NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Autumn arrayed... Days are drawing short...grasping sunlit array with camera eye...Autumn whisking by... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still our summer looms overhead in places... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We're drinking in the colours while there is yet time... <img src=""> <im... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:54:25 EST restful SONday...the time of rest from labors... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last Sunday we sang "Forever" (taken from Psalms) by Chris Tomlin... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Give thanks to the LORD our GOD and KIng. His love endures forever. <BR> And He is good, He is above all things. His love endures forever. <BR> Sing praise!!" <BR> <BR> All week long in the midst of whatever I was doing, this Ps... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:20:21 EST fresh from oven Baking day today is what the little poem says for Saturday. But I used to do mine on Friday in preparation. When I was a child, the aroma of bread rising on the old kitchen next-to-the-sink-radiator... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and its arrival just out of the oven... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> has stayed with me for nearly seven decades. Like my mother before me I spent years getting out t... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:22:12 EST Hi day... "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go..." <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday was...and is cleaning and preparation day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, I am in the middle of such a "clearning" job that I have to use some time every weekday for the work. This "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" movie collage... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:31:14 EST to market...or was it to churn? Amazing Autumn beauty...Day Four... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is shopping day...or it was for housewives in the past, after they finished churning the cream saved in the well all week, that is... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm off to take our DDIL for a scan to see if her former cancer is still in remission. <BR> <BR> So we will be following the words of Isaiah 55:1-3 and 6 and do thi... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:53:45 EST sow and sew.. Day three of Autumn... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sewing is on Wednesday's old woman's work is never done schedule... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In all honesty I'd rather be sowing seeds... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> broadcastng abroad or carefully sharing the seeds of fait... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:59:59 EST iron pressing... A second beautiful beginning-of-Autumn day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> with the sun skimming the trees about our Wee Hobbit House... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the past (around our country) Tuesday was always "ironing day"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First the wood cook stove was heated up...our Glenwood looked something like this... <... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:51:56 EST Is it fun yet? In her blog on Saturday called "Cleaning Woes", RACHELSUZANNAH asked the question: "Any tips for motivation when it comes to cleaning?" I thought for a minute and answered her about dish washing. Then I decided to do some blogs...beginning on this first day of Autumn... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the "old days"...should I say "good old"? the poems went something like this: <BR> Wash on Monday ...Monday: Wash... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:53:24 EST the naming... The naming of something speaks of its essence...its being...what or who is... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are each fully known and understood by the Sovereign of the universe, whether we feel that or not. The evidence is everywhere in our lives, if we will be being still...look and listen... <BR> <BR> He shows us daily... <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:07:32 EST This quote from Joseph Fort Newton is a nudge to me today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> accepting that words spoken, written, or revealed in some way...are true <BR> trusting that something exists <BR> truth... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> held in the mind... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:54:12 EST summer's first frost... Good Morning, world! On this near-the-end-of summer day we awoke to white crystals peppering our roofs and vehicles... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Temperature readings inside a... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:51:00 EST stop...look...listen... DEAR SELF, PLEASE BEGIN THIS PROCESS IMMEDIATELY...ONLY 474 DAYS TO GO!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> STOP... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> procrastinating... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> making excuses... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> being lazy... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:38:36 EST right questions?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Right answers are important on quizzes... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> tests... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and exams... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in school... <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:25 EST no lessons... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no wasted time... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no regrets... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no dread of future... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope... <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:23:11 EST our constant battle... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our whole culture screams at us... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> do your own thing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> what do we know?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> perhaps a little bit about ourselves..... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:27:00 EST rejoice!.... This is the day the LORD has made...Rejoice and be glad in it... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> rejoice in the LORD always... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> again I say...Rejoice!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> tell of His excellent greatness... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:40:04 EST books that burrow Yesterday a grand nephew asked me to name ten books that have impacted me and continue to influence my life in some way...not worrying about "right" answers, or thinking too much about them...just making a list. Have you ever done that? Here's my quick enumerating... <BR> <BR> 1.Bible... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You knew that would be my first! Sixty six books in all...but for me especially Hebrews, Romans, the Gospels, Genesis, Ephesia... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:44:18 EST from stay stuck to sure start... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> not too late... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> if not happy... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> with yesterday... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> try something different... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> don't stay stuck... <img s... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:13:32 EST 9.11... thirteen years on... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:41:12 EST time...wise... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Instead of giving in to fear... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> of the inevitable... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's use that time to adore family... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> cherish friends... <img src=""> <BR... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:18:35 EST swift kick... Today, I am grateful for family and friends who do not hesitate to speak truth in love to me! as the Crossroads Daily Devotional for Seniors expressed this morning..."Pray for God to give you a “swift kick” in the right direction when you need it so you can follow Him more each day." <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was casually asked by a friend, "How is your clearing out process going?" <BR> <BR> Right there is my daily impetus to do that fifteen minutes of work, so the job will be done at least b... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:51:47 EST re...step 4...carrots continued. One of my favorite vegetables is the carrot... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or should I say carrots as in my eating at least three pounds-a-day until my hands turned orange...(now my limit is three large carrots...per day...neighhhhhhh... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Colloquially, we speak of offering a carrot as an incentive... <img src="">... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:13:24 EST Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! I went to bed last night and awoke this morning with Psalm 150 on my mind and heart... <BR> <BR> 1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the heavens of His power! <BR> 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness! <BR> <BR> 3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> praise Him with lute... <... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 07:27:22 EST re...step 4...motivation...restart... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a very busy week, we're off to visit DH's sister...must go make royal cream scones to take... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then it is on to a birthday party with my bread wreaths made last night... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> just recorded 10,819 on my stepper, so maybe I get to have one of each (roll and scone... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:52:24 EST re...step wellness First...many thanks to my Spark friends who gave me sympathy about yesterday's mishap...yes, the skirt is a solid color, but I thought I'd try to bleach the whole thing...didn't work... <em>101</em> now I have a work-skirt reminder to watch my thoughts and my mouth! <BR> <BR> Wellness....hmmm...think I'll begin with inside out...and that means heart and mind... <BR> <BR> continuing to work in each <img src=" Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:18:22 EST well I've done it now... re...step...interruption to report an incident... <BR> <BR> Morning began with helping DH make breakfast for his friend, by baking them scones...then I checked the bathroom and decided to use a little mildew remover cleaner on two spots...just a quick small spray and... <BR> <BR> How many times have I nudged my DH to please wear paint clothes for his refurbishing projects....or "old" clothes for yard work... <BR> <BR> Well I got caught today with the sprayer (containing some bleach)...the ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:52:08 EST re...step fitness Walking...mainly around town, but also at the beach occasionally has been my main activity for fitness.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:27:09 EST re...step 1...recall meals Tracking on SP is such a gift! Lately I've been taking pictures of our meals as incentives to keep on keeping on. Since I've had a number of days of poor sleep...I want to work on causes... <BR> <BR> breakfast has been pretty solid... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> with vitamins... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 05:27:21 EST review..reflect..revamp Labor Day...Monday...First of September...must ponder what has been good and not so good time... I always like to start with the bad news... <BR> 1. not sleeping so well lately <BR> 2. have gained some weight again <BR> 3. still dealing with the "stones" <BR> 4. that's enough!!! <BR> <BR> Now the good news... <BR> 1. am daily edified in scripture and prayer during quiet times alone and with DH <BR> 2. have energy to do all the tasks that need working on each day, plus my SP... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:54:38 EST firm foundation...stand 2 Timothy 2:19 <BR> But the firm foundation laid by God stands, sure and unshaken,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> bearing this seal and inscription: ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The Lord knows those who are His",... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and "Let everyone who names [himself or herself by] the name of the Lord gives up all iniqui... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:00:38 EST walk around Millen Pond to the dam Yesterday, while DH was off fishing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (that's one of his breakfast scones he's munching, the other is in a bag in his bucket :) <BR> <BR> I decided to take the five mile walk around "our pond". Washington has twenty-six ponds and lakes, but this one is close to us...well about a mile away. So I started out with my camera, water bottle (with green bell attached to ward off bears... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:53:37 EST August color Our shire continues to be green... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> green... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> green... <img src="">yet the touches of color seem more vibrant this year... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Flowers about our little yard toss their heads in gentle dance... <img src="http://pho... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:03:06 EST double tracking...triple dessert...ohoh Tracking food... <BR> breakfast...because my friends arrived earlier than expected to take me out for the day, I ate... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> instead of what I had prepared... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> lunch with friends started well... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> celebration snack later at "Scoops" began the "over-the-top" slide... <i... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:04:01 EST little things... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> enjoy... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the little things... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:31:49 EST goodbye... My best friend's ninety-six year old mother has just gone home to the Lord. She was a purple lady... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> wheelchair bound, but loving to crochet gifts for everyone... <img src="">... <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:01:15 EST back to school <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Many students are returning to classrooms again tomorrow. The teachers have been working for at least a week to set up and prepare that first day. <BR> <BR> My memories of school days include...the desks... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> a fresh box of crayons, all new and unbroken in eight colors, wit... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:50:30 EST bound, then restored The LORD brings us back... from our bondages to sin, self and satanic worship...We are as this little lamb, lost and so in need of a shepherd... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our mouths are filled with laughter, then, and singing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now we want to share what the LORD has done... <img src=" Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:53:44 EST T'were refreshed Good Morning, all...!! Yesterday was just that grey,heavy,weariness that comes from too much looking at the storms in my life and letting it be my focus for the day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> well, not the whole day...created a new comfort food with what was in our cupboard...canned chicken, canned crabmeat, pimentos with sauteed onions and garlic in alfredo sauce over a half slice of sourdough toast <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:19:40 EST grey, heavy, weary Today the skies are grey with intermittent rain showers. Heaviness hangs in the air and over my "todo" list that just sits ponderously waiting for my action. And I am weary...not yet recouperated from that pesky stone... <BR> <BR> But I choose gratitude... <img src=""> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:05:42 EST day starters... Breaking our nightly fasts after rest (or having this beginning meal at other times of day depending upon our work shifts and sleep patterns) should be a most enjoyable time. <BR> <BR> This week DH and I have chosen to eat in our little grape arbor sitting down to tea with a variety of "starters"... <BR> <BR> "scrambled eggs" cooked in a very hot cast iron frypan and "pulled" then "heaped", served with a little piece of the apple-raisin-pecan bread made by a neighbor, and three cherry tomat... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:10:03 EST Living 2 HIllsborough, New Hampshire has a special event each year in August that brings together enactors from the 18th and 19th Centuries of the United States. It is held at four locations about town with activities for young children all the way up through oldsters. Since it isn't possible to be in four places at once, we have to choose each year what to see and do. <BR> <BR> As I've already shared, we started at the Franklin Pierce Homestead...then went to Jones Road for the battles... <img src=... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:07:12 EST hidden in mid summer, too... This morning the thermometer reads 47 degrees F in our little mountain shire. Wee Hobbit House sits hidden below the road in a sea of flower stalks...phlox, golden rod, and double orange lilies... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here and there stems of grass stick up...and at the road's edge the Virginia Creeper is just starting to be Autumn red... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Adding some turned l... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:39:44 EST tar trek Brilliant, alien eyes, carefully spaced seemed to follow my black car's progression on the equally black tar trek from Hillsborough to Washington tonight...This new road, so carefully re-surfaced during the past month is very smooth...more like a highway...but I know come next March we will be bumping along over frozen frosty heaves and then there will be the inevitable cracks...How like our lives...we seem to get things straightened out...moving easily along. Then come the hard times...leavi... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:28:18 EST Dear Lord,... prayer is powerful... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in GOD through Jesus are answers... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> so I pray today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and trust... <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:14:00 EST Living 1 The Living History weekend in Hillsborough, New Hampshire has come around again! <BR> President George Washington came for a visit to Governor Benjamin Pierce's homestead and spoke both in the Ball Room on the second floor and outside at the tulip tree... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> His first talk revealed what it was like for him as a young man, surveyor, currier, soldier and statesman to participate in our country's founding. It was fascin... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:33:27 EST a lert Came across this as I surfed for alert signs yesterday... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is a lert? Actually, it is a small woodland animal that is extremely aware of its surroundings... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is watchful, quick and in a state of constant readiness...vigilantly attentive... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's be a lert ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:44:52 EST alert to advisory <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The rains came hard and heavy yesterday... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night our chief of police in Washington sent out an alert... <BR> <BR> Due to flooding and road washouts all northbound roadways from Hillsboro to Washington are inaccessible... <img src=" Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:18:14 EST Wednesday words of nudge... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> wonderful reminders on this wet Wednesday... <em>30</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:50:23 EST day begins... Another beautiful, sunny, cool day in our little shire!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breakfast is yogurt with goodies (blueberries, green grapes, almond slivers, pecan crumbles, mixed seeds and a few dried cranberries), and a vitamin drink with two taken in pill form... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bible study and prayer with a friend next... <img src=" Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:40:39 EST Town Forest stroll... Yesterday afternoon, while my DH was swimming and trying out the swings at Millen Pond beach... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took a short stroll in our Town Forest... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Following the shore, the trail most likely is an ancient Native American path. But time and seasons have worn away at the land... <i... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:42:27 EST