JOANOFSPARK's SparkPeople Blog JOANOFSPARK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Monday Sometimes we just need a friendly reminder to turn up those corners of our mouth and smile...and let me tell you, these cute little story book characters always do it for me.....After all, who can resist Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and all the rest of their friends.....??:) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:39:37 EST Sometimes Motivation is Elusive so we have to work harder and dig deeper. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:33:27 EST Sailing the Ship of Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Taking inspiration from the powerful vision of my future, <BR> I boldly set sail with courage and intent." <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Greatness is not in where we stand, <BR> but in what direction we are moving. <BR> We must sail sometimes with the wind <BR> and sometimes against it - <BR> but sail we must, <BR> and not drift, nor lie at anchor." <BR> - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. <... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:26:40 EST Knowing who we are.....Learning from our mistakes and moving forward " One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go". - Sheila Murray Bethel. <BR> <BR> " The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." - Anna Quindlen. <BR> <BR> "Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen." - Sarah Ban Breathnach. <BR> <BR> "Your own words are t... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:48:18 EST Belated Irish Prayer and Blessing <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> ~~~Irish Prayer~~~ <BR> <BR> May God give you..... <BR> For every storm a rainbow, <BR> For every tear, a smile, <BR> For every care, a promise, <BR> And a blessing in each trial, <BR> For every problem life sends, <BR> A faithful friend to share, <BR> And an answer for each prayer. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Irish Blessing <BR> <BR> May flowers alwa... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:36:01 EST ~~~About Goals~~~ "The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." <BR> – Benjamin Mays Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:22:48 EST Inspiration for the Day Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> "Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." <BR> – Henry Van Dyke <BR> About Henry Van Dyke <BR> <BR> "Henry Van Dyke, the American clergyman and author, is best known for the Christmas story, "The Other Wise Man." He was born in Pennsylvania in 1852. He was pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York, taught literature at Princeton, and was U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. His love ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:56:45 EST On Life Here is a poem that I wrote to submit to a class that I am taking, but haven't done it yet. Not sure if I will or not........:) <BR> <BR> "Witnesses as well as participants in life..... <BR> Yet, at times, it seems <BR> we are merely onlookers <BR> Watchers <BR> as life passes us by. <BR> Yet, how can that be-- <BR> for we are Life itself -- <BR> We are Life." <BR> Joan W. / 6/30/2014 Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:29:57 EST I know the hurting's only just begun.... Last night I started crying because I spotted the mug that our son had gotten me several years eariler for Mother's Day....It had been sitting there for some time and though I had glanced at it several times, I had forgotten what it said on the back. I must have moved it because when I sat down there and just glanced over, all I could see was what it said on the back...... <BR> <BR> On the front of the mug is a picture of our son and me....up on Mt. the lobby of the lodge t... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:38:41 EST Advice for Today......:) well, actually for any day....when it comes right down to it.....*grin* :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:31:19 EST Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs..:) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love eggs and they are actually very good for you, in moderation and on a limited basis......So glad that Hungry Girl loves them as well.......oh, yeah, Hungry Girl is an inspiration to me......she always has such neat ideas to make recipes much she is on my faves list... <BR> <BR> but today's email had this about Egg... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:36:56 EST Flash Mob .....Ode to Joy... <BR> Flash Mob --Ode to Joy <link><BR>YVtZMo&feature=share </link> <BR> just me goosebumps every time I hear it and even more watching it like this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:16:23 EST The word for today is JOY...:) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:34:34 EST Thought for the day -- March 22, 2014 <BR> <BR> "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." <BR> – Marie Curie Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:21:12 EST Virtual Tassie Trek: Week Four -- the rest of the week..:) <img src=""> <BR> Cruising on the Gordon River <BR> <BR> <BR> Virtual Trek, week four, day three: <BR> Day three and what a day we had yesterday but we all got a good night’s rest and are ready to go this morning. We actually had a choice today of whether we wanted to take sea plane or to take the river cruise, or do both…. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> St. John's Falls <BR> I wan... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:01:38 EST Virtual Tassie Trek: Week Four, Day Two -- A trekkin' we will go......:) Virtual Tassie Trek, Week Four: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> On the road again….and so we are…….*grin* <BR> Monday, Day Two -- <BR> I had thought that we would all be more subdued this morning, considering we had to leave the Tarkine...but never fear......nothing keeps this bunch of chair exercisers down...we are all go get 'em and bring it on..whatever the ne... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 01:53:07 EST Virtual Tassie Trek, Week Three -- the Tarkine This Blog entry will be a bit long, for it covers such an amazing place, the Tarkine Forest. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I feel blessed to have been able to have traveled here, if only virtually. It is a place that gets into your heart and under your s skin. <BR> <BR> Day Four, Week Three, 2/5/14: The Tarkine in all its glory and beauty <BR> <BR> I plan on trying to get all of the rest of the week three into this one blog, so bear wit... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:20:57 EST Virtual Tassie Trek, Week Three, Days One, Two, and Three <img src=""> <BR> Rhododendrens near Burnie <BR> <BR> Day One, Sunday, 2/2/14: <BR> <BR> all packed and ready to head out ...what a day today promises to be......I can hardly wait to experience all that today as well as the rest of the week has in store for, you are right , Bonnie, this week promises to be an all out sensory experience in so many ways. <BR> <BR> As always we hit the ground running, for we have lots of grou... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 01:30:47 EST Virtual Tassie Trek: Week Two, Days Five, Six and Seven <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">Thursday, 1/30/14, Day Five: <BR> I have to tell you that I am so grateful that we are staying here at the lodge, for I have hit the spa every night so far. I gotta tell you that this is the life. It was especially soothing after the Walls of Jerusalem Bush Walk, even though I loved it, but it had been awhile and everything hurt....well, okay being a bit over the top. there.but you know what I mean. Then y... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 01:27:11 EST Virtual Tassie Trek: Week Two, Days Three and Four Tuesday, 1/28/14, Day Three: <BR> A much quieter day planned for today, but still jam packed full of fun. Of course, considering that this is a wild bunch of women …..well, okay, so we are not……wild but we sure have a lot of fun together, which makes for Ann more grey hairs and probably a few less. Still, as I said, today was a relatively light day, more relaxed. I think Ann throws those in every once in a while to throw us off…….*grin* Just kidding, Ann… does help, after we have se... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 01:05:24 EST Virtual Tassie Trek: Week Two, Days One and Two Virtual Tassie Trek, Week Two <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day One, January 26th: <BR> Since today is Australia Day, I thought that this was so appropriate......:) <link> </link> <BR> especially for the celebration of Australia Day. Today, I think we all feel that we are a part of this great country...and will take back many memories of this land. Believe me when I say, you are, I am, we are Austra... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:03:19 EST Virtual Tassie Trek: Days Six and Seven -- On to Tasmania The end of week didn't think I would leave you hanging, did you? *grin* <BR> <BR> Day Six and we are headed to the island of Tasmania. We are all excited to be taking this trek to a land which has always seemed rather mysterious and exotic to me, but I am assured by Millie who along with Ann, is one of our team leaders and who actually lives there, that it is perfectly civilized.. I will take her word for it; after all, I did survive Oz and I had heard that it was pretty wild... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:09:20 EST Virtual Tassie Trek Days Three, Four and Five -- King Island ***Note: Warning, this blog contains material that has already happened; since I am notoriously behind as usual, it is from our first week. We are already started on our Second Week of our Trek since we celebrated Australia Day today in Tasmania, in Henley-on-the Mersey, in Latrobe. But I will do a blog about that later. So that means you have more to look forward to ........or the case may be........*grin* :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:09:45 EST Virtual Tassie Trek Days One and Two --Melbourne, Australia <em>534</em> <em>388</em> <em>535</em> <em>534</em> <em>388</em> <em>535</em> <em>534</em> <em>388</em> <em>535</em> <BR> I am exhausted already just thinking about what all Ann and Millie have planned for us, but I do know one thing for sure, it will be a journey of a lifetime....just as the Aussie Trek was .:) <BR> <BR> We all flew into Melbourne, Australia, because it has an international airport and it's also the closest one to travel to Tasmania. I do love Melbou... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:49:01 EST Here's to Making Change Happen..... This is the year for Personal Transformation......for making changes so profound that we are truly transformed. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in t... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:51:34 EST For Auld Lang Syne....... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~~~~bidding 2013 good bye and ushering in never feels as if that task has been accomplished until I sing and hear this old son... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:26:23 EST Just to get 2014 off on the right foot.......attitude wise....:) <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are some motivational quotes on youtube to get you will certainly pep you up.....the music had me tapping my feet and c... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:22:03 EST The word for today is JOY...:) I sing out with joy as I pass each day, <BR> knowing that each breath is a gift <BR> a precious gift that may never again <BR> come my way, <BR> for each breath is different, <BR> and yet each breath is filled with a joyous refrain <BR> of living, of life, of a glimpse of eternity. <BR> @ Joan Walker <BR> 12/28/13 <BR> <BR> word for the day is Joyous, so that means I cannot be upset or frustrated that I just lost my post that had quite a few quotes about I wil... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:37:52 EST The Day After Christmas and all through the house....... not a creature was stirring....well, hardly......*grin* :0 funny how frantically we all get caught up in the last minute rush and yet, the very next day......all is quiet and still.....well, kinda......cause there is all the clearing up and cleaning up that's needed the day after any holiday. But take time to just sit back and relax and give thanks....for all that we are blessed with. <BR> <BR> Yesterday on Daily Challenge, my challenge was to post about three things that I was thankful f... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:30:06 EST A Christmas Blessing <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> beautiful song <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> may your day be blessed with much love and good company.... <BR> <BR> we all remember our long Christmas lists of our childhood but now that we are all grown up, lur lists and needs have changed..... <BR> <BR> by Michael Buble ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:38:08 EST Christmas is a special time of year..... and we have such good feelings during this time, so why can't we feel this way all year long? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” <BR> &#8213; Laura Ingalls Wilder <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bob Hope <BR> “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:43:58 EST To Get Us in the Christmas Spirit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't you sometimes wish every day were Christmas......? <BR> not the commercial aspect of it, no -- <BR> but the spirit of joy and love that fills our hearts <BR> to overflowing and good will to all men. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:43:21 EST Today is World Diabetes Day This is something that may affect many of our own family members or even ourselves, so it behooves us to be as knowledgeable about it as possible. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the website: <BR> <link><BR>=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:06:54 EST Mirror Work?? Today in my newsletter from Louise Hay, she told me.....oh, yeah, we are good friends, she often drops me a line.....of course, in reality, it's because I signed up for her newsletter that I get some really nice thoughtful words of wisdom from time to time....but today, she tells me to go to the mirror and tell myself how much I love myself.....and what a fantastic person I am.... i do know it helps to do it, ......I really do know it's true.....but doing it without feeling silly, now that i... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:45:51 EST Think Pumpkin :) Think the season for pumpkins is over.........Nope, not hardly......the season has just begun, so check out the article on Spark People which rates some of the newest products which will stimulate our taste bud quite deliciously.....Let's Celebrate -- It's Pumpkin Season!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=16_seasonal_supermarket_treats_wort<BR>h_trying </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> and for a special quiet family dinner or trimming the tree party......or for a g... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:45:46 EST A Moment of Peace in the Midst of Storms <BR> <BR> We have to stop to let it find us...... <BR> <BR> &#9829;&#9829;&#9829;~~~May the gentle breezes waft softly over your home and fill it with wondrous joy and serenity~~~&#9829;&#9829;&#9829;. <BR> <BR> <BR> “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, <BR> And all the sweet serenity of books” <BR> &#8213; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> "...Continuous as the stars that shine <BR> And twinkle on the milky way, <BR> They stretched in never-ending line <BR> Along the margi... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:39:35 EST Central Australia Virtual Trek, Week Six , Day 3 and 4 --Philip Island and Lakes Entrance "Good Morning, Sunshine".........singing at the top of my lungs as we drive one by one onto the ferry.......we are all going to meet and eat brekkie here on the, this is some huge ferry........I know......I know......I've seen pics of the bigger ones but only ever ridden on the smaller ones like the one across the River Murray. Ann said it should take around 40 minutes or so, depending on how long it takes to on load this side and offload the other side, so we have plenty of ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 01:01:51 EST Week Six, Day Two--The Great Ocean Road Day Two, week six...*sob* <em>46</em> <BR> Port Fairy is such a lovely town and I wish we had time to explore it more thoroughly but we are off to drive the Great Ocean Road but before we leave, we would be remiss to not give you a short overview of Port Fairy: <BR> <link><BR>s/Great-Ocean-Road.aspx </link> right at the very top there is a slideshow of Port Fairy. It is indeed a lovely little town and well worth visiting. <BR> <link>http://www.vis... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 04:57:02 EST A GOOD PLACE TO START <img src=""> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:05:18 EST Week Six, Day One day one, week six: <BR> Wake up time....Gail has brekkie ready ..oatmeal with berries and nuts...yummy.. <BR> <BR> Awesome, all the gear is stowed away and everything is ready to go.....both Nas and Gloria are just finishing getting ready as we speak........and ahhh, I see Jeannie.....with a cuppa in her riding with us, Jeannie? come on......brekkie is ready. <BR> <BR> ~~waving my spoon around as we listen to some peppy music and talking about the free ferry we are to cross th... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:37:26 EST Week Five, Days Five, Six and Seven -- Victor Harbour Needless to say, day five did not end just because we reached Victor Harbour. We still have plenty of daylight yet to explore. <BR> <BR> from my journal notes from Day five after reaching Victor Harbour: <BR> <BR> looking at my brochure......lots of lovely and fun things to do......I think I am going to...... <BR> <BR> <BR> What?? *giggle* oh, yeah, right..sorry, Gail.......of course, I will help set the camper van before I go wandering off. Then can we go walking along the....oh, wait..... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:08:17 EST Week Five, Day Five: Adelaide to Victor Harbour Day Two in Adelaide: <BR> I know .....I know it's really really early.....but if we are going to make that Dawn Central Market Tour....we've gotta hurry....Gail, come's gonna be fun.......besides they feed us all those lovely samples...and for dessert....chocolates...and the brekkie at Lucia's Cafe......well that should be worth getting up for since we will not have to cook it......I saw some things that I really want to get....some of the fresh breads...and cheeses....and......we... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 02:00:09 EST Week Five, Day Four: Adelaide Adelaide is an amazing city.....and if I were younger and a wee bit bolder......I'd move here in a heart beat.......but alas, those days are long gone.....and never shall return. Still, it is so much to travel virtual style, where I can be as agile and as healthy as I wish to be and able to spend.....while not unlimited, certainly, without worrying overly much. And lest we forget....even though we do eat a lot.....we walk a lot as we do get our exercise in .....and that is ...not ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:03:06 EST Week Five, Day Three -Virtual Central Australia Trek-Lake Eyre to Adelaide WEEK FIVE, DAY THREE: <BR> <BR> Instructions for the day -- Lake Eyre to Adelaide, with a stop at Flinders Ranges National Park for lunch. That sounds like fun and we are off and running...since it is 600 km to Adelaide ……of course, we made sure that everything was okay, the fuel had been topped off(we always carry extra –one never knows and it’s better to be safe than sorry), tyres had been checked and off we go…… <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:18:00 EST Just for fun.... just trying my hand at painting with Paint.....which is a creative program that comes with Microsoft Windows Seven Professional. you can do all kinds of neat things with it, but it doesn't always translate so well to the real world....but I have a feeling that is my own fault because I still am more or less just playing with it. <BR> <BR> well, now......that is so not going to looked so big when I did it...what happened, I wonder <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:31:16 EST Week Five, Day Two, from Coober Pedy to Lake Eyre via the Stuart Highway Week Five, Day two and ……who knows where we will end….okay, actually, day two or rather night two was spent at Lake Eyre……so we head on out early…….to get a good start on the heat….even the tyres on our camper vans are not too fond of the boiling hot pavements……so early it is... It is not as if we haven’t become used to this routine by now. We have. <BR> <BR> From Coober Pedy to Lake Eyre is 500 km or 311 miles. A long journey but since we we are in the camper vans, a comfortable one….a... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:32:14 EST Week Five: Day One -- From Mintabie to Coober Pedy Week Five:Day One <BR> <BR> On the road again….which does seem to be our theme song…. <BR> It was nice taking a break last week and staying in one place all week, but now it is time to keep moving, for we have lots more of Australia to see …. <BR> We left Mintabie……though we were all very sad to do so, for we had gotten to know the warm hearted, friendly and hardworking people of this community and vowed to keep in touch. Life is hard there but these people are survivors…….and they stick ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 01:54:20 EST If Bible Characters Had Bumper Stickers though not sure where they would put them.....of course there were the chariots, for those who could afford them.. or maybe camels.. <BR> <BR> If Bible Characters Had Bumper Stickers <BR> from Daily Jokes, <BR> <BR> Biblical bumper stickers: <BR> <BR> Jonah: Save the Whales <BR> <BR> The Israelites: Honk If You Love Moses <BR> <BR> Elijah: My Other Chariot Rolls <BR> <BR> Goliath: Support the Ban on Slingshots <BR> <BR> Lot: If You Can’t See Sodom, You’re Too Close <BR> ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:54:06 EST Mining Fever Gonna Get You.....No, in this case, it's got me. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mintabie on my mind <BR> Yeah, you heard me right…. <BR> I am staying in Mintabie, <BR> Not ever gonna leave. <BR> Got a fire in my belly, <BR> A passion to be assuaged, <BR> Really gotta stay here, <BR> Lookin’ for the perfect one, <BR> <BR> That rare and perfect opal <BR> That I have yet to find. <BR> Digging through the mullock piles <BR> With my shovel and my sieve, <BR> I know that I’m gonna find it;... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:16:33 EST You're a Grand Old Flag.......Celebrating Flag Day. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this on and wanted to share it because today, June 14th, is Flag Day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ys/flag-day-1.aspx?nlsource=24&source=<BR>NEWSLETTER&utm_campaign=Angel&utm_medi<BR>um=newsletter&utm_source=NL& </link> <BR> <BR> "Star Spangled Banner" <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You're A Grand Old Fl... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:49:39 EST