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07:22 pm: If it's not one thing...
Only a one-day weekend for me, so I had to squeeze a lot into it. After grocery shopping, I spent most of the morning working out in the yard.

My biggest problem right now is that the neighborhood squirrels keep eating my figs. I have to pick them a day or two early, because if I let them get fully ripe, I find them on the ground with big holes gnawed in them. I'm losing at least two figs a day. I tried enclosing each fig in a zip-seal bag in the hope that would be a deterrent, but it doesn't seem to stop them. I even tried covering the entire tree with bird netting and tying the netting shut around the trunk, but they can get to the figs through the net. It's making me kind of mad, particularly since they never eat the whole fig, they just eat about half and then go on to a new one.

They're attacking my apples, too, but those are farther away in the backyard and I don't see them as often.

Anyway, I harvested another huge batch of tomatoes. I don't have time to make sauce with them, unless I stick them in the refrigerator to wait until my next weekend. I don't know if I have enough space in there for that. I roasted and froze another two quarts of cherry tomatoes, so at least those are out of the way.

One thing was cause for excitement today. I planted four watermelon seedlings in late spring, but sadly three of them died. One survived and started sending out vines, but I didn't notice it producing anything. Today, however, I spotted a single watermelon. Now I just have to figure out how to know when to pick it...

My pomegranate tree is starting to drop its leaves for the year, so I harvested all its fruit. Last year it produced one small, barely edible fruit. This year I got one full-size fruit (which I hope will taste good) and about four smaller ones that may or may not be worth eating. I expect that the tree will continue to increase production as it matures.

After I got all those tasks out of the way and settled down at my computer to check some email, I discovered I had received a fraud alert from my main credit card. It seems someone in the UK used it to book some travel plans. I immediately had it canceled, and now I have to wait for a new one. It's a pain, because there are a bunch of recurring charges I'll have to switch over. At least it didn't happen while I was off on vacation or something.


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Date:September 22nd, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ugh, dealing with credit card fraud is such a pain. Glad they caught it early, but the process of changing over repeating payments can be so aggravating. Good luck with that!
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Date:September 22nd, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that!

Thanks. Hopefully I can change everything over without too much trouble. (Last time I had to update the card, I forgot my WoW subscription because it only charges every six months, but now I know better.)
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Date:September 22nd, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
Scary! I hate when someone else is using my credit card. I just heard that Home Depot got hacked. I'll have to talk with Bob about this.
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Date:September 22nd, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
It's definitely not a fun feeling. At least it should all be cleared up in a couple days.
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Date:November 18th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hi Amparo! It's been a while. I hope all is well with you! I was introducing Dominion to a friend earlier and thought of you. It looks like you are still growing tons organic food.

My blueberries and raspberries did very poorly this year. I pruned the raspberry vines that bore fruits this year like you suggested. Hopefully, they will do better next year. How did your single watermelon turn out?

I hope you have a great trip to Japan.

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