ASOBFALLS's SparkPeople Blog ASOBFALLS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community World Water Day is March 22 2.1 BILLION people do not have safe drinking water. In this first picture, this girl walked for miles, now she tries to get water into her jugs <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have safe drinking water, but buy bottled water at a rate of 1 billion plastic bottles per minute. <BR> 91 per cent of all plastics are not recycled. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:05:30 EST It is so hard to say Good-Bye Sister "M" has been living with us for 16 months...she will be rolling out in a big U-Haul in one week, Feb 27th. She is going to California and it is likely that I will not see her again. <BR> "Separations" began early in my life and have been frequent and painful. <BR> <BR> Occasional up to age 8 and then I started boarding school. Not seeing my parents, younger siblings for 2 or 3 months at a time. 4 girls to a room with one houseparent at the end of the hall in charge of about 35 gi... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:47:41 EST Make it your own....Psalm 136 Start with what is in Psalm 136 <BR> O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good <BR> For His mercy endures forever <BR> O give thanks to the Lord of lords <BR> For His mercy endures forever <BR> To Him who does great wonders <BR> For His mercy endures forever <BR> <BR> Then begin to bring in my own life continuing with the refrain "For His mercy endures forever" <BR> <BR> Who enabled the forming of the New Testament <BR> For His mercy endures foreve... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:25:34 EST Do you know your pharmacist by name? For years we have used small pharmacies so that we know who fills our medications. They know each member of the family. We can ask questions. We are confident that they will tell us if there are side effects or if this pill should be taken with food or at a certain time of day. <BR> <BR> Most recently Allen at CoxHealth Pharmacy in the North building has filled that roll. <BR> I had to tell him I was moving to a pharmacy near my house now that I am not driving to work 5 days each week. S... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:23:57 EST Autumn is finally here Autumn is finally here. The leaves are turning here in the Missouri Ozarks. But, I need to look quickly because winter will come blasting in shortly. <BR> <BR> I made a pair of 'fingerless gloves' for a former co-worker who is fighting cancer. So since the fleece is out...making more <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Oct 2017 13:05:52 EST I gave up.. For about 5 years I have been self medicating (doctor was notified) for high blood pressure. <BR> I drank 3 cups of 'Zinger' or hibiscus tea each day. This is a natural ACE inhibitor and dropped my BP 30-40 points. <BR> <BR> However in the last two weeks I have been having numbers like 162/94 and the final straw was 176/111. <em>198</em> My kidneys are important and I definitely do not want a stroke. <BR> <BR> So I went to the walk in clinic and started on a pharmacy produced tablet ACE... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:49 EST May 15, 2017 Appalachian Trail with Friends Three months since I showed this picture last?? So Sorry! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> U = KSNANA Mowinelady and CarolinaGirl <BR> S = MKBROWNSUGAR <BR> O = SilverThyme <BR> N = FoxyGrandma <BR> M = LosingforMe16 <BR> L = Joyce (me) and NolaHorseRider <BR> J = Strider 019 <BR> I = SunFlowerGal40 <BR> G = MoGal <BR> <BR> We are all still here!! That is doing great as it has been awhile since I checked. <BR> I ... Sun, 14 May 2017 09:46:04 EST Eggplant Pizza The eggplant in the store looked SO I haven't cooked one in years (like 12 or so) <BR> But I bought it anyway. <BR> Consulted my cookbooks and there was a lot of "pasta & eggplant". <BR> Then went to SparkPeople recipes....Great pictures and interesting ideas. All had 4 or 5 stars. <BR> <BR> Consulted the sister who lives with me now. We decided on Eggplant Pizza. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=294062 </link> <BR> I will add my ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:25:39 EST I am a Princess! And so are you... As a child I was taught to pray to my 'Heavenly Father' using both my own words and The Lord's Prayer. <BR> If my Father is the King of Kings, then I am a Princess! <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What qualities does a Princess have? <BR> How about the 'Fruits of the Spirit': love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yes, that sounds good! <link><BR>it-of-the-spirit-list-with-descriptions/ </link> ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:32:01 EST 2-17-17 Map of Appalachian Trail friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Friends along the trail are: <BR> <BR> C MKMMarty <BR> F MoGal <BR> G SunflowerGal40 <BR> J ME...asobfalls <BR> K 2 about 50 miles apart Foxy Grandma and Nolahorserider <BR> L 20 miles ahead of Foxy and about 20 miles apart Losing4me16 and Maya (?) <BR> P CarolinaGirl <BR> Q Our closest group...3 within 10 you suppose they share a shelter at night? <BR> Mo... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:23:13 EST Appalachian Trail 2-1-17 We are making progress...and I feel good until I see how far is still to go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> E.....MoGal <BR> F.....Sunflower <BR> J.... Asobfalls and Foxy <BR> K... MistyDawn <BR> L..... LosingforMe <BR> O... Carolina Girl <BR> P.... and they are within 30 miles MoWineLady; Marge; MKBrownSugar Wed, 1 Feb 2017 13:00:12 EST Oldest Log Cabin in Taney County Missouri At the end of the Civil War only a handful of log cabin homes remained unburned. This one on Swan Creek outside Forsyth has been lived in by Middleton family for 150 years. They have incorporated it into a modern home. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look at the size of the logs forming the walls of this cabin! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:49:21 EST January 12 on the Appalachian Trail <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> O- KSNana; Jean Anne; MKBWNSUGAR....and they are all in a 22mile area <BR> N - CarolinaGirl <BR> J - SilverThyme; Losingforme16; are in the same mile -- FoxyGrandma 60 miles behind (I don't know who she is, but she stays ahead of me!) <BR> I - Asobfalls 60 miles to Foxy <BR> F - Sunflowergal40 <BR> E - MoGal <BR> <BR> I can add others....just give me your "Walking 4 Fun" ID# <BR> I c... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:27:44 EST Lamenting the loss of Streaks First I was <em>527</em> Then as I began to smile again <em>41</em> <BR> I discovered that all my streaks were back to day 1 <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> I will <em>386</em> I will <em>593</em> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:19:32 EST Appalachian Trail Progress 12-7-16 Wow...2 months sorry friends! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MoWineLady and MKBWNSUGAR and KSNANA are close at M <BR> CarolinaGirl ..... is L <BR> SilverThyme ......J <BR> Asobfalls and FoxyGrandma and LosingForMe16 and all in the H and less than 50 mile spread!! <BR> SunFlowerGal40 and MoGal are D (Less than 50 miles apart) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:59:32 EST October 15...Progress on the Appalachian Trail I have added a few friends so here we are October 15th <BR> MKBWNSUGAR is .....................K <BR> KSNANA and MOWINELADY ......J <BR> CAROLINA GIRL....................H <BR> Asobfalls and Losingforme16.......F <BR> MOGAL.................................C <BR> Sunflowergal40................B <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:16:48 EST October 1...progress on Appalachian Trail It is good to see the progress on the Virtual walk of the Appalachian Trail. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I is MoWineLady <BR> G is CarolinaGirl <BR> F is four of us! LosingForMe16; FoxyGrandma; Joyce; and MistiD <BR> B is MoGal <BR> A is SUNFLOWERGAL40 <BR> <BR> If you are on Walking4Fun and give me your trail name or number, I will add you <BR> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:38:35 EST Friends on the Appalachian Trail Virtually walking the Appalachian Trail on Walking 4 Fun. Here is a map. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> B is MissouriGirl <BR> D is Therwin (has not tracked since July 31 and will be removed) <BR> E is Joyce <BR> F is Mistidawn and Traci F ... they are 3 miles apart! <BR> I is Jean Anne <BR> <BR> Other Spark People can let me know your walking 4 fun name/num... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:27:42 EST Bolivar Rocks We are having such fun this summer in Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri. Population 10,111 <BR> <BR> The local 'art group' decided to encourage "Art in Public Places" by painting rocks and hiding them around town to be found by others. <BR> When you find a painted rock you can <BR> 1) take a picture and post to Facebook <BR> 2) leave it for others to enjoy <BR> 3) take it home with you <BR> 4) hide it in a new spot <BR> <BR> The Facebook group is up to 5,000 So with half the population parti... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:50:13 EST Menstrual Hygiene Day is May 28 5-28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day <BR> Because the 'Average' woman menstruates 5 days every 28 day cycle <BR> How important is it to you to have clean water for cleansing? privacy? safe products to use in absorbing the flow? <BR> <BR> Thousands, yes, THOUSANDS of women in the world do not have access to these. Many girls cannot attend school during their periods. <BR> <BR> After boarding school girls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, I began to work on the theme "Keep Girls in School". <B... Fri, 27 May 2016 12:59:07 EST Depression caused by weight loss??? Read an interesting Spark People article..."Does Weight Loss Lead to Depression" <BR> <BR> I would like to recommend this to your reading list as we are a group aware of depression. <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2072 </link> <BR> <BR> They fill out information on these 4 points <BR> 1)Deprivation <BR> 2) the Hunger Hormone ghrelin <BR> 3)fat toxin POPs....this was new and interesting to me <BR> 4)unrealistic expectations <BR> <BR> It also includes... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:01:08 EST Have you had enough of unrealistic beauty standards? About 2 years ago I did some on line reading and changed my wardrobe ... and how I think about 'beauty' <BR> Dressing Your Truth is an online, do-it-yourself <BR> makeover program that helps you discover <BR> your unique type of beauty and gives you the <BR> tools to create your distinct, personal style. <BR> It's a journey to greater confidence in who <BR> you are and how you express yourself. <BR> You'll feel beautiful, inside and out. <BR> <link> </link> <... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:26:48 EST Soles for Africa Soles for Africa <BR> <BR> What does your family do with outgrown, unwanted but still basically useable shoes? <BR> <BR> Children who go barefoot cannot attend school; that is a rule in Tanzania. <BR> <BR> "This shipment alone will give every child in our village two used, very usable pairs of school shoes, and some young university level students in Arusha the necessary leather shoes they need to attend advanced classes." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>611.pd... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:19:00 EST Be aware of COPD in November Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease <img src=""> <BR> <BR> COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but an estimated 24 million may have the disease without even knowing it. COPD causes serious long-term disability and early death. At this time there is no cure, and the number of people dying from COPD is growing. <BR> <BR> There ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:30:33 EST Anyone like "Wrist Warmers"? At the Renaissance Faire in Kansas City, I saw some awesome 'sweater dresses'and then some wrist warmers. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Teen-agers I know are always sticking a thumb through the cuff seam to keep hands warm while texting. So, would this make a great Christmas gift for teenagers? one made from fleece an... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:26:57 EST Moving Dad to Assisted Living...part 1 After military service and college, Dad went to Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa with goal of starting a Christian Radio station. He surveyed and built a road, surveyed the land and cut away the jungle with his crew of laborers.... the Radio Station started broadcasting in 1954, later they build a hospital and a school. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In 2014 they used the school ball field to build the special Ebola ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:11:28 EST Global Menstrual Hygiene Day 5-28 For about 5 days out of every 28 days.....every healthy woman has a menstrual period. <BR> <BR> Some of us have pain and discomfort, some have no sanitary supplies to help them manage the flow. <BR> some of us have to stay home and hide until it is over. This disrupts school, and work. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Shares a vision: To create a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way – wherever she is – in privacy, safety a... Thu, 28 May 2015 12:03:52 EST Surprise hidden in Genealogy Did Genealogy 30 years ago...found lots of interesting things and verified the truth of the family history that was passed down verbally. <BR> Then my house burned down and I lost it all...Done with Genealogy... <BR> <BR> Well my nieces and nephews are interested in NOT losing the family lore. So I looked into it. <BR> <em>345</em> It is a whole new world now with the!! <BR> <BR> So I was looking up Gr Grandfather's first wife...pulled up Death Certificates for Margaret Keller i... Mon, 18 May 2015 14:29:36 EST Most Amazing Mother's Day Gift The most amazing Mother's Day Gift: unexpected, unplanned, sweet. <BR> <BR> I was served communion wine by my son for the first time! <BR> <BR> It has always been a special thing for me to notice who is passing me the communion bread/wine. For the many many years in the Episcopal look up into the eyes of a friend as they say "the blood of Christ. Given for you" The bread is given by the priest. But the wine is served by a lay person. Often that has been my hubby, <BR> But Eri... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:02:43 EST Hope this makes you smile! We have replaced our Red Buick which had close to 300,000 miles and was needing something repaired every week or so. <BR> Pretty little Silver Ford's name is 'Missie' <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least I hope that is what the Permanent Marker message above the visor means.... <BR> Hubby's name IS Lee, but mine is JOYCE! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:27:55 EST My 'service' dog My dog thinks he is a service dog....yesterday licked hubby until he got up from napping and came out to the kitchen. <BR> " No, I already fed him. Check your blood sugar".....52 (way too low, could have a seizure) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hubby has recently been complaining 'He follows me around, has to be wherever I am." <BR> It makes me feel so much better to go off to work knowing my dog is staying with him and will get "... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:20:08 EST Person of the Year...Time Magazine Some of my family history: my parents surveyed and cut from the jungle (back in 1953) the property in Liberia to make ELWA radio. <BR> Later a hospital and school were built. <BR> Fast track to 2014 and Doctor's Without Borders built the biggest hospital to treat EBOLA on the school ball field....We truly do not know what will happen when we choose to follow the Voice of God. <BR> We choose to do each day what has been assigned for us. We do not know the end results. <BR> <BR> <link>time... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:59:23 EST Focused prayer to end EBOLA is Sept29-Oct5 My parents were in the group who built the radio station ELWA back in 1954. A hospital was later built nearby and they are in the middle of this EBOLA outbreak. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ytoendebola?source=feed_text&story_id=<BR>974288635922048 </link> <BR> <BR> It is important to me that prayer be focused on EBOLA this week because we have a GOD who answers prayer. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:47:49 EST Need new motivation to work on my health I have not been doing well since I totally disrupted my life to go be with my sister when her husband died. <BR> Eating all the sweets at work.... <BR> No strength training <BR> Reduced intensity of the cardio. <BR> <BR> Only put on 2 pounds...but, we are going into Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. I have GOT to get a hold of the mindset. <BR> A challenge? A buddy? how to put some care and effort back into my health? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:16:04 EST Pray for all those caring for Ebola patients This is what properly equipped medical personnel look like when caring for Ebola patients <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is why Ebola is spreading so badly...people do not have what they need and then they contract the virus themselves. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for those caring for the ill. Pray for governments and businesses to provide needed supplies, pray for this disease to be... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:05:41 EST SparkVersary !! 3 Years now on Spark People <BR> <BR> Time I use on it is my biggest complaint.... and that is will power. Better to be on the computer rather than eating! <BR> <BR> The tracking is important as it keeps me going...Fruits & Vegetables..Bible Reading....Exercise and Cardio. This is the easiest tracking system I have seen...and It is free. <BR> <BR> The TEAM community...takes a lot of time to maintain. But I would feel I was letting down some friends if I drop some teams... Trying to mak... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:15:35 EST Pray for these Brave Young Women.. Please continue to pray for the young women abducted from their boarding school over 2 months ago in Nigeria. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Add prayers for the safety of the young women and men who have bravely returned to their schools for the Summer Term which is just starting. <link><BR>meet-the-courageous-nigerian-schoolgir<BR>ls-who-remain-defiant-despite-horrific<BR>-islamist-threat/ </link> <BR... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:02:43 EST Real Young Women abducted...45 days ago Did you know 45 days ago....230 real young women were abducted from their boarding school during the night. Here are a link that helped me to think in terms of individual girls rather than one sad event. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>inging-the-nigerian-girls-into-view/?_<BR>php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:06:10 EST Stand Alone, if necessary So I attended a Rally in support of the Nigerian families ...BRING BACK OUR GIRLS <BR> I made signs to wear in 'sandwich' style, I dressed in one of my African fabric outfits with a red Tee shirt. <BR> I arrived at the designated place and time. <BR> No one else was there....that is, no one wearing red and carrying a sign. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I stayed, talked to people who walked by. Called out "Please pray for the kidnapped girls"... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:35:18 EST Video of abducted Nigerian girls...we pray and pray NEW on May 12.....Picture of 130 girls in one place able to sit, stand, talk. This brings hope of a rescue for some being possible. <link><BR>jAsOaNg&feature=share </link> News story comes from BBC which is well respected. <BR> However, parents have not yet been shown the video for a chance to identify if these are the abducted girls. <BR> <BR> Please continue to pray and share on social media <img src=" Mon, 12 May 2014 12:05:41 EST #Bring Back Our Girls <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>oop/2014/05/nigeria-girls-abucted-marr<BR>iage/ </link> <BR> <BR> 230 girls between 12 & 17 were abducted from their boarding school in North East Nigeria (West Africa) on April 16th. <BR> 43 were able to break free of captors and return ... OVER 150 remain captured, enslaved, ?? <BR> <BR> Million Women March happening now (Wed April 30) in Nigeria's capitol of Abuja... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:02:34 EST This is National 'Princess Week', who is the Princess in your life? Reprinted this Blog for National Princess Week 2014. originally: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 <BR> <BR> As a child I was taught to pray to my 'Heavenly Father' using both my own words and The Lord's Prayer. <BR> If my Father is the King of Kings, then I am a Princess. What qualities does a Princess have? How about the 'Fruits of the Spirit': love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yes, that sounds good! <BR> <BR> <link>www.whatchristians... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:07:30 EST Deadliest creature on earth.... The deadliest creatures on earth...kill one child every minute night and day 365.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-way-to-honor-world-malaria-day </link> <BR> <BR> The Mosquito. <BR> <BR> Today, April 25 in World Malaria Day/Malaria No More <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How we can help <link> </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:59:36 EST Following the Star Following the an online Advent Devotional. here is the Link <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> During this busy time of year "10 Days until Christmas" oh my! Office parties, <em>144</em> <em>460</em> decorating, <em>446</em> cooking, <em>471</em> cleaning <em>542</em> ....visiting family <em>251</em> much is going on. <BR> <BR> My wish for you is to take a few quiet minutes each day and consider the Coming of Christ. <BR> ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:13:15 EST Part II of Take Teddy Bear to Work I entered the house after work (about midnight) knowing Hubby was out of town overnight. <BR> "It is really going to be lonely tonight" I said as I turned on the bedroom light. <BR> But NO. I found.... <img src=""> <BR> Star Trek Bear complete with oxygen tubing (just like Hubby) <BR> <BR> So when Hubby returned the next afternoon, he found.... <img src=""> <BR> Star Trek Bear with c... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:36:19 EST October 11..Take your Teddy Bear to Work ...national celebration day. I have two stories but they need pictures so BLOG time! <em>334</em> Here is the first. Tomorrow Part II <BR> <BR> I had picked up some stuffed animals at a garage donate to a children's hospital unit. While the light colored ones were in the washing machine, the dark colored ones were sitting in laundry basket jail waiting their turn. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I turned from loading the dish washer and stepp... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:15:56 EST Spending less time on Spark People Hi friends, <BR> I see the proverbial 'writing on the wall'. I have been tracking on SparkPeople for over two years...I have branched out into Teams and made Friends. <BR> I have maintained my goal weight. <BR> <BR> But....I cannot continue to spend 90minutes a day on my computer. <BR> Also....I need to change and begin tracking where my employer wants me to track because they will give me up to $1,000 in a debit account usable for medical expenses. I am coveting that money. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:01:50 EST I'm a lucky woman to have this Hubby! Hubby went with me to hold my hand at the Dentist yesterday. <BR> After the DDS, we stopped for a Frosty at Wendys....and, having noticed a sewing machine store across the parking lot, I began talking about my sewing machine being OLD and I have had to put a piece of Duct tape over one of the controls to get it to stay in place etc etc... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So Hubby took me across the parking lot....then the magic <em>188</em> <... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:28:03 EST Awesome sister Barbara... <img src=""> This was at the wedding of a nephew in 2009. Barbara is a wonderful woman with a challenging job but had been letting life 'just happen'. <BR> <BR> 'BK' got serious about her health when she had to add diabetic pills to her hypertension meds...joined a gym and then hired a personal trainer. Next picture is when I visited her in 2011. Also gave her the pink suit I was wearing in Picture one! <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:15:28 EST Am I a 'Princess' ? I don't feel like a Princess.... As a child I was taught to pray to my 'Heavenly Father' using both my own words and The Lord's Prayer. <BR> If my Father is the King of Kings, then I am a Princess. What qualities does a Princess have? How about the 'Fruits of the Spirit': love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yes, that sounds good! <BR> <link><BR>it-of-the-spirit-list-with-descriptions/ </link> <BR> <BR> What does a Princess d... Wed, 1 May 2013 01:28:35 EST