Life Lessons from my Garden

Lesson #1  If you don’t water your garden, it will die.

Lesson #2: If you think about watering your garden, but then don’t do it, it will still die.

Lesson #3: Don’t grow kale if you hate kale.

Lesson #4: The kale will somehow live even though you stopped watering it on purpose. You will be stuck eating kale for days. Reread lesson #3 before buying any more seeds.

And now the really good news…

Lesson #5: You can start a new garden every season.

It’s time to replace the word “garden” with the word “dream”.

Lesson #1  If you don’t water your dream,  it will die.

Lesson #2: If you think about watering your dream, but then don’t do it, it will still die.

Lesson #3 and 4: Life will sometimes give you kale.  Be gentle with yourself. You did the best you could with the knowledge/information/situation you had at the time.

Lesson #5: Remember you can always try again. Tomorrow is a new day.

Here’s a picture of the newest addition to the garden.

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And a picture of the kale that just won’t die.

Kale picture

I also have to give a BIG thank you to my Accountant for his help in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

Salads in a Jar

I’m having fun with Mason Jars right now. I’ve made salads in a jar to take to work for lunch. They really do last five days in the refrigerator.

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I’ve made yogurt in a jar for breakfast. They really do last three days in the refrigerator.

Yogurt parfait

Just for fun, I made money in a jar. It makes me smile every time I see it.

Money jar

I don’t think it will last five days though.

 

What I’ve Learned from 3rd Challenge

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It is hard to believe that I’ve just finished my 3rd  challenge. I have drunk a green smoothie every day for 13 days. Here is what I have learned along the way.

1. The recipe is important

When I first started making green vegetable smoothies, I threw anything that looked healthy into the blender. Needless to say, the result was me feeling as green as the things I put into that blender.  I learned very fast that the recipe makes all the difference. Life is like that as well.  It is easy to accomplish something if you have a plan to do it. If you see some one else who has accomplished something you want to do, ask them how they did it. The recipe is important to achieve something great.

2. Ask your friends for help

I put out an urgent plea for help and my friends sent my some delicious green smoothie receipes. It made life a lot better. Life lesson: Don’t do things all by yourself. There are other folks who want to help you.

Keep Going Quote for the Day

“There are two rules in life. Number one: never quit. Number two: Always remember rule number one” –Duke Ellington

Come back tomorrow to find out what my next challenge will be. I’m getting excited. It will be  the hardest challenge yet.

Spinach

If anyone ever gives you a choice between a hot fudge sundae or a  spinach juice, choose the sundae.  I’ve found out that I don’t really like the taste of spinach juice. I’m sure my insides are very happy. I can imagine every little cell in my body  screaming with joy to get nutrients, but my taste buds don’t like the flavor of spinach juice. It is kind of funny, because I like cooked spinach.

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Keep going Quote for the Day

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
– Thomas Edison

Success

Thank you to every one who sent me a recipe. I know I can survive this challenge now. I was a bit worried, because my first green smoothie was terrible. I almost gagged. This one is good though.  You should try to make it at home.

2 cups of water

1/2 head spinach

1/2 head of romaine lettuce

3 sticks of celery

1 banana

1 pear

Put it in a blender and imagine all of those little vegetables making you healthy. It made enough smoothie for two so the Accountant got to drink some as well. I’ve discovered a trick. Things taste better in a fancy cup. Day 4 is now done. I have 9 more days left.

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Reader Question: I know you are finished with the climbing stairs and eating at home challenges, but are you still doing those things?

My Answer: It is kind of funny. I’m  not consciously trying to eat dinner at home or climb stairs. However, I have caught myself since the challenges ended  taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I think having to focus on something so intently for 13 days makes it easier  to do it in my every day life. The Accountant and I have gone out to dinner once since the first challenge.  It felt like a special treat.

Introduction: My 3rd 13 Day Challenge

I recently watched a great documentary called Hungry for Change. In the documentary, it showed a girl drinking a vegetable smoothie so she could eat more veggies every day. She was smiling and seemed so happy drinking down her vegetables. I want to be a happy smiling girl ,so I decided to make  vegetable-fruit drinks for the next 13 days.  Here is my first attempt to make a green smoothie.

I looked in my refrigerator and anything healthy looking I put in the blender. I had lettuce, celery, Brussels sprouts, blueberries and  a pineapple chunk. Yes, it tasted very green.  I think I need to go online and look up some recipes for how to make vegetable smoothies taste good.  Dear Readers, please send recipes to me. I need help with this challenge.

Day One

The Practical Reason

Fruits and vegetables have many health benefits. I’ve read that vegetables can help with your digestion, prevent a bunch of diseases and can keep your skin looking young. Sign  me up for all of those things.

The Philosophy Reason

Each week, I buy fruits and vegetables at the store. I eat some of them, but much of the produce spoils before I can finish it.  I throw out the moldy tomato that we didn’t eat, and I wonder about all the energy and time that went into the tomato. The farmer that planted it, the workers who picked it and put it on the truck or grocery shelf.  I think about the time I spent at my job to earn the money to buy the tomato.  So much energy and time and I’m dumping that tomato into  the trash.  I’ve wondered how many good things I’m letting go to waste.   I am hoping that making these green smoothies will help me waste less food.