FROSTY99's SparkPeople Blog FROSTY99's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community All I Need to Know, I Learned from the Easter Bunny <BR> Don't put all your eggs in one basket. <BR> <BR> Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. <BR> <BR> There's no such thing as too much candy. <BR> <BR> All work and no play can make you a basket case. <BR> <BR> A cute tail attracts a lot of attention. <BR> <BR> Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day. <BR> <BR> Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. <BR> <BR> Some body parts should be floppy. <BR> <BR> Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans. <BR> <BR> Good th... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:51:20 EST On Growing Older...... <BR> First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. <BR> <BR> Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. <BR> <BR> Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved. <BR> <BR> Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra. <BR> <BR> Fifth ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:45:41 EST Wonderfully described definitions... <BR> CIGARETTE: <BR> A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other! <BR> <BR> MARRIAGE: <BR> It's an agreement wherein a man loses his bachelors degree and a woman gains her masters <BR> <BR> LECTURE: <BR> An art of transmitting information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of students without passing through the minds of either <BR> <BR> CONFERENCE: <BR> The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:33:58 EST The Wedding <img src=""> <BR> We arrived about 10 am Fri morning and that meant we were in time to help the kids decorate the hall where the reception would be held. It is normally a bingo hall so had to take down some of the tables and remove lots of chairs! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tables being decorated <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Cake table <BR... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:58:37 EST WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING <BR> A message every adult should read because children <BR> Are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say. <BR> <BR> When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my <BR> First painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately <BR> Wanted to paint another one. <BR> <BR> When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed the <BR> Birds in winter, and I learned that it was good to be kind <BR> To animals. <BR> <BR> When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my <... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:40:27 EST Lexophile Competition <BR> "Lexophile" is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." <BR> <BR> 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> <BR> .. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate. <BR> <BR> .. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:48:08 EST Cyber Crime Warning-Please take seriously We had a bit of excitement today. DH got a call this morning from a lady who said she was from social security. He figured it was some scam but gave the phone to me. She went thru her spiel again and I said I wouldn't give her any info over the phone. Well, she said let's set up an appointment and I asked how soon. She said can you be in the local office by 10. I agreed and expected when we arrived there would not be anyone there by the name she gave us and this was just a way to get ri... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:01:29 EST Thanks for the Prayers for DH As most of you know DH was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in Oct 2011 and underwent radiation treatments that ended in Feb 2012. Since then he has had various issues with the urinary tract-several infections, etc. <BR> In Oct 2013, he went to another urologist for a 2nd opinion since the one who had treated him for the cancer told him that he was just going to have to learn to live with some pain and discomfort. That just did not sit well so.....needless to say he is no longer his doctor!!... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:28:25 EST Psalm for a Winter's Day Here’s a verse to meditate on that reminds us: God’s in charge. Let our perfect plans go. <BR> <BR> I love running in the cold. I love the feel of a bracing wind on my face and a leafless landscape where vistas lie far and wide. <BR> <BR> I love looking at the wildlife in the park, the birds that haven’t migrated, the skunk that survives on what mankind puts in trash bins. (One winter day I saw a skunk feasting on half a pizza.) The only thing I don’t like are patches of ice on the trail. I... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:52:54 EST TIME Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. <BR> <BR> "Jack, did you hear me?" <BR> <BR> "Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said. <BR> <BR> "Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd remin... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:11:07 EST Pray About Your Goals for 2014 <BR> It can be hard to stay focused on your dreams; that’s where prayer comes in. <BR> <BR> I am a goal-oriented person. At the beginning of each year I think about what I want to accomplish. Once I have established an objective, I try to visualize what it would look like. This is the best way to keep myself motivated and striving to reach a desired end. If I cannot see it, I might allow the difficulties of day-to-day tasks to overshadow my dreams. <BR> <BR> Vision is so very important bec... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:20:26 EST A Prayer Resolution for the New Year <BR> In this excerpt from 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without, Rick Hamlin shares tips on how you can keep your daily prayer time. <BR> <BR> By Rick Hamlin, New York, New York <BR> <BR> If I could only pass on one piece of advice about prayer, this would be it: Pick a time and place for prayer and try to do it every day. Don’t be too ambitious about how much time you devote to it. Better to take on a challenge that’s manageable than one that’s going to overwhelm you and frustrate you until y... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:36:14 EST Not so good news-prayers please Today my DH saw the surgeon (urologist) and he had a 2nd scope done of his bladder to check on the 2 prostrate stones that the other urologist had seen. Today the urologist said there is only 1 stone but there is a growth on the bladder and he is 99% sure it is cancerous. DH is scheduled for outpatient surgery on January 14 to remove the growth and it will be sent off to be evaluated. At this point, we do not know if any other treatment will be needed. The dr. told him (and DH could see ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:13:31 EST The Gift That Lasts Year Round <BR> Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 <BR> <BR> It was two days after Christmas, and I was frustrated about how busy I’d allowed myself to become during the hectic holiday season. I’m glad Christmas is over, I thought as I wandered down a side street in the town we were visiting. <BR> <BR> Something about the propped-open front door of a small church prompted me to step inside. In the dim interior, a waist-high manger scene was arranged under... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:35:24 EST The Carpenter <BR> Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. <BR> <BR> Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence. <BR> <BR> One morning there was a knock on John's door.... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:41:19 EST The Perfect Prayer <BR> You must love the Most High God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. Luke 10:27 (TIB) <BR> <BR> Many years ago, my prayers to God tended to resemble letters to Santa Claus–long lists of things I wanted God to do for me. <BR> <BR> Nowadays, however, I seldom close my eyes to pray that a simple little anecdote doesn’t flash across my mind. It was one that actor Robert Young told. <BR> <BR> He was listening to the bedtime prayers of one... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:57:47 EST Christmas Song <BR> Listen to the newest Christmas Song <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but to me this is not celebrating but Christmas-the birth of Christ. <BR> I am tired of all those who can't stand Christmas-forget all the politically correct stuff-remember the reason for the season. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is written by Don Murdock from Colbourne, Ontario., and it is not a Holiday song, it's a CHRISTMAS song. He was tired of Politically Correct Holiday Songs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <lin... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:18:56 EST One Flaw In Women <BR> Women have strengths that amaze men... <BR> <BR> They bare hardships and they carry burdens, <BR> <BR> but they hold happiness, love and joy. <BR> <BR> They smile when they want to scream. <BR> <BR> They sing when they want to cry. <BR> <BR> They cry when they are happy <BR> <BR> and laugh when they are nervous. <BR> <BR> They fight for what they believe in.. <BR> <BR> They stand up to injustice. <BR> <BR> They don't take "no" for an answer <BR> <BR> when ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:24:31 EST Prayer and Procrastination <BR> For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25(NIV) <BR> <BR> I know I’m in trouble when I start changing the font on my computer. Usually I resort to this tactic when I am procrastinating on a project or having trouble getting started. I’ll decide that the real problem is I’m bored with the typeface I’ve been using, and it’s well nigh tim... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 21:20:44 EST Do you need a tree? <BR> I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had <BR> just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an <BR> hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-tontruck <BR> refused to start . <BR> <BR> While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited <BR> me in to meet his family . As we walked toward the front door, he paused <BR> briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both <BR... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:26:10 EST The Glorious Grace That God Knows Our Needs <BR> Our Father is intimately acquainted with what is weighing most heavily on our minds at this very moment. <BR> <BR> By Karen Barber, Alpharetta, Georgia <BR> <BR> “Your Father knows what you need before you ask.” Matthew 6:8 <BR> <BR> God knows that we need all of the basics—food, shelter, clothing, family, love, healthy bodies and meaningful work. God is able to differentiate between what we truly need and the unnecessary, things that we want because we think they’ll make us happy. <... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:52:11 EST What Prayer Can Do: Up on the Roof <BR> She was afraid of heights and didn't know how she'd be able to help her husband reshingle the roof. But God gave her a new point of view. <BR> <BR> By Dianne Neal Matthews, West Jordan, Utah <BR> <BR> <BR> Roofing was not my thing. Not with my fear of heights. But my husband, Richard, needed help reshingling and, thanks to delays in getting the materials, our son had gone back to college by the time we started. <BR> <BR> That bright, sunny morning I stood at the kitchen sink praying... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:52:49 EST Praying "Thy Will Be Done" <BR> So when do we pray for God's will? When to relinquish? <BR> <BR> By Rick Hamlin, New York, New York <BR> <BR> Each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer is worthy of a book, but the one that catches me, the hardest to live by and accept is “Thy will be done.” For me, it only comes after a battle of wills, that point of surrender. You can’t really be helped by anyone unless you acknowledge your need. I can get so defensive when I hear criticism that I’m unable to listen to the good in the criti... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:10:15 EST Ride along on our bus trip <img src=""> <BR> This is just one of the many overlooks we stopped at to marvel at the beautiful colors on the trees while we traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway <BR> <img src="">Another view on the parkway <BR> <img src=""> <BR> One of the lovely views we saw <BR> <BR> The escort told us that on this same trip last week, the le... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:00:55 EST Abbie's New Do <img src=""> <BR> This is Abbie after we got back from the groomer on Monday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She got tired of me trying to catch her for her picture so she laid down! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Just another view <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She was looking for a gecko <BR> <... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:38:47 EST Fort Meyers Trip <img src=""> <BR> This is the bridge we crossed to get to our hotel in Fort Meyers Beach. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A view of the beach from our balcony-most of the time we were there it was overcast or raining-one day they got 2 inches and the next 4! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> View of the beach <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:24:08 EST A Prayer to Help You Through Life's Storms <BR> In the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge.... Psalm 57:1 <BR> <BR> I was on a crowded plane about to take off in a raging thunderstorm. As we cruised down the runway, a bolt of lightning lit up the darkness, shining on the plane’s silver wing and on a memory from another trip. <BR> <BR> Whitney and I were on a second honeymoon to Bermuda. On Sunday, we went to a small church near our motel. During the service,the minister introduced his mother who’d recently moved from the Un... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:17:06 EST Start Your Day with Prayer <BR> Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 <BR> <BR> This morning when I woke up, my fingers itched to click open my e-mail. Had that work problem been resolved? Had a friend posted an update on her job search that we were praying about? Was there a new breakthrough in some medical research I was following? <BR> <BR> My Bible called to me from the coffee table. <BR> <BR> Just one quick ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:23:49 EST Need Help-Kindle users I am thinking about purchasing a Kindle and need a little input. <BR> I know it will be great for reading books but does it get really expensive or are you able to get any from your public library and if so, how do you like that? <BR> Do you use yours to get on the internet to get e-mail or go on facebook or spark people??? <BR> I would like something smaller to take with me when we travel and I am thinking a Kindle might answer that need. That would mean I would not need to drag along my la... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:31:27 EST The Healing Benefits of Faith <BR> “I will heal them." Jeremiah 33:6 <BR> <BR> I live on a remote cattle ranch in Oregon. I don’t own a television, so when I climb in the pickup after irrigating or chasing cattle or feeding them hay, the radio is always on, to keep me company if nothing else. Today I caught Dr. Dean Edell’s “Medical Minutes.” <BR> <BR> Instead of hopping out right away to close the gate I’d just driven through,I sat still with the door half opened, riveted to the broadcast. His topic was the healing ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:28:17 EST Nothing ever goes as planned anymore!! We have been planning to head up north to visit the kids, grandkids and great grandkids for the past month and we were going to leave this Tues-we have about 12 days with no doctor appointments-or so we thought!! <BR> I have been trying to get it all together the past few days BUT now everything is on hold. <em>39</em> <BR> I decided this morning that I needed to get a little extra rest if I was going to be driving for 8 or 9 hours for 2 days to get to my sons so I didn't get up till 7:3... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:42:40 EST My Birthday Mystery Trip Surprise-Really a Surprise My DH told me about 2 weeks ago he was planning a surprise trip for my birthday-the surprise part was he was not telling me where we were going, he wanted to make sure I didn't schedule anything for those dates or he would not even have mentioned it. We also decided we had about 10 days where there was nothing scheduled so we would go back to visit the kids right after Labor Day. Next up was calling them to be sure that would work with their schedule which we finally did late last week. <BR... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:52:27 EST Everyday Touches of the Divine I came across this article and just had to share it. How often do we pray for something and then not pay attention to the answer to our prayers. Take a moment as you pray, be aware of everything around you. Even in our journey to lose weight, we pray that God will help us and then we sabatoge ourselves. Take the time to be aware as you go forward. <BR> <BR> <BR> Glimpses of heaven happen to us all the time, if only we have eyes to see. <BR> <BR> <BR> People often write to me about exp... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:57:11 EST Who is your Inspiration? Do you have someone in your life who inspires you? Over the years I always wanted to be like my aunt. My mother's older sister was like a second mother to me. Since my mother passed away when I was just 19, my sons never got a chance to know her. My aunt was like a grandmother to them and a second mother to me. Losing her at 96 was harder for me than losing my own mother but she was a wonderful role model for me. <BR> Even as she aged, she never quit doing. In her 70's she started wal... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 18:58:12 EST Excitement down south We had a bit of excitement down south - not sure if any of you saw it on the news-a Blue Rhino Plant (makes the propane for BBQ tanks) in Tavares blew up about 10:30 PM Monday. It sounded like a bomb went off and then more explosions kept going for a long, long time. On the news they said 53,000 tanks blew up! We could see the glow from where we live-it lit up the sky for hours. We stayed up till about 1 watching the report on the news. Thankful no one was killed outright but 4 of the workers... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:52:04 EST New shower Before and after pics of our shower project <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is a before pic of the back wall and the shower head wall <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Best shot I could get trying to show the whole shower before <BR> <img src=""> <BR> John working on the tearout of the tile and floorpan <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:28:11 EST Discover your Spiritual Gifts <BR> If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Romans 12:8 (NLT) <BR> <BR> Each and every one of us has a spiritual gift we were born with. We have an inherent ability to help others in a unique and profound way. Jesus tells us to let our light shine before men in such a way that they may see our good wo... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:23:54 EST Where does time go???? Is there a big conspiracy going on??? I get up and think of all the things I need to get done and plan my day and before I know it, it is evening and so often I don't get everything done and I just shake my head! <BR> I think it is something like why one day we suddenly wake up and our clothes don't fit anymore! There are little time robbers out there and we can't see them but they take up little globs of time without us even realizing it. <BR> I had a productive morning from 6:30 till 10:3... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:50:19 EST Big Day-Prayers Please Tomorrow my DH will go for cataract surgery. Normally that is a simple operation and people can see better immediately. Not so for him. He had one removed 10 years ago and developed cystoid macular edema and has never regained the sight in that eye even though numerous retina specialist have tried everything they know to reverse the swelling and nothing helped. Hence, he is extremely nervous and of course I am also. There is a 50-50 chance this will render him totally without sight but ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:29:52 EST Not exactly how I planned my day Our a/c went out during the night and I woke up at 3 am because I was so hot. Sometime between then and when we went to bed the a/c had quit. No cold air was coming out of the vents so I turned off the a/c as there was no sense letting it run and waste electricity. DH called a repairman at 7:15 and he arrived about 1:30 and before 2 we were up and running-it had a blown capacitor so luckily it was not an expensive fix and we didn't have to replace it. <BR> After it was fixed, we headed to the... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:05:26 EST How to pray in difficult times <BR> You can pray your way through any difficulty. <BR> <BR> By Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> <BR> My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26 <BR> <BR> Trouble is part of the universe; it is basic. However, one of the great things about this world is that it does not make any difference how disheartening circumstances are, they will ultimately change. Maybe there is no permanency to happiness; but there is no permanency to t... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:40:59 EST Definitions <BR> <BR> ADULT: <BR> A person who has stopped growing at both ends <BR> and is now growing in the middle. <BR> <BR> BEAUTY PARLOR: <BR> A place where women curl up and dye. <BR> <BR> CHICKENS: <BR> The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. <BR> <BR> COMMITTEE: <BR> A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. <BR> <BR> DUST: <BR> Mud with the juice squeezed out. <BR> <BR> EGOTIST: <BR> Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. <BR> <BR> HANDKER... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 21:51:00 EST Freedom Isn't Free For all of our other military personnel, wherever they may be. <BR> Please Support all of the troops defending our Country. <BR> And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom. Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July. We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful. <BR> <BR> <BR> I watched the flag pass by one day. <BR> It fluttered in the breeze. <BR> A young Marine s... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:39:27 EST Driveway & Curbing Projects <img src=""> <BR> Front walkway-before <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Front walkway-after <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Driveway before <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Starting the process of mixing up the Chattahoochee river rock that was applied to <BR> the driveway and walkway <BR> <img src="htt... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:10:31 EST New Alphabet : <BR> A is for apple, and B is for boat, That used to be right, but now it won't float! Age before beauty is what we once said, But let's be a bit more realistic instead. <BR> <BR> Now The Alphabet: <BR> <BR> A is for arthritis; B is for the bad back; C is for the chest pains, perhaps car-di-ac? <BR> <BR> D is for dental decay and decline; E is for eyesight, can't read that top line! <BR> F is for farting and fluid retention; G is for gut droop, which I'd rather not mention. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:38:47 EST Snake Story We normally have a man who mows our yard but he is on vacation this week so I decided I could do it since we still have our little neutron mower. I did just fine, but while I was mowing yesterday evening, I was pretty sure I saw a snake slither off over our hill. I never saw any more of it so didn't give it any more thought. Tonight I found out that I should have been more concerned!! <BR> Not long after I finished mowing, a friend walked by on the street with his shih-Tzu, Izzie. As they... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:11:10 EST The Week in Review Sometimes you wish you could just skip out on a week - but you can't, you just have to go on day by day. It seems every time we pick up the phone it has been bad news this week so here is to a better week next week. <BR> Our week ended last week with the loss of a dear friend. We knew when he headed north about 6 weeks ago that it would be the last time we would see him as he has been battling stomach cancer and the doctors had told him there was nothing else they could do so he went to be ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:44:16 EST OKC Tornado <img src=""> <BR> This is our friends brother's house or what is left of it. He lived outside OKC <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was their motorcycles. <BR> <BR> Our friend's and his brother both lost their homes about 2 years ago when the tornado went thru Ok. I don't know how that people can keep facing this over and over but they do. <BR> God Bless all of those who have suf... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:52:20 EST Noah's Ark Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark . <BR> <BR> ONE: Don't miss the boat. <BR> TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat! <BR> THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark. <BR> FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. <BR> FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. <BR> SIX: Build your future on high ground. <BR> SEVEN: For safety's sake, ... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:46:41 EST AND THEN IT IS WINTER <BR> <BR> <BR> I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. <BR> PLEASE READ SLOWLY! <BR> <BR> AND THEN IT IS WINTER <BR> You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mat... Mon, 27 May 2013 14:47:56 EST