RAINBOWFALLS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAINBOWFALLS RAINBOWFALLS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ October Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790242 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140041855.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish you all much success this month. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:16:08 EST Take that Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788865 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1332385573.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You Can Do IT! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:34:02 EST Family time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763113 My brother and his family drove from Mexico to NY to see family. They had moved to Mexico 14 years ago and their youngest Alejandra had never met most of the extended family. They have been using my house as home base so my nephew let us use his camper so they had a place to sleep. We had a wonderful family reunion on Saturday. Here is the group of us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l957778487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my favorites with me and my brothers. <BR> <... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:27:37 EST The Ballons have landed in our neighborhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752131 We have an annual Spedie Fest and Balloon Rally in our area the first weekend of August. People come from all over the states to take part. Spedie's are a local favorite in our area and are different types of marinated meat that most people eat as a sandwich. During the weekend the balloons take flight at 6 AM and 6 PM depending on the weather. This morning I was lucky enough to have them fly right into our neighborhood and land. Here are some pictures from my driveway and then just down a bl... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:07:20 EST My August Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751576 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2127325312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's make this a Great August! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:10:13 EST At some point in life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735161 I just love this saying. <BR> <BR> “At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough.” <BR> ~ Toni Morrison <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595640345.jpg"> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:47:58 EST Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732730 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l698387011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I find this so true. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:02:19 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703268 And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. ~Joseph Drake <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560863050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1392682274.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank You Mon, 26 May 2014 06:08:49 EST The Secret of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698186 I loved this saying and thought it quite appropriate for us here at SparkPeople. Have a great week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1380026915.jpg"> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:18:27 EST Because I am worth it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686987 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074669617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great day and remember - You are worth it! Sun, 4 May 2014 08:29:48 EST Have patience with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685577 Have patience with yourself. Once you decide to change your life to create something more purposeful, more positive, it takes time. The decision was the hard part. ~ Anna Pereira <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669048342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 2 May 2014 08:52:00 EST Words to live by http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679245 I have been telling my co-workers this lately. We are unsure of our companies future and after being with them almost 27 years that is not a good feeling, but I have been thinking this thought to try and keep myself as positive as I can. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028169605.jpg"> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:16:57 EST Take the Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672045 Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1519317661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These would be a nice addition to my gardens. I also love the saying and am trying to take steps in the right direction. The temperature increase has helped me to get outside and get more walks in. <BR> <BR> I hope your steps are going in the right direction too! Hav... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:15:37 EST Rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663388 As my Spark name suggests I love rainbows. Today on MSN they have a link to 30 Astounding Rainbows. I of course had to take a look. <link>local.msn.com/outdoors/30-astounding<BR>-rainbows </link> <BR> <BR> This rainbow reminds me of my son Joshua, who passed away 15 years ago on May 1st. He has been very heavy on my mind lately. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772237760.jpg"> <BR> Rainbow & clearing storm over Joshua Tree National Park, California <BR> <BR> And ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:49:00 EST Diet or lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658360 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1593239705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the way to live our lives! I hope you all have a Fantastic Friday! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:34:57 EST Ask Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653119 My thought for today after a very stressful week. I hope you are all doing well and making those choices that matter the most to you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532378315.jpg"> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:22:34 EST When I look inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641105 "When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom <BR> When I look outside and see that I am everything,that is love. <BR> And between these two, my life turns." <BR> - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1745691922.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This touched me today when I read it. Work is very stressful and this winter has been long and cold. I have been not making the best healthy choices. <BR> <BR> I was lucky enough to get a break w... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:14:31 EST Fat Tuesday Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705123139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, we celebrate Fat Tuesday. My body; on the other hand, celebrates it every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone actually does not indulge too much today! I will start with oatmeal and an apple - Have a great day! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:31:08 EST I'm wiser because of my mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1949356808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is so true. Have a great day my friends! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:33:00 EST Saddle Mountain in Monterrey Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628512 I had such a nice visit with my brother and his family. They took us to different places during the time we were there, so I took pictures of this mountain from varies places. I thought this was the clearest and it also captured the place we ate the last night. That would be the building with the crown. It was quite ornate inside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1262801705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather there was high 80's and low 90's - quite a nice change from t... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:41:56 EST Faith is taking the first step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600143 “Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.” <BR> - Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1580127002.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is so true and relates very well with our healthy life style choice and how far it can take us. I hope all my Spark friends are doing well. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:16:04 EST Magic Exists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592213 “Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” <BR> ¯ Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073752113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just love this saying and you know with my Spark name that I also love rainbows! I hope everyone is having a successful month. I am mak... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:51:14 EST Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576556 I don't like to say I'm starting a New Year's resolution because so many fail. However, I am starting a new book tomorrow that hopefully helps steer me in a better direction. My husband and I are already trying to focus harder on getting more vegetables in and for me also fruit. I just finished some grapes that tasted so much better than I thought they would this morning when I packed them. I have tried not to let the Holidays totally derail good eating so tomorrow won't really be a big chang... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:51:46 EST Merry Christmas Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571523 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117955375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish everyone a day filled with Family fun. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:13:49 EST THe Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567037 It is important to not focus on the scale. There is so much more to us than our weight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1566173594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well! Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:15:20 EST Blizzard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565524 We did get a heck of a snow storm Saturday, maybe this is what happened to me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965270280.jpg"> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:51:16 EST Turn the Scale Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529986 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1348850469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't we all wish it was this easy? Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:58:46 EST Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l930173752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And so I will Keep trying. October was not a banner month and I did not meet my goals. I will keep trying though and hope that no more injuries take me down and I make better progress going forward! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 07:54:10 EST This Scarecrow needs a name! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528082 This one of a kind scarecrow to was created to raise funds for VINES:Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments. But, it needs a name. Any clever ideas? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1681041429.jpg"> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:06:01 EST Begin now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507731 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2035602180.jpg" <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well on their healthy goals! Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:32:29 EST Goal for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506776 One of my October challenges is to set a goal for October and post a blog telling about it. I am making small goals for the month of October, and I hope it is in reason. I want to lose 8 pounds in the next for weeks. I figure two pounds a week is a reasonable amount. I am getting back to tracking my food on a daily basis and this will help me to see where I'm over eating. I do know that my eating has been very bad lately and tracking will help to discipline me to sticking to portion sizes and... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:27:18 EST Smile, Laugh and Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503503 I will be spending the weekend with some old high school friends up in the Finger Lakes. I am so excited and this is my mantra for the weekend! I hope you all have a great one too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1488513438.jpg"> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:55:09 EST simplicity, patience, compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497637 I have just three things to teach: <BR> simplicity, patience, compassion <BR> These three are your greatest treasures <BR> ~ Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1469600543.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a splendid Weekend! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:54:47 EST Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488965 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1470720159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you're happy, it usually inspires others around you to be happy as well. <BR> <BR> Have a great day and be Happy! Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:07:59 EST Quote to live by http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483505 “I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I wil... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:20:38 EST Inner Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481340 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1238902826.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This hit me today as what I need to focus on. Work has been very stressful the last week and so inner peace it is! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:31:19 EST Find what you have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478583 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l948660663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Instead of looking for what you don't have, find what you have never lost. <BR> <BR> ~ Sri Nisargadatta <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:58:47 EST Take a step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469607 I have always loved the Spark saying to Take two steps forward and one back. This reminded me of it and I think I better start listening... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1238100138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> no matter how small my step is <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:44:32 EST Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463784 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10791011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I get older I have learned to appreciate friends more than I ever did. I wish a very nice weekend for all my Spark Friends! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:16:20 EST Never too old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461988 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1554196507.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make it count! Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:34:48 EST The Secret of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455802 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1195878444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love the saying and I love the colors! I hope you all have a great day! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:48:06 EST Rebuilding life from within http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453627 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153768797.jpg"> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:44:30 EST Winners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449633 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1573496858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's us! Have a great Friday Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:01:09 EST Take a deep Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446237 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l888875066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a nice memory of telling my very excited (hyper) granddaughter to take a deep breath. She took a nice deep breath and held it and then said, "Like this Grandma?" - It was so adorable. I do believe that deep breathes are good for us! Take one and feel the difference! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:53:56 EST Life's not perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434991 This is VERY relevant with making positive changes in our lives!. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095228929.jpg"> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 08:34:29 EST Be Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432881 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1055019826.jpg"> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:37:21 EST I'm Melting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422715 The heatwave has hit NY and I'm not loving it. Here is how we are feeling in our area. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l134015198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1390667939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103994207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298472278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393466705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dri... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:55:22 EST A couple Garden Photo's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374867 My husband and I always take Memorial week off in hopes of getting some yard work done. For me I always hope I can plant in my gardens or at least weed them. One of my back yards gardens has an Azalea that was not looking so good at the beginning of spring. My sons decided to buy me a new one for Mother's Day and I thought I would be replacing the old one. However the old one blossomed and I didn't have the heart to give up on it yet. So we needed a new place for the new Azalea. We had this ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:14:12 EST One Step Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359198 I am trying to find a new doctor since mine retired last year. I liked him so much that replacing him is proving to be very hard. It is not like you can interview them although I think you should be able too. I went to a new women doctor this Monday and as I was afraid my blood pressure is still running high. I need to lose weight and exercise more. I got the whole portion control and be careful of your carbs. I know what to do... I need to make this a priority! <BR> <BR> Today they had cak... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:11:57 EST Maine Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347311 Every morning I posted a picture of our front porch view. This was the sun rising on the last day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l552948554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The group of girls all went to grade school together. One is actually my best friend from Kindergarten (second on the left) I'm second on the right next to another very good friend from 6th grade. What a great bunch of fun we had! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2007362950.jp... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:14:03 EST