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BearCountryGG - Thursday Apr 22, 2021

Weight: 0.0

I spent a lot of time yesterday sorting through the pantry. fridge and freezer looking for things that are expired, dented, small amounts left in packages etc...........D would never consider eating this stuff......I have no problem with it.......If it looks, smellls, appears , tastes fine....I will eat it with no problem.  Since I'm not one to waste resources........today I will again begin using these things up.......and counting calories to make sure I eat at least 1,200 calories a day.....and no more than 1,500.  I really dislike throwing out food and other items that we invested our cash into in the past. 

I'm also going to be working on using vitamins/supplements, toiletries etc.  I began sorting clothing, and linens recently also...........some things are worn out, some make great rags,.....some are just going in the trash.......because they are no longer usable.  Making use of the tiny washing machine that we have been storing for years really helped remind me that we need to use what we invest in 

At a time when we are working hard to stay out of the public for the betterment of our health.......we can do better at home and I'm enjoying it.  It's funny how many things we have actually stored away here that we really should be using...........We are finding things that will be finding new homes with family who is happy to have them........finding paperwork that can be shredded and discarded, forgotten clothing, partial bottles of lotions, shampoos, etc........these things need to be made use of.  So many things have already found other uses.......I found several soap dishes that helped remind me that not that many years ago...we actually used bar soap at sinks instead of liquid hand soaps,  There are so many ways to keep me from spending/shopping/adding to the clutter around us. 

Today will be the beginning around here of challenging myself to use what is on hand, and stop the unnecessary shopping.  I came from a family that lived through the depression......I watched them struggle through with very little resources.......in comparison I feel greedy and privileged and while that is comfortable......it also makes me well aware that it is unnecessary.  We really need very little to survive.....I've seen it in my own family.  

I had Grandmothers that raised families on rice, cornmeal, flour and sugar. and the occassional chicken........they survived and thrived.....they didn't know any different.  It can be done and done well. 

Today I'm on a mission to live more simply.

For jacky....My nasty little tick

His still itching bite years later.........on left shoulder......larger than a quarter.


1 Pkt of instant maple oatmeal...expired and still fine...160

coffee = 2

salt and vinegar chips = 200

Graham crackers = 260 ( expired and fine)

Chicken salad (dented can and fine), lite mayo, sweet relish = 410

Protein shake (expired and fine)= 160

1,032.......not hungry...hopefully will be later....need to get another 200 or so in.









Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Awesome! I too like using what’s around. I give some leftover food to the dogs, but only appropriate stuff. No junk food for my boys!

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
I admit to being a human garbage can...LOL...born and bred...( watched my Dad stand at the fridge while drinking milk that was going to be thrown out.....( not on his watch...heredity or genetics?)I'm not sure...but I'm the same way......I eat something rather I want it or not just to keep from throwing it away......well....doing this does allow me to cover both the no waste, and the using what we have while watching weight issues.....and that fits perfectly into my agenda.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
WE do give some things to our dogs too occassionally....want to see something funny....give your dogs some rice krispies.....we gave ours some once and they all acted differently...the funniest was one who dove in...sniffing and snorting and having a wonderful time.....he made a game out of it...and gave a quite the show.

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Wow! You mean that red nasty tick bite looks like that after a full year? Or that it still itches?

I have removed a few ticks from me and a few from the dogs. Over the years, not often. Large disgusted blood engorged monsters. YUK! But no redness or itching.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
It still itches years later...but no longer looks like that.....This was miserable......D noticed something on my shoulder and asked how I got a blood blister there.....when i looked in the mirror....I noticed that it was raised and had him take a closer look.....it wasn't a blood blister it was a tick....and he was full of blood...luckily D was able to remove it with a tick key we keep here for that purpose...we have both found ticks on us in the past but never a full bite like that......it was pretty disgusting...and yup...it still itches in that spot.

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Never had a bite. That’s awful! Felt a few on my chest and was able to easily pull them off. Same for the dogs. Never saw any on the cats. Gross creatures! Rare I see any though.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
This one was full of blood...went to the health department and they gave me a kit to put the tick in and send to Lansing with a check.......they sent the check back...said they didn't test it because it's a deer/dog tick and as unlikely to cause lime disease......so i didn't go to the doctor...but i suspect that it left some sort of bacteria behind because of the irritation so many years later.

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Yeah I’ve read the ones that cause Lyme are not found in many areas, including ours. Bet they all have some nasty stuff inside though.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
I'm sure they have nasty stuff inside...I never felt it bite me.....it had been there for some time...( according to everything I read up to 4 days)....They inject something that numbs you so you don't feel it.....Iy was full of my blood according to the Lansing report......and when D removed it with the tick key....it took some of my skin right along with it....bleck!

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Yes! They inject something to numb you like the damn mosquitoes. I went to scratch my upper chest once & felt the huge ugly thing and was horrified to look at the mirror and see the tick. This only happened 2 or 3 times here on NWPA Never out west, but they must be there too. My lot here is heavily wooded.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
If you ever get one that has it's head buried you have to be really careful....That is where the tick key comes in handy...their heads will break off and stay imbedded....then you do have a problem. If they think you may have Lyme disease they treat it with antibiotics....I'm allergic to penicillen and all of it's relatives as well as the sulfa drugs....the only one I can take is cipro and it's quite mild....so because i do get pneumonia...I don't take antibiotics needlessly because i may need the cipro for pneumonia at some time.......i just took the chance....the pic of my back does look like a lot of the positive lyme pictures......life is a gamble I guess. A friend who has a daughter with lyme was a bit upset with me for not going to the doctor.....but with my allergic reactions to antibiotics...the cure can be deadlier...

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Yep, they give some strong antibiotic called doxycycline for Lyme, as I recall. But t thought they test your blood for the bacterium that cause it before giving the meds. I have a home pharmacy here with hundreds of antibiotics and all kinds of meds and rarely take any.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
There are also a few other diseases that ticks carry.....I take vitamins to counteract most things instead of pharmaceuticals.....1 son and 1 Grandson also have the antibiotic allergies...we are passing that thing down pretty strongly....Basically I take tylenol for what ails me...of course that has an effect on the liver....but had to pick my battles.

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
I too take as little medication as possible. But need 3 for a cardiac problem. SVT My alarm goes off at 10AM , noon & 4 PM

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
I also have a cardiac problem...Rate dependent left bundle branch block....caused by a heart attack at 30.......don't take meds for it though because they would make me sleep all of the time......so i just deal with it....I just have to make sure that no one ever tries to correct my heart beat.....so far....that's worked.......Life can go on with all kinds of healtth issues....just have to be tough and persistent!

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
All depends! They want to do a cardiac ablation for mine, but I refuse. The meds doing fine. Saves me ER trips to get heart rate back to normal. Bummer staying there all day on a IV drip. And expensive! They try to admit for “observation,” but I say NO!

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
Sometimes you just have to say no to some medical procedures.....I have also...In my case trying to alter mine would likely cause death...so I can't let that happen....but I rarely think about it.....it's life as I know it. If it saves you from going to the ER then i would choose that too....just a week ago we had a family member have her heart shocked in an attempt to get her out of bradycardia....it worked for 10 minutes and then it went right back to a bad .rhythm...she is now on meds that are working working....

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
We have ticks here in South Carolina, too. Both Hubby and me found one on each of us over the past couple years. Hubby got it off each time. Didn't send it off. Little dear ticks, I think they were. Glad it was not more. My outside cat, Snowball gets them lots of times and Hubby gets them off of him. He loves the woods.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
They are probably more annoying than dangerous....but boy do we hate seeing them especially in the house. Our inside dog used to get them too.....because she loved to lay out in the sun.....but they didn't seem to bother us....now up north they do...glad you found them before they bit you.

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
They can use shocks for tachycardia, my condition, but it never got to that for me. Just an IV drip. Takes hours.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
I think I would go for the IV myself...even if it takes awhile. Take a book to read.....In the medical office where I worked...we had I.V. beds....most of the people just slept while in there.

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Boring but no alternative. Costs me good money too. Big motivation to take my meds. LOL

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
We have high deductibles on the cars, the house and medical. Never ever had a auto or house claim, but some medical claims. No biggies.

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BearCountryGG - Wednesday Apr 21, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Hanging around waiting for a crushed stone delivery for the driveways..........and thinking about getting some seedlings started inside.....but we had snow flurries again this morning so not sure if it is too early. 

Noticing that I should probably be counting calories....not because I'm eating too much...more like I'm not eating enough.........what a bummer........But i really don't want to bring high calories things in because i'm short at the end of the day....I remember having to do that years ago.......on Weight Watchers......( filling in with a high calorie dessert just to make the day work)....That just doesn't seem right.    Will see tomorrow.


Jacky82020 on 04/21/2021:
Snowing here in Pennsylvania too!

Many a high calorie food that is forever banned from this house. But a few manage to find their way to the freezer.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
Having some specific things around are too tempting some days...D shouldn't be eating them and if they are here...he does......I have noticed that I don't feel good when eating sweets these days.......and being away from them for a few days does stop the desire for them........will see.....I always have hard candy around for low blood sugar though and that's okay.....living on lower cal stuff is hard for me to get at least 1,200 in though.....

Jacky82020 on 04/21/2021:
Do you like cheese? I love it! That would help you get 1200. I am into whipped cream cheese lately. And always sharp cheddar. Tried to make my own whipped and it’s like when I tried to make whipped yogurt. No can do even with my excellent mixer. Guess they have their additives or whatever.

Also been into hard candy lately, regular and sugar free. Ok. Can’t eat more than a few a day. Good after something with hot sauce.

Also get some peanut butter Cals often. Tried other nut butters but prefer PB

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
I like cheese but the lactose can be an issue....if you get my drift....I can tolerate yogurt though. I love peanut butter...actually crave it...and I'm allergic to it...but it hasn't killed me yet....I like to live dangerously...LOL

Maria7 on 04/21/2021:
Hope you got your delivery today. And did you say you got some snow? Wow. Good idea on the plants. We have raised bed gardens with tomato plants and strawberry plants in them and also I planted some lettuce seeds that are now coming up in one of the raised bed boxes. Fun to watch them grow. Also in an area of our back yard, we have what I would call a 'mini-garden' where I planted squash, beans, lettuce, cantaloupe seeds and the squash plants are up good and also some of the beans and the lettuce is just now coming up some. Fun to have little gardens.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
You must be having some really nice weather...still quite chilly here and a little snow....We had gardens at past houses....here there is a lot of sand and it isn't good gardening soil...so I will be container gardening on the deck....The crushed rock did arrive so we will be spreading that soon.

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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Apr 20, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Recent days have been a breath of fresh air..........minimal media equals peace of mind.

When I take the noise out of my life suddenly life becomes something else all together.

Mental health

Physical health


Personal responsibility

Hard work


There are so many things that deserve my time and attention and taking the time to experience them means so much more.......food looks and feels different when seen as something that isn't the enemy........

Like water seeks it's own level.........peace of mind and love of life will also seek it's own level......when allowed to do so.

When I stopped getting on the scale, stopped weighing and measuring food, stopped making judgements about any particular food at all....it naturally  fell into place very quickly.  It wasn't hard, it just happened naturally.......

If I ate something that was not really good for me...it didn't take time to let me know that.  Paying attention to that became simple.  It isn't all a mystery......it's simple when I paid attention to my body....not the books, not the media...not the words of others.  If I didn't feel well after eating that thing.....my own body told me......so simple. 

Finding myself has given me so much peace of mind in a noisy, violent, crazy world. 

I'm no longer dieting

I'm no longer living with the tension and stress that seems to be handed out in the eyes of the public, as things become out of hand in the public, I find more and more  peace within, doing the things that I find fun and relaxing.  Doing the things that I find that work for me. 

When I  listen to my own body for real.....not with pre-conceived notions.....the weight falls off....no stress...and so easily.

Today and possibly daily.....( whatever makes the most sense)....I've turned off the TV......I'm scanning Facebook only for info on family and friends and how they are doing..........all other things there will be ignored.

I've taken to a notebook for journaling my days.....................I may switch to journaling here along with it. 

There is too much noise....too much violence.....too much unhappiness out there.  Time for me to find happiness within myself and live accordingly.

I plan to journal here today...just because I feel like it and for no other reason.

 After a cup of coffee...I took a nice long soak in the tub.....more truths came to mind.....

What goes around, comes around

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

It is my job to learn from my mistakes.

We are never given more than we can handle.....figure out how to handle it

I waited until I was hungry to eat today.......it took 5 hours to feel hungry so then I ate.

My dryer quit heating up many months ago.....but still dries with room temp air...but it takes hours.....then my washer stopped spin drying and left things very wet...add that to the weird dryer situataion.......( not getting repaired or replaced right now because of covid)........so after  a few days of this.....we pushed the washer aside and between the 2 of us.....got the little portable washer upstairs...( I used to use it in an apartment).....I loved it then and I totally adore it now...what a little gem!!!!   Is it wrong to say I love this little mini appliance....????   Right or wrong....I LOVE IT!  Its small loads spin well.....it's small loads work in the broken dryer well.......it is making my life so much easier.......looks silly...but it's a sweetie!

Bed is made, neatening things up.......planning a relaxing day.....laundry getting done and I know right now that I will be cooking lunch for D in a couple of hours but I will wait to eat until really hungry..........and that is just fine.




Donkey on 04/20/2021:
What a timely post - I had a bun with my (husband-made) hamburger last night, and this morning, I'm feeling the bloat and discomfort, pretty much sure it's from the bun, since I don't usually eat bread.

I feel like this is the first time I've actually realized that my body is trying to tell me something - probably for longer than just today - and I just didn't hear it until today.

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2021:
It is interesting that we often ignore what we really feel....maybe the fact that you don't usually eat bread happened naturally too. You just knew then.....and today was a reminder. One thing is for sure....the short time it takes to eat something sure doesn't seem worth the hours of regret.

Jacky82020 on 04/20/2021:
Terrific post, Bear! A timely reminder for us all, Thanks, my friend.

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2021:
It is an introspective time for me.....when life gets out of hand...I do go inward...it always helps.

Jacky82020 on 04/20/2021:
I need to borrow a page from your book. Like now.

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2021:
Sometimes it's just better to shut the door and regroup.

Jacky82020 on 04/20/2021:
You got that right, girl!

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2021:

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Sounds like you had a nice day. Happy for you over your washer. Our set is old but still going, thank the Lord.

bearcountrygg on 04/20/2021:
You are lucky...I think the newer they are the quicker they quit working.....

horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2021:
HELLO BANANAS (speaking of food looking GREAT when it's not the enemy...second one for today since i'm needing that type of potassium and regulation a bit more as i'm listening to my body)

glad to hear the smaller appliance is working well for laundry...whatever works!

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
This tiny one does it all...except for the heavier bedspread....so will avoid using that one for awhile. I used to be allergic to bananas...and was super happy to see that end.

horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2021:
i'm no longer dieting, either (in terms of good foods / bad foods!)

good lifestyle choices all around in your post.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
I guess I'm not eating enough these days...who figured.....I think I will count for awhile to at least get a minimum of 1,200.........this is just like the old me of years ago......but I got anemic then...and don't want that again...

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