Laughing Hernias

Well, today B went under the knife. Laproscopic bilateral inguinal hernia repair. The patient is recovering well, much less gray and slurring than when he was first coming to. It was a little unnerving; they gave me his personal effects, watch, phone,wedding band and glasses. I carried them a trifle reverently, wore his wedding ring on the chain around my neck, and kept his glasses from getting scratched. It was a very routine surgery (the doctor had 4 that morning), but we were both a little nervous. We both succumbed to an attack of the giggles whilst in pre-op, when I was trying to help him get dressed in his hospital gown and bizarre leggings. I think the thigh-highs were there to help keep his blood circulating in his legs, they certainly showed off his slender ankles. I took numerous camera phone pictures of him struggling to get them on while trying to stay decent in his breezy gown. He posed for me Peter Pan-style; of course I am much too good a sick nurse to publish those here..... actually I can't figure out how to email the photo from my phone, or I'd be a'sorely tempted.

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Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.