August 17th, 2017


Green Beans, Worm Castings and a Few Pears

This bed of green beans was planted in April and has produced continually since then. There were, as usual, lulls, but after each slow period they came back and gave us another crop. The husband says it's because of the worm castings he added to the soil in the raised bed. Could be. I'm thinking we'll use more worm castings next year.

Having been two days since they were last harvested I checked them today and almost ran out of room in my bowl. I wasn't expecting the bounty, but am happy to have it. If I can dredge up some energy I will freeze this batch as I have yet to do any this season. Have some new green beans just starting to bloom that hopefully will do well too and I can freeze more from them.

Picking the pears, plus few windfall apples. Husband says the pears are good. I haven't eaten any, but would be up for making a pear pie once we get enough ripe at the same time.


The Affair of the Tooth

Almost forgot to post about my tooth experience of last weekend. Second molar on the right side had been giving me some pain when I bit down a seed or anything hard. I suspected a cavity. I loathe dentists, am blessed to have good teeth, and don't do all the cleaning and checkup stuff. I do employ oil pulling, replenishing homemade toothpaste, and use a tongue scraper as well as a miswak ( a stick used in Arabic countries to clean teeth) and switch off to Neem toothpaste at times. Lately I've gotten back into the water pik too. Ok.. enough backstory. 

On Saturday I bit down on something and it hurt like, omg this is the end, pain and I knew I was at the point where I needed a dentist. But, of course, this crap never happens during the week so no dentist till Monday. I suffered through the weekend with the help of Ibuprofen and oil of cloves and was lucky enough to get in at 8:30 Monday morning.

They do an x-ray. They can only see a tiny cavity. They do a second x-ray, still nothing showing up.  The dentist, who I did like, wanted to save the tooth. I wanted it gone. I let her numb it so she could drill and aha, it was cracked. So tooth extraction. Though I can be a raging hypochondriac, I do quite well with dentists, so no big anxiety either. Expensive it seemed @ $178. I don't have dental insurance. I wonder if it costs more with no insurance. I had a wisdom tooth extracted there in 2014 and it cost $78. Have medical/dental expenses gone up so much so quickly? No doubt. 

Collapse )