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As demanded by [personal profile] rbarclay, and really, six months is too long, or something.
 

2017 bullets:

  • Started working part-time on Feb 1, full-time Mar 1.  Went to Portland office in late March and again in late July.  Started working in Oakland office 2 days a week in August.  Work is good.
  • I had ditched the wheelchair in Dec 2016; i stopped using the walker full-time in April, and altogether by June.  I was finally able to jog a tiny bit in November.  I still can't do a single sit-up, but i did 6 pushups a couple of days ago.  I had a small relapse in February after a cold which caused numbness in my feet, which has not cleared (and my hands are still numb).
  • In late 2016, we'd gotten an accessible plot at the community garden to accommodate me, but i was well enough in November to get kicked out of it and into a regular (and larger) plot.
What does 2018 bring?  Well, i quit Twitter (again).  Maybe this time it'll stick and won't give me another shitty autoimmune disease.

 

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We spent our normal Sunday morning at the community garden, except that we were accosted by some activists when we first got there.

"Is this your garden, sir?"

"One of the plots is mine, yes."

"We're here because we're concerned about the purity of our food supply."

"OK, but the community garden rules are very clear.  No herbicides or pesticides, no chemical fertilizers."

"That's good, sir, but there's an even bigger scourge that nobody's talking about.  Sir, do you aid your plant growth with telepathy?"

I stared.  "Uh... are you serious?"

"Very serious!  The effects of telepathy-aided produce on the human mind is one that weakens resolve and makes us more vulnerable to mind control from corporations and the government!  There are studies that—"

"Look, that's the sort of technique you might find in an agrifactory, where they can afford to find, let alone pay, a telepath.  My wife and i do all the work in our plot.  Are you saying that we look like telepaths?"  They started gibbering and i cut them off.  "Look, i don't give a shit what WorldNetDaily or Alex Jones have been telling you.  There's no actual scientific proof of what you're saying.  Now please leave."

[livejournal.com profile] 2wanda came up once they left.  "Honey, would you go think at the romanesco?  It's not looking very good and i don't think it's the gopher."
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I got up at 05:10 on Saturday to go to Los Altos Hills and pick grapes for Hallcrest, along with eight high schoolers who were raising money for their soccer academy.  We harvested about 2 tons of chardonnay and a half-ton of pinot noir.  After a midday break, i headed to the winery to experience the first crush of the season.  The chardonnay fruit was dumped straight into the press, and while that was being processed, the pinot noir fruit was crushed and destemmed, then packed away with a CO2 blanket.  I was exhausted by the end of the day, and a full night's sleep wasn't enough to restore me.

On Sunday, after going to the garden and picking about a bajillion tomatoes, [livejournal.com profile] 2wanda, her mom, and i headed to Hollister to buy our pinot noir for this year's wine.  We bought it from the same folks from whom we bought it last year.  After that, we headed down the road to taste at DeRose, whose wine is notably higher in alcohol than average, but you wouldn't know it from its flavor.  I've been a fan of their négrette, but their late harvest viognier was a revelation; it was subtle and far from the sweetness you'd expect in a dessert wine.

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I got up at 05:10 on Saturday to go to Los Altos Hills and pick grapes for Hallcrest, along with eight high schoolers who were raising money for their soccer academy.  We harvested about 2 tons of chardonnay and a half-ton of pinot noir.  After a midday break, i headed to the winery to experience the first crush of the season.  The chardonnay fruit was dumped straight into the press, and while that was being processed, the pinot noir fruit was crushed and destemmed, then packed away with a CO2 blanket.  I was exhausted by the end of the day, and a full night's sleep wasn't enough to restore me.

On Sunday, after going to the garden and picking about a bajillion tomatoes, [livejournal.com profile] 2wanda, her mom, and i headed to Hollister to buy our pinot noir for this year's wine.  We bought it from the same folks from whom we bought it last year.  After that, we headed down the road to taste at DeRose, whose wine is notably higher in alcohol than average, but you wouldn't know it from its flavor.  I've been a fan of their négrette, but their late harvest viognier was a revelation; it was subtle and far from the sweetness you'd expect in a dessert wine.

rone: (kimmy `n' rone)

Kim holding a cabbage, freshly plucked from the ground

My lovely wife shows off a head of cabbage, freshly harvested from our community garden plot.

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Kim holding a cabbage, freshly plucked from the ground

My lovely wife shows off a head of cabbage, freshly harvested from our community garden plot.

rone: (frangendo)

freshly harvested garlic
Sunday's garlic harvest

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freshly harvested garlic
Sunday's garlic harvest

rone: (monterey)

Remember when you envied our asparagus and i said we didn't have any?  Turns out i was wrong, because two days after that...

first asparagus shoots of 2007

... we went to the garden and found these.  And they were tasty!  Mmmmm-mmm.

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Remember when you envied our asparagus and i said we didn't have any?  Turns out i was wrong, because two days after that...

first asparagus shoots of 2007

... we went to the garden and found these.  And they were tasty!  Mmmmm-mmm.

rone: (sunflower)

Kim standing in front of some really tall cornstalks
Kim stands in our community garden next to a plot that had a variety of corn that grew extremely tall; the tallest stalk seems to be about 14 feet tall.  Oddly, it didn't seem to generate any ears of corn until very late in the season.  Kim's mom said that it was some sort of Mexican corn, but i don't know what variety it is with certainty.

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Kim standing in front of some really tall cornstalks
Kim stands in our community garden next to a plot that had a variety of corn that grew extremely tall; the tallest stalk seems to be about 14 feet tall.  Oddly, it didn't seem to generate any ears of corn until very late in the season.  Kim's mom said that it was some sort of Mexican corn, but i don't know what variety it is with certainty.

espárragos

Mar. 1st, 2007 05:34 pm
rone: (cotopaxi)

freshly harvested asparagus
Freshly harvested asparagus.  I ate the purple ones!  Well, the green ones, too.  The Victorinox is there to provide scale.

bonus picture )

(Zoom in on the location and select Satellite, and the arrow will be pointing exactly at my mother-in-law's garden plot.)

espárragos

Mar. 1st, 2007 05:34 pm
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freshly harvested asparagus
Freshly harvested asparagus.  I ate the purple ones!  Well, the green ones, too.  The Victorinox is there to provide scale.

bonus picture )

(Zoom in on the location and select Satellite, and the arrow will be pointing exactly at my mother-in-law's garden plot.)

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(and don't i look oh-so-smarmy in my new icon?)

On Thursday, after a short interview at EDD to make sure my unemployement benefits were all kosher, my mother-in-law and i went to weed our grapevines at her property in San Martin.  They were fraught with unwanted vegetation, but we eradicated a significant portion and reduced the rest after a few hours of work.  Photographic evidence: a young grape cluster; a maturing grapevine; a young charbono grapevine amidst a forest of weeds

On Friday, [livejournal.com profile] eqe and i met for the first time over Amici's.  We talked about mutual acquaintances, the Net and its culture (he wore an RTFM T-shirt, i wore my OSI 9-layer model T-shirt), and our professional milieux.  And he paid for lunch!  What a guy.  Thanks, man.

On Saturday, Kim and i dropped by her mom's and we bottled our grape wine.  I don't intend to open our limited supply until at least Hmas, but we tasted it at bottling and, well, it's quite good.

Today, we went to Thai Pepper in Campbell for their Mother's Day buffet brunch.  I ate a lot of shrimp.  We had a bottle of Weingut Köfererhof `04 Kerner which [livejournal.com profile] allannah gifted us, which she had during her dinner at the French Laundry.  It was really good on its own, with a complexity that's rare in a white wine, and it accompanied the Thai food well.  I shall repay her gift by getting a hold of some Txomin Etxaniz `04 Txakoli.

rone: (Default)

(and don't i look oh-so-smarmy in my new icon?)

On Thursday, after a short interview at EDD to make sure my unemployement benefits were all kosher, my mother-in-law and i went to weed our grapevines at her property in San Martin.  They were fraught with unwanted vegetation, but we eradicated a significant portion and reduced the rest after a few hours of work.  Photographic evidence: a young grape cluster; a maturing grapevine; a young charbono grapevine amidst a forest of weeds

On Friday, [livejournal.com profile] eqe and i met for the first time over Amici's.  We talked about mutual acquaintances, the Net and its culture (he wore an RTFM T-shirt, i wore my OSI 9-layer model T-shirt), and our professional milieux.  And he paid for lunch!  What a guy.  Thanks, man.

On Saturday, Kim and i dropped by her mom's and we bottled our grape wine.  I don't intend to open our limited supply until at least Hmas, but we tasted it at bottling and, well, it's quite good.

Today, we went to Thai Pepper in Campbell for their Mother's Day buffet brunch.  I ate a lot of shrimp.  We had a bottle of Weingut Köfererhof `04 Kerner which [livejournal.com profile] allannah gifted us, which she had during her dinner at the French Laundry.  It was really good on its own, with a complexity that's rare in a white wine, and it accompanied the Thai food well.  I shall repay her gift by getting a hold of some Txomin Etxaniz `04 Txakoli.

rone: (cotopaxi)

I've meant to put up these links for you for a long time now:

Support your nearby farmers' market! I have naught else to say, mostly because my brain has been taken over by The Sith Lords.

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I've meant to put up these links for you for a long time now:

Support your nearby farmers' market! I have naught else to say, mostly because my brain has been taken over by The Sith Lords.

rone: (cotopaxi)

The missus and i spent the morning at the community garden.  Observe my flawless shovel technique.

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The missus and i spent the morning at the community garden.  Observe my flawless shovel technique.

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