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Yet Another Re-do

By ashley ✿, 2010-07-23
Okay, so I'm calling a Re-do on my becoming a vegetarian...I've been able to just quit in the past, for a few weeks at least before I wasn't able to continue, but this time, the time came early when I couldn't weasel my way out of eating meat. So Today is the day that I've started over, I have not eaten any meat today, and by the way, when I did eat the meat yesterday...I felt sick for a long long time...I think my body likes not eating meat, haha. Well, anyways, I don't know how long it will last till my mom makes me eat some random crap food, but today I flat out told her that I did not want to eat red meat, pork, or chicken, so maybe she'd let me get away with just eating fish for a while?? I don't know, we'll see how it goes...I also talked to her about getting way healthier choices for our house, and that when I get a job (Two weeks or so, as I have a current project taking all of my time up) that I will be buying my own food, and keeping it away from my grazing siblings...Now, for that I ate today, I had a bowl of strawberry cereal, like special K, but better? for lunch I had a banana and peanut butter sambo, and for dinner, a bean burrito. woo for no meat, and yes, yes, I know my diet is crappy as hell, but as soon as I get money of my own, I will be able to buy good, organic food, like I've been wanting to do for such a long time. Well, I guess this is it, I will probably only write once a week and what not, since I'm going to be getting really busy with the upcoming school year, a new job, and trying to keep my social life somewhat breathing...Anywho....have a nice day!
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Poor Li'l Egg ...

By Smantha Ballenger, 2010-07-22
Baby Bluebirds hatched yesterday. I was standing on a ladder trying to get pics and Mom and Pops wereboth attacking me, dive-bombing me from the trees, lol. One little egg didn't hatched but I thought maybeit would today. It didn't. Poor li'l egg is still there, unhatched.
Reckon there's still a chance that it'll hatch tomorrow, on the 3rd day ?
Here's Pics ...
Day 1, yesterday ...
Baby Bluebirds, Day 1
And Day 2, today ... and the poor little egg is still there :(
Baby Bluebirds, Day 2
Baby Bluebirds, Day 2
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Choccolocco Watershed

By Smantha Ballenger, 2010-07-21
We went hiking Saturday on a section of the Alabama Pinhoti Trail that we haven't covered yet, to the Choccolocco Watershed.It was absolutely beautiful, an awesome and pretty easy trail, just gentle ups and downs and switchbacks. Here's Hubbyon the trail hiking in with our baby, Flossie, lol ...
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And a pretty wildflower ...
This spider and his web was stretched across the trail ...
Spider In Trail
And then we got our first glimpse of water and knew we were nearing our destination ...
Choccolocco Watershed
And the watershed ...
Choccolocco Watershed
And this is the spilloff on the other side ...
Choccolocco Watershed
There's an awesome shelter here ...
Choccolocco Watershed Shelter
It came a thunderstorm while we were there and we had to take refuge in the shelter for about 40 mins or so - and that was okay with me 'cause I love storms ...
Choccolocco Watershed
While waiting out the storm in the shelter, we read the entries in the trail logbook and came across this one that gave us a good chuckle ...
Entry In Trail Logbook
It was an awesome hike. And there's something about a new trail, a thrill that won't be repeated the next time you cover the same trail, lol. Since the hike Saturday, we've been busy as bees. Gardens are coming in and you don't get to choose when to put it up, haveto get it when it's ready. We did the last of the corn yesterday - whewwww! :)
And by the way ... are blogs that are not dread-related welcome here ? If not, then please accept my apologies and let me know and I'll be glad to delete. :)
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Dready Revelations from Utah

By Panterra Caraway, 2010-07-19
So, here I last night in Utah. This trip has been an enlightening one. I have found my own way. I came expecting to feel even more alienated than any other trip, but everything seems to have changed somehow. It started in the airport before I even left. The man who checks the luggage led me through the detector...ofcourse, I was wearing a tam, and given that it was over 100 degrees he said, "We can have a female pat your head covering down if you don't wish to remove it." It was said with alot of respect, so I removed it and this crazy mess emerged (as you can all imagine)...and that was it. Then, in Utah we were greeted with record temps. (some areas 111 deg.!). So, once again, the tam stood out a bit. People were kind out whispering alittle and my daughter explained that I was growing dreadlocks...done! The only lengthy discusssion that I had about the subject was with my daughter's therapist, who I know very well. After I explained my thinking and my reasons (which are spiritual) she said, " I really respect your decisions. I have no knowledge of dreadlocks. I have seen them and wondered what they were about. Wow! Now I think I have a better understanding and that is wonderful!" It made me proud to pass something so life changing on to another person. I want to also say that I have spent alot of time walking back and forth to my daughter's school and I have had a chance to reflect on life and it may sound strange...but I am different. I made this trip only 4 mos. ago and I know that I am not the same person I was. On my walks I have seen lots of horses (which I am usually very afraid of!), but this time I called to them and they came! It was as if we had some kind of shared experience. I felt like they recognized this small, organic growing part of me that is willd and untamed and they felt a connection. They look for me now, and I caress their noses and talk softly to them is as if we have an understanding. Isn't life amazing?
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Becoming Vegetarian....woo

By ashley ✿, 2010-07-17
Okay, so, technically, I've been a vegetarian for a day and um, a few hours. It's four, almost five am here, and I'm writing this blog to get feelings out about and what not. I plan to keep it updated either every day, or every two days, whichever I can post. I do not expect people to read it or anything, it's just basically here for me to get my frustration out about my family and what not. Now, let me start this whole thing, eh?I've grown up in a family who has eaten meat their whole lives, my family is from Louisiana and everything, so food is a major point in their lives, and that is one of the conflicts that I have with becoming a vegetarian, is when were at a family function (just us gathering to visit and eat and what not) and every single thing that is made, with the exception of the corn bread probably, is made with meat. I could just not eat, and recently, that has become normal for me not to eat allot, but people begin to notice when something that used to be your favorite thing, starts to make your lip curl in disgust. Other MAJOR conflicts with me becoming a vegetarian, is my family. I don't think that my uncles and what not could care less, but my mother, brother and younger sister absolutely HATE vegetarianism. I went a week without eating meat, while I was at camp with my brother, and a friend lied for me and told him that I was not becoming a vegetarian after I had a mushroom burger instead of the real thing.My mother who had a huge problem, well, still has a huge problem with my dreads, flat out told me that I could not becoming a vegetarian until I was moved out of her house. And that she would not buy special food and cook different things for me, but honestly? I am almost Nineteen, and I cook all of the family meals. I really see no problem with me becoming a vegetarian, as they do lead healthier lives, if they do it right, and I always had problems with eating something that had once been alive. One time, I had to clean and stuff a turkey, and I cried, it was a very disturbing moment in my life. I believe that eating meat is not meant to happen, and i really wish to go on this journey, to go along with my spiritual and dreadie journey. Let me now get to the part where I say what the hell I've eaten for the day, which helps me really get a reign on what I'm doing I guess, and if your reading this, and saying 'wtf? That's not a very smart idea to eat only that crap,' I really have no choice for around another...month and a half until I can get a job, which will not be that hard, I don't think to be honest.
June 16th, food.
today i woke up, blah blah blah, and ate uhm, nothing, cause I had around, two minutes to get dressed, and tell everyone to eat cereal for breakfast, before I left for a nice day of shopping. I had some cheetos cause they were left over from a slumber party the night before, and they were the only snack in the car, and let me tell you, I'd rather be eating carrots or something, ooh, no, grapes. Anywho, after that, I had dinner at a Mexican restaurant and had cheese enchiladas and that was about it for that day, I drank allot of water, and a glass of dr.pepper, which, I do not drink soda that often, as I do not go out to eat that often. this is getting super
long, so I guess I'm going to cut it off now....bye!
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Excited :D

By Cavewoman, 2010-07-14
So some of you might know that while the top of my head is tnr, the bottom half of my head didn't stay too well. most of the hair came out and are now sectioning in their natural positions (makes me happy to at least have half a head of neglect locs)I've tried to refrain as much as a can from touching this hair, just now I looked at them in a mirror and actually had to separate some of them :DIt may not have been much but it was something, and it means these bottom ones might actually be starting to knot!Still have to stop myself from touching them, but that shouldn't be too hard unless I'm putting my hair up.OH! and question if anyone knows the answer.Do you think the bottom tnr possibly didn't stay because when I take of my necklaces, they tend to run along that bottom hair. Maybe this almost like combed them out?Just a thought.
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Concerned about new dreads

By Michael MacDougall, 2010-07-13
Hey,Never had dreads before. Thin straight caucasian hair. My hair always got oily very fast very easily. Probably why i've never had dandruff in my life. Kind of a problem though. It was annoying because I would ALWAYS have to wash my hair after 2 days. My hair has never adjusted otherwise. In highschool I tried to go as long as possible without washing my hair, no shampoo at least. A wet rinse once and awhile and went for 6 and a half months. Even though it went through it's own grease cycles.My dreads seem to be holding together but they just look like straight twisted bits of hair. Not dreads. I'm probably just being paranoid. I wish I could get a decent photo. Maybe tonight so I could get some opinions. I redid most of them yesterday because I had a lot of very thin ones and still do. I have a lot of hair that came loose in the back that wont even dread together because it's so oily.Is this bad? Should I wash? It's been 4 days almost which seems like it would be too early to wet them. But if you cant dread oily hair doesn't that pose a problem?
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on my way.

By Ras J, 2010-07-13
so its been a little bit less than a month now since starting my journey.. i can see how my hair is sectioning itself.. its pretty exciting.. wen i wash my hair i can feel them coming togther.. i am anxious and eager to see wut they will become.. as i see others dreads i wonder wut mine will look like.. for now the sectioning is all that is really visable.. i have some frizz.. not a total lot but not a little bit either.. the baking soda wash seems to be working good for me.. about twice a week i wash but i think im gonna start a little bit more often.. and use the acv rinse inbetween because i am getting some dandruff and itchiness.. i scratch my head and the dandruff shows more but is still pretty hidden in the mess.. the acv works well and i rinse my hair every morning with cold water and it helps.. i just recently ordered 2 tams online so im also waiting anxiously for those to arrive in the mail.. i am gonna wear them at night and wen not a work cuz they wont allow it.. my hair gets all smashed and very wild in the morning from all my tossing and turning.. so im hoping the tams will help.. wen a work i sometimes but it back with a big band but it seem to be keeping the the hair on the side of my head from dreading.. the back and front has been the most progressive.. so i like to let my hair flow naturally the days im not busy... well untill next time.. i will post some pictures soon so u all can see my process..peace and loveras j
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Love Light - Video/music/pictures - many blessings

By born1star, 2010-07-10
Some where over the rainbow I did travel and brought these signs and symbols for you. you and blessings of the rainbow to all.." target="_blank">
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Going on a fateful trip...

By Panterra Caraway, 2010-07-09
Okay, so here it is...I will be going to Utah on Friday July 16th. I am going to visit my youngest daughter. My daughter Blaze is 11 and lives in a facility, she has been gone since May 4, 2009. Blaze is Bi-Polar and in the past has been very violent. She used to beat me and my other two daughters daily. When we painted her room after she left there were 65 holes in the wall. She was taken out of public school at one point and put into a school for the emotionally disturbed where she was suspended for beating her teacher. I am condensing this for space, but let me say that if you have not had this challenge in your life you might not be able to understand how bad it got. Our house is a loving home. There is no abuse or addiction and not one has ever hurt Blaze. Her dad and I have been married 18 years. We have tried everything, the only choice we were left with was to send her to a facility...that, or to lose our other kids because of the violence in the home or lose Blaze to the juvenile system. Anyway, I have been to Utah three times to visit her and this will be my fourth. The problem is that in addition to the stress of having to leave my daughter once again at the conclusion of the visit I have to be in Utah. Utah is a beautiful state, but from my experience, the people have been mean and small minded. Although I try to be unaffected, I still very much am. They sneer at me and are down right hostile, even the clerks in stores are hateful. I know that it stems from the fact that I have tattoos and bright red hair and I don't dress the way they do there. The population is very much Mormon. I do not want to criticize anyone's faith ( I am Jewish), but they don't even know me and they act like they hate me and it begins as soon as I get there until I leave...and it is everywhere but at my daughter's school! Now, here I am in a tam! How do I stay happy and focused and unaffected? I feel overwhelmed and emotional, even against my own better judgement. By the way, as you can decision to dread sprang out of this life altering experience. After Blaze left I had finally a moment of peace and clarity and I desperately needed to do something for myself. I want you all to know that each person here that has reached out in even the smallest way has helped me to find comfort and begin to heal. Thank you and bless each of you.
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