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Email on Thankfulness

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Another email to share. Wish the pics attached had come with the copy/paste.


I AM THANKFUL: FOR THE WIFE WHO SAYS IT'S HOT DOGS TONIGHT,
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME, AND NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE.


FOR THE HUSBAND WHO IS ON THE SOFA BEING A COUCH POTATO,
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.


FOR THE TEENAGER WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME, NOT ON THE STREETS.


FOR THE TAXES I PAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM EMPLOYED.



FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.


FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.



FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE



FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING, WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING, AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.


FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.


FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.


FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM WARM.


FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH WHO SINGS OFF KEY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I CAN HEAR.



FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.



FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.



FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM ALIVE.


AND FINALLY, FOR TOO MANY E-MAILS
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.


  
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TEDYBEAR2838 4/12/2013 10:02PM

    that really was Great!

THANK YOU!

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TATTER3 4/10/2013 6:58AM

    This is the best blog ever!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 4/10/2013 1:45AM

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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/10/2013 12:10AM

    This is great Have seen it before. But it is always a great reminder! Thanks for sharing it! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/9/2013 8:34PM

    I have this too as a reminder emoticon

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MNABOY 4/9/2013 8:27PM

    Blessings come in funny wrappings!

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Sparking together!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

It is such fun to meet other Spark Friends in person! Today I got to meet ChangingEmmy!


Photo taken by my husband who is not a picture taker nor is he familiar with this camera. I should also add that I am standing one step up from Emmy.

  
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POSITIVEPAULA8 3/26/2013 2:30AM

    That is great to when you can meet fellow sparkers in person! Your husband did a great job with the photo! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/24/2013 11:57PM

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BLAYNESGAMMY 3/24/2013 9:38PM

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 3/24/2013 9:26PM

    You both look wonderful!
How cool to meet online friends in person! emoticon

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COOLCALLALILY 3/24/2013 8:05PM

    How nice! You look great, Mom!

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MOMOSG 3/24/2013 7:19PM

    That is so nice!

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CELEST 3/24/2013 6:45AM

    That is delightful.....wish there were more sparkers in my part of the world. The closest live 4hrs away which makes seeing each other almost impossible unless we have cause to go to the next city.....ah well glad you got to meet another one.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 3/23/2013 11:51PM

    Won't it be wonderful when we can all meet in person!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/23/2013 11:17PM

    Awesome! So glad you got to meet and have a spiritual feast. emoticon

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HEIDISUE1 3/23/2013 10:19PM

    It's nice to see an up to date picture of you both! Hope you enjoyed your SAD--we're going to make up ours by going to Johnson City Apr. 14.

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CHARDY0125 3/23/2013 10:09PM

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Walking on the farm

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It was just so chilly today (COLD)...the temp alone wasn't so bad, but the wind makes it feel frigid. When the temps warmed up some by late afternoon, Daisy and I took a walk around part of the field/farm where things are a bit more protected than the open fields. DS's two dogs joined us as we walked. Thought I would share the pics I took...and also wanted to show you pics of some of those tiny flowers I told you about. I think there are three different varieties pictured here. Wish you could have been along for the stroll!







I don't know what any of those flowers are called. Here are some other photos from our walk.









Hyacinth in the garden

  
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BLAYNESGAMMY 3/28/2013 11:21PM

    Great photos. :)

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MZDEBBI 3/25/2013 9:13PM

    Your own piece of paradise, love the pictures. Wish I could go on your next walk.
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SUNNYWBL 3/24/2013 1:15AM

    I just love your pictures of the wee flowers. In one pic that you said had 3 different flowers, I thought the largest looked like a violet or viola, perhaps a birds foot violet!

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 3/23/2013 7:35PM

    How wonderful to just walk outside and relax while getting in activity! emoticon

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CELEST 3/22/2013 9:46AM

    They sure are tiny. I sooo wish we could walk together. You are privileged to live on a farm with your own walking turf right outside your front door.....love it.

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TATTER3 3/22/2013 6:32AM

    Looks like my woods. Talked to the youth minister about having the kids come and sweep Honey's yard when it's dryer. We'll be picking up my property for the rest of the Spring and Summer. Wouldn't do without the trees though!

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MOTLEM 3/21/2013 11:20PM

    Great walk, lovely pics. Thanks for sharing. I guess that's an American coin, so don't really know the true size as I'm Australian.
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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/21/2013 9:09PM

    Awesome. We must have had a frost, yesterday our dafodills had brown spots on them. Then we had 50 mile an hour winds that made a mess of everything.

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MA_DIDDLES 3/21/2013 8:45PM

    It does look like things are starting to come alive. Did U find your fitbit?

I have been spending a lot of time on my yard this week. I think I have a project going on every side of the house. Today I transplanted a tree that got to big for the pot it was in. I don't know what kind of a tree. It could be an orange or a starfruit tree (I think)
I transplanted it because now I am curious. I guess I won't know till it starts bearing fruit, then I will have to find a place to plant it. Not in my yard thou.
Hope all is well. MA

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LYN-EDWY 3/21/2013 8:34PM

  I wish I could have gone with you too.
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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 3/21/2013 8:25PM

    Asta thank you for sharing. The pics are so nice to see.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 3/21/2013 6:01PM

    Nice pictures! Thank you for sharing them. With those little flowers it shows spring is on the way for you while Autumn is on the way for us in Australia. emoticon

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TONYVAND1 3/21/2013 5:51PM

  Always enjoy walking on the farm

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AUDISP 3/21/2013 5:47PM

    Thank you for the pictures. There is hope for spring.

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Which label to believe???

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I have been having oat bran for breakfast for a while now. I am confused by the labels on the two brands available in my local grocery. What do you think when the serving size doubles from one to the other, but the calorie count goes up only 30 calories? How could that be? Both list oat bran as the only ingredient.

Hodgsens Mill


Kroger


What do you think?

Today is the first day of Spring according to the calendar.

This is the view out my door...looking at our young willow tree (and down the driveway).


Spring is springing here! Daffodils began blooming in January...lots of other things coming up and blooming, too. These are the leaves on the willow tree!


Naptime for our chickens under the privet hedge. Most of these are only half grown. We have a very few of our last flock left..two roosters and a few hens.

  
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COOPQUILTLADY 3/22/2013 3:34PM

    The difference in the oat bran calorie counts could be this. Dr. Oz just said the other day that the nutritional info on product packaging just has to be something like 75% correct. Go figure!! That could mean a lot of difference.

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BOOKWERME 3/21/2013 8:49AM

    The hens nap by just nestling down as if they were in a nest. The squatting thing is much like when the rooster pursues them for mating. I cn see how a hen might do that if it were expecting to be picked up (ours are not that tame). I have thought I had dead hens on a number of occasions when they sunbathe and dust in the driveway or dirt...they lie on their sides, legs and wings extended...and look dead!

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CELEST 3/21/2013 8:35AM

    If you're getting spring, we should be getting autumn...yay. My nephew had a Rhode Island hen called Flower. Flower used to squat every time my nephew came near and this enabled him to pick her up and carry her around. Sadly it gave the staff on the farm an easy target. Flower disappeared and we assume she ended up being dinner.

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CHANGINGEMMY 3/21/2013 8:05AM

    That's definitely odd!!

I love all of your pictures! Weeping willows are one of my favorite trees!

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TATTER3 3/21/2013 6:56AM

    I love the lane...and didn't know chickens sat like that. I have a lot to learn! LOL. Thanks for posting!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 3/20/2013 10:54PM

    Oh I love the pics, makes me wanna come visit.

As for the Oat Bran, the differences are in the way they are processed. I have found that Kroger brands are better tasting and are more accurate on their labels. We use mainly Kroger products now.

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BOOKWERME 3/20/2013 7:23PM

    Just noticed that the 1/4 cup for the one and 1/2 cup for the other equals 40 grams on both! another mystery to me!
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POSITIVEPAULA8 3/20/2013 7:17PM

    I would say perhaps at a guess it is the way the oats are made or processed that I think, can have a lot to do it with it?

My mother and I for instance only eat organic steel cut oats not minute oats etc..

Love your photo's. Thanks for sharing them.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/20/2013 7:00PM

    You have me there! It is odd.

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More pick up Sticks

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It poured rain yesterday with lots of wind to go with it. No walking in the field for me!

Today, though cool, is beautiful (and breezy). Daisy and I went out to the field for more pick up sticks. She is not coughing any more...I have been treating that with manuka honey and it seems to have helped. She is still panting alot with any exertion. Don't know if I can treat that or not.

ANYway...I did about 50 minutes of picking up sticks. As I was working it reminded me of when we first moved out here. We installed a Buck Stove for heat...but had no ready cut supply of firewood. We were out in the woods alot that year. DH was working a late shift so I often found myself gathering wood for the night...and many times, seeking small sticks and kindling to get the coals fired up again. Along with the branches and bark I am piling up, many of the sticks I am picking up would be well suited as kindling. I am pleased with my efforts.

DH told me he has seen the cows rubbing on everything to help shed the winter fur. I hope the cattle don't decide to try out my stick pile. They did sample the cedar branches in another pile..pulling out branches as they investigated.

One thing that always amazes me is how the field will look so dead..but when you walk out there, there is so much going on! Grass and weeds are greening up. Tiny flowers are blooming everywhere..but you don't see them from a distance. Here is a cell phone (mine is ancient) picture of some tiny blue flowers that absolutely delight me. They are EVERYwhere out there.

  
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CHANGINGEMMY 3/20/2013 4:08PM

    I'm glad Daisy is doing some better!

You've had your work cut out for ya with all that stick picking up.

Isn't Jehovah's creation just beautiful? It's so loving of him to provide us with all of this and get joy from it!

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BOOKWERME 3/20/2013 8:25AM

    These flowers are TINY...maybe half the size of the nail on my little fingers! MUCH smaller than violets or morning glory. I will try to take a pic with something for comparison. When you are out walking, you don't even see them unless you look down...no fields of color painting the grassland!

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TATTER3 3/20/2013 6:54AM

    I'm dreading the stick thing...I live in the woods!!!

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CELEST 3/20/2013 1:47AM

    Lovely exercise esp the fact that its outdoors...and has man/woman's best friend with for company. The flowers look similar to what I know as Morning Glory...a blue forest creeper. Signs that your spring is on the way.
We are experiencing cooler weather now with mornings being really nippy.

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5FOOTRUNT 3/19/2013 9:53PM

    Glad to hear Daisy's cough has gone away. The getting out is good for her and with inspiration like those flowers is good for you too.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 3/19/2013 6:51PM

    Manuka honey is wonderful for many things as is medi honey. Glad it is helping Daisy's cough! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/19/2013 6:39PM

    Awesome, we have little violets all over our yard in full bloom. Lots of daffodils too.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 3/19/2013 6:18PM

    I wish our cold nastiness would go away so our blooming could begin. We have a lot of things that will rebloom this year plus we have expanded our garden and added more bulbs for this year.

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