NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community soul work <img src="">Watchman Nee: “We ought to tremble before GOD, when asking Him to teach us, through experience, what is spiritual and what is soulish.” <BR> <BR> By "soul work", I'm referring to my mental choices of mind, will and emotions/affections/desires. <BR> <BR> January brought a month of constant low-grade physical illness <em>527</em> , so that I've been learning more about patience <em>234</em> and per... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:57:07 EST time of transitions... The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G. K. Chesterton, author <BR> What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson, author <BR> <BR> Transition, according to Merriam-Webster is "movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another"...change <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:47:37 EST there's a rumor... There's a rumah wintah is a comin'... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So the local tree service folks were busy on our lane cutting and trimming off branches above and around the wires... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 'Tis winter grey out there today, but no white stuff in the forecast yet...we keep hopin'... <img src=" Wed, 9 Dec 2015 08:24:34 EST black friday signs... Two roadside lights caught my eye over the weekend <BR> 1. a series of flashing signs at the base of "our mountain" read: <BR> <img src=""> ? <BR> <img src=""> ? <BR> <img src=""> ? <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:54:30 EST season of sticks Yesterday at our "new" Washington Elementary School, the Christmas Fair brought out the whole town and more with many vendors like my DH selling his poetry book FOUR SCORE AND MORE and our DVD LIVING IN THE GREEN... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and Jackie Stetser, one of Spark People's own, with her smittens... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (P.S. I b... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:01:05 EST CJ '46 on T-Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, Sunflower... <img src=""> had to be sold after our sons all left because there was nobody to keep her in working order... <em>39</em> she went to a mechanic whose son was just turning 15... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> But now, CJ '46 (we'll have to name this new vehicle) is being garaged for now by the ... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:18:22 EST CJ '46 on Parade About every five years, our town has had an Old Home Day. In 1989, we entered our CJ '46 Sunflower and became #56 in line for the parade (again it was's always damp in early August! <em>257</em> ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She had been recycled with a new engine that unfortunately required cutting a square hole in the hood... <img src=" Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:03:19 EST CJ '46 Sunflower's adventures Let's see, I left off with Sunflower's new paint job... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We bopped around town with her on sunny days in the late 1970's. Then decided to take on some back roads that led to bushwhacking... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our sons learned to drive...early... <img src=" Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:58:01 EST Dr. Dogbody and Sunflower Yesterday we left our home at 4:15AM and returned last night at 11:30PM, so had to send only a snippet of the CJ '46 story... <BR> <BR> We moved full time to this little shire of Washington in our Wee Hobbit House purchased in 1965... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One day in early 1976 we saw a CJ 1946 Willy's Jeep for sale in the nearby town of Hillsborough, so we decided to purchase it. Now you need to know t... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:12:15 EST '46 brief basic The story began in October, 1946, when my DH was sent to Camp Polk for basic training... <img src=""> <BR> World War II was officially still "being waged" and he was "rushed through" to become part of the occupation Italy... <img src=""> <BR> Willy's Jeeps were everywhere, including some new models... <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:59:14 EST CJ '46 Yesterday we received a call saying that there was a delivery outside. I knew something was up because our son had called on Friday to see if we'd be home Sunday afternoon. This is what greeted us when we came out of the house... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "What's this?" Jim wanted to know. I started to cry as soon as I saw the license plate[1946 CJ]. Gregg came around the cottage corner... <img src="http://photosaws.s... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:17:05 EST gold...within Our rains have left the out-of-doors well-watered, washed and still quite moist... <BR> As I got ready for my day, I noticed the heavy shade still drawn in the eastern sky... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, it did not take long for the light to push it up little by little... <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:40:19 EST caught... Such a beautiful Indian Summer Day yesterday... <img src=""> (Well, these trees have lost some leaves in a week... <img src="">) <BR> I decided to work on putting our plots in the Community Garden to bed... <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:41:01 EST Tracking...time to change... The circle of lights on my SP tracker didn't respond...and my SP Tracker Activity read a big "0" under total steps, total calories and total minutes...battery changing time... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ah...that's better...back on my Mary Jane's... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'd hoped to do all the changing at once this Saturday when the clocks... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:52:42 EST Sukkot celebration For eight days, Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, the Festival of Ingathering (of the harvest) is celebrated in joyous remembrance of GOD's precious forgiveness of our sin and His Providence... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we arrived at our friends' home and gathered for scripture readings and prayer...Leviticus 22:31-33; 23:3-38; 26:1-13; Numbers 29:12-40; Deuteronomy 16:13-17 from the Torah; Zechariah 14:1-21... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:50:14 EST Sukkot It may be 50F now, but the day promises to be warmer... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm excited that we have been invited as "ushpizin" for Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our friends have built their sukkah, which we have not yet seen, but assume looks something like this booth on the edge of a wood... <img src="h... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:49:12 EST published... DH has an article published in the Weirs Times... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> [This is an old copy...have to take a photo of the September 10, 2015 edition! His piece starts on page 7...and it's on line, too] <BR> <BR> Just got the photos done...Here's a picture of the current issue... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and one of Jim's article o... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 20:04:38 EST celebrating... As our young friends began their married life, we started the celebration of our 50th (which isn't until next April... <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:41:47 EST fat crying... Day #3 of the Balance Challenge... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> brought a third time of strengthening exercises with DH on mats spread across our living room floor...crunches and stretches... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:56:42 EST balancing... Yesterday, with the beginning of the new month,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I chose to start the Spark People Balance Your Life 30 Day Challenge.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:34:04 EST a touch of anti-que... We awoke to yet another beautiful New Hampshire summer day of sunshine; just the right temperatures (at least here in Washington, where there is nearly always a breeze); and green everywhere beckoning... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So we went for a brief walk and found that the Autumn is definitely quietly arrivi... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:07:14 EST NH Sparker outing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunapee is a beautiful New Hampshire Lake with lots of greenery all around. This is the Sunapee State Park Beach where we gathered for our annual Sparker's outing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just took a quick snapshot during our meal...all veggies and fruits, yogurt and skinny dip (for the veggies, that is :) with h... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:57:37 EST healing helps... DH and I have decided to go veggie-fruiti with some cheese, eggs, fish and nuts so that his gouty finger (that had the operation to remove a mass)...can heal... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:01:52 EST let every heart prepare... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:56:10 EST quote to ponder... Aristotle wrote: "Excellence is never an accident. it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent represents the wise choice of many alternatives...choice, not chance, determines your destiny." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:13:04 EST a Genesee Day... From my young childhood, when we rode in a black 1939 chevrolet... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or a series of other vehicles... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> out from M... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:16:30 EST lists... Today I am grateful for something LHLADY517 included in her blog last night: <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God. –Author Unknown <BR> <BR> We probably all make "To Do"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "To Buy"... <img src=""> <B... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:03:58 EST words from Galatians... <img src=""> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:12:41 EST quote to ponder... <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:52:02 EST pondering Actually, the questions I must ask myself pertain to communication... the imparting or exchanging of information. As a Christian, I want to know what the Greek/Aramaic words mean in the things Jesus says about sin. And I want to understand the Hebrew meanings of GOD's words in the commandments/precepts/decrees/ laws/ordinances...of the whole Bible on the subject of iniquity/transgression/ <BR> trespassing/wickedness. <BR> <BR> My belief is that all wrong thinking/speaking/doing is rebellion ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:18:00 EST rose petals This morning was a time of prayer and fasting for a granddaughter who was undergoing an MRI. She had to drink that thick stuff that makes one gag and/or become nauseous. That was the hardest part...well and then there is the waiting for the results...until next week some time... So I arranged the petals that fell from the old fashioned rose she picked for me on Tuesday, took a photo and sent her an internet heart hug... <img src=" Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:56:49 EST 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