JSTETSER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JSTETSER JSTETSER'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/ Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986141 Clutter on my desk. <BR> So much stuff of little importance. <BR> <BR> It is time for me to find a place for clutter <BR> So that it does not clutter my mind, my heart and my emotions. <BR> <BR> My next challenge to myself: clean up the clutter, and keep it picked up! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:34:36 EST 10 Long,Slow Breaths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985547 10 long, slow breaths <BR> Several times a day I stop a short break and take <BR> 10 long, slow breaths. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbd73972-8fbb-4f12-8077-b34f9718f966.gif"> <BR> This routine helps me to transition from one activity to the next. It prepares me for the activity that I must face next. It helps me to close one door, and open the next. My mind is clearer, and my mood also improves. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca4cf53c-d4a2-... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:31:52 EST Finding -MY- Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984924 Balancing work and life is no simple task. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0db873e8-d847-4e66-bf4a-7167e46ed87f.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday was a long, hard, satisfying day! I held on tightly to my vision of what I need to be while letting go of the things that I just could not do. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5934e3c3-c541-4640-83a2-75f066feb964.jpg"> <BR> School is tough both on teachers and students! There are so many expectations (including my o... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:26:34 EST Inch by inch... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984280 Inch by inch, anything's a cinch! <BR> I am making the smallest of changes, in hopes that my husband will be willing to make and keep those commitments too. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb4b68bd-9707-41a0-be34-5eecb0555f8c.jpg"> <BR> 1. Weekday vegetarian. At home, I know that he keeps it. After all, I do most of the cooking and shopping. He loves me too much to eat the hamburger in front of me on a Monday. He also wants the lower cholesterol and lower BP to... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:44:03 EST First Day Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983590 First day back from a great summer, and time to refocus my attention on teaching once again! I have to remind myself of how much I love to teach. It is a mental game that intend to win. <BR> This is going to be a year full of fun and growth for both me and my students!!it is time for me to get out of my summer vacation comfort zone, and prepare to teach! What a comfortable rut I have been in! If I were a rich woman, I might consider staying in this rut! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:33:17 EST Lina-poo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982994 Lina-Poo, you’re turning two, you’ve got so many things to do. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11838210-aa74-4882-935a-8841f4c7fcf6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You’ve got your babies and your toys, your little girlfriends and the boys. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8d24f36-a86d-4c83-928e-e3356c37b8db.jpg"> <BR> Lina bean-a, you’re my queen-a! <BR> <BR> Lina girl with pretty curls, I like the way you run and twirl. <BR> <BR> It’s your birthday ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:12:16 EST Train ride-something new for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982452 I never knew how much easier and enjoyable a trip could be by train! <BR> "The person who never made mistakes, never tried anything new."-Albert Einstein <BR> Taking the trail to Philadelphia was a new experience for me. I am sure that in the future, I will do it again. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d1def0e-1ae1-499c-9a12-728076f64adb.jpg"> <BR> It rained for most of our trip, but that didn't bother us in the least! I brought some healthy snacks and plenty to rea... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:12:13 EST Look out Lina! Gramma's On Her Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981890 Earlier this week, I took care of the uncomfortable-my husband's health issues. Now I get to do the impractical. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8cf6c1fd-6877-4efb-9d92-03d45ad2a792.jpg"> <BR> I am going to take the train down to Philadelphia for Lovely Little Lina’s second birthday! This is a decision made from the heart and not the pocketbook. No, I am not going into debt to take the train and stay in a nice hotel for two nights. My little nest egg will cover th... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:39:55 EST Going through the storm at Concord Hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981284 The staff at Concord Hospital helped me through a very tough time, and I am so thankful! <BR> For a while, I did not know if my wonderful, strong husband would be okay. I did not know what to do, walking into the medical center, trying to find him, knowing that he had a TIA (mini stroke) and was laying in a hospital bed. Concord Hospital is well organized, and someone took me to his room. I am still in shock over all that transpired over the last 30 hours. <BR> <BR> Now that the storm ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:48:56 EST When it rains, it pours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980684 Yesterday when it started raining, it really poured, buth physically and emotionally for me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e492b27-7a9a-4be9-90b1-ceea9641b48e.jpg"> <BR> My husband had a TIA (mini stroke) and is now getting all kinds of tests (MRI, MRA, CT scan, EKG and other heart monitoring measures and blood work. So far, all have come back good. His sodium is low and BP is high. Please pray for a correct diagnosis on what needs to be done so that this does not ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:12:07 EST Conquering Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980007 Many people have asked why I continue to climb mountains and continue to exercise. After all, I'm pushing 60! Here is my answer: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21b9884b-735c-4b24-811a-e7124cbacb75.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:33:14 EST Making The Most of Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979333 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45834898-4b42-4f3b-b93c-8ddd96a53de7.jpg"> <BR> Every day of our lives we must make the choice to change. We never know when our last day will come! Yesterday at the Living History Event, the last day did come for one of the re-enactors. During preparations for today's "battle in the woods, this wonderful gentleman suddenly collapsed and expired doing what he loved. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfe2de96-da50-49ef-b39... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:46:02 EST History Reenacted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978738 For the third year,The Governor John Butler Smith (John Stetser) and his wife Emma E. Lavender Smith (Jackie Stetser) return to Hillsboro to provide tours through the Pine Hill Cemetery and the Pierce Homestead nieghborhood. Pine Hill Cemetery is located about a mile from the Franklin Pierce Homestead. It is named for the pine trees surrounding its location, was in use from 1788 to 1976. Franklin Pierce’s father, Governor Benjamin Pierce, his mother, Anna Kendrick Pierce and many other m... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 05:41:36 EST Saving money while saving the planet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978201 One of my long term goal is to have enough money to retire and travel. Friday I took a big step towards that goal by finding a great way to cut my energy expense. <BR> <BR> Frank, a site surveyor for Solar City, came out and took measurements to see if our home qualified for the solar panels on our roof. Earlier, my husband talked with a representative from Solar City on the phone to make sure that our home is positioned in such a way as solar energy would be a feasible alternative to PSN... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:39:02 EST Short Trips and Big Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977655 Short trips with big memories <BR> I have a confession to make. I know that some people think that I have been on vacation for most of the summer. It just is not true. I taught ESY, and helped out with my mother, and worked very hard making mittens to sell this fall. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e5268e6-f1d4-427e-9418-8072543e36ac.jpg"> <BR> Most of my summer trips were 2 and 3 day excursions, and they were close to home. Besides a trip to New Jersey in June, all... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:01:14 EST The New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977024 Once a year, I put on the character of "Emma", and enjoy being the Governor's wife for a few hours. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1177b021-55de-4a85-aa09-518db3c90b20.JPG"> <BR> She was a lovely woman, and I enjoy the role. My husband becomes the Governor John B. Smith, and looks quite dashing in his attire. It is all quite fun. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dde82219-a9f9-40cc-8f5e-c7f93e14c868.jpg"> <BR> This is not all that different fro... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:40:12 EST My "uncomfortable subjects" Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976393 I decided to get those things that I like the least taken care of first. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39df05f0-23ed-43e9-8328-ab52da9420d5.jpg"> <BR> Today’s goal is to examine my uncomfortable subjects. I cannot afford to have selective amnesia, putting off those tough issues that I prefer to ignore and forget. <BR> 1. I fart too much. This is socially unacceptable, and I have given up eating beans because of it. I still fart, though. <BR> 2. I am not prepared... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:26:13 EST Trying something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975759 Well, today is Day 1 on my adventure of change. <BR> Today I will prepare some questions about my flatulence for the Dr. I will also ask specific questions about how I control Type 2 Diabetes. <BR> I will raise my vision for excellence in my life. <BR> I can do better and enjoy a better life. The life that I have now is pretty good, but it is about to get better because I'm aiming high! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95965103-5a44-474c-8f0c-c86110bc7bcf.JPG"> <BR>... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:01:32 EST Oh the Great Things I Almost Did! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975062 Today is my day to start the change! There are some things in my life that I never quite get around to doing. I guess that I am a little intimidated by some of them, and other things, I either never wanted to take the time to get organized and "just do it". I stall out in my attempts, for some reason. Perhaps some of my dreams are a little frivolous, but I still want to do them. This is my year-yes, I'm starting now-to do what is in my heart. Every week, I will take steps to do one of t... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 05:56:29 EST Common Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974507 Common Good <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8131c69e-1893-4670-9f0f-98953a917fa4.jpg"> <BR> There is a place that I love to visit when in Maine. It is the Common Good restaurant. The people there know how to give, and how to create a community. I consider myself a part of that great group! <BR> Why? You may ask. First, the food is by donations, so everyone can join in. Second, the food is great! They have a simple menu of oatmeal and pop overs. The staff also mak... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 05:26:17 EST Building Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974012 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c15c783a-1305-4fe6-9319-430d6b5bff90.JPG"> <BR> Today I watched the ducks along the Seawall shore as they gathered their food and enjoyed another perfect day of paradise on the Atlantic Ocean. Some stayed together in groups, while others went off by themselves. <BR> I felt the Holy Spirit say to my heart "it is time for you to draw closer to the community of friends and family". Some of the ducks stayed together in a protective place, talki... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 06:10:01 EST One Small Act Of Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973510 One small act of kindness <BR> Here is the story of a good deed done to me by "The Island Girl". <BR> I was shopping in the Island Girl's glass slop on the isle of Isleford when my DH turned and said to me, "let's go look for a bottle of water when you finish here." Without skipping a beat, Island Girl turned, and gave us a bottle of water. She said, "here; I know what it feels like to be thirsty." <BR> Just a small, kind gesture that let me know that there are many good people in this wo... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 06:00:35 EST Lina dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971249 I dream of Lina every night and day, <BR> Of the songs we would sing, and the words we would say. <BR> I dream of giggles and silly games <BR> And learning all of her babies' names. <BR> Dreaming if Lina is the best part of my day- <BR> I'll see her soon, and then we will play! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f548799-3398-4b53-8ab3-2d54ec10324b.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:35:04 EST Learning Experiences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970656 Learning experiences <BR> <BR> No matter who you are, <BR> No matter where you come from, <BR> Some things in life are not going to go your way. Learning to live with the frustrations in life are just part of the game. <BR> My learning experience happened today happened with our A Liner camper. Somehow the water pump got turned on when we lowered the camper roof. Then the spigot got bumped to the on position. Our trailer floor got it's first floor washing, and we spent some time in the... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:43:13 EST Busy Vs Productive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970267 Brandon and Dylan love to fish more than anything else. <BR> Perhaps they don't always catch the big ones, but they always have a good time trying! <BR> We should have the same attitude towards our lives!Busy vs productive <BR> Being busy and being productive are two very different things. <BR> Which one are you? <BR> Being busy often means: <BR> Working hard and fast at whatever is in front of you to do <BR> Being very helpful to all that you can help <BR> Over working and feeling overwhel... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:08:10 EST Fishin' with the boys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969605 Brandon and Dylan love to fish more than anything else. <BR> Perhaps they don't always catch the big ones, but they always have a good time trying! <BR> We should have the same attitude towards our lives! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ae45db8-141b-4698-a81e-aa4078476063.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2fcb1bf-c231-4e5e-84ca-d51efadd5020.jpg"> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:42:43 EST Inside the A Liner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969011 The inside of the A liner <BR> So many of you asked about the inside of our new chateau that this post is dedicated to showing you just that. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2dfe2fd4-4d9d-4500-a149-1574b5153ff9.jpg"> <BR> It is roomy enough for two people to be comfortable in good weather. We will soon find out how it is when it rains out too. This is not a trailer for more than three people-that is for sure. We have one queen size bed, and a single bed when we fold d... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:40:21 EST Our Pooped-out Pop-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968399 Camping can be so much fun when the equipment works fine. Our pop-up camper served us well until it was time to go home. The camper got stuck in the upright position for the third time. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7633fa75-7920-4615-825a-0b907e61312f.JPG"> <BR> The first time, we were on Mt Desert Island in Acadia National Park. The second time, we were on the Kancamaugus Highway, hiking in the White Mountains. There's nothing more frustrating than getting read... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:38:51 EST Turning Two! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967778 What an exciting world it is when you're two! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2633d949-e56a-47a0-aac6-8d53cb6c33ee.jpg"> <BR> The whole world is beautiful and new <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44388b48-b911-4b18-a8e8-8476ab57ce20.jpg"> <BR> And there's so much for a little girl to do! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e3d5e1c-14fc-492b-87b3-6b51d8f1d55c.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:39:11 EST Sitting in the Stillness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967540 Sitting in the Stillness <BR> <BR> In the stillness of the Forest <BR> I take time to sit and woods, <BR> Feel the fire <BR> Hear the birds <BR> And breathe in the early morning tranquility. <BR> <BR> Captured by the quietness <BR> Alone, but not lonely <BR> Doing nothing, but not bored <BR> Restored with peace within <BR> While sitting in the stillness. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c2a6b72-4b6b-4d85-b945-0b85a43f9e16.jpg"> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:33:57 EST My Lina Trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966281 Soon I will get to see my favorite little person! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/944e3660-4e91-45df-9cfd-6be17bbe033d.jpg"> <BR> I try to be patient, but it is hard to be far from those that you love the best. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56fbca75-e255-4097-981c-698bda795627.jpg"> <BR> She is such a lovely little girl, and she is growing soo fast. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c97410b8-89c0-4b40-bed6-ee6cd4b78b9d.jpg"> ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 05:44:54 EST The Simple Butterfly Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965789 Don't wait to be wowed by the big bursts of beauty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82be12d5-f8f1-44dd-a6f7-0482fee531f2.jpg"> <BR> Make time for the little miracles- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5a5d6ad-d6ec-4238-b5b0-d7fb01d027c3.jpg"> <BR> Around us every day <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11eb1b07-d7ac-4b4f-840b-caf7767c582f.jpg"> <BR> Like the simple little butterfly. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:38:11 EST Making Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965256 I worked with the Monadnock Trails Week (July 17-21) and it was a huge success! We logged 953 hours of work with 72 participants and worked on 6 different trails this year. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b59a796e-69b8-464a-9b3d-b27d94e21659.jpg"> <BR> Maybe I don't look big and strong, but working as a team always makes us more effective and stronger! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:56:40 EST Wild Blueberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964690 Yesterday I hiked Mt. Monadnock for the 4th day in a row. we found some beautiful blueberry spots, and enjoyed some of the best organic blueberries that this world has to offer. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8706def8-0e57-4b92-96a7-6294045f2ba2.jpg"> <BR> They were so good, I will go picking after work today-no Monadnock climb included this time. Here is a photo from the Cliff Walk Trail ladder <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/105adac7-0c5c-4b9b... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:41:58 EST Teams Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964152 For the past 3 days, I have worked on the Monadnock trails, giving my little bit of good. Since I am not a muscular person, I often wonder how much good my little bit did. At the end of three days, I look back at the work that our team, all giving their little bit of good did, and it is impressive. Teams work! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/437eac8f-f857-44ca-9cd8-e0ee33ab2306.jpg"> <BR> When we work together as a team, we can change on old, well used trail into a we... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:43:21 EST Hitting the Trail! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963061 This weekend, I am hitting the trail in a different way! I volunteer to help maintain Monadnock Trails! Monadnock is the most hiked mountain in the Western Hemisphere, perhaps the world. I am working on the most hiked trail on this beloved NH mountain. I am not sure if this makes the White Dot Trail the most hiked trail in the world, but I like to think so. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14212c4d-cf77-4ce9-8c7c-95588607b272.jpg"> <BR> I have found that big muscles... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:56:03 EST My little bit of good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962831 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fe63b6f-cbf3-42f0-82a2-8e70987ec20e.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes just doing what we can do <BR> is all that we should do! <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:51:50 EST Cutting back from "too busy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962080 it is time for me to be satisfied with what I can get done in a day. I use many time saving skills to fill my day with all the important things that I want to do, but now I have to cut back from "over-doing". I need to make more time for my hikes and enjoying nature. Sometimes I just need to "be" instead of "do". <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e072a3e-7a36-4b81-800b-f3b41daaded1.jpg"> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:28:11 EST Looking towards the Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961547 Every day we have a choice: <BR> What will we focus our attention on? <BR> We can look towards the gloom and doom, and allow it to bring us down. <BR> OR <BR> We can look towards the light. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68a9ebb1-bd5a-4ac2-b832-120d86380cb9.JPG"> <BR> I suggest that looking towards the light will fill your heart and soul with good things and brighten your day. If your day is bright, you will brighten another person's day. Soon, the whole world has m... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:35:26 EST Her heart is singing because of the new Singer!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961121 Today I drove down to see my Mom, and give her the new machine. Needless to say, she is thrilled. Her heart is singing because of her new singer <BR> , <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67de0e3a-9977-4c63-9f91-3e3490aeba21.jpg"> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:24:05 EST Her heart is singing because of the new Singer!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961120 Today I drove down to see my Mom, and give her the new machine. Needless to say, she is thrilled. Her heart is singing because of her new singer <BR> , Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:24:04 EST Her heart is singing because of the new Singer!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961119 Today I drove down to see my Mom, and give her the new machine. Needless to say, she is thrilled. Her heart is singing because of her new singer <BR> , Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:24:02 EST The new Singer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960495 Yesterday I took you on a tour down Memory Lane concerning the old treddle Singer sewing machine that I learned to sew on. Today I will talk about the new Singer that I will be giving my Mom tomorrow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ecd0126-302d-4b68-9a68-e93188807489.jpg"> <BR> Mom loves the old. She will wear an old coat or shirt until it is completely worn out, and we have to tell her that it's time to get rid of it. Then it goes into her rag pile if it is cotton.... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:45:46 EST The old Singer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959894 One summer, Many years ago, my mother taught me how to sew on "the old Singer". <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ee178d5-3868-4db7-bbd6-506a06e41319.jpg"> <BR> I loved using my feet to try to keep the machine moving forward at an even clip. My mother was a good seamstress, and eventually, all my projects ended up being finished by her. <BR> Time went on, and I bought my own machine, and sewed quilts for my sons, with her help, of course. <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 05:39:25 EST Try New Foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959409 On my journey towards health and wholeness, I have had to keep myself open to try new veggies like lambs quarters and the garlic scrapes. The other day I happened to bring a snack to my mother's house that she had never tried. I brought hummus. Like a trooper, she gave it a try, and found out that she loved it. In fact, she asked if she could keep the rest of the container. <BR> I'm proud of you Mom! 93, and still willing to try new foods! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 06:15:35 EST You can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958900 The journey is a long one. For many of us, a healthy lifestyle is a life-long journey. The nice thing is that you don't have to do it alone. Having spark Friends is a wonderful way to keep the journey fresh and interesting. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b082ce6-086b-4526-af0d-09c46617c3d2.JPG"> <BR> It reminds me of something that I di 2 years ago. I worked on Trails Week at Mt. Monadnock, and we built a bridge together. John Bigl, the Trail Steward, developed... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:57:17 EST No smell from Mr. Skunk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958428 Well, the skunk saga continues. Our skunk friend has not left our yard, but he has moved from the back yard to the front. We are hoping that he is just a traveling skunk, and will be gone soon. We are calling him "Gypsy". <BR> He is eating the grubs that live in our yard, and for that we are thankful. he has not lifted his tail, and we are doubly thankful for no smell from Mr. Gypsy Skunk <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b09b784-fd99-488f-bd2c-6139eeb004da.jpg"> <B... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:51:11 EST Mr Skunk Needs a New Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957893 This week, a young skunk made his way into our yard. He was living under our deck until we put mothballs around the edges of the deck. Now we are not sure if he is living in our woodpile. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59a8e22a-bf71-4e5d-a6da-f014366e5aad.jpg"> <BR> We have only seen him in the daytime, and he seems to ignore us. When we make loud noises, he does not seem to hear. He is not afraid of us at all. Do you have any thoughts on how we can motivate Mr. ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 05:50:01 EST Carter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957329 Carter Notch Hut has the friendliest and most accommodating croo (staff that I have ever worked with. Scott and Dave were the skeleton croo when we first arrived. Scott made sure that we had a bowl of the great soup, even though we did not want to put him to any trouble. David has a welcoming attitude, and made an excellent applesauce cake to go with dinner. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a2ff60e-ce78-426d-a355-4a23f326aca0.JPG"> <BR> Carter Notch hut was first loca... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 05:57:16 EST The Honeymoon Hikers and Carter Notch Hut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957103 Winston and Marcia Terry (AKA Honeymoon Hikers met while hiking the AT (Appanachian Trail) in 2010. Marcia says that "the Lord changed our lives so much that we dedicated our lives to Him." On September 17, 2011, they returned to Springer Mountain in Georgia, the start of the AT, and got married. Six months later, they decided to hike the trail again for their honeymoon. They summited Mt. Katahdin in Maine, the end of the AT, on their one year anniversary. <BR> In May of 2015, they deci... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:24:03 EST