Around A Pond

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Kentucky Lake Sunrise

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Morning Walk On Goat Sass Farm

Sep192014BlackButterflyThere were many butterflies active this morning. The most I have seen in a morning this year…….

Sep192014BluebirdYeah !  The first Bluebird I have seen on the farm since the last ice storm of  last winter….

Sep192014CedarWaxwingsInTreetopA large flock of Cedar Waxwings arrived. There must have been 40 or more…….

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Sep192014CedarWaxwongSpottedBreastThere were many waxwings with spotty chests, I think these are juveniles….

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Sep192014PaintedLadyOnZinnia5Arriving back at the house I received a call with results of the stress test. My heart is ok but I have blockage in the artery of arteries. A heart cath will be scheduled next week. With the beautiful morning I had walking that does not sound to bad…………..

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By The Back Porch Steps

Sep182014GrasshopperOnZinniaArrived home after the stress test a little tired. I took the macro lens with me and sat on the back porch steps. An interesting world I did find right there….

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Change Is Cool, Health, Type 2 Diabetes

Sep172014GoatKidsLike all things change is what you make of it. I may gripe about change but sooner rather than later do my best to accept and embrace it. After leading a healthy life for 60 years I find that there are changes I must make. Having developed type 2 diabetes from my life long habits of eating and weight control change is required for me to continue leading a healthy life.

A month in to discovering I am diabetic I can control my sugar levels and keep them at normal rates with minimal medication. Eliminating potatoes, bread, packaged food, flour products, sugar sweetened tea, almost all sweets, has surprisingly been easy (note* I never was a big user of soft drinks). Eating smaller proportions had already been accomplished prior to knowing I was diabetic. My assumption that my recent loss of energy was due to carrying to much weight was correct to a point. My energy has not yet returned with sugar levels controlled. Adding nuts, apples, and attempting to eat a few more vegetables a nice change to my eating habits. Pork rinds have become my snack of choice. Another discovery in the eating changes I have made is that my craving for sweets has been reduced tremendously. Not sure why but glad that is how it is. It has been less than a month. It could be a honeymoon phase accepting these changes in diet. Then again by mentally having the habit of accepting and embracing change I don’t think so.

X-rays showed an enlarged heart which may lead to other required changes. A stress test and echo cardiogram tomorrow will provide some answers. The worst part is that I will be out of pocket so to speak and unable to take pictures and share them here which has been my work for the past five or six years. I shall return in a day or so and who knows it may work out where I can still accomplish my daily goal in attempting to capture a dozen quality images of the beauty in the world I see each day, tomorrow. Then share them with any who finds them of interest.

Like our recent weather turning cool, change is cool, soon it will be fall, then winter, spring and the heat, color and summers beauty shall return. Live with Sass I say. Accept, embrace, and cherish changes we must. There are times we have no choice…………..but the ones we make to improve the conditions we live in and by……..

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