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Winter storm approaching...but Spring will win out!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Even with Winter storms approaching, the plants and animals know what is ahead. Some of us were talking about the plants already stirring with Spring growth. I find it interesting how the daffodils seem to know when to come up...some years I see the first signs in December. This year, late January..and I had to go LOOK for them. Hyacinth, daffodils and even the iris are stirring. Yet tonight the storm that is sweeping across much of the country will drop our temperatures and bring us snow (no accumulation expected here..hope they are right!)

For Carol, I took pics of my early risers.

The hyacinth:


Daffodils on the South side:


Daffodils on the West side:


I know it isn't much to see. My survey did remind me that soon it will be time to get busy clearing all the debris from winter...and clean up the mess the chickens and moles have made all over the yard. This year it seems much worse than usual. Ah..but yard work is good exercise!!! I will look forward to it..when it warms up again. emoticon

  
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BOOKWERME 2/7/2011 8:40AM

    I had to LOOK for these..now they are readily visible..and I can even see some of the blooms beginning to form!!!!! Yea!!!

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MARIE4950 2/7/2011 12:04AM

    Already????? Wow. I just got 4 more inches of snow. NO GREEN.
email me.... Do you live near Pulaski, Tenn?

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MRE1956 2/2/2011 10:05AM

    I should hope so!

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CELEST 2/2/2011 8:38AM

    I can picture in my mind how fabulous that cluster of flowers is going to look in full blossom. Our town is draped in thick thick wonderful cool mist. So great after yesterdays incredible heat. I walked into town to meet my partner for fs and by the time I actually had done fs and walked home my feet were aching, and I was steaming hot. So Im super grateful for the new cool.

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HODGESLOVE 2/2/2011 12:44AM

  I am so ready for warmer weather, blooming flowers and to be able to go outside and not shake violently from being cold.

Got the bad minton set ready.... Great exercise and fun for all.
Come on warm weather...
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2CATS2LOVE1 2/1/2011 5:41PM

    I think most of us ~perhaps all of us~ are ready for Spring!! The pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.
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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/1/2011 4:04PM

    Great pictures. Would you believe I found a tulip yesterday? It's about an inch high. What a surprise. It's under one of the snowball bushes we had transplanted from the back yard to the front.

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CASJ57 2/1/2011 2:07PM

    A good reminder to me, time to prune the roses.

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Moving firewood is great exercise!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A la Celeste' who shares wonderful picture documentaries , I remembered to take my camera and took pics of today's outdoor activities. Bruce was cutting firewood and together we picked it up, loaded it on the trailer and then split it as we unloaded the trailer. Hope I can access the photos to show you.

This is Bruce as I found him when I walked down to where he was working.


And me as I got going.




THEN, I got my first lesson in driving the backhoe!!! I can't remember why Bruce took it down there.



Mind you, Bruce is just learning to use my camera (I am not far ahead of him in that process. lol)

Moving the tractor and trailer to the next workspot.



We were clearing up dead trees that had fallen or needed to be removed. The Electric company had cleared the right of way, mangling a lot of trees, and leaving a lot of mess behind.

Daisy served as supervisor.

THEN we got into trouble...hauling the trailer up the slope, the wheels couldn't get enough traction with the load..and we had trouble with a stump. So, we got the backhoe again and used it to pull the tractor and trailer till everything was moving!! The ground is very wet from all the recent snow and rain, so it got slick fast when the wheels couldn't grab.


Ready to unload.

Using the log splitter to resize the huge pieces..Bruce did that and I moved the split pieces to the woodpile. Then I unloaded the rest of the small logs.



All of this is necessary for us to heat our house each winter. Great exercise and today the weather was perfect for doing this.


  
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CINA-MINI 1/30/2011 9:07PM

    Asta, Your husband looks SO much like my Dad! My son came over while I was reading your blog and asked me if that was my Dad! lol

Great pictures! It's always nice to have a silent supervisor. She is adorable.

Hugs!
Cinamin

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CELEST 1/30/2011 10:12AM

    emoticonI LOOOOOOOVED this blog Asta and my word you are an amazing woman driving a back hoe.....I have driven a Fergusons vaaljapie tractor when I lived on the farm. First thing I did was take my foot of the break incorrectly and nearly ran my brand new husband at the time down. emoticon
Thanks for the trip around your farm.....I envy you (in a good way) your still living on a farm. Thats where I wanna be in the paradise, on a big stretch of land with horses, cows etc.

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POUNDSTOGO3 1/29/2011 10:21PM

    Wood cutting/splitting is work. I know as we have burned wood for 58 years plus. Really good pictures of the whole operation. Be careful of that woodsplitter. My 18 year old grandson smashed his thumb last year. Took a while to heal but he's back bowling.

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MUEHLBBO 1/29/2011 9:08PM

    Great pics. Standing outside in shirt sleeves. I'm so jealous! Hope you had fun on that back hoe!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/29/2011 4:54PM

    Asta, emoticon blog. I love all the pictures. I would love to see your place. That will be in the New System though. Nice equipment to help you do your work.

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MUSICLVR98 1/29/2011 4:27PM

    Love the pictures! It was like a mini mental vacation...
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GAMOMMY3 1/29/2011 4:27PM

    You look great driving that back hoe! Looks like fun!

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Don't like what I see..but here it is

Thursday, January 27, 2011


This is the edited view to bring it closer. DH took the pics and is not used to the camera..by the time we took this, I forgot to stand up straight..but unfortunately, what is showing is really there.


Side view.

These are taken January 27, 2011. My third day on the 8 Week Diabetes Challenge.
I neglected to mention earlier that I had these taken as "before" pics.

  
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CASJ57 1/31/2011 12:23AM

    Not only do you look great, I LOVE your rug!

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MOMMYNURSE 1/29/2011 10:48PM

    Asta - I think the problem with these pictures is that your clothes are way too baggy on you! You need some slimmer fitting stuff! Strut your stuff mama! :)

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BBGYRL4 1/29/2011 7:42PM

    You'll be so happy to have this pictures in the end so that you have something to look back on.

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GAMOMMY3 1/28/2011 6:24PM

    Even if you don't like what you see, we all think you are beautiful! emoticon

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LOVE2WALK1 1/28/2011 12:04PM

    You "before" pics are actually quite lovely! I can't wait to see the "after" ones because I KNOW you will reach your goals!

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CELEST 1/28/2011 10:06AM

    I always smile when I see relatively trim people using their photos as before.....for us...its our dream photo. But Im savvy enough to know that any excess weight is weight that must come off.....so you go girl. We are proud of your commitment and dedication to the program.

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SUNNYDAZE9 1/28/2011 9:39AM

    Keep it up!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/27/2011 8:53PM

    Great work, keep up the awesome job!

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HODGESLOVE 1/27/2011 8:33PM

  You are going to do GREAT!!!!!



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DEBBAK710 1/27/2011 7:30PM

    Good luck to you! I wish you all the best in your challenge!

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Nice surprise!! Want more!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Last night as part of the 8 week Diabetes Challenge program, I took my measurements for the first time in quite a while. Rechecked a few this morning and then compared them to my records. emoticon

The first time I took my measurements for T-tapp and Sparks was February 22, 2009. I did a T=Tapp bootcamp, not knowing that my form was so bad the program would not work well...I only lost a net. of 3/4 of an inch over all and was pretty disappointed. emoticon I was probably expecting miracles!

Now, two years later, having done T-Tapp basic workout + as my primary workout off and on...and only recently branching into other things, including other T-Tapp workouts...I was REALLY surprised when I compared to that first record. I have lost a total of 8 inches!!! I am delighted.

T-Tapp has definitely streamlined my back..all the rolls are gone as is the fat pocket at the base of my neck. emoticon I am having no knee pain and when I have shoulder or back issues (rarely), the T-Tapp works them out pretty quickly. I am SO pleased. My chiropractor says I am always better when I have been doing the T-tapp. (Basic Workout Plus is only a 15 min. workout..but it gets results when you do it right.)

Now as I face the 8WDC...I am going to try to ramp up my T-Tapp workouts. I have found they work better than any of the others I have tried that meet my needs and abilities...and that I am employing T-Tapp techniques when I walk on the treadmill, use the gazelle, or do some of the other workout tapes I have.

This is great incentive at the beginning of this challenge. emoticon

  
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MOMMYNURSE 1/29/2011 12:40AM

    8 inches is great! I keep seeing you talk about T tapp but I don't know what that is ??

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2CATS2LOVE1 1/27/2011 6:11PM

    emoticonon losing those 8 inches!!!

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CELEST 1/27/2011 11:24AM

    Its such a great feeling when you get that kind of surprise as well as finding an exercise that works perfectly for you. My son Cole is swimming. My goodness the weight is just melting off him......I think Im irritated by that....but then he is all of 25 and has energy to burn.

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CASJ57 1/27/2011 4:37AM

    That's wonderful!

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HODGESLOVE 1/27/2011 3:35AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep it up!!!!! Sounds like you have found what works for you...

I am proud of you!!!!!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/26/2011 10:42PM

    emoticon emoticon great job!

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NTSOHLTHNT 1/26/2011 7:28PM

    Wow, that's great! :-) I know that if you do the moves right, it does work.

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COOLCALLALILY 1/26/2011 4:37PM

    Yay!!! emoticon

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OK..I did it...joined the 8 week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I can't believe I just did that!!! I joined the 8 week Diabetes weight loss challenge team. I hope to launch things tomorrow since the day is nearly over for Monday.

"SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge
http://teams.sparkpeople.com/DiabetesCha
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SparkPeople's Official 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge will help you take control of your diabetes and get real results! Get weekly challenges and a simple exercise program that's been proven to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. By tracking your progress, you'll be eligible for weekly giveaways, quarterly grand prizes, and a special SparkTrophy to display on your SparkPage, too. Join anytime to start the challenge"

I really don't care about the trophies, possible prizes etc. I really need some kind of kick in the pants to get things moving!

I posted my goals as wanting to get the weight moving off me...I am right back where I started. I want to get my blood sugars DOWN..normal would be wonderful but at least DOWN.

I want to up my exercise levels, and hope for inspiration and perhaps new workouts to help me get some variety into my exercise regime. I LOVE T-Tapp..and will probably use it through this challenge..but it won't hurt to add other things too.

I can't believe I am trying this again...I seem to be very resistant to change but I need something to make me make the changes since what I have done so far has only allowed me to yo yo down and up, down and up...right back to start.

Tomorrow I will take my measurements again. Perhaps try to figure out some kind of "before" pic...I don't have any exercise gear nor the funds to get any just now.

SO, HERE GOES!!!

  
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TWIN412 2/1/2011 12:32PM

    thanks for sharing

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MOMMYNURSE 1/26/2011 10:30AM

    Hey Asta - where are you on your diabetes? Do you know your A1C level? Are you diet controlled, pill controlled or insulin dependant?

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BOOKWERME 1/26/2011 7:57AM

    If I can do as well for 8 weeks as I did on Day 1, I will be in terrific shape (I know that is probably wishful thinking...but any improvement will be welcome!)

Thanks for all the encouragement.

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HODGESLOVE 1/26/2011 4:37AM

  Great...I am going to sign mom up also..

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CELEST 1/25/2011 8:16AM

    Never stop starting and never stop trying.....so FABULOUS that you're starting again. My sister tried to quit smoking for 10 yrs and then gave up for a further 5 yrs and then suddenly make another start 2 yrs ago and wallah she's been smoke free for just over 2 yrs now.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/25/2011 1:36AM

    emoticon emoticon I was talking to a Sister tonight, we went to work on their computer. She was telling me about her diabetes and health issues. I told her about SP and our teams again and gave her a SP card so she cah check it out again. She noticed I had lost a lot of weight. Maybe she will check it out.

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ENDURANCEWINS 1/25/2011 1:21AM

    Best wishes, Asta. Maybe I will do it with you. I'm pre-diabetic so I don't do testing, but it probably wouldn'y hurt me to do this challenge.

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GAMOMMY3 1/25/2011 1:04AM

    That's great Asta! emoticon

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COOLCALLALILY 1/24/2011 11:44PM

    I'm proud of you, Mom! emoticon

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CATZTEACH 1/24/2011 10:10PM

    Way to go! Joining the group will help, I"m sure. emoticon

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CATZTEACH 1/24/2011 10:10PM

    Way to go! Joining the group will help, I"m sure. emoticon

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CATZTEACH 1/24/2011 10:10PM

    Way to go! Joining the group will help, I"m sure. emoticon

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