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  • That is an amazing amount of time to renew a passport! I wouldn't believe it if you hadn't told me yourself. I hope you are lucky and the passports come back a lot sooner than expected. That's incredibly inefficient!

    Exciting about your snow and wood. Once again, our winters are getting warmer and no snow here. I LIKE snow. Used to live in New York, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. We had snow! I miss it.

    Bummer about you and the coconut oil. Sometimes, it seems like good old-fashioned olive oil works best. Too bad it goes toxic at higher heats. Wonder if medium heat is too hot. I'll have to check that out unless someone here knows!?

    Wait. So, if your parents went to visit, they'd still need to wait four months. Like say there was a family emergency?

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    • I love how most people would go "oh shit my tree is destroyed" meanwhile you go "hey! I can use that!".
      SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
      Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
      Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
      Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
      Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
      Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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      • I hope you will post some pics when you get the branches whittled. I'm sure they will turn out to be something very interesting!
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • We just spent a while cutting the branch down - I foresee a number of walking sticks, a little lumber for furniture (something small like a tiny cabinet for my essential oils ) and then a number of letter openers, knives, wooden 'smasher' for my sauerkraut, etc. We got permission from the landlord to go and cut some other branches in the pasture that broke a couple years ago under a very late heavy snow. Not sure what kind of wood it is but I hope to make some more walking sticks. Maybe I could even sell some at some of the local touristy stores ... not sure how much commission they would charge. Just a thought - a fun one.
          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
          Primal low: 186 lbs
          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
          Goal weight: 140 lbs

          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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          • What a day! My ex SIL (about a year and a half since the divorce) just found out today that her present husband is cheating on her. Not that I would wish that on anyone!! But she flaunted her affair with this guy in front of my brother for the last few months of their marriage. Now she is devastated - I wonder if she sees the parallel and if it makes her feel a little bad about what she did to my brother .... I do find myself having to really work on my own anger issues about the whole mess as this came up today. I don't hate her - I try to keep relations open as I want to keep contact with my nieces etc. But she is pretty messed up in a myriad of ways and I wish she would get some help.

            I am so tired nowadays... just feeling worn out on many levels right now. I wonder if my thyroid is playing up ... I am contemplating going to a naturopathic doctor (once we are over the transmission bill etc) and see if I can get an idea of what else is going on in my body. Just seems to be more than just the food though I know the balance isn't the best at the moment. I mean I haven't had grains in 14+ months - not even a whisper has passed my lips (not knowingly anyway), and even on a bad day my carbs are not super high. Higher than I should have them I know, but nowhere near CW 'normal' levels. I know I don't eat enough veggies - that is probably my biggest problem, and it is worse when I am stressed and just 'surviving'.

            I spent quite some time in the garden today - my therapy. The kids and I tried to do a little weeding and figuring out how to protect the seedlings from the eager wildlife. A bunny is in the process of digging under the fence - cheeky little bugger! Cute as can be I know, but there is tons for it to eat all around and hardly anything at all in the garden yet, and there it is still trying to make a tunnel. Time to cook up something spicy and garlicky for the deer and rabbits - homemade deterrant on the way I think. And the robins are feasting on my beet seedlings and the spinach too. I borrowed the kids toy snakes as a temporary fix (hopefully) and I know I am going to be counting and looking at them carefully before I pick them up - would not be funny to grab a live one unexpectedly.

            We are trying to figure out if we can swing buying a tiny little cabin up one of the canyons. It is really teeny and I am sure it will be a challenge - but at least it would be our own and we could eventually build something like a straw bale house. It is on a few acres and it is a really pretty area with lots of national forest around and the river flowing nearby. Just a matter of seeing it and trying to find someone who will actually lend us money. Not the easiest thing in the world nowadays ... we pay a lot more on rent than we would have to pay for a mortgage, not a single late payment on anything, great credit score, decent income and no-one is biting! I guess we'll see what this adventure brings us huh?!

            I have raspberry mead bubbling on the counter. My other therapy, and this time DH and I are going to try drinking it 'green' - about time we had some of the fruits of our labor. Everything else is happily aging away and we are dying to try some of it. I am on a mission to make some cordials too - fun gifts and if homemade without all the additives I think not too bad of a treat once in a while. We'll have to see if I can come up with something that tastes yummy and is still reasonably healthy.

            I have gotten the kids and I into a routine at last and school is going better as a result. Now if I could just dredge up some energy from somewhere I could actually get some things done. I did send off for some forms to start the ball rolling for some long neglected identity documentation that needs sorting out in South Africa.

            Taking deep breaths with my folks and their emotional roller coaster, and all the attempts at manipulation etc. Trying to keep an even keel and let it all go. Let it all go running off me like water off a duck's back instead of getting all wound up and angry and resentful. Just wears me out without changing the situation at all. I have been missing reading everyone's journals - I just don't have the time or energy at the moment. It is all I can do to keep stumbling along at the moment ... it is what it is.
            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
            Primal low: 186 lbs
            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
            Goal weight: 140 lbs

            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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            • Hang in there, Coll. You are doing well even though sometimes it is hard to see that for yourself. Drink some of that mead! I remember many years ago making a raspberry cordial that turned out nicely - of course I can't remember at all what I did, but I am sure there are many recipes just a Google away. Of course, raspberry anything is good.
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • Let's see. You have a husband and two young kids. You teach the kids, feed them all, have a garden, manage to have a mini-brewery, carve branches into beautiful walking sticks and such, have to deal with bunnies and deer, have the exciting but time-consuming stress of trying to get a cabin on a few acres, not to mention the killer stress of your parents -- AND YOU ARE TIRED. Man, I'm tired just thinking about it all. And then there's cleaning, laundry, car issues, getting a shower in, reading a bit.

                I think you are doing great! And I love the idea of the toy snakes as "scarecrows." Oh, I forgot the SIL issues. I am proud of you, for what it's worth.

                Yep, I'd add a few vegies. Maybe a good salad with some feta cheese with a nice dressing and a few sunflower seeds sprinkled over it. Think Greece -- blue water and white painted everything and good dark glasses and a hat, and then have one of those special drinks you are making. They sound yummy!

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                • Thanks friends you are kind.

                  Busy days at the moment! I am sad because I have grown a pant size this last month But, I am not surprised at all. Just starting over again - now, not on Monday or the beginning of the month etc. Today is the day. I only had tea until lunch time today. Lunch was two fried eggs, an avocado, a handful of pecans, an apple and a chunk of lovely Irish cheese, some lettuce as well. I had about 4 pieces of chocolate this afternoon. Artichoke dipped in garlic butter and ground beef stew for dinner.

                  I have been so tired today - just dragging my wagon all the way. The kids and I are planting a bunch of plants in pots - we can relocate pots if and when we find a place. So I have been doing some reading up on what the different plants require etc. I had donated to arbordayfoundation last year fully anticipating that we would be in our own place by the time the free trees arrived. Ha ha ha! The 10 baby blue spruce and 2 lilacs arrived in the mail today, we will get them all settled in pots tomorrow hopefully. I can see I am going to have to put a bunch of the plants I bought into the veggie garden area where hopefully they will escape the predations of the local herbivores!

                  I am going to try and get to bed at a better time tonight. I have been getting up just a little earlier - made much easier by the sun rising much earlier. Been going out with my cup of tea and spending time in prayer and quiet. A much better start to my days, I am a potential hermit and with homeschooling I never seem to be able to be on my own for any length of time. At least this way I can breathe deep and be quiet for a little bit before the busy - ness of the day kicks in.

                  The cordial that I am making is smelling powerful! Just mixed vodka with blackberries and tangelo peel. Give it a shake every day and after a week shake once a week. After 3 months strain and add honey water to taste. Got to wait three months though - boo! The raspberry mead is smelling divine! A few more days and it should be ready for us to start consuming it. Hopefully it will taste good green and not need to be aged! Guess we'll see. So much fun - but it is hard to wait!
                  Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                  Primal low: 186 lbs
                  Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                  Goal weight: 140 lbs

                  "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                  • Okay, I am immediately going out to buy some mead. I don't think I've seen raspberry but I know there is blueberry. Might have to make a cordial. Sounds fun and even I have room for a jar in my tiny home.
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • I am sure you have room Siobhan! I have stuff fermenting in all kinds of nooks and crannies! I had a tiny taste of the raspberry mead when stirring it this morning - yummy!!!! Make some mead - it is super easy! Especially if you drink it green. Still easy if you age it - just takes ages before it is ready to drink then. Blueberry mead is my next flavor to try Where do you buy it? I have never drunk mead before I started making it. It is not usually on the drinks list or on the shelves - farmers market?

                      Off to plant we go!
                      Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                      Primal low: 186 lbs
                      Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                      Goal weight: 140 lbs

                      "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                      • Oh this reminds me I bought a bottle of honey mead (Ambrosia) some time ago! Still need to try it. Might do that tonight
                        My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                        My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                        Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                        Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                        • We have a number of local meaderies here in Maine. It's become fashionable here. One thing we can produce in this climate is honey. When I moved here three years ago there were two that I knew of - now there are at least half a dozen. And lots of hard cider too. And blueberries are also are a local thing. Actually berries of all types grow very well in Maine. We get two raspberry crops, the second being the best.
                          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • I was reading some very interesting articles about IF in women. Wondering if this is part of my issue. Am going to start eating three reasonable meals a day, if hungry. Going to try to get back to listening to my body. I really think I need to see a doctor ... maybe in a while, once we are over the hump after all the expenses last month. I have found a naturopathic doc nearby that is also primal/ paleo. I feel like I need help, I think there may be hormonal issues going on. Wondering if my thyroid is functioning properly ...

                            I am exhausted this evening again. Trying to move and be more active and just feel wiped out. Spent a lot of the day potting various plants and researching what the different plants need as far as pH and type of soil etc. Fun and yet I am so tired I just want to go to bed now. Just warming up some leftovers for dinner - sorry, family.
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

                            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                            • Hang on in there, Coll. CandyinWonderland listed four good links about IF on my journal thread. Maybe those are what you read. I'm going for the three meals a day too, unless it's a totally natural IF. Stupid of me to spend all morning unable to concentrate and waiting for lunch!! Leftovers once in a while will only have them appreciating you all the more when you cook or prepare something.

                              Hoping you get a great night's sleep and are able to wake up refreshed and ready for a nice meal!

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                              • I was just about to suggest you read the links I posted in Pam's journal, Coll, as I think indeed the way you feel might be related to IF. I knowI felt terrible with IF (only jumping,breakfast and not even longer periods of fasting): tired all the time, emotional, depressed and COLD! Seeing that naturopath is a good idea!
                                My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                                My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                                Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                                Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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