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Things my mother tried to teach me

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I love cut-up fruit but it is somewhat pricey. I also don't know what is in some of the fruit transported in from other places or what is used to preserve it. So, I started buying more of my own fruit. I find it on sale and buy it in bulk. I also go to the farmer's market when I get a chance. Unfortunately, when purchasing from the store, it is sometimes already moldy on the bottom or inside the same day I purchase it.

So, today I decided to try freezing fruit. I knew it was possible, I just never tried it. Before I started, I just checked my search engine for how to freeze strawberries. Easy. Then I checked lemons and grapes. Then I washed them (I use a natural citrus cleaner but they can be washed with water only). The strawberries and grapes are freezing on trays right now - it takes about 4 hours. I used a natural, zero calorie sweetener instead of the sugar for the strawberries. I also received a box of 400 Glad snack bags for free when I brought some bulk trash bags at a warehouse store so I'll put the snack bags to use by separating the fruit into portion sizes. I saved my cut-up fruit trays over the past months so I'll use these to put the individual bags in to keep them from getting squashed in the freezer for now.

Next I'll try my hand at growing more of my fruits and vegatables. I have a few pineapple plants growing. I had some last year but the plants all froze during the winter. I also have a grape vine loaded with baby grapes that I can freeze when ripened. Hopefully, I'll get to them before the animals or birds get to them.

Oh my, I feel so domesticated! But when I think back, these are things my mother tried to teach me. Grape jam, orange rind preserves, watermelon rind preserves, guava jam, all kinds of home-grown vegetables canned or frozen and fish - right out the river and into freezer bags. After decades or fast food and processed meals, I'm finally getting it!

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IUHRYTR 4/28/2010 10:11AM

    Yea for the effort! Can't you just taste the pineapple right now -- sweet and juicy? -- Lou

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LIL-VIXEN 4/22/2010 3:53PM

    Hey Paula

I agree with Karo it is better to have learned now and not at all. Mom's and grandmother's do know best. My grandmother had me canning and preserving food by the time I was in third grade. She would always say "if we don't have much else we will never starve. We always had our own vegetable garden, so fresh vegetables were plentiful.

I think it's time to go back to the basic, when you grew your own stuff. Like you mentioned Paula, you don't know what they put on the fruits and vegetables you get nowadays.

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FERGSGIRL2 4/22/2010 10:26AM

    Go Paula! You are teaching us a few things too girl! I like to buy some fruit in the frozen section for my smoothies; especially blueberries. I may have to make a smoothie for my lunch meal! My mom is enjoying the presence of God in Heaven now; but I have a lot of wonderful memories that she left me and yes, they really do know best--I tell my son that all the time! :) Have a great week, and keep racking up those fitness minutes.!

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KARO30236 4/21/2010 11:07PM

    Mother know's best!!! It's better to have learned later then to not have learned at all!! All those Jellies and Jams make me want something yummy tonight...lol! You go girl!~karo

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-PAULA 4/21/2010 8:09PM

    Thanks for your comments. My next challenge is loquat. Mom has a tree that she is getting trimmed. It is full of ripe loquats that she doesn't want. Not sure what to do with those except maybe unpack my juicer and use that. Maybe I'll do that and freeze the juice. I'll see.

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TAYLORLIV31 4/21/2010 5:44PM

    You go girl, when you get the jelly let me know and the canning as well. I freeze all my fruit in the freezer or buy some of it frozen from BJ's. I buy the cantaloupes and mangos and kiwi grapes and pears and slice them up after a good wash and portion it out in sandwich zip locks. I grab them in the morning and make my smoothies. The only thing I don't freeze are the bananas, but since I blend them I can stomach them in the blender because they are hidden in the blueberries. Blueberries are cheaper if you buy the bulk frozen bag. Raspberries can be seedy and get stuck in the teeth, LOL! So again why didn't we just listen to our Mother's. It took me forever to figure out how to make homemade bread after she passed away........but i know from heaven she was like, girls pull up a seat and prepare yourselves to laugh......God I miss her! emoticon

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HARTINGL52 4/21/2010 4:56PM

    Hooray! You have the wisdom of your mother. You are doing great. Keep it up!

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S3XY_DIVA_QUE3N 4/21/2010 4:56PM

    Lol I'm right there with you! I think my mom is just dying to say "I told you so!"

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My week (or two) in review

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I had to just take a break to get well. I'm finally getting my strength back after getting a bad case of allergies. I hate taking meds but next time I'll just have to before it gets as bad as I was.

So I missed a whole week of my couch to 5K training and I'm slowly trying to get back.

I am so glad I'm on vacation and I'm loving it! What am I doing? Look.

I am walking and running. This is my walk area. Isn't it beautiful?!! I keep forgetting my mileage pedometer but Monday and Tuesday I walked and ran it over two hours each day. Yesterday I met a very muscular young man who invited me to a daily fitness meet. Turns out he's a personal trainer and gives a one hour low impact aerobics session every morning in a pavilion at the beach.

So today I went to check it out. I really enjoyed it and then went for a walk/run for an hour after it. Still not sure why he does it free but I'll ask tomorrow since it's my last day off. From his website looks like he does evening bootcamps so I might check that out. www.casrockfitness.com

My last blog I mentioned I wanted to see if I could walk around my lake. I checked it out and there is not a continuous path all the way around. There are houses on the other side.

So I am enjoying my vacation even though I'm just at home. Now I'm going to do some gardening.

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MANDERS335 4/17/2010 2:56PM

    You go girl. Keep up all the hard work. Will keep in touch.

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BETTYAHE 4/16/2010 4:17PM

    So happy you are enjoying your vacation and more importantly, that you are feeling better! The pollen is horrible this year! My allergies are acting up too!

Hugs, Betty emoticon

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LIL-VIXEN 4/15/2010 3:40PM

    I wish I was where you are. I love the water and you lake looks so serene and peaceful. I could sit there and day dream all day.

I'm also glad you are feeling better. Take care of yourself and be Blessed.

Comment edited on: 4/15/2010 3:45:56 PM

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IUHRYTR 4/14/2010 8:52PM

    Your lake looks light a delightful place to spend time and how fortunate were you to meet the fitness instructor? Continue to persevere and enjoy the lake advantage you have. :) -- Lou

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BABY_GIRL69 4/14/2010 3:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGod bless! Dee

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My week in review

Friday, April 02, 2010

Sunday I worked all day, 10 hours. I didn't feel very good - like a cold coming on.

Monday was week 3, day 1 of my couch to 5K. It was damp in a.m. so I didn't run on my lunch break. It was damp and cool and windy in the p.m. I ran anyway. I really should have covered my head since it was damp and I wasn't feeling well.

Tuesday was a day off. I was officially sick. Don't know if allergies or cold but I felt yucky.

Wednesday another day off. Sent an e-mail to my boss to let me off early the next day if the workload was low. Then I thought of all the work I had pending to do for other people, my upcoming family reunion, my women's club. Got sicker thinking about it.

Then, I got up and said to heck with everything. I drove to a fitness path around a lake my sister had showed me before. I did my couch to 5K session. The late afternoon sun felt so good. I walked another 1-1/2 hours after my 28 minute session was over. I observed the birds, squirrels, new leaves on trees, children playing in the sand, the water. Smiled and spoke to other people I passed on the trail. Turned around and did it again. I really saw the beauty of nature. I took lots of pictures. This get-away really felt good.

Thursday I did get off early after 4 hours of work. Felt better and did paperwork for my other projects and did some sparking. Did some heavy housework. Thought some more about that lake.

Today I did my final day of this week's couch to 5K program on my lunch break. Then I walked to the store. I posted this as my status like it's a big deal. Well, it is because we drive everywhere here! I walked fast because I only get 30 minutes lunch break and had already used it up!

Today I thought some more about that lake. I wondered what's on the other side. They say there is a nature path around the whole lake over 7 miles long. Hmmm. I just wonder what it's like. I'm just saying. I'm going to have to followup on this.

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NYARAMULA 4/6/2010 2:05AM

    Oh, you are making me so jealous. I wish I could discover what's on the other side of that lake too. When you do, please post lots of pictures. And thanks for the idea to take a camera on such walks, I think it helps us make some precious memories. Observving squirrels, new leaves on trees, children playing in the sand, the water - oh, no one is immune to the beauty of nature once you start to take charge of your life!

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IUHRYTR 4/2/2010 9:03PM

    Great determination. Definitely work up to find out about the other side of the lake and let us know what is there. You can do this. -- Lou

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WALNUT5612 4/2/2010 7:36PM

    Find out what is on the other side and let us know!!

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RONIE11 4/2/2010 7:09PM

    congradulations on you will power. You showed yourself you do matter and was rewarded with completing you couch to 5k session and got to enjoy your walk at the lake.. wonderful!!!

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My week in review

Friday, March 26, 2010

One of my co-workers passed this week. Really strange, one day she was working and three days later she was gone. She had gone through treatments seems like so long and she was finally back to work on a regular basis. I only met her twice for several minutes at a time. Since we work at home we mostly communicate through instant message. To her I leave this ribbon. That's all I have to say about it.

I went to my diabetes education class this week. DH took off work to go with me. He was so funny, when the teacher gave the hours of the class, he whispered to me he thought the class was only a couple hours - not ALL DAY. Then he says he would have never gone if he knew it was ALL DAY. Ooops, forgot to tell him that little detail. emoticon He was okay after he won the door prize though. A very nice zip up bag with diabetic energy drinks and a pedometer and various samples. Anyway, it was all good and we got a lot out of class. When I went to pick up a few things at the store the next day he told me to make sure I get wheat bread. He's coming around. Maybe one day he'll join SparkPeople but I'm not pushing him.

I went for my doctor's visit the next day. I'm not sure about this one. I've been going to her for a couple years but I just don't know. When I went to tell her I was exercising and even running, she cut me off to tell me she lost 50 pounds since she gave birth and wanted to loose another 25 and that she opened the first doctors weight loss center in the area. As if her skin care business isn't enough. And the office has their own pharmacy (which I can't use because they don't give the discounts on generic and I definitely need that!). I chose her because she is an MD board certified in internal medicine. I do like her and we have good communication but I just have questions about her professionalism. I think she is trying to be too friendly. Anyway everything was good with me.

I finished week 2 of my couch to 5K program tonight. I am so happy that is over. I will take it easier the next couple days and start week 3 Monday. I do have to work this weekend but I'll get my 3 day weekend starting the 3rd.

Look! I got my hair cut and now I'm all natural!

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NEWAGAIN 4/2/2010 1:00AM

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your co-worker. Life is so short and unpredictable...we must give our best each and every day.

Glad you had the support of your hubby at the class and he had fun winning a prize.

I LOVE your hair, of course...heehee...I've been natural for 7yrs. No creamy crack for my crown...LOL.

Hugs to you,

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BABY_GIRL69 3/27/2010 8:42PM

    You know I went to the funeral of a little chinese artist Grace Lai was 82. She worked closely with our company & was the sweetest christian I've met in a long time. It was a beautiful service & like your co-worker, she was in the hospital with a broken leg. We sent her flowers & well wishes & the next week, she died. We all have our appointed time in life & death. Our prayers our with both families.

On your doctor she could wait to talk about herself after you've talked about your issues. My gyne is very in tuned with me & he chit chats but he makes it ALL about me. I love that & wouldn't trade it him for anything. Now if only he did family practice . . . . lol Glad you hubby won cause it would've been a long afternoon. Love the twists. emoticon

God bless & continued success!

Dee emoticon

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NYARAMULA 3/27/2010 3:44PM

    I am so sorry about your co-worker.
Congratulations on your progress with the 5K. I love the hair. Have a fabulous weekend.I know you'll be working but it can still be fabulous!

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TAYLORLIV31 3/27/2010 11:13AM

    Hey girl,

My heart goes out to your co worker, it's funny how fine the line is in life, meaning we have to live live to the fulliest.

I support natural hair, I have been growing my out for the last eight years. Now, I look like Don King in the summer time, LOL, but when I press it out its down my back. I'm never going abck to chemicals. Don't want it on my body. All the best to your success, Have a great weekend.

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MACKEYW 3/27/2010 6:50AM

    Hey Girl,

Sounds like your Doctor is suffering from the "ME" syndrome. All she cares about is her and how much money she can make of off you. That is why when she heard you were loosing weight she took the oppourtunity to tell you about her new weight loss clinic.

Hair: I love it!

I am glad you got your Husband to go to the clinic with you! He sounds like a great guy

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TISSWEET 3/26/2010 11:17PM

    Sorry about your co-worker; congrats on the exercising and the chop!

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IUHRYTR 3/26/2010 9:38PM

    You had quite a week. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your co-worker. It should make us all appreciate each day we are given. Congratulations on your progress toward the 5K. -- Lou

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All sorts of obstacles but I'm determined!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ok, so I'm still in week 1 of my couch to 5K program. I first started the last week in February, did 3 nonconsecutive days and stopped because of shin splints. After a week of rest, I decided to take the advice of the C25K Spark team members and get good running shoes fitted at a running store. About another week passed because the nearest store is several cities away. Finally I got to the store and got fitted for a nice pair of shoes. The next two days it rained almost nonstop.

I started back two days ago, doing the exercise on my lunch break since it was still quite dark at 6:00. I lost my tiny mp3 player with my training program somewhere at home so I had to quickly download the program again on my iPhone. The mulch was almost totally washed away from the two days of rain on my little neighborhood track. The city workers were there cutting the grass. Maybe they will replace the mulch since they see at least one person uses the track. It didn't matter about the washed away mulch, I still did my training program. Yesterday was a rest day, I walked at home, used the elliptical trainer and.... I danced. I also did a lot of stretches.

I also realized I have running shoes with a built in slot for a pedometer type sensor that I can download all sorts of information onto my computer. I ordered the sensor and anxiously await its arrival. I'm a little disappointed the consultant and cashier at the running store did not bring this to my attention since I explained to both I was just starting. Maybe they even had the sensor there for purchase. Maybe its their policy to not push a particular shoe based on its functions. I don't know. I had already picked my shoes because they fit like a glove. I wasn't too crazy about the hot pink color. I am thankful, though, that the store was having a one-week 20% off sale - right on time for me!

This morning I looked out at 6:00 (my only time to run since I start work at 6:30) and it was dark, and raining. I wondered if I could just run in the house - no it wouldn't be the same. I went to grab my iPhone and realized the battery was about dead. So I plugged it up, turned on the speaker and attempted my program. When I sat down to work at 6:30 I had a good sign- no work. So I sent an IM to my coworker that I was flexing out until 7:30. It was starting to get a little lighter outside and the rain was slacking. I got my morning water, did some warm-up walking, grabbed a hoodie and by a little before 7 it was light enough to go out alone and the rain had stopped. I only walked on the sidewalk instead of going to my track. I even took an extra 30 minutes to stretch and write this blog before work.

So, in spite of the obstacles I'm determined to finish this program. I am so glad I got my running shoes because I'm not having the pains like I was before. Just working on breathing now since it's been only six months since I stopped smoking - for good. I will do this!

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WALKWITME 3/19/2010 6:14PM

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emoticon I Like how you push onward!

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LJONES23 3/18/2010 10:44PM

    Way to go!!! Keep up the great work. I'm glad you're back running again. Keep me posted on your progress!

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TISSWEET 3/18/2010 10:41PM

    emoticon That's right, keep going!!

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DEEGEE2 3/18/2010 1:41PM

    emoticon this is great you are really going for it !

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IUHRYTR 3/18/2010 12:40PM

    Way to go on stopping smoking. That should definitely help with our running as will the new shoes. Isn't it a terrific feeling when you get those new ones? -- Lou

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LIL-VIXEN 3/18/2010 11:09AM

    Hi Paula

emoticon on not letting the obstacles you were facing slow you down. That old emoticon is trying to make you loose cite of what you want to accomplish. Be strong, my sista, and stick to your game plan. Let nothing get in your way.

I'm so proud of you for giving up emoticon. I know your lungs and body really appreciate it. Here is a "BRAVO ZULU" (well done) for you.


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ALESHABEE 3/18/2010 10:06AM

    emoticon...it's a great feeling when you overcome obstacles. emoticon on quitting smoking... emoticon

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TAZZAT2003 3/18/2010 9:41AM

    I am so glad that despite all the obstacles you are pushing through. That is some inspiration right there! Keep on Keeping on! Also, Awesome job on quitting smoking!!

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 3/18/2010 9:26AM

    Very Good! I am so glad you have pressed on and not let a few obstacles get in your way. Great big congratulations on stopping smoking!!! emoticon that will make such a big difference in your breathing!
Keep up the good work!! Soon, you will be running around that track and no one will be able to keep up with you.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 3/18/2010 8:58AM

    Good for you -- that you pushed through and made it happen despite your obstacles!

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SPARKLE1908 3/18/2010 8:57AM

    You WILL do this....great determination on your part!!!! I have the C25K program on my Iphone...I need to get back into it as you have done!!!!!

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