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4/22/12 3:10 P

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Good Morning! Its Earth Day! I am thinking about how to protect the earth. I recently have been watching the various projects with the health of the earth and the creatures that inhabit the earth in mind. I read an article that links the dying of our bee population to pesticides that are used to treat seeds. There is a more recent article that makes a link from the pesticides used to kill weeds and autism.

I was married to an environmentalist. He wouldn't have classified himself that way, but he was very careful not to use artificial fertilizers on our land. He never used any weed killer. Instead he carefully cut weeds out of our garden and let the lawn kill out the weeds that grew there. He raised organic beef until about five years ago. His cattle were never fed any grain. They ate grass and in the fall just before time to butcher they were given apples and pears, windfalls from his fruit trees. He never allowed anything to go to waste.

I think of how progressive were his measures, when others were using chemicals to increase production. When that didn't work they used more chemicals and their soil was ruined. Many of those farms now lay fallow. It is such a shame to see the results of the attempt to increase production.

I hope you will join me in my efforts to clean up our earth. I have seen positive results that happened when people took steps to protect our environment. My children and I participated in the push to get the state legislature to create and pass the bottle bill in Oregon. We cleaned ditches for a mile in every direction. Our collection of cans, bottles and other trash was taken to the pile growing in Junction City. The pile grew to be huge and made the point that was needed. The legislature passed the bottle bill and now Oregon has very clean roadsides. The cans and bottles are recycled efficiently making the environment safer for all.

I am sitting here today being grateful for the joy of living in the woods where we can smell the trees and the earth. The sun is shining brightly and the birds are singing lustily. Earth is a good place to live. I hope you are all enjoying its beauty with me.

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Did you know there aren't any birds in our emoticons? JSW

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4/22/12 2:22 P

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Good morning,

The sky is blue and the sun is shining- it's going to be a beautiful day. I plan to do some more weeding and also get a walk in. I'm a little sore from yesterdays weeding but it's good to see progress. I have one iris close to blooming and it will be fun to see which color it is. I'm partial to the deep blue or purple.

Our car had an overheating problem after a day trip so that has to go into the shop this week.

Patty, you did a nice job of using other colored yarn to break up the gold yarn that you weren't so fond of. Having to unravel a project reminds me of our weight loss journey - sometimes it's three steps forward, two steps back. I am happy for you every time I see your "Onederland" numbers.

Glenna, Snow certainly isn't exciting at this time of year when you've already had some really warm days. I hope none of your fruit trees or other things aren't harmed. You'll have to let us know how much snow you get.

Ann, I like lazy Sundays. I haven't read a Sunday paper for ages. Our local paper is only weekdays and the Oregonian has dwindled so much and the price has gone up to boot.

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4/22/12 2:13 P

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Good Morning. I'm having a very lazy Sunday. I did sleep pretty good last night. DH has gone to GS basketball game and I have read the paper and now started to read another Gresham novel. It is cloudy and gloomy outside. Not very warm either.

Patty, I don't like it either when I mis count my stitches when I begin a new hat. I do use a marker and put it in at every 25 stitches. Still once in a great while it is off.

Glenna, I bet you think spring will never come with snow in the forecast.



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4/22/12 11:41 A

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Hi Patty, I'd settle for the sunshine and no lollipops. It is dreary and cold and rainy here. But it is supposed to get worse~~~snow! Yikes! They are calling for snow Monday and Tuesday and rain the rest of the week. Our poor apple trees are blooming up a storm. I hate to see them all snow covered. Sounds like you are a busy little bee with the yarn work! Nothing too exciting going on here today. I made the usual Sunday morning pancakes. I have gotten to the point that I like mine with yogurt and fruit (peaches this am) rather than syrup and butter. So that works out well.

Hello to anyone else stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Glenna

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4/22/12 10:14 A

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Good Sunday morning Girls,
Hope your day is full of sunshine and lollipops...lol
no, you can not have lollipops, just thought it sounds like fun.

Finished a knitted hat, another ufo that I found, as I was looking for a pair of needles...


Still working on the baby surprise sweater in crochet...I took it out 4 times yesterday trying to get each side the same number of stitches. Finally I just fudged one side, one stitch, and we will leave it at that. It is coming along nicely, and other than having to tear out so many times, I think eventually it will be a fast sweater to make. Next time, I will count count count and fix the problem immediately. No more ripping out for one stitch. Honestly...how dumb can you get.

I think leftovers for lunch, not sure what is for supper. Maybe pork chops and coleslaw...green beans or fresh tomatoes...yummy

Still no more weight lost, but will continue to stay on program. I do not have any cravings on this eating plan. The Atkins. no cravings at all. I like that.
I also feel better, less pain, clearer head, and a general feeling of happiness. That is a good thing.
have a blessed day girls.
Patty



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