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Gardening is great exercise!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Well I thought I would share a picture of our garden since we have it cleaned up and tilled nicely. Notice the landscape timbers. There are a double row of them so that it makes a small raised bed between them. Also notice the reliance peach tree blooming. It is one of the later blooming variety and is a deep dark pink color. They are in full bloom now and the blooms aren't as big as the elbertas. I'm putting a picture at the bottom of this to show you the small raised bed at the top of the garden. It is a close up. It is filled mainly with rotted horse manure from the neighbor's across the road. Our neighbor thankfully loaded our kawasaki mule with his bucket loader. Our mule has a dump truck type bed so it made it much easier but still alot of shoveling once it was unloaded. We spent Friday building the bed as it is staked down with cement foundation stakes and then nailed together with long 8 inch spikes. Saturday we filled it with the manure and planted it and even had to make a run to the nursery to pick up 3 more bunches of asparagus. But that part is done. We won't plant the rest of the garden for 2 or 3 weeks yet.

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DORATHYINMN. 3/23/2009 7:54AM


I'm so pleased to see your raised garden.My husband also raised our garden a few years ago to help me from having to bend so fare.My back got so bad I'm not able to do it, so now he raises the garden.We have a small spot but it really raises alot of veggies.I enjoyed your blog .Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon


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Busy day today!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

We got our landscape timbers set around the top of the garden mainly to stop rain from eroding and washing down through the middle of the garden. We planted 4 bunches of asparagus in that bed along with lettuce, onions, garlic, carrots, radishes, beets and assorted herb seeds. I wll get flower and herb plants to go in there as well later on. I also transplanted some daffodils and bluebells to the side of the driveway where we cleared out the fence row. I noticed they had the wave petunias at the nursery already. I will have to get some of them.

I'm also busy making Easter bunnies for the grands and for friends. I also have several things to do for the April magazine so have really been busy lately.


Heart health

Friday, March 20, 2009

On most Fridays people are reminded to wear red for heart health. I've been thinking what I need to do for a healthier heart. I wonder if strawberries are good for hearts? They had them on sale at the grocers so I got 2 boxes. They are amazingly good to have been shipped from out of state. Funny thing is both boxes came from different farms and it is amazing the difference. One was from a farm where the berries were smaller and sweeter and other was the huge giant ones and weren't as sweet. I also ate a cup of blueberries (frozen from our garden last year) and know they are good antioxidants.

I also have been helping hubby in the garden today so got plenty of exercises besides the others I did today. I try to get in a meditation walk every day the weather allows. So I know that is good for the heart.

I'm sure drinking lots of water is good and also I drink soy milk every day. I found 8th Continent llight vanilla flavored so I'm getting less fat in the milk. Sleep is also good for the heart and I manage to get 7-8hours every night.

What are you doing for a healthy heart?


low on calories

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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