Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I rolled out at six this morning, but instead of walking the dogs I cut the grass without stopping to dig out weeds, except for one big sand burr. I noticed that we have only four big avocados, and a few more lemons, but lots of limes this year. Here are three pictures of the lime tree - there's no way to show all the limes, but you can get the general idea. There are even a couple of new blossoms on it, so maybe the "everbearing" label, which just means a long season, will work out. Most of them look to be about the same size, but there is some variation.
Far away -
Mid range -
Close up -
Sunday, June 26, 2011
It rained this morning, and it's Sunday, so the dogs and I took the day off. I have some pictures of the muscadine vine showing how far it went in two weeks. First, from June 10. This is the top of the vine.
Then, from June 24, two weeks later, same vine.
You can see that I didn't figure out what to do until the vine was half way up to the second wire, then trained it back down to the first wire when I had two (actually three but I pruned the middle one off) sprouts after I cut it back.
And this is what it looks like now.
That first wire is 67 inches above the ground, and the tip of the growing vine is 18 inches out from the post. The bottom branch is 18 inches out too, but only the last 8 inches are growing along and attached to the wire. It takes three years to get the first crop, I have read, and it will be interesting to see how many other things I do wrong.
The seedless vines all died, then sprouted up again with new growth. One of them has had several of the new leaves shrivel up and die, and I have no idea why. I spray them with neem oil, which is supposed to control everything, but if there is a virus around I guess they are doomed. They all look healthy again right now, but they aren't very large.
The other thing I have is a couple of pictures of me with my head shaved, and one yesterday with 16 days growth. I don't need a pocket comb any more. From the 10th come this:
And then, from yesterday, comes this:
I think I'll just use the dog clippers to keep it about this short - no bother with the barbers any more.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
As far as I know, these are all basal cell skin cancers, which grow slowly. It has been several years since Dr. Albergo froze off the two spots on top of my head, so they have been there a long time. The ones by my eyebrow and on the side of my face are very small. As long as he does the one on top of my head first waiting shouldn't be dangerous (although shaving my head several times can be irritating), and I did put it off two months myself.
The big thing is that with Mohs surgery for a tiny little one you wind up with a hole about the size of a quarter before it is sewn shut. I can't imagine how he will get enough scalp to cover the one on my scalp even if the first ring doesn't show any cancer spreading beyond it. If there are two rings I may wind up shaving my head pretty much forever.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
While I was fussing with the computer I also shaved my head for a visit to the dermatologist. I was shocked to see three lumpy red circles about the size of a quarter (or maybe a nickel for one). He biopsied just five places (all on the left side of my head) and said he would do the left side first and take on the right side later. It turned out that one of the two spots hidden by hair was a cancer and two of the three tiny little things on the side of my face were. He can't do the first one until August 10, and will do only one Mohs surgery at a time. My first appointment was on June 9, so he won't get to the right side of my head until 8 months after starting the left side, if his backlog stays at two months. He suggested that I come back in four months last time but I said six, and now I figure there will be business for him forever. He has a captive audience.
As Art Linkletter said: "Old age is not for sissies."
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