Sorry I Have Been Missing In Action

Hi everyone!

This is just a little catch up on why I have been MIA for about a month.

For 30+ days Troy and I have been sick with Strep throat, ear infections and sinus infections. We thought we just had nasty colds. 

This lovely trio of infections just kept knocking us down. After a week or so we would start to feel better and think "Yay! it's going away!" And then in a couple of days we were back to feeling ,like we were swallowing glass and had someone jabbing ice picks into  our ears! It was not fun!

I don't think I have ever been sick for over a month straight. Apparently these infections continuously re-infected each other. So, there was no getting better until we got some heavy duty antibiotics. 

We both have a few days left of taking the antibiotics but, it is so wonderful to feel alive again!

I think the worst part of this whole thing was the exhaustion. When you go over a month with little to no sleep, it really wipes out your system. 

An entire month of literally not doing anything and just being in pain and not sleeping is physically and mentally exhausting. 

And the timing really sucked as well. LOL What little Spring we had we didn't get to enjoy. I really look forward to Spring because that means working in the yard. Getting things neat and tidy after winter. And planting flowers. I love gardening!

While laying on the couch feeling like a miserable slug, I would see all the beautiful yards and flowers and patios being posted on Facebook. And I would look out at the jungle that is my yard and just feel even worse!

Right now is my dangerous time. For the first time in over 30 days I am finally feeling better and have gotten some decent sleep. So, I want to go tackle a ton of projects full steam! I don't have a good track record of "easing into" life after being sick. I have to keep telling myself to just do a little here and there. I know my immune system is depleted and if I don't take it slow I will end up sick all over again.

The mental and emotional battle you deal with when you're sick is just as difficult as the actual infections your dealing with. It's too easy to get depressed. The world is passing you by and you are not part of it. I hate that feeling!

So, I have just started to get my patio, yard, flower beds and herb beds under control. What's scary is most of my herbs already need to be harvested! So, I have a LOT of work ahead of me!

Where I absolutely HAD to start was dealing with all the overgrowth that has taken over our patio!

Look at this jungle!!

Patio before weeding at the thrifty groove

All of that leafy stuff is Red Veined Sorrel. We have no idea how it ended up in our patio blocks. We have never planted this sorrel anywhere in our yard. And let me tell you, this sorrel is aggressive and stubborn! It is an herb but, not one I use. Not too mention, it does NOT belong in my patio!

I knew this stuff was going to be a challenge to get out of there. Getting the roots out without pulling up all the patio block was just not happening. 

So, I pulled up as much as I could and then I doused in between each patio paver with straight white vinegar. Not a fun chore! But, vinegar helps kill weeds and it is a healthier choice than some toxic chemical. I have used straight vinegar for years as a weed killer. And of course it is a thriftier alternative to expensive chemical weed killers!

Patio after weeding and using straight vinegar to kill the roots of the weeds. At

Now I need to get in there and scrub the patio blocks. This area does not get a lot of sun and so if you don't get the weeds out, it also stays damp so you get mold or algae growing. Welcome to living in a marshland area!

Just getting this project done made me feel like a million bucks! It takes so little to make me happy!

So, that has been my life for the last 30 days or so. Fun huh?! 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I hope you are having a wonderful day!


  1. I knew you had been sick and believe me I understand. The immune system gets low and you can't fight off anything. I was like that this winter. I'm doing much better now but still trying to give myself time to rest. PLEASE ease back into doing things!! Take care and big hugs!

  2. Baby steps!! Just take time to enjoy the summer. I find that just sitting and looking up at the beautifu summer sky works for me. I'm looking up .... Not down at all my weeds and waiting yard work haha! Our summers are way too short so need to suck in as much as possible! Hope you all continue to improve!

  3. Diann, so glad to hear that you are feeling better; but, don't overdo things! Your herbs are plentiful. I've harvested a few of mine as well. Nothing like fresh herbs this time of year!

  4. having my own health issues right now i can relate. hope you do not relapse. proceed with caution. the patio looks good.

  5. So sorry that you have been sick, but your patio looks nice! I have been missing in action for other reasons.


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