Benjy posted to another thread a bit ago, but nary a peep from him otherwise... i have no contact info for him to check in. i'm glad to hear your wife is recovering ok Brian. it is interesting how sensitive people can be to things. Ma here is very sensitive to laundry detergent smells and has taken up making her own lately. for a short while we were able to find non-smelly name brand detergents but not every store carried it and then if they did it was sold out. she's happy with the homemade version and it is about 1/2 - 1/3 of the cost of what she was buying before. silk worms! you'll be putting on an addition to the house soon at the rate things are going... it's busy time here outside, we need some rain and it is in the forecast for much of the week, but until it hits the ground i don't believe it as a lot of forecast rains go north or south of us here in the valley... i'll water some sprouts today even if the rain is forecast to start tonight. we've also had frost one night, hopefully a light one that won't affect the strawberries which are blooming and setting fruit. we're getting close to planting time and will be heading to the greenhouse to pick up the plants we'll need. no frosts forecast for a week at least. hope that is the end of them until fall... almost time to get some of those worms back into the gardens! as for rhubarb, it does have a challenging texture for some folks, i used to eat a lot of it and wasn't force fed it as a kid, but since the friends have passed away who were the main consumers of the rhubarb sauce i used to make i've not really felt like making it. also, i found out i was eating so much of it that it was making my feet sore, once i stopped my feet felt much better so i've been only having a little bit here or there. when i go out today i'll have to pull off some more of the flower stalks and give them a shot of water. ok, we're off and running today, our day starts with a 3 mile walk.