At first he said he was okay. He just needed to sit down. But then when 20 minutes went by and his arm still hurt, I convinced him to go to Urgent Care. We weren't even halfway there when he said, "I think I need to go to the ER."
Boy, did we luck out. He was immediately given an ER cubicle and within less than an hour we had the verdict. Of course, Mr. L didn't know what it meant, but I did because I'd once written a story with a character who had a dislocated shoulder. He was in agony, but he said, "It hurts," because that's just his way. They knocked him out, put the arm back in the socket and said, "Six to eight weeks--unless you need surgery." (We find out today.)
So the rest of the summer is now on hold. Even the garden, he said.
Whoa! DEAL BREAKER! Okay, we can't put in the annuals we ALWAYS put in around the pool, but there was no way I was going to go the entire summer without flowers.
|My veggie garden. : (|
|The only HEALTHY rhubarb plant in my yard. The rest are tiny.|
The roses aren't doing much of anything yet, but I'm hopeful we'll have something beautiful to look at in the next month or so.
I knew Mr. L (who is a flower nut) would NOT be happy with no annuals, so on our errands Wednesday, I took us (since he can't drive) to two garden centers (calling them nurseries makes me think they'll be babies growing in the dirt) where we bought a bunch of stuff -- if we can't do the garden around the pool, we can at least fill our urns and big pots with flowers. Of course, there were a few stumbling blocks. One of the pots had BEAUTIFUL yellow self-seeded pansies (from last year), and Mr.L wanted me to rip them out for petunias. (I LOVE pansies--much more than I love petunias, so in they stayed. I was, after all, doing all the work!) One of the pots had self-seeded lettuce, too. "Rip it out!" he said. Nope, I just planted the new seeds around them.
|Self-Seeded leaf lettuce.|
|Aren't my self-sown yellow pansies GORGEOUS?|
|Mr. Lonely Zucchini|
Having flowers and enjoying them is a very simple pleasure in life, one I wasn't about to give up no matter what our circumstances.
|More stuff to plant.|