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Walking in the woods today

Thursday, March 11, 2010



This is a picture taken with my ancient cell phone. It shows the trail between my son's house and my own here on the farm. I walked up there with the dogs today. My friend Lori posts so many lovely pictures of her walking trail..and Carol posts pictures of clouds and flowers and mountains. Thought I would share a piece of my world.

Our weather is warming up some..first daffodils bloomed today. Grass is beginning to show green. We aren't done with winter yet, but the deep freezes appear to be over in our area, for which I am very grateful.

  
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CELEST 3/12/2010 2:39PM

    Wow how lovely is that and on your own doorstep....lucky you. You are going into spring and we are coming up for autumn....I'm grateful cos its been sooo hot.

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BOOKWERME 3/11/2010 6:06PM

    Me, too.

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NORWEGIANDITZ 3/11/2010 6:02PM

    That picture makes me want spring even more!!! emoticon

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I just don't understand.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I spent 50 minutes bending, stretching and walking today...picking up the trash left behind by neighbors and others as they pass our roadfront. emoticon The area I cleaned up is not that long...maybe the length of an average house lot on a corner. I didn't count the bottles but I got 44 beer cans! There was plastic, paper, aluminum, glass...broken (hazardous to our animals and children!) and whole bottles, styrofoam, barbed wire, reg. wire, cups, plates, plastic bags, one halloween goody bag and two golf balls (!?!)

I just DON'T understand why anyone feels free to toss so much stuff out their car windows...ANYWHERE! emoticon

I can certainly think of more pleasant exercise.

  
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KVANCLEAVE 3/13/2010 9:47PM

    We went driving down some logging roads today looking for some good photo ops and were amazed by all the garbage up there in the middle of nowhere. It has always been one of my pet peeves, and I can't wait for the new system to see this jewel of a planet as it should be. The way Jehovah planned it.

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WANT2BHEALTHY60 3/4/2010 1:24PM

    If you think Tennessee is bad, you should come to Ecuador. There are no dog leash laws, and there are many alcoholics, and neighborhood stores which sell candy, ice cream, chips, which all get deposited on the streets. I, too look forward to Jehovah´s teaching us all cleanliness habits.
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BOOKWERME 1/29/2010 3:56PM

    God intended man to live in a paradise...no roadside trash...and it will come in due time. Isaiah 55:11. REvelation 11:18 (at the end) speaks of God bringing to ruin those ruining the earth. HE is watching!

It will indeed be wonderful when all mankind lives in peace and the earth is restored to the paradise condition it was intended to be.

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POUNDSTOGO3 1/29/2010 3:39PM

    Just checking up on Spark friends when I noticed your blog. We live on a main highway and keep the ditch mowed. People are such pigs and love to throw their cans, bottles, and whatever. Bikers love to ride the ditch and tear up the lawn and driveway. Wouldn't this be a wonderful world if people followed the Golden Rule?

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/25/2010 2:05AM

    People are slobs. You wonder if their homes look as bad. Dh worked for the City for 27 1/2 years cleaning up peoples garbage. It was in a sense job security, kept him running the street sweeper that long.

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BOOKWERME 1/24/2010 2:19PM

    We used to have a neighbor who chose to dump on a tiny turn off along a narrow road. I drove by there daily and deplored the mess. Even a dead pig had been dumped at one time. One day as I was heading home, saw my neighbor there with his hands on a huge garbage bag..as if he were about to lift it. I stopped and said (I am amazed at my audacity!) "You AREN'T dumping that there are you?" He claimed "oh no...am looking for cans". I told him I was glad to hear that since someone was making a HUGE mess there and it needed to be stopped! He agreed (yea, right!) I stopped by there later and found cans all over the place so I KNOW he was lying. The dumping there did slow down..and eventually I notified the county since the clean up crews were on the main roads nearby. They really got it cleaned up. Today the little turn out is gone, part of someones front yard. But, the dumping has not stopped, just moved and spread out further...we were observing how much mess there is all along the main road...whole truck-loads of mess, including shingles and furniture. Grrrr!

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CELEST 1/24/2010 9:28AM

    Well then its a global scourge. I walk everywhere now and I regularly see how cars must have pulled up and just dumped their cigarette butts on the side of the pavement. People are dirty in general. Most annoying to say the least. Image how irritated Jehovah must be to see people messing up his home this way?

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NORWEGIANDITZ 1/23/2010 11:10PM

    I totally agree. About a mile up the road from where I live, there is tons of trash spilled out all over. It's sad, because there's a lot of wildlife that lives around there. Raccoons, deer, etc. :( People just don't have respect.

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BOOKWERME 1/23/2010 10:41PM

    Alas...no addresses or names...and one Rx bottle but empty and with label so washed/faded it was illegible. Good idea though. We get MOSTLY beer cans and beer bottles...and an occasional whisky bottle.

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BEVPRESLEY 1/23/2010 10:39PM

    I agree wholeheartedly. It is so sad people have no more respect for their environment than to trash it up like that. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to twitch your nose and have it all reappear in the trunk of their cars. If you find anything with an address or identification on it, call the authorities. If you find prescription bottles, call the EPA and report it. Discarding medications is a big no no to them.

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/23/2010 6:47PM

    No Kidding Asta! On my daily walk to Blackhawk I have to pass the Sentry store. On the sidewalk was DOG POOP! Several. I wondered how long it'd have to sit there. Finally Wednesday Id had enough. I was coming home and it was still there (of course) and I went into Sentry, got a produce bag , and went to work. GRRRR. And people were looking at me cleaning it up but that was the extent. NO one offered to help, or claimed responsibility! I know exactly how you feel! Hugs to you though for doing what was good in Jehovah's eyes! Laurie

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AMBUDMAN 1/23/2010 6:31PM

    I wonder the same thing all the time. emoticon

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Observations on my cold days.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

As I am working at getting my tongue to be happy with less sweet taste in things I eat or drink, I am also trying to retrain my thinking about when I eat, what I eat and how I exercise.

With the deep cold we are having right now...and the difficulty in warming our old old house, it is hard to get out to walk. My poor dog spent too long outside last evening and came in shivering!!! BUT..when you are doing something..like hauling firewood, for example...you are exercising...just not in the timed, workout (as in a gym or class) manner. So..am trying to concentrate on that kind of exercise.

It is also good to remember that moving generates heat..so when you are cold sitting there on the couch...if you MOVE, you will warm up.

  
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RASCALSMOMMA 1/7/2010 2:43PM

    Hope Napoleon wont "waterloo" before you get the new stove! Great talking to ya. See ya at teatime! Hugs.

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MARIE4950 1/7/2010 12:25AM

    I remember having to haul in wood to heat the house. Keeping it going all night long. Never really getting warm and toasty.
Do the best you can, we have the caold here in Michigan too.
Big Hugs!

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ReTrain...brain and tongue

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Not too long ago, Dr. Oz made a comment to someone on his show about eating so much fat and sugar...he said if you don't stop consuming so much of those things, your taste buds can never mature (my paraphrase). Hmmm. Never thought of that. Mature tastes?

Then today, I received the Hauser Diet (Bear) newsletter which opened, in part, with:

"Retrain your brain away from sugar needs and Hypereating

Recent studies have shown that a diet high in processed sugar and fat can stimulate the brain's dopamine pathway – the pleasure-sensing area of the brain and that over time, the brain will want more of this stimuli to light up this pathway. Therefore, overeating occurs as a result of the learned behavior of consuming high sugar and fat items that are so common in the American diet. This behavior is now being coined as “hypereating”. "

Both of these items seem to me to inter-relate. I DO need to retrain my brain AND taste buds. I like all the stuff I should be eating, but always lean towards stuff I should NOT eat. My head knows all the reasons for better choices..so what part of me is leading me astray? My brain? My tongue? Seems like both working together. Worse yet, I can eat small amts of the good stuff..and usually be satisfied, but never seem to get enough of the NOT good-for-me stuff.

Retraining the brain pathways and my wayward taste buds sounds like a GOOD challenge for me to tackle. I wish DOing it was as easy as KNOWing it.

  
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SHEILA1505 1/4/2010 11:12AM

    As I have matured, so have my tastes in wine. When I was in my 20s I preferred sweet white wines, then progressed to semi-sweet and now prefer Dry Red provided that is has little or no sulphides.
I have also progressed / matured into 70 -85% dark chocolate and stopped having sugar in my black coffee about 25 years ago.
Now I "sweeten" plain yogurt with cinnamon.
The only thing that really required a concerted effort to change was drinking coffee without sugar; otherwise it was a question of changing/maturing taste


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CELEST 1/4/2010 9:47AM

    emoticonyou sound like the Apostle Paul who had a war going on within himself. The good he wanted to do, he couldn't and the bad he didn't want to do, was prevalent all the time. But just like Paul, you can fight this fight and WIN.
Have fun achieving this goal.
I can guarantee that the retraining works. I don't touch sweets or even want them. But, I do eat fruit, jelly and low cal yogurt which has take the place of. Its less cals, healthier for me and has cut the sugar craving and I was a bad case. I would hire a dvd, stop at the shop for junk to eat while watching. I would not be able to decide between chocolate or strawberry flavored steri milks and buy both and the same went for choosing between a packet of jelly beans or caramel squares. I would buy all four and eat and drink then during the entire movie.
I DONT DO THAT EVERRRRRRRRR ANYMORE.

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RETRACMJ 12/29/2009 12:06PM

    WOW - I've got to work on this!

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LADYIRIS313 12/29/2009 12:55AM

    I think there really IS something to this retraining the taste buds, and also changing the cravings in the process. As we just finished with Christmas, and I've let my guard down on the sweets, I am craving more and more. Now, that happens with things like cookies or pumpkin pie, but NOT when I eat an ounce of dark chocolate, like Dr. Oz recommends. If I eat simple carbs for breakfast, I find myself super hungry for the rest of the day. On the other hand, when I've been very thoughtful with my food, I find myself craving 'real' foods - tasty greens, eggs, nuts, salmon ... and so forth, and really, truly enjoying my food instead of mindlessly cramming in the urge of the moment.

Thanks for sharing this ... food for thought.


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F8CONE8 12/28/2009 7:51PM

    Good information emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/26/2009 4:51PM

    I was just telling someone today how I had to "retrain" my taste buds. When you "chow down" on "goodies" pretty soon they all taste alike. BUT when you slow down and "analyze" if you will what your eating, You can taste a difference. For instance Chocolate. Did you knwo there are three tastes to chocolate. White chocolate is reeeeally sweet. I didnt notice that however when I was chomping the wc/macadamia cookie at subway!. Milk chocolate is sweet but you can want more without getting a headache. HENCE the birth of the toll house cookie! Dark chocolate is somewhat bitter but it welll, I call it "sweet with a bite to it". This is the one most sugarsensitve people that Ive talked to, can tolerate. Id like a copy of that article or show, if you could send it my way! Hugs Laurie

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Glad I didn't land on my face!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Made it through a very busy week last week...hosting my daughter's in-laws. Up late and up early...was REALLY tired at the end of the week. Then there was a KH work day and service...and Sunday, a dinner invitation! Go, go,go! I have been going to my daughter's each day to help with the baby while my daughter is recovering from a difficult delivery (andchronic lack of sleep!)

We have invited a young pioneer couple to move in with us temporarily...they are struggling with finances and are considering moving back to our area if they can get enough work. They were married in this house five yrs ago! They arrived last night right about the time we got home from dinner. He started a new job today..but doesn't know yet if it is temporary of permanent. Anyway..more excitement and adjustments.

Then today..to top off everything, I drove out to my daughter's town (50 min) and stopped at the grocery before my chiropractor's app't. I was returning the cart when my ankle turned and down I went. I hung onto the cart handle so I didn't land on my face..but I pulled things all over the place...mostly in my back! Immediately took aspirin..and then made it to my chiro app't right on time (ten min after the fall). This evening, only my ankle is hurting..and I took two capsules each of Turmeric and ginger..both anti-inflamatories...and I am amazed that my ankle feels better! I expect to be sore tomorrow..but going immediately to chiro really helped avoid what could have been a lot of damage. We shall see how things feel tomorrow. I am ready to SLEEP tonight (hope I can!)

  
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HONEYDRIPPER 11/12/2009 9:34AM

    Hi there,
How's your ankle? Healing nicely I hope. You're too busy to have to nurse an ankle emoticon.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/10/2009 5:30PM

    I have actually done one of those "timing couldnt have been better" stunts as well! And the outcome was the same. Thanks for the tips on the antiinflammatories. I need as many natural things as pos. as i am allergic to the synthetic ones like benedryl and prednesone and stuff.. TC of your ankle let it rest while you get some! Hugs

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JCHOATEX2 11/10/2009 10:44AM

    Hugs dear sister! Take care of that ankle!

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THREADMASTER 11/9/2009 10:02PM

    Golly, I hope you feel better in the morning. I'll be thinking about you.

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