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How my garden grows...

Friday, July 09, 2010

So far the garden is going gang-busters. Last night picked and canned 7 quarts of green beans (picture of them getting a bath in the sink)...

then there were the cukes (those pickling cukes are soooooo sweet!)...

and finally the huge kohlrabi (with a few little onions in the background- man those things are HOT!)

Sorry- the cabbage didn't make it for it's mug shot- it did however make a delicious cole slaw emoticon
Can't wait till the tomatoes ripen!

  
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PICKIE98 7/10/2010 8:28AM

    I can just aste those cukes in sour cream with thinly sliced sweet onions!!!Yummers!!

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PICKIE98 7/9/2010 4:51PM

    we have yellow low acid toms, cukes, black berries and raspberries.. MIchigan

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ANGEL7912 7/9/2010 11:50AM

    Oh they all look soooooo delicious I wish I could grab them through the computer and eat them up. YUMMY!!!!!!

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AWOLF24 7/9/2010 11:23AM

    Looks SO good!!!!!!!

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1972ROSES 7/9/2010 11:19AM

    Awesome. So far we are doing great with peas and zucchini. Just waiting on the peppers. Please! Please!

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RONIE11 7/9/2010 11:06AM

    Thanks for sharing it brings back wonderful memory's and your produce is wonderful you must have a green thumb..

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KARLYNCANDOIT 7/9/2010 10:54AM

    Man, where do you live? I live in california and I thought mine was doing well but dang your garden is sweet!

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CHRIS3215 7/9/2010 10:51AM

    I wish I was able to grow my veggie garden this yr.. emoticon
You are so lucky!!

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On a roll!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

After that blast of fitness minutes this weekend spending two days gardening and digging out weeds, I figured I'd continue it last night. Got home from work, slathered on the sunscreen and grabbed the clippers. Finished up all the bushes and shrubs in the front and side yards- ok maybe not as perfectly round as those landscaping dudes do- but dangit- they aren't too bad looking~ and a nice little boost for my compost pile too!
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TWEETYKC00 5/25/2010 9:51PM

    nice shrubs and some fitness time along the way is good no matter what.

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PICKIE98 5/25/2010 6:03PM

    Well, just mosey on out there and take a pic for us to see all your hard work!! Don't you feel great after accomplishing all that?? I love it!! Any travel plans for this summer?? I look forward to seeing your pics and hearing the stories...

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BAYSIDE07 5/25/2010 7:20AM

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KAHOELZL 5/25/2010 7:03AM

    I bet your yard looks great now!

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Weeding - and cactus picker picking

Monday, May 24, 2010

Spent the weekend weeding and cleaning out my cactus bed- it looks great- but my arms sure don't- they're full of pickers... I just don't see how they seem to get everywhere!
Some pruning left to get to tonight after work- I hope the baby birds are out of my dogwood!

  
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SPARTANJAI 5/25/2010 6:38AM

    No kidding when you spend the day digging in the garden and flower beds those minutes just add up- and the glasses of water from trying to stay hydrated! Dug a few pickers out last night- looks like I have just a few left ~grin~

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TWEETYKC00 5/24/2010 8:36PM

    i hope you didn't hurt your arms to bad. nothing like some major gardening to rack up the fitness minutes!!

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NWLIFESRC 5/24/2010 7:27AM

    Watch the prickers picker

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Making a change!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It was a hard day mentally yesterday - for a lot of people. Everywhere I went yesterday it seemed I was running in to people that were upset, mad, annoyed and complaining. Before the end of the day- I had found I had turned in to one of them. This morning I've heard the complaints starting already- so as I sat down to change my status here on SparkPeople, I made a decision... I'm going to try to stop complaining. That's right- no whines, complaints, or rants... well, ok I'm Irish and German- so perhaps I'll just make a real effort every day to pay attention to my attitiude and when I find myself in a "Negative Nelly" mood I'll try to snap out of it. There's going to be days when the garbage is going to be there to deal with- now it's just a matter of what my response to it is... after all- adding my complaints to it won't make it any better- just worse.
Wish me luck ~grin~

  
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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/17/2010 8:23PM

    How about trying this, something I've been doing for a few weeks now that is helping. For every negative comment you make, you must make three positive ones. It's harder than it seems, but it really keeps my mouth from taking off and my mind polluted with junk! I am finding that I'm focusing more on the positive, want to give others a more positive me, and making the not-so-friendly days a little better! emoticon

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GOLDBERG73 5/13/2010 8:03PM

    Yesterday was a bad day for alot of people I know, myself included...today was much better and tomorrow may be even better!
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Hope your days are better too!

~Jason

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PICKIE98 5/13/2010 3:49PM

    I agree, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!!

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MNABOY 5/12/2010 8:43AM

    The fact that you are aware of controlling your response is half the battle. Be successful is like practising one's religion- you do your best and try to overcome the innate human nature

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I walked a marathon????

Monday, May 03, 2010

So this weekend was my Relay for Life walk. Saturday it was raining and kind of nasty out when I woke up, but after a couple of hours it seemed to just be windy and overcast. I packed up my things and headed to Milford, unloaded the car and hit the school's track just before the opening ceremonies. After the survivor's lap (which got me all teary-eyed), I put my pedometer on, then I hit the track to start my walk.
I wasn't really keeping track of how many laps I was doing or how long I was out there. Sometimes I was walking by myself, sometimes, with others from my group and when I felt in need of a little snack or a drink of water, I'd finish my lap and sit down for a bit. Partway through the day I began to feel a bit tired, so I checked my pedometer and I was at just over 17 miles. After a conversation with myself I decided to see if I could hit 20 miles... and kept on walking. I then moved my pedometer a little because it was beginning to annoy me. After what seemed like an approximate number of laps to put me at 20, I check my pedometer with a quick glance- just over 19- so I keep walking. I do a few more laps and grab my pedometer thinking as I finish this one I've got to be over 20-
WHAT? 19.90? That can't be right. I know I've done enough laps to push me over 20- so I take a closer look at the pedometer- it's in kcal and it was reading 1990 kcal burnt in my "aerobic steps" (that's what I get for not paying attention)!!! So I hit the little button to go back to miles and my jaw drops- 25.85 miles.
At this point I'm halfway annoyed that I wasn't paying attention and halfway too tired to care, so I grab my things, say my goodbyes and walk to the car. I get everything loaded, make a last grab at the pedometer and noticed I'm over 26.2 miles... I just walked a marathon!
On the drive home I flip between a "whooo hooooooooo" and a "oh my gosh I'm tired" mode... because there's part of me that still can't believe it- really? I walked a marathon?
Some things I learned along the way-
1. I was smart wearing my comfy clothes, socks and shoes.
2. I was smart packing sunscreen.
3. It was an experience I'll never forget... but most of all
4. CHECK TO SEE WHAT UNITS YOUR PEDOMETER IS IN- especially if you move/bump it!
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AWOLF24 5/12/2010 8:13AM

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JIMDAB 5/3/2010 8:05PM

    A marathon by accident. Who'da thunk it?
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DEBNICU 5/3/2010 1:42PM

    Congrats on walking for a worthy cause. What an accomplishment. I have said I would like to walk a marathon in the future. I will have to keep Relay for Life in mind.
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CASSIE9912 5/3/2010 1:08PM

    WOW! You SO rock. I was at the Relay as a volunteer one year. My friend was the chair of the survivors committee. She made an amazing speech that brought me to tears but when she came off the survivor's lap she was sobbing and grabbed me and hugged me. It was an experience I'll never forget.

WTG for supporting the cause. Thank you!!! And you rock like crazy for doing the marathon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANIKASTARMARIE 5/3/2010 1:07PM

  That's amazing! That's something I'd like to be able to do! I'll get there...

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LILPAT3 5/3/2010 12:58PM

    Good for you! I had both knees rebuilt and can't run yet so all my miles are walked..You are emoticon emoticon

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