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Do I ever learn?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

That would be a big NO! I guess when told to do nothing really means nothing. The morning walk was OK and probably doing The Done Dance which basically is turning on the music and dancing around like crazy for 15 minutes was probably ok to as I didn't move my arms or shoulder around. The gardening which was basically weeding for over a little over 30 minutes was what did me in, again. YUp this has happened once before.

I guess I just can't get my brain to register that a stupid little weed can do me in. I googled pictures of weeds and this is the closest image I could find. This looks like it it from an aquarium but it looks like the ones I have growing on land. They are about 12 inches high and between all the rain we have had and my daily watering of my container garden with the hose they grow like wildfire. I would have a lot less if I watered my garden with a watering can but that would too heavy to lift with my shoulder right now.

It looks like a wispy little thing, right? Not too much to pull? Well, that is what I thought.

Wrong! My shoulder aches and I will be icing it as soon as I finish this blog. I will do zippo for the rest of the day. Hoping when tomorrow rolls around for therapy my shoulder has stopped screaming at me. emoticonMaybe this time it will sink in. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/19/2011 7:50PM

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FUNGRANNY72 7/19/2011 6:00PM

  I admire you for even trying to garden with your injury. I thought I was a stubborn person. Now I have company.

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/19/2011 5:25PM

    You have my full sympathy. I can't resist pull up the forest of weeds which all the rain we've been having recently have encouraged to grow and my back knows all about it when I've finished. However, in my case 30 mins rest and it recovers. Perhaps you should start putting your arm in a sling to remind you that rest is what it must have and then you can't use it. emoticon

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MARYHOLMAN 7/19/2011 4:40PM

    Here in South Philadelphia, weeds coming out of the pavement cracks are the only gardens we get.

Hey girl---know your limits and give yourself a break when your body screams out for it.

Maybe you can start selling your weeds to aquarium supply stores...... emoticon

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DS9KIE 7/19/2011 2:00PM

    so just leave the weeds

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/19/2011 1:45PM

    Looks like something I get - a tough stem and long roots. Maybe you need to have someone else do the weeding for a while. It is hard to stop once you get started!

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SECRETMUSIC 7/19/2011 1:25PM

    was it the time you spent weeding that did you in, or the toughness of the weeds? If the former, maybe you could set a timer for 5 minutes for weeding...I have to do that at times because once I start weeding and can't stop (easily). Hope you feel better very soon!

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MOCNVW23 7/19/2011 12:23PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your shoulder. Give it the rest and ice that it needs. Stick with walking and dancing around and things that doesn't have you hurting that shoulder anymore. Listen to the experts and take care of that shoulder and get feeling better soon.


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MRDPOLING 7/19/2011 12:13PM

    Oh my! You poor thing!

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MARTY728 7/19/2011 12:10PM

    Sorry... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/19/2011 12:00PM

    What a bummer. I'm so sorry.

Weeds are stubborn, although they look helpless and timid.
Please try to listen to the experts!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/19/2011 11:48AM

    Hang in there.

I agree that you should leave off the weeding. Spend that time walking, dancing, singing, and having fun with your LOWER BODY.


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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/19/2011 11:31AM

    Ugh so sorry I wouldn't have thought that little weed would do you in. ugh so sorry I wish I was there to help..

Feel better soon.

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WILLOW49 7/19/2011 11:27AM

    Sure hope you give that shoulder lots of rest & ice!

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Over did it this weekend and paid for it at physical therapy...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Oh man I was still sore from Sunday night and I dreaded physical therapy. I almost chickened out and was going to call and cancel the appointment. I went because I was hoping Sherri could work out the pain. Let's just say she was able to work some of it out but not all of it. Have strict instructions to do absolutely nothing today with my right arm and baby it Tuesday as well. I see her again on Wednesday. No ifs ands or buts, I am to take my pain pills ( I never want to take them), ice the shoulder, and rest.

I finished my raised veggie bed and that was what did me in. I was smart enough to have my neighbor take the 2 cubic foot of soil out of my trunk but I also should have had him empty it into the raised bed. I had him place it on an Adirondack chair and I was going to tip it over when I was ready. Tipped it but I also had to sort of lift it also to get the soil out. I didn't lift it full weight but it was enough to tweak my shoulder. It actually did not start hurting till a couple of hours later.

All that I have to say is that the 8 plants I transplanted to their new home had better survive. I would have hurt my shoulder for nothing. If they know what is best for them they had better yield a lot of tomatoes and red peppers. I know the basil will survive but the rest of them had better do the same.

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GALSAL59 7/19/2011 5:55AM

    Please, be careful. The plants aren't going to care whether you're hurting or not.

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L*I*T*A* 7/18/2011 10:36PM

    wishing you will be feeling better soon.......
blessings and hugs...........lita

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BUTTERFLYAT38 7/18/2011 9:54PM

    Physical therapy is absolutely a blessing. Don' skip it. No matter what. My mom couldn't walk a block. I had her go 3x a week for 3 months and now she walks everywhere. Its so important to keep moving and stretching to balance your body. emoticon emoticon

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MRDPOLING 7/18/2011 9:20PM

    From someone who lives with constant pain and injury, I know how you feel! I wish I could take your pain from you!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/18/2011 8:41PM

    I killed my basil today,too much heat, but my tomatoes and green peppers are doing well.

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EGRAMMY 7/18/2011 8:39PM

    on the health front, Remember only you can prevent forest fires.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/18/2011 8:29PM

    Take care of yourself!

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SKYRUNHER 7/18/2011 5:23PM

    wow.. you should be careful.. those physio terrorists get mad if we don't do what they tell us!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/18/2011 5:17PM

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DS9KIE 7/18/2011 4:45PM

    I swear one of these blogs your going to be in a body be careful emoticon emoticon

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WEDDWT 7/18/2011 4:32PM

    hate when that happens - overdoing it...when will we ever learn? when will we ever learn emoticon

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NATALIE225 7/18/2011 4:05PM

    You sound like my mom in this She's always doing things by herself even when it's a tough job and then she deals with the pain later. Considering you're still in physical therapy you should me more careful! Of course your neighbor should dump your soil...that's what our big, strapping male neighbors are for! hahaha. I hope you feel better soon!

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PONYFARMER 7/18/2011 4:04PM

    I knew you were doing to much. But I am like you and just want to get it done and I HATE asking for help. But now I can see that I better just do what they say, I do not want a third surgery b/c I did not do as I was told.

I have PT today and it always hurts afterward. Hate that part, but know it is a must.

So, listen stop and be good to your shoulder. Maybe you better go back to wearing your sling??? Just sayin'

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Dance Like No One Is Watching!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

This guy travels all over the world dancing. The nature backdrops are incredible, just finding these beauties of nature took a lot of effort.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 7/18/2011 8:12PM

    Well, we know why he is so darned skinny; he danced his way across half of America!

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MARYHOLMAN 7/17/2011 6:07PM

    He sure does travel to some cool places emoticon

Great Video, thanks for the link emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/17/2011 4:32PM

    Haven't they got some energy, and the scenery is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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FUNGRANNY72 7/17/2011 3:08PM

  I really enjoyed the music. It makes you want to get up and move. The really great thing was the scenery. Thanks for sharing.

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WILLOW49 7/17/2011 2:34PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/17/2011 1:52PM

    that was so neat. Thanks Yvonne

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RENIESSPARKIN 7/17/2011 1:33PM

    Thank you for sharing. This made my day.


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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/17/2011 1:25PM

    emoticonthank you for sharing

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PAPPHEM 7/17/2011 1:12PM

    That's awesome! Very cool to recognize some of the places too emoticon

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CANMTCA 7/17/2011 11:54AM

  Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing.

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Having a ball with kelp noodles...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kelp Noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy to eat raw noodle. Kelp noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. They have a neutral taste and take on the flavor of what ever marinade or seasoning you use. Great for salads, stir-fries, hot broths, and casseroles, while their healthful content provides a rich source of trace minerals including iodine, which kelp is well known for. Kelp Noodles are a healthful and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles.

No cooking is required. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat! The longer you soak them the softer they become. I love them because I enjoy foods with texture.

I purchase mine from Sea Tangle Noodle Company and buy them a case at a time and split with my cousin. I have seen them in some Oriental stores but they run like $5.00 a package of 12 oz. It is so much cheaper to buy in bulk on the internet.

As a leader of the Raw Foodies I post a different Raw Food Demo of the Day because it is always nice to share new ways to make our recipes. We also have a lot of new members joining and they are always looking for direction or ideas on how to transition to a Raw Food lifestyle so this team thread is very helpful.

I have actually found quite a number of different Raw Kelp Noodle recipes. I have posted them and still have a few more to come for next week. I have decided to try to group the demo recipes by type. I think when I finish this series of kelp noodles I will move on to Raw Soups. Soups you say in the summer, well all of ours are uncooked and so refreshing for a hot summer day. This time of year we have a bounty of fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs to make them with.

Kelp noodles not your thing, then substitute zucchini, butternut squash, sweet potato, daikon radish, etc. You need to think outside the box when following a Raw Food lifestyle. We Raw Foodies like variety too. It is not just rabbit food.

So many different options to prepare:

And this one is really thinking outside the box. I never would have thought to put it into sushi. MMMMMMMMMMMM! I'm going to definitely make this one some time.

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THE70SNUT 7/26/2011 5:37PM

    Those pictures look so fantastic

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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/19/2011 11:33AM

    Ooh I've purchased them before and they are pretty good.

Those pics look delicious yumm you are making me hungry and I just ate!
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MRDPOLING 7/16/2011 10:53PM

    u make me hungry!

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TOFUTONI 7/16/2011 9:53PM

    Surprised that you did not share your great recipes. I guess I will go to the link and watch the video demos.

Here is my favorite way to prepare them

1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 cup sliced mushrooms, any type
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon nama shoyu (raw), liquid aminos (gluten free), or soy sauce (cooked)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil (not raw; can use raw if desired)
1/2 cup julienned carrot
1 (12-ounce) bag kelp noodles, rinsed with warm water to soften
1 cup baby spinach leaves, packed
2 tablespoons chopped scallions

1. Place shallots, mushrooms, and garlic in a large bowl; add your choice of soy sauce plus sesame oil and toss to mix well. Set aside for at least 1520 minutes to marinate and soften.

2. Add carrot, kelp noodles, spinach, and scallions to bowl. Mix well. Will keep for 1 day, refrigerated.

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    I love kelp noodles. The sushi with the kelp noodles looks emoticonDo you have the recipe?

Here is my favorite way to make them:

1 cup young coconut meat
cup dried coconut
cup young coconut water
1 teaspoon curry powder
teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1 T sesame oil
package kelp noodles, soaked
1 medium red pepper sliced into matchsticks
2 cups of baby spinach
6 mushrooms sliced real thin
1 package kelp noodles, soaked

Combine all in a big bowl and mix well. emoticon

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DS9KIE 7/16/2011 9:28PM

    those pictures look yummy

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/16/2011 7:14PM

    I need to try these! Those pic smade me hungry!

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    I've never heard of them.

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/16/2011 5:32PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds delicious emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/16/2011 4:54PM

    great share ...thanks so much....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/16/2011 3:37PM

    Oh dear emoticon when I come to NJ can I skp lunch?

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Found these horrid little creatures on my tomato plants...HELP!!!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The novice gardener that I am reacted badly to what I found on my tomato plants this morning. I woke up really early so I decided to pick basil as my plants are huge and I don't want them to flower yet. I have some basil plants in with my tomato plants as it is supposed to keep pests away. Don't you know the tomato plants without basil next to them had these creatures on them.

I immediately freaked out and ripped the tomato branch off where this thing was. I freaked because I thought the little white things were the worms eggs and I did not want more to hatch. I should not have done that. I should have gone inside and looked it up on the internet 1st. This is what I found out:

"Frequently hornworms are found with a number of white cocoons attached to its. DO NOT KILL THIS TOMATO WORM! These white sacks are not the caterpillar's eggs--quite the opposite!--the white cocoons are the pupae of the Braconid Wasp. These wasps are parasitic insects that prey on hornworms. These wasps hunt down our garden pests, inject their eggs into their prey where the eggs hatch into larvae and begin eating the internal organs of the hornworm. After these "maggots" have matured they bore through the skin of the hornworm and proceed to spin a cocoon and attach themselves to the worm. From the cocoons emerge adult Braconid Wasp which will begin hunting for other Tomato Hornworms and Tobacco Hornworms to feast upon."

Stupid, stupid, stupid! I either have to look for more at dusk or dawn because they don't like sunlight which is why I guess I haven't seen them before. My tomatoes are only just starting to ripen so I haven't paid that much attention to them other than watering. I hope if I have any more these parasitic wasps come get them. I'll leave the green things with the white things on them to do their job.

I was able to pick 4 nice ripe ones though. Can't wait to eat them later!

Now I also have something else to look up. I found a couple of more ripe ones besides those other 4 but when I picked them they were flat on the bottom and black. Now what! Are they the damage from these Hornworms, that's what those horrid creatures are called or something else?

I was going to finish up with my raised veggie bed this morning but I am to freaked out and don't want to move any plants till I know what is what.

PS: I read some place but I don't remember where about putting tinfoil on the stem of the tomato plant at the soil level. Does anyone know why you are supposed to do that?

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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/19/2011 11:30AM

    Interesting Yvonne,

Good to know I would have thought the same..=)

Love my tomatoes.. By the way I didn't know you had posted so many blogs, Darn Spark Website stopped giving me updates seems I have to request it almost every month. gasp so sorry you are not forgotten my friend.



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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/16/2011 12:03PM

    My tomato plants are dead..... sorry about the worms but glad that you got the good info. Sorry that I haven 't been posting to your blogs. I'm back to sleeping in the van 5 nights a week & have been babysitting the girls. Call me on my cell after 10 some night and we can talk if you're up & able. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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FUNGRANNY72 7/15/2011 11:55PM

  Sorry, but I can't help you. I do not have a green thumb and everything I have ever planted has died.

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/15/2011 3:53PM

    Well you learn something new every day! I probably would have freaked out the same. It sounds as if you're going to get a good crop from the garden though. Raised beds are great. We got one last year and grew lettuce, spinach and radish in it. emoticon

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KARENDEE4 7/15/2011 2:45PM

    That green bug is bad. He is a horn worm I think? However, the white eggs on that green bug will kill it ... I use a tomato gardening forum and someone just posted about them.

Link to my fav gardening site. If you send them a link to your photos they are happy to tell you exactly what you have.


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MARYHOLMAN 7/15/2011 1:01PM

I know squat about tomatoes and crawly things.

I remember when a tomato actually tasted like a tomato--not like the hot house variety-imported from who knows where- we get now. Bet yours will taste great!


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WILLOW49 7/15/2011 12:32PM

    Sounds like blossom end rot to me...

Enjoy those tomatoes!

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BAMATEACHER 7/15/2011 11:55AM

    Sounds like blossom end rot. I have had that problem before. I don't know what to do once it shows up, but putting a Tbsp of Epsom Salts in the soil when you plant is supposed to prevent it (that's what I've done the last several years).

I'm having blight problems with my tomatoes....

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SKFEREBEE 7/15/2011 11:15AM

    Sounds like your tomatoes have blossom end rot. Here's some info on it:


Hope this helps!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/15/2011 11:05AM

    I would think between the ground and the plant, along the stem?

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THOMS1 7/15/2011 10:49AM

    Thanks for this blog. We have a raised garden for the first time this year and haven't run into that yet but thanks for the info. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/15/2011 10:05AM

    am learning along with you....
have never seen those before either...
thanks for sharing......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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OLDERDANDRT 7/15/2011 9:59AM

    I think the foil is to keep cutworms away when the plants are small and tender, you put it also below soil level a bit to protect the stalk till it gets thick and tough. emoticon emoticon
Sorry you destroyed the hormworm with the parasites, but now you'll know the next time you see it! Live and learn!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/15/2011 9:35AM

    Eeeew! Reading what that was really grossed me out! Now, if the hornworm has these parasites, isn't that a bad thing? I mean, sound like they suffer from it. What are you supposed to do? I think putting them out of their misery would be my reaction. Plus, they'd do more harm to your garden as well.

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