Today, after months of waiting, I had an appointment with a cardiologist. I am very relieved to say that surgery to replace my defective aortic valve, does not have to be done anytime soon. I have to improve my blood pressure a bit, but that's it for now. I am ecstatic!!! Now...as if that wasn't enough good in one day...we took a side trip to Lee Valley. I went crazy. I had a list. Should I really bore you with the list? Okay, okay. Here we go. I saved and treated myself to: deep seed starter trays, a heat mat, red plastic for under the tomatoes, a stainless steel canning funnel, floating row cover (remay type cloth), plastic for hoop house, caps for bamboo canes (4.50 to save an eye, sounds like a good deal to me), a muddler for mojitos, a book holder for holding my ipad which I use as a cookbook among other things, and a 21 LED flashlight for nighttime strolls to the greenhouse. I recommend the flashlight. It is super bright, small and quite a lovely little thing.
We are having a huge wind storm tonight. I love storms. I went out and put the unplanted raspberry in a more sheltered area. It is bloody cold out there tonight.
So that was my very awesome day.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
It's just after 3 here and the snow / hail has just finally melted. There was about an inch of it this morning.
Backyard at about one today.|
Former Bright Lights Chard|
Slug decimated cauliflower|
It is wonderful to see that all of the garlic has sprouted. The brussel sprouts have tiny little Brussels forming. I LOVE gardening. Don't love slugs, but I LOVE gardening.
Some happy sights in my garden today.
Last but not least, I believe these are tiny little out-of-focus flower buds on my Shiro Plum.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
"Hello, my name is Erin, and I am a gardening addict."
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Today my son Noel married Amanda at Old Airport Road State Park in Kona Hawaii. What an incredible day. I cannot load pictures to my ipad, but I will post a whole lot of pictures when I get back to my computer. In Canada. Where it's cold. We're leaving when. What!!?? Monday night. Nooooooooooooooooooo.
I found this post on Root Simple blog, which I read faithfully. I am always looking for new ways to clean better...naturally.
Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella typhimurium (red) invading cultured human cellsCredit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH
Vinegar works for almost everything. That and plain castille soap. This recipe is for cleaning up chicken juice and anything else that could be deadly.
1) Take a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution, the kind you buy in the drugstore). Leave it in the brown bottle it comes in because hydrogen peroxide is light sensitive. Screw a spray bottle nozzle onto the brown bottle.
2) Fill another spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar.
3) Mist the surface you wish to disinfect with one spray bottle first, and then the other, immediately after, like a one-two punch. Do not combine the two liquids in one bottle for the sake of efficiency. That doesn't work. It makes a new chemical altogether which is not effective for this. Keep them separate. Always apply in the form of mist.
This methodology was developed in the mid-90's by Susan Sumner a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She actually developed this technique to remove salmonella from the surface of meat and vegetables. Yes, it can be applied directly to the food! I gather you rinse it off after application. It is said not to leave lingering flavors, but I haven't tried it.
This combo works like gangbusters at killing salmonella. Nothing else works better. The magic is in the mix, somehow. As Sumner told Science News Online,
"If the acetic acid got rid of 100 organisms, the hydrogen peroxide would get rid of 10,000, and the two together would get rid of 100,000."
This one-two punch spray is very effective at killing germs of all sorts wherever it meets them, not just on food, so you can use it in on your cutting boards, in the bathroom, in garbage cans...wherever you need the extra assurance. And it's so safe, it's edible.
So no more excuses for clinging to your bleach, people. Ditch the poison!
Monday, February 13, 2012
It is my dream to have a small coffee bar within the store. Wow, Greenwell Kona Coffee. Wouldn't that be fun.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I think I put my right hand out as my wrist is sore and my shoulder is sore. But aside from that...A.O.K. We drove down the highway for a few minutes and I said 'hey, upside, apparently I'm too young to break a hip'. TA DA!!!
Sunday update: Shoulder totally sore. Took Tylenol.
Tuesday update: All better. If I push on the muscle that tore or whatever...I can feel it, so, I don't do that.
Friday update: Pretty much 100%. My ankle hurts a titch and the shoulder twinges now and then, but better. I'm a tough old bird.
April 10th update: Just like whiplash, sometimes things take a while to take hold. I've been to the chiropractor several times. My back is back to normal. The side of my foot that snapped over the edge of the sidewalk is still very sore and sensitive and my right shoulder...well, it hurts. Sometimes a lot. It feels like it has a really sharp kink, but it won't release and the muscle at the front gets a sharp pain when I move my arm backwards. I keep forgetting about it and hurting myself. But then...I suck it up and get back to gardening!! I have an ultrasound scheduled for May 25th. I'll know then what is really going on.
May 4th update: my shoulder has been getting worse over the months instead of better. I was sitting on the back step last week. Without thinking, I reached up, grabbed the rail and pulled myself up to stand. I am not exaggerating when I say, it felt like lightening struck my shoulder. I grabbed it and held on tight. I thought I popped it out of the socket. I walked around for a few minutes muttering. Oh crap, oh damn, etc. after about ten minutes I felt normal again. It is the weirdest thing.
May 28th update: I went for an ultrasound on Friday and it turns out I do not have a torn rotator cuff. He couldn't see what it is, but now I know what it isn't. I imagine it's a torn ligament. We shall see.