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Pruning My Roses

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

When I moved into my home in 2015, I neglected the rose bushes out front because I had no clue how to maintain them. My hope was that they would maintain themselves and and I would have beautiful roses that bloomed every Spring. Unfortunately, the branches were starting to grow out like crazy so I hired a gardener to come out twice a month to clean that up. The rose bushes were cut back quite a bit.

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After about a year, I decided to let my gardner go and learn how to care for the rose bushes myself. So I went online to do research and talked to a local tree arborist who provides exception tree service Fremont. He explained that if I decided to prune, I would have to do it on a consistent basis to keep it looking beautiful. Pruning helps your plant to stay healthy and strong so that it produces larger beautiful flowers with strong stems.

He advised that I wait until the roses were in its dormant phase, which was in the winter-early spring months, right as the leaves are starting to bud. And to remove weeds, leaves and dead wood around the bottom of the buses as they would suck up the nutrients that the plant needed.

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According to the arborist, the time in which to prune depends on the type of rose and the climate. Most rose pruning is done in the spring. You want as much sunlight and air to reach the center of the rose to help maximize growth, health and prevent disease.

It’s also advised to use the right tools. Wearing rose or leather gloves to protect your hands from the thorns is recommended. The second thing you want to have is a good pair of  hand sheers that will be used to clear out smaller branches, as well as long handled loppers for the larger, thick stems. The sheers and loppers should be the bypass type.

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Anyhow, I will be taking to my roses with the advice and let you know on how my roses turn out.


My New Job as an RN Case Manager

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

I’m pretty excited for the fact that I will be starting a new job soon, hopefully in the next week or so.  They’re running drug screen tests, TB skin test, a physical, background check and all that good stuff.  I will be working as an RN case manager for the hospice program at the assisted living facility in Pleasanton and look forward to it as I love working with the elderly.  Unfortunately, the focus will be end of life care, rather than treatment to get better.

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I feel truly honored to have the opportunity to be there for the patient and family in this time of need and support and to provide the patient with the highest quality of care and compassion which they deserve.  Hospice is a new area for me so training will  be provided as there is a lot involved because direct patient care.  I have to understand regulations governing hospice, medicare, medicaid and regulations within the assisted living facility.  It will be a great learning curve but I am up for the challenge.

As I mentioned before I have great love and passion in working with the elderly population.  In fact I have thought about running my own small care home for the elderly.  The idea of doing something so rewarding and providing exceptional service is great but there is so much that goes into running a care home besides the care aspect.  First of all, trying to purchase an already existing care home business is difficult and if there is one on the market, it usually has a high vacancy rate.

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There is also the option of using a home you already own or purchasing a home and renovating it to conform to code and regulation for a care home.  Obviously it will cost extra money but may be a worthy investment if you run your business long-term.  I have looked into all this and decided that I wasn’t quite ready to take on the stress of managing a care home 24-7, dealing with admissions, residents getting sick and having to go to the hospital, discharges, finding new residents, appointments, etc.  If anybody is up for this it can be a very rewarding and profitably opportunity.

So, the second best thing for me was to find a job that encompassed working with the elderly, but I could go home at the end of the day and not have to worry about my job.