NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trusting... Yesterday, Jim and I were having our morning prayer time <img src=""> <BR> He asked how I was doing and I said I had some heaviness in my chest. We began discussing my calling my surgeon to see if the operation could be moved up from next Tuesday. About fifteen minutes later the doctor just happened to call and ask if I could come today instead. Some might call it coincidence, but I believe it is an answer to prayer... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:07:13 EST big change and surprise! Looks as it tomorrow <img src="">is the date of my heart surgery <img src=""> <BR> not next Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> I just don't know the time yet... <img src=""> <BR> So, I'll let y... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:50:19 EST juggling the calendars Yesterday, our Wee Hobbit House's front yard looked a bit scraggly... <img src=""> <BR> Early this morning, it had changed dramatically... <img src=""> <BR> What a difference one calendar day makes: January winter's thaw days to sudden blankets of white, starting the season once more! <BR> Since January 1st, I have been juggling calendars.... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:47:53 EST three labs My favorite Lab is <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last Friday my lab was a prep at my doctor's office. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next Tuesday my lab will be in Concord Hospital having IV's <img src=""> and then something called a PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale) Closure in the ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:10:42 EST celebrating... <img src=""> Yesterday, I was awash in thoughts of brokenness. <BR> Tonight we gathered as an extended family to celebrate a grandson's 17th b-day <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:30:53 EST Brokenness... There isn’t one of us not bearing the wounds from our own bloody battles. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> There isn’t one of us, who isn’t cut right from the beginning. <img src=" Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:09:18 EST slumber or sleep In checking the dictionary, I re-discover that slumber is a light sleep or doze, <img src=""> whereas sleep is the real thing, a true rest for the body and the mind <img src=""> <BR> No wonder we read about a slumbering volcano or anger, <img src=""> <BR> inact... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:06:17 EST Awake, my soul, and sing... This morning I awoke with the words to this hymn <img src=""> <BR> singing away in my heart <img src="">and mind. <img src=""> <BR> Crown Him with many crowns, <img src=""> <BR> The ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:51:05 EST full circle and full box Brown is the composite color <img src=""> <BR> I have chosen for physical goals. <img src=""> <BR> Brown combines red, black and yellow <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:45:10 EST dollars and cents don't stand for delay In the black, without nagging debts, is the next area for goals. <img src=""> <BR> Our whole American culture shouts buy it Buy it BUY NOW <img src=""> <BR> Along with new, NEw, NEW, Bigger, BETTER. <img src=""> <BR> Mastering the runaway dollars helps in many ot... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:35:41 EST green goals Now it is time to look at my physical environment and milieu. <img src=""> <BR> In 2008, we put out this DVD of a few of Jim's poems <em>195</em> and a tidbit of my music. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> LIVING IN THE GREEN was defined as being surrounded by nature <em>573</em> <em>574</em> <em>575</em> <em>576</em> <em>446</em> <em>585</em> <em>586</em> <em>588</em> <em>589</em> <em>584</e... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:57:07 EST a choice Color goals are postponed. <BR> Today in the very brisk wintry cold of single digits, just above zero, <img src=""> <BR> I was out and about doing some errands. <BR> An icy mix was forecast for tomorrow, <img src=""> <BR> so I wanted to be prepared with enough staples in the house. Now it looks as if tomorrow will be overcast only. <i... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:56:43 EST orangey stress Stress! Orange, <img src=""> <BR> the combination of passionate red emotional health <img src=""> <BR> and golden glow yellow relationship goals <img src=""> <BR> is my choice for stress management. <BR> Well, in addition, there has to be a little mental hea... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:53:53 EST Read red Read Red <BR> <BR> Seeing red, as in moving from irritation to exasperation to rage <img src=""> <BR> or instead wrapping love in red shades (scarlet, cardinal <img src="">, <BR> vermilion, crimson, maple red <img src="">, <BR> maroon, ruby, burgundy) <BR> a... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:11:04 EST Furthermore... <BR> Blue, blue, my world is blue, <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> That song just came back as I thought about tackling my blue choice, <img src=""> which is mental health. <BR> No, I am not blue, low, sad, discouraged, down, <em>39</em> <em>24</em> ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:28:04 EST golden glow goal The gold of the sunshine as it splashes over our border trees and bushes <img src=""> reminds me of relationships. I call relationship goals yellow. <img src=""> My chief goal is to keep each one of them in my life up-to-date. <img src=""> <BR> So I have begun ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:10:01 EST Utmost... Violet - actually Purple - <img src="">I have to start with my favorite color in a variety of hues and shades: <img src="">lilac, <BR> mauve, blueberry, <BR> <img src="">orchid, <BR> burgundy, plum, eggplant, <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:44:57 EST Further... Remember that new box of wax crayons given you in grammar school? <img src=""> Every one of the eight were covered in crisp colored paper and sharpened with a flat top on the cone of the wax. The aroma spelled school. <img src="">Ours came in a flat one-per-pupil metal box. <BR> The start of the New Year is like that crayon container w... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:17:12 EST thanks living... <img src=""> Each day we read a little story in Our Daily Bread booklet by <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's was about a daily attitude of gratitude...about writing, on a small slip of paper, one thing for which to thank GOD each day, then placing it in a "Thanks-Living" jar, to read all the little notes of praise and thanksgivings on next New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> Nudged into action, my ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:48:12 EST beginning anew... Dawn on this Sunday, January 1 was a crisp cold with fresh snow to catch the sun's rays <img src=""> <em>411</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Powdery white outlined every tree branch <em>576</em> and caught in the crooks and crannies of the stone wall out back. <BR> I donned my gear <em>295</em> and went out to sweep off <em>542</em> our car and shovel <em>425</em> the small front walkway from the generator h... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:34:54 EST day is done...gone (almost) the sun... Last evening, after the day's work was finished, we enjoyed the sun's 360 degree setting in technicolor!... <img src=""> <BR> northern sky... <img src=""> <BR> eastern sky... <img src=""> <BR> southern sky... <img src=" Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:34:00 EST plunging into the dark... At five this morning the road down the mountain side to the next town was very dark... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought about what might be over the next rise...unseen as yet... <BR> a skunk or two... <img src=""> <BR> a raccoon... <img src=""> <BR> a porcupine.... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:42:53 EST Detour... and almost... Yesterday morning, we left Washington in a light mist that soon turned into a mushy rain. Out of the woods and onto the edge of the road pranced a... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> rather large bull moose. <BR> Thankfully it was stepping in a diagonal direction giving me time to slow way down from 40 to 20-ish mph! <BR> And amazingly, he turned back toward the woods again...whew. <BR> <BR> Then coming into Hillsborough, t... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 04:40:41 EST very berry difference... Late Spring and Summer into early Autumn bring out the wild berries of our shire (New Hampshire, that is)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First come the tiny strawberries... <img src="">, <BR> <BR> then raspberries in red and black... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> next v... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 03:25:18 EST a gentle walk...and surprise.... DGD Charlotte and I took Zeb out for a short walk yesterday afternoon... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was my first outing with this wonderful grand dog since "the mishap". He had greeted me so very warmly when we arrived. Then, when I sat down he laid his head on my lap as if to say, "I'm so glad you are better and healing!" <BR> <BR> Our little excursion took us down through a field where we found laden grape vines... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 01:50:26 EST healing is happening... On August 7th I had a bad fall that meant stitches in my face and a splint for two fractured fingers. <BR> Today, after working on a new set of steps and laying out some patio blocks in our rock garden, I played the guitar!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My face and fingers are much better!... <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 17:47:44 EST third day...struck out... Papa Jim tried really hard this AM to equal the last two days of fishin'... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No fish for we had eggs... <BR> Papa's big breakfast... <img src=" Fri, 2 Sep 2016 17:19:54 EST camp's empty, school's begun, goin' fishin' Yesterday morning we decided to take advantage of the empty town camp grounds... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> since the young people had all started school., just up the road... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Normally the morning plan includes swimming and walking on these beautiful summer days. However, fishin' called us yesterday (and today)... <img... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 16:36:50 EST Mishap with Zeb & Mr. Z Yesterday, I took our "grand dog" for a short walk... <img src=""> <BR> On the way back Mr. Z, a stray rooster, <img src=""> <BR> suddenly came up behind us... <BR> ... to protect me, Zeb turned to chase him... <BR> Down I went and ended up in the ER... <img src=" Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:24:33 EST Wonderful Wednesdays Usually it is the growing light of the day that awakens me... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But most Wednesdays I must use an alarm clock to nudge me out of bed at 4AM... <em>102</em> <em>40</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> However, I rested last night instead of sleeping, so I've been up since 3 and it is still pitch black outside...well, no..there is a faint blue-grey behind the tree tops to the East, so I can just... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 04:46:26 EST yesterday's short walk Down May Hill on South Main Street... <img src=""> <BR> past the meadow brook with its lilies... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> onto Mill Street... <img src=""> <img src="http://photosa... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:07:13 EST role reversals reving up Our young sons... <img src=""> in 1980 <BR> <BR> have become husbands... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and fathers... <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:52:30 EST upstairs downstairs... In order to put our album photos into my computer, I need to go up and down two flights (12 steps each) of stairs for each photo. The printer-scanner is in DH's garret study in the back of Wee Hobbit House and my computer is in my garret study backing up to it, but in the front section of our little cape. <BR> So this is what I discovered: <BR> ...climbing six flights of stairs, three times per day, burns 90 calories...that's 9 photos scanned! I haven't watched the amount of time it takes yet... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:57:56 EST Dirt vs Macadam... This morning I took my first long walk after our return home from the kids' house in Weare. <BR> I wrote a note to my DH that I'd be going up over Faxon Hill or down to Camp Morgan on Millen Pond. When I reached the top of our road, I decided to continue on down the other side of the hill and then turn around...Well, that would mean I'd miss seeing the I decided to head all the way around. Unfortunately, I did not take my camera and the flowers are so beautiful all along the way! <... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:55:50 EST sniff the scents, see the sights Today is our last one pet sitting our grand dog and grand cats... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> so we have to enjoy every minute by revisiting the salad bars... <img src="">, sniffing the scents... <img src=" Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:10:47 EST tricky ticks Zeb and I took a longer walk this morning... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> past all the tree faces... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:39:37 EST stunned sapsucker About 8:30 this morning a male yellowbellied sapsucker flew into the large living room window... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For awhile he lay there stunned, not moving while we prayed... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Slowly he lifted his head and began to look around... <img src=" Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:49:47 EST celebrating lupine and memories On a corner hillside where once stood the home of Ernest Cram in Washington, there is now a field of lupine among the two mill stones... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On another hill we saw this sign about the demise of East Weare, NH... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> on our way to Ilsley's... <img src=" Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:08:45 EST Sunday's other surprise... <img src=""> <BR> When we left for the airport at 4AM on Sunday, I had no idea that I might nearly lose my physical life before Jim got back from the HONOR FLIGHT to DC. <BR> There are warnings to parents about children eating raw veggies and having trouble swallowing them or choking, but, I'm on the other end of life and... <BR> <img src=" Wed, 25 May 2016 22:09:14 EST HONOR FLIGHT pix <img src=""> <BR> My dear husband served in Gorizia, Italy with the 88th Division Headquarters and Company <BR> <img src=""> <BR> On Sunday he was honored with 59 others by a flight to Washington, D.C. to view the memorials and the cemetery. Here are some photos he took: <BR> <img src=" Tue, 24 May 2016 16:15:16 EST Honor Flight 5.22.16 Thank you, my dear husband, with your 59 vet buds! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Jim began in Italy at the end of WWII <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday, we arose at 3AM, so he could be at the airport at 5 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A motorcycle and police escort of over ... Mon, 23 May 2016 12:33:57 EST Honor Flight 5.22.16 Thank you, my dear husband, with your 59 vet buds! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Jim began in Italy at the end of WWII <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday, we arose at 3AM, so he could be at the airport at 5 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A motorcycle and police escort of over ... Mon, 23 May 2016 12:07:36 EST 50 years... <img src=""> April 16, 1966...our wedding day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> April 16,2016....celebrating GOD's grace <BR> <BR> Happy 50th, my dear husband!! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:36:14 EST making palm frond crosses We received palm fronds today at church, so when we came home, I soaked them in water, separated them, cut them into strips and made palm frond crosses to carry us from Palm Sunday through Holy Week to Resurrection Day celebration! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:02:53 EST college buds...BU'52 Well, it was that time again yesterday..."college reunion" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We five (three BU, two "other") celebrated a couple of birthdays and a wedding anniversary with Thai cuisine...yum! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:55:06 EST Happy St. Pat's b-day... St. Patrick's Day birthdays: <BR> Thinking of my great aunt... <img src=""> <BR> in front of the home in which she lived most of her life from childhood until she died in 1974 at age 99. <BR> <BR> And also my Mother... <img src=""> <BR> who was married in that home in 1941 and would have been 99 years old today. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:51:16 EST climb, drink, munch and one-another... Climbing the mountains of our fears,... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> drinking of the water of life... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and munching on the goodness of GOD's... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:03:25 EST March picnic <img src=""> <BR> These crocus flowers were under some snow just a few days ago! <img src=""> <BR> When we noticed them blooming today, we decided it was time for a picnic!! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:09:26 EST Happy B-Day, Grandsons! <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:28:45 EST Happy Birthday, Son! Happy Birthday, my son... <img src=""> <BR> What I want to know is how you got to 48 so fast !? <BR> <em>383</em> <em>492</em> <em>35</em> <em>548</em> <em>407</em> <em>296</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 20:53:18 EST