FROSTY99's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FROSTY99 FROSTY99'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/ South Dakota Sights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089635 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb4f6c20-53e7-4474-8ae9-1921d750d599.JPG"> <BR> On this trip, I got to meet up with another Sparker, DH & I were happy we were able to spend 3 days with George & Lynda in the Rapid City area and that they were willing to drive from ND to meet up with us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d9dcc2a-de2c-47db-9862-527a6f25d29c.JPG"> <BR> While in the area, one of the places we visited was Custer State Park <BR> <BR> <i... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:11:29 EST Badlands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088053 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aff0cdf-c664-4e46-b2eb-daa122bbc028.jpg"> <BR> This is a group pic of the "travelers" taken in Badlands National Park <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c53113f3-401f-4232-bad4-7691644a4ee3.JPG"> <BR> DH trying to slide down after we had climbed up to view out into the "abyss" of the badlands <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/955c3c47-8a8f-450b-9d84-a20d1b940026.JPG"> <BR> DH & myself - we sur... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:32:45 EST Oklahoma City Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086172 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1f0a67c-591c-4808-a9ee-33f9f99ba8e0.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Entrance to the memorial in Oklahoma City <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e254f393-45b0-4407-9e8f-0741dd392d63.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is the museum building that houses the history of the OKC bombing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67dc3a52-b0b8-4cd8-93fc-f1b8a56ba512.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is the tree that survived the blast on that fate... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:52:03 EST Valentine Wildlife Refuge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085242 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dac41892-c0bf-447f-94d5-163df31d1226.JPG"> <BR> Interesting mural on a bank building in Nebraska-we had stopped to eat our lunch at a restaurant across the street and was intrigued by this mural. My photo really doesn't do it justice. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b4c1d63-75ce-4852-84eb-fca0189b8dd5.JPG"> <BR> We stopped at a wildlife refuge/conservation area in northern Nebraska and was surprised to see this large her... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:50:29 EST Our Fall Trip-Chattanooga Area http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084084 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/233a3d0a-128c-4b1f-b06d-2702d241051e.JPG"> <BR> We started our 6 week fall trip in Chattanooga, TN. At least that is where we met up with our 3rd couple-our friends, Vickie, Sonny, DH & I left Florida on Sept 15 and arrive in Chattanooga area on the evening of the 16th. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54b3e147-1c04-4325-8e7e-449161ac4258.JPG"> <BR> DH going thru the narrow chasm on top of Lookout Mountain Park-Rock City ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:50:58 EST The Woman & Her Fork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060487 <BR> There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things 'in order,' she contacted Her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. <BR> <BR> She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. <BR> <BR> Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when th... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:17:49 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057222 The New Year will suddenly appear on the horizon <BR> <BR> The Boarding on Flight 2016 Has been announced..... <BR> <BR> Your luggage should only contain the best souvenirs from 2015 <BR> The bad and sad moments should be left in the garbage... <BR> <BR> The duration of the flight will be 12 months. <BR> <BR> The next stop-overs will be : <BR> Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well-being and Peace. <BR> <BR> The Captain offers you the following menu <BR> Which will be served during the fl... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 17:51:30 EST A Prayer for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056171 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. Psalm 100:4 (NIV) <BR> <BR> I've never been good at keeping New Year's resolutions, but it's not for lack of trying. For nearly a decade, I was religious in my approach. The day after Christmas, I'd hole away for an hour and log ten or twelve goals for the coming year, using “I resolve to…” language and everything. I'd go strong through Valentine's Day, and then my once-laudable effort would... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:24:34 EST Christmas Eve Devotion: The Best Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052269 <BR> In this classic devotion from Daily Guideposts, a boy receives the best Christmas gift from his classmate. <BR> <BR> Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!—II Corinthians 9:15 (NIV) <BR> <BR> It was the last school day before Christmas break. Just home from my school, my brother Paul was taking off his jacket. <BR> <BR> “So what did you get?” my mom asked. <BR> <BR> Mom and Paul had spent the previous evening at the local five-and-dime looking for a Secret Santa present. The t... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 21:56:30 EST A Solution for Holiday Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049021 <BR> <BR> Are you worried you'll never be ready in time? <BR> <BR> By Rick Hamlin, New York, New York <BR> <BR> <BR> Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Three days before Christmas I’m feeling frantic, quite sure I’m never going to get done all the things that need doing. That present to my goddaughter that has to be ma... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:54:33 EST Prayer is not a "spare wheel" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019998 <BR> Someone has written these beautiful words. Do read and try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all the time. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. So why is a car's windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and m... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:31:57 EST God laughs every time we plan a vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996302 Last spring (2014) we planned a long trip out west with friends but health issues for my DH and our one friend made us rethink that so we delayed our trip and this spring we decided that this fall would be the time for us to go so all summer we have been planning this nice long trip. For us, it is to be our 25th anniversary celebration (won't be till Nov. but don't want to go when the snow is flying!). <BR> Well, we have been dealing with all kinds of issues for DH. Started working actually... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:38:28 EST Mini Vacation in Daytona Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982810 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f4a83eb-cba0-4ae4-a568-3aa6c2c81d26.JPG"> <BR> The historic clock as seen from the boardwalk <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f456241a-eb9a-4efe-a52b-13896016fed1.JPG"> <BR> This is where we stayed-it was right on the beach and we were on the 2nd floor so had a wonderful view. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e28cbd74-70c5-4088-8013-000e2ac175a0.JPG"> <BR> View of the beach from our room <BR> <img src... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:15:11 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981118 I called and talked to Barb this evening and she has had her surgery and has a plate in her leg and is already back on Cape Cod in rehab! They told her they expect to have her out of there in a couple of weeks. She told me she is planning on being back before we leave but if not, her brother in law would enjoy Abbie. His wife (Barb's sister) passed away this spring and it would give him company. We would have to talk to him to see how he felt about this but if not, Little Abbie, that we c... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:53:58 EST Just when you think you have it all figured out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980351 We have been planning a 6-8 week trip for this fall and thought we had all of our bases covered. WRONG! We found out today that our dear friend who was to dog sit for Abbie fell yesterday while visiting family on Cape Cod and is now in Boston for surgery to repair her shattered leg! We don't think they will be back by the time we plan to leave so now we are scrambling to find someone else THAT WE TRUST to keep our little furbaby! I just have to have faith that God will help us work this o... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:54:19 EST Let's be Winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974927 When ending a day you should never say “I could have”, “I should have”, or “I would have”. At the end of the day you should always say “I did”. <BR> <BR> Today I did my best to meet my goals. All I can do it be able to say that every day and slowly but surely I will reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Did you do your best today? I did. <BR> Do you have a plan for the week? I do. <BR> Have you written down your goals? I have <BR> <BR> Let's make a mad dash to finish the year ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 21:53:20 EST Sound Rules of Conduct for Any Age... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974260 <BR> Some of you may not agree with some of these rules but hope they help open your eyes to some things. As we age, we get set in our ways and sometimes we need a fresh outlook. We have friends who are scared to spend a dime or their kids make them feel guilty if they do-well, I don't agree and it seems others don't either. I don't know who wrote these rules but they really are worth reading. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. It's time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don't just kee... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:59:09 EST Wake Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974231 I have been walking pretty much most days for the last 3 years and thought I was eating healthy (at least most of the time) but my labs say otherwise. Went for my visit to my primary and instead of going down, my triglycerides had increased by almost 20 points and they are now over 200 (211). Dr. is talking about increasing my statin medicine but gave me till I return in December to get those numbers down. If I can up my exercise and improve on my eating I should be able to lower the numbe... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:53:12 EST Scams abound everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972264 This past January, there was a lady set up in the VA office in our hometown and she was signing up the vets for a "free phone". I wasn't there with DH when he signed up but he and many of his friends who are vets did sign up and within a week they received their trac phone. <BR> The lady told all of them that this was a special pilot program that the government was instituting in Fl, TX, NY and CA and they planned to roll it out across the US in the next year or so. They all had to show the... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 22:36:23 EST Working for my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971650 I am logging my food and that is making me more aware of what I am eating. Today while I was waiting for DH during his PT, I was reading Prevention and they were talking about a different diet approach where you do a modified fast every other day-limiting oneself to 500 calories every other day. I don't know that I could do that long term but it might be something to do to jump start the weight loss again. Normal weight loss doing this is approximately 2 lbs a week but it has been shown ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:15:24 EST Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971061 Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. <BR> <BR> Robin S. Sharma <BR> <BR> I don't know about everyone else, but I am a to-do list kind of person. I haven't been logging my food and that was a mistake as I didn't lose any weight in July. I want to start again and get the scale moving in the right direction. I started the year off right-went on the 17 Day Diet a... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:11:18 EST Present to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970485 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00d9ef6b-7670-4236-8759-22ac4d0fb76f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I did something very out of character for me today-I was shopping and this purse caught my eye so I decided it would be great for me to use when we go on vacation in a few weeks and I opted to purchase a wallet-something I haven't used in years. Early birthday present to myself. <BR> <BR> Now I have to get everything transferred!!! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:33:35 EST Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938041 Every year our office manager takes the month of June off and this will be the 2nd year that I have covered the office for her. It isn't that the work is hard or that I wasn't an office manager/accounting supervisor for about 20 years but the fact that I do not do this on a daily basis. <BR> I started the morning off by having to be there before 8 as the water authority does a test on our water quality every 3 years and I had to be there to let them into the manger's home which is attached t... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:43:42 EST My Garden Critters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935957 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f9a7bd3-c2a1-4744-a44d-946e688527a5.JPG"> <BR> Before Gator <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9197133b-9f00-425d-aac5-d240002480e7.JPG"> <BR> After Gator <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66d9f19b-50af-40f5-8a41-e152a17a0aaa.JPG"> <BR> Harvery before <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3ebf044-4ee1-4948-9fe4-d6700a4e137a.JPG"> <BR> Harvey after <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Thu, 28 May 2015 22:52:57 EST New Garden Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933116 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b891972-fc43-4530-93c5-e0cf2f436b0e.JPG"> <BR> This is the new lady I "created" for the gardens-now I am looking for a stand to put her head on! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c21b25e7-1a68-4a3c-bef7-ef01d9b77ed0.JPG"> <BR> This big basset hound and cat were "donated" and another lady refurbished them and <BR> they have now taken up residence in the area we call doggy park. Watching the reaction <BR> of the dogs is quit... Sat, 23 May 2015 17:16:25 EST DeLeon and Blue Springs State Parks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932231 We were off on an other adventure today-visited 2 state parks with our friends, Vickie and Sonny and a friend of theirs who is visiting this week from Pennsylvania. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d87e658-16f9-430e-bac9-98570a1298ab.JPG"> <BR> This is the Old Sugar Mill Restaurant in Deleon Springs. This once housed a grand hotel at the springs and northerners came down to "take the healing waters" The water in front is the pool area and where scuba divers enter the c... Thu, 21 May 2015 21:59:40 EST Myakka River State Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923275 After 3 attempts, we finally made it to this state park. DH ended up in the hospital in Ft. Meyers almost 3 years ago when we tried to go there. Then a year later, it rained and rained when we returned to Ft. Meyers to see what we missed the last time. Then last September, when we went to Siesta Key to celebrate DH's 75th birthday, the rain had flooded the park and it was closed!! So, after all of this, we called first to make sure the park was open for business!!! <BR> We could not have ... Tue, 5 May 2015 20:33:25 EST Interesting fact about female friendships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913491 They Teach It at Stanford: <BR> <BR> In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection -- the relationship between stress and disease. <BR> <BR> The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman. ... . whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. <BR> <... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:20:21 EST A Simple Pineapple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894088 <BR> DID YOU KNOW ?????? <BR> <BR> I thought this info was fascinating. .. perhaps you will too. <BR> <BR> I had no idea the pineapple you pick up at the grocery store had a fascinating story. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Simple Pineapple <BR> <BR> The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. <BR> It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. <BR> <BR> It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:55:33 EST Owed Two A Spell Chequer: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888151 / <BR> Eye halve a spelling chequer <BR> It came with my pea sea <BR> It plainly marques four my revue <BR> Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. <BR> Eye strike a key and type a word <BR> And weight four it two say <BR> Weather eye am wrong oar write <BR> It shows me strait a weigh. <BR> As soon as a mist ache is maid <BR> It nose bee fore two long <BR> And eye can put the error rite <BR> Its rare lea ever wrong. <BR> Eye have run this poem threw it <BR> I am shore your pleased two no <BR> Its lett... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:14:04 EST Old Words & Phrases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881946 By: Richard Lederer (A remarkable Linguist). <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I illuminated old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included don’t touch that dial, carbon copy, you sound like a broken record and hung out to dry. A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige: <BR> <BR> Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:06:34 EST What the Spirit Desires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881346 <BR> By Julia Attaway, February 18, 2015 <BR> I stumbled across a line by William James the other day that has stuck in my mind: <BR> <BR> “My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.” <BR> <BR> If I pay attention to gossip and malice, it will shape my mind. <BR> <BR> If I pay attention to my negative thoughts, they will shape my mind. <BR> <BR> If I pay attention to the temptation to catastrophize, to jump from one bit of unhappiness to t... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:29:23 EST A little history http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870856 <BR> If you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to a store, right? Well, of course you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than most of the store watches, you went to the train station! <BR> <BR> Sound a bit funny? <BR> <BR> Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States , that's where the best watches were found. <BR> <BR> Why were the best watches found at the train station? <BR> <... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 18:56:44 EST Positive Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865367 <BR> In this excerpt from Positive Living Day by Day, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale shares faith-filled steps to revolutionize your life. <BR> <BR> By Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> "As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34–35 <BR> <BR> I believe that faithful following of these five rules will revolutionize the life of any person. <BR> <BR> 1. Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:07:48 EST And God Looked Down upon Seniors. . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847798 <BR> Most seniors never get enough exercise. So in his wisdom God decreed that seniors would become forgetful that they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things misplaced and so do some walking. <BR> <BR> And God Looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <BR> Then God saw there was yet a need. So God in his wisdom made seniors lose coordination that they would drop things which would require them to bend and reach and stretch. <BR> <BR> And God looked down ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:12:32 EST The Best Resolution You Can Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843258 <BR> <BR> And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him. 2 Corinthians 3:18 <BR> <BR> Today we stand at the gate of a fresh new year. Stretching before us are 365 unlived days, bursting with potential. Traditionally, we pause to consider the ways we’d like to change in the coming months. <BR> <BR> Usually, I keep lists of such personal promises—commonly called New Year’s resolutions. Yet today, as I look back over my lists, I make a discouraging discovery... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:30:27 EST Ramblings of my crazy mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841585 I got a call late this evening to advise me of the death of one of my 1st cousins. I didn't realize it till I got to thinking, he was the oldest of my cousins on my mother's side. His younger sister passed away a little over 3 years ago. <BR> My mother had 3 brothers and a sister. One brother passed away in infancy. My aunt was the oldest (18 yrs older than my mother) and she was more like a mom to me than my own mother. It was her son and daughter who have passed away. Her oldest br... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:35:30 EST The Gift of Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838467 <BR> And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:16 <BR> <BR> It was 7:30 P.M. on Christmas Eve, and our college-age son Chris, who’d just flown in from California, was going out to buy gifts for the family. “Why bother?” I told him. “You’re not going to find anything. The stores are all closed.” <BR> <BR> I was still skeptical when he returned proclaiming, “Mom, I got some good stuff. You all are going to love what I got you!” <BR> <BR> Wh... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:18:04 EST A Solution for Holiday Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834954 <BR> Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Three days before Christmas I’m feeling frantic, quite sure I’m never going to get done all the things that need doing. That present to my goddaughter that has to be mailed; those stocking stuffers I promised to buy; the Christmas cards that still need to be sent; the “Merry Christma... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:06:58 EST Trusting Jesus with My Mess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831540 <BR> Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with His own presence, His Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does He do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust Him to do them in you? Galatians 3:5 <BR> <BR> I spend hour upon hour each week picking up toys, cleaning toilets, and scrubbing mystery stains from the carpet. But you can’t tell I have done anything thanks to the three small people who ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:20:10 EST A few pics of the Rocket Launch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31561571.jpg"> <BR> This hawk was sitting on the left side of our street the other morning while we <BR> were waiting for the rocket to launch. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1726912275.jpg"> <BR> And to the right, was another hawk in this Norfolk pine. <BR> We see a lot of hawks, eagles and osprey, especially in the winter. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1261968553.jpg"> <BR> This was our ... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:45:03 EST Christmas Decorations in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828692 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1888285323.jpg"> <BR> Mr & Mrs Snowman - Vickie & I picked this pair up this fall at a yard sale and thought <BR> they would be a perfect accent in front of our clubhouse. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613841304.jpg"> <BR> This huge wreath was found by one lady in the community and another took off all the old <BR> decorations and redid it and we have hung it on the end of the clubhouse <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:29:46 EST More Bowling Ball Yard Art http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828299 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366267684.jpg"> <BR> Bowling ball "art" on the way to the library <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90019680.jpg"> <BR> The ball and the new sign pointing the way to the library <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1226246698.jpg"> <BR> One of the balls to which we added a bird on the top <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074599729.jpg"> <BR> One of the balls on a pedestal i... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:46:40 EST Today, Reflect on Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824049 <BR> Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. Isaiah 64:4 <BR> <BR> One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is reflecting over my last year, but sometimes the truest Thanksgiving comes when I look farther back. <BR> <BR> I love digging out my old prayer journals. This is part of a prayer from 1999: <BR> <BR> Dear Jesus, I thank You for this new morning. I thank You that you desire t... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:20:31 EST Bowling Ball Yard Art http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984989703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I have been telling all of you I needed to get the bowling balls out of the <BR> Florida room so the past week several ladies and I worked on turning ordinary <BR> bowling balls into works of art that will be displayed in our gardens. This is <BR> the one I "created". Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:27:20 EST Daily Devotion: The Most Beautiful Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807699 <BR> I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given me, for they are Yours.... My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message... Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because you loved Me before the creation of the world. John 17:9, 20, 24 (NIV) <BR> <BR> “I’ve been praying for you.” <BR> <BR> The loving words arrived in a brief e-m... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:43:13 EST Pray for Bold Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799422 <BR> Use these five steps to help you reach your dreams. <BR> By Richard H. Schneider <BR> <BR> Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9 <BR> <BR> Since man first cowered before the dark unknown, God has understood our timidity. That’s why He Himself goes with us. He wants us to be bold for Him, to live our lives to full fruition, to fulfill His plan in the world. Keeping that in mind, try... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:35:48 EST Mini trip south http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791888 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1351066916.jpg"> <BR> In front of the car was our condo on the bottom floor that we called "home" for 3 days <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1325405990.jpg"> <BR> Our hubbies enjoying the "scenery" on Lido Beach <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191993691.jpg"> <BR> Just one of the many birds we saw while enjoying the beach <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915939641.jpg"... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 18:53:46 EST Some of my flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788066 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1409905314.jpg"> <BR> This is one of the bromeliads we planted last summer. We are finally getting blooms. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l567231433.jpg"> <BR> More blooms-double this time! <BR> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:49:54 EST A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785567 <BR> A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground co... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:16:06 EST