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Blackberries in the yard!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This morning I found a big blackberry bush in the corner of the yard. Some parts of it (the thorny ones) are just loaded with berries - the ones on the outer edges are gone. I think the deer have probably eaten those. The berries are not quite ripe enough but I will watch them and see if I can get some before the deer eat all of them.

I've been walking some outside and I gotta tell you that walking in the mountains is WAY harder than walking in Florida! After about 30 minutes I am beat. If I go up the street I come to a fairly level stretch of road but getting up there is tough. If I go down I come to a fairly busy road and still have to come back up again so I'm opting for going up and then coming down when I am tired. I figure this gives me a new goal and when I get back to FL I should be able to go further on flat land.

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/20/2010 7:39PM

    You should be in great shape when you come home with climbing mountains and fresh berries.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2010 2:25PM

    Yum! Blackberries in your own yard too! This may be God's answer to not being able to find a farmer's market yesterday. I still hope you can find one. Don't let the dear get your berries before they ripen and you can pick them!

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LADYIRISH317 6/20/2010 11:32AM

    Oooh, I LOVE blackberries!

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PMFISH 6/20/2010 10:55AM

    Wild blackberries are the best. Great to hear you are getting your workout in the mountains.

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NITA-ANN 6/20/2010 10:11AM

  I love blackberries, grew up with them.

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    Keep an eye on the berries and beat the deer to them. I agree, up, then flat, then down is the best answer.

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Still up and running

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The internet has been up and running for over 24 hours now so maybe we have it licked.

I went out this morning looking for a farmer's market here in the mountains but no success yet. I followed some signs that said farmer's market but they had more crafts and plants than veggies and fruit and were VERY expensive. I found another one that had one basket of tomatoes, 2 baskets of summer squash and 3 of blueberries. I bought one of everything and she said that was it for today! I'm looking for some fresh corn on the cob. Oh well, I came home to eat and will try again - I have one more lead. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2010 2:23PM

    Great news about your internew! emoticon I hope you find a farmer's market soon. Getting to know a new place is sometimes a challenge but I know that you're up for it! Have you seen any bears yet?

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SLENDERELLA61 6/19/2010 7:16PM

    Is it too late to grow some of your own? I know my dad had berries and a few veggies at his place up in NC. Hope you find the good farmers market. -Marsha

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/19/2010 3:14PM

    Yum,fresh veggies.

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PMFISH 6/19/2010 11:02AM

    Exploring can be much fun. Enjoy all those fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Trusting one who knows....

Friday, June 18, 2010

Over the 42 years of our marriage I have learned to trust RB's opinion about anything technical, mechanical, etc. Yesterday he said he did not have a comfort level with the Internet and he was right again. It went out last night but he went out to the box and wiggled something and it came back on. It was out again this morning and wiggling did not work - not that we would want to do that on a regular basis.

The provider has been out again this morning and found a "bad part" which was changed so we will see what happens today.

We are definitely not in Bright House territory anymore!

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/18/2010 11:24PM

    Glad you got back online or we wouldn't get to hear from you. Have a fun and relaxing weekend.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/18/2010 9:06PM

    That's great that you trust hubby re: mechanical and technical things. Great skills! Really helps in dealing with repair people. I'm the kind that calls the $90 an hr guy to find out my printer cord has come loose. Ugh. Well, live and learn.

Hope your Internet connection becomes reliable. -Marsha

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AQUAGIRL08 6/18/2010 8:54PM

    Maybe the bears were nibbling on it! lol I hope he gets it fixed soon so that you can stay in touch. Sometimes we get so used to the internet we forget what it was like before we had it!

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The simple joy of Internet access

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I hate to admit it but I am an Internet junkie. I can go without TV and cable easily but I walk to the computer several times a day and then turn around and go do something else but today I have it and I am enjoying it! We actually got hooked up yesterday and then went out to the grocery store and when we came back it was gone. I called for service last night and again this morning before someone got out here to fix the problem. RB does not have a good comfort level so we're not sure how things will work on a day to day basis. We have a company called ETC. Anyone ever heard of them? They seem to be it for the mountain area in north Georgia.

I did 45 minutes on the bike on the deck this morning but no deer to keep me company. I did another hour of yard work and will try to do that each day until we have things as we like them.

We're still getting settled and moving stuff around in the cabin so it is easy to keep my steps up to a decent level. Yesterday I did 18835 - not quite as good as that day over 25,000 but still respectable.

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AMANDAJCD 6/18/2010 9:24AM

    Wow -- I'd definitely say over 18,000 steps is acceptable! Excellent!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/17/2010 6:09PM

    I find that there are times when I am glued to the computer too. I have to actually force myself to back off from it. I'm glad the you are connected though. Enjoy!

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SHERRYTOO 6/17/2010 12:59PM

    I am a firm believer in calling your ISP and complaining if you have an outage. You expect to have your utilities 24x7 and also your internet.

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CHANGESINME 6/17/2010 12:16PM

    wow w2g. i wish i lived in the woods sum tymes. it would b so nice 2 get out & jus walk. the peace. ( i have started to want 2 learn yoga w/o gettin on my knees, cant do that 1 )

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Biking on the deck

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I moved the stationary bike out to the back deck and while I was riding this morning a deer came running across the back yard. Not a sight you see in Florida!!! Actually we see deer every morning and late afternoon - they must have a regular travel route.

This afternoon I will be working out in the yard for most of the day so I think that will begin to toughen me up to being outside up here and then I will tackle the walking paths. The paths are still fairly wooded but I think once I do it a couple of times and don't see any bears I will be OK. I will ask RB to go with me the first time.

As for yesterday, my pedometer registered 25432 steps and that was without taking a walk but we were REALLY busy all day!!!!

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/16/2010 2:29PM

    It sounds like you are enjoying your retreat. Wish I was there with you to explore.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/16/2010 1:23PM

    Wow! You really racked up the steps. Way to go!

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PMFISH 6/16/2010 12:52PM

    Wow! Am more impressed by your pedometer than by the deer. Great work even when you did not consider yourself working. No wonder we are seeing less of you each week.

Go Girl!!


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SHERRYTOO 6/16/2010 11:36AM

    You're in the exercise groove. Keep it going!

I saw a deer standing beside the road while driving yesterday, and I slowed way, way down in case it decided to cross!

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ELLFIN3 6/16/2010 10:45AM

    OMG! My pedometer would not register that for several days! I work at a desk! You should be burning calories like mad! emoticon!!!! I love the idea of the bike on the deck! And seeing the deer must have been great! Thanks for sharing!!!!


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