LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LADYFROMTHEWOOD LADYFROMTHEWOOD'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/ Ask for Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901041 I've known for some time that my world has been getting smaller. I've withdrawn a little more into myself each time I've felt betrayed or hurt by others. It has been a long process, but the past 2 years were real doozies. <BR> <BR> I thought it was necessary to withdraw to a safe place so that the process of rebuilding my heart and hope could be done without fear of being damaged while in the foundation re-building stage. I've done a lot of soul-searching and self-analyzed why I've never ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:28:15 EST Books, Wine, and Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900159 I went to the library on Tuesday and checked out two books from Anne Lamott. I enjoyed her book "Stitches" as she spoke her truth concerning life. I'm a cautious fan. She seems to have many things in common with my own way of thinking and learning, so I can relate and glean from her life. One of the chapters was titled "The Over-Sensitive Child"... hahaha! <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> I'm getting ready to start the other book "Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers." <BR> <BR> TOM ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:29:22 EST New Neighbors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898422 I met them today because I asked Hubby to go for a walk after supper. We headed up the road with our bellies full from venison meatloaf and baked potato. I took a grocery bag to pick up the trash that is easy to see now that the leaves have settled from the winter snow to reveal some bottles decades old and some blown in this year. <BR> <BR> They are from TEXAS! In their 70's and retired, they traveled for 2 years across the U.S. while deciding where they may like to settle down. They fe... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:19:27 EST Not enough calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897633 I've not been too active on Spark this weekend. On Friday I slipped into a familiar (thanks to my SP past for making me self-aware) lapse in my eating that was an obvious sign my calorie range has been too low overall. When you start craving things you don't even like any longer (like Mtn. Dew) that's a red flag. I had one can, even sending Hubby to the country store for it especially. And chocolate. And wine. It was as if my body controlled my spirit. Healthy Teresa was in the backgro... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:04:51 EST Rainy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895765 It's chilly and rainy this morning. My usual cup of coffee is not as tasty as usual. I had disturbing dreams last night in which someone had dropped off a mother dog and her 3 pups (all of whom were fluffy, sweet, and loving) so that I was torn over our decision that we will not adopt any more pets. I also dreamed that I was suddenly inundated with company that started cleaning my house and cooking while judging my abilities as a homemaker, gardener, homeschooling mom, and cook. I felt ou... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:01:25 EST March Winds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895106 Knowing the temperatures were predicted to be warm, I saved up laundry for the first part of this week. I enjoyed hanging our clothes on the line again! The bird song serenading me as I breathed Spring air. Lucy taking full advantage of my coming outdoors, playing keep-away with an old bone and practically grinning as she would sprint for joy across the yard. Monday was a fine day. Tuesday was a good day to fly kites! I had to hold on to each piece of laundry and pin it with extra cloth... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:39:20 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894503 In celebration, you get an easy comment point! <BR> Just post your favorite St. Paddy's emoticon! <BR> Wishing each of you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>441</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:45:22 EST Of Bread and Bottles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893822 This weekend we cleared the vines off a dead Ceder in the front yard to make a bottle tree. This included clearing the bottles off our ceder porch posts to give the house a more uncluttered feel. Which led to also removing several grapevine wreaths for the sake of putting up the clothesline again for the summer. I'm liking this feeling of minimizing. We are also giving away two antique dressers to our daughter's friend. This will declutter our office further. I also cut my book and dvd ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:23:17 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891608 The weather and a good sleep are fueling an already good mood. Our day is predicted to be sunny and hit the low 60's today! And I went to bed early last night, exhausted from the visit from my son and his gf. They aren't exhausting, but I love to pamper my company. I cooked like nobody's business and stayed on top of the housework whenever they were asleep or showering. This was so that I could sit and talk with them in between meals. I could totally run a bed-and-breakfast(lunch/supper... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:02:55 EST Sleep is Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890986 Son and his gf arrived yesterday about 7:30 p.m. I wasn't sure when they would get here, so I made two suppers. Yep. I know I'm crazy. But at least I won't have to cook lunch today. <BR> <BR> Supper one was venison chili. It's quicker to put together than my venison roast and the fixins' which I really wanted to make for son. The chili was for just in case they were late getting here so that the food wouldn't be cold and so that Hubby could eat soon after work so his sugar wouldn't cra... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:23:31 EST Visit from son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890331 Sometime today or tonight (who knows?) our son and his girlfriend plan to visit and spend the night. Daughter is off work tomorrow so they planned the visit so they could spend some time with her also after they all wake in the morning. I'll be making a venison roast with all the usual fixins': dilly beans, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy, and homemade rolls. <BR> <BR> While I was at work with Hubby yesterday, Daughter (being her day off) cleaned house! I was shocked. It's evide... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:20:06 EST Work Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889842 I managed to have a good day yesterday despite the emotional side of it. I kept checking myself and rerouting my thoughts to positive things. I stayed in my calorie range and exercised. I even decluttered more books and dvds! In fact, I was the rock which Hubby and Daughter both turned to whenever they felt anger/hurt. I'm a little bit proud of my accomplishment. <BR> <BR> Today I came into work with Hubby. I have stayed busy designing and making a tissue box cover like the Rubix's Cub... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:53:53 EST Hurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889100 Today, I woke up to an emotional hurt/snub from what used to be a very close family member. My sister. Instead of letting it bother me or escalate, I am finding solutions that will cause no harm on my part. Instead, I am having my morning cup of coffee, as usual, and watching the birds at the feeder. Later, I will call my ex-brother-in-law and arrange to see our niece on her birthday with his side of the family. <BR> <BR> People, never, never, never pull your children into a personal mat... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:03:32 EST Today's Activitiy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888877 Today, I have spent the day moving books, the bookshelf, vacuuming under furniture, moving all our good china out of the cabinet, moved the cabinet, then arranged the china back on the shelves again. Hubby worked all day at transforming my upright piano into a desk. He and I have been through the gambit whilst deciding how it should function and how to arrange the pieces for that. After lifting it up and down several times, we finally moved it across the room to await it's final transforma... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:58:35 EST To-Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887992 Today, I hope to... <BR> <BR> *Vacuum all rooms. (Halfway done. Will carry over to tomorrow.) <BR> *Move the china cabinet, desk, and bookcase to their new spots. (Will have to continue tomorrow.) <BR> *Change the sheets on 2 beds. Wash sheets. DONE! <BR> *Cook taco soup in the crock-pot. (Oh, I forgot today is our one take-out meal for the week. I did bring in the meat from the freezer though, so this will be tomorrow's planned meal.) <BR> *Bring in a full ring of firewood. DONE! <BR> ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:50:58 EST Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887396 Another snowfall. The town in which Hubby and Daughter work received about a foot of snow by 7:30 a.m., and it's still coming down. Daughter's work called this morning to say they were going to remain closed today. Hubby then decided to close his office as well. <BR> <BR> Daughter's manager allowed her to come home 2 hours early last night, just before the precipitation changed over from rain to sleet. She arrived safely. The flooding has subsided overnight. <BR> <BR> This means I have my f... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:22:16 EST Flooding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887005 Daughter left for work then had to call me from the country store in the valley (about 3 miles away.) Water was across the road very high. I could hear other customers in the background talking about it. School let out early; not due to the possible snow coming later, but due to flooding concerns. A river runs right through the heart of the county seat. <BR> <BR> Daughter had to take a long detour to work. Hubby has already talked to her manager about making sure she leaves at the first... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:17:23 EST Fitbit steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884840 For my future reference... <BR> <BR> Walking around and around the circle inside the house for 30 minutes = 3160 steps! <BR> <BR> <em>543</em> <BR> <BR> For my dear readers, that means walking from our kitchen to the utility room into the bathroom then the hallway, great room, then back into the kitchen. Roughly 32 steps for one go around. <BR> <BR> Maggie, the white cat, waits around the corners to tag me at least once. <BR> Mommacat, the black kitty, sits down in the middle of the... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:53:24 EST February Review / March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884770 Another month has gone. Hallelujah! I seem to recall EVERY February being the longest month for me despite it's short day count. This year it was due to the weather. I got outside more in January and December than I did this month. But I did play in the snow, so I have to count that as a plus. <BR> <BR> I am finding that it is much easier for me to give up my bad habits than it is to add the good ones. <BR> <BR> February's goals were to: <BR> <em>347</em> Continue to sign in daily -... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:12:25 EST Do you wanna build a mailman? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883831 I meant to post these photos last weekend. The 14" of snow we got last week was just starting to turn from powder to decent snowman snow on Sunday. Daughter and I decided to go out to play while Hubby was using the tractor to scrape our driveway. <BR> <BR> You may have seen a similar creation on Pinterest. I had pinned the idea (so it's not my creativity) a couple of years ago b/c I thought it would be a hoot to try it. If only we would get enough snow. <BR> <BR> And "enough snow" we go... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:32:18 EST It's just snow... right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883215 I'm about to tell you a funny, but completely true story about what went down yesterday. If you don't know by now, I love to be a little creative in life. I stop to smell the roses. <BR> <BR> Hubby had jury duty yesterday so I went into our little town with him, hoping he wouldn't get picked so we could have a day together. I had been in the house for nearly 2 weeks straight. Despite being an introvert, I do need to see other humans and interact. <BR> <BR> It took from 9 until noon to p... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:05:27 EST You Have a Beautiful Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881015 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lz6tYh4esY </link> <BR> <BR> I give you this link, as a gift from a friend. Watch it. Don't skip the end. <BR> <BR> Not all of you struggle with this, but watch anyway as a refreshing affirmation. For those of you that do struggle with body image and feelings of low self-worth, know this: I don't see what you see. Each of you are my friends b/c I see an irreplaceable and extremely important friend with much to offer in just by being yourself. Yes, you.... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:23:13 EST Hubby Initiates... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870648 ... a walk! Hahaha. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I planned to just stay home, do some household chores, and a little indoor hooping. About lunch time, Hubby wrote me an email to ask me to ride into town when our daughter went to work so that he and I could go to the park after he closed the office. He suggested we go to the city park for a walk! <BR> <BR> What? Hubby initiating exercise? WooHoo! <BR> <BR> So I did. And we did. <BR> <BR> It was a crisp walk in a nice park. Other than a few c... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:38:43 EST Adventures in walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869934 When Hubby arrived home from work yesterday, I asked him if he felt like going for a walk. It was 50* after all and snow was expected to arrive overnight so we knew today would not be a fun temp to walk in. (For us, that is. I'd bet 26* would feel like Spring to some of you...lol.) <BR> <BR> This is our first walk together for, idk, months, maybe even a year! To say we huffed and puffed a little on the hills would be kind. We choose the short route toward the deadend of our street and ba... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:40:27 EST Short check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869276 So far, I'm enjoying my fitbit. Here is my user id if you want to friend me! <BR> https://www.fitbit.com/user/3747YJ <BR> <BR> When I track my foods on SP, it updates to fitbit as my calorie intake. If I change a food though I have to manually delete it from my fitbit dashboard to reflect the corrected change. And my hooping did not reflect in my FitBit graph except it was the only time I was into the very active movement range. But my steps on Fitbit automatically sync onto SP's fitness... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:02:06 EST New Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868482 Last night, Hubby came home with my new Fitbit Flex! Unfortunately, I was dealing with a mild virus and felt like doing nothing more than setting up my account. (I am feeling better this morning though.) <BR> <BR> I Googled how to sync my Fitbit to my SP account and found that it is really simple if you have the link. SP doesn't give out points any longer for that, but already I am reaping the benefits. I've also sync'ed my RunKeeper account with both the FtBt and SP as well! Now, when ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:47:13 EST Jan review; Feb goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867282 January's goals were: <BR> Sign into SP daily, <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water daily, and <BR> Stop the pop. <BR> <BR> I began on Jan. 2nd so I did sign in 30 days out of 31. <BR> Met my water goal 23 days out of 30 <BR> Met my "no pop" goal 26 days out of 30. I had 6 cans of pop in January. <BR> <BR> I did not lose any weight in January. <BR> I did not lose any inches in January. <BR> I did not give up in January b/c I was only concentrating on changing habits, not concentrating on me... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:30:21 EST Birthday review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866744 My 46th birthday was yesterday, a Friday. Hubby went to work as usual. I was up early for some coffee and quiet time. Daughter got up early, having requested the day off so we could have a girl's day until Hubby got off work. <BR> <BR> This is one of my first ever birthdays that we really went a bit overboard to celebrate. I got a phone call from my dad and my son, and an email full of funny birthday memes from my sister-in-law, and those really meant more to me than what money can buy. ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:50:45 EST A Time to Grow, A Time to Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865225 I started SP in late October of 2012. I had great success with it. I lost around 40 pounds and was feeling amazing. During that time, I was reading the articles and doing the exercise videos from the site. Basically, I was expanding my knowledge of what it REALLY takes to get healthy. <BR> <BR> Among those articles and blog posts that I read, several were about how to deal with set-backs. This was the area in which I found myself weak. I had the knowledge but not the know-how; the love... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:16:01 EST Puttering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864372 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1905625610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not a cold weather fan unless there is snow. And I don't have a paying job to show up to to keep me accountable to even get dressed and active during the week. Thus, cold months make it easy to stay in my pj's, sedentary while I plan out this year's garden or doing our taxes and so on. And it's my time to read: Books on my shelf, blogs I enjoy, articles that interest me, and so on. <BR> <BR> Sure, I do ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:58:52 EST Of Snow and Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861837 I got my much-wished-for snowfall. When I got up this morning, there it was. All fluffy and pure. As I stepped out onto the porch, the whole world seemed insulated from sound. Not a squirrel, nor bird, nor dog were stirring within earshot. It reminded me of the tendency of humans to wake to a cold, Saturday morning and promptly allow oneself to throw the quilts back over your head to sleep in. Yes, some animals will do that. I know deer had not even left prints in the snow when we went... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:24:02 EST Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858560 I have nothing deep nor personal to write today. <BR> <BR> The sun is shining in the valley. The humidifier on the woodstove is making a noise indicative of simmering water. Lucy, the dog, has decided to spend the morning outdoors to bark at the smells of traveling deer or turkey. <BR> <BR> Hubby is gone to work. Daughter will leave for work at 1ish. I slept well, without my usual weird or exhausting dreams to remember. I started a new book last night. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Haw... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:11:24 EST Recovery Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857969 I usually love Mondays. Mondays are the days I use to recover from a long week/weekend. I slept in this morning. That was a little different for me. Since waking, I have puttered around with a flannel throw over my arms. There has been Netflix and coffee and enjoying the mid-day with my daughter since she is off work today. <BR> <BR> The funeral went well. I actually didn't even cry much. They had shaved his signature beard and didn't have his glass on him, so it didn't even seem to m... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:51:27 EST The Interview, the Funeral, and the Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855586 Hubby's interview went so very well. However, deeper research into the company revealed worker complaints so similar to where he works already that it could be an "out of the frying pan, into the fire" situation. He is turning the offer down due to the added lack of job security that would come with being on a trial basis for 6 months. <BR> <BR> The silver lining is that he discovered another job opening while researching. Might be more up his alley. <BR> <BR> Today is Uncle Joe's visita... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:53:00 EST Uncle Joe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852669 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774229265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mom's brother passed last night. <BR> He was always obese as far back as childhood. <BR> So was his sweetheart, Aunt Ella. <BR> They both had diabetes and couldn't have children. <BR> They made up for it by traveling, eating out, and having a joking attitude. <BR> They spoiled us nieces and nephews with attention when they visited from another state. <BR> <BR> Both Ella and Joe died from complications brought ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:24:18 EST TOM (there's your fair warning) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851922 I'm still in the throes of perimenopause. Let me just say it again... <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to menopause. I don't care if it does mean weight is harder to lose. This is my 5th? 6th? year of this mess and I just want to be free of iron pills and running to the bathroom in panic. <BR> <BR> Not to mention this brain fog. My vocabulary is sometimes equal to a 4 year old's ability to converse with a puppy. <BR> <BR> I had to turn down a night out with Hubby at a family Rook game. ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:45:36 EST This weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850911 Yesterday I did manage to get all the chores done before Hubby got home. He was happily surprised to be able to come home and just take off his shoes and relax. We had supper on the couch since Daughter was working. We watched "Fort McCoy" on Netflix. It was low budget with some bad directing and mediocre acting, but I'd imagine it was pretty close to the book. Skip it unless you are in love with Eric Stoltz. <BR> <BR> Today's plans include laundry and cutting firewood. I've already fe... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:26:12 EST The Next Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850207 So much has changed here at home in the past year. Especially in the past couple of months since Daughter has gotten a job. 4 days a week, I have the mornings to myself as she sleeps in. Then I have 1-4 p.m. completely to myself. Then Hubby and I have those same evenings to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Problem? I (we) don't know what to do! I mean, you know how at first you revel in the free time, but then are a little sad too? Then it turns to boredom. I am faced with my own future. I thin... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:14:05 EST Orange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848713 I just had one of the best oranges in my life. <BR> Navel oranges are in season now. I hope you are eating them like candy this month. <BR> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> Today is bitter cold. I don't mind the cold as long as there is snow. And that's what we got this morning!!! Powdery, blowing snow. It was so pretty. My ridgetop is covered pretty well, but when we went into town they had none to speak of. <BR> <BR> I gave up riding into work with our daughter to spend the afternoon with... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:55:02 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847395 Nothing much going on here. I stayed up late to baby the fire in the woodstove and to finish my 8c water. I had trouble getting my water in yesterday due to becoming violently sick at lunch time. I blame my vitamin. It sometimes does that. I have to be careful about what foods I pair with it. Anyone else have that problem? <BR> <BR> We are throwing around the idea of saving for a major trip with our grown kids. Ireland, maybe. We've never been overseas. Actually, I'm the only one th... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 07:57:32 EST Adding each day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846568 I find that rekindling my good habits has not been nearly the big deal that I made out in my mind. I thought it would be SO hard to switch back from pop to water again. And to get in enough water to count as 8 cups. It's all I'm going to ask of myself so that I don't give up from asking too much. Hooping is on the to-do list this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Feeling resparked! <BR> Thanks, friends, for the encouragement. I am filled with hope for 2015. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:19:41 EST Of measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845671 I've been looking for my fabric tape measure for a week. Last night I DREAMED where it was...lol. I found it near enough to where I dreamed it was to make me shake my head at myself. How funny our brains are! <BR> <BR> I weighed in. For the first time in nearly a year? And measured my upper arm, waist, hips, and thigh. Now I have a starting point. <BR> <BR> I also donned my string bikini that I use to lay out in privacy. Then I had Hubby to snap some photos of front, side, and back v... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:46:22 EST Christmas Decor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835778 We've discovered a lifestyle called "Minimalism." While we cannot in any way call ourselves minimalists, we have gained a tremendous amount of peace by learning the mind-set. Get ready to hear about it more in mainstream media. I think it's set to become a trend for a short while. That is, if the advertising companies don't get the jump on it. <BR> <em>445</em> <BR> It has even seeped into our Christmas decor. For us, the following photos are the few decorations that have true meanin... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:52:57 EST Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835605 <BR> “Hope” is the thing with feathers - <BR> That perches in the soul - <BR> And sings the tune without the words - <BR> And never stops - at all - <BR> <BR> And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - <BR> And sore must be the storm - <BR> That could abash the little Bird <BR> That kept so many warm - <BR> <BR> I’ve heard it in the chillest land - <BR> And on the strangest Sea - <BR> Yet - never - in Extremity, <BR> It asked a crumb - of me. <BR> ~ EMILY DICKINSON <BR> <BR> Today, as I was... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:44:05 EST Something Lost, Something Gained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834918 Hi, buddies! <BR> 3 months, no see! <BR> Been recovering from some sad things here. <BR> <BR> I'm nearly recovered from our bad experience with the exchange student. Each month since March sees us rebuilding our family experiences without her in it. Sad, but true. But it's less painful each month. <BR> <BR> Family rift on Hubby's side is still healing. His sister (but not her daughter) has apologized for the rift, taking all the blame, and is trying to make amends. It was quite the eye... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:33:11 EST Short and Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777407 I owe you one that you can read through and just earn a comment point for a change! LOL! <BR> <BR> Today felt more like a Monday for me. Hubby went back to work and I puttered around. I put the polishing touches on the master bedroom and did laundry. I felt lazy today, like I was recuperating myself. <BR> <BR> Rain comes through tonight, bringing a cold front. I need to go pick some tomatoes. <BR> <BR> Leave me your all-time favorite emoticon below! <BR> I like the turtle, but lately ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:02:28 EST The Fear of 'No More' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776522 (In which I will seriously contemplate the serious subject of fear AND ramble on about Hubby's kidney stone... completely unrelated other than both are on my mind today.) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is day 2 of Hubby staying home from work with a kidney stone. He so rarely takes a sick day that I can't even imagine how the office is functioning without him. <BR> <BR> As for home, well let's just say that I hardly know how to function with him here during the week either. lol. He wants me right ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:32:33 EST Nothing much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775676 Daughter is now 18. In phone conversations she reports that she had a good time. The group returned from the lake after dark so we let her spend another night so she would not be driving home by herself. Dark, deer, old car, lonely roads, etc. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I had a good weekend. He did struggle with sadness more than me. He deals with change a little less willingly. Protective daddy. But we work as a team. We went to town a few times, puttered around. Took a few 4-wheeler ride... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:19:47 EST Last Day of Childhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774495 Just past midnight tonight, my daughter, my youngest of two children, will turn 18. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l292457046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Excuse me while I wax poetic for this blog. <BR> <BR> At this moment, she is getting ready to go to her brother's house for the weekend whilst singing very impressively Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire." <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fng<BR>vQS_PmQ </link> <BR> <BR> She is such an amazing person. <BR> A dreamer th... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:25:22 EST Home again and random stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772617 Funny how the best laid plans often go awry. <BR> <BR> I had to scrap half my plans yesterday when (a) the delivery truck at the drugstore was until noon getting in my neighbor's medicine, and (b) the car refused to start for me to get home for another hour. <BR> <BR> Turns out that the wonderful technology in vehicles that recognize only a manufacturer's key can backfire most inopportunely. As our car has aged, it will sometimes not recognize the ignition key and engage the security featu... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:20:55 EST