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7/31/20 11:38 A

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Got a late start doing my push mowing because I had to go into my doctor's office for a blood draw first thing this morning. It is blazing hot here again today so I was glad I didn't have too much mowing to do. I will try to start doing th weed whacking earlier tomorrow.

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7/31/20 10:41 A

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Yesterday was hot, it was market day, so other then loading up the car and chores I didnít do a lot of heavy work. We had a sudden downpour just as I was finishing up getting the car loaded, but I think it was hotter and more humid afterwards. Then last night there was another thunderstorm. Calliope just loves thunderstorms she goes running to the plant stand so she can look out the window, and she stays there as long as the storms is going on. Wednesday night it was right overhead and she sat there watching the whole thing!

The grass is not the only thing growing, the weeds are exploding in the garden, it is cooler today so I hope to get some done out there today. I have been idly looking for a new grill, mine is over 12 years old and the side is rusted out. I really love the inferred grill, it is so great to grill without flair ups. I priced them at Lowes but havenít made a move yet. I have the two burner one, no side burner, which I have missed. So yesterday I went into Tractor supply to get grain and there was the 3 burner Charbroil inferred grill for less then the two burner one at lowes. I measured it and it will be tight to get it in my car, but couldnít take it yesterday because the car was completely full. They are holding it for me today, and I will go down this afternoon to get it. I am pleased not to have to go all the way to Bangor, and to get it so much cheaper.

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7/30/20 2:01 P

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Did the lawn mowing with the riding mower. It is surprising how fast the grass grows when it is hot and there is enough rain to thoroughly wet them occasionally. Will try to do the push mowing tomorrow, but it is still so hot here.

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7/30/20 8:13 A

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Farming is such a difficult job. The heat adds tremendously to the difficulty. Thank you for doing what you do. Stay cool and safe.

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7/29/20 10:51 A

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Today is feeling like it is going to be hot like yesterday. I am drenched in sweat already from doing things outside. I have cut a bunch of brush, etc. that needed to be prevented into growing into trees. I have done all I am going to do today. I sure wish it would cool off and then maybe I could work for longer periods of time, but at this point I do not want to push to the point of exhaustion. I have another blood test on Friday to see it the polymyalgia is coming under control.

Stay cool!


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7/29/20 10:32 A

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Yesterday was awful, I normally donít sweat at all, but I am not sure it was sweating, working in the garden and even my hands were wet! I had hoed and spruced up the garden Friday, and was shocked to see all the weeks yesterday, I weeded around the beets and carrots, the cukes, and squash, byt the paths still need to be done. Spent a lot of time putting clips on the tomatoes to tie them up, they must have grown a foot since Friday! They are at the top of the cattle panel, 54Ē already, usually that is about it, but these did it so fast it makes me believe they are going to get taller. I sprayed organic sprays, BT for the cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and pyrethrum for the stink bugs, more then I have seen in a long time! I may need to follow up for a few days on the stink bugs, they have been doing a number on my fennel and beet greens.

3 kittens are going to good new homes today. Trying to decide what to do with the half grown kittens that are not mine, they were feral when dropped off, but are coming around now, but I do not need additional kittens, they are all male, 3 of them. I called the humane society place in Houlton, but no answer.

Today is get ready for tomorrow market day!

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7/28/20 2:09 P

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We had one drenching shower last night so my raised beds have been watered for now. I have picked blueberries today, and although it was not planned, I do so many that I now have two bags--about a quart each-- in the freezer.

It is quite steamy here today!

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7/28/20 6:13 A

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We finally got some good rain last night and today, it was really hot and muggy!

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7/23/20 11:11 A

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Thanks Barb, I will try to remember to put Miracid on my blueberries more often, but not after August. I think that I am getting enough blueberries for what I want, I have some really large ones, but we may have gotten more rain that you had. We had a week that it seemed to rain every day here in early summer.

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7/23/20 7:47 A

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Eileen, it is actually a very poor blueberry year for a lot of people, the lack of water, and too hot temps. I do mine with the miracid about once a month depending on if I put manure there or not. Usually I stop in August, because it is not good for them to have a lot of new growth close to winter.

Something very large was making a real mess in my raspberries the night before last, there are big spots where all the bushes are flattened. I canít imagine that a raccoon would do that much damage, would rather not have a bear that close to my orchard and garden. I went out to pick berries to take to market but ended up not really getting enough to bother with.

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7/22/20 4:49 P

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Yes, Barb, I do prune the blueberries some every year cutting out those branches that are definitely dead crossing other branches or not doing well. I also use the Miracid that is for that type of plant. Usually I mix up at least four pails full and dump over and around my bushes saturating the ground with it. Probably should repeat in the fall, but have not done it. Is it advisable to treat them more than once a year?

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Today is going to be raspberry picking day, there are tons of them out there. The blueberries are not ready yet, and are quite small because of the lack of rain. Wondering how the blackberries are going to make it, they are really loaded, but not very big yet and very green.

Eileen, have you ever pruned your blueberry bushes? It improves their production a lot. The idea is to prune out the older branches so the new ones can grow, they say to prune out branches older then 3 years, but I canít say I know which ones are what age lol. But I look at them in the spring and prune out the ones that are old looking with scraggly bark. I also give them the miracle grow that is for acid plants, particularly if they have leaves that are not dark green or are yellowish at all. They need a surprising amount of acid, you would think yellowing or light green leaves would mean too much acid, but it is the opposite, once they get a dose of the Miracid they get dark green leaves, and more blueberries in future years. Most peopleís soil is not very acid as I discovered years ago. You would think neglected soil would be acid, but apparently not enough for blueberries!

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7/22/20 8:56 A

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Berry season what a gift from nature.

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7/21/20 11:50 A

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Just picked my blueberries for the first time. I got a little less than a pint, but they are just starting to ripen. I only have two high bush, but they are very old and big bushes. I hate to try to cover them to keep the birds from helping themselves. Guess I will see how it goes with them uncovered for now.

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7/21/20 9:21 A

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Raspberries are ready to be picked, didnít get any picked yesterday, just too hot! The season will be real short if it stays this hot!

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7/19/20 10:56 A

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Started doing the push mowing quite early this morning in order to beat the heat. I usually don't like to start mowing until the grass is dry, but I don't like to do it when it is too hot either. I managed to get it done and back in the house, but still was plenty hot by the time I finished. Now all that needs to be done is the weed whacking, but since that was done later than usual last week, it can wait a few days--maybe even until after I mow the lawns again.

Stay cool and relax everyone! Remember to stay hydrated!

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7/19/20 10:28 A

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Last week was a serious stress point, with all I have to do dropping everything for company is just too much. Just glad it is over, and realized that I need to put my foot down and not put up with things. Mike did come up Friday and picked up most of his meat, so I have a lot of room in my freezer now. There are still a couple big packages of burger he will come and get later.

I finally got all the chicken cut and wrapped and in the freezer, I ended up with 196 lbs of chicken. I cut it up in a variety of ways and even ground about 10 lbs for packages of ground chicken. There are two big bags of trimmings, backs and giblets to make broth.

Yesterday sure was hot and humid compared to the last few days. I finished up with the chicken and went to Houlton to get grain and stop at Walmart, something I havenít done for a while. The one thing I really needed was more rolls of vacuumed pack wrapping and forgot to look for it! Stopped at the Amish store and finally found some canning lids at a reasonable price, they were $1.79 a box so I got 20, which should do me for the season. Looks like broth will be at least 40 pints. I use a lot more lids then I used to because I can most things in pints instead of quarts now. Lids have either been out of stock or way too high in price, TSC had them for $3.99 a box, some places are much higher, saw some on Amazon for $12 a box. When the lid costs more then the product, that is ridiculous!. Someone told me it was almost impossible to get a pressure canner right now, I did a couple searches and they are rare, all the new people raising gardens and meat chickens I guess!

Going to relax today beside chores and maybe a little garden inspection, looks like the one row I didnít have time to finish hoeing last week really needs it now! All the standing this week really didnít do my knee much good, plus during canning season I usually leave my big kettles and equipment in the dining room, instead of upstairs, so it took way too many trips upstairs to get ready for company.

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LAPERLE Posts: 11,668
7/17/20 12:16 P

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We have had rain off and on today starting around 7:00 am. I was hoping to be able to mow my lawn before the rain began, but that could not happen. I am afraid it is going to be quite long before I can do it with all this rain!

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7/17/20 7:58 A

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No we did not get hail and I am glad for that. We have had rain a little most days and today will be a day of rain. I am glad to not have to water the garden.

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LAPERLE Posts: 11,668
7/16/20 1:04 P

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We certainly have had variable weather recently. One never know whether the next day is going to roast us or freeze us. In this area, we at least did not get any hail, but we did get plenty of rain.

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7/16/20 9:11 A

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Weather here has been cloudy, somewhat cloudy, partial sun and possible rain. I am still not up to snuff and my garden is looking like it. I hope to get out today as the humidity is low and there is a great breeze. Stay safe.

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7/14/20 11:43 A

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We got a lot of rain in the late afternoon yesterday. There were thundershowers around us, but none came directly over us. It also looks like it rained last night. So far today, we have cloudy weather and it is still rather muggy. I should be out weed whacking, but opted to get groceries and do a short video workout. Had a chiropractor's appointment earlier, and have decided to let everything settle before I do any more outside work. My polymyalgia has flared up again, so maybe it is just as well to give the predinsone a day or two to work before I start stressing muscles again.

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7/14/20 9:05 A

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Yesterday was a mixed bag of weather, cloudy to beginning with, had rained a little bit in the night, then it cleared up and was really hot which led to the thunderstorm late afternoon. We did get quite a bit of rain in the initial storm, and it lightly rained on an off the rest of the night.

I took to tearing apart the living room, moved things around and threw away a ton of stuff, a big pile of video tapes, and cassette tapes hit the garbage bags. I donít have anything to plat them on anymore. There were several packages of brand new VCR tapes. I also chucked out some stuffed animals that were on top of a book case. Stuff just gathers all the time!

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7/13/20 11:10 A

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We got no rain, other than a few sprinkles yesterday. So far today it is bright and sunny--rather hot. I just finished doing the push mowing and am already drenched. I think I will spend the rest of the day inside. I was hoping to do the weed whacking as well today, but it is just too hot--in mid 80's and just barely 11:00!


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7/13/20 10:24 A

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We got rain on and off yesterday but not enough to do anything, just enough to be a pain. My chicken plucker had some frozen bearings on it so I delayed doing the chickens until yesterday, I pulled out the rest of the things to get the job done the night before. After greeting the bearings and spraying the shaft the plucker worked fine, I set up the table with the sink, the cones, the cooker with the 1/2 55 gallon barrel, and got it started. By the time the water was hot the rain had stopped and the sun was out, personally I kind of like the misty rain better. All 20 birds are now packed in ice in coolers ready to cut up probably tomorrow. I will put 3 in the freezer whole later today, but I need to get some cleaning done first. The chickens are quite large this year, males 10-12 lbs and females 8-10 lbs, so lots of chicken!

Barb from Maine!

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7/11/20 11:20 A

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Another muggy day here. It was raining hard when I took the dog out this morning, and by the time we were back in the house, we had to be toweled off. Could have done and outside shower and shampoo, but then I was glad to get dried off.

Today is going to be a rest day since I can't mow lawns, etc.

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7/11/20 10:48 A

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Good morning team:

I am just stopping in for a little while. I have gone back to doing my lap swimming in the outside pool. I had not been swimming since January and I missed it.

I still have a stiff neck from the car accident I had on June 13th. A woman ran a stop sign and hit me.

I finally got the police report. I read the report and the other driver had the gall to tell the police man that she had stopped at the stop sign. She is getting a ticket and her car is in worse shape then mine is. She had a rental car.

I have been speaking to attorneys because I am afraid the other drivers insurance company won't fix my car. My car is 14 years old. I got an estimate on what it would cost to repair the car and it was $2,000.00. That is probably more then the car is worth. I had to replace my headlights because both of them were out. I had to pay out of pocket for that and I didn't like having to spend the money.

I woke up at 6AM this morning and walked for two hours. I don't like to go to the swim club on the weekends. I don't like how crowded the pool gets and I don't want to get sick.

My vegetable garden is coming along nicely. I planted beef steak tomatoes and I can't wait to eat one. I will have to get them quick before the squirrels get to them.

There are a lot of foxes around here. I have a family of foxes living in my shed out back. I call it my she shed and I sit in it when it starts getting cooler. I had two screen doors put on the front so I can get fresh air. I was talking to a neighbor this morning and he said animal control came a few days ago and took two foxes away. I don't mind if the foxes hang out around here as long as they don't do any damage to my shed.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and you all stay cool.

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7/11/20 9:43 A

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Thanks so much for sharing you life on the farm, Laperle and Goldenrod Farm I find all your hard work fascinating, mainly because I often thought of the romance of farming not the actual hard work. You must have great satisfaction when each joy is completed.

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7/10/20 11:11 A

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Bet it will be good to know that the chickens are in the freezer for winter once they have been processed. My husband grew up on a chicken farm and at one time we had a few chickens so I know the work that goes into processing them.

It is overcast, but still muggy here. We are supposed to get rain later. I managed to file my state sales tax report this morning (had had only one basket class so I didn't owe much) so that is completed before the deadline.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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7/10/20 9:25 A

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Yesterday was so hot and muggy, it was market day for me. I must have drunk a half gallon if ice water, sure getting tired of this weather!

Today I am going to get ready to process my meat chickens, it will be good the get it done and my years meat in the freezer! I will do the processing one day then the cutting up and wrapping the next day. I was going to do the processing today, but realized that getting everything set up ahead of time would be a better idea.



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7/7/20 11:34 A

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Finally got the weed whacking done for another week. I have a battery powered weed whacker which is not heavy so can finally do some weed whacking despite the problems I have with my neck and shoulders. The good thing is that the batteries only last so long (I have two of them) and so I do the back of the house with one and the front with the other. They are lithium ion batteries that are rechargeable--but they take a long time to recharge. Once both batteries no longer have power that is all I can do anyway without causing a lot of harm to my body. I guess I should feel fortunate that I can do as much as I do at 78! My attitude is that as long as can do it, I will do it.

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Eileen, The trick with the phone Iíd that I use a blue tooth in my ear, so phone talking is going on while I am doing something else! You just canít get on a tractor or get near the chicken pen or the sheep, they are too loud!

I need to work on a couple of pastures today, they are almost done with the one they are in now. Going to do the ones up close to the barn. Wires look pretty good but I have some posts to replace.

I replanted my carrots yesterday, not one came up, the beets could use a few seeds here and there so I will get that done later today, the corn is already 7-8Ē tall, sure grows fast once it gets started. I also get some of the tomatoes clipped to the fence.

I cut some brush around my elderberries a few days ago, so yesterday I gathered it all together and put it on the brush pile, then picked up some of the remaining limbs in the upper orchard, and some down wood around the maple trees. Still have one huge limb and a pretty long one to get out of the way. Seems I pick up wood from the ground constantly. So with that all out of the way I got all those places mowed. Still have to do more mowing over on the animal farm side, but I think I will move the horse on it because her pasture is slow this year. That does entail moving corral panels, but the are all down in that area right now anyway. Better she gets it then I have to mow deep grass!



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Barb - You are so busy all the time. I don't know how you manage to get everything done and even have time for phone conversations. My daughter did call me yesterday and we got caught up, but only spent less than an hour on the phone.

This morning I dropped my absentee ballot off at the town office and paid my sewer bill, went to get gas for my lawnmowers, and picked up prescriptions at WalMart. Once back home I filled the push mower and got all the mowing I needed to do do with that finished. By that time I had run out of energy and it was lunch time anyway.

It seem to be getting warmer so am glad I have the mowing done for another week. I have weed whacking to do, but hopefully I can do that tomorrow morning while it is still cooler.

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Hi Everyone - nice to read what everyone is up to this month so far and what happened earlier.

I'm enjoying the summer very much. I sold the family business right after we got the stay-at-home order in April - perfect timing! I've been able to walk 30 to 60 minutes every day since then. And I've taken different routes in and around Belfast and have discovered some beautiful neighborhoods. I also got back on track with my strength exercises. I was diagnosed with osteoperosis last fall. I did 8 weeks of PT and then slacked off a bit over the winter with what I was supposed to do for exercises. Since I've been home, I've done pretty good with doing them three times a week. What I'm not good at is doing the stretching exercises I'm supposed to do. I did lose a few pounds in April due to the new routine and have kept them off - yeah!

Hope everyone is doing well - enjoy this gorgeous summer day!

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Sorry about your illness ORTATK, it is amazing how quickly you lose strength when not doing much, hope your recovery goes well.

I was supposed to take the 4th and 5th off, but got into dragging all those branches that were trimmed in the upper orchard, which took quite a while, plus a big limb that fell from the crab apple, it was too big to drag very far, so I got it out of the way so I could mow. I tried to tackle the fallen cherry tree, but it is in a place that the tractor canít get to very well. So I will probably have to do some cutting up or try to pull it out with a chain. Then I decided to mow. I finally got the tube for the front wheel, and got it installed, the lawn tractor was still jacked up so putting it on was easy, it just slides on, washer and cotter pin. I was just going to do my front lawn, but then did the upper part and went on to the upper orchard. The grass was really tall there, up past the top of the hood on the lawn tractor. I got most of it done then decided to take a pass around the garden. Big mistake, I forgot the hose was still run out, so my 150 foot hose is now about 130 feet, and the hose wrapped around two of the deck blades, which took a while to get unwound. And I had to fix the hose since the outside shutoff appears to not be functioning. After that I decided to get that part mowed and got the most of it done, there are still some trimming branches I need to cart away before I can get the upper part done. So all in all I worked most of the day.

I knew if I didnít leave on Sunday I would just end up working. I took the tractor up to carry away the big limb and was off my tractor picking up small pieces of wood when Kevin, my nephew from Vinalhaven called. I wondered around cleaning up for an hour while we got caught up. Usually I am on Vinalhaven for the 4th and for my Birthday on the 5th, but not possible this year. By the time I got back to the house to make lunch, my neighbor stopped to help me band the lamb we were waiting on because he appeared to only have one testicle, still did, but got him banded. We tried to catch the calf, who has been coming to me, but took exception to a stranger, so we put it off for another day. I went in to sit for a few minutes to calm down the knee pain and fell asleep, and my Dad called, after an hour on the phone I went to do chores. When I got back I cleaned up some dishes and was going to get a late supper, but Mike my younger brother called, we ended up talking for a couple hours and it was 1 am when he hung up so my lobster and clams are still in the fridge, I cut a piece of angel food cake and went to bed! Guess I will have lobster tonight!


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Thank you for your kind words.

On my way to my new normal.


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So sorry to hear about the hospitalization, ORTATK. Yes, when your in your 70's--late 70's in my case--it takes a lot longer to recover, and there are some day when it takes a lot of pushing to do what one must.

I have mowed what lawn I can with the riding mower today. I will have to do a lot more with the push mower tomorrow since all the lumber, etc from the barn addition demolition has not been cleaned up yet. I will be so glad when all the mess is gone!


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The month of June ended with me in the hospital. I first thought was have I got covid, but no fever. I had a bleeding ulcer. I have had many tests and new meds and gotten rid of some of the old ones. Four days on you back made me weak and dizzy. Therefore I have not exercised since returning home. Short walks outside have be tired me out. I guess recovery takes longer when your in your 70s.

On my way to my new normal.


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emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Fourth of July everyone!

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It has been an interesting week. The addition on the back of my barn has been torn down and most of the debris has been cleaned up. This addition was gradually being torn apart by the wind and was not at all safe to be near. Now I don't have that hazard to worry about.

I too have been struggling with exercise. I walk the dog a bit every day, but I can't seem to be consistent with the walking videos. I have a knee that is bothering me and I debate whether it is better to keep doing the videos to exercise it, or if I am hurting by doing the videos. I don't like taking pain pills so the debate goes on.

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Good morning,

Thanks for getting this thread started! I have been struggling with going back to work, sorting out priorities, trying to tackle the most urgent, trying to catch up from March when Covid began for my work shutdown. It has been a crazy week, but at least a short one. I have today off, making for a nice long weekend.

I too, have been very lax about my exercising since my Dad died, May 15, so I need to get that going again. I have gained a few pounds, but am working on that. I am so thankful that I did not gained tons, as I was doing well with my healthy eating and exercising until May 15. So I have not gone too far astray.

I think it will be an interesting summer. My goal is to just stay safe, be as healthy as I can, and be kind. Tensions are running high even in Downeast Maine. I have heard rumors of various unkind encounters regarding the use of masks in public settings, such as grocery stores and other shopping venues. One person actually had someone tell them to take their mask off! Crazy world!

Gardens are in splendor, so I am enjoying some beauty there. Even as I drive to and from work I so enjoy seeing how others have created beautiful landscapes at their homes. It brings me joy.

For the next 4 days, which I have off, I am taking my time picking away at little projects that have been building up.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, no matter what your plans!

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It HAS been challenging. I am cautiously starting to venture out a bit more. I am having lunch with some friends today. We're meeting at Cook's Lobster House, which is on Bailey Island. Lots of outdoor seating. Hoping the morning's rain will let up for a while.

I am frustrated in that my activity levels took a nos dive and now I have to get off some extra pounds. Time to get back in the game!


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Guess the beginning of July got away from me, although I did have the present of mind to wish my brother Happy Birthday on the first!

The year is half gone already, are you ready for the second half? It has been a challenging year for all of us, please donít let your guard down and stay safe!

Edited by: GOLDENRODFARM at: 7/3/2020 (10:07)
Barb from Maine!

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Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

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