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Sour Cherry & Honeycrisp trees for $25?!

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Minneapolis Residents!

Starting in March, our city is offering 1500 six to eight foot trees for only $25 each. They are available for Minneapolis residents, businesses, and nonprofits.

First come first served-- order early for best selection.

Limit one tree per property owner. Varieties available include:

Bali Cherry (Prunus 'Evans')
Honeycrisp Apple Tree (Malus 'Honeycrisp')
Eastern Redbud
Prairifire Crabapple
Whitespire Birch
Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple
Bur Oak
Princeton Elm
Black Hills Spruce

Pickup is May 12-14 at the Minneapolis Impound lot.

Order your tree starting MARCH 12, 2012.

Pass the word on. Do know that the city expects to sell out of fruit trees within 3 hours of opening orders, so if you want one, act fast.

Unrelated to 9/11: YUM CHA.

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Those of you who are local and miss Jun Bo, the chef there is now at Wanderer's Chinese Restaurant in Minnetonka. Dim Sum is on Saturdays and Sundays, and is excellent.

Sleepy Earthworms

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Well, they aren't any more. But that's what I feel like this morning-- one of the earthworms curled tight in its winter bed of tomato roots, uncurling grudgingly when the remains of the plant have been uprooted. If earthworms had toes, they wouldn't stick them out from under the covers. Ever.

As the karate schedule is diametrically opposed to my work schedule, I've been attending an aikido class in the mornings-- working on my front and back rolls. Back is harder for me than front. For those of us with a certain amount of mass, gravity is too hard to fight when you tip forward. Rolling is a useful skill, but how many times in my life will I trip forward? Unfortunately, back rolls are far harder for me-- and I suspect that there is nothing less dignified than watching an obese middle aged woman attempt a back roll and be defeated by her own midriff!

Summer brings a plethora of produce to the garden; I am drowning in salad stuffs. Quite a change from early spring, where one breaks off a leaf here, a leaf there, and each component of the salad has a different taste and one must wonder: will I have enough for salad for four, or will I end up damaging the plant too much? The chinese cabbages and their resident critters seem quite happy. I will always plant Chinese cabbage, if only to keep the slugs out of the rest of the garden. If only there was some sort of 'sacrifice plant' of that kind that I could use to keep the rabbits out of the sugar snap peas...

And mulberry season is underway; I am making 'mulberry rounds' of the neighborhood and also eyeing the sour cherries, which will not be ripe for another week or two. It will be a race between myself and the birds, I suspect. A dear friend suggested the paper bag and banana treatment, but I would need a raft of bananas to take care of this quantity of cherries, I suspect. Next up, just in time for our heat wave, is jam-making, as my son refuses to eat jams other than Mulberry.

Fourth Street Fantasy was good; I only regret I could not make it to Friday night. However, the Atlantic Ocean was also good, and being able to watch baby dolphins practicing *their* back rolls with their mothers was indescribably good. There was a minimum of protest from my offspring about the long sleeved, leg-hugging swimsuits and the sun hats that made us look like a Lawrence of Arabia look-alike competition. Which is good, for a child with a sunburn is a miserable thing.

We had only one moment of sheer panic, and that was on the way home, when I parked the childers next to several soldiers (three army, two navy) returning home on leave and went to deal with our seating arrangement. 30 minutes later, I return (I swear, they were within my direct line of sight the entire time-- although I bet the Delta Airlines personnel wondered why I made zero eye contact with them!) to have my son announce, "Don't worry, Mommy, we're showing them exactly how smart we are!"

Can I be considered legally liable if my children break the US Armed Forces?

...don't answer that.

I hope all is well for all of you, and will likely resume reading LJ again. Best to all.

Measles in Hennepin County.

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There are now 9 confirmed cases of measles in Hennepin County.

The Department of Health recommends strongly that children who have only had one dose of measles immunization get their second dose BEFORE the age of 4 for protection.

Please consider doing this for your child's sake. Measles kills 1 out of every 100 people and is one of the most contagious diseases extant in the world today, spreading via airborne, not droplet, transmission. If you are in a waiting room with someone with measles, then you have been exposed. Period. The end.

No comments about immunizations being evil, please. I'm tired, I'm looking at a potential outbreak, and anyone who does so will get deleted from my friendslist.

Vorkosigan's Attic

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After getting attacked by the army of empty cardboard and plastic boxes taking up the northern quadrant, I found my way to the winter coats and boots, but got mugged by several books in need of giving away. I will mail (media mail) if necessary, but would strongly prefer pickup (as in: OUT OUT OUT OF MY HOUSE!!!)

My Lost Daughter by Rosenberg, hardback (decent thriller, nothing special)
The Damage Done by Davidson, hardback (eh, couldn't get into this one)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams
The Princess and the Hound by Harrison
Agnes and the Hitman by Cruisie
Lord Tom by Patricia Wynn (regency romance, anyone?)
Jumper by Gould
Bone Whistle by Swan (paranormal, anyone?)
The Dark Storm by Greene (another paranormal)
Changeless by Carriger (yet another paranormal)
A pair of rogues by Patricia Wynn (regency)
Jack on the Box by Patricia Wynn (regency)
Shades of Milk and Honey by Kowal (regency/fantasy blend)
Grave Secret by Harris (decent paranormal mystery)
Princess of the Midnight Ball by George (YA fantasy)

Transitions (Again).

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Sometimes I wonder if I've got inattentive ADHD-- I seem to be unable to settle down and easily bored, and just as easily discontented.

Related to that fact is this:

I'm transferring clinics; rather than a 26 mile commute, I will have a 1.5 mile commute. The new clinic is on University Avenue; I can bike there. I will start in January, and I will NOT be biking there in the winter.

It's been a long process, and a hard choice; I love many of my patients here very deeply and the people I work with, even more so.

But if you know someone in Minneapolis who's looking for a pediatrician... *grin*

Bones S3: The Pain In The Heart

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I didn't see THAT coming.


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We are in redwing after an uneventful Amtrak trip. Our room at the st James includes free wireless. The view is awesome.

Back monday...


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A chinese cabbage (more specifically, a one-kilo Napa Savoy), when grown organically, contains multitudes. I could tell that the Napas were getting restless-- they'd bushed up, pushing out into other squares, bullying the tomatos and demanding lunch money from the lettuce in the next square over. To be fair, it wasn't entirely their fault. Part of it was biology-- that brash adolescent phase of plant life where it is full of JUICES and right before it bolts skyward, seeking someone to understand it. Love, you know? Companionship... pollinators.


So anyway, when it started to rain today, I disentangled myself from the neighbor's mulberry tree (and thoughts of the Urban Berry-Picker's guide I someday want to post) and trudged home. Taking a bandsaw to the Napas was on my to do list-- so out the all came, and into the house I went, tracking dirt and feeling a little like a New Guinea head hunter with a fresh load of trophies to process. (When they say 'one kilo' what they mean is: don't let it get bigger than one kilo or you will throw your back out bringing it into the house.)

I was ready, or at least I thought I was. I had a knife, a cutting board, and a plethora of towels. I also had salt to kill the slugs, strainers, and buckets.

Forty minutes later, the count is: ten towels soaked and dirty. Fifty-six slugs, big and little, three daddy long-legs, six earwig looking things, one Japanese beetle, a rather startled red wiggler worm... and three unidentified things that flew up and out of the leaves, spreading rather mothlike wings as they went.

No, I don't know what they were. They were flying in formation, and headed straight for my face, so I dropped the knife, screamed, ducked, and when I uncrouched they were gone.

So, one heart attack later, the kitchen floor is clean, the slugs are dead (osmotic gradients, how I love you), the earwigs are gone and the spiders have been deposited outside. The lettuce was practically crying in relief, and the tomato immediately started trying to flex its muscles, leaning over the empty area. But just wait-- they haven't met their NEW neighbors yet.

Free Ebook

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I've loved Vera's work since I was a barely pubescent girl and reading Sword and Sorcery anthologies. MZB's little introductions-- and the fact that Vera was still a teenager when she first published-- are what started me thinking that maybe I could do this writing thing.

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