NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 awake...the new sleep <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Awake... the new sleep"...that's a sign I just read on line as I ponder my "insomnia" this early morning. Actually, I had two and a half very good, deep hours of sleep before midnight. A few years ago, I would sleep four to five hours at the most per night, but with Spark People's help, I've been... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 05:35:55 EST March forth March forth into joy, o my soul! Fri, 4 Mar 2016 23:06:07 EST Marching... <img src=""> <BR> Another first of the month day...going forward in soul searching...left-right,left <BR> -right... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> marching people feet with duckin' ducklings seeking... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> making way... <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:35:07 EST Happy B-Day, Frederick! Let's must be 40 today...born in 1856...21 in 1940...Happy Birthday!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "When Frederick was a little lad, he proved so brave and daring..." <BR> <BR> His nurse maid sang this of him in Gilbert and Sullivans' Pirates of Penzance. <BR> <BR> In 1954, I sang Mabel...opposite Frederick... <BR> "Poor wandering one, though you have surely strayed..." <BR> <BR> I can't find the... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 20:40:18 EST first of 75th... Our home is full of the gentle spring aromas of flowers today... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> birthday daffodils and jonquils <BR> <img src=""> <BR> merry purple hyacinth <BR> <img src=""> <BR> my Hoffkins birthday bouquet from the grands <BR> and even a touch of un... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:39:07 EST 74th... <img src=""> <BR> This was taken just before my second my mother...for my dad overseas in the War in England. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today my husband, who served in Italy at the end of that War, took a snapshot of me at my birthday breakfast. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:17:41 EST sealing ceilings Today's fun has been preparing for tomorrow's project: sealing ceilings <BR> I guess we don't look up at our seven foot "covers" very often. Otherwise, we'd have noticed the need for repair much sooner... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> dining room ice back-up stains...not this year's... <em>101</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> an "oops" in t... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:32:43 EST 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