Postaday asks if you had a Robot what would you have it do. I would have to say I would love one to weed my gardens.
Oh my knees are hurting bad and to have a shiny machine going up and down each row, gently pulling just the weeds and allowing all my pretty flowers to take center stage now that I would call a perfect garden helper!
Tag Archive: Health
Postaday asks if you had a Robot what would you have it do. I would have to say I would love one to weed my gardens.
So far behind I saw I have 300 of your blogs I have yet to see. Getting this place squared away is becoming a full time job and all I want to do is create. Don’t feel bad :) I work around here potting up flowers and cutting the lawn and am now thing of building a set of stairs leading down to the lower yard so I can weed whack easier. We had a small straight tree fall one day and it has laid where we left it after cutting off all the limbs it is time for me to re-purpose. I will make some cuts into the hill and add a piece of tree then cut a little further down and do another level till I am at the bottom and have used the whole tree! Yes eventually it will rot and become one with the soil but it’s OK by then I will not want to mow this place anymore. My man misses mowing so I have him do things around here I can’t. Like he is taking the pieces from our gazebo and re-purposing them into a structure I can use as a greenhouse. I will ask him to dig a root cellar too! He has taken apart a generator for one piece to use on our windmill so we can do away with that bank of HUGE batteries and go direct from wind to plug I like the idea of living green and using things till they are trash and even then I recycle them into their proper container at the town dump.
Update on Mom she finds out today if she can come home which means I will go stay with her for 5 days a week at her home. I will cook and clean for her. I will take her through her rehab moves and get her to appointments and do shopping for her. My brother needs rest and less worry he is not well and if I can do this for the two of them it is the least I can do. Since Dad died we have not been a close family pain and hurt and loss can do that or in some families it can make your stronger. I will do all I can and not kick myself for things I can’t. I have come a long way in a year and for that I am so grateful.
Just got word from son that the piece he sent to NYC Art Museum for a auction to help the gallery sold for more than $6,000.00 my wish is that he now sees himself as a true artist and not a troubled soul. Good news from all sections of my life and yet more reasons to be filled with joy.
The birds greet me each morning with beautiful songs and the bears have not bothered us for awhile but I bring in seed for the night but then mice came in for seed and cat worked overtime :) all is finally right and hole repaired! Way I see it if a mouse can come in so can a SNAKE and that will not happen on MY WATCH!
I have been taking photos and adding them into my online stores with early morning coffee while the home is full of sleeping sounds from the three of them and in the evenings while watching my music shows The Voice and American Idol I paint. I am trying to do a body of work as my teacher asked me to do. I have chosen trees for now but have no idea of the best way to preserve them and keep them clean and ready to share when I am ready. If you are an artist how do you do this? I am too prolific to fame each piece and really just want them ready so when asked to show portfolio they look as nice as when I signed them. Not sure what to do. Most of mine are made to float not for mats. So much easier to take a photo and sell them as prints or as a shower curtain or some bedding or maybe a card. 50 to 100 pieces of Watercolor Art is ALOT how do you do it?
I will leave you with one I just did and a photo or two of my flowers and my wish for you all here in the US is for a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend it will be my BLOGS anniversary when I first met some of you dear friends another reason for gratitude. For those in other countries you know I wish you well and what ever the weather in your part of the world I hope you are enjoying it and getting out as well. Life is too short to let it fly by.
I am working on catching up with as many of you as I can. Have a great week!
Hi everyone! Can you believe it is already mid May I want to stop the clock now days are going to fast! I have had so many things going on as you know so I wanted to let you know things truly are a little better. Mom was removed from hospital and they found a bed in a rehabilitation place for her to get help with horrid pain and get her on her feet to recovery. Pain is a life changer if you have dealt with it you know what I mean some days you just don’t think life is worth living and we are grateful she now does. I have not really been close to my brother since Dad died he went his way in sadness and me in mine but on Mother’s Day we had a great one! He even snuck in our Mom’s cat which I swear was the turn around in her sadness that and we laughed together for 4 hours it really is the best medicine isn’t it.
I did not ask if I could make them famous with adding their photos here so I won’t but they are just what my heart needed. I am so blessed and grateful for all the prayers said.
The yard is coming back slowly but surly after one nasty winter. I have mowed one section the part down alongside the river twice already. The bears are causing a ruckus up and down the roads in the area I call home. The birds are full of the sweetest sounds. You can not help but feel joy when sounds of nature fill you head from sun up till sun down.
Why do I paint the house lol for them to move in I guess. I am happy they love my place just wish they were not so messy :)
Yes I am still taking photos but I have been painting up a storm as well, no surprise for you all I am sure :).
I received a message from a friend that she wanted to commission me for a piece of Artwork. I laughed and said “I am no artist” I am just chilling :) She insisted she wanted me to do a painting with just two trees with a lively background so I whipped out 2 watercolors for her to choose from. They are for her granddaughter’s 2 nd birthday she is creating an art collection for her. With each passing birthday she will acquire a work of art depicting the age she will be in the subject matter. This will not be an easy thing in my eyes to pull off after 5 :) so this year being 2 she wanted two trees from me. I did them on 11×15 in the vertical way on 140lb paper. I will let you see.
Now for the finished products I think lol she better come quick!
It was stressful to make something for someone personal but I am sure in time I can relax more and just do my thing.
I thank you for the follows and hope you have a wonderful weekend! It will rain here damn I wish I could send it west to put out all the fires but since I can’t I will clean the house, paint and see Mom.
Ok now I know if I was good I would have added photos to get the point across even better but they are just plain ugly as is cancer of any kind.
Please don’t use sun tanning beds.
Don’t roast and roll as I did for years.
Always wear SUNSCREEN!!!!!
8 Stitches on my face
Huge amounts of swelling
All are a reminders of how careless I was about my health.
Please protect your children as well.
They did not have sunscreen when I was young but I know I never would have worn it anyway.
I was out for the glow!
Blondes look pretty when they are tan you know what I mean.
Well if I have any more scars than this one down the road I know I did it to myself but it is too late for regrets
So protect your SKIN
For Healthy Eyes
Originally posted on recoveryhealth™:
Open full eyes and keep fix vision on mirror. Now do face up side and round half circle left to right and right to left, 10 times and same process keeping face to down side, 10 times. After that round full face clock wise alternate Left side and right side, 10-10 times. In between this exercise feel dust in side the eyes and after some days slowly come out dust and natural gap would be between eyes and eyes lens, Regularly do this. After this exercise feel Bright and Healthy vision, Fresh and Healthy eyes.
Note:- Keep attention should be fix vision on mirror, Along this exercise.
It’s good for you!
Originally posted on Sarah Lynn Smile:
When I first cut Coffee Mate out of my life, I used full fat coconut milk the occasional half and half in my coffee. It’s pretty good…but the minute I realized how easy homemade almond milk is to make (and then tried it), I can’t go back. I’ll splurge on half and half when I go to Starbucks, but at home…this is the stuff. It blends beautifully with my morning french press!
Before I show you how easy it is…I want to show you why I cut Coffee Mate (as delicious as it might be) out of my life:
Water, Corn Syrup Solids, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, and/or Cottonseed Oil, (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat), and Less Than 2% of Sugar, Modified Cornstarch, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, (Milk Derivative), Not a Source of Lactose Color Added, Artificial Flavor, Mono And Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60
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What do girls born and raised in New England do on a warm winter’s day? Well if they own a home and dream of spring days in mid January they go outside! It was in the forty’s yesterday and the sunshine felt good. I dressed warm enough for a little exercise never knowing how much I would actually do as I began.
Now if you are a follower of Living and Lovin you know I love my wild birds. Last year over 300 pounds of just the black oil sunflower seeds were devoured. That is enough for me to use them as dependents on my IRS Tax Form! We the winter is in full swing and they are once again depending on me to help them through. So on this gorgeous day it was time to clean up some of the mess they made as the snow was gone in most parts from where I hang their feeders and spread seed on the ground for all who do not fly up to the many feeders here. What a mess there was of empty shells. So here it was mid January and I had a rake one used for raking leaves in the fall and a snow shovel and a ice chopper. Yes we need many tools when you own a home in New England. I raked the piles up and then picked them up to shovel over the edge where the ducks and ground birds could pick out the corn and unopened shells.
This is one of the piles I was able to shovel and scatter below in the Lilacs and other small bushes.
Seasons here often get mixed up. As you can see by two of the tools I used a lot.
Then it was time to chop ice and do I mean CHOP I hurt so bad after three hours but you see it was going to go back to winter so I had to do all I could.
The yard is so flooded by the beavers downstream my yard ruined once again by the release of a lake in a river that no longer flows downstream. So I had ducks here, three pairs of Mallards.
Snow and sun and no cropping of this shot but you see what I mean. I came in and wrote the State of New Hampshire a note saying to clean the river out of my yard and added lots of pretty photos hope it works.
I grabbed a few wheat thins and a glass of water and some yummy humus for a snack then packed up the cameras and JT and went to the shore. I figured a nice ride after all the work I did and a walk with my best girl at the beach would make me feel better well I hurt real bad on way home but had a beautiful early evening there as her and I walked. I stopped going to Weight Watchers so it is important to stick with the plan and exercise to keep all I have lost OFF even if it KILLS ME :) She found a nasty looking tennis ball for me to throw and I thankfully placed her stick I had been kicking into my back pocket. She always finds treasures just like us. We are a perfect family.
How is that for a pretty way to end a backbreaking day. There are huge seals out on those rocks enjoying the day just like us.
It was nice but not that nice! :)
Now today it is snowing to beat the band as they say in these parts and no matter if I am ready to shovel or not I must. I will try to remember the beautiful night along the shore and when the storm is but a memory head right back over there.
Have a great Weekend
Sorry so many posts lately, as I post too my Custom Pieces blog I also re-blog here and over on 20 Lines D Day.
Want to keep you up with what I am doing to get through the winter months. Photography and Jewelry making and selling them as well.
I had to go see the skin doctor yesterday for my shot and I really thought I would be in and out. Stupidly I asked a question of her “What’s This?” she precedes to tell me we will know for sure when the results come back on the procedure she is about to do. HUH ? Me the SUN LOVIN GIRL? I will not stress and I will start to behave. I am just a few years from 60, YIKES did I say that! I am so NOT 60 LIKE :) That used to be so OLD!!! ! Wait so many of you who I adore are also over 50 so maybe I AM, damn how did that happen lol so yes I am going to continue to have FUN!
After we left we headed towards the sea I always feel better when I can walk and breath in the smells from the salty air. I felt it was right to go there as it is where all the sun damage came from.
I hooked JT to her pretty leash and put a camera into my pants pocket and one around my neck just incase. I know, I am laughing too, when don’t I not put it up to my eye.
Her and I could not legally go onto the beach here with her Daddy, you know the rule breaker I am, well today I was not going to push that envelope. Be good Eunice. So off we went for our walk along the coastal route even though darkness was close I had light colors on so we should be safe though an awful lot of drunk drivers take this road so I was extra careful to keep a watchful eye on my little black pup. I had said to him maybe I will see the sunset and he laughed and said it is already almost done, you won’t see anything except maybe the moon if we stay late enough. Doubting Thomas he is! See I know this world I live in and yes had I been at my regular spot it may have been better in some way but again I was on a beach I spent every day on in my 20’s where sunburns, really bad ones, were this norm for this blonde, blue eyed girl.
As we started out JT found a stick for me to kick for her to scamper after and pick up and give for me to throw again and again or she would drop it up ahead and I would kick and she would chase on her long leash, yes I held it with my good side. Left shoulder too trashed and painful to chance it. So up along the Mansions we went, very few with signs of life in them as it is winter and if you are rich why would you stay.
That box you see off in the distance on the right side of photo is not for birds it is an alarm in case the Nuclear Plant down the street fails then these alarms which are all over the area, will go off letting the residents run for their cars and make a run for a safer place not that I think it will really matter if a Nuke Plant has a failure. None of us will ever be safe.
So much better in person I really wish I had taken some classes on how to take pretty photos as the light disappears.
Yes you can clearly see it is cold in New England.
Just a stunning way to end a day or in my case as the sun comes up or hangs around all day or it sets I love this gorgeous Sun we have to make our life feel so much better, yes I swear it is where I get my Sunny Outlook on LIFE!
Eating over the Holidays
Originally posted on Praise 1300:
It’s that time of year: Holiday office parties, Christmas dinners, sugar cookies and festive cocktails. Add to the mix a dose of holiday stress and there’s no wonder why most of the average American’s annual weight gain occurs between October and February.
Here are 5 tips to avoid excessive weight gain during this holiday season:
- De-stress. Holiday stress can raise cortisol levels, contributing to belly/visceral fat. Counter stress with the “Luckie 7″ breathing technique: Inhale to a count of 7, hold for a count of 7, exhale to a count of 7. Do this 7 times.
- Catch some Zzzzzzs. A lack of sleep can suppress leptin ( hormone that signals fullness) and heighten ghrelin ( hormone that signals hunger).The adverse effect on these hormones can contribute to overeating. Low quantity/quality sleep can also exacerbate the stress many of us feel this time of year. Attempt to get 7-8 hours of…
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Originally posted on Praise 1300:
Good posture – holding the head, shoulders and trunk in perfect alignment – creates balance, which allows our many physiological systems to function optimally. When we habitually sit, stand or walk in a less than a fully aligned position, muscles stretch or contract to accommodate. This can result in chronic imbalances that can lead to pain. Studies dating back to the 19th century also suggest our posture affects mood, energy and self-confidence, all of which affect how attractive we appear to others.
Here’s four tips for maintaining good posture and keeping it all the way cute:
• It’s not just sitting for hours on end that’s bad for you; it’s how you sit. The dangers of sitting have garnered plenty of attention in recent years, especially since we have become a society of sitters. Sitting for long periods comes with many health risks, including obesity and cardiovascular disease. But…
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Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New guidelines could result in one in three adults being on cholesterol medicines called statins. Previously, the focus was on cholesterol numbers in determining whether you should take statins. But the new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology put the focus on groups at risk for heart attacks and strokes.
For example, the guidelines say all people with type two diabetes between the ages of 40 and 75 should take statins.
“If you’ve had coronary disease, you have diabetes, if you have greater than a 7.5 percent ten-year risk of having a heart attack, you derive benefit from being on Crestor or Lipitor or Zocor no matter how low your cholesterol starts,” said Dr. Stephen Gimple, a cardiologist at North Kansas City Hospital.
The guidelines also stress lifestyle changes and statins rather than additional medicines.
Originally posted on KFOR.com:
You may inadvertently be getting more than you bargained for when you put paprika in your chicken paprikash.
A new Food and Drug Administration report,”Pathogens and Filth in spices,” says that 12% of U.S. spice imports are contaminated with bug parts, rodent hairs and other ingredients more appropriate to a witches’ brew than your mother’s favorite recipe.
The FDA study also found that 7% of spice imports the inspectors examined were contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella are toxic bacteria that can trigger diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
The amount of “filth” the FDA found in imported spice was twice that found in other kinds of imported food. The report characterized this as a “systemic challenge.”
The agency conducted the research to figure out what kind of risks the contamination poses to the American public and what the FDA can do to lower any kind of health risks.
There is good news, however, regardless…
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We can all do our part :)
Originally posted on life portOfolio:
I came across this picture inMind Blowing Factsand I was indeed mind blown…
At first I got disappointed cause all I saw was numbers so I took it as a sign that, since everyone else could read it, I was the stupid one… But wait, It does work!
You gotta try this one, yes, read it!
So did you read it?
Isn’t that impressive???
It was early Friday and we thought for sure there would be no rain if we went far enough north. We packed the dogs water and food for her and some fruit and sandwich fixings in case we got hungry as well. We have not seen rain for two weeks and are due to have some and yesterday a few light showers passed through the White Mountains of New Hampshire but it did nothing to dampen our day as we are determined New Englander’s(wait is that a real word, lol?)
We headed up the highway till we hit the notch and the travelled across Route 112 West in search of a spot to get some panning done in the river and swing the metal detectors. JT had her agenda as well simply just to PLAY!
We dropped her daddy off at the river while I took a familiar ride to most of you,
though this time the color was not so brilliant I was either a few days late or maybe early. It was still a nice 20 mile ride to get a hot cup of coffee and for me and my girl to have some alone time. She loves riding shotgun with me two chicks in a black truck yes you know we turn heads lol.
Some of you already know I have a shoulder that has been hurting badly and having just had an injection by the surgeon I was up to getting out and since I can not see him till Halloween why not celebrate by spending time out in nature with my two favorites.
Now for a few shots of color I captured along the way.
This shot I took beside me while I was at the gas station fueling up.
Summer and Fall play Tug O War
No fall color to steal the beauty of the covered bridge this year.
JT and I may not have found a lot of color along the stream but we found a little Zen and her daddy found some color in his pan!
Clearly some of the trees were more like me holding on to Summer for all it is worth. Fall may be pretty to look at but next comes cold and snow and that is not welcome in my world yet. Poor folks in WY and SD just got hammered with a nasty blizzard and all-weather marches our way thankfully it is 2,000 miles away.
We left the river and climbed up to capture a pretty view which you can find even if the weather is not perfect.
As we traveled southeast I stopped to capture a few shots of a lake and to let the dog stretch her legs it had been a long day of riding and walking so I will add a few more photos of the lake as I end this post and get back to catching up on as many of yours as I can with the sun showing up I maybe pulled away again .
Have a great weekend!
I forgot. Yesterday was a day I listed to some Janis Joplin tunes as it was the day she died so long ago and as I traveled down 16 S I saw a place for Old Hippies and I needed some perfume, that I have worn as my signature scent since the late 60’s, yes Patchouli Oil lol “old hippies” (well I was just a tad too young to be a real one thankfully or I may not have made it either) I am told by the young girl inside come in for it all the time. This was the decoration outside their door. Now what a way to end a perfect trip for COLOR!
Originally posted on Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News:
Image Source : Wikimedia . org
U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Veronica Pierce
Veterinarians, health officials and dog owners are alarmed by the mysterious recent deaths of four dogs in Ohio. Some experts suspect the dogs may have died a few days after exposure to a virus that’s normally found in pigs.
Three dogs in the Cincinnati area and a fourth dog near Akron died in August after exhibiting symptoms that included vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
“We feel obligated to make sure pet owners are aware this is happening,” Erica Hawkins, communications director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, told the Dispatch. “Supportive therapies can be helpful if started early enough.” [10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species]
The three dogs from Cincinnati…
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Save your LIVER!
Originally posted on Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News:
Friday, September 06, 2013 by: PF Louis
(NaturalNews) The liver is the largest solid organ in our bodies. It can be adversely affected by poor diet and lifestyle choices, alcohol consumption, acetaminophen, non-prescription pain killers, and the myriad of toxins in our environment.
It is responsible for filtering blood from toxins and converts waste products from metabolic functions into urea to be eliminated by urine. It creates bile to help digest fats and carbohydrates.
It also filters out toxins from the blood stream and synthesizes glutathione, the master antioxidant that also helps recycle other spent antioxidants. It also helps balance blood sugars and creates red blood cells.
As our liver goes, so goes our overall health. A poorly functioning liver can push one into diabetes. Acute liver dysfunction includes hepatitis A, B, and C, which are considered infectious…
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I spent years really living on the edge but a very slippery edge, indeed.
I was a trucker who worked and worked, never getting enough rest. I was young and fearless.
After a divorce and a bad wreck( no not of my doing, lol )thankfully, life for me was so very different.
I lost my balance. I fell. I fell into deep sadness. Yes I mucked about pretending all was well but clearly everyone could see how I had changed. I lost ME.
Well things are back on an even keel.
I have a blessed life.
I see that now.
I blog with people all over the world who have had such deep sadness in their lives. I also have some followers so full of joy, it is contagious.
You see I had stopped caring. I stopped LIVING.
When I found WordPress I was in search of who I was.
I had to pick a name for my new blog and it came easy, Living and Lovin, as that is really all I searched for.
I am here to tell you that I found it and then some.
I eat right now and actually exercise in the amounts I need. Balance it is a good thing.
I wake daily and with coffee see what blogging buddies are up too.
I eat breakfast and do the housework. For years I really had stopped caring.
I now work in my garden.
Play with the dog.
Have conversations with the love of my life.
I thought I had it all till sadly it was gone. My edge may have been different from yours but clearly living on the edge is hard for anyone eventually. It will catch up to you.
It has been a long winding road but finally no longer do I stand on a slippery slope of sadness and despair. No longer a part of the rat race of life. I have taken back who I really am. I wake each day thankful for all I have. I do stop to smell the ROSES, well all the flowers. How could I have gotten so far out of whack? Are others as well and still not knowing it?
For me it is about BALANCE.
Doing what needs to be done and making time for play.
I play usually with a camera in tow so now they can all see the change. Pretty dramatic even when I look back.
My wish for all of you is to find your balance. With work, love, life and play. When you are out of whack that is truly living on the edge.
Originally posted on Healthy Body with Tamie Cox:
Ditch Diets Forever and Have Fun this Summer,while releasing weight naturally.
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Well spring has arrived here in NH and that means added joy and hope for better days ahead, not just for me but for all living things who need this planet to survive themselves. I hope the weather in your spot here on earth is not under water. I want my old planet back when you could count on normal weather but sadly we have done so many things wrong and usually it is not the super wealthy who get hurt the most. Not fair that I can say.
So I wanted to let you know I am so happy, no not just because of the flowers starting to bloom or the heat being turned of for most of the day but REALLY HAPPY, filled with joy from letting go of STUFF, physically and mentally purging is good for one’s soul, house too! Have you started spring cleaning yet?
My son and I are back to being able to speak to one another and for that all the pain I went through for 10 days was worth it. LOL He is happy and putting tons of ART out there and having fun isn’t that what we all want for our children.
I have been getting more of my prints out there for sale and soon will step back into my studio to melt some glass and see what this new joy will look like in beads and fused objects. I will do some more Zentangle as well but all of that will wait till gardens are in and house is painted 1/2 a house painted has to end!
Beading with tiny seed beads has taken a backseat for now I just have actually been to busy and too happy to sit still and ouch the body feels it! I may do a piece for special people or myself but not for sale anymore as they want them for free see you can teach an old dog new tricks!
So let me add a photo for you all let me know if you LIKE IT lol
Blossom/leaf from Pear tree
Have a great day!
Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:
New study shows that even organic diets can contain surprising concentrations of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Avoiding plastic and personal care products known to include endocrine-disrupting BPAs may not be enough to limit exposure to the toxic chemicals, according to University of Washington researchers who recently published a study that illustrates some surprising BPA pathways in the food chain.
Based on the findings, the researchers concluded that people may be exposed to these chemicals in their diets, even if their meals are organic and foods are prepared, cooked and stored in non-plastic containers. And children may be most vulnerable, they said.
Phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are synthetic endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Previous studies have linked prenatal exposure to phthalates to abnormalities in the male reproductive system. Associations have also been shown between fetal exposure to BPA and hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression in girls.
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Hi everyone. No I am not lost but usually I shovel then suffer in pain but it is the workouts that have me seeing consistent success now at the scale on Tuesdays and is getting me closer to goal which will be a HEALTY weight never scrawny . I need my strength to make it through my meditation as well as that new English Garden I will be working on if winter ever let’s go of her death grip up here. No don’t worry just hard on old broken bodies but my sense of humor such as it is will get me to spring oh and the rains! Today NH is under the spell of another huge storm and why I am getting rains when others are getting twelve more, heavy wet inches of snow I have no idea but you know I am so grateful for each and every drop for it is melting our snowpack and snow on the roofs is shrinking too he said it was too slippery to climb up yesterday which worried me with the weight of heavy wet snow ruining so many homes and businesses elsewhere. Well I sold my conversion van and made another friend. She too is an author with all of you here I follow and follow me I can surely get my three written! I sold the van to get cash to fix my pick-up the one with the PLOW kind of late now as the birds are already singing their hearts out looking for the prettiest girls in town. I will scrub hummingbird feeders again to make sure no dust has gotten into the bags I store them in and get the seeds started for my garden even if I have to grow in 5 gal. buckets or a pallet have you seen that on Pinterest? I think this year I will even start Sunflowers in egg cartons or yogurt cups as I have plenty of empties and this way after the diet of black oil sunflower seeds I have been going through with my wildlife so far almost 400 lbs. of seed, they will not be able to dig up the ones I hide to line my yard with. Hard to outsmart wildlife though I am sure something hungry will come for the green growth like us and our salad greens!
So how have you all been? Life good or hard right now? I love hearing from you all and that some of you are regular visitors to my Portfolio Blog please me. You can comment on any blog. Tell me if you like certain photo or what you don’t like remember the only thing I have ever been a professional at is a driver, a big rig driver so you can help by chiming in . Some of you know I have been selling my photos on FAA under Eunice Miller and that I even set up a Facebook page that will link my photographs I have placed for sale right to their site in most cases. If you are artists that have begun to follow my blog thank you. Blogging has made me a better photographer still not anything to write home about but me and my little Kodak Easy Share once in a while capture something pretty and moving to some besides me for which I am thankful for isn’t that why we decide to step out of our nice comfy spot at home and reach out to the world at large with art and words. I would not have gotten to know you all had I not taken that very first step last Memorial Day weekend. I am blessed by each and every one of you and I think you already know that by what we have shared.
Now it wouldn’t be a Living and Lovin blog without a photo or two so this is what I have been thinking of
My Lilacs in full bloom calling out to all the insects and pretty butterflies that adore them as much as I do even Ron loves them JT loves to smell them she is a girl you know and all girls love pretty flowers.
For the bees to arrive so my fruit trees will bless us and the wildlife who also love fruit.
Now the Forsythia that are all over this place we call home are sure signs of SPRING arriving.
Now for this year along with the new English Garden area Ron will make me a sculpture as he was a welder for 35 years before retiring early with injuries. I am thinking something in pretty copper but maybe a mix if they can be put together with the arc from his welding rod. He is the pro so I will let him do his thing and praise the heck out of him because he is a good man to put up with me and so much sadness though it has gotten so much better since I have stopped hiding. So look for a blog on his artist work in the future here.
I will also divide my Hostas for an upcoming Garden Club Plant Sale in early May and take some new Lilacs and move them to my berm on the eastern side of my property I will add some shoots of Forsythia on berm as well because they will look beautiful as they grow and drape along this area with the Lilacs up above with a few little pretty shaped Pines. It will provide me with Privacy yes but mostly block the Orange Fence(plastic snow fence) from my view while I sit and tend to my garden since I do not see her as ever taking it down, even though it sits on the towns right a way.
So for now I will look and deal with the CRUD of Winter with visions of a beautiful spring!
We will hang out by the sea a lot till them even on a lousy weather day we can always find a ray of hope here along the water’s edge.
Take care everyone and again stop in at anyone of my places here on the world-wide web, you are more than welcome.
So this is how the yard looked as we heard about NEMO arriving in our section of the US.
We got gas in the pick-up truck and in a gas can for our very old snow blower, we just hoped
it could stand up to the storm they were predicting for us. They said from 1 foot of fresh
light powder type snow to 2 feet in some places. The also said the winds would be wild.
I am here to show and tell that yes it arrived and what a storm it was. We never lost power
as so many did just south of us, maybe lots north of us as well I never watched the news we were too busy
You see the snow just started falling and it seemed it would never stop. I said I would stay up all night
and shovel it off as three inches fell, you know I have a bad back and plow truck is broken and I wanted
to help him as I knew him with a bad heart would be hours moving it from the rest of our yard. Well I fell
asleep and woke at 4 AM to let the dog and cat out. That wasn’t happening as the snow was up against the back door,
so in a robe, Bright Red(would help to find me if I fell and cracked my head, lol) and winter boots pulled on
over bare feet I stepped outside while JT and Rhythm watched from the warm living room, with their legs crossed,
as their Mom shoveled a 10′ long path for them to go do their business . The cat stepped out and right back in, her litter box is
all she would need. JT could pee but need more room to do anything else so here I am, snow coming down making and area wider
at the end of the path for her boy does she have a good Mommy. Now I forgot to tell you the snow was deeper than the boots I use in winter,
I refuse to wear knee-high boots for anything besides fashion!
She was now done and waited to be wiped dry, yes she is so spoiled and now I have just had a workout and unable to sleep, so I worked on the computer
and had my coffee and waited for daybreak, so I would not wake the dead(my neighbors) when I started the snow blower, my intent was to punch a path for
the pets and the wild birds who feed on the ground. It would be fast, NOT! It took 2 hours for me behind the machine to make a path through the snow that
had not yet stopped and to clear an area below the bird feeders. He was up by now with all the racket and he took over. He was out there for 8 hours moving
snow! Remember we have a small and very old snow thrower.
Here are some after shots.
Can you see the roof I went up and had to shovel that as he took all the snow I threw down and blew the yard all over again!
Did I tell you I hate winter and do you know those of us 55 and old are 4 times more likely to have a heart attack. The place was now safe
but were we? I hurt in places I never thought I could and that damn thing I wear on my hip to show how much activity I have done after 3 and a half
hours shoveling the roof only said I did hardly ANYTHING for exercise talk about adding insult to injury.
So I am off for weigh in and I am probably up a pound but hey I had to keep my STRENGTH UP
Miss you all but winter has had a grip on me
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Well for those of us here in America we had Thanksgiving on Thursday then left overs over and over so if I am
going to have a good weigh-in come Tuesday :) this will be what my meals will look like. Not such a bad deal
but I can only eat lettuce just so much. I better be good if I want to get back to that “ABOUT” photo of ME
Thanks for humoring me