BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BARB4HEALTH BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Hubby's Surgery went well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969329 Thanks for all the prayers. Dh's surgery went well. He is now doing some walking. Could not get through to his surgeon yet for his follow up. Will call again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> April is missing her ball-playing buddy. I played some with her, but she didn't play long. Don't know if it was because of the heat, or missing my DH. <BR> <BR> Son is coming tonight to drop off his dog to dog sit. Harley and April will play some, but he irritates her after awhile. So, this weekend I will ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:52:15 EST Another Week--So It Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966739 Greetings, Spark Friends! It is dawning a nice day with possible showers. Had a lovely weekend. Found two of the Gooseberry Patch books I didn't have. That was my yard sale find of the day for me! <BR> <BR> DH is having surgery on Tuesday. Please remember him in prayer. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Taking oldest DGD to church with us today and lunch afterwards. Looking for a nice time! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:48:00 EST Try Something New Tuesday & Banana Peels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964426 So, I actually made this yesterday, but am talking about it today. I had some bananas that were really ripe and didn't want to use the oven the bake anything. I went on a quest and 'googled' for a recipe using bananas in a mug cake recipe for the microwave. Lo, and Behold! There were a few of them. Since DH is gluten sensitive, I wanted one GF. Found that, too. So, I found one using coconut flour and a few other ingredients. Had those, too. What I didn't have was a lot of luck. I th... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:52:32 EST Mulling it Over Monday/Just in Case http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963635 Things I do for 'just in case': <BR> <BR> Just in case some one might call, I take the phone to the bathroom with me. <BR> <BR> Just in case the sun shines, I keep a sun hat in the car. <BR> <BR> Just in case it rains, I keep an umbrella in the car and on the porch. <BR> <BR> Just in case I decide to grocery shop when I am in town, I keep a tote in the car. <BR> <BR> Just in case the sale items may not come back on sale for awhile, I stock up. <BR> <BR> Just in case someone wants to he... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:45:20 EST Wednesday--My Turn to Whine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961093 Normally not a whiner, but its my turn to do so. There seems to be a lot of whiners around me, lots of problems everywhere. People call me for a shoulder to cry on, and that's OK. But when we have problems and I need a shoulder, those same folks minimalize our problems. A problem is a problem, no matter how small and I know we will get through all these sudden happenings. What do I want to whine about? <BR> <BR> During the last month: I found out I need a root canal; DH is facing surger... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:21:20 EST Try Something New Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960620 Here's something new for me to try and maybe you would want to try it, too! <BR> <BR> <BR> Quinoa Patties <BR> <BR> Veggie Quinoa Patties are crispy and delicious veggie burgers that are sure to be hit in your house. Super simple and easy to make, these patties are perfect on a bun or eaten by themselves. You can grate and combine a whole array of veggies into these patties so you can sneak some extra nutrition into your diet as well as your kids' diets. Serve with your favorite french fri... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:43:54 EST Mystery Monday! What about that White Coating on Carrots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959931 I have wondered about this and found this on the web: <BR> <BR> This white blush is caused by dehydration along the cut or peeled surface of the carrot. Carrots with white blush are not unsafe to eat, and we have not seen evidence that they are less nourishing. However, some manufacturers use a chlorine wash to help preserve these young, peeled-and-cut carrots. You can avoid exposure to these chlorine washes by purchasing whole carrots and cutting them at home. (If you purchase whole organi... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:54:30 EST Friday -- the Poison Ivy Itching is Toning Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958599 Hate having such a reaction to poison ivy! Has been this way since I was a kid (many <em>31</em> ago). DH did tell me that the dog was digging near some poison ivy. Still think she rubbed it on me! Oh, well, incase any one else has ivy, knows someone with it, or is allergic, thought I would share this info from Dr. Weil. <BR> <BR> 1.Avoid touching other parts of your body. This is especially important immediately after exposure, since the irritating oils can be transferred to other ar... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:08:29 EST Walking Through Wednesday. Or Should I say Wading? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957474 June was a month of rainy, stormy weather. Local weather man said, I believe, that we had one or two days without rain in June. I know no more than two. Now here we are in July with rain, rain, rain! You know, of course, the weather man gives us percentages of how much rain and he is usually right. After all, with scattered showers and percentages, how can he go wrong? So, let's laugh at the weather and just keep going. God has a plan!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you just have to... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:52:06 EST Try Something New Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956800 Because my DH is wheat sensitive, I have been trying different gluten free products. I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I tried Breton GF original cracker with flax. It has a nice flavor and is something I will look for again. Awhile back I tried a biscuit mix from Aldi's and it was great! I am so glad that Aldi's is now carrying a lot of gluten free products. I am still making some of my own baked goods to keep the carbs down and have a better protein content by using a higher pr... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:08:57 EST Heartburn? Acid Stomach? Mmmm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956213 From how people have described heartburn, I have never had it. My family Dr. eluded to it being, perhaps, a sign of a heart problem--if NOT a stomach problem. Anyway, I found this info on the web and found it quite interesting. Maybe it can help some folks. <BR> <BR> ***Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, are severely overprescribed and misused for heartburn—a condition for which they were not designed <BR> <BR> •PPIs have been linked to an increas... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:38:36 EST Thinking it Through Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954305 Yes, I have a sweet tooth--or maybe a few sweet teeth! So, an article about curbing that craving caught my eye this AM. Thought I would try this and maybe a few more things. This may help more than me: <BR> <BR> The mineral chromium really helps to steady glucose levels, thus beneficial in assisting to curb sugar cravings. When you’re going through intense and regular cravings for sweet goodies, maybe it’s a sign that you’ve low levels of mineral chromium in what you eat. To deal wi... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 07:29:37 EST Rain, soggy, rain, soggy, and on and on and on . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953750 The puddle is the thing . . . <BR> <BR> Puddle, muddle, puddle, muddle filled with muck and goo <BR> Little ones are playing there and ooze is claiming shoes! <BR> Muddy paw prints on the steps, dogs shaking out the rain <BR> This weather is for ducks, I mean, they will not complain. <BR> <BR> But, oh, the sun will return in the sweet by and by <BR> Yards and gardens and our pets will once again be dry! <BR> Looking to the day of sunny skies of blue <BR> When kids will splash in wading poo... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:54:32 EST Monday Musing about Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945496 Have had some eggs in the frig that I know are not fresh, but didn't remember for how long I have had them. So, I found this: <BR> <BR> Some say that a day on the counter is worth a week in the refrigerator. Yes, keeping them at room temperature isn’t the best if you want to store them long term, but if you’re going to use them immediately, it’s probably fine. This can be reassuring if you forgot and left a carton of eggs in the car overnight. On the farm, eggs can sit in a nest on a ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:10:56 EST Finding Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943865 Finding things I had, but didn't know where they were, while cleaning storage room. Will be so glad when this is done. Worked about three hours with DD and DGD yesterday. Putting stuff in a box for St. Vincent's, throwing stuff out, and passing stuff on. <BR> <BR> I totally forgot to pack my DH's lunch this AM. I felt so bad, but I guess I am worn out from yesterday OR are my cognitive abilities messed up because of that bang on the head last week? Anyway, I put all the fixings in his l... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:00:20 EST OK, now it is time to pucker up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942864 On a blog a little over a week ago, I said, 'stick out your tongue.' Now let's pucker up. On a few different sites on the internet (maybe even Pinterest) this recipe was posted to use as a window cleaner: DIY Window Spray <BR> Clean the windows and mirrors with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of vinegar and some water mixed in a spray bottle. Spray on and wipe off. <BR> <BR> <BR> The sites say it is 'streak free.' But some have tried it and found it not so. I may try this becau... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:33:45 EST Since the Last Time I Blogged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941572 Whew! What a crazy few days was last week! <BR> <BR> DGD's party June 2. Gave her the apron I made. Sent her a birthday card in the mail the Friday before and she has not received it yet. She lives twelve miles away. Post Office says there is nothing they can do without a tracking ticket. <BR> <BR> Met with all my brothers for coffee Wednesday then off to spend the day with DH for our Anniversary. One of our stops was for a retirement meeting with a counselor to plan what to do with o... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 07:02:47 EST Stick Out Your Tongue Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935637 A Chinese medical practitioner wants you to stick out your tongue, but not to check your throat. I found this interesting. Hope you do too! <BR> <BR> Tongue Coating <BR> <BR> The tongue coat, which often shows up on the middle or at the back of the tongue, lets you know how well you are metabolizing the food you eat: <BR> •A light, thin, white tongue coat reflects healthy digestive function. <BR> •A thick tongue coat reflects an excess of dampness, or pathogenic fluid. The tongue coat... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:01:38 EST WooHoo Wednesday! Update on Prep for 30 Day Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934991 This new cleanse I signed up for is going to be tough to do. I may pick and choose what I am actually going to do. This is a list of things to NOT use. Please keep in mind, this is a cleansing diet--not a way to eat forever! <BR> <BR> Foods to Lose! <BR> • Sugar in any form (substitute stevia or Lakanto) <BR> • Flour products, including pasta <BR> • Caffeine in any form, including coffee, chocolate, or green tea ***(This is okay in the beginning. We will be gradually weaning off ... Wed, 27 May 2015 07:24:42 EST Try Something New Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933865 I like to take some Tuesdays to try something new. Today I am planning to bake a GF cake to take to DD's cookout. It is called a 'Do Nothing Cake' with rather simple ingredients. It will take some pineapple. so, it seems it will be a pineapple cake. Don't know if I will put icing on or not. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to some nice fellowship with the family. Have great day, All! Mon, 25 May 2015 08:54:08 EST Starting Some New Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932015 When at the ND's on Monday, I picked up some homeopathic medicine for my pancreas cause it showed being stressed on the natural scan I did. Can't believe the difference! I actually am not craving sweets with it. Also, she gave me something new to try to kill the infection that has been under control, but not completely gone. Looking forward to a good report on that, too. <BR> <BR> I signed up for a special 30 day eating-- healthy--detox thing on the web. It was free and figured it could... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:24:11 EST Inspiration, Green Tea, and a Smile or Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929495 "When you starve your doubts, you can feed your faith." <BR> <BR> "Give yourself an edge. Think positive thoughts." <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Drinking five or more cups of green tea daily lowers the risk of blood and lymph system cancers more than 40 %, reports the American Journal of Epidemiology. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> The biggest lie I tell myself is …”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” <BR> <BR> Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in th... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:45:35 EST Staying Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929203 From Dr. Mercola newsletter: <BR> <BR> *Skipping workouts for just two weeks can significantly reduce your cardiovascular fitness, lean muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity <BR> <BR> •When you skip too many workouts, the strength of your heart and lungs will fade first <BR> <BR> •When comparing 20- to 30-year-olds with 65- to 75-year-olds, the older group lost strength nearly twice as fast during six months of inactivity <BR> <BR> X X X X X X X <BR> <BR> Aerobic exercise is good fo... Sat, 16 May 2015 16:09:07 EST Finding Fitness in Two Minute Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928735 From Dr. Mercola (mercola.com) <BR> <BR> Story at-a-glance − <BR> <BR> •People who walked for two minutes out of every hour spent sitting increased their lifespan by 33 percent <BR> •Excessive sitting is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and death from virtually all causes <BR> •Ideally, try to sit for less than three hours a day; a standing workstation can help with this goal <BR> <BR> *******Fitting in two minutes every hour is something ma... Fri, 15 May 2015 16:11:31 EST Bluebird/Outhouse Boxes Finally Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927187 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/570991cb-fdc7-4403-a49d-d9e01d2d4609.JPG"> <BR> <BR> These are going to a garden show on Saturday. Hope they sell! The outhouse ones are primitive looking on purpose. I call them "Ye Ole Outhouse." We went through some rough cutting and DH was just a wee bit frustrated when we were working on them. <BR> <BR> Glad they are done. DH has truck to work on, lawn mower to work, and a few other things! Going to go looking for some parts -- s... Tue, 12 May 2015 21:48:47 EST Mulling it Over Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926460 In reading some comments about 'weigh-in day', I have discovered that some weigh-in every day. I tried that for awhile. Also, tried weight every other day. I tried the weigh in every day again last month and discovered a 'delayed' reaction to my nutrients. It seemed that no change was in the scale for two days I stayed at the lowest calorie points or maybe a little lower. Then, by some fluke (weekend overeating LOL) suddenly the scale went down! I assumed it was from the prior lower cal... Mon, 11 May 2015 16:19:44 EST Today is International No Diet Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923514 Always on May 6th <BR> <BR> International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. You could consider it a "Big" backlash against becoming little (err thin), people. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have. It encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes....... and that's okay. <BR> <BR> Anti-diet groups exist to assist and support people who suffer illnesses like anorexia, in their efforts to shed fat and be thin. In addition ... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:36:12 EST May 5 -- a Day of Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922697 Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's <BR> Mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, <BR> the Titanic was carrying 12,000 <BR> jars of the condiment scheduled <BR> for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, <BR> which was to be the next port of call <BR> for the great ship after its stop in <BR> New York . This would have been <BR> ... Mon, 4 May 2015 22:06:01 EST Praying -- A Simple Way to Stay Sharp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921698 From Woman's World mag: <BR> <BR> Women who pray regularly are almost 50% less likely to have mild dementia or Alzheimer's. Experts theorize that the thought processes involved in prayer, and the content of the prayers, provide the protection. <BR> <BR> From the Bible: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Is. 26:3 Pray without ceasing. I. Thes. 5:17. <BR> <BR> My direction for today: Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray .... Sun, 3 May 2015 08:47:12 EST Thursday and Friday -- Oh, bother! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921189 Even the best laid plans go awry! Setbacks of one kind or another happen. But, why, oh why, do they have to happen in double or triples? <BR> <BR> The truck broke down this week and while DH was under it working he saw that the frame was shot on it. No shame for it. It has over 200,000 miles and has put in some time in our nasty winter weather! He has another truck in the wings that needs work on it that we will have to put on the road after repair if we still want to have two vehicles ... Sat, 2 May 2015 08:07:40 EST Monday and Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919340 Was really busy yesterday sorting, cleaning, rearranging. We purchased a used entertainment center and I had to clear the old one all out before bringing it in. Worked for hours! Half one fairly large box of old records and videos to take to St. Vincent's. Hope they can get something out of them. My feet were really aching last night!!! All that work must count for something! Maybe a few calories . . . mmm ... <BR> <BR> Today I went along with DD to take the twins for a 'well' checkup... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:54:01 EST Thursday and Friday/WooHoo Steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917365 On Thursday we went out with DD family to celebrate the twins' birthday. It was Stromboli, loaded fries, and salad. I kept with the small plate servings and really felt accomplished at not over eating. No soda, only water and coffee to drink during the day. The girls wanted to go thrifting so we did. We went to an excavating business where they had three floors of household things and the bottom floor of collectibles and antiques. I didn't buy anything on that floor, but on up I bought ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:27:01 EST Tuesday -- trying something new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915215 DH picked up a jar of chili hot dog sauce we have never tried before. Planning to have gluten free, nitrate free, hot dogs for supper. Making some potato salad, too. Told him when he bought it last week I would try to plan a picnic meal. Guess this is the day! <BR> <BR> Bottomed out twice yesterday and didn't nearly get done what I wanted to. I blame it on the weather change. How about you??? <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week!!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>3... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:11:10 EST Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914601 Had a <em>244</em> weekend. Went shopping with DH on Sat for a few things and we stopped off at a Good Will. Found two blue luster goblets I have been looking for to match the set I have. Need one more to have enough for our family gatherings. That put a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, we girls of the family -- DD, DIL, four grand daughters -- went out to a breakfast buffet to celebrate the twins birthday. It was the only time we could all get together. The girls requested to... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:47:41 EST Just a Wee Bit Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913122 Got done logging everything in and I am under on my protein and fiber, over on calories! It was that <em>473</em> . I just know it. Dread the scale in the morning! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853645116.jpg"> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:01:38 EST Tuesday--Thoroughly Surprised! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911329 DH and I were out getting a few groceries today. I went to JoAnn Crafts to pick up some patterns and some beads for my new beading projects. Not sure when he did it, but when we got back to the truck, there it was -- a lovely bouquet of flowers with an encouraging note from my dearly beloved! What a sweetheart! He has not done anything like that for a long time. <BR> While we were at Martin's, I found a hot dog that was nitrate and gluten free. It was on sale plus a coupon off on it. SO... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:17:06 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906276 Friday was son's birthday. After church service, we went out to eat with him and his family. It was a late night. Tried a soft taco the place had and I couldn't eat it all. Brought some home for Saturday lunch. <BR> <BR> Had a migraine Saturday and still got some walking in. Yesterday, joined the DGKs in their Easter hunt at the other grandma's house. Gave a lot of the goodies in the eggs to DGD. DH kept most of the root beer barrels. It was the first time in a long time we shared an Eas... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:14:00 EST The Easter Egg Tree--Just for Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904357 There was a little lad, let's just call him Fred <BR> Who early on Easter Eve, went to his little bed. <BR> While sleeping and dreaming, this little lad of four <BR> Did not know what was happening outside his own back door. <BR> <BR> When dawned the Easter morning, wiping sleep from sleepy eyes, <BR> His mother proudly told him, she had a big surprise. <BR> She took his little hand and led him out the kitchen door <BR> Into the small backyard where he'd been many times before.... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:58:47 EST At Son's Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899688 Staying over to get kids on bus in the morning. DIL is away at Hershey because her Mom is having surgery in the morning. Please pray all goes well. <BR> <BR> Still in pain from whatever I did to my neck and upper back. Chiropractor thinks I may be having some problems with the tendons and ligaments. Just feels bruised all the time. So glad to get some rest tonight! <BR> <BR> Have a good night, All! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:40:35 EST Pictures from Latest Craft Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897637 Saturday, March 20 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1041101491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l292142550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911930250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! Hey you sewers--Keep Sewing!!! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:11:44 EST Wednesday, the Middle Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895343 So, how's it going in the middle of the week for you? Hump Day. Down the other side of the hump tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My 'middle' syndrome' began when my Mom and Dad's family were complete. I am the middle child of seven. This is what I found out about the middle child: <BR> <BR> "Middle child syndrome is a condition in which children born in the middle experience feelings of emptiness, inadequacy and jealousy. It is also characterized by low self-esteem and extreme introversion . . . Mid... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:24:11 EST Yesterday's Wisdom is not a Guarantee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894136 Excerpt from a Jack Hayford writing: <BR> <BR> People can make serious mistakes by walking through the open doors of an apparent opportunity without consulting the Lord. Sometimes we presume that since we have taken some steps with God's blessing, all our steps will receive the same blessing. <BR> <BR> Israel's early victories in Canaan under Joshua's leadership were won with God's direction, but they became an occasion of deception for the men of Gibeon, who forged a treaty with Israel un... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:41:03 EST A Lent Devotional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893213 <BR> <BR> <BR> "You're the Messiah,' says Peter. <BR> <BR> It comes like a thunderclap, opening the skies with a flash. Mark's reader has known all along, of course, because of the voice at the baptism. But Jesus was so different from the messiahs of popular imagination. He was a healer, not a military leader. He spoke about forgiveness, not revenge. He was challenging and redefining Israel's ancient symbols, not reinforcing them. And yet: the cumulative weight of all that Peter and the o... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:29:39 EST Weekend Inspiration -- All Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892657 You deserve Good Things! <BR> <BR> You are destined to succeed. You are stronger than any hardship, smarter than any setback, more determined than any difficulty, more creative than any problem--and more powerful than anything standing in your way. Obstacles are no match for you. <BR> <BR> Nothing can stop you now!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend!!! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:49:45 EST Thinking It Through Thursday--Donut Personality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891734 So, those donuts do have a purpose! Remembering when I wrote the ditty to "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash because I had a cream filled donut recently. Found this in a magazine and just had to share it, really . . . <BR> <BR> What's your donut personality? (Study done by Dr. Alan Hirsch) <BR> <BR> If you prefer . . . <BR> <BR> Jelly filled > The texture and concentrated sweetness appeal to people with strong personalities. Confident and assertive, you know exactly what you want --... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:47:50 EST The Tuesday Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890327 "Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” <BR> ¯ Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married <BR> <BR> "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” <BR> ¯ Anthony G. Oettinger <BR> <BR> "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” <BR> ¯ Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> “The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” <BR> ¯ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace <BR> <BR> “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must m... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:09:42 EST Beginning a New Work Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889664 Beginning with a <em>339</em> , a <em>30</em> , and a plan! <BR> <BR> <em>339</em> --to me. Did not lose weight on last challenge. Do not give up, Barb. Keep trying. It is better to try and not reach a goal, then to never try at all! <BR> <BR> <BR> My smile to begin the day: Two flies were eating some bologna off a kitchen table. One got full and flew up to sit on a pot handle. The other got full and joined the first one. The first one flew off and dropped dead in flight.... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 07:52:39 EST The View Outback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887936 Just love watching the wildlife, but what a sight yesterday afternoon! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934653880.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was out my kitchen window. The next one was out the dining room window and the screen makes it a bit hard to see. The deer came for the corn under the feeder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1412568866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a hawk who came to watch the birds sometime in February. DH said... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 07:12:52 EST Thinking it Through Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887577 Please don't bug me! This was a disturbing read, but thought I would share: <BR> <BR> It’s not uncommon to find an insect or two lurking in fresh vegetables, especially when the items come straight from the farm or the produce stand. It’s also not unusual to accidentally swallow a bug or two during your lifetime. However, it’s been estimated that the average person unintentionally consumes about one pound of bugs per year. <BR> <BR> Where do these bugs come from? The FDA allows specific a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:42:50 EST Saturday and Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885427 Had a lovely family dinner with kids and grans on Saturday. I did a turkey breast with cabbage stuffing on the side, cole slaw, and DD brought a jello pretzel dessert. We watched a Funniest video show on the net, then went to you tube. Grans wanted to see funny animal videos. Laughs all around! DIL brought a package of baskets for the Keirug maker they got us for Christmas and some decaf donut shop coffee. That seems to be the favorite of DH. I like the French Vanilla with cream/creame... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:03:52 EST