On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Day 3 - Still sick

Yesterday I dragged my sorry self out of bed to watch Youngest Daughter play basketball in a Special Olympics tournament. In two days of play they won all four games so came home with gold medals and broad smiles. 

Today everyone in the family had plans and so did I - to sleep! It didn't last, I started wanting to get something done this weekend. So I began my gardening project.

I planted an indoor seed tray with 72 little plant cups, covered it with its special clear dome and set it in my office where there's southern exposure. 

All 72 are tomatoes, three different kinds. I hope at least a few of them mature to be transplanted outdoors in my Square Foot Garden. (See, that's the same kind of thinking Nadya Suleman used, I really understand her!) I've never been successful in the past but I followed all the directions and am determined that this is going to be my year.  

Then I unpacked my new Sears drill to build the first container. The salesperson assured me this model would suffice for my project but I wish now I'd overridden her and gone one step higher. I drilled and drilled. I predrilled, I soaped the screws (3"deck) and I'm still not nearly finished. 

I'm learning a lot. I can feel those new dendrites forming in my brain from all I'm doing outside of my comfort zone. When I start the next container I'm going to use softer wood, only 1" thick. These 2" Douglas Fir boards would support the planet.

If I ever get the first container built I could start the cool leafy greens now.  It's still too early for tomatoes, but since I'm growing my own this year, they are a good six weeks away from transplantation anyway.  But the colder crops, spinach and lettuces, some herbs and such, they can get started this week IF I ever get that blasted box screwed together.


  1. My dad cut 50 gal. plastic drums in half for tomatoes. I use the large plastic clay pot looking ones, put a cage in each one and some grey plastic netting around each planter. I use miracle grow with the mosture retainer. I had a fantastic crop from just four plants last year. Just an idea for you...
    (Hope you feel better)


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