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Uncategorized Archives · Page 6 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Uncategorized Archives · Page 6 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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The view from my window….

Finding beauty in everyday life is as easy as stopping to smell the roses. This photo I took symbolizes the hope and new beginnings that spring brings. Isn't is beautiful how the splash of color just pops against the snow covered bushes outside? What about everyday life has touched you today?...

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Change your thinking and you will change your life!

Resisting the unknown or uncertain is very common. People naturally want to feel safe and secure. We like to know what we are about to encounter because we know exactly what we will get out of it. We are comforted by the consistency even if we are not happy with the results. This is why so many people continue to live lives that they do not enjoy. Often times the fear of change itself is enough to keep us mindlessly repeating the same actions and choices while hoping for different result. We desperately want things to be better but we are too trapped or scared to try something different. Overcoming fear of change is something I have struggled with for quite sometime. Many things were in chaos throughout my childhood and this...

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You should not hotlink images

Did you know that finding a picture on the internet, right clicking the image, copying the link location and pasting it to another location is bandwidth theft? You should not hotlink images because: 1. Hotlinking is stealing bandwidth. Bandwidth theft is a huge deal to those who actually pay for their own web hosting because it sucks bandwidth (transmission capacity) from the site and costs the site owner money. Essentially the site owner pays to host an image that you a linking to for free. Site owners usually don't intend to have others linking to their images and they generally don't appreciate it. If you find an image you like it is always best to ask for permission to use it first. The images owner will either tell you to hotlink to their images...

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“You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.”

This is a lesson my students are learning right now. High school is brutal for most girls because girls are mean to each other. This is true almost everywhere. Girls have conflicts, they act and react.. It is normal for people to become emotionally involved in situations to the point that they are unable to see another viewpoint or way to resolve things. This is the point my students are at in their situations. Both sides of the conflict feel wronged and are defensive towards the other. Neither party is able to see the situation from an outside perspective so the conflict resolution is going nowhere. The following quote: “You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.”  -Wayne Dyer applies to one of my students is...

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The quest for the “good popcorn”.. Sometimes I feel crazy.

This morning I woke up to falling snow. Today is my day off so falling snow is a welcome surprise. I began the day by working on my emails and on my blog carnival. I started to get hungry so I went down stairs to the kitchen to hunt for something to eat. “We have no bread so eggs and toast is not possible, we are out of my favorite cereal, I am not in the mood for oatmeal or cream of wheat…” and the same process of elimination goes on for a while. Finally I decide I want to have popcorn for breakfast (I know it’s strange but so are my eating trends). I have my heart set on popcorn so I grab the first bag I see and...

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A Carnival of Motivational Writing January 21, 2007

A blog carnival simply ties related content together throughout the web for readers. My blog carnival is about motivation and I created it to provide a wide range of view points and topics for my readers. Below are some motivation related articles that other bloggers wanted to share. I hope you enjoy this January edition of the motivational writing carnival! ————————————————- Motivation in times of Struggle- A beautiful poem called Chi-Chi Tree illustrates the ups and downs of life by comparing them to the rise and fall of the seasions. If you have been hurt and are struggling to move on this poem will touch you because it beautifully states that loss leads to rebirth and that there is always a new beginning ahead. Dr. Jane Chin displays the poem Chi-Chi Tree in...

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Personalized Valentines Day gifts

“We do not remember days; we remember moments.” ~Cesare Pavese Create a beautiful moment for a loved one with a sentimental, personalized gift from your heart! The most romantic holiday of the year is just around the corner so order your special gifts today! Here are some Valentines Day gift ideas: Send a simple yet tender display of affection with my Message in a Bottle Gift! The idea behind the message in a bottle is a beautifully decorated clear glass bottle with a scroll inside. You write the heartwarming message and I put it all together especially for your loved one. Write your own poem or romantic message and I’ll do the rest! This is a terribly romantic personalized gift that the recipient will hold on to and cherish for years...

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Pineapple Houseplant

I got his information today and thought it was pretty cool. I am going to try this out today!! "Growing your own pineapple houseplant is simple. To prepare it for planting, all you have to do is cut off the top inch or so of the fresh fruit. This leafy crown will produce roots from its base. Next cut the flesh away to the fibrous core and leave the whole thing out for a few days to dry. After the core has dried, simply pop the crown in some ordinary potting soil and water. Once you get the crown potted up, give it the kind of conditions that nature would provide - warm temperatures and plenty of light. When it comes to water - a little goes a long way. Keep the...

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Daily happenings…

I just spent the last thirty minutes urging my mother to sit down and write a blog about her health concerns so I guess I better write one too! I don't have any major observations or life lessons to share, only my day to day happenings. I am just getting back into the swing of things with my teaching. This was the first week back to school for my high school kids. We have a performance in two weeks so we are busy fine tuning stuff. Dixie our doggie is doing awesome! She is not having any accidents and she is adjusting very well to our life. She gets sad when we go off to work and she is starting to learn our schedule. It's crazy when your pets learn your daily schedule.. She...

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The biggest lesson I have learned in 2006

Upon reflection I realize the biggest lesson I have learned in 2006 is that expectations often lead to let downs….. Some people will think that is a very bitter or jaded thing to say. Let me elaborate, I am not saying that you shouldn’t have high expectation. By all means reach for the stars and believe in your dreams but don’t condemn others for not living up to your expectations. I have much experience in lets downs and I have been on both the giving and receiving ends. This year, in my quest to be my authentic self I have felt the sting of judgment from those who don’t agree with or understand my choices. I have struggled with the urge to simply shut out those who cannot accept me. It seems...

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The skinny on composting

I got a composter for Christmas and after sharing my photos of the new composter I got several questions about composting. I have done quite a bit of research on composting methods and have learned quite bit. Here is what I can share about composting: I use microbial composting methods with my composter. This means the bacterias in my composter digest the matter and excrete it. In order for this composting method to work a good mix of matter must be present. We are using a mixture of kitchen wastes (unseasoned veg's, egg shells, coffee grounds etc) combined with a mixture of yard wastes (dry leaves, wood chips etc) and with office wastes (shredded junk mail, scrap paper etc) in our composter. They only tips I have heard are that you have...

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Green Christmas

We are back from our holiday trip! Nathan and I headed down to the valley for our holiday celebrations. We took Dixie with us and she was so good! She just slept in the truck and she was very well behaved at my mother’s house (where we stayed). This is me, Nathan and Dixie leaving Flagstaff on Devember 23. We are heading down to Phoenix for the holidays. We spent the holidays with family down in phoenix because this is going to be our last Christmas living here in Arizona and we wanted to try and see everyone. On Christmas Eve we celebrated with my family at my moms house and on Christmas we went to see Nathan's family in Scottsdale. We came home to celebrate on our own Christmas night. This is...

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New family member and snow…

We adopted a dog and we got snow last night. The doggie came from a home where she was to much to handle. She needed more attention so they gave her to us. She is understandably very uncomfortable in her new surroundings. She is trying to make friends with our cats but they are not enthusiastic about her right now. She is scared of the train that goes by our house every 15 minutes and she is not to used to having cars all around her when she goes outside. She hasn't gone to the bathroom since we picked her up at noon yesterday. We have been walking her every 2 hours or so. We even set the alarm to take her out at 3am this morning. She just wont pee! Well,...

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When you find that you are struggling…

... try to remember that the experiences that are truly worthwhile in the end are often the most difficult to go through at the time... If it is worth it, it is generally not easy. Most of the experiences that shape who we are are the struggles and hardships. Each struggle/ hard time carries a lesson or a defining moment. We grow and evolve through each experience... this makes us more prepared for the future. When you find yourself down in the dumps over a struggle or hardship try to see your "hard time" as a gift. You are blessed to be presented with situations that will make you better prepared for the future. Life has a bigger plan for you, you just cannot see it yet. Take your struggles in stride, keep...

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Christmas Tree, oh christmas Tree…

Nathan and I usually go out and cut our own Christmas tree in early December. He always applies for a permit and we try to make a small trip out of it. We always seem to make some interesting memories on these trips. One year one of Nathan's coworkers offered us accommodation's at their cabin/ store. We showed up and could not believe our eyes.. The whole place was full of stuff for sale, the pictures on the wall, the blankets on the bed, the stuffed animals, the furniture.. We felt so uncomfortable we found a motel to stay the night in. We distinctly remember a place called The Blue Sapphire...

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Harvest of Daily Life grows…

If you enjoy the motivational/ self help topics on Harvest of Daily Life you may be interested in joining the Harvest of Daily Life Interactive group. The Harvest of Daily Life group is an interactive approach to self discovery and personal growth for the readers of Harvest of Daily Life. You will be asked to participate in a number of writing prompts designed to help you get to know yourself and to grow. If you are interested you can find the discussion board @ http://craftedcustomgifts.com/harvest-of-daily-life/YaBB.pl If you aren't necessarily interested in participating in an interactive group but would like to get emails when new items are posted to Harvest of Daily Life you can visit: http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=23050 to sign up for email notification of new posts! I hope everyone is having a safe...

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