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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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    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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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 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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    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


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 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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    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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Pick up Sticks

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Step, step, step, bend and stretch. Step, step, step, bend and stretch. Such was the focus of my exercise today. Daisy is struggling with her health, but loves to walk and I think it is important for her to get any exercise she can off we went on our walk today. I took it at stroll pace for Daisy's sake. She stopped to lie down and rest twice..I think a visit to the vet is in our near future.

Anyway, I eventually got out in the middle of the field for my intended project. Pics are taken with my ancient cell phone. Note the stick debris in the foreground (you can barely see it...and it was strewned all over...all that is now picked up along with much more.

This tree had died some time ago, and a storm had brought down lots of branch and twig debris. DH will be cutting out some more of the usable firewood, but with our efficient woodburning stove we no longer need lots of little stuff. I am leaving some of the larger pieces to offer our neighbor who has a very small Buck stove, but the rest of the little stuff is what I am picking up and piling for a later burn.

And if I have uploaded these in the right sequence, this should be the end result of an hour worth of picking up sticks.

I know my pile of sticks doesn't look impressive, but remember many of these are very little sticks! There is still enough on the ground out there for another "walk" like this one.

It took Daisy and me another 15 minutes to walk back up to the it was a good morning walk. Our meeting at KH is at 5 pm so I still have plenty of time to get ready. DH was in the invitation work all morning.

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MA_DIDDLES 3/21/2013 8:48PM

    When is the weenie roast?

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CELEST 3/18/2013 2:20PM

    You exercise sounds so much like my boot camp without the expense. I love work like this and living on a day.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 3/18/2013 6:29AM

    Wow that is some pile you have there! Hope Daisy Feels much better soon! Take Care,

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/17/2013 10:58PM

    Loads of exercise emoticon

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5FOOTRUNT 3/17/2013 9:23PM

    I would say that you had quite the workout today. Those are a lot of sticks. Sorry to hear Daisy is having such a hard time. Hope she's feeling better soon.

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CHANGINGEMMY 3/17/2013 7:44PM

    Wow!! You've done a lot of work.

Poor Daisy!! It's hard to see our furry babies slowing down.

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    Poor Daisy!! I know how hard to see your loved ones not doing well, even our pets. Enjoy the meeting, I know I will!

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