WILLOW49's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WILLOW49 WILLOW49'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/ International Eat an Apple Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237490 A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible – Welsh Proverb <BR> <BR> There’s a lot of sayings about apples, but one thing is true no matter where you are. Apples are absolutely delicious, and they’re a healthy addition to anyone’s diet. (Well, unless you’re allergic, but let’s not talk about the corner cases, hmm?). The history of the apple goes back a long way, and can be traced all the way back to present-day Turkey, and from there they’ve spread out across the entire w... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:24:58 EST New Year's Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056487 Take twelve whole months, <BR> Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy, <BR> Make them just as fresh and clean as possible. <BR> <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> <BR> Mix well into each day one part of faith, <BR> one part of patience, one part of courage, <BR> and one part of work. <BR> <BR> Add... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:21:11 EST Interested or Committed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054180 I'm committed; how about you? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf3db4d2-ccf0-446c-9039-4872e43e1398.jpg"> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:29:55 EST Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052348 Every time a hand reaches out <BR> To help another... that is Christmas. <BR> Every time someone puts anger aside <BR> And strives for understanding <BR> That is Christmas. <BR> Every time people forget their differences <BR> And realize their love for each other <BR> That is Christmas. <BR> May this Christmas bring us <BR> Closer to the spirit of human understanding <BR> Closer to the blessing of peace! <BR> <BR> -author unknown Fri, 25 Dec 2015 04:09:58 EST National Cat Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023246 Today we celebrate National Cat Day! <BR> <BR> National Cat Day organizers want cats to find good homes, and the occasion is a fine time to consider adopting a cat from a shelter or pet rescue organization. <BR> <BR> Volunteering at a local shelter or donating blankets, pet food and toys are also nice ways to celebrate the kitties of the world. <BR> <BR> Uber is delivering 15-minute kitten cuddles ($30) to offices in 50 cities, and the kitties in most of the cities are eligible for adoptio... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:30:30 EST Welcome to the world little man :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000307 On Monday, September 14th at 2:04 a.m. my first grandchild was born! I don't think I've stopped smiling since :) He weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz., was 19 inches long, and just perfect! <BR> <BR> When he took his first breath, he took mine away. As my son placed him in my arms, I was in awe of such a miracle! He grabbed hold of my finger and didn't let go. I am sure he smiled at me, too. Everyone who has seen the picture of us says we smiled at each other! I talked to him, he cooed at me, and ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:29:02 EST for World's Best Cat Moms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925321 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l938839096.jpg"> Sat, 9 May 2015 12:55:02 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925004 If I could give you diamonds <BR> for each tear you cried for me. <BR> if I could five you sapphires <BR> for each truth you've helped me see. <BR> If I could give you rubies <BR> for the heartache that you've known <BR> If I could give you pearls <BR> for the wisdom that you've shown. <BR> Then you'll have a treasure, mother, <BR> that would mount up to the skies <BR> That would almost match <BR> the sparkle in your kind and loving eyes. <BR> But I have no pearls, no diamonds, <... Fri, 8 May 2015 20:32:57 EST Ground Hog Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42222562.jpg"> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:00:06 EST Today is National Hug Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859542 National Hug Day was created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney in 1986. This day has since been celebrated annually and continues to grow internationally, it is observed this Monday, Jan. 21. Zaborney wanted to help people show their emotions in public and spread more love throughout America. <BR> <BR> With all the drama going on nowadays in this crazy but beautiful world, huggers are an endangered species. Help love grow and participate in National Hug Day. Hug your family and loved ones today and re... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:14:16 EST In Flanders' Field http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814892 In Flanders fields the poppies blow <BR> Between the crosses, row on row, <BR> That mark our place; and in the sky <BR> The larks, still bravely singing, fly <BR> Scarce heard amid the guns below. <BR> <BR> We are the Dead. Short days ago <BR> We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, <BR> Loved and were loved, and now we lie, <BR> In Flanders fields. <BR> <BR> Take up our quarrel with the foe: <BR> To you from failing hands we throw <BR> The torch; be yours to hold it high. <BR> If ye break fa... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:23:04 EST Happy Birthday. Shasta11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753329 God gave a gift to the world when you were born— <BR> a person who loves, who cares, <BR> who sees a person's need and fills it, <BR> who encourages and lifts people up, <BR> who spends energy on others <BR> rather than herself, <BR> someone who touches each life she enters, <BR> and makes a difference in the world, <BR> because ripples of kindness flow outward <BR> as each person you have touched, touches others. <BR> Your birthday deserves to be a national holiday, <BR> because you are a sp... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 01:07:51 EST Thanks to you all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751752 Thanks for commenting on my blog, page, feed, and giving me goodies. Right now I'm not able to respond to each of you, but I will get there. I sure appreciate all of you kind words! <BR> <BR> Surgery went very well even though there was a 2 hour delay. I was able to walk about 1 hour after surgery with very little pain. On the hour + ride home, the pain meds wore off. I've been in horrific pain ever since. Unfortunately there is no pain med strong enough that can be prescribed for me. ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 15:44:51 EST Prayers Requested --- knee surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749045 Tomorrow afternoon I will be having a scope of my L knee. On May 30th, my knee locked up, then pain shot through it. After a visit to the ER, x-rays, and an MRI, I was told I have a complex meniscus tear. There are no guarantees that surgery will help. As a matter of fact, I had the same surgery on my R knee 15 years ago and have had worse mobility since then. If I don't have surgery, there is a chance I will end up in a wheelchair. After discussing all of the options with my son (he's ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:40:16 EST Installing Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623950 Tech Support: Yes, ... how can I help you? <BR> <BR> Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process? <BR> <BR> Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? <BR> <BR> Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first? <BR> <BR> Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart? <BR> <BR> Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:08:51 EST Laugh at yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614946 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694755220.jpg"> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:16:39 EST Punxutawney Phil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612964 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1938387593.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:21:00 EST Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607093 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900964666.jpg"> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:26:07 EST Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605481 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811887038.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks, Spark Friends, for all of your support! <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:20:10 EST Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589162 Stop being who you were and become who you are. <BR> <BR> ~Paulo Coelho Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:57:11 EST Don't worry about failures... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588712 Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. <BR> <BR> ~Jack Canfield Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:40:54 EST How far you go in life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585794 How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these. <BR> <BR> ~George Washington Carver Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:47:29 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580695 Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. <BR> - Melody Beattie Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:58:03 EST Another chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576537 How often we wish for another chance <BR> To make a fresh beginning. <BR> A change to blot out our mistakes. <BR> And change failure into winning. <BR> And it does not take a special time <BR> To make a brand-new start, <BR> It only takes the deep desire <BR> To try with all our heart, <BR> To live a little better <BR> And to always be forgiving, <BR> To add a little sunshine <BR> To the world in which we're living. <BR> <BR> So never give up in despair <BR> And think that you are through, <... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:36:22 EST Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571161 Every time a hand reaches out <BR> To help another... that is Christmas. <BR> Every time someone puts anger aside <BR> And strives for understanding <BR> That is Christmas. <BR> Every time people forget their differences <BR> And realize their love for each other <BR> That is Christmas. <BR> May this Christmas bring us <BR> Closer to the spirit of human understanding <BR> Closer to the blessing of peace! <BR> <BR> -author unknown Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:16:40 EST My idea of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570389 My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? <BR> - Bob Hope Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:55:42 EST Successful men of the world... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556759 The great successful men of the world have used their imagination. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building, steadily building. <BR> <BR> -Robert Collier <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I think this quote should read "successful men and women"! Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:29:28 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555955 Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> - Winston Churchill Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:28:14 EST Showing gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553627 Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. <BR> <BR> ~Randy Pausch Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:42:21 EST Giving Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551642 For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped, <BR> For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped, <BR> For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb, <BR> For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home -- <BR> Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land, <BR> For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand, <BR> For the good that our artists and poets have taught, <BR> For the friendship that hope and ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:17:54 EST At times our own light goes out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550694 At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. <BR> <BR> ~Albert Schweitzer Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:48:09 EST We all make mistakes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535151 We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future. <BR> - Steve Maraboli Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:23:51 EST When something bad happens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530193 When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. <BR> <BR> ~Unknown Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:15:15 EST I would rather be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504582 I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. <BR> <BR> ~ Jack London Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:29:38 EST How long should you try? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496622 How long should you try? Until. <BR> <BR> -- Jim Rohn Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:04:18 EST Why does fall/autumn have 2 names? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492968 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1685659925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ambivalence over the name of the third season of the year reflects its status as a relatively new concept. As natural as it seems today, people haven't always thought of the year in terms of four seasons. <BR> <BR> Fifteen hundred years ago, the Anglo-Saxons marked the passage of time with just one season: winter, a concept considered equivalent to hardship or adversity that metaphorically represented the year i... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:54:39 EST International Peace Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491664 September 21, 2013 is International Peace Day. <BR> <BR> "It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies." <BR> - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon <BR> <BR> This video pretty much sums it up! <BR> <link>heartmath.com/peace/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJW<BR>WfF9wsRoguq%2FIZKXonjHpfsX54%2BoqX6W%2<BR>FlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4CS8BnI%2BSLDw... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 05:23:02 EST Always end the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490697 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492811422.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:53:34 EST Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486726 Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. <BR> <BR> ~Unknown Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:28:02 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485926 We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. <BR> <BR> ~ C. JoyBell C Sun, 15 Sep 2013 06:12:49 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRUELOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464330 Today is the birthday of one of my best Spark friends, TRUELOU! She joined SP just days after I did, and we've been friends ever since! Please stop by her page and wish her a happy birthday! <BR> <BR> Side by side or miles apart <BR> True friends are always close to your heart <BR> Whether you're turning five or fifty-three <BR> You know that I'm a true friend because you're here beside me <BR> I'm here, right now, on your special day <BR> So lets give a cheer for you, hip, hip, hooray! <... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:29:03 EST Prayers Requested! --- UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387957 Surgery went very well! It ended up being much longer than expected as 1/2 of my thyroid had to be removed also. <BR> <BR> I was discharged at 6:15 the next morning! They sure didn't waste any time! It's good to be home with my kitties :) I'm extremely tired, but that was to be expected. No pain except for sore throat and stiff neck (also expected). <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your well wishes, goodies, etc. I know you'll understand if I'm not around as much as usual for the next fe... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:46:30 EST Prayers Requested! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384643 As some of you know, I've been dealing with high calcium for several years. No doctor figured out the problem until this past February. I have hyperparathyroidism, and at least 1 of my parathyroid glands need to be removed. <BR> <BR> I will undergo surgery tomorrow afternoon. While the surgery itself is fairly simple, I'm concerned about recovery. I had major recovery problems after surgery 2 years ago, so am hoping this will not be a repeat. I will be sure to mention these problems to... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:00:03 EST RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253604 Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. And, you know what to do...perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. <BR> <BR> This is a favorite day of many people and groups. People like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. Its a fun and good thing to do. And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good. <BR> <BR> Remember that what comes around, goes around. Random Acts of Kindness is highly con... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:47:05 EST National Hug Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216892 National Hug Day was created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney in 1986. This day has since been celebrated annually and continues to grow internationally, it is observed this Monday, Jan. 21. Zaborney wanted to help people show their emotions in public and spread more love throughout America. <BR> <BR> With all the drama going on nowadays in this crazy but beautiful world, huggers are an endangered species. Help love grow and participate in National Hug Day. Hug your family and loved ones today and rem... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:08:21 EST New Year Cheer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181456 At the sound of the tolling midnight bell <BR> a brand new year will begin. <BR> Let's raise our hopes in a confidant toast, <BR> to the promise it ushers in. <BR> May your battles be few, your pleasure many, <BR> your wishes and dreams fulfilled. <BR> May your confidence stand in the face of loss <BR> and give you the strength to rebuild. <BR> <BR> May peace of heart fill all your days <BR> may serenity grace your soul. <BR> May tranquil moments bless your life <BR> and keep your spirit who... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:00:45 EST That is Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175481 Every time a hand reaches out <BR> To help another... that is Christmas. <BR> Every time someone puts anger aside <BR> And strives for understanding <BR> That is Christmas. <BR> Every time people forget their differences <BR> And realize their love for each other <BR> That is Christmas. <BR> May this Christmas bring us <BR> Closer to the spirit of human understanding <BR> Closer to the blessing of peace! <BR> <BR> -author unknown- Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:11:03 EST Thank You...and update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171529 Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for my son! He came through surgery just fine, however he is in such pain he can barely stand it. The pain killers do not work for him at all. I sure wish I could take his pain away. Nurses and docs were in to see him about every 20 min. today. He has had no sleep whatsoever. <BR> <BR> I have to give him a lot of credit. He did get out of bed and into a chair this afternoon and later went for a short walk. Tonight before getting in be... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:02:13 EST Prayer Request, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169558 My only child, son, will be having major surgery tomorrow. He is very nervous about it as he's never had any type of surgery before. He is a neurosurgical PA so knows exactly what will be going on. Perhaps he knows too much! Pain meds do not work for him (he takes after his mama and nana); he's worried about having a lot of pain during recovery. <BR> <BR> Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:06:07 EST Thanks to all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151679 I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent me birthday goodies, wishes, etc. You all made my day very special! <BR> <BR> A BIG thank you to QL & QJ for turning my birthday into a magical week! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>285</em> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:55:07 EST