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Arkansas Wine

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

As on a previous post, I had mentioned about my state..but forgot to mention that we have our own wine producing area..The area that mainly grows grapes and produces wine is in the north central part of our state in a small area called Altus...

This is a picture of an Altus vineyard..Many were started by a couple of Swiss families but many more have followed in their foot steps and now there are other names found here as well..The 2 that first started producing wine were Whederkehr and Post..Post originally started out just making grape juice and went on into wine production..but they still sell grape juice as well as wine.

My husband and I visited Whederkehr wine cellars a few years ago..and spent hours browsing all their wines..I really don't drink that much wine but occasionally I figure a small glass in my calorie count.

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IMREITE 7/27/2012 12:50AM

    a local winery can be neat to visit. i don't drink a lot of alcohol, but an occasional tasty dink is enjoyable.

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DOROTHYBERO 7/26/2012 6:36AM

    I love visiting wineries and am luck to have several in the area that I live.

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MISSY455 7/26/2012 1:22AM

    That middle picture is amazing! I love reading these things about other states. I had no idea there were wine vineyards and wineries in Arkansas.

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Random Ramblings

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I really didn't have anythng in mind to post today so thought I would just put up some random photos of mine and just explain them.

First I got a gnome couple from one of my DIL's this past Christmas..they are already living in the gnome garden and have literally become quite bossy over the others at least little Anita has..she thinks she is the only lady gnome that it is her right to tell the others what to do.

Next I'm showing the sugar free tart I made last week..not that low on fat I don't think but not made with added sugar..It is nothing but puff pastery rolled out on baking sheet, sliced fresh peaches and sprinkled with splenda..it was yummy and with it all I still kept within my calorie range the day I ate it..hubby ate the rest..I also made a plum tart the same way but it wasn't as good but it satisfied my hubby's sweet tooth. One piece of each was enough for me. (hum reminded me to check to see if any is left over and if so..needs throwing to the chickens)

And this last picture is of the powerline. This is at the bottom of our garden..The power company had the tree trimmers come out today and clear the power line..This space is on our property between us and the neighbor's driveway..It has been so over grown that I didn't realize we had a small rise or hill between us..The noise they made sure upset our doggie babies.

A note on progress. I got out this morning later than usual to walk. It was already hot and I decided to take a detour by the apple tree and muscadine vines...Got a good 20minute walk in and noticed the apples and muscadines were falling off..but they are ripe!!! So early this year..so I got out and spent another sweating 30 minutes picking muscadines and got 2 gallon buckets full..Some I couldn't reach but hubby will get them later this week.We will also pick all the apples to make sauce..But I had my arms up the entire time while picking the muscadines and had already done my arm exercises earlier so my arms, shoulders, neck and back are so sore from all the exercise and stretching I did..so altogether I got more than 60minutes of exercise..but I almost over heated doing the picking..going to have to remember to get out earlier from now on.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 7/25/2012 7:23AM

    Your tart looks yummy and your apple picking sounded quite fun! Hope you're feeling less sore today.

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MISSY455 7/25/2012 12:21AM

    Oh the Peach Tart looks wonderful!

Congrats on all the exercise today! Picking all the muscadines had to be hard work! You are doing great!

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NIMAWEYGH 7/24/2012 9:45PM

    Muscadines, muscadines I LOVE MYSELF SOME MUSCADINES.......tee hee hee

I so need a new gnome as the guy that was stealing our mail also got my gnome off the porch, a favorite turtle of mine and a frog. Have not yet replaced the frog or gnome.

Wow they sure cleaned that area up. Good for you. Sounds like a wonderful walk and a good bit of exercise.

Was way to hot here today but tomorrow out in it as Mom and my brother Mitch will be here for his DR appt and she needs to get her glasses she got last week adjusted and then we are off to lunch, the consignment store and then here for dessert. Baked a pineapple upside down cake today, Mom and DH favorite.

Have a wonderful hump day.

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I've begun

Monday, July 23, 2012

Yesterday I reset my goals for this week..and I have begun..
I did my morning walk and then the arm exercises I wanted to do this week..concentrate on that area this week..good start emoticon

I am keeping my calories today under 1400 calories I still haven't eaten my snack I have tracked today and with it I will be under 1300 calories..So if I get really hungry I can add a little fruit to that if needed. emoticon

So I'm on my way this week...Also I have almost completed a little artsy project. I found the neatest pattern designer on etsy and bought 4 of her patterns to make up for Christmas presents (yes already thinking ahead) and so made this one up today. I will attach him to the box and add some real twigs and a cute grunged up hooty hoot or something.

Anyway I'm making good use of my time.

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WAYSOFGRACE 7/24/2012 11:11AM

    Nice start to the week! I wasn't as good yesterday...having accomplished only 4 out of my 5 tasks. Tonight I will have to make up for it.

Nice owl! My soon-to-be mother-in-law loves happy owls. If they looks like they're scowling, forget it!

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MISSY455 7/23/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon Your week is off to a great start! emoticon

I love your owl! You are so talented :-)

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 7/23/2012 6:59PM

  emoticon You go, girl! You're on the right track! emoticon

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what you allow

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I truly believe this...if we allow ourselves to eat what we want just for one day then this will continue. I've proved it the first time I was here on SP and then the holidays hit and I decided that eating what I wanted a few days wouldn't hurt but it continued and continued until I was back to a higher weight than what I was when I first started..

I came back this January 2012 with determination to do this and do this right this time around and know my weak points. I know I can't allow myself one minute or one bite of something I know will lead me to the same old thing..So far I'm doing well but know when the fall comes and I am wanting all the good yummy comfort foods then it will be a struggle. So I will be updating my goals here every week if I can remember.. emoticon

So today my goals for this week are to stay below the 1400 calories even though I'm allowed up to 1600..I will continue to eat a lot of fruit.
I will continue to walk at least 20 minutes a day.
And I still haven't added the arm exercise so that is going to be added starting tomorrow morning..

Next Sunday I will tell you how I did with these goals.

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IMREITE 7/27/2012 12:55AM

    we had a potluck at work. i only grabbed a little of some favorites and grabbed some fruit and veggies. when i came home i was tempted to go for fast food. but i decided i could get back on track at the very next meal. no reason to wait until the next day. i will get back on track the next meal or stack.

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ABRANDNEWME09 7/23/2012 3:31PM

    Thanks for sharing!


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MCJULIEO 7/23/2012 11:15AM

    Good reminders... thank you!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/23/2012 10:22AM

    Great words of wisdom. They hold true in so many areas of our life.

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WAYSOFGRACE 7/23/2012 9:19AM

    You've got the plan, you've got the motivation, and you've got support here! I see success in your future!

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NIMAWEYGH 7/23/2012 3:09AM

    It all sounds like something YOU CAN DO. If you have faith in yourself anything is possible Barb. Like you I to must get back on some kind of plan starting tomorrow and was up this early thinking about it.

I know that tomorrow is back to the gym and swimming for me.
1500 calories or below and back to tracking on here.
Positive attitude towards myself with no guilt. That will sure help me out.
And to let go of some of the other stressors in my life. You know the big one I am talking about.................ha

I believe in you gal. Always have, always will. emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 7/23/2012 1:37AM

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LEANJEAN6 7/22/2012 9:08PM

    emoticon---Keep counting those calories and you WILL be successful!

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JAMBABY0 7/22/2012 9:01PM

    Good luck.

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Tea and Hope

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kind of a mix here today..I love my tea and know there is hope in what I'm doing here getting healthier and losing weight.

I weighed today and down by pound and half..this week so thrilled about that. My blood pressure is running well on new meds..in fact a tiny bit low so if it isn't high then I'm happy and isn't too low I'm happy.

I'm still concerned about my liver functions. I did read up on some of the meds I'm taking and thinking it is high time to get off the prilosec..from what I've read you shouldn't be on it longer than 14 days at a time..I've been on it for years..so as soon as all the good fresh veggies and fruit are over, then I'm going off them..I will do it gradually and probably won't be able to eat much so this may be a good thing and a very good thing when the cooler weather comes in the fall..I won't be tempted by all the good holiday foods that are so fattening for me.

The temps were cooler today but still triple digits but wind has blown and humidity is lower but still don't like getting out in the heat of the day. So I've completed some projects...3 Halloween aprons which will go on etsy and have the base of my papermache horse done..now have to finish it up with paperclay.

But all in all I'm in a better frame of mind today as I've set the goal for getting off the prilosec..it will get better..and I still have my tea.

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MAZACK 7/22/2012 8:26PM

    It may be time for me to review all my meds again. I know some have some bad side effects but it is hard to know if it is the meds or the medical promblems I have even if I don't take meds. I also have taken for some for years that say only take for a few weeks. Espically the ones for reflux and gastritis.

You are doing great with your weight loss. I seem to be stuck at one level.

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MCJULIEO 7/22/2012 3:55AM

    Congrats on your progress... what an encouragement!

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