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Wine calms the tremors

A few years ago we thought it would be a great idea to put in some fruit trees. We’ve now had apples for a couple of years and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a banner year.

But we also put in a couple of plums. For two or three years there has been a lot of fruit hanging there and we patiently waited for it to ripen. Apparently we weren’t the only ones watching and waiting. About the time we would decide at lunch to pick them after work, birds would find them and there wouldn’t be a single one left when we came home at 5.

This year the good tree doesn’t have any plums. Instead it has a plethora of ants, funny looking biting bugs and withered leaves. Then there is the other tree. Our best guess is that it’s very appetizing for deer. Rabbits couldn’t eat branches off that high. There is very little left to the poor tree, it might be kinder to put it out of its misery. But while mowing the lawn the other day, John noticed a branch hanging low. It’s loaded with 10 plums. They are big and look like they’re in good shape. I sure do hope we are the first to get to them when they are ripe.

Many years ago, when diagnosed with a tremor, we planted grapes. The neurologist said a glass of wine would calm the tremors if I was having a shaky day. What better wine to drink than homemade? I’ve learned a lot about wine since then and never did make a batch that was drinkable. But the vines are still there, just mostly forgotten. Once John looked at that overgrown horrible flower bed on his way past and found actual bunches of grapes. Since then I’ve tried to take better care of them. But we haven’t really had anything to harvest.

For the past couple of years I have tried to cut out some of the dead vines but this year that didn’t happen. And a few days ago when searching in vain for fruit on the vine I found some little white leaves starting to grow out of a totally brown, dead piece that definitely would have been trimmed if I’d gotten to it.

Our yard is definitely crazy. Maybe it’s time to plant a garden again. It’s hard to tell what might grow, but I bet it would be interesting.

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