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/ Saturday fun day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189697 We had a great time at the water park with Layton today, but boy was it busy, today! I guess lots of people had the same idea when it came to how to stay cool today!! The park ended up closing a couple of hours early due to thunder and lightning... so we visited a fast food restaurant with an indoor play area.... and were very happy when we noticed the weather had completely passed us...allowing us to head to a park and spend a couple of hours playing before heading home! <BR> <BR> Bless... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:26:58 EST Friday and to do list!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188811 My to do list today included trimming the trees in our yard! I was outdoors by a bit after 6:00 hard at it!!! I must say being outside so early was wonderful, as the heat index and temperature was LOW!!! I managed to get all the trees trimmed and limbs hauled to the burn pile before 8:00!! Whewwwww.... hard work...but so gratifying!!! Also got the sidewalks/deck and ramps swept.. hubby mowed last night and grass was everywhere.... <BR> <BR> Had my shower and ready to handle the next ta... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:56:25 EST Suzanne Weyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188115 "Your life is an occasion. Rise to it."-Suzanne Weyn <BR> <BR> What a great way to look at life!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:44:39 EST Ella Fitzgerald quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187449 "Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." -Ella Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> Amen and amen!! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:52:18 EST Mahatma Gandhi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186811 "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> I like this little reminder.... we should never take tomorrow for granted, nor should we ever cease learning!!! :) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:16:52 EST Life's Challenges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186181 Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. - Bernice Johnson Reagon <BR> <BR> Love this one!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:43:41 EST Joyce Meyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185688 Don’t let your trouble separate you from the love of God. More than anything else in your life, you need to know that you are loved. Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Father's Day!!! Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:41:42 EST Beautiful Saturday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185118 Our weather is absolutely gorgeous today!! We were up early taking care of some yard work and household duties, but are getting ready to load up and head out for the day! <BR> <BR> Whatever your day involves make it a great one!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:39:07 EST Joel Osteen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184530 We have to realize that our lives could be gone in a moment. There are no guarantees that we will be here at this time next year. Learn to live each day to the fullest. - Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> Sad but true!! Life is not guaranteed... so we must try to make the best of each and every day! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:15:32 EST Letting go reminder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183878 <BR> "You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.-C Joy Bell C. <BR> <BR> <BR> A great little reminder for WHATEVER or WHOMEVER is weighing you down today! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:24:30 EST Mahatma Gandhi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183374 The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Often we must CHOOSE to be strong! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:09:20 EST Toxic People... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182848 TOXIC PEOPLE!!!! <BR> You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn't matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance — you don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and "continues" to treat you in a harmful ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:22:45 EST Goldie Hawn quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181989 Everybody ages. Everybody dies. There is no turning back the clock. So the question in life becomes: What are you going to do while you're here?- Goldie Hawn <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:22:13 EST A little quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181406 A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> When what lies ahead seems overwhelming this simple quote may help! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:03:12 EST Saturday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180788 Good Saturday Morning! <BR> <BR> Started the day with a little walk, followed by some light housework, doing a little sparking before heading out to get one of our grandsons for the weekend! We're planning on going to the RV show in a nearby town, but that will depend on what he wants to do, too! :) Whatever we do I know it will be great as we always manage to have a good time!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:27:43 EST Feeling successful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180301 Happy to say I am continuing to see progress with my renewed dedication to eating healthy and and exercising!!! Feeling great and motivated! <BR> <BR> Off to Paducah tonight to watch one my students and his little sister race their Junior Sprint cars....ought to be a fun night! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day and blessed day! <BR> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:49:03 EST Important... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179540 "If it's important to you, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse."- Frank Banks <BR> <BR> So much truth in this line... we may try to deny this... but deep down in side more times than not it's the truth! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:10:49 EST In the news... :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178946 "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr <BR> <BR> Some of the current stories in the news greatly disturb me; which reminded me of this quote by Dr. King!! It is time our country take a prayerful look at what's going on and work together to correct the issues that are slowly but surely dividing our wonderful country! It all begins with US... You and Me!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:36:32 EST Happy Tuesday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178139 The sun is shining,the birds are chirping and I'm enjoying my second cup of coffee while listening to/watching Fixer Upper and Sparking! Great start to a Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:19:32 EST Off to school... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177510 I'm finished teaching summer school, but have to head to school to work on getting my room packed up... the problem is after today I can only work in the mornings, as another teacher will be using my room in the afternoon for summer school, through the 14th!!! (They're on a field trip today, so I have use of my room all day!!) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:30:25 EST Oh so blessed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177221 It so wonderful having my son and his family home this weekend; as well as our youngest son's son!! We had a great weekend filled with family fun and laughter!!! Of course, it went way too fast!!!! Once again, I am reminded of just how blessed I am and I am so very thankful for all of God's blessings! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!!! Sun, 5 Jun 2016 23:05:24 EST GRANDS, OH, GRANDS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176264 Our home is never dull or quiet when the GRANDS are here!! These little guys with their unique personalities keep me on my toes...love talking to and playing with them.....they bring so much joy! This morning they are sleeping in a bit, which gives me a chance to do some sparking... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:13:29 EST Weekend!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175609 Ready for the weekend and the GRANDS, but first my summer school kids and I must see if and how long their boats will float!!! :) <BR> <BR> It's going to be a great day and weekend.. no matter how much rain we get! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 3 Jun 2016 07:47:14 EST Great little quote.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174965 Whatever you're facing today, keep going, keep moving, keep hoping, keep pressing on, there is victory on the other side.-ANON <BR> <BR> This really spoke to me this morning, as it reminds me NOT to let the here and now weigh me down too much, but to persevere knowing this too shall pass! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 2 Jun 2016 07:48:31 EST Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174240 Life is so much brighter, when we focus on what truly matters... <BR> <BR> <BR> Amen and Amen!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 07:55:52 EST Zig Ziglar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173555 . "Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life--all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity." <BR> ~ Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great ZIg Ziglar quote!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 31 May 2016 07:20:16 EST Home Sweet Home!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173357 We made it home from New Orleans a bit before 5:00 but our electricity was off, which is a pain, but the real pain was the fact that neither my husband or I had a house key with us OR hidden!!! (We have an electric garage door,soooo!!) Anyway, the power finally came on about 7:30...and we're in!!! By the way, we now have both a front door and back door key hidden!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Mon, 30 May 2016 21:53:22 EST New Orleans Cemeteries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172370 It's a gorgeous morning here in the Big Easy and hubby and I are getting ready to head out for a two hour walking tour of New Orleans cemeteries! I'm ready to learn some real history! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 09:52:24 EST Ellen DeGeneres http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171804 "Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." - Ellen DeGeneres <BR> <BR> This is a great quote, but we must remember NOT to let others opinions/ideas of who we are change who we really are! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 28 May 2016 08:49:12 EST Headed to the Big Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171335 Hubby and I have been on the road for a couple of hours.... heading to the BIG EASY for a couple of days of rest and relaxation... much needed!! It's supposed to be sunny and warm... which means all the walking and sight seeing we will be doing will be enjoyable! (We last visited in October/November and head HEAVY rain falls the entire weekend, still have fun, but limited some of what we wanted to do!!) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! <BR> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:58:48 EST Lunch with a friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170599 One of life's great pleasures is being able to spend time with our friends! Today I get to do just that, as I am meeting a friend for lunch at 11:00! My friend is a former coworker who has now gone on to teach at the college level, I had both of her children in several classes throughout the years, and she and I became great friends! We don't get together often, because of our busy lives and schedules so days like today are even more cherished! We meet at the same restaurant and always req... Thu, 26 May 2016 08:11:54 EST Two more days...then....ROAD TRIP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169958 Teacher inservice today... work in room tomorrow, followed by lunch with a friend, then ROAD TRIP with hubby to New Orleans on Friday! <BR> <BR> Ready for a break! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Wed, 25 May 2016 07:45:01 EST Last day of school! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169302 Today is the last day of school! I can't believe this is also my 28th "last day of school!" I'm going to miss this group of kiddos, but know they are going to rock third grade!!! Tue, 24 May 2016 07:21:17 EST Feeling better... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168569 When you need to feel better about yourself, do something nice for someone else. Lord, help me,that I may make someone's day a little happier. <BR> <BR> Today is Make a Difference for for district! Every grade level Pre-K-12th will be taking on age appropriate activities to to help make a difference within our school and community! This is a day that the students and staff look forward to all year! It's great seeing the kids take on a variety of projects...all designed to make a differe... Mon, 23 May 2016 07:18:52 EST Sunday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168020 We've been blessed with another gorgeous Spring day!! Hopefully everyone will get the opportunity to ENJOY it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 22 May 2016 09:15:07 EST Sunshine Oh Sunshine!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167394 So happy to see sunshine this morning!!! It's going to be a beautiful day here in Southeast, MO! Have a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Sat, 21 May 2016 08:39:16 EST Ready to chillax... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167198 To say this has been a busy week would be an understatement and I am worn out....thank goodness tomorrow is Saturday and I will have an opportunity to recharge... I don't need too long, just a couple of extra hours to chill-ax before preparing for my next task!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 20 May 2016 21:41:48 EST Back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166081 I'm proud to say I am back on track with eating healthy and moving!!! I didn't mean to let myself get so far off track, it just happened slowly.... and the pounds began to creep back on... I've been diligent with my eating since the end of April and am proud to say I am down a total of 13.7 pounds today!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Thu, 19 May 2016 07:30:33 EST Rising above http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165358 "One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above little things."-John Burroughs <BR> <BR> This is an area I continue to work on, as it is easy to get caught up in the little day to day issues, but I strive to rise above them!! <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 18 May 2016 06:58:52 EST Milton Berle quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164620 If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door!-Milton Berle <BR> <BR> Absolutely love this!! We MUST be proactive in our own lives and sometimes that means building our own doors!! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 17 May 2016 06:54:32 EST Standing out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163913 "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out." -- RJ Brittany Palacios Franklin <BR> <BR> <BR> Words of wisdom for all our graduates!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 07:47:51 EST Graduation Day 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163336 Today at 4:00 pm the BHS class of 2016 will officially become high school graduates! The majority of the seniors I have talked with are more than ready to close this chapter of their lives and begin the next one, as most graduates are. My prayers for them is that each of them discover his own path in life and set about following it, while continuing to stay grounded in the life lessons they've learned so far and most importantly keeping GOD at the top of their list!!! <BR> <BR> Congratu... Sun, 15 May 2016 10:16:35 EST Jack Sparrow Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162766 The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. -- Captain Jack Sparrow <BR> <BR> Quite a bit of truth in this little quote! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Sat, 14 May 2016 11:42:46 EST Goals??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161976 You've got to think about 'big things' while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.- Alvin Toffler <BR> <BR> I strive to have daily goals that will and do lead me to success with my bigger goals, so this quote serves as a great reminder, even though it doesn't once mention the "G" word! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 13 May 2016 07:26:31 EST Proud Momma Moments!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161323 I am blessed to be the mother of not one but two wonderful teachers! My eldest son, Shadrick has been teaching seven years has a secondary communication arts teacher and coach! My daughter, Serena has only been teaching four years and also teaches secondary communication arts!!!! Yesterday I learned that 93% of Shadrick's sophomore students' scored Advanced/Proficient on their EOC's... AWESOME! Next, I learned my daughter, who teaches in Richmond, MO was named the Spartan Secondary Teach... Thu, 12 May 2016 07:47:59 EST Scott Adams quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160624 Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.to keep.-Scott Adams <BR> <BR> Love this reminder!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 11 May 2016 07:32:10 EST Power outage..blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159908 Reminded today of just how much we take our utilities for granted, our power went out a little after 9 last night and didn't come back on until nearly 6 this morning! We are so blessed to live in a country where the majority of us have power and water at our fingertips!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 May 2016 07:45:04 EST Grand Essentials... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159195 "The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." -Allan K. Chalmers <BR> <BR> A great little quote to start our week! <BR> <BR> Blessings!! Mon, 9 May 2016 07:44:33 EST Mothers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158722 “Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” — Unknown <BR> <BR> Have a truly blessed day!! Sun, 8 May 2016 10:41:00 EST Beautiful Saturday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158107 The sun is shining... the birds are singing... God is good! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!! Sat, 7 May 2016 09:25:56 EST