Monday, May 16, 2011


Let me just start out by saying that last night may have been the worst night of sleep I've ever gotten. What was Abby doing at 3am? Sitting in the living room, crying, and googling eye issues. My allergies are in crazy-mode right now. And I woke up to find myself itching my eyes, unfortunately.

When I looked in the mirror, I found that the sclera (whites of my eyes) were sticking out further than the iris (colored part). Also, there was a giant growth/bump on my eyeball!

...I freaked out a little. I worried I had cough some crazy infectious disease...being all my patients this weekend were fighting weird parasites, infections, MRSA, etc. (...and I work on a cardiac floor? Weird, huh) Anyways..

Turns it, my eyes are just really fricking irritated & pist off at Palo Verde trees & Dust. So now my eyeballs have bumps on them. Going to the Optometrist on Wedensday.

So I"m going to focus on "happy". Growth.

Yesterday marks 3 years of growth. 3 years ago, I moved to Arizona. In that time I have grown a lot. Learned a ton. And changed, experienced, and found out a lot about myself.

But I can't show pictures of real hard evidence of that. So instead...I'm going to excite you with pictures of the "growth" in my garden lately!!

Snapdragons & Celosia (the hairy-bright-looking guys). You can actually eat snapdragons. So my plan is one of these days to make a froofy, fancy, gourmet meal - and garnish/decorate it with snapdragons.

Yellow squash (these pictures were taken with my crackberry...)

The yellow squash plant. Aren't those flowers pretty?

1 of the 3 tomato (heirloom) plants

The vegetable section: tomatoes, red bell peppers, basil, squash, & mint

The pentunia garden. I also have a few pots arraged with these plants

And then there's a bed of marigolds & daisies...but I didn't get a picture of them!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Your garden looks awesome!

Oh and Barb and Paul grew "coolantro" when they were in Florida which is a cilantro-type plant that can handle the heat. Maybe check that out? Thought that was cool!

You have grown alot over the last 3 years! Moving far away has been tough at times I imagine, but it's a great opportunity to grow and become more independent. I had the same experience studying abroad. I know it's a fraction of the time you've been away, but not being able to rely on anyone really changed me as a person. Even if it was only for 6 months. Maybe I am too independent now. Ha.

B and B said...

Culantro. Hope you can find it down there. It stands up in the heat, unlike cilantro, which bolts.

I am so sorry about your allergies. I read someplace that because so many people in Arizona planted trees that are not native to the region, it has made the pollen count much higher than it would be if they would have been content with native species. That explains your suffering. If you are a contact wearing person, this may not be the season.

Marlys said...

That may be why you didn't have as many allergies where you lived before as they only allowed native trees and plants! I feel for you and hope you get relief soon! Your garden looks awesome!

marybeth said...

Patanol, Abby. It's what I use with allergies, it's a prescription eye drop, the only thing that works for me. It's expensive, but it helps. I am the last person who should be giving a medical person advice, but this is the only thing that prevented me from literally removing my eyeballs from my head to itch them!

Mama Nastase said...

Abby, it's been the WORST season for allergies that I can remember!! All of the wildfires, plus the crazy bloomin' plants and trees, plus the's been insane! I hope you find some relief!! (I've had eye issues, uncomfortable. :( ) I'm going to look into "patanol", thanks to the previous poster.