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CHICKENS they're at it again!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I live in a housing area. On Guam that can mean the neighbors have chickens and other farm animals in their yard. It does not bother me to hear a rooster crowing and has freaked people out who call from the states which can be kinda fun. Buuuutttt, when the chickens are wild, which means no one claims them and they come into my yard and mess it up and ruin my work, grrrrrrr!

I came home this evening after dark and as I am nearing my front door I start crunching on something so I look around to see what might have broken. Nothing, the chickens have scratched up the soil next to my sidewalk, grrrrr! It also started raining so going out with a broom meant getting wet and making mud so I will wait until light tomorrow.

I love Guam and I like chickens in their cages in their owners yards not running wild in my yard.

Jane

  
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OLDOWL 3/10/2010 8:17PM

    So you say you’re having chicken for dinner every night till there all gone. Who could blame you they are in your yard. Is there such a thing as a chicken trap? Good luck with the chickens.

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DOTSLADY 3/6/2010 11:22AM

    I grew to enjoy the roosters/chickens next to my MILs when I'd stay there. I don't think I'd enjoy cleaning up their messes either. Does their "fertilzer" help the garden at all?
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LITTLE_DEBBIE 3/3/2010 8:41PM

    Oh, Jane, I know it! I didn't realize what damage they can do. And they are all ovver this island! Your situation is worse because they are destroying your work. Our situation is a small hill next to our house where some chickens have scratched up what looks like a landfill! It's horrible. I don't mind the crowing either, but this scratching is the pits!

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ASHLEEWEBART 3/2/2010 3:50PM

    I remember the chickens from my Grandfather's farm, so I kind ofget the idea. This is a problem that I could not begin to solve. Here in Ohio, in the good weather, Spring, Summer, and Fall the deer seem to be our problem , because they visit our unfenched yard and eat the newly planted foods from my husband's garden.

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/2/2010 12:03AM

    The roosters can be dangerous at times. Growing up on a farm, we had one very aggressive rooster that would chase my older sister across the barnyard everyday, pecking away at her feet and trying to jab her with his talons. My father finally ended that rooster's reign of terror...one Sunday we ate the rooster for lunch.

I am curious if the pinwheels will work also. Yes, chickens will ruin everything if not discouraged. emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/25/2010 3:33PM

    Pinwheel? Hmmmmm That is a thought.
Jane

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TORYSUE 2/25/2010 3:09PM

    I have 4 hens and a rooster but definitely keep them in a pen. They have a little house and a nice yard with a big shade tree. Of course there is NO grass left alive or weed for that matter. I am afraid if they got out the neighborhood dogs would have lunch. Maybe some wind chimes or little pinwheels would shoo you unwelcome visitors away.

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COOLMAMA11 2/25/2010 1:39PM

    emoticon That broke me right up, I am scared of chickens, I don't know why, but they sure make me nervous!

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GRANNIGM 2/25/2010 1:33PM

    Jane, just tell those chickens they are not allowed in your yard. smile I can understand your frustration as I grew up in the country and we had chickens - they were only in our yard, but they could make a mess!!

Have a blessed day.

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KALATHIA 2/25/2010 1:08PM

    That would bug me, too, Jane.

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/25/2010 9:38AM

    Just had to check out a BLOG entry with that title! Good luck with the chickens! Where I live I have to contend with Canada geese and wild turkeys, in the fowl category, and rabbits and woodchucks, in the varmint department. They love to trample and/or detroy my garden - and - they are not easily intimidated. I try to shoo them, and they just look at me....

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WALNUT5612 2/25/2010 8:24AM

    I can see where that would be upsetting. Tell the chickens to go home.

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DAGMAR1975 2/25/2010 6:30AM

    Aw Jane I know what you mean, although I don't have chickens(live at Ladera) I get so broken hearted when I see boonie dogs. If I could take them home with me I would. I have 2 rescued kitties from GAIN and that is all I can handle. I found a stray kitten at the bank today and it was all I could do not to load her up in the car. We have 18 more months left on Guam, I wonder if I will leave with more than 2 kitties!

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ZORGLUBB 2/25/2010 6:18AM

  Wow, what an interesting problem to have! (At least for me, living In Finland!).

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MITECU 2/25/2010 6:05AM

    Believe it or not, in Miami, Florida we have chickens running around in some neighborhoods. In the school where I work, the family next door to the school raise chickens and they come into the school yard before the students arrive. Then they scamper back home.

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AZNURSE 2/25/2010 6:00AM

    LOL!

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Education With Example

Friday, February 19, 2010

I just read a blog about a survey that says our example of eating properly does not affect our children. Perhaps with older children that may be true due to peer pressure but I would like to know if these children's parents ever talked to them about why the family is eating healthy. We know TV commercials affect what the children want to eat so does Mom and Dad say or do anything about these commercials? When at the store looking for food items is there a discussion about why a food is put in the shopping cart or why it is rejected?

So many mothers cook what each child wants to eat and thus cooks 3 meals for three children! No thought is put into the example this sets for everyone and i do not see how this can be healthy. Children's preference should be noted and incorporated into meals but should not dictate what the family eats.

Allergies should be considered and those foods avoided but there are so many other choices. Teens and others who have chosen to be Vegan can be provided for but that still should be part of the whole meal for the rest of the family.

The bottom line is teaching your child to eat healthy so as adults they will choose to eat that way.

Jane on Guam
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WALNUT5612 2/20/2010 7:09PM

    Wow!!! I just saw a show on PBS about food choices and alot of what the kids want come in brightly colored containers that has exciting pictures on them. She used the example of yogurt. The kids like the yogurt that can be squeezed or in a bottle to drink. This is more costly and it generally has more sugar that if a Mom would get plain yogurt and add fruit....but of course 'plain yogurt' doesn't come in an 'exciting' package. Hmmmm.....you have given me a lot to this about!!!!

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RUSTYSHAW1 2/19/2010 6:56PM

    Excellent blog. As my eldest daughter slowly became more and more vegetarian, I tried to learn as much as possible in order to prepare a meal that addressed all the needs of the family, including her. I never found this a problem but rather she was setting an example of the importance to seek alternative nutritious foods. My younger daughter was the one who wanted more sweet or junk foods and while I tried to have desserts in the house, it was not a priority. Mostly we ate fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish and occasionally meatloaf. Switched to soy milk long ago for my daughters and then I realized it was a good choice for myself as well. I can't imagine cooking separate meals for each child - I could barely get food on the table for all of us. What is this world coming to? My weight did not come on until after they were grown and gone.

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Hard

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I have been depressed for a few weeks. There is an issue that i cannot deal with that has caused it. I find that I am eating when I should not be and going over my calorie allowance. I have gotten in my exercise at least walking because i hurt my back a couple of weeks ago so the yard work went by the wayside for awhile.
Sorry this blog is so down but thank you for allowing me to vent.
Jane on Guam

  
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RUSTYSHAW1 2/18/2010 2:03PM

    Jane
I am so sorry you are feeling down. This may not help but hope you will believe me your journey has helped me and so many other spark members.

As RENEWME10 said, we are living in a depressing time and there are times we just have to find a spark of happiness somewhere. I would venture to guess that having so much pain with your back makes everything so much worse for you.

Keep talking to us. You have to much to offer. Are there any happy memories you would like to share? I love (I am sure there are more people like me) to hear other people's life stories. Or if it is a bad, sad time and you don't want to write about it on your spark page. You can write to your most trusted spark friends via sparkmail.

Just writing about something is so helpful.

I wish I was there and could take you out for a healthy smoothie or visit a local lovely garden, or admire your very own garden.

I feel at a loss for words, but want you to know I do care. emoticon

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AFMILWIFE 2/18/2010 12:36AM

    It will all get better. Keep your head up!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/17/2010 1:20PM

    Sorry to hear that you are having a tough time right now. How can we - your Spark Family help?

We are here for you and care about how you are doing.

Hugs,
~JJ~
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MAGA99 2/17/2010 9:30AM

    You will get back into the groove of it I BELIEVE IN YOU

what I try to do now is to have snacks in the house with little calories I've come to love rice cakes

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KALATHIA 2/17/2010 8:15AM

    Sorry you're having a down time. Don't worry about venting. Just get it out so you can move on. We're all here to listen.

Kathy

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11-RENEWAL-20 2/17/2010 7:57AM

    Jane...We are living in a depressing time and have to use any thing we can to relieve our worries. There are problems that are not of our making, but that affect us in negative ways. Since I cannot do anything about them; I try to keep them out of my thoughts as much as possible. When I can make changes, I will, but until then it's one day at a time, stay busy, read, pray, take a walk, take a nap and "talk" to my friends on Spark People...it helps to share your good and bad times...you never know when someone might offer a solution to something that is bothering you...in other words, vent all you want ; we are here for you. Take care... emoticon Sharon J

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My Clothes Are Too Big!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Two years ago I was given a nice dressy dress that I would never have bought for myself but really enjoyed wearing. I have worn it a few times and at first it was tight. Today I tried it on to see what I looked like in my new full length mirror. It is too big and I do not know how to fix it up so I can wear it again. In some ways I am disappointed and yet I am really glad I have reached this milestone.

This is true of a lot of my clothes. I need to clean out my closet but I am not sure what to do with the clothes that are still wearable.

I do not buy clothes on Guam because I like cotton and there is little that is cotton in my size. I will not be going stateside until summer and if I keep loosing all my clothes will be toooooo big.

I have mixed feeling but will continue loosing to get healthy.

Jane on Guam
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LITTLE_DEBBIE 2/14/2010 8:17PM

    You are doing fantastic! What a wonderful problem! Can you sell some thingsd on eBay? Maybe get some money back out of the almost new items.

I treasure hunt at Ross, lots of good deals, but you are so right about being limited on our beautiful island! I'd be saving my pennies for a trip to the Mainland, that's for sure! emoticon

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DOTSLADY 2/14/2010 1:59AM

    emoticon emoticon (I hope to have your problem one day. It inspires me to watch you shrink, to hear you say the things you do.)
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CAROLEDENTON 2/12/2010 11:23PM

    What a wonderful problem to have.. Way to go! emoticon

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HONEYBEE56 2/12/2010 7:51AM

    You have done a magnificent job at losing! Baggy clothes are a wonderful reminder of that. Be sure to save an item that you used to wear for comparison once you have reached your weight goal.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/7/2010 3:42AM

    I found a friend who would like to have the dress. The other things will go to a charity of other people who do not have money for things.
Jane

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/6/2010 9:02PM

    Jane,

I do understand your mixed feelings, but "good on you" for all the wonderful progress you have made. Do you have a charity in your area that might be able to put the clothing you have outgrown to good use?

Hugs,
~JJ~
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MZZCHIEF 2/5/2010 11:22AM

    Its always hard to give up clothes that you've loved as you move into smaller (gah, or larger!) sizes!

This is why there's belts... and why the majority of my clothes are knits with spandex in them... so they grow or shrink with me!

: )

Keep up the good work, save your dollar for when you come stateside and plan on buying yourself a new wardrobe. Less for you to pack! If you shop Ross Dress for Less, TJMaxx or Marshalls, you will find a ton of beautiful clothes at rock bottom prices. Something to look forward to!

: )
Mzzchief

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WALNUT5612 2/5/2010 12:41AM

    I like clothes to big rather than clothes to tight! Wonderful, your weight loss!

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CLAVINOVA 2/4/2010 11:19PM

    Congratulations Jane! I have a whole new wardrobe now too - check out my big pants picture on my spark page - they actually used to be tight on me! You'll love shopping and fitting into smaller sizes when you get a chance to shop stateside! So glad you're also thinking about your health as being the main goal though - at our age health is a big issue!! Have fun this month and keep that spark spirit strong! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGA99 2/4/2010 11:15PM

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One Year of Counting Calories

Monday, February 01, 2010

I joined SparkPeople in November of 2008 and started drinking 8 or more glasses of water every day. At the beginning of January 2009 I add exercise, starting with 10 minutes of yard work that winded me. I had not gained any weight during the holidays but had not last either.

On January 31, 2009, I started counting calories and the weight started coming off. As of January 31, 2010, I have lost 75 pounds! When I consider my thyroid condition I am very pleased.

I want to thank SparkPeople for all the articles, blogs and other encouragement that they have given and I want to thank all the friends I have met here who have encouraged me through this year.

I also want to thank Honeybee56 for introducing me to SparkPeople!

This is a great group that has been there when I needed the help.

Jane on Guam
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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/2/2010 1:38PM

    emoticon You are setting the bar for us girlfriend!

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    emoticonThat is fantastic, Jane! emoticon

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CASPER61 2/1/2010 11:24AM

    Way to go

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    Happy Counting Calories Anniversary to you!!!!!!!!! What a terrific job!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 2/1/2010 8:50AM

    emoticon Congratulations Jane, you should be so proud of yourself, you set the path and followed through! You are truly an inspiration to all of us!

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JOANNS4 2/1/2010 8:37AM

    You have done so well and are a true inspiration to so many.
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KALATHIA 2/1/2010 7:51AM

    Happy Spark Anniversary, Jane, and congratulations on a world of success. Here's to another year of friendship, support, encouragement, and a healthier, happier you!

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Kathy

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MAGA99 2/1/2010 7:32AM

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U DO INSPIRE ME

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ZENMIND7 2/1/2010 3:28AM

    Congratulations! Glad Spark has worked so well for you. I've been here 2 months and it's working really well for me, too!
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Happy Sparkversary to you!

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