NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 pizza and more... Guess I'm stuck on pizza for a few days <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, my DH and I were cared for by five chlldren. Yes, I know we were supposed to be "babysitting", but the two to eleven year olds "did everything". Their mom, with their infant brother, was away at a women's retreat. And a big examination was taking their dad away for the day. So we were to be with them from 7 AM to 7 PM. Jonathan, the oldest, was making breakfast (from mixes), when we got to their house...p... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:02:27 EST pizza of the 1950's Today's pizza has just about anything on top...from traditional Italian, to Hawaiian, to meat and or veggie lover's, to dessert, to gluten-free white...etc... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Back in the 1950's, I made my first pizza with a stretchy dough, vegetable oil, a can of Italian-style tomatoes, drained, and s... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:46:05 EST come, reason <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in the One Who gave Himself for us... <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 06:03:06 EST quote to ponder... "Everyone - pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist - has to answer these questions: 'Where did I come from? What is life's meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?' Those are the fulcrum points of our existence." <BR> Ravi Zacharias <BR> <BR> These ought to keep us thinking for awhile! <em>58</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 00:01:32 EST pizza and "salad boys" Part of our clan has a tradition that family gatherings mean pizza... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's Hawaiian... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes half meat lovers... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and half veggie... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes its all cheese... <img src=... Fri, 1 May 2015 00:07:05 EST only clean the ones that... Daily we all busily brush and floss... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, for us, for DH and me, today, we have to be especially careful... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> because we are going to the dentist's office to get our teeth professionally cleaned by a hy... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:06:28 EST 'twixt and 'tween Between maple sugaring season... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (which we hear was good this year, even though it started later than normal)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and black fly season (May 15-June 15...usually)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> comes: mud season... <img src=""> <img src="h... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:37:34 EST be brave, stand tall... Whether we are able to walk, jog, run or not do any of those, we can still take a stand, with our hearts and minds, when we face the challenges of life... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When confronted by pain, fear or the unknown, let's choose to be brave... <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:20:32 EST what is a 'tidy soul'? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why do we/I focus so much on our image/impression upon others? <BR> <BR> What is a 'tidy soul'? Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:07:36 EST Bible verses from Ephesians <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ephesians 4:14-16; 3:14-15 Amplified Bible <BR> <BR> 4:14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous people, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead. <BR> 15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:37:32 EST quote to ponder... "No matter how much we try to run away from this thirst for the answer to life, for the meaning of life, the intensity only gets stronger and stronger. We cannot escape these spiritual hungers." <BR> Ravi Zacharias <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:17:27 EST emerging slowly... DH and I took a little walk up into town and round about a bit... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Of course the photo was taken on a summery day...forgot my camera and came home to get it.)..Back at Wee Hobbit House we checked out the emerging plants and vestiges of snow... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:59:00 EST fitting for Earth Day I have to admit that I forgot that it was Earth Day until I saw Google's moving logo... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our outdoor thermometer read -3 yesterday morning!..That must have been 26F for the vehicles were totally frosted... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> our trusty Jeep would not start...and needed a charge... <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:46:26 EST Wednesday waiting My Wednesdays are waiting times...good waiting times usually...In the middle of the week, I stop... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually, I do the RR one... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> as I'm off to prayer group in this pre-dawn hour... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is kind of an adventure of discovery... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:55:17 EST 50th year...Day 5 Day # 5 of our 50th year is nearly over...While I joggy-danced about our Wee Hobbit House, my DH did his core strengthening exercises (which I keep putting off) and took a good walk to check out the Community Garden, which he reports is nearly ready for peas. <BR> <BR> We lost our little "garden house" to the winter, so I began the cleaning out project in preparation for dismantling what is left of it. <BR> <BR> We've kept up with our water, freggie-veguit and vitamin routines so far and ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:54:59 EST mending walls and fences As I surveyed the back yard this morning after the bird feeders got hung up,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I could understand the snow between the cottage and covered arbor where we pulled it off the roofs... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but why does it remain along our stone wall?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The backyard is clear of white ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:28:11 EST real promises <img src="">Morning by morning there are sunrises, sometimes hidden behind the clouds... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Promises have been made from eternity for us...and kept... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by the glory of GOD... <img src=" Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:58:01 EST 50th year begins...Day 1 Yesterday... <BR> <BR> Ate healthy…kept within calorie range…drank eight glasses at least of water…lots of freggies and veguits!!... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joggy-danced through out the day with a ton of housework and laundry thrown in... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kept the vitamins at a high level and got a good do... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:22:52 EST quiet celebration We decided to celebrate our 49th with a light breakfast of yogurt and fruit with a sprinkling of nuts... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we took a quick trip to the next town to buy some seafood and fish, cooking it up ourselves... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and enjoying it in the sunshine together... <img src="http://phot... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:15:26 EST 49ers! Forty-nine years ago I sat in a beauty parlor... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> getting my hair professionally fixed into a French twist... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only problem was that my expectation was having my ears not exposed, but covered.. <img src="">. <BR> <BR> and I was too embarrassed to say I paid, went home... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:08:41 EST Wednesday wellness.. Sometimes starting on the wellness path once more after slipping into old unhealthy habit patterns is tough. Deciding to not press that panic button... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and/or to refuse to give up... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> is huge! Frank Sinatra gave us his steps... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So how will we each start over aga... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:59:26 EST when down... We all fall down either literally... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or "off the wagon"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in some into the old habit patterns we had decided to change... with a not so good result... <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:46:58 EST a deep breath... Sunshine...warmer air...lots of spring birds singing away...a whisper of wind...taste of fresh brewed hot drink...breathe will soon arrive... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Under the forest canopy... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> along a woodsy trail... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> by the ocean side... <img src=" Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:09:13 EST not by sight <img src=""> <img src="">... <BR> Eyesight is a precious gift to each of us who has it. We awaken to a world that looks different in some way than it did the night before (because of the weather or a relationship or even a routine activity that we see needs doing). <BR> <BR> But we live by faith...perhaps in ourselves or someone close to us...and that works for awhile...maybe years. B... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:04:45 EST not a... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:40:27 EST do not disturb... There are times when I wish the telephone were silent all day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or my garret study had a door... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or I could put a different colored bandana on my arm to warn folks that, even though I'm in a good mood, I need some time apart from interactions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or maybe wear a... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:40:37 EST just a little bit... Snow with an icy mix came just about final feeding time for the finches last night <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today everyone is hungry!... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:34:50 EST before yous...for me.. Some more reminders for my sparking... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Perhaps one or two are for you too? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! hope... <img src=""> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 04:33:59 EST reminders for me... ...keep an attitude of gratitude... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> purposeful and intentional about patience and perseverance... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> unto others!... <img src=""> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:40:19 EST if there had been no... The moon was in and out of the clouds over Hilsborough yesterday morning... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> as a long line of vehicles wound its way up over patches of ice on Bear Hill... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (I slipped and fell on that one...but in GOD's grace did not get hurt) <BR> <BR> When we arrived, the sky was just beginning to brighten... <img src=" Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:17:55 EST He is risen! Low in the grave He lay..awaiting the coming day... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now we remember...He is risen...indeed!.... <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 05:18:48 EST awaiting... stone sealing the tomb... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> awaiting the coming day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the empty cross remains... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and still now, the shroud... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> all in readiness... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:51:48 EST why "Good"? After a light supper last night of cider, sliced grilled chicken, taboule, avocado, turnip-carrot puffs, with rye toast spread with peanut butter and cherry preserves... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we drove to Hillsborough, playing hide and seek with the moon... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> until it finally came out from the cl... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 02:48:43 EST why "Maundy"? <img src="">Many scholars agree that the English word Maundy was derived through Middle English and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos" ("A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you"), the statement made by Jesus in John 13:34. <BR> <BR> Thursday evening is the usual celebration of Christ's Last Supp... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:53:07 EST