JAMER123's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAMER123 JAMER123'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/ What Would You Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300346 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/773fd8ed-aa61-44e3-a967-20e6be2469cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What would you do if you knew what was going to happen a day or a year before it actually happened? I would hope that I could continue my daily plans as I now do. What if the world was to fall apart tomorrow? We are never promised the night but it would be good to continue on and get my sleep. Tomorrow is a gift that we yet to open. The time will come when we can open it and that makes it th... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:41:16 EST Possible and impossible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299639 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e18dcd25-e349-42e4-bf93-c05b46c6ed70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all have necessary things we do and must accomplish. I wonder what it would do if we looked at the projects as all possible. I can think of many things that I find not possible but yes, necessary. i can't find anyone to do it for me. Maybe I can find someone to explain it and help me get it done. Or I can use references like YouTube to learn from. Like needing to change out a doorknob tha... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:52:10 EST Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298975 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd5ace11-2d3c-4728-bd36-d2e440a04415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stop and think about what you have been doing over the past years. Are you a giver or are you a taker? There was a story on AFV this evening about a 4th grader that was on video crying during the graduation from 4th grade and moving into middle school. The video was sent to AFV and they played it. AFV asked them to come to the theater and sit through program. The video took 1st place and ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:35:05 EST Works versus words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297721 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd40e4ca-0dc9-466a-a6fd-01b86982a160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I do think that JFK captured the essence of this statement that is really true. What are your thoughts? Thanks for a comment or 2 when stopping in. Friday the 13th! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:31:58 EST Shakespear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297081 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e70e3f8c-8816-4cab-a3ab-9f16425a2701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you doing what you really want to do or is there something else you dream of being. Don't regret what has been chosen for you or what you yourself has chose. I think we all have dreams of becoming something we really aren't like I would have become a concert pianist if I had my choice but I didn't. So I did my best in graduating from nursing and when out into the world doing the very bes... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:07:02 EST Rainbow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296395 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c222b60-fd3c-4038-a087-2d9ba18d7be3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did you give out smiles today or a hug or a kind word? How many ways can you think of to brighten another person's day? So many times we only see the negative and want to walk away from it instead of going towards the problem and work at helping improve the situation. Do you stop trying when time after time they turned their backs on you? <BR> <BR> We have a DIL that has many issues and we ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:43:42 EST Good morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f012719-5fe7-4d3c-87fd-615952845992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sending you millions of smiles! Take one each morning, because I want to see you smiling always. GOOD MORNING! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your smiles today. I know I will enjoy seeing them and sharing them with you all! <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> "Let a smile be your umbrella" <em>335</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:05:37 EST Norman Vincent Peale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01483fb3-a5fb-40ca-8c9a-a696064c17ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another "simple" statement with a very profound message. I definitely goes with changing impossible to I'm possible. Or a can't to a can. Try to think of all the negatives you tell yourself on a daily basis. Turn them into positives. Have you started your journals yet? If not, begin today and change. If you have, write down your negative thought and change it. <BR> I hope you all have been... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:21:53 EST Laura Ingalls Wilder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4449313-041d-47b9-b681-d52660ed92de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sweet and simple. Can life be that way for each of us? At times we tend to make our own lives more difficult with poor choices or poor words shared with others. I hope you each have a sweet and simple week ahead. <BR> Glad you took a couple minutes to stop by and share a thought or two. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:35:04 EST Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293494 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d79c5ac4-c8d9-433b-ba8f-96f7422ed112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought this appropriate for this time of year due to this very cold snap we are experiencing. We are in the deep south of Texas and last night it was 31, a freeze. People here don't have these low temps and many don't have heat in their homes. There are several shelters in the area to help those out that are homeless and having no heat. The low temps are very common for us as we live in o... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:31:34 EST Daily thought and actions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292970 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/616003e3-2499-4f9e-8aa0-af3836149ae5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think my answer to this would be surrounding myself with my marvelous friends here on Sparks. The motivation and the encouragement can be found around every corner and it certainly makes me feel good about myself and loved by my friends. They tend to tell it like it is which is what help us move on to our goals we have set. Thank you dear friends, for being the ones that care about others... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 01:23:59 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a6981f9-f813-4365-9a2b-ab4d9937748a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this you? I think I can say I, at times, do resist change. Once we get comfortable with one way of eating, of doing, of whatever, we don't feel we can leave our comfort zone to effect change. There is some "fear" that it won't be as good or nice as what it is for you now. The world is changing, technology is changing, our bodies and minds are changing so what are we waiting for? Change th... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 23:53:35 EST Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291599 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b54b563-7059-4025-aee3-91bddfa77c70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You know we all look towards happiness and a happy life. We do have control of our happiness. There are many things that try to get in the way of our smiles and joy. Some can't be helped while others we can. Make happiness your journey. <BR> <BR> Thank you for stopping by and enjoying my happiness with me. Blessings to you all!! Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:13:45 EST Hi Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290856 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/096f522f-d618-412d-8e69-0dc56e13d03d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Simple, straight to the point and easy challenge or maybe make it your goal for the week!! Thanks for your comments and stopping by. I really appreciate the support you all give. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 01:15:50 EST Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290038 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35a0fcec-bde2-42aa-ad8d-bc4fa15eb927.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you a leader? We all are in our own way. The questions we should ask is what are the goals of our leading, where are we going, who is going with and following. Leaders do have very specific qualities. Confidence, knowledge, commitment, concern and knowing how to be effective. Are you willing to stand up and face another you know is making a mistake? <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by. I e... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 01:22:28 EST No Regrets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289063 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/565e7fd5-cd62-465a-8768-b05fdeff5ff0.jpg"> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:17:03 EST Happy New Year on the Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288206 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bc3b6fc-2387-4556-95fb-c35470b9ce67.png"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we begin a new chapter in our life. We have another 365 days to use and journal with. Make it the best year you have had. God bless all! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:59:41 EST Day # 31 New Year's Eve morning and Maxine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287759 It is now the final day of 2016. I hope you had a good year and will be looking at the best or better year in 2017. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e6aafd9-bf3f-4474-82de-ee625c40ff55.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Celebrate tonight and do it safely. We are allowed certain fireworks here in TX and they seem to enjoy shooting off guns in the air as well when the New Year bell is rung. Safety is a prime necessity for your health and welfare. Enjoy!! Don't drink and drive. <BR> W... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:35:31 EST Getting to the end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287247 Another smile day. Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f76b8ea-fcf7-4107-8b7b-d59436857dcc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My challenge is to get some people to share my blogs with. But I do write them for myself as well. I just can't think about how it could be important to others if it's important to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aaa8e7b4-d662-452b-8e4e-cd007302e4bd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will come and be only a day away from ending ou... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:06:09 EST Day #28 Good night challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286718 You know, there is one topic we haven't touched on throughout the month and that is sleep. Sleep is the one thing we all need to have to take care of our physical bodies. When you don't get enough over time, you health can and will suffer. It's up to you if you are getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6326f816-aef1-4833-a2fd-7199c691658d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dreams are the best part of life and sweet dreams are even better. When you get the right amou... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:00:06 EST Day #27 A day of smiles challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286268 IT is a late posting but I will challenge you to a smile every hour of the day tomorrow. How many do you think you will do? How many people will return the smile? I was in the grocery store this afternoon and gave 3 people smiles and had 100% of the returned! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f6e6aad-5248-45ff-93bf-2cd5567166ba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know but I may have made their day better today with only a smile in passing. We are in the last week of this year... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 01:34:11 EST Day #26 Happy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285769 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d65e464e-9a07-47b8-a9b0-10c0324b9e1c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Easy rules to live by. Really? Let's try for the new year. <BR> May you enjoy the last few days of 2016 and make 2017 the best ever!! Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:07:58 EST Day #25 Restful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285345 I think we have all earned a day of rest. Today was the one. Celebrating the Christmas and Hanukkah days and eating takes energy. So enjoy the day off. It's Sunday night and the lights are bright here. <BR> So here is to a short and restful blog! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1886cb20-251f-4f1b-9c78-30f5eed290ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow~~~~ <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bdcb782-4bdd-4f23-87b0-2e5ae0ea1178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now we are off a... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:18:33 EST Merry Christmas to all Celebrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285033 No challenge this evening. (Just home from directing our choir here in the park) and thought I would just say Merry Christmas to all!! And a very Happy Hanukkah To all those celebrating the next 8 days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/272f9be6-7a21-43a0-9200-0c28c33f5a77.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3acb46e9-3c63-4a40-9fcf-8c4a980eda2c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bacb2908-0597-44dc-b290-5ad... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 23:29:58 EST Day #23 a poetry reading challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284679 I wrote a couple of poems to this cadence and and when I saw this, thought I would share as I winter in Texas and the boots are part of the country. And I began to wonder just how many poems are written with this way. Probably hundreds that we never see or hear. I wrote mine and posted on Day #14. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b262daea-2a98-4fa7-895f-f0a78fb9d791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN TEXAS <BR> <BR> Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas y... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:40:50 EST Day #22 Closing in on Christmas Self Caring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284378 This is a day to work on what you need to do for Christmas <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa90f372-5d27-4180-9a95-297dd3188806.jpg"> <BR> Are here items on this poster that you have to work on? <BR> Looking at the bottom then up, Speak of your love again and again. One can never tell someone they are loved enough. Think about loving yourself. Until we can love ourselves and forgive ourselves, we are not able to love or forgive others. The beginning of this poster is w... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:59:49 EST Day #21 Christmas Memories challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab08ef4f-d1c6-42e9-878a-17bf0a171cde.jpg"> <BR> You all know the saying about the past, the future and the present. Memories are from the past and not always good. We need to take time to filter out the negative and feel good about the positive. Christmas always brings that about. <BR> <BR> What is the earliest Christmas as a child, can you remember? Mine was about the age of 7 and it was because I got an 18" tall walking doll that had a satin... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:03:32 EST Day #20 The Christmas Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283551 (lost the top half of my blog!!)Working on redoing but computer is doing what it wants right now. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/684f7f5b-c519-4dba-841d-f7800b70392c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A good Christmas challenge is to go to the roof top and watch the reindeer taking pictures of a rather large Santa trying to go down the chimney. Do you hear the hoofs on the roof and the hoots and laughter of the reindeer? Our challenge is to not have too much Christmas cheer. <BR> <B... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:48:00 EST Day #19 Miscellaneous Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283129 I believe it's a day to rest before taking on the rest of this beautiful week. I challenge you to take the day tomorrow to be yourself, and enjoy it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf76c9b8-76dc-433c-927f-69edc470b382.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday I wrote of the things we hadn't gotten to in our "retired" life that isn't one to sit back and do nothing. I spent a little longer last night and got things organized for my DH to go and do many errands. He was fast and efficient. Gift... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:16:54 EST Day # 18 Sanity Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282718 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2a9d1d2-a14b-486d-836d-fb4de0963dff.jpg"> <BR> Here we go into the final stretch of this Christmas season. Let me ask you a couple questions. <BR> Have you gotten you shopping done? <BR> Me, actually no. I haven't started! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92d05ba1-42b3-4ca8-a28f-a2e65da1554d.jpg"> <BR> Have you addressed and mailed out the Christmas Cards you plan to send? <BR> Me, no I haven't started <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:10:03 EST Day #17 Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282273 A day to remember for me. The positives: <BR> 1. Took all afternoon to write and print the Christmas Eve Program, but it's done. <BR> 2. Made dinner and realized I have 2 dinners tomorrow that I need to bring food to. <BR> 3. Made brownies <BR> 4. Got a salad together <BR> 5. Got groceries and purchased some cookies for one dinner <BR> 6. Kitchen cleaned and dark <BR> 7. Able to begin Sparking before 10 PM. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a day of something I can't put a name to. We go to church and h... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:25:07 EST Day #16 A Fun Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281923 Tonight, I have been running very late and have had a difficult time trying to think of another topic to chat about. I looked back at the ones I had an easy time with and enjoyed writing and after much thought, we haven't talked about having fun. Tonight is Christmas fun. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/937223ce-109c-4932-8666-11b7afb4d3ca.png"> <BR> What a wonderful thought, except, for those that aren't at home or family isn't able to be together for many reasons. Shar... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:37:24 EST Day #15 A challenge of kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281516 I have had a few things come to mind but haven't gotten much for a challenge. Showing kindness is much easier this time of the year but why? Can we not practice kindness every day of the year? <BR> <BR> A SparkFriend has been doing a daily blog challenge and she used kindness as her blog. <BR> for today. <BR> SHARON100002 said On "trash day" in your neighborhood, save your neighbor the trouble of jogging down the street to retrieve their empty garbage cans, and simply pick it up and brin... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:29:06 EST Day #14 Challenge to Try something new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a92c9e4-8107-4fc3-bbff-18f56da1d31c.jpg"> <BR> Yes, we are going to embrace the day and the next couple weeks. I have talked about the changes we make, the significant time and dates, of rest etc. Tonight lets try something new. I have made a promise to share my attempts at poetry which you will see tonight. This is something that I could do much better at but rhyming sees to be lacking in my head. So here goes in the Christmas spirit. <BR>... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:05:30 EST Day #13 Challenge of Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280663 Yesterday was an amazing combo of 12's. It was my 12th blog this month, on the 12th of December which is the 12th month, 12 days until Christmas, and also my hubby's birthday. So 12 must be a special one! Today we go onto the 13th. It's not Friday so we are okay there but it's the 13th. <BR> <BR> We went to a concert tonight of the McAllen City Orchestra which was their Christmas concert. All the players are adults, some retired and others still working. Some are Doctors, Dentists, teacher... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:02:19 EST Day #12. The 12 day challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280193 I am thinking that there are 12 days to Christmas and in that time we may all need to step back, take a look at what we have left to do. <BR> <BR> I am beginning to think as my hubby. He has always gone shopping on Christmas Eve for his gifts to give. Then he has to wrap them after getting home unless there was a wrapping station available. So far, I have nothing done. You ask, WHY? Well, I have a good reason, at least in my head it's a good reason. Do we all rationalize these days? <BR> <... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 01:35:45 EST Day #11 Rest challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279712 Today, take time to rest. We have been on the go for days on end with work, volunteering, trying out retired life. We have something to do all the time it seems. Not the Christmas season is close at hand and we have baking, shopping, cleaning, getting ready for guests, and a thousand other things needing attention. How does a person spread themselves so thin? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23a02b4b-4ada-4c6c-b69e-57a88dfc4a72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just loved Victor and his p... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 01:32:10 EST Day #10 Smile Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279264 I have done a smile blog in the past but it certainly can be redone with a new blog. We look at things that make us smile and that make others smile. This again can be doing good deeds to and with others. It can happen when greeting someone. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b404ecae-b998-4812-b50e-7a20dd66a305.jpg"> <BR> There are many kinds of smiles. What helps us make a smile? A smile is the crinkle of the eyes, the upturn of the corners of the mouth, with or withou... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:07:58 EST Day #9 of resting challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278815 I am thinking about what we do to ourselves when the Christmas season comes around. It nearing the end of a year and work crunches happen on a daily basis. I the areas that snow falls, there is a certain quiet that falls upon us in the qentle, soft and white flakes as they fall from the sky. Doesn't this make you feel like standing or sitting there looking out the window to see it's beauty? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7ec5b97-c0ba-4ab0-ab9f-bb3b76911f2a.jpeg"> <BR> ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:49:43 EST Day # 8 Remembering Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278343 I really wanted to do a nice blog this evening for you all but spent the evening in the ER. So this will be short and I hope you will add you thoughts to these memories. <BR> <BR> I have often thought that going back to your younger days would be a joy. We would dig deep into our memories within our brains and recall the wonderful things of that time. <BR> <BR> We are now on Christmas 2 week break from school. Your grade level is elementary. I wouldn't be the child wonder if we went to high... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:09:08 EST Day #7 Remembering Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277821 I am finding this hard to write this evening as this morning I got a call that a very special and dear friend had passed away. I have been getting calls and texts for the past week about her and it sounded as though she was improving each day. But it was not to be. <BR> <BR> This happens to be a day for Remembrance. The day Pearl Harbor was bombed and over 2,000 of our military personnel were lost. These were very brave men that were there to protect our country and keep our freedom for us.... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:11:41 EST Day #6 challenge of "Spreading" the love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277369 You need a jar of jelly or preserves set out and to look at. SHARON 100002 said to go and buy a jar or 2 to share with others. Beautiful suggestion. I will refer to her blogs as we go through the month. So why would we go and do this? Mother Teresa had the perfect answer and it's what I have been sharing through this month. <BR> <BR> It is Christmas every time you let God love <BR> others through you. ... Yes, it is Christmas <BR> every time you smile at your brother and <BR> offer him your ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:09:58 EST Day #5 Challenge Sharing the Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276937 You know that loving yourself is one of the most important thing you can do.When you love yourself, you then can see what you are missing out there in front of you. Begin the sharing and caring of others and you will find happiness that is beyond belief. A quote was the beginning of SHARON 10002's blog today. <BR> <BR> "Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others." ~ Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> And it is so true. My thought for tonight is what is s... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:26:06 EST Day #4 Challenge of change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276399 Again, I am following the blog of SHARON10002 and today it's a talk about change. As I quote her blog, it's very good and a wonderful way of saving. <BR> <BR> "You will start this challenge by emptying your pocket or purse of all coins/change. Find a place to put it that's in plain sight, and easy to get to - an old jar is just fine. I have a coffee mug sitting on my desk. <BR> <BR> "The second part of the challenge is that anything you buy with cash will be in BILLS ONLY - no exact chan... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:48:26 EST Day #3 the gift of Caring and Sharing Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275827 As I think about it, when we are out doing our shopping or having a meal out with friends or by ourselves we tend to be in a hurry and tired and can get a little frustrated at some things that don' go the way we tend to think. So what do you do about that? Are you in a constant hurry and others get into your way? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e12cdb5d-2b17-4d53-9c2f-f4ab3bbff581.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are in such a busy season that the thoughts of being grateful is ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 15:52:11 EST Day #2 The unwrapped Gift Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275530 I am following the daily blogs of another Sparker and there was a suggestion of the unwrapped gift. <BR> <BR> Stop and think about what it could be. It can be the Christmas card to a friend or family member you haven't chatted with for a while. Bring them joy tomorrow. Is it a toy? Is it a piece of clothing? A pair of shoes? An appliance that can't be wrapped? No it's not. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c737b3f8-1552-4388-a287-7c66d3a8dac2.png"> <BR> It's in every mor... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:53:44 EST Smile Challenge day #1 of December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275055 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddefa46a-5bbe-47df-a10d-e072c7d41f0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today we smile for friendship. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:40:34 EST Thankfulness and Gratitude. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271360 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b395e3e6-312b-40a3-b5de-6d9b651614cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the food we eat <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5d314a4-9b58-40d2-aa68-8c4535b25ac3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Love and caring for your family and friends <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71151b28-3d5b-49df-b70d-0977bd87011f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the new day and the ending of God's beautiful sunset <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:53:41 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d82d259d-bc1d-45f8-91fa-93d53cfd6b45.png"> <BR> <BR> I see that it's been a very long time since I posted a blog. Have been so busy and hurrying with Sparks to get done that I don't think about something to write. Well, tonight this photo caught my eye and I think it's very appropriate for the current times. I feel the pain, I see the hostility, I hear the vast negative spoken and wonder if we have lost sight of what we really should be thinki... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:24:24 EST Goodie Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251676 What a wonderful day I have today even though I was sitting a lot today. I thank each and everyone of you for the Goodies given for my Birthday today. I will try to get to each of you to thank. I had oral surgery on Weds. and have been taking it a little easy with eating and will be easing back into exercising <BR> <BR> I can hardly believe it's Friday already. Where did this week go? We had a very, very busy summer going and doing every day. That has kept up until we arrived in our winte... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:17:10 EST