So we are a day shy of 5 weeks. The garden is doing well. The tomato and the lemon cucumber plants that were my original hanging plants are both fruiting. I don’t know if that is according to schedule or better, it is just nice to know that my plants are fruiting. The others that I planted are starting to flower, so the fruit won’t be far behind.
As a matter of fact, my jalapeño plant is fruiting very well right now. I will let you know how hot the chilies are when I make my first batch of salsa.
It is interesting to me to note that the plants are all still growing up. I wonder if the weight of the fruit will weigh down the plants? In another couple of weeks we should know.
Two weeks into my little project, the plants seem to be doing well. They have all grown quite a bit. I planted each of them with planting mix, a few scoops of manure, and a little osmocote. I am kind of surprised at how well the Jalapeño chili, the one in the middle, is doing. Happily surprised. Makes me wonder what else might do well.
I am a gardener. I like these Topsy Turvy hanging planters. I have had a couple of them in my backyard. I had them in different parts of the yard, so watering was a bit of a hassle. I kept thinking that there has to be an easier way.
So I got the idea to build this:
My daughter and I built this with some scrap 4x4s we had laying around the yard. We bought a few more of the Topsy Turvy planters at Big Lots ($1.50 each). Then we went to Home Depot to buy plants, brackets, planting mix, and the concrete bases.
Took my daughter and me about half an hour to build. It is a very simple design. I had to add a crossbar that attaches the frame to the fence behind it for added stability.
It was fun to do. I will write about the results in the future. I will also comment on the success or failure of this little project. I think it is neat, hopefully somebody else will agree.
I saw Annette today. I left early from work so I could go with her to a neurology appointment. Today was just another reminder that in spite of everything I have and everything and everyone I know, there is nothing I can do to make my daughter better.
I can be there for her, and help her exercise, or spend the day with her, or whatever. She is the one that has to make her body work. I am a bystander. It breaks my heart a little every time I see her in her wheelchair, trying to make the best of it.
I treat her just like I would if she weren’t injured. I spend time lecturing her every time I see her these days. I tell her this is on her and she has to give her best effort if she wants to walk again. I try to remind her…
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This is a post script to the Dorner saga. It seems that even in death Christopher Dorner has created a spot of bother for the LAPD. Joel Rubin of the LA Times wrote that there have been 40 requests by fired officers to have their cases reviewed.
Gary Ingemunson, attorney for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, stated the following:
The Board of Rights system could be fair, but for the last few years the Department has consistently outdone itself in the attempt to completely skew the system against the officer. The Department wants to win. End of story.
In the article, Andrew Smith, a Commander in the LAPD, rejects the notion that a senior LAPD officer might feel pressure to make a decision that would please the Police Chief. Rubin writes that Smith pointed out that only 60% of the officers who stand before a board of rights…
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