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Where are the tomatoes?

Monday, August 10, 2009

It's almost mid-August, the garden is in full swing... well mostly.
Cucumbers are going great, as are the cabbage, onions and broccoli. The corn is a bit behind but nice and sweet and doing ok. The peppers are doing as my peppers normally do, slow until fall and then watch out. The beans would be great if I could keep the deer out (they unlike the rabbits don't seem to mind the cayenne pepper). The tomatoes on the other hand are another story. I've pruned back the growth twice and it's due for a third prunning, but the tomatoes are all just green green green. Not that I mind green, after all, I'm a Spartan fan and Irish... but dang... I'd like to see a little color in them soon!

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SPARTANJAI 8/12/2009 11:08AM

    UPDATE!!!!!! I picked my first tomato last night... a tiny but perfectly ripe Roma and it was delicious!

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4ANEWME2DAY 8/10/2009 9:39AM

    I understand too. My tomato plant, which is an Abe Lincoln variety, has beautiful "green" tomatoes. My DH says I must be patient. I'm normally a very patient person. I'm just craving for a good homegrown tomato. We also have 3 Celebrity tomato plants that look good but no tomatoes yet. We received them from a neighbor. We have 2 Roma plants. They don't look so good but I still have hope for them. I try to prune my plants but I feel that we just haven't had enough warm weather. In PA we have had so much rain which I think has affected the tomatoes.
Let's keep our thumbs green and hopefully our tomatoes red,
Lise emoticon

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BOXEM180 8/10/2009 9:32AM

    Same here! This is a horrible summer for tomatoes. We've gotten some yellow ones but the reds just aren't turning color. I guess they miss the heat!

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Cheater Cheater!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I'm a cheater... at least I admit it. Tried to do what I was supposed to do and got to the point that I said "Forget it!". Been having some health issues that my doctor can't figure out so I've been banned from caffeine, alcohol, exercise, salt, etc... and I've done really well on it... since July 15th, then today I said enough of that and became Cheater Cheater! I had a piece of caramel filled dove candy, put salt on my deviled egg this morning and after work... yup... you guess it, I'm ignoring her "walk only" orders and putting a little jog into it here and there. So I don't listen very well... or at least not for long... but hey... I'm still avoiding alcohol! ~grin~

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LINDALOO80 8/8/2009 11:42PM

    If you have to ditch the salt, it's not actually that hard to do. I've been sodium free (and caffeine) since March 2007. I can honestly say I feel better, and I don't seem to get as hungry as I did before I made the leap. Give it an honest try! emoticon

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MONARCHMERI 8/6/2009 2:30PM

    You know, life is about LIVING! You've gotta have it once in a while and frankly, I'm a fan of throwing caution to the wind! Watch that salt though, lol! :) I hope you get your health issues figured out, but don't let anyone stop you from living in the meantime!

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PICKIE98 8/5/2009 6:18PM

    I can competely relate to that!! However, I did eat some nice radishes the other day FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WITHOUT SALT!! I lived to tell about it and it was not really that bad!! It was a habit, family-learned, so now I am in the drivers seat and steered myself away from the habit and enjoyed the taste of the root, not the salt!!
Just keep trying..

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MSYERSON 8/5/2009 2:35PM

    Hang in there! Restrictions like that are very hard to work with and not stray. Do your best, that is all that anyone should every ask of you...

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QUEENMOM4 8/5/2009 2:08PM

  I`ve had those days my self, but get back on track thats what I did.
Some days my sister gets to me and I can eat anything in the house Stress will do it every time . good luck

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Another icon gone

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just heard the news that Farrah died today. Another icon from my youth is no longer with us and I've realized that I'm beginning to see the start of where I'm going to hear more about deaths of those near to me than births... another day older, another day wiser and another life no longer with us.
Her will to live and her battle was strong, but she's lost her fight, rest in peace Farrah!


Week 8 at the gym

Monday, June 22, 2009

Just finished another week at the gym I joined a little while ago and as part of the program I'm in, that means I hit another milestone to be weighed and measured. So I step on the scale and the numbers were moving in the right direction (which is good because I'm simply trying to maintain now). Then she pulls the little machine out that does my fat percentage and plugs in my numbers... after it does it's little test I find I'm down almost another 3 percent from my last set of numbers (about 4 weeks ago). Next comes the measuring tape. Here I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was pleased with the results. Bust, calves and biceps stayed the same, waist, hips, abdomen, thighs all dropped several inches. I was pleased with my results and the staff member at the gym that had measured me congratulated me on my progress. I have to admit, I never thought that in 4 weeks I could see that much progess but it gives me more incentive to hit the gym, even if I've worked a 12 hour day!

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WALNUT5612 6/23/2009 3:59PM

    Do you go to the gym on the days that you don't work the 12 hours?

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A new Trophy!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

After just over a year on SparkPeople I've passed the 25,000 mark and got a new trophy! I've been watching the numbers when I log out eat day and notice that I'm getting closer and closer. To be honest, I thought I'd hit it a while ago... then I got bronchitis and wasn't as active in person or on the site. There were times when it seemed so far away and there were times where I'd hit a point total in a day that would make me go "wait, that can't be right"... but sure enough, slowly but surely they kept ticking away and I hit 25,000. There were no flashing lights... no ringing bells... no confetti or balloons... in fact, I'm sure I'm the only one that noticed... and even then not right away... when I looked the last time I was 13 short... when I looked the next time I was 100 over (so much for my observation skills I know). But I have to admit... when I looked and saw my total and my new "trophy" I straightened my shoulders a little bit... sat a little straighter and got a little grin on my face. Does it matter? Will it impact my life in any way? Not really. But it's given me a sense of accomplishment... the satisfaction of sticking to something and the joy in knowing that while I was gaining points I was losing weight and now maintaining it and really enjoyed the journey along the way!

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WALNUT5612 6/5/2009 8:18AM

    Good for sticking to it and not giving up emoticon

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FORSYTHIABUSH 6/2/2009 10:11PM

    Congratulations on a Job Well Done!!!!!!! emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/2/2009 5:32PM

    Good Job!!

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KAGWIZ 6/2/2009 3:06PM

    Impressive !!! Hope to follow your example !
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