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  • Gifts and Grandkids

    7/4/2016 5:23:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe I don't see you every day, to watch you grow as you sleep and play. Read more

  • Felt Animals

    7/3/2016 5:43:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    In January, I started working with felt, creating animals and busy books. My first project was to make some little creatures for Lina to play wi... Read more

  • Saturday

    7/2/2016 2:48:26 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    So far so good with the new roommate. Last night my best friend Sacha brought Indian food for dinner. OMG...tandoori chicken, naan, samosas... Read more

  • Stronger than Ice Cream!

    7/2/2016 5:48:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am stronger than the ice cream in the refrigerator. In the past, it has called my name, and I have eaten WAY too much of it. It is very diffi... Read more

  • In a holding pattern

    7/1/2016 3:17:42 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Still waiting for Medicaid to loosen up and start paying for physical therapy so I can get walking again. Meantime, the roommate from (Hade... Read more

  • Welcoming Change!

    7/1/2016 5:25:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    We have heard the saying, "The only thing constant is change." Sometimes we fear the change that could come, rather than embracing it. Read more

  • The Trail Less Traveled

    6/30/2016 5:38:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    The trail less traveled Wednesday's Monadnock hike took us past the Remote Campsites, over to,Gilson Pond, then on to the Ravine Trail and back... Read more

  • I might try meal planning

    6/29/2016 3:00:54 PM, by MOCHAPUPPY

    My husband and I are seriously thinking about planning out our meals each week. This means that we would have to do a lot of cooking on Sundays. ... Read more

  • Picture yourself happy and healthy!

    6/29/2016 7:11:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    If you can see it, you can be it! Picture yourself happy and healthy! Everyone is taking photos of everything these days. I often remove c... Read more

  • How a trip overseas is changing the way I eat

    6/28/2016 5:09:29 PM, by MOCHAPUPPY

    I have stomach problems and I have had them for quite a while. I recently went to China and all of the food that I ate there caused very few stom... Read more

  • The Trails I hike

    6/28/2016 6:07:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Help Wanted and needed! If you ever hiked on a trail, you need to consider helping to repair one. Not only will you be halting others, but you... Read more

  • Started off with a good breakfast

    6/27/2016 8:58:17 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    Well, I am starting with my healthy preferences. I had a zucchini and egg scramble with dark coffee and one slice of white bread: The white... Read more

  • Renewable energy in me!

    6/27/2016 5:18:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    When most people talk about renewable energy, they are talking about solar or wind power. Today I am writing about the energy of our lives. ... Read more

  • Sigh of relief...

    6/26/2016 1:56:36 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    In the middle of the night last night my roommate demanded yet again to be taken to the hospital, so the ambulance came for her. I can't fully r... Read more

  • Good deals at Goodwill

    6/26/2016 5:28:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Understanding Good deals at Goodwill Yesterday I went shopping in Goodwill store in Concord, NH. This was a different kind of shopping day. I ... Read more

  • Okay, well...

    6/25/2016 1:43:14 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    My Medicaid is still stalling, but it occurs to me there may be an up-side. The social worker here is looking for housing possibilities for me. T... Read more

  • Grown sons

    6/25/2016 5:51:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    My sons are all grown up. The youngest just turned 34. How can that be? Read more

  • One Small Step Today

    6/24/2016 5:43:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day, let's move forward in our health. I mean every single day, I'm going to take a small step forward. How about you? Let's do this tog... Read more

  • I believe in plan B

    6/23/2016 5:37:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes our best plans to eat right and get in our exercise fail. We try our best, but there are so many things beyond our control, and our pl... Read more

  • Home at last!

    6/22/2016 5:22:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, Over a week ago, I wrote about my sister who is homeless. Today, things are looking up for her! First, she was put on the waiti... Read more

  • White Ledges

    6/21/2016 5:37:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Monday was a hiking day! John and I started out from the White Ledges Campground, located south of Conway, NH. The weatherman promised us a war... Read more

  • Doing the things I've never done

    6/20/2016 3:47:03 PM, by JSTETSER

    I've been asked to do something that I've never done. I teach children with special needs, and one student has speech difficulties. In order to... Read more

  • Roadblocked

    6/19/2016 4:12:04 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    My physical therapy is on hold again. Last time it was for a week due to a problem with my Medicaid. Nobody's telling me what's going on despite ... Read more

  • The Restrictions Need to Become Preferences, Honest to Goodness Preferences

    6/19/2016 10:46:52 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    Well, I am sure I have made noteworthy improvements, but nothing is being excluded from the menu, now, which is probably why restrictive eating d... Read more

  • Going places I've never gone, doing things I've never done.

    6/19/2016 5:39:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Going places I’ve never gone, Doing things I’ve never done. Growth is often measured by new experiences that a person has, and the new abili... Read more

  • The woodpile Workout

    6/18/2016 5:34:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a beautiful day for what the Stetser Household calls the “Domestic Workout”. This is a workout that involves cutting trees, mov... Read more

  • Oh, phooey...

    6/17/2016 4:26:44 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    (Side note: thanks to my social worker Eric for helping me with this IPad!) Now the "phooey" part: I just found out that my favorite show,... Read more

  • I haven't died

    6/17/2016 1:19:40 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I haven't had access to a computer since February. I was hospitalized the first week in April for cellulitis in my right leg. I was there for fiv... Read more

  • Blogging for Change

    6/17/2016 5:21:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes, the answers that we seek are right inside our hearts. We just need to take the time to listen to our own heart, and write down what w... Read more

  • Kindness

    6/16/2016 5:15:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    It costs us nothing to be nice. Nothing but our time and patience. That is what I gave to my sister yesterday. Just a listening ear, and some ... Read more

  • Dragging My Butt Today

    6/15/2016 7:56:11 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    My daughter woke me up so much last night, and the crazy dreams I was having didn't help. So today, I am seriously dragging, and I have a 7:30a.... Read more

  • Homeless and Hungry

    6/15/2016 5:36:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Helping a homeless friend or family member can be tricky. They need more than money and food. They need money management skills and the ability ... Read more

  • DANGEROUS HIKE!!

    6/14/2016 5:45:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Saturday, June 4, John and I hiked the Beaver Brook trail. This was our third time hiking the trail, so we felt confident in our ability to h... Read more

  • Lost 2 more pounds, could it be the pre-diabetes?

    6/13/2016 7:48:43 AM, by MARIAJESTRADA

    I just had a thought yesterday, what if the pre-diabetes is helping me lose weight? I mean, I am not doing anything exceptional anymore, except ... Read more

  • The Lupine Festival

    6/13/2016 5:43:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sunday I went to the little town of Sugar Hill, NH to their Lupine Festival. It was amazing to see fields of lupines of all colors swaying in t... Read more

  • Dear Mr. Sanders

    6/10/2016 5:24:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Bernie Sanders, Don’t believe the media about you losing the election. You have won in so many ways! Maybe you will not become president... Read more

  • Walking on Dirt

    6/9/2016 5:22:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Walking on dirt Getting off the sidewalk Finding the forest and fields No fears, Just joyful journeying On the dirt path Of Life.... Read more

  • My Morning Spark!

    6/8/2016 5:16:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I wake and I rise To meet the day an... Read more

  • Life is a balancing act!

    6/7/2016 5:03:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Sunday night, 6/5, my 94 year old mother fell in her bedroom (not in the bathroom as I was originally told). She landed on her face, breakin... Read more

  • Pray for my Mom!

    6/6/2016 5:23:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night Mom fell in the bathroom. She cut her head and her elbow. She is back home today, but a bit shaken up. She is happy that a trip to ... Read more

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