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Day 3 of my Trek

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

What a wonderful day it was. The chocolate factory reminded me of Ethel Ems in Las Vegas. They have a tour and store as well. Yum. The smell is heavenly and the chocolates were wonderful. Dark chocolate is my favorite. Theirs was wonderful.

I have to say our second stop surprised me. I found out that I actually do like Nougat. I'd never tried it before. It was so smooth and sweet. The flavors were wonderful as well. Yum. I have to say I love this vacation so far. I'm sure glad I hired that scooter though.

I'm not much of a wine drinker but being in the Vineyard has inspired me to go back to my garden and keep working on my grape vine. The vines there were so well kept and lovely. The soil was warm and the whole place smelled so alive and vibrant. I love working in the soil. I'm happiest with my hands in dirt. lol The wine samples were good and different. I believe it is the different soil that makes the different flavor from other areas.

Then in the Chittering Valley the flowers were some I've never seen. I was so excited and took lots of pictures. The views are stunning and the river very melodic. Such peace to be found and a great end to a beautiful day.

I was happy to get back to the hotel I have to say and rest. I was very tired. Even with having the scooter I still walked 2,412 steps. I guess I walk more than I thought I did. Of course with such lovely places to walk it is easy.

Well that's it for tonight. I hope everyone has a great sleep. I can't wait for tomorrow.

Patty

  
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My Community Garden

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I have a community garden plot. It is 15x15 feet. On last Saturday I did 2 hours of weeding and working in it prepping it so on Sunday my Husband and daughter could come and help me finish the weeding and set up where I was going to do my Tomatoes. That way they could do the heavy lifting and I could spare my back. lol

It went very well. I was exhausted after the work on Saturday and a bit sore and stiff. But after Sunday. Wow! I was silly and forgot my sunscreen lotion. So my shoulders are burnt to a crisp. I put Witch Hazel on it so the majority is already to a tan. The rest will follow suite. I was amazed because growing up I never burned at all! This aging is a real pain and gets in the way all the time. lol But it doesn't stop me. I just keep on going. My body doesn't appreciate it as well as my Neurosurgeon but I won't stop living just because my back is messed up. I love gardening to much for that.

I always plant a salad and a salsa. I also plant Zucchini, Summer Squash, and other new and fun veggies. This year I planted Bulls Blood beets. I'm also going to plant other types as well. I love the heirloom veggies and always plant those. They have much more flavor and are more fun to have. I also trimmed the grape vine a bit. I have it down to 5 major canes and will feed the heck out of it with organic plant food. It used to have 15 canes so it was putting all its energy into making leaves. So the first year I got 3 bunches of grapes and last year I had 6. I'm hoping this year I'll get even more! emoticon The only reason I'm keeping it is because the grapes are just amazing in flavor! I have no idea what type of grape it is since it came with the plot but I love the taste. I know it's supposed to have only 4 canes but I didn't want to shock it by pruning it to fast. So I've been doing it over a couple years.

This year I'm also getting into container gardening more in my patio at the apartment. I have a dwarf Pomegranate that is supposed to be one of the sweetest ones out there. I thought I killed it because I forgot to water it and it dried out. I watered the heck out of it and finally transplanted it. I now have leaves! It didn't die! I'm also going to grow Swiss Chard, carrots, french radishes, and a bunch of other things that do well in pots and see how it goes.

So stay tuned and see how it comes out. I might add some pictures as well. emoticon

Patty

  
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SNOWTGRR 4/3/2013 4:16PM

    I am definitely going to post some pictures. I'm also doing a bunch of container gardening as well at my apartment too. So I'll post pictures of that as well. I can't wait. I'm so excited and having such fun!

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JACKIE542 4/2/2013 10:23AM

    Sounds like you are going to have a great garden. emoticon emoticon

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CLARISSABOND 4/2/2013 2:33AM

    I look forward to following your progress. I love gardening so much. I have been tied up with indoor projects and have only gone outside for about 30 minutes a day so far but I am hoping to have a great gardening season now that I am fit enough to enjoy it properly. Your blog has been a great inspiration. emoticon

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Day 2 Trek

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Well after a wonderful sleep I awoke very refreshed so I decided to join everyone on the tour. I also decided to hire a scooter so I wouldn't have to walk to much. It was a very smart decision on my part.

The cruise was fantastic. I so loved the wind in my hair and looking at all the sights. The seabirds were great to watch and the houses were beautiful. I couldn't believe all the private boats that were docked as well as the huge super tankers and cargo ships. I also remembered a special I watched on TV a while ago that said there are more sharks in these bays than thought before and they were catching and releasing them after putting on tracking devices. It was very interesting to watch. Also there is a couple pods of Killer Whales that would come into the deeper parts of the bay to eat the squids and stuff so I was looking for both of them incase I was able to see them. Unfortunately I didn't see them.

Freemont was amazing. I so love looking around places with history! One of my favorite things to do. The prison was interesting and all of the other historical buildings. Such a quaint town.

The ride back was just as beautiful and I was glad for my jacket as it was a bit cool on the boat. Even with the scooter I still walked 1,847 steps. My back is much happier tonight and I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow! I love adventure and this is great being with others as well!

Until the marrow.

Patty

  


I get to go on a virtual trek in Australia!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Oh My! I've always wanted to visit Australia! Now I get to go on a virtual trek there. I'm so excited to learn more. I've never had a friend from there before. I have one in England that comes over once in a while. I've already learned about Black Opals and Pink Diamonds. I never knew that they existed. I can't wait to learn and see more!

Patty

  
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The New Vegan Cook Book!

Friday, March 29, 2013

I am so thrilled that they came out with a Vegan specific cook book that links to Sparkpeople! I just bought it for myself! I'm still doing the Thrive as well but you can never have to many recipes as far as I'm concerned.

I'm very happy and surprised that any and all of my cravings have gone. Now when I crave something it is for Bell Peppers or some other veggies. Not for sugar or wheat products. I use sprouted grain breads and ancient grain pastas. My whole family is loving it as well. They love the flavors and taste and the textures in the food. They don't have a lot of choice in this as I do the grocery shopping and cooking. lol

My Hubby has Gout and cannot eat Milk, Peppers or spices that are from Peppers. So it is better that he eat vegan anyways so I'm switching him over little by little. I do have some chicken for him on occasion and I can't control what he eats when we go out but when we are at home I make sure it's vegan for him.

As for me I have High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, IGA Nephropathy and a degenerating spine. So eating Vegan has been wonderful for all of it. I'm losing the weight and being able to eat my fill. There are some days I have a hard time eating enough calories! I get so full and satisfied eating like this. The only veggie I won't eat is Okra. I still can't deal with that one. I love all the others though.

The best thing about this is that my daughter is learning this as a 17 yr old and loving it as well. Like my husband she once in a while eats meat and eggs etc but she loves the veggies as well so I'm very happy for her! She will be ahead of the game when it comes to weight and eating.

Well that's all for now from this corner of the world. Until next time.

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