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08:48 pm: Situation normal
Today I finally got all of my medical results, and everything is apparently normal, including my cholesterol levels, which I've never had checked before so I was curious about. Well, everything...unless you count the fact that the doctor thought I should have therapy because I said I would rather spend my time enjoying my hobbies than dating. @_@ No, she wasn't kidding. She was ready to set me up with an appointment on the spot. After some discussion, she finally grudgingly admitted that as long as I wasn't lonely or depressed, then I didn't need counseling to get me to date people. Yeesh.

I made considerable progress getting my kitchen counters and tabletop cleared off. ...But then I cooked some more, so I still have my work cut out for me. The potato curry with buttermilk was quite good, and I was particularly proud of the cheddar bread.

My kumquat tree has settled into its new pot rather well. I tried eating some of the not-quite-ripe fruit that had gotten knocked off when it was delivered, and I can see how it would make good marmalade. I hope to freeze the fruit as it ripens until I have enough to make something with. I ordered a second tree from a different nursery that's a variety reported to be sweeter and better for eating raw. Now I'm contemplating putting together some kind of windbreak, since the wind can get pretty strong here, and I wouldn't want it to blow the fruit off the branches. Of course, I can always bring the tree inside, which is what I did today when it got gusty.


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Date:November 23rd, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
I'm so glad the cholesterol is fine. That's the one I struggle with. When I eat lots of oatmeal and do a lot of walking, it stays okay.

I'm glad everything else is okay, too.

About the windbreak, does it need to be something that won't actually shade the kumquat trees at the same time? Or is that not an issue?
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Date:November 23rd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
About the windbreak, does it need to be something that won't actually shade the kumquat trees at the same time?

Yes, fruit trees need a lot of sun. I was thinking of maybe putting together a frame of plastic pipe and fastening clear plastic sheeting over it. Do you suppose that would work?
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Date:November 23rd, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
How tall is your balcony railing compared to the trees? I know my grandmother used to just attach sheets of plexiglass to her railing as a windbreak, but I don't know if that would be high enough.
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Date:November 23rd, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
That might work for the smaller tree, but the branches of the taller one are above the railing.
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