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    How are the veggie gardens doing, those of you that have some? We planted our garden sooooo late I was worried we wouldn't have much of anything. But we will have a TON of tomatoes (have already canned several jars for winter), snow peas, beans are about done, raspberries are going strong, and all the cukes you could ever want. Oh, and lots and lots of eggplant. (WHY did dh buy 8 plants?!?)

    RTB, I was wondering your opinion on the New Mexico proposal for free college education in your state. Honestly, I wish Indiana would do that. Our state constitution mandates that we operate in the black, which is an excellent idea. However, our surplus is almost 2 BILLION. They certainly don't use it on the roads, homeless relief, or for preschool and K-12 education like they should.

    What else are you all curious about?
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    I put my garden to bed a long a time ago. We've had such odd weather here this year - everything was unhappy. It was not worth the amount of (drinking) water I was using to irrigate it. I did harvest a ton of grapes, apples, and gooseberries, and my lavender had a second bloom, but I'm leaving this bunch for the bees.

    I love eggplant. If you are looking for a recipe to add to rotation - I first had Mnazeleh in a tiny artist town in southern New Mexico. I didn't know what it was (and the restaurant called it something else), but I immediately fell in love with it. It's a big bowl of smokey, roasted, comfort food. The place I ate it at served it over couscous.

    Yes, thumbs up to free college! College is extremely affordable here, compared to the rest of the county, but money is still a barrier for many. I'd love to see the percentage of people who attend college increase here. We'll see how the legislature handles it. Currently everything is controlled by the democrats - so they have a shot. It will be interesting to follow the progress. DH and I both thought it would sure be nice for the kids to use some of their college money for a semester abroad if they wanted - but - don't want to count our chickens and all that.

    We are off to the east coast and up into Canada next week. Yay vacation! I'm looking forward to it. When we get back we go right into the high holidays, so it will be sort of an extended vacation for us! I consider myself a homebody, but it is nice to get away. I can actually relax when I don't feel like I 'should' be doing something.
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    I have renegade tomatoes! Children of the Great Tomato Hedge of 2018. Ive been distracted, and when I went outside to look at the overgrown garden, I saw the tomatoes trying to use the lemon tree as a trellis! Grrrr!
    And somehow we have grass seed in our growing boxes, so that killed off the veggies I had growing. Bah!

    RTB that recipe looks yummy! My only experience with eggplant was from my landlord when I was 18. She was an old old old lady who made eggplant parmesean and left it for days on the counter. I think I can try it again, now.
    Im halfway through another 12 weeks of losing weight - since Feb, Ive now dropped over 70 lbs! 9 more pounds and I will be ďBMI NormalĒ! Im excited about all the things I can do now (including touching nose to knees), and that I can wear clothes and have the profile / shape that I want. (Clothes are not the most important part of losing weight, but they sure give good feedback and reinforcement!)

    MapleHill - Im glad to hear your DS is recovering from his burns! How scary and traumatic!
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    My veggie garden was absolutely terrible this year. It was not warm enough at the right time for the tomatoes and eggplant. They were just not growing right. I got a lot of jalapeno peppers and sugar pumpkins. Some tomatoes but not nearly the usual amount I always get. Right now, I'm waiting on the Fuyu persimmons, oranges and tangerines.

    I tested my soil and it is depleted of nutrients. I'm going to rework everything this fall, putting down cardboard to kill weeds and layering with manure and mulch. In areas where I have perennials, I'm going to scatter horse feed to replenish the soil. Ugh.

    The only good thing that came out of the tomato plants was the discovery of two tomato hornworms. I took one of them home today and put it into an empty 10-gallon aquarium but wasn't able to find the second one. It may have been carried off by a lucky bird.

    Other than that, I'm working on preparing and freezing meats and meals in bulk so I won't have to spend too much time cooking dinner, since baseball practices meet so late.
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    RTB, thanks for the recipe link. It's on the menu for this week to try. I hope your family has a great vacation. Love to hear about it when your return.

    Im halfway through another 12 weeks of losing weight - since Feb, Ive now dropped over 70 lbs! 9 more pounds and I will be “BMI Normal”!
    WOW! Alexsmom that is terrific!! Your dedication and establishment of new habits must be quite high. Is this a diet/lifestyle you will keep doing, or only while losing weight?

    The only good thing that came out of the tomato plants was the discovery of two tomato hornworms. I took one of them home today and put it into an empty 10-gallon aquarium but wasn't able to find the second one. It may have been carried off by a lucky bird.
    Vicsmom, what do you do with the hornworms. When I see a horn worm, I think BAD, as they can chew a plant down to nothing in no time. At best, we pick them off and give them to the chickens. Amazingly, this year we did not have as many as usual. I wonder if the past winter's polar vortex kept the population down.
    Carol

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    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Oooh I hate hornworms! I make DS13 grab them with kitchen tongs, and put them in a jar. Then I wait until I see the neighborhood crows out front, and put the caterpillars on the sidewalk for crows to feast on. At least theyre out of my tomato plants!
    Vicsmom, Id drop off my hornworms at your house if you were a little closer!

    Inmom, yes, I think I will keep with the healthier eating habits once Im in maintenance mode. I will add back in whole grains, fruit, and limited amounts of dairy and meat. Having a meeting with the bathroom scale every morning makes it pretty clear that there are consequences to what I put in my mouth.
    I maintained my weight over the summer, and enjoyed what I was eating, so Im optimistic that my regular habits will keep my weight level. (Dieting ends the week before halloween, we will see my self control then, and then there is a vacation in flagstaff, and thanksgiving, and end of year festivities. I will have several opportunities to learn ďholiday gluttony protocolĒ Do I buy myself three really nice chocolate bars and eat those for Halloween, instead of eating the cheap candy my kids pillage from our neighbors? Do I only eat baked holiday treats early in the day, and eat lightly the rest of the day? )
    I also have Pokemon friends who invited me to take up running or cycling, so I may get a new exercise hobby this winter. Im looking forward to getting more active! Flagstaff this November will be hiking and ziplining https://flagstaffextreme.com/ and maybe horseback riding! (Mule rides at Grand Canyon have a weight limit that I no longer exceed.) So much more I can do now. And weight is something I can control. No longer a helpless victim. If I want the weight off, I know how to do it.
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    Yes, hornworms do an amazing amount of damage. Two of them completely decimated my Oxheart tomato plant. I haven't found too many in my garden. Last season I found two, long as ropes, after a spring rain. But when I looked again, they were gone, maybe carried off by birds.

    We think they look cute, kinda chubby and soft with that little tail at the end. I'm sure I'd think otherwise if my garden were overrun by them. We took "Horny" in to learn about the life cycle of caterpillars. Last night, he stopped eating and kept circling the fish tank, round and round along the edges. Probably did that all night. This morning, he looked a little smaller and a dusty brown. I put him in a container of soil and he immediately started burrowing into it. According to what I read, it'll take one week to turn into a pupa and two more weeks for the hawkmoth.

    As to what a hornworm is good for, apparently it makes a good research subject because of its quick lifecycle: https://acad.carleton.edu/curricular...ink/index.html

    Maybe you can send your worms to research facilities, Alexsmom.
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    I made the eggplant stew! It was yummy, and also the first time Ive ever grated tomatoes.
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    Ooooo, I have to get out and pick some eggplant and tomatoes and make that!!
    Carol

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    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Amazing job on the weight loss AM! You inspire me! FWIW, Iíve also used canned tomatoes when Iím feeling lazy. Iím glad you liked it - I think itís a bit different and very tasty - plus if you watch the oil - you can eat a ton of it w/o many calories.

    Are you going to do the Grand Canyon when you are in Flagstaff?

    We are up in Canada and itís a dreamy 55 degrees! NM is still in the 80s, at least the mornings are cool.

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