Happy Fishing opener

Minnesota lakes


Minnesota is really all about the lakes and the fishing. Fishing openers are a bit complicated but the Minnesota DNR has it all spelled out.  Getting a fishing license is easier than ever because you can order it online. They cost $22 for the whole season or $35 for a husband wife combo license and people who are under 16 or 0ver 90 do not need a license.

Happy Leap Year

There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. It all has to do with how we count and the fact that the earth orbit is a little crooked. I want to wish everyone who was born on February 29th a very happy birthday. Having a birthday once every four years helps people stay young.



Where the paper went

paperLast week I wrote about being paperless and how the electronic files I send to other real estate agents are printed and filed by real estate company office administrators.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to see my dad’s medical chart. It takes up a three ring binder the weights several pounds.

The medical professional that I met with had this suitcase full of mostly paper with her. She struggled to find the papers she needed for our meeting and when I asked questions she had to shuffle through piles of paper and could not always find the answers.

I am told the paper is all about patient confidentiality but I suspect it is more about re-tooling and developing electronic forms and about teaching employees how to use it all. I can not help but think that medical records would have more value if health care professionals could actually search them and find the information that they need. Under paper systems it just isn’t possible to find a weight or blood pressure.

The paper that I don’t use will probably end up in a hospital or clinic somewhere. I guess I am OK with that.

Gardening for the bees and butterflys

Gardening tips – Como park

The plaque in the picture is in the enchanted garden in Como Park. The garden is designed to be enjoyed by human visitors and attractive to nature’s pollinators like bees and butterflies.

As a gardener I find the lack of bees alarming. There are some bees but not very many and I don’t see nearly as many butterflies either.  I have read that 75% of the plants grown for food are pollinated by wild type pollinators. I can’t imagine a world without home grown tomatoes and it is the bees and other pollinators that make it happen right in my own back yard.

It is also important to grow a variety of plants because they provide food or habitat for a variety of pollinators and other animals and insects. We tend to get rid of everything that grows naturally and replace it all with a few varieties of plants and flowers available at the local nursery.

There is a theory that if the bees all die mankind is next.

There are numerous websites dedicated to gardening, green gardening and environmentally friendly gardening. The EPA has some simple and useful information.