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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 24, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Zencat said:Oh my...I've only broken a finger. I tend to need sutures for things rather than casts. Head and fingers, mostly.


Yep. When kids were breaking bones I was getting stiches. The most embarrassing time? I ran down the stairs, swung around the knewlpost into the hall and smacked right into my then boyfriend. Cut my head the open right over my left eye. It all healed just fine but lordy did I get teased for quite awhile. After I reassured everyone that boyfriend hadn't hit me or anything because the bruising was not pretty. Even the doctors in emergency teased me about it.
Only bone I ever broke was in the foot coming down from a jump ball in basketball.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
Region: Idaho Lilies Irises
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cbelt1
Jul 24, 2015 11:06 PM CST
LynnG said:Good for you for quitting smoking Neal! Are you still missing it? Keep up quitting. Think of all the money you will now have to spend on more iris! Rolling on the floor laughing


Great idea! Congrats on quitting! What about those is us who do not drink or smoke! I would like to figure out how to quit eating. That would be lots of money for iris!
Cleta
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
caitlinsgarden
Jul 26, 2015 9:53 AM CST
Lynn, I am amazed at all the energy you have despite your pain! Don't be too hard on yourself...you can always plant more next year. I quit smoking over 40 years ago, and have never missed it. What I am trying to do now is cut out junk food, and eat healthier food. That may be harder, but so far I really AM feeling more energetic. I have also started taking cod liver oil again and between the two, I am having mostly good days.
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Jul 26, 2015 10:03 AM CST
I quit smoking 30 years ago. Smoked three packs a day for a looooong time. I don't miss it either -- but once in awhile I'll dream that I'm smoking a cigarette -- and in the dream I'll think "oh NO -- I thought I quit smoking!!!" It sure gets into your psyche, as well as your lungs.............. Sad
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jul 26, 2015 10:12 AM CST
If it's an option Lynn, check out Dr. Dearborn here in Cali. http://www.dearbornsah.com/ He's one the best Orthopedic Surgeon's out there. At age 70, my Mother had both of her knees replaced by him...at the same time! It's been several years now and she still doesn't have a problem with her knees. He now has his own floor at the hospital staffed with his own people to help you with your recovery.

They also do hips there...

I have a torn meniscus in my right knee and I'm avoiding arthroscopic knee surgery for as long as I can.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jul 26, 2015 10:16 AM CST
I'm so proud of all of you who have quit, or are in the process of quitting to smoke. Group hug

3 packs a day? In iris terms of cost, that's a new rhizome a day. (In today's cigarette prices)
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Jul 26, 2015 12:26 PM CST
I agree with Rob. It is a difficult habit to kick and I commend all who can successfully manage to give it up. I never smoked cigarettes but I do like to smoke a really, really GOOD cigar now and again. The first thing I thought of when I read that we were talking to Cuba again was maybe now I can get a decent cigar.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
Jul 26, 2015 12:30 PM CST
Confession time...

DH and I recently slipped on the No Smoking mat. A pack just FELL into our house. We really don't like it but it's an extremely hard habit to quit.
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Jul 26, 2015 2:40 PM CST
Find yourself a good hypnotist, Celia!!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Irises Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Permaculture Composter Organic Gardener
Garden Art Daylilies
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Linneaj
Jul 26, 2015 2:50 PM CST
Before I stopped smoking, I switched to American Spirits. They have no added chemicals. I quit with no withdrawal. I never smoked again. That was over 15 years ago.

My advice to my clients who smoke is:

You are not addicted to nicotine. You are addicted to the drug chemicals manufacturers add to addict you to their brand. Buy American Spirits. Cut the filter in half so it draws well. Alternate 2 of your current brand with 1 American Spirit for a week and then every other cigarette, then 2 American Spirits and 1 chemical cigarette until only American Spirits are smoked. One naturally smokes less. Even if you don't quit, you will feel and smell better. If you do quit, you won't have withdrawal.
Don't make fear based decisions.
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Jul 26, 2015 3:44 PM CST
Wow. I did not know that, Linnea. Wow.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jul 26, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Linnea, that's kinda how I did it. Started rolling my own with American Spirit tobacco about 8 years ago, and did cut the amount I was smoking about in half (without the additives that make them burn faster). I lost my smokers cough and quit having the pain in my chest. I do think that made quitting easier. I've been really stressed and kind of depressed lately, so I have really been having the worst cravings so far. I keep telling myself I need to survive to see all these newly planted irises form clumps!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Jul 26, 2015 7:57 PM CST
Very, very true Neal -- good motivation there.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Irises Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Permaculture Composter Organic Gardener
Garden Art Daylilies
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Linneaj
Jul 26, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Try to identify the emotion that triggers a cigarette craving. For me it was a spirit of rejection. Jesus freak that I am, I cast the spirit of rejection out in the name of Jesus and loosed a spirit of peace and wholeness. If one isn't into such, one could use an affirmation like "I'm done with that feeling of _______ and I am going to entertain a positive feeling of ______ instead. When we give something up, don't leave the space empty. Fill it with something good. The cigarette craving will pass.
Don't make fear based decisions.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
Jul 26, 2015 8:23 PM CST
I want to see my granddaughter do all the stupid things and funny things and heartwarming things and silly things kids do. I want to see her graduate high school, maybe college, a career, a place of her own. Can't do that from a coffin.

I want to see iris bloom and someone step onto Mars. I want to see all the things humans do and laugh, cry, laugh some more.

Right now, I want a cookie. I'm going to enjoy my cookie and not think about not being here to see all those things.
Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
Region: Idaho Lilies Irises
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cbelt1
Jul 26, 2015 9:16 PM CST
Zencat said:I want to see my granddaughter do all the stupid things and funny things and heartwarming things and silly things kids do. I want to see her graduate high school, maybe college, a career, a place of her own. Can't do that from a coffin.

I want to see iris bloom and someone step onto Mars. I want to see all the things humans do and laugh, cry, laugh some more.

Right now, I want a cookie. I'm going to enjoy my cookie and not think about not being here to see all those things.


Yeah! Only I have been waiting all day for a banana split with son and grandsona who are here for a day.
Cleta

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