SAINTBERNARD6's SparkPeople Blog SAINTBERNARD6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Fun Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After taking a long nap I am ready to spend the rest of the afternoon/evening with my oldest daughter. <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a very nice experience today. I live in a mobile home that had plastic bathtubs in it. One of the tubs got 2 large cracks in it so leaked and rotted the floor. My son in law took it out, rebuilt the floor and is putting in a walk in shower for me. Today I had a plumber from Joplin com... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:37:06 EST One of Those Days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> up and in the shower by 7:30 <BR> <BR> at the church by 8:30 to count offering <BR> <BR> 9:15 opened the gift shop at the hospital <BR> <BR> 12:30.ate lunch at the hospital <BR> <BR> 1 PM......home <BR> <BR> 1:30 left again to take granddaughter to an appointment <BR> <BR> 3 PM...had her at an appointment in Joplin <BR> <BR> 3:45....had her to to the doctor for the newborn's first check up <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:39:43 EST I hope this doesn't offend anyone BUT...... <img src=""> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:58:07 EST Welcome to my house.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> come on in......sprawl out...and just snooze.... <BR> <BR> Elsie Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:22:57 EST Waited 20 years for a hug from this young man This is one of the last pictures we have of of my grandson's that was placed for adoption. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is Andy now...........he was here tonight....he is back in our family again <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:18:48 EST Progress on my New Year's Goals my goal is to pay off 3 credit cards.. <BR> <BR> This week I have paid off 2 of the 3 credit cards that I set my goal on.. <BR> <BR> Elsie <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:29:41 EST God's Words of Love <BR> God's Words of Love <BR> Open the pages of the Bible for a powerful dose of the Lord's love. <BR> By Elizabeth Peale Allen, Pawling, New York <BR> WEB EXCLUSIVE <BR> <BR> <BR> The Bible is filled with verses that point to just how much God loves you. And His love began even before you were born! “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb” (Psalm 139:13). Every minute of every day, God is thinking about you and planning good things for you. Psalm 139:16-18 ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:42:44 EST Devotion for February 14 <BR> "I came that you may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance, until it overflows." John 10:10 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think <BR> <BR> It is such comfort to drop the tangles of life into God's hands and leave them there. –Anonymous <BR> <BR> A Time to Act <BR> <BR> Put God first in your life. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray <BR> <BR> Dear Lord, help me to remember I can always depend on You. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:38:00 EST Feb. 11 devotion <BR> And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Think <BR> Good morning, Lord! What are You up to today? Can I be a part of it? Thank You. Amen. –Norman Grubb, missionary, writer and teacher <BR> <BR> A Time to Act <BR> Concentrate on now and your dreams will become your future. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray <BR> Father, in every moment of every day, a choice waits. H... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:52:12 EST Devotion for Feb. 7 Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns! 1 Chronicles 16: 31 <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Think <BR> Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. –Sally Koch, author <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Act <BR> Blossom into the best that you can be. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray <BR> Lord, give me the determination to reach goals I didn't know I had Sat, 7 Feb 2015 16:46:41 EST Angels ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Angels <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you believe in Angels? <BR> You should, 'cause they believe in you. <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt a soft breeze cross your cheek? <BR> An Angel's kiss is just that sweet. <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard the song of a mother bird, <BR> singing to her babies? <BR> The voices of the Angels are the harmonies <BR> that sing along with her. <BR> <BR> Have you ever been touched by a story so <BR> beautiful you cry your eyes out? <BR> The Angels ar... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:28:43 EST Devotion from February 3 <BR> Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:12 <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Think <BR> The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way in which we use them. –Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Act <BR> Place your hope and purpose completely in God's hands. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray <BR> God just for one day let me see only the good. Give me the e... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:25:35 EST Devotion for January 11, 2015 <BR> Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23 <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Think <BR> <BR> Positive thinking is how you think about a problem. Enthusiasm is how you feel about a problem. The two together determine what you do about a problem. –Norman Vincent Peale, author and pastor <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Act <BR> <BR> Change your thoughts and change your life. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray <BR> <BR> Father, a positive attitude is o... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:35:25 EST RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR <BR> Take twelve whole months. <BR> Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, <BR> Hate, and jealousy. <BR> Make them just as fresh and clean as possible. <BR> Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or <BR> Thirty-one different parts, <BR> But don't make up the whole batch at once. <BR> Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients. <BR> Mix well into each day ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:43:58 EST Isaiah 43:16,18-19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." — Isaiah 43:16,18-19 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:48:30 EST After You Make Your Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> now set your goal <BR> <BR> make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal. <BR> <BR> It's OK to have a very simple plan with just 1 goal---you can always adjust later if so inclined.. <BR> <BR> my plan is to have less debt <BR> <BR> my goal is to pay off 3 credit cards.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:17:25 EST Don't Make New Year's Resolutions!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Because they DON'T work!! <BR> <BR> Instead make a New Year's that is simple and that you will continue to follow.....the plan may only have 1 item on it but that is OK as long as you can follow it..make sure your plan is easy and fun otherwise, like resolutions, it will fall by the way side. <BR> <BR> If you plan to lose just one pound a week by this time in 2015 you will be 52 pounds ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:48:21 EST Merry Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:17:40 EST Does it seem odd to you.... that we can get more spark points for reading articles than we can for exercising? I would think that more points would be given for moving than for sitting and reading. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:02:38 EST Do You Know of Any--- church group, Sunday School class, or a Bible study group that could use some used quarterlies? These are from Lifeways and say they are for seniors but any age group can benefit from them. We have just finished a quarter and have several boxes of these books. <BR> <BR> We have been sending them to a children's school in Indonesia but the postage is $62 a box. If someone in the US can use them we can send about 4 boxes to every one we send to Indonesia. We have to wait for postage so i... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:23:24 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As we remember the joys and the sorrows of the past year let us always be thankful to our Lord and Savior for His great and wonderful sacrifice. <BR> <BR> Enjoy a fun family/friend filled day and be safe.. <BR> <BR> Elsie <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:06:22 EST A Difficult Day or I Didn't Know Snow Could Be So Emotional <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is what my yard looked like this morning. <BR> <BR> My emotional reaction took me totally by surprise. <BR> <BR> DJ loved the snow. Today I sat here in tears most of the day thinking about him and missing him so much. Daisy is a wonderful dog and we are getting along great but for some reason the snow just brought the loneliness of not having DJ anymore. The tears flowed for almost 3 hours. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:10:27 EST A Sad Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DJ.........November 6, 2002---July 20. 2014 <BR> <BR> He would have been 12 today... <BR> <BR> I am still missing him a lot... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:29:01 EST A Very Productive Day Inspite of the Too Early Start <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to get up at 5:30 AM to take a granddaughter to work. After I got back home,, I did 3 loads of warmer clothes and hung them out on the line. then I took a short nap. After my nap I did 2 weeks of TOPS ledgers and the October monthly report. <BR> <BR> Also did 2 more loads of clothes so now all my laundry is caught up and I will just have regular laundry to do. <BR> <BR> Glad I got all my warmer clothe... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:33:49 EST Meet Daisy.......newest member of our family <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daisy came to live with me a couple of weeks ago. She is settling in very well. She was one of my daughter's dogs so she wasn't a stranger to me. She loves to ride with me and sleeps on the foot of my bed. She is a sweet dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> She thinks this is her Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:53:34 EST More Good News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For $135 which included a service call, parts, and labor, I got all 3 appliances fixed today. He was here about 90 minutes total. He replaced the relay switch on the washer (yippee--I have a washing machine again!!!), replaced a wire on the broiler element of the stove and also the light bulb in the oven, and re-installed the dishwasher as well as tightened the hinge so it doesn't leak any more....I just love th... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:30:37 EST Good News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Valerie's drain was removed today and she has been cleared to drive. Return appointment in 6 weeks.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> for the prayers <BR> <BR> <BR> Elsie Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:53:59 EST Not A Good Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last week (Oct. 12-Oct 16) wasn't a good week for my family. I had 3 family members in 3 different hospitals in 2 states. <BR> <BR> Sunday (Oct. 12), as soon as I got home from church, one of my granddaughters (they live next door) came barreling into the house and said, "Have you heard about Aunt Valerie? She is in ER and they are transferring her to Columbia." <BR> <BR> She was transferred by ambulance ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:06:36 EST God Is Bigger Than Your Problems <BR> <BR> God Is Bigger Than Your Problems <BR> Overcome life's challenges with God's strength and wisdom. <BR> By Norman Vincent Peale <BR> One of the great truths in life is that you are bigger than anything that can happen to you—as long as you know it and act accordingly. Every challenge and crisis that comes your way provides the opportunity for you to ask God to release the creative ingenuity, wisdom and strength that lie within you. The Psalmist knew this when he declared, “It is God... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:05:25 EST Amazing frozen lemons - WHO KNEW???? <BR> <BR> Amazing frozen lemons - <BR> WHO KNEW???? <BR> <BR> <BR> All it a frozen lemon <BR> <BR> <BR> Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste? <BR> <BR> <BR> Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lem... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:13:27 EST Where did "piss poor" come from? Where did "piss poor" come from? <BR> <BR> If you're young and hip, this is still interesting. <BR> <BR> NOW THIS IS A REAL EDUCATION <BR> <BR> Us older people need to learn something new every day... <BR> <BR> Just to keep the grey matter tuned up. <BR> <BR> Where did "Piss Poor" come from? <BR> Interesting Story. <BR> <BR> They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. <BR> <BR> And then once it was full it was taken and sold to ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:59:01 EST This is what we visited in Michigan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Information can be found at "cross in the woods" Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:54:09 EST Found another Mantra Saw this and liked it.......... <BR> <BR> "the difference between "try" and "triumph" is a little "umph" <BR> <BR> Elsie Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:17:11 EST Have A Safe Labor Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Having a nice time in Michigan. Tuesday we will be leaving for a family camp out in the upper peninsula then Saturday I will be heading home. <BR> <BR> This has been a good distraction for me. <BR> <BR> Elsie Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:44:46 EST Monday July 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was one week ago today that I had to take DJ for his final walk. I am adjusting but my house feels so empty. <BR> <BR> I am able to leave and come back into the house without falling apart. <BR> <BR> Today I managed to stop and pay the vet with just a few tears. <BR> <BR> In 2 weeks I leave to go to Michigan so I have a busy time ahead of me. <BR> <BR> A BIG thank you for all your prayers, hugs, and support... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:49:24 EST DJ is pain free at last <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 11/6/2002 - 7/21/2014 <BR> <BR> The vet who DJ knows and loves is off on Tuesday so I took him in this afternoon. I wanted him to be with someone he knew. The other vet (who is also a very good vet) has only seen him a couple of times. <BR> <BR> He got into the office and collapsed. Dr. McNutt carried him back I just couldn't go back with them. Dr. McNutt loves DJ to pieces and has cared for him for 10 years... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:39:57 EST Saying Good Bye To DJ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, I will be saying good bye to my baby. He is getting so he can barely walk so I know this is best for him but it sure is tearing me apart. He has been my baby for 11 years and for the last 10 years it has been just me and him. Now it's time for him to go play with "Dad". <BR> <BR> I am in tears now and will be for most of the next 2 days. <BR> <BR> Elsie Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:30:34 EST TOPS Weigh In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a good weigh in at TOPS this morning.......down 1 pound which makes 6 weeks straight of going down... <BR> <BR> DJ isn't doing so well today. It was cool misty rain this morning so he seems a little weaker. I am grateful that God is giving me a little more time with him. <BR> <BR> I discovered (quite by accident) that he was apparently being overmedicated which is why he was so weak. Last Sunday evening, ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:41:05 EST A tough decision to make or am I being unkind? DJ is going down more each day. Am I being cruel by keeping him? I want what is best for DJ but I'm not ready to give him up. I know the time is coming quickly as he barely walks now and doesn't want to play much at all. Most of his time is laying under the ceiling fan or on the tile floor where he struggles a lot to get up. I spend most of the day now with tears. I am so undecided at this point. One of my daughters (who saw just how bad his legs are) says it's time. She is a real a... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:14:46 EST Update on DJ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> for all the prayers and support. <BR> <BR> DJ has good days and not so good days. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday was a particularly bad day. He went outside for about 15 minutes but couldn't get back up the steps. He fell off the bottom 2 steps. My granddaughters had to lift him up to the deck. Many times he will use the ramp that was built... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:08:34 EST What the Vet said..........not good.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The talk with the vet wasn't good. He said that DJ's legs will only get worse and some time will not support him at all. He did continue DJ on double pain med. <BR> <BR> Randy (son in law) got the ramp built for him. He alternates between using the ramp and the steps. It does take him a while to adjust to new things. <BR> <BR> The vet did insert a little humor---he said that as long as DJ will eat, pee and po... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:21:17 EST MY DJ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meet my DJ who is an 11 year old Alaskan Malamute that I've had since he was 3 months old. About 5 years ago he began developing arthritis in his hips (not hip dysplasia). In 2009, he sustained a severe hip injury which took 2 years to heal and also antagonized his arthritis. Now the arthritis has advanced significantly. He doesn't have any other health problems. <BR> <BR> This past winter he was put on Tramad... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:18:58 EST Look At What I Now Have <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The guys finished it yesterday...sure enjoyed it this morning... Tue, 27 May 2014 12:45:33 EST Spark Rally May 10, 2014 at Sequiota Park in Springfield, Missouri <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Janice, Tammy, Dawn, Cindy, Elsie, Becca, Kira <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Janice, Tammy, Dawn, Cindy, Elsie, Becca, Kira <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> at Firehouse Pottery <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Firehouse Pottery ... Sun, 11 May 2014 17:12:45 EST When We Start When we start to count flowers <em>375</em> <BR> we cease to count weeds <em>377</em> <BR> <BR> When we start to count blessings, <em>203</em> <BR> We cease to count needs. <em>528</em> <BR> <BR> When we start to count laughter, <em>334</em> <BR> We cease to count tears. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> When we count happy memories, <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR> We cease to count years. <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> don't know who ... Fri, 9 May 2014 22:29:03 EST UGH!!!!!!!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After spending 4 days in Branson and eating out 3 times a day, I guess my weight being up 1.8 pounds isn't too bad. <BR> <BR> My feet are very swollen from all the sodium. The sad thing is that I was the only one with a gain at the TOPS meeting this morning.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 8 May 2014 16:25:43 EST This was my morning devotion Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 <BR> A Time to Think <BR> If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape. –Anonymous <BR> A Time to Act <BR> Become more aware of the blessings that surround you. <BR> A Time to Pray <BR> Father, of all the gifts and blessings You bestow on us, the greatest is the miracle of life. Let me find joy and satisfaction i... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:39:39 EST My Gifts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every Easter, my oldest daughter, Maria, buys me an Easter Lily. She tries to find one with 4 blooms on it for my 4 children. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My 2nd daughter, Valerie, bought this Amaryllis for me about 2 years ago. This is the 4th time it has grown. Twice it has bloomed and twice it just grew the green stems. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:01:13 EST What to do with used Sunday School Material <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This may not mean much to you but to a children's school it's like Christmas. We send our used Sunday School quarterlies to this school. They not only use them to practice reading and learning English but they get to read and hear God's word also. My missionary friend who gave me the incentive to do this says they really enjoy these books. It's a shame to throw good books in the trash. Due to high postage we d... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:21:43 EST picture from Spark Rally on March 8, 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> left to right: <BR> <BR> Jean, Diane, Dawn, Elsie <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful time and even got in some exercise...Jean and Dawn did more than I <BR> <BR> Elsie Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:34:09 EST