, as the soil is unlikely to thaw again.
No snow left on the valley floor, but you only have to go up about 300 feet to find it. The mountains all have their bright winter coats on, but so far the amount of snow has been fairly reasonable. No problems going through the pass to get to the CT scan.
The ground in the garden is all clear now, but frozen solid, so I still can’t do much. I’ll try to scare up enough energy to get stuck into the pruning, and get that job out of the way. If I can get that done, the next major job before spring is knocking most of the growth off of the stumps along the driveway = I haven’t done that in about 3 years, and some of the growth is getting tree sized now. To do the stumps, I need to have a lot of extra energy, because the cleanup after I knock them down is going to be a lot of work = some of the growth is about 10” in diameter, so I’m not going to be picking up one end and dragging it to the burn pit
I have my tomato, melon and squash seeds processed and baggied, but still have about half of the beans to thresh out and clean. I’ll get a list posted sometime soon, I hope.
And the adventure continues