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/ Turning Sadness Upside Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258228 Today is a tiring day and part of a tough week. I was worn out on Wednesday, with much more week to come. I needed to ditch my disappointment. Here are the 7 things that I did: <BR> 1. I turned on some silly music, danced, and then I drank my water. <BR> 2. I took a short nap. <BR> 3. I would have hiked, but it was 23 degrees, and raining. I did not need a cold, wet walk. <BR> 4. I called my mother, and told her just how special she is to me! <BR> 5. I sewed part of my grandchild... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:26:09 EST Sewing with kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257743 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a831fa35-643d-43d8-acda-2de8b00c28a6.jpeg"> <BR> Needles to watch, fabric on the floor, and lots of patience. <BR> But the children love learning to sew! Their little felt animals are so cute! <BR> I'm having a happy time with 20 kids who are learning the lost art of making finger puppets. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c4df85b-f312-43f6-8e3b-5f4a9940613e.jpg"> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:22:29 EST What a wonderful Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257260 Another day full of people and Promise! <BR> What ever happens to you, remember that <BR> it's all good! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1030554-b3be-4efc-bb5b-d3b637e29a57.jpg"> <BR> Today is a great gift from our good God! Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:18:48 EST Kindergarten Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256713 Kindergarten political wisdom we can all understand! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64b636a5-439f-4006-a059-c49d660ed9e7.jpg"> <BR> Today I talked with a young boy as he got off the bus. He was upset about a conversation that he had with a few other students on the ride to school “They want Trump to be president!” he said. “How can they want Trump?” The Kindergartener continued, quite frustrated. <BR> We sat down on the bench, and I explained something that I wish adul... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:17:48 EST An Autumn Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256180 No need to drive an hour away, <BR> We’ll walk in the woods on this windy day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e35217fe-c019-4e43-908c-84b5db16141e.jpg"> <BR> Up the dirt road and around the hill, <BR> Cool air on my face gives me a chill! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fcc3e0d-491f-444f-80c7-8b47ccdbe4eb.jpg"> <BR> Little leaves dancing as they fall to the ground, <BR> Swirling and swaying, twirling around. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:30:24 EST Dear Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255711 Dear Doctor Perez, <BR> Thank you for the tough talk that you gave me a few months ago. You have motivated me to make the needed changes in my diet. <BR> I had not taken all of the necessary steps to stay off of the medicine for controlling Type II Diabetes. You did not mince words and you gave me a simple but effective tool to help me. <BR> Besides my good diet and exercise, I drink a tall glass of water before every meal. <BR> I understand that there are serious side effects with untrea... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:16:27 EST Finding Forms of Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255281 Today I need some new motivation for a certain student. I know that it will have to be as different as I can come up with. Sometimes I am surprised at what will motivate a young man. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a70ec525-cfac-40fa-bfdb-7e80ef7554ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Many years ago, my son Matty fell off his bike often. Every time he fell, he would land on his knees and lay in the middle of the road. His knees were open wounds for months, and I wanted to see him hea... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:45:31 EST Starting Each Day Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254800 In order to make the most of my days , I start each one with the following: <BR> The Bible-I set my intention to live in peace and love. <BR> A prayer for helping strength. <BR> A song that lifts my heart and head. <BR> Exercise to motivate my body to move. <BR> A healthy breakfast. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73bf1ae9-a6f2-4199-bf6b-72950821d03e.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> How do you start your day? Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:20:38 EST The last Kayak ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254318 Every year my friend Yvonne lets me keep my kayak at her lovely lake house. I drop it off in early May and pick it up in late October. Every week I go for a visit and a ride. Usually I have the lake to myself. <BR> I grew up with a summer cottage on a lake, but a much busier lake than Loon Pond. I love the peace and solitude that I experience almost every time I kayak. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos. I keep my phone on the shoreline. <BR> Yesterday was probably the last ride of ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:17:40 EST Gentleness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253821 Remember to be kind and considerate today. Our attitude shapes the attitudes of others. There are people who will need to hear something to warm their hearts. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/215d2317-cee1-44a9-85da-68a983b4e796.jpg"> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:20:12 EST Spreading a Positive Message! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253285 One way that I love to send positive messages at schools is to help my students create murals. The students pick the theme, we research ideas and then voila! Some of our themes in the past include Racing to Learn, Growing a Garden of Manners, The Crayon Box, The Pumpkin Patch, Learning is a Hit! <BR> Here are a few of our monthly murals: <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56af809e-a6b3-478e-b611-883be249743d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:20:21 EST Politics in the Classroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252731 Currently I am teaching my student about voting and the three branches of government. One thing that I stay away from is taking a side. In the household where I teach, there are some very strong beliefs and politics are important. I stay away from offending anyone with my beliefs. I am not in the classroom to preach, but to teach. I will let my students make up their own minds. <BR> Students need to know that I am on their side. I am on their side, and their opinion matters more tha... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:22:11 EST The Wise Old Owl and my Studies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252220 Last weekend, I spent some time taking an online class for my school. It is a course that I have done before, so I kept the TV on as I worked. The news show helped me to understand the material. The Trump bus scandal was breaking, and I learned a lesson from The Donald. <BR> My training was the Sexual Harassment Prevention. What did I learn? I learned that most people do not realize that words can constitute sexual harassment. Loose lips can sink ships! Maybe this presidential candid... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:43:47 EST Getting Out of My Own Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251774 Yesterday I felt the pain from my injuries, and as hard as I tried, I was not a pleasant person. The harder I worked, the less I got done. I needed to step away from my responsibilities and just relax. That is a tough one for me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fb6d390-adf8-4340-a806-973a089096b8.jpg"> <BR> I took a long hot bath with epsom salts and them went to my meditation class. It's amazing how much focus and calm can come from spending an hour with deep bre... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 05:50:54 EST Sparked Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251279 It is not what we do, but how we think about what we do that makes a difference. After joining SparkPeople, I started writing a daily blog. This practice has caused me to look closely at my eating, hiking, and my life in general. I have written down my hopes, dreams and fears here. I have shared my mountain high points, and my falls in the middle of the road. You have cheered me on, and given me advice that has been most helpful. You are the best encouragers ever! <BR> <BR> Reflection... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:24:45 EST Riding along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250765 Riding along on a beautiful day, <BR> All was bright with nothing gray. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c24c9d4-bbf7-43d2-8c11-2391a9af3871.jpg">Just when I was sure and confident <BR> My need for God not evident <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61a040a5-e2fa-4c4e-a97d-2a16dfe4e001.jpg"> <BR> I hit a little bump in the road, <BR> Fall on my face like a heavy load! <BR> <BR> J <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86680c83-abe8-47a0-... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:14:46 EST Appreciate those who help you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249707 Yesterday several people went out of their way to help me. Tonya in CVS searched high and low until she found the coconut oil. Jack at McDonalds made me a specialty breakfast sandwich with fewer carbs. I thanked them and then called the company that they worked for. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9301532-7a5a-4a8d-8277-aef2881785fa.jpg"> <BR> When you build a fire of appreciation, every one around you is warmer! <BR> Celebrating the people of my life today! Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:20:43 EST Determination. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249149 Keeping on keeping on. <BR> Not giving up! <BR> Sometimes we may get tired, but don't quit eating well and exercising. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dccc876f-6b96-422c-832f-be02c493192a.jpeg"> <BR> How will you show your healthy determination today? Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:08:49 EST Moose in the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248664 Of all the woodland creatures, the moose are the most mystifying. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a43b2d20-706f-4f72-a5e9-8654b0854d49.jpg"> <BR> Maybe it's those eyes so big. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95aed839-a721-4c64-ade6-a17fc1334385.jpg"> <BR> Maybe it's the gangly almost awkward appearance. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/240a7834-df42-4431-93bc-5bee9553c877.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes they appear to be innocent in a si... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 05:23:16 EST Making it through Matthew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248164 Mat and Nora live in Ft. Lauderdale, and chose to stay put with their two little children. Gabby, the newborn, just got out of the hospital after recovering from viral meningitis. They bought a generator with a credit card, planning to return it if it was not needed. <BR> <BR> The storm hit, they lost power, but the power returned before they took the generator out of the box. Now life returns to normal. <BR> Thank you, Lord Jesus! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 05:49:30 EST Aches need rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247680 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3694c833-7279-427c-9639-15201c53dba7.jpeg">Today I am taking another rest day. After the bike accident on Wednesday, my body is still recovering. <BR> I'm going to get back on the bike for a few minutes and enjoy the fall foliage, but nothing crazy. <BR> My body needs some rest and recovery time today. <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 05:18:45 EST Aches need rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247679 Today I am taking another rest day. After the bike accident on Wednesday, my body is still recovering. <BR> I'm going to get back on the bike for a few minutes and enjoy the fall foliage, but nothing crazy. <BR> My body needs some rest and recovery time today. <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 05:18:43 EST Meeting the pavement head on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247148 Last night I went head over heels in my bike. There was no love involved in this fall. Just an unfortunate face plant on the pavement. Ouch! <BR> Neighbors stopped. The ambulance took me away, and nothing was broken. I'm on my way to school soon to talk about bike safety and answer questions from concerned kids and teachers about meeting the pavement head on. Wish me luck. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 05:26:05 EST Being Better than My Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246591 Two months ago, I thought that I was doing my very best. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16af96b6-1337-4e8c-8957-d0ced14f976e.JPG"> <BR> I was on a good schedule, but it was not good enough. I was working out, eating healthy foods, but my Type II Diabetes was not fully under control. My doctor told me that he wanted to put me on medication. I decided that I wanted to make one more attempt at a healthy lifestyle to control the Diabetes. <BR> Here is how I am changin... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 05:25:32 EST Overcoming the Tiredness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246071 I'm up at 4:45 and out of the house by 5:45. By 2:00, I am tired. Most days, I could sit on my couch in front of the stove, take a nap, but I take a walk when school is out instead. <BR> The changing of the seasons and a busy life can drag me down if I let it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75d4cb3d-0f93-43a9-a8d4-7552b5d356ea.jpg"> <BR> Please let me know if you have any suggestions on overcoming the tiredness. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 05:27:16 EST My best Life Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245477 Sometimes I forget to prioritize my time. I do what I want to when I want to. I forget to lift the weights and get in the strength training. <BR> Other times I leave out the deep breathing and meditation that helps to lower my BP. <BR> Today's goal is to find a way to make these two activities into daily rituals. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fe0431b-73e9-429b-90ef-1636ece66058.jpg">y <BR> Today is a great day to change mylife for the better! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 05:23:00 EST Walking in the woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244988 Walking in the woods on a lovely day <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47af3351-6efe-4bac-a8db-5ea5d73bdc3d.jpg"> <BR> Not in a hurry, just finding our way <BR> We're going to Church-about 5 miles, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b6d60b4-7be3-458b-bbf3-1ab7cbd83ece.jpg"> <BR> Telling our stories all the while <BR> Enjoying this day in early Fall, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e51c996-b598-4cf9-ad0a-f597a035eebd.jpg"> <BR> L... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 05:19:42 EST My toughest cleaning job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244506 In my house, one area must get cleaned four times in a year. I know that I should clean it more often. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d01e1153-cb1b-4861-a989-1439e0ad2e0e.jpeg"> <BR> It's my desk. Whenever I'm near the desk, work starts calling my name, and I stop the cleaning to answer emails or finish something that I can do later. <BR> Yesterday I just dedicated 2 hours and cleared everything off my desk, filed papers, and threw out all of the outdated paperwork. <BR> <... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 05:39:17 EST Better for my Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243987 I'm making changes for the Health of it! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b53d5bee-a7c7-4296-8c45-77b279e28bf1.jpg"> <BR> This year, I decided that I would listen to my body and change the way that I carry my school books, computer and pocketbook. Rather than carry it on my shoulder as I have for years, I bought a storage box on wheels. What a difference it makes! I have spent the past month using the wheeled box, and I love it! My shoulders and back feel much better,... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:22:59 EST Take the shot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243475 Yesterday I helped to insure that my winter will be a well one. <BR> I got the flu shot. Did you know that taking the shot is the best way to keep your body strong against the flu? <BR> I'm doing all that I can to stay strong so that I can see my beautiful little grand babies! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:19:54 EST Baby Gabby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242984 Gabby is now 3 weeks old. <BR> Gabby update: the doctors told Nora & Matt is when she was admitted to the NICU on 9/19/16 she was very sick. Now we know it was viral meningitis & that the doctors weren't sure she'd pull through. In their aggressive treatment they put her on Acyclovir, an antiviral which destroyed her veins. In addition, she just finished up 7 days of antibiotics which also have negative side effects. The truth is that she is very compromised because she almost died & all he... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:32:10 EST Great Debates with ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242463 Last night I had a great debate with the two me's. The healthy me vs. the practical me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87ec071b-420b-4e25-b115-7cc1d069ad23.jpg"> <BR> Are you going to eat the chocolate or have a cup of herbal tea? <BR> Are you going for the walk or clean the house? <BR> Are you going to be happy or complain because things aren't going your way? <BR> The healthy me won 2 out of the 3 debates. I missed my walk, but drank the tea and kept a good attitude... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:35:03 EST Changeing habits with the changing seasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241930 Finally, it's fall. Time for the fall makeover. There are things that I do to help me have a healthy change. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b36fb1c-e4b9-4560-bd8f-b18ca8eb2d00.jpg"> <BR> 1. Evaluate my eating plan, and change at least one of my downfalls. I am added more water. Every time I get into my car, I have a tall glass of water. I have to drive from the school to a student's house every day, so I have at least 5 chances to get in a tall glass of water. ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:32:29 EST Gabbi Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241421 Gabby was born a strong, healthy little girl on 9/15/16. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1c60032-cbf1-433d-bb1e-4f14197e876e.JPG"> <BR> Three days later, she developed a high fever, and was in back in the hospital. On Friday, 9/23, the fever is gone, but our little grandbaby is being tested and checked out for possibly having a spinal meningitis. Gabby’s parents Mat and Nora are praying and doing all that they can to keep their little family together. <BR> <img s... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:32:52 EST Family Teamwork! photos addded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240952 I don’t know about your family, but sometimes, maybe most of the time, all six brothers and sisters do not agree on the care that my mother should receive. This past week, I was happily surprised at how well we worked together. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/139db527-28e4-4b03-a52f-14ba7ad0469f.jpg"> <BR> My Mom fell of Wednesday. My brother John took charge since he works close, and was able to get to the hospital first. My brother Randall soon arrived, and the two... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:13:04 EST Family Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240459 Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. My mother had a very interesting report. The scan of her brain showed that the Glioma (small tumor) in her brain is gone. No explanation why. Also, my mother is blind in her right eye. After the bump on her head, her eyesight has returned a bit. Now, if she can just remember to use her walker, life would be simpler. My mom is back in her home and settling in to her normal life. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/383cb13... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:32:54 EST Please say a prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239992 Dear Spark Friends, <BR> Please pray for the youngest (6 days old) and the oldest (94 years old) members of my family. Baby Gabby is in the hospital with a fever. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74680825-e7ea-455e-97ac-b9f65eb0de79.jpg"> <BR> My mom fell yesterday, and has some bleeding in the brain. Thank you. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d0ad265-c941-4a8c-bc75-a25f69cb26cf.jpg"> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:22:16 EST The Struggle to Summit Mt. Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239449 Of all the 4K foot peaks that I have climbed, Mt washngton is the most memorable. It is a daunting peak, and too me 5 tries before I actually summated. The failures taught me so much more than the actual trips to the summit. Let me explain why: <BR> 1. I learned to let go of an important dreams and follow safe paths. On one trip up Washington, the sky clouded over, and we heard thunder in the not too distant. John said; “we’re going back! Washington is going nowhere.” So with my heart... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:19:30 EST One Small change =Big Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238878 Before every meal, I drink a tall glass of water. I also have a glass of green tea first thing in the morning. When I drive down the road, I have more water. <BR> My weight and my glucose numbers (I have Type II Diabetes) are lower. I feel great, and it's because of more water in my diet. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/873a0d19-bb58-4a51-bc66-0837738f9785.jpg"> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:21:22 EST The Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238271 About 20 years ago, Shelley gave me this vest. Johnny, her son, was in my day care, and I was studying to become a teacher. She found the vest in a thrift store, and gave it to me. <BR> I have worn this vest in every classroom that I have taught in. Today I wore it on Peace Sunday as I teach Lessons from Jack (O’lantern). I love this vest, and I love her for her thoughtfulness in finding it and giving it to me. It is my Peace Vest. I am thankful for this lovely gift and lovely friend.... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:32:31 EST Learning Lessons from Jack (O'Lantern) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237713 Just about everyone in the USA has cut up a pumpkin to create a Jack O'lantern. I suppose that it is a cultural thing for us. Here is the lesson that I want my friends at Smith Memorial Church to remember about the Jack O'lantern. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd967df2-7f70-4dea-a8af-717fab41ade4.jpg"> <BR> 1. We all come from the same pumpkin patch. God picks us, and cleans us up. Old things have passed away, and all things have become new in our lives. <BR> 2. When w... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:01:56 EST Before School Program learns about manners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237223 There's no babysitting here! This is more than free play! Kids have the opportunity to learn and to grow in the areas that they choos. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11960626-f493-4a57-8e16-d5103ee9df08.jpg"> <BR> Kids create welcoming doors for teachers and murals with messages that set the tone for the whole school. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95bd049f-20c5-49e2-8f69-503f1501b9d5.jpg"> <BR> At circle time, kids talk about both how to grow v... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:32:02 EST Meet Gabby photo added http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236677 The birth of a baby is a very special event. Today I am blessed to have another lovely little life in the family. Meet Gabriella Alice, born on 9/15 at 7:30. She is 8 lb 1 oz and 21 inches long. <BR> Thank you Lord for a beautiful little girl! <BR> I will post the photo as soon as I can!y <BR> <em>251</em> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd57aa3c-003c-4e8c-81b9-f5378ae000e0.jpeg"> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:23:33 EST Waiting, waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236118 Today should be the day and I'm waiting to hear about the birth of my grandchild. <BR> Lina will be a big sister. <BR> I will be a gramma again. <BR> New life is coming to planet Earth. <BR> Lina is thrilled and so am I. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e31d5584-2cea-4e00-aaf7-bca62b3e9e44.jpeg"> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:20:48 EST Active And Interested http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235551 Staying active and Interested has been my key to a healthy life. I hiked all of the New England 4,000 foot peaks and am now working on the 52 With a view. Along the way, I've met many interesting people, and have found ways to help groups like the APpalachian Mountain Club and the NH Forest Society. <BR> Giving back is a great way to keep a person active and interested in life and health. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/348f823d-2834-403a-8565-61d296588a9a.jpeg"> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:26:10 EST The Habitual Eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234981 Much of my eating is out of habit, and some of this habit has to change! <BR> I grew up eating ice cream every evening. I still feel the urge to eat SOMETHING every it. Why not be satisfied with herbal tea? I tell myself. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bf116a3-7798-434e-8c53-7dec9ee4ce01.jpeg"> <BR> I want to eat at exactly the same time. Now I have a tall glass of water, and eat a salad before I have my dinner. <BR> I always had crackers and cheese for a snack on ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:19:14 EST Cleaning My Desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234374 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ddd45b6-f8b1-4c86-b8c8-97311d53e819.jpg">Today I will do it. <BR> Really. <BR> I will take everything off my desk, and thenlace what is needed back on the desk. It's not going to take me more than 30 minutes, but it is the LAST thing that I ever get to. <BR> Today is my dat! <BR> What will you do that you've been putting off? <BR> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:16:39 EST Learning to walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233857 Learning to walk <BR> <BR> Watching the toddle learn to walk, <BR> Trying to protect her from bumps and bruises <BR> That life will give her as she moves along. <BR> "I've got this, Mom!" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b068c2e3-f527-427b-8fba-ef8322f673c5.jpg"> <BR> She seems to say as she moves confidently along. <BR> But I know <BR> She'll fall down and cry <BR> Before too long. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16995c90-1821-4d12-9063-806429740de... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:37:13 EST Roughing It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233437 Roughing it <BR> <BR> This weekend we are camping at the Lost River Valley Campground north of Lincoln, NH in our A Liner camper. We have Electricity, water (hot and cold in our camper), and showers close by. There’s a sparkling little spring just 50 feet from our camper, and I loved listening to it crashing over rocks all night long. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdd97d22-264f-4570-99a4-ed6a183b2cf3.jpg"> <BR> What were the hard parts? <BR> <BR> 1. Unfortun... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 13:57:12 EST Opening my heart to 9/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232652 Of all the tragic days that have passed, 9/11/01 has been most difficult. I purposely shut my heart's door to keep myself safe. I ignored memorial services and avoided programs to help me with grief and pan. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a27e89b-ec38-4b05-8e7a-30bae77b0e30.jpeg"> <BR> This year, I have watched part of one special show, and will hike with friends to the top of Canon Mountain as part of the Flags on the 48 NH special remembrance. <BR> Grief and pain s... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 05:21:38 EST