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A different approach

Monday, October 08, 2012

I'm just starting to work this through, but it's an idea I think is worth pursuing.

I've been broke recently - like genuine penury, not just a bit low on funds - and it's changed the way I eat. I traded an old 1949 FarmAll tractor for four years' worth of CSA membership, and basically I've been eating what they give me, supplemented with beans (the dry kind that you soak and cook, not the canned, high sodium ones) and brown rice, cooked or dressed with olive oil. Once in a while, I'll buy some cheese, usually feta or parm. I buy an occasional dozen eggs from my Amish neighbors, maybe bum a quart of raw milk off my friends across the way, but little else with any regularity. I decided a long time ago that if I wanted bread, I'd make it rather than spend $4/loaf (and I still had money then - just refused to pay the price, and wanted to cut down on the bread anyway.) I have almost 200 acres of half-wild farmland, and I've done some of the Euell Gibbons stuff, too - it's surprising, the things that are yummy and growing wild (no, no mushrooms. Broke, not suicidal.)

As a result, given my preference for easy, hot meals, I've made a lot of large pots of soups and stews, and a lot of trays of roasted vegetables to eat hot or cold. What I've noticed is that, with fewer choices, I've become less concerned about what and when I eat. I don't have "tempting treats" around, so I'm not constantly fighting the urge to snack. If I'm genuinely hungry, whenever that occurs, I can grab a tomato and a handful of carrots, or heat up some soup. I've eaten a baked sweet potato for breakfast, and many times eaten the same vegetable stew for brunch and dinner.

It sounds really boring, and maybe it is, but it's healthy as the dickens (all organic, all fresh, all grown within walking distance of home) and I find that spending less time fretting over figuring and counting and planning food is helping me not only lose weight but find time for other things that I enjoy doing.

It's been really interesting, discovering all the things I thought I couldn't live without that are barely making a blip on my radar of missing things. Mayonnaise and butter are two of the food things. Directv made a big mistake, I think, in shutting off my service, because I found I really don't miss it all that much.

I bought apples today, because the weird spring weather caused me to lose my entire cherry and apple crops - me, along with many other farmers in my region. But last year, every day for breakfast I'd go out and pick an apple or two to enjoy with a bit of cheddar and my black coffee ( I started drinking it black again when I ran out of cream one day and discovered I didn't care.)

Maybe this sort of careless monotony only works for certain kinds of people (like those of us who live alone) but for me, it's been very instructive. I not only shed a few pounds painlessly, but I've gotten to see how much of what I think of as "necessary", really isn't. Eating only when I'm hungry, sleeping only when I'm tired (radical concepts!), and not worrying about either one of those things at other times has been both educational and freeing. I've spent most of the summer farming (for the CSA) and now am doing a lot of wood for the winter, and frankly I haven't worried much about exercising. Even if I wanted to, most days I'm too beat at the end of the day for anything more than a quick dog walk.

I've always lived pretty close to the ground - cooked from scratch, had big gardens, enjoyed the outdoors and relatively hard physical labor - but this summer has taken it to a whole new level of basic-ness.

I'm not really recommending Spartan existence, just suggesting that maybe all this emphasis on planning and programs and counting isn't such a good idea for all of us. Maybe we'd do better without obsessing over every sit-up and calorie (and if you can count all those things without becoming obsessive, then God bless you - I couldn't) and just live our lives as they unfold.

As I said in the very beginning, this is something that I'm just starting to play around with in my mind, not a strong opinion or platform. But what if it's true that what you think about expands...doesn't that suggest that the more we fuss about food and fat, the more fuss and fat we get? Just stuff to think about...

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:09AM

    Hey sista! You don't know it but YOU are the enlightened one! I actually went out and bought a book about survivalist methods. We are such a pampered wimpy society that many of us wouldn't make it through the first WEEK without all our tech stuff.

Let me tell you...I've often thought of survival without electricity and running water and I really can't even wrap my head around it!

But...on the other hand...I've always been attracted to living off the land (remember my daddy was a farmer and we ate what came out of the garden as a kid...period) My mother wasn't much of a meat eater other than turkey so no wonder I was a skinny happy kid bounding with energy growing up.

It pains me to see our young adults and children with such obesity problems at such a very young age. The health problems that are taking over our nation are directly tied to the diets we foster.

As you know with this house fight looming over us I've been checking into other small cracker cottages here in charming Bonita Springs and don't you's always the 1906 homes that catch my eye. I've always loved antique and the simple life...somehow moving to FL I just lost my way in the razzle dazzle of big buck~a~roos...but I'm learning the simple things are the BEST things!

The diet I am gearing up to is all about simple basic eats. Isn't it a SHAME that I have to psyche myself back up to regain his fundamental wisdom. You are not are RICH with self discovery!

You GO GIRL! YOU are a masterful humanoid! emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 10/12/2012 6:01PM

    It is amazing how frugal you can be with soups and stews, and how being with bare pockets forces us into culinary creativity. Bravo, my friend.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/10/2012 9:30PM

    Hmmmm...I was sure I had posted last night, when Crissa was the only one who had posted. But, seems to be a NO SHOW! No clue what happened, but anyway...I LOVE what Joan said, since I basically eat in that style (whole organic foods) -- "And think of all the ominous food additives and extra sugar and sodium you are missing! Your diet may be poor in processed food but it sounds really rich in nutrients."

When did you say breakfast would be served?

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    I'm a former minimalist and I tend to still have some of those tendencies. I'm not much of a consumer really. I'm into the reduce, reuse, recycle and so is my hubby. We just finally got cable T.V. a couple years ago. I got a tracfone last year when we had to do a lot of traveling to settle my MIL's estate. We don't have a big screen T.V,, a Blue Ray, an Ipad, an Ipod, a tablet, etc. I think that wanting too much stuff tend to end up snowballing. I see kids that are so spoiled. The more you get, the more you want and you end up never satisfied. I'm happy to have enough to eat, a roof over my head, my family and friends, my health. Anything else is icing on the cake.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/9/2012 10:48AM

    I'm glad to hear the Spartan way is working for you. I agree that most of us can do more with less, but we are a stubborn lot and spoiled rotten by having nary a hardship in this life. I have never known famine, war, or shortages of supplies. I have always had a soft bed to sleep in and warm clothes for the winter. I may not have had many vacations and have never been somewhere tropical in the winter, but that seems to be almost over the top when considering how easy my life has been.

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FLAMENM 10/8/2012 10:09PM

    Necessity os teh mother of invention. And problem-solving. I do think that as we simplify, it gets easier to simplify. It's great you had the resources to own land that can sustain you.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/8/2012 9:34PM

    I am sorry that you are broke, but these frugal ideas are going to help you very much. You are making good choices. And think of all the ominous food additives and extra sugar and sodium you are missing! Your diet may be poor in processed food but it sounds really rich in nutrients.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/8/2012 9:16PM

    I suspect that, as usual, you're ahead of the curve! When the rest of us discover that social security has run out, we won't know what to do with ourselves, but you will. I feel like the grasshopper to your ant, my friend!

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LJCANNON 10/8/2012 9:10PM

    Personally I think your Lifestyle sounds pretty good. I doubt that I could sell it to my Family.
emoticon There is nothing wrong with 'Routine' in your Meals.

emoticon It sounds like you are getting plenty of "Exercise" with your Daily Work. Kind of like our Grandparents did before we had all of these "Modern Conveniences".

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/8/2012 8:51PM

    I totally relate to this. I do keep track of my calorie range, but we eat pretty basic. We cook beans and rice and those are staples we keep around. Then, we have some sort of meat or fish. No fancy recipes or anything, just basic food. I bought yeast the other day to make some bread as well, but we don't eat a whole lot of bread. It is interesting because when I go through the coupons that come in the newspaper, there is very seldom anything on the coupons that I buy because most coupons are for processed foods.

My body can process the food thank you! Great insight you are having about food, but I sure hate that you are struggling financially the way you are.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/8/2012 8:29PM

    I totally agree and have thought the same for a long time.

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NORASPAT 10/8/2012 7:55PM

    Hey scooter, that is a great discovery for you. I lived it as a child the hand to mouth existence and our allotment of land after the war served us well. So did the food rationing too. I often have wondered how come I became so overweight in my childhood.
Looking back it was so easy to see. Our family was poor so I got free school dinners. Since it was free I was made to eat it all-I would feel, like I was bursting at the seams but they thought they were doing the right thing.
I lived with my Gran and she cooked for her son and daughter both grown and coming in to eat dinner at evening time. Once again I had to eat another dinner, no waste mind you,

I was too young to smarten up and too afraid of people so say no so here is the still overweight old lady who cannot seem to lose any more weight. I must admit I am very happy in my size 16, I cannot remember being there before. HUGS Pat in Maine.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/8/2012 7:21PM

    I love this concept and believe there is much truth to it! It's why I took a break from tracking food for awhile; it took all of my time and attention. I didn't lose but I didn't gain, either. I'm back to tracking but trying to not focus on it too much. If I find myself doing that I think I'll just stop again for awhile. I love tracking my activity because it is such an accomplishment for me to get that exercise in!!! Makes me happy and proud! I know your life is not easy but I think many of us envy the "simple" life you live. Of course, simple with a bit of money would be better!!!

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CRISSA1669 10/8/2012 7:07PM

    I love everything you is our family's goal to leave the city within the next year and pare down A LOT! We have 460 acres in Missouri(split between about 20 families).. Homesteading, good church, good friends, fellowship, serving a good is one of the most appealing things I can think of. I love the simplicity of how you live. In the last year I have learned how to make my own bread(I even grind my wheat), make cheese(feta and mozzarella), raise chickens(only have 4, but it's a start) and last week I learned how to make a complete dinner on an open fire and even cook a huge meal in a hole in the ground(might sound crazy but I'm very city-fied and have never went camping lol)...but all in all, I am looking forward to the chance of pace and all of the beautiful things to be had!! Thank you for your blog!

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I'm getting there....

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I'm below 200# for the first time in ...well, quite a while, certainly. And I believe that, for myself, the secret is that I'm a cheapskate.

I just absolutely refuse to pay $4 for a loaf of bread. I swore that if I were that desperate for bread, I could just make myself a loaf. And a few times I've done that (no fair buying the frozen kind - we're talking yeast, flour, kneading, rising, the whole deal.)

However, since my cheapskateness (and if that's not a word, well, it should be) is rivaled only by my laziness, bread doesn't get made all that often and therefore, my carb consumption is way down. I pretty much eat what the CSA gives me to eat, throwing in some beans here and a package of tuna there. A few eggs if I have them. Yogurt smoothies for breakfast. My diet is very heavy on the vegetables, and very light on the other stuff. You'd also be surprised at how the urge to snack goes away when the only way to snack on something is to cook a vegetable (or eat another one raw - and I do sometimes.)

Oh, and I also quit buying butter and mayonnaise. I don't care if I want it - if it's not in the house, I'm safe from it. I'd *much* rather put mayo on my tuna-in-a-tomato lunch, but since I don't have any, I'm forced to use balsamic and a sprinkle of herbs. I like butter on my bread, but since I rarely have bread, the missing butter isn't so bad.

I may just be getting the hang of this thing. I'm tired of whining about feeling fat - I want to whine about how all my clothing is too big!

Have a great day, guys.

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:19AM

    Who needs bread when you can whip up short grain brown rice? Add olive oil, sautéed greens, garlic and a sprinkle of wheat free tamari. Throw in some canned salmon, smother with those greens (kale is to die for) maybe even some beans and eNJOY! emoticon emoticon

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BLUEBERRYMUFF98 10/8/2012 6:04PM

    Ok so does it count to have I can't believe its not butter? I respect all your choices! My husband put mayo on his sw and I am almost tempted to buy the vegan mayo at store-but its $4.98 a jar!!!Agghhh-so I don't know if he'll like it, and I don't use it at all .Anyways congratulations on your under 200 mark-I wish I could get there!!!!

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LUNADRAGON 10/8/2012 2:01PM

    I want to whine about that too! Keep up the great work. You can do it!

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SOXYINMO 10/5/2012 7:44PM

    Congratulations on getting under that blasted 200# mark! I really think that's an important mental boost! Cheapskatedness? Laziness? Hey, whatever works!!! emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/4/2012 9:44PM

    Not having it around really works well! Congratulations on getting the weight down. Your background pictures is one more reason to get healthy!

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/4/2012 4:54AM

    You can whine as much as you like - LOL! I found that each time I got under a '0' it provided me with even more impetus go continue. Now I am really glad that it has paid off :-) You will be too :-)

I used to make bread - it was real yummy. I made tons at a go - while it was in the raising stage I had it on my nephew's bed which had a special sheet and clingfilm over it. The oven would be going for hours because I would make so much. It never got a chance to get frozen or used the next day. I would take heaps out to hubby's workers, and we would all get stuck in. There would be sesame seeded ones, plaited ones, little tiny rolls (for the crispy crust:-) and loaves. We would pig out until there was none left. THAT is why I won't make it any more - LOL!


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NORASPAT 10/3/2012 10:36PM

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Finally on the right track.

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    I'm not much of a a bread fan and am really not much of a butter fan either. I don't like mayo either. I actually prefer fruits and veggies and beans over most foods but I agree that fixing them can sometimes be a pain.

Congrats on getting to onderland!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/3/2012 1:53PM


You are such a rock star! Good for you! I gave up on buying bread (the list of ingredients is so lengthy) and I consider Butter to be as verboten as High Fructose Corn Syrup. Getting some things straight out of your life is pragmatic and often as great results.

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JLPEASE 10/3/2012 10:45AM

    Congratulations on your progress!
I am a bread lover too. My husband makes the best peasant loaf I've ever had, but he said he won't make it very often because he knows I can't resist it. He is really trying to be helpful. I'm sure gonna miss it, though!
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AZIMAT 10/3/2012 9:20AM

    Congratulations. I'm investigating the gluten thing. I thought it was a fad, but took a quiz that was on the Dr. Oz show, and I had a lot of the symptoms. Maybe not eating the bread is good for you in more than one way. And for me, not getting going on the processed carbs really helps, it seems like a vicious circle if I start eating them.

I'm proud of you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/3/2012 8:51AM

    Good job, Scoot!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/3/2012 8:49AM

    Awesome! I'm in total agreement with the philosophy of just keeping stuff out of the house, to keep it out of your mouth. It's a problem since Bill loves to cook and loves his desserts, so I just must be strong. emoticon

Parsimony is the word. I love that word. It sounds so .... stingy! One's face even looks stingy when one says it.

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AUTUMNBRZ 10/3/2012 8:04AM

    Good for you! :) oh and Your blog amused me :) Luv it :)

Kudos to you on the bread/butter/mayo thing. You are tougher than I. That is for certain!

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/3/2012 8:04AM

    Well, it sounds like you're on the right track. If I had to depend on making bread to have it in the house, I would definitely do without. I had a bread machine when they were the craze---my friends were making all sorts of yummy breads for their kids' lunches while I was dusting mine off and figuring out a good storage place!!!! Congrats on the weight loss!!

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HIPPICHICK1 10/3/2012 7:58AM

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Never underestimate the power of healthy fats in your diet. Eat an avocado and some olive oil or all the vitamins from all the wonderful veggies can not be absorbed into your wonderful digestive tract.
And I think the word is "cheapskatey-ness" Just sayin'.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/3/2012 7:40AM

    Great approach, great ideas. Healthy eating! CONGRATS on the numbers!

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October goals

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I honestly thought I'd made some blog entries in August or September....oh, well. My first goal for October is *drum roll* showing up on SP every day. The others, in no particular order, are:

- impose some sort of order on my work schedule. I've been working on three separate Internet projects, all of which have the potential to be very lucrative, and also have the potential to be complete washouts. I've pretty much put 40+ hours per week into the aethers. I've also been working one day at the CSA for money (very little money, but every bit helps) and several other days for free. I suspect this is the source of my three pound loss. I really do, however, need to get an actual, paying job like normal humans have, at least until something independent starts paying off.

- become firmly established below 200 pounds

- blog (here) 2-3 times per week

- remember to wear the FitBit and get in my 10,000 steps per day, plus a couple days (like 2-3) of semi-serious lifting

- make the "daily" household chores become, in fact, daily, rather than waiting until they reach calamitous proportions

- set aside time for daily meditation

I think that's enough for one month. Heck, I'd be happy to achieve even one of these goals, let alone all seven, but we'll see what we can do. I've never done very well with the, "Let's get up tomorrow and be a whole different person!" :D :D :D sort of approach, but I am reasonably successful at sneaking things past me until they become habits.

What about you guys? Have any special October goals (not eating all the Halloween candy is a good goal, too.) emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:26AM

    Hey..those are GREAT goals and since I'm reading your blogs backwards I see that you have conquered a few already and it's just barely past mid month! So a big fAT emoticon on that one!

My goal for this month is to get ahold of my bad self and start eating for ENERGY...not just weight loss. The ENERGY factor is where it's at for me. I have to have that to do the Farmer's Markets work 6 days a week in our consignment gallery and STILL have time for the MOST important function in my socialize with friends on the weekend! Keep on keepin on dear CAN and WILL do this!

Oh...and as a side note...I always love to hear about your 'house' projects. We may be going into a much older home if this 'save our house' fight finally plays out with the fat lady singing. Sad...but I'll adjust...I always do...even if I'm kicking and screaming the whole way! emoticon

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/1/2012 5:27AM

    Good Goals - Good Luck :-)

I don't make goals - that way I don't get disappointed.


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NORASPAT 9/30/2012 9:56PM

    We never do HALLOWEEN candy, I thought it was wrong many years ago and gave out nickels then Dimes, tried apples for a while too. did the pencils for little kids and told the older ones they were too old for Halloween. NOW DH and I go out to dinner and the movies. Our street is long and we usually get 300 kids these days. No lie, it would cost us close to $50.00 to buy that amount of stuff so we spend it on ourselves. No need to hand out candy to giver cavities pounds or worse to any child. HUGS I am so happy to see your lovely owl. I was over in Plattsburgh in September, even came in the RV and stayed in Cumberland Head Park a few days.
Some day we will meet. Pat in Maine.
I hope you do your blogs and I hope your little schemes work out to be LUCRATIVE.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/30/2012 5:58PM

    I've been thinking about October goals but have yet to commit them to a blog.
It's nice to see you here! You've been missed.
Good Luck with your October goals! It's a great list.

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    Too late for me. I found the Halloween candy but will try to eat it in moderation. LOL.

Your goals are good. Mine are similar but I'm not sure how well I will do with them. LOL.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/30/2012 4:38PM

    My goals are to get the house ready for winter. I did get the firewood in, snowblower is at the repair/maintance center due back end of October, started to cover outdoor furniture and brought in annual potted plants. Now I need to do the cleaning of the rugs and house. I hate housework so I put it off as much as possible.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/30/2012 2:22PM

    It's great to see you post a blog here! I think that your goals are fantastic. I am hoping to get down to and break through the 200 mark in October. I also am skeptical of my ability to be a whole new person but 15 months ago I would have scoffed at the idea that I could work out so much, become a vegetarian, and generally improve my attitude some of the time.

Best wishes!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/30/2012 12:22PM

    Just having you around here more is goal enough for me!

I hadn't thought of them this way, but I DO have October goals, now that you mention it. They just happen to have started two days ago, so now they're officially October Goals!

- Do more strength training (also one of yours, I see). Still have to figure out what to do with the legs, other than my daily 6 miles or so. That's enough for most people, isn't it? Geez. (Okay, I need an attitude improvement on this one.)
- Stay within a new, reduced calorie range (1200-1400). No surprise--this has proven to be even harder than it looks.
- Have only one drink per day. During the week, this isn't a struggle at all. On weekends, it's impossible. Does this make me an alky?

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/30/2012 12:02PM

    You're goals sound great!! Just steps. You will not be a whole new person one morning when you wake up!! LOL I'm at a good spot right now but, man, it's taken a long time and I'm not secure enough to say "I've made it". October for me? Well, if I could just hang in where I'm at right now, I would be ecstatic!

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PARKSCANADA 9/30/2012 10:54AM

    My October goal - success one day at a time. I often bite off more than I can chew - lol - and so my goal is to take smaller steps to achieve the bigger picture. Good luck with all your goals - just setting them is the first small step on the journey!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/30/2012 10:46AM

    Wow, so good to see you again. I've wondered how you're doing. I've been selling on Ebay as I just may continue doing this for awhile. Also doing consultant projects while looking for a "real" job. So, again, we are on similar pages. My October goal is one I thought I beat awhile ago, but didn't. No night eating. And two personal goals that are hard to share with the public. (smiling) Take care and looking forward to hearing more about you and your life. Good luck with your endeavors.

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Useful info on light bulbs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Okay, I know it's off-topic and not terribly exciting, but it still is useful. File under Learning Something New Every Day.

Did you know that dust build-up in the sockets of light bulbs makes them overheat and blow out faster? I sure didn't. I probably vacuum out the light bulb sockets in the chandeliers and ceiling lights....once a year? Maybe? I did realize that dust and the occasional moth probably wasn't a good thing, but frankly, vacuuming light bulb sockets isn't high on my to-do list.

And, apparently, the older the wiring, the more important this is. I suppose that overheating sockets could lead to a fire, too, although I don't know this for sure.

HIPPIECHICK says that there's mercury in the new fluorescent bulbs, so I can't recommend one way or the other on them, but given the new info on blue light emissions (my previous blog on insomnia), I"m sticking to regular incandescent tungsten light bulbs next to me and in the bedroom. I'll still use the fluorescent ones that last for five years (so they say...) in the fixtures that require ladders to change bulbs.

Who knows - maybe I"ll even vacuum the fixtures more often.

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:30AM

    Now that is news for the 'who cares' file! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 10/12/2012 6:04PM

    Um, I do not think I would vacuum inside the light sockets either. As long as the bulbs are in there, the dust can't get in the socket. Last night I was trying to switch on a night light with a long cord extension and a rolling turn on wheel, and it blew out, right at the turn on wheel - it was black and smoking and way scary. Nope. Got that one out of there in a hurry.

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JANEDOE12345 8/5/2012 1:17PM

    Wait a second. Hold on there, pardner. If you go sticking things in light sockets, you get a shock and you die. My mom told me this when I was like, two, and I am sticking to it.

I personally will never do this, never ever, no matter how well-informed it would make me.



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    Thanks for the info. Good to know!

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LIONESS678 7/27/2012 10:14AM

    I've never heard about vacuuming sockets, but I did get hollered at by the school librarian for touching overhead projector bulbs bare-handed (they are expensive). Seems the oils on our hands get on the bulb and when they are on and heat up, that oil makes 'em even hotter and they burn out sooner. So if I remember, I use a cloth and not my bare hands to change light bulbs. I don't think I can bring myself to vacuum sockets though.

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HIPPICHICK1 7/27/2012 9:53AM

    I have never in my life dusted light sockets.
Very interesting, if not downright shocking!
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JLPEASE 7/27/2012 8:49AM

    I'm supposed to vaccum light bulb sockets??? Oops!!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/27/2012 7:35AM

    Never thought dust would get inside the socket if it was plugged with a lightbulb. I will check and dust if and when they die. I have few incandent bulbs now. I do have in my bedroom and a few overhead lights which are rarely used. I do not plan to toss until they are worn. I probably, if I can find them, use them still in the bedroom. But you know I do not sleep with the lights on...

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SLIMLILA 7/26/2012 10:05PM

    It would be exercise, if you had to climb up to vacuum them out, so you'd burn calories.. I think I'd like to have them unplugged before I tried vacuuming though...but I don't think I would go to all that trouble... but your reasoning that it might lead to fires, deserves some consideration... emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/26/2012 9:47PM

    I have such a dysfunctional relationship with light bulbs.... emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/26/2012 6:26PM

    Geez! It's always something!! I barely find time to dust furniture----light sockets?? REALLY????

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SUZYMOBILE 7/26/2012 6:24PM

    Good grief! I can only imagine what ant buildup can do.

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AUTUMNBRZ 7/26/2012 5:47PM

    Thank for the info. It is properly filed! emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 7/26/2012 4:17PM

  thanks for sharing....

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News for fellow insomniacs

Friday, July 20, 2012

Any of you who read my blogs or irritated "status" updates know I don't sleep well. Ive always been one of those, "I'll sleep when I"m dead" people, but in the last year or two it's become ridiculous. Now maybe I know why.

Seems computers and smart phones (and tvs, but they aren't right next to our heads) emit a wavelength of light that is normally only found in daylight, and scientists suggest that this may be screwing with the circadian rhythms of some susceptible humans. They think that perhaps until technology can sort this out (and they're working on it as we speak) the best thing to do is not to play around with computers and phones right before - or in - bed.

I don't know about you, but if I can't sleep, the first thing I do after I finish reading my bedside book is haul out the computer and see what other night owls are up to. Or else I text my children, and if they're sleeping, I'll play some teensy game on the phone.

I may have to change that and just keep a bigger pile of books and magazines by the bed. Only I may have to change light bulbs, too - seems many of the fluorescent bulbs also emit this blue light.

Here's the link to the article in the Chicago Tribune, by staff writer Monica Eng:

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:43AM

    I think sleep has to become a ritual. Same time, same place, same ritual. It works for me! And...believe me I have a million nagging thoughts running around in my pea brain each night and sometimes I wake up out of a dead sleep DREAMING about them! I WISH I could remember the solution I most likely just worked out!

Our bedroom is really, really DARK...and cool. NO television, NO electronic devises. One night I woke up staggered into the kitchen for a glass of water...and it was a flood in blue light appliance lights! I mean light of DAY blue light flood zone!

The micro, the stove, the TOASTER of all things. I wonder how the cat could sleep snoozing across from the kitchen in the leisure room. But then again maybe that's WHY he starts yowling at 6 a.m. to bail us out of bed. Poor sleeping due to blue light zone ooze.

I refuse to take sleeping pills. We took them briefly after we lost our son and I was totally and hopless addicted to them after only 4 days...YEP 4 days. My hubs who is a notorious insomniac said he thought he'd skip them one night. Terror gripped me...I WON'T be able to sleep without them I wailed. He reminded me that drugs are what killed our son...why does it matter if they come from a prescription pad or not...if you get consumed by them.

Fair question...I skipped the sleeping pill that night and just tossed and turned the grief around. I guess we need that grief process just as much as we need our sleep. sleep is my most COVETED and protected health ritual. Same time, same place, a nice comfy mattress, a good book for 1/2 hour or so and my little brown cat beside me until I fall asleep and he goes back out to join the night owl hubs until he comes in MUCH later.

I have to get a muzzle for that snoring problem have been strangled for MUCH less! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/23/2012 10:02PM

    I certainly didn't know this. I better get into my stack of books too.

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BUNNYCATS 7/22/2012 9:37AM

    I've always heard that it's not good having anything electric running near where you sleep. But, I have to use fans to sleep in the heat. I put the alarm clock across the room. I don't have t.v.'s, phones, or computers in the bedroom. I keep a book within reach. emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 7/21/2012 12:44PM

    Interesting! I always hated that blue glow of the computer when we slept in the same room with it! Now I know why.

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HIPPICHICK1 7/21/2012 12:29PM

    Interesting! Thanks for posting this.

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/21/2012 9:41AM

    I've read the same stuff about electrical items in the bedroom. I'm very lucky---I typically sleep like a log. Any insomnia (and I do go through these phases) arrives around 3 am and then I finally get back to sleep between 5 and 6!!!!! I HATE THAT!!! I have no answers but you certainly have my sympathies! Lying awake in the dark is one of the worst things!!!!!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/21/2012 8:34AM

    I am one rare bird. I have never (knock on wood) had major sleep lack issues. Once my head hits the pillow- electric stuff or not I am out. My mom used to say I was sleeping my life away when I would sleep 10-12 hours a night as a child/teen. Now that I am retired I find I sleep 7-8 hours and wake up. The TV is more like white noise to me. I have tried to watch shows only to fall asleep before the end and miss the show. On those rare occasions I do have sleep issues-playing on the computer and a cup of tea or hot milk usually do the trick. I sympathize with you issue. My husband had trouble sleeping almost every night. His mom also had those issues so I guess it was inherited. Perhaps a hot long soaking bath would help.

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JANEDOE12345 7/21/2012 8:15AM

    I am big into Feng Shui and one of the no-no's in the bedroom is electrical stuff. It is always advised in all my books, that you reserve the bedroom for calm activities by getting anything outta there that requires electricity (even electric blankets that are unplugged). Reading and writing or watching TV are said to excite the senses and are not conducive to sleep. With all that being said, I have 12 electrical devices plus 2 Kindle's running in my room. I sleep well after taking an Ambien, and slightly less well without one.

So the Feng Shui thing does not seem to apply for me. Or maybe it should be re-named Feng Sh*t. (And my point is?)

It doesn't matter where you choose to sleep. Couches are favorites for me if Dearest Love is absent. Bedrooms are traditionally where you sleep, and then add your carnal moments in there, too. But carnal moments can happen anywhere so why reserve the bedroom for them? So bedrooms are NOT just for sleeping and sex by virtue of how you can do either delightful activity anywhere you land.

And there is the possibility that you are one of those people who require less sleep than most of us. It is a life-extending quirk and I would treasure having extra time in every day.



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JUDYAMK 7/21/2012 12:23AM

    the 22 years I have worked in the pharmacy the number one over the counter sleep aid folks get is melatonin recommended by their Dr. Mom had a terrible time sleeping, her Dr. recommended it & she had to cut back every other night ,because the next day she would be so sleepy.

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VALERIEMAHA 7/20/2012 11:34PM

    Wellllllllllllll...except that you'd have to have the computer on to read it, my blog today would be be soothing and, especially if the other links are also explored, provide information about an astonishing talent, Joy Harjo (has she crossed your radar?).
P.S. You could also add her memoir to your book pile!

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ACIMPEGGY 7/20/2012 11:21PM

    I've heard that we should have NO light.

Have you tried calcium? Gentleman in my TM club said his dr recommends a liquid calcium supplement (gotta get the name) that is easier for the body to process...


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SLIMMERJESSE 7/20/2012 7:10PM

    I am inordinately sensitive to these electromagnetic waves and always have been. When I talk on a cell phone, I get a headache.
When I do computer or phone toward night
time, I can't sleep all night.

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SLIMLILA 7/20/2012 6:51PM

    You said it! But, I had the dr. tell me 2 yrs. ago now, "well you take your metformin every day to control your diabetes, why do you have a problem taking zoplicone for sleeping?" So, I have for that long, before that, and even sometimes still, insomnia has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I did know you're supposed to avoid computer use etc. before bed, but like you said, I work on computer till I go to bed...

emoticon (I wish for both of us0

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