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Fresh Produce

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I just got back from picking up my order for this week at the organic farm - a quart of strawberries and a pound of broccoli. Here is what I think I have learned about growing your own food or buying it from someone who grows and harvests it for you.

You know what, if any, chemicals have been used on your food. (We do use Sevyn Dust, if we have to.) The big factor for me is the short time from harvest to consumption. The produce is so much juicier than it is in the store. Sometimes it has been harvested only minutes before it goes into our mouths.

When we first had baby spinach in our garden, I had a bag from the store we needed to use up. I cut two cups of leaves from our plants, washed them, and put them in a bowl for spinach salad. Then I reached in the bag and pulled out the store spinach. I couldn't believe the difference in how the two batches of spinach felt in my hands. It's been nice not buying store spinach the last couple of weeks.

We will probably only have spinach from our garden for another week. That's okay. Now the broccoli at the organic farm is coming on. I'm getting the hang of it. You eat what the Lord provides. Maybe there will be enough broccoli for me to freeze some. It's a wait and see situation. They say we need cool, sunny weather for the broccoli to produce abundantly.

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THINAGIN2 6/1/2013 1:28PM

    We used to have a big garden every year but between the heat and the bending over for hours, I gave it up. I miss having the fresh produce!

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EMILY0724 6/1/2013 12:36PM

    I grew up on farm and we always had fresh veggies in the summer. Although retired now, my parents still garden. They have branched out some this year and added spinach and brussel sprouts. They sometimes use sevin dust also, but like you said---there is no comparison!!!!! I've got some fresh picked spinach and broccoli just waiting for dinner! Can't wait!!!

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ALICIA214 6/1/2013 12:17PM


There is absolutely no comparison between home grown and store bought fruit and
veggies is there?I grew up with a huge garden and it was a treat to pick peas..shuck
them and cook immediately with a little home grown mint for added flavour.. same with
new potato's Yum!!!
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Tornado 2 Gossip

Saturday, June 01, 2013

My neighbor said there were 3 tornadoes that touched down in or near Independence yesterday afternoon. One was out at the junior college south of town. Another one was between our house and Sycamore, which is 7 miles from our house. This was the one that was closest to us. Another one touched down by railroad tracks....I don't remember which ones. That is why the sirens wailed for so long.

US 400 and US 169 were both closed for awhile. The storm was crossing the road, and it was being watched closely. As far as I can tell, no tornadoes in this area were produced by that ominous cloud. The sun was shining and the birds were singing until I got to the end of my route, when it clouded up again.

Nothing but thunderstorms last night. Some were really noisy, but we never lost power.

Gorgeous day today. High of 75 predicted. Sun is shining. emoticon

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/1/2013 6:47PM

    emoticon emoticon is good

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Tornado 2

Friday, May 31, 2013

AGAIN the tornado sirens wailed for an hour this afternoon. This was a little scarier than last week. There was THE MOST wicked looking cloud in the southeast. But it was southeast of Independence. Tornadoes move north and east. Of course this was all during my paper route.

I did take cover for awhile. I pulled under a brick carport and sat for awhile listening to the siren's song and tying the plastic bags on my papers. Mostly I was trying to get away from the hail. It wasn't heavy hail, but it was big enough I was concerned about my windshield getting broken. And I don't really want any hail damage on my pretty little old car. The only thing I don't like about my job is how hard it is on your car. The rain was very heavy.

The rain slowed down a lot. The sun broke through the clouds and started shining. The birds were singing. There never was any wind. But the sirens kept blaring. I felt kind of stupid tossing those papers into driveways with the sirens going off, but after a few minutes the sun was fully out and it had stopped raining. Maybe is was the all clear?

That cloud. It was the most wicked looking thing I have seen for awhile. It was almost purple. It had such a violet cast to it. Not many people were out. Traffic was not a problem. Scuttlebutt that I heard from people who were out:

"I don't know where the tornado is either."

"The tornado is west of town. Would you like to come in and take cover with us?"

Another guy that doesn't even take the paper invited me to take cover with them.

"The police have US 400 blocked off. They're not letting people go into Cherryvale." (I didn't like the sound of that at all.)

"I can't believe I'm getting a paper this evening!"

Well, the paper was late, but everybody did get one. By the time I reached the nursing home I'd made arrangements to take cover in, if anything like this ever happened while I was delivering papers, the all clear had sounded.

We are in for an eventful night. The weather band has gone off 3 times since I have been home. The tornado siren in my neighbor's yard is quiet. Here's hoping it stays that way all night.

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KENWANNE2013 6/1/2013 5:39AM

    Thinking of you. Stay safe.

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    Sending prayers your way! This year's tornadoes are horrible.

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SAK1957JWK 5/31/2013 8:53PM

    emoticon Sending sunshine your way. stay safe!!!!!!

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CASTIRONLADY 5/31/2013 8:48PM

    Hope you ride out the storm in good health. What dedication to your job. Keep it up.

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Overweight No More

Friday, May 31, 2013

I have waited for this day for a long time. As is sometimes the case, it came as an unexpected surprise.

I have not been doing anything regularly - weighing, exercising, using the nutrition tracker. I have been the Queen of Inconsistency. I have been feeling the need to weigh in the last couple of days to see where I was. What a surprise.

The chart at the doctor's office says the overweight category for my height and build start at 145. This morning I weighed in at 144.6 I am officially at a healthy weight. emoticon WOOHOO!!!

Suddenly, I am highly motivated. I am posting this from the public library because our internet at home is down. The recent storms have made internet access irregular. So, my Spark Friends, I made a special trip here just to get the news posted.

I am SO excited. I do not want to cross that overweight line again. EVER. And I am just a pizza or popcorn binge away from that line. I want to get further away from the line.

The next milestone will be 135. That is not a weight that I like, but past experience has proved that there will be another plateau there. 133-135 I have always gotten stuck. It is the weight I was through high school and college. I hate how I look at that weight.

There are just certain weights our bodies like to maintain. My husband calls them set points. 148 was a big one for me. I thought I was never going to get the scale to move. I think maybe I have broken through, IF I can get some discipline and consistency back in my life.

I DID order the size 10 little black dress from Land's End I had a coupon for. I also ordered a MEDIUM, white, crew neck tee for city band. When she asked for my size, it felt so funny to not say, "Large," or, "Extra large." The "Regular, size 10," also felt super strange coming out of my mouth.

What a glorious day. One milestone crossed. Now it's on to the goal. 127

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's an amazing milestone! So proud of you!

All the bmi charts I've found say I have to reach 132 to not be overweight. That's still 14 pounds away. But just being normal/healthy weight on a chart sounds like the sweetest goal ever. No more putting ourselves into the obese or overweight categories. It will probably be the only time I ever get to say that I am "normal" anything! lol.

You will have to model your dresses for us soon!

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THINAGIN2 5/31/2013 5:45PM

on a job

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Size 12 is fitting loosely, except around the waist, where it fits. Middle age spread. I've got a start on that old lady belly. Being injured and not getting vigorous exercise has made that worse.

I still have not gotten my big girl clothes to the consignment shop. I have tried two or three times to get them to Tulsa, and the stores have always been closed. Walking around downtown while my car was getting worked on last week, guess what I found. There's a consignment shop on Penn Avenue. Looks like a nice one. Couldn't believe it.

My "little black dress" is in the consignment pile. I have found one from Lands End I really like, and I have a coupon that expires Friday. I think I'm going to order it. I think I'm going to order a 10. Act of faith.

I am a WalMart medium. I bought some new mowing clothes a couple of weeks ago. Large shorts look really bad on me. Mediums are just right. I still bought a large tee shirt. I like the room, especially for mowing and throwing the paper.

I want to reduce the number of clothes I have in my closet. I am a clothes hound, and I do have some cute things, but it's ridiculous how much I have. I don't enjoy shopping as much as I used to. I am hoping to slim down my wardrobe in more ways than one.

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CHERIJ16 5/28/2013 3:38PM

    I threw away my 14s but I haven't parted with the 12s yet. I love chic shorts and the 12s are baggy now so I bought a couple of 10s and some in size 8. I can't believe they fit but they I still like large tops too as I can't stand it if they cling. It does feel good doesn't it? emoticon emoticon

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PLUMERIA50 5/28/2013 10:44AM

  I'm on the opposite end! I need clothes, but don't want to get more until I lose some tonnage....

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    Great post about clothes! I find as I lose the weight, I also feel the need to simplify the rest of my extra 'stuff' like clothes too. I hope you order that dress in size 10, an act of faith in yourself!
I am the same way in a size 12, it fits in the waist but the rest is loose. I have one pair of size 10 jeans that fit snug, not for shopping days, but for a date night maybe. Size 10 is just around the bend for both of us!!!

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