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/ Take your TIME!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747969 Don't rush through the mountains~ <BR> Life is a journey, not a race! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l268977111.jpg"> <BR> Notice the flowers and the fields, <BR> Trees and shrubs. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1600326169.jpg"> <BR> Feel the soft breeze, and <BR> the bitter cold rain. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1361257764.jpg"> <BR> Hike and run, <BR> but do not rush <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:04:41 EST Hiking boots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747641 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l618144071.jpg"> <BR> I just got home from a 4 day vacation with lots of hiking in the White Mountains. I volunteered as the Information Volunteer at Mizpah Hut on the Appalachian Trail. <BR> What fun! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:56:59 EST Choice, Chance, Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745432 It all starts with making a choice. <BR> Decide what has to change. <BR> Take the chance! <BR> Put forth the effort to become something better! <BR> Change will come based on our decisions and our effort to commit to them. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l409201105.jpg"> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:47:36 EST Camping at Gilson Pond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744681 I found the most beautiful place to camp, and it is on my favorite mountain, Mt. Monadnock! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l588030280.jpg"> <BR> We camped on Sunday and Monday nights. The campground was fairly empty. I loved the quiet! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827048893.jpg"> <BR> There are sites with electricity, and sites without. All sites are very large with lots of privacy. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:05:28 EST GREAT News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744269 My son and his wife both passed their medical board exams. <BR> We just found out 5 minutes ago. <BR> Congrats Dr. Mom and Dr. Dad! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l535857739.jpg"> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:37:19 EST Special People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742513 "We must hold in our minds these utterly contradictory thoughts: not one of us matters at all; each of us is infinitely precious." -- Jane Emily Bowers <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1189668396.jpg"> <BR> Today I am thankful for my two sisters, Donna and Amanda, and how special they made my wedding day more than 7 years ago (April 14, 2007). Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:02:44 EST Poor Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741906 There is an injured young bear in the woods near my home. He limps around, and now is becoming a nuisance. I am no longer able to run down our dirt roads in peace. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l625255751.jpg"> <BR> I feel bad for the poor bear. He needs some medical attention, and perhaps Fish and Game will tranquilize the bear and look at him. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1278568872.jpg"> <BR> In the mean time, I have to find altern... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:10:19 EST An Important Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741237 After a short family walk to the Church, Lina was christened. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020976645.jpg"> <BR> It was a simple ceremony with friends and family present. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1745264914.jpg"> <BR> It was a peaceful time where we placed this precious child in the hands of God. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053468803.jpg"> <BR> The Godfather flew in from Iraq to be here. <BR> Friends... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:59:54 EST The echo~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740511 Be careful what you send out- <BR> It will come back to you. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063947314.jpg"> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:41:01 EST Fessing up and Forgivemess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739819 Yesterday I my son told me of a time 10 years ago when I said something that offended him. <BR> It took him a long time to be able to confront me and tell me. <BR> Today is my day to ask forgiveness and make things right. I try so hard to help my kids. It is a humbling thing to realize that sometimes I do hurt the ones that I love. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l533334603.jpg"> <BR> It is so important to listen to what our friends and family say to us, and be... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:37:25 EST Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739092 I am taking the day off from my serious exercise plan. I have been running, hiking or biking every day for most of the summer. Last night I realized that I am getting tired and a bit snippy towards my husband. When the good attitude goes, it is time to reevaluate my life. <BR> There are people who get ill just because they forget to live a life of balance. Even too much of a good thing is bad for your health. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65371873.jpg"> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:04:35 EST New Girl on the Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738343 There are some jobs in this world that many people expect to find a man doing. Park Manager is one of those positions. What a joy to find an intelligent, energetic woman working as the new park manager of Monadnock State Park! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2073379714.jpg"> <BR> Elizabeth "Beth" Kintz started her position as Park Manager on May 30th. Originally from Rindge, she started working at Monadnock during the summer seasons of 2002 and 2003. She has also ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:56:33 EST Unable to change Status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737969 Hi friends, for the past month, I have been unable to change my status. <BR> How do I get technical assistance with this? <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:29:17 EST Just got home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737872 I spent a great weekend working on Monadnock trails. Today I get to clean up for a week of work! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2005404166.jpg"> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:55:36 EST What will I make of today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736466 Today will bring me many things, but what will I bring to today? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1228194730.jpg"> <BR> I can bring joy and happiness to myself and to others. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2101274113.jpg"> <BR> I can focus on the beauty in others with my thoughts and words. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1459564447.jpg"> <BR> Today I will look for the good. <BR> I will look for the loveliness <BR> I... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:45:26 EST Generous Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735794 Sometimes we all need to help, and other times, we need to be helped. This month, I needed both. My son needed a car. I willingly loaned my car, but there are a few days when I have to have my own set of wheels in order to teach a very special student. <BR> One day before Mathew took off with my little Subaru, a friend called me to say that I could borrow his sports car. Needless to say, I am having a great time. I am reminded of the Bible verse “Give and it shall be given unto you.” ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:49:06 EST The World Needs More Robins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735066 On Monday afternoon, we made a needed trip into Wal*Mart. We were tired from having climbed Mt Monadnock, and probably did not look like the ideal customer. That never bothered Robin, a cashier at the Rindge, NH Wal*Mart store. She saw us looking for a short check-out line, and said; “come on over here!” <BR> What a cheerful person! We thanked Robin for helping us get out of the store quickly, and she responded; “just doing my job!” How refreshing! Robin told us that she loved her j... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:44:19 EST Hiker with Diabetes Needs Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734287 Yes, I need some BIG help! <BR> I just spent the day burning lots of calories hiking Mt. Monadnock. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l641894982.jpg"> <BR> It was a 4 hour hike on a hot, humid day. <BR> I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during the hike. The only itme I eat such a sandwich is on a hike day. Now it appears that the sandwich threw off my blood sugar tremendously. My morning reading was 153-way high for me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 05:59:13 EST "I" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733524 I am going to look closer that this beautiful world around me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235750361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am going to listen closely when people speak to me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1738351890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am going to eat responsibly! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l312689621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am going to share my blessed life with all that I can! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:04:21 EST Baby Kisses On My Cheek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732897 Baby kisses on my cheek <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756334609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Remind me of what is important <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146185087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spending time with little ones~ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1270837928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sharing secrets with each other <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576490057.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While learning how to walk through... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:01:39 EST Risks NOT worth taking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732308 There are people, just like this hiker, who take needless risks when they climb. This rescue cost thousands of dollars. While the hand shake was a wonderful symbol of gratitude, I am sure that tax payers in Washington state will want to know how this amazing rescue will be paid for. <BR> <link>koin.com/2014/07/03/video-crews-resc<BR>ue-hiker-from-cliff-in-wash/ </link> <BR> Hiking alone may be a beautiful, peaceful experience, but Hiking Dude asks us to consider these dangers: <BR> ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 05:55:20 EST A funny thing happened on the way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731725 A funny thing happened on the way to the beach house… <BR> Yesterday I was on my way down to see my son, his lovely wife, and the sweet little baby Lina. I decided that my salad needed something to make it look special, so I stopped in at Peterborough Baskets to put it in an insulated basket. My salad would look so special, and Nora would have a basket. Both Mat and Nora are in med school, and finances are tight for them. <BR> <BR> I looked around the show room at Peterborough Basket, ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 05:59:46 EST The little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731054 Like the flowers on the roadside <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241596842.jpg"> <BR> and the smile upon your face <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560621130.jpg"> <BR> It's the little acts of kindness <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1527971484.jpg"> <BR> that get me through life's race. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l391088722.jpg"> <BR> You are the wind beneath my wings <BR> <img src="http:... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 06:11:38 EST pepper problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730286 Dear friends, <BR> What is wrong with our peppers? Everything else in our garden is doing great, but the peppers are disappointing. They look wilted, and they are small. Do you have any thoughts on what we should do to perk up the peppers? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l856630588.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l131510238.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l162734428.jpg"> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 05:50:55 EST The Mountains are in Bloom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729575 I love the mountain blooms of summer! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1739368466.jpg"> <BR> Alpine Azalea <BR> Especially in the Alpine Zones of the White Mountains. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1513023901.jpg"> <BR> Alpine bluets <BR> I once thought that the only Alpine Zone was on Mt. Washington, <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376711250.jpg"> <BR> Alpine Bog Laurel <BR> But I have since seen the Alpine Zones on M... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 06:23:16 EST Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728774 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 <BR> It is so easy to believe the worse about others and about ourselves. Today I will change that! <BR> I will believe that I am strong! <BR> I am a good person and God can use me! <BR> I can change the world in at least one small way today! <BR> I can walk on the path of great health! <BR> I am a beautiful, brilliant person who can help others! <BR> God’s joy and love abide in me! <BR> The same i... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:04:52 EST Me and My Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728150 Yesterday was the most amazing day! I went to the Audubon Society in Concord, NH for a party with my Spark Friends! <BR> It was a small gathering, but we had a wonderful time! I had to go and see the amazing people who support me every day on sparkpeople.com. I have great health because of you! I work out problems because of nonjudgemental caring people like you! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1715207827.jpg"> <BR> After the party, I went home, so happy for mee... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:14:29 EST NH Sparkers Party Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727524 I have been a member of SparkPeople for 2 1/2 years, and have not met another Spark Person. Today that will all change! <BR> 10am to 4 pm <BR> at the Audubon Society in Concord, NH <BR> I am looking forward to meeting some of you! <BR> Have a beautiful day! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1196198444.jpg"> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 05:44:38 EST Mizpah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726845 Mizpah Hut naturalist program <BR> Croo: Nat, Emily and Erin and Sam. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806711998.jpg"> <BR> The Croo members were so very kind and respectful. Their good manners made our time at Mizpah very enjoyable. <BR> Mizpah Hut was built in 1964, and one of the gentlemen spending the night in the hut helped to build it. Clearly, it was an important accomplishment in his life, and he looked back on that effort with happiness. The facility is ce... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:12:13 EST Not the least bit lonesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726090 Not at all lonesome at the Lonesome Lake Hut <BR> Croo: Gavin, Emily, Grace, Bre, Erica and Scott with Adam Auerbach, friend. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926905016.jpg"> <BR> Lonesome Lake Hut is a welcoming, busy, family-oriented place. We met three unusual groups at the hut while we working as the Information Volunteers (info vols). <BR> Bre the naturalist gave several naturalist presentations, and people were captivated by them. They were interesting, info... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:56:10 EST Bears in the White Mountains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725639 It is very hard for some people to learn to follow instructions. <BR> "Don't feed the Bear!" means just that. <BR> A fed bear is a dead bear because he or she could become a nuisance bear, looking for food in all the wrong places. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1003319989.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:58:33 EST Your kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721845 The kind acts of others are the flowers of life <BR> They bring in the joy and chase out the strife. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l371684051.jpg"> <BR> In my times of trouble when pain is so real, <BR> The kindness of others has helped my heart heal. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1163141421.jpg"> <BR> You may not remember the kind deeds you do, <BR> But when you look in my eyes, you know that it’s true~ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:41:40 EST Flowers help the world go ‘round. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721101 Flowers help the world go ‘round. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l670206532.jpg"> <BR> “The earth laughs in flowers.” <BR> &#8213; Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122635230.jpg"> <BR> When I look at the beautiful flowers around me, I know that Emerson must be right! <BR> Flowers of all kind are important to me. They are a healthy way to look at an often dirty world. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:40:54 EST The Glory of a Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2103767681.jpg"> <BR> I love my little piece of dirt. <BR> Watching plants that I care for is such a satisfying thing. <BR> Eating the fruits of my labor brings me health and joy. <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:37:29 EST Our Kitchen Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719571 Maybe we don’t have the biggest garden around, but we love it! Our close-up shots can make our veggies look bigger than they are. We love taking time every night weeding and caring for our plants. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1317437094.jpg"> <BR> No, there is not enough of a garden for canning, but we will be eating fresh veggies all summer, if the deer, bear, woodchuck and moose stay away. If the critters come, they will certainly get a very good meal, and we ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:38:56 EST The BEST Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718850 The very best moments of every day <BR> Are waking up~come what may <BR> Yes, just having you by my side <BR> Brings joy to my day-an enjoyable ride, <BR> Or a trip to the store or a hike <BR> Or going out on the bikes <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1337258661.jpg"> <BR> Whatever it is, <BR> Whatever I do <BR> My life is much better because I have you! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:36:13 EST Daddy's Little Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718239 Yesterday my cousin Barbara gave me the nicest gift: <BR> she gave me a very old photo of my family. On this beautiful Father's Day, it is important to remember when I was Daddy's Little Girl, and Mommy's Little Helper. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1238975402.jpg"> <BR> HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:19:03 EST Good times and rainy times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717632 Yesterday was a day to remember. <BR> All five of my brothers and sisters showed up at my Mom's home for a reunion. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967941127.jpg"> <BR> As an added treat, my son Sam from New Jersey came up to the party too. <BR> John, Jackie, David, Donna Randall and Amanda. <BR> plus their children and some grandkids too. 4 generations of Grays. 30 people. <BR> Maybe we all don't see eye to eye, but we do love each other. <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:59:31 EST Friday the 13th Gray Family Reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716947 Today my whole family <BR> -my dear mother, 3 brothers, two sisters, and their kids and their grand kids- <BR> all get together. <BR> This will be a day for focusing on what makes us a family, and not on what keeps us apart. <BR> It has been 2 years since we have been together. We come from different parts of the country, and represent many different points of view, different politics, different lifestyles and different food choices. <BR> It will be a great lesson in love, acceptance, fo... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:43:49 EST too sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716231 I am using another browser for my Spark now. <BR> I will let you know how it works. <BR> Today my son Sam is driving up from NJ to see me. I made him his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Eating cookie dough was my delicious downfall last night. <BR> Today I will only have one cookie. <BR> Taste has to be one of the wonders of the world. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259480361.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:38:40 EST Trouble in Sparkland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715444 I am having llots of problems with the Spark People website, and am unable to write a full blog or change my status at this time. <BR> As soon as the problem is resolved, I will be posting more encouraging blogs with photos. For now, I use the IPad. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1296230567.jpg"> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:46:53 EST Monadnock Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713888 Of all the places on Earth, I consider a mountain summit to be most special. Monadnock summit has a very special place for me because it is my most visited summit. I have been to the peak 116 times. I doubt that any summit experience will ever be the same as another. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l932016824.jpg"> <BR> There were people everywhere! Young and old were enjoying this unique place, and the spectacular views. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 05:51:28 EST Up, down and around the Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713240 Yesterday's hike was more than I expected. I have hiked Monadnock over 100 times, and I know this mountain well. I did not think that a few extra miles would bother me. <BR> We started at the Headquarters with a talk from Rick Desmarris, our group leader. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220767578.jpg"> <BR> "We stick together, and drink (water) heavily." Later, the part about heavy drinking would come back to get me. I will get to that later. <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 06:32:20 EST Difficulty with Pop-ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712510 I am having a very hard time making a post because of all the pop-ups that get in the way. SparkPeople's page has become difficult for me to use while other pages are not so hard. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a solution? Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:45:51 EST True opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712507 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1799660815.jpg"> <BR> Opportunity looks a lot like work. That is why many people let good opportunities pass them by. <BR> Don't be afraid of the work! Take the opportunity when it comes! Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:35:33 EST Lupines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711812 One of my favorite NH flowers is the Lupine. <BR> We have them all around my yard, but not in bloom yet. <BR> Mt Monadnock in Lupines and spring flowers <BR> Painting by Linda Dessaint. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915874105.jpg"> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 05:36:23 EST Great and Small http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711016 All creatures great and small <BR> The Good Lord cares for us all <BR> We are never left alone~ <BR> On us the love of God is shown. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1465074591.jpg"> <BR> Perhaps today there are things that you need. <BR> If you want a harvest, plant a seed! <BR> When we give, it comes back to us. <BR> We can thank God now, no need to fuss! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 05:30:24 EST One of Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710243 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l764733888.jpg"> <BR> Be the positive influence on the world. <BR> Don't lower yourself to a standard where you do not belong. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 05:34:08 EST Big Plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709467 Develop a plan and keep changing the plan until it fits. <BR> Failing to plan is planning to fail. <BR> My plan: Lowering my blood sugar numbers by walking more and monitoring my diet. I con do it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1478914718.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 05:31:31 EST High Places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708604 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449127759.jpg"> <BR> Photo by John Burk Mon, 2 Jun 2014 05:32:45 EST