Sunday, January 29, 2017


Geraniums - These flowers last all the way through to frost. I plant them from seed each year and they have beautiful blooms all summer long. I have a variety pack so I never know the color until they bloom. Once, there was a yellow bloom.

I have spring fever and spring is still a few weeks away. I've started my flower seeds indoors and quite a few have sprouted. Cute tiny bright green leaves are everywhere in my spare bedroom.

Thanks for stopping by.

Still Nico free!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

MicroGreens - Grown Indoor

Swiss Chard

I might of mentioned growing Microgreens indoor before but it's worth repeating.

They grow very fast and are packed full of nutrients. Just snip and toss in your salad or on a sandwich. The Swiss Chard you can let grow until it has 4 leaves but the others, snip at will. I grow, Turnip, Beet, Mustard, Radish, Chinese Cabbage and what ever lettuce seeds I have. Use regular potting soil and wala!

It was 60 degrees here yesterday. All of Chicago was outside and of course, wearing shorts. Crazy weather.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Abandoned Graveyard

Old Abandoned Graveyard
I guess old graveyards could be abandoned if you no longer add anyone to them. This small spot is on a section right before the closed off road that makes me stop and look each time I walk by. Someone mows the grass in the summer but all the stones are really old except for the large gray newer stone. Someone replaced it as you can read the names and dates. Caroline Erb was only 47 when she passed. Her husband lived on to the age of 87. They must have family still in the area that replaced the stone. Hmmm.... Interesting.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Abandoned Road

Closed Road
This is a picture of a road that was blocked off about 15 years ago. No one drives on it anymore. It was a through way side street that for some reason, the city decided to block from traffic. Not exactly sure why but it makes for a nice walk in the morning.

As you can see, nature is taking it back. This was taken on January 1st, 2017 and it was a quiet and crisp morning. I'm walking a lot every day to prep for spring running. I'm hoping to once again, "Run like the wind".

A road without cars will turn back into it's original field.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year Touching Base

Christmas Breads

Mayne Farm's Tree
At Christmas, I baked some breads for our Neighbors. They looked so pretty I thought I'd snap some pictures. They contained little pockets of sugar and cinnamon and were delicious.

The tree is up the road on Mayne's farm. It is beautiful in the Spring and this shot was taken on January 1, 2017. If I remember, I'll snap a shot when it's in full bloom.

Still Nicotine gum free but the emotions are sometimes out of control. I can cry at just about anything. I heard a song on the radio yesterday that brought open the flood gates. I'm not sure why but without the nicotine, I am extremely sensitive. I count to 10 and then it passes.

Crazy but I'm going to push through it.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Quit Chewing Nicotine Gum

Happy New Year - shoot the scale! Ha ha - I like this cartoon for some reason.

Ok - confession time. I quit smoking in 2002 - January 11th. I am coming up to my 15th year without a cigarette. But - to stop smoking, I chewed Nicotine gum. Now - nicotine poisoning is real. All the years I chewed the gum, I had stomach aches, headaches, muscle cramps, leg tingles, and sometimes dizzy spells. I blamed them all on anything but the gum. Food I ate, air I breathed, exercising too hard - Everything but the gum because I loved that gum. It gave me energy and kept my emotions at bay. Plus I was an addict. A Nicotine Addict. But not a smoker. I told myself, "Well, It's better than smoking".

Oh No Barb, it's so much worse.

In October, I started with a new symptom, Chest Pains. I read everything I could about why I would have chest pains. I wanted it to be anything but the gum.  After all the research, it all lead to the gum. I found a site that scared me into quitting.  Nicotine is quite powerful and long term use can be damaging to so many parts of your body. If you chewed more than 3 pieces in an hour, it was as if you were smoking three packs a day. The amount of gum I chewed in a day was way higher. I was consuming almost a carton worth of nicotine each day. Every Day. Non-stop. the second the flavor left the gum, I'd pop another.

Think about all that poison going through my poor body. It was ruining me before my time. I still have so much to accomplish in my life that if I didn't stop chewing, it would be like a slow death of my own doing. Nicotine poisoning is rare in smoking. The amount you would need to smoke to get poisoned is almost impossible. But - the new sources of nicotine available, gum and lozenges and now the vape, give you an unlimited amount to consume. Watch the news in the future for nicotine related deaths. It could happen.

 So - I quit chewing. Again. This will be the third and hopefully the last attempt. The longest I've gone without a piece of gum is 6 months about 3 years ago. I tell you, the cravings, get a hold of you like nothing I've ever experienced. My emotions were so over the top that each time I convinced myself to start chewing again. This time - I have to quit. For good.

Wish me luck and I'll keep you informed as I move foward.

Happy New Year! 2017 will be the best yet!