NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lazagna pots for veggies... <img src=""> <img src="">Wee Hobbit House rock garden had a wintry blast on Mother's Day AM, but it began to melt away in the PM <BR> This morning the flowers emerged a bit worse for wear... <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 16 May 2017 18:22:58 EST Happy Winter Mother's Day!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On this May 14th Mother' s Day, I'll let the pix speak for themselves!! Sun, 14 May 2017 17:52:15 EST Tile Time... Today, after our usual Wednesday prayer time, I'm off with another friend to our state capitol to pick up the last of the tiles for finishing our walkways,,, <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 10 May 2017 04:59:04 EST Our Autumn Spring Yesterday, driving along, I noticed that the trees leafing out were like a photo negative of the Fall... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Tue, 9 May 2017 14:51:32 EST True heart condition... Last, really early this morning...I dreamed that one of our neighbors came with his heavy equipment and took several of our flowering bushes... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> along with newly blooming tulips... <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 5 May 2017 05:07:55 EST Hi Ho... off to work we go... Over the past couple of weeks we have dealt with the bags of leaves, loose leaves and other stuff that accumulated around our home over the winter. It is amazing how readily this flotsom and jetsom gathers under the snow, ice and wind from late November through the third week of April!! It's just like the growing of rocks and stones like potatoes under every piece of cultivated garden! <BR> Today our project was finishing the raspberry trimming and staking them all up for the Summer... <img s... Thu, 4 May 2017 20:17:55 EST What a difference a day (or a few) makes... Yesterday we received nearly two inches of rain! Here at Wee Hobbit House, the daffodils bowed down... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And today they began to rise up...and also received a little help... <img src=""> <BR> I worked on a new path of tiles arou... Wed, 3 May 2017 23:25:51 EST Splash of orange May 1st brought a special surprise. In fifty-one years of being in Washington, we have never seen a Northern Oriole (Baltimore or Bullock’s). On our birdfeeder yesterday morning, our eyes caught a large splash of orange.... <img src=""> <BR> Just the day before our pastor had mentioned that his wife was putting out special food to attract orioles which arrive in New Hampshire in May. There is a special nectar and je... Tue, 2 May 2017 20:51:52 EST May Day When we were children, we collected early May violets to share with an elderly neighbor on May Day. <img src=""> <BR> Here in Washington, we must wait for the viola, but right on time every year the bloom we have always called “May Flower” opens up in profusion under the one of our rhododendron bushes. <img src="">However, it is not a flo... Mon, 1 May 2017 20:10:16 EST Springing into Bloom April has brought the flowers! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> purple crocus <BR> <img src=""> <BR> daffodils <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:19:42 EST Day of Worth-ship <img src="">Worthship (worship) expresses adoration for GOD alone. He is our ALL in all…Creator, Redeemer, Deliverer, Sustainer… <BR> Today has been set aside nationally as a day of worthship…of expressing the Lord’s worth and honor and glory…of seeking His face as we bow the knee before Him in praise and thanksgiving. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:11:31 EST Our DDL is gone <img src=""> Our dear daughter-in-law Clare passed away today. <BR> We're off to be with family, so will leave Spark for awhile. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 19:57:11 EST state of flux Yesterday, my brother reminded me to watch "over confidence" about the weather, with a pithy saying out of the past: <BR> "Don't become overly confident, your situation might dilapidate into a state of flux." <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Most of all, it is important to remember Who governs the weather... <img src=""> Sun, 5 Mar 2017 06:33:33 EST March forth... JOY..that's a wonderful gift to receive from GOD! <img src=""> <BR> "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." Romans 15:13 (ESV) <BR> "For the Kingdom of GOD is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Romans 14:17 (NIV) <BR> Even in the midst of our pain and sorrow, humili... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:39:43 EST World Day of Prayer The Philippines is the country that we learned about for prayer this year... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> We had a pot luck of Filippino foods... <img src=""> <BR> Then t... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 23:13:05 EST winds took our power... This morning we lost our electricity for a time and thought we might have to cancel a special day with our DGD. But at noon lights returned...and Char blew in for her visit... <img src=""> Thu, 2 Mar 2017 21:10:14 EST fearfully and wonderfully made Take a look at your hand...and view your eyes in the mirror. We are so amazingly crafted by the Sovereign of the universe. And He breathed life into each of us! <BR> And He says: "For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." <BR> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 05:03:41 EST shrive...shrove... Shrive...Shrove...Gras...where did the fat start? <BR> This Tuesday used to be a time for doing some self-examinations and confessions...setting things right. Now it's a carnival time with lots of indulgences before Lent begins...reminds me of the verse:"Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die." - 1 Corinthians 15:32 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:06:20 EST a short snapshot of the many years... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> then I grew a little... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> and a bit more... <img src=" Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:17:43 EST Happy happy! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Today , as winter returned with 24 degrees (instead of the 65 of the past two days), I awoke to a dusting of snow and my 75th birthday!! <BR> After a wonderful time of worship at church, there was a potluck meal... <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:09:53 EST welcoming Calista This afternoon, some ladies gathered to meet baby Calista... <img src=""> <BR> Grandma Paula held Calista for another photo... <img src=""> <BR> Then she settled back in Mommy's lap... <img src=""> <BR> She truly is what her name says...Calista...beautiful! Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:29:17 EST averting my eyes, plugging my ears... Most of our married life, Jimmy and I have been the proof reader-editors for one another's creative writing projects <em>195</em> <BR> However, in the days leading up to a special event... <em>383</em> <em>384</em> <em>460</em> <BR> we purposely avert our eyes and plug our ears, because we both enjoy surprises! <em>283</em> <em>407</em> <em>437</em> <em>188</em> <em>104</em> <em>129</em> <BR> We know a little treat is in the offing... <em>144</em> <em>19</em>... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:42:33 EST be being weak... But He (GOD) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:14:12 EST dinner for four <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> We started with onion, sliced and chopped, then sauteed with garlic... <img src=" Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:28:30 EST lost my blog I just typed up my blog, complete with my photos, funnies, and hit the post button...but it got lost in outer space somewhere. Oh well, maybe I'll try again tomorrow Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:29 EST building a snow bridge After our two storms, our neighbor got out his special equipment... <img src=""> <BR> and began to stuff all the extra snow into the mini ravine across the Lane from our home... <img src=""> <BR> Then he smoothed it into a trail... <img src=""> <BR> And almost im... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:13:26 EST Spring's a comin'in February!! On February 13th our Wee Hobbit House generator and pump looked like this... <img src=""> <BR> On the 16th we had more snow... <img src=""> <BR> Today, the whole pump was in view... <img src=""> <BR> In six days we've gone from blizzard and nor'easter to thaw ag... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:02:39 EST prep Yesterday seven of us from different towns and different church affiliations met to plan for a gathering... <img src=""> <BR> on Friday, March 3rd at PM in Hillsborough at the United Church. <BR> The service program was written this year by Christian women in the Philippines. <BR> We'll have a potlatch of Asian dishes at 6PM and then the service of prayer at 7 or so to celebrate World Day of Prayer. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:00:41 EST tidbits... 1. 27, 371 days(2.26.42 to 1.20.17) of living with a heart hole... <img src=""> <BR> and then it was repaired with a mini dragonfly... <img src=""> <BR> 2. snow continues to stack up... <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:21:52 EST t'was a animal... Just found out there was an earthquake at 1:41 AM (1.7) <img src=""> <BR> so was the crack in the night that? <BR> or an icicle falling?... <img src=""> <BR> of an animal skidding across our roof... <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:10:29 EST Crack in the night... My adrenaline shot right up, echoing the sharp crack that came out of the night. <BR> "What was that?" I wanted to know. "...probably ice off the roof"...mumbled my DH. <BR> Slowly, I got out of bed and and began to search. On went the lights to make sure the cottage and arbor were ok... <img src="">... <BR> after all the roof load of snow is pretty heavy. <BR> Our snow rakes are buried on the shed roof, placed th... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:54:20 EST Wintah herah!! <img src=""> As you can see, we got a wee bit buried in the snows of Sunday and Monday... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Now we can enjoy the views from cozy inside... <img src=""> <BR... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:33:58 EST for future re-ference re-member... Another sentence in Duncan Hamilton's book... <img src=""> <BR> caught my eye and mind... <BR> "The bereaved are sick with many griefs, which fill up rooms, and there is a commonality about the process of clearing them." <BR> Re-ference...I want to direct my attention to a taking back...a putting away to use again...a keeping in the back of my mind... <BR> Stages of mourning. <BR> Denial <img src="http://photosaws.s... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:46:11 EST final examination...has begun Final Examination…has begun... <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Falls in late Summer… <em>573</em> <BR> <BR> Hip surgery and Rehab in Autumn… <em>574</em> <BR> <BR> Tests and Heart surgery in Winter… <em>576</em> <BR> <BR> Trials of the Psyche set for Spring… <em>575</em> <BR> <BR> In and through all I choose <BR> <BR> to cling to the One Who is over all <BR> <BR> with me in all <BR> <BR> enabling all <BR> <BR> all the time!... <BR> <BR> GOD indeed is my ALL in all! <em>459<... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:14:41 EST For the Glory gleanings <img src=""> Eric Liddell won the gold for the 400 meter race in Paris in the Olympics of 1924. One pattern he kept before him on the track, in his studies, in his messages and essentially in all of his life was a quote from John Wesley: <BR> Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you ev... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:03:06 EST Progress of a pilgrim... As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I came upon a certain place where there was a den; and I lay down in that place to sleep; and as I slept I dreamed a dream... <BR> This is what John Bunyan wrote from prison as he introduced his book... <img src="">... <BR> an allegory of his life. Next to the Bible, this book has probably been read by more people than any other book. Years ago, Jim and I also peruse... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:05:29 EST snow at last!! At last the snow is falling!... <img src=""> <BR> A closer look shows large prints in the snow in our backyard... <img src=""> <BR> Did a bear come through? <BR> Here's what snow looked like in the mid 1970's... <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:10:06 EST be brave Just sent this poem, written by my husband Jim in the 1970's (and tweaked again in the '90s) to a friends daughter dealing with colon cancer: <BR> Be Brave!... <img src="">... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be brave! Stand tall! <BR> This life is full of those <BR> who cannot rise at all. <BR> A hundred hearts today <BR> who cannot even pray <... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:45:32 EST Thanks, emergency workers! Last night we were all abuzz in stage whispers about 11P.M. at the end of the Super Bowl, so as not to wake up the family who went to bed, discouraged, at half time. After the game, Jim and I had about a half hour drive back home from our son and daughter-in-law's house. <BR> In all the excitement ,we left Jim's slippers behind... <img src=""> <BR> He has some good scuffs,... <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 23:35:00 EST WOW... what happened? <img src=""> DH Jim was wearing his cap as we sat around as a family in our son and daughter-in-law's living room (We don't have a TV) <BR> Wasn't the score 21-3 in favor of the Falcons at half time? I think it got down to the last 6 minutes of the game...and then a tie...first Super Bowl tie in history...broken by the Pats so that the final score was 34-28! What a come back. <BR> We ate our mini bowls of popcorn(f... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 10:20:16 EST SUPER bowl After worship today, the men of the family Papa, Gregg, Noah and Herm will be sitting down together to watch the Super Bowl. We ladies may pop in when the action is exciting or when the snacks need refilling. <BR> I am determined (for myself) to do only a mini bowl with cut up fruit <em>277</em> , and veggies <em>550</em> , rice cakes, some nuts,and plenty of water! <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> I also plan to take the challenge to celebrate things on the football field ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:03:48 EST bones we share... To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. Reba McEntire <BR> <BR> As I got to thinking about this quote I saw a few days ago, I did a re-membering of my life in wishes/dreams... <img src=""> <BR> then daily funny bone thoughts... <img src=""> <BR> and most importantly the backbone of my life... <... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 15:58:21 EST Week 2 of The Broken Way The degree to which we aren't afraid of broken things is the degree to which we can embrace abundance. Ann Voskamp The Broken Way.a daring path into abundant life <BR> This is not a dare for sissies. <BR> Here are some questions that Ann Voskamp asks in new her book The Broken Way <BR> What do you do with your one broken heart? <BR> What's the answer to pain and suffering in the world? <BR> How do you live an abundant life right where you are in all your hurt and bustedness? <BR> What is eve... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 21:34:33 EST making calls Yesterday Jim and I were invited by our near neighbors to lunch. Gwen served a delicious soup she whipped up and homemade ham and cheese stuffed braided bead to go with it. I baked a loaf of gluten free multigrain bread and took a ninety-nine year old journal also to share... <img src=""> <BR> Margaret Hoyt, a retired school teacher from Vermont, came back to her home town of Washington in the late 1940s and taught ... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:01:56 EST re-reading... Thought I'd begin my month of February by re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird <img src=""> <BR> and continuing with my DH Jim the re-reading and discussion of Pilgrim's Progress. <img src=""> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 19:07:35 EST Nanas b-day My special grandmother Nana was born on this day in 1888... <img src=""> <BR> She died at age 63 after suffering the effects of whiplash from an automobile accident <BR> Today, she would have been 119 years old! <BR> (I'm trying to upload a photo of her holding me, but it won't come out here. <em>39</em> ) <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:52:21 EST Wedding Day 76 years ago... On this cold, crisp January 30th, I always think of my folks who were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on just such a day in 1941, seventy-six years ago... <img src=""> <BR> They were married on short notice because my dad had orders for duty at Fort Devens. So instead of the church wedding planned for June, they were married in the Groom family homestead in January... <img src=" Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:02:22 EST Fragile Flowers in winter Fragile flowers from the store... <img src=""> <BR> They last about two to three weeks... <img src=""> <BR> on our dining room table... <img src=""> <BR> They bring a smile of Spring to our faces in this cold winter... <img src=" Sun, 29 Jan 2017 19:46:52 EST morning regimen Most days I get up between 6:30 and 7 after a good rest. <BR> I check the outside temp and turn up the themostat. <BR> Then it's a wee bite of something like a few grapes... <img src=""> <BR> or a tangerine... <img src=""> <BR> Vitamins come next... <img src=" Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:27:17 EST will it snow? Early this morning the clouds were scudding across the sky from west to east... <img src=""> <BR> The sun shone brightly, reflected in the orange glow of a tree nearby... <img src=""> <BR> But within about half an hour the dark clouds came racing in... <img src=" Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:50:57 EST