July 17th, 2018

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Not a great Monday, hoping for a better Tuesday

Christine is overwhelmed by care concerns for Greycie, a stack of triggers from Edward finding a copperhead snake yesterday while she was home alone, carrying out an execution (snake), and the so called elephant in the room. Caring for her early morning overwhelm had me running late to work, and it carried well into the workday.

If you are curious about the snake, it's documented at iNaturalist in its dead state. I now have motivation to get the shovels sharpened. And possibly buy a wide hoe (maybe from https://roguehoe.com/large-hoe/). Christine didn't choose the hoe because it would require too much precision.

Which reminds me that i was lawn mower shopping, some time of which was wasted due to me thinking i should be able to find max mowing heights of 6 inches. Frittered time on that.

Saturday i dug up about ten feet of potatoes. It's hard to decided how productive types were because of the wet, cold spring and my too-deep potato trenches. As i dug, i mixed in biochar from one layer of covering spuds, not seeing any evidence of the stilt grass straw i buried. Both earthworms and the predatory worm snakes (Carphophis amoenus) turned up: i don't think i injured any (especially as i was being careful not to injure the russets and purple potatoes).

Sunday evening, while Christine was stiff with coping with snake trauma, we hosted my brothers family at a Durham Bulls game. We indulged in great seats, and the home team provided drama with a come-from-behind win at the end. I made an attempt at scoring the game, partly to demonstrate the fading art to the kids. Collapse )

This morning i'm feeling a little more balanced. It's the last week of taking any Sertraline in my very long taper started in April.Collapse )

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Avacados

Did we really need to brand West Indies type avocados as SlimCados? I am happy to see them commercially after Hurricane Andrew, but ... slimcado? Why not use actual cultivar names?

And for the folks who disdain the West Indies type avocados, i don't get the indignation. Do they get bent out of shape over plantains? Do they expect granny smith apples to taste like golden delicious?

Treating Haas avocados as THE avocado is like treating Dwarf Cavendish as THE banana. All Dwarf Cavendish and all Haas and all Golden Delicious are each clones. If some virus or fungus or whatever becomes particularly deadly, we could loose all commercial Cavendish bananas. Haas could go the same way. Admittedly, i've no idea if avocado trees are more robust than bananas, or if bananas have some particularly virulent agents.

Back to West Indies type avocados, i grew up with them. My grandmother lived in Homestead Florida, and her second husband ran some of the large commercial farms. When we saw them, they would bring or have the large avocados and gleaned field ripened tomatoes. With the addition of bread, salt, pepper, and lime juice we would have delicious sandwiches. We didn't have guac made from them, but cubes tossed in salads.