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To Ichycoo Park that's Where I've Been

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Over bridge so high
To rest my eyes on blue green hues
Under clear blue skies
To Trader Joes that's where I've been

What did you do there? - I had to buy
What did you feel there? - Well I cried

But why the tears there? - I'll tell you why - yyyyy

It's all too beautiful!

(and luckily too crowded. If I could have REALLY shopped, I would have spent way more than $143.)
I bought organic bananas and freeze dried grapes
Some coconut cream and frozen sliced leaks
A Super Spinach Salad and Thai Shrimp Lime Skewers
But I never did find those elusive oat groats.

I found blueberry Goat Cheese Log, and mini shredded wheat
The shelled edamame will surely be a treat
Sweet potato tots and raw pine nuts,
But best of all was Tarte Aux Champignons.

I bought haricot verts, and plump golden raisins
A rice blend with vegge, and kaleidoscope chard
chicken gorgonzola and almond meal
The body butter has a heavenly feel.

TJ's Greek yogurt is delicious, so is the mushroom tart and super spinach salad. But the best was having so many choices for what I consider to be healthy, and apparently delicious. It was next to impossible for the other customers packed into the store like sardines to look with me running around like a crazy woman. My mom just stayed down at the end of an aisle with the cart and tried to act like she didn't know me. And my sister just kept taking me to new things she thought I missed. I filled 4 shopping bags and my huge cooler with wonderment.

And now the adventure begins, working out menus that pull in all of my new ingredients into healthy, delicious meals.

I understand they are negotiating for a store site in Tampa which will make it about a 50 mile trip to the store instead of 117. North Tampa would be beneficial to everyone concerned, especially me. I think in the same area as the Whole Foods Store would be perfect!!

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DS9KIE 3/28/2013 9:40AM


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PATRICIAAK 3/24/2013 9:01PM

    I like TJ's. Hope the closer one happens.

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AGAWRITER 3/24/2013 4:39PM

    Sounds exactly like out Trader Joe's. Glad you had fun.

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LESLIELENORE 3/24/2013 3:18PM

    emoticon Here's hoping!

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POPSY190 3/24/2013 3:05PM

    Hope you get a store nearby soon!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

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(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

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Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

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Signed: Sue (Bravelute) March 20, 2013

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?

To do so, copy and paste and put on ur page under blog. :)

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BOPPY_ 3/23/2013 5:22PM


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CHRISTINASP 3/22/2013 6:38AM

    Knowing myself the moment I make a pledge I will break it. So I'd better just continue to 'persevere' without making a statement about it!! emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 3/20/2013 9:16PM

    I have re-posted this before and I am gonna do it again! Every time it comes around, I'll re-commit myself to NEVER EVER QUIT!

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Spark Coach Assignment: Moderation

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it is to moderate the amount of time you spend in your recliner. Go ahead. Admit it. 1 hour for each meal to prep and eat, 8 hours for time in bed, leaves 13 hours in the recliner. Something is wrong with this picture.

Here is a list of things to do:

1. Turn off the TV. Bet you can't stay in that recliner for very long now!!

2. Grab your water and a book and move to chair in the bright studio where you notice you have been dropping off things you found in other places right on top of your painting table so you start to put things away and see the painting you were working on a few days ago, left because you weren't sure if it was finished and you look at it and realize it's not finished, so you finish clearing, get some water, and add a layer of depth to bring out the lights.

3. Then you realize you'd like some fresh air so you go sit in a chair on the porch. Bet you'll see an iris that just opened and then you'll need to get the camera to take a picture and you'll see the neighbor across the street and have to go say "HI" and he'll ask a question about pruning his firecracker bush and you'll have to go see and there's the golf course covered with dew, calling you to go for a walk so since you have your camera with you, you go looking for long shots and close ups of signs of spring and you find yourself up by the pool so you check on the construction and see that they are only waiting for final inspection to reopen so you keep walking, and soon the camera winds up in your pocket and you just enjoy the morning.

4. As you return home, you realize it's time to fix lunch so you check the plan, prep, and eat all the while thinking you should go to the pool at the Y so you check the schedule and see two classes after supper so you sit down in the recliner to do a little Spark People. And you remember you wanted to check the planting schedule and see that the next three days are super planting days, but one day will be lost going to Trader Joes, so you go to the garden center for vermiculite and 3 kinds of compost to add to yours and go home and build the 2 new raised beds in the shade of trees on the west side of the property, mix the soil mix and fill the boxes.

5. You check the time and see you have just enough time to eat a salad, shower, and get to the Y for the two pool classes and you laugh during aqua zumba and you sweat during water exercise and when you get back home, you sit in the old friend, the recliner, and you say, "How ya doin'? Haven't seen you much today!" And you check the TV schedule and see two shows you'd like to watch, but know you aren't going to watch TV after such a long day, so you set them to record and notice the harp sitting beside the TV so you turn off most of the lights and play for a few minutes before hitting the pillow, wondering if this is what moderation feels like.

Maybe you'll have time to read on the trip to Trader Joe's tomorrow.

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ANGEL1066 3/20/2013 11:56PM

    really terrific day, and great recommendation, tho recliner feels pretty good right no, its been a long day here, too. God Bless!

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EFFIEANNIE 3/20/2013 8:48AM

    Sounds like a pretty full day to me. Our weather here sucks- it is only going to be a high of 24 degrees today. I wouldn't want to drive a long way either. How often do you make a trip to Trader Joes?

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CRAFTSFAN1 3/19/2013 8:22PM

    emoticon All that as a consequence of turning off the TV. By the way, how was your visit to Trader Joe's?

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POPSY190 3/19/2013 2:22PM

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FLDEEZ 3/19/2013 10:32AM

    What a great day - all because of missed time in the recliner. Great way to look at it - thanks for posting this fun perspective!!

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MATTEROFHEART 3/19/2013 9:57AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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MARGOMCP 3/19/2013 9:46AM

    LOL! Good thinking/job emoticon

I no longer have a recliner; believe me, it isn't the chair that is doing it, any chair will do emoticon I have half a loveseat in front of a scissor lift coffee table (now it's a coffee table, now it's a "desk"). I did at least move from the dark corner of my living room to the area where I can see outside and get sunlight :-)

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I have been thinking . . .

Monday, March 18, 2013

I have been thinking that the kind of thinking or lack of thinking that got me to where I was last July is slowly changing. It's like I'm in one of those revolving doors, pushing the door in front of me slowly so the door behind me doesn't come up and smack me from behind. I can see the scenery is changing. When I get into the inner workings of the door where you can't see where you're going or where you've been or even how the door works, you start to wonder if there WILL be an opening where you'll finally come out in a new place, and not wind up back where you started.

And then you see a glimmer of light ahead, just a few more baby steps and you'll be there, stepping out into a brand new life. I hope my thinking will have changed enough so that when I step out into that brand new life, it will seem like I'm just stepping into a comfy pair of shoes.

“The thinking that got us to where we are is not the thinking that will get us to where we want to be.”
— ~ Albert Einstein

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LESLIELENORE 3/19/2013 5:00PM

    Interesting image. I will keep it in mind.

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GAILANN48 3/19/2013 9:25AM

    Loved this blog - your image of the revolving door really resonated with me. Keep thinking, and keep posting those thoughts!!!

emoticon :) Gail

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PATRICIAAK 3/19/2013 12:01AM

    It's called growth.

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JO88BAKO 3/18/2013 11:02PM

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Thank you for the tips and ideas. I really appreciate them. Finally tonight it went away. Hope you have a great week!

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AGAWRITER 3/18/2013 10:46PM

    Love your analogy, although I loved swimming in thoughts more.

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ANGEL1066 3/18/2013 10:38PM

    Good luck with that door

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FUTUREHOPE49 3/18/2013 10:12PM

    emoticon Hope you get your comfy shoes to fit in! never give up! emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 3/18/2013 9:25PM

    Wow! Great analogy! I love that! It makes me feel good to be in the place where I am, but anticipating where I will eventually be!

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NELLIEC 3/18/2013 9:00PM

    I do think there are times in our lives like this.

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The Last Rose of Winter and 1st Swim of Spring

Sunday, March 17, 2013

'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone All her lovely companions are faded and gone"

I know the bard is Not thinking of a cabbage but this "Last Rose of Winter, " this cabbage was the last harvest from my fall garden. I do still have shallots, onions, garlics, and leeks but they take a long time to bring to maturity. But the rest of her lovely companions-peas, beans, squash, and LOTS of salad greens are all faded and gone.

And to celebrate, I decided to be brave and go the pool at the YMCA. I think it will take at least another week for the community pool to finish construction. So I went. And I'm very sorry I didn't go sooner. They evidently still heat the pool and cover it at night because the water temp was 86 degrees. And I think everything seemed warmer because you didn't have the fans blowing the cold outside air inside to keep the bubble inflated.

I worked 90 minutes and could have done another hour if I wasn't already a prune.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!!

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LESLIELENORE 3/18/2013 6:13PM

    That is a beautiful cabbage. So pretty! Glad you enjoyed the pool.

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CHRISTINASP 3/18/2013 4:16PM

    That pool looks soooo good! So does the cabbage, by the way. But in a different way. One cannot really eat a pool or swim in a cabbage, hmm. Or, it would not be good for our health! lol

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LVSHOPE 3/18/2013 2:59PM

    Way to go, Sue!

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SHARJOPAUL 3/18/2013 8:17AM

    That cabbage is beautiful! I can't wait to plant my spring veggies. Just need the soil to dry out enough I can work it. Swimming has got to wait for me, the lake is way too cold, but if we get a nice warm day soon I may take my kayak out.

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BUDDHA33 3/18/2013 7:23AM

    Your cabbage looks absolutely perfect. You are an excellent gardener, Bravelute! Guess you don't have to worry much about deer and squirrels there. I moved my veggies into pots on my deck last year to deter the deer, but they just came right up on my deck to eat to their hearts' content. Its a good thing they are so beautiful!

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PATRICIAAK 3/17/2013 10:20PM

    Sounds like a great way to spend St Patrick's Day afternoon.

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NELLIEC 3/17/2013 8:40PM

    Sounds like you REALLY enjoyed that pool! emoticon

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