My garden

I didn't get an opportunity to add more update last evening as Dorothy and I became involved in watching the Hallmark Channel on TV.

Here are some pictures I took yesterday:




Well, I'll know in a minute if I did this cut correctly.


Overdue update

Living in California is so delightful, it's easy to immerse yourself in the hazy, lazy days of summer and just forget how long it has been since the last update.
Another granddaughter has graduated from high school.  Nine more kids still in the public school system, five in college and the rest trying to launch their careers.
I am delighted with the nectarine I had planted in the back yard.  Dorothy has picked two already, and says the rest are ready for harvest.  She has eaten one and pronounced it delicious, has another in the fridge and told me to go pick my own!
We planted melons amongst our flowers on the hill again this year.   Only one Tuscany type cantaloupe so far.   I'm eager to see a few watermelons too.
We have had salad makings fresh almost daily, tho' all but the tomato's are now gone.  'Had a good crop of turnips and the bell peppers are producing like crazy.  Leeks and onions are doing fine, the strawberries have mostly fed the birds.
I'm still waiting for the first Thompson grapes to appear.  Interesting observation.  These vines do not flower and then produce fruit, the clusters just sprout from the vine.
Well, Dorothy just have me a 'honey do' list of errands, so I'll close and add more later this evening.  I'll post pictures of the subject matter then.


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Just when I thought spring was really here, we have a cold front come thru.  Over a foot of snow just 30 miles into the Sierras.  Forecast for tonight is for the mid 30's.

Everything is in bloom.  I have already cut back the dying daffodil blossoms.  I have tomatos on my bushes.  Some of the radishes will be harvested by the weekend!  Lettuce, leeks, peppers and strawberries are all going strong.  One chilly night should do no harm.  Frost is NOT forecast.  Nectarine blossoms are gone and tiny fruit are showing.  2 apple trees are in full bloom.  The Boscoop has decided to wait.

Here is the Crabapple:

I guess that fits my mood; I'm a little crabby.   ^_^
Dorothy and I and Java are doing fine.

I hope everyone is doing well and have a great week.
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Some observations about dogs:

"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven's not man's" - Mark Twain

"The more I know about men, the more I like dogs." - Gloria Allred

"They are better than human beings - because they know - but do not tell" - Emily Dickinson

"It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up" - P.G Wodehouse

"One of the best feelings in the world is coming home to a puppy" - Unknown

"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job" - Franklin P. Jones

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." - Roger Caras

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails." - Max Eastman

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." - Sue Murphy

"I used to look at my dog Smoky and think, "If you were a little smarter, you could tell me what you're thinking" and he'd look at me like he was saying, "If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to."" - Fred Jungclau

"I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owner that takes longer." - Barbara Woodhouse

"Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching that cannot lie." - Rudyard Kipling

Dorothy and I have a young Dachshund named Java.  He is "all of the above" and more.


If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,

If you can overlook people taking things out on you when, if through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax at any given moment,

If you can always sleep without the aid of drugs,


You are probably the family dog.

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Somebody sent me this. . . . . . . I'm trying to remember who.

<lj-cutJust before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?" "98," she replied. "Two years older than me." "So you're 96," the undertaker commented. She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?"


Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. She simply replied, "No peer pressure."

The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.

From Florida .....I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees. Fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. "Wal-Mart?" the preacher exclaimed. "Why Wal-Mart?" "Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week."

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast relief."

Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing.

--- THE SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now, I think you're supposed to share this with 5 or 6, maybe 10 others. Oh heck, give it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are!=Read More></lj-cut>

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It's 5 a.m.

I am NOT an early morning person.

I have been driven out of my warm, comfortable bed by a case of hives.  This is a relatively new experience for me.  I have had my occasional itch thru these many years, but hives, thank God, has not been a regular visitor.

I had a change in medication a while back, and have what appears to be an adverse reaction to the change.  Initially I had an episode of dizziness and disturbed vision.  Intense enough to end up in ER as the symptoms cleared up.  Everything checked out as normal.  A week later I had a repeat performance of the symptoms with an added episode of intense hives.  I did not go to ER the second time, just gave my body a chance to ride it out and recover.  My conclusion after mentally reviewing everything was that the change in medication was responsible.   I stopped taking one of the meds altogether, and went back to a previous med on another.

I called my primary doctor to report the events and my conclusions.  A return call from staff in his office left me feeling quite pissed.  "Adverse reactions to medications are so rare".   (You must be mistaken)
Well, It was a dramatic enough event for me to call 911 after the symptoms endured for 40+ minutes, and  2+ hours each time before I returned to 'normal'.

My having an experience like this is what is 'rare'

And now, almost 2 weeks later, to have a re-occurrence of hives?  I haven't a clue.  

One thought is that the earlier event may have sensitized me to something within my medications.  Possibly a cross conflict, but if so,  why not a continual problem of side-effects during the past 2 weeks?  A real puzzle.

Well, a Benedryl capsule has calmed the itch to a tolerable level.

There has been enough drama within the family that this case of hives could have been brought on by stress.  My eldest step-daughter has advanced Hepatitis-C and is in very aggressive chemo-therapy.  She is on the list for a liver transplant.
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