Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues”, sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure”. However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind. Why not get family and/or friends involved and make a day of it?

No time to devote an entire day?  No worries! Many of these treasure hunts can be completed in a short amount of time. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!”

My Why and My 100+ Journey

Where to begin?  This is a raw topic for me overall and one that I have revisited many times over the years, but just eventually push aside when it seems too hard to deal with. 

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I was pretty much always an overweight kid, and that transitioned into being an overweight adult, and eventually, an obese one.

This past year I turned 50 and in a few short months will turn 51, and in looking back over the years there is a feeling of time wasted. Why have I not taken control of my health? Why have I allowed myself to miss out on so many social events, either because of embarrassment, lack of energy, or simply knowing I could not participate in whatever was going on. Admittingly though, sometimes it was just wallowing in my own self-pity and feeling tired of always being the largest person in the room. Worse yet, actually going to an event and not fitting in the chairs, or being over the weight limit for rides, etc.

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Let it Rot – The Gardener’s Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell

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Title: Let it Rot (3rd Edition)
           The Gardener’s Guide to Composting
Author: Stu Campbell
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Gardening
Details: Softcover 153 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book in July 2000
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Overview: (from back of book) This is a classic guide to turning household waste into gardener’s gold!  Since 1975, Let It Rot! has helped countless gardeners recycle waste materials like household garbage, grass clippings, and ashes to create useful, soil-nourishing compost. Continue reading “Let it Rot – The Gardener’s Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell”

Smoked Sausage-Onions-Peppers-Garlic Bake

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This one is super simple!  Pop this low carb dish in the oven, or sun oven and have a quick easy dinner with leftovers.

What you will need:

Baking dish, deep enough to catch the grease from the sausage. Get one here

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1 package (I buy the bulk size) of smoked sausage (could also substitute kielbasa), cut up

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1 yellow onion, sliced

 

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1 Bell Pepper (I used multi colored), sliced

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2 garlic cloves, chopped

 

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Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: Little Gorilla
Author: Ruth Bornstein
Category: Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Details: Hardcover, 31 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book many years ago, to read to my youngest son
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Overview: An adorable short story about a gorilla and those around him. Continue reading “Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein”

Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake by Pearl Wolf

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           The Story of Patty Cake
Author: Pearl Wolf
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Children’s (Vintage)
Details: Hardcover, 30 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book from a yard sale
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Overview: Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake is a true story about the surprise birth of a gorilla baby to Congo and Lulu of the Central Park Zoo in the ’70s. It’s a story told through clear text and startling black and white photographs. Continue reading “Gorilla Baby: The Story of Patty Cake by Pearl Wolf”

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

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Author: Mel Bartholomew
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Gardening
Details: Softcover 271 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book in February 2007
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Overview: Since Square Foot Gardening was first introduced in 1981, the revolutionary new way to garden developed by Mel Bartholomew has helped millions of home gardeners grow more fresh produce in less space and with less work. Now, based largely on the input and experience of these millions, the system has been even further refined and improved to fully meet today’s changing resources, needs, and challenges. Continue reading “All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew”

Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? by Katherine Smith

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Author: Katherine Smith
               Consultant: Nicola Davies
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Details: Hardcover, 32 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book from a yard sale
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Overview: (From the back cover) Do you know why gorillas don’t have long tails? Do you know why they eat vegetarian instead of hamburgers? Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? explores these questions and many more. The fantastic illustrations and the easy-to-understand text reveal how the characteristics and behaviors of gorillas allow them to survive in their unique environment. Continue reading “Why Don’t Gorillas Lay Eggs? by Katherine Smith”

Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?

DNA testing for genealogy seems to be all the craze now.  Some jump on the bandwagon and take the tests right away, others seem more hesitant.  How will the results be used?  Is our information really private?  What if I find out something … unexpected?!

All of these same questions went through my mind.  Ultimately though, I did take the test, through Ancestry.  My sisters and father took it as well.  And the results?  Well, my dad is my dad, and my sisters are my sisters, no surprise there. 😉 Continue reading “Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?”

Chicken Salad – Low Carb/Keto Friendly

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This is a simple low-carb/keto friendly lunch idea.  I used 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts that once cooked and chopped, weighed 15 ounces before adding the other ingredients. Continue reading “Chicken Salad – Low Carb/Keto Friendly”