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Spring finally made it 
Apr. 27, 2009 7:59 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2009 10:12 am
10:31pm & instead of being in bed, I'm up surfing with a nasty case of strep throat.  Serves me right I guess.  We've been sleeping with the windows open the past several nights, something we hoosiers shouldn't do before June.  I'm glad the weather has finally started to cooperate though.  February/March & the first half of April just "sucked" as my 16 year old son would say.

Over the past few days I've been able to put in the majority of the garden (with the 4 year old's help) - it took twice as long but she likes getting dirt on her hands, like all kids should.  I am trying raised bed gardening this year - a little more work initially, but I think it may produce more in a smaller plot.  Time will tell.  I have peas, radishes & spinach up - my spouse also proudly harvested some salad mix that we had planted in the greenhouse last fall.  

The hairnet ladies have been behaving themselves for the most part.  No major discrepancies other than some finger pointing between shifts (2nd shift NEVER cleans out the fryer ect.).  One of my staff cannot figure out my high level of patience.  "Why don't you just tell them to shut up & do their jobs?"  That would be easier, but unfortunately todays human resource managers frown on telling anyone to "shut up."  I normally use other tactics like, "Marge, if you would stop talking for a minute you might be able to understand what I'm trying to tell you."    A little long winded yes, but if they do indeed compute the statement, they likely get offended, but don't go running to HR saying they are being harassed.  They just brood on it awhile, but usually do quiet down some.   I've always said the ones complaining the most are lacking things to do.  This goes for most occupations i would guess.

The other thing to remember with hairnet ladies (& many wives) is that you always have to let them have the last word with any problem.  If you don't, the issue will come back & bite you on the behind again, along with the "I told you so" look that only a well married woman can have.

Hope everyone reading feels better than I do at the moment.

"All wise men have married a woman who has more brains than they have themselves."

The Hospital Foodie
Apr. 27, 2009 9:20 pm
So glad to see an update -have missed your blogs.The raised bed gardening is a great idea-how high did you make them & do you hve rigid sides? Can you sit on them? That can make the weeding so much easier. Any tomaotes?
Apr. 28, 2009 2:53 am
We have used old railway sleepers in our garden to get raised beds!!
Apr. 28, 2009 3:37 am
I dug trenches about a foot wide, displacing the soil to make the beds. I have a pretty good sized garden, probably 30x180 feet, so I used layers of straw to fill in the trenches for paths between the rows. Saw it done in the book "raised bed gardener." I forget the author, some old guy with a lot of time on his hands. So far so good though. Yes I started tomatoes from seed inside back in March & they are now in the ramshackle greenhouse that managed to survive the winter. We had two, but a windy day took both of them out - never did find the second one. Am sure it made quite a unusual looking kite in January.
Apr. 28, 2009 5:17 am
Glad to see you are still here, I've missed your funny blogs! I think it is great you let your daughter help out! That shows a lot of patience! Can't wait to find out if it makes a difference in your crops, keep us updated
Apr. 28, 2009 10:12 am
Fantastic as always! Welcome back and get better soon!
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A generation "X"er who had the good sense to marry a patient woman, who happens to be a chef (those two characteristics rarely go together). I am one of the few men who have the ability & ignorance to claim the title "food service director."
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I enjoy grilling out & making soups & stocks from scratch. I make some mean salads too.
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Eating whatever my mom prepares - she was probably the reason I got into the food service business to begin with. Guess I can blame her.
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Implementing restaurant style menus & room service for hospital patients - my attempt at breaking the "Hospital Food" stereotype that it no longer deserves.
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I did set a char broiler on fire once (but that was on purpose, they needed a new one) & NEVER add liquid margarine to a chocolate fountain. Not a good idea.
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