Monday, June 7, 2010

Beauty All Around


While I recuperate from knee surgery, I will show you some of the beautiful things all around me --which have helped keep my spirits up. Above is one of my new hanging baskets given to me on Mother's Day by my son, Jeff. It's VERBENA and is really putting on a show for me. Below are more 'beauties'.





This is the other hanging basket that Jeff gave me on Mother's Day. It is FUCHSIA and is also blooming like crazy... I've enjoyed see these two hanging baskets SO much.




I can see these beauties from the house --while looking out toward the road. This is one of my favorite roses, VETERAN'S HONOR --showing off for ME. It is in the new flowerbed near the road. George brought one of the blooms inside for me to enjoy.




Here is another of my favorite roses, DOUBLE DELIGHT. George also brought one of these into the house just for me to smell.




These two lilies are new this year, and are called LOLLY POP. They are also in the new flowerbed next to the road. Aren't they pretty?




This is another new lily in our yard this year. Since I love all RED flowers, I just had to show him to you. His name is MONTENEGRO.



And---last but definitely not least, look at this 'beauty'.... I have waited so long to see a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER come to our deck to the suet feeder. We have lots of woodpeckers, but this gorgeous one has only recently begun coming to the feeder. I was so excited to finally get a picture of him.

About my knee surgery, the good news is that the knee is healing nicely and the swelling and bruising has gone down. AND--there is not much pain, and I can walk some on that leg. However, I don't know if it is the medication (which I am no longer taking) --or if I picked up a 'bug' at the hospital. But I have been horribly sick to my stomach, very weak, and running a fever for the past couple of days. I felt a little better yesterday afternoon---so I am glad that I could do this post for you. However, I have done no computer work all weekend --and don't know when I'll get back to normal. Please be patient with me --and pray for me to be patient (which is hard--ha) while I continue to recover. Hopefully, I'll be be feeling much better very soon.

Hugs,

52 comments:

Jane said...

Betsy - Feel better soon!

Jane

Regina said...

Such beauty!
Thank you for sharing Betsy.
Hope all is well.
Have a wonderful week.
xo

Bird Girl said...

Hi Betsy! So nice to see your post and your beautiful flowers! Sounds as if your surgery was a success! Hope you are feeling good soon - LOVE that red-headed woodpecker!!! I so wish I could have one in my yard. Gorgeous picture of that handsome bird!

I'll be away for 4 days but will catch up later....

Abraham Lincoln said...

The flowers are pretty and neat but the red headed woodpecker gets a treat.

I really wish I had them come here.
I try and try but haven't made it clear.

Because I only get Downys and Red-bellied and Hairys too;

It makes me so angry I don't know what I'll do.

This one looks so big
I am betting it larger than a
Red-bellied Woodpecker.

I am envious.

Pam said...

Oh no, you poor thing. I hope you get to feeling all better. Getting over the knee surgery would be bad enough, but adding a stomach thing on top of that is awful!

I am so envious of your woodpecker though!!!

Arkansas Patti said...

Hay, enough is enough. Gee whiskers, now a sick stomach--yikes.
Glad you knee is better but get the rest of you better also.
Do take good care.

Beth said...

Hi, Betsy. I'm so glad to know that your surgery went well, but sorry to hear of your tummy troubles. I do pray that you shall soon get back to normal. You are so blessed to have George to take care of you and to bring your roses.

Your roses are lovely...and I love that red-headed woodpecker. I'm just a little bit jealous. :-)

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I'm so happy you're on the mend now...maybe the new malady will be gone today...every photo was so special because I loved everyone of them...Take care Betsy cause we love ya!!! Tell George hi!!!

Jo said...

Betsy;) It's SO good to see you and your beautiful garden including a woodpecker. I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling too well but so pleased to hear your knee surgery went well. I am praying for you my friend. You are so special. Hugs and blessings Jo

Ginny said...

Just wonderful pictures. All you have to do is rest while God gives you a show (with some help from George). I was excited to see the Red Headed!! The Verbena remind me a little of Azelias. We have a vine growing wild that looks very similar to the fushcia. But it is purple where yours is red. I'm going to post it at some point to see if anyone knows what it is. What a wonderful picture of the Double Delight!! I'm so sorry you are feeling bad. I'm sure you looked at your knee to make sure you aren't getting a small infection at the site. I know my doctor had said if I run a fever after the surgery, to call him. But it is so easy to pick up a bug in the hospital. The first time I went into an O.R., I was so surprised at how very cold it is in there. They told me they keep it frigid so germs will not grow. Germs like heat and also humidity. Please keep us posted.

Harriet said...

Hope you will soon be feeling better.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Betsy, if you don't feel better soon, please call your Dr.
It is unfortunate that we can get sicker while in the hospital!!!

Love all your pretties.
With all those flowers inside the house, it reminds me of something my Grandma used to say: "looks like a funeral in here!!!"
You know how silly she was.

Take care, Suz

diane said...

I love your hanging baskets especially the fuchsia. How lucky you are to have your man bring you a rose everyday mmmmm oh well still hoping here. Sorry to hear your tummy is not good. Hope you have rung the doctor. Infection after surgery is not good. All my best wishes for a quick recovery.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Betsy I was smiling as I looked through your post.Each flower is so beautiful.The new header is gorgeous and I must mention the Red-headed Woodpecker,he's a beauty.My smile faded as I read that you are ill,I am so sorry.Please be encouraged by my love and prayers.
Hugs,Ruth

Susie said...

Betsy I love all the reds, especially that red lily. In regards to your knee surgery I'm glad it's healing and the pain is almost gone.

I hope you have called your doc about the sickness and fever. He needs to know that.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Hi Betsy,

I'm happy that you finally got a picture of the woodpecker. I'm sorry that you haven't been feeling well, on top of having the knee surgery. I hope that you continue to get your health back. Follow the directions of the doctor, too, so that your knee heals!

Julie said...

Oh...I am glad the surgery is behind you, Betsy! Watch that fever...no infections for you!!!

Your flowers adn woodpecker are gorgeous!!!

Tabor said...

Your yard has become a botanical garden!

Glenda said...

Love all the reds in your photos today! It's one of my favorite colors - in the yard and inside my house. I, too, love the red-headed woodpecker and enjoy seeing them in the yard.

Hope today you feel much better! I've said a prayer for you already! You do have some beautiful scenery around you to lift your spirits.

Amin said...

Good morning!
All of them are beautiful!

Sunny said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery from the horrid bug. That's the worst thing about hospitals...that's where all the germs hang out!
All your 'reds' today are truly lovely.
☼ Sunny

Sandra said...

thanks for the update on your knee, i hope that bug goes away soon, you don't need that added to learning to walk again. my mother LOVEED verbena, she had it planted all over her yard in Savannah GA. i like for me the Fusica, it is incredible and so are the two Lolly Pops

JKoenig said...

I'm sorry to hear you have some other health problems too, but hopefully they are just temporary. You are always so busy, so give yourself some time to just heal and get well.

By the way, your red head is georgeous!

nanny said...

It is just amazing,,,,all of the beauty you have in your yard!!!
The hanging baskets are wonderful!!!

imac said...

And they say us men make bad patients lolhehe.
Beautiful post and pics Betsy, get better soon.

Diane AZ said...

So nice of you to share the beauty of your area. Of course the flowers are delightful but your "new" woodpecker is captivating, so handsome! Get well soon Betsy. :)

sEy said...

the wonderful creations of God were giving you joys and if they could only talk, they will say "we wish you well Betsy" LOL...

Big Dude said...

Yiu are sure surrounded by color which will surely speed the recovery along. We have lot's of woodpeckers around but I've yet to see a red headed one.

amelia said...

I hope you're feeling better very soon, nothing so miserable as a stomach bug!!

KleinsteMotte said...

Oh Betsy get better quickly. Hope you have something for infections. I love that woodpecker!! We don't get those in our area.

Denise said...

Oh Betsy, I am very, very sorry you are feeling under the weather, and hope it won't be long before you will be back to 100 percent good health. How thoughtful of you to give us all these beautiful photos while you are ailing, they really are magnificent. You are a dear lady. Feel better soon!

Peggy said...

Hope your tummy is settled down and you are feeling better. I am so glad your knee is doing so well and you are walking! keeping you in my prayers.

Barbara said...

Betsy such beautiful flowers, you are a girl after my own heart, I love blooming flowers, all kinds, have a great day, Barbara

Valerie said...

Aw Betsy - so sorry to hear about the stomach issues, nothing like having that thrown on top of everything else.

Praying for complete healing of that knee - with no complications ... anywhere!!

Love the woodpecker shot!

Pam said...

The kind redheaded woodpecker knew you deserved to see something new and beautiful to look at during you recovery so he came to make you feel better. He is a real beauty, Betsy. I am jealous ;)

The flowers that surround your lovely yard certainly are beautiful to look at.

I pray that you will feel much better real soon and that tummy bug goes away!

Joy said...

Betsy, you always have some beautiful photos to share.
Please take it easy and don't worry about the computer right now. I hope you rest and get to feeling better. Sorry your stomach is upset. Does sound like a bug.
I just said a prayer for you.
♥ Joy

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Betsy, hope you feel better! Love your roses. Double Delight is one of my favorites.

Congratulations on getting the red headed woodpecker. I had one briefly last year but he was just passing thru. The woodpeckers who live close are bringing their 'kids' to the suet feeders. Fun to watch.
Marnie

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: Take it slow with the recovery, make sure it is good before going all out.

Janie said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've been ill in addition to trying to recover from the surgery. Hope the bug goes away soon.
You do have so many beautiful things to enjoy while you're getting better. I know George will take good care of you.

The Retired One said...

Of course you have my thoughts and prayers, Betsy...hope you recover completely and you can kick some butt soon!
OH GOSH that red headed woodpecker is SPECTACULAR as is your double delight rose and your fuschia plant...loved those photos!

Betsy said...

Feel better soon, Betsy! I'm sure George is taking good care of you! I know the therapy is the key to a full recovery so be a good girl! :)

From the Kitchen said...

Oh Betsy, I just know being surrounded with all those beautiful flowers is therapeutic. Hope your knee continues to heal nicely and you get rid of whatever you have. Hospitals are not healthy places!

Best,
Bonnie

Diane said...

Patience - oh, that!!! Let me know if you learn it.

I sure hope you're feeling much better today Betsy and that whatever it was will soon be gone. Then it won't be so hard to deal with your knee if you're feeling good. Your flowers are so pretty. The hanging fuschia is so gorgeous. Diane

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh Betsy I'm sorry you have a stomach bug! I had a 24 hour stomach virus when I was in Colorado and I felt so lousy for a few days afterwards. I hope you feel better soon!

The red headed woodpecker is magnificent! I also love the Veterans Honor roses and your flower baskets and lilies. All your flowers do well because you love them so much.

{{{ Hugs}}} Pat

wildlifewatcher said...

Glad your surgery went OK. You are a peach! Great photography. I just love that picture of your Red-Head Woodpecker!

Carletta said...

So many beautiful shots here today Betsy!
I LOVE that Double Delight rose shot - so, so gorgeous!
I'm glad the surgery went well. Hope this little sickness goes away soon. Could be meds or a bug but lets just hope it goes away quickly.
Prayers and hugs!
Carletta

carolina nana said...

I think that double delight rose would be my favorite,I'll have to look for one of those.
Sorry you have been so sick,maybe you just picked up a bug when you had your surgery.I hate going to hospitals ,I usually get sick.
Blessings to you Marilyn

from my front porch... said...

Hi Betsy! Did not know you had surgery...guess I am out of the loop :(
I have endured several knee surgeries over the years. Not too bad as far as surgery goes! I think the sitting still...is the worst! Ha!

Yep, there is virus going around. I had it last week. "That sick to my tummy feeling" would not leave.
I am sure you got it at the hospital. A hotbed for "junk"!

Please take care and I will be back to check on you!!
xo, misha

Ann said...

Can I borrow your boys for next year's mothers' day?

Hope you are getting better, Have plenty of rest.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I am praying for you and hope you feel better soon. Have a Happy week...m...

SquirrelQueen said...

With all that beauty surrounding you it would be easy to get better. Sorry about the "bug", hope its gone by now.

I love the shot of the Red-headed woodpecker and the Lolly Pop is gorgeous.

Daisy said...

Simply lovely photos, Betsy. I hope your knee continues to heal and that your stomach feels better too.