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Chilly Tuesday

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

This is a picture I drew of a visitor to tree in front yard.I am posting this for Carolyn who also loves to photograph things in her yard.

It is a cool day here today.And very windy.The sun keeps peeking out so it is not as dreary looking as yesterday.But it is suppose to be even cooler tomorrow.Actually cold for this time of year.But will be back to 80's in a few days.
My grand daughter Brianna is spending the day and night.She let herself in early this morning as she knew I would still be in bed.She is still sleeping.LOL. She is sixteen and teens stay up late and then sleep all morning.Some things never change. She is a lot of company.Changes my routine tho as I am usually starting my exercises now and she is in the room I do it in.I can do some in living room. I am glad that at sixteen she still likes to come see grandma.
I am doing very well with exercising but of course food control is still a problem. Oh well It is what it is!

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NEWSTART127 4/8/2009 12:56AM

    You drew that? It's amazing!!!

Have fun with your granddaughter!


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VEGEFARMER 4/8/2009 12:38AM

    What a beutiful picture, I marvel at your talent.
Enjoy Brianna whilst you can, they grow so fast.

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KYANN402 4/7/2009 9:32PM

    Wonderful! The detail on the drawing is fantastic. You have a talent to share.

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FEISTYMAMA 4/7/2009 7:01PM

    WOW, that picture is amazing! I swear it's a photo you took, not drawn!! You have talent young lady!!!

How sweet that Brianna loves her Grandma so much! My kids hardly ever ask to go to Grandma's, but then again Grandma never asks to see them. Is she on Spring Break this week? My kids have off next week and they're looking forward to sleeping in.

You ARE doing a great job with your exercising!!! I'm so proud of you. The food intake will come together in time.

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Ijust realized I hadn't blogged.Just been busy around house.Did some sparking,did my exercises and adding a little extra,Made my weekly big pot of soup. And I always eat too much soup the day I make it. But I put it in 2 cup bags.Froze 9 bags for next week. Well actually I froze 5 and just put 4 in fridge for the next few days.
It is a very cloudy dreary looking day.Got a short rain but we needed more.
Bill is trying to get the chemistry fixed in pool so I can use the pool.Just a few sunny days with solar panels and I will be able to go in. I have already been enjoying the deck since Bill put new steps up. I try to go sit out there for 10 minutes every day.
We are having our annual picnic ( which I hate and everyone else loves) on May 3 rd and I need to make a list of what everyone is bringing.Everyone brings a dish to share and their own drinks. Bill and I have the burgers and dogs and buns and usually a few chips as chips are always on sale.
It will be first time any of my kids have seen the new baby. That should be interesting LOL.
Well Gotta get stuff ready for supper.Still have some soup making mess in kitchen.
Bill picked up his new glasses so he is going to go bowl a couple games when he gets off work. I told him it will take more than new glasses to help his bowling.No slack.

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NEWSTART127 4/7/2009 1:40AM

    Why do you not enjoy the picnic? Too much work and planning?
Remember, everyone is there to visit and have fun... and don't stress about it!

Loved your comment about Bill and bowling! Too funny!
Hope he had a great time! emoticon

emoticonWe're supposed to get some rain again... but hopefully you'll get some sunshine and get the pool warmed up!

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FEISTYMAMA 4/6/2009 10:13PM

    You crack me up when you talk about the picnic!! It's only once a year so I think you'll survive.

Sitting in the sun sounds lovely!! It's so darn cold here. Oh to have the sun beating down on me and birds chirping....Maybe another month or so.

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VEGEFARMER 4/6/2009 4:50PM

    LoL, You go Bill. good blog Eleni.

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Bitter Melon and Pepino Melon

Sunday, April 05, 2009

It took me almost an hour to find the thing I got at grocery store that no one knew what it was. It is a bitter melon and has that name as it is suppose to be very bitter
I got this from internet
Bitter melon is perhaps the most bitter of vegetables. A member of the squash family native to southern China, it is medium to light green in color, oblong and averaging 8 inches, tapering to a point. Easily recognized by its shiny, fleshy and peculiar warty-looking surface, irregular ridges and bumps run the length of the fruit.
A mainstay of local oriental produce markets, especially during the warm summer months, bitter melon is a common vegetable consumed by millions around the world – not only in the Far East, but also in many Central and South American and Caribbean countries
It is not eaten raw but usually par boiled and added to other stuff as in stir fry.
I will pass.I tasted a tiny piece of raw and it had a strange taste like a mix of cucumber and squash.
Here are both before cutting and after

Now the Pepino melon was another thing.It was rather good.The dark spots you see is where it is too ripe.It is a creamy color to start and then outside has the strips when it is ripe.It had a taste like a combo of plum,pear and melon.Very mild and only slightly sweet. I would eat it again altho all these strange fruits and veggies are usually expensive.
From internet

Pepino melon is native to Peru, but is now also grown in California and New Zealand. It is also known as treemelon, bush melon and mellowfruit. Pepino’s are teardrop shaped and have a smooth skin that is striped with yellow and dark purple. The flesh of this fruit is fragrant and combines the tastes of cantaloupe and honeydew.
Pepinos are available late fall to mid-spring. Fruits with a light yellow or green skin are not ripe, while fruits with dark purple stripes are ripePepinos are best served peeled and cubed or sliced.
--Use atop spinach salads.
--Add to fruit medleys.
--Eat plain for breakfast or a light snack.
Only 80 calories for a medium one

And that my friends is our lesson for the day.LOL I recommend the pepino but not bitter. If you are interested you can get details on how to cook bitter on internet

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NEWSTART127 4/6/2009 1:53AM

    What an informational blog!
I'll have to check on the pepino - think I'll pass on the bitter one!

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VEGEFARMER 4/5/2009 7:03PM

I have never seen either of these fruits and after reading your educational blog I don't feel like I am missing out on anything.
How wonderful to live on different sides of the world and to see some of the fruits & veges that we don't have here.
off to the Chiropracter today. Yehaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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MICKEY341 4/5/2009 6:30PM

    Thanks for the info. I have never seen either in our grocery. I am always looking for something new. Think I'll take your word for the bitter melon and just pass on it. lol
Have you ever tried star fruit? I just tried it and it was pretty good.
I have egg plant that I'm going to try in a new recipe this evening. Love eggplant!


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FEISTYMAMA 4/5/2009 5:41PM

    You're right, it does look like a bumpy cucumber. You find the weirdest things!!

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

I am up way too early for me.Did not sleep too great.Between Bill being in rare form and knees hurting it was around 4 until they both settled down.Anyone who lives with a snorer knows what I mean. Sometimes you feel like screaming at them to just shut up.LOL I see a good nap in my future.
I had some very great news yesterday.My youngest daughter Rebekah who is I think 35 took her state test for CNA and passed with a score of 100%.Needless to say she was thrilled as was I. Rebekah quit school shortly after she gave birth to her first child at 16..She always had problems learning and has spent most of her adult life as a wife and mother.A very good one but no job skills much except for child care which is a skill of course. But with the economy the way it is her husband lost his business and they were in a bad place.She decide she was going to school and she took classes for cna and passed and has been doing home care for a few weeks.But she only had so much time before she had to have her state license.I was a little concerned but like I said she passed with flying colors.She now has her sights on becoming a nurse. I always have believed if a person wants something bad enough it can happen. So I am a proud mother today of my little girl (To all you young women who wonder why I call a 35 year old woman with 3 children of her own my little girl. Children remain our little boys and girls no matter how old you get.LOL)
Bill was in a generous mood last night so he put up the card table so we could play domino's.We play mexican domino's which takes 12 games for someone to win.We usually play 6 one night and then finish the next night.Right now he is beating me big time.But nice thing about it is that I still have 6 games to catch up.LOL
We had an interesting trip to grocery store. I found a new fruit but no one knew what it was.The young boy in produce took it back to his manager but manager didn't know either as he te told the kid it was the other new fruit I had in my hand.I had a pipino melon and this thing looks like a shinny cucumber with pimples all other it. When we got to check out the store mamnager said in 20 years she had never seen anything like it.So we got it for the cost of a cucumber. I will post a picture tomorrow.I am not sure how to find out what it is.Maybe look on internet for unusual fruits etc.
So I will let you know how both things taste tomorrow. I also got some small containers of cottage cheese.I haven't tried it since I was a little girl so I decided I wanted to try it. I am not expecting to like it but I will give it a try. I didn't think I liked yogurt and I love it now.I get the new 4oz containers every week now.For 60 cal they are a good snack.
The guys came and replaced the slolar panel that we had to take down and now solar panels are working for pool.I should be able to use pool very soon.
Ok I have rambled enough. I am either going to go exercise or take a short nap.Short nap sounds pretty good. emoticon

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MICKEY341 4/5/2009 6:40PM

    Love the pictures. I envy you, living in such a beautiful place.
Congratulations to Rebekah on her perfect score on the cna test. I know you are proud of her, and she should be proud of herself. I worked with kids who had a problem learning at our middle school for 21 yrs. We have seen so many success stories. She probably just learned at a different pace as others.
And I understand perfectly when you call her your little girl, my little girl just turned 50 and when she is old she will still be my little girl. Her Dad still refers to her as the kid! That's just the way parents are!!!
Have a good day!

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FEISTYMAMA 4/5/2009 9:43AM

    I love the pictures!! The ones with the birds on the rock in the water is beautiful! You live in such a pretty place.

Congrats to Rebekah, that's wonderful!!! To pass is one achievement, but to pass with a 100% is excellent! I think it's great that she's following her dream. Good luck to her!

I myself sleep with a snorer. It's not so bad unless he has a cold. A week and a half ago he had a cold and was snoring so loud I kept hitting him. Of course the first night I didn't get much sleep and I was cranky. I told him the next day that he needed to do something otherwise I was going to sleep on my son's bottom bunk. Jason used a nasal strip and it worked!

I can't believe a grocery store would have a fruit that nobody knows what it is. Yes, I'd look it up before eating it just to see. Weird...looking forward to seeing the picture. Good luck with the cottage cheese. I used to eat it all the time when I was younger but as I got older I started to dislike it. Now I can't eat it at all. I can't stand the texture. Just thinking about it gives me the chills. YECH!

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Saturday* New statue up

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Here is the Feel Good Corner with last statue.LOL

And here is what I see when I look out this window

I have named the nearest statue First Love and the new one with Delilah and Sophia is Best Friends. The new ones were very inexpensive and Bill got them at K-Mart.
Bill has weaken and is now talking about looking for a big turtle or something to put up on pool deck. He is so easy.
Here is a bird gathering for a nest.He has his back turned but look where his beak is.That is not the ground.That is his mouth completely full of twigs etc from ground.
Ok It is a beautiful sunny day and I have to get grocery list done and exercises done.

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MICKEY341 4/4/2009 11:05PM

    Love your corner...and think the turtle is a neat idea. What a good shot of the bird. I need to keep my camera handy to get some pic's of birds in my back yard. Ted feeds then and my back yard is full of birds all the time. We have 3 different kinds of doves! Plus everyting else!!!
You have inspired me, I'm thinking of doin a corner in my yard. Was going to plant flowers this week but that was put on back burner because of eye problem. Anyway , it is supposed to be 32 on Sunday nite!

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NEWSTART127 4/4/2009 7:58PM

    Love how your corner and yard is coming together!
I think a turtle would be PERFECT for around the pool! emoticon

And I LOVE the photo you got of the bird! What a neat shot!

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KPIKE1 4/4/2009 4:38PM

    I love your feel good corner, you can come to my house and make me one, lol. Your yard is soooo pretty. Enjoy.



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FEISTYMAMA 4/4/2009 11:06AM

    Looking good!! I can't wait to see you what you do next! emoticon

I made my grocery list on Thursday and was done with my grocery shopping this morning by 7:40AM!!! We're expecting more snow tomorrow so my husband wanted to go early so in case the store was crowded later. I got up at 5:45AM!!! I'm ready for a nap but I have to go exercise in a few.

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KYANN402 4/4/2009 10:19AM

    How lovely! Feel Good Corner is the perfect name for such a delightful spot. I just finished my grocery list. Must be the thing to do on this sunny Saturday morning. And now I'm off to the gym for my exercises. We're in sync! emoticon

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