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Garden update

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

It’s been sunny and warm here in the days, which is motivating me to work on the garden. (Still in the 40s at night, and we had a frost last week that damaged the pomegranates though.)

Our garlic is looking better than ever this year.

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The onions I put in a little over a month ago are doing well too.

This weekend, I planted lettuce, radishes, and green beans. The starts in the house (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) are thriving as well. And we’re harvesting asparagus.


Big news here is that we are starting a small farmers market in Portal. I don’t know how it will go (I expect more demand than supply), but I am committed to selling weekly through the end of summer. It starts Fri., April 1, so stay tuned for more updates on that.

portal farmers market flyer

Me, the human pin cushion

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Credit: Marnie Joyce (Note: This is not me. :)

Growing up in Ohio, I had terrible allergies. Then when I moved to California, my allergies abated. Over the last 7 years in Arizona, the allergies returned and have worsened over time. Last year was awful. Over the counter remedies and herbal potions have done little to help.

An acquaintance told me that he had found relief with acupuncture.

Those of you who know me know that I don’t like needles. When I went to Africa and needed a large series of shots, I had to get hypnotherapy to cope with it. Since then I’ve avoided shots of any kind.

But still, acupuncture seemed possible and was definitely more palatable than a visit to the doctor (something else I’ve avoided.)

So last week, on a whim and encouraged by Brad, I gave acupuncture a try. It was a little uncomfortable but overall not too bad. I was a little tense, but I didn’t pass out and got through it. (They did use very fine pediatric needles. :)

We’ll see if a) I keep up with this and b) it helps. Stay tuned.