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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

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