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Harvest Season

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I went out to the combines after work yesterday, and took some photos. We are almost finished combining the barley, but today moved over to do the wheat. These photos are of my hubby in the combine straight-cutting wheat, and then of him plus my nephew in the grain cart when the combine was unloaded.

And on another topic, this weekend is Hood To Coast, where we have several SparkPeople members actually running in the relay from the mountain to the coast (near Portland). Plus, there are several more SparkPeople members who are supporting them from home, and running the same distance as their partners doing the real thing.

My real runner is Trish (RACING4ME). I will be running leg #33 with her, starting just after lunch here. This will be her third run in two days, while just my first. I'm hoping that my fresh energy will transport through space to her, and give her fresh legs for her final journey!

It's a great event that one year I want to be a part of. But for now, I'll ghost-run my main girl, and cheer her on from afar!

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KELLEEH 8/28/2011 12:30PM

    The Hood to Coast run sounds really fun! And it's so cool that you can do it "virtually." How fun!

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    Those are some cool pictures there! I hope your running was fun!!

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NORASPAT 8/28/2011 10:07AM

    LOVE to see those pictures.
BARLEY is my favourite ever since childhood. We used it mostly as a medicine in our home. My cousin at nine had bilateral Nephritis. This is in poat war England.
We uaed to boil barley on the coal fire, that was our crock pot. After it was really like jelly it was strained. The barley was made in to a pudding or a breakfast. The liquid was made in to LEMON BARLEY WATER. Sugar and lemon juice was added and our cousin is hail and hearty to this day.
You could buy this and you still can buy it even in the US. It was expensive then and it still is. I have the chicken chilli recipe from yesterday all made up. it uses barley. I use barley flour whenn wheat bothers me and I like beef barley soup. MMMMM Good. emoticonFARMERS we appreciate and value your lifestyle. emoticonPat in Maine waiting for IRENE!!!!.

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CHALLENGER15 8/28/2011 7:22AM

    I love farming photos!

Have a great afternoon!

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COOPSM 8/28/2011 5:48AM

    Neat pictures Judi!!! How is are your calfs doing??

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KAYOTIC 8/27/2011 8:54PM

    I love barley....nice to see the combines!

And I hope your energy works, and if not, at least you'll get in a good run! emoticon

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    WTG on your racing!

Truly great photos too!!

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GOEGIRL 8/27/2011 12:09PM

    Wow, beautiful photos - and have a GREAT run this afternoon!!! Love that you're giving Trish your fresh legs :o)

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Thankful little things....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Part of my weekly challenge (from the SparkPeople Live! EMeetings) this week, is to take a couple of minutes each day to think about a few little things in my life that I can be thankful for. And I just came from my friend's blog, who did the same thing and reminded me (thanks Carrie).

I'm extremely thankful for my Spark friends who are able to get together and run Hood to Coast this weekend. It's so much fun reading about their excitement, especially as it is getting so close now.

I have a great work environment, with people I respect and can work well with.

We had a bit of rain this afternoon, so my farmer hubby got a rest from harvest. We went in to our son's house (the one that just graduated and moved away at the end of June). We enjoyed a nice dinner together.

I had a blast walking the puppy to the post office on my lunch break. She is adorable, and I'm so thankful my other son has brought her into our lives.

I am thankful for my garden, and what it provides at this time of year.

And I'm ever so grateful for SparkPeople giving me the opportunity to lead some of the eMeeting classes. I have found them to be a wonderful extension of what I can give back to others. I was looking for something to fill my empty-nest time, and this just feels right.

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NORASPAT 8/28/2011 10:11AM

    OOPS I missed reading this one. I must ask what e-meetings are and can regular Spark people participate if only as a bystander. I love to be in the thick of things going on HUGS My Special lady Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDYDOLLAR201 8/24/2011 2:44PM

    Great to be so thankful, and I am thankful for you too!

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RDARLING 8/24/2011 11:34AM

    Wonderful things to be thankful for!

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GOEGIRL 8/24/2011 11:04AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing your thankful thoughts.

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    Loved reading this list its a great idea.

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MHNGJR 8/24/2011 3:33AM

    I always find that writing down the things I'm thankful for gives me a lift and brings a smile. Just reading yours brought a smile. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 8/23/2011 10:56PM

    What a great idea :)

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International Peace Garden in Pictures

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Part of our recent camping trip included a day in the International Peace Gardens, located along the border of Manitoba Canada and North Dakota USA.

We started our tour on the West end, near the Peace Towers. I thought their simplicity was stunning.

We then went in to the Peace Chapel. It is the only building that is located on both sides of the border. There are weddings allowed inside, but special treaties must be in place first. The walls are slanted, and have stone squares with quotes written in them. They are all very inspirational, and we spent quite some time in here reading the walls.

The gardens are arranged with a walk way down both sides of the middle of the border. The Peace Towers are 1.5 miles from the garden's entrance. We started walking down the American side first. There was a monument to the September 11th terrorist attack, and had actual pieces of beams in it. There were several markers also, that gave lots of information as well as the names of the First Responders and Fire Fighters who died that day.

There were two triangular flower beds that were raised at the back, so you can see them from farther up in our walk. This one is the American flower bed, with the stars and stripes in flowers (well, one star anyway!).

There is a beautiful pond area in the centre of the walk, with fountains and flowing water. On the American side just off the pond area, is a Conservatory with a cactus garden inside, as well as a cafeteria. We stopped in for a drink, as it was very hot this day (you can see the clear blue sky in my pictures).

This shot is near the entrance way. You can see the line of water running down to the other centre fountain, and beyond. About half way to the Peace Towers, you can see the two triangularflag flower beds I mentioned earlier, one on either side of the water border. It's a gorgeous place, and my pictures don't do it justice, I'm afraid.

The gardens have a flower bed clock near the entrance. Bulova donated the workings of the clock many years ago (I remember seeing it in the 70's when I was there with my Aunt and Uncle). Each year they do a different floral pattern on the clock. I wasn't very impressed with the use of colors on this one, but here is a picture of it anyway.

This shot is right after the entrance to the gardens. See the stone cairn between the flags? It was built in 1932, the year the land was dedicated to the park. Over 50,000 people came out to the dedication, even though this cairn was all that was there at the time.

And here is the gorgeous use of color at the park entrance. Would you like to work here every day? You can see the line up to the right, for vehicles entering the USA.

On our way back on the Canadian side, we paused to take the picture of another couple that were there, and then they returned the favour.

Another shot of the beautiful centre garden, from a different angle this time.

Our beautiful Canadian triangular flower bed:

There is a Bell Tower, with 52 bells that chime every fifteen minutes. You can hear them throughout the park. The bells were originally donated by two sons to a church in memory of their mother. The church later donated them to the park, when the church was relocating.

After our walking tour, we drove our vehicle through the outer loops of the park. We stopped several times, but I didn't take my camera with me for the most part. This last shot is one of the border marker in behind the Peace Chapel. You can see the border for miles, with the trees cut out right to the horizon.

We ended the day with a trip to Bottineau ND for ice cream! Apparently, it is a snowmobilers paradise, but on this hot day, we didn't see any snow at all!!!

PS: the turtle is because the area is known as the Turtle Mountains.

Hope you enjoyed my little tour of the International Peace Gardens. We had a beautiful day there.

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    emoticon for allowing me to vicariously enjoy this beautiful and meaningful trip. I have been to all 50 states and through Canada but more so driving than visiting except for Quebec and BC where I've visited. I am putting this on my Life List to see!

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GRACIEC 5/27/2014 12:58AM

    Wow - thanks for sharing this Judi! I will definitely put that on my list of "things to see" and will plan for it the next time we're up that way! Beautiful!

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COACHKRYSTIE 8/30/2011 6:59AM

    Oh Beautiful!! It's just how I remembered it as a child!!! thank you for sharing this with me!!!

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RDARLING 8/24/2011 11:40AM

What memories this brings back to me! I spent a wk up there for about 7 summers at International Music Camp. My FIL is actually an instructor up there for several weeks over the summer.
I really need to get back up there as it is such a beautiful and inspirational place. Plus I would love to see all the changes to the gardens and IMC!

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing and bringing a smile to my face!

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LYNNANN43 8/20/2011 8:56PM

    How absolutely beautiful! I have never heard of this before. But now I sure want to go!

Thank you so much for sharing! emoticon

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COOPSM 8/20/2011 5:25PM

    Judi---your blog makes me want to go see this!! Thanks for sharing..I would have had tears for sure though seeing those beams.

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    I'm like CBAILEY, and didn't even know this existed! What a lovely tribute to our two nations who have befriended each other over the years. And what a beautiful resting place for those who experience unrest in their spirits. Yes, a peace garden. Nice.

We have a world peace rose garden in Sacramento. It is in the park on the grounds of the capitol. It's no where near this large, but still provides a place of solace. When I worked across the street, I used to walk through it on my lunch hour. Great for my soul.

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CHALLENGER15 8/19/2011 1:01PM

    I loved seeing these and I would like to see it all in person, too!

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SNOWSNAKE 8/19/2011 11:45AM

    This looks like a great place to visit, and yes- I would like to work there keeping all those flowers blooming!! The Turtle at the end? Well at first I thought he was an alien of some type, went back and looked again and thought, duh, of course its a turtle!! Thanks for sharing, as I too have never seen this before! **SNOW***

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CBAILEYC 8/19/2011 11:02AM

    Really nice pictures. I had no idea such a place even exists!

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KCATHY 8/19/2011 10:39AM

    I loved looking at your pictures--what a beautiful place! Thanks so much for sharing that experience with us.

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LIFESGREAT2DAY 8/19/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing I haven't been there in about 10 years. Although I was in Bottineau this past month.

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KAYOTIC 8/19/2011 9:39AM

    Like a trip down memory lane....we went there when I was a kid (maybe the same time you were there with you Aunt and Uncle?) and I remember being amazed you could stand in 2 countries at the same time! Kids wonder at the silliest things don't they?

It's nice to see the updated park, thanks for sharing the pictures!

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GYPSY145 8/19/2011 8:59AM

    Great pitures...we will try to get there on our way west this fall. If you have never been, the gardens at the Peace Arch Park on the Canadian border at Blaine, Wash. are beautifully done too....have a great day.


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SANDYDOLLAR201 8/19/2011 6:39AM

    It was great and the pictures were beautiful. Love the shot of you and your hubby too. Great weather and thanks for such an interesting commentary!
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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

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DAMICHAL 8/18/2011 11:13PM

    When we were there the first weekend in June they were just setting the plants into the ground. Later on is when the Gardens get really pretty.

Noraspat - So far we haven't needed passports to go to & from the Gardens even tho we do use ours. We go in the spring for the Fiddle Contest that is in the International Music Camp in the Gardens. But to go from country to country you do need them. And as I understand that is because the Gardens aren't in either country.


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NORASPAT 8/18/2011 10:16PM

    Thanks that was wonderful do you need passports to be in the gardens. Thanks for the wonderful Photo blog we really enjoyed it. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 8/18/2011 9:07PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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LAURELSPARK 8/18/2011 9:06PM

    What great must have had a wonderful day!

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ETTEZEUS 8/18/2011 9:06PM

    Thanks for taking us on part of your trip Judi.
Loved the pictures and the explanations too!
Sounds like a very nice day!

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Camping - so far no cardio!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Yesterday was a long travel day, and we were happy to reach our destination, about 7:00PM. We got the camper settled, and went to the local golf course for dinner. I had a spinach salad with a rueben sandwich. It was so good, and it had been such a long time since lunch. No cardio for me but I did do some stretching both while traveling, plus every time we got out for gas or to look at something.

When we got back, we were hard into "relax-mode"' when we noticed a noise that sounded like an airplane far overhead, that wasn't passing. It kept going, and actually started getting louder and closer, but a continuous noise. Hubby guessed thunder, but I had never heard thunder that didn't have a start and end to it. This was continuous, so we finally had to get outside and see what it was. It definitely was thunder, with lots of lightening high in the dark clouds. It got closer and louder, til rain started - big drops that made lots of noise on the camper roof. This lasted about half an hour, and then it was all over. We later found out that there was a confirmed tornado about 30 miles from us, so that's likely what the hubbub was all about!

Today, we pretty much slept in, as we are both early morning people. So it wasn't until 6:30 before I got up! Made coffee, and had a quick cereal breakfast with Saskatoon berries on the side. Then it was back into the truck for more driving. We got to a farm machinery dealership to check out a piece of equipment, and then headed north to look at a tractor. Yes, these are the types of activities we bookmark our trips with! LOL

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RANAWAY 8/9/2011 8:51PM

    Glad that tornado wasn't any closer! One of these days I'm going to have to try a Saskatoon berry!

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WMMCCRORY 8/9/2011 11:28AM

    Well I am glad that tornado stayed away! I hope you enjoy your trip! I love camping, can't wait to go myself in a couple days!

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CHALLENGER15 8/9/2011 8:06AM

    Glad you were safe!

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    Sounds like the start to a great adventure! Have fun :)

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SANDYDOLLAR201 8/8/2011 8:26PM

    Stay safe and have fun!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 8/8/2011 8:25PM

    I love great big storms ;) I'm glad yours didn't interfere too much with your vacation, though! Have fun emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 8/8/2011 8:25PM

    That's too close to a tornado! Happy it didn't get any closer.
Love sleepin' in!

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/8/2011 8:02PM

    Glad you missed the tornado.Have fun on your trip.

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BOBBYD31 8/8/2011 7:55PM

    LOL farming trips. glad you made it ok with the storms. enjoy

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    Glad you were safe from the tornado! Enjoy your trip! It sounds fun!

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Wagons Ho!!!

Friday, August 05, 2011

I didn't get a blog in last night, as I was just too tired at the end of the day.


I biked 14+ miles yesterday, farther than I've ever gone before! WOOHOO!!!

I picked, shelled, and processed my peas after work. Then pulled the vines and rolled up the pea fence and took the stakes out of the ground.

I harvested other veggies from our garden to take on our trip (potatoes, cabbage, onions, garlic).

I finished cleaning the trailer and loading it up for our trip today.

Finished up the laundry, and gave the house a cleaning so it would be nice when we get home.

Today is a rest day, so no cardio this morning. My heel was feeling a bit wonky last night, so the rest day is welcomed. I'm not sure if it's because of the extra biking I've done this week (not likely), or because of all the gardening harvest I've been doing - which means lots of standing at the kitchen sink. I remember last fall where the standing hurt my heel the most. Maybe I should just quit working so hard!!! But it tastes so good.....

Anyway, we will be hitting the road right after work today, and back in about a week's time. I will have some access to SP, but likely won't be on as much. So if you don't see me, just imagine me out having fun with my hubby!

Camper's ready, Wagons Ho!

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SNOWSNAKE 8/9/2011 12:33AM

    Since when is "sleeping in" only until 6:30 am?!!! OMG! Seeping it to me would be more like until 10am!! And shopping for a tractor???!!!..... wow, we obviously hang out in different circles...but I think that is quiet cool! My hubby took my picture next to an old rustey tractor that was part of the apple orchard ambiance at a wedding I went to in San Louis Obispo this weekend, but that is only the second time I think that I have been near one! I did drive on a very short distance on a "double dare" once...but I was pretty nervous high up there on something so huge!! Have fun, enjoy the togetherness, that is the best part! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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PATTIE441 8/8/2011 7:56PM

    That's awesome!! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon emoticon

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BOBBYD31 8/8/2011 7:48PM

    hope you week end was good, wear you shoes :0 helps with the PF but i am sure some one has already told you that one or do i need to sit on your shoulder again

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WOODHEAT 8/8/2011 7:01PM

    Having fun with your hubby is just the way it should be! Love having you around Buddy!

Life is good!

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    You are awesome, Judi! If I ever biked 14+ miles anywhere, I don't see any trailer cleaning, house cleaning, laundry, picking/shelling/processing peas, or pulling up vines for at least six months!!! Yet, you did all that in one day.

You are rocking!
Enjoy your vacay and your time with your husband.

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WMMCCRORY 8/8/2011 11:34AM

    I hope you have a great time camping!!

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NORASPAT 8/7/2011 7:45PM

    A nice long ride with hubby. My DH has the foot problem and he used to ride all day long in his youth.
I think it is fabulous enjoying my days outdoors with my DH, I am so glad you feel the same way. Kindred Spirits. HUgs Judy Pat in Maine. emoticonto both of you, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Have a blast!! Your life is so active right now I love reading your blogs :)

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ETTEZEUS 8/5/2011 9:57PM

    Have fun!

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KATRINAKAT23 8/5/2011 9:25PM

  Lucky you!! Have a great holiday with your hubby.

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KCATHY 8/5/2011 2:49PM

    What a productive day! Congrats on all the achievements, including that biking milestone. Have a blast on your trip!

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RANAWAY 8/5/2011 2:00PM

    Have a wonderful vacation!!

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MAUIMA 8/5/2011 10:47AM

    Imagine you having problem! Have a fabulous trip Cassie... work hard...enjoy some playtime.

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LYNNANN43 8/5/2011 9:41AM

    emoticonYummmm..... those veggies:-)

Have an emoticon trip!

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    CONGRATS on your ride! That is awesome and your trip sounds just as wonderful. Enjoy! I agree about the taste of it as well, I have a hard time sitting still lately.

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TORTUETOO 8/5/2011 9:19AM

    Have fun!!! (and all those veggies sound delish. I keep meaning to come over for dinner, ya know...)

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SUEZNEWME 8/5/2011 9:17AM

    I always feel move productive with sneakers on than any other shoe or even with "real" shoes on. The second I get too casual is the second I get into relaxed mode. I love the days where I do so much that at the end of the day I am extremely tired. Sounds like you are in for a fun filled weekend.

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MIAMIA7 8/5/2011 8:58AM

    Busy, busy girl! Do you wear sneakers when you are standing at the sink? And when gardening? I have found if I am barefoot or in flip flops (my favorite summer shoes) that my pf flares. I hate, hate wearing sneakers with good support in the summer when it is hot but if not...I pay. Hope that darn pf eases and you have wonderful time away! Enjoy! (My 35th (YIKES) class reunion is this weekend so I will enjoy also)!

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    Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your fresh veggies!

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