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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 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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