Yep, its been that kind of day. I had the day off work today to attend my first mammogram. Now that's excitement for you. The Government kindly sent me an invite once I turned 50 to have my breasts screened for cancer. They also sent me a little sample package to send my poo away to be checked for bowel cancer. They are nothing if not thorough and apparently i will get these "invitations" every two years. If i didn't know better i would think they are trying to tell me something. I know i am making fun but we really are lucky in Oz to have this service. Early detection is better than surgery (or the alternative) i am certain. So no putting it off ladies, off you go. You'll note that i haven't mentioned that other test we have to every couple of years but I'm sure you know which one. Get it done!
It wasn't really all that bad. I had heard stories that it was painful but its not. Just a bit uncomfortable (read embarrassing) having someone position your boobs this way and that so they are in the right position on the platform. Those of you with little boobies probably don't have to worry about that as they are probably right where they need to be. Mine are very adventurous and take off in all directions, separately.
After that experience i visited the meat wholesaler in Werribee and bought Tom his "i really like these Mum, can i have them once a week" lamb forequarter chops. I liberally cover them in French onion soup mix and then bake them on a tray in the oven, elevated on a rack so that they are crunchy all the way round. Do use a backing tray under the racks as the fat sizzles and drips below. Add some garlic mash and baby beans and there is Monday nights dinner.
Since Tilly needs a treat as well, i bought her a bone. Deliberately slightly large so that she has to really work at it. She immediately took off with it into the yard, where she covered it in dirt and brought it back into the house and put it on the couch. I've put it outside about 10 times today. I don't mind once the meat is off but its looking rather yuk at the moment.
|I'm going to take this inside and bury it down behind the lounge cushions and wait for it to go rancid (just right).|
|:Don't touch it Mum, don't even think about it".|
|He said it happened in slow motion and as he was going down trying to disentangle himself from the tools so he could brace himself, he actually thought to himself as he headed right for one of those jagged bits|
"this is not going to be good".
With him all tucked in i went outside to try and salvage a little garden time. I planted my saved tomato seeds from last year and assembled a makeshift green house using bubble wrap to protect them from our cool nights.
They should be ready for planting out come early November. Since i want an early crop I'm going to buy a couple of ready to go plants as well. I put a few bean seeds in and noted that my yellow zucchini seedlings are now about 3cm high. I'm trying something different this year and instead of making shade cloth screens to keep the mid summer sun off, I've planted corn and sunflowers around the edges on the north side of the beds to shade the other plants. Since my beds are 90cm high already, they will make tall screens. I'll have to put lots of bamboo stakes in to support them.
|Peppers are out of control.|
|My feature kale in the centre of the bed is exactly that, a feature. SO PICK IT (i hear you shout)|
|The surrounding spinach looks like i need to grab it before something else does. My corner bulbs are starting to come up.|
|I'm trying to think of what i can shove down the sides to give me more height. The potato plants are right to the top. Tilly wont be getting these ones (Nar Nar NaNar Nar)|
|My dwarf pear is loaded with flowers|
|I'm picking lettuce every other day now and I'm sprinkling seeds in the available spaces to keep a continuous crop.|
|I really like lettuce and fresh herbs.|
|I grow real flowers too!|
|Guess what i was doing while reading it.|
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