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Thursday, March 19, 2009

My husband and I are both retired and on a fixed income. We receive our check once a month and usually plan a big day in the big town to do our major shopping. Today was that day. I find that I get lots of walking in this day but not as many calories as my body needs. I usually have to make up for it with a half peanut butter sandwich at the end of the day.

So far there has been no weight loss since December and sometimes it gets really discouraging not to see that scales move. I know I'm shaping up better as I'm doing better on my fitness. I just don't know what else to do to spur on another pound loss. I was averaging about 2-3 per month and now nothing...I know this is usual but I sure hate waiting!

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ANGORA4 3/20/2009 12:57AM

    Look at all that muscle you must be building! Woo hoo!
Do know what you mean, but I'm so proud of you for staying the course, and not giving up. You are such an inspiration!

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SPECSBABY 3/19/2009 10:31PM


Hang in there. Even when it seems like nothing's happening. emoticon emoticon

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DORATHYINMN. 3/19/2009 8:32PM

  It was so nice to hear that you had a great day with your husband.And you also got some exercise in at the same time. emoticonPlease don't get discouraged, all of a sudden you will start to loss again


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Peach blossoms in the wildflowers

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I had promised to show our elberta peach in full bloom and as you can see all the wildflowers covering the ground. I took this picture 2 days ago and since then the fruit has set and beginning to grow and the grass and wildflowers have gotten taller. We got out and mowed just around the house today and also got the forsethias and japonicas planted down the side of the driveway. It looks so much nicer there now. I plan to get out this Friday and plant a few hybrid day lilies and transplant daffodills over between the bushes we planted. I'm getting alot of exercise in the garden since it is now getting warmer. What better way to get it.

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ANGORA4 3/20/2009 12:55AM

    Just beautiful! Looks like pink snow on the ground. Here, only the very earliest of crocus and the Christmas rose are blooming.

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WANDASEW 3/19/2009 10:41AM

    Thats beautiful....Cant wait for them around here!

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KLUVSTFORMERS 3/19/2009 7:41AM

    pretty flowers!!!!

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ZZYYGGY 3/18/2009 10:25PM

    BEautiful tree

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Bloom Tuesday: Wild flowers

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I love this time of year. I love taking photos of wildflowers. Most pictures I take are in my own yard. We live in a really wild place and it has taken years to clear off what we have. Today we spend clearing out the side of our driveway. It was very overgrown. Then we planted 3 crepe mertle trees. Tomorrow we will plant 2 japonicas and 2 forsethias. It is hard digging as there are some roots and many rocks. But we will get it done a little at a time. Just like getting healthy here is taking a "little at a time".


Busy bee

Monday, March 16, 2009

This is a close up of our elberta peach blossom with a very busy bee to the far right. Notice how much pollen she has gattered on her legs. She wasn't bothered at all by my presence. She was just too busy gathering her pollen and nectar to take back to her hive to feed her queen and to make honey.
The honey bee is our state insect (along with many other states). And most honey bees you see are all females. Only the queen lays eggs. The other worker bees have their female egg laying tube modified as a stinger instead of laying eggs. A wild hive of bees can contain up to 20,000 bees and some domesticated hive have as many as 80,000. Talk about community!!! But they have a very structured social order. And our food supply relies on this tireless little worker. I can tell you from first hand experience what a vegetable garden will do without many bees. We had very few bees a couple of years ago. Last year our neighbor put in a hive and they have expanded since then. Also found out that the forest service has been releasing honey bees in the wild. Last year we had a wild brood settle on our front porch. We were afraid they would settle in the walls of our house but thankfully moved on.

The honey bees are fasinating to watch and as long as they don't feel threatened they don't seem to mind you being around them. We could learn alot from a tiny honey bee....from living together in a community, by looking out for one another's needs and protecting our community, from their industrious ways and always on the move.

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KYLIEMC8 3/17/2009 8:59PM

    Thanks again! Beautiful! Kylie emoticon

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Johnny Jump-ups

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Some more wildflowers we have in our yard are Johnny Jump-ups. They are an early blooming violet with very few leaves. I have also noticed the wild thrillium and violets are up but not blooming yet. But Johnny jump-ups are early risers. I think we need to be like them and get a head start on our days.

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KYLIEMC8 3/17/2009 8:56PM

    Ahhh spring! I especially like these!! Thanks for sharing again!

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