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Baby steps

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I'm not being as diligent about my exercise & food as I might be, so I am blogging the positive steps I AM taking, no matter how minor.
So, I have begun taking diatomaceous earth and bentonite. So far so good, I know I need to have heaps of fluids to keep everything moving along, if you know what I mean.
I've been feeling quite foggy headed & am attributing this to a cleansing reaction.
Part of my increased fluid intake is apple cider vinegar with honey and cayenne pepper. I,ve just mixed some up ready to add to my hot drinks, it is a probiotic & is supposed to alkalinise the system. It is a delicious drink!
My kombucha is fermenting away, and I have a jar of mung bean sprouts on the go.

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:52AM

    Wow, this sounds really interesting! Good for you! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/25/2014 6:59PM

    Strange foods but, whatever floats your boat.

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TWEETYKC00 8/24/2014 10:34AM

    Hey, big or small, a step in the right direction is always good!

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/24/2014 10:28AM

    You're headed in the right direction Fifi! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 9:31PM

    Good job.

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VEG954 8/23/2014 7:11PM

  Yes, you are taking baby steps! Slow and sure. emoticon
I was taking Bentonite clay for a while and, for no reason quit taking it.
Thanks for your blog! Will start taking it again in the morning along with pumping up the fiber.
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UMBILICAL 8/23/2014 6:58PM

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For Eunice

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watermellen blogged about fit neighborhoods. My DH used to walk to school with his friends. They would stop by each other's homes where the SAH mums were there to welcome them, and the tins were always full.
He is now at that age where the parents of the friends are dying, and on Monday he is flying home for the funeral of one of those women.
So this blog is to remember Eunice, who had two sons, one of whom was killed just a few months ago in an aircraft accident in a plane he was piloting.
Eunice lived in a house of men, Richard her husband is an engineer and an inventor, and her two boys were into motorbikes and planes. My DH's father died when he was a teenager and Richard and Eunice welcomed him into their home. Richard supplied some of what DH missed in his father, who was a wonderfully talented maker of things. DH and their youngest son were best friends at high school, and together all the time.
Richard built a boat in his backyard, and a plane in a hangar a few miles away, he always had something on the go and that was of course very intriguing to DH. He learned a lot from Richard. And always in the background was the support of Eunice, keeping the house going, and providing the morning and afternoon teas, the lunches, making her sons' friends feel welcome in their home.
I used to feel for Eunice whose husband was basically never at home, he was at work or busy from dawn til well into the dark on these very large projects. Those projects consumed all Richard's time , there was no time for holidays, and I dare say much of their spare money too.
And although the boat was finally finished, after many many years, and named after Eunice, by the time that happened her youth was long gone, she was in a wheelchair and couldn't go on the boat. Once her sons were grown and gone she had the house pretty much to herself.
It's too expensive for us both to fly south for the funeral, but I look forward to hearing from DH about how this woman of character spent her days.

RIP Eunice.
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:51AM

    Such a special blog... emoticon

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BOHEMIANCAT 8/25/2014 12:58PM

    Sorry for your loss, but I loved reading it.
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WATERMELLEN 8/21/2014 8:24PM

    What a fine tribute to one of the many many fine women who are the unsung heroines of their neighbourhoods . . . I hope that your DH will have the chance to read it at the funeral!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/21/2014 8:13PM

    Nice story brought on by a sad happening.
It makes me think I'm doing the right thing by living some of my time for today, not saving the living for later.

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VEG954 8/21/2014 7:21PM

  Sorry for your loss.
Memories live forever.

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PHOENIX1949 8/21/2014 4:25PM

    What a lovely tribute to Eunice, R.I.P.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2014 2:57PM

    Awwww, sorry for the loss. But glad your DH can be there. What an amazing lady.

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TANITHSEH1011 8/21/2014 2:43PM

    As long as we remember those we love they never truly die. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Kombucha and other probiotics

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I had lunch with my niece yesterday after we did a water exercise session. Then we picked up a scoby she had saved for me and bought a big jar to make Kombucha in. It is sitting on my counter working away. This will be my first batch so I hope it all goes OK.
In the meantime we have a bottle in the fridge, it is very pleasant tasting and delightfully fizzy. So now I make yoghurt and Kombucha, I guess the next step will be water kefir or sauerkraut.
Meanwhile I am drinking apple cider vinegar with local honey, so local it is from the hive next door (what crazy spellchecker makes this Dior, have a guess!), and cayenne pepper to work on my alkalinity.
I bought some diatomaceous earth and gave the cat the first dose, she's still standing so I guess it will be OK. On the packet it says to have daily for three months, so, away I go, I'll have it in my smoothie this morning.
Birds are singing and some of my chickens are laying their first eggs for the year, spring is definitely on the way.
Have a great day, Sparkers.

  
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ROSINVN 8/20/2014 11:36PM

    wow this is like learning another language. I had to do a search to find out what all this means! It sounds interesting though and I will be interested to see how you find it. I wonder how this would work in my very hot humid climate. i too am looking at home made sauerkraut. But not there yet- no time at present to investigate further. Sounds all very healthy though- Good on you Fifi


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C8TSON 8/20/2014 11:17AM

    Wow! That is awesome! I started drinking apple cider vinegar with raw honey while I was pregnant to keep my immunity up. Now it's a taste I desire like a good hot tea! It's also good to prevent stomach viruses.

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RDEE22 8/20/2014 8:31AM

    I've made lots of yogurt, some kefir and sauerkraut, but not Kombucha.
You will have the healthiest insides in all NZ.
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TRESSWANN 8/19/2014 8:48PM

    Cat on our team is into Kombucha. Would love to try it. We are going to do ketchup next week. And Dior for door works for me

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/19/2014 8:34PM

    Strange happenings in your kitchen!
I love the honey. I want to raise a beehive in y backyard.
My DH thinks I'm nuts.

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WATERMELLEN 8/19/2014 8:03PM

    Gotta love that in-house cat tester!! (In medieval France I believe that the kings' nobles tested all food first . . . . !!!!)

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2014 5:51PM

    Sounds like you had a good day!

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Spring gardening

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I spent a happy day in the garden yesterday. The weather was glorious, warm, sunny and still. Everywhere I weeded were bulbs and spring flower mostly on the cusp of opening. I planted a few of my shrubs that have waited all winter. I trimmed a flowering shrub and pruned another.
DH worked with me and we got one part of the garden looking good.
Lots still to do.
The weather looks set to be good enough for gardening today so I might finish up on that yerrace, including patching up the lawn. There,s a lot of bird activity at the moment so I am not certain how successful that will be...
I need to be a bit more careful in the garden, I had a slight accident where the pruning saw met my thumb. That and an attack of arthritis has made working with my hands more cumbersome.
I've been in the wars lately with an attack of shingles. So I am on antivirals for that and anti inflammatories for the arthritis. Feeling just a bit the worse for wear.
I have some bentonite clay, I am going to start taking it as soon as the antiviral script is complete.

Has anyone used bentonite before? I used to add it to a detox I did in the past. But now I am thinking to use it to rid my body of heavy metals and parasites. I will look for some diatomaceous earth to mix it with the bentonite.
Spring cleaning my kitchen, my garden and my body in August!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 8/20/2014 8:30AM

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 9:39PM

    Enjoy the garden!

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VEG954 8/17/2014 9:02PM

  You would think I could have a successful garden in Florida.
Have never that experience.
Most of my plants survive, the outside ones, not the vegetable garden.
Happy to hear about the Sparker's gardens!

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AUDISP 8/17/2014 5:14PM

    My sister's garden is winding down. She lives in Northern Illinois. We are picking tomatoes and eating sweet corn. Potatoes have been dug and beets are ready as is the chard. Brussel sprouts are a ways off, but all the cabbage has been cut. Interesting that we live in different hemispheres isn't it?
I too would love to see pictures of your flowers. Take care.

Mary

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WATERMELLEN 8/17/2014 5:01PM

    Spring!! Yes the seasons turn . . . and it's beginning to feel distinctly like fall here, way too early for me!!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/17/2014 4:54PM

    You should post some pictures of the flowers that are starting to bloom if you can. We are finishing up our summer here - actually it looks like an early fall as the leaves are starting to change over already. Then on to the dreaded winter months.

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Spring cleaning

Sunday, August 10, 2014

This month I have set a goal of dealing to my kitchen. Spent some of this weekend cleaning the oven, it is a surprise to open it now. Will give it a final go with commercial oven cleaner but in the meantime it's looking much shinier. Moved on to the microwave and today is fridge time, followed by the pantry.
I am working my way counterclockwise and will finish under the sink.
We have a kitchen dining room and the dining room will be next, this is not a big deal except for ... the Cupboard! This has many things in it that are unfamiliar to me, having not been seen for several years.
So more surprises will be in store.

There will be some discarding.
Fifi
Who Likes cleaning in season

  
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WISHICOULDFLY 8/11/2014 9:06PM

    Oooh! Think of the things you"ll find that you forgot about! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/11/2014 2:08PM

    Ohhh can you come and help in my flat next? Please? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2014 6:19PM

    It's spring "down there"!! And in not-quite-mid August, I just saw the very very first barely visible tinges of fall foliage change up here!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/10/2014 5:33PM

    I can't work counter-clockwise.
I get all jumbled up. It works great a family parks and big venues as most crowds tend to go to the right.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2014 4:14PM

    Feels good to get things in order!

HUGS

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VEG954 8/10/2014 3:47PM

  Just purged my whole condo.
Less is more and, yes, I found many things not seen for years.
Happy cleaning!

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AUDISP 8/10/2014 3:34PM

    Good for you. Feels good to get things cleaned and organized doesn't it? Now if I could only do it :-)

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/10/2014 2:20PM

    I think kitchen cleaning is one of those jobs that we put off as long as possible because there are so many nooks and crannies that we have to deal with. Cupboards, cabinets, drawers, pantry, yikes. But once it gets done we are truly happy and content. My big one is the cabinet that stores all my plastic ware. I have to clean it out more often so I don't get overrun with containers. Good luck!

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