Ice on the bird baths this morning so we brought the Vancouver Geraniums inside. I don’t know if I can keep them alive over the winter, but I intend to try. I placed them on trays near the plant stand or Etagere as the garden center calls it, under my grow light. Following years of spindly houseplants, this was the best thing I ever bought myself. It will go with me wherever I go.
As you can see in the photo above, the lower shelves of the plant stand don’t receive as much light from the overhanging grow light, but are perfect for African Violets , Christmas Cacti, and Orchids because they receive some light through the south-facing window. I took the photo as the morning sun flooded the porch and the window, so some of the plants are barely visible. Below, a close-up of one geranium taken later this morning. I like them because of their beautiful leaves, not the flowers. Kathy says her mom always removed her Geraniums from their pots, shook the dirt from their roots, and hung them in the cellar. The following spring she would replant them in their pots. I don’t have a cellar or basement, so my plants will stay as they are. I will give them some water over the winter to keep them alive, and repot them with fresh soil next spring. Meanwhile Kathy is storing her geraniums in their pots in her basement.
Rolling the wheelie bins to the street for trash removal last night, David slipped, fell, and hit his head on one of the fence posts. He had a large goose egg on the top left side of his head a few moments later. He refused to go to the emergency room, so I handed him ice packs and kept him up later than usual to watch him. He’s okay this morning although he says his head is still a bit sore. He also hit his “good” hip (the 85-year old left hip) and is having some pain with that this morning.
We were supposed to attend an open house at the hospital this afternoon, and learn more about the services they provide our aging community, but David says he wants to take a nap instead.
Last May, when he had his physical exam, David’s doctor looked at all the bruises, and told him to stop falling. He broke his right hip a few years ago and had emergency joint replacement surgery, followed by knee replacement surgery a year later.
He cannot undergo joint replacement surgery again…according to his current (and excellent) surgeon, because he has heart issues. The surgeon told him there was nothing else he could do for him, except prescribe Hydrocodone for his pain.