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Piliated Pear Tree

So there I was lamenting how out of 40 grafts to our pear tree, none of them took, when along came a Piliated Woodpecker.

It started at the bottom of the tree, found an opening in the netting, and worked its way up to the top of the tree.

There it found itself trapped. What I usually do is wait until a trapped bird gets alarmed before I go to try to help it out.

As I was opening up the bottom of the netting -- as usual -- the bird figures out how to get out "when the going gets rough."

As I was cutting netting off the tree I discovered a few scions sprouting leaves! Hooray!

You can see a couple tomato cages I installed to hold the netting off the scions. These will be removed soon, I hope.     Happy Spring, Northern Hemisphere!

40 Pear Tree Grafts

Three major grafting days later, I have approximately 40 Bartlett and Spartlett Pear scions grafted onto our Asian Pear tree. I had cut off all the branches that had leaves and flowers last year, btw.

The scions kept in rainwater outside. These are the ones that I have left so far. I wonder if I could return them fruitfully? Or if I should save them until after I find out how many of the 40 grafts actually succeeded?

This is an experiment because most of these grafts take place in holes made where a smaller branch was cut off. All but one grafts are made NOT on the main trunk. A few are made as is recommended on websites, by cutting straight across the end of a full cut and placing the centers of the scions adjacent to the fiber just under the bark, where the sap flows.

I still have time to make more grafts -- especially if any of these fail, are knocked off, or lost to the winds, birds, etc.... WISH THIS TREE LUCK!

Dear Diary

The last two days I worked on grafting Bartlett pear scions onto our Asian pear tree. This is more difficult than you can imagine and I will try to spare you the details, but complications include birds and cats....

I've lost some weight lately, now that I've gotten hooked up with Metabolic Prime  and The Metabolic Factor. 5 lbs in two weeks. I took getting off carbs and sugar rather slowly, but that part of their program seems to be true. I only get inordinately hungry when I eat sugary things, and carb-laden stuff, so I'm on my way to losing mega pounds, eventually.

Before sleep, now that I've made my way through the two metabolic books, I'm reading what seems to be my favorite book. My favorite for decades was William Gibson's Neuromancer (1986), but I'm on my fourth reading of Tom Harper's The Lost Temple (2007, St Martin's Paperbacks). Neuromancer struck a chord with me because I'd been majoring in computer science 1980-83 and doing programming and research into artificial intelligence, epistemology, etc. The Lost Temple brings cultural history and pre-history into a fast-paced, visceral tale, pitting good and bad people against each other. I also enjoy it for its spelunking episodes, besides its history of early Western religion, myth, archaeology, and philology. Decoding is also in there. I guess my research into Shakespeare set me up to appreciate this book.

I have to go now.  Br-r-r-r. It's quite windy right now, and getting colder. We had 60 degrees for two days, but that's ending tonight.... Ta-Ta For Now, mes amies.

Happy New Year!

Fifteen degrees is all we have here in southeast Ohio. Snow on the ground, too, that is the light and fluffy kind. No melting yet.

As I ponder this year's activities, I plan how I am going to trim what was supposed to be a Bartlett Pear tree. I can't wait to get started on that project, although, a good plan is actually a start.

I got the tree from Walmart and it was labelled Bartlett, but I don't think it was a Bartlett Pear. I had been wondering why the two Bartlett Pear trees I had previously had not leafed as red as this one in the Fall. We had tiny Asian pears this year. These were smaller than Crab Apples, so I'm calling it a proto-Asian Pear root. You see, all the limbs died off after I planted it under some Black Walnut trees. Bartlett doesn't mind the poisons that Black Walnuts produce constantly.

I let the root grow big -- as tall as the house -- but the fruit is only good for the squirrels and birds.

Now, the cats depend on that tree to get them away from the dogs, foxes, and coywolves that we have around here. So, instead of cutting the tree off at 30 inches high and grafting to its top, I will cut the branches off at the point the cats stop using them, and graft to the branches. I should be able to get 30 or 40 grafts onto this proto-Asian Pear, but this time they will be Bartlett grafts.

Harvest Season

As summer is winding down, so are our tomato plants, although, some of them are 10-foot long vines, crawling over our 7-foot fencing and beyond.... Frost does not look to be coming anytime soon, though.

I recently changed our slideshow pix on our screensaver, from my husband's fishing adventures to a group from three years ago when our cats were new to us. One cat had been relatively recently born. I am very much enjoying watching and imagining his new brain and body trying to figure out what he was. It is as though consciousness is planted into bodies and we find out what we've become -- whether fish, fowl, cat, porpose, or human....

Btw, some fantastic sales at from Daedalus Books, Music & DVDs have kept me hopping lately. How's $4.98 vs $27 sound? Check it out. If you have their catalog, then when you search on their item number, they list other books on nearly the same topic.

My Amazon has stopped selling my books, it seems. Nothing sold since April. I guess this is because I rejected Amazon's requirement that we use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. I just got off Microsoft's program because it crashed too darn many times, plus Microsoft was guilty of unfair competition in the past. I wanted also to give other companies a chance to develop their web browsers, too. I might have to end my relationship with Amazon Seller Central if they don't relent....

Voting day is slowly approaching. Oct. 12th here in Ohio is the first day of early voting. I could not be surer of whom I am voting for: it's Hillary and the Dems all the way!

Tree Planting

I planted another Fuji apple tree yesterday, next to our one and only spinning whirligig, btw. The tree would grow way better down by the Stop sign, but, you know, it could become a hazard to navigation there; so I had to settle....

Tomatoes have been quite prolific this year, since I switched to organic methods of pest control. I have probably given away a bushel of tomatoes so far.

Sorry the wind projects are on hold until after our presidential election is over. So much to do, so little time!

Spring Chores

This is perhaps one of the busiest times of the year for me. Harvest time is also busy, but Spring Cleaning plus getting back into shape for yard work, plus Spring planting season all crowd together nowadays.

I still wistfully gaze at possible designs for generating electrons via friction from sand, with noise reduction ever in mind; plus ever keeping vibrations to a minimum on our hillside which could slide anytime it feels like it, helped along by wet clay during rainstorms....

Mother's Day was mildly amusing, which sometimes "is just what the doctor ordered," compared to end-of-the-world sci fi or cartoon characters, for a change.

Spider Mite Treatment

Our spider mite infestation grew large enough around the back porch to chase off the bees who were living in the ground, next to our house. I figured that would happen if I laid off the Neem oil treatments for a while.

Watch out for Neem oil Extract. It has much less oil than you need to kill spider mites, btw.

So anyway, after leaving the furnace exhaust extender pipes in a pile next to the porch all summer, they had become infested with spider mites all through their interiors. I just sent a long scrubby mop up the pipes, soaked with the Neem Oil bath that they recommend for spraying on fruit trees, in preparation for a new heating season or two.

I have yet to cut all the grass, tree sprouts, and weeds that naturally grew up around the exhaust system. You see, the exhaust makes stuff grow faster, lol.

I still need to pull out all the stuff that accumulated in the tall grass before I can mow it.

Toot-a-loo for now, mes amies.

El Nino Year

We actually got a Derecho here a week or two ago, and I think we are getting a baby Derecho again, soon. We only get small amounts of dry weather nowadays. It has been too difficult to spray against bugs, in between flash floods, lol.

Today I finally sprayed some more poison ivy, after getting to cut trees and brush around our house. Mowing lawn has been hit or miss, too, since the water creates extra weight for our mowers to move if I were to mow while it is wet.

On the other hand, we have plenty of grapevines growing around the furnace exhaust area, which is definitely a carbon sequestration factor. However, I am going to clear all that away as soon as we have some more dry weather. Perhaps in a week or so, lol.

We had two floods over the bridge that is at a corner of our property, but the floodplain on the other side was inundated at the same time. Our sewer system levy held up very well, but I worry about standing water behind it after the flood. I need to fill in that low spot so that water runs off, in order to avoid the softening of the land next to the creek, and further erosion of the creek banks on our side.

Shower time, since it is so freaking muggy outside!

Hasta luego, amigos!

Watermelon Dreams in Song

On a side note, lol, I find that I have much richer dreams after eating watermelon with dinner.

I wonder if Richard Brautigan wrote any poems called "Watermelon Dreams"?

In Watermelon Sugar (1968) is Richard Brautigan's novel.

"Watermelon Dreams" by Guy Clark is on YouTube. This video is linked to another one that follows it automatically when you play the first. I have not yet sat down to see how many Guy Clark songs follow. You might remember how to enlarge the video window, too, before going there.

Man, that was a good performance by Guy Clark. Go forth and eat watermelon, folks!

Saturday Chores

I am rebuilding our old car to use as a backup for my older van. Actually, I hope to semi-retire the van, but the old car -- which is 12 years newer than the van -- needs a new transmission and battery. It was my husband's car, btw. It is becoming mine/ours.

We might have one day free of rain, today. So now I am trying to charge the old battery and find out how to operate the old car so that I can "own it."

It needs gasoline, too. Oh me, oh my. Getting the gas cap open is a chore that I might have figured out how to accomplish. Getting the hood open without the battery turned out to be possible this morning.

So much of the newer cars is electrified, you see. Luckily, my experience with the van told me that I must push down on the lid to get it to pop up so that the latch can be accessed. Ho Hum.

Pulling weeds is another chore, that might have to wait a few more days. The length of the weeds helps me to grab them, plus the moisture in the soil lets me yank them out. But I need to go get a new battery for the old car today because the rain is abating for this one day.

We did not really have a "Dog Days" last year. Perhaps we won't have one this year either.

BTW, I am still studying calculus. I got a book on pre-calculus, too, which I started last night. It has been at least 40 years since I took that in the 10th grade. I remember enjoying the binomial theorem much more than is possible in my new "Just In Time" review book....

Oh yes. The Internet is wonderful! I was able to look up beet cultivation from several perspectives and ran into a multi-part piece on building an above-ground garden. That could help me avoid water-logged soil, as well as poisoned (by Black Walnut trees) soil....

Rubber Meets Road

My summer vacation is now OVER! Now is when the rubber meets the road, particularly on the shower rebuild project.

Gathering up all the tools and materials is part of the task. Those have gotten scattered over the last year, but I am not going to wait to find ALL the tools and materials before I get back to WORK!

It is almost fortunate that the ground outside is far too saturated from Tropical Depression Bill for me to even mow properly. Lots of that yard work gets to wait until the ground stops being a soupy mess. I already picked up the flood debris -- for the most part, although some of it crops up unexpectedly now and then....

What am I doing still sitting here typing? I have work to do!

Fruit Trees This Year

We have a cherry crop ripening as we speak. The robins are chowing down very happily, however. I actually planted Russian Mulberry and cherry trees for the birds, though. Since we have only two cherry trees and they are only a few years old, I did not expect to get enough to can or make jelly, anyway. I'd need a whole lot more trees in order to get enough to feed the birds and ourselves.

The Bartlett Pear didn't make more than a few sprigs of blossoms this year. I guess the poison ivy poison affected it the same as it affected the Day Lillies -- making them both less productive this year.

Likewise, the apricot and two apple trees have not had a blooming year yet. The peach tree surprised me by not having blossoms, either, but we had a late spring.

I've been freezing and thawing a bunch of Bing Cherry seeds lately and will try to get them to sprout. But the peach pits I had saved from last year look as though they already sprouted, so I mustn't freeze them. I will plant them after soaking them several hours in water with the cherry pits.

I hope to let you know how those turn out.

I also hope to work a lot this month on the shower rebuild project, but it will have to wait a few days because I twisted my knee on Monday. A couple days of babying the knee, keeping it cool, will be needed if it is to heal as fast as possible. So, I am cooling my heals, as they say for a few days.

Happy Spring and Summer, dudettes and dudes!

(6-12-2015) Later Notes: A squirrel was chomping on the cherries yesterday, and as I watched the robins again enjoying the cherries today, I realized that all my work at trying to plant the pits is probably not necessary. The birds are distributing the pits all over the neighborhood!

Bad Year for Irises?

I was wondering if Irises have bad years, as Bamboo does? Not very many blooms this year, of either species that we have. Lack of fertilizer? I doubt that because Irises will grow on clay, with its root under a stone.

Then I realized that even our Day Lillies are doing poorly this year. Oh. Right. Last year I sprayed poison all around in order to get rid of poison ivy. Notice how I capitalize the plants I like, but not the one that I hate?

That poison must be very pervasive, as in airborne, because even the Irises that I did not put poison near to, are suffering. Pooh Bah! And I didn't get rid of all of the poison ivy, either. Crap!

Carbon Dioxide on Nova

"Lethal Seas" on Nova just aired here. Carbon dioxide emissions are causing the oceans to become more acidic and are impairing the ability of shelled sea creatures and coral to survive.

More electric cars, please! Carbon dioxide sequestration!

On a more local scale, I found many pieces of information on this program that I can use. They showed how carbon dioxide in the water creates hydrogen ions -- which are the acid. I am going to start testing the water around our furnace exhaust system. Perhaps the acidity explains the algae that grows on our porches. Perhaps it even explains all the moss that is taking over sections of our lawn.

I should collect the water runoff from the exhaust pipes to test also for electrical properties.

The grass certainly likes the carbon dioxide emissions. Oh. That reminds me. I'd better get the plants under cover tonight....
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