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Three Moonflower Night

Monday, August 30, 2010

This was a three moonflower night - so pretty and fragrant! Usually we only get one at a time.






I hope you enjoy!

  
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KRITTERKEEPERS 8/31/2010 5:42PM

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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MARY1313 8/31/2010 1:20PM

    I love flowers. I don't know if I've ever seen moon flowers, but I used to grow four o'clocks that bloom in the evening and smell so good!

Mary

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KASEYCOFF 8/31/2010 5:40AM

    Oh, so glad you posted this! I used to grow moonflowers every summer - I was never much of a gardener, but it was one of the things I could not do without. They don't grow here.

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BUTEAFULL 8/31/2010 1:21AM

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FISHKNEES 8/30/2010 9:51PM

    pretty...what do they smell like?

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VALERIEMAHA 8/30/2010 9:47PM

    Ahhh...the fragrance fairly wafts to me. Lovely. Lovely.
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LADYJEXIE 8/30/2010 9:47PM

    Thanks for brightening my night.

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Stress Management

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Well, my friends, one of my BIG discoveries since joining Spark People in my efforts to lose 30 pounds and regain my strength and stamina, is learning what a powerful impact stress hormones have on weight gain and the ability to shed those extra pounds. It didn't seem to matter how good my diet was or how much exercise I got, when stress reared its ugly head, my efforts to control my weight felt futile. So now, with this new discovery, stress management is as high on my list of life-style choices as diet and exercise.

Today was the school work bee, signifying the 'real' beginning of the new school year. I need to refocus my efforts. It doesn't matter how much I love teaching where I teach, love the children I teach, and love my co-workers, teaching is stressful. My summer, while there have been some very pleasant aspects of it, has also been stressful, so I am not entering the new school year Rested and Ready. Just Ready.

Part of Ready is having my classroom and materials organized and beautiful. Part of Ready is having my home organized and beautiful. And part of Ready is having my stress management plans - well..... organized and beautiful.

One of my primary personal goals for the school year is to prevent as much stress as possible and to have stress management plans in place:

emoticon After a lot of research, I ordered my Sleep Number Bed to, hopefully, alleviate the searing pain in my hip that wakes me up every couple of hours every night so I can, hopefully, get sound and uninterrupted sleep.

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emoticon I need to wind down each evening with yoga, meditation, or both.

emoticonI am trying to eat only healthy foods, and packing nutritious lunches.



emoticon As recommended by my Alexander teacher and physical therapist, I will continue with water aerobics twice a week.

emoticon While the weather is still great, I plan to ride my bike at least 3 days a week.



emoticonWalk every day - this is where Stella is my best help-mate emoticon



emoticonMake certain that my life never gets so busy that I do not pursue my passions.



emoticonKeep in mind the many things I am grateful for.

I know I am not alone in my ongoing quest for effective stress management strategies and life-style changes; so many of us are! I hope that you can push me back on track if I fly off kilter, and that I can do the same for you.

What are your favorite effective stress management techniques? How can we best help each other?

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PUDLECRAZY 8/30/2010 9:05PM

    My little Weber mandolin is next to my guitar, My uke and my mountain dulcimer aren't in the picture. The flowers in the background are St. John's wort. See? They can keep depression at bay just by looking at them!

I have seen those dog attachments advertised. They are supposed to be the safest way to take your dog biking. I haven't really looked into getting one yet though.

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MCGS62 8/30/2010 8:43PM

    Sleep number beds are really good for a sore back and they are good for sleeping. Lois loves ours, I like to change settings from 15 to 100 just for the ride. (I'm like an adult dennis the menace but you probably figured that out by now)
Really though I miss the springy squeaky bed, it was more fun.
Hey is that a "G" preen by your guitar?
Also I like the new flowers on the background.
I saw an interesting thing on our 8 mile hike sunday.
It was a piece of frame that mounted to a bicycle frame.
It stuck out about 2 feet to clear the pedals and had dog leash mounted to it!

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WHATAGRL42 8/30/2010 5:06PM

    Oh wow! Are you my "teacher-twin"? LOL! Our blogs are eerily similar! This year, we had to attend these break out sessions as part of a "wellness" progam with our insurance. I chose the "Stress management" one, and really related to the mention of "being ready", as one of the strategies to combat against stress. Before the first day, I spent a sunday making 13 "freeze-ahead" meals. It was worth the pain that Sunday, to know I had healthy, low-carb meals already assembled, ready to bake or grill. You mention being ready and prepared in your blog too, which resonated with me. I can't change this kid overnight, but I can at least control having dinner ready, etc.
FORGE ON!
Lisa in CA
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THE_SILVER_OWL 8/30/2010 1:31PM

    I see that the other comments have already mentioned the things I find most important to stress reduction:

1. Having some alone time to reflect and ask your higher self for help and a game plan.

2. Surround yourself with a few great friends that can help carry the load when it gets heavy.

3. Laugh often and deeply

4. Give of yourself only what you have to give. There will be times when the well is dry, and times it is overflowing. Give according to the levels...

5. Do what makes you happy

Hugs,
~JJ~

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CLEVAGAL 8/30/2010 1:20AM

    Im inspired by this blog Chris. Im going to have a go at Tai Chi when I get home! Cleva xxx

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KRITTERKEEPERS 8/30/2010 12:31AM

    We invested in a Select Comfort bed several years ago. I think we bought ours a year or two before they came out with the sleep number bed. It has been a blessing! DH likes his bed fairly soft (he loved the waterbed), and I like my side fairly firm. He could always tell how much pain I was in by how hard the surface was I ended up sleeping on by morning. If I was in extreme pain, he would find me on the floor! I hope your Sleep Number bed helps you as much as mine helps me.
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JAZZMINE 8/29/2010 7:49PM

    You have a great attitude and a good plan! Teaching becomes more difficult each year, with budget cuts and increasing work loads! Making time for yourself helps you keep going!

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STARLASUE 8/29/2010 4:58PM

    Sounds like a good plan.

Your yoga and meditation are certainly important parts of your strategy. The only thing I would add is to have periodic energy work such as Reiki, massage, acupressure, acupuncture, or craniosacral. Of course working as an energy worker (Reiki), I am a bit biased. :-) Having an hour long session where a practitioner is able to harmonize and balance your energy system works wonders in combating stress. Our energy 'body' is very important and we sometimes forget to care for it as part of our overall health and well-being.

You have a super balanced plan there and you have done a great job following it. Well done.

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VALERIEMAHA 8/29/2010 2:47PM

    WOW Chris! I think you have a GOOD handle on the strategies for dealing with stress. And YES! Laughter and smiling are wonderful medicine.

Your yellow wallpaper flowers are wondrous. What are they?

Keep on finding those pathways to understanding...and the "healing you took birth for" (Stephen Levine).
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SUNNY332 8/29/2010 11:46AM

    What a great post.

Do have a good week. You are doing awesome and are such a motivation for so many.

Take care and have a Sunny Day.

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PUDLECRAZY 8/29/2010 7:23AM

    emoticon I agree, Janet! I forgot to list laughing and spending time with my friends. Laughing and finding pleasure in the vast humor in life is a trait I share with my sister and most of my friends. It is one of the best stress reducers.

Also, just smiling when we feel unhappy or grouchy can change one's mood. My understanding is that the act of a smile releases endorphins.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/29/2010 7:18AM

    Laughing is such a stress reliever.Finding something which brings up those belly laughs is so hard but helps. Remember how good you feel when you wipe those laugh-tears from your eyes?


I'll be keeping a sharp eye on this blog as Stress is my middle name.
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LADYNETTIE 8/29/2010 12:53AM

    Exercise is the best stress management in the world, and it's free! You are doing great!
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MARY1313 8/29/2010 12:30AM

    I also use deep breathing techniques, mainly because shallow breathing is very prevalent when you are stressed, but also because women are notorious shallow breathers. that's why exercise is a wonderful thing to combat stress. I know you are limited in your exercise is some ways right now. But breathing is great. Also I love to listen to instrumental music, mostly guitar based things, maybe because I play. nothing too complicated, just something to take me away.

I also use my bathtub for a warm bath, candles, soft music and some nice smelling bubbles or salts.

April is a big help in stressful times too. I put her on my chest and hum and close my eyes and just feel her warm body.

I also find that a good soothing chamomile tea or any of the soothing teas are a nice extra.

You are on the right track teacher lady. I know it must be very stressful to worry about your students and your friend with cancer, etc etc.

Mary

P.S. I don't believe that Stella ever walks LOL! I think she is always full tilt!

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SCOOTER4263 8/28/2010 11:38PM

    Breathing. Lots of it, and patterned for stress reduction. The books are downstairs and I don't want to wake up the dogs, but if you want a reference or two I'll hunt them up for you tomorrow. The thing I like about patterned breathing and learning breath control is that it requires no equipment, takes very little time and no one can tell when you're practicing. I mean, we have to breathe anyway - we may as well do the exercises.

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LMB-ESQ 8/28/2010 11:29PM

    Well, considering my stress levels ran away with me these past few months and I gained over 10 pounds, I'm not one to give you advice about stress management! But it sounds like you have a pretty good plan in place and you're well underway to having it under control. I hope you have a wonderful school year, and I'll look forward to reading about it in your blogs! emoticon

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LAGREBE 8/28/2010 9:23PM

    Thanks for this blog. I think I did gain 2 lb this week (first week) not because I ate too much bad things (also, but only a little bit) but because it was a week from ... almost hell, LOL. Very stressful.
I did keep my sanity by telling myself to relax each time it got difficult, relax, take it easy, laugh, make a joke instead of getting up-set.
At night I would listen to some very soothing mediation music in my bed which made me fall asleep with regularity. I have never done that before but it was a great help.
For 3 days was was too busy and exhausted to exercise, but then I ran again, and that was helpful, too.
Have a good, relaxed, stressfree start on Monday!

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IUHRYTR 8/28/2010 9:02PM

    For 18 months I have lived with crushing stress as I waited for a decision on my application for disability. Couldn't sleep but maybe a restless hour or two at a time, back and leg pain, headaches, AND, most frustrating, the constant weight gain. As I read more about stress and lack of sleep and how they contribute greatly to weight gain, I am becoming more like you and trying various ways to relax and refresh. Now that a favorable decision has been reached, maybe that will happen and some of the weight may start dropping off. Let us know how the new bed works for you. -- Lou

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So It Begins

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hi My Friends,

I have had to back way off of the Spark People site, although not the Spark People lifestyle. I have missed having the time to read your blogs, one of my favorite things on this site. My summer was as busy as I expected it to be with the joyful expected visit with my sister and niece, our visit to Myrtle Beach, and visits with friends in the south along the way. And life was busier than I expected it to be with the loss of my sweet mother-in-law, selling her house and car, finding the right places for her special things, and the emotional work of loss, as well as busier than expected with my brother's and friend's cancers, my fall, and physical therapy.

That said, a few updates:

My friend is doing very well with her chemo. It has actually made her feel better instead of worse. Her husband says that if it weren't for her lack of hair, you wouldn't know she was sick. She continues to be upbeat and an inspiration to me.

My friend who had gotten beaten almost to death has made about an 80% recovery. His head injury was severe, but he is back to living his life, helping at the church, and is another inspiration in my life with his positive energy and lack of bitterness.

My brother is still contending with fear and frustration with his cancer. It is hard to be of any help so far away, especially when he is someone who rejects help. I am hoping to take a little time off of work in Oct. to spend a few days in Martha's Vineyard with him. October is when he can get some vacation time. We need some together time and to do something fun together.

Music has been fun when I have had time for it this summer. I added voice lessons to my classes, so I have been studying voice as well as guitar. Music has always held an important part in my life - it is a meditation and a joy.

The feeling has not returned to my toe even after a month of PT. The podiatrist was discouraged and believes I will need to have a nerve stimulator implanted in my back to send messages to my foot. I am not even a little bit ready to veer off of my course of PT, strengthening my core with back-safe exercises, and working to keep my piriformis muscles and hip flexors strong and flexible. My physical therapist says that nerve damage takes a long time to heal, so I am feeling very strongly that patience and work will pay off - right now I feel much more patient than my podiatrist.

Today, I finally got to the dentist after my head injury. At first, I did not want to go because there was no way I could hold my mouth open for the dentist to do anything. Then I went all Drama Queen and worried that he would tell me all of my chipped teeth would have to be capped, so even after my jaw healed, I didn't want to go. The news wasn't that bad (it rarely is emoticon); he repaired nine chipped teeth and said, as my PT did, the nerve damage (to my teeth) will take a while to heal but he believed it would.

Finally, my bike has been getting a workout. Well, I have anyway. emoticon It has been pleasantly cool in the morning for biking and Mike left my bike at the school so I don't have to lift it in and out of the car. Also, I have started water aerobics at the Y and signed up for a personal trainer. Don't worry - I told her all of my current restrictions and she will be working within those parameters. If she doesn't, I'm out of there! But I am happy to have an exercise class I can go to so I can stay motivated now that the school year has started up.

My weight goal met, I have turned my attention to regaining my strength, flexibility, and overall fitness. One of my big goals this year, my hardest one, and the one I would most appreciate your support with, is stress management. Once the school year begins, with all of the busy-ness that entails, I often go into overload and spiral right down the stress path.

Big Goal - STRESS MANAGEMENT!

My house is organized - which, aside from totally enjoying my sister and niece, was my main goal for the summer. After 4 years of taking care of my parents and their house, mine had become kind of a disaster area. De-cluttering should go a long way toward reducing stress!

Now my attention has turned toward my classroom, and I have been putting my time and energy there full time. I have written my Welcome Back letters to my returning students, Welcome to the Older Group letters to my new students, my Pep Talk Confidence letters to my graduates and got all of the letters in the mail.

We start later than many schools - Sept. 1, but I am immersed in preparing for the school year and being ready to hit the ground running when the children arrive.

Three of the girls are laying now!



This is 3 days worth of eggs from the girls who not long ago looked like this: emoticon

Miss Stella continues to be a ball of energy every day, then crashes in the evening. She is like a little kid - it's so cute! She has enjoyed the times when I have taken her along when I work in the classroom.



I am afraid that I will not be very present here on SP for at least a few more weeks as the school year gets underway, especially since that overlaps with my PT which is also time consuming. I will try to at least stop by once a day, but I sincerely hope you haven't been feeling like, and won't feel like, I don't care about you if I haven't checked in or responded to your blogs. If you need a little TLC or just want to touch bases, feel free to send me an email.

Wishing all of my friends strength, health, happiness, and flexibility of body and mind.


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THE_SILVER_OWL 8/30/2010 1:21PM

    Hi Chris,

Any hints on how you got your home de-cluttered? I am starting small (one huge walk-in closet), but have an entire house to go through, one bit at a time.

Sending you hugs and best wishes as you go forward with all of your PT and life's adventures.

~JJ~

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MARY1313 8/29/2010 12:37AM

    Don't you worry about us thinking that you are neglecting us Chris. I personally understand what you are going through body wise, teacher wise, family wise and friend wise. And with all that, I am glad to hear from you when possible.

Prayers coming your brother and friend's way, and for you and yours too.

Mary

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CLEVAGAL 8/26/2010 9:01PM

    No probs Chris, do what you have to do......we will be here. Cleva xxx

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STARLASUE 8/25/2010 7:25AM

    Thanks for catching us up. I too have been busy enough not to spend as much time as I want here. But hey, it is good to live life, yes? Stella is so adorable. Sending you lots of energy as you prepare for the start of school.

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KRITTERKEEPERS 8/24/2010 10:50PM

    Thanks for the update. I miss your blogs, but totally understand that you do not have time to write currently. You have a lot on your plate! Keep up the positive attitude and don't give up!

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HOPERISING 8/24/2010 10:39PM

    There is always such a calm presence to your blogs that I absolutely love. I also think you are an amazing teacher. I can't imagine any teacher I've ever had taking the time to write letters to all her students the way you have. Good luck on all your goals, and I'll miss you while you are away and busy with school!

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MCGS62 8/24/2010 7:46PM

    WOW !!! I thought I was busy. Sounds like for the most part you are having a good summer.
Don't worry we will all be here when there is more time.
luv ya

JIM

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0309COOKIE 8/24/2010 7:21PM

    Thanks for the update. I do miss your blogs. But you have been understandably busy. Love that picture of Stella. She's such a doll!

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DOR2BFIT 8/24/2010 7:17PM

    You've certainly had your ups and downs this summer.

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Hope this year's class is a dream- you do go above and beyond the call of duty. Put yourself first. emoticon
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OLDERDANDRT 8/24/2010 7:07PM

    All of those wishes right back at you, dear friend!! You do such an important job, as an educator! I am happy to hear from you however often (tho mores' the better)!! I understand. But I know how t find your Spark page, so in a sense, "I know where you live." hehe

Be well and take care! Will be looking forward to your next news and all the updates! Give Stella great big "Standard Poodle hugs" for me!!
Have a great start to the new school year!!!!!!!

Hugs,
Jayne

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VALERIEMAHA 8/24/2010 7:01PM

    You are amazing! Thanks for the update. Hope the schoolyear is EASEFUL(?), PEACEFUL, and I know you will be USEFUL.

Great that you're focusing on body-mind-spirit wellness! ROCK ON, Chris!!!
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IUHRYTR 8/24/2010 6:51PM

    So glad things are working out for you and those dear to you. Hope you stay in touch and enjoy the eggs. emoticon -- Lou

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Coping

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I am feeling frustrated with my back pain and fighting depression. Occasionally, I can knock it back to tolerable, but for quite a few days I have not known whether to cry or throw up. Ice, NSAIDs, gentle stretching, and rest help minimally. Before I started PT, my toe was numb, but my back didn't hurt. Now I am feeling a bit of relief from my foot neuropathy, but am struggling with my back and hip. My physical therapist is working with all of this, and included some electro-stimulus and moist heat therapy with my last session.

Several of my sweet friends have complimented me on my 14,750 fitness minutes. For the last couple of weeks, those have been strength training for my back (exercises recommended or approved by my PT), walking, and swimming. It is not comfortable, but on the other hand, it does seem to help loosen my back muscles and hopefully strengthening will add to the support I need for full healing. I wish I could be biking, but it is still too hot and humid and I do not want to add any more stress to my body.

I hate feeling whiney, but, there you have it. A second vent from Chris.

On the bright side of my days, we got our second egg from one of our pullets, so we had enough tiny eggs for breakfast.



Tiny fresh egg over easy, oat bran/flaxseed waffle, and fresh blackberries = Yum!

The chickens are so healthy and gorgeous. They come running when we call them and eat out of our hands.



Eleanor



Myrtle and Eleanor



Lucy



Denty



Denty and the Henhouse Gang

They do add joy to my life!

So I am coping with exercise, rest, counting my many blessings (which are greater than the sum of my pain), and a little help from my friends.

  
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THE_SILVER_OWL 8/30/2010 1:13PM

    Your pictures of the hens are great, but I had to grin at your tiny egg on the plate. It made my morning!!!

What a breath of fresh air...

Hugs,
~JJ~

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MCGS62 8/22/2010 11:14PM

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TKADEEPBREATH 8/22/2010 4:10PM

    Oh, I love your gorgeous chickens!! They must be so much fun to have running around the yard. The miniature eggs look great too.

I pray healing to your back, I know what that is like.

Talk to you soon, Jan

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CLEVAGAL 8/19/2010 5:56AM

    Even when your depressed and being a whinger youre still a breath of fresh air. You know some people are what I call the smiling depressed. They smile and are always positive but are depressed inside. Chris, share your pain, If not on here, with hubby or friends. You dont always have to be positive all the time. You wouldnt be real if you were. I love your blogs and I will ALWAYS take the whingey ones too!!!!

Eleanor looks so handsome!!!!!

Cleva xxx

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MARY1313 8/17/2010 2:18AM

    Hugs to you my friend, that is all I can do for you I guess. I hope this passes quickly! I know how depressing constant pain can be especially when you are so active normally.

On the bright side, Denty is one handsome Rooster!

Mary

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PANFRIEDTROUT 8/16/2010 11:05PM

    Has your therapist ever mentioned getting you a "TENS Unit"? It's not for everyone or every situation but it has helped me quite a bit. It's a battery operated, small unit with 4 leads that send pulses thru the muscles.

The pics of your hens are beautiful and that waffle with the blackberries looks soooo yumm!

anyone who's working as hard as you are gets to have a free "whiney day" pass!


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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/16/2010 7:38PM

    I love Lucy! har har.
Her feathers are beautiful!

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REDRIDINGHOOD16 8/16/2010 5:00PM

    Sorry about your back. I hope you improve every day.

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KRITTERKEEPERS 8/16/2010 1:06AM

    Great photos of the chickens! Given the deep red of Eleanor's comb & wattles, I'm betting she is your first egg layer.
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JUST_TRI_IT 8/15/2010 9:51PM

    I love your photos :) And that waffle looks simply delish....

I do hope your back and foot issues clear up soon. My daughter seems to be going through the same thing.. and it is affecting her mentally.. She is just getting tired of it all. Hugs to you while you go through this tough time. You have been through a lot.

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KJE_3001 8/15/2010 7:34PM

    Hope the back pain lets up soon with all the physical therapy. Keep up with it and know we are here to support you through the tough times!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/15/2010 3:30PM

    I do hope your back and everythng finally lets up and lets you get back to the exercise you love! Also, hoping this weather breaks so you can get back on the bike (as well as the greater part of the country needing a break from it, too!)
Just love the Henhouse Gang. I am so glad you have them to help take your mind off your hurts!
2 eggs, now! How wonderful!
Take care, Chris and don't you dare give in to any depression!!! Anything that slows you down with your healthy journey is only temporary and you need only to remember that! Write me if you'd lilke to vent further! I am here for you, no matter what!!!
Hugs,
Jayne

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DOR2BFIT 8/15/2010 3:17PM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. The breakfast looks amazing, and the chickens are darling! emoticon emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 8/15/2010 2:04PM

    What gorgeous chickens!

Do hope your back is better soon - organizing your life around pain is no fun at all.

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0309COOKIE 8/15/2010 1:32PM

    So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Back pain kinda ruins the day. Hope things improve for you soon.

The chickens are truly beautiful. So healthy looking. It's great that they are starting to lay eggs.

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LMB-ESQ 8/15/2010 12:44PM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling so great... I hope you feel better soon. Glad your chickens are doing so well, I never thought of chickens as being pretty, but they are! emoticon

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JAZZMINE 8/15/2010 12:01PM

    I hope you are feeling better soon! Hang in there!

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IUHRYTR 8/15/2010 11:41AM

    I can relate to the back pain. Mine is especially bad today, like all the weight is pushing down on my tailbone. It's no fun, is it? But the chickens have gotten so big and good looking. I remember the thrill of going to get eggs on my grandmother's farm. It was as if we were on an Easter egg hunt every day. :) emoticon -- Lou

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Eggciting News

Friday, August 13, 2010

Just yesterday Mike and I were trying to figure out when we should be expecting our pullets to start laying. Denty, the rooster (or the Little Egg That Could) has definitely reached maturity. His crow is fully developed and he is without doubt, King of the Roost. So, it seemed that the hens should be about ready to start laying.

Last evening I went on line to see how many weeks old the chickens usually are when they start laying. Most sites said between 18 - 24 weeks, which put my Henhouse Gang right in the ball park. We had put a couple of plastic eggs in the nest box to help them get the idea of what is supposed to be going on in there. Each morning, the two plastic eggs have been sitting there without any company.

Today, however, right on cue, there was one little pullet egg sitting with the two plastic eggs!



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Of course, the proud parents had to pose with the egg...





We have no idea which chicken laid the first egg, but I suspect Eleanor - she has consistently been the first chicken to try anything new.


  
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JUST_TRI_IT 8/14/2010 6:10PM

    Awwwwwww... such proud parents :)

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/14/2010 5:46PM

    Now we know which came first! Your chickens; oh, they were eggs weren't they? emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/14/2010 3:59PM

    AAaawwww, Chris! I am moved to tears of happiness for you with your first egg from this group! Denty has sure come along way from the little guy with the dented shell. I guess raising chickens is so much more meaningful than I ever gave it credit. Here, you basically saved Denty ( when somebody else may have just pitched the dented egg as useless) and now he's the big man on campus, as it were!!! Right on, girl. I'm so happy for the proud "parents"!!! emoticon
Tell Stella, she's still got that Diva thing going on, too!!!!!! God love her!!!!

Hugs,
Jayne

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MCSNYDER1 8/14/2010 1:25PM

    How wonderful!!!! The miracle of nature!!! Congratulations!!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 8/14/2010 12:39PM

    emoticon It won't be long before your plastic eggs have more company! Our little frizzle was laying eggs for three weeks before any of my other chickens laid one. I expect it will be different with yours since they were all hatched at the same time.
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MARY1313 8/14/2010 11:29AM

    LOL that is marvelous! I am having visions of Easter eggs in the hen house LOLOL!!!

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KASEYCOFF 8/14/2010 5:37AM

    Do I see an omelet in your future? emoticon

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LADYNETTIE 8/14/2010 1:13AM

    You guys are so cute! I love that you posed with your first egg!! Congratulations, who got to eat the first one?? Looking forward to my first soon too
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SCOOTER4263 8/13/2010 11:23PM

    Delightful!

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0309COOKIE 8/13/2010 7:07PM

    What a cool blog. Such nice pictures of you and Mike. And of course Miss Stella in the background.

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VALERIEMAHA 8/13/2010 5:03PM

    Way to go Denty! Way to go girls!! Way to go Mike and Chris!!!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha
P.S, for Mike: I spread about a ONE HALF INCH THICK layer of your fabulosa mostaza on sprouted corn tortillas that I heated, sliced some avocado over it, scattered spring greens over it all, rolled it all up and scarfed it! YUMMERS! I added some of the sheep's feta I picked up from Current Cuisine too. DOUBLE YMMERS!!

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QUILTINGQUE 8/13/2010 4:43PM

    Thanks for the laugh! and good luck with getting more eggs - looks as thought they have the hang of it now

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IUHRYTR 8/13/2010 4:32PM

    Way to go girls! emoticon -- Lou

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BARBARASDIET 8/13/2010 4:31PM

    LOL!

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STARLASUE 8/13/2010 4:30PM

    Whoo Hooo! Way to go girls - keep on a laying. And isn't that Mr. Denty just something? That rooster proves what can happen with TLC, prayers and determination even when all the odds are against ya! Way to go Denty.

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