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Monday, July 12, 2010

We had a great time this past weekend, walking constantly and dancing and moving. I was loving it! Got some great pirate pics and even went to church to commemorate the 400th anniversary of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton. Went on a replica of a Dutch ship that is sailed like it was hundreds of years ago.

We stopped for brunch at one of my favorite places downtown. I had Eggs Blue with blue crabcakes topped with hollandaise and asparagus. Small sides of potatoes and fresh fruit. Yummy, but I felt kinda queasy. Walked an hour more and decided to go home. I attributed being queasy to being hot. Once we got home, I felt so bad - I actually took a nap! I had been up the night before do to an unexpected phone call at 1:30 am so I figured I was just a bit tired and cranky.
We had planned on going to dinner with my DS and her teenage daughters. They brought boys along. I hope it is a long time before I have to go through that again. Who said bad manners are funny, because they AREN'T! If you burp at the table, cover your mouth and say "excuse me"! I was very strict with my boys and they will tease, but you are always polite at meals or you get sent from the table - even to this day!.

Didn't sleep well, because of being sick to my stomach all night, it's continued on all day today. I did garden with disposable gloves (I am so OCD) for about 30 minutes. SO came home and made tomatoes and mozzarella on toast for me. It's after nine and I think I'll call it a night and hope for the best. I'm sorry if I sound whiny. I'm really not a good patient.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/13/2010 10:02PM

    Feel better soon Wendy it is awful to feel queasy in the summer!

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ICEMONKEY 7/13/2010 2:37AM

    Glad to hear your weekend was fun and eventful. Wow 400 years is a long time so fun that you got to be a part of that anniversary. Sorry to hear you are not feeling the greatest. Feel better real soon! emoticon (a mug of some nice hot beverage!)

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Pirates, walking and weightloss

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sheeeeze - some folks will tie anything to pirates! Urp, I mean - uh never mind.

After the ball Thursday night, I decided I had waited long enough to weigh in and wanted to know where I am - ta-da! 188.1 Holy cow - I'm finally below 190! I gained and lost that stinking two pounds over and over the past month and finally it's gone.

Been walking and walking and walking and dancing at the Blackbeard festival! We ate fried flounder sandwiches the first night there. Actually, we ate part and threw the rest away. We are definitely not used to fried food anymore. Both of us felt queasy and decided to eat mostly at home. Good for us!

Breakfast at home, then walked the festival again and met up with some friends. I knew I wanted a smoked turkey leg - wasn't fried and most definitely was lean. I had most of one
and was done. Not too bad. With all the walking in this heat, I've gotten my water each day. We decided to go once more tomorrow, starting at the waterfront and then to the 400th anniversary of St John's Church. Brunch downtown, then I think I am pirated out! The best things are the new friends we made, the great scenes I could never have imagined )and some I'd like to water-pic from my brain!) and being surrounded by the historical celebration of a city marking 400 years. This is a replica of a ship from Blackbeard's era.

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KEMGRIA 7/11/2010 4:08PM

    Sounds like an awesome time!! and emoticon on the weight loss! it's sooo nice to finally get past a plateau! Congrats!! :)

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JEN-TINK11 7/10/2010 7:28PM

    Ye A pirate is the only way to go mateee.

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I have soooooooooooo much to share!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Where to start - oh, where to start???

Okay - first - I passed the state exam for Realtor - YEA! I was so scared leading up to it, but the night before I knew I had studied as much as my brain could hold (thus it was spilling over onto my hips!) and I was calm and into the next day. I set myself up for success and passed. I know there is an analogy there for me to stay on track with weight loss. Hmmmm...

Second - painted the kitchen. Almost. I need a quart more paint! Oh, well. Himself said he'd do if for me or help me finish this weekend. Did the ceiling in Satin White and the walls are Satin Sunshine yellow with glossy white trim! It is so blinking bright in there, I no longer need to turn on the lights! emoticon SO gave me a window frame that is special to him to hang on the wall. It will frame four of my photos that can be rotated seasonally. Once I get it up, I'll put up the picture, so to speak. lol!

Also completed another CTAC challenge. Eggplant with Toasted Spices. Okay - separate blog for that.

Lastly, didn't lose the challenge weight, but we went to the Pirate's Ball last night. Oh my goodness! We had a blast! Food and beverages were ongoing and we ate abundantly, I thought. But looking back on it, I really didn't eat that much, which would account for the beer headache I have this morning. . I normally don't drink beer, but there was no wine. (I whined!) We danced and danced and danced. Oh, my aching feet! Even got to be friends with the band and took a picture with a Senator. No clue who he was!!! SO wore a kilt with a dinner jacket and was approached by many men complimenting him. Boy, that sounds odd! But the band was all in kilts as well. And some of the costumes... I saw more flesh than Blackbeard did! I think it was Pirate Ball aka, Fredrick's of Hollywood showcase. emoticon

Still gardening and fighting the garden pests. So far me - nothing and them - everything. Today, I'm making a nice organic onion bath for the whole garden! Lotta crying going on in my kitchen! Then I'll treat myself to some pirate fare at the festival! emoticon

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ICEMONKEY 7/13/2010 2:33AM

    Wow! You've been busy. Congratulations on passing the realtor's exam. You must be so excited! Glad to hear you had a good time at the much anticipated ball. How much fun to get out there, dance and have a good time. A good way to reward all of your hard work exercising! The gardening sounds like fun too and congrats on cooking a new recipe!! emoticon

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KEMGRIA 7/11/2010 4:11PM

    emoticon on passing the Realtor exam!!! That's amazing!! and the pirate's ball sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! :) glad you had such a great time (sorry about the headache though!) but sounds all round fantastic!!! and you have been busy! the kitchen sounds like perfect cheery colours for in there and i love the idea of changing the pictures seasonally! that's awesome!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/9/2010 3:44PM

    Congratulations on passing the realtors test , was there ever any doubt though? I figure you can pretty much take on the world and win! Aaargh maties the Pirate Ball sounds fantastic !Those garden pests should be made to walk the plank though!!!I dressed the dogs as Tinkerbell and PeterPan my goodness they thought it was wonderful everyone stopped to say how cute they were!

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SHELLKAYE 7/9/2010 8:23AM

    Oh, the pirate's ball sounded like so much fun. I'm glad you guys had fun. Congrats on passing your realtor exam. What a great week for you. I just love your humor (pirate's ball). Speaking of pirates. Last weekend we had an event at our Aunt & Uncle's lake. Every 4th of July celebration, the lake association hosts a boat parade. This years theme was pirates. they decorated the outside of the boat with carboard painted to look like wood and had a flag. My FIL was driving the boat and dressed as a pirate. Our cousin's wife Who has long dark hair, dressed as Captain hook and all the kids were dressed up. Tinker bell's for the girls and one boy dressed as Peter Pan. They won 1st place. The kids were so thrilled. I wish I had a picture to share.

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Cucumber uses

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Cucumber

From the NY Times

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day; just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, and Vitamin C. Cucumbers also contain Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Zinc.

1. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B. Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

2. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

3. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

4. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

5. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

6. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

7. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

8. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and viola, the squeak is gone!

9. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

10. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

11. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

12. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

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    Interesting cucumber trivia. Not only did I have no idea they were so useful, I dont even eat. Now I will look at cucumbers in an entirely different light. I especially like the idea of boiling them for their scent. I have to try that. Thanks for your blog.

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KAATII 7/2/2010 8:44AM

    Thanks for the tips....this is a good one to save. Allso the garden pics are truly amazing......nice work!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/2/2010 1:39AM

    I'm saving this one!! Very helpful... from nice aroma for me to nasty aroma for the bugs. Love it!

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RIVERCITYTOM 7/1/2010 9:55PM

    The Garden one is a great ide. I need to try that one. Thanks for sharing.
I will view cukes in a new lght.

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HALFANGEL 7/1/2010 7:08PM

    The one about the garden pests really works! We did it last year and didn't have a problem at all.

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J2740LOU 7/1/2010 6:56PM

    ....and I only thought they were good enough to eat....and on a salad! Thanks for sharing the info.

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CATIEBELLE 7/1/2010 6:45PM

    I just thought cucumbers were good to eat. I will have to try some of the other uses you mentioned. Thanks for sharing.

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Booth confusion and garden photos

Monday, June 28, 2010

I had an email from a Sparker who made some pretty great suggestions on the "booth". I appreciate them taking the time to give such a well thought out response. I didn't realize that the pic was a bit confusing and so, decided to try and clear that up. Here's the pic again. (Sorry for the repeat, but it'll make sense)

First - it was touted as a dog-friendly event. We had three dog sightings on two were the same dog. Hot rods and dogs don't go together. As it was my first event there, all I can say is "now I know". This was also my first time to sell fruit breakfast breads along side the herbs - that's what's on the potting table. Herbs and breads. Next week, I'm adding herb breads! The Health department makes any food vendor put down a tarp under their food wares, even if they aren't to be consumed there. Crazy.

The dog biscuits are in the hanging baskets to the left. That entire stand is different flavors of biscuits. We were already using the baskets, but not the stand. I think it looks cleaner.

The PVC/plastic containers: We live at the beach, so my SO made a lightweight pvc holder for us to take a big plastic bowl to the beach for Dylan's water. (He made one for the bog dog - me, which is between our chairs.) It works out so well and he was so complimented on it, that he began to sell them. We always have one out filled with water for the dogs at the Farmer's Market. (You can see it full of water at the end of the table.) Again, the market is very dog friendly, so our booth is a popular stopping point.

We generally stand up for the whole market. We engage the potential customers and give out samples of the biscuits. I am sometimes an over the top kinda person from being a caterer for so many years, but I remind myself every time I pack this stuff in the car - whatever you tote in, must be toted out!

For anyone following my garden progress, here's the latest pic as of this morning.

I stood with my back to the opposite corner to shoot. The area full of plants is 15x20. Okay, the area was 15x20 but the squash and melons are encroaching! I spent two hours crawling around last night, cleaning up plants and re-staking. But I found three melons growing close together and it was worth every minute!
Picked zucchini, cukes and eggplant last night along with the first two toms! Wooooooo hooooo! Love fresh produce!

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PATRISNA 7/2/2010 10:05AM

    Love the water bowl and stand. That is so cool. Your SO is very clever. The booth and garden photos are really good. I have to show the photo of the garden to my SIL she has a zucchini plant taking over her garden. So it looks like you planted the melon vine on the side and trained it to grow over the weed barrier?


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HICALGAL 6/30/2010 12:36AM

    talk about a green thumb. you are blessed...what an amazing garden!! emoticon

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FURBALLDTH 6/29/2010 2:43PM

    What an amazing garden. emoticon

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HEATHER_NSG 6/29/2010 9:26AM

    Lookin good! The garden looks good and glad to hear a nice update on your booth. The herb bread sounds delicious emoticon

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KEMGRIA 6/29/2010 8:44AM

    Your booth looks amazing (I think i missed the first post of it, so i'm definitely happy for a chance to see it!) I would definitely be drawn to stop by and look at everything - it really is a fantastic setup!! (and the breads sound SO good!!) I definitely need to catch up on what's going on with your booth, but hopefully things are getting better and a little more fun!! :)

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/29/2010 2:42AM

    man oh man.. that garden is huge!!!!!!!!

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RIVERCITYTOM 6/28/2010 11:33PM

    Garden Looks Awesome..Bet it makes for some great wholesome food.
Have a great week. Thanks for sharing.

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