Ended juice fast. Riding bikes with kids.

Well, I came to the conclusion that if I take the time to blog something every day, I cut down too much on the free time I have to actually do the things I want to blog about!!  Ha ha!  Well, that’s the way it is . . . so I will be blogging occasionally, not every day like I thought I would.

My juice fast lasted a full two days!  Not the grand amount of time I thought it would do when I started, but I learned a lot anyway.  It pushed me to really start eating the weeds in my yard.  Even after I started eating regular meals with the family John and I spent some time in the yard looking things over and caretaking.  While walking around we harvested a great big handful of Smilex (Bull Briar) tendrils and used them in the salad the family ate that afternoon.  They are so good and remind me of asparagus spears, especially when I find a really thick one (though still, over all they are much skinnier)!

The kids and I have started riding bikes, which goes along well with the “getting in shape” for survival questing I mentioned in an earlier post.  Here is a photo of us pausing at the Publix to view the baby alligator (see in the middle of the pond, center of photo).  The bike ride was wonderful as we whizzed along the bike trail, stopping to look at things and snack.  Then on the way home two of the bikes chains derailed and we were left walking!  On the next bike ride, the left pedal of the bike I was riding came off altogether and I was left walking!  It’s an old bike, hard to pedal anyway, so now I’m shopping for a new one that I can really enjoy.  Another of life’s distractions.

Speaking of distractions, I am seeing my ADHD more and more clearly as I attempt to focus my attention on learning survival skills!  My daughter, Melane, the ADHD diagnosed yet incredibly artistic wedding photographer, saw this “ADHD” in me a few years ago when she was diagnosed.  The more I attempt to stay focused on something, the more apparent it is to me that she’s right, my attention is all over the map with things that interest me!  Life is like a candy shop to this kid!

Juice Fasting With a Little Healthy Cheat



I was so tempted to quit the juice fast today . . . so I went outside and got three Hibiscus blossoms and a handful of Smilex or Bull Briar tendrils, and fried them up with garlic, ginger and salt.  That little bit really hit the spot and saved me from quitting!  I had Juliana and Ryan each try a little bite, and Juliana was right, it was slimy!  That was the Hibiscus blossoms!  I probably missed a few ants in there too, they love the Hibiscus and whenever I pick a blossom, there are ants in it.  I didn’t even worry about it though.  The ones that got out on their own didn’t get eaten!

Bull Briar (Smilax)