NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Summer breezes in the treeses... Now that the sun has returned… <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and all a green, green at 54F, we decided to have breakfast on our veggie deck… <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oatmeal-multigrain-chia cereal with dried cranberries and milk, half a banana and coffee for my DH… <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:06:01 EST yup, it's spring again! Earlier this morning as I left our prayer meeting, the sky had opened up... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Streets were becoming creeks... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and roads were turning into streams... <img src=" Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:39:13 EST early summer snapshot... Earlier this afternoon my DH and I sat out on our little "veggie deck" with its tomato and basil plants in containers... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Side-by-side we sipped our water... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and listened to the bird calls... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:09:31 EST weekend of questions... A friend of ours is writing a book and we want to with my DH having to sit quietly to allow his finger to heal after surgery... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we began to answer questions about our marriage of almost 50 years...(notice that the picture frame is still empty as we must wait until The Day)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:25:56 EST husbands and wives <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, (Ephesians 5:25) <BR> <BR> However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to hi... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:33:58 EST choice to stand... Like Peter and the other apostles, many of us say, "We must obey GOD rather than human rulings." (Acts 5:29) Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:12:19 EST Three years Sparking... Was it really three years ago... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> that I found kale recipes... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> on Spark People and joined right up?... <img src... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:22:05 EST home from ER... What a's office at 2:30 PM to ER at 3:45PM... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> home finally at 10:15PM... <BR> DH has a bad infection in his right hand index finger...must return to orthopedics tomorrow for further evaluation...possible operation... <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:07:17 EST just made it! Whew...pant,pant... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The mess had to be dealt with finally... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the result... <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:13:19 EST GOD bless the fathers What does "father" mean to you? Every person has been sired, but that does not mean he or she has had a father. GOD's intent for men is that they be protectors and providers. He shows us the way... <BR> <BR> Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him; <BR> <BR> Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:31:51 EST pre-Father's Day When my DH returned from the men's breakfast at church, he brought pink carnations for the mum of his children... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and a treat of blueberry muffins... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (I added Swiss cheese - his favorite- and our first wild strawberries) <BR> <BR> He doesn't know, but DDIL and I have planned a family meal ou... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:17:46 EST quotes to ponder regarding procrastination... Proverbs 13:4 ESV <BR> The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV <BR> Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. <BR> <BR> James 4:17 ESV <BR> So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 12:11 E... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:42:24 EST my -ation Each of us has "conditions" with which we deal...our "-ias", "-osises","-itises" and such! My dyslexia and aphasia states, as well as pulmonary stenosis were in place at birth. My arthritis, with it's inflammatory interruptions, has recently arrived. Those are all givens, providing me lots of challengiing life lessons... <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:07:57 EST my -itis This is the hardest one to write about...for it means facing the truth that I can no longer do some of the things I used to playing classical pieces on the piano... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or opening jar lids easily... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, I can still play the piano... <img src=" Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:24:22 EST my -sis When I was a senior in high school (about a century ago... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> just kidding...only 55 years... <img src="">), <BR> <BR> playing intramural basketball... <img src="">, <BR> <BR> dressed something like the ladies of the 1940's... <img src="h... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:03:23 EST my -ias... Congenital (I first typed congential)...anyway, I was born with dyslexic and aphasia tendencies as well as a heart murmur. (I've had to make at least seven "typo" corrections in that first sentence alone <em>40</em> ...whew!). I thought it was all normal growing up. My dad would say, "Uh, uh" in the middle of sentence. Then out would come the word he wanted...after a long pause. He also was a deliberate reader (never going quickly, as my mother did) when he read out loud. It wasn't until I... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:10:34 EST Romans 12 Today we are celebrating thirty years in our church building. it was an old inn in the center of Hillsborough, NH... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After purchasing it, we spent about a year doing renovations... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Those days meant demolition, scraping up old linoleum floors, washing woodwork and walls. Before new wallboard w... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:42:25 EST quote to ponder... When you find your definitions in God, you find the very purpose for which you were created. Put your hand into God's hand, know His absolutes, demonstrate His love, present His truth, and the message of redemption and transformation will take hold. <BR> Ravi Zacharias <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:34:08 EST Wednesday wisps and wonderings... As I began the drive down the mountain to the next town this morning at about 5AM, the north western sky behind me showed a pale pink and blue, so I had to stop and snap a photo... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To the south east the moon sailed in a light blue... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and clouds reflected the rising sun... <img src="http://pho... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:52:32 EST Living in the Green... <img src=""> In 2008 a DVD was made of some of Jim's poetry and my music. <BR> <BR> This spring I'm particularly aware of the greening of our landscapes... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:16:47 EST Monday muse... Rush, rush... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> wish this day could be s-l-o-w-e-r... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> way too much to accomplish in 24 hours!!... <img src=""> <... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:55:00 EST here i am to worship This morning I awoke singing this Tim Hughes chorus... <BR> <BR> "Here i am to worship, here i am to bow down, here i am to say that You are my GOD... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The verse begins... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and this is what Jesus did... <img src=""> ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:31:57 EST quote to ponder... Pleasure without God, without the sacred boundaries, will actually leave you emptier than before. And this is biblical truth, this is experiential truth. The loneliest people in the world are amongst the wealthiest and most famous who found no boundaries within which to live. That is a fact I've seen again and again. <BR> Ravi Zacharias <BR> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 08:05:40 EST reminder to self... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> so... <img src=""> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 21:46:43 EST ticks, fire and water On-going saga of mini challenges... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wait, I want to stop and smell the flowers first!... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK, deep breath... <img src=""> <B... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 19:37:19 EST home from DC It has been an interesting (and at times hard) four days for us, with DH having flown to "the other Washington Town" - DC on Saturday mid-day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stayed in our "little Washington"..."to tend the home fires"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is one celebration picture with part of the family down there...yummy Thai c... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 18:48:44 EST Three special men... Just remembered that this is an important day of birth for three special men who influenced our lives over many years... <BR> <BR> My husband's dad, a kind and gentle man with a wonderful chuckling sense of humor, was born in 1897... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My own dad, a good provider, gave us kids the gift of loving music and literature and was born 1914... <img src=" Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:00:32 EST dependency... Almost always happens...or at least it used to...Our sons and I would wave goodbye to my DH as he went off to Boston to teach for a few days. Then on the second day something would go wrong with the washer or the sink drain or the water pump or... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So we would get busy on the repairs... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It has... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:05:13 EST Jeremiah's Lament We have awakened to a cloudy day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> fit for pondering Jeremiah's Laments... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet" because the words given him by GOD are filled with sorrow...mourning over the coming destruction of Jerusalem for its centuries of sin... <BR> <BR> Yet, the LORD was and is ... Sun, 31 May 2015 07:26:31 EST quote to ponder... "When you think of it, really there are four fundamental questions of life. You've asked them, I've asked them, every thinking person asks them. They boil down to this; origin, meaning, morality and destiny. 'How did I come into being? What brings life meaning? How do I know right from wrong? Where am I headed after I die?'" <BR> Ravi Zacharias <BR> Sat, 30 May 2015 00:50:40 EST water treasure... Day by day when I use water, I'm so aware of the treasure that it is! There are many, many people in the world who have very little water that is potable...and must travel great distances just to fill up a small jug with this "liquid silver", as we just turn on a faucet in order to get our eight glasses (at least) each day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While filling the hummingbird feeder with water and sucrose, I thou... Fri, 29 May 2015 10:48:53 EST We're off... <img src=""> Sadly, it is time to leave Away Far Island to return home to America... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been such fun with kids and grands! <BR> <BR> Have a good day everyone! Tue, 26 May 2015 05:46:29 EST Fog Island On this Memorial Day morning which dawned sunny, bright and less breezy on Grey Lady Island... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fog Island served up a delicious breakfast for us...Huevos Rancheros... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> along with versions of Buenos Dias... <img src=" Mon, 25 May 2015 16:44:23 EST just a common soldier My brother who served in Vietnam and Thailand sent this today... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> For some reason the link does not want to work. Please type in "Just a common soldier" on line and watch the video. Sun, 24 May 2015 19:31:29 EST Quiet Island... Nestled on this quiet Island with family, we're joining in the chores and fun of home life, school and lessons. Yesterday and today have been partly sunny following the rain of Tuesday. As there are no blackflies or mosquitoes, we're enjoying walks,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> gardening,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> watering/feeding the ch... Thu, 21 May 2015 14:18:24 EST harmonies After the foggy, rainy bus rides... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we waited inside the terminal... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> for the ferry... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to arrive... <img src=""> <... Wed, 20 May 2015 22:22:44 EST off to the Island... Packed and ready at 12:28 AM...leaving for Concord in a few hours...(We travel light...) <BR> <BR> The new (purchased today)18 inch carry on had to be filled... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and now it is ready... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The old 21 inch carry on was packed... <img src=" Tue, 19 May 2015 00:36:26 EST Monday madnesses... My Monday may be marvelously munificent, yet it is usually magnificently mercurial most weeks. Today, besides my regular ladies' studies at 11AM and 1 PM... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we must pack... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 18 May 2015 07:31:39 EST Bible verse for discouragement How precious to know that the LORD Himself goes before us each day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He is ever with us and will never leave us... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So we don't have to be afraid, discouraged or dismayed!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 31:6... Sun, 17 May 2015 07:15:45 EST quote to ponder... What you applaud you encourage, but beware what you celebrate. <BR> Ravi Zacharias Sat, 16 May 2015 08:31:27 EST capturing... More changes...half of one lilac bush we have had since we bought this Wee Hobbit House in December, 1964 has collapsed... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though uprooted, it remains alive... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In fact, it looks ready to bloom way before Memorial Day... <img src=" Fri, 15 May 2015 09:13:33 EST Immutable... Yesterday, after I wrote on change being constant, I thought about the mutations throughout my day...what was different than other Wednesdays?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday is my early one...up at 4 AM...joggy-dancing about as I get ready... <em>312</em> <em>354</em> ...tossing a quick blog together... <em>195</em> ..and taking off in the semi darkness... <em>31</em> down the mountain to the next town... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:59:54 EST change and contentment This morning I read a Spark People article about "changing it up" to get out of the ruts of our exercise routines. That reminded me of this little "poster"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is that really true in our lives (that "Change is Constant"), as we get up, get ready for the day, help others get ready for their day, get in some fitness, go to work, get involved with all that means, get groceries, finally get home, ... Wed, 13 May 2015 04:56:19 EST firsts... Many spring-summer birds have returned... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> doves and starlings continue to rule the roost... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> American goldfinch ... Tue, 12 May 2015 18:41:47 EST sometimes... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we look back and wish... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we realize there is much to appreciate today (well, the past weekend anyway)...A Royal Gathering... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> at which I was a princess for the banquet... <img src=""> <BR> <B... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:44:08 EST heirs of the King... At our Royal Gathering of children of the King last night... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This verse was on our table as a remlnder of who we are in Christ...heirs of GOD!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 10 May 2015 08:20:15 EST quote to ponder... "An expenditure of words without income of ideas will lead to intellectual bankruptcy." <BR> Ravi Zacharias <BR> Sat, 9 May 2015 00:06:19 EST busy...busy After a good filling brunch... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and feeding the birds... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DH and I went out to garden..that is, continue with the cleaning out of leaves, twigs and stalks in the front yard... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> side sunny garden, (where we dug out weeds, too)... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 8 May 2015 22:27:04 EST Spring sounds Some days I scrounge around for things to say. Today I have a bunch of thoughts, so will shuffle my mind deck and select one...ah the sounds of Spring... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually, I'm thinking about the bird calls and peepers... <img src=""> For quite awhile now we've been hearing the noisy frogs in the bog... <img src=""> ... Thu, 7 May 2015 09:23:54 EST Wednesday in the dark Each I mean each Tuesday night I set the alarm for 4AM. Sometimes I get to bed by 9:30, but mostly it is more like 10:30 or even 11PM, so I don't get the six hours of sleep I need. But, most other days I am now getting at least six hours of <em>102</em> , and that is a blessing. <BR> <BR> Many of you have this kind of early morning schedule every day. What comes to mind is the beginning of a poem I learned in childhood. "In winter i get up at night and dress by yellow candl... Wed, 6 May 2015 04:47:21 EST