_JULEE_'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%5FJULEE%5F _JULEE_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The latest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067599 Hi Everyone! First let me wish you a belated Merry Christmas. I hope your holiday was nothing short of blessed and beautiful. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! If you make resolutions, I hope that you set goals you're able to achieve and that you do achieve them! <BR> <BR> I know it's been a number of months since I posted a blog and really, since I have been present on SP. <BR> <BR> Some years ago, the house across the street was up for sale. One day, I noticed a vehicle sitting in the y... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:47:50 EST Free Fire Cider http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936488 Anyone who has tasted Fire Cider knows exactly why it's called Fire Cider. The recipe has been around a very long time and many, many people make it. Some make it and sell it. A company has Trademarked the name 'Fire Cider' and is <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdfe281f-9182-4243-840a-30523a720132.jpg">now running around suing herbalists for using it. There are books by Rosemary Gladstar with the recipe in them - they were published long before the company applied for their ... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:26:30 EST Business is picking up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930879 Hi everyone! No, I haven't dropped off the face of the planet. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good, things are happy for the most part - in spite of all that is going on around me. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite cousins has lung cancer, a friend has bone cancer and another friend has breast cancer that is trying to metastisize into her rib bones. I've learned the Gerson Therapy to help the ones who ask me to assist them in this. I've also come up with a pain cream that works. It doesn't go dee... Tue, 19 May 2015 14:37:11 EST Blocked and unfriended.... Again... LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890501 Seven months ago today, my mother passed away in my home. <BR> <BR> She had requested 'No funeral'. My SIL and BIL 'insisted' that there be a service of some sort. So, we all decided on a small celebration of life for her friends. My SIL sat back and acted like my boss "Is this done yet? Is that done?", but when I suggested she join me in the trenches, she was too busy! BIL had lots of suggestions, but when I put my foot down and made it clear that I had limits to how much I could do, ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:34:46 EST What I've been up to.... Making Kombucha...Sunflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877427 As some of you know, my holidays were spent sleeping... Well, sleeping and taking massive doses of herbal antivirals and other supplements to combat a monster bout of Epstein Barr Virus. The die off was a massive event. <BR> <BR> Once I was lucid again - sometime near mid-January, all I wanted to consume was Kombucha, Jun, ginger and garlic. <BR> <BR> Got busy and set up a continuous brew vessel for my booch. There were days upon days that saw me only consuming kombucha or jun. The cra... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:30:09 EST Good Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842367 I want to thank everyone who has been keeping me in their thoughts. Very much appreciated! <BR> <BR> As most of you know, my mother passed in August. She had directed that there be no big funeral, that we should each have a memorial or service of our own choosing at our own place of worship. I was fine with this - my family had a private mass said for her at our church. My inlaws, however, 'insisted' (and yes, one of them used that word) that we should have 'something' for her friends... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:57:53 EST Coming or going???? Yes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758995 Where to begin this post? <BR> <BR> On July 10, I brought my mom to Tucson. Mom hadn't been feeling well for some time. In fact, just a few days before I got her, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and given a steroid and antibiotic. <BR> <BR> The day after we got to Tucson, she needed to go to the ER - she couldn't breathe. She was given another Rx for antibiotics and sent home. Five days later, we went to Urgent Care and were given a nebulizer. Three days after that, we had to call ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:32:41 EST TEN YEARS (A Tale of Progress) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665090 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> In a couple of days, I will be 49. I'm not posting this close to my birthday just to get a bunch of birthday wishes. They're great and I am grateful for every good thought that ever comes my way! However, I've been reflecting on some things and I think they should be shared. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, my beloved Nana (grandmother) encouraged me to 'eat the rainbow' of fruits and vegetables, my grandfather grew a lot of vegetables, we had our own cows and conseq... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:25:35 EST Probiotics Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660078 As promised, this is a more in depth look at Kombucha and Jun. If you haven't already, consider reading part 1 here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586155 </link> <BR> <BR> I meant to get this out earlier, but things have been super busy around here! The good news is my schedule has cleared enough that I'm back to work on my Herbalism studies - if there are no more delays (I know...famous last words, right!? LOL), I should be able to complete b... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:06:08 EST Becoming Cultured.... and Fermented (Probiotics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586155 I'm sure that any one who has watched as little as one show on television in the past week or two has seen an ad for either probiotic laden yogurt or supplements (maybe even both!). These ads are in magazines, too. There is a lot that isn't being said. <BR> <BR> Basically, the gut is a "biome" an environment of it's own. There are good bacteria and bad. If you're eating well, the good bacteria are likely outnumbering the bad. However, if you've had antibiotics in the last couple years... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:12:56 EST Organic Gardening in Arizona http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501721 It isn't easy..... But it's very rewarding. Now, before we go any further, I am no expert on gardening. I don't know 'everything', but I have been at it for quite some time and have learned a LOT. I nearly always have 95-100% seed germination, I grow enough to save my own seed, my asparagus patch gives me new crowns every year that I trade or sell, my 3 year old fig tree gave over 8lbs of figs this year and my 3 yr old peach tree gave spectacular peaches. I didn't can them, we just ate... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:12:43 EST Just remember.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421939 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1519085085.jpg"> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:10:09 EST Clarification on Coconut Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382855 A few days ago, one of my favorite people asked a question about coconut oil. It made me realize how cryptic I�ve been about this� Sorry! <BR> <BR> So, for those who need to know and those who didn�t realize they needed to know, here it is. <BR> <BR> Coconut oil is a SUPER substance. The Medium Chain Triglycerides are good for the brain and body. The Lauric Acid is good for the gut. There are so many uses for this very versatile oil! <BR> <BR> In my household, <BR> Read More here.... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 22:12:33 EST Something Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330074 As some of you may know, I just got done making my biggest soap order to date. One of the ‘perks’ of being a creative is that in the act of creating itself, one is fed and revitalized in a way that I haven’t found any words for yet. So it goes with all my creative ventures – I’ve just been lucky that some people actually like my work enough to pay me for it. Because I like form and function (sometimes function over form), I usually find myself using traditional materials in non-traditio... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:50:25 EST Comet PanStarrs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288037 There's a comet in the sky right now. <BR> <BR> My 13yo son has been out observing it pretty much every day and got this pic. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278831447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not bad for backyard observing. PanStarrs is visible to the naked eye right after the sun goes down. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:12:05 EST Big Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239978 I have big feet. This is not a secret, they're out there for all to see. <BR> <BR> My feet have gone almost completely feral and are pretty much anti-shoe, only really enjoying the flip flops with treads (my 'gardening' shoes' LOL) or my running shoes that really aren't shoes at all. Hiking and motorcycle boots are still 'tolerable', but even they are only tolerable for a short time. <BR> <BR> Which is why, when I bought my houseshoes a couple of years ago, I got them a little large (... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:54:48 EST There are people who... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237145 could hear you speak a thousand words and still not understand you. <BR> <BR> And there are others who will understand without you even speaking a word. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:41:22 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212153 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l492942541.jpg"> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:39 EST When Opportunity Knocks...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160127 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14435427.jpg"> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:27:58 EST Today's Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158199 Don't know where it originated, was emailed to me... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1503792925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 12:23:12 EST One More Thing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155921 Ah, those famous words, when uttered by Columbo, were your cue to get ready for the trap to spring on the bad guy. Columbo would seem to blunder aimlessly through an investigation but he was really giving the bad guy all the rope he needed to hang himself. <BR> <BR> But this isn't about Columbo. Nope. <BR> <BR> It's about receiving what you ask for - even if you do not understand that you are asking. <BR> <BR> For much of 2012, things have been so weird and stressful around my house. ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 11:56:27 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127355 As some of you know, my elderly mother fell in early October. She broke her shoulder in 4 places, her hip in 3 places and split her femur lengthwise. <BR> <BR> She had an awesome surgeon who put Mom back together again in such a manner that he avoided cutting muscles, saved her rotator cuff and managed not to have to replace any joints. She will have full range of motion in her shoulder and her hip. <BR> <BR> She was in the hospital for some time, then she went to rehab. In Rehab, ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:29:36 EST There is a time for everything.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122399 Take Time <BR> <BR> Take time to think- It is the source of all power. <BR> <BR> Take time to read- It is the fountain of wisdom. <BR> <BR> Take time to play- It is the source of perpetual youth. <BR> <BR> Take time to be quiet- It is the opportunity to seek God. <BR> <BR> Take time to be aware- It is the opportunity to help others. <BR> <BR> Take time to love and be loved- It is God's greatest gift. <BR> <BR> Take time to laugh- It is the music of the soul. <BR> <BR> Take tim... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:04:26 EST Delectable Avocados... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063571 I love avocado. Always have... likely always will... My favorite way to eat them is with a spoon and a little sea salt... LOL <BR> <BR> During the summer, I lucked out and got a gonga deal on organic 'cados. One of the little darlings got buried under something else in the fridge and wasn't discovered until it was seriously in bad shape. Not stinky, but yeah, not edible. <BR> <BR> So I made soap with it. Yeah... you read that right. <BR> <BR> Hadn't even considered making an Avoc... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:37:54 EST SparkTUCSON Rally 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063169 What an awesome day. <BR> <BR> We had a much smaller group show up than the RSVPs reflected. I guess folks were scared of a little rain.. :) LOL In all fairness, I DO get it, being a desert rat myself... water evokes a strong reaction - some go dance in the rain, others hide from it. So if you were out dancing in the rain and completely FORGOT (LOL), it's OK. We had a good time and YOU MISSED IT! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> First, I apologize for the lack of photos... Have become so a... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:18:37 EST Astronomical Events http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915030 On May 20, 2012, there was an annular eclipse of the sun. <BR> <BR> My cousin is one of my most favorite people in the world. He's a computer engineer who has done work on a few artificial hearts that keep people alive, but his passion is photography. He's got a fantastic eye and he makes a little money with his photography, too. <BR> <BR> We've been best friends since we were tiny. There's a great meeting of the minds between us and we let each other 'BE' - its always been that way ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 16:15:05 EST Adventures with Nosey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896174 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2093296.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LADYROSE 'dug' this up somewhere and posted it previously. It's funny even if it's not true for everyone. It's extra funny to me because IT smacks of TRUTH!!! <BR> <BR> My nosey neighbor is south of me - sometimes when I'm hauling dirt into the yard with my wheelbarrow, Nosey is so curious, Nosey goes and does nice things for the neighbor to the east. (Nosey is in this life strictly for Nosey - doesn't do nice t... Thu, 24 May 2012 13:01:08 EST For Mother's Day... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875566 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736957160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Fortunately, men give us plenty of opportunity for practice. <BR> <BR> Happy Mother's Day! <em>213</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 13:12:32 EST Fearless Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812172 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l162766779.jpg"> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:02:42 EST The Power of Positive Thought w/Good Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703179 Three years ago, my mother had cataract surgery. Immediately after the surgery, she noticed that things didn't look right. Since she was an avid reader, her best description of how things looked to her included the page of a book. Take the page, cut it in half lengthwise, then move the right side of the page up about half an inch. THATS how things looked to her. Her doc tried and tried to correct this, but couldn't. She got tired and quit pressing. I had my reservations, but I learned ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:33:41 EST Interesting Read about Soil Depletion, Vitamins and Minerals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4543577 <link>www.senate.gov/reference/resources/p<BR>df/modernmiraclemen.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> You need Adobe Acrobat Reader - it opened rotated for me, so you can change that by clicking on VIEW within Reader. <BR> <BR> If the Government knew about our soil depletion problem in 1936.......... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:09:49 EST Set back or set up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4389319 Just over a year ago, in May of 2010, my doctor and I had an interesting exchange. <BR> <BR> I had begun having terrible down times after every workout, no matter how small. I'd been doing Cross Fit for a while and was loving it - even making some really nice progress. But every time I worked out, I would have DAYS where I was too sore, too tired. Even though I was SO tired, I would have trouble sleeping. <BR> <BR> She explained that my self inflicted combo of thyroid drugs (I didn'... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:51:46 EST I do the best that I can. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4053990 I do the best that I can. <BR> <BR> Is that enough? If you consider my 'best' compared to someone else's 'best' and their best is better than mine, does that make me bad? <BR> <BR> Of course not. <BR> <BR> The 20 year anniversary of my father's death recently came and went and apparently, I was supposed to not only notice it, but DO something, I guess. Hmmmm.... <BR> <BR> While I certainly do not harbor anger or a lot of hurt regarding him anymore, I really don't see a pressing n... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:05:14 EST Don't turn away from you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4003770 Sitting alone in the stillness of the morning. Thinking about things. It's a beautiful time of day. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I think about the next round of gardening. Sometimes, I think about the things my family and I are going to do together. Sometimes, my thoughts turn to less pleasant things like the inevitable losses that are coming my way (kids growing up & leaving home, parents, uncles & aunts passing) - not dwelling, you understand, but maybe preparing myself. <BR> <BR> Other tim... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:14:53 EST Ritualistic Heathen that I am......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3673999 PLEASE NOTE: This post could be considered religious in nature. <BR> <BR> NO OFFENSE IS INTENDED. I'm OK with whatever you want to believe - I will not attack you. But I expect the same about what I believe. <BR> <BR> If you're not open minded or are very easily offended, just move on to another blog. Thank you. <BR> <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> <BR> Many months ago, I was talking with other mothers at a group. I mentioned something a... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:20:03 EST Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3525182 My friend was killed last Saturday. Someone ran a red light and hit her right in the drivers side door. She was only 52 years old. I've known her for close to 20 years. <BR> <BR> She was one of the wisest and kindest women I've ever known. Her motto was "To Thine Own Self Be True" and she lived it. She was funny, colorful, bright, sweet and thoughtful. And she didn't judge oddfolk like me. She believed in living life fully every day 'cuz you never know'. <BR> <BR> No kidding. Y... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:09:02 EST A Gardener's Lament http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2916950 This MIGHT sound a little whiny, but I just need to vent. <BR> <BR> Its been raining for a couple of days, when the cloud cover stays, the temperature doesn't fall far. <BR> <BR> Last night it cleared off. I got up at 1 am, got dressed, went outside and covered everything. I didn't put my lights up because the rain might've come back - it really sucks to have the rain hit your lights and blow them. <BR> <BR> The wind blew the cover off of my new baby strawberry plants. I just check... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:42:39 EST Sigh... I screwed myself up..... not for good, just for a bit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2830902 OK, this is going to be short and sweet. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I am a true believer in supplementation for illness. I've done a mountain of reading by the likes of Dr. Guy Abraham, Dr. Brownstein, and Dr. Mercola. <BR> <BR> Been taking iodine for some time. Drs. Brownstein and Abraham both said that it would take time, but once the body had optimal amounts of iodine in the cells, that most likely, my thyroid dose would go down. I apparently FORGOT that... :| <BR> <BR> For... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:20:12 EST Face it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2794634 The years I spent undiagnosed and untreated took their toll on EVERY aspect of life. By 2004, when I was getting blood drawn every week to check my coumadin levels, I can honestly say I didn't look at myself in the mirror much if ever and when I did, I specifically AVOIDED really looking at my face. Probably had been avoiding looking at my face for a long, long time, too. Don't know for sure. I was more worried about the tracks developing over my veins. I know - weird. <BR> <BR> One ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 13:38:25 EST You have brains in your head. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2778829 <BR> You have feet in your shoes. <BR> You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. <BR> You're on your own. <BR> And you know what you know. <BR> You are the guy who'll decide where to go. <BR> ~Dr. Seuss <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 19:47:18 EST Sick, Sicker, Sickest..... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2703760 My hubby has been to the doctor for his (which is way worse than mine) and last night, he was in the ER. Had chest xrays and his bronchitis was not resolved with the meds his previous visit to the doctor. So, today, he is on new meds. <BR> <BR> When he came home, I refused to sleep in the same room with him (don't want to get worse) so, I got on the couch, turned on History International and fell asleep. Woke up to the Naked Archaeologist (one of my favorite shows) and <BR> <BR> I've go... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:02:30 EST Scars Heal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2667014 Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." Kahlil Gibran <BR> <BR> I was a pretty good kid for the most part. A little over socialized and invaded by family members and children of my parents' friends, but mostly good. Good grades, tried to do good deeds and be kind. Really needed a lot more time alone, but never got it. <BR> <BR> No matter what I did, however, I was never good enough. Didn't matter how much I tried, my dad al... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:11:56 EST Resolute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2664791 This is the time of year when everyone is making their New Years Resolutions. I see folks eating a pound of fudge right up to the day before New Years, then they make these incredibly stringent 'resolutions' that anyone would find really hard to stick to. <BR> <BR> I don't make New Years Resolutions. I never have. I am simply resolute. All the time. Not saying that I'm perfect. Far from it. However, I do try to do my best for myself and everyone around me every day. I eat well eve... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:30:19 EST It's ALL in your head... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2624330 Recently, I viewed a video online about a 35 year old woman who is a CrossFit Athlete. She said "Your mind wants to quit long before your body ever does." <BR> <BR> I had already discovered that about myself when lifting weights one day. My head told me that I couldn't lift more than X and when I said "Let's see just how far we can take this." I lifted 3X (deadlifts). I was sore the next day, but not excessively. I had to know. I didn't settle for a previous limitation, I pushed it. A ... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:04:17 EST In dwelling, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2604115 live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. --Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> Do you have everything you desire? Are you as great as you could be? <BR> <BR> I do. I am. My life is EXACTLY the way it is supposed to be. I am who I want to be. <BR> <BR> I've gone through the entire spectrum - I had wild times, had a few flings, had one serious youn... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:21:37 EST Off the Fence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2550070 (ok, forgive the repeat. the same entry for yesterday got deleted. User error or deficiency or something like that....) :) <BR> There are two things I am grateful to my disease for: the emergence of my creative side and nowadays I stop and think about things (sometimes for a long time) before I act. <BR> For the most part. <BR> <BR> Been sittin' on the fence about something. Not much of a fence sitter. Really - after a certain amount of time has passed, I begin urging myself for a decision... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 11:33:01 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2549929 Just received an email - I have been voted a SparkPeople Motivator. <BR> Cried a little. Read it again. <BR> <BR> A very heartfelt THANK YOU. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:50:52 EST Ouch, garden, corn failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2527498 I make bread at least once a week. Some weeks, it's as many as 2 or 3 times. I mill my own wheat and am thinking about growing wheat in the future. <BR> <BR> Since early September, I have been skipping bread altogether to see if my inflammation abated. It actually did. I still had a few aches and pains and soreness from use and overuse - but it was never anything that woke me up in the middle of the night. <BR> <BR> My awesome friend, Steph, made me a loaf of friendship bread with he... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 11:43:36 EST Beetle Battle and other greenish things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2374107 My garden is progressing nicely. Like everything in life, there are bumps in the road sometimes. And just like anything else you do in life, you get out of your garden EXACTLY as much as you put into it. <BR> <BR> I picked caterpillars off of my tomato plants for so long, I started seeing caterpillars that weren't there. My tomato plant rewarded me with a tomato that weighed 12 ounces. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/6/b268108680.jpg"> Once the days are 100 degrees and lo... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 16:58:52 EST Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2357333 During the last few months, I've been taking it real easy. Recovering from the dental disaster and getting used to my new natural thyroid meds. <BR> <BR> As my body recovered, I decided it was time to deal with some stuff that I had put away, but never really looked at very hard. <BR> <BR> Often the things you don't want to deal with are the very things you NEED to deal with and let go of. <BR> <BR> I dug down deep. Pulled these things out, looked at them for whatever there was to ... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 22:53:39 EST