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/ Learning from my mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806933 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1315586982.jpg"> <BR> I have been working with my students on safety. <BR> I used a recent hiking accident and an old nursery rhyme to bring it to life. <BR> Jackie and Jill went up the hill <BR> To see a pretty view. <BR> Jack fell down and hurt her crown, <BR> And John came hiking after. <BR> <BR> Wet rocks can be dangerous to hikers. <BR> Walk carefully over the rocks, or you might fall and hurt your head as I did. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:30:25 EST Ever growing woodpile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806363 We should all be like my wood pile: <BR> Growing a little more every day! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342999077.jpg"> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:48:39 EST Keep it positive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805587 Whenever possible, keep your attitude and conversation positive! <BR> We all need a little extra joy in our hearts! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687751189.jpg"> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:04:23 EST Gingham jumper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804919 I started in August buying the material and cutting out the pattern. When school started for me, the project took a back seat. I have worked on the jumper with the help of the Sewing Sisters Babette and Suzie. <BR> Last night I finished the jumper. today I start on the hat and a Ragedy Ann doll to match. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1706780180.jpg"> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:49:12 EST Warmed twice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804659 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204194778.jpg"> <BR> Today's workout = tomorrow's woood stove fire. <BR> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:31:09 EST In everything give thanks, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803881 No matter what happens today, we have many things to be thankful for. <BR> Just look around at the joy and love that can be found. <BR> I found some creative kids! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967710518.jpg"> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:36 EST Rain rain rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803290 Yep, it is raining outside. <BR> I have to remember that there is no such thing as bad weather! <BR> <em>27</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:57:57 EST Happy to serve others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802164 One of my greatest joys in life is being able to help others through teaching. <BR> Every time I take time to really teach (not just going through the motions), I learn a lot. <BR> The more I give, the richer I become. <BR> I am happy to serve! <BR> Living a life of both giveing and receiving brings us to summit experiences in life! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849215164.jpg"> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:16:13 EST Focus on the good and positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1464386463.jpg">Some days are a struggle. <BR> Some days people are not pleased with our decisions. <BR> Some days we just have to look up. and know that tomorrow will bring good and positive things. <BR> <BR> Transitions can be hard, but worth going through! <BR> Focus on the good and the positive! <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:57:22 EST School Daze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800747 I hope that all my friends are doing well. My commitments at school have kept me from blogging, but I have continued to hike and eat healthy. School responsibilities have increased, but now it is leveling out. Here is a shot from last weekend on Mt. Chocorua. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1180058540.jpg"> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:00:33 EST Delicious Autumn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792599 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2143295231.jpg">"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." <BR> George Eliot <BR> <BR> Painting by Linda Dessaint Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:05:32 EST Thinking of you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792052 Dear Spark Friends, <BR> Just thinking of you makes me smile <BR> And you’ve been on my mind for quite a while! <BR> Every day when I arise, <BR> Every night as the sun dies, <BR> I thank God that you and I are friends, <BR> The good things in life never end!! <BR> So today as I blog, I think of you more, <BR> And the wonderful things God has in store! <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 03:21:27 EST The Fall Foliage Finest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791541 Unfortunately, my tree is sideways. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966043703.jpg"> <BR> Fall in New England is a glorious sight, <BR> It fills my heart with such delight. <BR> Every day when I go out <BR> I have a reason for a shout <BR> I always love hiking these hills <BR> New England in Autumn is such a thrill. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:26:13 EST Sunset on a Monadnock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1802213135.jpg"> <BR> One reason that I love to hike is the most satisfying sunsets are seen on the summit. <BR> Hike on! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:51:46 EST The end of garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790330 Good-bye garden, <BR> You have been so very good to my family. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1907716746.jpg"> <BR> You have given healthy veggies and herbs to us. <BR> Without you, life would be bland. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1201837867.jpg"> <BR> Next year, you will be bigger than ever. <BR> We love you and are thankful for fresh veggies for five months! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248850601.jpg"> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:24:40 EST Thinking outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788231 Maybe this is the start of thinking outside the box? <BR> Who needs the box when you are already outside? <BR> So many people limit their lives by staying inside. Get out there and run, walk, play,. work...... <BR> and think! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756578705.jpg"> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:58:19 EST In the woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787731 Yesterday I went for a quiet walk in the woods. <BR> The forest was alive only with the sounds of the creatures who live there and the wind sweeping through the trees. Leaves gliding to the ground made the walk magical. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657899542.jpg"> <BR> The sight of turning leaves above, bleow and around me created a wonderland of color. The reds, oranges and yellows mixed in with the greens, still waiting their turn to change. <BR> <img src="... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 06:08:36 EST Little things are a BIG deal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787299 There are so many little things that make a major difference in the outcome of my life. Here are a few of them: <BR> Smiling at people and saying hello. <BR> Eating the right foods first. <BR> Drinking 9 glasses of water each and every day <BR> Being patient with other and myself. <BR> Appreciating nature <BR> What little things make a big difference in your day? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1446159648.jpg"> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:12:23 EST Art Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786921 I just love seeing children show their creative side! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2123491456.jpg"> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:23:30 EST Autumn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786298 Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.” <BR> William Cullen Bryant <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:36:11 EST Less Tummy Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785278 Thank you for all your suggestions to help my stomach! <BR> There was one detail that I did not consider..... <BR> I have not been eating food with my coffee in the morning <BR> Today I started eating hot oatmeal in the a.m. <BR> I feel a little better already. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:16:57 EST Tummy trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784558 I am looking for a new morning hot drink that is low in sugar, and not as bitter as tea or coffee. <BR> Any ideas? My stomach is sore, and I will head to the DR if I cannot find a home remedy to fix it. <BR> I am giving up my morning coffee once I find a replacement. <BR> I am also working on stress reduction. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1404859042.jpg"> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:46:58 EST Hooting Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783875 The other day, my husband and I went for a walk in the woods. After 20 minutes of walking into the deep area of Fox Forest, I heard a barred owl calling "Who cooks for you?" Quietly we waited. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1838510734.jpg"> <BR> After a minute or so, we heard another owl, further off, calling back. The calling went on for a while, until the one owl stopped. I joined in calling in my best owl imitation, "who cooks for you?". The owl returned my ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:49:45 EST Building http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l38542562.jpg"> <BR> Every day I do something to reach my goals in life. <BR> Building a life that is beautiful and satisfying makes all the difference. <BR> My class took some free time to build a tower. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:57:57 EST Good-bye Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781381 1. Good bye summer, we had lots of fun <BR> It's hard to believe that you're almost done <BR> Hiking in mountains and swimming at the beach- <BR> But now I have children to teach. <BR> You will be missed, <BR> It is true!... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532956107.jpg"> <BR> we are expecting a deep frost tonight or tomorrow night. <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:34:33 EST Encouraging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1551537947.jpg"> <BR> I am thankful for the beauty in my life. <BR> I am going to make a point of encouraging those around me this morning. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:11:06 EST Morning beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780086 Every morning I take at least 1 minute to enjoy my ride to work. <BR> Even on a busy day, it helps me to stay grounded. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1131538607.jpg"> <BR> One minute of peace can make a big difference! <BR> Where is your place of beauty? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:54:29 EST Mowing the Lawn... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779747 I am thankful today for a wonderful husband who mows the lawn for me all the time. <BR> Today was my first time mowing in about 5 years. <BR> I forgot just how much work it it to mow a lawn.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743228353.jpg"> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:43:46 EST Remembering 9/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777682 Hold your precious memories close of meaningful days. <BR> Sift out the pain and loss. <BR> Cling to the goodness and the love forever. <BR> Even on the most horrible of days, find the goodness that God has placed there. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335153748.jpg"> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:40:01 EST Enjoying Solitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777006 Of all my wonderful friends, I love Solitude the most. <BR> I visit with her every day, if only for a few minutes. <BR> Making friends with Solitude has brought me to other friends: <BR> Peace and <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1887442699.jpg"> Contentment. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:40:17 EST Stretch Like Gumby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775588 It was 7:30, and I needed to give my AMC Jeopardy Game presentation at the lodge. Nothing went according to plan. <BR> People were scattered, and the lesson time helps to bring the group together. The lesson also includes lots of safety information to keep everyone safe during their weekend hikes. <BR> What did I do? I changed the format of my lesson, but still included the same information. Instead of choosing 3 contestants that everyone could root for, anyone could call out an answe... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:35:06 EST Sometimes Things that Look Good.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775217 Sometimes things that look inviting are not as good as expected. <BR> I was looking forward to walking out and sitting on the rock on Paradise Point. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1121502127.jpg"> <BR> I took my time, and carefully walked out on the rocks. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1775569424.jpg"> <BR> When I reached my destination, I found out that it was a favorite resting spot for Canadian Geese. You know what it was covered in.... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:46:26 EST Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773746 Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” <BR> &#8213; Henry David Thoreau <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1974223751.jpg"> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 05:38:28 EST Speed Limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773073 Take the time to drive the speed limit. It could save you a lot of embarrassment and money! <BR> Take time to also live your life with care. Sometimes the fastest person comes in last, not first. <BR> Take time to be thoughtful and kind today. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1223148458.jpg"> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:36:33 EST When I sound most foolish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772370 The other day I stopped to talk with a neighbor who is a brilliant woman. I don't know why, but I always try to sound intelligent around intelligent people. Needless to say, the harder I tried, the more foolish I sound. One day, I will learn just to be content with who I am. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1102410416.jpg"> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:36:30 EST Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772038 Today was a long day where patience was needed. <BR> I still have a lot of school work to got done. <BR> When I get anxious and fretful, I remember my mountain top experiences with my family. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595050521.jpg"> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:36:43 EST Peace! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770886 Today is a quiet day. I need a peaceful day once in a while. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l512068172.jpg"> <BR> I hope that all of my Spark Friends make this day a happy and healthy day too! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 05:41:12 EST Sharing the Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770303 Yesterday I hiked with family who have never hiked a mountain before. I saw Monadnock in a whole new light through their exuberance! We had an awesome day! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931918729.jpg"> <BR> The best way to stay full of joy is to give it away. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l151405533.jpg"> <BR> My family members do not wish to be mentioned on social media, so these photos are perfect! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:51:26 EST The Last Hoorah of Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769766 Today I climb Mt Monadnock with family-some of whom have never climbed Monadnock before. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042352388.jpg"> <BR> I have climbed 117 times, and still love it! <BR> Monadnock is my favorite mountain. I find peace and beauty here. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1272604200.jpg"> <BR> Hopefully, I can teach others to love and respect nature too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505911116.jpg"> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:13:11 EST Good-bye Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769136 Good bye summer, we had lots of fun <BR> It's hard to believe that you're almost done <BR> Hiking in mountains and swimming at the beach- <BR> But now I have children to teach. <BR> You will be missed, <BR> It is true, <BR> But I have important work to do! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921471545.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:34:30 EST Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768504 Our day goes a lot better when we take the time to be kind to ourselves and to others- <BR> Even when things get a bit messy! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1779001744.jpg"> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:38:29 EST First Day of School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767828 Baby Lina is not excited about her first day of school. <BR> Today is my first day with students. I would be more excited if summer did not keep tugging on my heart saying "Come and play!" <BR> I suppose most of my students will feel the same way. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54555361.jpg"> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:39:03 EST Speak the Truth in Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767114 <BR> Today I spoke up when I saw that my friend had posted something that was incorrect and harmful. Normally I try to ignore things, but today was different. <BR> I knew that my friend genuinely loves truth, and wants to spread truth, not lies. <BR> Half an hour after I pointed out the fault and the lie, the post was removed. <BR> Sometimes I speak up and am put down and ridiculed. Barbara has a heart of gold, and would never intentionally hurt anyone. Yes, this is a very good day! ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:40:02 EST Waternomee, a thoughtful hike. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766453 Waternomee is a challenging climb. <BR> First, there is not defined trail. Our first attempt placed us to find this site which is within the boundaries of the White Mountain National Forest, took us to the backside of the Lost River Campground. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387064146.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55846241.jpg"> <BR> We followed the internet vague description for 3 hours before deciding to visit the National Forest... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:42:24 EST Crash Site on Waternomee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766079 The hike to Waternomee was the most interesting hike that I have done in years!! <BR> I will write more tomorrow. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1738544914.jpg"> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:16:39 EST Misadventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764932 Today we hiked a trail that was poorly marked, and did not end up at our desired destination. <BR> Tomorrow we WILl find the plane crash site on Mt Waternomee Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:25:03 EST Learning And Luxury Camping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44844002.jpg"> <BR> We have a small used camper that we take with us on our trips. It is in good shape, and we love it. It allows us to stay where we want to be, and hopefully, one day, we will take the grandkids with us too. <BR> Our next trip will be to the Lost River Boulders and Caves. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1762008209.jpg"> <BR> It is a very beautiful place to visit, with lots of history and science... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:49:32 EST Life Is Like a Camera! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763333 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437255887.jpg"> <BR> Words to live by! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:10:11 EST Motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762627 There are some things in life that it takes little to motivate me to to. I just love to be out in nature with my husband, so hiking and biking is easy. I deep cleaning, on the other hand, takes more motivation. Here is my motivation! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l102143839.jpg"> <BR> A visit from my son Sam sends me right into a cooking and cleaning spree! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:38:24 EST Saying good-bye to Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761876 Transitions are important! Take time to prepare for the next phase of your life! <BR> School starts in a week, and I am mentally preparing to go back. <BR> 1/ Clean my desk at home <BR> 2. Start the routine that I will use for the year-my early morning time goes so fast! <BR> 3. Organize my closet. <BR> 4. Pick the last of the berries and freeze them for winter. <BR> 5. Find some fun with friends or family. <BR> Here is a photo of my cousin Joann, a retired teacher still having fu... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:42:27 EST