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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 No Worries Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882321 Corrie ten Boom said, Worry is like sitting in a rocking chair, rocking. It gives you something to do, but doesn't take you anywhere. <BR> <BR> Don't worry! Be Happy! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Please don't look at today as something to get through. Notice more answers than questions. Relish more joys than difficulties. Use this day to get something done that will please you when it is finished. <BR> <BR> Smile! It relaxes your face muscles! <BR> <BR> Please, please, include somethi... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:25:26 EST Quote for Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882313 It's all down hill from here! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:17:52 EST Freezing Friday! Let's Have a Warmup Funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879255 <BR> A little girl was sitting on her <BR> grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her <BR> eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God <BR> make you?" <BR> <BR> "Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God <BR> made me a long time ago." <BR> <BR> "Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God <BR> make me too?" <BR> <BR> "Yes, indeed, ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:01:12 EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- Baby, it's cold outside! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878858 These below 0 and wind chill temps are just crazy! So glad I don't have to go out much but I do 'feel' for my DH. We ran an errand yesterday. Was not gone long. Can't hibernate every day. Hope we don't get the snow mix on Sunday. <BR> <BR> School was closed on Monday, delayed on Tuesday and Wednesday. They have a regular schedule today. DH said someone at the school told him that if we are down to a certain temp, the school is suppose to close. I don't know about that. If anyone ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:48:01 EST More Pics from the Booboo Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877086 Just two pics of the gifts given at the party. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137118686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453661344.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The shofar was suppose to be my "call for help" whistle, but I don't know how to use one. I plan to use the cane this summer when I go flea marketing/yard saling. Walking over rough terrain bothers my knee, but I have discovered that using a cane helps. I am ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:58:12 EST Ladies Luncheon of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875744 It was a lovely luncheon for ladies today. DD invited me to go. Wanted to share 'God's Conversation Hearts' with you. These were attached to a gift bag with hearts inside. <BR> <BR> Be Mine -- John 3:16 <BR> All Mine-- John 10:27-30 <BR> True Love-- Jeremiah 31:3 <BR> Love Me-- Luke 10:27 <BR> I'm Sure-- John 14:1-3 <BR> Sweet Talk-- Psalm 119:103 <BR> Be Good-- John 14:15 <BR> Fax Me-- Jeremiah 33:3 <BR> <BR> Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us . . . I John 3:1 ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:54:04 EST Picture of the Plastic Helmet from the BooBoo party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873176 Though this is not very flattering, I thought I would post this pic of me wearing the plastic protective helmet with homemade medic alert hanging down from it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326273621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> More info and pics later. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:36:02 EST Saturday Surprise -- So nice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871401 I thought it was just going to be a ladies' tea, but my DD made it into a "booboo" party. She felt I needed encouraged, so invited folks to help me laugh at my many booboos -- fractured foot, smashed finger, bruised thumb, banging the head off a chest of drawers when I fell in the bedroom -- all 2014. I was so looking forward to a new year to start over and then we were ill over the holidays to top it all off. Anyway, she invited dear ladies from our friendly tea party folks and some ladi... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:39:56 EST Frigid Friday -- Brrr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870567 When DH came home from work last night it was a minus four. It is still not above freezing . I have my slippers on and my feet are still cold. <BR> <BR> When winter winds are howling and snow is swirling 'round <BR> It is difficult to believe that we are spring ward bound. <BR> Here and there a bit of sun gives us a hopeful glimmer <BR> So glad that through freezing temps, a pot of soup will simmer. <BR> And when dinner rolls around, with warm bread from the oven <BR> We warm our hearts, so... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:31:13 EST Sunday, Monday, Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868805 On Sunday, we went to a little country church a little ways from here and I shared a song with them. I think the folks liked it. Yesterday, Monday, I had migraine. I think it was from the chocolate brownies I ate Sunday evening. Made some GF ones for DH and instead of eating just one -- like I need to do -- I ate at least tow. Chocolate seems to bring on migraines. This started happening the last two years. <BR> <BR> Today, I got some crafts together to send to the school with DH to s... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:32:09 EST Traveling Through Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865254 The Road Less Traveled was written by Robert Frost. On this day in 1963 at the age of 88, this American poet and Pulitzer prize winner died. One of his poems that caught my eye is, "The Road Less Traveled." Wanted to share a part of it that has one line that has been quoted lots. <BR> <BR> I shall be telling this with a sigh <BR> Somewhere ages and ages hence: <BR> Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - <BR> I took the one less traveled by <BR> And that has made all the difference. <BR> ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:43:47 EST Words for Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864286 Learned this poem in Jr High and it has stuck with me. Hope you are inspired by it today. <BR> <BR> "IF" by Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> <BR> If you can keep your head when all about you <BR> Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, <BR> If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, <BR> But make allowance for their doubting too; <BR> <BR> If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, <BR> Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, <BR> Or being hated, don’t give w... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:53:17 EST This is Something I Do Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863770 I will read a team members or Spark Friends page and see a comment from someone I haven't had contact with and stop by their page and say "hello" or read a blog and comment. I could probably do this every day, and several times a day, and still not say "hello" to all the fellow bloggers. I have visited a few members whose pages are set to private and can't leave a note or a "hello." <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Have you done this, too? Just wondered. <BR> <BR> Have a great day to all my ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:53:22 EST Mulling it over Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862947 Been at this place before. Visited it a few times. Don't like it very much, but I am the only one who can get to where I need to be. Moving forward with exercise, cutting calories, and telling myself, "You go girl", could get me to my new location. <BR> <BR> I am currently located in the 150+ Pound Town. Don't like it here. <BR> Once, about two years ago, I almost got to the 140 Town. Folks from the old town saw how much happier I was than at Pound Town. <BR> <BR> I want to reach t... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:13:55 EST Thinking of Food this Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861174 The Today Show had a segment about how our tastes for certain foods change and other foods never really change. What a coincidence!! I was just thinking of this yesterday because I recently bought some green olives. When I was a kid, I didn't like green olives, dill pickles or cranberries. One of the folks on the show didn't like green olives when she was growing up either, but will now eat black olives. I have learned to eat olives, pickles and cranberries. I have always really liked ch... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:29 EST Words, Words, Words for Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859332 Thanks to MARYALICE411 who posted this on one of her team threads. Really like words myself and this was amusing. <BR> <BR> Lexophile" is a word used to describe those who have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish" (one of my favorites), or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end. <BR... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:36:05 EST Moving Through Monday -- Slowly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858004 I don't seem to have the unction to function today. Not ill, just need energized. Will have to get my walking in when I feel more up to it. Boy, do I ever wish I had some kind of built-in compartment to pop in an 'energizer' and keep going like the 'energizer bunny." LOL <BR> <BR> I have lots of sewing to get done and can't even get excited about that today. Must be 'cause of the sampling some sweets that were left. Seem to be off my protein again, too. Guess you could say I need a 'l... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:40:12 EST Have You Made Plans for This Week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856976 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 <BR> <BR> I long to hear 'accepted' from my Lord when I submit my plans. I can if I let Him determine my steps. <BR> <BR> "Make great plans for your life, but trust in the Lord for an even more wonderful outcome.' LeAnn Campbell <BR> <BR> "I have come that you might have life, and that more abundantly." Jesus <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> Have a great week, Spark Friends! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:25:54 EST Discouraging News from Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854967 Two couples and one single friend are going to have to pay the fine because they couldn't afford to buy health insurance on the affordable health care act. I guess you could say they 'fall between the (proverbial) cracks.' Guess all public programs have 'cracks. Just so discouraged that folks I know have problems. <BR> <BR> The first couple are a one income family who live in an old single trailer. She just lost her Mom she was taking care of who lived with them in the second bedroom the... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:20:57 EST Tuesday Tips for Reducing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853307 Beat the Blues with natural "Prozac." In an Australian study, taking 1,000 mg of BCM-95 reversed the winter blues without causing negative side effects! "Curcumin improves communication between brain cells, calms the brain regions that trigger anxiety and helps you produce more mood-boosting serotonin," says Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, author of The Ageless Woman. Look for this product under the brand names of CuraMed and Progressive Labs. (Check with health care professional before starting a new... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:25:16 EST Moving into Monday with Mark Twain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852486 Habit is habit and not to fling out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. <BR> <BR> The secret of getting ahead is getting started. <BR> <BR> The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. <BR> <BR> Mark Twain on health: <BR> <BR> The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. <BR> <BR> Be careful about readin... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:05:11 EST New Challenge! I can do this with a little help from my Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849734 What would you do if I only gained weight? Would you stand up and make fun of me? <BR> Lend me your ear and a cheer if you can, and I'll try to do the best I can do . . . <BR> <BR> I'll get by with a little help from my friends, Yes, I will try with a little help from my friends . . . Cheer me on if you will, my Spark Friends . . . <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> The beginning of achieving is believing that I can! <BR> <BR> To All of you who are in or about to start your new c... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:31:16 EST Joy is More than Merriment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848821 <BR> <BR> Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. - John 16:24 <BR> <BR> <BR> Joy is more than merriment, more than happiness, and more than the other myriad of human expressions and experiences we use to describe happy fulfillment. Joy includes them all, but transcends them by leagues. <BR> <BR> Joy is the certainty that whatever leashes your life to less than Love, or whatever has stained your soul with shame or failure has been neutralized by the one power that can fre... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:22:55 EST Finally Had our Family Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846842 Had a lovely supper last night and our family gift exchange. Our son and DIL surprised us with a Keurig and a variety of K cups to go with it. We don't drink a lot of coffee, but I know we can use it to make tea, too. We would have never bought one for ourselves, but they wanted to bless us with something almost all their family has. Son set it up and showed us how to use it. Funny thing is, our old coffee pot went kaput just last night! And, I broke my coffee press before they got her... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:40:12 EST First Christmas without Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839236 We have both been ill and couldn't have the DK and DGK in. I miss them. Still recovering. Sometimes I feel a little better. Today is a better day. I am actually sitting up instead sacked out on the couch or in bed. Water has been very appealing to me. I have to figure out how to get some protein in me that won't make me feel sicker. Lost five pounds since Christmas Eve when I became ill. You know I really don't feel well when even cookies don't appeal to me. LOL. Never got my pies m... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:58:13 EST Starting this Week with a Christmas Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836692 LORD, <BR> <BR> Bless the families of the earth as Christmas comes this year <BR> Bring hope to all your children, Raise their spirits, bring them cheer. <BR> <BR> Remind us that we're not alone no matter what we do, <BR> For you brought Baby Jesus to connect our hearts to You. Amen. <BR> <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> This prayer was on a Christmas card we received. <BR> <BR> "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son . . ." John 3:16 <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <e... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:50:59 EST Candy Canes and Peppermint! WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835993 A Spiritual Teaching and a Candy Cane Smoothie <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950944695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Candy Cane Smoothie <BR> <BR> Adapted <BR> <BR> <BR> &#61504; December 15, 2014 | by Sarah Skalzub <BR> <BR> &#61483; Breakfast, Smoothies <BR> <BR> &#61463; Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> This just might be your new favorite holiday smoothie. Our ever loved candy cane just got a littl... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:13:39 EST Jest 'Fore Christmas by Eugene Field http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834778 <BR> <BR> Father calls me William, sister calls me Will, <BR> Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill! <BR> Mighty glad I ain't a girl---ruther be a boy, <BR> Without them sashes, curls, an' things that 's worn by Fauntleroy! <BR> Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake--- <BR> Hate to take the castor-ile they give for bellyache! <BR> 'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me, <BR> But jest 'fore Christmas I 'm as good as I kin... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:06:54 EST Sharing "The Christmas Pageant" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834295 <BR> My husband and I had been happily married (most of the time) for five years but hadn't been blessed with a baby. <BR> <BR> I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if he would give us a child, I would be a perfect mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with His word as my guide. <BR> God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. <BR> <BR> The next year God blessed us with another son. <BR> The following year, He blessed us with yet another son. <BR> The ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:08:38 EST Try It Tuesday -- A Thoughtful Gift for Tea Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833773 If you have a tea drinker on your list, this may be an idea to do something different. If you have an odd pretty cup and saucer -- or can find one or two in a thrift store or flea market -- it could be filled with a favorite or a variety of tea for the recipient. Clear cellophane gathered at the top and tied with a lavish bow could be a pretty presentable gift. An antique cup and saucer could be a lovely keepsake and a different cup each year could become a warming tradition for a dear... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:39:41 EST Carol, brothers, carol, Carol joyfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832717 Carol the good tidings, Carol merrily! <BR> And pray a Gladstone Christmas for all your fellow men <BR> Carol, brothers, carol, Christmas comes again! <BR> <BR> from the classic, The Birds' Christmas Carol <BR> <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> Choose to Believe in Miracles. A miracle is the supernatural intervention of God in the problems of your life. You will either be forced to live in the potential of your faith, or with the consequences of your doubt. Dr. Mike Murdock <BR> ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:08:30 EST Sometimes We Need a Little Help from Our Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830931 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470565838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we feel like we are in a tunnel <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930871689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Someone, please make me princess for the day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2109576961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's share those cookies! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1997805318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks for st... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:11:03 EST OK, Ok. you can dress me up but don't take me out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829488 looking like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963873335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My name is NOT Candy Cane! <BR> <BR> Have a sweet pepperminty Spark Day. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:13:04 EST The Over 50 Little Black Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828031 Was checking into retirement info and came across this from AARP: <BR> <BR> Dresses <BR> <BR> <BR> Dresses make everyone feel pretty and sexy, and there are three styles that flatter women over 50 best, no matter our size or shape: <BR> •Wrap dresses, especially those with long or three-quarter-length sleeves — knot the belt on the side, never in front, and do not tie it in a bow! <BR> <BR> <BR> •Sleeveless sheath dresses worn with snug-fitting cardigans or jackets, which are perfect fo... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:46:50 EST Twinkle, Twinkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827400 Sing to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: <BR> <BR> <BR> Twinkle, twinkle, glitter here <BR> Gifts and wrapping everywhere <BR> 'Tis the season carols play, Lots to do both night and day <BR> Twinkle, twinkle SPARKling on <BR> Keeping fit and having fun! <BR> <BR> Suppose to have three of the DGKs today for a class and a craft. Will know for sure after nine. Gotta clear the clutter from the dining room table so we can work. Been cleaning and decoration and the table seems to be the place... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:20:21 EST A Busy Few Days/Try Something New Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826820 It was quite a busy weekend! Saturday was my DH family Christmas party. Always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Ugly sweater contest, karaoke singing (Christmas songs), lovely door prizes (got a cute candy/cookie jar) and a large variety of food. Weook DH chili and I made some gluten free chocolate chip bars. They went over well! Had enough chili for Sunday dinner. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, DH, DD and I went out for birthday lunch. We had a good time. Then we came home and watched the... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:44:45 EST Saturday Satisfaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824820 Such a nice family celebration today! it was the first time they had an 'ugly sweater' contest. DH's twin (sister) won one of the prizes for that. DH made his homemade chili -- we both had some for lunch -- and a sampling of lots of other scrumptious food! Could not even sample it all. He comes from a family of 13 and with all of the extended family there was quite a variety of food. We won a door prize of a peppermint candle and my SIL traded it for a ceramic candy jar that I admired. ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:30:55 EST It is Time to Take Time for Concentrated Thankfulness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823741 Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> I am so blessed! Have a loving, close family. Have a loving, close Savior. Have made some great Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Am so thankful to have accomplished putting that song on You Tube that my DH wanted me to do. If you would like to listen to it, just copy and paste the link below. <BR> <BR> Other things have been accomplished and with the setbacks -- fractured foot, mouse invasion, smashed finger (still healing)vehicle troubles -- we have still ove... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:08:56 EST