Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Garden pics and neurotic ramblings



I didn't get a chance to post yesterday. I spent all last week setting this week up to be very busy so that I wouldn't stress, so now I am stressed AND busy. So, I went in yesterday for my bloodwork. They called with the results, my estradiol should be above 50 and it was 89, so I am good to start 2 patches today, then 3 on Thursday, 4 on Saturday, have my blood tested again and my lining checked on Saturday at 7:45 AM. If the lining is greater than a 8, then Brett and I can leave for our trip:-) I'm hoping it will be fine. My only real concern at this stage in the game is that my lining will be too thick. But, nothing I can do right now...


This weekend we went to the farmer's market again and got more plants. Last year we started seedlings in a little greenhouse thing in the house and moved them outside where many died, but many survived and became a hugely overgrown, healthy garden. This year, I didn't want to do the greenhouse thing with the little packets of seeds, so we bought plants from the farmer's market ($2 for 6 plants). We planted tomatoes (Roma, grape, and beefsteak), zuchinni, yellow squash, green, red, yellow peppers, basil, cilantro, and broccoli. We just planted seeds of greenbeans and peas also. In a few weeks, we will do cucumber and be done with it. So, here are some beginning pics:

Here is the "gate" to my garden. The fence looks a a little ghetto, but it is temporary and we just needed something to keep the dogs out. So far it has worked...


Side view:

Yup, they are right at that front gate, when I was running around this morning, pulling boxes and pots off of these plants at 8AM since we had to cover them b/c of frost overnight. Frost! its almost memorial day! but the plants don't seem to have suffered.


One of the beefsteak tomatoes...
Some pretty Gerba daisies I found at the market and replanted. Don't they make you want to smile?

Some landscaping. Brett and I are decent with the gardening (him better than me) but we are not great at landscaping and our house really needs some color...so we are trying!
I have a totally "out of left field" question. Has anyone watched the HBO series, Tr.ue B.lood? I ask b/c I've read the books and loved them but I have seen some ads for the show and am not impressed with casting, plus I've heard that the show is more violent/erotic/harsh than the books, which are kind of light and funny and entertaining. I kind of want to see the show but we don't have HBO and I've thought about renting the DVDs or even buying them if I thought I'd like them (I never buy movies or music or anything, not sure why) - I even considered them as a fun thing to do while on bedrest but I'm afraid I'll be annoyed and not like them. What did you guys think? anyone?
Besides that, I'm nervous. Brett's nervous. We're all a little on edge and I am super-glad that we are going on a little light vacation on the way there. I need the distraction. Now, how to eat on the road with a gluten-free diet? I think I have to pack a cooler, but I have to first find decent tasting gluten-free bread! We usually do sandwiches, which isn't so easy GF. I make life so difficult, right?
Oh, and I might as well go All-out and tell you exactly how crazy I am. On the IVFC board there is a thread about CGH/microarray and the success rate is incredible! I mean it is nuts. Everyone is pregnant. A few weeks ago this made me feel GREAT. I was like "this is going to work, look at everyone else- they are all pregnant!". Of course, as the FET approaches, I am a saying the opposite. "Oh crap, with all these pregnancies from CGH and microarray, someone has got to make up the bad part of the percentage. So if they are all pregnant, I probably won't be!". So my brain went from focusing on the 89% success rate to the 11% failure rate. I know this is somewhat nuts and irrational, I also know it is kind of understandable, but it is still stressful.

14 comments:

JJ said...

Love the garden! Looks like you've done loads of work! Congrats on the great numbers and getting the go-ahead to do two patches. True Blood: my dh watched it, thinking it wd be right up his alley but he didn't really enjoy it. That's just one opinion though; he said he didn't really like any of the characters.

We drove to Denver with my gluten free diet as well. What I did was make a large gluten free pasta salad and a large brown rice salad, stuck them in a cooler with some apples and I had stuff to munch on when I got hungry. I ended up better fed than DH since we left on Christmas Day and nothing was open on the way. He still didn't want to eat my food :-).

DonnaPetit said...

Your garden looks beautiful, don't forget to plant those cukes for Harley! I wonder how long the dogs will tolerate that fence?? Good luck with that.

I'm thinkin' that the gluten has been the problem, after all, you're the poster woman for going gluten-free. This time everything will be perfect!!!

Kris said...

I love the garden. I think next year I am going to try to plant one. I, too, will use a getto fence because we have deer, turkeys and pheasants that will eat my garden if I don't use a tall fence of some sort.

Can't wait for you to head to CO! What a fun way to travel too by doing a road trip. How long will it take you to get there?

Fashionably Infertile said...

Sue...can you get a copy of that gluten free pasta salad and brown rice salad for me? I love the gerbers. They are actually my all time favorite flower. When we lived in Raleigh they came back every year. Up here they are annuals. But I still love him. In fact DH just got me a bunch for our anniversary yesterday. I know you are stressed. I dont blame you. I just want to tell you that I am thinking about you...I always am! I wish you the absolute best. I am sorry that I have not been around much lately. The adoption stuff is taking up a lot of my time.

Fashionably Infertile said...

Oh and I never eat gluten free bread. I use gluten free rice cakes instead. So yummy! Just put some turkey or pb on them and it taste delicious. Less calories too!

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Love the garden! It helps me destress, so I hope it helps you destress too! And Gerbera daisies are a favorite.

Jill M. said...

Sorry to hear that now you are stressed AND busy! We never get a break do we!

Nice garden! I know you'll be enjoying it in a couple of months.

I totally get the making up the bad side of the statistics, I think we had a conversation about this on the phone.

Sending you beautiful lining vibes!

Nikki said...

Love the garden! You're going to have a splash of color soon!

Good luck with the trip Sue - I know how nerve wracking and at the same time exciting this can be.

DAVs said...

I love gerbera daisies--they're really my absolute favorite!

I'm sorry you're stressed, but holy cow--89% success rate! Those are some incredible odds. Hold on to that positive side and I know you'll be adding your name to the success side soon!

meinsideout said...

Garden looks great. True Blood - I love the books, the series is disappointing in that it does not really match the books in facts or the way the books made me feel, which was similar to what you described. The show is definitely more hardcore than the books.

I always think I am going to make up the negative stats - so do not be hogging my place at the bottom!!!! I hope this works for you!

Blossom and Her Fruit said...

You are planting the garden that will grow along side your belly this summer. I missed this post yesterday so i didn't realize you were going sat for your lining test. I hope you have a great drive over to Denver. I'll be chatting with you til then. So will you have internet access on the road?

Jenna said...

Sue- Good luck tomorrow. I'm sure you'll be good to go. Have a good trip and good luck next week. We will be rooting for you.

Phoebe said...

Did we have the same weekend last weekend? We did the whole plant sale thing too for our garden! That's so cute about your dogs waiting outside the fence!

GF eating on the road is so hard! I'm sure you brought some things to help. I'm going to e-mail you about GF in Denver.

About the IVFC thing, I'm sure only the positive people are posting. You probably just aren't hearing from the ones that got negatives. The stats are on your side, for sure!

Hope you are having a fun trip!

DonnaPetit said...

Oops! I forgot to mention how attractive your pink Crocs are, wish I had some.

I hope you're having fun on your road trip.