Blog post: Sweet potatoes are sprouting!: Walking does make one feel good!

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Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Zella
Feb 5, 2017 2:48 PM CST
I don't drive I only walk for personal transportation. I always feel good getting from point A to point B on my own that being said I do need to ask for my mom to drive me places when it's too far or like I'm doing grocery shopping (or shopping for birthdays, etc.)
I agree with what you said about that parking lot statement lol I never understand the fight to be super close to the store. You go into a store and walk walk walk around but the moment you leave the store? *gasp* the horror! You have to walk even more to the car!

One day I would like to get my drivers license though since I do feel bad depending on my mom so much.
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 5, 2017 3:02 PM CST
I really REALLY do not understand the logic where a person refuses to walk places or dig in the garden, or load firewood, or whatever, but will PAY someone else to force them to exercise in a gym. I always figure if I get the exercise digging my own garden, etc. I am SAVING money (which is almost the same as earning money). Once when I worked in an office, a couple of the women were trying to talk me into joining a gym with them and I told them that they could save a lot of money by coming over to my house and digging my garden. I even offered to supply color coordinated shovels and gym shoes. They declined. :lol:

I can't walk to go shopping, etc. because I live in a rural area and the nearest grocery store is 6 miles away along a busy highway, but I do like to walk to my mechanic's garage and post office and to the pizza shop (which I figure counts for AT LEAST a million calories off the pizza, right?). Some of my neighbors own overfed, lazy horses that as far as I can see only act as moving lawn ornaments and I often think that if I had a horsie, I'd ride him to the store!

Keep walking! It's the best exercise there is. We're designed to walk. My doctor once told me, once you stop walking, you're pretty much done for.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Zella
Feb 5, 2017 3:42 PM CST
I get the garden part I HATE ants! I keep a lot of my plant stuff indoors or I'll give them to my mom. If I could figure out how to lessen the ants I don't think I'd be so bothered digging in the backyard. But I can't bring myself to kill ants in their own environment -_-;
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 6, 2017 8:16 AM CST
Do you have fire ants? (I don't know if fire ants live as far north as CT). Or those big red or black ones? those can be bad too. Fortunately, we don't have any of those. This used to be a commercial apple orchard and nothing (NOTHING) survived the decades of chemical spraying they used. When I first moved here 30 years ago, the soil looked like yellow coffee grounds and there were no earthworms. The man who sold me the property came for a visit years later and was astounded to see Fireflies in the trees. He hadn't seen them in years and years because he sprayed so heavily. The apple trees are all gone except for 4. Like drug addicts, without the chemicals all 70+ of them withered up and died inside a few years. Proof to me that I will never resort to chemicals like that. I do use a little RoundUp now; we have a terrible poison ivy problem here and that's the only thing that kills it.

Ask around in the forums about the ant problem. I'll bet you get some good advice there!

How's your weather today? We're going up to the 50sF today (very weird). I've got a few things to finish up in the office and then I am going out in the garden to potter around.

Annie
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Zella
Feb 6, 2017 5:24 PM CST
I don't think we have true fire ants just red ants we call fire ants?
I have a bit of an irrational fear of ants. As a child I was poking at an ants nest and failed to notice them start to climb my legs. They were large black ones and scared me very badly.
Actually I have bad luck when it comes to "outside wildlife." I think it was that same year a pigeon flew into my head and died :/

That chemical spraying really makes me think and relate a little to much to the apple trees. Less chemical and more electronic though for my human self. Hmmm... Always nice to think nature will claim back what is its though.

Kind of like those History channel Armageddon programs they show sometimes.
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 7, 2017 7:10 AM CST
The ability of Nature to reclaim damaged areas is amazing. I saw it on my own land and I've seen it elsewhere too. Did you know that scientists have found that the fungi in rotting wood will "eat" chemical pollution? Our little town is using wood chips to help clean up a polluted area where an old factory once stood.

That's too bad about the ant/wildlife phobias. I'm scared of snakes, but I'm trying to get over it. As for bugs and birds and such, I just tell myself they are so busy with their own little lives, they really arent much interested in me as long as I leave them alone. This past summer, I started helping a neighbor with her bee hives. I thought I'd be nervous, but once we were "suited up" and got started it was actually very calming work. You are forced to move slowly and quietly and not talk or laugh loudly and it is so calming....like those slow Japanese exercises (tai chi?). Which reminds me, I want to learn that!

Keep putting your fingers in dirt and handling plants, its very healing! Good gardening, Annie
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Zella
Feb 7, 2017 4:57 PM CST
That's really cool about that fungi fact!

About the weather question from a few days ago ours is... wonky

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Tomorrow is warm then the next day... snow -_-;

I have a bad feeling this year's Daffodil Festival is gonna be daffodil less Sad (again)
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 8, 2017 6:24 PM CST
It's climate change. Nobody seems to have normal weather anymore. I've got snowdrops blooming in December and forsythia blooming in January. A town near us has had IceFest for decades (they set up big chunks of ice along Main Street and ice sculptors create beautiful things...) For the past 2 years, we've had no winter weather and the ice sculptures are here today gone tomorrow. People used to bundle up to go; now you put on a jacket and sneakers. I shudder to think what the future is bringing.

We were at 60F this afternoon so I went out and moved a couple of rose bushes. We're supposed to get several inches of snow overnight, but then back into mild temps, so I'm hoping I get more plants moved around. My gardens are finally reaching that "tipping point" where I've got enough plants to start dividing and spreading them around.

Good gardening, keep warm, and I hope the Daffodil Fest will have daffies.!
The end is nothing, the journey is all.

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