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9/17/16 9:33 P

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Hi - just a nice cool rainy day. Feels like fall. Looks like it might be several days of this mild and rainy weather. Lost another 2 pounds, and I am not going to look for them.
Found out today that one of my granddaughters is pregnant. Would be the first great grandkid. But with 14 grandkids, there may be several.

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9/14/16 7:53 P

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Hi - as John Denver said. Nothing like true love and home grown tomatoes. Love the big heirloom tomatoes (Brandywines) with sheep milk feta, and kalamata olives. About as good as it gets. The biscotti sounds great, except for the large mouse part.
On Sunday, Sheryl did well. Choir was awesome. She did curl up in her recliner with a blanket for the afternoon, afterwards. Getting stronger every day. Brocolli for us is a spring, or fall crop. Will put some in in a month or so. Our winter rains start around Oct. 1. Take care.

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9/14/16 7:52 A

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Hi - Hope church and music on Sunday went well. I have been focussing a lot on my grain-free thing this past week and made some yummy cranberry almond biscotti for my treat/snack that would also be good for me. I keep them in a glass container with a tight plastic cover. This morning, I discovered little chunks and crumbs of biscotti all around the container and on the floor leading to the living room. I advised my dear husband that next time he sneaks one of my biscotti, he should take a plate and not leave evidence. It was kind of like Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs behind them to find their way back! The only difference is that our dog hadn't discovered the 'bread crumbs' and eaten them yet... :-)

We've been having lots of broccoli from the garden - and tomatoes. Someone is eating little holes in some of the tomatoes, but it's usually a limited area on the tomato, so I just cut that part out. There is NO comparison between store-bought and our garden tomatoes. I am so happy we're getting some red ones this year. Yummy yum. Can't really blame whatever little critter is nibbling on them out there - they're fabulous!

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9/11/16 12:41 A

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Sheryl will sing with the choir at church tomorrow. First time back to church since the surgery. Music in the afternoon. Always happy when I can make some music with others.

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9/10/16 3:42 P

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Good morning -
Took Sheryl out for breakfast and a change of scenery.
Pat - Back in January, set a goal of losing 30 # in the next year. Had lost 3# when started Ludwig. So have lost 19# with Ludwig. Yes, 22# is current.
Nice day here, so will probably do some yard stuff, and maybe watch a little football.
We had some raspberries early, and some wild blackberries now.

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9/9/16 8:56 A

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Good morning!
Gary, that's great news - both about Sheryl's recovery and about the continued weight loss. According to your ticker at the bottom of your message, you've lost 22 pounds so far. Is that current? In any case, that is a testimony to the success of this eating plan for you.

You mentioned all the garden stuff - and I have to pick broccoli and tomatoes today - and beets, soon. I probably should do those this weekend and process and freeze them, too. And more raspberries are coming on. (too many raspberries!!)

Until next time -

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9/9/16 1:11 A

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Hi Team:
Pat - Sheryl has been getting a little better every day. Went for her first PT yesterday, 4 weeks from coming home from the hospital. She quit using the walker, and is now using a walking stick. Went to choir tonight, and their second rehearsal. They will sing on Sunday. She had one of her cabaret choir members over for a rehearsal this afternoon. Slowing getting back into the swing with the outside world. Making music is a great way to do that.
While she was swinging, I watered or community garden plot, and picked green beans, and tomatillas.. Planning on making tomato sauce tomorrow. Also, get the garlic tied up and hung.
Hadn't weighed for a while. Last time had remained the same. Down 2 pounds for the month. Sheryl was down 6 pounds for last 2 month.
Hope the getting off of grains goes well. The only wheat I am getting is a slice of sprouted grain bread once a day.
Overall am happy with the changes we have made in our eating. No deadly whites. Sugar, white flour, white rice, and white potatoes.

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9/8/16 9:59 A

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Hi-
Hope you had a nice holiday weekend. I'm back into "regular life" after our guests headed home and have been taking my supplements, drinking my water more consistently, etc. Just being more mindful and out of a semi-vacation mode. Also, I started looking at Dr. William Davis' "Wheat Belly" books, especially the "Wheat Belly Detox". A couple of years ago, I borrowed the original Wheat Belly book from the library but now am going to get off grains completely for the 10-day "detox" ... There is just some weight I can't lose and I also know that as soon as I eat wheat (or almost any grain, like quinoa even), I start getting an appetite and I want to nibble and nibble on stuff. So - I'm going to try this. It's not dissimilar to the Always Hungry, but it will help me look more carefully at my carb intake through grains especially.

How are you doing, Gary? How's Sheryl coming along? Best to you both!

I miss Jespah and other members!

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9/2/16 8:07 A

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Good morning!
Gary, you've been busy and so good about checking in on the thread. Hope the trip to the church choir went well last night. Sheryl is making great progress and I imagine that delights both of you!

Not too much news here, really. I've been sewing little diaper covers and baby sleep sacks for my granddaughter expected in early January, so that's been fun. The garden continues apace, and we've been eating lots of broccoli right now. I haven't dug the red onions or the beets yet, but we're having guests from Chicago this weekend and the wife of the couple LOVES gardening and can't really do much where they are in the city, so I thought she and I would dig some onions and also get in more of the broccoli for a meal. That way she can have a little dirt under her nails and feel happy.

I've also renewed my commitment to taking my multi-vitamins and a couple of other supplements.... some vitamin D-3 and fish oil for the Omega 3's, for example. In addition to healthy food, I think I need the D especially, living up in the northern climes - and since our sun is gradually leaving us, I'm not getting as much through sunshine during the day.

Our guests are arriving this afternoon and there's the last minute stuff to do! Have a nice holiday weekend!

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9/1/16 1:05 A

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Wed. evening - Doctor appointment, everything was fine yesterday. Sheryl can walk without the walker for short stretches. On her fitbit, she walked 1/2 mile yesterday. Can go back to the gym, and the pool next week. Tomorrow will get her to the opening church choir rehearsal. On the way home from the doctors, stopped at our favorite pub for a late lunch and a pint of coffee porter. Getting back toward normal. And it is nice.
She also scheduled a couple of the singers from her cabaret choir to come over and practice. Will be her first time back at the piano. Making music is always good.
Nice shower today, with high of 72.
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8/30/16 12:49 P

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Good morning team -
Lovely part of the garden year. The Brandywines are getting ripe. At the store yesterday, picked up some kalamata olives, and goat milk feta. There will be greek salads.
Sheryl has her first appointment with her doctor this afternoon. Brought her home from the hospital three weeks ago. She is getting around more everyday. And heading to the kitchen some.
Nice cool weather is here. Cloudy with chance of showers.

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8/29/16 12:40 P

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Pat - crunchy, chocolate, and a little sweet sounds good. Hope things are good with you.
Love how our band is coming along. We were getting pretty small, when we decided a way to maybe get some new people was to start a slow jam for the 1st hour of our Sunday session. For August we are playing songs in key of "D". And the slow jam is now playing at "Rambler" speed. The new players that have stuck with it are the serious ones who practice at home, and want to get better. Such a joy to have a new fiddle, guitar, soprano ukulele, and two irish whistle players to go with our core group. We could take our show on the road.
This week on Thursday night, our church choir starts rehearsals, and Sheryl wants to go. Have to make that happen.
And the weekly weather forecast has us at 81 today and dropping into the 70's for the rest of the week. Oh, happy days.


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8/28/16 1:55 P

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Glad you're having a little weather relief. I haven't actually talked to my daughter the last couple of days, so didn't know you were having that hot, hot weather!

I'm making some chocolate biscotti today from a recipe of Dr. William Davis of "Wheat Belly" so it is grain-free. Almond meal, walnuts, eggs, butter, stevia, cocoa powder - and maybe one or two other things I'm not remembering. So I think this is in keeping with our overall diet plan... and may meet my need for something a little crunchy and a little sweet. Fingers crossed!

Beeper just went off on the timer to check my cooling milk for this week's yogurt!

Best to Sheryl as she continues to heal!

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8/28/16 11:37 A

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Good Morning -
Thanks, Pat. and being prepared is a good thing. There will be outages again.
On the home front, Sheryl is getting better a little every day. Took her with me to
Goodwill on Friday. Needed some note books for band music. It was good, getting into and out of the truck.
Last night Sheryl wanted to fix supper. Did about 90 % of it. Broccoli with almonds, and salmon cakes. There was some leftover salmon. I finished cooking the cakes.
Go a break in the weather, and is cooler. 3 days at 100, with 82 yesterday, and now several days with highs in the 70's.

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8/24/16 8:21 A

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Good morning!
Gary, so glad to hear that Sheryl's recovery is coming along well. With all that good cooking you're doing, I'm sure her cells are being nicely nourished for maximum healing efficiency!

My parents are in the Chicago area, and I can get there in about 7.5 hours driving. It's a long drive, but it's doable, so I try to put that in perspective. I don't have to get on a plane and be at someone else's mercy for my travel.

We are having a generator hooked up this morning. Having had three fairly major outages this summer, we decided to take the plunge and get the generator. Now we won't ever lose electric service again! It's like taking an umbrella along with you - then it doesn't rain!



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8/24/16 12:01 A

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Hi Team - It's been two weeks since I brought Sheryl home from the hospital. Real happy with the way things are going. Seems to get a little better every day. Longer walks everyday, Needs less pain meds.
Am expanding my cooking. Tonight it was lamb chops cooked in olive oil with rosemary, and english cucumber in yogurt. Yesterday, made a veggie salad with a lot of fresh from the garden stuff. It had green beans, tomatoes, zuchinni, from garden with a can of garbanzos, olive oil, and crushed garlic. Couple of days before, I had pan fried some sockeye salmon, and had lettuce salad with it. Took the left over salmon, with chopped onions, celery, eggs, and garbanzo flour to make salmon cakes. real tasty.

Pat - good to visit your parents when you can. Are they fairly close? Congrats on the weight loss.

Today, dug the garlic at our home garden. Usually plant it in November, but was late (probably February) Did get to a nice size. Also dug some beets, and got them cooked. Pick beans tomorrow, and tomatoes almost every day.
Will try to get here more often. Pretty busy for a while, but getting closer to normal.

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8/22/16 8:32 A

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I haven't been here for a while because I took a little trip to see my aging parents (well, I'm aging, too ... but....!)

Hope Sheryl's recovery is getting along, Gary. I imagine you're busy and will stop by the chat thread again when you can!

Take care, all -

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8/15/16 9:16 A

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Hi Team -
Gary, so glad Sheryl is sleeping, pain is down and she's starting to get around. It's also great to have good friends who will help by bringing food - good food!

I've done a variation of the tofu black bean dish and it's yummy. I love tofu, though -- and really have to start working it into some meals this week!

The music jam continues to sound fun and I'm glad your granddaughter could come by to stay at the house while you did your Sunday stuff.

My weight was a little down this morning, so that's always encouraging to see things move in the right direction! emoticon

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8/15/16 1:06 A

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Team - Things are getting better. Sheryl slept through the night last night. Pain is down. Seems stronger, and getting around better. The dish from the plan friend was black bean with tofu. With lots of things to add. Quite good. We hadn't tried tofu on this diet.
Love watching the slow jam musicians make progress. Most can play at Ramblers speed. Nothing like making music with others.
Weather is going up again. A couple of days in the high eighty's follow by a couple up around 100. And no rain in the near future, so irrigating twice a week. Winter rains usually start in October. It is good tomato weather.

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8/14/16 2:07 A

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Hi Team -
Adjusting to the new rhythm at our place. Sheryl is using the spare bedroom downstairs for her recovery. For an intercom - Sheryl is using her cell phone to call me on our portable house phone, when she need help. Pain meds every 3 hours. Was surprised this morning when I went down at 8, and she wasn't in her room. She was feeling better, and used the walker to go into the family room. Much stronger today, and getting around much better. Have my grand daughter (the student nurse) come over tomorrow and be here. I am running the sound system at church in the morning, and then will go play music with the band in the afternoon.
A couple of friends from church have brought some meals by, which is real nice. Have asked for dishes on the plan, and seems to be fine. One lady and her husband are on the plan, and she brought a dish out of the cook book. Would be nice is we could get a little cooler weather. 70's last week. Our last two days were 100, and 97, but dropping into the 80's tomorrow.

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8/11/16 8:03 A

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Hi Team !
Gary, so glad to hear about Sheryl. They don't keep you long in the hospital anymore, do they? Sheesh! After hip replacement, too. Hope things are going well at home with recovery. My brother has had both hips done, so I am somewhat aware of that healing and "getting used to the new hip" process. The main thing is to keep up with the protocol and not get discouraged. It WILL get better! Prayers and positive thoughts for Sheryl...

We have a long rainy day ahead, which I'm glad for, actually. I had to water the garden for the first time on Monday because of a string of hot dry days, so we needed this rain for the veggies.

My husband has an annual eye exam this morning and needs new glasses - and I have my routine annual exam tomorrow morning. Just all those things one has to do to take care of oneself...

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8/9/16 9:28 P

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Hi Pat - thanks for the kind thoughts and prayers for Sheryl. Surgery went well (from the doctor) on Monday. Planned to start at 12:30 but didn't until 2:30. Saw surgeon at 5:30 and she was in her room at 6:15 pm. In good spirits. Back this morning at 10:00 am, and she was released at 1:00 pm. Home and sleeping. Things are going well. What a relief.
Last trip to church garden, brought home hot peppers, tomatoes, and green beans. Our raspberries were early. Now have some native blackberries. Enjoying the produce. At home, zuchinni, onions, beets, and tomatoes. Probably pick the garlic in a month or so.

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8/8/16 8:20 A

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Hello Gary -
I hadn't been by the thread for a few days and this must be the day that Sheryl goes in for her hip replacement surgery. My thoughts and prayers are with her for a successful surgery and a positive recovery time. Please let her know that prayers are being lifted up in northern Wisconsin for her!!

I'm in the middle of garden stuff, too. Picked 7 pounds of green beans the other day and made 7 quarts of dilly beans. Picked three big central broccolis the other day with two more ready today - so will process those later with one more still in the fridge to eat today. With broccoli, those keep coming on side stalks and so we will have lots more ahead. And raspberries! So many raspberries every day.

No problem about "complaining" about what people bring to a picnic or potluck. I didn't read it that way. It IS an issue and I know I always want to make sure I bring something that I can eat - without doing too much damage to my eating plan. It's just the way it is.

Take care!



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8/5/16 11:47 P

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Just had a great tasty meal. Thai curry dish with prawns. Ingredients: can of thai sour curry, chicken broth, onions, red peppers, zucchini, garlic, veggie noodles, prawns. A nice level of hot. Cheers to Sheryl.

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8/5/16 2:43 A

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Hi Team - Excuse me for complaining in my last post about what people bring to potlucks. Grew up in Kansas, and sometimes didn't have a lot of food to go around. One highlight were the Sunday Night Church potlucks. Everyone brought their best, and for a skinny teen, there was lots to eat. Was a teen in the 1950's.
Garden is producing. We made a big bunch of salsa using our jalapeño and pablano peppers, tomatoes, green onions. Pretty much good on everything. Also picking zucchini, armenian cucumbers, and green beans. Am rebuilding a fence, but getting some help from grand daughter, the one that plays basketball in college.
Getting the house ready as my wife, Sheryl, is going in Monday for hip replacement surgery.

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8/1/16 2:24 P

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Hi Team -
Isn't that great to hear, Gary, when you know someone else on the eating plan and they're doing well? Also, you are smart to figure out what you can eat ahead of time and make sure you bring something that fits the way you want to eat.

I found a really delicious white sauce recipe that looks like your standard white sauce that is usually made with flour, butter and milk, but THIS one is made with butter, garlic, steamed CAULIFLOWER and veggie broth. It's fantastic - called "Creamy Cauliflower Sauce." For the recipe, go to pinchofyum.com/creamy-cauliflower-sa
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I highly recommend it. You can put it on veggies, probably use it as a base for a soup, etc.

I also picked more raspberries today and the first batch of green beans -- and that's my exciting news for the day!


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7/30/16 11:32 P

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Good afternoon Team -
Had a retreat with one of my groups today. For lunch, everyone signed up for taco makings. Matched up with our eating plan well. Taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, salsa, refried beans, avocado. Passed on taco shells and corn chips. And fresh fruit for dessert, cherries and grapes. At the picnic back on Tuesday, more things I choose not to eat. Did have the chicken which I brought, salad, spinach salad, but no pasta salads or potato salad, and cobbler with ice cream. In the end, felt better about the taco makings. lunch, as more plan foods. Moral of the story, I knew what everyone was bringing to retreat as there was a sign up sheet. And for picnic, know only what I was bringing. Probably should have taken a chick pea, lentil, or dry bean dish for a carb side dish.
There was a lady at the retreat who is on the plan with her husband. Having similar results, and the husband is diabetic, and he is doing much better.

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7/28/16 8:18 A

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Good morning, Team -
We've been having a series of rain storms come through, but this morning dawned clear and beautiful. Not sure what the temps are going to be today, but I think it will be moderate...

Gary, the mention of coconut and garbanzo flour reminds me that I had a woman ask me to bring a coffee cake along to an open house she's throwing for some friends who moved away but are going to be back in town. It'll be a nice morning and good to see these friends again, but inside I was thinking "Dang! A coffee cake?! I don't even want that stuff in my house!" but then figured I'd check out what kind of non-wheat flour one I could make and then I could actually EAT something at the open house instead of abstaining or pretending that I wasn't really hungry or whatever. I found a recipe so will try that out in a week or so for the event.

After the morning warms up and dries out the raspberry canes a little from all the rain we had yesterday, I have to go outside and pick again. There are so many, it takes me nearly an hour and I make sure to wear long sleeves and long pants so I don't get all scratched up by the canes. Always plenty of things to do around here.

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7/27/16 12:31 P

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Hi Team -
Amen to the fresh and real food. Makes the eating plan much easier. For a picnic yesterday, took cold chicken thighs. Removed the skins and extra fat, and coated them with a mix of coconut flour, garbanzo flour, and spices. Went over well. Who needs that white flour? Having weather with temperatures into the 90's, but getting to low 50's at night so can cool off the house with fans.


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7/25/16 11:26 A

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Hi Team-
Gary, I'd be happy to share the pickled herring recipe with you! Just let me know.

Crab - fresh - wow. 'Nuff said.

I picked nearly two pounds of raspberries from our gardens this morning. I've got some both in what I call the House Garden next to the house, and then also in the Meadow Garden (guess where it is). Beans are coming on and I noticed that my dill is beginning to get little heads on them. I make some yummy Dilly Beans that I can, and I always have to buy fresh stalks of dill at the store or from the farmers' market. This year, I decided to try to grow my own, but I didn't know if the beans and the dill would be ready at the same time. Seems like it may work!

Did I tell you that I'm doing the 30 Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge on SP? Along with two other women on another team, we're now on Day #4. It helps me actually do the workout each day if I know I'm accountable to two others.

Fresh and real food from our gardens, lakes and the sea. I am grateful!!

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7/23/16 11:34 P

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Hi Team -
It's been awhile but got to go out with my youngest son on his boat, yesterday. Did some crabbing in Tillamook Bay, then out into the ocean for some bottom fishing. Also tried jigging for herring. If can get some, Pat, would like to get your recipe for pickling them. That is, if pacific herring are similar enough to the fish you get in the fall. I get many points from my wife for bringing home fresh crab (dungeness). The big Oregon kind. Fits the eating plan, and no additives. Got home at 6:15, and in to pot within 10 minutes. More ripe tomatoes today. The nice part of summer. Love the time with my son out on the water when we get to talk.

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7/22/16 7:32 A

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Hi all -
Janet, great to see you on the thread. Your summer sounds busy, too - but in a totally different way from mine. How do you do your novel research? Is it mostly online, reference works, and/or other on-site kind of things? I'd be interested in hearing.

Gary, I think I'm going to be like your wife having my first "on my side" grandbaby. I just found out two days ago that it's going to be a girl... Much as I'm "Grammy" to my husband's five grandkids - (and his kids are great to me & know I love their dad) - I'm aware that I'm more careful with his side. With my own daughter, what I can ask and what we can talk about - or what I can assume - is just different because of the lifelong relationship we have. So I'm already enjoying her pregnancy more than the others because we talk about everything.... Like I said: Lots of Portland trips in my future!!

Eating-wise, I'm some number of days into clean eating again and the fog has cleared pretty much. Today I'm starting the "Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge" on SP - and in about 5 minutes, my husband and I are going on a 7 mile bike ride to start out the day. After all our visitors, we're both getting back into a better eating and activity regimen. And it feels good!

Does anyone else on this team belong to the Always Hungry group on Facebook run by the Ludwigs? You have to ask to be joined to it as a "private" group, but every once in a while I go to that page and people are good about putting up recipes or links to recipes that are consistent with the plan. I found a great smoked salmon chowder recipe there which uses cauliflower for the roux instead of flour - and it's on my list to make. It also uses fresh sweet corn which is okay on Phase 2, and now's the time in our area that the fresh sweet corn is coming in. Yum.

Have a good and positive day, everyone!

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7/20/16 12:57 A

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Hi Team -
Pat - Congratulations on being a grandmother. Exciting. And trips to Portland. I was married before, and my wife was with me for 5 of our grand kids. Her only son married later, and his daughter is our 14th. She is 14 months old. But was Sheryl's first. So, there are lots of trips to N. California. Every three or four months.
Picked our first ripe tomato yesterday. And more turning. Music festival had many nice bands. Have a 19 year old grand daughter helping me repair our deck and build some new fence. She just finished her first year in college on a basketball scholarship. Doing a lot of music making. Irish session every Sunday afternoon, and Uke lessons on Tuesday night, and practicing everyday. Plus Garden. Busy
Our summer so far has been quite mild, but getting warmer toward the weekend.
Staying on eating plan.

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Hot hot hot here, finally cooling down.

School is still not over, plus I am trying to find freelance work. And I am researching this year's novel. I's a busy gal. 'N you?

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Good morning -
Seems like our team is out and about this past week. My last visitor leaves today and then the one month of summer visitors will have concluded. It's been a whirlwind and my eating was topsy-turvy just trying to do all the hospitality, etc. Yesterday I got back on the wagon and woke up with a headache this morning; I think it's a sugar and wheat withdrawal headache -- but now I'm 24 hours into it and just need to keep going. Drinking lots of water and kombucha/seltzer as well to get myself back on track.

Hope all is well with everyone on the team!


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7/11/16 7:54 A

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Good morning,
I have three days between family visits. One group left Saturday morning and the next group (my brother & niece) come tomorrow. I'm not sure I'm recovered yet! I have to get out to the cottage today to fix a futon couch or someone's going to end up on the floor when they try to sit on it.

Gary, congrats on not gaining. That can be a victory, too - and sometimes, I think it's not a bad thing to be on weight maintenance for a month or so as you're losing. It kind of stabilizes you at the new weight.... at least that makes sense to me.

The Thursday music event sounds great. Have a wonderful time!

On the grandkids count, you win!! :-) I have 5 through my husband's side, but when my Portland daughter & husband came to visit in late June, they shared the good news that they're expecting their first baby in early January. Did I already write that here? In any case, I definitely see more Portland visits in my future!

Re: food -- I've been eating off plan mostly. With the visitors, I have only so much energy for food prep and the Always Hungry plan does take me much more time. It's worth it, but with everyone else eating other things, I find it a challenge. So.... I know I'm also making excuses, but that's my reality at the moment. After brother and family leave in 10 days, I've got a workout partner set up to do the Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge on SP, and will go back to more disciplined eating on the plan then.

Again, Gary, have a fun time at the NW string summit!





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Have a good week team.
Hi Pat - sounds like a good time with girls. After I retired, had a grand kid over for a day a week. Down on the floor, fully engaged. Loved that time. From 18 month to 5 or so. Lots of older grand kids, but was working and traveling, so not the time. We have 14 grand kids.
Last week, got the the gym for the end of 4 months weighting. No loss, but again, no gain. Have gone back to tracking food. 4 months of not watching portion control. Just eating on the plan. Fun while it lasted.
Getting ready to go to music event on Thursday. Northwest string summit. Lots of live music, and a little pickin. Will take my banjo. Camping on site, but in the family area as it is supposed to be fairly quiet. Don't jam all night anymore.

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Hi Gary - What great pictures! Those views make me long for getting back out west and doing some of that camping myself.

We've been very busy with my husband's son and his family visiting - another couple of days yet - and sometimes we stay with the little girls so the parents can go kayaking or go out to eat or whatever. It's been fun - and exhausting in its way. But these are precious days to spend with an 8 year old with a broken arm (too bad about any lakeshore or water activities) and an 18 month old. The little one is hilarious and we're enjoying it.

My eating life hasn't been very disciplined lately because I'm not always in charge of the eating options. There's time to get back to it soon....

I'll check in again after the weekend.


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Camping continued. First try at putting pictures in a post. Nice to be away from town and no bars on the cell phone. High during day of 82. Low at night of mid 30's. In a canyon the light was constantly changing. Whipping the fly around was great, catching not so much. Wife on Uke and me on banjo tried playing together. Great fun. Nice hikes. We stayed on eating plan, with lots of veggies, and slicing and dicing. And lots of walking. Art projects, picture taking. Just R & R. Now home and back in the grove.

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Hi Team - We had a great time camping by the Crooked River. Our campsite was in the Crooked River Wild and Scenic River area in Central Oregon. View of the campsite on arrival. We stayed at the Castle Rock campsite. From our site in the afternoon. And a view of Castle Rock at sunset. Fishing site. A view to the West of the canyon wall and rimrock. A view of Mt. Hood on the way home.

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Thanks, Gary! Yes, it was the Metolius!

Hope you have a great time fly-fishing!

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Heading out for camping. Be back on Monday. Fly rods are ready.
Pat - the River was probably the Metolios (spelling) or the Deschutes.
Yes, and slow and steady wins the race.

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Janet, good luck with the new client(s) and I hope that goes very well for you. But I also hope you're having a little bit of summer fun mixed into your days!

Gary, all those curries make my mouth water! Have fun camping and fishing. We camped outside of Sisters somewhere... I have to ask my husband about the name of the river, which I'm blanking on at the moment. Just heavenly.

I lost another pound - slow but sure wins the race, right?!

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Things are good in the West. For dinner, chicken, bok choy, onions, garlic, ginger, and red peppers. Nice and a change of pace. Wife stopped by her local asian grocery, and got little cans of curry paste. Sour curry, red curry, green curry, masasman curry, and penang curry. There was one more, but don't remember. All for Thailand., Plus coconut milk. Great tasty dishes coming. How lucky can we be?
Janet - hope you can work in a little fun with all the work and school.

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Been busy with work and school - got a new client and may have another but I think the latter will get a small freebie to start as a kind of proof of concept. School stuff involves me interviewing people, so I am teaching myself the wonderful world of sound editing. Hope all are well.

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Hi Pat - you got the name right for the store in Beaverton. We go there on occasion. We have an Asia grocery, and Indian grocery in our neighborhood. The last ingredient that I left out was some sesame oil that the onions were sautéed in for the sour curry dish.
Enjoy having your daughter and her husband visit. I am pretty luck as all my kids except one live in the area. Do have a daughter in Atlanta, Georgia.
Next week we are going to go camping on the other side of the mountains. Over in the Bend area. Camp along the Crooked River, and will take the fly rods. Get out of town for a couple of days.

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Again, Gary, your meal makes my mouth water. I don't know if I've heard of "sour curry paste." Something to explore next time I'm near an Asian grocery. Speaking of which, I've been to a really large one just outside Portland - it has a Japanese name, maybe Uwajimaya? - in Beaverton, maybe? Not all that sure of my geography as I went with my daughter and son-in-law driving... Felt like I was in heaven, as I lived in Japan for 9 years and just loved seeing everything they had in that store.

We finally got a perfect sunny day yesterday so I got lots done outside - and today looks like it will be the same. Starting tomorrow, my Oregon daughter and son-in-law will be spending about 9 days here, staying at the cottage. Guess what my priorities will be during those days? Can't wait. Son-in-law has to be gluten-free, so that helps keep me in the good eating mode, too.

Have a lovely day!

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Great dish for dinner tonight. My wife shops at an Asia grocery in our neighborhood. She used a small can of sour curry paste along with onions, asparagus, pasilla peppers, cod filet's, and coconut milk. What a tasty, on the plan, meal. Fairly hot. Think that was everything, as best I could identify.
Last night we got to see "Motown, The Musicial". Lots of music that took me back, and not too much on plot. Little trip into town.

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Good morning, everyone -
I've been AWOL for a few days because we lost power Friday about 5 p.m. due to the storm and didn't get it back until nearly 5 a.m. Sunday morning. My younger daughter from Oregon flew in Saturday at 9 p.m. and had already been traveling for a week so had dirty laundry to do before going on to a job at a camp near here (she's a musician and leads youth camps, among other ways that she makes a living). Luckily, the electricity had come on at the cottage earlier, so we slept there (being able to flush a toilet with multiple people in the house is a wonderful thing!!). We got up early Sunday, ate breakfast at the cottage, then rushed back to the house to do her laundry... All worked out well in the end, just a minor inconvenience in the larger scheme of things.

We don't have a generator and every time this happens, we think: we should really get a generator! Anyway, life is more or less back to normal and my daughter will be done with this job on Saturday morning, I'll pick her up, her husband will fly in and then they'll be here for just over a week of vacation. Fun!

By the way, it turns out that the doe had two fawns. We've spotted her with both of them - and know it's the same doe... So sweet.

Off to play tennis this a.m., subbing for a woman who's having a knee problem. I can use the exercise, for sure! For tonight's dinner, I plan to make a zucchini lasagna which uses long slices of zucchini in place of the pasta.

Have a nice day, everyone.

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Hi all - nice sunny day in Oregon. Went to our favorite local pub after church. Had a very nice pint of "Back Door Porter", and some salmon with cole-slaw. Looking forward to our Sunday session in a few minutes, always love making music with others. All is pretty good here.

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