Backyard garden: iPhone edition

On Monday, The Boy and I roadtripped to Auburn University with Asta. She was seen by a team (yeah, a team) of veterinary students and the orthopedic vet she saw previously in Pensacola. They were trying to determine the next course of action in her treatment. The migrating pin in her leg was causing more pain and discomfort than was originally thought, but despite our efforts to help her rehabilitation, the bone had not knitted as well as hoped.

makeshift dog penAfter more X-rays and more exams, and a heartfelt plea from me about selling a kidney to pay for any additional surgery if needed, they decided to just remove the pin. To give her the best possible chance to avoid more surgery, Asta was also ordered on strict confinement/rest for four weeks.

We recently sold our large travel kennel, so once home, I had to improvise by penning her behind several ottomans. It wasn’t the optimal plan, but so far it’s worked well. After the first day home, Asta was already walking better, putting her foot down and using her injured leg.

Because I didn’t feel comfortable leaving her alone at home in her makeshift cell, and because my menfolk had other plans on Saturday, I stayed with Asta, letting her roam around the yard with me on my photo hike.

My meager garden has begun blooming and has the promise of a harvest soon. I have jalapeños, strawberries and tomatoes ripening. My jasmine is in blossom (the scent is intoxicating) and Gerber daisies adding much needed color to my front yard.

You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)

For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream.

Unknown Mami
Submitted to Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City

11 thoughts on “Backyard garden: iPhone edition

  1. I hope Asta heals well. And I understand the “I’ll sell a kidney…” sentiment. Shadow, our 13 yr. old Sheltie passed in January 2012, but she is still in my thoughts…and of course on my wall. Our 1 year old Cavie, Bandit, is a lovey little doggie. The two of them would have had great fun together! So Bandit spends her play days torturing Maddie, my daughter’s Golden. You are a good Mom, in addition to being a wonderful photographer and writer!


  2. My sis who lives at Marco Island, FL tells me we here on “the frozen tundra” were only 2 degrees cooler today than they were there! I will admit Spring is making our heart SING with its arrival.

    You’ll need to go look at my SIMC post for MORE information about all of that – – –


  3. You can eat your own strawberries, wow! At the moment we have strawberries imported from Spain, Italy – a box (small) about 5 usd.
    Happy Sunday!


  4. Asta must have the patience of a saint to endure the pain and procedures she’s had so far. Wish I were closer to you. I bought a “play yard” with multiple panels to enclose Lucy when we had to keep her confined after her hip surgeries. I would have happily loaned it to you.

    Your garden is growing so much already! We will have temps near 80 today, but there’s still snow and ice in the shady part of the yard under our deck. We can’t think about planting our garden until around Memorial day.


  5. I’m super bummed that I can’t plant my garden this year. The only thing I’m planting is grass so that I don’t get charged for the lack thereof when I move out. I LOVE the picture of the fence!!


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