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6 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon Co. Edition

t’s March already…did I miss the snow?! We are com- ing up on St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, and Mardi

Gras: what is one thing these three events have in common? Food. How appropriate that this issue of the magazine is about food.

Last month, I wrote about balance and mentioned diet as one of my balancing issues. It is not that simple,

as this issue clearly points out. It is not just how much you eat, but what kind of food and where it comes from. The power of this was driven home to me recently when one of my fantastic grandsons was diagnosed with food allergies. (For the record, I have two fantastic grandsons, and one fantastic granddaughter.) His new dietary regulations call for gluten free, along with free of several other common and likeable foods and spices. On the good news side, he is beginning to feel bet- ter with the diet, experiencing fewer headaches and less congestion, among other things. Clearly, “you are what you eat” has more meaning for some than others. Personally, I do OK on watching calories, but terrible on nutritional balance.

A certain Jared-endorsed sub, several 100 calorie cereals, along with packaged “diet meals” are my main nutritional components. (I use the term “nutritional” loosely.) After one of my several retirements, I managed to lose 50 pounds. I have kept more than 30 off, but no longer have the time to burn 500 calories a day in exercise. The bottom line is that I am no longer retired with umpteen hours to exercise. That makes it critical for me to learn to take better care of my diet. The articles we provide this month are very interesting and helpful. Choosing

Knives Over Forks (pg 34) is very helpful in terms of getting things on the dining room table. It strengthens my desire to get my organic garden under control and keep the deer out. I may well provide my own form of crop insurance and buy a share in a CSA, (see pg 24). At any rate, I vow to do a better job this year. I have made a list from these articles and am working on restocking my pantry. Most shocking of all, I am actually collecting recipes! To end with an update on the black Labs, I reported last time that my Labs may

well have been on their way to visit a neighbor a half mile away. I was wrong. In their enthusiasm to visit, they journeyed almost a mile! I do live out in the country on a road that is not heavily travelled; however, I still get a sick feeling when I think of them happily wagging their tails walking or running down the highway. Fortunately for them, and for me, I have a very caring and considerate neigh-

bor, and the dogs have my phone number on their collars. I received a call, just after I began a search for them, asking me if was missing any black Labs. Luckily, my neighbor has solid dog credentials, as he also owns two. He held them while I went back for leashes and walked the mile to get them. All’s well that ends well, however scary. Many thanks to my neighbor. I am working on a fence for spring, and looking at radio-controlled fencing immediately. Way too rocky here for an in-ground dog fence. With all this visiting the neighbors, the Labs are clearly no longer fat black

house Labs. They have lost 15 pounds between them and are now wandering black farm Labs. Have to lose the wandering part. May God Bless,

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