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Soup Day

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Just had another short rain storm go thru.
Lucky Bill and Roxy sleeping. I laid down but kept thinking about big pot of soup that need to be bagged so I got up. I ended up with 50 cups of soup which I was hoping to get. I liked the bean soup I made last week but wanted less calories per 2 cup bag. This time I just added 3 cans of beans to my normal veggie and it is more than I usually have in calories but less than the bean. The bean was 132 per bag and this is 108 per bag. I know each bag is not exact 108 but average is so that is what number I will use.

My bee balm pot loves this rain.The other pot should bloom soon.

Bill's ginger is starting to turn red. have no idea why it changes color

My big momma orchid that I split into 3 pots had limbs for orchids coming out all over . The 3rd pot doesn't but it is still looking ok.
Due to bad eating for a couple of days i did not lose my gain. But did release 2#. I will have the rest gone next week and maybe more.
Ok Time to start supper.Hope you had a good weekend

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PATRICIAANN46 7/23/2012 6:26PM

  Hi Eleni........
Now if we lived next door to each other, I could give you some of the homemade chicken noodle soup I made yesterday and you could give me some of your delicious-looking vegetable soup. I LOVE soup........even in the HOT weather we have been having this summer.
emoticon on the 2# weight release!!!!! emoticon

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KATIE233 7/23/2012 2:35PM

    soup sound good. like your pictures and saying.we had a short storm went by pretty fast more wind and maybe 20 rain drops that was it.maybe tonight will be different need rain for a few tomatoes are getting black brusies on the bottoms some of them.i got a crock pot of veggies and cut up steak and i put in a onion soap mix and 2 cans celery soup.see how that taste.take care. emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 7/23/2012 8:36AM

    Your soup always looks good Eleni . . . glad you got so many bags of it.
Lovely flowers, I still say you and Bill have green thumbs!
Thanks for sharing all!

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GYMCHICK30 7/23/2012 8:24AM

    Yummy soup

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SHIRLEYX 7/23/2012 7:56AM

    Mmmm. that pot of soup looks good!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/23/2012 7:53AM

    Your pot of soup looks delicious! Do you know how many grams of sodium are in each cup? I'm always curious about that, especially with soups.
That's what's so good about making your own is that you can control the sodium amount better.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/23/2012 7:03AM

    Hello soupmaker friend!

I just bagged up broth....been drinking home made beef stock for two weeks now. I love that I can control the salt-lessness.

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CUDDLEY51 7/23/2012 12:24AM

    An awesome looking kettle of soup! Enjoy!

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DEE107 7/23/2012 12:12AM

    soup pot looks good a nice dish and a spoon yummy and your pictures are so pretty

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JAMER123 7/22/2012 10:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon YUM!! The soup looks delic. Love your plants too. I have bee balm in my perennial garden and it is beginning to spread all through the snow on the mountain. Didn't know you could split orchids. You really have a green thumb!!

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SPIRIT42013 7/22/2012 10:48PM

    Lovely! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/22/2012 9:33PM

    Your soup makin is the bomb Momma!

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/22/2012 7:15PM

    Your soup looks yummy. I love making a big pot and having some to freeze!

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OFFICIALOLDY 7/22/2012 6:39PM

    That soup looks SO tasty! What a great way to spend Sunday morning

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0309COOKIE 7/22/2012 6:10PM

    That is one heck of a big pot of soup! Good eatin'!

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USMAWIFE 7/22/2012 5:57PM

    I love soup but it is way to hot in the south for it now. Was thinking of making some fruit soup or gazapacho

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Another New Day

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My eating last night was the worse in a long time. Threw out rest of what I was stuffing myself on. Back on track for now. I wish this wasn't so hard. I will still lose some of what I gained but not sure how bad last night will hurt me. it had a lot of salt in it.
I always have fresh lemons so decided to make a bottle of lemonade for lunch. It was good. I do it all the time when we go out.
Bill is getting groceries today. Always interesting to see what he brings home.
here is old big bulky Tv and new one.New one was only $300. We needed a shelf to put TV on. Check out what Bill used to hold up shelf. This way the dvd is out where we can keep door underneath closed.

new rose bloom.Picture of two show one from the other day on right

bumble bee

small butterfly

these love the rain

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SHIRLEYX 7/23/2012 7:58AM

    My hubby is also inventive when it comes to getting jobs done! LOL

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MENNOLY 7/22/2012 11:22AM

    If your weight gain is due to salt a few days of drinking all your water should take care of it. You can't help getting to much salt when you eat out. At home I try to keep processed foods to a minimum. Good Luck emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 7/22/2012 11:05AM

    Beautiful roses, flowers, butterfly!
Your new TV looks like mine Eleni and they sure don't take up the space the bulkier ones did!
I was 'bloated' for two days after eating Chinese food Thursday, what a horrid feeling, eh??

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DEEO12 7/22/2012 6:33AM

    Lovely flower and butterfly shots. Also nice t.v! Very proud of you for stopping the over eating last night emoticon

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DEE107 7/22/2012 12:34AM

    congrads on the tvs and love your flowers and butterflies

it happens that we over do once in a while hugs and hope you feel better

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KATIE233 7/22/2012 12:16AM

    like the new tv and what was the cabinet from. it works for now. love the rose pretty and other pics. and the icons are cute and saying.well you have a great day tomorrow see you later. emoticon emoticon emoticon this ice cream cone is my problem lately.specially chocolate fudge.bye for now hugs

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SPIRIT42013 7/21/2012 11:44PM

    You'll do better! Just don't bring much salty home and try to confine your night eating to less time. Interesting that you're craving salty. Is it crunchy too? Nice TV! Beautiful photos! Thanks for a moment in your garden!

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LKWQUILTER 7/21/2012 7:13PM

    Isn't it amazing how big and heavy the old tv's are. We got a flat screen too and now trying to give away the old one. lol

More beautiful pictures Eleni. Thanks.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/21/2012 6:13PM

  Hi Eleni........
Isn't it amazing how thin the new computer screens and TV screens are now. They are so much easier to place and take care of.
I have been putting the juice of one lemon in 2 cups of water and drinking it at least once a day and sometimes twice. It is supposed to be good for the liver and a friend of mine who is into holistic medicine said that lemons are good for all of our organs.
Elizabeth leaves for Minnesota tomorrow for 2 weeks.........Ken and I are going to go into withdrawal!!!!!
Take care, my friend. If you need more Cleome seeds, let me know.

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DICHTAS2 7/21/2012 5:48PM

  Tell Bill to send that picture to the Coke Co. You never know what would come of it.. Does he plan to leave it like that?
My heel really hurts right now.. I guess I was on it too much today. Just can't keep still.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

What a horrible day for Colorado last night. 12 dead and 59 injured as of now. 10 of the dead are still in theater. Police is giving first broadcast. Several of injured are critical. This area is planning extra security today.
Our TV in living room has been slowly dying.It is 9 years old. So Bill went to Walmart and got a new flatscreen. I was very surprised at how cheap it was. We have swapped the tv's out and new one was very easy to set up and get dvd player to work. Will have to get use to a more rectangle screen. Have noticed color isn't as good if viewed from side. Bill said he bet sports would look great on it.I told him it was too bad he would never find out. Our standing joke is that sports only plays back here.
I finally got some pictures of the black swallowtail butterfly and almost got one of yellow one but I wasn't fast enough

Here is butterfly solar light that one of Bill's customers sent me.

And a blue jay that stopped by .He has a peanut in last pic

The crock pot meal was great.Bill's was a little dry as his had breast meat and mine was thighs. Just put your stuff in crock pot and top with cream of chicken soup.Then put dry onion soup mix on top. I use cream soups a lot in crock pot but never added dry onion soup on top. Next time I will have to add some broth to Bill's .

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PATRICIAANN46 7/21/2012 6:07PM

  Hi Eleni..........
When something happens like it did in Colorado, I can't help but wonder what happened in that young man's life that caused him to react the way he did? He was in med-school, had his entire life ahead of him.........what happened?????? I have worked with young people all of my life and it is so sad to see how lost many of them are and how many fall through the cracks.
I am going to have to look for a solar butterfly.........did they have any hummers????
Have a good rest of the weekend. I hope you like your flatscreen as much as we do ours.

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KATIE233 7/21/2012 11:14AM

    love the pictures, got to take picture of new tv.see u later enjoying my weekend and week holidays.

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SHIRLEYX 7/21/2012 9:53AM

    Enjoy your new flatscreen. We still have our old, old tv and hopefully it will last a long time. Love your pics.

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MIZCATHI 7/21/2012 7:32AM

    It's very sad to comprehend such horror and I was having a very difficult time with it yesterday. I recently read a book by one of my favorite authors, Wally Lamb: The Day I Believed. It's a fictional account of one of the survivors of Columbine, and the tragedy her life became. Most likely everyone in that theater will have a difficult time moving on with their lives.

It's also striking that this event happened 15 miles from Columbine. That this happened there is a testament to how an event like this can infect an entire community for decades. So sad.

Happy there are still wonderful things in life - like new TV's and butterflies!

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LKWQUILTER 7/21/2012 6:37AM

    Hard to believe another horrible shooting. Beautiful pictures Eleni and love the butterfly ones. That solar light is unique, I haven't seen one like that but sure would like to get one. Have a great weekend and enjoy that new tv. ((HUGS))

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ROCKSTEADY4EVER 7/21/2012 4:54AM

    Thank you for posting this blog.

I love your pictures.

Have one great weekend!


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DEE107 7/21/2012 12:25AM

    thanks for sharing but it was sad for all those families and love your pictures

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FLORIDASUN 7/20/2012 9:50PM

    I know it's just SO very sad about that horrific massacre...our Josher always used to go to the midnight shows when they were newly released. Just so sad that a young man like this would go off the deep end. I'm praying for all affected...even him.

Love your solar butterfly..I bet it's beautiful in the clever and PERFECT for you!

Your pictures are always so GREAT. Enjoy that new flatscreen...we have a big one and let me tell's the cheapest entertainment one can have!


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DICHTAS2 7/20/2012 6:27PM

  Love that solar light!! Where did they get it from? Love your flowers.. Makes me jealous.I need to start getting some,maybe they will set off this jungle of mine

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Hair Cut Day

Thursday, July 19, 2012

One thing about getting my hair cut is it forces me out of the house. My hair is getting very thin in the front on top. I think it is all the meds I take. As thick as my hair has been for most of my life I never expected it to start thinning. If it gets too bad I might try a bald head.

Not a great pic but I never take good pics.
My scale is going down and unless I do something real stupid I should be back down from that 2 week gain.
Butterflies were back today with the sunshine. The large black swallowtail just flew by just to show off.Doesn't stop long enough for pic. But I will get him one day.
Here are a few I took this morning.The red plant is one that loves lots of
water.I have 3 of them in various shades. Without rain they start drooping

Our TV in living room is dying so Bill is going to look at new ones this weekend.
Enjoy your weekend

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CATLADY52 7/20/2012 4:27PM

    I think your hair looks very nice. If you do try a buzz cut I would suggest not during the winter. emoticon
Great shots of your plants and the butterfly. I think the plants know the difference between hose water and rain water. I know I can sense a difference. emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 7/20/2012 8:50AM

    It always feels good when I get my hair done...and it does get you out of the house. Great that the scale is going down! emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 7/20/2012 5:41AM

    Love your new haircut Eleni. It looks cool and easy to handle. I wear mine short kinda like that too but don't have bangs. I agree with you about hair thinning--before long I am going to need a wig. lol

Beautiful pictures too. Glad the sun has come out for ya'll.

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KATIE233 7/20/2012 12:32AM

    You do take good pictures. wtg on scales going down i,ll keep my fingers crossed for tv nice, new upto date your pictures of butterflies. hope the sun keeps shining for you for is cooler here but still no rain going to have to do a rain dance for my take care and have another super day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 7/20/2012 12:11AM

    hair looks cute and the butterfies are pretty thank you for sharing

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DEEO12 7/19/2012 11:14PM

    Lovely pics and the one of you looks good! Your hair doesn't look the way you describe it, it looks fine to me. Also i am glad to hear you are on the right track to losing the 2 pounds from last week. emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/19/2012 10:20PM

    I love your haircut, it looks great on you! Thanks for the beautiful pictures of your flowers, the butterfly was just an added touch! I, too, am having a problem with my hair thinning, it use to be very thick! Guess there is always a wig!!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/19/2012 8:58PM

  HI Eleni.........
My hair is getting thinner on top too. I guess it could be one of the"Perks" of getting older!!!!! ARE there ANY perks to getting older????? I like your picture and your hair looks great, but.........I think you would look good bald too. Think how much easier Bald would be...........
We finally got rain last night and I could hear the Cleome giving Thanks. Today they are all standing tall and all the blossoms are open. They look so good, but.........more heat is on the way for the weekend, so it will be short-lived. It is amazing how we can water and water and water and the plants look stressed and one rain shower and they look revived. Rain is the secret.
Have a wonderful weekend.

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0309COOKIE 7/19/2012 8:51PM

    That is a great picture of you! You look fantastic!

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SUNSHINEGB 7/19/2012 8:31PM

    Well, I think it's a good picture! And a really nice hair style!
Love the butterflies too, they and the flowers are so colorful!
Thanks for sharing, Eleni!
Goodnight, tomorrow is another day!
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TILLIEBEE 7/19/2012 7:14PM

    I love your hair and think you look great! My hair is thinning too. It stinks.
Great job with the scale! Send some of your rain my way!

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JUDITH316 7/19/2012 6:19PM

    I love your haircut, very nice. I have always loved butterfly's, these photo's are absolutely beautiful. emoticon for sharing.. emoticon emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/19/2012 6:14PM

    You look lovely - and so do the hairs you got cut! A new TV is always fun.

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Getting Tired of Rain

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I know we always need rain and some of you need it badly. But it sure seems like we are having way too much. It started last night and has been non stop except for a couple of hours. At least it is not all storm.Right now it is a gentle rain.
Poor Roxy hasn't been out since this morning. She refuses to go outside. She will go when Bill gets here as he will stand out in rain with her. I am not standing out in the rain.
My eating is better but needs to be much better. I am going to try to listen to my tape twice a day. That should help. I may see about getting another so I can swap them out. But right now I just want my dear friend to help Angel. That comes first.
I taped Rachael Ray while I took a nap. I usually skip thru a lot of it.She had a great section on going thru the grocery store. I knew most of what she said but did learn a few new things. Susan Lucci is on now. Can't believe she was on the soaps for 41 years. She is so young looking. She always seems very nice when she is on talk shows.
Here are some rainy day pics.
This was this morning

This was just a couple of minutes ago.Can't believe how much it bloomed.

just rain pics

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DEEO12 7/19/2012 9:29AM

    Nice pictures and glad your eating is better even though you say it needs to be better yet. You are doing great!

You have been getting alot of rain your way and to much can be depressing. Hope it moves this way emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 7/19/2012 8:31AM

    Love the pics of the flowers in the rain.

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MIZCATHI 7/19/2012 6:41AM

    I know what you mean, despite needing the rain it's still a pain in the neck. I have to stand outside with my dogs, too. How silly is that?

The rose is gorgeous. I really want to finally plant at least one rose bush this fall.

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LILLI56 7/19/2012 1:33AM

    I just love your rose pictures. They are beautiful. Love the colors! We have been having a lot of rain too, but it is much needed here. I wish it would just rain all night long..

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DEE107 7/19/2012 12:20AM

    hugs dislike rain storms but your flowers are pretty and hope you feel better hugs

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    We had lots of thunder and lightning this afternoon, but only a few drops of rain, so the grass will get browner. Praise God for the little bit that we did get.

Love your beautiful pictures! The flowers with raindrop were especially beautiful.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/18/2012 10:24PM

  Hi Eleni........
We had rain here this evening around 7 and I literally "Danced in it!!!" We haven't had rain since the last week in May!!! It felt good to be soaked to the skin in rain instead of sweat.
Your roses are beautiful.......... emoticon

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KATIE233 7/18/2012 10:03PM

    yes it sure bloom alot since this morning pics. i like the bear picture cute.i always use mircle whip regular but i don,t use it that often.i might use it 2 or 3 times a year so i buy the small jar.we use to buy the larger size but wasted most of it so i started buy the smaller size.i seen a butterfly at the flowers at the front but of course didn,t have my camera.ave a super day tomorrow maybe it will be now rain for you and poor Roxy.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/18/2012 8:36PM

    What beautiful pictures Eleni, I love the flowers with the rain drops on them!

We haven't had rain in so long, I'm forgetting what it looks and feels like!
We're suppose to get thunderstorms tonight but we've heard that prediction before . . . will believe it when I see it.

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JUDITH316 7/18/2012 8:22PM

    Sorry about the rain, I sure know what that's all about, although we are now in a heat wave but it was only 2 weeks ago we had steady rain, your roses sure love the rain, they are gorgeous...Thanks for sharing.. Keep up the great work, you can do it emoticon emoticon together 1 day and 1 step at a time. emoticon

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MPARKER67 7/18/2012 6:15PM

    I love pictures of drops of water on plants. Such interesting patterns.

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0309COOKIE 7/18/2012 5:14PM

    We're having thunderstorms this afternoon too with heavy rain. But we really need the rain. It has been very dry here.

I love Susan Lucci. She is such a sweet woman.

I absolutely love the pictures you took of the rose. So pretty. That was my mother's favorite flower and they always remind me of her.


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