Good morning! Slept! Six hours! WOOT!
May we all get such straight good rest!
that said, I wrestled invisible bears all night (as my old hillbilly gramps would say: bars, nasal twang on th evowel), and I think they lost but damn. Only thing tha tdidn't end up on the floor was *me*.
But the doc I saw yesterday (My pain doc) said I am doing "remarkably well" given my artm injury.
I was all, "What's remarkably sucky,?" and he went and told me. Oh. Just... *OH*. I guess for all the frustration over delayed treatment and such, I havew been healing not only well but rapdily. Yay me! Now how am I doing this?!?!?!?
Apparently just my "good instincts on self-care of my body and knowing limitations". Uh, okay? (First time I ever heard I have good self-care on anything but diet...)
East Asian plants that grow wild where or near where I live:
Wisteria vines. Yes, as in "Wisteria Lane" (tho' that was chosen for the rhyme with "hysteria"... I strongly suspect, anyway). IT's native to East Asia and has gorgeous clusters of dangling pale purple flowers, and adorns many trees.
Kudzu. ARGH. Just... Who thought this was a good idea? ARGH. I twas originally planted against erosion and was done even by teh Civilian Conservation Corps in the Great Depression. Now it owns the Southeast US and has crept into the southern areas of Pennsylvania (tho' it can't overrun b/c the climate won't allow). No, the kudzu doesn't gorw a foot a day, but it *feels* like it when you're trying to keep it off everygthing. Also, for some reason, many of us agree it smells like grape popsicles or Kool-Aid. Closest we can get to the smell of kudzu in bloom/season. Weird but true. But goats eat it. So... yay for the goats.
Royal paulonia trees. We. Hate. Those. Please, if yous ee one, kill it. Fast. THey spread and while they have pretty blossoms, they overrun native habitat in two blinks. For trees, they're remarkably rapid eco-fillers. GThey're also called "princess' or "empress" or "king" trees as the subspecies demands. Just kill 'em. Burn their seeds. Destroy their roots. The tree version of kudzu. I have no idea why anyone thinks these are a good idea, honestly don't. And their seeds aren'te part of the diet of local wildlife, so... useless to boot. At least kudzu is eaten by goats andprovides deep cover for wildlife. Sheesh. Never though I'd say something nice a bout kduzue
And on the Eastern half o ghte US... Japanese honeysuckle. Once it's there, it's there, and it kills its competition by smothering it. Nice plant. Horror film, anyone?
Japanese barberrry. Pretty, but once it gets into woodlands? It overruns the forest floor. Not good for ogther plangts or for many animals who rely on not-that-plant! for food/shelter/nesting. I've been battling the same one for the whole 12 years I've lived in this house.. The. Same. Damn. Shrub. It wil not DIE. I even tried salt-vinegar dousing of its roots. Nope. ARGH.
Not to say Europe hasn't given us invasive species up the wazoo --- Norway Maples replace sugar maples, and are planted for their denser shade but ... no sugar maples! ACK! And loosetrife (wetlands) and English effing ivy (eats mortar and brick homes, and is decorative but won't die die die until you do the salt-vinegar dousing solutoin in the ground where you pulled its roots from, and even then I've had the stuff come back...) I've deliberately planted Allegheny spurge to no effect. the damned ivy wins. And believe me, usually that's not the case.
OK, the salt-vinegar "douse" if anyone wants it: one-third strong household white vinegar; two-thirds boiling water; with 1 tsp salt pert quart of water. Stir, dissolve salt, and let cool. Except for English ivy. For that you can pour it in the hole left by yanking up the plant while the solution is still screaming hot, just be careful. Some people go for as much as 2 tsp salt per quart but I find the acidigty of the vinegar does as much or more good. Not much can grow at that soil pH. Whew.
blessings gto your day everyone! Healing too!
PS: If you use vitamin E for skin issues, please remember to use vitamin E in a liquid gel form approved in the EU for *ingestion* as a supplement. A lot of the vitamin E skin stuff out there is utter crap. Altenrate with antibacetetrial on open wounds like burns and cat scratches. So I do vitamin E overnight and antibiotic during the day. Also air out any wounds at least one hour a day before scabbing or new skin growth protects it and you won't need the band-aids then anyway... Air is good! OK, shutting up...
Absolute agony here, so keeping it brief. Forget it. (Well, I meant another eff word but...)Hugs and support. Just gonna be a long hot rotten day here, so...CUteness required...
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia earlier this month (May) and it really sucks. I have been in so much pain. It is so stressful dealing with another health problem for me. I hope these new meds work because this is really annoying and hard to deal with.