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Under the Weather

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Not sure if it the heat we are having, having to stay in and from a/c to heat or just tired from all the canning and blowing and going, but I haven't felt good all day today. I've not felt like doing anything..I did paint my toenails and started covering a box for a sewing kit but the rest of the time I'm just laid around and read of been on the internet. I did get a walk in twice today..once outside early and once inside..My joints are also really achy..so going back to my book and going to bed early..tomorrow will be a better day.

  
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/2/2012 12:49PM

    Your body is saying "give me a break". Funny things that they are. Enjoy the down-time.

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MCJULIEO 8/1/2012 2:48PM

    Maybe it's time to take a little restorative rest.... you HAVE been working hard!

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MAZACK 8/1/2012 2:01PM

    Hope you feel better today. You have really been very busy and I think this heat is getting to everyone.

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CAKAROO 8/1/2012 7:47AM

    hope you feel better today

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MISSY455 7/31/2012 11:19PM

    Sorry you haven't felt well all day. You have been working so hard with all of the picking, and canning, and freezing, no wonder your body needs a day of rest. I hope you feel more like yourself tomorrow.

Congrats on getting in your walks!

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READYBETTY 7/31/2012 11:04PM

    Sometimes we just need to take it easy and slow the pace down and give in to some rest. Great going getting the walks in even with the achy joints. Overall it sounds like you had a pretty good day.

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Short entry TIRED!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Have you ever been too tired to even move..Well that is me at this moment...In the last 2 days, I have put up 36 pints of apple jelly, 77 half pints of apple jelly and 20 pints of tomatoes..I'm so tired that I can't even think straight..so going to be early.

Tomorrow I have a fun day planned with my sister..going to meet her for a fun day together..Catch you later. night!!!

  
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MAZACK 7/30/2012 12:20AM

    Have fun.

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MISSY455 7/29/2012 11:24PM

    I hope you got a good night's sleep. I can't believe all the canning you have been doing. It is exhausting just reading about it...can't imagine how sore you must be from all that standing.

The good part though is you will have all that lovely food to eat and share as presents in the months to come.

Enjoy your visit with your sister!

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NIMAWEYGH 7/29/2012 9:59PM

    Get some much needed rest Barb and have a wonderful day with your sister. I am right behind you, this has been a long day and I have a tooth ache. Niters...

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TRAVELGRRL 7/29/2012 8:44PM

    Wow, you are so lucky to have tomatoes! It's been too hot for our plants to set fruit.

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Building Consistency

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I read a motivational article today here about 3 ways to build consistency in getting healthy and losing weight..For some reason I can't link it today..so here is my explanation..

Rule #1: Never tell yourself Im not motivated. Sometimes we make excuses why we don't want to exercise or why we want that last piece of pie or ice cream or that hamburger from the local fast food place..and sometimes we just say we aren't motivated..but we are motivated is we really want to lose weight and get healthy..so therefore it is a choice we have to make..do we exercise or do we sit in front of the tv/computer...so we eat that ice cream or go for some fruit..

Rule #2: Build momentum one step at a time. It should be how we do anything in our lives..We start out with baby steps and build on that. When I came back here this January I could hardly walk 10 minute stretches..so I built consistency by walking those 10 minutes every single day instead of saying what's the use. I added a minute when I could and then also walked 2 ten minute stretches a day. I still struggle walking more than 12 minutes at one time due to my bad back but I can get 2 walks in a day now. Also last week I made the decision to add arm and upper body exercises...first 2 days I managed about 7 minutes and then skipped a day and then managed to get 10 minutes in for 2 days and skipped a day and finally I've gotten in 15-30minutes a day. I plan to continue this next week for shoot for at least 10 minutes every single day. I'm building consistency.

Rule #3: Always have a plan B. Ok this is sometimes where we mess up and give up..we don't have a plan B..I have started walking but if it gets past 9a.m. it has begun to get to hot to really be outside..so my plan is to get up early and first thing in the morning I walk 10 minutes..well if something comes up and I can't manage that, then I walk back and forth in the house for 10 minutes. For my 2nd walk of the day I walk back and forth in the house or in place or dance a little with it..If I am going shopping I walk really fast through the stores for the entire time I'm shopping. I also never sit at my computer or in front of the tv for more than 10 minutes at a time. During commercials I get up and walk through the house..Movement is the key..I don't let excuses get in the way..

And I know if I can do this so can you.

  
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CAKAROO 7/29/2012 9:30AM

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DOROTHYBERO 7/29/2012 7:58AM

    Good suggestions!

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MISSY455 7/29/2012 2:24AM

    emoticon I struggle with the Plan B myself. Thanks for sharing the info!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/28/2012 8:45PM

    Great blog!!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 7/28/2012 8:29PM

    Very perceptive advice. I really like that you said to never tell yourself you are not motivated. What you tell yourself becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I tell myself that I am a winner and it has really helped me achieve my goals so far.
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Tired aching back

Friday, July 27, 2012



Well we did it..between hubby and I, we got the last 2 bushels of apples juiced and in the refrigerator..Tomorrow morning early I will get started making jelly and also a little cider..But one good thing is I will have to quit around 11a.m. due to the heat..making jelly heats the house up so much and with it supposed to be 105 tomorrow it will be nice to quit early for a change.

The good thing about all this work, is I got a really really good work out with my arms, shoulders and upper back and I'm tired so it will help me sleep better..So all together with my walks today, I got in 60 minutes of fitness. I'm still keeping my calorie count under 1400 so still managing my mini goal for this week.

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/28/2012 5:38PM

    That is a lot of work, but yet sounds fun. Nothing like pure Apple Juice. Let us know how the jelly turns out. Yum! emoticon
And congrats on keeping your calorie count where you want it.
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TRAVELGRRL 7/28/2012 3:57PM

    Wow, I know how much work that is! Good for you. Our 91-year-old neighbor does all that stuff too. Bless both of you! When we moved to Arkansas from Michigan I totally gave up canning. I would have to do it in my garage (I have a glass top stove) and NO WAY would I can outdoors in the heat of summer!

Stay cool....

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MCJULIEO 7/28/2012 10:51AM

    Nothing heats up a house like jelly making.... but it surely is nice if you can save the juice in the freezer and make your jelly after it gets cold in the fall....

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DOROTHYBERO 7/28/2012 6:42AM

    Way to go!

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MISSY455 7/28/2012 1:34AM

    Wow, emoticon I hope you got a good night's sleep :-)

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LALMEIDA 7/27/2012 9:33PM

  emoticon Have a good weekend and enjoy your jelly and cider

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KAREN42BOYS 7/27/2012 9:22PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to get exhausted! Sleep well tonight!

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Apples and Struggles

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I had put on my status today that I have 3 bushels of apples to put up..It is a lot of work but so worth it in the end..I'm blest.

This morning I've read 2 blogs here about struggles people are having with the current economy and jobs, etc..well thought it was about time to tell people there is light at the end of the tunnel..We have been through it all and survived and come out better than before..I truly believe that God doesn't give us more than we can handle though when you are going through hard times you don't feel this way..So here is my story...

I have rhumitoid arthritis and never give it much thought..I just go on with life. My life career was teaching school and I loved it. I retired in 1997 mainly to start up a daycare center so that my DIL's would have a place to work and keep their kids at the same time...we lost so much money on the project and had to close at a big loss a year later..we had sunk more than half our savings into it..But we sold the house the daycare was in and then my knees went out from the stress and the RA which had taken a toll..I wasn't 50 yet so doctor made me wait 3 years before I could have them replaced..so we were down to 1 income which was half of what we had been making when I taught public school..well more of our retirement income went to just living day to day. During this time, we pinched pennies so much that we got the house and land paid for. We live in a very rural area which is 7 miles from any town and 50+miles from big enough town to have a Walmarts..After 3 years wait I finally got my first knee replaced..thought it was the biggest mistake I had ever made as things went wrong. Since I was young they put a type of replacement in that is porous and the bone has to grow to it so I couldn't put weight on it for 8 weeks..PT didn't work as the rehab I went to for the first 12 days didn't allow certain things so I lost the bend in the knee and at 8 weeks I had to go back into hospital and they had to forcefully bend the knee while I was under sedation..another 8 weeks without walking but major PT..PT was the worst..well sicne I had met all on our insurance I decided to suck it up and have the other knee done before Christmas...everything went right this time and I knew then how to throw fits on those in rehab and took my healing into my own hands..The following year 2002 I went back into teaching again at another district. I saved every penny I could (thankfully I did) and worked for 3 years..then the RA took a hip and my hearing..My hip collapsed in January and I refused surgery until I finished my teaching contract that year..I hobbled around on pain killers and a cane until June and had the hip replaced then..I was back in shape and ready to start teaching again in August when I found out they had moved me to a roving position and knowing my other hip was in bad shape, realized that I didn't think I could do it..so checked on disability..sure enough I qualified and so immediately went on disability at a cut in half my salary..Bad thing was I had just bought a new car in the spring fully thinking I would be working and I wouldn't get my first disability check until December..but somehow we managed. I could not qualify for medicare/medicaid for 3 years..but wasn't worried at this point as hubby was still working..well following year the DIL and I opened a litte lunch type deli beside her house in town..She did most of the work but I helped whenever and it gave me a place to try to sell my crafts i've always loved doing. Well that fall our pickup truck was stolen from under our carport..so we were forced to get antther truck so hubby would have a way to work..Well about a month later we recovred the truck minus wood working equipment we had in the back while working on the new little shop..and we had to buy new replacements for them..well now here we are with me making half salary on disability and 2 vehicle payments..so we sold my car as it was eaiser to sell and came out even on it..then not too long after that, the company where hubby worked closed..he went on unemployment for a few months and finally found a job driving a water truck from our state to surrounding states..he hated it and I hated it..and he had lost our insurance as well..and I wasn't far enough years yeat to qualify for medicare/medicaid..Thankfully he qualified for VA medical. Well a few months after taking this first job he finally got a really nice paying job without medical benefits still but the job was working out of state..now we are talking about a 62 year old man at this pont..But we prayed a lot in those next few months that nothing medical would happen until my medicare kicked in. With the bigger salary he made we got all the bills paid off but the one vehicle payment. Then we took one of our retirement money markets I had put back when I had worked the last 3 years and got payments coming each month that was the same as the truck payment..so with all the bills taken care of, hubby retired at 63..and we haven't looked back..It has been a hard struggle but we live a great life and enjoy what we do now so much more.

Part of our planning was when we first bought our property in 1987, we really wanted to move onto the property quickly so we bought a single wide mobile home planning to build a house later on..we had built one home ourselves doing most of the work in the other place we had lived before here..but as time went by and the sons grew up, we both realized we were comfortable in the mobile home and if we spent the time and money and remodeled it ourselves we wouldnt' have another mortgage to pay off or never pay off...The house has completely been remodeled. We added a huge laundry room that not only has a washer and dryer, but 2 freezers and 2 water heaters...gas and electric. (we have power outages so it helps to have the gas one during those times) and we added on a dining room. The wood we used for the walls on the dining room and floor was from lumber we had cut from trees we lost in an ice storm one year. We took all the cherry and cedar to a small one man mill and had it cut and then dried in the rafters of our big shop..Another year we lost some pine and more cherry trees when a hurricane blew in so far north that it got some of our trees and our neighbors..we got the neighbor's trees as well as he has MS and needed help cleaning up..We have a large garden each year (have had a garden since we married in 1979..a flock of chickens for eggs and lots of fruit trees and bushes and vines we have planted over the years...Hubby loves to hunt and fish so most of our meat and fish comes from that..We do combine the deer and bought pork to make our own sausage and deer and beef or grand meat..we built a big smoker and smoke hams and turkey breasts we only buy on sale..We rarely if ever eat out anymore and yet we eat better and healthier than ever and as for boredom...I have my crafts to do and he has his wood working he does plus the chores and our doggie babies and visits from and to our kids and grandkids..live couldn't be better. So there is light at the end of the tunnel. I'm sure we will still have our down times and think it is the worse there there is always good times ahead.
I know this is a long post so thanks for taking the time to read. I truly hope it helps those going through hard time to realize there are better times coming.

  
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ABRANDNEWME09 7/28/2012 7:59PM

    Such an inspiring story!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/28/2012 2:45AM

    You are a true example of hanging in there. I'm so glad everything worked out, and your Hubby was able to retire. Now you can both reap the rewards. My DH just turned 64, and I was worried his age might be a problem for getting hired, but if your Hubby got a good job at 62, well, that gives me hope. Thanks for your blog!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/27/2012 5:14PM

    What an inspiring life you've led! You are self sufficient and love each other, and what could be better than that? I would say you ARE blessed!

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DOROTHYBERO 7/27/2012 5:56AM

    Talk about making lemonade out of lemons - you are inspiring!

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MISSY455 7/26/2012 11:52PM

    Such an inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing with us. You have such an awesome attitude!!!

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DRAGONFLY02 7/26/2012 2:33PM

    What a great and inspiring story. Sounds like there were many, many times you could have given up and you didn't. And I think it's amazing how you stayed positive through it all (although maybe you weren't always feeling so positive). I love your simple lifestyle, growing your own veggies, hunting, fishing, etc. I grew up in a rural area where many people lived that way. Now I'm in the suburbs of a very large city and I miss parts of where I grew up, especially the simplicity of life. And how people cherished what little they had instead of where I live now in which many seem to always be competing with the Joneses.

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NIMAWEYGH 7/26/2012 1:51PM

    Your so right Barb and your so very blessed. I am so proud to call you my friend and sister of the heart and I learn so much from you through out comments and emails. I look up to you for all that you do to live off the land and how you preserve and put things up and you just emplify in my eyes what it takes to make it through *hard times* with a smile on your face.

You never think you CAN'T do anything and always give it a try. You are a motivator and such an inspiration to so many of us.

I think you just ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My oldest step daughter Gemma has RA she was diagnosed 3 years ago at the age of 21 and she could sure learn a lesson or twenty from you.

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MCJULIEO 7/26/2012 10:30AM

    What an incredible story of perseverance and depending on the Lord for peace!

Your family has certainly been through a lot... Thanks for sharing!

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MARYLEE56 7/26/2012 9:03AM

    You truly are blessed. Perseverance does pay off in the end!
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