Hope I wasn't being too buttinsky on that Cat. I just hate to think something would happen. And you are so right about the gifts he gave at the time of the divorce. That's really going to suck for the giftees.
I would never want to live in a nursing home. I'm not ready to think about all that just yet, but I'd still hate to be alone like that. At least at my home I have my pets and my books, etc. A nursing home would be like being in an old person prison.
I like being given all kinds of viewpoints when it comes to the federal government and elder care, lefty. For me, seeing my mother requiring nursing home care was heart-breaking...and three years after her death, it hasn't diminished. You may recall my posting about her difficulties and how, after Dad's death, Mom received $50 a month too much in SS benefits to continue to have in-home care, thanks to the Bush admin's Medicare changes.
CONGRATS on finding a tiller! I think you've come up with a workable idea to protect your squash, but I'll look in some of my gardening books and see if I can find a suggestion that is better. Good luck.
EDIT: OK...LOOKS LIKE YOU'VE GOT THE RIGHT IDEA, LEFTY...AT LEAST FROM THE ADVICE GIVEN AT THIS SITE, AND THERE ARE OTHER IDEAS AS WELL. Squash Vine Borer Control
One way to avoid the adult moth—which looks like a little red-bellied wasp—is to cover your squash plants with floating row covers; these spun polyester fabric blankets (best know brand name: Reemay) allow water, light and air through, but prevent bugs of all kinds—including bees, which is a problem. If you go this route, make sure you plant where squash didn’t grow the previous year (or the moth may emerge inside the row covers—eeek!) and either grow self-pollinating varieties or lift the covers and pollinate the flowers yourself with a little paintbrush. In one-generation climes, you can remove the covers entirely by the Fourth of July; all the egg-laying action will be over.