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Keolson, if you also have pain in the palms of your hands, you might have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I've had the "release" surgeries on both hands years ago, with no more problems. You sound like me in encouraging "pretty weeds" in your garden. We have some pretty ones too, & I leave them alone. The main weeds I pull are those that end up with burrs or the "fox tail" type seeds, that can be harmful & even fatal if dogs & cats get them in their ears, eyes, etc. We live in what used to be basically a woods or forest area, so the ground is very thick with weeds, grass & brush that either has to be constantly cleared or just ignored. We mostly choose the latter. I especially like the "Timothy" grass, & we have several other pretty kinds. There are even a couple that grow taller than me! I have some pics on here of our wild flowers, we have so many different varieties, & love to see them bloom each Spring!
Nan, it is good to hear about hot parafin dips from someone who has actually used & benefitted from them. I've heard of & thought of trying them for years, but haven't done it yet. I'll ask my Dr about that next time I see her. I have so many health problems, especially the OA in my left hip & lower back, that I seldom talk to her about my other problems like the pain in my hands. But it is getting worse, so thank you for kick starting my incentive to discuss this with her. Besides hand pain, I also have started having some kind of spasms in my arms & hands, so like when using my mouse, my arm will suddenly spasm, just for a few seconds, & my hand on the mouse will move around in fast & erratic motions til it stops. This didn't seem so bad to me til I just had to type it out, LOL! So I need to talk to her about that too. I'm going to ask her if I can have some nerve testing, as I know my nerves & muscles don't respond or work together normally. Sheesh, just what I need more tests, to find more things wrong with me, LOL! I have various "weird" symptoms caused by a genetic collagen defect called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, & the OA is part of that, & I think the nerve problem is probably from that also, but would be good to check it out. xxx Gina
I am encouraging pretty weeds in my garden. Some are cropping up and then I am gathering weed seeds from the park to scatter. I took pictures of 2 of the plants in the park today and will make a puzzle of them in a few minutes. If they spread like these in the park which were seeded into the park last fall, I will have less garden work. I will make the puzzles to have about 80 pieces.
Nan, that sounds like an interesting treatment. However am pretty sure that my problem is not arthritis. I think it was mostly in the muscles of my thumbs.
Gina and keolson11, have you tried hot paraffin dips for your hands? Some manicurists offer it, which would be a way to try it out. I'd heard about it for years for arthritis but didn't try it until I broke my arm just below the wrist and, after 3 months of various splints and cast, started Occupational Therapy for a month. Part of the treatment was dipping my hand past the wrist in the hot wax, then having it wrapped in plastic and hot towels. Heavenly feeling! I went out and bought one so now both hands get relief. I'm still doing ceramics but haven't thrown on a wheel for quite a while, that is harder for me than hand building. nan
My current monitor is also very small, but I'm getting a larger one from my daughter soon. It's hard giving up doing things we enjoy as we get older. I used to play guitar but had to give it up. I've never knitted, or done much sewing or embroidery, but have crocheted for years & can't do much of that any more. I have a nice sewing machine & want to try doing more of that when I get my craft room cleaned out which is a "work in progress" that my Hubby & I are doing now. I want to focus on projects that are simpler & easier on my hands. As you can see from our photos, we enjoy gardening & bird watching too. Jigidi has been a real blessing for me, I love all of the amazing puzzles, & the wonderful friends I've made from all over the world on here. It's great that using the mouse on puzzles doesn't bother you, maybe I'll do better on larger puzzles with a bigger screen. I'm sure drawing is much easier than doing ceramics, they require quite an involved process, & the least little thing can go wrong & ruin your whole piece. In a couple of years my Hubby will retire & we plan to move in with our daughters & son-in-law in the nearby city. We will be very sad to leave our beautiful country home, but it is getting too hard to keep up so we need to move where we can take things easier. As they say, "life goes on"!
Your property sounds wonderful with the creek and the pond. My sister has done ceramics but since has switched to drawing because it is easier. I never did ceramics but I hooked rugs out of wool strips cut from old clothing, knit, sewed, crocheted, made quilts over the years. Later I embroidered a lot of pillowcases for orchestra and church fundraisers. Then my hand started to get sore from that and now I do gardening, bird watching and puzzles. For some reason, puzzles on Jigidi don't bother my hands though that hardly makes sense. I guess pushing and pulling the needle was harder than using the computer mouse.
Hello Keolson11, I'm happy to meet you! I enjoyed seeing the puzzles you & your sister have posted. I bookmarked a couple for later. Am I right that you & your Sis are both into ceramics? My family did ceramics back in the '70's, it is lots of fun. I have arthritis & can't do puzzles more than about 80 pieces, but I've really enjoyed seeing your photos of your gardens, & the deer, & your ceramic vases. You are so right about the deer, it's a constant battle trying to keep a bit of produce for ourselves! We have nearly 4 acres, with a creek & a little pond at the back. We love it here, & are very thankful to have such a lovely place to live. My favorite season is Spring, when our lovely wild flowers are all blooming!
Hi, Sparkles! That black patch is actually not Sophia, it is an old chunk of tree bark that old Mr. Connelly, who previously owned our place used to help frame the round flower bed. You can't see it in this picture, but just a few feet past this flower bed is a big old weathered tree stump that he set up in the yard. He had placed a collection of nice & interesting rocks on it, & I filled some indents with soil & added bits of sedum here & there. These are just a couple of fun yard features he left behind. In our frontage area there is one old tree stump with rocks & such placed on it, & another one laying on its side, with an old metal tractor seat leaning against it. The second stump marks the turn in my pathway around our wildflower area, making it easier to see. I'm so glad you enjoyed this puzzle, & hope you are having sweet dreams. ((((HUGS))))
Thank you for your visit & your sweet wishes, BERNINE! Sorry, I haven't checked on my puzzles for about 3 weeks. I had a wonderful birthday, thanks to my dear Hubby & daughters who spoil me. I always say I'm spoiled but not rotten, LOL! I hope you are doing well, my dear friend!
Puzzle G, you wrote that you don't pull all of the weeds anymore, just enough so they are not hiding the flowers. That is exactly the way I garden. My sister, who is Loira2v on the Jigidi puzzle site, wrote to me that your garden reminds her of mine. I think you have more property though. I just made 3 puzzles, 2 of my flower garden and one of my husband's vegetable garden. We also have deer and we think they are beautiful animals but they are destructive to certain plants.
is that black patch a little sophia by any chance>>>> lol and hugs - made a lovely puzzle ♥♥
Hello , Gina , happy birthday , and many Lucky years for you ! ! ! !
Thank you Janet, we were surprised that it came up, since most of our lilies did not come up this year. Don't know why ~ maybe too much rain & moisture, or ??? It is very strange, we find that each year some of our flowers just don't come up for some strange reason, then the next year or two we see them again. You have such lovely flowers, I am really enjoying your puzzles of them!
Lunie, they sure do! I pull all I can, then cut the rest down with scissors or have Hubby weed whack them, just enough so we can see our ornamentals!
Iris, when you finish weeding at your house, feel free to come here & do some more, LOL! Ooo, that sounds more fun each time I think of it!
I can really relate Gina as with out climate the weeding never ends. Your lily is fabulous Hugs my friend. ♥
Those weeds grow fast than the ornamentals Gina.
Yes the yard chores never end and I would probably be unhappy if they did end. Grins!☺Headed out now to do a few things in yard.
Hi Iris, we must have been typing at the same time! I don't even try to pull all of the weeds any more, just the ones that are hiding the flowers in our flower beds. Since we have 4 big flower beds, plus the round stone flower bed, AND the old log planter, it is still a full time Spring & Summer time job!
LOL! You are so right, Nan!
Have the same situation with the growing weeds! Grins!☺
Understand completely! I swear, one way to differentiate between weeds and planned plants - the former grow faster, bigger and have deeper roots! nan