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ImageMoonhowl
May 8, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
This is the first post since 2016.... Time to catch up with everyone. Big Yellow Grin
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 9, 2017 3:58 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
Hiya Moonie! I made it, whew! A camp fire sure would feel nice around now. It stopped raining finally but it's cold up here!

Group hug
ImageMoonhowl
May 9, 2017 10:19 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
We have more rain later this week, but at least the temps are warmer. Not usual for us to have low 50's high 40's at night. But all the clear skies have us under ozone warnings... it is always something....grin

Need to open the windows here in camp...it is a bit musty.... Whistling
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 16, 2017 4:04 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
So Moon, how is your garden growing? I have no idea what's going on in my yard - when I get home the sun goes in and it's not very warm out there.. and the weekends have been crappy. Grumbling I took a walk around yesterday, oh boy... creeping charlie is in bloom. Thumbs down Hopefully this weekend will be fairly nice.
ImageMoonhowl
May 16, 2017 8:10 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Slowly but surely some things are coming back here are a couple pics.

Thumb of 2017-05-16/Moonhowl/62f438 Coreopsis Jethro Tull
Thumb of 2017-05-16/Moonhowl/d0f5a1 Stokesia ( the white one is a volunteer?)
Thumb of 2017-05-16/Moonhowl/71bf84 Clematis
Thumb of 2017-05-16/Moonhowl/2a7118 (your canna survived... Smiling let me know when you are ready to plant it

Fighting the darn weeds and it will be in the high 80's today....gotta get'em while it is cooler in the mornings.

Haven't been able to reach JJ and I can't find my list of addresses/phone numbers...it has to be around here somewhere...I am the only one who throws things away... Whistling
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 17, 2017 3:51 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
I may have something on JJ, I'll look at work.

We went to my favorite nursery last night, DH needed cigarettes. I bought a pot of lavender. I noticed Angela always picks stuff with lavender in it, lotions etc.. so when it blooms I can pick some and make her a posey.

My canna?? If you're giving I'll take. for sure! That's a pretty clematis, what cultivar is it? I bought 2 that were half dead last year (bogo) and it kind of looks like that. I forgot the name, I'll have to get my book o' tags out.

Have a good day!
ImageMoonhowl
May 17, 2017 7:05 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Check out this link on making lavender scented bath goodies.

https://gardentherapy.ca/bath-salts-recipe/

I promised you an orange canna during the summer, but we were going to wait til fall...that was in 2013....not such a good year for memory.. Whistling
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 17, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
There's lots of choices on that link.

I have to reread some of Lynnie's stuff over there. I'm probably 15 lbs heavier than this time last year. Whistling Of course I smoked and couldn't breathe, either. So now I'm an easy-breathing roly-poly. Hilarious! (as long as I take my medicine, that is).

It got so bad I got disgusted and joined weight watchers with Cutie (that's what we call DS's girl Katie). We shall see, I feel like a rabbit with all these salads & fruits & veggies.

Oh! I looked, I don't have a phone number for JJ. I have an address..

Have a great day!
ImageMaryE
May 17, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Can I sit on a log by your fire? It's cold here today and we still have a lot of yesterday's hail on the ground. My plants are thrashed and a lot won't bloom this year.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageMoonhowl
May 18, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
You certainly can Mary. Sometimes our fires are nothing but hot air, but even that can help warm you up. We have a "cold" front moving in Friday...rain for the next 5 days. Sorry about the plants...you have worked so hard this spring, it just doesn't seem fair.

Smiley, I found my lost list. I am probably the one who tucked it away for safe keeping. Whistling I hear ya on the smoking...My last blood work and physical had my Dr grinning and I have a quit date set in stone. Rolling my eyes.

Being a rabbit can be a good thing for a while, but yeah, it can get really old quickly. I have been using the King, Prince, Pauper diet and it has worked for me so far. I lost 60 lbs and have hit a plateau, but at least I am not gaining. Hurray! I have been doing 1000-1100 to help reset my calorie burn vs weight gain set point, and am starting to see a loss of a pound or so each week . My Dr said adding 50-100 mg of Niacin (B3) daily will help to increase the HDL cholesterol levels and help me reduce the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. You just need to make sure to take it right after a meal, or you will feel the OMG -Mother of hot flashes.... Blinking

The theory behind the KPP diet : Eat a really good breakfast and eat til you are sated (eggs, toast ,cereal/oatmeal, juice, coffee/tea yoghurt and fruit. We even occasionally have bacon or ham). Rolling my eyes.

Lunch is not as heavy, but filling (sandwich, salad/veggies,nuts/cheese.fruit, etc), and supper is light, (soup or salad ,chicken or fish). The final snack is a treat for being good, but you have to eat it at least a couple hours before bedtime...I have been treating myself to ice cream. in many different forms, and for the choco-holic that I am, they are all very satisfying and all under 200 calories. The brand is Skinny Cow.... Whistling https://www.skinnycow.com/products/icecream.aspx?utm_campaig...

The real secret is to not skip a meal and to only eat (slowly) until you feel full. Drink lots of water and green tea sweetened with stevia. Watch out for diet drinks and No carbonated diet/regular sodas.

Sometimes at supper, I am just not hungry, but on days like that, I make myself eat at least fruit and yoghurt or a salad. The calorie thing is important. The break down is roughly 400-500 at breakfast, 200 to 300 at lunch, 200 to 300 at supper plus under 200 for the dessert/snack reward. This works out to be 1000 to 1300 calories per day. Less than 600-800 per day throws your body into reserve mode...stores calories/fat rather than burning them and more than 1300 just sits there unless you are super active every day. Also, limit your salt intake as most prepared foods are high in sodium and that justs wreaks havoc on blood pressure and fluid retention.

As for exercise, every time you move, even just doing laundry, cleaning, gardening etc, you burn a few calories. I added walking, at first to maintain my sanity, and then because I feel better and sleep better. All the info from my DR, Jim's diabetes nutrition info and reading say that we should aim for no less than 6 hours nor more than 8-9 hours of sleep at night. More or less confuses our internal clock and induces cortisol production which encourages the body to store fat.

It has worked for me, and it makes me responsible and aware of what I am actually eating.
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 18, 2017 10:33 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
That's what DH calls the farmers diet. His grandparents were dairy farmers in Kentucky, they would eat like that. Much more healthy.

Lucky for me I don't drink soda pop, mostly just water. My problem would probably be that I don't drink enough of it, but I'm trying! I quit making coffee at work, I just bring a travel mug for in the car. I go right to the water cooler. With weight watchers, you are allowed so many points per day, according to your height, weight & age, and then there's a weekly hunk o' points in case you need them. Fruits and veggies are free, for the most part. There's a few that aren't. The points for food are based on calories. Carbs and sugar adds points, protein takes away points. They say to eat your allotted points every day to keep your metabolism going.

My chiropractor is all over me (literally and figuratively Hilarious! ) about eating slowly. He's into holistics and vitamins and all things healthy and actually massages my stomach and intestines when I go there. He said my stomach was all bunched up (I eat fast) and to slow down and chew my food to a pulp. Swallowing rocks of food is tough on the stomach, and on the intestines as well. I try to make a conscious effort to do that, but sometimes forget..

All in all, over the past 3 weeks I've found myself making smarter food choices - do I want to spend those points on 5 chips or 18 pretzels? (as an example)

I have skinny cow triple choco pops in my freezer! I love them!

Hi Mary! Welcome to our camp! So sorry about your plants, if you find you're in need of something let us know. I have lots of stuff that needs dividing. By the way, I have an NOID daylily my SIL gave us that we divided. It has pretty purple blooms and is one of the meatier ones. The term escapes me - diploid and ?? Confused ??

Have a great day, I'm off to do a little reading on the Kings of England. I'm up to Richard II (1377).

ImageMaryE
May 18, 2017 12:30 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thanks for the welcome!

Thanks for the offer of plants.... tetraploid (sp?) is the other term.... and I don't know what either one means. Confused but Smiling We could have some fun making trades.

Probably I would qualify as a modified health food nut. We eat breakfast out about once a week and have anything we want, then the rest of the week we alternate between an omelette with vegies in it, or cereal with fruit and nonfat Greek honey yogurt, sprinkled with sliced almonds, walnuts, or raw sunflower seeds. Or sometimes we have potato patties, or whole wheat pancakes with berry syrup or fresh fruit and yogurt. Lunch might be a sandwich or soup, or just leftovers because I still cook family size amounts. Cooking more at a time saves time and we like leftovers.... besides, cooking is not my favorite activity. If we go out to eat lunch or dinner, we try to keep our selections to healthy choices. The exception is a certain restaurant that serves the very best fish and chips.... We don't do the fast food thing.

You may wonder why we go out for breakfast and not dinner... there are a couple of reasons. First, we are up early and like to get our shopping and errands done and then have the rest of the day free. Second... the earlier in the day the more economical it is! We live 22 miles from town so try to limit our trips. And retirement gives us flexibility! Ummm, that's four.

I have a good source for organic produce since I work one morning a week at our local co-op and can bring home imperfect items. Among other things this week I got a cantaloupe that had been dropped on the floor, a small watermelon with a small bad spot, wrinkled tomatoes and romaine lettuce that had been replaced with fresher, better looking stock. Sometimes last week's stock looks fine until compared with the fresh stock. Bruised apples sometimes are just fine... just not saleable... and if they don't please us they do please my horse. There is a big difference between what people will buy and what is still edible.

A garden supplies many things we don't buy. I do quite a bit of canning and freezing. My garden season is just about to really start. Baby squash and tomatoes are waiting until after the last sort of predictable frost date, peas are in the ground, berry bushes and grape vines coming out of winter sleep, onions are planted, and garlic was looking wonderful until we got hit with marble sized hail on Tuesday afternoon. Now it looks shredded and I hope for a decent crop from the 1,000+ cloves I planted last fall. My buyer is the co-op.

It's interesting how different people choose to loose weight. Calorie counting, half portions, making breakfast big and other meals small, cutting back on treats, etc, and moving more. Winter is harder than summer, although I did get a fair amount of exercise shoveling snow last winter. I could loose about 15 pounds and never miss it. Gardening is my busy season, and sometimes I just grab a quick healthy snack and call it lunch.

Again, thanks for letting me sit here and ramble on.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageMoonhowl
May 19, 2017 12:19 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Mary, you are always welcome to ramble here. I have enjoyed reading your posts since before you were helping with the lambing. Much as Sharon did, you have a real knack for putting the day to day into words and you do paint some lovely word pictures.

I am so sorry about your garlic and peonies. I do hope the owls are okay. Sorry for your neighbors losing their crops. Mother Nature is still pretty unhappy it seems....floods, hail storms and freezes in May, rampant fires, tornados and heavy rains...Oh my. We are supposed to be caretakers, not destructive pillagers. Some folks just don't seem to understand that, nor take the message to heart. I too have plants to share. Not a lot is going to bloom this year as so much soil was washed away or buried things and I have lots of stuff sitting in rescue pots. Our group of gypsies is pretty good about sharing what we have with each other and you are welcome to list what you want/must replace.

Smiley, you asked about the clematis...it was supposed to be Clematis roguchi The President But it was mislabeled.
https://clematisinseattle.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/the-pr...
Most of the plant tags floated away or got buried. I am just happy to have saved the ones I did, even though I no longer have their names. I lost my C 'Belle of Woking' A huge white bloom and my C 'Polish Spirit' A rich deep purple

Belle: https://garden.org/plants/photo/71784/

Spirit http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-polish-spirit.html

I am afraid I am not one to chase points and keep track of substitutions...I do okay once I know calories per serving of things I like (especially 'cuz I write it down in my food notebook) Yeah, i have one of those. Jim has Type 2 diabetes so he has all kinds of info laying around. Fortunately he does not require insulin injections, but is able to do diet and meds.


What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageMaryE
May 19, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thank you, Jean. It's nice to be appreciated. I do enjoy writing. Sometimes the words and phrases just pop into my head, and at other times I struggle to describe something. When I was in high school English composition class we did an exercise where we each wrote a paragraph, then the teacher collected and redistributed them. We all rewrote another person's work, then the pages were collected again and again. Nobody knew whose work they were reworking. It was fun. Now I just rework my own messes. That is not as much fun.

I'm glad that Jim's diabetes can be controlled with diet and meds. I can imagine how difficult that might have been when you had half the neighbors living in your house after the flood.

I checked out the clematis links. All beautiful but WOW that white one! After two attempts to grow clematis here, I have given up. Hot, dry winds and clematis don't mix. Last year I bought a nice wisteria, babied it all summer and it woke from the base this spring, then got frozen, and now the hailstorm.... the jury is still out. I have Virginia Creeper that does well, and a honeysuckle (Hall's) that did wonderfully for a few years climbing on the arbor near the back door.... and then it died for no reason that I could determine. I guess if we don't try the impossible we will never really know....
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageMoonhowl
May 19, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
You are most welcome Mary. Should you so desire, you are welcome to start a thread here...a Mary's Garden/Farm complete with voles, gophers and of course Patch and the owls. It can be as private or public as you like. My Dear Ms Smiley is our Tech Support here at the camp and has been wizard at setting things up.

Even though she is at the top of the US in Buffalo and I am pretty much at the bottom, and we have never had the opportunity to actually meet face to face, we have been friends for what seems a lifetime. I know you will enjoy getting to know her also.

My Senior Class song was from the play, Man of La Mancha. We were big time dreamers in the class of 1969. Smiling I do believe in looking toward the impossible and being able to see past obstacles, even if it only involves a single plant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGzqbEeVWhs
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 19, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
Hello Ladies!

Good afternoon! This seems to be the best time of the day for me to post. I found that posting at 6am doesn't work very well. Blinking So many comments I want to make, I'll never remember them all.

Diploid and Tetraploid (thanks Mary!) - I remember reading on ATP about that, I believe it's the number of chromosomes ?? I can tell the difference - the dips are more graceful and slender with high placed flowers - reminds me of a ballerina. The tets are meatier, similar to myself. Hilarious!

Moon coaxed me out of my shell way back on DG Lovey dubby . I was trying to retreat and she asked me to come out & play. She's been one of my bestest friends, online or in person, ever since. Someday we will meet, Moon. Group hug

It was really fun to set up this cubit. Moon, I think... (the ole' brain...) were you in Australia for part of the unveiling, or when it was in beta? I remember struggling with the banner, and playing with the colors. That's right up my alley. Hilarious!

regarding the food thing - I just like food. Period. All kinds of food. Except liver. Glare And I love to cook, that doesn't make it any easier to lose weight. I gained about 20 lbs in the process of quitting smoking, I would cook and bake to keep my hands busy. Ah well, hopefully I can lose that and some extra.

Y'all have a great day, I have to get back to the grind! (we need the waving guy!)

ImageMoonhowl
May 19, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Yup. Of that I am sure, Julie. Lovey dubby I call DLs Pretty, Fancy and Prissy...I can never keep the proper terminology straight. I was gone for a part of the set up and Beta...trying to stay in touch with us being 16+ hours apart was interesting. Whistling I still love your banner...it is unique to the gypsies. Thumbs up
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 23, 2017 11:21 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
Oy, the sun must be shining outside. We are so busy here at work! It's a good thing I don't have a window.. Big Yellow Grin

How are the aussie boys doing? They must be getting pretty darned big by now. It's been a while since I've seen a picture.

I'd better get back to it, my cohort had to leave, she came in this morning practically in tears - yesterday her toilet overflowed and got a bunch of stuff wet. So I told her to go home and take care of her rugs.

Have a great day! Group hug
ImageMoonhowl
May 23, 2017 12:33 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Poor Katie. Wet floors are such a pain. I found my lost list...JJ and I talked for over 3 hours last night. Big Yellow Grin

The Aussie boys are indeed growing up and way too fast. Aidan will be 12 in August and Ethan just had his 8th birthday in April

Thumb of 2017-05-23/Moonhowl/0ff91c Aidan scaring the gator in New Zealand...


Thumb of 2017-05-23/Moonhowl/9c4a68 Ethan's 8th birthday

and the youngest grand and only girl. Eden, 3 being fearless on the slide

Thumb of 2017-05-23/Moonhowl/d01a51
What I don't know is why books are written.
Imagesmiley
May 24, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
What cuties! Ethan favors your daughter.

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