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/ Grown sons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189197 My sons are all grown up. The youngest just turned 34. How can that be? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c467f88d-f546-4a25-9ed8-0139403f31ae.jpg"> <BR> One day they are young, then I turn around, and they are men with babies of their own. I am reminded to never take one day for granted. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eca3c733-4297-418d-9e96-38a22fcfd5d5.jpg"> <BR> Mathew and Lina <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0f0e2a1-... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:51:36 EST One Small Step Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188621 Every day, let's move forward in our health. I mean every single day, I'm going to take a small step forward. How about you? Let's do this together. We can reach our health goals and live a fuller life if we just keep moving forward. I am not trying to change everything today. That kind of a change does not stick. Here are some of my daily changes of the past: <BR> I changed my salad dressing to ones with no sugar. That means that most of the time, I make my own. Who knew that almost... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:43:54 EST I believe in plan B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188023 Sometimes our best plans to eat right and get in our exercise fail. We try our best, but there are so many things beyond our control, and our plans fail. Sometimes the plans of others and life can keep us from finding our own success. This is the reason why I think ahead, and make MORE plans. Plan B reminds me of my garden. It is a process. <BR> Here is what I do to keep on track with my food plans! <BR> 1. Always bring a healthy snack with me. I have nuts, hummus and crackers, or chees... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:37:32 EST Home at last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187352 Dear Friends, <BR> Over a week ago, I wrote about my sister who is homeless. Today, things are looking up for her! First, she was put on the waiting list for an apartment in a complex. This was good, but not what is needed. So we kept looking and praying and encouraging her that good things are coming. <BR> Yesterday she called with the news. She has a new place to live, and will move in to the first floor apartment on Friday. Our family will help her to move in, and help her make the p... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:22:13 EST White Ledges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186705 Monday was a hiking day! John and I started out from the White Ledges Campground, located south of Conway, NH. The weatherman promised us a warm day, so we got up early, and prepared for that promise. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bea3ee3-a449-4cc4-ad05-99fc47c415d1.jpg"> <BR> We were on the trail, located right in the campground, by 7:30. I am glad that we brought bug spray. The mosquitos were hungry, and ready for us! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:37:15 EST Doing the things I've never done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186398 I've been asked to do something that I've never done. I teach children with special needs, and one student has speech difficulties. In order to motivate him to speak clearly, our team is going to create a movie starring this student. It will take many months to make, but it will make a big difference in his life. <BR> Time to bloom in a whole new way! <BR> Time to learn some new skills! <BR> time to get out of my comfort zone! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f53faaa-... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:47:03 EST Going places I've never gone, doing things I've never done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185520 Going places I’ve never gone, <BR> Doing things I’ve never done. <BR> Growth is often measured by new experiences that a person has, and the new abilities that he or she gains. Today I’m going to talk about a new place, the Badger Factory in Gilsum, NH. The other day, I was out for a ride with my husband. We happened to drive down a highway that we had never been on when we passed the Badger Factory. We turned around, and decided to stop in. I love their lip balm and sun screen products... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 05:39:48 EST The woodpile Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185001 <BR> Yesterday was a beautiful day for what the Stetser Household calls the “Domestic Workout”. This is a workout that involves cutting trees, moving brush, and stacking wood. The other term for this is the “Woodpile Workout”. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9395b45c-00d9-4ecc-8a69-71c16f02b5d0.jpg"> <BR> Here’s how it works: <BR> 1. The chainsaw and all equipment are prepared the night before. No need getting people ready to work, and have no work to give them. ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:34:22 EST Blogging for Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184402 Sometimes, the answers that we seek are right inside our hearts. We just need to take the time to listen to our own heart, and write down what we hear. That is often the process that <BR> I follow when I blog. It helps me to say YES! to life. (Do you see YES in the silhouette?) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/564df2f7-0c3e-48ea-98dc-68c81d382107.jpg"> <BR> I have been blogging for a few years now. Every morning, I get up and I write for 5 minutes. It is not a tou... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:21:41 EST Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183811 It costs us nothing to be nice. Nothing but our time and patience. That is what I gave to my sister yesterday. Just a listening ear, and some advice. I wrote down all of the facts that agencies needed to know, and I let her tell her story to people who could get her the help that she needs. <BR> I did not have to agree with all that she does in order to help her. I know that part of my purpose on Earth is to encourage others. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d8c36... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 05:15:07 EST Homeless and Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183184 Helping a homeless friend or family member can be tricky. They need more than money and food. They need money management skills and the ability to navigate through a complicated system of social agencies. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/939ecb33-8867-4a6f-90b3-9cf4722cc736.jpg"> <BR> Nobody wants to help her. She has stolen in the past. She has broken our hearts, as well as her own. My sister has been labeled many things: retarded ( cognitively impaired is the term... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:36:46 EST DANGEROUS HIKE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182502 On Saturday, June 4, John and I hiked the Beaver Brook trail. This was our third time hiking the trail, so we felt confident in our ability to hike it. Still, the sign posted at the trailhead always makes us stop and think: <BR> This trail is extremely tough. If you lack experience, please use another trail. Take special care at the cascades to avoid tragic results. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1dc25a4-cf66-4cc7-8f94-02af3a782e8f.JPG"> <BR> No one wants tragic r... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 05:45:16 EST The Lupine Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181821 Sunday I went to the little town of Sugar Hill, NH to their Lupine Festival. It was amazing to see fields of lupines of all colors swaying in the breeze. And it was breezy! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2de3d247-ac0d-463a-9b09-8317c27761e1.JPG"> <BR> We wandered from field to field, learning more and more about lupines. They come in pink, white, blue, purple and spotted. Occasionally you can find a yellow one. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:43:22 EST Dear Mr. Sanders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180054 Dear Bernie Sanders, <BR> Don’t believe the media about you losing the election. You have won in so many ways! Maybe you will not become president, but you have changed the political climate of the US with your message, but you took on the DNC, and beat Clinton in 22 states. You are a 74 year old man from Vermont with no big backers. No SuperPacks, no billionaires, and you didn’t have to sell your soul to the NRA. You raised millions of dollars with millions of donors. That is amazing. ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:24:38 EST Walking on Dirt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179443 Walking on dirt <BR> Getting off the sidewalk <BR> Finding the forest and fields <BR> No fears, <BR> Just joyful journeying <BR> On the dirt path <BR> Of Life. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76e74c39-9e50-463d-bb56-f5bed789a1e7.jpeg"> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 05:22:20 EST My Morning Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178769 Every morning I wake <BR> and I rise <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fbbae7d-7bfc-4a00-a417-3fd5d7584ca3.jpg"> <BR> To meet the day <BR> and make my intention <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/454a363a-344e-40e5-b955-96b9b7d64be9.jpg"> <BR> Making this marvelous day <BR> as bright as the sunrise <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3b40ad3-31b8-4711-907f-14aabbe23146.jpg"> <BR> from my summit, <BR> I leap a little higher <BR> <img ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 05:16:11 EST Life is a balancing act! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178064 On Sunday night, 6/5, my 94 year old mother fell in her bedroom (not in the bathroom as I was originally told). She landed on her face, breaking her nose. She also has 2 black eyes. Yes, she looks like she had been sparring with Mohamed Ali. <BR> Mom is back home now, and is recovering. She is more willing to use her walker, and to put a cold cloth over her eyes. Life is fragile. I want to hold on to my mom and keep her safe, but need to also let her live her life the way she wants a... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 05:03:27 EST Pray for my Mom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177325 Last night Mom fell in the bathroom. She cut her head and her elbow. She is back home today, but a bit shaken up. She is happy that a trip to the nursing home was not required. <BR> Please pray for her to remember to use her walker when she gets up. She also needs to be willing to use it, should she remember. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc1886c7-39eb-4252-8add-02751095a4aa.jpg"> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 05:23:49 EST Positive results of saying NO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176720 I am a nay sayer. In fact, one of my friends from church calls me Mrs. No. Whenever she asks me to bake goodies for events, I say no. I will bring a healthy alternative. Whenever I'm asked to usher on my hiking Sundays, I also say no. What bugs her is that I do not apologize or make excuses. I just say no. <BR> I do say yes to many things. I teach Sunday School and volunteer where and when I can. I also know my weaknesses. If I bake goodies, I will eat those goodies. I would rather ... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 05:28:58 EST Gardening with my Grandchild http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176162 I love to work in the garden growing food for tomorrow, and beauty for today. My favorite thing to do is pass on the love of dirt. My grandchild Lina loves playing in the garden with me, and while every plant may not survive her love, it is a great learning experience. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62e98965-3333-4b3e-b0ba-71c916ffb48d.JPG"> <BR> Lina's favorite part of gardening is looking for the worms. She wants them for pets. Gardening is a great form of exer... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 05:16:14 EST Life is like a flower garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175558 Life is like a garden of flowers <BR> preparing to bloom at unknown hours <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8e8d8ac-63fa-463d-82e8-a000b5800c38.JPG"> <BR> Some blossoms expected, while others are not <BR> Some in the ground, others in a pot. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc0b3a9f-194f-468f-be82-7be0c555e418.JPG"> <BR> Yesterday's flowers, with fragrant beauty <BR> Will be outdone by today's little cutie <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 05:22:31 EST Yellow Ladyslippers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174903 The other day I went to a perennial garden store that sold yellow Ladyslippers. I had never seen this done before. Actually, I thought that the ladyslipper is a protected species, and not to be touched or moved. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3326175f-539d-4941-bf54-9773a8e5a65f.JPG"> <BR> The horticulturist at the Uncanoonuc Perrenials has taken the time to grow the yellow ladyslippers from seed. It is a delicate process, and keeping the plants alive is not an eas... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 05:08:35 EST What drives your life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174181 What drives your life? <BR> What drives your life? What moves you forward? Many people are driven by guilt and shame. They unconsciously punish themselves by ruining their success. Many people are driven by resentment and anger. They hold on to the hurts of the past, and point to them as excuses for not moving forward. Others are driven by fear. They are afraid to venture out with faith and love. Others are driven by materialism and the need for approval. All of the above reasons can... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 05:18:44 EST One Way or Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173519 Today was a typical hiking day, and John picked out a new adventure in Goffstown. We were climbing Mt. Uncanoonuc. I thought about inviting our pastor, Eric Jackson, but changed my mind. We did not know this mountain, and had never hiked here before. You never know exactly what you’re getting into when you go into the wilderness. I would later be very happy for that decision. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8551eda0-40fc-43ed-af57-c5d3447e085b.jpg"> <BR> We hiked ... Tue, 31 May 2016 05:24:41 EST Accept Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172841 Accept Yourself! <BR> You are where you belong! <BR> There is a Master Plan, and we are all a part of it. <BR> You are precious, perfect and beautiful. <BR> We look like we look for a reason. <BR> Our God makes no mistakes, <BR> He knows what He is doing, <BR> We are just what he wanted to make! <BR> Knowing that God uniquely created you means that you can accept your personality, background and physical appearance the way that HE accepts you. <BR> Be like a beautiful flower and bloom! <... Mon, 30 May 2016 05:22:37 EST A bigger purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172270 It’s not all about me. It’s about the role that I need to play in this world. God has a purpose that I need to fulfill here on this Earth. I am my happiest and healthiest when I am fulfilling that purpose. My plan is to find God’s plan and live it out. <BR> Sometimes when life gets confusing and I wonder “why is this happening?” , it helps me to know that there is a purpose to my life and all that I face. Blooming into what I am supposed to be is no harder for me than it is for a flower.... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:16:09 EST Walking on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171728 Walking on from yesterday~ <BR> from pain or from joy. <BR> In every season <BR> there is more to see, <BR> to feel <BR> To live. <BR> I enjoy today like a special piece of chocolate. <BR> Yesterday is now a photo in my heart. <BR> I must live today <BR> and prepare for tomorrow's mountains <BR> walking on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da0e6784-4e97-44d0-8be2-c2464e9d9d8a.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 28 May 2016 05:25:01 EST A teacher's advice to parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171165 The question every parent should ask the teacher <BR> Every early June, as the school year comes to a close, I made it my habit to take the time to visit my child's teacher. I would thank him or her for their hard work and dedication to teaching my child. As the conversation progressed, I would always ask my most important question: "What areas need the most help?""What can I do to prepare my son for the next school year?" <BR> The teacher would smile, give me 3-4 different areas (practice... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:19:58 EST Making today AWESOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170525 I am making today a great day with a positive attitude! <BR> I am going to love myself, and all those around me. <BR> I will embrace my mistakes as learning opportunities! <BR> I will not accept defeat. I will question things and move forward in important areas! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6cf19cf9-58e0-4f1b-9357-8dcb1949c1be.jpg"> <BR> Today I will bloom where I am planted. <BR> How are you going to make today awesome? Thu, 26 May 2016 05:28:33 EST No Ticks on ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169907 Are you hiking down the trail or walking in the woods with kids or a dog? Consider putting oil on your skin first. I have found that a lightly scented body oil (I use the CVS moisturizing body oil) has kept me tick free all season long. My husband has had numerous ticks, but I have had none. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72308b19-74db-47b9-b0bb-969b33a32352.JPG"> <BR> In the past, I have had numerous ticks on my skin. I think that the ticks do not like the nice odor o... Wed, 25 May 2016 05:27:16 EST I will RISE UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169257 Today is my day for self reflection and remembering my goals. Once again, I can be the priority. I have spent the past month focusing on my children and helping them. <BR> If I am going to help them, I have to be strong and healthy. <BR> I will rise up! <BR> 1. Drink that 8 glasses of water every day! <BR> 2. Eating the low carb, high veggie diet. <BR> 3. Lots of walking and running and kayaking and biking. This is my season for exercise! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Tue, 24 May 2016 05:20:19 EST Two new doctors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168521 Two new doctors, Full of hope <BR> Ready to heal, able to cope <BR> With the pressure and problems <BR> From a world full of wounded <BR> More than eight years of study <BR> now has concluded. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e57485f1-2058-4aac-b104-0a21f990702f.JPG"> <BR> I am so happy and proud of you <BR> For your deep dedication, <BR> And the love that's true! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b63aae0-9045-4b3c-8573-c316723a3c40.JPG"> <BR> Mon, 23 May 2016 05:26:32 EST Graduation emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167931 Happy to see this day come <BR> Sad to say goodbye to Spartanburg and friends here. <BR> Thankful for great experience and the many people who helped make this day possible. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f080d09c-6f72-4624-92d3-b037206630eb.jpeg"> Sun, 22 May 2016 05:08:06 EST First the Awards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167392 Graduations are a process. It's saying hello to the new life, and goodbye to classmates and professors who have been influential in the past four years. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b886cf3-b751-48d6-a0b8-5061b138032f.jpeg"> <BR> Last night was the beautiful and tasty awards banquet. Today is the graduation. The graduation journey continues! Sat, 21 May 2016 08:34:17 EST Graduation Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166685 I'm on my way! <BR> Logan Airport in Boston is 90 minutes away. Medical School in SC, along with Matt and Nora are 4 hours away from me. He has come soooo far! His dreams and goals will take him so much further. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a73283f-9c20-48fd-a7c1-a37ba5ac0c9e.jpeg"> <BR> Here's a photo from seven years ago, graduating from Tulane in New Orleans with his B.S. He had no idea where he would be today. He had another set of dreams and goals that di... Fri, 20 May 2016 03:26:56 EST Begin Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166028 There was a time in my dietary commitment where I was constantly losing. I had Type II Diabetes, and wanted to be able to control it by diet, exercise and my physician's help. I would commit to eating right, and fall off the wagon. I'd get back to my commitment, then fall again and again and again. I felt discouraged, but I kept at it. I would always begin again. <BR> Today those commitments are easy to keep. They are part of my life, and I am making bigger, tougher commitments. My life... Thu, 19 May 2016 05:29:20 EST Conquering myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165325 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a474d4d6-1ead-4bdb-856d-1bc09f5db442.jpeg"> <BR> I'm my biggest enemy and my biggest friend. <BR> If I want change to come to my life, <BR> I need to respect myself, <BR> Work with those weaknesses <BR> Use my strengthss, <BR> And never stop smiling, trying and caring, <BR> Both for myself and for others. Wed, 18 May 2016 05:23:51 EST Hiking Mt. Chocorua http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164598 Saturday in Northern New Hampshire was a beautiful day. We drove over to Scott Rd in Albany, and found the quiet trailhead to Chocorua. The Hammond Trail is more than half a mile longer than the busy main trail, but we prefer it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/265be805-4d46-4372-b535-35b031852940.JPG"> <BR> We hike through an old growth forest of tall pines. The trail was dry, and we did not see any other hikers for the first few hours. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 17 May 2016 05:29:55 EST Create beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163846 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbacf9c2-d17d-4478-b99e-2a29f2d17c66.jpg"> <BR> One great way to make a house a home is to create a beautiful table. The other day, while in the Patchwork House Quilt Shop, I bought this lovely butterfly star for my mother's table. I will not be down at my mother's house for a few days, so I decided to put it on my table. <BR> Beauty is not difficult to create! Often, it doesn't take long. All it takes is a little bit of thoughtfulness. Mon, 16 May 2016 05:20:21 EST The Patchwork House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163207 I found the most beautiful shop full of fine quilts and handmade crafts. The Amish Quilts are so creative and skillfully sewn by hand. Irene also carries curtains, bags, placemats, wall hangings and other goods made out of cloth. <BR> I have been in many quilt shops in my life, but this one by far, is the nicest. The display is beautifully designed, Irene is welcoming but not pushy. I left the Patchwork House, knowing that I had made a new friend, and had found a very special spot to vi... Sun, 15 May 2016 06:09:09 EST Misadventures of the first camping trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162578 The misadventures of the first camping trip <BR> I'm a person who loves nature and I love to camp, hike, bike and kayak. Our first camping trip of the year is a comedy of errors. <BR> I packed 6 jackets, but forgot my hiking boots. We stopped in at an LLBean store, and bought me some new boots. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7354a6a5-99f1-43e7-91ec-aa59c9a84fd1.jpg"> <BR> It rained at night, and we listened to the Red Sox game. We tried to get a campsite at the ... Sat, 14 May 2016 05:18:51 EST Sparked with memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c4a31e7-6e58-4f68-bb27-2e85a63fcd9b.jpeg"> <BR> Today I'm going to make some memories! I'm going to reach out and live my life to the fullest! <BR> No regrets! <BR> Happy Friday, Spark Friends! Fri, 13 May 2016 05:17:35 EST Sparked with memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161926 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c4a31e7-6e58-4f68-bb27-2e85a63fcd9b.jpeg"> <BR> Today I'm going to make some memories! I'm going to reach out and live my life to the fullest! <BR> No regrets! <BR> Happy Friday, Spark Friends! Fri, 13 May 2016 05:17:34 EST The Ocean Busy Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161264 After an hour of thoughtful research and discussion, I decided that I would make my busy books by theme. Here is my first book The Ocean. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81df0124-4eaf-4332-bd3e-f1cb696432a0.JPG"> <BR> The 4 pages of the book have the ocean in them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2608d157-5236-41e7-8f9e-acf92b33ff68.JPG"> <BR> All of the finger puppets can be stored in the treasure chest. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Thu, 12 May 2016 05:19:36 EST Finger Puppets for Lina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160572 I have found a common bond with my 2 year old grand daughter by making her finger puppets. She just loves these little creations. I make busy books and put the puppets in them. Lina creates her little stories in her mind with the puppets. Here are a few of the characters: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77b97735-c199-4941-acd4-1edc0fe8299b.JPG"> <BR> The elephants <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e12c116-79e4-4d14-abd0-70d581e1b106.JPG"> <BR> Th... Wed, 11 May 2016 05:28:19 EST A song in my heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159851 I have decided to be happy. <BR> I have decided to sing <BR> I have decided to trust God in everything! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c8275d8-4839-4af5-be34-e3a138da6b7d.jpg"> <BR> No matter the weather <BR> sunshine or rain, <BR> Faith in my Father is never in vain! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32b7d18b-b4b5-4a9b-858e-0522ae653cad.jpg"> <BR> Today if your troubled, <BR> fearful or stressed, <BR> Lean on the Lord Jesus, <BR> Find that place ... Tue, 10 May 2016 05:23:42 EST My BIG Solar Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159129 Today is the day that I have waited for since last May. We have searched to find a solar company that could work with our home, installing solar panels on the roof of our home in order to lessen our electricity consumption from the grid (public electric company system). We are lessening our dependence on power company fossil fuel-generated electricity. We are now providing environmentally clean solar energy to our home. Today’s bill just made me smile! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Mon, 9 May 2016 05:22:16 EST Mama's Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158577 My mother taught me a lot about caring for plants-how to overwater them. Her best flowers are made of silk. I bought a few lovely plants for her last year at Joann Fabrics-silk, of course. I kept 2 silk geraniums for myself. Every year, I add them to my garden in places where there is no color. The geraniums are low maintenance and pretty. I love the extra color, and I often think about my mother’s good qualities when I look at them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... Sun, 8 May 2016 05:20:04 EST Spark Friends are the BEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158014 Spark Friends are the best. I wish that I got to see more of you. You are such an inspiration to me. You motivate me to eat right and keep moving by telling me your stories. You encourage me when I struggle with food, family and tough situations at work. You listen and give advice when I just don't know what to do. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c31084c-0e21-47b0-b1db-18d72834ac6b.jpg"> <BR> There are only a few of you that I have met, but I wouldn't trade a one... Sat, 7 May 2016 06:09:01 EST The Mother's Day Respect Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157373 Everyone loves to be noticed and appreciated. I have noticed that Moms love to have someone notice that yes, they are a mom. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e941e76e-25cb-420e-8480-80a1a6b5e488.JPG"> <BR> This weekend is a wonderful time to let your Mom, and moms that you may see just how special they are. Many women who lovingly raised children never gave birth. They also deserve respect for their care. Don't forget them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Fri, 6 May 2016 05:21:42 EST