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The unwelcomed common cold…

Well folks, its official…all the signs point to the fact that I have contracted the common cold. It doesn’t feel all that common, common would imply that this is something familiar or an everyday occurrence.  I have never been one to catch the latest bug going around…so I was quite surprised when i began to feel like I was getting sick.

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I attribute my strong immune system to several factors. I maintain a well balanced diet. I wash my hands often. I replace my toothbrush regularly. But the #1 reason for my ability to fight off infections, viruses and the common cold is my exposure to people.

For the past 35 years I have worked in sales, marketing and customer service. Until recently I interacted with over 2000 people every week.

I know what you’re thinking, all that human interaction, shaking hands and hugging necks would make someone much more susceptible to catching whats going around. That very well might be the case if it weren’t for the other factors I mentioned.

Even when my son was growing up he was only occasionally sick. He didn’t miss a day of school until high school. He got regular sleep, ate a well balanced diet which included a banana almost every day. Which I might mention is much better than an apple a day for keeping the doctor away.

But then there comes the day when your immune system is in a weakened state, brought on by too many Christmas Parties resulting in lack of sleep. A diet balanced by wine and cheese instead of fruits and veggies. Not to mention the unpredictable weather pattern we have had for the past 2 months…80 degrees one day, 50 degrees and rain the next, almost freezing 2 days later and back to rain and mid 70’s all in the span of a week.

Voila, the next thing you know your searching the internet for a quick diagnosis and a homemade remedy.

Wishing you good health and well being during the cold and flu season…

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Common Cold

Usually self-diagnosable

Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.

People may experience:

Pain areas: in the forehead, muscles, or sinuses

Cough: can be dry, with phlegm, or mild

Whole body: chills, extreme exhaustion, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, body ache, or feeling cold

Nasal: congestion, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, or sneezing

Throat: congestion, dryness, irritation, or soreness

Eyes: itchiness, redness, or watery eyes

Sleep: sleep deprivation or sleepiness

Head: congestion or sinus pressure

Also common: chest discomfort, headache, loss of smell, or swollen lymph nodes

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Autumn Pear and Cranberry Chopped Salad….

Autumn Chopped Salad

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Ingredients:
6 to 8 cups of Chopped Romaine Lettuce
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices thick-cut bacon (applewood) crisp and crumbled
4 to 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I like Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette)

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Directions:

On a large platter, combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta cheese.  Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette. (I would estimate that I used about a cup of dressing…70% poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette).  Toss and serve immediately!

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Delicious!

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TV Dinner…

This was my dinner and I ate it in front of the TV… Voila a TV dinner!

TV Dinner

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Today was a huge day…

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Today was a huge day in my 9-5 world.  I am a volunteer organizer…today I received 77 new volunteer interest forms.  This is a really big deal!

Volunteers are the life blood of our organization.  It would be virtually impossible to accomplish the goal to meet and greet every person who walks onto our campus without volunteers.

Our church offers 5 services on the weekends.  It takes approximately 150 volunteers to cover all of the needs of my ministry teams alone.  Adding 77 volunteers to the team rosters seems like a lot of volunteers.  That is until you break it down by service and team…the volunteers serve every other weekend, so that is 150 volunteers every weekend.  After all the dust settles it equals out to approximately one new volunteer per team.

The original contact has been made…now the real work begins.  I have to find a way to help these new volunteers stay excited about the commitment they have made.

What I did today will help someone make a difference in the life of someone else…Today was a huge day in my 9-5 world.

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Garden Quotes

Suncreek Garden is a 30 X 40, 6 row garden.  Gardening is cheaper than therapy…it’s good for the soul…it’s good exercise…it’s good for your health and it’s a practice in patience. 

This first row from left to right…Yellow Squash, Tomatillo, English Cucumber and Regular Cucumber. The second row is two varieties of heirloom tomato.Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Dale

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~Marcelene Cox

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Appearances can be deceiving

By all appearances…Suncreek Garden is going to provide a bountiful harvest this summer.

Farmer Hubs and I have been extremely excited by the overall appearance of this years plantings.  The tomatoes have grown by leaps and bounds and are heavy with fruit.  The cucumber and squash plants are covered with an abundance of flowers and the veggies are beginning to mature.  The bell pepper and hot pepper plants are the show offs and are almost ready for harvest.  I would say that overall things are looking very promising. 

However, upon closer inspection…Our garden is in the midst of a family crisis.

A few challenges that have popped up almost overnight…The cucumber plants are like unruly teenagers.  They have a mind of their own are wandering here and there with no regard for rules or boundaries.  Our beautiful over zealous tomato plants have come down with some sort of childhood disease…spots…Stemphylium Grey Leaf Spot!  The tomato version of  the measles.

Grey leaf spot is a fungal disease found in crops all over the world.  The spores flourish in warm environments, where there is alternation between wet and dry periods.  I have read that once the disease has set in it cannot be reversed.  The main harm that the disease causes to the Tomato plant is it impedes the maturation of seedling plants.  The expanding brown, grey yellow lesions on the affected plants slowly dry and leave holes in the leaves.  In particularly severe cases it can cause the whole leaf to fall off.  The loss of the leaves can result in the sunburn of the fruits.  The disease in itself does not affect the fruit.

Our leaf spots only recently showed up…after our plants were fully matured.  We believe the onset of our problem was caused by watering using a sprinkler instead of hand watering the plants at the roots.  I have read that we should remove the affected leaves…but that would mean our plants would be left bare and naked…with no protection for the fruit. 

We did not experience this with last years tomato crop.  However, this year we chose to only plant heirloom varieties.  I would have thought the older seed varieties would be less susceptible to disease.  Only time will tell if we can overcome this gardening challenge.

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles: Tall Tall Trees…

Tall tall trees…wait those aren’t trees they’re tomatoes!!!  It looks like Farmer Hubs is going to have a stellar tomato crop.  The plants are quite impressive.  They seem to be growing at least 2″ a week…the stems are as thick as my thumb…the leaves are large and dark green…and the plants are heavy with fruit…some plants have as many as 10 tomatoes clustered together.

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