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Frigid days in Southern California
Well, not so bad as most folks east of California or in Canada or in Europe. Just at freezing, which is horrendous for a lot of the tropical plants people have here. I think I heard that Boston was warmer than us. Will be whacking back some of my roses. They can survive as bushes but their leaves are looking yellow. Not at all happy with blasting winds from Canada and Alaska. I've been terrible with the garden. Tip-toeing around, not sure my knee will take digging up stuff. Kneeling is now a thing of the past. You should see me struggling to sit down on the ground. A big ga-plop! No gently easing downward anymore.

Well, we'll see if I save the garden for winter plantings or just give up for this year in doing anything worthwhile. Sometimes you do what you gotta do.

Stay warm, folks.
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blessed_oak From: blessed_oak Date: January 12th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you need a little garden stool! It's so much easier to get up from not all the way down. :P
calizen From: calizen Date: January 13th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you're right. Sort of tired of plopping on my butt.
maryxmas From: maryxmas Date: January 12th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
we are having snow storms. it is not as cold - about -10 C, but the wind sounds really unpleasant. so we just stay indoors. Dmytro is cooking fish soups :)

your garden has always helped you to regain the ease of mind. it would be sad if you had to give up on your plants.
maybe you have a small stool you can use while digging? you can either sit on it or put your healthy knee on it while stretching out the other leg so not to bend the hurt knee? I've seen my grandfather do something like this in his garden.
calizen From: calizen Date: January 13th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not giving up on it. But may have to cut back this winter. Karl's back being so bad means I have to do most of the work which makes me exhausted. Whatever. Life goes on.
maryxmas From: maryxmas Date: January 14th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
having health problems is never easy -- but in winter it is the saddest :(
pondhopper From: pondhopper Date: January 12th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't kneel any more either. But I did prune all the roses yesterday so go me! Gave me a lower backache but the task is done. Ibuprophen is my friend.

We haven't hit freezing yet but we'll be dangerously close this coming week.
calizen From: calizen Date: January 13th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You go girl! Have to whack back the roses myself over here. At least no kneeling on that one. Did dig up some earth with overgrowth of weeds. Ouch. But felt good to do it. And watered very well because of frigid air. So far have not lost anything.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: January 12th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I concur with regard to the gardening stool. :) Something like these:


dark_phoenix54 From: dark_phoenix54 Date: January 12th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
What she said. The handles allow you to use your upper body strength along with your legs to get up and down. I've seen people with severely screwed up knees work in the yard with those.
calizen From: calizen Date: January 13th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
No kneeler for me. It's not that I have trouble with kneeling itself, but putting pressure on the knee itself as all that is there is fragile bone and wires. The knee was smashed too much for it to be pinned.
vaporw From: vaporw Date: January 12th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stay warm Rebekah! Ave mid 80's F in sw fl.
calizen From: calizen Date: January 13th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
kabuldur From: kabuldur Date: January 13th, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stay warm, Rebekah!

And, yeah, it might be better to leave the garden for now.
calizen From: calizen Date: January 13th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing what I can. Someone gave me an anthurium which is a tropical plant from Hawaii. It looked pathetic and now is in the kitchen until the freeze is over.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: January 13th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Getting up off the ground is what nearly ruined my knee back in 2011. You need to think about getting yourself a low "something" to sit on when you are gardening. No, it won't be as comfortable or as convenient as kneeling but it should let you keep your knees healthy.

we had shirtsleeve weather Saturday.
calizen From: calizen Date: January 13th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
ARGGH!! I am SOOO jealous.

(but you guys deserve a break)
From: rhodielady_47 Date: January 13th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a present from what I lovingly nicknamed the "Tiajuana Express Wind" as it seems like all our warm weather breaks during the winter here seem to start in Mexico and then detour out over the Gulf of Mexico long enough to load up on water before coming straight up here to unload all that rain on us. The warm air is just a happy accident that can't be helped so far as Murphy is concerned.
rodluvan From: rodluvan Date: January 13th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is the temperature they you live now? We have -21 degrees Celsius = about -5.8 Fahrenheit. I need my Arctic jacket and wool socks in my boots.
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