Yesterday Tom fixed up the feed shed. In the process he removed old, falling-down shelves and put it these new ones. It is a huge improvement. Plus he patched all of the holes inside and out where rodents might be getting in. So that is a huge improvement as well.
I did all of the animal chores this morning. After I noticed these lilies blooming on Bumble’s grave.
Then I worked on the garden. I planted rutabaga seeds and transplanted Delicata squash and dill weed starts. I started sunflower seed and put up pea fencing. I then went to check on the bees. I did an inspection last week, and my bee mentor thought everything seemed OK. But I need to make sure they have feed available.
Since I was in the orchard I thought I should check the trees there. I noticed bamboo shoots spreading in front of one of my favorite Asian pear trees. So I will need to remove them.
I decided to check the cherry trees. Almost every year we never get any cherries, the birds eat them all. This year there are tons of cherries on the trees. So maybe the birds will leave some for us.
I continue to be impressed with how many apples are on our trees. It is scary.
There are also tons of plums as well.
This is the dogwood in our front yard.
And the blueberries are loaded too!
I then made Viking Honey Nut Cake. I used a homemade Swerve “honey” but otherwise followed the recipe. I ended up baking it quite a bit longer than the recipe called for, but here it is out of the oven. It is actually quite yummy.
Then I attended online the first day of my 30th medical school graduation anniversary. It started with a cocktail mixing.
The cocktail was good. There was only one other classmate at my virtual table from 1991. But then the program began with an address from Paul Ramsey.
There were distinguished alumni awards that was interrupted by technical difficulties, and it was over. They did have taped presentations by UW professors. The first was by Keith Jerome, MD, PhD, Head, Virology Division, UW Laboratory Medicine and Pathology about viral pandemics with COVID featured heavily. He discussed the initial CDC failures,
the viral testing via the UW flu study identifying the first cases in the US,
the ability Seattle had to initially flatten the curve due to the early testing capabilities,
the emerging variants of concern in the last 8 weeks here,
and the challenges ahead.
I look forward to the rest of the reunion, hopefully without technical difficulties. So I felt like I had a successful day.