Ways To Make The Garden An Extension Of Your Home

Even though we are in winter and many of us have snowy yards, today I want to discuss making our gardens useful places to visit. For many of us, our gardens often feel like a separate outdoor space that isn’t used that often. The problem people have is that perhaps they find that their outdoor space isn’t really a user friendly space. You may have a large lawned area, perhaps planted a few plants at some point, and maybe it is good for sitting out when the sun shines or watching your children play. Now consider how it can be a space that can be used for all kinds of things.

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The Many Lakes of Lakeland

When you drive around Lakeland, you pass lots of lakes. The City of Lakeland says that there are a total of 38 named lakes within City limits as well as numerous smaller lakes. Sizes among the 38 named lakes range from 2.5 acres (Lake Blanton) to 2,272 acres (Lake Parker) of which 17 are natural and 21 are man-made. Lake Parker is the large lake behind my condo development. Today I’m sharing a few photos of another lake I passed in my drives.

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Vegetarian Quinoa & Black Bean Chili

Whether you’re trying to eat less red meat or are having a vegetarian guest, today’s recipe is a crowd pleaser for fans of spicy chili. Previously I shared The Best Vegetarian Chili with meatless-crumbles and beans. Today’s version is based on healthy quinoa and black beans. It’s another delightful way to enjoy a spicy bowl of comforting chili. Adjust the spices to meet your family’s tastes. Serve with fresh cilantro and shredded cheese, green onion, or a dollop of Greek yogurt. (Greek yogurt contains more protein per serving than sour cream, which is ideal for those trying to build muscle or improve their immune system or bone strength.)

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A Good Diet To Improve Your Immune System

In October I had my annual flu shot. Mid November, I had the latest COVID booster. I slept a lot for several days afterwards. In December, I had the RSV vaccine. Now I’ve been told I should get the new pneumonia vaccine which is highly improved over the old. I want to have these helpful vaccines to try and stay healthy this coming year. I have lots of allergies and almost any illness can lead to a respiratory infection. Most of you have normal immune systems which are amazing. Winter has arrived.  The colder seasons are usually related to an increase in colds and flu. It’s not the temperature that causes illness, but being inside with others that leads to infections.  Today I would like to review ways to improve our immune systems and be healthier this year.

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A Walk To The Lake

I must say I am very tired. I am also bruised. Yes, I am still surrounded by boxes. I don’t mind taking my time unpacking, but I still don’t have my basic cooking equipment unpacked. I am using one large frying pan for everything. I have to find some pots today. Don’t ask me why, but I am craving potato salad, my potato salad not a grocery store’s salad.

Today’s photos were taken during a walk to the lake next to the condos. I hope you enjoy them. First is a view of the courtyard.

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Comfort Spring’s Most Popular Posts in 2023

I’m sorry that I’ve been off line so much, but life is very busy when you move. I am taking a break from unpacking. My apartment has a bed set up, and dressers in the right rooms . We won’t mention the ocean of boxes. I am currently doing laundrey and hanging up the clean clothes in the closet. No more living out of a suitcase for me.

Today we’re reviewing Comfort Spring’s stats for 2023. I had 41 features last year. Many thanks to the link party hosts for their support. In terms of posts with the most visits, I must say I’m not sure how these posts became so popular, but I’m not complaining. The top 10 posts are all over a year old.

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A Cold Day in Lakeland, Florida

We’ve had some cold days here in central Florida as northern weather systems come south. Yes, I know by northern standards, it’s not really cold. To residents of Florida who have adapted to lots of heat, it is cold. Luckily most days we still have deep blue skies and white clouds. Right now I am recovering from an extremely hard day yesterday moving. It was filled with errors from morning ’til night. I’m in my fluffy robe, in a recliner at an Air B & B in Lakeland. I’m not really closed on either property (house nor condo) even though it seemed I signed a thousand documents yesterday. There is a form for final lender approval on buyer of my house that has not been received. Last night I heard it is hoped to be finalized by 2 this afternoon. That was the first error. I won’t go into my tale of woe any further. A truck filled to the brim with my belongings sits ready to come to Lakeland and I am paying for daily rental. My painter who was supposed to start on the condo yesterday afternoon went to his next job and will work on my unit part-time. The cleaner and handy man are waiting for word they will help tomorrow. And I sit.

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