Beautiful shot of the garden this morning at 5:30 a.m. What a lovely site!
Ok just finished day 2 of a 5 day weekend. Accomplished a lot today too much too list but the highlights were – eating the fresh greens from our garden (in the picture). Yesterday, we went to pick up rock dust from a MA farm – this is part of our remineralizing the land – the color was unbelievable, a pearlescent blue/green/gray – gorgeous and shimmering color – it just glowed in the garden. I’m sure the land is very happy right now.
What a gorgeous day. I was outside all day long. I can now check off the following things from my list:
- Planted the gorgeous swiss chard to the right in the picture above in the garden (about 80 plants).
- Planted 135 feet of yellow beans
- Planted 135 feet of green beans
- Planted 180 feet of cut lettuce
- Planted 240 feet of carrots
- Planted 160 feet of beets
- Not on the list but had some extra time – weeded the entire greenhouse
- Planted a flat of head lettuce
- Planted a flat of pickling cukes
- Planted a flat of Orient Express cukes (new variety this year)
- Did three loads of laundry and hung it outside to dry
- Made a new dessert recipe for supper: Rhubard Maple Toasted Bread Pudding
- Made a new recipe for supper: Greek Spinach-Asparagus-Potato Gratin
Just had our next to the last farm camp class today. Learning a lot through this holistic management class. Home all day tomorrow And my list is long? Just readied three beds tonight for planting tomorrow.
Today was a great day. Planted 50 raspberry plants, readied the new asparagus bed and planted 50 of those, reseeded the flats with various seeds of ones that did not germinate, put chicken wire up around the greenhouse to keep chickens out and move the chicken fence to greener pastures. Quite a productive day. Here’s a picture of the new asparagus bed. You will note a couple of supervisors inspecting our job.
The cleanse is done. The last four days was somewhat of a challenge. It seemed like we had every type of food conceivable, that we don’t usually have at work, these past two weeks. From numerous birthdays (where everyone gets a cake to share) to left over pizza (to the tune of 4 boxes left over), to cheese and crackers, veggie and dips (veggies are fine, but not the dip) to administrative professionals day (various yummy sandwiches on croissants with assorted mini desserts. I managed to avoid all except for a couple of pieces of smoked cheese and boy was that good! We did go out to eat at Longhorn Steak house on Tuesday (my son was home from the Navy on leave so we all went out). I managed to stay within my diet by getting baked sweet potato, with butter and cinnamon, steamed veggies and grilled shrimp with a house salad. That grilled shrimp was yummy! My husband caved yesterday by having a hot dog (the last day) and a cup of Dunkin coffee in the AM. Said coffee tasted different and only had 5 sips and threw the rest away (that’s what he gets for cheating).
Overall, glad we did the cleanse probably will do it again next year. We did however, spend an extra $400 in that three week period by buying all organic veggies, etc. It was a good thing that I had frozen a lot of berries from last year to use in the shakes otherwise it would have been a lot more expensive.
Total weight loss: Me 12.2 pounds; my husband 19 pounds.
Dinner: Thai Chicken Soup; shake
Weight loss: Me 10.8; My husband 16.2
Dinner: Left over Thai Chicken soup; shake
Snack: apple and grapes
Weight loss: Me 12.2; My husband 18.2. Since we’ve been hovering around the same number for the past 3 days or so I thought our weight loss would be minimal for the rest of the cleanse . What a pleasant surprise when we woke up and we each lost over a pound and a pound.