NANALISA-4's SparkPeople Blog NANALISA-4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Hallmark Movie Life <link> </link> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:49:12 EST My Christmas Three <link> </link> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:29:36 EST Sharing another blog <link> </link> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:14:09 EST Another Reason Why I Love My Job After leaving my very stressful job last August I have taken a job, paying nearly half the pay, working as a paraprofessional at the end of September and it was the BEST thing I have done in a very long time! <BR> Every day I am reminded why I love my job and today didn't cease to add yet another reason. I went to my mailbox this afternoon and in it was a note written personally by the principal herself. This is what it said: <BR> "Lisa, <BR> At our middle meeting recently, it was brought up... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 20:30:06 EST Can any of you relate? <link> </link> <link> </link> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 07:43:53 EST More Blogs I would love to share with all of you more of my blogs from my own personal blog site. Please check it out when you have a moment. <BR> <BR> Live Laugh Life with Lisa <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:47:04 EST Wedding Invites <BR> <BR> September 5, 2011 · <BR> <BR> <BR> Wedding Invites <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I went to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make muffins which I will have the day after Angie's wedding at the brunch we will be serving during "gift opening". As I passed thru the isles I came upon the flower department. That's when I came up with idea that I should buy some flowers and stop by and see my three best lady friends across the street and invite them to Angie's wedding. So after ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:03:27 EST Lord Give Me Courage August 15, 2011 · <BR> <BR> <BR> Lord Give Me Courage <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You told me not to worry <BR> <BR> you told me not to be concerned <BR> <BR> I really wish I could do <BR> <BR> exactly what from you I have learned. <BR> <BR> But as hard as I try <BR> <BR> I can not let go of my fears <BR> <BR> The ones that keep me tense <BR> <BR> the ones that cause me tears. <BR> <BR> I love you and I trust you <BR> <BR> your word means more then most <BR> <BR> But I can not seem to... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:57:53 EST Kaylee names my angels July 24, 2011 · <BR> <BR> <BR> Kaylee names my angels <BR> <BR> <BR> Those of you who know me well, will understand my warm fuzzies I felt from the following story. Kaylee and I were walking around the house and she noticed my two angels (ok, so one is a fairy, but she calls them both angels). She says to me "Nana what is your angels names?" I said, "They don't have names Kaylee. Would you like to name them for me?" She said, "Yes, I would, let's call this one Angie and the other one Mar... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:56:11 EST I will miss you July 27, 2011 · <BR> <BR> I will miss you <BR> <BR> <BR> God came to the garden early this morning and picked the prettiest flower to take home with him. The one that will shine and bring joy and beauty to his home. I'm just ever so grateful that he allowed me to have enjoyed this beautiful flower for the length of time that I did. Be at peace my friend, I will miss you so terribly much. I cherish your friendship and kindness and joy that you have brought to my life by just being you. I l... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:52:50 EST I Spent Time With You Today June 24, 2011 · <BR> <BR> <BR> I Spent Time With You Today <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The sun shone down on me today <BR> <BR> it lasted for only a short time <BR> <BR> Within that time I realized <BR> <BR> Just what was really mine <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I smiled as I sat there <BR> <BR> reading the Word you have written <BR> <BR> I understood what you were telling me <BR> <BR> the meaning within that was hidden <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I closed my eyes and dreamed <BR> <BR> o... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:50:18 EST Morning Song Morning Song <BR> May 29, 2011 <BR> <BR> I sit here in my front porch on this early Sunday morn and just listen. What I hear is the world around me awakening. As the sky slowly brightens its appearance to a lighter blue, the birds sing in glory of its light. They take no turns, yet rejoice together in their morning song. The air slightly cool, with just a tinge of a breeze, feels so clean and refreshing to my skin. The smells of the early morning spring air only adds to the sounds and sights... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:47:58 EST My Morning Coffee May 10, 2011 · <BR> <BR> My Morning Coffee <BR> <BR> I love to sit here every morning and watch the birds in the feeders. Mother cardinal filling up for a busy day. A little gold finch dancing in the grass a distance away. Slowly making its way up to the feeder. The bright orange orioles sucking away at the sweet grape jelly. Two beautiful grosbeaks sipping from the bird bath. A plump looking robin strutting its stuff around the bottom of the feeders. A small little blue bird of some sort,... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:45:24 EST Silence is Golden <BR> <BR> Silence is Golden <BR> . <BR> Sunday, September 12, 2010 <BR> <BR> After days of doing nothing but walking, touring, walking, shopping, walking, sight seeing, walking, picture taking, walking, flying, walking, eating, walking, and more and more walking.....I am home. It was a most enjoyable vacation ever! Boston has so much to offer, to see, to learn, but yet Boston could learn so much from my home town as well. Tonight as I stepped out my front door after only being back for a ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:43:37 EST I remember I remember <BR> . <BR> April 29, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I write to you today my friend <BR> <BR> to tell you how much I miss you <BR> <BR> to tell you what you've meant to me <BR> <BR> before your passing and ever since <BR> <BR> you were the best friend I ever had <BR> <BR> you were there for me always <BR> <BR> we had so much fun in high school <BR> <BR> partying, marching in parades, and classes <BR> <BR> meeting you in the halls during the day <BR> <BR> I can still hear you... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:39:27 EST My Wedding Speech/Toast On August 22nd my middle son and his fiancee had an engagement party. Well, that's what the invites said, but us parents and their siblings knew it was to be a surprise wedding! It went off just as they had planned! Some had suspected, others had no clue. It was beautiful and held in his future in laws home. After the ceremony many of us gave a toast to the couple. I'd like to share with all of you my toast, said with thru many tears and a few stops in order to speak thru uncontrollable sobs.... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:51:45 EST Learning on my AF journey I have been AF now for 721 days. In 9 days I celebrate 2 full years of sobriety. Along this journey to stay AF I also discover things about who I really am and how I got to where I am in my life. But none more then the one discovery I made on Sunday evening. As I had dinner with my husband, one of the waitresses that I am familiar with came over to talk with us and say "hi". As we spoke she relayed something that was told to her from my own sister. Without getting into detail, it was somethi... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:25:38 EST Is it? Is honesty really the best policy? Is it better to tell the truth then to hold back so as not to hurt those that you love? Is it better to stay where you are needed and depended on in life, then to go where your heart desires? Is it selfish to want those that say they love you in so many beautiful words, to understand that actions speak louder then words? Is it selfish to want the same as you give to others? hurts and I don't like to hurt others. Yet, I'm told its the best policy... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:13:07 EST My Anger Anger takes over and I kinda let it <BR> It's there and it's creating a terrible mess <BR> It wonders throughout and builds as it goes <BR> When will it stop...nobody knows! <BR> <BR> It's taking control of my inner self <BR> Making its home amongst my thoughts <BR> Creating a terrible stir in my actions <BR> Making for quite and unsightly attraction! <BR> <BR> I try to stop it from invading within <BR> But it is so much stronger than I could ever be <BR> It doesn't care that I don't want n... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:49:40 EST Our Journey Walk with me as I take this journey <BR> Hold my hand and we will lead each other <BR> Lean on me and I will carry you <BR> Along the ups and downs we must go thru. <BR> <BR> Catch me if I fall and can not stand <BR> Hug me when I hurt or just need support <BR> Step up with me and we will reach <BR> That place out there that we both so seek. <BR> <BR> We will never look back at our past <BR> Onward and upward with a smile <BR> No regrets, only dreams that come true <BR> Together we can mak... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:07:31 EST Life The path I take is mine to make. <BR> If I sit still and do nothing, nothing will happen. <BR> I open my heart, my mind, and my soul. <BR> My health and my life is my only goal. <BR> <BR> I look to the skies for it's there that will lead me. <BR> The word and the sound of all around. <BR> Nature and life are what guides the way. <BR> To my happiness and wellness today. <BR> <BR> I will never give up I will keep on fighting. <BR> I will push I will scream till I am there. <BR> Giving up wil... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:51:26 EST I remove the "Ish" from my "Self"... I shared this with one of my favorite Sparkteams this morning and feel it is important enough to blog to all: <BR> <BR> Here is another of my daily emails that I wanted to share with you because I really believe this was me when I use to drink: <BR> <BR> <BR> "Self-centeredness <BR> Selfishness -- self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. <BR> Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self pity, <BR> we step on the toes of our fellows and t... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:00:54 EST My Secret Place Sweet and subtle <BR> Calming and content <BR> That's what this place does for me <BR> For this, it is meant <BR> <BR> Relax and enjoy <BR> Escape into a dream <BR> Go where I want to <BR> Where rainbows through sunlight beam <BR> <BR> Fantasize and wander <BR> Through imagination I see <BR> A world like no other <BR> A world meant for only me <BR> <BR> This is what this place gives me <BR> I come here for all of this <BR> Here I can get away <BR> And find the things I so miss <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:03:03 EST Without It I Still Feel I haven't done this in a very long time <BR> I lost the feeling months ago <BR> I've search within and cannot find it <BR> Where it went, I do not know. <BR> <BR> I've tried so hard and looked within <BR> But maybe it was never mine <BR> Maybe it didn't come from me <BR> Maybe it was only the wine. <BR> <BR> I have feelings deep inside me <BR> Feel them all just like before <BR> But I can not find the words <BR> They just don't come to me anymore. <BR> <BR> I love the words when they appea... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:55:14 EST Todays Special Visits Did my first assistant living/nursing home visit today representing our office and adjusted glasses for those elderly patients who are unable to get to our office. I had a WONDERFUL time and made some fabulous friends! I can't wait to go back and see them again! Felt the presence of a dear friend who use to live at one of those places a few years ago and is no longer with us. Miss you Mary Anna, so glad you were there with me today! Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:36:42 EST Life's Tragedy Tragedies like yesterdays, really make me think about my own life and what's going on. There is so much missing and I can not get it back. The one thing I lost and can not find, is my friendship with my one and only sister. I distanced myself from family a little, about a year or so ago. The reason for this was because of some healing I needed to take care of in my own life. I sent an email to them all explaining what I was doing in hopes that they would understand. I don't think my sister di... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:20:08 EST Long Time I haven't written a blog in a long time...obviously it wasn't missed. <em>211</em> <BR> My positive daily words came to an end and I gave in. This time of year, along with fall, are not the easiest for me. But now with the snow all melted and the warmer spring breezes and longer days, I am coming around once again. <BR> Today I have a word, like no other, that I want to concentrate on.... <BR> <BR> TREASURE...and the one definition I want to use to describe this word is... <BR> <BR> "One... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:11:35 EST A few of my favorite things I'm ready for spring and summer!! BRING IT ON!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My new rain boots (I purchase an umbrella that matches perfect) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A closer view <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My new bike <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And danged if I didn't find yet another purse... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:55:11 EST I wish I had the... ANSWERS... <BR> <BR> 1. a reply, either spoken or written, as to a question, request, letter, or article <BR> 2. a reaction or response in the form of an action <BR> 3. a solution <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's hard when I don't have the ANSWERS. Sometimes it frustrates me when I can not give a solution to the problem or question asked of me. This is when I back away and pray. Maybe the ANSWER isn't mine to know...not yet anyway. Sometimes I just need to accept, believe, trust, and move on. Toda... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:23:35 EST A Lifetimes Not Too Long To Live As... FRIENDS... <BR> <BR> Michael W. Smith put it perfectly in his song... <BR> <BR> Packing up the dreams God planted <BR> In the fertile soil of you <BR> Can't believe the hopes He's granted <BR> Means a chapter in your life is through <BR> But we'll keep you close as always <BR> It won't even seem you've gone <BR> 'Cause our hearts in big and small ways <BR> Will keep the love that keeps us strong <BR> <BR> And friends are friends forever <BR> If the Lord's the Lord of them <BR> And a friend... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:37:07 EST Share and Share Alike... SHARE... <BR> divide and distribute <BR> partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with others <BR> tell (as thoughts, feelings, or experiences) to others <BR> <BR> Sharing can be one of the most unselfish acts around. As long as what you are sharing is good. SHARE your love, your help, your time, and just SHARE yourself. Holding back and not giving of oneself is wasting away all the good you have and good that could help another! But when you SHARE unhealthy thoughts ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:55:53 EST Saturday Sadness and Sorrow <BR> <BR> ...the characteristic feeling of sadness, grief, or regret associated with loss, bereavement, sympathy for another's suffering, for an injury done. <BR> <BR> I have not had a very good couple of weeks lately. My job has been very stressful. To the point where I may need to quit. My granddaughter was very sick and hospitalized for a couple of days. I have gotten myself so run down with stress and lack of sleep that I too have become ill and very depressed. Then today I find ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:57:38 EST As I Look Back I Embrace... SERENITY... <BR> <BR> ...The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled <BR> <BR> I read something given to me just the other day that read: <BR> <BR> "Serenity is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it." <BR> <BR> As I quickly approach my one year anniversary, I take this quote very seriously. SERENITY is a word I have concentrated on for many months now. My sobriety and lifestyle change came with a very emotional start. I said good bye to not only the alcohol, ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:13:57 EST A Word That Calms... GENTLE... <BR> <BR> 1. Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender. <BR> 2. Not harsh or severe; mild and soft <BR> <BR> As I sit here this morning at my kitchen table, drinking my a.m. cup of java, I look up and out my back window. What a beautiful sight I consume. The most GENTLE snowfall of all. Big, huge snowflakes slowly falling from above, only to gently land on the ground below. Why can't we be more like the snowflakes I admire this morning? Why can't we be a little more... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:26:43 EST What do you think of... VALENTINES (DAY)... <BR> <BR> ... A sentimental or humorous greeting card sent to a sweetheart, friend, or family member, for example, on Saint Valentine's Day. <BR> ... A gift sent as a token of love to one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day. <BR> ... A person singled out especially as one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day. <BR> <BR> The other day while talking with my adult daughter she spoke of Valentine's Day. She surprised me with what she said, yet what she said really made sen... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:01:29 EST There's No Place Like... HOME <BR> <BR> 1. A place where one lives; a residence. <BR> 2. The physical structure within which one lives, such as a house or apartment. <BR> 3. A dwelling place together with the family or social unit that occupies it; a household. <BR> <BR> That's what Dorothy claimed in "The Wizard of Oz". She tapped her shoes together and repeated this statement in hopes of going back home. <BR> Home...a place of belonging...a place where a person feels comfortable and welcome. <BR> Our actual "HO... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:47:43 EST Have I told you lately how much I... APPRECIATE... <BR> <BR> ...To be thankful or show gratitude for <BR> ...To admire greatly; value <BR> <BR> Have I told you lately how much I appreciate you?! I reached out for inspiration, support, and help the other day and what I got was more than I had ever expected. Thank you Sparkpeople for all you do for me! I truly appreciate each and every one of you! <BR> <BR> GO SPARKPEOPLE....YOU ALL ROCK!! <BR> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:59:02 EST I really need some... MOTIVATION... <BR> <BR> 1.The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. <BR> 2.The general desire or willingness of someone to do something. <BR> <BR> I have always regarded myself as being the one to motivate. The one to help others get moving and on the right track to reaching their goals in life. Yet today, I don't feel it. Today I have this weight that just won't be lifted from within and I can't shake it. I can't even ignore it. For it is holding me down and... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:53:18 EST How many do you learn in a day? LESSON... <BR> <BR> Something to be learned <BR> <BR> I swear I learn at least one a day, if not more! But in the past couple of years there is one LESSON that I learned that out weighs all others. You see I have spent most of my life worrying about myself, and thinking that I was unwanted, that I was unloved. Throughout all that has happened to me I have learned that the more I worry about me loving you, and the less I worry about you loving me, the happier I can and will be! The LESSON I ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:22:41 EST Why do I do these... ...BLOGS... <BR> <BR> ...A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis... <BR> <BR> Not only do I write this blog, but I write it with one word in mind each time. This one word I carry with me throughout my day. But before I do, here on this blog, I turn it into a matter what the word. Today I write this blog with the word BLOG...why? Because I want to remind myself as I go thru this day (my least favorite of the wee... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:23:55 EST It's okay to be... ...IMPERFECT... <BR> <BR> ...Not perfect; faulty <BR> <BR> I try so hard to be perfect. I don't want to hurt anyone. I only want to please all. I don't want to make mistakes. I just want everything I say and do to turn out 'perfect'. But as hard as I try, it will never happen. Why? Because I am IMPERFECT....and that's's really okay. <BR> I read a quote/prayer this morning that read: <BR> " Give me the courage to be imperfect." <BR> I just have one thing to add to that: <BR> "And... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:09:01 EST Not much soothes me more than... WATER... <BR> <BR> ...the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers... <BR> <BR> I love water and all the forms in which it comes to me. Water is soothing, relaxing, meditating, and healing. I like to drink it, bath in it, dance in it, swim in it, listen to it, and just l... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:24:47 EST It is a long time... FOREVER... <BR> <BR> 1. For everlasting time; eternally <BR> 2. At all times; incessantly <BR> <BR> Do you ever use the word FOREVER in a conversation? I do, yet, I don't really pay attention to the true meaning of this word. For if I did, I wouldn't include it in my vocabulary. When I would say the word FOREVER as I spoke, my husband would always respond "Forever is a long time". I would get annoyed by this and carry on with my conversation. Yet, lately I listen to that word and I really p... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 07:55:12 EST Thursday...... THANKFULS... <BR> <BR> 1. Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful. <BR> 2. Expressive of gratitude. <BR> <BR> I have so many things to be thankful for: my family, my friends, my life, my health, butterflies, daisies, angels, fairies, gnomes, mornings, the moon, the stars, so veeeeerrrrrry many things! <BR> This Thankful Thursday, I keep in mind all that I have, all that I strive for, and all that surrounds me. THIS is what I am so ever Thankful for! But most of all I am Thankful for Y... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:15:51 EST Grab Ahold of This!! DETERMINATION... <BR> <BR> ... Firmness of purpose; resolve: approached the task with determination and energy. <BR> ...A fixed intention or resolution. <BR> <BR> Its a strong word. One that asks for your strength and your will. It requires loyalty and never giving up. This is the perfect word for me to carry with me today! Actually, I'm going to hang on to this one for some time to come. For I am determined to make sure all of my goals in my life stick and are accomplished! If not complete... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:15:16 EST Baby its... COLD (outside)... <BR> <BR> ...Having a low temperature. <BR> ...Having a temperature lower than normal body temperature. <BR> ...Feeling no warmth; uncomfortably chilled. <BR> ...Lacking emotion <BR> ...Designating a tone or color <BR> ...Having lost all freshness or vividness through passage of time <BR> <BR> Cold seems to describe many a things. When I googled the definition, I was originally thinking about the weather. The weather, because here in Mn we are having very COLD and frigid t... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:11:50 EST Remember the movie... PAY IT FORWARD... <BR> <BR> Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It was directed by Mimi Leder and written by Leslie Dixon. It stars Haley Joel Osment as a boy who launches a good-will movement, Helen Hunt as his single mother, and Kevin Spacey as his social-studies teacher. <BR> <BR> This was one of the BEST movies created....EVER!! What a wonderful story! What a wonderful idea! What a wonderful child! Today I take this st... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:23:57 EST It feels good to know... Meaning... <BR> <BR> ...Something that is conveyed or signified; sense or significance. <BR> <BR> What a feeling. What I relief...of sorts. To have figured out what something of great confusion truly means. A dream I had a few days or so ago, which brought much distraught and sadness to my life, has made itself clear to me. After doing research on dreams and doing a lot of soul searching, I have found the MEANING. It may not be a meaning that I want to hear, but one I am ready and willing t... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:37:38 EST Sometimes There's a Need to Hear the... UNSPOKEN... <BR> <BR> 1. Not uttered or expressed. <BR> 2. Understood without the need for words. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I capture my thoughts, feelings, hurts, pains, happiness, etc, within me and decide to keep them there. Yes, some belong within, for spoken or shown, they could only cause more harm. But some really do need to come out. Whether it is expressed in words or actions, they need to be brought to surface. I too, want others to do the same for me. Express your thoughts, bring out w... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:21:12 EST It Speaks to me in so many ways... MUSIC... <BR> <BR> 1. The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. <BR> 2. Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm. <BR> <BR> Music...just the word alone makes me smile and relax. I LOVE music. Music brings so much joy to my day. A favorite song, lyrics that speak to me, a beat that gets me movin', a rhythm that makes me sway, drums that make me wa... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:12:22 EST