Back Forty

Back Forty and Me Update

Okay, I’m better. The only real reason I write about my headaches, other than simple life journaling, is so if I go to see a health practitioner I can remember better if there is a pattern. The last time a doctor asked me about cluster headaches I didn’t really understand what she was talking about. When I walk into a doctor’s office, it’s like my brain shuts down and I can only think about how to get what I want and get out. I realize that is probably not a good strategy, since I don’t have a medical degree, but I had some bad experiences with doctors in my younger days when I trusted them completely and didn’t do my research. Now I research all drugs and diagnoses obsessively. I have a nurse practitioner that I like a lot now, but she has been in and out of sick leave with cancer, so I am not always able to talk to her.

Actually, I’m just happy that I don’t faint at the doctor’s office any more. That got to be embarrassing. Talk about brain shutting down.

So this afternoon I got a little bit done. I went to a department party from 5-7 p.m. and then came home, fed the cats, and mixed up several wheelbarrow-fulls of potting soil for my Roma tomatoes. I mixed potting soil, topsoil, old soil from last year (yeah, yeah, yeah, not good procedure), peat moss, greensand, bone meal, and this worm compost stuff that was rather expensive but a little bag seems to go a long way. I was happy to see a few earthworms in the old dirt that I dumped into the mix. If the tomatoes get diseases, then I won’t do that any more. But this variety is pretty disease resistant – I don’t think I would do this with my older heirloom varieties.

Some of the tomatoes I planted last week died, but my secret of gardening is one that I learned from a wise organic farmer: plant twice of what you need! Heh.

Works when you have more seeds than you can give away or plant. By the way, Leda, those beans are coming soon. I can’t seem to get to the post office when the line is not out the door.

I’m still busy as a bee, but life will slow down considerably beginning Saturday and continuing through the end of July.

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