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Amazing!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


God has certainly created some amazing things. Take the honey bee. Most honey bees are female. there is only one queen bee in a hive which can be made up of thousands of bees. Bees are really pretty tame bugs and usually won't bother you unless you bother their hive or step on them or catch them. They collect pollen on their legs and take back to help feed the nest. They also make honey which is full of minerals and vitamins. It is amazing to watch them work. I can certainly see why we call them busy bees...they flit from flower to flower, collecting pollen and nectar and humming a merry tune as they go. We need to learn some lessons from the honey bee.

  
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CAKAROO 4/21/2013 8:02AM

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DOROTHYBERO 4/19/2013 7:53AM

    Awesome!

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GEMLADYONE 4/18/2013 11:03PM

    His designs are truly amazing!

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TURTLETALK 4/18/2013 6:18PM

    Beautiful picture!

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    beautiful work, right! emoticon

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Apple tree

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


This is a picture of our granny smith apple. We planted this tree over 15 years ago and have really had a time nurturing it to the way it looks now. We are in an area that has lots of cedar trees that grow wild. We had had a terrible time with our apple and pear trees due to cedar blight. We finally resorted to cutting down our pear trees and other apple tree as they got so bad with the blight. This tree we have carefully cut off the limbs with blight and also would pull off any fruit for many years as the blight attacks through the blossoms down into the limb where the fruit is. I'm praying we won't have this happen this year as you can see how many blooms it has and if it attacks this year it may ruin this tree. Last few years we have been getting apples from it and enough to make apple sauce, apple butter, and apple jelly. We did do research and found some varieties of apples and pears that are supposed to be blight resistant so we have planted some of them but they are still so small yet that it will be years before they produce. But at least we can enjoy the blooms on this tree as long as it lasts and also the lovely smell they make. (they are kin to the rose family). We are in 80F temps this week but supposed to have storms tomorrow and then drop back down in the 30's one or 2 nights. Praying there is no frost or freeze. But looking at this tree I can relate it to myself. I have gradually trimmed out the things that were making me so unhealthy and today I can stand tall and proud that I'm much much healthier than before and hoping that my fruit produces..

  
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 4/19/2013 4:42AM

   

Let's hope the weather is kind to your fruit trees Barb

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GEMLADYONE 4/18/2013 11:13PM

    It looks lovely. Hopefully you'll not have frost or freeze, and get lots of apples!

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DOROTHYBERO 4/18/2013 7:37AM

    Beautiful!

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CONNIES-WAY 4/17/2013 5:35PM

    Beautiful tree. emoticon

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Goals and Age

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I think being older we sometimes call these "bucket lists" as they are things we want to do before we "kick the bucket"...I have several goals to attain and plan to accomplish one soon. I want to try a zipline...yep..we have one in our area so won't be hard to accomplish this goal. Now that I'm a little lighter I won't be as embarrassed as before to try it.

Right now my short term goal is to weed our lettuce bed!!!

  
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STITCHINGNAN 4/17/2013 7:31AM

    That's great a short term achievable goal until you can do the major one. Good luck Irene. emoticon

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IAM_HIS 4/17/2013 6:02AM

    Sounds like fun to me...can't wait to read your blog about it!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 4/16/2013 9:48PM

    I want to hear about it when you do it! I want to try it but I am a little bit of a chicken!



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BELIEVING-N-ME 4/16/2013 2:27PM

   
Zip lining sounds like a blast. I would also like to try to zip line, but I'm scared of heights.

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DOROTHYBERO 4/16/2013 12:57PM

    LOL - good luck on the zip line!

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Messing up

Monday, April 15, 2013


As a heavy person I know that we tend to berate ourselves when we mess up on our diet. Sometimes slipping in our eating or exercise makes us feel guilty and then we want to just chunk it all under the table and forget what we sometimes feel is not right that we can't eat the things we love. But I know from experience that when I mess up and then get back up and dust myself off and get back on the wagon that I feel much better for doing the right thing. I always keep in mind how I felt before I lost this small 30lbs. I had a hard time breathing and always kept a belly ache.
yesterday I had a bad experience. We were invited to eat lunch at one of the son's house. I really didn't worry about what was going to be served as my DIL used to be a terrific healthy cook..but had wondered the last few times they came out to our house that they didn't touch the tossed salad or the asparagus or other green veggies I served. They went for the mac & cheese (homemade not boxed) the new potatoes and the mostly starchy foods. Well found out why. The food we had was mostly starches. We had a beef briscuit which is higher in fat than some beef cuts, home fried potatoes (which tend to absorb more fat that french fries), dried lima beans (the ones we eat have come from our garden and not dried) which had no taste to me, corn on the cob, corn bread and she had a small platter of sliced onions, peppers, black and green olives and pickled okra. The only thing I could eat on that platter was the okra as the onion and peppers make me sick and the olives are high in salt and fat. Then she had cake for dessert. All was very starchy and fattening. I only put a tiny bit on my plate but still when I calculated the calories I consumed, I hit my high mark for that day. The only freggies I got that day were the cantaloupe and dried apricots I ate at home for snack. But one good thing is I weighed this morning thinking with all those starches that I surely gained but strangely enough I had lost half a pound..But think yesterday was a day I messed up but it is ok. I've dusted myself off and back on the wagon today.

  
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GLORIAMAJDI 4/15/2013 10:17PM

    You didn't mess up! You did the best that you could given the situation. I think that is wonderful! Sometimes we will be faced with these types of situations and when we are, our choices can make a difference. You selected the best food that you were able considering what was served.

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FLOB13 4/15/2013 1:13PM

    thanks for that

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What is normal?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Are any of us normal? Do any of want to be normal? My oldest granddaughter used to complain that she didn't like being "different"...I told her she has more fun if she is different...and she has learned this over the years..She is a terrific teen and has her standards set high and now enjoys being "different"...which is her normal.

  
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MIRAGE727 5/3/2013 1:13PM

    Normal is the color grey...I don't do grey! (I like the English spelling!)
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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/3/2013 12:40PM

    sometimes being different comes easy for you but for others they think your strange.... I am known as a clown to some of my neighbors, arrogant to others, but its because they dont know me! I like being ME!And with myself! I enjoy my company and not theirs, for they are too prejudicial who say I am weird or different; and many people can be cruel and not as friendly nor not so nice as I am! lol But as I see it whats normal for some is theirs, but nromal for me is being with animals and plants, for they give me the space I need or the lessons to be learned! Many people are too boring to be around, so its why I like being around me. If that abnormal, or crazy, then guess I choose crazy over nromal any day! Life should be an adventure, not a boring existance, dont you think? Most epople dotn think of what cocnerns you but what concerns them! Choose the adventure! susana emoticon

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JULESMOM55 4/17/2013 1:25PM

    I always tell people that normal is just a setting on the washing machine!

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 4/15/2013 10:09AM

    I always told my daughter that being "unique" was what makes people interesting! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 4/15/2013 8:03AM

    The other day, Audrey said, "Mom, of course we're not normal. That's part of our charm!"
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LJCANNON 4/14/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon What a Great Lesson that We ALL need to learn!!

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TUDAFD 4/14/2013 3:33PM

    You are so right. Sometimes it's hard to be different but it's definitely better. The world would be pretty boring if we were all the same. emoticon

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