#WeekendCoffeeShare: Productive Week

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Good morning, come on in and let’s have a cup of coffee and a chat. We better have our chat indoors this week, it’s going to be hot again today.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it’s been a long yet productive week and here’s what I did Monday to Friday:

  • 6 AM – 5 PM – work (Monday and Wednesday – 7 AM – 4 PM + 2 hours commute total)
  • 5 PM – 6:45 PM – dinner + TV break
  • 6:45 PM – 9 PM – backyard chores

The biggest achievement this week would be completing drip irrigation to all my containers and the fruit trees. Now, I don’t have to worry about watering these containers anymore. I set a watering schedule to water for 25 minutes on odd (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) days at 5:30 AM. The only thing I need to do with these containers are the weekly fertilization with fish fertilizer.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had a small raspberry and tomato harvest this week. The tomatoes were so sweet and delicious. These tomatoes tasted different from the cherry tomatoes I used to pick in the prior year. I’ve always thought all tomatoes taste the same, just a matter of size, but now I know, they don’t taste the same. Who knew!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I spent the last two nights cutting branches from the fruit trees. I have been taking a gardening class online since June and the lesson for this Thursday is fruit tree pruning. I learned so much from this class and for the past two nights, I have been applying that knowledge in my backyard. I won’t go into details. Basically, the fruit trees at last look like fruit trees.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went to the doctor this week. At the doctor, I complained about knee pain and back pain. I told the doctor I have trouble bending my knees and somedays, I have to roll out of bed instead of sitting up like a normal person. My doctor immediately ordered X-rays for my knees and turned out, my suspicion was correct.

According to the report, I have “innumerable small scattered soft tissue calcifications bilaterally.” I had these calcifications surgically removed from my left knee about 10 years ago and apparently, it came back, wreaking havoc on my life. Everyday, I have been having to alternate between sitting and standing for a short amount of time because otherwise, I would feel like pins and needles shooting up my knees.

Many years ago, a doctor predicted I would have joint and knee pain by the time I turn 30. Guess whoever predicted this wasn’t far off. I’m two months away and already having so much pain.

If we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me in this edition of #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we’ll both return next week.


14 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Productive Week

  1. It is so awesome that your gardening endeavours pay off! I have a lot of tomatoes on the way, but none are ripe yet. Have you ever tasted a heirloom tomato? Thank you for taking the time to have coffee with us. It is great to see you again.

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      1. You definitely should. This place https://www.rareseeds.com/ have amazing seeds, I got my heirloom tomatoes from here originally, and because they are heirloom you can dry and save some of your own seeds for the following year, and get the exact same results. Buy one package of heirloom seeds and then you never have to buy another one, off you save seeds from your produce.

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  2. Ah – the taste of your own home-grown tomatoes and the variety of flavors. . . yum just thinking about them.
    If you have any roma tomatoes coming, make sure you try slicing them, brush with a bit of olive oil, add a bit of salt & pepper then BBQ or grill lightly just for a few seconds to get them warm. Too long and they get mushy but if you get them just right, they are killer good. We’re big fans of tomatoes here.

    Do track down everything you can learn about that calcification going on. This is part of what was ruining my back and life a couple of years ago. Trust me, you don’t want to go there.

    Nice work on your drip system. I really need to do something about keeping our yard watered but our old system is too broken down to use. sigh.

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    1. I didn’t grow any Roma tomatoes this year, only large and cherry tomatoes. Maybe next year…

      I hope my doctor will call me sometime this week and I can ask him. The x-ray report was surprisingly vague.

      I thought about getting someone to come and take a look at my sprinkling system but decided to try the DIY approach first.


  3. Oh dear when I read about your health problems with your knee that was not great news at all. I am often amazed when something we have done to us (our bodies, surgically) then later that surgery causes something else. I am over 70 and the arthritis in my hands is not great…despite some so-called helpful surgeries for over-use 16 years ago. I guess I got some relief for a while. Take care, Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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    1. My family asked me what I want to do about my knee and I said definitely NO surgery. I had that surgery before and all it caused was more pain, even more than before. I think I’ll take my chances and just take how ever many years I can get.

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