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Monday, September 05, 2011

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses ---Abraham lincoln
I like this because the day I stupidly got married at 16 my mother told me .Life is like a bunch of roses.beautiful but full of thorns. Oh how true.

Not doing much today. Wait a minute.Thats me every day isn't it emoticon
We had some rain this morning and looks like we will get more.I hope when we get the sod down we still get rain. It is a very windy day too.

Bill is threatening to take all my knives away. I cut my thumb on mandalin last night and stuck myself twice with the tip of a knife. Mandolin was carelessness on my part and knife was from using the wrong kind of knife. Nothing serious but will need to keep a bandaid on for awhile.

Ok here is another trivia. I think it was the only one of the 10 I am looking at that I knew.

A flounder has a unique trait where one of it's body parts migrates postion as it matures.What is it.

Ok Thats it for now.Hope you are enjoying your day

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    Hope your cuts heal soon. As to the trivia question, that's a really interesting one. And I bet it has a really interesting answer!!

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MPARKER67 9/6/2011 12:00PM

    Life is definetly like roses, a lot of manure, a lot of thorns and a few beautiful blooms that make it all worthwhile.Loved learning about the desert plant and can't wait to learn about the flounder. One more week to Florida. Hope it quits raining when I am there.

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SHIRLEYX 9/6/2011 9:02AM

    Hope you have a good and safe day today.

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MIZCATHI 9/6/2011 6:24AM

    I don't cook enough to get cut by my DH's cooking knives, but I have been pricked plenty by beautiful thorns!

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KATIE233 9/6/2011 12:50AM

    be more careful of those knives and mandolin. my peeler does the same thing i have to watch using it.ouch!you don,t want stitches.i like your picture back ground pretty.well i got a dentist appointment on tuesday.and i,m glad kids goes back to school is really cool here tonight, the furnance had to come,s 50f poor peppers going to freeze maybe they will turn yellow.well take care and have a super day. big hugs emoticon

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DEE107 9/5/2011 10:54PM

    hugs sounds like a good day and love that quote

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LOSINIT52 9/5/2011 6:00PM

    Oh oh oh... I know this one too! I won't spoil it though. Weird eh?

I love that quotation. I have heard it before but I think I will print it and hang it on my fridge for the week. I've kind of got a peaceful easy feeling today. Got several odd jobs done and I am feeling fine.

Did I tell you I lost 2.5 pounds this week? It feels good and I want that feeling next week too. We are on a roll. Let's go!

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    I love your trio of birds! Looks nice as your wallpaper, too!
Be careful with those knives!

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RURAL3 9/5/2011 3:51PM

    shorter hello. I don't know.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/5/2011 3:51PM

  Hi Eleni.........
Your Mom was certainly right about life being beautiful but full of thorns. But then, I guess if it weren't for the thorns, maybe we wouldn't appreciate the beauty as much. I have to admit, some of my thorns have made me a stronger person.

Don't feel too bad about your knives. Last Saturday, I was cutting sails for Ken's sail boat with my best sewing shears. They weren't cutting just right......catching along a part of the I sharpened them and cut my thumb so deep that we questioned the possibility of stitches. I let it bleed lots and then pinched it together and put a strong band aid on. It is fine.

It is VERY cool here today. I love it, but it reminds me so much of Fall, that I changed all of my seasonal flower arrangements, candles, windsocks, and pictures to Fall colors (which are my favorite). Some of our trees, especially the Hickory are even changing color already.

Must close as I still have so much to do before our company rolls in, which could be any day now.

Patti emoticon

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BIRCHCAMP 9/5/2011 3:34PM

It is its eye.
Best to you,

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What is the strangest desert plant of all??

Monday, September 05, 2011

Welwitschia mirabilis

One of the truly remarkable members of the Kingdom Plantae belongs to the Division Gnetophyta. Its scientific name is Welwitschia mirabilis, and it only grows in a remote region of southwestern Africa in the Namib and Mossamedes Deserts. Welwitschias are extraordinary plants and certainly rank among the top ten list of "most bizarre plants on earth." Old, mature plants have a short, woody trunk or crown (caudex) that protrudes above the ground. Below the ground, the caudex extends into a large taproot. The woody trunk (stem) gives rise to two, wide, strap-shaped leaves that may reach two meters in length. Like grass leaves, their meristematic region is at the base so they continually grow even though their tips get worn off by abrasion. In fact, the leaves lie on the ground and as they flap about in the wind they become split and frayed. Welwitschia plants are dioecious, with pollen-bearing and seed-bearing cones (strobili) produced on separate male and female plants.

hard to believe the pile of stuff all comes from 2 leaves. It is indeed a strange plant

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    Well, I would have never in a miollion years guessed that one! Definitely an unusual plant!

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SHIRLEYX 9/6/2011 9:01AM

    That is a very strange plant indeed! Thanks for the interesting info!

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KATIE233 9/6/2011 12:56AM

    boy it sure is the ugliest plant. thanks for telling us about it.intersting have a good day. emoticonthink sun!

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SUNNY332 9/5/2011 2:53PM

    Mercy - it looks dead!

Thanks for sharing this with us. Who knew?

Love you, Sunny

Thanks for stopping by my blogs. You are the best!

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LOSINIT52 9/5/2011 12:08PM

    Love Canbedone's comment. Yes it is indeed very strange and kinda ugly in my eyes. I would have tossed that one months ago. Interesting though.

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CANBDONE 9/5/2011 11:30AM

    Can you eat it? (you see where my mind is...)

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Lazy Sunday

Sunday, September 04, 2011

It is just a little cooler today.If you can call 90 cool. Really doing not much of anything. Did get stuff in fridge washed and prepped.Just have a few cans in back room to take care of. I did lose another pound this week.It was actually closer to 2# but decided to just go with the 1. I am happy with any loss.
Ok here is a butterfly that stopped by today. I could decide which to show so here they all are

And here is Abigail and Tyler.Check her little toes out.And Tyler is Mr Cool for sure

And now

Did you know

Peanut butter fact: Peanut butter was produced in St Louis in 1890 as a paste designed for people who couldn't chew well. It was a good protein substitute and George A Bayle Jr sold the ground up peanuts out of barrels for 6 cents per pound.

Now for some trivia. I am bad at this.

What is the strangest desert plant of all?? Answer tomorrow

Ok Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/7/2011 12:56AM

    Beautiful butterfly photos! The Little Ones are so precious! What a joy they must be! Not sure what the answer is to the trivia question--probably something I'll kick myself for not thinking of!! You're doing an awesome job!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/5/2011 3:59PM

  Hi Eleni.......
emoticon on the loss of the almost 2#. Good for YOU!!!!!

I could just reach into that picture of Abigail and hug her. She has had that wonderful hair since the day she was born. And her toes are too cute. Tyler is way cool with those glasses.

We are 65 degrees here today.......maybe a bit too cool........but we are supposed to be back in the mid seventies by the middle of the week, so I don't mind. After the July we had, the cool weather seems like a gift.

Take care.......

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SHIRLEYX 9/5/2011 9:45AM

    Nice pics. Looking forward to finding out the dessert answer. Enjoy Labour Day!

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CANBDONE 9/5/2011 8:59AM

    The great grands are so adorable! Congrats on the pd. lost...I've been struggling with all the extra commotion around here. At least, that's the excuse I'm using!

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    The photos of the butterfly on the flowers are gorgeous. What kind of flowers are those?
Cute photos of the tots, too!
Way to go on the 1+ pound loss!

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DEE107 9/4/2011 9:49PM

    didnt know that and and love the pictures

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KATIE233 9/4/2011 7:00PM

    your butterflies and the flower looks nice and bright. grand kids are so cute and is rainy off and on and it is 79f and humid.when it stopped raining i got some tomato plants pulled out of pots.i got two more to go.i still got my peppers growing they suppose to turn yellow if we get enough sun.and i got swiss chard still out at back near garage.that is still good. emoticon emoticon

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LOSINIT52 9/4/2011 5:38PM

    What little sweeties. Gotta just love em.
I am so glad you are doing well with the weight loss. Me too. Little by little we can do this. It does feel good to be good doesn't it!

As for peanut butter... I have not had it in the house since my oldest son moved out. I have no control of myself around any kind of nuts. Oh dear someone might take that the wrong way. emoticon. I think that might be why I am having a problem staying out of the granola. Maybe it will be the next to go.

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Gazebo is up but not finished

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Bill has the gazebo up. Good thing he is good at fixing things. parts were missing etc. Right now it looks more like an umbrella but it isn't in right position and has no floor yet. Once it has a floor and the table and chairs inside it will look a lot different. It isn't a fancy wooden one as they are so expensive. I would loved to have had one of those. There are curtains and netting that come with this but doubt we will use them. I may order railing for the two openings that don't have railing.

Like I said once everything is done it will look much better
Had another yellow butterfly stop by today.

I need to do better on my eating. It isn't real bad but could be better. It is still the night time that gets the best of me.

Ok I need to finish up the grocery list. We are going to eat out at a new restaurant and then go to grocery store.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/6/2011 11:29PM

    That's quite an undertaking for one person! I hate when you open a box and some of the parts are missing. It will be really neat when it's done.

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LOSINIT52 9/4/2011 5:36PM

    Abigail is absolutely adorable!
And the gazebo and Bill are looking good too.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/4/2011 3:05PM

  Hi Eleni.......
Bill's pose after working on the Gazebo is the exact same one that Ken uses when he works on a you think it's a "Man-Thing?"
I love the Gazebo. You can spend many hours enjoying the outdoors or reading or visiting........lots of possibilities.
Abigail is growing too fast.........what a little beauty!!!!! My youngest son and his girlfriend and her baby were here for supper last night and I gave her a whole new wardrobe for Sadie. Ken and I went to a rummage sale and were the first ones there. It was all baby clothes and they were in perfect condition. Some still had tags on and most had had little use. Mommy was very appreciative.
Hang on with the pounds lost..........they WILL come off. Unfortunately, it all takes time.
Enjoy your Labor Day. Looks like Bill is feeling better which is good.
Take care.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/4/2011 10:20AM

    Looking good there with the work in progress. It will be so nice to have an outside enjoy the weather space, huh?

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    I think the gazebo looks great! Fantastic job, Bill!

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MIZCATHI 9/4/2011 7:22AM

    wow, looks so nice! The guy, too, I bet you gave him a little kiss, or maybe just a smile! The baby is so pretty and alert!

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NEWSTART127 9/3/2011 9:31PM

    Looks so beautiful! Will be so nice when it's all completed and set-up the way you want it. LOVE Bill's Muscleman Pose! Fab! emoticon

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OURELEE1 9/3/2011 8:03PM

  Very nice-baby is too cute for words.

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2BFREE2LIVE 9/3/2011 7:07PM

    The gazebo is a great addition to your yard, it looks wonderful right now, can't wait for the finished product.
Have a wonderful dinner. Sandy

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TILLIEBEE 9/3/2011 5:06PM

    That gazebo is going to be sooooooo cool!!!!

And your great grand baby is a living doll!


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MICKEY341 9/3/2011 4:48PM

    Love your pictures...
Hang in there and those pounds will start dropping again!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 9/3/2011 4:44PM

    These projects take time,it's looking so nice! Have a Nice Saturday and enjoy eating out! emoticonThat butterfly is so beautiful! emoticon emoticonDiana

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Today has been a sunny day all day.
The gazebo came this afternoon.Hopefully Bill will feel better and put it together tomorrow.He isn't feeling well today. He has been looking forward to gazebo getting here.It sure didn't take long. I found it at a good price and free shipping. It looks like it is bigger than we thought.
Brianna came by and took care of my bed and did some vacuuming.She also brought me a calendar with butterfly pictures. It was thoughtful of her to think about grandma.
Here are the affirmations on my poster I got the other day.
Poster affirmations

1. Ask for what you want
2. Believe in your dreams
3. Count your blessings
4. Do the right thing
5. Enjoy the moment
6. Fail and dare to succeed
7. Give more than you receive
8. Kiss and make up
9. Inspire kindness
10. Join in more
11. Never settle for less
12. Love all you can
13. Make a difference
14. Question authority
15. Overcome adversity
16. Practice moderation
17. Reinvent yourself
18. Shoot for the moon
19. Veto hate and negativity
20. Understand more,judge less
21. Xercise body and mind
22. Yodel more,yawn less
23. Walk your talk (Talk is cheap—Actions speak louder)
24. Be zany

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/6/2011 10:17PM

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SHIRLEYX 9/3/2011 8:27AM

    Brianna is a very thoughtful girl. I liked your affirmations. Hope that Bill is feeling better today and you are able to get the gazebo up.

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MIZCATHI 9/3/2011 6:56AM

    I bet you are looking forward to the Gazebo and hope Bill feels better soon! It's always good to start the day with a list of affirmations! Thank you! Headed to Barton Springs Pool this morning before dawn to swim and stretch and meet up with a friend, and I needed a positive statement to give this time more meaning.

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KATIE233 9/2/2011 11:57PM

    thanks for sharing, nice your gazebo is here. so what is wrong with Bill? is he coming down with a cold! hope not! i like your lady bug too cute.take care and talk tomorrow.hugs

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DEE107 9/2/2011 11:00PM

    thanks for sharing love this food for thought

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LOSINIT52 9/2/2011 10:28PM

    Food for thought in your list for sure.
Hope Bill is feeling better. It's never good to tackle a job like that when you're not feeling the best. It will be lovely and I can't wait for a picture of you in the shade.
Thanks for your comment and suggestion on my blog. Cute idea! I will work on that another month.
I really feel like I have found my spark again. It's been a long time coming.
Gotta run.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/2/2011 5:49PM

  Hi Eleni........
I hope that Elizabeth is as good to me as Brianna is to you when she is older. That is so nice to have a sweet Grand-daughter who thinks of her Grandma.
I hope Bill is feeling better.
Loved your affirmations.
Have a good weekend.

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SHOAPIE 9/2/2011 5:16PM

    emoticonCan't wait to see pictures of the gazebo. I've always wanted one.

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TILLIEBEE 9/2/2011 5:01PM

    emoticon emoticonThat's a really fun list. Thanks!

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CANBDONE 9/2/2011 4:55PM

    I've got the zany going I have to work on my yodeling. I knew a woman that could yodel...she only did it when she had too much anisette! Hope Bill feels better soon. Give him an extra dose of lovin'! emoticon

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IONA72 9/2/2011 4:44PM

    I love number 24 and will strive to comply!

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