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  • Day 14 - What sight are you grateful for today?

    12/2/2016 7:29:01 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I take this to mean something you see - as in eye sight. I am SO grateful for all sight - having issues seeing this year, the onset of not having single vision and then having surgery on my muscles. The most blessed thing after surgery was being able to open my eyes three days later and ha... Read more

  • shopping and laughing

    12/2/2016 6:45:06 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Saw a crazy suit and took a picture to send to my nephew.... he loved it! Have a great weekend ... Read more

  • Christmas lists

    12/1/2016 6:47:40 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Why do people ask me for ideas of what to get others? I am using all my good ideas and I will give them the leftovers lol. whooooo hoooooo it's the weekend! ... Read more

  • The stockings were hung by the front door with care....

    12/1/2016 5:47:32 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    Yesterday morning I had an idea pop into my head for a hanger to hold our Christmas stockings. I was at work so I drafted a quick mock up and sent it to Tom. By the time I got home he had found the perfect piece of wood, sanded it and was ready to finish putting it together. I am so lucky to h... Read more

  • Day 13 - What abilities are you grateful for?

    12/1/2016 2:26:16 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am grateful for the ability to see and for the restoration of single vision. Even though I have always had issues with my vision, I took my vision for granted. I am grateful that I have the ability to get up each day and move without aid. I am grateful that I can cook, clean, croche... Read more

  • good day for driving

    11/30/2016 5:57:54 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Sunny and light traffic! Seriously in need of a rest day!... Read more

  • Day 12 - What Texture are you Grateful for?

    11/30/2016 9:41:09 AM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am grateful for cotton - I have sensitive skin so many different materials can inflame my skin. I love to crochet with cotton yarn too - sweaters, ponchos & blankets. What texture are you grateful for? Thanks for stopping by jean ... Read more

  • Day 11 - What Holiday are You Grateful for?

    11/29/2016 9:52:46 AM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am grateful for a few... Christmas - we celebrate the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ Easter - Christ died on the cross for our sins & is resurrected to sit on the right hand of God for our salvation - therefore the cross is now empty - He is risen!! 4th of July - c... Read more

  • another long trip

    11/29/2016 6:49:45 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Hope the weather holds out for me!... Read more

  • long trip

    11/28/2016 7:11:18 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    So 8 hours in the car today, so it was a long day, but decent weather (just light rain). Hope everyone has a good day!... Read more

  • Day 10 What Taste are You Grateful for Today?

    11/28/2016 7:06:51 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am grateful for the taste of peppermint. I love peppermint in the form of a breath refresher and as a flavor of medicine. It is my favorite flavor - especially this time of year. Peppermint soothes an upset stomach, indigestion, irritable bowel, bloating, nausea & vomiting, abdominal pain, ... Read more

  • 100 DWL - Day 41-50 in review

    11/28/2016 6:04:37 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    Days 41-50 Day 41- Motivation is a Choice Motivation sources for me: -remaining healthy/ gaining strength and stamina -being able to go up all four flights of stairs in my building with ease (someday!) -fitting into the next size down in clothing -TRUSTING the program! That on... Read more

  • ahhhhhhhhhh allergy free

    11/27/2016 8:16:39 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Woke up this morning and I can breathe, no allergies! Visited with family yesterday and enjoyed catching up with them. Getting ready for my work week today, catching up on laundry, watching a little sports center, planning my week.... busy busy day. have a great day!... Read more

  • Enjoying life - a few of the latest photos

    11/26/2016 1:00:43 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    The kitchen Christmas curtains are finished and up! Hard to see the glittery snowflakes in the background, looks great in the light from the chandelier. Shorty wants to help cut out patterns. An early Christmas gift from Tom. Found this at an estate sale today. 36 stit... Read more

  • another cat visit, more allergies

    11/26/2016 8:33:51 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    But... I can deal with it! Today some cemetery visits with wreaths (more allergies) and family visits! Have a great day!... Read more

  • stuffed

    11/25/2016 6:31:31 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Woke up this morning unable to breathe through my nose. I know this is from being around a cat yesterday. At least I am not still stuffed from Thanksgiving! Thought appreciated for another relative of mine that took a fall this week and broke his ribs. Have a safe day everyone! ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving

    11/24/2016 6:18:03 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    I am thankful today for getting to spend time with family. I am thankful for friends, my job, for good health and for a weekend to get things done for family members. I am thankful for SparkPeople and all the support here. I am thankful for a lot of things, even though I don't say it every day. Ha... Read more

  • Day 9 - What Place are you most grateful for?

    11/23/2016 10:31:34 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am most grateful for home. The one place where you can be you, find comfort, love, peace, and rest. If you have ever been homeless and have had to live with others, even family, you know how blessed it is to have a place to call your own. Happy Thanksgiving. I am posting this early... Read more

  • power out, power on

    11/23/2016 7:00:02 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Yesterday, power out. Today, power on. What a tremendous thing to be thankful for!... Read more

  • Day 8 - What Book are You Most Grateful for?

    11/23/2016 10:53:06 AM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am most grateful for my Bible. It guides, comforts, teaches, corrects, and strengthens me in my faith. I can understand why the people in the Old Testament found it so hard to walk in faith - they did not have the Word of God to guide them (nor Jesus or the Holy Spirit). 2 Timothy 3:16... Read more

  • Day 7 - What memory are you grateful for?

    11/22/2016 1:21:53 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I really had to think about this one - memories can be skewed. I am grateful for the memories of the births of my grandchildren. I attended the birth of Ana, Adam, And Vaughn. My girls and grands. ... Read more

  • Chilly morning!

    11/21/2016 6:14:05 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Brrrrr a little chilly out this morning! Busy day but now time to spend with the birthday boy and relax! Have a great day!... Read more

  • Day 6 - What in Nature are You Thankful for?

    11/21/2016 12:09:48 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am grateful for Trees. Trees provide many things in our world. They shelter us from the weather, can help us heal, provide oxygen, they help conserve energy, save water, helps prevent soil erosion, provides shade & scenery and much more to our world.
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  • Week in Review

    11/21/2016 5:54:56 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    It felt like a long work week after being away the entire weekend before. And, it's Monday again already LOL! Saturday we went to two estate sales, and to a movie to see Dr. Strange which had a lot of great special affects, including me snoring in the seat for a few minutes when I dozed... Read more

  • catch up day

    11/20/2016 4:21:38 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Busy day processing deer, finishing laundry, cleaning house. No snow now, but the sky looks like snow for sure. Chilly day today, but the sun is peeking out. enjoy your day!... Read more

  • Day 5 What Sound are you Grateful for today?

    11/20/2016 2:45:09 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am grateful for the sound of silence. We all need quietness in our life. For me, silence represents a time of reflection in God. I may be dwelling in Him, pondering upon His word, or praying. When in nature I love the quetness of nature. The more silent we are the more we can hear the... Read more

  • 100 DWL - Days 31-40 Learning to Listen to your Body

    11/20/2016 11:49:37 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    Days 31 -40 LISTEN TO YOUR BODY **NOTE I will be on vacation for a few days. I'm taking my Kindle and will follow along offline and catch up posting here when I return** Day 31- Hunger Scale I am fairly familiar with this concept and generally eat when hunger is at a -1. Meals ... Read more

  • What Food are You Most Grateful for... Day 4

    11/19/2016 12:39:33 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am most grateful for apples they are my go to food when I am hungry, recovering from being sick, and in my Go-Bag when I leave my house. It is on my list of kidney friendly foods. Whole apples satisfy hunger better, are nutritionally dense due to being soluble fiber. Apples considerably i... Read more

  • venison

    11/19/2016 7:37:58 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Processed the deer to at least get it cool last night. It was a warm day, but at least now it is in the refrigerator. Lunch today with former coworkers, it wI'll be nice to catch up. A little shopping to get done for Christmas. Laundry. I feel like I didn't do anything yesterday with as busy as my... Read more

  • whew

    11/18/2016 5:55:35 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Groceries, shopping, errands, I feel like I ran all over today, but accomplished a lot!... Read more

  • Day 3 - What color are you grateful for?

    11/18/2016 9:41:26 AM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am grateful for the color Red - it represents life (blood), wine, emotions of love & passion, rage, heat and warmth, energy & action. It is a positive color linked to pertinent physical needs and the will to survive. A pioneering spirit & leadership qualities with determination stemming from... Read more

  • cold, hot, cold

    11/17/2016 6:30:37 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    So the day started with a frosty windshield, then warmed nicely, now supposed to get cold again. Snow this weekend. I am still holding on to the garden and refuse to let go as long as I can harvest I shall lol! Have a great weekend everyone!... Read more

  • Grateful Day 2

    11/17/2016 11:41:46 AM, by NANA-JEAN

    What technology are you grateful for? I am grateful for digital eye exams. With all of the issues I have had with my eyes all of my life - I now feel confident with my exam for glasses. ... Read more

  • 30 days of gratefulness...

    11/16/2016 11:16:09 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am following a gratefulness guide from pinterest... please see below Today I am thankful for the smell of oranges; the smell of oranges can help relieve stress by 70%.. ... Read more

  • snow coming?

    11/16/2016 6:27:58 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Yikes, I am not ready yet.... I am still getting broccoli, kohlrabi, and kale out of my garden. Although I don't think the kale will care if it snows lol.... Read more

  • good news!

    11/15/2016 7:35:27 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    So the surgery was supposed to be Thursday but good news came this morning and they moved it to today! Kneecap was broken but not beyond repair so it was wired and screwed and should be staying tonight in the hospital then able to be discharged tomorrow. Such great news, thanks for all the good tho... Read more

  • ack

    11/14/2016 5:54:51 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    A fall for my relative leads to a hospital visit.... waiting to hear, but looks like no hearth issues... may have damaged a knee, but waiting to hear. Prayers appreciated! Will update as I know more.... Read more

  • Weekeng Getaway - part two

    11/13/2016 8:05:34 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    Lunch at the Choo Choo Grill. Situated inside a former yard office for Shipman Coal Company, this GR staple has been around since 1946. The building was built in 1922. Don't bring a crowd, the max # of persons inside is set at 25, but I think they over estimated. The burgers were delicious, and the ... Read more

  • Weekend Getaway-part one

    11/13/2016 3:32:28 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    In celebration of our first anniversary as a couple, Tom and I visited the Western side of Michigan. Here are a few photos from our adventure. Shorty and Houdini started protesting as soon as the suitcases came out of the closet to be packed. Magic joined in a few minutes later. ... Read more

  • can't it be positive?

    11/12/2016 7:29:23 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    I have reached a point where I am tired of the negative news..... print, online, tv, it all seems to be less focused on what we do for each other and more focused on what we do to each other. I knew of a couple of really great things that happened yesterday, but no coverage on that..... maybe if the... Read more

  • whew!

    11/11/2016 6:50:06 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Busy day today! Got some Christmas shopping done. Ordered the wreaths for the cemetery. Grocery shopping. Whew! Enjoy your weekend everyone.... Read more

  • Successful Surgery!!

    11/11/2016 11:53:52 AM, by NANA-JEAN

    Surgery is successful!! Great visit at the dr today - my eyes are healing well; 3 more weeks to heal and will know if I need prisms in my glasses - but the surgery was a HUGE success - no double vision!! Pain is still intense most of the time, but taking meds twice a day. 3 more weeks ou... Read more

  • busy day

    11/10/2016 6:26:38 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Off and running already this morning.... busy day!... Read more

  • back to work

    11/9/2016 4:21:54 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Worked today, then worked out..... it is a great day and pretty outside.... gotta love it!... Read more

  • cleaning today

    11/8/2016 10:58:45 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    So I am in cleaning mode today.... getting a lot done and I feel good about it! Back at it!... Read more

  • 100 DWL- Days 21-30

    11/7/2016 6:45:06 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    This set of ten days focuses on food. Are we eating to satisfaction? What about the foods that are not up to par? Is dessert special? Here are my answers from the last ten days. Days 21-30 Day 21- Eat with Awareness For the mindful eating exercise I had cottage cheese with ... Read more

  • yum soup

    11/7/2016 6:44:43 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Soup was good yesterday and leftovers today even better!... Read more

  • making soup

    11/6/2016 3:11:54 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Making soup, doing laundry dry and cleaning windows. What a busy day! Watched Ireland beat the Black Knights last night in rugby was a good one! Always nice to see the Irish win, even better when it ends a long streak. Canned kale last night, yum. Have a great Sunday!... Read more

  • One week in

    11/5/2016 1:00:53 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    It's been great work wise, and tiring getting used to the new routine. I've given in to the wrong foods too many times the past few days, missed my weigh in Thursday night due to running late getting home in traffic. I weighed in this morning with a 1.2 pound gain, which is no surprise conside... Read more

  • no blog yesterday

    11/4/2016 9:05:18 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    No blog yesterday as I was busy from 6 am until 11 am. It was a long day, but a good one! Made time for Spark, so even better! Care package on it's way for my nephew, he'll love the halloween candy and I like that it isn't sitting on the counter taunoting me lol. Have a great weekend all!... Read more