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Oy! I owe, I owe...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

So I took the plunge and hit the Order button!

I don't know what some of it means but this is what I got:

AMD Phenom X6 1055T + ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB (video card)
Windows 7
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs
Monitor Dell 21.5" Widescreen
HD 1.5TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1.56MB Cache (??)
16X DVD+/- RW Drive
2 year basic in home warranty

www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic
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9&l=en&s=dhs&redirect=1

I purchased the last one to the right - with monitor.

If I can get 6 years out of it (I am just past 6 years on my current computer) I will be thrilled almost as much as losing weight! It sure is scary hitting the order button! I think I am hyperventilating!!

Thank you for explaining Cache to me MIKIIO!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 5/25/2010 3:03PM

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CANDYGETNFIT 5/24/2010 3:29PM

    Awesome Linda, I'd say it's about time you had a new computer! I, too, much prefer windows 7 over vista! It's wonderful! Enjoy!

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ANNASBF 5/24/2010 11:00AM

    I bet you will be pleasantly surprised, like LOPEYP said, that you will be computing with a whole lot more speed! It is hard to spend a lump like that but the improvements from when you got your last one will be worth it. Your Sparkness deserves a more fancy rig so enjoy! emoticon

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SOPHIADARE 5/24/2010 10:26AM

    Best of luck!

Dell's support on my 3 y/o computer was fabulous. (I got the five year warranty.)

Also, reviews on Windows 7 are excellent.

That's not to say that the Mac isn't still running a swankier and faster show, but W7 is getting excellent reviews.

Best of luck!

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LOPEYP 5/23/2010 8:46PM

    Good for you! You'll be able to spark faster emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/23/2010 8:12PM

    I hope that it's everything that you hope for. I'm cheering for you. I know what you mean about hitting that "order" button though. PHEW! Love ya, Dawn

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/23/2010 6:54PM

    I m sure you will love it and do lots of sparkin with it....

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_VALEO_ 5/23/2010 4:46PM

    Cache refers to the cache memory. It stores copies of the data you use the most frequently on your main memory locations.

I'm also nervous when I order pricey items.

You are completely updated now. ;)

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WATERMELLEN 5/23/2010 3:59PM

    Gonna be great!!

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EMMABE1 5/23/2010 3:49PM

    Huh!! Computers are about 1/2 theprice there to here!! I object!!
You SHOULD get 6 yrs - i fyou look after it!! I recon on about that from mine!!
It loos good - HUGE screen, HUGE hard drive - good graphics and memory!!
should be ok!! but depends what you are doing with it!!

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MSLZZY 5/23/2010 3:34PM

    It would be nice to know what this all is in English LOL! I have done the same thing and it is scary. My home computer is 6 years old and I hope it keeps running for another 6 LOL!

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ASTORRES1 5/23/2010 3:33PM

    WOOHOO.....modern updated puter....you gotta be alittle excited!!!! lol


amy

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WALKINGANNIE 5/23/2010 3:19PM

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You'll sure enjoy Sparking with this kit Linda!!

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NANCYMT6151 5/23/2010 3:08PM

    WTG GF! You should get some good use out of that. Wish I could join you in a new one too but mine is only a bit over a year old but it has Vista and I want the new Windows 7.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/23/2010 3:03PM

    I don't know what most of it means, but it sounds very impressive!

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PUZLEVES85 5/23/2010 2:41PM

    That sounds like one awesome computer, hope you get lots of fun out of it! :)

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Do it today!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Do it today!

Do it now!

Do it for life!!

You can do it!!

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_VALEO_ 5/23/2010 9:08AM

    I'm doing it now, for life and for me!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/23/2010 7:29AM

    I'll DO IT TODAY! Thanks. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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CANDYGETNFIT 5/22/2010 3:20PM

    Absolutely! And especially on the weekend!

We CAN do this....together!! emoticon

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    You said it all! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/21/2010 10:16PM

    Short and to the point. You hit it! -Marsha

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EMMABE1 5/21/2010 7:58PM

    Am doing it - have been doing it for the last 16mths!!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/21/2010 7:25PM

    I'm doing it! Met my walking goals for the day! Thanks for the inspiration.

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COOLMAMA11 5/21/2010 6:43PM

    emoticon I can do it..I am doing it lol! Thanks!

Elaine

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WALKINGANNIE 5/21/2010 5:58PM

    Yes ma'am!!!

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DOLPHINFAN1334 5/21/2010 5:58PM

    THANKS FOR THAT INSPIRATIONAL BLOG!! emoticon

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Nothing is as important as your program!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Nothing is as important as your program!

I know how bogged down we can become here at SparkPeople - and I know how good it feels to give back to the community.

But nothing is as important as your program and staying on track. Not sparkpoints, not sparkteams - these are tools to help you stay on track.

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You will do it!

  
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USARUNNERGIRL 5/21/2010 2:36PM

    So true. I find myself over extending myself a lot, and then I pull back so much I hurt my own program. Thanks for this reminder.

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ANNASPARKY 5/20/2010 2:57AM

    You're right. I'm going to start tracking my food diligently again! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/19/2010 9:52PM

    Sage advice and just so true. I am keeping my eyes on the prize.

You rock!!

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CATHEITE 5/19/2010 12:45PM

    Excellent perspective! Thank you.

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PHEBESS 5/19/2010 10:22AM

    Aye aye!!!!
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WATERMELLEN 5/18/2010 10:24PM

    I agree: gotta track the nutrition, track the fitness: everything else is motivation to do the main things!!

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JENIFIREHARP 5/18/2010 10:20PM

    I totally agree!

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CANDYGETNFIT 5/18/2010 2:50PM

    I so do agree with you, Linda!!! I've been doing pretty good even though I couldn't get online for the past week, thanks to that calorie book and my little notebook I keep all my goals written down in!

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SOCKITTOME 5/18/2010 1:48PM

    Your post here should be the featured blog of the day on Spark. You are absolutely right! Thanks for putting it out there as a reminder.

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/18/2010 1:44PM

    Thanks Linda. Sometimes I froget where my focus should be and I just don't feel like taking care. When I read a blog, such as your's, I remember what I am doing here to begin with. Thanks, back on track

Gini

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WALKINGANNIE 5/18/2010 1:27PM

    Right again Linda. You've got this so sorted!

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COOLMAMA11 5/18/2010 1:15PM

    You are so right, all the time on Spark and the computer could be better utilized by being more active..woo hoo! Thanks Linda!

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Elaine emoticon

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IDEBORAH 5/18/2010 11:33AM

    Thanks for the reminder. Putting it up on my chalkboard.
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DRSUNSHINE1 5/18/2010 11:06AM

    Thank you for the reminder - I am constantly telling myself this and its showing this week. Hope you are on track with your program also!

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_VALEO_ 5/18/2010 9:15AM

    Right again, Linda.

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MSLZZY 5/18/2010 6:55AM

    emoticonThat covers it 100%! emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 5/18/2010 6:03AM

    Wise words from a wise woman!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/17/2010 11:58PM

    Thanks Linda. At one point I think I was really getting bogged down in trying to accumulate Spark Points. I had to realize that while they are nice, the program is what is important. I just returned from a 30 minute walk, during which time I could have been trying to accumulate points. actually I did accumulate 6, so it wasn't a total loss as far as that goes. But i think everyone would agree that the walk was more important!!!

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BABYFACE26 5/17/2010 9:52PM

    That goes for all the other reasons and distractions we have in our lives. Words of wisdom. You are proof of that! thanks.

Ellen

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You are a very wise woman!
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SUZ139 5/17/2010 8:45PM

    You are so very right.
I am doing a virtual walk across US with my group "Empty Nest - kids=whine then Adult kids=wine". We just finished our first 50 miles. If anyone wants to joins us come on in and add your miles.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
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d.asp?board=0x39822x34063626

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ANNIEONLI 5/17/2010 8:44PM

    You are so smart!! So true!! Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/17/2010 8:35PM

    when it all boil down, it is true that we have to do it ourselves for ourselves

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CLAIRESML 5/17/2010 8:32PM

    I completely agree! emoticon is yourself

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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/17/2010 8:27PM

    Great! I'm going to get up and start walking right now.


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ONEKIDSMOM 5/17/2010 8:24PM

    As they say about the oxygen masks on airplanes: put your own on first before helping others. So whatever it takes... work your program first! emoticon emoticon

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EMMABE1 5/17/2010 8:03PM

    How very true!! I am making that discovery now and taking steps to rectify it!!

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Work it in! Save your day!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

If you cannot live without it - work it in.

You don't need to feel deprived. Work in the foods you think you cannot live without - in the long run, this will keep you on track.

You might be surprised at how the foods you cannot live without today, you won't want next month or next year. But this is a One day at a time program and if you cannot live without something today, work it in.

This is a "rest of your life" lifestyle change.
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SUCHAHOOT 5/18/2010 6:05AM

    So true. Most of us are like our kids...tell us we cannot have something..we want it all the more. I'm still working on the portions, but making progress. Your experienced self has some great reminders & guidelines for those of us still in the process of letting the extra weight go. Thanks a bunch!

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CICI510 5/17/2010 7:07PM

    Man that is so true! :) emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 5/17/2010 5:01PM

    On the nail as usual Linda! Thanks for sharing the benefit of your experience.

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COOLMAMA11 5/17/2010 12:26PM

    Thanks Linda, I have learned that if I deprive myself, I ended up going on binges, now I have everything in moderation, and unless I'm really "stressed" I don't binge anymore! I just went through a bad stressful Sunday binge lol! I'm back on track today..I just put it all behind me! Another new day!

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Elaine

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MSLZZY 5/17/2010 10:50AM

    emoticon You are so right! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 5/17/2010 10:13AM

    This is so true. I am working on this process right now.

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LOPEYP 5/17/2010 6:02AM

    Linda,
Thanks for the words of wisdom. Look at you, you are living it and doing great. It must work!

Diane

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SLENDERELLA61 5/16/2010 10:43PM

    As usual, you are 100% right, Linda! You are right that foods you really want, you should work into your calorie range. And you are right, that when you take it one day at a time, something that you can't live without today, may taste fatty & greasy/too salty/too rich/too sweet or at least just not worth it pretty soon. And the satisying healthy foods get to taste so good. Amazing and true!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/16/2010 10:01PM

    so true

that is why those "fad diets" do not work

we can not deprive ourselves for ever of things we love...we have to find a way to moderate and work them in
like yesterday, I worked in a small dairy queen van. cone.....5 ww points

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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/16/2010 9:57PM

    I like your idea of non-deprivation. It works for me to eat limited portions of chocolate, ice-cream, cookies, cake ... you get the idea.
And I have noticed that I don't crave these things as much as I used to. Today's snack was an apple with peanut butter, just as satisfying.

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/16/2010 9:43PM

    Linda,

You never stop inspiring us and providing new insights. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/16/2010 9:05PM

    Great blog! Thanks! Love, Dawn

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SHERRY257 5/16/2010 8:40PM

    Good advice! I eat berries every day! Thanks emoticon

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HLTHYLIVN_BAM 5/16/2010 8:28PM

    This is great advice. I've been working through a detox - which is really mostly about eliminating bad things (or bad for me in the sense that I'm recognizing slight intolerance to some foods) from my diet, like gluten/wheat, caffeine, dairy, and sugar. It is really hard to let go of everything at once, and I have not been upset about having made "some slips." In fact, the way I see it is that I'm trying to make the changes so that in the long run I eat less of those foods, not eliminate them completely. I have been finding that by trying to incorporate both new things in place of what I'm calling "my big 4" and allowing for the occasional incorporation that I'm feeling better about my long term diet/nutrition (rather than dieting)!

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HLTHYLIVN_BAM 5/16/2010 8:28PM

    This is great advice. I've been working through a detox - which is really mostly about eliminating bad things (or bad for me in the sense that I'm recognizing slight intolerance to some foods) from my diet, like gluten/wheat, caffeine, dairy, and sugar. It is really hard to let go of everything at once, and I have not been upset about having made "some slips." In fact, the way I see it is that I'm trying to make the changes so that in the long run I eat less of those foods, not eliminate them completely. I have been finding that by trying to incorporate both new things in place of what I'm calling "my big 4" and allowing for the occasional incorporation that I'm feeling better about my long term diet/nutrition (rather than dieting)!

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EMMABE1 5/16/2010 8:15PM

    Sensible advice!!

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JENNY888 5/16/2010 8:12PM

    If I worked in everything I feel I can't live without in one day it would not be a good thing.

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COOLMAMA11 5/16/2010 8:11PM

    OMG I had blackberries today, didn't see any worms, hope I didn't eat any lol!

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Elaine This came up in the wrong spot..sorry!

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... so I ask you, what is the nutritional values for a green worm?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

As I was getting my breakfast of fruit, yogurt & cottage cheese this morning, I thought I saw a tiny green worm in one of my fresh blackberries.

... so I ask you, what is the nutritional value of a green worm?

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No, I found it when I was washing them and I didn't eat it, lol, but I thought I would blog it!

(It would not have hurt me had I missed it. We gross out but it is protein.)

  
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WATERMELLEN 5/14/2010 9:48PM

    That little green worm was probably full of blackberries anyhow . . . and there is no such thing as ONE little green worm, I'm sorry to say (just one that you SAW!!).



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WALKINGANNIE 5/14/2010 4:10PM

    Good job that there's some 'wriggle room' to allow for variation within your calorie range.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 5/14/2010 11:47AM

    Depends on how many of those fresh blackberries he'd eaten BEFORE you found him, LOL

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CICI510 5/14/2010 11:31AM

    Not sure about the nutritional value of the worm but I'm sure there's some protein in there somewhere. :)

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RUBY-DOO 5/14/2010 10:26AM

    I've heard someone say it's not a good "apple" unless theres a worm hole through it :) Means less pesticides!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/14/2010 9:04AM

    ewww! At least you found it before you ate it. I guess it's a protein! Love ya, Dawn

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EMBBEAR 5/14/2010 12:18AM

    I wouldn't worry it's full of protein and low in fat

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MSLZZY 5/13/2010 11:43PM

    Ewww! Thank goodness you found him in time! He would have been horrified to be part of your breakfast LOL!

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JENIFIREHARP 5/13/2010 10:28PM

    Probably less than 1 calorie, and some protein, vitamins a, b2, and c... that is if it is edible, and you actually want to eat it!

Check this out:

http://www.planetscott.
com/babes/nutrition.asp


BABES stands for Bay Area Bug Eating Society




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MEADSBAY 5/13/2010 10:10PM

    eeeeeuuuuuuwwwww!!!!!
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LOPEYP 5/13/2010 10:07PM

    Extra protein would be my guess. That's what my mom always said when I swallowed a bug (usually those annoying May fleas) emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/13/2010 9:47PM

    that is just extra protein

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GRALLEN 5/13/2010 9:35PM

    Whew, you had me going there for a minute. lol Glad you found him before you ate them. We've found worms in ears of corn before and I put them in my platform feeder.

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PAIGESMAMA 5/13/2010 9:03PM

    This is cute.
Glad you found washing.

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EMMABE1 5/13/2010 8:57PM

    Hmmm!! green worm - protein, chlorophyl, minerals, probably iron, doubt there are carbs, but probably a bit of fat - wonder if that's good or bad fat but in that amount it might be irrelavant!!.
Could be good if cooked on a BBQ, the protein would be more digestible - but also as far as flavour and texture, the flavour would be increased and the outside become crunchy while the inside stays soft!!
Really quite Yummy!!

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KATHYGBENNETT 5/13/2010 8:57PM

    It would give you a little extra protein.

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