BUSYGRANNY5's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUSYGRANNY5 BUSYGRANNY5'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/ Short quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392669 Think enough of yourself, to think for yourself!- Anon <BR> <BR> What a great reminder for ALL of us, but especially our young people, who so want to "fit in" and be "popular!" Part of my job as a teacher is to encourage students to be thinkers and not just followers or bystanders, this is not always easy, but it is so IMPORTANT! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:43:07 EST Summertime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392221 A morning is a wonderful blessing, either cloudy or sunny. It stands for hope, giving us another start of what we call Life. Good morning & have a nice day. - Ikram Uzzal <BR> <BR> I'm a great lover of early morning and all the possibilities that the dawn of a new day brings! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:26:12 EST Workshop results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391888 I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's workshop! The presenter was a former teacher, he shared with us how HARD teaching was, and he considered teachers to be heroes, as he only managed to survive three years in the classroom! <BR> He actually works for a EverFi which I learned is a company that offers a large variety of FREE online courses for K-12 schools!!! I was very impressed with the courses offered! The courses are free because they have corporate sponsors, for example, one of the course... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:18:52 EST Workshop... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391349 I'm getting ready to head to Cape to the RDPC for a Blended Learning Resources Workshop, involving using a variety of technology resources in the classroom! This is definitely an area I need to improve on, I'm not anti-technology, but tend NOT to focus as much on technology within my classes as is warranted in today's world!!! So, I found this workshop and signed up... always learning! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:45:43 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390944 Have a blessed Sunday! Enjoy your day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:06:24 EST Pernille Ripp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390568 Let them read, not for the sake of producing, but for the sake of reading itself.--Pernille Ripp <BR> <BR> Just a reminder that sometimes reading should be just for fun.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:03:43 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390131 I enjoy listening to Joyce Meyer share God's word! Here are a few quotes from recent messages! <BR> <BR> “Put your expectations on God, not on people.” ― Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> “Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God (scriptures)says.” ― Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> “God doesn’t tell you to do hard things so He can stand back and laugh and watch you struggle. He tells you to do things the things that He knows are gonna work out for y... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:29:59 EST Reading for our kids! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389777 I've read several books this summer for our reading programs for both our middle and high School! Most are old classics, while others are newer classics! Our middle school program is called Books for Bucks while the high school program is Classic Connections! Both groups are operated similarly, students read a book or books from our approved lists and then meet with a mentor to discuss the book! Our lists have hundreds of books, which means lots of reading for mentors! I truly enjoy mentoring... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:52:31 EST Lunch with a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388864 It's another beautiful morning here in the boot heel! Today, I'm meeting a former coworker for lunch! Actually, she's so much more than a coworker, she's one of my dearest friends and I look forward to our time together! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:46:10 EST Summer quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388496 "Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about."- John Mayer <BR> <BR> Remember to take the time to enjoy your summer... it's fleeting! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:18:42 EST Mario Fernandez http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388275 "Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine!"-Mario Fernandez <BR> <BR> Great little quote! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:11:58 EST Quiet at home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387926 The house is certainly quiet now that we've taken all three GRANDS home! We had a wonderful week and lots of memories were made! I truly believe the GRANDS would've stayed longer, but their parents were ready to see their babies! Poppa (Tony) and I are ready to relax a bit! We are so blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:09:35 EST On grandmothers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387559 “A Grandmother thinks of her grandchildren day and night, even when they are not with her.She will always love them more than anyone would understand.” ― Karen Gibbs <BR> <BR> Love this one, but would also add a Grandfather! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 23:20:31 EST On grandparents... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386861 Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love. -Anon <BR> <BR> So blessed to be a grandparent to six beautiful GRANDS! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:45:23 EST Another great day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386620 Today we met our son and his three children at a little safari/zoo about an hour from our home! It was extremely hot, even though we were there when they opened at 10:00, but the heat didn't stop our fun! It was wonderful having all six GRANDS together for the day! We saw and fed animals, toured the zoo, mined for gemstones, and most importantly made memories! My hubby joined us for a few hours, fortunately, he was working in MO today and even stayed with us for lunch at Culvers! All in ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:38:02 EST Grands and GOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386142 Having three kids in the house reminds me of how truly loving and accepting they are! My GRANDS don't care if I'm heavy or thin, dressed up or dressed down.... they love and accept me just as I am, simply because I am their grandma! How awesome is that! Reminds me of our Heavenly Father, who also loves and accepts me just as I am... flaws (sins) and all!!! <BR> I am truly blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:58:13 EST Day 1 with the GRANDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385839 The kids and I had a great day... lots of fun and laughter.... they are so full of energy...and we had a busy day here at the house, tomorrow I'm going to take them to our local Stars and Stripes Museum for a little history and lots of fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:45:18 EST GRANDS are grand! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385147 Time to get our Liberty GRANDS!! Excited and Blessed!!! We're meeting our daughter and son in law in Springfield to pick up Bryson and Jillian! So happy to have them for the week! Layton, our grandson who lives in the same town we do, will be here tomorrow morning for the week! On Wednesday, we'll be meeting our son and his three, Bennett, Anderson, and Gwendolyn at a little zoo that's about an hour from here! It's always great having ALL the GRANDS together!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed da... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 10:16:46 EST Home Sweet Home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384809 No matter how far we wander and all the wonders we see, there is no place like home! Home sweet home!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:24:50 EST Heading Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384573 All good things must come to an end, so must our vacation. We're headed home now, should roll in around 10:30 tonight! Tomorrow I shall catch up on laundry while hubby gets the yard back in shape! Then it's off to pick up two of our GRANDS for the week! So blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:19:44 EST Rock City... off to Gatlinburg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383606 We're headed to Gatlinburg, to finish up the third leg of our Tennessee vacation! Our favorite in Chattanooga TN was Rock City, oh my it is amazing! We enjoyed Ruby Falls and several other sites, but for us, Rock City would be a MUST see and do for all visitors! <BR> <BR> So blessed to get to explore more of our beautiful country with Tony and am once again reminded it's not all about the destination it's the trip! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 11:01:02 EST 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383141 Have a blessed Independence Day and remember Freedom isn't Free!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 4 Jul 2017 09:12:23 EST Short and sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382761 When you love what you have, you have all that you need! <BR> <BR> So true!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 3 Jul 2017 10:11:00 EST Chattanooga TN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382537 What a beautiful area... so gorgeous!!! We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful country! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 18:59:18 EST Jim Costa quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382200 It does not matter what party you are a member of in this great Nation of ours. Accountability and competence are characteristics that Americans value throughout our great land. Jim Costa <BR> <BR> <BR> So true!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Sat, 1 Jul 2017 23:24:16 EST Vacation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381649 My husband and I will be leaving this evening for a week in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee! I'm really looking forward to doing some exploring and relaxing! It looks like we might have some rain, but not even rain is going to dampen my spirits! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:13:17 EST Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381235 Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnson <BR> <BR> Let me honest here, I do NOT like everyone I come into contact with in my day to day life, but that does not give me the privilege to be mean or rude to them. Kindness is within my power, even when fondness for a person or people is not! Great reminder! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:17:43 EST Helen Keller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380738 What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. <BR> Helen Keller <BR> <BR> This is so true... the memories we make today will continue to bless us for years to come! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:46:36 EST Love and compassion... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380378 Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Oh so true!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:13:10 EST Music... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379846 Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthold Auerbach <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness, this quote speaks to me! Music is such a blessing! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:15:00 EST Beautiful day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379443 Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day! We were blessed with low humidity, which is a true blessing in our part of the state! The Cardinals ended up losing their game, but that didn't dampen our spirits as we enjoyed an amazing stroll through downtown St. Louis before the game and were able to continue our walk after the game! Wonderful day and evening! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:03:47 EST Cardinals Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379126 We're headed to St. Louis for tonight's Cardinals' game! The weather is absolutely beautiful, which will make the day even more enjoyable!!! We're going up early, as we're meeting friends before the game for dinner and then all four of us will head to the game! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:25:44 EST Rainy Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378763 It's a rainy day here today... no harsh showers just a gentle rain. It's kind of nice... praying it doesn't make our humidity go sky high! :) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:26:22 EST Quick Trip...Play ball... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378229 Tony and I made a quick trip to Liberty (near KC) so we could catch our oldest grandson's ball game last night! We came up yesterday morning and our daughter surprised us with tickets to the Royals game, my favorite team of ALL time!! It was great fun spending time with the grands and our daughter, her hubby had to work, at the game! Royals WON!!! We then went to Bryson's game which was even better than the Royals as we got to see Bryson in action, he's ten but plays with the heart of a m... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:12:58 EST Grandchildren... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377828 Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends — and hardly ever our own grown children. ~Ruth Goode <BR> <BR> Getting to spend time with our Liberty grands reminds me of just how truly they love and accept me, just because I'm their Grandma! I remember feeling the exact same way about my grandparents! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:41:03 EST Friendship =Wet cement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377377 Friendship is like standing on wet cement. The longer you stay, the harder it is to leave, and you can never go without leaving your footprints behind. - Moi <BR> <BR> This quote brings a smile to my face, as I find so much truth in it! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:00:10 EST Great little quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376983 “You can find anyone that will tell you what you want to hear, but the only one worth valuing is the one that tells you what you need to learn.” ― Shannon L. Alder <BR> <BR> We all need those people in our lives who help keep us honest with ourselves... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:20:01 EST In memory of my father! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376559 Happy Father's Day to my daddy in heaven. It's difficult to explain how I can miss you so much when you've been gone since I was a baby, but deep in my soul, I miss you, Dad! I miss the man I know you were and oh how I miss the father I've been told you were. I miss your hugs and strong hands holding me tight, letting me know everything would be alright. I miss walking hand in hand through the fields at your parent's farm. I miss hearing your booming voice and your laugh, which I've been told... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:58:44 EST Friendship! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376219 "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." <BR> ― Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> Love this reminder!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:40:59 EST Theodore Roosevelt #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375860 Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> So true!!!! I am so thankful that I have a career I truly enjoy and also makes a difference in our world! What more could I ask for? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:30:41 EST Theodore Roosevelt... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375411 We can have no '50-50' allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all. Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Great reminder to each of us! No matter what our political beliefs and alliances we are ALL Americans! This is OUR country we must do everything possible to come together and do our best as citizens to bridge the gap that is getting wider and wider! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:14:49 EST Flag Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375039 Happy Flag Day, America! Home of the Brave! Land of the Free! No other place, I'd rather Live! God Bless the U.S.A. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:37:16 EST Ready... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374578 I took my first dose of thyroid medicine this morning! I am very hopeful that with the help of this medicine I will start feeling more like my old self.... just have to be patient! <BR> <BR> It is a gorgeous day... I did get in a short walk this morning... love hearing the birds chirp and feel the cool breeze blowing! The expected high today is in the 90's with an even higher heat index... but that's okay... it's almost summer! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:56:13 EST A diagnosis... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374253 After several months of a wide variety of symptoms, accompanied by an array of trials and tests I finally have a diagnosis! I have hypothyroidism severe enough that it requires medication accompanied with weekly medical supervision, for at least a few months! Right now I am just so relieved to have a diagnosis, as I was truly beginning to believe I was suffering from early onset dementia, as I find myself being more and more forgetful and in somewhat of a fog; of course, there are several m... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:45:00 EST Proud Grandma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373671 I had a very proud grandma moment yesterday afternoon! Tony and I took Layton to the Chinese buffet for lunch, while there Layton pointed out a soldier in full uniform to me! He asked me if he could thank him for his service. Of course, I said absolutely! After we finished our meal we went over to the young man's table, he was who I assume was his parents! Anyway, Layton went up to him, sticking out his little ten-year-old hand and saying, "I want to thank you for your service to our co... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:48:51 EST C.S. Lewis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373275 "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one." — C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have at least one friend... who truly gets us.... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:56:43 EST Friends.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372911 I am so blessed and thankful for my "forever" friends! :) <BR> “Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends.”- Anon <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:43:46 EST Morning Walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372426 Up early... it's gorgeous out this morning! Time for a walk! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 8 Jun 2017 07:28:09 EST Christmas movie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371981 Up early and instead of watching the morning news decided to watch a Christmas movie! What a great way to start my day!!! Just a little break from the day to day hustle and bustle of life to enjoy the "SEASON"!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:49:21 EST Cancelled class... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371678 My three day class/workshop with the MDC was supposed to start today, instead I received a phone call letting me know the class had been postponed! Apparently I was one of two teachers who signed up, so the class is now being rescheduled for July 18th-20th! I am disappointed as I rearranged my plans to be able to attend this session, also it will be much, much warmer in July! However, I do understand that the MDC needs more than two students to proceed! We shall see what July brings! <BR>... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:43:37 EST