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Mary, Mary - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Monday, August 06, 2012


THIS IS THE VEGETABLE GARDEN THAT IS IN OUR BACK YARD

MINT GARDEN OUT BY THE FRONT FENCE -- the bees love the mint flowers!

THIS IS MY CREPE MYRTLE IN FULL BLOOM -- out front

OUR LILIES -- they don't last long enough to suit me

A LITTLE FLOWER AREA, BUILT INTO THE ROCKS

THIS IS HOW THE ABOVE PLANTER'S FLOWERS LOOK NOW, and they are WILD!
For some reason I can't get the largest rock flower garden to load -- sorry, I've tried several times, but it just won't take. It's where I have my roses and petunias, prettiest one too!

  
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WIFEALF 8/11/2012 10:03AM

    i agree our lilies dont last long enough for either...it should last all summer in my opinion:-)

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WIFEALF 8/11/2012 10:02AM

    Beautiful pictures..I love your garden...

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PSMITH3841 8/10/2012 2:03PM

    My goodness, what a lovely garden....mine is suffering with the drought we're having. The poor little flowers are looking pretty sad! emoticon

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SPIRIT42013 8/9/2012 10:36PM

    Lovely gardens! I wish that I had ground for a garden as I live in an apartment complex. The only garden I'll have will be in containers. Next year, god willing! emoticon

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BBONET 8/7/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You have a great garden!! Thanks for your pictures and sharing them!

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SHARJOPAUL 8/7/2012 1:05PM

    Beautiful gardens.
Be careful letting that mint bloom. It and send seeds all over the place!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/7/2012 10:52AM

    So pretty! And I'm sure the one you can't load is the prettiest of all. That's always how it works, right? At least you know how to get pictures on here! I don't know how at all! hehe But , I realy love your gardens. I would like to have a Crepe Myrtle some day. Right now I'm trying to get a Lilac going. It's doing well, but still quite small. (tho 3 or 4 times larger than when planted back in June!) hehe
Hope you are having a great day!!

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CINDYLUUU 8/7/2012 10:32AM

    Great looking garden. Every year I but in a few flowers but then I neglect them and the weeds take over... the sun shines and I forget to watter...... and... well... tomoroww for sure I will get out there... I never share pictures of my little flower bed.

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MICHELELYNN777 8/7/2012 8:48AM

    Wow! Your garden looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/7/2012 5:51AM

    emoticonPretty Pretty I love flowers
you got one green thumb
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ARTJAC 8/7/2012 12:24AM

    LOVELY PHOTOS THANK YOU

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LYNETTEMOM 8/6/2012 7:03PM

    great photos; from the surroundings it is evident that you have to work to keep things healthy, watered, etc. You're doing a wonderful job

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CATLADY52 8/6/2012 6:57PM

    Lovely garden. With the heat my garden is in very sad shape. emoticon And I thought that it always rained during the summer in Oklahoma. I guess that was in the past.

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BERRY4 8/6/2012 3:55PM

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing! -- Lilies can be so fragrant. emoticon

Last night we had some veggies from our garden: zucchini & spinach & peas. I added them to onions & saute'd them all in some butter & added eggs to make a skillet omelet. DH said it was a "do again"!

Good luck in your journey to health & fitness!

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Birds & Bees (with Photos)

Friday, August 03, 2012

This is one of the beautiful brown hummers that frequent our feeders. We have about 14 steady customers, and they can go through 2 feeders in a bit over a day!
Looks like they are having a nice chat, doesn't it? I'm sure it's like a couple of women at the fence.
I'm in a hurry -- only have time for a quick snack!
One leaves and another takes it's place!
This is my mint garden and when it went to seed I discovered our honey bees just love the flowers!
Here's one of the little buggers chowing down now!
The new Mandevilla I just planted in our raised bed garden and followed by a close up of the actual flower.

Last, but not least is sunset time in Yarnell. Hmmmmm! So peaceful!

  
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WIFEALF 8/11/2012 10:04AM

    i love seeing humming birds pics.so beautiful..thanks for sharing your lovely pics with us.

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LYNETTEMOM 8/6/2012 7:05PM

    oh my goodness, these pictures are just wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them!

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BBONET 8/5/2012 8:30PM

    Beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHLOE453 8/5/2012 6:27PM

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STEELKICKIN 8/5/2012 4:49PM

    Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/5/2012 4:17PM

    Oh!!! I'm so jealous!!!! I have ruby-throated hummers, and they visit frequently, but they will NOT feed together!! Sometimes, one will come and then another chases it off! No two will feed together!!!
Your mint is doing great! Have you been growing mint long? I've been told it will grow everywhere if you're not careful! Love the Mandevilla! I still haven't gotten one, so I went with Confederate Carolina Jasmine this year. It should be perennial in my area. The Mandevilla is only annual here.
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STILLFLYIN 8/4/2012 11:37PM

    Thank you for sharing the lovely photos. I thoroughly enjoyed them!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/4/2012 8:12AM

    emoticonLove the Birds and the Bee's and the Flower pictures
I love to watch the animals around here too so enjoy them
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ARTJAC 8/4/2012 12:54AM

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS LOVELY BIRDS

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CATLADY52 8/3/2012 5:25PM

    Hummingbirds are so neat to watch. Our feeder goes out in April or May (depending on the weather) and we've had as many as four birds at one time feeding. They really are a treat.

Thanks for the pictures.

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JLPARKHURST 8/3/2012 4:07PM

    So beautiful Eve!


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GRACEISENUF 8/3/2012 3:57PM

    Beautiful! I have the exact same feeder here in California. I love hummingbirds.

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WIFEALF 8/3/2012 3:45PM

    beautiful pics.

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WIFEALF 8/3/2012 3:45PM

    wow you are lucky we have 2 birds that come you are lucky to have 14 wow.amazing...where do you live ??they must love whatever you have there...

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PSMITH3841 8/3/2012 2:36PM

    My girlfriend has humming bird feeders all around her deck...I love to sit and watch them, it's so relaxing. The birds that visit her feeders don't seem to be the least bit disturbed by our presence. As quick as my reflexes are, I still haven't been able to get a decent picture of these birds. Arrrrgh! emoticon Oh, by the way, the sunset pic was beautiful!

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Not Perfect, But Making Progress! New Pix to Prove It

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Having started out at 162 I feel I have made great strides to now be in the 130's. Still have at least 10 pounds to go, but feeling like I have nothing to be ashamed of now. Not too bad for a 73-year old Grandma!

  
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LYNETTEMOM 8/6/2012 7:08PM

    This is a wonderful photo, Eve. You've worked hard and it is paying off. You look so trim and certainly not "grandmotherly"! Keep on flying!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/5/2012 4:08PM

    You've done quite fabulously!! You have a few years on me, but you look much slimmer, trimmer and younger, my friend! Keep up the fantastic work!!! emoticon

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1DERLAND14 8/3/2012 4:41PM

    hard to believe you are 73! wow, you look fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 8/3/2012 3:52PM

    Saw the title of your blog on my feed....YOU look AMAZING! I would NEVER have guessed your age. I am 53 and don't look near as fabulous.

GO YOU!

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WIFEALF 8/3/2012 3:46PM

    you look amazing....

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STILLFLYIN 8/3/2012 1:00PM

    You should be proud. You look great!

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CHEEKYCHIC7 8/3/2012 12:48PM

    Not too bad for a 73-year old Grandma?! It's not to bad for any woman at any age!

Eve, you look great! well done!

As for the last few pounds = it's always the slowest to go...
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LAINYC 8/3/2012 11:59AM

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PSMITH3841 8/3/2012 10:55AM

    You are a "rockin'" 73, my friend!!!!!! Lookin' good! emoticon

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JACK714 8/3/2012 6:52AM

    Looking Good, grandma.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/3/2012 6:28AM

    You look emoticonkeep up the good work kido
you will see your goal soon
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CINDYLUUU 8/3/2012 12:35AM

    You look great. Age is a frame of mind. I had a girl work for me once for about 2 hours. She was the slowest moving, whiniest person I have ever met. All she could talk about was tired she was and how her age was effecting every aspect of her life. She couldn't do this and that because she was getting old ...yada yada yada. I asked her how old she was. She said 38. So I told her to go home and rest and stay there. She was probably ready for "the home" at 50.
Keep doing what you are doing, you are on the right path!

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BBONET 8/2/2012 11:13PM

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KISAKATT 8/2/2012 10:26PM

    Awesome job Eve!! You look fabulous!

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ARTJAC 8/2/2012 10:05PM

    YOU LOOK GREAT emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 8/2/2012 8:44PM

    You look great, you so don't look 73! Congratulations on the weight loss & looking so good for your age.

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LOLAJO54 8/2/2012 8:22PM

    no way you are 73!! wow just fantastic
looker all around
great weigh loss
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It's Working! IT'S WORKING!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

emoticon My weight was nearly 5 pounds heavier than normal the beginning of this month. I was feeling pretty discouraged and wondered if I should just quit trying.

emoticon emoticon was all my weight seemed to do. I have records of my weight all the way back to 2007 (with measurements) and while I'm working with lower numbers now, I am still a long way from my goal. And it seemed like if I did good one month, the next month would be a disaster. Well, you know the old saying -- "If what you're doing isn't working, then it's time to try something new."

SparkPeople tells me I should be eating between 1200-1550 calories. However, in the past when I was younger and would try to take off a few pounds, I found that I couldn't seem to lose any weight unless I keep my caloric intake at about 1000 calories. There were many times when I was through eating for the day, but didn't have enough calories on my tracking yet, or not enough protein -- always something. So I would eat something to get the numbers up. And as I've been on here for about 4 years now, I found this was a very, very slow way to lose.

So for one month I decided to just quit eating when I was full. I tracked my food and many times I would see I had only made it to 997 calories, or 1169, or 1097 -- seldom did I manage to get in the full amount recommended. By stopping my eating when I was full I saw that the scale began to go down. Steady! There was one day it edged back up again, and that was the morning after enjoying Mexican food in a restaurant. Too much salt for one thing, and I have no idea of exactly how many calories.

I weigh in every day emoticon and like to chart my weight. On Sunday I compare my weight to the Sunday before. Here's how it worked out for July:

Sunday, July 1 = 145.2 pounds
Sunday, July 8 = 143.6 pounds = 1.6 pound loss
Sunday, July 15 = 141.6 pounds = 2 pound loss
Sunday, July 22 = 141 pounds = 0.6 pound loss
Sunday, July 29 = 138.4 pounds = 2.6 pound loss

TOTAL LOSS FOR JULY = 6.8 pounds
emoticon Eating habits aren't carved in stone, some people may have a faster or slower metabolism and so their needs may be more or less than another person. So for me, while I trust the numbers that are recommended, in this instance I will listen to my body's needs and I will quit eating when I am full.

  
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CATLADY52 8/2/2012 6:28PM

    That's the best way to go if it works for you. emoticon emoticon

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CHEEKYCHIC7 8/1/2012 6:40PM

    congratulations
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from a slow loser...

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/1/2012 1:16PM

    emoticon So awesome! I feel your frustration (posted it in our vent room)

I may try your strategy as I just really think my body is much slower in the metabolism right now...sighs.

Oh and: emoticon

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PSMITH3841 8/1/2012 12:37PM

    Great blog! I think sometimes we forget that not everything produces the same result for everyone and frustration sets in. Once we find what works, and we see results, the process becomes natural.. But boy, what a mess we can make before we find the right program for out individual body needs. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/31/2012 3:24PM

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CINDYLUUU 7/31/2012 9:07AM

    First of all we never just quit, we could never be happy with ourselves if we did that. You are right, just listen to your body and it will tell you what you want. Notice I said body and not taste buds. Those guys are hard to ignore and can really lead us astray. Way to go on this months weight loss! Keep doing what you are doing.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/31/2012 7:41AM

    Great Job Kido we are all different so we all lose in different ways so keep up the good work and listen to your body
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JACK714 7/31/2012 6:50AM

    I think you may be on to something. Good losing.

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STILLFLYIN 7/31/2012 1:13AM

    emoticon I think the SP numbers are for average folks and no one is really average.
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DIDMIS 7/31/2012 12:19AM

    You are so right. emoticon

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SHOES17 7/31/2012 12:07AM

    There is definitely the human factor!

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Didn't Plan for the Rain!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

emoticon emoticon Got rained out on my walk last night -- we did manage to get in 0.6 miles, but the last .1 was in the rain. Tonight DH said to me at about 6:00 "Amber is ready to go for a walk." I noticed it was already getting quite dark and stormy outside. I don't usually go until about 7:00 to 7:30; but as it was already so stormy looking, I agreed to go now.

We only made it to the gate, which is about 75 feet from the house. Large raindrops started to come down; so it would have been stupid to go on unless we had a real desire to get soaking wet, which I didn't. Walked back around the house, took the time to check the strawberry plants to see if there were any ready to pick, and within 5 minutes of coming in the house it was really coming down!

I told DH it didn't sound like rain -- it sounded like someone throwing something at our home, so he went and looked -- sure enough it was HAIL! Burr! It only lasted a few minutes and now it is more of a gentle rain, but I was glad I hadn't been caught outside in the hail!

  
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CATLADY52 7/23/2012 5:47PM

    Getting rained on is not too much fun, depending on the amount I suppose. But you were lucky you missed the hail. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 7/23/2012 2:19PM

    My girls always loved dancing in the rain but I'm not too keen on being out and getting wet. I do love to be inside listening to rain. It is the best lullaby!

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GENESIS2012 7/23/2012 1:18PM

    Wow, sounds like you turned around just in time! I heard the thunder the other night - DH was trying to convince me it was the planes from Luke emoticon He must really think I'm gullible! We got very little rain but a friend in Apache Junction said they got so much rain it came in under the doors of their church and flooded the narthex. Another friend said her son lives in Happy Valley and his backyard was completely flooded. You've gotta love AZ during Monsoon Season emoticon

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PSMITH3841 7/23/2012 11:38AM

    Zoey & I got caught in a Hail storm once....When we left the house is was sunny, but the sky had a greenish/gray cast to it....we got half way down the block and the heaven's opened up. Those hail stones HURT!!! Thank goodness they were pea sized....poor Zoey didn't know what was going on, we couldn't run fast enough to suit her! Watch out for that greenish cast to the sky...the weather forecaster happened to mention it in his report, AFTER we got back from our walk....wish I had known that before we started.! LOL emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 7/23/2012 10:20AM

    An exciting time! How much precipitation did it wind up being?
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OLDERDANDRT 7/23/2012 8:21AM

    Thank goodness you didn't get caught out in the hail!!! But, hey........6/10ths of a mile is certainly better than no walk at all!!! I have gotten myself used to getting up early and getting at least 1 mile in ahead of the heat! We've been getting occasional rain, but so far, it's been afternoon and/or evening when we need the cool down.
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JACK714 7/23/2012 8:02AM

    I don't think anyone plans for rain in Arizona, expecially not hail in July.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/23/2012 6:23AM

    Hail and walking is not good so glad you decided to wait but now send us some of the rain NO Hail please just rain
Hope you get to walk today with Amber
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