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Uncategorized Archives · Page 9 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Uncategorized Archives · Page 9 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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What drives you to write?

I read a post titled: What do we feel we have to contribute and what do we want from it? by Joel Samuel on a writing forum called Gather It really got me thinking about why I am driven to read and write in community forums. While pondering what drives me I uncovered allot. I believe the significance of our existence is more that whether or not we are successful writers, if we make it big or if we are really popular. Everyone we meet/ converse with can impact us in a large or small way and vise versa. Everywhere we go we leave footprints and memories, we shape the beliefs and attitudes of those around us. I can vividly remember several people who had a life changing positive impact on me...

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Dealing with bills and finances..

Every minute of life we are learning some important lesson. We can choose to learn from the experience or we can ignore it. If we choose to ignore the lesson we can bet we will be experiencing the same thing again and again until we learn what we need to. I am learning about money right now. My other half and I are now doing the bills and finances together. The good news is we make enough to pay our regular bills and we could begin paying off some of our debts. The bad news is we are seriously behind on several bills and that is killing us this month. Accepting the fact that the money you make is just going to pay bills and that generally speaking there won't be any...

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Leadership-

"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." -Jim Rohn If you are interested in leadership and would like one on one leadership coaching, advice and a great knowledge base for all leadership information you should check out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/leadershipcoaching/ This is an interactive resource for anyone interested in bettering themselves. In this group we do various writing activates that are designed to help you reflect on yourself and various situations. We also discuss our quote of the day and other member questions. If you are interested please join us by visiting: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/leadershipcoaching/ Make it a great day!...

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Link Exchanges and Incoming Links- What is all the buzz about??

The over simplified explanation of Links and Exchanges: Take are trip with me back in time- We are going back to when the internet first came about. I am talking before search engines were all the rage. People wanted to get others to visit their sites. Sometimes they would have friends post links (directions) to their site. This is how incoming links began. An incoming link brings visitors from another site to your site. Posting links is a lot like posting signs for a yard sale. Think about it, the more places you post directions (or links) the more chance you have to bring people to your yard sale (or website). Okay so picture this: Your friend Bob is having a yard sale the same weekend you are. You want...

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Getting back to what is really important

It is raining here in Flagstaff, AZ and it is so wonderful! Being a native Arizonan I tend to get really excited when we get rain. I feel like it is a sign of renewal and fresh beginnings. Also, here in town everyone has the most beautiful spring bulbs blooming! I am mildly jealous but I still enjoy the beauty of the plants. Nature and the weather have improved my mood today. I spent the morning stretching, working out and doing some yoga type stuff with my high school colorguard students. Physical activities have also contributed to my positive mood today. I am so focused on my positive mood because I felt like poop this weekend. I have a feeling sloth had something to do with it. Essentially I sat at...

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BestHomeRemedies.com

Wow, did you know that nail polish remover and tea bags will get rid of a cold sore?? I read that today on BestHomeRemedies.com! A number of helpful home remedies are listed on this blog. If you are ever looking for info on home remedies check this site out for loads of info!!...

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Gurustu.com- Motivational and fun!!!

Gurustu.com- If you are looking for some piece of mind and a positive thought I think you should visit Gurustu.com where you can write to Gurustu, read what others have written about, enjoy a little humor and much more!! I stopped by today and read the post about pitstops. "You are a pitstop on someone else's journey." We get so caught up in our own life that we forget we play a huge role in the lives of others!! It is a great post!...

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Sprouting potatoes, newsletters and blog tour 2006

Okay so you know how potatoes that sit in a cupboard to long begin to sprout?? Well, I was bored and sort of curious about growing potatoes so I grabbed the one with the most sprouts and planted it in a pot! It seems to be doing great with all its sprouts and leaves! I have to admit I really don't know what to expect next though.. If anyone has ever done this and knows please post me a comment and let me know about your experience!! Other than growing potatoes I am heading up an informative newsletter that is stemming from this blog and my business site. If you are interested please subscribe via my yahoo group. I am planning to post motivational writings, home & gardening advice...

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Your body remembers what your mind chooses to suppress

Okay so here is an idea I was exposed to while shopping for books the other day: Your body stores the secrets of your life. It is a believable statement right? So then I read more about the book. It discusses how we subconsciously suppress traumatic memories or events and that our body holds on to these things and reminds us in various ways. "The body has a unique memory system, in which early trauma and deeply buried feelings become woven into the fabric of our physical being." (Quote taken from the 2nd paragraph of the book jacket, Secrets, Lies, Betrayals. The body/ mind connection. By Maggie Scarf). What an amazingly obvious concept! Our body holds on to things that we choose not to recognize or address… I am just starting to...

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They say mint is easy to grow, I killed mine!

Obviously I spent some time gardening today. The rose bushes I ordered awhile back finally arrived and I was planting them, then I began to clip dead branches off my plants. This brings me to my 100% dead mint plants. I successfully killed my Moroccan mint and my spearmint.. I am attributing the death of my mints and basil to the annoying white fly's that just won't go away. I attempted to buy ladybugs to control my bug problem but the few companies that sell small quantities of ladybugs are fraudsters. (see my post titled "wow I was ripped off" for more on this) Anyway my realization today is that apartment gardening is not easy! Hopefully things will warm up here so all my sun starved plants can go outdoors for...

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Childlike Joy

In Flagstaff, AZ we got about 3 feet of snow in 2 days. This was the long awaited and very overdue first big snow of the winter (in March). It was a lot of things all at once. It was scary because I had to drive home from Sedona in it Saturday night after working (29 miles took me 2 hours). I drove off the road, got the truck stuck in snow and had several times when the truck was sliding around on the road. Once I finally got home and rested the snow storm became amazing and beautiful. Over the night we got about another foot or foot and a half of snow. That morning kids were sledding, dogs frolicking and adults were even getting in on the action. I...

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Yummy Maple Walnut Fudge Recipe

I had a customer request maple walnut fudge. I began brainstorming the ways to concoct maple walnut fudge. There are several ways one can make maple flavored fudge you can use maple extract, maple flavored chips or maple syrup. To use the first or second method you would need a base for the fudge and would need the chocolate or white chocolate chips, marshmallow or marshmallow crème and butter sugar ect… I tried the first two methods and was not impressed with the "maple" flavor that should have been present in the recipe. The recipes were pretty easy and very basic but tasted more like white chocolate fudge with walnuts and a hint of maple. I then moved on to the pure maple syrup recipe and must admit it was not quick...

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Wow, I was ripped off!!

I placed an order for 1500 live lady bugs to help control the aphids in my garden. The order was placed back on 1/28/06. Three days later I find that the business site I ordered from (www.abetterplant.com) had been taken down. The site only displayed an expired domain notice stating that the company is no longer in business. I immediately used the displayed company contact info to inquire about my order. I was contacted by abetterplant.com on 2/4/06 and was told that my order was out for shipping already and that the business was closing down over personal issues/ divorce. I contacted the business again on 2/16/06 to get a confirmation number since it  was 2/16/06 and my order was still not in my possession. I never...

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Difficulties & Life Long Learning

Do you believe in life force energy?? This is the idea that energy is present everywhere, both in animate and inanimate objects. This idea has been widely accepted and is also believed to apply to our physical selves. Some quotes about this are “where thoughts flow energy goes” or “You become what you think about all day long and those days eventually become your lifetime.” –Wayne W. Dyer or “I think therefore I am”. There are tons of books about how your thoughts dictate your physical reality such as: Manifest Your Destiny by Wayne W. Dyer Simple Thoughts That Can Change Your Life by Gerald G., M.D. Jampolsky, Diane V., Ph.D. Cirincione It is a new idea that has been around forever. People are just beginning to open their eyes to it. It...

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Come meet me and see my work!!

February 26th 2006 from 10am-6pm I will be working the Co-Op booth at the Flagstaff Swap Meet where my products are sold. Admission to the swap meet is free so if you are looking for something to do in the Flagstaff area come by and check it out!! The address is: 2530 N 4th St, Flagstaff, 86004...

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Crafting like crazy!!

Well I have been crafting like a crazy woman over the past few weeks!! I just went out yesterday and bought tons of jean shorts, pants and skirts that I am going to turn into purses. I also stocked up on frilly yarn that I am knitting smaller "cell phone bag" purses out of. These are going to be small bags that you can carry your cell phone, id and credit cards in when you go out. You know real light weight and barely there so if you are out dancing or whatever you won't have a huge bag to lug around. This morning I am in the process of turning two really cute girls skirts into purses. Here are the before photos and I'll post the after ones too!! If...

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Frankenpine????

“It doesn’t look like any tree on this planet.” (Quote from http://www.apnmag.com/winter_2005/frankenpine.php) We are talking about a 100 foot cell phone tower disguised as a tree. It has been spotted in places such as San Diego, Washington, and Arizona. It has been described as a resembling a toilet brush and the phrase “frankenpine” is used to describe it. This mock tree is causing a stir because the Adirondack Park Agency allowed a conditional permit to the Nextel Company to build a cell tower shaped like a pine tree. Many environmentalists are upset about this and the Adirondack Council is now taking the Adirondack Park Agency to the State Supreme Court over this issue. I though this was rather interesting and a bit odd! What do you think about this??...

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Life force energy

  Do you believe in life force energy?? This is the idea that energy is present everywhere, both in animate and inanimate objects. This idea has been widely accepted and is also believed to apply to our physical selves. Some quotes about this are “where thoughts flow energy goes” or “You become what you think about all day long and those days eventually become your lifetime.” –Wayne W. Dyer or “I think therefore I am”. There are tons of books about how your thoughts dictate your physical reality such as: Manifest Your Destiny by Wayne W. Dyer Simple Thoughts That Can Change Your Life by Gerald G., M.D. Jampolsky, Diane V., Ph.D. Cirincione It is a new idea that has been around forever. People are just beginning to open their eyes to it. It...

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How do they perceive you??

The way a person chooses to approach a situation can dictate the response that person gets in return. I teach dance at a high school. I have student leaders who help me teach the students. This is a lesson they are learning first hand. Have you ever been approached by someone who is just obviously in a bad mood?? I come into contact with these types of people everyday in my hotel job. Have you ever noticed that you respond differently to these people?? Do you find yourself reacting in a defensive way because of the way they came at you?? I catch myself doing this. It is actually a very natural response for us. People don’t like being attacked or jumped all over so they naturally react in a way that...

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How much pollution is in your body??

It truly is a scary thing to contemplate. How much unnatural, harmful stuff is in your body?? I found this quiz today and was horrified! I try to eat healthy and take care of myself but I am not avoiding canned tuna, permanent markers and glue because of the toxins.. I depend on my body’s natural ability to detoxify its self and I give it some help here and there but it sure amazes me how much stuff is bad for us!! If you want to try out the quiz here is the link: http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden/usertest/ ...

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