NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community more strands... "Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation--but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live and I live according to the sinful nature, we will die; but if by the Spirit you and I put to death the misdeeds of the body, we will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of GOD are sons and daughters of GOD. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, 'Abba, Father'.... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:57:32 EST treasure Another series of strands woven into our tapestries this past weekend came from the Sunday morning message. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> are full of teaching as well as praise and worship...beginning with the fear of the LORD... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:43:40 EST weekend weavings... When the weekend ended, we had woven a wee bit of wisdom wealth into our lives... <BR> <BR> Saturday... <BR> For many hours we met with an old friend to work on our relationships. Over time, sharp words, miscommunications and misunderstandings had worn away at the bond we have. There was a lot of discussion about "You said this..." No, I didn't, I meant that...", etc. etc. What we finally realized is that what we thought we were saying to one another, was being heard as something complet... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:18:35 EST all hail... Join all the Glorious Names of Wisdom, Love and Power... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Lamb of GOD slain for us... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All Hail the King of kings and the Lord of lords!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> come and worship this day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:21:48 EST 49 years... Happy, Happy, Hubby!....forty-nine years ago we got engaged!...and we are still engaged in lots of things together!!... <img src=""> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:46:12 EST constantly moving... Whew! What a day! I thought I'd spend a couple hours at the most doing more "clearning" (clearing out stuff and cleaning that area really thoroughly). However, it ended up being seven hours all together of hauling boxes and bags, dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing, packing up items to give away, getting the "toss" bunch collected and then putting back what is being kept. <BR> For breaks from all this I did some jogging/running.. <em>363</em> <em>312</em> with walk cool downs... <em>311</em>... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:37:40 EST loving words... "A loving word... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> may heal and bless."... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Help heal a heart...with more than stitch at a time... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let love begin ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:47 EST timely word "A timely word... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> may level... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> stress." <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Like apples of gold in settings of silver is an apt word spoken in right circumstances." - Proverbs 25:11... <img src=""> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:58:24 EST crystalizing... It is still too dark to get a good photo of our back yard this morning. But I have one from last year...The trees looked something like this at bed time last night... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once again words are my focus... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Cruel words... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> may wreck a life."... <img src="http://photo... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:50:57 EST ice pellets and words Snow changed to ice pellets this morning on our lane at 31 degree F ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All is quiet except for the plow-sander going by occasionally... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> School most likely is delayed and our vehicles will remain in the driveway... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The freezy rain and sleet bring to mind my conc... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:29:56 EST bow the knee... 2 Corinthians 4:6... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For GOD Who said, "Let light shine our of darkness... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> made His light shine in our hearts... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to give us the light of the knowledge of GOD's glory... <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:11:53 EST another dusting... On the road to the Pond, the snow of last night clung to the dirt... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a bit more on a stone wall and field... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> on a gate... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and by the Pond...which has been lowered for wintah... <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:07:49 EST snow dusting at last! All around us the fluffy white of winter had arrived and our temperatures were still warm...precipitation fell as rain...until last night. As dawn arrived... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the snowy dusting of last night awoke with us... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've gone from Autumn's leafy coverlet... <img src="http://phot... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:04:32 EST 360 degree sunset As I drove home yesterday morning from prayer time, the clouds painted across the grey-blue sky like a palette being readied for color samplings... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought to myself… "Here is another overcast day, ready for more rain”… <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rain did come later and reduced the cloud cover considerably. By late afternoon, as I was out on my walk-run, the bril... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:25:22 EST tea,scones and gifts Yesterday I made Royal Cream scones... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> packed up some in a basket and headed down our mountain road, taking a winding left just before the highway, driving the dirt lane, crossing a stone arch bridge... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and arriving for morning tea and sharings with my friend Jackie. She combines teas in a pot with a slice of ginger root to give that litt... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:56:44 EST 11-11-11...thank you Veterans! Today I thank those who have served and are serving in our armed forces...especially my DH (Army and Air Force)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> my brother(Air Force)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and my niece(Navy)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> World War II...Vietnam...Gulf wars Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:54:18 EST life is like... I came across this little saying in Bing images... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How do I "play my cards" each day?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is life just a game of chance?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do I just toss out all the situations and circumstances of our lives... <img src=""... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:26:49 EST blessings flowing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in the dawn of day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we remember Who gave and gives us life... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and rejoice in His bounty... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> singing joyfully unto... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:26:22 EST day to practice... Today is the time to practice... <BR> <BR> tapping twice... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> completing what I start... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> playing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for worship... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> getting ready for a 5K... <img src="http://photo... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:03:46 EST study day...(smile) Today is special to me because I can read - hear - memorize - meditate upon and study parts of the Manual of Life... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in preparation for meetings I have with groups of women... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. Holiness: holy people (Deuteronomy 14:2; Leviticus 20:26,7-8; Exodus 3:13-15)... <img src="h... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 06:43:21 EST cleaning day Today was supposed to be study day...well, that didn't happen... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (PS we don't have a TV) <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> so I enjoyed my exercise time immensely and then had to get down to housework...ugh... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow may be study day ( I hope!) Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:57:47 EST take-out-stitches day Hey, it is Wednesday!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DH is to supposed to have the stitches taken out of his foot today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> YAY!!... <img src=""> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 04:42:59 EST election day <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:28:40 EST prayer day Today there are many things for prayer... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. Adoring and praising GOD for Who He is <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2. Confessing my wrong doings... <img src="http://pho... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:18:14 EST peace ruling <img src="">Colossians 3:15 <BR> <BR> <BR> Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:48:20 EST front to back... Well, perhaps I should have begun with the first part of yesterday's choice... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did begin on that desk...but one item carefully folded and sitting there was a just-laundered T-neck...Why had I?..oh never mind..I probably was answering the telephone. Anyway, when I went to put the T-neck away today, I "discovered" other clean clothes that needed tending. Long story short..the desk still isn't finished. It's not that... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:45:41 EST back to front... Today. I must start with the ending (for me) motivational statement in this maxim... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A quote by Dale Carnegie that I read in an SP article this morning got me moving in that direction...“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” <BR> <BR> Now my project is here at home, but I still have to overcome m... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:45:01 EST harvesting colours for wintah... The sun has pierced through the clouds once more and we have a a bright crisp Autumn day to enjoy!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since mid August we've gone from green green <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to touches of color,... <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:16:55 EST Vibrant Autumn <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Clouds like distant mountains stack up over our neighbors's apple orchard in the village center. There are still maples turning colour on this just-before-All Hallow's Eve Day!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the next town's valley, the voluminous clouds have swooped down on a lone pumpkin smiling back... <img src=" Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:02:18 EST Capt. Samuel Jones In Washington's old cemetery there is a slate marker that reads... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now the story behind this gravestone is that Capt. Jones was helping to move a building in 1804. One of his legs was crushed between the building and a fence in an accident and had to be taken. The story in town goes that since he was a sea captain, he wanted to have a physical part of himself buried on land...thus the marker. However, the Historical S... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:57:49 EST articles and exercise This morning I had a blog idea about our "floor exercises". So I took a bunch of photos of two teddy bears in pilates,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> strengthening... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> balancing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and stretching positions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:13:07 EST looking up, bowing down Psalm 121... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills. <BR> From whence cometh my help? <BR> My help comes from the LORD Who made heaven and earth. <BR> <BR> The LORD will guard us in all our ways... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We look up and bow down in worship each day... <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:22:29 EST a road bump for DH... Thursday late afternoon, my DH had surgery on his right remove a years and years' long "fighting him" toe!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Presently, we hope to have many more climbing adventures ahead...pain free!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (oops, it's us <em>246</em> ) <BR> <BR> ...there, that's better... <img src=" Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:32:21 EST jumbly life Today I began to ponder the jumbles,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> hodge podges,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> mish mashes,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> messy confusions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in life...(Actually, the title for this photo is "balanced life"?)... <img src="http://... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:59:00 EST walk, fast and pray At 4:30 AM I awoke to begin the day, then I remembered that I'd had maybe five hours of sleep and this is a busy day. I snoozed for another two hours and felt much better getting up to pouring rain. <BR> <BR> After sending this blog, I'll don my "oilskins" (from my parents' boating days), ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> carefully put away since 1999 when my mother died. I've used them just once on a deep sea fishing trip. <BR> It is so sog... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:24:12 EST reminders Another foggy, grey, drizzly day...and I decide to walk in our backyard...because our rural roads are narrow and our woodsy paths are full of soggy leaves atop granite ledge...both rather unsafe. Even though we have many Autumn leaves that the wind has strewn across the green grass, I'm reminded to stay green today!!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I amble up and down the lawn, I think about this fitness routine of getting steps...10,000 to... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:42:07 EST disappointed I have been enjoying my new SP activity tracker <em>545</em> until today. For some reason my steps stopped being recorded after about 11:20PM and so my trying to get to 10,000 before midnight did not happen. Is 12:00 AM the cut off or 11:30 PM for the next day to begin? <em>56</em> The tracker is still lighting up when tapped and the USB is on green as well. The time for each sync is given, but without a change in the number of steps, even though I've been walking... <em>24</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:14:04 EST heavenly mindedness... The drive to Concord for the morning worship gathering was lovely...even with the grey chill of the day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bouquets of trees shown as a ray of sunlight touched them... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Men, women and young people brought in pots... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> baskets... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:45:57 EST SONday <img src=""> <BR> Worship our LORD GOD <BR> <BR> and feed in His Word... <img src=""> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:21:54 EST spring in fall... Yesterday's luncheon with our grand-nephew was lots of fun, but way too short! Here are our soup and salad leftovers for today and Monday... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Jerusalem artichoke tubers, just given us by a friend, looked small, but the internet articles affirmed that those are the ones to plant. So last night I took our long-handled cultivator ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:31:30 EST vegetable focus A grand-nephew is coming for a visit today on his way from graduate school in Vermont to something going on in Massachusetts. We always look forward to being stirred up by his insights and questions. Apparently in the past months he has become a vegetarian... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (or is it a vegan...must get that clarified)... <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:28:17 EST Autumn's first pot of soup Drip, drip, drip...the rain hitting the insulating bags of leaves outside our bedroom window woke me early. Well, it's a grey day in the shire... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though the wind has taken many of the leaves, there are still some patches of colour around our Wee Hobbit House... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A titmouse and a chickadee catch a damp, early morning breakfast, while anothe... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:28:32 EST SP Activity Tracker is here! <em>311</em> walking is my main activity just now. <BR> <BR> <em>546</em> arrived yesterday afternoon. <BR> <BR> So I set it up...I think... <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> and started walking...up and down stairs... <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> and around our Wee Hobbit House... <BR> <BR> but the number of steps is way lower than my former pedometer... <em>11</em> <BR> <BR> Never mind...I'll just keep on keeping on 'til I get the hang of it... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:19:26 EST changing a habit... Our long weekend from Thursday night through Monday with family was wonderful! Along the way, amid a good hike or two, apple picking, game playing, sharing some favorite meals, worshipping GOD together and doing music, we had some chats about the next step for us oldsters. At this point it involves changing some life-long habits... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are collectors of memorabilia as well as "just-in-case/for-future-reference" ite... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:58:02 EST like an oak The minister told the story of a storm with flooding that ravaged a community. One by one the mighty trees fell...willow, birch, maple, chestnut...but the one that remained standing in the midst was the oak. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In our little village a strong oak has now fallen. A man with a passion for farming and agriculture in our rocky New England shire, who was a "steward" in town, serving on our fire department for thirty-five ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:59:44 EST Love Divine Love Divine, all loves excelling... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joy of heaven to earth come down. Fix in us Thy humble dwelling. All Thy faithful mercies crown... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jesus, Thou art all compassion... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pure, unbounded Love Thou... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:48:46 EST traditional pastimes After our hike yesterday along with the grey chill of today, each of us decided that settling into a more traditional up country day at home might be good...well at least for half the time. Here are some of our activities... <BR> <BR> exercise...large balls in Wee Hobbit house is a challenge... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> wooden "board" games... <img src=""> <img src=" Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:29:16 EST not easy,but good... Today we celebrated three family birthdays by climbing Mt. Kearsarge... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To be fair, I must admit that we began the climb at the picnic area... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, it was challenging enough for us oldsters. We walked/hiked on what appeared to be a stream bed of rocks...mostly dry, but with patches of moisture and even running water! Here are a couple o... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:04:46 EST not again... Yesterday (seems I often start with that word when blogging here), my pedometer not only suddenly turned back to 0, erasing all my day's "winnings", but looked like it also needs a new battery, with parts of the numerals faded out..after just three months of use! The last time I checked it before the "go back to start", it read 7989. With leaf raking and bagging ahead of me along with the usual nightly household tasks, I knew I had made my 10,000. <BR> <BR> But here's the 'rest of the story'... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:59:00 EST no short cuts Today's Spark Motivator..."There are no short cuts to any place worth going." has me pondering the long trails we all must take in each area of our lives to accomplish those many goals that have us moving along. <BR> <BR> ...choosing to eat mindfully, with proper portions and good nutritional choices takes a day-to-day plan with consistent tracking... <BR> <BR> ...deciding to get fit, with a combination of cardio, strengthening and stretches means trekking through each day thoughtfully... <... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 05:06:04 EST