NELLIEH1's SparkPeople Blog NELLIEH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community mending walls and fences As I surveyed the back yard this morning after the bird feeders got hung up,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I could understand the snow between the cottage and covered arbor where we pulled it off the roofs... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but why does it remain along our stone wall?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The backyard is clear of white ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:28:11 EST real promises <img src="">Morning by morning there are sunrises, sometimes hidden behind the clouds... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Promises have been made from eternity for us...and kept... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by the glory of GOD... <img src=" Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:58:01 EST 50th year begins...Day 1 Yesterday... <BR> <BR> Ate healthy…kept within calorie range…drank eight glasses at least of water…lots of freggies and veguits!!... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joggy-danced through out the day with a ton of housework and laundry thrown in... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kept the vitamins at a high level and got a good do... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:22:52 EST quiet celebration We decided to celebrate our 49th with a light breakfast of yogurt and fruit with a sprinkling of nuts... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we took a quick trip to the next town to buy some seafood and fish, cooking it up ourselves... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and enjoying it in the sunshine together... <img src="http://phot... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:15:26 EST 49ers! Forty-nine years ago I sat in a beauty parlor... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> getting my hair professionally fixed into a French twist... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only problem was that my expectation was having my ears not exposed, but covered.. <img src="">. <BR> <BR> and I was too embarrassed to say I paid, went home... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:08:41 EST Wednesday wellness.. Sometimes starting on the wellness path once more after slipping into old unhealthy habit patterns is tough. Deciding to not press that panic button... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and/or to refuse to give up... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> is huge! Frank Sinatra gave us his steps... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So how will we each start over aga... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:59:26 EST when down... We all fall down either literally... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or "off the wagon"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in some into the old habit patterns we had decided to change... with a not so good result... <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:46:58 EST a deep breath... Sunshine...warmer air...lots of spring birds singing away...a whisper of wind...taste of fresh brewed hot drink...breathe will soon arrive... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Under the forest canopy... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> along a woodsy trail... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> by the ocean side... <img src=" Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:09:13 EST not by sight <img src=""> <img src="">... <BR> Eyesight is a precious gift to each of us who has it. We awaken to a world that looks different in some way than it did the night before (because of the weather or a relationship or even a routine activity that we see needs doing). <BR> <BR> But we live by faith...perhaps in ourselves or someone close to us...and that works for awhile...maybe years. B... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:04:45 EST not a... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:40:27 EST do not disturb... There are times when I wish the telephone were silent all day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or my garret study had a door... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or I could put a different colored bandana on my arm to warn folks that, even though I'm in a good mood, I need some time apart from interactions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or maybe wear a... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:40:37 EST just a little bit... Snow with an icy mix came just about final feeding time for the finches last night <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today everyone is hungry!... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:34:50 EST before yous...for me.. Some more reminders for my sparking... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Perhaps one or two are for you too? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! hope... <img src=""> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 04:33:59 EST reminders for me... ...keep an attitude of gratitude... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> purposeful and intentional about patience and perseverance... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> unto others!... <img src=""> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:40:19 EST if there had been no... The moon was in and out of the clouds over Hilsborough yesterday morning... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> as a long line of vehicles wound its way up over patches of ice on Bear Hill... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (I slipped and fell on that one...but in GOD's grace did not get hurt) <BR> <BR> When we arrived, the sky was just beginning to brighten... <img src=" Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:17:55 EST He is risen! Low in the grave He lay..awaiting the coming day... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now we remember...He is risen...indeed!.... <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 05:18:48 EST awaiting... stone sealing the tomb... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> awaiting the coming day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the empty cross remains... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and still now, the shroud... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> all in readiness... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:51:48 EST why "Good"? After a light supper last night of cider, sliced grilled chicken, taboule, avocado, turnip-carrot puffs, with rye toast spread with peanut butter and cherry preserves... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we drove to Hillsborough, playing hide and seek with the moon... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> until it finally came out from the cl... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 02:48:43 EST why "Maundy"? <img src="">Many scholars agree that the English word Maundy was derived through Middle English and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos" ("A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you"), the statement made by Jesus in John 13:34. <BR> <BR> Thursday evening is the usual celebration of Christ's Last Supp... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:53:07 EST warnings Each day Monday to Wednesday there is a part of the scripture reading that is entitled "Signs of the End Times or of the End of the Age in response to the disciples' questions..."Beware that no one deceives you"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Watch out for false teaching"... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "War, famine, pestilences, earthquakes in various places will come. All these are the beginn... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 04:50:41 EST telling stories... At King Herod's Temple in Jerusalem about nineteen hundred, eighty some years ago,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> during the week before Passover, a man in his early thirties was sharing illustrative stories... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Parables of: <BR> <BR> the two sons... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the tenant farmers... <img src="http:/... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:05:30 EST rethinking Monday... As my DH and I "walk" the path in our mind's eye... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we "see" the fig tree... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> full of leaves, yet without fruit... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our Life Manual provides today's words to ponder: <BR> <BR> Matthew 21:18-25:46 ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:54:10 EST palms waving... The first day of Jesus' final week dawned in Bethany... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> His disciples brought the foal, the colt of the donkey from the next village... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and made it ready for Jesus to ride... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Crowds began to gather... <img src=" Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:51:19 EST From J.. to J.. Jericho, a ruin, (Joshua 5:13-6:27) was rebuilt (1 Kings 16:34), so it was in two parts... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jesus was leaving "new" Jericho and entering "old" Jericho,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> when blind Bartimaeus, (one of two blind men), sitting by the roadside called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" The people around him rebuked him, telling him to be ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:55:09 EST first "spring" walk Awoke to snow again... <em>334</em> ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But it did not last too long. Actually I am grateful for the slow melt... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We may miss the spring floods... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When our youngsters were growing up, we bought our milk at one local farm... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:07:10 EST slip up... <img src=""> AM and dark! <BR> <BR> I carried my travel mug with tea... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in my left hand with the tax envelope... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...all addressed... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and stamped... <img src=" Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:09:35 EST! just one day...How did that happen this year? I'm talking about the <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no broken pencils... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no late night struggle... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I almost just want to whisper the news... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> yes...taxe... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:55:57 EST t...a...x...oh,oh... <em>524</em> Just three weeks from tomorrow... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Guess I ought to get started today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's see...get ready... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no...I begin with a pencil.. <img src="">. <BR> <BR> and an eraser... <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:44:26 EST age is... Am being lazy today, letting someone else's quote do... <img src=""> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:36:52 EST overflowing Something to ponder on this bright windy day..."May the LORD make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else" - 1 Thessalonians 3:12... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Son-day! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:54:37 EST critter fun... Just thought I'd share what the squirrelies are up to at our Wee Hobbit House... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:40:05 EST Spring is here? Well, even if more snow arrives this afternoon (as it is supposed to do), I'm going to celebrate Spring with a cup of chai latte and the last two of my Royal cream scones because I've decided to be Pooh Bear for a few hours!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then I'll get to work on all today's projects... <BR> laundry... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> cleaning... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:07:13 EST last full day of winter...haha So we celebrated with Jim's college chum, who is my good friend, too!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We met at Olive Garden in Keene (about a forty-five minute drive for each of us)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It may be the last day of winter on the calendar (tomorrow starting spring)... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but the pond remains froz... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:45:10 EST joy and truth Today this Bible verse has me both deeply grateful to GOD, filling with joy... and in sorrow as well... <img src=""> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:55:21 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day..2..U Thought I'd come back to again say... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After ten hours, the main dish looked like this... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I offered a plate to my himself with an Irish blessing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> which he happily received after smelling the wafting aromas all day... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:33:15 EST Happy Saint Patrick's Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Up early this morning to make the traditional meal...actually DH and I started peeling,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> cutting,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and chopping last night... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> >white and red potatoes... <img src="http://photos-ak.... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:05:41 EST surprise "detour" Do you have days that are carefully planned out... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and then the telephone rings... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (just thought I'd throw that in for a smile <em>41</em> ), I mean my newer phone rang... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Cell service works for only one company, not mine, in our town) <em>246</em> <BR> ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:13 EST light shining out of darkness... Dawn is a thin whitish line on the horizon of our neighbor's hill, yet I know the icy cover remains... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Despite the weather, we arise each day to light rather than pitch darkness even in the storms of life... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It reminds me of a verse... <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:54:53 EST meeting annually...ends in icy mix...again Today, for the first time we held our Annual Town Meeting on a Saturday so that more people could be involved. Well, that is not exactly right, because in the 1970's Town Meetin' often ran ovah from the second Tuesday in Mahch to the followin' Sattaday. However, we had two major bond issues for consideration at this gathering...the protection and renovation of our icon...The original Meeting House... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> as well as a n... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:09:27 EST heart song sung <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in my... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Whose heart song do you sing?... <img src=""> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:28:18 EST porcupiney... If I get porcupiney... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> all prickly... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> pining... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and broken as a cup... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to choose to breathe... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> beli... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:48:13 EST a daily challenge... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:48:26 EST write..erase..write The clocks say 1:11PM...and I still don't know what to write... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my "PIX for SHARING" file, the last folder is "WRITE"...let's see what I've saved... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hmmmm very abou... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:26:49 EST a new beginning.. Love...affection...compassion...affirmatio<BR>n...confession..attentiveness...humili<BR>ty...these are a beginning... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in other words...walking the talk... <img src=""> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:47:57 EST intense conviction... Today has been very intense so far...with convicting words shared from the Bible... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not a father, nor even mothering our children they are long since all grown. But as the verse got "unpacked" this morning by a precious brother in the LORD, I began pondering how I might be exasperating those closest ones around me... <BR> >by unrighteous anger expressed in shrill, put down tones at times... <BR> >by s... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:15:16 EST springing ahead in wintah... Sunbeams are casting rays everywhere on our sparkling snow and icicles,... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the birds and squirrels,.. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> emerging-from-buried bushes and trees... <img src=" Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:36:27 EST Halle, Halle, Halle... Just got back from a small gathering of older ladies and one gent following a tradition started in 1887-89, but revamped in 1932 to focus on one nation a year for prayer. Today's was The Bahamas... <em>650</em> <BR> <BR> Here we are...well except for the photographer... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> me... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> [I led the music, so had to "dress up" a bit] <em>334</em>... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:03:11 EST myrtle, bride, star Hadassah became Esther, a young girl of the people of the Book, chosen to be a Persian bride-queen... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In GOD's leading, she obeyed her adoptive father Mordecai and went to King Xerxes (Khshayarshan) to help save her people from extermination. Her whole demeanor throughout is full of lessons of us today...She was/is a true star!... <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:23:46 EST Esther, a brave woman Tonight around the world the scroll or Book of Esther is being read... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Humility stands against and courage overcome hatred and selfish ambition...and trust of GOD in the face of death defeats an evil plan of annihilation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Purim begins... <img src=""> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:48:28 EST marching forth... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> into... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:01:43 EST