This year I have been eating healthy and exercising to finally do something about my fluctuating weight and failed attempts at weight loss in the past. I’ve been tracking my progress using LiveStrong.com. Today they launched a new widget that will allow others to see the progress that I’ve made this year.
Update August 16, 2012: It looks like their widget isn’t working anymore. I’ve lost 64 lbs. using Livestrong.com to track my calorie intake.
Then: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be responsible for yourself
Now: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and MSNBC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can it be that in a country of such wealth this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’
ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We shall overcome.’ Rev. Jeremiah Wright then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.
Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper , and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow.
Finally, the grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
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We already have one of them and it has been great! I hope we can win this and have two. Good luck!
I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. Not because I dislike blogging or that I don’t have anything to talk about. I’ve just been very busy at work and also working out in my yard at my house to try to finish my wife’s Mother’s Day present before Mother’s Day.
Three years ago I built our fence around our yard. Two and a half years ago I landscaped our front yard and backyard with stone walls, decorative rock, sprinklers and grass. Over the past two summers we’ve added trees, bushes and flowers. But there has always been this one side of our house (north side) that has taken a backseat. It was the “catchall” of everything left over from the previous projects, including huge piles of dirt and literally tons of left over rock. Weeds had taken over and some were as tall as me. It was always our intention to plant our garden in that location, but I lacked the motivation and resources to take on the project.
Lately I’ve been more interested in emergency preparedness, food storage, and preparedness in general and I really wanted to start our garden. I asked my wife what she wanted for Mother’s Day a few months ago and she said she wanted her garden done. What better motivation than a set date to complete the project by? So, I planned on preparing the side of the house to be able to make our garden. The problem was that the snow just kept coming. Every Saturday we’d have another storm and I couldn’t start. So, I finally was able to start a month or so ago, moving the tons of rocks, removing the giant weeds and getting everything ready to build a retaining wall so we could level out the garden, since our side yard slopes away from the house about 2 feet or so. Night after night, I worked and finally was ready to start the wall. My wife’s dad had 170 or so wall blocks left from when he re-landscaped his yard last year. He helped me on Saturday two weeks ago to start the wall in the pouring rain. I spent the next week finishing the wall. Then I cleared the walkways around it and laid weed fabric and wheelbarrowed a ton of rocks that I had previously moved out of that area back into it for the paths. My father-in-law took a day off of work to move the huge piles of dirt into the planting bed and roto-tilled it and added peet moss into it as well. I added four spickets to irrigate the furrows. It was finally ready for planting last Friday, the 8th of May.
Larry (my wife’s dad) helped us again this past Saturday to plant the garden. Did I mention that he’s a farmer? So, I was able to finish my wife’s Mother’s Day present just before Mother’s Day. I think it’s awesome looking and is well worth the hundreds of hours of hard work. Happy Mother’s Day, Heidi.
Grassfire.org and ResistNet.com have posted a video that charts government spending as a percentage of the GDP from 1947 to 2010. This “stimulus” bill that was passed in the House today is going to ruin the financial future of us, our children, our children’s children, for generations to come. What a bunch of bullcrap!