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first cherries!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Yesterday, we got our first ever cherries from the new orchard. Bruce didn't think they were quite ripe..but I thought they were very nice! We planted an orchard after the electric company came in and decimated our trees clearing the right of way...they made a huge mess. So, we took down the damaged trees and planted an orchard of dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees...being sure to stay clear of the right of way!

So we just got our FIRST fruits! Yea!

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HONEYDRIPPER 6/9/2010 12:12PM

    Cherries YUM! We just started getting them in markets here. Although delicious I know they aren't as good as fresh picked.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/31/2010 5:15PM

    Wow, your's are way ahead of ours. Most of ours are still green with trees here and there turning red.

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CELEST 5/31/2010 3:56PM

    Wish bottling and sending them around the world wasn't sooo expensive. I'd have love to buy some Asta Cherries. Love fresh off the tree too.

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BOOKWERME 5/31/2010 3:07PM

    Our "crop" is just a handful in a small bowl so far...trees are still so little! These are mottled in and white skin. I don't know what they are supposed to look like, but they are quite edible.

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RASCALSMOMMA 5/31/2010 11:15AM

    "And they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage"! Congratulations! The only cherries that I really like are white. Grace got me to try em the last year I was in Janesville during farmers market. Loved em! Glad you have your crop! Hugs and thanks emoticon Laurie

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LBP1961 5/31/2010 8:28AM

    Lucky you. Our birds are eating all of the cherries even if they are not ripe yet. Too late to put a protective mesh.
And congrats in being so proactive for mother Earth. emoticon

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Still off! Wow.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I have struggled with this weight loss process and blood sugars all along. Gained weight after losing only three pounds..then took all that excess back off.

I recently posted that I had finally broken the plateau and knocked off two more pounds. I admit, though, I was not so sure it was REALLY off. To my surprise and delight it IS still off...and nudging the next one! emoticon

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BARETREES130 5/13/2010 9:29AM

    YAY! You're doing something right! If you can get your metabolism running good it'll keep on working to your benefit. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/13/2010 12:32AM

    emoticonIt's always nice to see it going down even if it takes it's gay old time about it!

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BOOKWERME 5/12/2010 4:18PM

    AWWW...aren't you sweet to say so!

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CELEST 5/12/2010 2:04PM

    How absolutely fabulous. Just love it when your pounds are not friends and knock each other out lol. Keep going, you are looking younger than when I first met you.

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Shopping in my closet

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I have recently noticed the change in how some of my clothing feels. Yesterday, the scale finally registered a break in a long standing plateau. As I make the seasonal clothing changes, I decided to try on some of the clothing hanging in my closet...some still bearing pricetags! I was delighted to find some things FIT this year. Some are close to fitting, but I won't wear them in public even though I can get them on.

It was fun seeing some of the nice things I have waiting in "store" for me...and it shouldn't take too many more pounds to complete the size change. On top of all that, it is good incentive for me to keep things going!

Wonder if I can get into that RED DRESS by my Anniversary! emoticon

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JENN154 5/23/2010 9:00AM

    That is awesome!!! It is fun to find out you have lost enough to wear a smaller size! Great job!

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    Love it! emoticon emoticon Mnay of what I have been wearing are baggy and need to find a new home. Isn't it emoticon to see a difference?

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Little step is a big one for me!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I CAN'T believe it...I finally busted through that plateau! I lost three pounds when I first started SP...THEN gained weight! I have lost 11 pounds over the last year..but never moved my "ticker" up or down. (last "ticker" change was 9-7-2007, how embarrassing!) This morning, finally, I show a net loss on the scale....down two pounds today! So technically, I have only lost five pounds since joining SP but I am THRILLED!

WHY this has taken so long I don't know...but I am definitely healthier than when I started. My changes have been gradual. I know more ( have learned a lot!!) and am applying it better, though it is an ongoing process.

I really admire those who have managed to lose literally hundreds of pounds to my tiny 5, YOU have helped me...and I thank you.

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BOOKWERME 5/5/2010 6:33PM

    I AGREE!!!! Thanks for your support.

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NCURTIS10 5/5/2010 6:19PM

    It's better to lose it slow than to lose it fast and gain it all back emoticon

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BOOKWERME 5/5/2010 1:48PM

    I agree...of course I have lost 11 lbs in addition to this last the last year! Still a pound a month for a year is not bad considering all the other stuff that has gone on.Just to I ultimately get to where I want to go..that's what counts. I am DEFINITELY much healthier than two yrs ago!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I was on a year long plateau that finally broke 6 months ago. They can be so frustrating. Keep up the hard work. Mine is a slow loss to which is better than a quick one that would come back quicker.

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ILOVELIFE2012 5/5/2010 9:07AM

    congrats on your 5 lb. weight loss. I'm of the belief that things happen for a reason and if you lose 5 lbs. in a week or in 2 1/2 years, it's all good ya know? Something kinda motivating if you are interested and may or may not heard of. Head to your local grocery store and pick up a 5 lb. bag of potatoes. That's how much is "off" of your body..... way to go.

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Tennessee Flooding May 3, 2010

Monday, May 03, 2010

I went out early this was still very see what I could get pictures of. I tried some video with my camera (didn't know it could take video) but can't seem to access it which is too bad as it would show the extent of our flooding so well. These are a variety of images taken around our farm.

This is looking east toward the north side of our house (rear) and the garden.

Bruce standing on the road...water behind him is waist deep if you were to walk down the roadway (my son did it yesterday). The roadway is elevated through this area.

debris left by the water when the runoff went over the driveway. Note the culvert in the foreground.

view of the rear of the cow field...looking toward neighbors house and golf course.

view from the road looking up my son's driveway.

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MARIE4950 5/4/2010 9:19PM

    I miss you Asta, I have been thinking of you and glad you are ok.
Love the pictures. Keep strong.
Love you,

Marie emoticon

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JCHOATEX2 5/4/2010 6:48PM

    That first picture is absolutely gorgeous, like it should be on a postcard or notecard! I'm glad you're all safe and hopefully, dry!

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BOOKWERME 5/3/2010 4:51PM

    Thanks...we are FINE. Wish I could say the same for all the people I am seeing on flooded, rescues continue all day today. At least weather is gorgeous.

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    I am so glad you are safe I pray you stay safe.

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CELEST 5/3/2010 3:33PM

    The elements are soooo powerful wow. I love your house, its like something out of a glossy magazine. I miss living on a farm, and once in the paradise, I'm hoping I will be able to live on one again with a whole McDonalds farm of animals.

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KVANCLEAVE 5/3/2010 12:03PM

    I'm glad you are OK. It looks like the house escaped being flooded, that is great. Is there another way to get somewhere that is not underwater or is that the only road?
Sending lots of prayers for all our brothers and sisters, dealing with this old system, and all of it's trials. Take good care, and thanks for letting us know you're OK. emoticon emoticon

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COWBOY49 5/3/2010 10:43AM

    God be with you. A friend of mine sent me several photos she had taken out in there back pasture of a house floating by.

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