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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

From Better Homes and Gardens January 2011 page 128

Fat Tax
One more reason to start that diet: Being overweight can cost you big money - an average of $4,879 a year in medical costs, sick days, lower wages, and even extra gas, according to a recent study by George Washington University researchers. emoticon

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AMJSATURN 10/17/2011 6:38PM

    Excellent ideas! On growing your veggies

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AJCHARTERS 10/14/2011 10:08AM

    I couldn't have said it any better than Shari. My husband and I are always talking about this, even with our kids. It's very frustrating to think we are constantly polluting our bodies with food.

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BOOKWERME 10/14/2011 8:07AM

    Nice to have the dialogue.

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    Shari, I could repeat all you said! We must be reading/listening to the same info. :)
This sort of thing - what Shari said & what Asta said is the greater part of my current research. I started with researching my own "illnesses" & "disabilities" in an effort to find a way to reverse things for me (since I'm now going to be raising my niece and she's only 9 - I "have" to be healthy enough for the challenge, for her). Where it's led me to is the American Food Industry, and somewhat the "pharmaceutical industry" too. But what American entities have permitted, allowed, and approved for our regulated food processing is appalling!!!

The worst of it is that "THEY" KNOW these things (additives and methods) are detrimental to human health! In many cases the scientists working on a given research or program will take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from consumption of the end results!!!

I talk to people in other countries about this too. Foodwise, I'd prefer to live anywhere else but here... because in most other developed countries it's fairly easy and less expensive to get fresh, raw, unadulterated whole foods. Yet, people in those countries marvel (and want) all the options they see & hear about here - the convenience foods, the frozen meals, the box dinners, the huge variety of fast foods, and don't even get me started on all the sweets!

I've started talking to local farmers in my efforts to reduce food costs and eat healthier. Time after time I'm shocked at how much they have to go up against to even grow food without chemicals, pesticides, and other treatments that are supposed to bring them larger outputs!!! Farmers are actually paid by various entities to grow unhealthy food that they themselves will refuse to eat!!! But they do it so they have enough money to meet their bills and sustain a lifestyle above poverty level! :( It's not that methods aren't known, many cheaper too, that will allow for healthy choices in the growing process as much as it is the government and "big business" pay them more to NOT do things that way!!! It doesn't make any sense when you get to knowing all this. The bottom line is most farmers can't make a liveable wage without the subsidies and straight out cash from these sources. It's all about money!!!

Most of the farmers I've talked to have a separate plot of land, carefully planned and protected, where they grow food for themselves... many do this very quietly. Their top recommendation for me and others like me who want to find affordable ways to eat healthier??? Learn how to grow my own food!!! Straight from the people making a living by growing foods - forget all the stuff in the stores and a lot of the stuff in the farmer's markets even - GROW YOUR OWN!!! Find people who are willing to do the same - grow in healthy ways, without harmful chemicals, pesticides, genetically modified 'garbage', etc., and barter the foods grown for your own consumption. Say you grow really great cucumbers and you know someone who grows the best tomatoes - each of you grow enough to give some of your produce in trade for some of their produce.

This is sorta going back to the old ways of living! lol

But my kids and I have in a small way proven to ourselves that this is what we need to do. (and I have the brownest thumbs ever) We spent 10 days last month eating only fresh whole foods - local fruits & veggies, mostly veggies. We would shop every other day for this - 1 because the quantity needed & the appropriate storage for it could only be managed that way, and 2 because we wanted it as fresh as possible. We bought organic when available to us, but also had to settle for other produce due to no other choice. Even tho we only managed 10 days - due to the time factors mostly - we all noticed some really positive differences. The biggest one was feeling better in lots of ways! Next was weight literally falling off - I lost 11 pounds and my girls lost 7 and 5 - each of us can correlate loss to how much we each need to lose. The most overweight lost the most; the least overweight lost the least. It's like eating this way was giving our bodies just what they needed to begin adjusting our personal weight to where it should be!

I've also talked to people who have been able to maintain eating only the healthiest, virgin whole foods, prepared simply and safely (without adding harmful ingredients) and they quickly lost extra weight, reversed all sorts of health problems, and feel and think so much better than before! One of our CO's was so impressed by this he began making similar changes and just between visits to our congregation he lost 80 pounds! He's a changed man! lol Our new CO and his wife are really into eating this way too and are impressing upon all of us, with each visit (one's coming up end of month), the benefits of changing up what we each do personally in this regard.

Somewhere in all this the scripture of man ruling over man to his ruin comes to mind. It is so apparent to me now in this area! The whole idea of a "fat tax" is just one more "piece" being put into play in that regard.

A few decades back it was unusual for households to NOT have their own garden of veggies & fruits and even a few chickens for eggs and some even a goat or cow for milk. It was part of life. Just like it was part of life to take that homegrown produce and spend time preparing it in delicious ways to eat (other than just fresh from the plant, vine, tree, etc). For me, and my household, this is where we are learning to go now.

We can't change the food industry. We can't change the gov'ts. All of that is part of a bigger picture and we know the outcome there. The time is short that we must endure living in this system. To help us be our best physically we need to take steps to avoid what big business and other entities would provide for us and do what we can to provide for ourselves. No one will argue that growing your own food isn't cheaper, even the cheapest option when it comes to buying what we eat. The challenge is making the time to grow it, cultivate it, and then deliciously prepare it to eat! In our little 10 day run it was more the time involved that caused us to drop it. We're working out the kinks with that and we will figure it out or move into it gradually is what it's turning out to be. :)

OK - stepping of 'my' "soapbox" now... LOL

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SHARISHORTCAKE 10/13/2011 11:51PM

    BTW: regarding the post below---the frustrations I voice here are in no way directed at Asta. I just have some pet peeves in this area and sometimes they come bubbling out. emoticon

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SHARISHORTCAKE 10/13/2011 11:19PM

    The problem is these studies time and again fail to address the real issues behind metabolic problems: Toxic Crud in, on, and all over all of our food. Pesticides, herbicides, artificial preservatives, way too much soy, gluten, msg, HFCS, and myriads of other man-made toxic crud. Good food being replaced by hormone-soaked, antibiotic laced products. Real food being replaced by lab-created substitutes. And then it's all marketed as something good and wonderful. And, just like the government always does, they ignore the fact that they're knowingly poisoning people which wrecks delicate systems and ruins metabolisms so they can get richer and richer and then they blame all the victims.

I've actually stopped even listening to the John Tesh Radio Show, which is on my local radio station every day, every time I get in the car and turn on my radio, because he continuously reports on "studies" that fat people cost everyone money, employers shouldn't hire fat people b/c it affects their profits and fat people aren't as productive as "normal" people. He even reported on an article that "proved" that if you're friends with a fat person you will get fat too. So....fat people are lazy, cost other people money, they shouldn't be hired, people should stay away from them or they'll catch the disease, and they must be pretty stupid too or they'd go on a diet. Give me a break.

I know good and well that is not at all the reason you passed on this particular information, Asta, because I know you don't feel that way, but this world increasingly does and it's just plain discriminatory. Everyone knows it's dead wrong to pre-judge a person b/c of her color, age, religion, or gender. But if a person is overweight---no matter that the reason is often a medical reason caused by this toxic world rather than from being gluttonous---it's fine to label them however you want to. I have heard mutterings of a fat tax possibly being implemented in the US in the future which would actually charge a tax to people who's BMI's aren't w/in government-approved parameters. I think these "scientists" (ha) should spend their time and our tax money on exposing the REAL cause of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease and stop trying to infer blame on those who are just struggling to get by.

OK, I'm off the soap box now. emoticonI hope you can understand my frustration with this world and it's lack of sense.

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SAIMABAIG 10/13/2011 6:30AM

  this really great. thanks for this nice sharing.

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ANITA_CHANGE 10/13/2011 5:26AM

    Oh yeah, and in another country, in Denmark, they are actually putting a fat tax into prospective. All foods that are unhealthy are getting a raise! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVE2WALK1 10/12/2011 7:59PM

    emoticongreat incentive!

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JOYCEATH50 10/12/2011 4:36PM

    Alot of people are overweight because to eat "unhealthy" is really cheaper. Many cannot afford "healthy diet". It is so sad. They should tax the companies that make the unhealthy foods not the ones who have to buy them to survive. Just another symptom of the "system" we live in. Love Joyce

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GODZDESIGN95 10/12/2011 2:45PM

    So much research but no addresses the cost of healthy food now when they start tackling that they have my attention, emoticon

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TREVUG 10/12/2011 2:10PM

    And that is just an average. Imagine how much more it costs to be morbidly obese.

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CELEST 10/12/2011 1:25PM

    Wow I wouldn't have thought of that aspect either. Incredible.

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BOOKWERME 10/12/2011 11:33AM

    That comment about the cost of extra gas did get my attention. When I lived in the Virgin Islands, we didn't ever have far to go...the island is so small. HERE, for the last two years, I have been commuting nearly an hour each way most days each week to care for my youngest grandchild. That is a lot of driving...and I purged the vehicle of a lot of stuff I had been routinely carrying to reduce the amount of excess weight. I NEVER thought about that extra 25-30 I take Everywhere with(on) ME! Guess that would add up over time!

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MA_DIDDLES 10/12/2011 11:29AM

    So far, I have been blessed, but I know this could be very true if I don't continue to exercise and eat healthy.

Food prices are going up-up-up. Lets hope they keep the prices down on healthy food to encourage healthy living.

I just bought a new trike. It gets me to almost everywhere I want to go including the grocery store. Once in a while I stop at the gas station to buy a cup of coffee.

Hope all is well with you. ((HUGS) MA

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

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BOOKWERME 10/12/2011 11:50AM

    no..didn't order it. but got to view the program..over an hour of information. will have to check to see if there is another link. Apparently there is a book called Food Matters. I have so many books now I will never get through them all, so I won't be ordering that one either. There are a bunch of links you can check out on the Food Matters website (I think that's where I found it for info) Some of that info is included on the presentation I saw.

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MA_DIDDLES 10/12/2011 11:35AM

    Tooo Late. I missed out on the special.

Did U order this? Let me know how it goes.

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Pedometer in the hayfield?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

When we took another walk to look for the pedometer lost Sunday as we repaired down fences, I took photos to show you. Hope this works.

Turkeys were grazing (?) seed in the front yard as we headed out.

The walk towards the hay field. You can see where the riding mower mowed as we used it for a ride back and forth to the field.

The fence line looking towards the road (looking East)...I mowed all that with the push mower.

Looking West from the same spot on the fence line.

The grass really is greener in the hay field. Here DH is helping me look for the lost pedometer...truly like looking for a needle in a haystack!

My dear Daisy supervising our search.

This is the cow that is so curious that she is getting tame(r).

That gives you an idea...I don't even know where to look with all the walking and work I did last Sunday. I am enjoying retracing my steps since our weather is beautiful right now. The exercise is gentle, but good none the less. And who knows, just maybe I will spot that tiny pedometer out there somewhere!

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BOOKWERME 10/14/2011 8:10AM

    No pedometer yet. We have walked the areas several times..but as you can see, even having an idea of where I worked/walked, it is like looking for a "needle in a haystack" since the pedometer is so small...lime green and black also helps it blend right in! Figures, I suppose. Who knows...I may find it after frost kills the grass so the green of the pedometer stands out in the browned grass.

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    so - this is days later -

Have you found the pedometer yet?


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MA_DIDDLES 10/12/2011 11:47AM

    Wow! You must have blister on your hands from all that mowing.
I enjoyed veiwing the photo's of your property.
Do you have turkey dinners often?
Your dog is as bad as my bird - just likes to supervise.
Like that white cow too - Do you suppose he found an ate your pedometer or stepped on it and buried it?
Bummer for the loss. You better just go buy a new one. MA

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ANITA_CHANGE 10/11/2011 11:01AM

    Wow, you have a lot of property! I wish I had half of that! I guess I will have to wait until the new system! emoticon

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BOOKWERME 10/7/2011 7:45PM

    I mow our yard around our house with the push mower...mowing the cattle fields fence line with the mower was just to help get it done...DH was using the weed whacker most of the time. It was great exercise, but probably not very practical. Better yet would be to keep things trimmed so we don't have this issue in the first place! ( should be doing this!!!) Some areas also have rocks to contend with...not good for lawn mowers.

DH did learn to use the riding mower for this job can do a lot of the fence line that way and then just finish it out with the weed whacker.

I DO mow under the entire fence line around the house. I generally mow for about an hour at a time to spread the exercise of mowing over several days. DH occasionally weed whacks around trees and fence posts etc where I am not getting close enough with the mower. With all the specialized cutting with the mower that I do...I call it "fussy cutting" using the quilting term! emoticon

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CINA-MINI 10/7/2011 6:18PM

    What a beautiful farm you have! I hope you find it soon!

I can see why you like to mow it with the push mower. LOTS of exercise!

Nice pictures.

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RASCALSMOMMA 10/6/2011 11:00PM

    This is weird but i can SEE your pics! Cool Farm hon. Hope you find it! HUGS Laurie

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JOYCEATH50 10/6/2011 9:49AM

    Love the pictures...all I see when I go out are cars, streets, stores, apartments and roads and houses...etc you wouldn't like my pictures LOL. But I still notice the trees and flowers and bushes when I can. At least we have alot of those scattered about but you have to drive out of town to see fields, cows and such. (Plenty of dogs out in service though lol)

I hope you find your missing pedometer! Looks like you need it for sure with all the walking you need to do! Don't give up!

Love Joyce emoticon

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TREVUG 10/6/2011 1:24AM

    Nice pictures. Sorry about your pedometer. I lost my pulse reading watch at work the other day to natural causes.

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LOVE2WALK1 10/5/2011 4:49PM

    Did you check the friendly cow? Maybe she wants to monitor her walking as well! Love the pics! emoticon

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CELEST 10/5/2011 3:21PM

    Well thats wishful thinking...if I look at ALL that space you mowed and walked, but never say never is my attitude so maybe just maybe you will actually find it. Loved the photos.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/5/2011 2:32PM

    Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/5/2011 10:39AM

    Well, good luck finding that pedometer. I can't begin to tell you how many I have lost! Right now I have a Sportline which has an awesome clip. So far so good (fingers crossed!) LOVE the pictures, esp. the tame cow. She's a beauty.

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The real reason....

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My daughter found this quote on another photographer's website. emoticon

"We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies."

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CELEST 10/15/2011 3:23PM

    I say we group and stand together on this. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TREVUG 10/6/2011 1:22AM

    I knew it!!!

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LOVE2WALK1 10/5/2011 4:51PM

    emoticon that's me being smart!

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GAMOMMY3 10/5/2011 3:27PM

    Yup, that's the reason!! emoticon

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AHGIRLS 10/5/2011 11:37AM

    I love it! LOL

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the good, the bad and the....

Sunday, October 02, 2011

We live on a farm. That's good.

This morning, first thing, my husband was all annoyed about a cow being up in the yard...and she wouldn't cross the fence line despite all his efforts. That was bad. He finally got her out of the yard. Good.

THEN, our neighbor came up to tell us we had a cow out. Bad. I dressed and headed out to help. Turned out about half the herd was out! VERY BAD!
My DH was NOT happy. So, we came back to the house, gathered tools and supplies and headed back out to the cow field. He started work on repairing all the messed up fence (a lot!) and I started working on clearing the fence line of all the weedy growth interferes with the electric fence when the weeds get tall enough to touch it. We accomplished a lot. GOOD.
I used our push mower to mow under an extensive length of fence ..DH used the weekwhacker once he finally finished all the repairs. GOOD (HUGE workout for me with all that push and pull.) GOOD. Our son is supposed to be maintaining the fences. He is NOT doing good on that.

Lunch break...seems like all is well. DH heads out ahead of me...cows are in the hay field AGAIN! BAD. We herd them back in..again. Good. At least one is getting friendly enough with us to let us touch her (these are beef cattle). BUT the little stinkers had now been in the round bales of hay, too! BAD. The babies are learning to ignore the fence...something is still wrong. BAD. DH is not doing well with patience!

By about 3:30, DH thinks everything is fixed. He goes to weedwhack another section of fence, I decide to mow up here at the house...didn't realize how tired I was getting...I only lasted 20 minutes. THEN, another call! FENCE is not "HOT" and DH IS! Please turn off the fence so DH can work on it more. BAD

I help with the weedwhacking...and the web strapping finally frays right off. BAD. DH is out of sight, so I take the weedwhacker in my lap and ride the riding mower to find DH. I end up back at the house to sew the strap back together. Good I guess.

This went on all afternoon! I had to go back out at herd the cattle BACK in again, and again. It is now 6:20. I have added another hr of walking on top of weedwhacking, mowing and walking today. DS finally got home and he found two other places the fence was not working and fixed them. FINALLY I think the fence is all "hot" again and hopefully our cows will figure out that they must stay is not as if they don't have plenty of food....though, truly, the grass IS greener in the hay field, just over the fence!

In the midst of all this, I showed DH the lawnmower could be effective at this work...good. I learned to use the weedwhacker again (I hadn't used one in years)... good. I mowed quite a large strip of field with the riding mower...good for the fence line..ridiculous for mowing the field! I also apparently damaged something underneath the was suddenly smoking when I was almost back to the house...BAD (and scary!) DH found the problem and fixed it. GOOD. Last time there was a bent blade, it was replaced..but the new one comes in a pkg of we HAD one. Good. Will need a new blade for the reg. mower...and a new grass chute as this one came off and got a chunk mowed out of it! Not so good.

Now the fence is working, the cattle are in, DS is home to tend this should there be more...and I am TIRED but well exercised. GOOD.

BUT, we missed our worship today because of all this farm hassle...BAD.

AND I lost my pedometer the second time it fell off. Last time I checked it, I had already walked over 4700 steps (mowing the fence line). I found it the first time it fell off...but now I have NO idea where to look...I have rewalked all the areas I can think of where it might be. How do you find something so small in such a HUGE area...especially when I have been walking all over it all day!!! Bad.

So, I think I have in my exercise for the entire week. LOL I am tired and dirty...but well satisfied. GOOD.

One added note...well, two. I am sorry I didn't think to get some photos!

RE all this exercise...when I started Sparkpeople several years ago, I quickly learned how far backwards I had fallen in my ability to do things physically. I could barely walk a mile...and was breathless when I did! I still haven't gotten off all the pounds I want gone, but Thanks to Sparks, today I was ABLE to walk up and down to and from and in the fields repeatedly; I was ABLE to mow and mow and mow...and weedwhack; I COULD DO IT...not breathless, no chest pains, just steady and feeling healthy. So, THAT'S PROGRESS! THANKS SP!!

So, how was YOUR day?

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TASHON2 10/7/2011 9:15AM

    I am tired just reading this!

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AJCHARTERS 10/3/2011 3:56PM

    Oh my goodness. What a day! I'm glad you can handle things better now though. That's always a wonderful feeling.

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BOOKWERME 10/3/2011 1:42PM

    Ah, Celeste'! I think dairy cattle would be MUCH more work. We started out farming knowing NOTHING and learned from our neighbor and through trial and error. We, too,have had cows in the garden..and in the neighbor's fields...and once on the then new golf course next door! None high on elephant ears though. We have had to race them to downed wild cherry trees...they can eat the leaves while they are still fresh, but once the leaves wilt, they will kill the cattle if eaten. There are so many things to learn.

Andee, it is a more active lifestyle whether you like it or not. I look back at all the things I used to do as my kids were growing up...running the farm while raising the kids, painting, wallpapering, sewing, cutting firewood...and we did it all as a matter of course, not even realizing it was what kept us healthy! Aging does change things, as did our move back from St. Croix. Sparkpeople has helped so much to educate me (all of us) on how to achieve and/or maintain better health...and motivated many of us to make wise changes. I think it was you that issued that first challenge to walk a mile a changed my life! I don't think I even realized until I took up that challenge how much I needed to change. It had not been years of no exercise that had been my backslide was in less than a year for the most part. However I got there, I am glad to NOT be there still. I am far from in perfect health..but I am working on me and being here for as long as possible...waiting, of course, for the New System for the promised perfect health.

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How I LOVE hearing of your day! Yeah it was a lot of bads but a whole lot of goods in there too! :) I know it something I could not do right now. :( But I look at my brothers & sisters here who do still live on farms, on working farms and whether it's cattle, emus, horses, or just crops (of all sorts) I can see all of them are in much better shape than those of us with other lifestyles. There is something to it - something innate - something Jehovah created within us that makes it so we are better off with the hard physical work than without it.

Anyway, hope the cows have behaved better overnight and are still where they ought to be now. I'm glad you're more able to endure all this than in the past (yay, sparkpeople!). And I hope you are able in some way to make up the worship you missed - we all need every bit of our spiritual food too these days! :)

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CELEST 10/3/2011 9:27AM

    WOW that was one hectic day. The kind where you just want to bath and bed without bothering to eat. Awesome for the exercise you got and the satisfaction at the day too. When I read things like this....even the bad.....I long for farm life again, which will not be in this system of things for me. I remember fighting cattle (milk cows) out of my gardens, I remember the cattle eating elephant ear plants and getting "high" on it and staggering about. I remember having to put a tube down their throats and pour liquid paraffin down to make their tummies work after eating plastic which blew in from somewhere.....aah farm life has its ups and downs, but the view of forever once you sit on the porch at the end of the day makes it all worth it.

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BOOKWERME 10/2/2011 10:59PM

    Treva, I have always known the benefits of a healthy lifestyle...and for the most part have practiced that. I got too sedentary for a while after my Mom died and we moved three times in one year...and I paid for it with health issues. I am a long way from perfect in doing what I should, but I try. Thanks for caring!!!

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TREVUG 10/2/2011 8:25PM

    I am so glad you have seen the real benefits to having a healthy lifestyle. It IS a good feeling when we realize we have so much more endurance. Bad cows!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/2/2011 8:24PM

    A whole lot better than yours emoticon We've gone on 1 ride and will soon do another with hopes of a beautiful sunset.

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