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BHM: Good luck with your recovery.....

Thanks for the well wishes, and for the info/advice on Tylenol. Like many old farts, I too take a baby aspirin every day. They had me stop that and all booze several days before the surgery. I plan to taper off on the Tylenol, down to my normal zero over the next few days as the wounds heal. I may have a glass of champagne for Crispness.

I had to get some strong-arm help for my annual rose bed work-over. I have three beds. All need pruning (which I and the Countess do), but this year I wanted to actually lift 11 of the older plants and renew their soil. Some of them appear to be 20 years old. (They were here when we got the house.) Our native soil is essentially adobe, so it is better for building a house than gardening. It seems rich enough, but hard as a rock. Also very alkaline*. For the eleven plants I reworked I added about a yard of fresh compost, some soil acidifier, bone meal, and some fertilizer. Even letting someone else do the heavy lifting, I managed to leave my hands and arms a bloody mess.

Regards, and a happy holiday.

Count gentleman farmer No COunt
*When I lived in New England I learned to add lime to the garden to "sweeten the soil" - New England's soil is very acid. Exact opposite of here in CA.
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