Well, don't be too impressed. I put off way too long doing this yard project (partly because I was zapped by the Methimazole for a while) and also lulled by our endless summer into hoping the weather would last until the end of October. I was definitely dreaming when it comes to that in Seattle! Anyway, I had to rush, rush, rush to get it done and get the bulbs into the ground before the first frost, and managed to get most of it done before the rains hit. I asked my brother to come to help or it wouldn't have gotten done at all this weekend. What the Methimazole has done has zapped my motivation. I have to literally force myself to get up in the morning, get dressed, and do anything. Know I would feel horrible this spring when there were no bulbs popping up to cheer me was the only thing that made me get out there.
I have to confess that although I put Seattle on my location when I registered, I actually live in Renton. Didn't want to get too specific until I got to know people here. So I don't walk in Seattle, although I'd love to live near Green Lake and walk there. I did that way back in my 20's when I lived out in the U District. I just walk in a 2-mile loop around my neighborhood, although it's now time for the treadmill unless the sun comes out and it's dry. I don't like being cold and wet! I love Wallingford, it's such a pretty neighborhood and so close to everything.
As far as tulip bulbs, it's a good time to plant. You don't want to wait too much longer. I think Nov 15th is our first hard frost, but I would plant bulbs within the next 10 days. I'm so sorry the rats got your bulbs after all your work. I would have spent the winter setting rat traps while gleefully chuckling under my breath.
I just happened to have a bunch of chicken wire left over from a yard project years ago, so when I read about squirrels digging up bulbs, I knew I had to do that. If my brother hadn't helped I think I would have sat down and cried.
I can't take quinine because it makes my ears ring, but that's a good idea. Some of the leg cramps are probably related to my spine, which has a lot of disk disease and bone spurs, but these latest cramps are unlike what I've had before. I'm getting worked up by a neurologist for problems with my left leg, especially when I drive long distances. It cramps and spasms and keeps me from driving more than around 45 minutes at a time, unless somebody is with me to spell me. I'd like to explore the state more on road trips, but that's just not possible right now.
I agree, esophageal cancer is a terrible way to die. My Mom lived only 6 months after her diagnosis and suffered terribly. A nasty disease. All cancer is. This December will be 2 years since she passed away.
I've read a lot on the forum between RAI and TT, but when I'm faced with the decision, I'll definitely read even more. My brain overflows when faced with too much info and then it's gone with the wind.
I've enjoyed your posts, Shirley. Would you like to get together sometime for coffee/tea or lunch? I would be happy to drive up north. I work in Seattle so the drive up there is easy for me. PM me and let me know.