It’s been waaaaaaay too long since I’ve added anything to my blog. My return to writing has been a little on the slow side, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting back in the swing of things 🙂
As most of you know, I’ve been knee-deep in “health-related” challenges. The simple act of breathing, something we all take for granted, has been a real challenge for me over the past six months. And to add insult to injury, my husband (who is only 51 years old) had a heart attack in mid-June. We discovered one of the main arteries to his heart was so tiny, it became blocked and caused the life threatening episode. Frightening! Well, one emergency trip, angioplasty, several hospital days in ICU, and a multitude of tests later, my husband is doing much better. God definitely placed his healing hands on him… so much so, that when my hubby’s recent test results came back, his cardiologist was extremely pleased. Hubby’s heart is very strong, his artery is doing well and holding up just fine, he has excellent blood flow and if there is any damage to his heart, it is so miniscule. Bottom-line… the doctor gave my hubby the green light with no restrictions for physical activity. So, with a few adjustments to his eating (i.e., low sodium, saturated fat, and sugar), regular check-ups with his cardiologist, and a reasonable exercise regimen, hubby’s good to go.
Now for me, I’ve been seeing a wonderful integrative doctor here in town. He is a licensed M.D. who also practices holistic medicine. Best of both worlds. After seeing several doctors and specialists, he was the only one to diagnose my issue accurately. Apparently, I have a real nasty bacterial infection in my digestive system that’s causing extreme inflammation in my abdomen and hyper-sensitivity throughout my body (i.e., food allergies, nasal stuffiness, etc.). The inflammation seems to be pushing things inside up against my diaphragm, restricting my lungs. I’ve been doing enough antibiotics lately to choke a horse, but I’m hopeful that this will resolve my issue. One good thing about all of this… I’ve lost about 60 lbs.
Fruit Orchard Update
Wow, it seems like forever since I gave an update on my fruit orchard. With everything that’s been going on here, it’s been super challenging trying to stay on top my orchard chores. My orchard is well into its 2nd growing season and we actually had a record number of fruit.
Unfortunately, most of the fruit were eaten by bugs/ants or by the birds. I was able to salvage a couple of peaches, and a bucket full of plums (see photo above). The plums looked great, but most were inedible. I picked them too early “out of panic” because the birds were going crazy attacking the fruit. I even attached special holographic bird tape to the tree in an attempt to save my fruit. It worked for one day, then the birds just came back in droves, dive-bombing the fruit and laughing their way to the bird fruit nectar bank.
One good note… I was able to save a couple dozen Flavor King Pluots… which by the way were AWESOME! So sweet and delicious beyond belief. I gave a small bag full to my integrative doctor, who shared it with his staff. I received rave reviews, and I quote, “this is the best fruit I’ve ever had”… a statement made with their mouth full munching whole-heartedly on our wonderful fruit. Grown all natural, no pesticides or chemicals.
I just checked my fig tree and I have about 6 figs that will be ready in a couple of days if I can beat the ants this time.
What Else Is New
I have to say that we’ve had some great things happen in the midst of all the “other stuff” lately. Isn’t God great!!!
A local builder was generous enough to drop off about 7 loads of dirt… free! Hubby had a skidsteer rental reserved to move the dirt into the pool, but that was the weekend he had his heart attack. When everything settled down, we were able to scrounge up enough funds to hire someone with a backhoe and he did the work for us. Nice guy who was so appreciative for the work.
We are now one huge step closer to our dream of a veggie garden in our pool area.
Another awesome thing that happened in the last few months… my husband won some honey bees! He attended a bee class at a local Orchard and they had a raffle at the end of the all day class. The instructor/beekeeper pulled my husband’s name and we instantly became future beekeepers! Fits so nicely into our urban homestead dream 🙂
We have not received our bees and Queen yet (which is okay for us right now). The beekeeper had some difficulties obtaining a quality Queen, so delivery has been postponed for another month or so. It’s going to be awesome to have fresh honey from our own backyard!!! We can potentially extract about 30 lbs of fresh honey from this one bee hive.
Some more good news… we have a new baby on the way. A baby kitty that is. It’s been several months since we lost our beautiful Max that we felt it was time to fill the hole in our heart. Hubby and I had a long discussion about the whole thing and we made the decision to move away from the Himalayan breed. Himalayan’s require a ton of work to keep up their gorgeous fur and keep them mat free. We’ve decided to adopt a baby boy Ragdoll kitty. We are tentatively scheduled to pick him up in early September, so more to come.
Well, I need to shut things down for now. It’s been so awesome to be able to sit here and type away and share photos and some good news with you. I will be chatting with you soon.