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Optimism and donuts!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

“Twixt the optimist and pessimist
The difference is droll
The optimist sees the doughnut
But the pessimist sees the hole.”

McLandburgh Wilson 1915

Just remember, when you do see the donut, don't eat it!



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FISHINGLADY66 9/27/2012 8:55PM

    Cute and so true. Thanks for the smile on my face.

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JENNY888 9/27/2012 6:42PM

    I love the Crullers. Don't know if I spelled it right. Luckily enough the stores don't have them often.

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GGMOM06 9/27/2012 2:36PM

    emoticon i love to make donut holes !

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NELLJONES 9/27/2012 12:40PM

    I think I love doughnuts. I haven't had one in so long I forget.

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CHRISTINASP 9/27/2012 11:43AM

    I didn't know doughnuts existed in 1915?! emoticon

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MADAMES 9/27/2012 11:22AM

    Very cute!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/27/2012 11:15AM

    LOL. No problem for me. Doughnuts make me sick at my stomach. Too sweet.

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GABY1948 9/27/2012 9:34AM

    LOVE it! Love your answer better!

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NOMIS1 9/27/2012 7:32AM

    Very good. Thanks

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PJSTIME 9/27/2012 6:37AM

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Attn: PLANT PEOPLE - - WHAT is eating my garden?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Are there GARDEN experts amongst us?

I need help!

I have heard that you can make a mixture of Ivory Liquid (which has no sulphates in it) and vegetable oil and water that will be an effective fungicidal spray for plants. I need to know the correct proportions. I have searched the internet and found VAST differences in the answers.

I have many crepe myrtles. I have a younger one, a little over 5' tall that I planted about 2 or 3 yrs ago. It is blooming and has many buds and is still getting taller but the leaves are falling off and have been all summer. There are lots of little branches now that are bare. The leaves turn yellow, and/or get a little rusty looking, then fall off. This is the first year I've had problems with it.

About 12 feet away is a lovely peach colored rose bush that was here when I bought this house 5 yrs ago. It has black spot on the leaves every summer and I keep it at bay by spraying with a garden fungicide. This same fungicide does help the crepe myrtle some but I have to spray it every single day. My hand gets cramps from all this spraying and it gets expensive.

What I really want it to KILL and ERADICATE this fungus or mircrosopic life form that is eating my plants. What can I use? If you've had success with the Ivory liquid, please tell me how to make it. If you know something better that will be more effective and last longer, please let me know.

Thanks so much, all you good SP Friends!


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FISHINGLADY66 9/20/2012 6:17PM

    I don't have an answer for you Karen, but I will keep an eye on your blog and see if anyone else can help. The drought has hurt all my plants this year. Best of luck to you.

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    Wish I could help. My hubby is the plant specialist here.

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GABY1948 9/16/2012 7:46PM

    I'm sorry, I am not a gardener at all...hope you find out though! I am the same way...I LOVE my animals and trees and bushes and don't want anything "messing" with them! HUGS

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NELLJONES 9/16/2012 10:10AM

    Your county should have a farm and garden department. Have you tried them?

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SURVEY SAYS . . .Best Tasting Cooked Greens are. . .

Friday, September 07, 2012

Those of you, especially in the South, who have eaten cooked greens - mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, etc. , I need your opinion.

What type of cooked greens taste best to you and why?

I'm looking for the greens that are the least bitter and have the best taste.

I have somehow avoided cooked greens even though they are a major part of Southern cooking. Now I want to cook some, blend them and add them to my soups so I can get the wonderful nutritional benefits in these wonder foods without eating them as a solitary dish.

What better way to find the answer to anything healthful than get opinions on Spark People?

So, tell me what you think, Spark Friends.


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GABY1948 9/8/2012 9:50AM

    I actually love greens...collard all of them...but I'm from the north...agree with Jeanne, if you get some good recipes...please share! Have a great weekend!

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JEANNE229 9/8/2012 9:30AM

    I like spinach best, but if you get a good recipe for any others (spices or whatever), share!

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DS9KIE 9/8/2012 1:08AM

    I like to do a mixture of collards, kale, and spinach, then I tear them up into small pieces and just barley sautéed them in some water with some spices(until they are all wet and just barely welted) . The trick is if you don't like the taste mix with other veggies like in stir frys,

Check my blog you will see I put the greens in everything

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ACIMPEGGY 9/7/2012 11:00PM

    I agree with the above comments: the ones I have tried that are not spinach seem bitter to me.

You can always do the ones we eat raw to add to your diet like escarole. I love the 'organic' field greens, too, for salad. I don't know how they'd be cooked, though.


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FISHINGLADY66 9/7/2012 10:08PM

    Great question Karen. I have tried some of them and I can't take the wild and bitter taste either. WW says to put some EVOO on them and bake them. I tried that once and I burned them in the oven. LOL. So I will also be looking for some ideas with you. Have you tried searching them on the web?

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    My husband's family and my family used to pick and eat almost all wild greens and hubby has tried a lot of them. He says they are not that great and he prefers spinach. LOL.

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NELLJONES 9/7/2012 7:36PM

    I stick with softer greens like spinach or beet greens. The bitter ones need bacon fat to make them palatable, something no longer on my menu.

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PJSTIME 9/7/2012 7:00PM

    No help from me but I will be anxious to see your answers.

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--KREN 9/7/2012 6:10PM

    As for Kale, be sure to buy baby kale if you can. It's fairly strong and often tough. I can add a little to a salad but not too much. And yes, it comes in way too large a quantity.

Comment edited on: 9/7/2012 6:10:30 PM

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KICK-SS 9/7/2012 6:07PM

    I hope you get some good info with your question Kren, I'd like to add more greens to my intake as well. Some guy in Walmart yesterday told me to just cut up Kale and use it as a "salad green". I might try some when I can get to where I can get some without having to buy gobs of it.. Walmart has it chopped and in a bag, but it's such a BIG bag...

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Hidden Blessings

Friday, September 07, 2012

Of all the joys on earth, few compare to the crowning glory of achieving against the odds, succeeding in the face of peril, or triumphing over adversity.

Wouldn't you say?

Yet in every such case, without exception, the poor odds, the peril, and the adversity must come first.

Don't you feel blessed?

- Notes From The Universe, Mike Dooley

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    That's an outstanding perspective. Love it. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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ZEEDRA 9/7/2012 3:53PM

    I apologize again for the too-long message. I get carried away.

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CHRISTINASP 9/7/2012 11:41AM

    Er - I feel blessed with the lessons I learned and with the accomplishments I made.
Not so much with the agony and the awful experiences that forced me to learn the lessons and make the accomplishments!

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ZEEDRA 9/7/2012 9:16AM

    I feel very blessed, sometimes just plain lucky. Some people may think: I don't see what she's got that makes her feel so blessed and so lucky. She didn't stay at any job long enough to get a pension; she never owned a property and now doesn't even have a car!

But, I can sometimes be amazed and thankful for very small things (to some people) perhaps because I'm either still a kid at heart or just missing a certain brain chip .

I brought up a son on my own but was blessed with two sets of grandparents though my father died when Scott was just two. I didn't receive help from the father because I chose peace over money...well, I wouldn't have gotten anything even if I had asked. Ha! I did my own divorce with a "divorce kit" and the help of some volunteers and it cost about $100. When it came to asking for support, they advised me to put $1 because if anything ever happened to me that I couldn't work, "0" can't be expanded. Ha!
Yes...there were trials and tribulations and sometimes I was the biggest obstacle in the mix.

But today I will sometimes look around me and think: I have this 3-bedroom apartment and I pay for it; it's all my stuff, I don't owe anyone anything. Through the kindness of a friend, I have a car for part of the year and get a weekend rental special 2-3 times during the winter.

I have old friends and am still making new ones.
I've had adventures, Yes, like Frank Sinatra, I've had regrets but...c'est la vie!

Thanks for the prompting, Karen. Hope I haven't put any of you to sleep (unless you need a nap).

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FISHINGLADY66 9/7/2012 8:45AM

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    I could use a little less of "the poor odds, the peril, and the adversity". LOL. emoticon
I'm a person who can appreciate an easy day.

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PJSTIME 9/7/2012 7:59AM

    I am very blessed and it seems the harder the challenge the better the reward when we succeed.

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GABY1948 9/7/2012 7:59AM

    Yes, and what timing...I just sent you an email...Karen, you are an emoticon lady!

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Over the past year, I sort of accidentally fell into eating more veggies, LOTS more veggies.

It began when I had an unexpected cholesterol test at a local grocery store. Their pharmacy was having a "special" on testing. I was tested and my cholesterol was 210. I was horrified. It had never been over 150 in my life!

So I began, after EXTENSIVE reading about nutrition, to avoid sugar. Slowly, I decided to avoid starch also. Then I began looking for ways to FILL UP and maybe replace the sugar and starch with something else.

(Something I learned from a smoker, trying to quit - the Hand-To-Mouth-Action is important! If your hand has a habit of going to and from your mouth a lot, you need to be sure it's bringing something HEALTHY up there, lol.)

I began to eat more veggies, almost all raw, but some oven-roasted and/or steamed a little. Raw veggies take a LOT of chewing; a LOT of that hand-to-mouth-action. The result is more SATISFACTION.

Three months later my cholesterol was 163. I had not cut out fat at all, or paid any attention to it, or to the amount of cholesterol I ate. Just less sugar and starch, more veggies.

As time went by, I slowly realized there was a direct correlation between eating veggies/feeling great and not eating veggies/feeling stodgy. I just kept eating more veggies.

That is when I came up with my two favorite sayings:

I bet no one has ever told you that you're eating too many veggies!
I bet no one has ever told you that you need a little more sugar in your diet?

I just realized last week, when talking to a friend and describing my current way of eating, that the food I eat MOST is non-starchy veggies! That is the major part of my diet, by far.

I still eat some meat, cheese, and olive oil. But I seem to eat less of those all the time. I don't care much if I eat these things or not, most of the time, but I can't live without my veggies, lol.

This morning I was looking at an article from EAT TO LIVE, which seems to promote a vegetarian diet: www.drfuhrman.com/library/article5.a

This article is on Dr. Fuhrman's site. The following quote is from that page, where he says that

"Following a strict vegetarian diet is not as important as eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables."

He goes on to say:

"So the question is: can the total protection offered by increasing the nutritious foods - the high phytochemical/antioxidant (protective plant foods)-- to make ones diet produce-predominant, be achieved, even if the diet is not totally vegetarian and includes some animal products?

I think the answer is yes. In other words,

you can achieve the benefits of a vegetarian diet, without being a vegetarian or a vegan, and the science available seems to support this.

So let’s not debate whether it is all right to eat a little bit of animal food or not.

The main focus here that cannot be contradicted or disagreed with is: Whether you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet or you include a small amount of animal foods

you must get the majority of calories from unrefined plant food for optimal health. A large quantity of unrefined plant food grants the greatest protection against developing serious disease.

A strict vegetarian diet, then, may be the healthiest diet, but it also may not be. One can choose to be on a healthy vegetarian diet, with careful planning; and one can choose to be on a healthy omnivorous diet, with careful planning too. Both ways of eating still require knowledge about the most nutritious food to eat to assure excellent health and disease protection."

Well, this makes me feel really good. I'm almost becoming an "accidental vegetarian", lol, but I still like some meat, cheese and oil. Dr. Fuhrman has confirmed what I've been learning, slowly, accidentally - THE VEGGIES ARE IMPORTANT!

This makes me happy. I think I'm going to MORE CONSCIOUSLY cut down on the meat, cheese and oil, and see how it goes. I'm sliding down the vegetarian path, lol. A pretty big step for an old country girl in Texas, raised on HUNTING, I promise you!


PS, I won’t be completely giving up pork ribs any time soon, though. ( I BBQ those about 5 times a year.)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/15/2012 6:10PM

    I love meats! They say our teeth are shaped to show we were born to be meat eaters!
I am way too hun gry without it! good luck to you!

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DGAIL51 9/12/2012 8:19AM

    Thank you for sharing your successful strategy! I have always liked vegetables & fruit & never eaten a lot of meat & still only eat meat a few times a week. Because of severe GERD, history of ulcers, & IBS my doc told me to mostly avoid raw veggies so I steam or roast them. He also told me i should try to get in a serving of meat, fish or chicken daily. That would be a real stretch for me, but i have resorted to canned sardines or tuna at times to up my intake. Lol. I WISH I could eat more raw veggies, but they are good for us either way, so big cheers for eating healthier!

Onward & downward (scales) Spark friends!

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DS9KIE 9/5/2012 11:36PM

    that is great how you changed your cholesterol by eating fruits and veggies. Keep it up

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MADAMES 9/5/2012 8:29PM

    Tomorrow DH has his 6 month check up with his doctor who advocates not eating ANYTHING that comes in a can, a bag or a box. I will suggest that DH uses the quote about a diet rich in fruits and vegetables because our diet certainly is. The Doc will stilll fuss, but DH enjoys the verbal debate!

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MADAMES 9/5/2012 8:25PM

    Very encouraging! Tonight I was at the top of my calorie limit, so I ate a tiny portion of our entree and filled my plate with oven roasted squash and steamed broccoli and carrots. Very satisfying!

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JEANNE229 9/5/2012 7:21PM

    One of the best things I've found for ME to be more healthy is a huge salad. It fills me up and gives me lots of nutrients I was missing in my diet before.

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ITGALLO 9/5/2012 7:18PM

    Dr. Fuhrman's book, and Eat To Live plan has helped me after Bariatric Surgery. I don't tolerate meat well at all, but I can eat lots of veggies. So, Beans and greens are my favorite things. Good for you that you sought out a healthy solution to your cholestrol issue. emoticon


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ZEEDRA 9/5/2012 3:50PM

    I've read all the info on cutting out sugar and starch and I think it is good advice, especially when we're not stressing "no-fat" like in the not-to-distant past.

I have the book "Eat to Live" but it feels too strict for me at this time. I think the book "Wheat Belly" is better for me...I haven't defined the difference. I have been playing with finding non-gluten products. I don't bake. What I've learned is that many non-gluten products are full of starch. So, it's tricky trying to make changes.

However, I think it's easier for me to work towards being starch- and wheat-free than sugar-free. I'm quite easy on myself so I can be satisfied if I make some changes...a lifetime job of mine...always trying to move forward.

Oh...in one of the books it suggests treating fruit differently...because of the sugar? I'm not sure. But it's not promoting "fruit and vegetables"

It's great for you to pass this info on to everybody, Karen. Thanks!

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CHRISTINASP 9/5/2012 3:18PM

    A very good blog post! I love to read about how you just followed your heart with this.

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    I agree about the importance of produce. It should be the bulk of everyone's diet. Nearly every diet encourages them.

A lot of vegetarians have horrible diets. They eat tons of candy, cookies, cakes, pasta, etc. I know several obese vegetarians.

I was a vegetarian in high school. Now I like balance. I will continue to at a variety of healthy foods and meat is healthy. I try to avoid transfat, processed foods, added sugar, HFCS.

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DORY1949 9/5/2012 11:55AM

    I loved how you backed into more veggies. Great blog! However the wake up call came when you had your blood tested for cholesterol. I did that too and it was a wake up call for me as well. I got introduced to Dr. Furhman's Eat to Live and am just about a vegan now. My numbers came down from 225 to 183 and that is wnl although I hope to go lower with time. Your story is inspirational. emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 9/5/2012 11:46AM

    This is a very informative blog Karen. Thank you. I have increased my veggies a lot in the past few years also. I found out, I really love raw veggies and fruits. I feel better and it is easier to keep the numbers down on my scale. I always learn something from your blogs. Thank you.

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JANDREWS031 9/5/2012 11:44AM

This was so inspiring to read. I know in my heart this is what I should be doing!
I have just got to find enough veggies that I like and start eating them!
I am so proud of you for doing this. It gives me hope.
Thanks for sharing!

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HELEN_BRU 9/5/2012 11:02AM

    Good blog! I try to stick to the same type of diet, except I waver too much. I guess it takes time. But am seeing great results!

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BOOKWORM27S 9/5/2012 10:58AM

    I call myself a "flexitarian." Some days I don't eat meat or animal products, but no matter what, I always eat small portions of lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. Definitely fruits, veggies, and some 100% whole grains take center stage in my diet.
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