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/ Goodwill School Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224671 Goodwill School shopping <BR> Recently I took a trip to the Goodwill Store in Concord, NH. Ihad my list, and knew what I needed. As a teacher, I like to buy a few new blouses to start the school year. I also needed some craft supplies and a welcome mat. <BR> I got to the store at about 10 AM, and started looking at the blouses. I hunted for about 40 minutes, and had a few nice tops in my wagon. I then took a break and looked around at the rest of the store. That is when I found the larg... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:20:28 EST Not Living by Bread Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224119 Man shall not live by bread alone-cutting carbs <BR> I received some sobering news from my doctor yesterday: <BR> “Make more changes to lower the A1C, or you start with Diabetes medication in January.” <BR> So here I am, ready to make some big changes. I look to my Spark Family, and see the changes that have been done, and know that I can do it. I can lower my A1C once again. <BR> What needs to change? <BR> I need to leave the bread alone! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:32:14 EST Living History at the Pierce Homestead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223511 History lives on at the Homestead <BR> There is something special about being someone else for a day. Someone admired and historically important. A person selected by others to be wrote about and remembered. <BR> Once a year, my husband John plays the part of the Governor John Butler Smith, and I as his wife, Emma E. Lavendar Smith. We give cemetery tours of President Franklin Pierce's family, and enjoy living the Hillsboro history. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:24:11 EST Life is like a Tube of Toothpaste http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222917 Many times, life is like a tube of toothpaste. Words are spoken and are never forgotten. Words can never be taken back once they come out. As school starts, it is my hope that you will remember to use your words to be inspiring, kind, helpful and honest. If your words would be hurtful, don’t say them, not even as a joke. Some jokes can be cruel and can hurt. Your friends might laugh even while their heart is breaking. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c6f2ce9-71ba-... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:30:58 EST More about the Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222298 Yesterday the Spark People site had some technical difficulties. I was only able to post half of the blog that I had written about hiking Mt. Monadnock. Here is the other half! <BR> <BR> When hiking, take time to look at the ordinary beauty of the trail signs on the mountain! The trails are well marked with arrows on the rocks, cairns and markers on the trees. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af323920-a3ff-4520-abe1-4ce58c98a5a7.jpg"> <BR> Enjoy the groups that clim... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:16:33 EST Hiking My Favorite Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221758 Monadnock, the most hiked mountain in the USA, is a mountain that I have climbed about 130 times. Almost always, I hike with my husband John, and we have always had a good experience on this mountain that stands alone. We have experienced warm, cold, snowy and wet weather. The gorgeous scenery around Monadnock keeps us coming back. Here are breathtaking photos of the area: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a23bfbca-bd4a-4b08-8e1e-3cd1ef4a0b81.JPG"> <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 05:35:44 EST Preparing for change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221251 Yesterday I got my test results back, and they were not good. I was especially disappointed over my A1C of 7.1. It is time for me to make some major changes if I want to stay off of Diabetes medication. For the past 3 years, I have been able to control the Type II Diabetes with food and exercise. Now I have to make a major change. <BR> Exercise: <BR> Currently I either <BR> walk/jog (wog) for 50-60 minutes <BR> Bike ride for 40-445 minutes <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:24:50 EST Living the History! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220707 Once a year my husband and I change our identities, and become something from the past. We dress up as The Governor John Butler Smith, and his wife Emma E. Lavender Smith. This couple have a beautiful past, and it is always a great way to give a history lesson. If you want someone to remember a great lesson, act it out!We will be all dressed up on Sunday at the Pierce Homestead. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d01608e6-2f27-4d47-be66-ab1c772841c8.JPG"> <BR> John Butle... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:49:15 EST The New Baby Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220094 My son and DIL are expecting a new baby in a couple of weeks. It is an exciting and busy time for them. Mat’s residency as a surgeon means that he is at the hospital 10-12 hours a day. Nora is left with fixing up their new home and caring for a very active 2 year old. They are in a new city with a new job, just bought a new home and they are expecting a new baby. Also, they live far from their New England family. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ad84269-d1b5-4727-... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:28:32 EST Going the Distance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219450 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0f3dfc8-7b34-4f48-aa81-d0a24625154f.jpg"> <BR> My dreams are only going to be fulfilled when I take the actions needed to complete them. Today I have a plan to help me be successful during the school year. Teaching requires lots of planning. I have some good plans in place for my classroom, but now I have to get my life ready. <BR> Cleaning is usually way at the bottom of my list but that's what I'll do today. <BR> Do you have plans for... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:27:57 EST Planning for Successful School Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218801 The school year starts next week for me and that means BIG changes to my schedule. I have such a successful summer routine that I hate to see the school year start. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a6780aa-d17b-4806-8da3-284fb6907f0e.jpg"> <BR> Changes in the seasons and changes in schedules need my attention if they are going to work! School days are a race against the clock for me, and h are are some of my thoughts as I prepare for school: <BR> 1. Organize my clos... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:47:13 EST honesty in the midst of the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218168 Honesty is what has helped me to grow this past week. I really questioned myself when I posted about needing help. In the end, I'm glad that I posted. My SparkFriends helped me to understand my family more than I could have imagined! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f4aa704-179c-4909-8909-55286265eace.JPG"> <BR> Life is all about growth, and you cannot grow in areas that you refuse to face. I have had a painful relationship with one of my sisters. No matter what I d... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:43:40 EST I'm Changing and I love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217605 Thank you friends for your comments and advice concerning my family. I have to remember that change might not be quick, just as it has been slow in my health. Change does come when we change. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92661d81-6bdf-4832-a3b7-02e608a08008.JPG"> <BR> Recently I woke up, feeling really good. My summer workout schedule had had a good effect on my body! My favorite pants fit good, and I have new energy. I can hike to places where people half my age... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 05:55:16 EST Hurt people hurt people-I need help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217098 Yesterday I felt a lot of pain caused by some hurtful words spoken by my sister. I could use some advice on dealing with it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38074a2a-b455-4f7f-9963-9ab8f90718a8.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes people have a tough time letting go of anger and a heart full of hatred. They try to spread their bad feelings everywhere that they go. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/557a9ce0-c1f7-4997-8c84-ad4429491008.jpg"> <BR> I have a sister wh... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:37:31 EST Hiking the Goose Eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216526 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b09b43b8-5775-4c03-bc8a-bc580a355bd4.JPG"> <BR> Goose Eye Mountain in New Hampshire was named for the outcropping on the top of the summit, and the fact that Canadian Geese, while flying South in the Fall, will leave Lake Umbagog here in NH, and fly directly over the peak, sometimes coming within 2 feet of grazing the "goose eye" outcropping. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fc09674-a852-4d92-a20b-d33b2f208bf6.JPG"> <BR... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:37:23 EST Looking for Moose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215945 This poem tells the true story of our 10 day vacation search for moose in the Great North Woods of NH and parts of Maine. <BR> <BR> We were Looking for moose in all the right places <BR> But unable to find even some traces. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d972faaf-90ab-4251-9e06-2757916f18d8.jpg"> <BR> We walked up Moose Mainway, and drove down Moose Alley <BR> We went to Lake Umbagog to start our moose tally. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81f... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:41:06 EST Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213562 Camping at Bramblewood in Pittsburg, NH <BR> <BR> Solitude and quiet! Nature surrounds me. <BR> Chipmunk playing at the bird feeders keeping everyone entertained. <BR> Campfires every evening and fireworks on Saturday. <BR> It's a peaceful place with mountain trails and the Connecticut Lakes. <BR> I found comfort and relaxation! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4e5276a-55b4-4c1e-bf06-14392709904c.jpg"> Sun, 7 Aug 2016 06:33:27 EST CoHos Trail and Covill Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213105 Taking the Cohos Trail to Mt. Covill <BR> Our hike today involves taking the Moose Mainway to the Fox Freeway (both of which are a part of the COHOS Trail) to the summit of Mt Covill. The Cohos Trail is 170 miles of wild hiking through New Hampshire's White Mountains and Great North Woods. <BR> Moose Mainway Trail runs right behind our campsite at Ramblewood Campground in Pittsburg, NH, and was an easy choice when we decided to hike up to the summit of Covill There are many ATV trails thr... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 08:08:07 EST Lonely Little Lina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212595 Lonely Little Lina and Bruce the moose <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37405b01-770c-48c3-accf-cafa402b5474.jpeg"> <BR> My grand daughter Lina is at a tough place in her almost 3 year old life. Her family moved from South Carolina to Florida, and Lina has no friends. Her Mom is due to give birth in early September, and Lina will start preschool then too. Only and lonely, and so many changes! <BR> Still, Lina has her best little friend Pokey, her parents, her toys and... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 08:11:22 EST OH Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211997 Yesterday we took a trip to the town of La Patrie, Canada. First we hiked along the Fourth Connecticut Lake. It is really more of a swamp, but I'm sure that it was a lake when named. <BR> The countryside changed drastically when we crossed the border. The land is full of beautiful rolling fields that were probably forests 100 years ago or more. Someone must have decided that they needed agriculture more than forests. Both are needed! <BR> We found a little restaurant and ate a smoked bee... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:16:25 EST Ramblewood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211394 Camping at Bramblewood in Pittsburg, NH <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d861f135-a6e3-4fae-9c90-921dc94c0f04.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Solitude and quiet! Nature surrounds me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8e7a414-c14f-48dd-9eaa-70f5038b8990.jpg"> <BR> Chipmunk playing at the bird feeders keeping everyone entertained. <BR> It's a peaceful place with mountain trails and the Connecticut Lakes. <BR> I found a place to relax. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:06:51 EST Meeting Andrew and Moose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210797 Meeting Andrew <BR> Yesterday, while camping at Moose Brook State Park in Gorham, NH, I met Andrew Zboray. He was the manager of Monadnock, State Park from 2000-2008. Now a ranger at Moose Park, he remembers his many hectic years at Monadnock with great fondness. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08434e2e-3161-4974-9e7e-7d8de2c90ef3.jpeg"> <BR> Moose Brook State Park and the surrounding state forest were purchased by the State of NH in 1934. The park's swimming area, ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 06:40:01 EST Finding Peace With Technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210160 Finding peace with Technology <BR> <BR> Yesterday I visited my grandkids, cellphones, iPads, tablets and all. I found a new approach to dealing with the temptation of technology. I used it in my favor! <BR> Brandon had been on a trip with friends. We took time on the tablet to look at his photos and discuss the trip. Hailey wants to do crafts with me. We visited the Pinterest site, and discussed ideas. After that, we had to get out of the house and pick blueberries. No wifi there! <BR... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 06:50:15 EST Thoughtfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209577 Yesterday I received a very thoughtful compliment on a gift that I had given. The compliment came from someone who has a hectic life. I know that she had to take time away from other things just to thank me. Her thoughtfulness made my day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57ec50a8-12a3-4876-baa4-3e58be855df0.jpg"> <BR> Today I have that same opportunity to make another person's day special. I've picked some nice flowers, and I hope that I can bring some joy and encour... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:50:24 EST Bear-ly a Meeting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209082 Yesterday I went for a bike ride in the morning and was startled to see a 250 pound bear 20 feet in front of me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b16665a-8c15-484a-8a98-1eee0b8db8db.jpg"> <BR> I was speeding down Baird Brook Road here in Hillsboro, NH. First I passed a neighbor Tom who was running. We exchanged hellos, and then I picked up the pace. About a minute later, the huge bruin started across the street, heading for the brook. He was less than 20 feet ahead... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:42:20 EST Letting History Repeat Itself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208543 I found a place that I love to hike to, and have visited it probably a dozen times. Three times, I've spent the night there. Here is the story of two of the trips. <BR> One of our favorite places to volunteer is the Carter Notch Hut. The cabin is older, but full of hiking experiences. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3224af4-a6a4-4469-a572-d4bd001d3506.jpg"> <BR> The photos on the walls tell many stories. Everything about the hut makes me appreciate the difference... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:47:25 EST My Summertime Boot Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207986 This summer I have decided to make my health a priority. I have created my own boot camp workout program.. Here is what my program looks like: <BR> 1. Rise and SHINE! Every morning at 6 am, I either go out for a run or a bike ride. I alternate between the two, giving myself an occasional day off. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18471120-afb7-46fa-9e8b-3fa76aebbee2.JPG"> <BR> 2. Mid day kayak ride. At least once a week, I go out for a kayak ride on a pond near my... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:38:02 EST Visiting with the cellphone distracted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207415 I have a difficult situation coming up next week. I will be visiting with some lovely people who do not put down their phones when we arrive. I get very uncomfortable talking to people who are clearly distracted by their phones. I have considered texting them during the visit to let them know how I feel. <BR> Dear Family, <BR> We drove three hours to come and enjoy your company, but find that you are too busy with your friends today. Your grampa and I love you dearly, but are leaving now... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:42:50 EST Visiting my Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206802 Family visits <BR> Well, I just had a great visit with my son, DIL, and baby Shiloh Rose. The joy of holding my grandchild in my arms, and seeing her smile up at me is a thrill that creates a strong and lasting bond. Playing with the baby makes my heart bigger and better. I feel that baby love! It starts in my heart, and moves up to my smile. It comes out in stories, songs and dances. It heals the lonely places where I have waited to be with this lovely little family. <BR> I traveled ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:39:36 EST Babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206192 It is such a pleasure to see a young family grow and change to gather as they care for a young child. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a120a49-1887-4d43-aea6-49c513699abd.jpg"> <BR> IN 4 short months, we have become closer and kinder. It's all because of Shiloh Rose! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:54:37 EST The ride to Jersey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205680 Yesterday I took the train th New Jersey, and will spend some time visiting with my son, daughter in law, and grand daughter Shiloh Rose. <BR> The 7 hour train ride is certainly worth it! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:46:56 EST Daisies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205191 Flowers for me and for you, my friend <BR> It’s so good to be with you again! <BR> Spending the day both walking and talking. <BR> We’ll discuss the day, family and health- <BR> The dozens of daisies display the wealth <BR> Of love and joy we share today, <BR> Showing the love of Christ in a wonderful way <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/406c30be-11e5-4c10-b633-f7ee39efd889.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:29:21 EST Marvelous Marilyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204688 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1223cace-7ef2-4d1e-b066-f9b8ece87abb.jpg">JFES has a great gardener. She raises much more than flowers and veggies, she empowers students to care for the plants. She plants in the hearts of all a love for dirt and teaches by example how to gently care for potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, peas, peppers, broccoli, bok choy, squash, garlic and onions. <BR> She’s not afraid of the hours of care that are needed. Nor is she afraid of getting dirty o... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:26:49 EST The Baseball Stretch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204146 Last night the Red Sox won 11-7. I won too. <BR> I was victorious over my stiff muscles, thanks in part TO THE BALL GAME. Every ball game is my time to get off the couch, and sit on the yoga mat. I take the time to stretch out my tired muscles. my husband usually makes his way down to the floor too, and stretches out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f4f49a7-0dae-49f2-8874-a628d5a4b40f.jpeg">I <BR> Sometimes the Sox win, and sometimes they lose. We always have... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:54:41 EST Making Today Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203551 Every day is a new day to bring about change in your life. Choose something important, and do it! One day those small everyday changes will become your habits! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5bbea8c-e34e-4bfb-a913-42d59f8a7719.jpg"> <BR> What appears to be an insurmountable mountain today will look small tomorrow! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:38:10 EST DD: Keep on smiling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202965 On Monday morning, I made my weekly 100 mile trip down to see my 94 year old Mom. As I did, I took the time to stop in at the Dunkin Donuts in Baldwinville, Mass. I passed 4 different Dunkin Donuts as I made my way South. Why, you may ask. <BR> This particular DD has a special reputation. The people smile, and always make me feel like they’re glad that I came in. Jason the manager sets the tone with his friendly face. I really like going in, knowing that I could have a trying time whe... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:31:06 EST My New Old Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202341 I am getting ready to learn how to make leather gloves and mittens that will be lined with rabbit fur. They should be beautiful, once I learn the process. My first challenge is to buy a sewing machine that is tough enough to sew leather. My Janome could handle leather for a short time, but I could damage it by the time I got proficient. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b53a69d-2e95-432f-81bc-42eb5ab4bc5f.jpeg"> <BR> I got some advice from friends, and started my se... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:26:34 EST Falling of the "Healthy Eating" Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201817 Last night my friends had an anniversary party, and I just seemed to forget for the night that I have Type II Diabetes, and am maintaining my health by exercise and food. I did ride my bike, to their house, and start by drinking a bottle of water, but after that, healthy went out the window. It was the pie that did me in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/212aaf8c-d3d6-43b0-b484-d273aa6881ea.jpg"> <BR> I really didn't fall off the wagon. I jumped off with both feet. I ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:40:15 EST Find the joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201420 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a755612-4f8e-494c-8580-03ac8b10fb47.jpg"> <BR> It is worth taking time each day to focus on the joy. <BR> We all have heartache and pain in our lives. <BR> Focusing on the joy gives us strength to handle the tough stuff. <BR> Find the joy today! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:54:36 EST My John http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200744 Where would I ever be without my buddy and best friend? He hikes with me and bikes with me. He is my confidant and counselor. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ddc2412-32ae-41d9-9a4b-983eef9d892c.JPG"> <BR> He is the best wood stacker, car fixer and trailer raiser. He's a hard worker, and a fun guy! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/540f3ecc-4841-42f1-b36c-ceb50d2b4b8f.JPG"> <BR> He does everything that I can't do. and he never complains. <BR> John i... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:38:19 EST The Woodpile Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200193 Yesterday the long awaited wood truck arrived with our two cords of winter wood. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eddb8d80-261e-4e64-a5cc-7c9eb60b9b9d.JPG"> <BR> There is a warm feeling in my heart when I see this truck for two reasons. First, I know that I will be warm all winter, and second, I'm in for some sweat today. Heating with wood is work! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d24e28f-84bc-471a-8441-2523e6e4b0cb.JPG"> <BR> We started right ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:47:18 EST The Daily Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199608 The Daily Workout <BR> It's just something that is a part of my routine. I get up early and put on my workout clothes. I stretch in front of the TV, then I write a short blog before going out for my jog or bike ride. In the evening, I do my strength workout and more stretches in front of the TV. <BR> It doesn't sound like much, but I just crossed the 4,000 mile lifetime miles with Spark People. If I wasn't tracking it, I'd never know that I have moved this body so far. It's the daily ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:43:00 EST First attempts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199036 Trying anything for the first time means that the outcome will be less than perfection. still, I struggled with making a pair of gloves for the first time. I wanted to have someone knowledgeable right next to me. I did not want a bad outcome. In fact, I wanted a great outcome. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6044718-1507-49d6-96cd-6685b8a3bc5c.jpg"> <BR> It didn't happen that way. I sewed the gloves, and yes, I can put my hand in them. I will make another pai... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:35:17 EST Nature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198439 Nature is not a place, it is home! We all need nature, and giving back is so important. That is why I consider Trails Week an important event. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac323ece-d0eb-4444-8f7c-4e123410777f.jpg"> <BR> Improving Monadnock’s trails in a 5-day blitz took <BR> brawn, humor . . . and lots of doughnuts <BR> trail Work <BR> By Jackie Stetser <BR> Maybe it was the word “work.” I don’t <BR> know. I just wasn’t sure that I wanted to get <BR> involved.... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:37:20 EST ANTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197876 Here in Hillsboro, NH, it is ant season. Ants come into my house, looking for food. At my home, there is a war between me, cleaning the kitchen, and the ants, just wanting to survive. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98c5986c-1667-451e-84c8-ca098fa5b6ef.jpg"> <BR> When I see an ant on my kitchen counter, I first remove the small creature, then spray down the counter. I have been using vinegar and water, but now I wonder if my counters smell like a salad. Maybe my na... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 05:44:45 EST A Daisy of a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197351 Friday was my rest day, and at first, I was not thrilled with it. I like working out. I love my runs and bike rides and hikes and swims. Taking a rest day is hard for me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c846537f-9973-42dc-a0ec-9093d911a3f9.jpg"> <BR> Still, it is part of good health, and I have to do it. <BR> My husband and I went to Keene and did some shopping. We ate out at Pedrazza's and gave Liz a big tip to make up for the last time we were in. We also had a c... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 06:08:59 EST Making things RIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196796 Last Friday, we had a great meal at Pedrasa's Restaurant in Keene, and had a wonderful waitress named Liz. When we went to pay, we used a gift card. Somehow, the trip was not put on the gift card. When we went to leave a tip, we found that we only had a $100 bill and credit cards. They would not take the credit card for the tip, and would not break the $100. We left without leaving a tip, and felt awful. <BR> Today is our day to make things right with Liz. Liz is the only reason why w... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 05:23:27 EST Dear Kids and Grandkids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196263 Dear kids and Grandkids, <BR> Maybe you don't realize it, but you are very important to me. You are love, talked about, thought about, and planned for. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80d9d989-a8b0-4fa0-b93f-a01cb98db34b.JPG"> <BR> Every morning, I think of you, and say; "Lord, bless and help my kids and grandkids in all that they do today." I call each one by name, and smile when I think of you. I call your spouse's name, and the name of your kids, my beloved grandk... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 05:35:14 EST Just one more step! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195650 Just one more step! <BR> Okay friends! Today let’s give it all we’ve got! One more push-up, one more step, one less “sweet treat”. Today is the day to take just one more step in the right direction. Do you know what Albert Edison said? Here’s a reminder: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38df1a5c-42ea-4409-b2de-c84d02e81330.jpg"> <BR> You may not be able to climb a mountain or conquer all your problems today, <BR> But you can take just one more step in the right dir... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 05:27:03 EST Today's Push Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195013 I have a great friend who motivates me to keep moving and to push forward in my life. Sue is my massage therapist, and a whole lot more! She is a listener and an encourager. She works out the tension, stress and self doubt in my body and my soul whenever I go to see her. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7466f38-f26b-4022-a741-5bc67cc465f3.jpg"> <BR> She is also a gifted story teller. All of her gifts are used to bring health and healing to others. Today I am going t... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 05:36:50 EST