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/ Good News About Gabby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338639 Yesterday I got a phone call while at school, and I heard the cutest little squeaky voice say <BR> "Hi Gramma!" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7556eace-8e87-4155-b7bf-69dd40ec135f.jpg"> <BR> There is no sweeter sound in the world that the voice of a grandchild calling her Gramma! What a wonderful way to fill my day with joy. <BR> After a few minutes, Nora came on the phone and described the thorough testing that took place on Thursday. 5 specialists tested Gabby fo... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:37:50 EST Day 200 of my Spark Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338148 I have logged in to SparkPeople for 200 days straight. I've been on Spark for almost 5 years now, and have loved it. Clearly, I have learned consistency! This is my biggest streak ever, and I'm looking at other things that I'm able to accomplish. <BR> Oh, the possibilities! <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> I have been working very hard lately, and I'm tired. I need some new hope to boost my spirits, and find something for me to look forward to. Just for me. <BR> That is why I am taking the ti... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:20:55 EST 4 Lessons I Learned-By Mistake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337667 The 4 lessons I learned by mistake <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24183298-28c6-44b4-bac9-284a8cabec5f.jpg"> <BR> I've done a few things that I really regret. I have had time of impatience with myself and my kids. There have been times when I could have stuck with a job longer, and had much better results. Today I am a better person because I have learned from my past mistakes. Some of life's greatest lessons are learned during the worst of times from our biggest mi... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:19:08 EST Don't Quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337139 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6589121d-bcc1-4722-8bae-29373115dc73.jpg"> <BR> Yes, There are days when I want to either quit, or live life with less intensity. It is important to recognize this trap, and steer clear of it. <BR> Why? Because we were meant to be champions and to make a difference in this world. There are people who depend on you and on me. Let's live a life of love and joy both for ourselves, and for them. <BR> Today, let's move forward. Maybe it's jus... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:15:34 EST The Encourager http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336144 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96355ab9-d70d-41af-bc68-6f4b5199eae7.jpg"> <BR> I have a few people in my life who encourage me to be my very best. <BR> Last night I met with my boss and the principal of my school. She has the ability to make me see what I need to change to be a better teacher without destroying my self esteem. I came home after the meeting and started right in on what I had to do I am improving on my problem solving skills by spending a few minutes with h... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:25:15 EST Strong Enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335597 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4941e67-0953-48e9-b5a1-ec6511ae89d9.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes we wonder why life has to be so difficult. Today let's make the change, and just live this life! Let's put our energy into making the most of our life. If you fell down yesterday, stand up today! Things do not happen-they were MADE to happen! <BR> Today find that strength to know that you are strong enough. God has put that strength within you. <BR> "Happiness is the consequence... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:09:16 EST Modeling Mindfulness While Making Pizza! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335117 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9da1f658-f39c-46fa-83dc-ed3bc30523a9.jpg"> <BR> Every so often, you run across someone who models mindfulness to others. Not only did I see one person who really cared, but a whole staff! That is what I saw on Thursday, and as a result, my class had a great time at Athens Pizza! <BR> I'm impressed with the staff at Athens Pizza V in Keene, NH. They know how to work together, and created a meaningful experience. Thank you Bill and staff! W... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:30:15 EST Happy Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334662 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f18725b6-61aa-4fd9-9170-5040d726c48f.PNG"> <BR> Happy birthday to my wonderful Daughter in Law, hard working woman that you are! <BR> Hard working, and passionate about all that you do! <BR> You staged the house, and it sold in one day. <BR> You committed yourself to healthy eating while pregnant. Shiloh Rose is a strong and healthy little girl because of your live and dedication. <BR> You love and support my son Sam, and I am grateful for all... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:42:29 EST Today-St Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334169 My St. Patrick's Day Proclamation- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52fde013-3085-458d-b513-bbd2538d1dc6.jpg"> <BR> Today I only see beautiful and will speak the truth in the love of God <BR> I refuse to see petty and mean. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f1b151b-e567-4a8f-ba1d-bc62a425cf63.jpg"> <BR> I will not get caught up in your political and emotional madness. <BR> I will not judge and will not be mean and nasty. <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:18:51 EST Shoveling Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333716 Tuesday's storm proved to be a bad blizzard, and we worked our way through lots of snow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf197a41-ceff-44b6-af8b-58de72f81ef3.JPG"> <BR> I shoveled, and my DH used the snow blower, as we made our way through at least 16 inches (we measured 18 at one point) of snow. The wind howled, the snow fell, and we kept shoveling. We had decided not to pay the plowman this year. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7de5b12-2a... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:31:07 EST Sewing Bags With Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333219 Many years ago, my mom taught me how to sew. It seems only fit that now, at 94, I should return the favor and sew with her. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c18e10bb-b5ff-475c-8fec-8c6a3e8e8fb4.jpg"> <BR> My mother loves sewing, and has asked to be a part of making bags for her great grandkids. I do all the cutting and prep fork. She sews one side and the bottom, then I finish them off. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae5f8dc2-08d8-4d42-9b71-cb... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:18:39 EST Preparing for The STORM!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332714 New Englanders are nervous about the impending blizzard. We are about to experience the worse storm of the year. Perhaps. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/855d4e51-a00c-4c3b-9792-5b67890d12b7.JPG"> <BR> Schools and businesses have closed in anticipation of the storm. Last night, the grocery store was mobbed. No one wants to be stuck at home without food. We spent time getting our wood supply ready, and we have 8 gallons of water, next to the toilets, ready in case ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:37:58 EST Sewing & The Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332164 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e545a7e-6648-48e3-9ba6-490b0dcea9dd.jpg"> <BR> Over the past four months, I have discovered the joy of listening to books on tape while I sew and I drive. I end up spending more time sewing than I ever have before. Lately, I have been listening to books by Debbie Macomber. She has 18 different series with about 5-8 books in each series. Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with m... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:21:19 EST Gabby Update 3/12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331641 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/994d2cf8-24b0-4cc9-b35c-eec63cddc593.jpg"> <BR> Friday night (3/10), Gabby finally made it home from Miami Children's Hospital, and is recovering at home. Today she is home, after going through two operations, and the recovery process might take some time. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dba098fe-6c67-4215-82f3-b98cfb5a136a.jpg"> <BR> Gabby has fought hard in her young 7 months of life, and her parents have too. In mi... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 04:23:06 EST Spark Changes and Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331155 The Spark Changes and Challenges <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bda0d6d3-3f11-44cf-82c2-eb60442b29f6.jpg"> <BR> The new changes at Spark remind me of what happens at the grocery store when they move things around. I spend more time hunting, and inevitably, notice new Items. I know that sooner or later, I will find a way to give my teams their Sparkpoints, <BR> What I love most about SparkPeople are the challenges. I usually do them two at a time: one focused on exercise... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:23:00 EST Sparking For LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330635 Sparking for LIFE! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d420e94-da68-46d6-b32b-6a9fa086bfb9.JPG"> <BR> Every day, I make one small step forward. I check my life goals, and work towards them. I put a little bit of money into my savings. I write about something positive and helpful. I take time to draw on the support of friends and family. I'm changing for LIFE! <BR> <BR> I see a some people around me who are acting the way that they did 20 years ago. They are still bit... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:12:11 EST What I Eat is MY Business! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330106 What I eat is my business, and it's very serious business to me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4065cea8-ef39-45dd-ac49-6fc04338fae9.JPG"> <BR> I have drastically changed my diet after being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2011. Most of the time, I let people know that I am eating a low carb low sugar diet in lieu of taking medication. I also hike and bike for the health of it. Every day I take small, consistent steps in the right direction regarding my diet, ex... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 05:20:45 EST The Choice is Yours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329579 The Choice is Ours! <BR> Each one of has the power to choose our attitude and our actions. <BR> There are many things that we cannot change in our lives, our attitude is not one of them. How will we treat the people around us? Will we be helpful or hurtful? I can hold my tongue when I want to be rude. I choose to give full attention to the people in my life. <BR> Will we create victory or settle for defeat? I can choose to go out for a walk instead of getting caught up in the housewor... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 05:17:13 EST Surgery today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329070 Today my 7 month old Grand Daughter Gabriella Alice will have surgery to put a shunt in her brain. I am believing God for a full recovery. By the stripes of Jesus, she is healed. <BR> This is a photo of my son with his children Lina and Gabby. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc902096-780d-4f50-8e0a-5a8ffc844ddf.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 05:25:09 EST Relapsed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328914 Gabby is back in Miami Children's hospital. The first surgery proved to be a failure. Tuesday morning a shunt will be put in her brain. <BR> With God, all things are possible. <BR> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:18:21 EST Gabby is home from the Hospital! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328512 Gabby is back home! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/084fa5fa-102a-4c25-b180-2a9d71690ad5.jpg"> <BR> My little 7 month old grandchild Gabriella Alice has had rough month. On February 16th, Gabby underwent brain surgery at Miami Children's Hospital. After being released from the hospital several days later, she experienced some swelling in her brain, and the medication was not working well with her system. She spent more time under observation, and having her meds adjus... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 05:14:07 EST From Spark to BLAZE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328001 I have been using Spark to get a fire going in my life. Maybe we didn't start this fire of health, but I will keep it going! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee224408-a9ce-4ffc-978f-b0b5aaa4e210.jpg"> <BR> Spark People has helped light my motivational fire. "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. Seeing the opportunities in front of me and every day taking small steps to see those opportunities become reality is the fire and zeal that I have neede... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 05:04:00 EST Routines and Ruts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327539 Routines are important to me. They keep me moving forward without a lot of thought. I have my morning time where I stretch first, then visit SparkPeople to learn something new about health, and to write. After work, I go out for a walk or run. Routines are very important in times when I'm overwhelmed by life. My time exercising keeps me healthy and focused. My time learning keeps my mind fresh and aware of new approaches. I don't want to get in a rut. I look for positive people in my l... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 05:34:56 EST Gabby Update from 3-1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6325158 Baby Gabby is back in the hospital and in a lot of pain. Unlike the photo, she is not smiling much! My heart is breaking, and I would love to be down in Florida with the family. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c214371-0a4a-4e3f-b66c-c0ffe2b48b07.jpg"> <BR> God will make a way where there seems to be no way. <BR> He works in ways I cannot see, He will make a way for me. <BR> He will be my guide, hold me closely to HIS side, <BR> With love and grace for each new day... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 05:12:55 EST Talking myself into Good Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323757 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9297dd16-d337-4f88-9a43-d654456eb306.jpg"> <BR> Talking Me and Myself into Good Health! <BR> I have a great concern for "Me, Myself and I". Every day I talk to that shining shelf to be my best. Here is how I do it. <BR> <BR> There are times when I just have to have a good talk with Me and Myself. I remind Myself that I am strong and that I have the power to say "NO!" to the second chocolate. I have to get Myself up off the couch and take M... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:17:07 EST Gabby needs your prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323191 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a1563b4-2645-4d40-8ab2-f55a85cc481d.jpg"> <BR> Dear Friends, Yesterday was rough. Gabriella is pretty sick cause of swelling in her brain. They also found that she has some liver damage, likely caused from the meds she's on but they are checking other things just in case. We are taking it day by day. Giving steroids to control swelling in the brain and seeing whether they will need to operate again. <BR> Thank you for your prayers, your love a... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 05:12:30 EST Seeing Myself Succeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322653 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6660304-f5e2-466b-ac21-89dd6052c783.jpg"> <BR> I have a vision of success: I want a strong and healthy body and family. I want my blood sugar levels at 100 consistently, and I want to have energy to keep up with the grandkids while hiking and playing. I can see it in my mind. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2d04d31-89eb-4b4e-a1ac-73dfff3e2667.jpg"> <BR> Peak performers are people who see themselves succeed. They r... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:18:48 EST Excellence and a caring attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322105 The Perkins Inn B & B is both beautiful and comfortable. It has become my second home after just one night. It was by far my best experience ever staying in a B & B. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b78e6c21-d43b-4f58-b3de-c3dc883c9d87.jpg"> <BR> I remember the first time ever I saw this place. I was out walking with my husband John right after Christmas. We were in Cornish, Maine visiting Laura, and went out for a walk when we happened upon it. "Look, there's a Be... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:17:15 EST The views we choose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321629 <BR> The Views we choose <BR> When watching the news <BR> Some we've held dear <BR> because they are clear <BR> CNN, and The Times <BR> Left out of the briefing <BR> Because of their beefing <BR> Over trumped up lies <BR> Donald's fake news we despise! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bec8b2d3-8059-4c49-b033-7bd02f7dc5ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> More than anything, I want t be able to persuasively express my political opinions without stirring up strife. I realize that t... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:08:35 EST Every bite counts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321174 Every single bit of food that goes into our mouths has an effect on our body. Sometimes, we just have to be honest and recognize this fact. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eec7fb6f-473f-4c01-8f9f-2de21afd875d.jpg"> <BR> The way that we cook, what we cook and how much we eat of our healthy preparations needs to be considered. Here is one way that I make every bite count: <BR> Once or twice a week, I take the time to make a big salad and store it in my plastic container... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:31:35 EST Sew What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320691 During this vacation week, I have spent some time making mittens, hats and scarves. I have been making mittens for 4 years, and give many pairs to local schools, free clothing centers, and also sell some at craft fairs. <BR> This year, my husband has decided to learn how to use the rotary cutter, and cut out the fleece for me. What a great time saver! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e43f645b-804d-463b-a550-04a8100dd1f8.jpg"> <BR> As you can see, I also wear what I ma... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:56:48 EST Healthy is my Hobby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320179 My Health is my Hobby <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f50ac035-2ffc-4376-be51-a86b7f1747a5.jpg"> <BR> I have a vision that I keep in front of me all the time. My vision is that of my happy, healthy mind and body. My blood sugar numbers are at 100 or lower, and I’m able to continue running and hiking with my grandkids. I run my race of health each day, and I expect good things. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49dc825a-b9c7-4fb4-949c-723ebc250a3c.... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:33:04 EST My Health Matters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319663 This week, I've been reminded (again) about how important my health is to my family. <BR> My little grandchild Gabby had brain surgery yesterday. The risk of infection is so high that family members were all asked to stay away. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a342170-217f-4e72-a2c8-0fcad7db1120.jpg"> <BR> Gabby came through the surgery with few problems. She will be back home by the end of the week. It went good-no bleeding. She had some breathing trouble They fo... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:26:37 EST I Succeed With the Help from My Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319174 One reason that I am doing so well with my healthy goals is because I'm getting others involved with my goals. I write every day and tell my friends how I'm doing. I visit the pages of my SparkFriends, and encourage them as well. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70759fc7-7ce5-4a8b-a627-2925ce35bd94.jpg"> <BR> I have some goals that I'm working had to reach. I want to keep my blood sugar levels low, and I need to get in my exercise. In order to reach this goal, I nee... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:21:51 EST A Meditative Monadnock Climb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318641 Yesterday was a perfect winter's day to hike a mountain in New Hampshire! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53573c11-8baa-4a85-8e87-c70c86ac6814.JPG"> <BR> The temps were in the high 40's with lots of sunshine. Who could ask for anything more? My friend Lee Ann asked to join us on the hike. We hiked Mt. Mount Monadnock via the White Arrow Trail. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f7ff9db-5157-435f-908d-c9b27e9d2989.jpg"> <BR> The trail was fairly qu... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:03:49 EST Reliving History! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318185 Saturday was a special day at the Fuller Library in Hillsboro. We had an open house with all 4 floors of the old Smith mansion open with tours. Because the top 2 floors have been closed for about 10 years, this was a major event. My husband John and I were dressed up as The Governor John Butler Smith, and his wife Emma E. Lavender Smith. For over two hours, we greeted the more than 120 guests who arrived. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdfaa668-d907-43c0-a9a5-5a00... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:47:21 EST No Fear!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317722 The scripture that I stand on with my grandchild Gabby facing brain surgery is "Do not be afraid, only believe." (Mark 5:36) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/852e81e2-6fb7-4a06-b243-abd2c7646864.jpg"> <BR> Attitude makes a big difference in how we face a situation, and what we receive from that test or trial. I am faced with a choice of what I will focus on: <BR> 1. I can focus on the possibility of complications from the surgery. There is only a 40 <BR> 5 success rate... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:19:11 EST Pray for Baby Gabby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317277 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a891ebc-dc8e-4ded-89e6-fc0870ef44dc.jpg"> <BR> My 5 month old grandchild Gabby is going to have an Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) with Choroid Plexus Cauterization for Hydrocephalus to treat congenital obstructive hydrocephalus. You may have to Google all of that to figure out what will take place. I had to. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c89f8e8-b476-4c31-8cbe-e8f234c5f2ea.jpg"> <BR> The surgery takes place o... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:16:00 EST Finding my Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316811 There are so many things that I can focus my attention on every day! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60b2d1c1-ff2f-41f3-9c3c-8c52c3370eb1.JPG"> <BR> Some are worthwhile, and some are not. <BR> I can focus on the positive, or the negative. <BR> I can focus on my friends or my enemies. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be1f16c3-c36c-46d2-b447-a4e498bc287b.jpg"> <BR> What we focus on take us our mental energy and we move in that direction. <BR> Be ca... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:19:58 EST Teaching the Baby to Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316306 The best way to teach a child to read is to first help them to love book. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7f83ad1-c877-4ddd-9d15-6c0b535f52bd.jpg"> <BR> Send them books and cards often. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdfe172b-58e4-4da2-9fd9-f3384c4e36db.jpg"> <BR> Let kids know that you love to read too. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d0af2f1-0a9f-4171-95a0-e22183bb7a19.jpg"> <BR> Children learn what children live. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:17:56 EST Snow shoeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315790 Yesterday was the perfect afternoon to head into the woods and enjoy the beauty around me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67fe6313-4910-4a40-b12f-708ce4b397a9.jpg"> <BR> The fresh snow brought a sense of quietness and calm. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97560149-6308-4bc3-b66e-bc9093c280c9.jpg"> <BR> We had to break trail through over a foot of snow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6c1ab09-3a62-4e82-9861-70822f908049.jpg"... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:11:27 EST Early morning Snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315235 Beautiful snow all over the place <BR> Lots of shoveling is what I face. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9176de5-0dd0-4133-b91d-e5668d6e5aaf.jpeg"> <BR> There will be no school New Hampshire day, <BR> I'll work outside and home I'll stay <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ae43f64-ff5f-445e-9074-6a8a00c1b334.jpg"> <BR> So much work I will not do <BR> This change of pace till the day is through. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e84... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:16:33 EST The balance between Strict and Silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314748 There are times when girls just want to have fun. I found my fun and edit with gusto! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e84c5c16-0c5b-48ff-bf4f-178477ac3334.JPG"> <BR> Last month was my birthday, and friends helped me to seek out the silly treats that I've always enjoyed. I lick my lips and thank God that I know how to enjoy myself. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aba9412e-b4da-4121-9408-dc25709ceae8.JPG"> <BR> Today is a day to get serious, an... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:26:38 EST Motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314275 Every once in a while I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I glimmer of hope that my efforts are being rewarded. Real progress is being made. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d375fb2c-a917-496d-8acc-68f11d3208f5.JPG"> <BR> I feel just a little bit better than I did before. <BR> I'm just a little bit stronger. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58eb2281-e68c-4957-bc15-13566213b5a2.bmp"> <BR> My attitude is improving. <BR> I'm reaching my goals. ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:18:06 EST Nevertheless, She Persisted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313779 “Nevertheless, She Persisted!” <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80cde77b-9c3d-4d0f-b2a3-2866797dd029.jpg"> <BR> “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted!” <BR> These are the words that Mitch McConnell said of Senator Elizabeth Warren before the Republican Party voted to silence her on the Senate floor. He was a fool to try to put down this intelligent woman. <BR> “She persisted!” I want those words to be true of me, and my stand fo... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:14:13 EST It's all aboout The Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313207 Every once in a while, I take the time to return to The Spark. I look at where I started six years ago, and the change that I've experienced from being a daily part of the Spark community. I didn't have a lot of weight to lose, but I needed to understand Type II Diabetes and change my eating habits. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46b689a1-13f2-46af-8d95-573a0386cd1f.JPG"> <BR> There's a positive force that flows through each of us. Spark is a way of life, a state o... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 05:05:09 EST Drinking the Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312664 Drinking water is adiscipline. <BR> Yesterday I got busy ith other things, and this morning I feel the results. <BR> Today I rink. <BR> I get in 8-9 glasses of water and herbal tea a day. <BR> How do you wo with getting in your water? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edd71be3-678f-40ba-bcc1-be41c4be6fde.jpg"> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 05:09:58 EST The Crusaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312117 Within my family, there's a group of people that I lovingly call The Crusaders. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e414f0a-f89c-43e1-ba30-879998571726.jpg"> <BR> They are people who rush to justice, and don’t care who they run down in the process. <BR> These wonderful conservative people are so focused on righteousness and justice, that they will kick the infidel, the dirty dog that happens to be in their way. Unfortunately, I was that dirty dog. My opinions are differen... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 05:18:13 EST Waking up to the Win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311547 Today I wake up to another Patriots Super Bowl win. I also wake up to having enjoyed the right amount of good food the night before. Here was my winning game plan: <BR> 1. Small plates. I served my meal on my small plates. I enjoyed chips and salsa in small portions. Chips are often my downfall. I bought a small bag of healthy corn chips. <BR> 2. Preportion my food. I made a huge batch of soup earlier on Sunday, and left out two bowls for the game. It was a winning strategy. <BR> 3... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 05:20:46 EST Quietness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311021 Today is my quiet day. I've turned off the noise a d now I listen to the peacefulness around me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd70e581-8dc4-4cf1-90f7-bf9de89a8a8e.jpg"> <BR> Restoration and healing come to my soul. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b13a6a0-f65a-4773-89fe-cafa7d3192ca.jpg"> <BR> Clarity of thought returns to my mid. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/417dfcff-4dd9-42ce-8969-7ea69d7529ed.jpg"> <BR> It's so easy t... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 05:26:57 EST