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WEEKEND is over the week is waiting for us. LIGHTER EVENINGS WOO-HOO!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Today has given us an extra hour of daylight and oh how happy I am with that. I lived In England as a child and in the summer months we used to say we have go to bed by day.
When we came to the US we were amazed at how short the days were. We looked at the globe and we did not seem to be much further North indeed we were almost East so what was wrong with this picture.
A few years later looking in the phone book I discovered what was wrong with it. I was looking at the time zone lines running from North to South through the country and when the line comes down from Canada we should be in Atlantic time but we are in Eastern time. That means we have an hour of daylight LESS than the Maritimes.

I used to begin to feel really bad around my October birthday I always thought it was just another year older but I have come to understand it is an hour of sunshine less and being further North I suffer from SAD.

I can see why the line is there but when we drive Due West we get to the other side of lake Champlain, we have day light in the summer till well past 10 pm just like my homeland.
There have been people trying to rectify this situation but it will never happen.
I know from today onward there will be a Spring in my step and I just feel so much better when we have more bright sun light. The gloom of winter is behind us, not that the snow is behind us. Seeing the sun longer gives me a lift, now and I know it will get better.

Today I did all of my baking. DH has his English scones I have my muffins sweetened only with Banana, and I love it that I can put one in my tracker and the carbs will not fly sky high.

I toasted almonds and walnuts and I made 3 Crust less Spinach quiches. They are our fast food. It gives us Greens and using egg whites gives us less cholesterol. A really great fast food in fact.

We had a good day. I have walked with Leslie Sansonne and done videos with Coach Nicole hoping to help my back feel better.
Now it is bed time and so soon. It feels like a much shorter day -well, it is but it takes a while for my head to catch up with the clocks.

Weary and rambling Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
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  • TERRI289
    I love more sunlight....but the dark in the morning is a killer...

    HUGS!!! emoticon
    1778 days ago
    Oh, I LOVE the time change too! And I, like you, always felt gloomy in October ...& it would last till Spring! It didn't help that I lived in Cleveland, OH where we didn't see the sun much all winter long! And honestly, living in Florida has done my disposition alot of good! Cause now I have sunshine most everyday!!!
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    And how I miss muffins! But being a diabetic & someone watching those carbs, I just don't eat 'em anymore...gosh darn it!

    Yes, Spring has sprung! Well, almost!!! emoticon
    1779 days ago
    Dear Pat, I'm thankful for you that you did not end up in the northern west coast, you wouldn't like our lack of Vitamin D at all. I prefer overcast skies, but there's a day or two each year when the sun is out and even I like it, especially because I know it won't last. I'm sure glad you're enjoying the longer days.
    What do you do with the egg yolks you don't eat? I don't really like eggs, so I don't eat them. Maybe I'd like egg white quiches but I don't eat them because I'd feel bad throwing the yolks out. We have lots of raccoons by my house that would love them, but I don't want to encourage them because they attack the cats.
    1779 days ago
    Glad you had a good day! HUGS
    1779 days ago
  • POOHGIRL1970
    My DH also has SAD and it has affected his desire to work out....we are both looking forward to the spring and more light!
    1779 days ago
    Oh how sweet Spring is! I keep watching the snow melting and hoping this is IT! I'm glad, very glad DH and you are walking together again. In the long run it is worth while but you have both been through so much. Are the shingles pretty much cleared up now?

    I am finally feeling well enough to plan. Made a big chicken stew last night so we will have the second portion later this week. Having a lot of people at home the food seems to disappear quickly when people are grabbing lunches for work so I have to label it DON"T EAT! I'm going to drive to visit my daughter at University this afternoon and do my shopping, let her get some groceries too. That is the plan although she phoned me this morning and said she had not slept and was on her way to class so perhaps she will not be up to going out. Who knows. I have errands and chores to do there anyways and am hopeful I'll come home and not be exhausted. Did my crunches and chiropractor exercises this am and going to take the dog for a quick walk after this catchup. There is a "nutrtition club" being planned in my next 10 week challenge and my team mate putting it together just finished his diabetic training so I'm excited to participate. Making sure I get in my fiber, protein with all meals, water, vegetables and... a 5th thing... oh staying within nutritional goals. 6/7 days each week to stay in the club. I did some menu planning last night. I did not think of crustless quishe... but maybe one of the weeks. I used to make a lot of crustless quishe using a bit of flour in the mix but since DH became GF and dairy free I stopped making them. I also saw a recent recipe that used thinly sliced sweet potatoes for a base so I think I will think about what new recipe I could create using coconut milk and eggs and veg. Yup, must be feeling better, lol. Thanks for keeping up with me while I've been ill. Still am coughing a bit but at least I feel well. Justyna emoticon
    1779 days ago
    Thanks for the thought about the crustless quiches - I have some eggs and some spinach looking for a food home....

    1779 days ago
    I love DST too and the light in the evenings. Hubby and I will have more time to do things outside after he gets off work. It helps my SAD too! I love Spring!!
    1779 days ago
    I LOVE the time changes so I hope they never stop them at any time! AND emoticon I am in the ATLANTIC time zone so we get loads of bright days here!
    emoticon emoticon didn't mean to make you jealous Pat!
    Heather in ATLANTIC New Brunswick! LOL
    1779 days ago
    Pat I too suffered from SAD and was amazed at the length of the daylight in Belgium. I loved it. I love when I wake up that it is light outside, it helps me see more possibilities to what I can do with me days.
    Yesterday, I made a crustless quiche with spinach, onion and feta. It was great. I think I'll try what Mary Anne suggested with asparagus and swiss. I'll make another one soon for lunches/breakfast.
    Have a great week.

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    1779 days ago
    I love the longer days of light. I don't have SAD but find the dark days of winter very depressing.

    I love to make crustless quiches. Have you ever tried it with Asparagus and a bit of Swiss cheese? It's a nice combination.

    Have a great week.

    hugs......Mary Anne
    1779 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Leslie Sansone and Coach Nicole are two people I intend on visiting today!

    Keep up the great work Pat!! emoticon emoticon
    1779 days ago
    I'm liking the extra sunlight, too! I think you hit the nail on the head--it gives us hope that the dreary winter is over!!! Out to help daughter today!!
    1779 days ago
    We don't change at all. The other States do
    but Queensland stays the same. Sounds like
    you had a great day. Enjoy your Spring. emoticon
    1779 days ago
    You are busy, busy, busy. Enjoy the nice weather.
    1779 days ago
    great you got your baking done emoticon emoticon
    1779 days ago
    1779 days ago
    We do not change the time here in Arizona! We are beginning to get warm to hot weather but I love the heat and the sun!

    Sounds like you had a busy but nice weekend. Have A Great Week!
    1779 days ago
    I am loving the extra sunlight in the evening too! I grew up in Missouri and lived there most of my life. Back there they have an hour more daylight in the winter than we have here in central Washington state. Of course in the summer that flips and we have more sinlight.
    Sounds like you have had a productive day!
    1779 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    I love that Spring is coming with longer, lighter days too. Sounds like you had a nice day. All of what you baked today sounds very good and yummy. Glad you got some exercering time in today. Have a good night sleep. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Fun Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1779 days ago
    Pat, I love that spring is coming. YIPEE!!! Hugs, Terry
    1779 days ago
    I, too, am excited about the longer lighter days.

    Your baking sounds so goo0d. Those muffins.

    I'm finishing up 3rd day in the hospital for IVIG treatment
    1779 days ago
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