NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community marching orders... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First I must look at questions asked of me today... <BR> <BR> 1. What is blocking my way..lodged there...causing conflict... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2. What is my part in the disturbance/imbalance?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3.What am I doing with what I'm learning?.. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:59:46 EST 1 Peter 1.21 <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:05:31 EST just because... Just because Healthy Heart month ends with today (this year), is no reason to stop giving valentines... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> daily... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in gratitude... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:46:56 EST in the midst... In this next to the final day of Healthy Heart month, I'm grateful most of all for the gift of Love in the midst of Life... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:10:33 EST 73 and counting Just read a birthday message from Spark People to nudge me not to think about my age today, but rather about my life at this moment....hmmm... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> family members...there must be at least... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> friends... <img src=""> <img src... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:39:31 EST diggin' critters Well, we at Wee Hobbit House are still buried up... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's early morning gift of white was just a dusting... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yet, it was enough for squirrely red to need to burrow for seeds... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> before sitting up to munch away at breakfast, then search for more... <img src="ht... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:51:48 EST pushing...on... <img src=""> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:08:05 EST spur-of-the-moment Normally on Monday, I arrive home about 4:30 or 5 PM, grab a quick collection of srevotfel (leftovers) from the refrigerator, zap some of them in the microwave and toss a salad together with the remainder... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, after the two ladies' Bible studies and picking up a few items at the grocery store, I got home about 4. On the kitchen counter sat a canister of wild rice. Ah...DH is thinking that I should use up the ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:26:22 EST How and why... <BR> Why is the earth in its orbit at the perfect distance continually from the sun? <BR> How do the seasons and tides remain in just the right cycles? <BR> How were/are the living machines of each life-cell formed in exactly the correct way according to plan? <BR> How and why is the universe sustained? <BR> <BR> "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understand... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:39:43 EST just a thought... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Others are often more handsome or beautiful, more intelligent or wiser, more able in a variety of ways than we are. However, the uniqueness of each of us is not only a gift, but a necessity...No one can replace you!! <BR> <BR> That's GOD's sovereign plan. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:09:08 EST counting the day Count that day lost whose low descending sun views from your hand no worthy work done... <img src=""> by A. Nonny Mouse. <BR> <BR> George Eliot wrote of ways to count our days... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and finally... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:50:24 EST like snow.. We are like snow, you know? Having come in from shoveling this morning (so that the man who checks all our baited mouse "traps" could get into the driveway), I've been watching the flakes once again plunge in a whirl to earth. This is officially a "snow shower"!... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each white six-pointed star is different from all the rest and each settles in its o... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:44:54 EST renewal remembrances On this Ash Wednesday...ashes on snow... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> candles and prayer... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ashes and palms... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> breaking of bread and the cup of wine... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> remembering the One Who gave Himself for each of us, reconc... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 04:37:05 EST live learning... "Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi... <img src=""> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:51:11 EST lifetime habit... Peter Ustinov: <BR> "Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit" Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:35:43 EST snow...white We awoke to 11F and snow falling gently, but with blizzardy gusts... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Drifts are stacking up... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love continues... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in the purity that only GOD can give... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He constantly offers His lov... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:40:04 EST Love is... In our "breart" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> may we know that Love is... <BR> <BR> patient, long suffering, <BR> kind, benign, <BR> in good will toward, appreciative, <BR> humble, unconceited, <BR> meek, gentle, <BR> honest, trustworthy, <BR> considerate, respectful, <BR> seemly, prudent, <BR> unpretentious, self-effacing, <BR> yielding of own agendas, calm, <BR> joyous, peace-loving, <BR> helpful, considerate, <BR> benevolent, compassionate <... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 03:56:31 EST V-3 minus one... Vintage is fun... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember, though, enjoying the valentines of my childhood, too... <img src=""> <img src=""... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:49:02 EST V-3 Day minus two... There is a flurry of activity around this time in February. Young children are making valentine cards for friends... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and signing store bought ones for most of their classmates and teachers... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Moms and Grams (or Dads and Papas) are looking over recipes for cupcakes... <img ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:47:21 EST V-3 Day minus three Often at the end of e-mails to our grands, we type a... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> with... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to send big love hugs!!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As we all watch the Big Red Day boxes pile up in shops... <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:19:59 EST in balance Each day has its own experiences and choices... <BR> <BR> of how to respond in our hearts and minds... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> of what to choose to eat... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> of what to do with our "free" time... <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:15:09 EST Downton Abbey With no TV, we look forward to the new series on DVD each year from our town library... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We just watched series number 5, parts 1 to 5 (saving the rest for tomorrow)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Movie marathons can be fun as long as we remember who's who... <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 9 Feb 2015 20:37:34 EST what do I really love? <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:30:55 EST roof raking and ice chips It's that time of wintah. Summer-Autumn terms applied to snow season!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we began... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today our neighbors will finish up. Oh and I discovered ice chips in a window again...just the right size for a tall glass of water... <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> on a very hot d... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 12:04:55 EST soaring...whirling...singing... Just have to share these wishes... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...vast cathedral of our being... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> joyful cartwheels of creativity... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> sweet lullabies... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> of timelessness... <img src=" Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:15:54 EST snow continues to fall... This "poster" caught my eye last night... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And once the storm is over, you won't remember...snow began on Saturday, took a brief break on Sunday and then the storm began in earnest once more on Monday... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had another lull on Tuesday into yesterday with flurries only and now it's up and running again... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:44:24 EST gratitude transforms... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thankfulness... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> leads to tranformation... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> because it shifts our focus... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> off me... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:26:23 EST healing steps... <img src="" <BR> <BR> Take all the time... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> you need to heal emotionally... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Moving on doesn't take a day;... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:55:41 EST hogging the ground? <img src=""> a grundsaudaag (woodchuck, whistle-pig) is really a kind of ground squirrel of the marmot famiily...that burrows... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today we have a Candlemas snow here in the shire... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At 5AM it is still pitch black outside, and I'm assuming that Puxsutauwney Phil won't see his shadow ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 05:17:11 EST go Pats...or... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we say "Go Patriots!" while our other coast relatives shout "Go Seahawks!" <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:53:23 EST unseen... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:39:38 EST abandoning guidance <img src=""> <img src=""> Sometimes roads and highways need to be abandoned... <BR> <BR> Sometimes tunnels become clogged... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and impassable... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sections of roadway... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:51:42 EST tunneling... Our resident squirrely red with multiple snow tunnels... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> for reaching food in blizzard conditions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> has me contemplating "tunneling"... <BR> <BR> From childhood I remember traveling on the new 1950 section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike leading into the "established part... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:27:53 EST the Giver A world of black, white and gray...sameness...medicines...learning the rules...but suddenly reality enters as the Giver teaches collective memories to Receiver Jonas... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> what is color? or music? or emotion? or war?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> what is love?... <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:52:40 EST sometimes we are islands... <img src="">Part of our family lives on an island that lost power in Blizzard Juno... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Streets were flooded... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and winds reached 78mph!... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:35:08 EST lightly falling... As our town's new plow truck rolls by at 7AM, the temperature outside is 11.9F and the snow on the back stoop measures 3 inches...not bad for a night's "work" <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:04:13 EST flurries ...have started at 12:01AM <em>244</em> <em>425</em> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:09:06 EST blizzard atop nor'easter? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The nor'easter Iola of Saturday is suposed to be topped by a blizzard tonight and tomorrow... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Along with the birds... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we have been preparing today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Reports from New York and Bosto... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:55:51 EST Wee Hobbit House week #2,604 <img src=""> (taken 1.3.14) <BR> <BR> We decided to have one more grieving day by ourselves, so stayed at home, sharing worship just the two of us... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breakfast was banana pancakes with cranberry sauce, syrup, a bit of sausage ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:52:15 EST seasoned meals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jim's sister Marilyn created this cross stitch sampler for us years ago and it has hung in our dining room ever since... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> a gentle reminder now of her smiling presence... <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:35:08 EST comforted When I awoke this morning at about 4:15, I was thinking about sharing another aspect of our last day with Marilyn. I had a "but first" (which was one of her favorite sayings!) and began my usual exercises and reading. These went longer than usual. Then I got on this computer and worked on the SP goals. Now that the "recording" is done, I can share what is on my heart. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Psalm 23 is usually chosen for funerals and memorial gatherings, but we decided to do it early with... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:21:32 EST little list... On Monday, as we drove to Nashua, New Hampshire, to visit Jim's sister Marilyn for the final time, we began singing some favorite old hymns... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> with the words "our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> with the words "Jesus loves me... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:38:44 EST remembering... Last night about five PM Jim's sister Marilyn slipped away... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We're having a sorrow-joy day remembering her... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once she gave Jim this little <BR> friend... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just found ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:42:47 EST take my life and... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As we wait for word of Marilyn's passing, this old hymn comes to mind... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So in our hearts we walk the path of <BR> "Take my life and let it be consecrated, LORD, to Thee <BR> Take my moments and my days and let them flow in ceaseless praise..."... <img src="http://photo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:23:52 EST by choice... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just awhile ago we returned from being with my DH Jim's sister Marilyn...probably for the last time... <BR> <BR> She is on oxygen full time, has a climbing fever, despite medication to bring it down, and she is being made comfortable on morphine...administered now every hour and a half... <BR> <BR> This is so hard...I just wanted to say one more time... <img src=" Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:29:42 EST Matthew 22:37-40 Matthew 22:37-40 is essentially The Life Goal... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm just letting the words pour over me for the third day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pondering the sleet and snowy mix outside... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we watch (from safety) the freezing rain against the window panes... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:53:36 EST winter camp We entered the camp lodge... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to the warmth of a blaze dwarfed by the huge walk in fireplace that looked something like this... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No need of a campus map as all was buried in snow and the wind chill was -30F or so... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exploring the nooks and crannies, we found abo... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:36:23 EST conference... Our Wee Hobbit House is all buttoned up again with the extra window covering the furnance room door and the machine inside purring away!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While DH reads and writes in his snug chair, I'll be off with our DDIL and 2DGD to a women's conference up north for the afternoon and evening... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good reminders... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:12:29 EST warmth at last! The thermostat said 60F this AM and that is what it is! <BR> <BR> "Come to Me, you weary and burdened ones, and I will give you rest" - Matthew 11:28 <BR> <BR> In some of our coldest outside temperatures over the past seven days, we had been working to stay warm. How grateful we are that GOD carried us through it all... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after I wrote my... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:46:53 EST night #6 has become day #7... Hopefully today is the day of 7AM we had these readings inside and out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and the cellar reading is just above freezing!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Under our Wee Hobbit House dining room… <img src=""> <BR> <BR> there is a crawl space… <img src=" Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:59:56 EST