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A Gardener's Lament

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This MIGHT sound a little whiny, but I just need to vent.

Its been raining for a couple of days, when the cloud cover stays, the temperature doesn't fall far.

Last night it cleared off. I got up at 1 am, got dressed, went outside and covered everything. I didn't put my lights up because the rain might've come back - it really sucks to have the rain hit your lights and blow them.

The wind blew the cover off of my new baby strawberry plants. I just checked them - they were a little icy. I know that some might die completely and it just bums me out to get kicked like this.

The peach tree and blueberry bushes both came through it unscathed and that's a bright point.

Today I will do cardio only because tomorrow thru the end of the week will be lots of digging again. Planting sunflowers, beans, cucumbers, two big staggered plots of corn - each planted with succession varieties (going to try and get corn for at least 45 days straight - we'll see), and among other things, big orange heirloom tomatoes. My other tomato plants never died off (they're still producing!)- even the two started in the fall, so I am just adding to my tomato count.

Gonna be pretty sore, but it's so worth it.

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BARBARA_G 2/24/2010 12:42PM

    I'm sorry some of your strawberries froze! Other than that it sounds like your garden is doing absolutely wonderful. I know how much work all of this is and admire you so much for doing it! It's nice to know what you're feeding your family!
Happy Gardening,
Barbara emoticon

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MADAMEAJA 2/23/2010 4:55PM

    Amazing. We did put some greens and sweat peas into our hot box, but our veggies come mostly from a CSA box. Sigh! Someday I'll have a garden again. In the meantime, I'll live vicariously.

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Sigh... I screwed myself up..... not for good, just for a bit.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

OK, this is going to be short and sweet.

As many of you know, I am a true believer in supplementation for illness. I've done a mountain of reading by the likes of Dr. Guy Abraham, Dr. Brownstein, and Dr. Mercola.

Been taking iodine for some time. Drs. Brownstein and Abraham both said that it would take time, but once the body had optimal amounts of iodine in the cells, that most likely, my thyroid dose would go down. I apparently FORGOT that... :|

For more than a couple of years, I was on the equivalent of 200mcg of synthroid. Last year, I got on natural thyroid. I started on 2 to 2.5 grains of the natural stuff. After several months, started feeling like crapola and bumped that up. Felt worse. Added in a little of my old synthroid.

Felt WORSE (It's OK -I'm owning my crap here, just don't be too hard when you kick my butt). IT HONESTLY NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT I WAS TOO HIGH! NEVER ENTERED MY MIND AS A POSSIBILITY. Although it should have the way my temper was always at the surface... Oh wait, that was a glaring symptom when I was too low.... gah! No heart palps, no sweats.

Every time I worked out hard, though, my temper was in everyone's face. My children didn't deserve that, so I didn't work out as much. Poor things. As our friend Steph pointed out, they probably wouldn't be good with BBQ sauce anyway... LOL :)

Finally got some blood done and my TSH was .01. Hello? Really? Dang.

Now on 1.5 grains of the natural stuff and after a rough, shaky ride for a few days, I am feeling strong and alive again! WOOHOO!

So, even with my damaged thyroid, I'm on a lower dose of the natural stuff than I was of the synthetic stuff and I feel 10x better on natural than synthetic. I believe it's mostly because of the iodine. There's other stuff, too, but the big one is the iodine. See Dr. Abraham's research here www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/opt_Rese
(BTW, He doesn't do the research to sell the product. He created the product in response to the research because no one else would.)

Oh yeah, my unreasonable temper is calming, ushering my old mellow self back in. What a relief not to have to wear myself out holding back that caustic tongue all the time!

Stay tuned... (LOL) My butt-kicking workouts will resume shortly... Or is it "my kicking my butt workouts"? or is it........... Whatever, you get the point. I'm kicking my own butt and getting in shape.

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MADAMEAJA 2/24/2010 5:23PM

    Hey, had to share my experience with you. I've been on a compounded mix for a couple of months. Went in for muscle testing with my prescription and supplements in hand to see what came up since I was feeling so mellow I thought the meds weren't working and I was too hypo. Compound by itself tested very low. Compound with supplements (selenium, iodine and others in a mix) tested super strong. Compounds with supplements and my essential oil mix (combo of spearmint, lemon grass and cloves) was off the charts. Bottom line is, she said I probably haven't felt "normal" in a long time. I'm so used to the highs and lows of my other meds (especially the synthetics) that I forgot what feeling right was all about! Blood work happens in a week, so I'll see what that story tells. I'm glad you've got yours figured out for now!

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LIZAP11 2/8/2010 8:50PM

    I am glad it was sorted out...isn't it amazing how much the thyroid affects?!

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BARBARA_G 2/3/2010 2:01PM

    I'm so glad you figured out what was wrong and that you are feeling so much better! I'm sorry you had to go through that.


Thanks so much for organizing another SP rally!

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    What a rollercoaster for you!! So glad you figured out what is wrong and are back on track now! Woo Hoo!! Kick your butt hard Julee!! LOL emoticon emoticon

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_JULEE_ 2/2/2010 5:06PM

    Steph. You weren't a 'small tether'! You were my ANCHOR!!!

Thank you!


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LADYROSE 2/2/2010 3:21PM

    yep... in my opinion, children are much better served with a white wine and butter garlic sauce. ;)

YAY for life slooowly getting back to "normal".

Love ya hon... glad I could be a small teather to reality for ya.

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SALINA78 2/2/2010 3:00PM

Glad you got things in check!

Love having Julee BACK!!!

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Face it.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The years I spent undiagnosed and untreated took their toll on EVERY aspect of life. By 2004, when I was getting blood drawn every week to check my coumadin levels, I can honestly say I didn't look at myself in the mirror much if ever and when I did, I specifically AVOIDED really looking at my face. Probably had been avoiding looking at my face for a long, long time, too. Don't know for sure. I was more worried about the tracks developing over my veins. I know - weird.

One day, when I saw an acquaintance I hadn't seen for 10 years. He asked "what the he** happened to your face? Were you in an accident?" The bluntness of the question initially ticked me off, but I assured him that no, I had not been hit by a truck, it was persistent (and at that time, looked like neverending) health problems. He didn't mention my ever-increasing (at that time) girth. Hmmm....

I DO APPRECIATE BLUNTNESS. It might be like a slap in the face at first, but once you get past that, things are out in the open, you might as well deal with it.

I went home and really looked at my face. Road maps had developed under my eyes, the skin was fishbelly pale and had no elasticity. What was he talking about being hit by a truck? It wasn't until I took a photo of myself and looked at that. I saw it. One side of my face had atrophied so bad that one eye didn't open quite as far as it should, when I smiled one side of my face just didn't contract as much as the other and the smile was a little lopsided. I looked a bit like a stroke victim. I asked DH why he never said anything? No answer.

I was horrified. What the heck can you do about things like this? I started doing research and found that there are several face building programs out there. Now, there are doctors who will tell you that facial exercises do nothing, but when you take a look, you will see people who are in their 60s and over doing these exercises and they are line free. What's more, their faces are symmetrical - no cave-ins like what I had dealt with.

The facts are this: muscles do not stop at your neck. Toning your muscles in your face and neck changes the tone of your skin.

You're working on your body and getting rid of fat (and hopefully you're building some muscle cuz you REALLY NEED IT!) and when you lose weight, you lose it on your face, too. If you deprive your body of protein, your muscles atrophy EVERYWHERE - even on your face.

I tried to learn as much as I could about each facial exercise program as I could without actually buying it. I wasn't trying to rip anyone off, I just didn't want to get something that didn't work. Many do not really offer resistance training (I know, how funny does that sound when you're talking about your face?), basically the exercises are isometric. There is one out there that claims it's Aerobics for your Face and while I haven't tried it myself, it has gotten a few good reviews.

I'm happy to report that I've been doing facial building 1x to 2x per week since 2004 and my cave-in has pretty much filled in. The road maps under my eyes are mostly gone (I'm sure if I was more consistent and added a day to my regimen, they would be gone by now). I would post my before, but I'm still looking for it. I destroyed many pics of myself during the darkest days of my disease, and it hurt me to look at the 'hit by a truck' pic. It may not exist anymore.

Where to start? Well, first, if you have TMJ, don't do any of the exercises that involve pushing on your jaw. That seems like a no-brainer, but apparently some folks did it anyway.

Face exercises do not replace good skin care. They compliment it. Remember to wash your hands first. If you're not doing any basic skin care, you may want to think about that too.

Tom H. has five basic exercises for free on his website. He's an older man who doesn't tell his age anywhere that I can see, but he demonstrates these exercises pretty well and the written descriptions are good, too.

I've done all these exercises and got a good pump going in my face. What a nice person to share what he knows for free and not make you pay $50, $69 or $99!

I'm not here telling you that you MUST work your face. That is your choice. But I bet I'll be surprised at how many people just never even thought about it.

So, what do you do for YOUR FACE?

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_RAMONA 1/27/2010 10:34AM

    This is really interesting... I've actually been wondering about this... faces either 'droop' or 'sink'... I think I'm a drooper, and I've been wondering if I could impact on that in some simple way. A really good skin care routine has done wonders... my husband noticed the difference. I'm going to try these... I think this man has a lot of vibrancy to his face! THANKS for sharing!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

(BTW I found this... "So who is this guy making these strange faces at you? It's the creator of this website, Tom Hagerty. I'm 74 years old and have been doing facial exercises for a long time.")

P.S. ROFL!!! I've been wiggling my ears forEVER!!! Who knew it was good for my face! That must be why NOBODY ever guesses my age correctly! ;) But I can't wink my right eye AT ALL (never could actually)... no response what-so-ever... does this mean my face will be lopsided?!

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BARBARA_G 1/26/2010 4:45PM

    I never would have thought about exercising my face. But what you say makes allot of sense. Thanks for sharing.

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/25/2010 3:32PM

    Very interesting....I'm gonna have to take a look at that...thanks for sharing!

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SALINA78 1/25/2010 3:24PM

    Very interesting!
Never even thought of facial exercises.
Thanks for sharing.

Sorry the former acquaintance was so abrasive. Some people have no tact.

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LADYROSE 1/25/2010 3:13PM

    Nice! Thanks for sharing that link... I'll have to start doing some of those... Do my Mary Kay routine every day and that's helped with keeping me looking younger but I'm starting to get the icky chicken neck and sorta saggy on the cheeks.

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You have brains in your head.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

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BARBARA_G 1/21/2010 8:20PM

    I love Dr. Seuss!

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ELIZABETH-IN-AK 1/21/2010 7:52PM

    Words to live by. Dr. Seuss is a genius! Thanks.

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Dear Corn Refiners Association:

Friday, January 08, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of viewing one of your television advertisements. I don't watch much TV, but I've been ill lately and on too many days I've only had the energy to read, crochet or watch TV.

Your advertisement shows two apparent mothers, one pouring a sweetened soft drink out of a gallon jug, discussing corn syrup. The first mother snipes "you don't care what your kids eat" while the second one smoothly states "what about corn syrup? That its made from corn and is natural?"

Come on. Like people just aren't eating enough of it? Come on!

Let me first tell you, that I LOVE corn. I think it's in my DNA as I am of the original people. I eat it in one form or another nearly every day. Corn meal mush, grits, organic chips, popcorn. I add corn flour to my bread. I don't have one thing against corn.

But I don't let corn syrup cross my lips more than a couple times a year - usually in something that I myself or someone I know has made - like popcorn balls!

Do you realize that so many people's bodies react to corn syrup like alcohol? Have you any idea how many innocent looking foods contain corn syrup - luncheon meats, breads, even regular old ketchup (btw Organic ketchup usu does not).

Do you even care that the people who must rely on convenience foods or processed foods because of time constraints get big ol' dollops of corn syrup in EVERY SINGLE meal? Plain old sugar at every meal is toxic enough, but sugar-on-steroids corn syrup is probably why so many people are developing diabetes.

Much the way the thyroid goes nuts when it doesn't get enough iodine and the body develops antibodies, so it goes with the pancreas and the storm brought on by corn syrup.

It breaks my heart that so much corn goes to fuel instead of hungry people.

Why don't you convert a lot of that corn syrup you're so proud of into fuel? Seriously, it would do people much more good as fuel instead of food.

Then you wouldn't waste your time and ours on stupid television spots like the one I saw today.

Just my two cents.

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BOBBI1968 1/9/2010 9:02PM

    Yikes - I'm so glad that I'm getting away from all those processed foods. My daughter is a vegetarian and I'm learning a lot of better, more natural ways to eat as I try to prepare healthy meals for her and the rest of my family.

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CARAGA 1/8/2010 9:08PM

    That Food Inc movie I was talking about earlier - that led me to the ultimate step of doing vegetarianism had a segment about the use of corn in everything, I want to say that they were quoting something like 70% of all products on the grocery shelves have ingrediants processed down into unrecognizable forms from corn.

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BARBARA_G 1/8/2010 8:32PM

    I so agree. Corn syrup and other corn products seem to be in almost everything. I hear the reason for this is that corn is subsidized hence it's cheap. It's a strange new world. I'm not real sure what the health effects of corn syrup are vs. sugar. But I prefer sugar since I know what I'm getting.
In regards to using corn as fuel it's reprehensible when people are starving.

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_JULEE_ 1/8/2010 5:32PM

    I agree with you Steph. I have corn syrup in my pantry. But neither one of us actually eats it every day, do we?

It's definitely the VOLUME that people get daily - like you said, it's in nearly EVERY food that's processed.

I recognized her but wasn't sure from where - was sick and a dingbat during the Buffy years... :)

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LADYROSE 1/8/2010 5:27PM

    1) Not sure if you ever watched Buffy or not, but the lady in that commercial played Buffy's evil demon college roomie. Thought her being cast in the commercial was appropriate.

2) low sugar and organic ketchup are the only ones I've found so far w/o HFCS

3) There's some book or article about the cornification of America that is very scary.

4) I feel the same about corn syrup out of the jar as I do about salt - in it's actual form, no worries. It's when it enters the processing... process that issues arise. Salt isn't the enemy, it's when it becomes 'sodium' that the killer. Corn syrup in the jar has many culinary uses, it just doesn't need to be further processed to be put in everyfrackin'thing on the grocery shelf!


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