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Pine Needle Baskets

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Spark Friends here are some photos of the Pine Needle Baskets that I am making for family members for Christmas. The first basket is one that I made for DD for bracelets,,earrings and other small things . So far that is the only one that is finished.

The hardest part of the basket is the center start. DDs is started with a fossil snail.
Since DS is a geophysicist, his is started with a slice of rock.

DH and DSiL's baskets ar estarted with a cephalopod fossil

As you can see from the picture below with the pencil - these are pretty small baskets but kind of interesting I think. Still lots of work to do before Christmas.

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EMSSBEARS 12/9/2014 12:58AM

    These are beautiful - you are not only talented but very patient.

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KATELJM 12/9/2014 12:13AM

    So clever to start with such unusual shells, stone, and fossils! How special!

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JENSHAINES 12/8/2014 7:55PM

    You are SO talented!!! WOWOWWWWW!!! I just love these. And I would never have the patience for them. Thank you so much for posting the photos! You are simply an amazing woman!

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KATIE5668 12/8/2014 11:26AM

    those are neat...and indeed the smaller the basket the more intense the work!
Great presents they should be thrilled with inventive basing them as you did on their interests! More later to face my you bad weather on the way so have outside stuff I have to get done.

Have a good and productive day!!!

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COOLMAMA11 12/7/2014 4:38PM

    Lovely Jane, are they time consuming? emoticon

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CIPHER1971 12/7/2014 3:53PM

    Wow - you are very talented emoticon

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ALICIA214 12/7/2014 1:15PM


Lovely!!! I have noticed more people I see out and about are carrying woven
baskets..... emoticon

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    Basket weaving!

brings back some memories

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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Expectations for BLC26

Sunday, September 21, 2014

(Sorry but I can't seem to get this photo uploaded in the correct orientation)
Fall is a time of change and new beginnings. Summer fades and the quiet cool days of autumn slip in - with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. We pack up the lawn chairs, bring in the remainder of the garden and enjoy the last few glorious tomatoes of the season. As I think about the next 12 weeks, I'm kind of like those two terriers - I would love to find a way to escape the hard work that it's going to take to be successful. I want to eat the things I like and I don't want to worry about tracking and carefully planning meals. But if I am going to look back on this blog in 12 weeks and feel happy I need to stop looking for a way out and just forge ahead with the things I need to do:
And with a little help from my friends, I'll keep that focus and greet winter with a weight loss of at least 10 lbs.

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THEGROOVYCHICK 9/25/2014 12:28PM

    You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/22/2014 9:23AM

    The nice thing is that we can do all the requirements and have fun at the same time. emoticon

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KATIE5668 9/21/2014 10:33PM

    Jane...luv it!! You so hit the nail on the head...wouldn't we all just adore to find a magick bullet or pill or sum such that would tend to this for us...
But as we know the only magick is inside ourselves....
We can and we will achieve if only we continue to believe...
then put legs on that belief and start moving...
eating right...and doing what we know we must!!

You are gonna do it...I believe in you!!


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TRAVELGRRL 9/21/2014 6:49PM

    I'm with you! I'd like to lose 10 pounds during this challenge too.

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CIPHER1971 9/21/2014 5:48PM

    Bob on - planning - tracking - fitness is a great mantra.

Have a great day

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PREDEL 9/21/2014 5:46PM

    I so know where you're at. I'm there with you! Hopefully being on Azure you'll see that it doesn't have to be all hard work. It can be fun too! Welcome to our little island! emoticon Pat

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CARELLIGIRL 9/21/2014 4:03PM

    This is such a wonderfully relatable blog post. Most of us would love to find the magic bullet to get us where we want to be without the work. You hit the nail on the head. Nothing but consistent effort will get us where we want to go. Great post!

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SHERYLDS 9/21/2014 2:57PM

    I know you can do this.
You worry about the food...I worry about the exercise.
together we will win this emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 9/21/2014 1:55PM

    emoticon Jane, you can do it, just taking the first step is the hardest, I wish I didn't have to do it, but I need to be healthier, so have no other choice!
Let's work together, and make this a successful 12 weeks, I am working on getting out of Onderland!

~Elaine emoticon

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KTAADN_GIRL 9/21/2014 1:13PM

    Cheers!, to a goal filled 12 weeks! And don't forget those NSV! Those count, too...

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FAT and Hungry

Sunday, May 18, 2014

This week my Spark Friend Katie got me thinking about obesity and will power. Am I fat because I lack will power? If I just had more will power, would I no longer be fat?? There’s an interesting article in today’s NY Times titled “Always Hungry? Here’s why”. The authors pose the question “ Are we fat because we overeat or do we over eat because we’re fat?” and suggest that the simple solution is to not overeat by exerting more willpower. The problem, they point out is that this advice usually doesn’t work for most people in the long term.

Why do we have a biological drive to overeat? Basically ,the authors content that the issue is metabolism. Cutting calories leads to weight loss but it can also backfire as it increases hunger and slows metabolism. The increasing amount and processing of carbohydrates in American diets has led to increased insulin levels. Thus not all calories are created equal. There’s more to the equation that just calorie restriction (not that calorie count is irrelevant – it’s just not the best strategy for weight loss for most people.) So what should we be doing if we want to lose weight and keep it off? Make these lifestyle changes – reduce consumption of refined grains, concentrated sugar and potato products- avoid highly processed foods loaded with rapidly digested carbohydrates

Although what they say about metabolism is not new, it’s an interesting article and I’d encourage you to read the whole thing

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RICKISMOM1 11/3/2014 6:13PM

    I don't like the term "will power"... it implies some mythical strength that most of us do not have. Instead, I feel that when we see clearly what we are choosing, the choice to do the right thing is much easier
FROM a BLOG of Mine:
Misdenomer:” Will Power”
True change is not dictated by will-power. Witness the drug addict, or drunkard, who has absolutely no will to change his obviously destructive habits (obvious to everyone but him...). Enter a good, experienced “intervention” guide, and the chances of him effecting a change are pretty good. Why? How is that? Because the intervention is designed to make the addict take a good hard look at what the losses from his addiction are, and to remove the “benefits” he has been receiving courtesy of enabling behavior by others. An addict in an intervention may be told by his co-worker “I will no longer cover up for you at work”. His daughter, after telling her Dad how much she loves him, and admires his abilities, may regretfully inform him that she will no longer let him visit her house, unless he starts treatment, because of the effect it is having on HER children. Bit by bit, the parties to the intervention show the addict that the “pros versus cons” has changed, and that it is no longer to his advantage to continue his substance abuse.
So what has changed? His self-control? NO! What has changed is his perception of the results of his behavior.

This is why it is easier to diet when you are extremely overweight, and your varicose veins are hurting. They are a constant, real reminder of the results of overeating, much more than the scales which we may (or may not) step on. And that is why it is so easy for the dieter who has lost a significant amount to gain everything back. He may still be getting compliments on the “new, thin” body while he has already slipped and started overeating. He is able to have the joys of overeating, along with social accolade all at once. And how does he deal with the long-range effects of overeating? For the meantime he is “forgetting” that point, or kidding himself that “next week” he will return to the diet, while enjoying the immediate “benefits” of cake and pie.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2014 7:39PM

    My mother is 80 years old, 5' 4" and weighs 104 pounds. She admits she's "hungry all the time." I have decided I don't want to live like that.

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    Reducing carbs is the only way I seem to lose weight. It's a little hard at first, but you get used to it. And I feel so much better. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 5/18/2014 10:25AM

    Excellent blog Jane, Since I've been diabetic, I am learning a lot about food, the different calories, carbs, what to eat with what..gets so darned confusing.'

Since my surgery have been feeling unwell, and eating very little, hasn't made that much difference on the scale...makes one wonder, what exactly is the right diet for me.? What works for one, doesn't necessarily emoticon work for another!

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Gratitude Journal

There are so many things to be grateful for:

1. For all those in the healing professions – especially the Dr. who kindly stayed late yesterday to see me and who gave me a cortisone shot to relieve the terrible pain in my shoulder.

2. For general good health so that I can laugh and play and enjoy life.

3. For my wonderful family, for DH who is always there for me, for DS, DD, DSiL who are the light of my life, and for 3 DGDs who make us all a full family.

4. For wonderful friends and for the new friends I have yet to meet

5. For furry friends who are always happy to see me

6. For good food – so many fresh fruits and veggies- and for people to share it with

7. For opportunities to exercise- with lots of choices- like our YMCA.

8. For Spark friends -- who may not live close but who are always there to give support.

9. For the robin sitting in the tree by my window – who is a sure sign of hope for spring although still surrounded by snow.

10. For the promise of tomorrow and the chance to do things better.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/8/2014 5:40PM

    Gratitude is such an underrated mood enhancer! I love your list. Viewing life with gratitude for what we HAVE rather than focusing on what we LACK is really empowering. ((hugs))

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CATLOVER110 3/6/2014 8:12PM

    Wonderful list!

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AMARILYNH 3/6/2014 6:17PM

    I fully believe that the more gratitude we show the more blessings we receive!! Great blog!!

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LETHA_ 3/6/2014 11:32AM

    Great list.

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COOLMAMA11 3/6/2014 10:42AM

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-BLESSINGS- 3/6/2014 10:29AM

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BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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FreshFoods from small farms

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My spark friend Letha asked me to let her know what our Farm Sahre was like. so here goes.
Today we got our first "share" from Field Foods - that delivers weekly from small farms in the upper Hudson Valley. The cost for a 2-3 people is $25. and here's what we got:

Lots of micro greens (enough for several salads for all 3 of us)
Good sized bag of spinach
Good sized bag of baby lettuces _ Bibb lettuce
Gala Apples
Russet potatoes
1 HUGE Macomber turnip - which is supposed to be sweet and creamy and comes from heirloom seeds.
One frozen tomato sauce ( all seeded and no skins)
One bag of frozen blueberries

We also ordeeed one share of cheese - Yummy cheddar cheese curds
and one share of pasta - fresh made spinach pappardelle

Now the best part of all this is that you can cancel at any time or change your order to a bigger or smaller amount. I am excited to see what interesting things we may try in the future. It's not inexpensive but it is a good way to get fresh, local produce and to support our local farms. I'm going to try it for awhile and see how it goes. Plus it forces me to go to the Y on Wednesdays! emoticon emoticon
Tonight's supper is going to be Cod (from the North Atlantc), turnips and a salad of micro greens and tomatoes with pumpkin seeds emoticon

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KATIE5668 2/21/2014 12:46PM

    we just found a local supply ...but it is like a left over from sales or nearly out of date items ..either way ...fresh is fresh & if the cereal or such is Really Out of in spoiled...hey ..chicken feed!! or to the neighbors least it is not going into the trash aye!

will be at the farmers market to supplement what I cannot grow come time..

Have a great weekend All..

thanks Jane for the info!

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MYTHMYTH 2/20/2014 12:33PM

    The Macombeer turnips were really MILD. Interesting.
We had tried a CSA (small share) two summers ago with terrible results. The people who set it up knew a lot less about gardening than they should have. They knew a lot less than I did. We got very little produce from them that summer (I got much, much more from my tiny garden). And the following year they had the nerve to change the name of their CSA and lure other unsuspecting people. So my advice to anybody who has to sign up for a year long share - check out the track record of the CSA.

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HARRIET8AL 2/20/2014 8:22AM

    I always buy the local produce at the farm stands, farmer's markets and even our grocery store will buy in bulk and post a sign to let us know which farm the produce is from :-). I've never heard of a farmer's co-op around here. It looks like a great opportunity for fresh produce. Thanks for the info!

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MERRYMARY42 2/19/2014 9:06PM

    I have heard of these farmer co-ops, I guess about the same thing, my niece had them delivered weekly to her job place, and it was all local and fresh, she shared with me often emoticon

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    I've always wondered how those things worked. Thanks for posting! emoticon

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MALAMI518 2/19/2014 8:34PM

    Very nice! My mother-in-law used to farm organically and had a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the spring/summer months along with doing a Farmer's Market. She still farms for herself/family but not nearly as much. We used to go help her out on Fridays when she packed and distributed her shares. In return we also got to pick from the food that she had available that week.

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COOLMAMA11 2/19/2014 7:02PM

    sounds great Jane..enjoy those nice fresh foods. I too have never heard of a macomber turnip..will be watching for that also!

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LETHA_ 2/19/2014 6:02PM

    Nice basket. I've never heard of a Macomber turnip. I'll have to keep an eye out for one off those. Thanks for sharing.

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