NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "making" kefir The gift from my friend keeps giving! Here is the kefir in a jar that sits on our stove top... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After twenty-four hours, it is ready for draining... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I clean the jar...and in go the kurds along with milk for tomorrow...the liquid kefir left from draining is ready to drink...yummmm... <img src=" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:09:27 EST busy busy... baking some more...three kinds of scones... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and fry-pan rolls... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> busily rushing about the house cleaning and packing up for about seven hours! Whew!! <BR> <BR> bedtime now at 10:20PM! Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:17:27 EST day two...light! Day two of Hanukkah begins as the candles are lit this evening... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a gift light is! GOD's first recorded words are: "Let there by light." And there was light... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Light of the world, by Whom and through Whom all things were made came... <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:57:33 EST Happy Hanukkah! Tonight the Feast of Dedication begins at sundown as the candle is lit... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and the ancient story of the Festival of Lights remembered... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:25:43 EST Baking Day... The plan is to be up at 6 this morning,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> exercise, get ready for the day and then bake…gifts of royal cream scones… <img src=""> <BR> <BR> for the ladies of my Bible studies… <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then home by 4-ish... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to do... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:15:56 EST Our King is coming... The King is coming...soon! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How ready are we to worship Him? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Malachi 3:1 <BR> "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:20:41 EST 12.13.14 challenge What can I do today to "celebrate" the balance of the date? <BR> <BR> >First scripture... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> reading Isaiah, chapters 12, 13 and 14 (happens to be where I am!)... <BR> <BR> songs of praise and prophesies... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> >Fitness next: I can add to my usual fitness reps...12 jumping jacks... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:31:23 EST balancing...wintah's here! We were late doing our morning exercises... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Goodness my form leaves something to be desired! Straightened out, Gram!) <BR> <BR> There was shoveling and clearing off vehicles to do. We picked up, cleaned up and then headed into "town" meaning Hillsborough, some twenty minutes or so away to do errands. Papa got his "ears lowered" and I found last ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:20:38 EST treading... Most treadmills look something like this... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mine is our back hall... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I tread daintily... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> carefully lifting my feet high... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At others I tramp as with boots... <img src="http... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:34:48 EST adoption On Sunday, a family in our church shared their story of adoption before the sermon on John1:1-3; Isaiah 9:2,6-7; Romans 8:12-17;Galatians 4:4-7... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The children were not babies... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but in need of a permanent family... <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:23:59 EST neighborly <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning our near neighbor across the street called from work (having arrived safely in the sleety rain!!)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to ask if we needed anything from the store for the three snow stormy days ahead... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a gift for us old folks! <BR> <BR> Just saw the eleme... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:21:57 EST work of Christmas In our busyness as Christians this time of year, we need to stop and remember "the reason for the season" <BR> <BR> Ponder: Joseph and Mary left Nazareth and journeyed to Bethlehem. She was about nine months pregnant and on a donkey...then there were no rooms available for them to stay once they had arrived, so they made do with a stable in a cave and a manger for a crib, probably, for Jesus...imagine, ladies, giving birth in such circumstances...with no midwife. Then the three were faced ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:10:14 EST Advent... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> second Sunday of Advent... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> preparing for the coming of our King a second time... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HalleluJAH! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:27:01 EST Saturday words... Good Morning on this Saturday!! <BR> <BR> Words for today... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let love heal battle scars <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:29:16 EST lights begun We had lots of plans for today...decorating the whole house, cleaning, getting a new phone system....ummm...oh yes...doing our exercises, drinking 8 glasses of water and taking our vitamins! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> vitamin pills, water and exercising <BR> <BR> Our phone is now all set up, thanks to a good friend and brother in the Lord... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And there are some lights on the outside tree, though we still need more s... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:37:25 EST 9 PM and.. I don't have anything to write... <BR> <BR> except that we finished writing, addressing, stamping and posting our cards... <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> and our 49 year relationship survived... <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> tomorrow we start decorating... <em>447</em> <em>460</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:01:30 EST rest and peace in the midst Yesterday I saw two videos that have my heart focused on lessons in tragedy... <BR> <BR> One was actually a clip of a World War I true in the trenches, soldiers on both sides began singing "Silent Night/Stille Nacht" on Christmas Eve... <img src=""> As they listened to one another across the "no man's land", they were emboldened to come out of their hiding places and meet... <img src=" Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:16:02 EST easier in the wee hours... Blogs...and most everything else works better in these early morning hours. Our internet hookup is soooo slow...but that comes with living in the "vilderness" as our friends in Ukraine used to say. <BR> <BR> Today, we have to travel to the state capital... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> for a doctor's appointment,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then we can work on more exercise... <img src="h... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:23:20 EST my gym It is the dawn of a... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> new month...first day, new day (I mean Monday), "new" gym... <BR> <BR> dance floor... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> tap shoes and tambourine at the ready... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> fitness equipment to keep me active inside during snowy weather... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:11:28 EST How Great He is! The heart of worship is our GOD...the center...the KIng...the Sovereign of the whole universe...Who was and is and always, always will be! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8TBfgNU </link> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:28:46 EST Our little Thanksgiving Day adventure Buffalo, New York and environs peaked at 7.3 feet of snow in five days with record cold... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our little Nor'easter left just 14 inches on this part of the shire, but around the state there were many downed power and telephone lines. "NH suffers 4th worst outage" read the headlines in yesterday's newspaper. More than 200,000 homes and businesses were l... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:45:27 EST Thanksgiving dig out...and dig in Wednesday, I snapped a few last minute photos of our little spot in the shire. The smell of snow was in the air and I knew that this might be the storm that permanently spreads a blanket until spring... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> About 10:30 the large snow flakes began...all at was a cloudburst...the... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:31:33 EST give thanks with a grateful heart On this Thanksgiving Day and each new day given us, let's "give thanks with a grateful heart!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wUR2Wdg </link> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Gratitude Day, everyone!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:11:45 EST 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