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Butterflies are free

Friday, April 20, 2012



Not sure I posted this photo before. I happened to just "catch" the perfect photo of a monarch butterfly on one of my iris. I love iris and now they are beginning to get ragged looking and also think the monarchs have migrated north as I have only seen a few lately. My sister has a friend who loves and collects butterfly things so she is taking this photo and blowing it up and framing for her friend. I am so happy that I can be a part of brightening someone's life. When we find ways to brighten someone else's life then we become as free as butterlies..

Diet and exercise note...It's been a busy 2 days. Got lots of walk time in yesterday and a little early this morning. Sister came out today so have "played" with her..but think winter has finally arrived..brrrrrrrrrr...and have done well on calorie counting so far. Tomorrow is weigh day so we will see..

  
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RADFEN 4/21/2012 10:36AM

    Lovely photo! I heard bees humming yesterday, but I have not yet seen a butterfly.

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MISSY455 4/21/2012 12:24AM

    What a gorgeous picture! We have a monarch area about 30 minutes from here. They migrate to the area every December and stay until early March. I love going up there and walking through to see all the monarchs.


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HICKOK-HALEY 4/21/2012 12:06AM

    Beautiful photo. Love the color of the Iris, and I like how the sun shines through the Butterfly wings. emoticon

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Can you tell the difference?

Thursday, April 19, 2012


We have several varieties of peaches and one lonely almond tree. Strangely almonds start their lives similar to peaches and really you can hardly tell the difference in the leaves, the bark or the green fruit. They are all of the same plant family. The only difference is you eat the ripened fruit of the peach but the almond remains green until it falls off the tree. Then you remove the fruit part and crack open the see and the almond nut is inside the seed...

Sometimes we need to treat ourselves as an almond nut...we work hard and may start out the same as everyone else but instead we have to shed our fruit to get to the seed and then have to have the shell cracked to get to the nut you can enjoy...It takes much harder work than just becoming a peach..but we learn so much more along the way. I'd rather be an almond than a peach.

By the way after I took the photos I could not tell which one was the almond...so I have no clue just looking at them..sorry!!!

  
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MAZACK 4/21/2012 9:52AM

    Interesting. The pictures look like the same type of fruit. Thanks for sharing.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/20/2012 12:30PM

    How interesting!

Were you able to see my gnome pictures??

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CAKAROO 4/20/2012 7:49AM

    thanks for sharing

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BABYTUXXY 4/20/2012 3:20AM

    Thanks for sharing, I had no idea that an almond tree was so similar to a peach tree!

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MISSY455 4/20/2012 12:38AM

    I also had no idea! We had a tree out back that put out "fruit" every year but it never ripened....now I am wondering if it was some kind of nut tree, my husband pulled it out last year...oops!

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ITISABOUTME 4/19/2012 11:10PM

    I would rather be a nut than a peach!! LOL That is amazing that they are similar I had no idea! Thanks for the education!

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Gnome Village

Tuesday, April 17, 2012



I worked hard today getting the little gnome village in order. Hubby had been complaining that it was hard to weed eat around them..so we made a concrete moat around an area by the gnome tree and then hauled in crushed rock..I repainted most of the older gnomes that had weathered so badly. The picture doesn't show all the gnomes I have...I have 2 more hidden in the ivy around the 2 gold fish ponds and one in my garden wheelbarrow..It seems the kids and grandkids are always getting me gnomes for gifts.

On diet and exercise...I've had a hard time getting the lower amount on my calorie scale..I am not getting enough calories..so not overeating but finally have found that I'm not hungry like I was when I first started out here. I also am managing 2 walks a day. My back still won't hold out more than 10 or 15 minutes at a stretch..but hey I'm trying and am getting at least 20 minutes a day total walk time in and I walk fast too..So I feel myself improving more and more everyday. Allergies kicked in again..Privet hedge is in full bloom..Oak tree pollen is gone now so a couple of weeks of staying on top of this bout and I should be good to go until fall when rag weed hits. I never had allergies growing up and didn't have them until I hit about 50..so don't know why..But I am managing them better now too.

  
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MISSY455 4/20/2012 12:34AM

    What a great project! I love all your gnomes, and that tree is precious! Very creative .

Breaking up your walk is an excellent way to get the exercise minutes in. Continue to do what you can and you will surely see the progress.

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BRATS4 4/19/2012 5:25PM

    love it.

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SHAMILTON311 4/18/2012 9:01PM

    I love your gnome village. what a cute idea. What a fun project!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/18/2012 7:34AM

    That's great! It is so darling. I'll get working on mine once the goats are sold.

This has been a bad year for allergies. Between my constant red eyes and ick nose and my balance problem I walk around looking rather drunk most of the time. Oh well, keeps the neighbor's mouths active!

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BABYTUXXY 4/18/2012 4:32AM

    I love the little village! Awesome job! You're doing great to get in a walk when you can.

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CASSIOEPIA 4/17/2012 10:59PM

    Love your Village - so cute!

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ELLFIN3 4/17/2012 8:02PM

    The Gnome Village is awesome!!!! Sounds like You have a olan and sticking to it! WooHoo for You!!!!! ((HUGS))

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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/17/2012 7:40PM

    how wonderful !!!!!!!!! I do miss my own place... landlord puts up with the stuff I already have on the patio - he says nothing in the grass...LOL... there is a tree in my yard that would be perfect to do something like that- my gnomes are sitting in my big flower pots- I had 1 standing and something broke it...

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KIMBAARTIST 4/17/2012 7:31PM

    Love the gnomies!!!
Great job with the walking too--hang in there :D

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TRAVELGRRL 4/17/2012 7:19PM

    So cute! I wish I could email or post to your comments the pictures of the gnomes from the arboretum we visited in Cincinnati...but there's no way to do it through sparkpeople!

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owl rug

Monday, April 16, 2012



Many of you know that I have been working on an owl rug to go on the wall of my spare bathroom. Well he is finished except for the limb that goes at the bottom..I didn't plan on collecting owls but on a yahoo group we had a swap for making fabric owls..So when I made one for my swap partner, I made me one as well and then I went on to hook one..2 of my sweet daughter-in-Loves caught on and began to buy me owls. One even gave me an owl teapot..(I'm an avid tea fan)..So I put most of the owl things in my spare bathroom so now it is my Owl room. I told them not to get me anymore owls..I still collect gnomes for outside so they still continue to gift me with them.

Another note...I took the owl rug and the sunflower rug (seen on my page) to an art guild meeting today. They were switching out paintings and other artwork in their store like they always do every quarter...they wanted me to hang them in their store. So I have brought the paperwork home to fill out on the sunflower rug and will be taking it back up there in a couple of weeks..Now since I've never sold a rug before, I am at a dilemma of what to price it for. It is 24 x30 and was told many years ago to charge $50 a square foot...not sure that it is the same today..and there are lots of hand dyed wools in it..so hopefully some other rug hookers can help me out.

And another note along the line of rug hooking..I decided sparkpeople needed a new forum for rug hookers..so I set one up...I'm only member so far..hahahaha...

It's been a good day.

  
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BRATS4 4/19/2012 5:25PM

    very nice.

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BABYTUXXY 4/18/2012 5:04AM

    That's a beautiful owl rug!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/17/2012 5:50PM

    Beautiful! Maybe someone at the place could suggest a price?



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HICKOK-HALEY 4/16/2012 10:15PM

    That turned out cute!

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MISSY455 4/16/2012 10:14PM

    Your rug is beautiful! I started a rug many years ago, it is still not finished. They take way more patience than I have :-) I would have no idea how to price one, time alone is a lot. I hope you come up with a price that gets it sold for you!

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Plum good

Sunday, April 15, 2012



If nothing happens weatherwise, we ill have plums this year. We have several varieties from a small wild yellow to an ozark to a green gage to a red....We eat at many as we possibly can and we give away and also make lots of plum jelly. I'm thinking of maybe trying to just can some this year to eat next winter..An plums are plum good for you as well. They are a good source of fiber and many vitamins (C and As) and minerals (potassium) ..They have high anti-oxidants, help with blood clotting and also with alzheimers..so eat your plums...they are plum good and plum good for you.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 4/16/2012 1:15PM

    Excellent! Isn't it great to have free produce??

Our neighbor gives us figs and pecans, and we have a garden for veggies. Have you tried freezing the plums? Just wondering if that would work. They might be good stewed or just defrosted with a bit of sweetener.

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MAZACK 4/16/2012 10:51AM

    Last year I discovered that what was supposed to be ornamental plums actually had really good plums on them. I just got a few off tree and was waiting a few days to get more. When I went back they were all gone. I guess the squirrels had been getting them all along.

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CAKAROO 4/16/2012 6:19AM

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