Beautiful picking day – a small head of cabbage, a small cauliflower, a handful of Chinese peas half a dozen tomatoes and same in carrots. Plus a head of butter crunch lettuce and a green bell pepper. Where I cut the cauliflower, I planted kale – the Amazing Blue variety. Also picked a few chard and kale leaves for a noon time smoothie.

Survived the week. I think I mentioned that I was having a kidney stone problem which was completely blocking one of my kidneys – (I guess that’s why we were designed with two). They performed a procedure on Thursday at a surgical center that blasted them to pieces (literally) with a laser. We arrived at the surgical center – Tom, Nancy and I – at 6:30 AM and were on the way home before noon. The next few days were uncomfortable as the chips and shards worked/cut their way through the system. kind of bloody, kind of painful but not killer pain – manageable with Tylenol. It nominally cleared up by Sunday PM. The procedure required a stent to be installed and that had to be removed on Monday as the final step. No problems. Unless you count Nancy missing a bridge game as a problem. The doctor just wouldn’t adjust the schedule to work around it.

Through all this I was unable to spend any time working the garden so was anticipating problems. Nope – it looks just great. Picked the first radishes and Romaine lettuce. A head of broccoli is starting to form as well as a few more cauliflowers and cabbages.


Believe it or not, today I planted tomato and pepper seeds in starter medium.   This is a little earlier than I usually get started but I want to have time to get new seeds if these purchased for 2018 germinate ok.   Assuming they do germinate, I’ll get them into individual containers early and hopefully be able to transplant to the garden a month earlier.  The advantage to that is the plants will get a longer bug free growth period.

I learned yesterday that I have a couple of large kidney stones blocking flow to one kidney.  I’ve suspected a problem for a couple of months so the only surprise is to find how complete the blockage is.   But no pain at all.  The corrective action is a procedure that either goes in and removes the stones as they are or breaks them into smaller chunks using a laser (or hammer and chisel).   The doc expects the laser.   The procedure is scheduled for next week.  I’ll be fully knocked out so Tom or Joey will be pressed into duty getting me home.   There’s a stent involved that will have to come out so I’m guessing I’ll be visiting the urologist a few times in the next couple of weeks.  This whole process will probably screw up Nancy’s bridge games and the special tournament she was anticipating.   Hope not.   

Funny one at the library today.   I was banging away on my laptop when a stranger came over and asked me if I was John Bolton.   I assured him that I wasn’t but he said the mustache was a dead giveaway.  We both had a good laugh.   As he walked away, he kept looking back at me, shaking his head.  

Tom bought us a set of 3 Blue Apron meals this week.  As I understand it, the selections were a default as opposed to selections he made.   I think it’s a timing thing – you have a certain amount of time to either reject, modify, or accept the selections presented and it slipped by Tom when he was in Chicago.   We opened the box and there were three meals, none of which we would ever have selected but anything we got from them in the past was great so there was no real alternative but to try them.   Wow!   As usual excellent.   One was an Indian Chicken dish, another a meatloaf and the final, some kind of pork steak.   We’ve done all three and enjoyed every last bite.   For me, the designated cook, the recipes are tricky and a bit exotic – lots of steps – but I’ve learned to take it step by step and do all the prep work first.  Their recipes tend to favor hot, hot ovens and things happen fast.   I have to pat myself on the back for pulling it off with only a few Oops moments.