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2010 Garden

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Well, this years garden has done ok. Not nearly as plentiful as previous years, but still we got plenty for us and a little to share. The tomatoes are almost done, with every plant still full of tomatoes but many dead leaves too.


Other things are looking great still and still have many blooms, like these baby yellow squash


More yellow squash & spaghetti squash


In desperate need of rain!

and zucchini's are plentiful with all plants still producing


The first plantings of green beans (among many other things) all got eaten, but this is the fall crop planted. Excuse the weeds! We really need to get working on them!


And this is one of the smaller Armenian cucumbers! They are super crisp and taste so good!


The beets and turnips are all done. The cucumbers are still going strong and the later planting of the winter squash are looking good with hundreds of acorn and butternut growing well. The corn is also about done...

Now it's time to start making more spaghetti sauce and freezing mega amounts and shredding some zucchini to freeze. Just today I picked 6 grocery bags full of tomatoes, 3 bags full of zucchini and a bag full of green beans. Also 4 bags of cucumbers. No cabbage or okra this year...the ground hogs got it all, several times! We have tons and tons of banana peppers, but the green, yellow and orange bell peppers died out and are only producing golf ball sized peppers now, LOL. Earlier in the year we were getting lots of really nice sized ones.

  
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REBARH 9/17/2010 9:07PM

    emoticonHoly cow-tomatoes, baby yellow squash, spaghetti squash, zucchinis, green beans, Armenian cucumbers, beets, turnips, winter squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, corn, banana peppers, green bell peppers, yellow bell peppers & orange bell peppers. You are very blessed with a green thumb to be having a successful vegetable garden this year. I am sorry about the ground hogs eating up your cabbages & okras. I wish you happiness & joy on canning your veggies!

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SPARTAN40 8/26/2010 9:20AM

    Our garden didn't do very well this year either. Yours looks great though. I would love to have a bigger garden.

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 8/25/2010 9:10AM

    I am so jealous of your wonderful garden emoticon. I know you are getting some wonderful meals out of it emoticon.

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LLTS01 8/23/2010 9:29PM

    You are amazing. I have never seen anyone grow so many veggies.
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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/23/2010 12:31PM

    Go you! Sounds like time for some veggie grilling emoticon YUM!

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RONIE11 8/23/2010 12:20PM

    Beautiful garden... you must be glowing from all those natural vitamins... LOL

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TERMITEMOM 8/23/2010 8:13AM

    WOW WOW WOW!!! Carla, what an awesome garden! You did so well: everything looks luscious, it is wonderful. I so wish I had the time to take care of a vegetable garden. But even if I did I wouln't be able to do as well as you do with yours!

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/23/2010 6:31AM

    You garden did really well. I couldn't believe that one item was a cucumber. Looked like some kind of squash to me. Wish I was closer to you so we could share....I mean you could share. All we had were tomatoes and they are all gone. Have a great day. Mom

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CAROL3SAN 8/23/2010 5:12AM

    I think you did great with your garden emoticon Enjoy your Monday!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 8/22/2010 11:18PM

    I think you do this just to torture me. We had a fresh tomato yesterday and acted like kids with candy. GIVE ME FRESH VEGGIES! I am tired of canned green beans three times a week and beets at least twice but they are all canned. We do get some fresh fruit but not nearly as much as we should be getting at this time of year. The melons are going nuts here and we have not had it even once. I think I should stage a protest and post your garden on huge billboards.
Erin

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FITCHICK421 8/22/2010 8:43PM

  Awesome garden photos!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/22/2010 8:42PM

    Our garden did not do very well this year, critters got into it and enjoyed it, Hubby was not happy, but secretly it was ok with me, not much stuff around here for them as everything is getting so developed.

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Pound-a-thon Challenge

Friday, August 20, 2010

Once again the leaders of Rootin' for Ruby have come up with a wonderfully fun challenge!

This challenge is called the Pound-a-thon. It is a 5 week challenge and we are on teams of approximately 15 each. I am team captain of the Savannah Sweeties and have an emoticon team!! It's fun going to our teams chat thread each day and catch up with everyone and to get to know the team members I didn't know well yet. I have had a really busy couple of weeks and haven't had the chance to chat as much as I'd like to, but I have popped in at least once a day to say hello and see how everyone is.

The PAT (pound-a-ton) has daily challenges, weekly streaks and games. They are fun activities that allow us to get involved with others and learn more about each other. They also help us increase our activity level and water intake.

We each pledged how much weight we want to lose during the challenge and we check in on that thread each week to show where we are. I didn't have the best start, but I've been back on track this whole week and am expecting a nice loss this coming week!

A great big emoticon to our leaders and to each and everyone of you that makes these teams so special!

  
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REBARH 9/5/2010 9:39AM

    emoticonThis is wonderful for you to start your team "PAT" & to encourage your team members their water intake. I wish you the very best of luck on reaching your goal of weight loss success. emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 8/22/2010 7:29PM

    Good luck! You are so decicated, I have no doubt you will meet your goal!

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UVAGRL928 8/21/2010 3:39PM

    Good luck!

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CAROL3SAN 8/21/2010 12:45PM

    You seem to be enjoying the challenge as much as I am. I hope to lose 10 pounds. It is going slow but I think I'll make it. Good luck to you for achieving your weight goal. emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/21/2010 12:44PM

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YAFENELRA 8/21/2010 12:03PM

    You are doing great. Sometimes that 'track' has a bump in it but you go over it and away you go. The PAT is fun indeed!!

Arlene

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/21/2010 10:12AM

    Good morning, that was a nice blog. Am so happy you are back on track. This PAT is a lot of enjoyment.

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CAM1325 8/21/2010 8:02AM

    sounds like fun! you can do this! how much are you trying to lose?

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SPARKPIXIE 8/21/2010 4:09AM

    Thanks for being a Team Captain, Carla! Your team is lucky to have you! And I'm glad you are enjoying the PAT!

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A fruit salad I really enjoyed

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I have never been a huge fruit lover. I like fruit ok, but it's veggies that are my preference. I (usually) get 12-18 servings a day of them. When I remind myself to eat fruit, I don't *not* like it, it's just that I rarely think about it when it's the veggies I crave.

Yesterday we got a magazine at work that had a salad in it that was made with a strange combo of ingredients, including 2 large papayas and 2 large mangoes. We made it at the office today and it was emoticon

It had arugula, avocado, papaya, mango, fennel and shrimp. The dressing was made with olive oil, lime and sea salt.


It was super healthy with the good fat from the olive oil and avocado and had the perfect blend of other ingredients.

If anyone would like the recipe, I can send you the link. It didn't come with NI, but I plugged it all into the spark people calculator and have those numbers also. They were really great for the serving size.


  
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REBARH 8/28/2010 5:11PM

    emoticonThe photo looks delicious & the recipe seems so simple, will give it a try emoticon

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JUNKINTRUNK73 8/21/2010 1:16AM

    definitely going to try this!!! thanks.

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YAFENELRA 8/20/2010 11:31PM

    Looks and sounds yummy!!

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AKELM08 8/20/2010 11:06AM

    That sounds fantastic! you should post it or post the link for us because I would LOVE to try that
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BETHGILLIGAN 8/20/2010 8:21AM

    The salad looks yummy!!! I am just the opposite--veggies are OK but love my fruit!!! You should post this in recipes. Have a good weekend.

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DIGBOI 8/20/2010 7:41AM

    Great salad idea. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CAM1325 8/20/2010 7:13AM

    looks good!

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/20/2010 5:51AM

    That salad really looks good. Thanks for sending me the recipe. I will probably make it this weekend. Glad you and your co-workers enjoyed it so much.

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MINDYJ1 8/20/2010 12:28AM

    Sounds different!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/19/2010 11:14PM

    I have to say it looks pretty yummy

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KAYE454 8/19/2010 10:18PM

  This time of the year fruit salads are the best.

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LLTS01 8/19/2010 10:13PM

    You know you have to share the recipe. Did you think you would get away with that? Why not post it in Sparkrecipes?
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Ashley Update

Saturday, August 14, 2010

For those of you that remember my friend Carol's daughter I have an update. She had her bilateral mastectomy on Wednesday. Her cancer is extensive and they needed to remove all of the lymph nodes in her left arm. She had complications during and after surgery and had to go back for more surgery Thursday morning (she was supposed to go home Thursday night). She has lost a lot of blood and in the last 24 hours has had 3 units of blood transfused. Her pain wasn't able to be controlled, even with all of the great meds available, so she was put on a respirator so she could be given doses so high that she would have been in respiratory arrest without the ventilator. Sooo, now she's in the ICU. The plastic surgeon who was there to put the spacers in to be ready for her reconstructive surgery in 6 months told Carol that her cancer was so extensive he isn't sure he will even be able to do the surgeries later. It's a heck of a lot for anyone to go through, but Ashley just turned 24 and breast cancer in her age is so incredibly rare. I'm so sad for her and my friend and I just am at a loss at how to help now.

When I did the Komen race in June, I wore this to show my support for Ashley and all she was going through:


Her road seems to be getting tougher rather than better.....I hope more funds and research will one day make it so no one has to go through this kind of crisis and struggle.

  
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UVAGRL928 8/21/2010 3:38PM

    I am the same age as her, and I can't imagine going through everything that she already has been through, let alone the road ahead. She must be an amazing fighter!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/16/2010 8:07AM

    emoticon & emoticon to Ashley and her family.

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/15/2010 3:21PM

    I know you told me about this last night and it is so very sad. It really brings tears to my eyes that someone has to go through this and especially at such a young age. She hasn't even begin to live yet. Hopefully the blood transfusions will help and the ventilator allows her to get the meds she needs for pain. Tell Carol I am thinking of her, Ashley and the family. They will certainly continue to be in my prayers. Love you, Mom

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DEBSZOO74 8/15/2010 1:40AM

    Ashley and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I just found out last week that a friend of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She's going through chemo now and will probably be having surgery in October. This is such an awful disease! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 8/14/2010 9:53PM

    What terrible news. I have said a prayer for Ashley and will keep her in my prayers.

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WVROSE1 8/14/2010 9:44PM

    Sending hugs and prayers. This is sooooo sad!!

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 8/14/2010 9:30PM

    Jeez louise. Breaking my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you, her and her family. I really hope she pulls through soon!

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MARENAMOO 8/14/2010 9:25PM

    Prayers for Ashley and her family - what a terrible disease!

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TERMITEMOM 8/14/2010 9:25PM

    This is so hard! I cannot even imagine what she and her family are going through. They are in my prayers.

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LLTS01 8/14/2010 9:14PM

    Oh Carla, I am so sorry. It looked like things were looking up when the tumors were shrinking. She is in my thoughts. Never give up.
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FIGHT2SURVIVE 8/14/2010 7:46PM

    I will be praying, that after all she has gone through, she comes back 100%. Thanks for the heads up. It makes my aches and pains seem very minor.
Erin

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SPARKPIXIE 8/14/2010 7:10PM

    She is in my prayers!!! emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/14/2010 7:08PM

    That is so sad, I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

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JODIE0321 8/14/2010 6:56PM

    God bless her. I will pray for her. Poor kid. So young to have gone thru so much. Lord watch over her and her family

Jodie

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Dinner with Brandon and Lisa

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I had a great dinner with Brandon and Lisa :-)


They just moved into their new townhouse last weekend and they already have it looking like they've lived there for a while. This is their dining room table:


Here's me with Lisa

and me and Brandon

and Brandon with his little sister Meghan:


I was joking on my NOVA Spark Team that I was going to dinner to their house, wondering what kind of dinner we would have with neither of them knowing how to cook. They either eat out or when Brandon did cook (Lisa never did) it was something out of a box. When he first invited me to dinner he said maybe he'd make a low fat tuna casserole. I know at home he would take pasta roni and make it and then add a can of tuna. I took some spinach dip made with FF mayo and FF sour cream so I'd have something fairly healthy to eat. Much to my surprise, they put together a nice little meal!


I was so happy they thought about me and had broccoli and carrots, a whole grain brown rice dish, boneless chicken breasts and corn. For dessert they even made sugar free jello with pineapple in it and they also had fat free ice cream!

I may not have been able to get him to eat so well. Like his father, he almost never ate they healthy food I cooked, choosing to eat boxed high sodium processed foods, but he is slowly changing! He said now that they have the townhouse payment, they have drastically cut back on eating out and I was surprised to see a lot of healthy choices in their fridge and pantry and a small amount of the hamburger helper, rice a roni type boxes! Changes we make for ourselves sometimes do get into other family members heads! emoticon

  
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FITNHLTHYMONICA 8/25/2010 9:18AM

    I know you are so proud of them! I am always amazed at what our kids actually learned even when you thought it went in one ear and out the other. As my kids get older I am becoming that smart person in their lives again and I couldn't be prouder.

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LLTS01 8/2/2010 10:14PM

    Carla, how very sweet of them to not only cook but to also make something they knew you could eat. There is hope.
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DEBSZOO74 8/2/2010 5:22PM

    It's great that you've set such a good example for your son, and it shows in the healthy meal they prepared. The food all looks delicious!

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CANBDONE 8/2/2010 3:31PM

    Could it be they've left Never Never Land? My children are showing signs of maturity also. (they're both in their 30's) emoticon They showed their love for you by honoring your dietary needs.

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/2/2010 9:43AM

    What a great dinner and time together. I am so proud of Brandon and glad he and Lisa are so happy. They did a great job of putting a dinner together that was so healthy and good for all of you. You did win out on teaching him the "right" things to eat. Like you said, now it looks as if they are taking that learning and using it for the good. I am proud of you too. Love you much, Mom

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MARENAMOO 8/2/2010 9:37AM

    First - how great is it that they care enough not only to have a dinner for you - but to make sure that it was healthy! You must have a great relationship with them. And as moms we may get frustrated but it is nice to know that we are laying the groundwork for their future. Good job Carla.

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MALLEUSMIKE 8/2/2010 8:55AM

  Sometimes it is an unexpected or unrelated reason that gets us to change a habit or lifestyle. Obviously we can all eat healthy without spending lots of money. This clearly was a win-win situation for all of you.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/2/2010 12:52AM

    That is fantastic Carla, It sure looked good.

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 8/1/2010 11:01PM

    This is AWESOME! What an example you are to your family and it's great to see evidence of it sticking :)

Also, I can't believe how much Aaron and Brandon look alike! WOW. Lol.

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