Watermelon Woman


And the rain continues
February 19, 2011, Saturday,9:53 am
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Flower of a Clematis 'Nelly Moser'.

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January was quite a dry month compared to our December drenching but February is making up for it. We are soaked and sodden now. The weeds are loving it. There is just enough sun between storms to help them grow, well, like weeds.

Since last posted I have purchased a Meyer Lemon, Sweet Lime and my heirloom apple has arrived. It is currently in a large pot since it has been way to wet to dig. I planted some dark red Clematis, placed so it can climb up the rose trellis. First try with this flower so we’ll see. I read that Clematis likes shade on it’s feet and sun on top. My spot should fit that to a tee. No green has emerged yet but with very cold temperatures (for us anyway in sunny California) perhaps waiting will work out best.



Rainy season
December 14, 2010, Tuesday,6:40 pm
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Our rainy season is definitely here. It is hard to complain about any rain we get as we always need to fill our reservoirs for the dry season in the summer and early fall here on the West Coast.

I was able to find a  bit of a break this afternoon to take a walk while at work with a colleague. That always makes me feel better.

Work has been especially busy as we gear up to update many online pieces of our site. I could work 24/7 if I didn’t need to eat and sleep!

I’m looking forward to seeing my sister that lives out-of-town some time this month. I also expect one of the kids to come home for a little while between semesters. This spring will be the last before graduation. Whew!

The garden is very wet. It hasn’t stopped the critter from making tunnels under by raised beds and another in the wall of our house. I need a professional!



Good Test
October 6, 2010, Wednesday,5:43 pm
Filed under: Misc., ovarian cancer, weather

For those who care, my tests were good! I was a wreck just before and then again while waiting for the results. I’m still very low even though the number went up by one. Big sigh of relieve.

We had a short, fairly intense burst of rain this afternoon. Nice. I dropped my lunch (chickenwith rice) all over the floor as I was putting in the microwave. Big mess to clean up. I was hungry too.

I was trainer for a new employee today. It was great to have new, young employee that I don’t have to explain what a blog or Twitter or Facebook is. Yeah! I worked with a lot of older people who can’t or are unwilling to learn anything new, particularly with regard to technology. Sigh.

Time to have dinner and then rest.



Falling
October 3, 2010, Sunday,5:31 pm
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It is definitely Fall, which is to say some of the warmest weather of the summer. The warmer weather comes too late for my tomatoes. I really only got the cherry volunteers and one or two from the medium-sized group. What the weather didn’t finish off, the underground rodent did.

I’m anxious right now as I have another test to take to determine if tumors have returned. There also be a CT scan as well. It took me a while to figure out why I couldn’t settle on my projects. This is how I was feeling three months a ago just prior to my last tests.

Wish me luck. I need to get going on my fall garden.



Everyone says “odd”
September 18, 2010, Saturday,9:04 am
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What odd weather we have had this year, this spring, this summer, this fall? Everyone has made a comment about there area of the country being too cool, too hot, too rainy, too dry. The tomatoes are not growing or ripening and on and on.

Are we having an unusual weather pattern this year? Are we seeing climate change in action? I did a Google search on the subject to see what would come up. Boy howdy, there was a lot of talk about the weather this year! Of course, gardeners do tend to obsess about the weather, don’t we?

We didn’t (haven’t?) had the very warm weather usually associated with September. This would be the time that we get extremely hot (100 F) for 3-4 days and we worry about fires. No so much this year. The air is already feeling like Fall.

I have pulled most of the tomatoes and planted some sugar snow peas and scarlett runners. I have a few leaves coming out, but it looks like the gopher/ground hog? has eaten most of the seeds. The prospect of digging out my raised beds, adding screen mesh and we building the bed is frustrating. Sigh



Fall
September 13, 2010, Monday,6:56 pm
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Fall folliage at Indian Lake.

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I know it isn’t really Fall yet but the weather has a mind of its own. I’ve planted my sugar peas and greens. There are a couple of sprouts now but I fear the ground hog, mole or whatever it is, has eaten many of the seeds. My desperation may lead to digging down about 24″ and placing a metal grid to stop or at least discourage the beastie. The cooler weather may be a good thing!

I went with my daughter-in-law to the first pre-natal class. I felt so honored to be there.



Up, up and away
March 20, 2010, Saturday,5:28 pm
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The news was good! No change in my CA-125 blood work. CA-125 is a marker that can indicate the presence of a tumor. I can take a few days off from work and enjoy myself without worry. Hopefully, when I return, the garden will have been weeded. With the constant rain the weeds are beyond a little pulling. Someone will come and weed wack. From there I can manage my veggie garden and add some mulch to the retaining wall section. I have put off starting seeds because I knew being away for a week would kill anything started that needed to be watered. I hope I won’t regret the decision.

The weather has been wonderful the past week. High 60’s and low 70’s. You can’t ask for more in March. Whether we return to the rainy days is out of my control so I’ll try going with the flow.

I have asked for a retirement assessment which will tell me if I have enough time in and what I can expect my retirement pay would be. The more critical factor is the number of years since that will determine whether my health insurance is covered completely or not. There will be so many steps to do prior to the actual retirement as well. Lots of paperwork. The other aspect is the house. Getting it in shape for selling will be a major expense. I know I want to leave the area but not yet sure to where yet. Time for the hunt to get serious. Wish me luck.