Farm Share : 6/14

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Here’s what we got:
· Spinach
· Head lettuce
· Mesclun mix greens
· Radishes
· Turnips greens/baby turnips
· Eggs
· Bouquet with a peony and some greens

Farm Share 6/7

We picked up our first farm share of the season (half a share to be precise, we are only two people and a full share gets a bit overwhelming).

Here’s the haul:
Lambs quarters
Spinach
Head lettuce
Mesclun greens
Radishes
Rhubarb
Chives
Fresh eggs
Potted alyssum plant

We also got a small bouquet of daisies, but I gave them away before I even arrived home.

Now to figure out what I’ll be making with all of this (besides a lot of salads).

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Yucky Shower

I don’t know why, but all winter long, my shower stall seems to stay clean and fresh smelling.  But when the warm weather arrives — yuck and yuck again.  We seem to get a slight sour smell in the shower and if I don’t stay on top of it — moldy, mildewy mess begins to invade.  So, this summer I’m tackling my shower with a vengeance.  I’ve scoured Pinterest and my blog list to find the tips that everyone seems to agree will work to make this better — and still be easy to do.

Here’s the plan:

I’m hanging a fresh shower curtain liner.  We always buy the crystal clear liner (mostly to get more light in the shower stall), so it makes it easy to see when something is starting to be amiss. But before I hang the new liner, I’m cutting along the edge with my trusty pinking shears.  The Wild, Wacky, World of the internet seems to think that water will run off of the curtain faster and better with the pinked edges instead of the hemmed edge it came with.  Makes some sense to me — and since we generally replace our liner when it starts to get funky, there’s no risk involved.  This quick experiment on my part might save me a whole lot of headache as the summer moves on.

I’m hanging a squeege in the shower to scrape down the walls so the moisture won’t linger.  Alongside it, I’m hanging a dish washing wand filled with vinegar and Dawn (the blue stuff).  That combo seems to cut through just about everything — I’ve used it in a spray bottle to clean the chrome fixtures in the bathtub and been amazed at the results.  I’m thinking that if its in that dish washing wand thingee, everyone in the household can just “paint” a little bit while they’re in the shower and we’ll keep ahead of the scum and other stuff that harbors the funky odor and the spores that yield the mildew. It should also make the weekly cleaning routine a breeze!

I’ve set an alarm in my calendar to de-gunk and freshen up the shower head once a month.  We have a double showerhead (LOVE!!) so I’m filling two baggies with straight white vinegar and twist tying the vinegar baggie over each of the shower heads.  They can soak from just after our morning showers, through the night and then I’ll remove them the following morning just before we start the next round of showers.

Hopefully, this little attack plan will keep our shower smelling fresh and clean all summer long.

 

Why I Walk…

Each morning I take a walk.  Its not a huge, big deal.  Its enough to get the blood flowing and get a little fresh air into my lungs.  And its enough for the dog to do her business (she goes for her long walk with her dad — the power walker).  Since I’m obviously not walking as some great aerobic activity, why DO I walk?

So, seriously… it makes my marriage better.  It is time away from television, computers, email, phones and the rest of the busyness of modern life.  It slows me down.  It gives me time to think for a few minutes WITHOUT interruption.  That’s good for my marriage.  It gives me a chance to think through things in my life before I fly off the handle at my husband (he appreciates that greatly).

It also makes our love life better.  We both walk, so we’re both in better health than we would otherwise be.  Walking keeps our weight in check and reduces any back pain that we might otherwise develop.  That makes our love life easier and better.  We’re not arranging ourselves around tricky back problems or extra body mass.  Its good for our hearts and keeps our blood pumping — need I say anything about good blood flow and love life??  (wink)

Why I Walk…

Each morning I take a walk.  Its not a huge, big deal.  Its enough to get the blood flowing and get a little fresh air into my lungs.  And its enough for the dog to do her business (she goes for her long walk with her dad — the power walker).  Since I’m obviously not walking as some great aerobic activity, why DO I walk?

Walking just 15 minutes a day can reduce my risk of diabetes by 40 percent.  Especially if I take that little walk right after a meal.  Walking helps lower post-meal blood sugar for 3 whole hours.  Researchers at George Washington University School of Public Health called it a “prescription for controlling blood sugar”.

Since more than 79 million Americans are considered “pre-diabetic” and over 26 million of us have diabetes, walking sounds like a good plan.

The researchers found the just 150 minutes of walking a week was all it took to make a huge difference.  That works out to just over 20 minutes a day.  Since they did find a huge difference in walks right after a meal, I may be switching up my walking — or just adding a walk after dinner.  I’m sure the dog won’t mind.

Why I Walk…

Each morning I take a walk.  Its not a huge, big deal.  Its enough to get the blood flowing and get a little fresh air into my lungs.  And its enough for the dog to do her business (she goes for her long walk with her dad — the power walker).  Since I’m obviously not walking as some great aerobic activity, why DO I walk?

As a woman of a certain age, I need to watch my bone mass.  Osteoporosis is a huge health risk for women in their later years.  Brittle and fragile bones mean risk of falling and breaking something.  They also mean longer healing times for bones that do break.  Not how I want to spend the rest of my life.

When we exercise, we build and maintain the amount and the thickness of our bones.  Weight bearing exercise is especially good for your bones.  This is any exercise where your legs and feet are holding up your weight.  Walking is one very easy way to get some weight bearing exercise.

I’m great with spending my later years hiking through the woods and walking along the streets of cities I’ve never seen before.  Those strong bones can carry me around the world if I want them to.  I’m happy to walk.

Why I Walk….

Each morning I take a walk.  Its not a huge, big deal.  Its enough to get the blood flowing and get a little fresh air into my lungs.  And its enough for the dog to do her business (she goes for her long walk with her dad — the power walker).  Since I’m obviously not walking as some great aerobic activity, why DO I walk?

Walking is just simply good for your heart.  Yes, yes, other aerobic activities are also good for your heart.  But walking has the lowest dropout rate of any of the exercises chosen by us non-exercisers.  Walking is a moderate physical activity and is probably the easiest way to get your physical activity level up.  Your heart rate goes up while you walk, and your blood carries more oxygen and nutrients to your cells, enabling them to do a better job.  You lungs take in more oxygen and work more effectively.

Doctors say that simple walking can cut your risk of heart disease by as much as 40 percent.  That’s a huge decrease in risk for a small effort.

Your heart is a muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Why I Walk…

Each morning I take a walk.  Its not a huge, big deal.  Its enough to get the blood flowing and get a little fresh air into my lungs.  And its enough for the dog to do her business (she goes for her long walk with her dad — the power walker).  Since I’m obviously not walking as some great aerobic activity, why DO I walk?

Walking strengthens your memory.  Last month, the New York Times had an article in their research section suggesting that just 3 walks per week may be enough to stave off memory loss in those of us who are a tad older.  Somewhere around 55 or 60 years old, the hippocampus in the brain begins to atrophy.  With that atrophy, comes memory loss.

The researchers from the University of Pittsburgh compared two groups of adults of that age group.  Half the group walked 40 minutes  a few times a week.  The other half of the group did some other kinds of exercises.  One year later the walkers had actually INCREASED their hippocampus!  The group who engaged in other kinds of exercise had a loss of about a percent and a half in the size of the hippocampus.  That’s a huge difference.

Walking really DOES make your memory better

Why I Walk

Each morning I take a walk.  Its not a huge, big deal.  Its enough to get the blood flowing and get a little fresh air into my lungs.  And its enough for the dog to do her business (she goes for her long walk with her dad — the power walker).  Since I’m obviously not walking as some great aerobic activity, why DO I walk?

 

Walking makes you feel better.  Just a 10 minute walk provides a serious mood boost for over two hours according to Dr. Robert Thayer.  He teaches people how to regulate their mood with food and exercise.  Just my little itty-bitty walk has a huge effect on my mood — scientifically and experientially — I feel the difference on days that I don’t get my walk.

This also is what makes me head out the door in the middle of a long, trying work day.  I’ll sometimes decide that I need a walk more than I need lunch.  A quick jaunt out in the fresh air and then a snatch of some part of my lunch usually will be enough to push me through the remainder of my work day.

Right now, when the days are still not long and beautiful, it can be a real effort to push myself out the door in the morning.  But the payoff in terms of my outlook on the day is enormous.

Fit Bit Flex

I got a new Fit Bit Flex as a part of a wellness incentive (DH got one too!).  I’ve been using it to track my “normal” routine — in other words, I’m consciously NOT adding any additional walking or exercise right now.  I just want the data on what is my “usual and customary” — then I can begin adding to my routine in meaningful ways.

So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  I’m moving far more than I thought I was.  I’m typically halfway to my goal of 10,000 steps, even on days that I feel as though I’ve been chained to my desk.  I’ve been as high as 8,000 steps — just doing my normal routine.  It makes planning to add a walk into my routine much less daunting.

Next, I want to try tracking my sleep.  The biggest trick on this for me will be actually wearing the FitBit band to bed.  I hate anything on my fingers, neck or wrist at bedtime.  I even remove my wedding rings for sleeping.  Once I adjust to having the FitBit on my wrist during the night, the rest should be easy.  I’m wondering what I’ll get for surprises about my sleep. It should be interesting