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/ My Lovely 25 cent Blazer, and other treasures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475015 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b64f1423-0704-477f-b60b-7e438ab138c0.jpg"> <BR> I get most of my clothes at thrift shops. <BR> I call it Thriftin" <BR> It has taken me a year to really understand how to shop at a thrift store, and well worth the effort! Three things had to change before I was able to enjoy "thriftin'". <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e1b12a0-1cc5-44d3-a183-e5f96c76fe05.jpg"> <BR> 1. I had to change my attitude about second-hand shop... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:07:48 EST My Fabulous FitBit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474666 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7cccbc5-6041-4022-a180-8220df6b9bf5.jpg"> <BR> I received a FitBit Alta in early February, and I love it! I find myself getting in more NEAT every day. <BR> Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, typing, performing yard work, undertaking agricultural tasks and fidgeting. Even trivial physi... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:01:51 EST loving others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474337 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1aa313d1-63e4-4ab5-a460-e9a86d170329.jpg"> <BR> What the world needs is love. What our family needs is love. Why not be that Spark of love today? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49400258-7e9d-461e-8495-03e48643afc3.jpg"> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:04:19 EST Broken People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23bba122-588b-40e9-a4ae-919589627d3b.jpg"> <BR> All around us, people are hurting. <BR> We are all broken <BR> in a place or two. <BR> Others live shattered lives. <BR> Show kindness when you can. <BR> Broken people can be healed. <BR> Let the brokenness in you bring out the compassion that is also within you. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:10:15 EST The Tale of the Lost Trekking Poles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473659 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62cb92ff-2358-4cf9-8b5d-d79966e58e3f.jpg"> <BR> I started using trekking poles back in 2007. I suffered a minor knee strain and needed some support while hiking. I bought a set of poles for under $20 at Wal*Mart and was quite happy with myself. Unfortunately, the poles were so heavy that my arms started hurting. That is when I began shopping at EMS (Eastern Mountain Store), and both the quality and price of the poles went up significantly! ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:09:34 EST Who is In Control? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473324 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72fc65f7-b703-412d-9d49-d7a55db1552b.jpg"> <BR> There are times when it's fun to have another person drive. Lina is driving the play truck, and we're having a blast! It's not so much fun in life when kids control the family. Turning over the control of your life to another person can have both good and bad effects. <BR> My husband generally wants to go for a walk in the afternoon when I get home from work. Usually, this is a good thing. ... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:44:35 EST Evaluating My Evaluation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473010 Being tested, whether medically or professionally, is stressful. I work hard at being an effective teacher, and at being a healthy person. Recently I went in for a series of medical tests. One of those tests was an A1C to check the glucose level in my blood. I have been exercising regularly and eating right. I was expecting a low number, but the results were higher than I wanted. Somehow, all my good efforts did not bring the desired results. Now, I'll re-evaluate how I've spent my tim... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:25:54 EST Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472714 Last night, I had to disappoint some friends and neighbors. I missed our Annual Town Meeting. I just did not have one evening to spare. At some point in life, we all have to say "no thank you" to one more commitment. Maybe I'll make it next year. I am having a tough time keeping all the commitments that I have already. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c46138a6-bced-47f3-9125-a8734f0a6132.jpg"> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:04:38 EST Spark Friends are Special People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472390 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/966118a5-8f00-4bbb-bb78-f5adc8d939a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LEANJEAN wrote a blog which talked about making sure that we remind others (Pilot sons in particular) to call their mothers! I realized at that moment, that I needed to tell those special people in my life that they are indeed special to me. I'm starting right here and now! Today I am thankful for the help of my SparkFriends. <BR> RKOTTECK from Australia asked me to be a leader of the S... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:10:46 EST Still Changing My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d80f9ee-e139-452e-ae48-7484c2f9eab5.jpg"> <BR> I am not a fan of big changes to my eating, exercise or my daily routine. I try to make one small change at a time-usually just one change a month. The biggest change has to happen in my mind. It takes time for these changes to stay in my mind, and for me to fully accept them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95ce1197-5744-4ceb-9f2b-e4a3ce518a0b.jpg"> <BR> Last year, I cu... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:58:24 EST Preparing for The Next STORM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471780 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/252a602c-344e-4089-afe3-1529c6dfaa72.jpg"> <BR> There will always be "The Next Storm". Unfortunately for us in New England, we are preparing for the third Nor'Easter in two weeks! It snows, we shovel, snow blow and rake the snow off our roof, then we repeat the process over and over again. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a Nor'Easter is a strong area of low pressure along the East Coast of the United States that typically feature... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 05:00:58 EST My Personal Growth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e262408-484b-4fb7-ade3-2dc2b885d199.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9af43842-f3c2-4030-8006-b807eb5aa5ed.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86b2770c-8f53-4669-b6c9-8fd231712515.jpg"> <BR> Look at the change in my granddaughter Shiloh! At one year, she was a short, pudgy baby. Now at almost two, she's grown tall and slender. This has caused me to ask myself; "how have I changed in the past... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:06:44 EST The Listener http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471108 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d26c3a37-31df-4e26-b165-839db921c4fa.jpg"> <BR> The most beautiful people in this world are those who take time to listen to another person's heart. <BR> Do you have someone in your life who really listens to you? You are indeed blessed. Are you a person who takes the time to look into another person's eyes, and hear with your heart what they are trying to communicate? Then you are a blessing! Sometimes listening is the only thing needed to... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:20:02 EST My new $3 Easter Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470772 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/343ae353-7f39-4e53-998c-573f9281acd5.jpg"> <BR> I love a bargain, and I love shopping at Good Will Thrift Shop in Concord, NH! Reduce, reuse and recycle is a great way to help the planet. This great store no longer uses plastic bags. they gave me a nice cloth one. <BR> <BR> The stores are well organized, clean and full of great items. I shopped recently, and Nancy, one of the many employees, was very helpful. I looked at a nice playhouse f... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 05:07:17 EST Shoulder Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470491 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75a3f9f9-876f-41ec-8acc-afb12012dcbd.jpg"> <BR> I overdid it with the push-ups. Also, I spend a lot of time on computers and at the sewing machine. Those repetitive motions have created the pain in my left shoulder. Time for some changes! Now I am backing off and working other parts of my body. I have a constant low, dull ache in my left shoulder, and I am not going to ignore it. <BR> Here are some exercises that I use to help me with th... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 05:03:31 EST A Snow Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470148 It's almost 5 AM, and still snowing. We're in the middle of a Nor'easter! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b1094af-6de9-44c3-9568-c5e30f59f613.jpg"> <BR> It started snowing before noon yesterday and has continued all day and all night. The snow looks so soft and beautiful until it's time to shovel it and for my husband to snowblow the driveway. This is our "domestic workout" for the day! We will spend about 2 hours moving the "pretty white stuff" from our deck and dr... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 04:58:12 EST Misery wants YOUR Company! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469794 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee685eec-bd80-4af1-be19-5ceec0cd2ae1.jpg"> <BR> I choose NOT to make misery my friend or keep its company any longer than I have to! I'd rather keep company with HAPPY! <BR> I work with a person (I'll call her Misery)who has consistently become more and more miserable over the past 6 months. I have worked to ignore and to stay positive in spite of the negativity, but today I must speak up. Misery comes into the school and yells at me for not... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 05:09:26 EST Gabby's "Shunt-versary"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469464 One year ago today, Gabby was being prepared for surgery. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3dc30261-dc45-4ee1-9ade-c3c6be8dd5b6.jpg"> <BR> She has had a tough first 18 months of life, but thank God, she's doing great today! She's walking, running, and into everything! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c17bff93-4075-4fc3-8550-10a52cacdd68.jpg"> <BR> As you can see, she loves the beach and is a beautiful little girl. <BR> Thank you friends for you... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 05:09:00 EST I believe in small steps forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469081 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22c3b1c7-bd1b-48af-a232-f514d217fd35.jpg"> <BR> Every day I take a small step in the right direction. It’s a step that I take with purpose. I’m not turning back from it. Maybe I don’t go far today, but just wait until my year is over. I will have taken 365 steps in the right direction! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7124a97f-aa63-481f-804a-5f2780785493.jpg"> <BR> In January I made a commitment to do push-ups. I start... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 05:06:50 EST Who Won The Push-Up Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468740 The culmination of two months of daily push-up practice came to an end. With Lina counting for us, my son Matty and I got down in the grass and cranked out our push-ups. Lina's counting made things quite confusing, but in the end, Matt did 50, and I did 45. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/jackie.stet<BR>ser/videos/10215815920370096/ </link> <BR> I was unable to post the link of the push-up challenge from my phone directly to SparkPeople. I think that the Wi-Fi is a little we... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 05:34:25 EST Taking The "Scenic Route"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468427 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afd8fb09-e70e-4b89-a83e-75bb1bb7f84f.jpg"> <BR> No, we were not lost! We just weren't sure EXACTLY where we were. Still, we enjoyed the journey through the back roads of Florida. My husband is not a fan of highway driving. <BR> in life, we often need to get off the highway and find those hidden gems of spots. <BR> There's such a balance between working your way to your desired destination in mind and finding fun along the way. <BR> <img ... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 05:36:21 EST Gabby-1 Year With The Shunt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468126 one year later... <BR> It was just under a year that Gabby had a shunt put into her head to drain extra fluid into her stomach. She has hydrocephalus. Today she's doing well, thanks in large part to the commitment of her mom, Nora. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c086f095-d3c7-4af9-9027-07d2bf7fcf94.jpg"> <BR> Fear tried to creep in, saying that I'd lose a grandchild, and that we'd lose a talented doctor, Nora. Somehow, thanks to God, we lost neither. I'm so happy ... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 05:56:09 EST Life’s Great Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467790 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0dbf197-d5b4-4d53-b6a2-cdfaa95a1629.jpg"> <BR> Sharing and caring, <BR> Living and loving. <BR> These are the great adventures of life. Yesterday I flew to Florida to be with my son, DIL, and granddaughters. Today I’ll hear Lina (4 years old) sing with her preschool class. This will be her first performance, and I am so excited for her! Life is a great adventure, and I’m going to enjoy it all that I can! I will challenge myself to improve... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 05:04:57 EST The Crazy Push-up Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467455 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc8a58f9-44df-4fc8-ad4d-513e39c7da7c.jpg"> <BR> Today I'll be in Florida with my family. I will be playing with the grandkids and be enjoying the warm weather. Mat & Nora will be working every day that I'm there. I wanted to make this trip memorable for them as well. This Saturday, I challenge my son to a push-up challenge. I've been working on this since early January! My son, a busy resident surgeon, confessed that he hasn't done a push... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:13:03 EST The Half-Finished Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467075 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/add9624e-9ef5-4842-a82c-f63bfd9a0959.jpg"> <BR> It had been stuck in the bottom of a drawer for a very long time, but at the right time, we found it. <BR> Four years ago, my mom was working feverishly on Christmas sewing projects. Everyone was getting a quilted bag, and she was pleased. Then something unusual happened; she had more time than projects. What was she to do? <BR> I took some beautiful purple scrap fabric, and cut it into strips. M... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:10:39 EST "Oh Honey, You'll Be Fine!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466745 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4da89140-23e9-4925-85b8-1b41d35a379a.JPG"> <BR> This is the phrase that I heard to calm me down on my first really difficult hike. Not many people hike North Brother Mountain. It’s in Baxter State Park, and one of the seven 4K Footer peaks of Maine. The hike was an isolated, difficult day for me. We made the 6-hour hike alone, seeing no other hikers. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86b1c671-7737-477e-b1e0-1106a05130b... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:13:53 EST My Lovely Little Lettuce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466429 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1368d1a-f8de-4d1d-9eb7-c5bb15cc9ece.jpg"> <BR> I love to watch my garden growing! About a week ago, we planted some very old lettuce seeds in this nice little terrarium that we got at Job Lots for a reasonable price. I am looking forward to fresh lettuce in a few weeks! There's just something special about having fresh food! <BR> Can you see the snowbank on our deck? We won't be planting outside here in New Hampshire anytime soon. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 05:45:10 EST No Vacation from Exercise & Healthy Eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466152 I promise myself to never take a vacation from Exercise & Healthy Eating! <BR> I've got a week's vacation to look forward to! During this coming week, I'll spend part of the time with my mother in Massachusetts, and travel to Florida with Matty, Nora, and grandkids. <BR> My husband and I will also find time to hike, swim and learn more about eating a healthy diet. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78f161e6-56c9-46d0-a301-01255e82930c.JPG"> <BR> Why not enjoy family ti... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:05:42 EST Missing My Daily Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465864 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a4bf530-73b8-49d9-bd37-82e2bdb776fa.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday was a very busy day. I didn't get out for my walk. I washed my car instead. I didn't get to ride the stationary bike either. I was able to count it as my rest day, but I truly did miss my walk. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95d26884-6e11-44e8-9285-e1172e68eed1.jpg"> <BR> Getting out on a nice day in February is a treat! I'm disappointed that I didn't get ou... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:07:12 EST Jackie's Roasted Veggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465550 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc6a26b6-f5e5-4db4-af0b-4b58d2019da9.jpg"> <BR> I've never posted a recipe before.I have come to love roasted veggies! We eat them at my home 2-3 times a week. It doesn't matter how many veggies we roast, they are always a hit, and they always are gone by the end of dinner. This is an excellent side dish for almost any meal. It is healthy, and you can tailor it by adding vegetables that are in season (grape tomatoes are good, poke a hole in ... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:05:46 EST 2 Cookies Too Many http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465234 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed12860c-d094-4bb8-9df0-59c112a3c675.jpg"> <BR> The other day I walked into the Teacher's Room and saw the most delicious chocolate brownie cookies sitting there, unattended. I was alone with temptation, and what did I do? I gobbled down 3 cookies! Later, I had a talk with myself. <BR> Jackie, you can't keep doing that! Your goal is to control Type II Diabetes, remember? You have a good plan, now you need to follow it! Those cookies (or s... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:15:14 EST The Presidential Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464892 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/814a68b9-f557-4a3c-be9f-4f5ed980da3a.jpg"> <BR> I played the part well! Anna Kendrick Pierce, the mother of President Franklin Pierce, was a hard working woman. Her husband Governor Benjamin Pierce was often gone, and she had a family of 11 kids, plus an inn to run. Just to keep things interesting, the family also ran the post office. Since three of her children settled within walking distance of the Pierce Homestead, I'm sure than grandkid... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:04:30 EST Working on the Half-Finished Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464543 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7ceb94e-c170-4f9d-aed1-c0cdb9064b90.jpg"> <BR> Mom used her time wisely. Four years ago, my mom was working feverishly on Christmas sewing projects. Everyone was getting a quilt, and she was pleased. Then something unusual happened; she had more time than projects. What was she to do? <BR> I took some beautiful purple scrap fabric, and cut it into strips. Mom sewed the strips together, and then we forgot about it. Christmas came, and t... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:16:32 EST Challenging Myself, Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464226 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5960fc9e-b271-47ff-99f1-c956afa29fe0.jpg"> <BR> My challenge started on January 25th in preparation for my trip to Florida to see my son Matty, his wife and two cute little grandkids. My son was a USMC (United States Marine Corps) reconnaissance paratrooper. Now he is busy with a family and being a resident doctor. The work never ends for him. I know that the last thing on his mind is getting exercise and taking care of himself. Still, exercise... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:01:31 EST The Backyard Bobcat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463910 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23a45f13-0604-4145-ba80-9880c57a11f6.jpg"> <BR> We have a resident female bobcat who lives in a cave close to our home. She has been there for over a year, maybe two! Twice we have seen her fleeting figure at the edge of our yard. Behind our yard, there is a scrubby forest with large rocks and caves. Behind the forest is a swampy area. This type of environment is where the bobcat like to live. Her footprints have been evident in the fres... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:10:14 EST The President comes to Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/babc6105-775f-4cda-be26-052ccf8b7afb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes a teacher gets very creative to help students learn history. Hillsboro, NH has a claim to fame: a president was born here! Franklin Pierce, our 14th president, had his humble beginnings as a farmer's son on November 23, 1804. He was president from 1853-1857. What happened in those 49 years to make him into an electable president? Franklin was the fifth child of Anna and Benjam... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:05:40 EST The Parkland, Florida Shooting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463284 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7deb97ea-352d-454a-91cf-adeea7f6b95b.jpg"> <BR> what is happening in America? Our nation is so broken that students are shooting each other! How tragic and terrifying to see students leaving the school with their hands raised, their backpacks in heaps in the road. This is the 18th shooting in the US this year. <BR> Lord, heal our land. In the past 3 years, there have been more than 300 mass shootings. What a shame. My son is a doctor no... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:58:34 EST Kindness is Contagious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462915 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bad98f9-97a2-434e-9acc-3cbd7e7676ac.jpg"> <BR> There are a lot of things that are "going around" these days: colds, the flu and stomach bugs. I don't want to catch those things, but I don't mind catching a little kindness! A smile, pleasant word from a friend, or a little, when needed, when needed can lighten a heavy load of care. On this Valentine's Day, let's remember that small acts of kindness can lead to joy in another person's life.... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:07:45 EST The Haters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462560 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35a06d35-849e-48c6-a240-014bf756fdf5.jpg"> <BR> The Haters are angry people who choose to be unhappy with those that they oppose. <BR> There are people in my family who have chosen to be upset with every decision that I make. When my mother went INTO the nursing home, they were angry with me. When I took my mother OUT of the nursing home, they were even angrier. For many years, I have been unable to please these people no matter how hard I... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:05:10 EST Glenna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462208 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d4a7733-5590-4093-883e-69d8f159c1e0.jpg"> <BR> My mom, Glenna G, is now 95 years young, and back home enjoying her life. She's a good mom, raised six kids, ten grandkids and 13 great-grandchildren with two more on the way! My Mom stayed at home and raised the kids, cared for the home and did crafts. As my two boys grew up and married, she helped me make quilts for them and their children. She has helped me make bags at Christmas time for m... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:07:24 EST Black Garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461871 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2a8ac0d-3f77-4199-9f09-0e91daaf1afa.jpg"> <BR> After I posted about Small Rewards, I received a lot of comments asking about the Black Garlic that I eat. This blog is in response to those comments. I first learned about black garlic from my friend Linda who grew her garlic in the summer, and then fermented some of it to make the black garlic. When she started selling it on Friday, she sold out in less than 24 hours. <BR> I love the strong... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 05:35:10 EST A Gift for Grandkids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461557 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f593283c-7719-49e7-ac4c-f3077b78e706.jpg"> <BR> I'm traveling to Florida soon, and I'll be with family. I'm getting ready for Lina & Gabby! <BR> Lina is my 4-year old, and Gabby is my 18-months old grandchild. I will be traveling to Florida to see them in just 20 days! By request, I'm making a doggy book for the girls. I hope to make a Kitty book if this one proves to be fun. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f56bec7... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 05:25:32 EST Small rewards for small victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461227 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fc2677f-f1fa-4456-adc9-5a590a039706.jpg"> <BR> Today one of my students accomplished something that he had never done before. We celebrated with an extra 5-minute break. My student chose to use the IPad and look at Red Sox photos. Maybe it doesn't sound like much, but it made his day to have just a small reward for the small victory. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35918514-fa1f-4805-9256-b19a24856d97.jpg"> <BR> I al... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 05:05:45 EST Sleep Is A Gift I Give Myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f21ee60-7399-42f3-8970-a0f920ba8979.jpg"> <BR> Sleep is a gift that I give myself- <BR> Some nights are easier than others because <BR> It takes me all day long to prepare. <BR> I am learning to honor my spirit, soul, and body as I prepare for good sleep. <BR> I exercise in the morning, have no caffeine after 3 pm, bathe in the early evening, then have chamomile in the evening. <BR> I work to clear my mind of the problems of the day as I lay... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 05:05:59 EST Preparing for the STORM!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460490 We heard the weather report. A big snowstorm is coming. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/315cb45b-4efc-492b-9222-d1863e265dab.jpeg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c6d01d8-2ad3-4606-81cf-1ddde2fb8967.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Today it's going to snow a lot here in the North East. We are expecting 8+ inches of snow. We could get a foot of white. powdery precipitation. Yesterday we did our standard preparations: extra food in the house, gas in the snowblower... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 05:32:08 EST More Sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460117 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbe9f113-ea0f-4971-ace2-233a3d9af313.jpg">Sweet Dreams! <BR> This is part 2 of a good night's sleep. <BR> One thing that is important to know at the start is why you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It could be that there is a medical condition that must be addressed before the sleep can be deep and sweet. You may need to see your doctor to determine the cause and best treatment for insomnia, you may need to see a sleep sp... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 05:05:56 EST A friend in need.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459730 Lori is a sweetheart! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c214e3a6-384d-442b-b9af-19c95812127c.jpg"> <BR> I have a friend who has been very kind and thoughtful to my family. She has helped us care for my Mom many times. Today she is helping my brother clean the house in preparation for my Mom's return home from the Quabbin. I could never repay her for her kindness, but I can line Lori's cap for her. She gave me the hat on Saturday, and it is ready for her to wear today. <BR> ... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 05:09:46 EST Getting a Good Night's Sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459352 Meditation, NOT Medication is what I've used for a good night's sleep! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/391a8ff0-7195-44da-a673-40bb6e260730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am a thinker, and many nights I've laid awake thinking about the stressful, hurtful fears that seek to haunt me. Insomnia has left me tired and unable to focus the next morning. I hate being a grouch! My family and my work suffer, and so does my health. According to Dr Adrian Williams, "insomnia can even lead t... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 06:10:25 EST Mindful Moments That Lift Me Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9d5811f-35aa-475a-abc0-1ecb34d1dcb4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every day, I take the time to observe my thoughts clearly. In education, this is called metacognition (thinking about your own thoughts). This mindful process can help me respond better to difficult situations. It can help me find peace in the midst of an angry storm. That place of calm is always with me, deep in my soul. Sometiracesy mind rages so much that I don't easily see it! A... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 05:13:28 EST Feeling Satisfied & Eating Less! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458647 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88fc7941-74ad-4af6-9853-86477dd1a9c1.jpg"> <BR> I had come to enjoy the feeling of being full. Maybe I felt tired, but my belly was full and happy. Carbohydrates and fats give a different sensation than the salads and beans. No one had ever told me that! I've come to enjoy the feeling of just enough. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef1b79db-210f-4d97-b369-aa6d0cc5af2f.jpg"> <BR> I've also come to enjoy small increase... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 05:17:03 EST