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Rio Grande

Albuquerque will be 95 today. Yesterday it was 98. We missed the set of super hot temperatures for July. So we are just catching up. Blue skies. Nice. This is the Rio Grande. We have plenty of water in it this year. And now we have more.

Torrential downpour came later this afternoon. Reminds me of Miami. I am happy to see the rain. I would dance it it but the lightening forbids it.  I have those big office wastebaskets to gather water where it comes down the hardest. This is great for my RA as I just need to scoop the water in a little bucket to water container plants. I feel like I am doing a good thing.

I have passed out of the RA Flare Fog. Don’t know if it is residual from the Medrol Pack or the Orencia starting to work. I am cheering for the Orencia. Feels so good to move.  Hope it lasts for awhile.

Roses,climber Autumn SunsetBack out in the yard. This is Apricot Sunset. Climber. Strong and beautiful.  Roses grow easily in New Mexico. Most of mine came from  Rowland’s when it was the super nursery in Albuquerque. They sold exceptional plants. This one bounced back after being neglected.  All roses need is some water and food.



This is called a rockrose. It is a 2-3 foot evergreen. I fell in love with it.   The flowers are so very delicate and yet so vibrant at the same time. Looks oriental. Magical.

My yard has been landscaped by me and is a work in progress.  When I can I spend time in the yard, I do and when I can’t, I don’t.    But then I still have something to look forward to doing.  Watching things grow has always been a great pleasure for me. When I am not well, I can look out my windows and see the beauty and I feel good.

Gardening is a good choice for me. It is  a hobby that will take my mind off my concerns and make me focus on something in the here and now. The bonus is that it qualifies as exercise.

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