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The Road Oft Traveled

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Southern Illinois is called Little Egypt because it is surrounded on 3 sides by big rivers - the Ohio and Wabash to the East and the Mississippi and Missouri to the West. The Mississippi and Ohio meet at the Southern tip of the state. This region reminded early settlers of the Nile and many of the names of towns in Southern Illinois are Egyptian in origin, like Cairo, Palestine, Dongola, Lebanon, New Athens, Sparta, Karnak, and Thebes. The chief topographical components of this area are lots of farm land and the hilly Shawnee National Forest of 270,000 acres. There are lots of state parks, historical landmarks, and the 2 largest man made lakes in Illinois. The glaciers that once covered Illinois did not make it this far so we have a different physical landscape than central and northern Illinois. We grow a lot of corn, soy beans, apples, pumpkins. Other than the metro east area the entire southern third of the state is fairly sparsely populated by most standards. As I have stated previously, I live in a very rural area. We have more in common with Kentucky and Southern Missouri than Chicago. Most descendants here are Scots-Irish and North British which I am both. The dialect here is Southern Highlander from Southern Appalachia thus some people have a bit of a country twang.

As most people know I often don't go to town but once a week. By many people's standards the closest big town is not much of town really, only 16,185 population, but it is the 3rd biggest town in Southern Illinois outside of the metro east area.

Although I don't get to town much I do make the drive to the little post office in Texico, the closet village to me, 5 days a week. I thought I would tell you what that drive is like.

I'm in a heavily-wooded, hilly area. My property was nicknamed Dogwood Hills by the former owners. My house is not visible from the road and my nearest neighbor and I share a driveway for part of the way. As I leave my winding driveway I drive west before turning south at the edge of my property and I follow the driveway downhill to the road. The area across the road is heavily wooded too and it quickly becomes a "valley" to the east and is full of creeks so no one lives across the road on the entire mile other than a house at each end. At the end of my driveway I turn toward the west and drive an eighth of a mile to the stop sign. This crossroad is a snow route but there have been occasions when the snow route was closed due to snow. LOL. At the stop sign the roads in all directions descend as this area is on a hill. A mile south of the stop sign is my neighbor's vineyard and Spanish hacienda. As the crow flies to the southwest, I am less than a mile from a private lake called Miller Lake. It's chiefly a sportsman's fishing lake. There is another lake called Jaycee Lake approximately another mile away. I can proceed straight at the stop sign and hit Miller Lake Road then turn left and drive over the dam if I want to take a scenic back way to town but to go to the post office I turn north at the first crossroad. I pass a few modest neighbor's homes and mobile homes plus some oil tanks and oil wells. A little over a mile from my house I come to our little country school. It's fairly modern and well-maintained. We do have a couple of one room country schools still standing in the area that have been converted to homes though. The school is by the water tower and the Wagon Wheel Shadow Dance Hall. Yes, it does seem strange to have a dance hall in the middle of nowhere. It is mostly local people who like country dancing. I have never been there. If I turned east at the stop sign I would end up at Union Chapel Church which has one of the biggest, oldest dogwood trees in the nation. People come from all over to see it in bloom and they are never disappointed. At the stop sign I turn west instead and get onto the only main country road in this area - Dix-Texico Road. The road takes me by the old voting building, which was a tiny one-room building with "he and she" outhouses. LOL. It was used until a few years ago. About a half mile down the road is our new Field Township building which houses the voting precinct and storage area for our township road equipment. The road curves to the north and then back to the west. We pass the Texcio Bank, a small brick bank in the middle of nowhere. I've heard that there is a lot of money in that bank but I have never been in there. There is no drive through or outdoor ATM but sometimes in the parking lot an Amish horse and buggy will be parked there. LOL. A short distance up the road is the post office, right by the railroad track. There is an old deteriorating depot adjacent to the post office and the grain elevator is across the street.

I happened to be in the post office the other day when a newbie experienced it for the first time. It is over 100 years old and architecturally interesting outside and inside with the lobby separate from the rest of the building, like you see in old westerns. It has ornate iron and wood features plus the barred window where the"teller" waited on the customers. The post office boxes are really ornate and beautiful. I love the place and so did the newbie.

Why am I talking about this? I have no idea. Nerves I guess. Barnes confirmed that my MIL has aspiration pneumonia. Her BP is very low. Things don't look good.

We finally got rain and 60 mph winds along with it. We have lots of limbs to clean up. Along with thousands of leaves.

Yesterday was errand and shopping day. I went to a the post office, newspaper office, State Farm, bank, Tractor Supply, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and the meat market. I wanted some new insulated coveralls but the colors were horrible. I was starved and ended up eating a burger. I then came home and had to do my errands and fix a quick supper. My son was home to help at least.

I'm sore and tired today. My SIL and BIL called with condition reports about my MIL. I really wanted to work on my closet but can't get in the mood with my MIL so sick.


Calories - 1305
Net Carbs - 94
Fats - 49
Proteins - 94
Steps - 15469
Miles - 6.34

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MRSSHOWME 10/30/2010 11:55AM

    So nice to hear about your little slice of the world! We went through southern IL this summer, but were just on the interstate for the most part on our way to Evansville, IN. My husband was surprised how much like MO and KS it was. I just love that it is midwest, which no matter where I live is home to me. I grew up in a town of 8000 in north central MO, but went to school in a town of 200 because my mom taught there. The post office sounds awesome - reminds me of the one in my grandma's town; in the 80s they decided the town (of 400) needed a new one and I hated that.

I am so sorry about your MIL. Thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 10/30/2010 12:02AM

    I had always wondered about the Egyptian names in IL! When I was little we went once to the Lincoln estate or Park or whatever it is (mind is not working right now). I only remember paths, faintly, and perhaps a log cabin (if my mind is not creating false memories from vague & hole-filled childhood ones). So I always think of it as Land of Lincoln. Very far away from & different from where you live. I understand the KY & So MO culture, as my maternal grandparents were from SE MO. Ozarks! Show Me! I had no idea you shared that culture in IL. Another thing we have in common. I very much understand the rural country life, outhouses, etc - yes my grandparents had an outhouse. I was raised in Sioux Falls, on a city block, with sidewalks and paved streets, from age 1 & up. So that is my standard of what "normal and comfortable" is. We would visit family in summer, car road trips in the olden days, and although it was all fascinating & a different way of life, it was never one I wanted. We camped and fished at lakes and camping grounds for cheap family vacation fun, also - roughing it, tents etc. As an adult I do see some benefits to country living, and I do understand and have experienced roughing it and country living. But it would never be something I'd choose, if there was another choice. If the power goes out, and you have to use a wood cook stove, and a fireplace for heat, and haul water from the well, and dig a trench until you could build the outhouse, yes I could do that. I could function; and in those circumstances today's typical "city house" would be an empty shell of worthlessness & disease. I get that. But given a choice I'm still a city girl.

However even this city girl knows you take a spade with you to bury your poop. I'm still offended you said someone "took a dump" on your path!! Guess they were unprepared or didn't think ahead. Hmph. Incredibly gauche.

Yes you DO need new coveralls after all the weight you lost!

So sorry about aspiration pneumonia; I know how bad that is especially for the eldery. You know too and that's why you're having nerves, I bet. So sorry, much prayers and condolences for you all. All you can do is support him, and know ea of you will grieve in dif ways. They say shocks are harder but I don't know. They are all hard, I think.
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CONFUSEDBIRD 10/29/2010 11:29PM

    Your post office sounds really cool. I love when artecture is maintained and its like going back into another time. Southern IL really is different from the rest of the state. Feels like your living in the south for sure.

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GEORGIA_KAY 10/29/2010 11:23PM

    I found your blog so interesting that I researched a little about that dogwood tree. I think this is the URL (cut and paste in your browser)--with pictures that shows how beautiful and big it is. Thank you so much for sharing!


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SPIRITSEEKER2 10/28/2010 6:50PM

    your MIL is in my prayers..

I too loved the description of your area.. sounds beautiful...

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DOTSLADY 10/28/2010 6:20PM

    emoticonre: MIL.
emoticonre: home. You're such a good writer. emoticon

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RONIE11 10/28/2010 4:05PM

    I love this blog.. it makes me homesick... I worked in a simular post office in the little town of Mitchell Oregon... I loved the P.O boxes... so beautiful.. and the town including many many miles of open land where the ranches are all total was 80 people.. we were spread out all over ... we lived in a ghost town along the river.... 20 miles from town, it really is beautiful out there.. I wish we could of bought land and then we would still be there. Eating home grown beans because we would be to broke to do anything else..LOL
In Oregon that dance hall would have the word GRANGE on it weather it was used as a grange hall or not... They must get special funding or something...LOL
I'm so sorry that your MIL is so ill.. as you know these things do turn around sometimes. I am sure she is comfortable.. and I'm sure she knows how much you care..
I hope you take pictures of your area.... I would love to see what the other part of our country looks like... I've been a west coast girl all my life...
Take Care.... Ronie

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SPARTAN40 10/28/2010 3:33PM

    Love the description of the area. I'm very sorry to hear about more bad news for your MIL.

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KATJAMN 10/28/2010 11:26AM

    Hmm thanks for the lesson, I have lived her for about 12 years, I didn't know the history of So. Ill. Very interesting.
So sorry to hear about your MIL. Times like this are very trying.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
BTW.. I have missed you.. I shouldn't stay away so long.

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MONAMOM 10/28/2010 10:00AM

    I loved the description of your area~~really made me feel like I was riding in the passenger seat!!

Prayers for your MIL and family!! Hugs!!

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SHIRLEYX 10/28/2010 9:28AM

    Sorry to hear the news about your MIL. You and your family are in my prayers and heart.
It sounds so beautiful where you live!

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SHERRYTOO 10/28/2010 8:57AM

    Sorry to hear the news about your MIL.

Thank you for the vivid description of the area surrounding your home. I googled Texico to find its location, and also checked out the satellite pics of it. I've been to Mt Carmel which is east of you. Across the Indiana border, my brother lives at Owensville, and one of my good friends grew up in Princeton. I know there are lots of oil wells around the Princeton area, and they grow the best cantaloupes.

BTW - I grew up in Bedford, Indiana. When I went to college, I was constantly asked if I was from Texas due to my "twang".

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WISEWIFE 10/28/2010 8:50AM

    What a wonderful place to live!
So sorry about your MIL, praying for peace for you & family.

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JUSTJO66 10/28/2010 8:37AM

    Loved the description of where you live. You have to take some pictures and post them of the old post office etc. I love old buildings and of course country. :o) I live in the country, too, but where I live there's not many trees. I'm originally from Mississippi (lots of trees) and sometimes I get really sentimental about them. :o) I especially love the Dogwoods and Magnolias. My husband is from Texas and naturally like ALL Texans he thinks there's "no place like Texas". :o) Shhhhh....but between us...we know better. LOL. (That's a 'hanging ofense' in Texas) LOL Even though I've been here since 1st grade and it IS okay (some parts of Texas like East Texas are beautiful )but where I live I think it's pretty ugly.

I'm sorry to hear about your MIL. My prayers will go out for her. You are such a busy lady...I don't know how you ever get it all done.
Hope you have a great day.

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SUNNY332 10/28/2010 8:31AM

    I loved the geography lesson and would love to see that Dogwood Tree when it blooms next year. I spent my summers as a kid in East Texas and dance halls out in the middle of no where were common. I loved going there on Saturday nights for the dances. One was built over a lake and it was the most fun. It would surprise me how many people would show up to the dances.

Prayers continue for your MIL. Keep us posted.

I am off to Quincy early for an early appointment at the beauty shop. I missed my appointment last week as I was delayed at the dentist.

Have a GREAT day.


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MAMAGOSS 10/28/2010 7:57AM

    Continued prayers and health to your MIL and your family.

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SUSIEPH1 10/28/2010 5:38AM

    Aww Sweetheart I love where you live!! I am so sorry your MIL 's prognosis was so negative.. I do hope for all your sakes that she finds strength to fight it !!. my thoughts and prayers are with you all... Love Susie

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GOANNA2 10/28/2010 5:21AM

    I loved the background of the area where you live.
So sorry that your MIL is still so ill.

You are such a busy lady and I admire you so much.
Have a great weekend. emoticon

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DEVORA4 10/28/2010 1:11AM

  Hi Long blog BUT well worth the read. You write beautifully. I saw everything you described in my imagination. emoticon

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LATTEGAL 10/28/2010 12:05AM

    Prayers for you and your family. Thanks for giving such a great description of your trip. You could write a book.

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CATIATM 10/27/2010 11:50PM

    I'm sorry about your MIL but found the description of your area breathtaking. I hope to see it for myself some day!

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HOWLERMOM 10/27/2010 11:31PM

    So sorry to hear about your MIL - that is really tough for you and the family. Will keep her in my thoughts and prayers also.

And what a tribute to So IL and rural living - thanks so much!!

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JFROGDIVA 10/27/2010 10:47PM

    Sorry about your MIL!!!! I have had aspiration pneumonia & it is miserable!!!! I'll keep her in my t&p's!! Your drive & rural area sounds like mine!! LOL LOL!!!! The closest town to me, Brighton, has about 2,300 people, one traffic signal, one grocery store, one drug store & 2 banks plus the post office.....oh, and 2 gas stations!!!! I really do enjoy living out in the country!!!!
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M0PPET 10/27/2010 10:28PM

    So sorry for you troubles. Your narrative is beautiful though. Very serene. Keep strong.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/27/2010 10:16PM

    Oh boy. Hugs to you, my friend, while you ride these rough waters. You seem to know what the outcome is likely to be and that things are going to be hard for a while.

I'm going to have to respond to the bulk of your blog after a while. This is one to be savored. Every once in a while you write a blog that's like you're channeling an entirely different person whom I didn't know before! And it's always a good thing! LOL!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 10/27/2010 10:02PM

  Morticia, I am so sorry about you MIL. Saying prayers for her and the family.

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Busy Day

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Very busy day and no time to blog. I hope to have some time tomorrow.


Calories - 1417
Net Carbs - 85
Fats - 52
Proteins - 95
Steps - 16075
Miles - 6.59

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SPIRITSEEKER2 10/27/2010 6:34PM

    OK - take care

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ASTORRES1 10/27/2010 12:00PM

    emoticonClosest thing they have for a bee...busy lil bee you are!!! LOL

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SUNNY332 10/27/2010 10:13AM

    Hope today is not as busy for you.

Hugs, Sunny

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WISEWIFE 10/27/2010 8:52AM

    You wear me out just reading about it!

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JANC319 10/27/2010 8:22AM

  I had over 6000 steps yesterday! First time.

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SHERRYTOO 10/27/2010 8:18AM

    you are one busy lady.

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HOWLERMOM 10/27/2010 12:25AM

    Just stopping by to see how you are doing - lady, you must walk all day long! How do you do it??? I'm struggling to reach 8000/day. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 10/26/2010 11:30PM

    Doing really well Morticia... Take Care ...Susie emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTEN 10/26/2010 11:18PM

    Your numbers look great!

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Starting My Week

Monday, October 25, 2010

It was another cloudy, warm, very windy day. It sprinkled before we got up but we have had no real rain yet. We are desperate for some and it is predicted but never arrives. The pond is getting very low. Everything is dry. We are under a no burn ban.

My son worked today and had taewkondo so he left at 7:30 and got home at 7:30.

I did 2 loads of laundry and tried to make some BBQ meatballs in the crock pot. Some of them fell apart but hubby and my son love the lumpy meatball mush. I will use the pressure cooker next time like I usually do.

I started filling my closet already. I will have to start bringing in some of the clothes I have in the other two rooms and will go through them. Many of my dress clothes are in the other rooms. I have too many clothes even with an entire 10 foot closet for myself.

Hubby and I went for a walk and saw Hondo and Baby and a couple of deer.

When we got back home my BIL and SIL called. My MIL was sent back to Barnes at my BIL's insistence. She has trouble breathing. They may have given her tube feeding into her lungs. We are not sure yet and are waiting to hear. My BIL is exhausted.


Calories - 1322
Net Carbs - 123
Fats - 38
Proteins - 90
Steps - 15270
Miles - 6.26

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CONFUSEDBIRD 10/27/2010 5:37PM

    Poor MIL =((( I hope her breathing is better now!

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MYFEETHURT 10/26/2010 9:37PM

  I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL. Illness in the family can really wear folks out. I'm glad you got out for a nice walk. I love my walks with my husband. Talking or silent...they are all nice. Had to say...isn't it sweet that "your guys" loved those mushy meatballs. I love it when they appreciate you.

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SHERRYTOO 10/26/2010 6:28PM

    so sorry to hear about your MIL.

I can throw out anything but clothes. I don't know why but I have a very hard time letting go of them.




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RONIE11 10/26/2010 4:32PM

    I took over the office closet...LOL hubby is not happy but I need some place for all my coats and jackets... I need them daily so I can't just have 1 or 2... I remember when you and your son were sick... I don't know what all is going on here but its sounding like 2 different things... I told everyone that I was done being sick for the year and they need to keep their germs to them selves... LOL I hope you get your rain soon.. the sky is blue today but another system is moving in later tonight.. is sure doesn't take much to green things up around here... Take Care.... Ronie

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ASTORRES1 10/26/2010 11:53AM

    Sorry to hear about your MIL...that is ALWAYS a problem at nursing homes/rehab centers....the staff forgets to turn TFs off when turning...etc....and then they wonder why the patient can't breathe.....I hope a speedy recovery for her!!!

Meatball mush....sounds good....over mashed

Happy Tuesday.

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MONAMOM 10/26/2010 11:31AM

    Sorry to hear about your MIL. Prayers your BIL will get some rest.

I went through all my clothes too and at this point have NO too small clothes. I am weeding out the bigger sizes and immediately giving them away. Look out springtime~~I feel a huge shopping spree coming on!!

Hugs to you and have a wonderful week!!

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JANC319 10/26/2010 10:52AM

  I am so sorry to hear about your M-I-L.
I pray she will receive the medical help that she needs.

We had 60 mph winds yesterday and this morning was the first time the temp was in the 30's. It is shaping up to be a lovely, sun shiny day, so I'm not complaining!

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WISEWIFE 10/26/2010 10:34AM

    So sorry to hear about MIL, keeep me posted!
Prayers being said.

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MARIADALE 10/26/2010 9:32AM

    Many of my clothes are in basement storage as I had to empty closets in two spare rooms when the family moved home.

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SUNNY332 10/26/2010 9:08AM

    Oh Mercy, I do hope the feeding tube is not in her lungs.

Have a Terrific Tuesday. It is really windy here but am going to get out later and go to the bank.

Take care...


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BETHGILLIGAN 10/26/2010 8:23AM

    So sorry about your MIL! It seems to be a constant worry for your family. You continue to be in my prayers!!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/26/2010 7:38AM

    I'm so sorry about what's going on with your MIL! It just isn't right!

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STEPPYSUE 10/26/2010 7:09AM

    Morticia, coming from a totally different environment than you I was wondering...when we do tube feedings in our group homes, it's never laying down in the bed. It seems in the hospital, it always is in the bed, very little elevation of the head of the bed, and right down flat again as soon as they are through. How about aspiration precautions?

I guess we are overly overcautious, I don't know. I always try to send my staff to do tube feedings, well any feedings when we have someone in the hospital.

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    I feel for your hubby, BIL, & MIL. Really really tough.

Ah hah! You have the clothes issue too, I see. Yep I have a bunch to try on and purge, myself.

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NWGARDENGIRL 10/26/2010 12:29AM

    You can have some of my rain too!!!! I worked on a berm this summer and it's floating away out there!
I'm jealous of your 10' closet. I have not bought any new clothes for so long!
Hope your mother in law gets well soon.

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/25/2010 11:45PM

    Sorry about MIL - all too common with tube feedings, unfortunately.

A front moved in today (OK, they'd been warning about it for the last couple of days, so not a real surprise). Huge winds out of the north - 25-35 mph with gusts to 50's. I blew down the street when I was walking to the store, and had to zip my jacket to keep it from ballooning out and blowing me backwards on the way back! Seriously thinking about switching out the seasonal clothes.

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DEVORA4 10/25/2010 11:40PM

  I am sorry about MIL You take care of yourself. I understand what you were talking about overloaded computer. I see I have 235 e mails and I am knit picking the ones I care about the most first. UGGGGG..................

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LATTEGAL 10/25/2010 11:31PM

    Wow I think we could give you some of the rain we are having. I think we are in for a long cold rainy winter. I wish I had tons of clothes to go through. I am hoping as the weight comes off this pear shape will have a easier time finding some to fit!

Have a great week

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SUSIEPH1 10/25/2010 11:28PM

    I am so sorry your MIL is still having trouble breathing .. I hope every thing goes well with her .. I have three wardrobes full of my clothes!! I think we both like clothes too . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Nice Fall Day

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I got to sleep in today and it sure was nice.

It was another windy, partly cloudy, unseasonably warm, Fall day. My impatiens are still alive and they are loving the cooler weather. I grow a lot of impatiens. Once I had over 200 plants I gew from seed. I finished clearing out the perennial/herb bed today. The leaves are gettting deeper every day here.

Hubby finished cleaning out his side of the closet and it is now mine. I have already hung a couple of things in it to stake my claim. LOL.

Hubby and I went for 2 long walks. We saw a small snake that had been run over by a car. It wasn't dead yet. We also a deer and Hondo and Baby. Lots of squirrels.

I made some stif fry for supper. My hubby has finally decided he likes it.

I ate too many carbs yesterday again but lost a pound. Yeah!!

It's Ice Road Trucker Deadliest Roads day and it gets freakier and freakier. EEK!!!


Calories - 1497
Net Carbs - 158
Fats - 63
Proteins - 68
Steps -15445
Miles - 6.33

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    Congratulations on the 1 lb!!

Your impatiens and my geraniums are still alive, mine are blooming.

And my Christmas cacti are budding. This warm/cold/warm/cold weather has triggered them. I still have all potted plants outside.

I love Robin Miller's Stir Fry on I am making some Wed, Robin Miller's plus using Yu Choy for the first time. It looks like green leaves. Never heard of it before. Don't know if I like it but I'm going to find out.

The closet got done fast! Go Hubby!!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 10/25/2010 11:12PM

    have seen the ice road truckers.. wild show.. I used to drive a dump truck- I would no more drive over that ice..... too scared.... emoticon

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LLTS01 10/25/2010 10:48PM

    So carbs = weight loss. That's not what you told me.

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KIRSTEN 10/25/2010 7:12PM

    poor snake! emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 10/25/2010 4:22PM

    My dh is not bad, but my closet still has dd's things and she left 1 1/2 yrs ago!

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MARIADALE 10/25/2010 4:17PM

    Enjoy your new space!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 10/25/2010 3:57PM

    I grow lots of impatients also. I love them but the rain we have had is making the large ones fall over and look bad, but we have three days of sun ahead so that should remedy that. The smaller impatients however look wonderful and love the rain! emoticon Hugs to you my fellow warrior, someday I will get to your team too!

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GOANNA2 10/25/2010 3:53PM

    Happy for you for losing the weight and staking your claim. emoticon

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WISEWIFE 10/25/2010 2:06PM

    LOL, glad you have more closet space.
Good going on the weight loss. I'm kind of stuck, but right now that's the least of my worries.

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HEALTHYSUCCESS 10/25/2010 10:28AM

  Congrats on the weight loss. You're doing great.

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SUNNY332 10/25/2010 8:48AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss.

What did DH do with the things from his side of the closet?
Did he get a new closet?

Just wondering since you staked your territory.

Have a Marvie Monday!

Hugs, Sunny

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ASTORRES1 10/25/2010 8:26AM

    Glad you are having success with Mr. Scale.....I haven't been and I think I will have to put him out of MY MISERY!!! LOL

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SHERRYTOO 10/25/2010 8:04AM

    Was Mr. Snake part of the stir fry - emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 10/25/2010 6:57AM

    LOL, somehow I can't see you taking the snakey home and tenderly nursing him. You put him out of his misery, didn't you? emoticon

Congrats on the weight loss! Sometimes, it's weird, alternating low- and high-calorie days can cause a sudden loss.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/25/2010 3:01AM

    I'm watching IRT Deadliest Roads too, CRAZY!!!! I would never drive a road like those or even be a passenger. It looks like our wonderful Fall weather might have a hint of snow this week.

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LATTEGAL 10/25/2010 12:15AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss...that is always a great feeling. We have been having some pretty nasty weather here so just a little jealous of you.

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COMPUCATHY 10/24/2010 11:55PM

    Hooray for weight loss! I'm so happy for you! Glad you're enjoying the weather and getting those long walks in! You're doing great! Keep up the good work! Enjoy that closet! Fill it with "skinny" clothes! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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STEPPYSUE 10/24/2010 11:37PM

    Don't tell brought the snake home and are nursing him back to health?

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HOWLERMOM 10/24/2010 10:45PM

    Congrats on losing that pound! emoticon

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DEVORA4 10/24/2010 10:41PM

  emoticonon your pound. I never watched that Ice Road program but since you seem to like it, I'll give it a try. see ya! debby

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SUSIEPH1 10/24/2010 10:23PM

    emoticonOn losing a pound! Glad you had a lovely day and you now have the whole locker to yourself ! emoticon emoticon

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Getting Something Done

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I didn't get to sleep in today and I missed it. My son had to go help the master test some younger students for taekwondo so I got up to make him some breakfast. He left by 9 and got home at 12:30.

It was a nice windy Fall day. Warm and sunny. The leaves are really coming down now. Hubby and I went for 2 long walks.

On the one walk in the early afternoon 2 out of state hunters stopped us and asked if they could bow hunt on our property or on our neighbor's property. These people have a lot of balls. Sorry for the crudeness but I've had people stop and ask me in they can fish in my pond too. I mean, good grief, these are strangers. Do they think I can give them permission to trespass on my neighbor's property? I feel like asking them, "Can I test drive your Escalade?" "Use your credit card?"

I finally pushed hubby into starting to clean out his side of the closet in our bedroom. Hubby has half a closet and I have the other half in our bedroom and he and I each have another 1/4 in another closet. So I want his half and he can half my 1/4 in the other closet. He isn't even using his half as it is full of junk that could go in the pole barn. I finally got him started and he worked an hour and quit. He is stalling but is trying to con me by talking about organizing his effort to clean the closet out. What B.S. "Organize this. Get your butt in that closet and get it done!" I ended up having to do part of it for him and I am not doing it all.

We were outside late tonight as it was nice. The coyotes were howling and so were Hondo and Baby. LOL.

I ate too many calories and carbs yesterday and today.


Calories - 1602
Net Carbs - 172
Fats - 54
Proteins - 88
Steps - 16109
Miles - 6.61

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    Hope you got to see the full moon, it was beautiful Fri.

I empathize with your hubby; I'm terrible about stuff like that and FlyLady is helping me big time.

I'd post No Hunting signs and then tell them, sorry, no, it's posted No Hunting.

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SHERRYTOO 10/24/2010 5:53PM

    Curious -- how much damage did you do to the out-of-state hunters - lol.

Hang in there on the closet. I'm sure you know it would get done faster and more efficiently if you did it, but sometimes it's the principle .... takes longer, more teeth-gnashing ... but you have to have principles.

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MAMAGOSS 10/24/2010 5:50PM

    Maybe you can come kick my butt and get me to organize my closet emoticon

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GOANNA2 10/24/2010 5:38PM

    Have agreat week and don't you do all his cleaning. emoticon

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JFROGDIVA 10/24/2010 4:01PM

    We have the same issues with people on our farm!! they seem to think they can walk down the RR tracks then just walk on our farm & hunt.....EVEN tho it is posted no tresspassing & no hunting!!!! We have huge signs (multiple) at the entrance to our farm that say No tresspassing & private drive, dead end, etc. & they still come back & drive around here!!!! I get tired of running them off!!!! I always ask "Can you read?? what did that giant sign at the entrance to our road say??" DUH!!!! LOL LOL!!!! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 10/24/2010 12:51PM

    I'll never understand the pleasure some people get out of hunting. As for closets...Organization is not my forte. I have 5 closets; some are time capsules. Have a great weekend

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MARIADALE 10/24/2010 11:32AM

    My husband also uses 'junk' to hold his half of the

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SUZYMOBILE 10/24/2010 11:23AM

    I love the sound of coyotes at night, actually. Dogs do not.

I'm keeping firmly in mind, BTW, my tough Scottish blood. Some of us may be poets, but we're strong inside!

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SUNNY332 10/24/2010 11:07AM

    We get that too - people do have lots of nerve. We have had people drive in after dark and just go down to the lake and fish. DH has made more than one trip down there after dark to ask people to leave. One time, they were setting "trot lines". What? Do they want all of the fish?

We don't give people permission to hunt on our property either. We give them directions to the local Conservation Areas where they can hunt and fish without having to trespass on private property.

Have a GREAT day.


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SUNSET24 10/24/2010 8:47AM

    loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee your caloric intake

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SUNSET24 10/24/2010 8:46AM

    wow, what balls to ask to hunt on YOUR property or your neighbors property... unbelievableeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
>it was funny what you said about the escalade and credit card. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
R>it would have been a blast to have respond, yes you can hunt and fish on my property. It will be $700 per hour, cash upfront. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL giggling.


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COMPUCATHY 10/24/2010 7:45AM

    Glad you are enjoying the fall season and getting some cleaning done. DH should help you...or do it...he's lucky to have you helping. Sleep is such a wonderful thing. I'm sitting here sleepy now. Not sure why I didn't sleep in today. Hope you get another "sleep in" day soon. Yeah, I would hate people asking to trespass on my property, too. Hoping today will be a better calorie/carb day for you! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 10/24/2010 4:21AM

  emoticonThat is why I love your blogs and you. Do you know the Yiddush word chutzpa? It means unmitigated gaul. Those troupers had chutzpah but YOU, my friend put them right in their places. Bravo. emoticon

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HEALTHYARTIST1 10/24/2010 12:31AM

    Oh, how I would love to kick my husband out of our closet but he has more clothes than me! A former clothes horse with a zillion suits, shirts and ties from before he retired, now he only wears them on Sunday and for special occassions but they take up essentially 12 ft of space!

Sorry you missed your sleep-in today, so did I and I am not a morning person so I was really bummed when I had to get up at 6:30 this morning, had to keep to myself for the first hour then I was fine to run off to today's tea and loads of friends and what fun that was!

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SUSIEPH1 10/24/2010 12:07AM

    emoticonSounds like a lovely afternoon and evening .. not quite sure about the calories etc. but tomorrow is another day! emoticon emoticon

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CARLUCCI67 10/23/2010 11:27PM

  Keep up the great work !!

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