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  • Meeting AMAZING People

    8/20/2017 5:00:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    I met some special people at the NH Living History Event yesterday. Here I am with Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's dress maker. (Estelle T Barada) I also met Harriet Tubman. My uncle's home was part of the Underground Railroad, and I was quite interested to talk with her. The... Read more

  • Take The Step!

    8/19/2017 5:20:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's the start of the school year, and I want to challenge you to take a step towards better health. Let's start by counting our steps for one week, and then take the highest number and use it as your goal. Every week, try to beat that best. Record your numbers, and see just how high you can g... Read more

  • My Summer Bootcamp

    8/18/2017 5:22:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    In June, I created a plan to get in better shape, and lower my blood sugar #s. I have Type II Diabetes, and control it mainly with food and exercise. In June, I had to add Metformin to my healthy plan. I did not like it, but I also realized that it was time to create a new plan for success and... Read more

  • More about online world puzzle....

    8/17/2017 2:28:09 PM, by CTUPTON
    le-redux/ I did better when I enlarged the screen. It also helped me learn the shapes of some tiny countries. You did redux, didn't you? 38 Play again and again. 334 Hit redux at the top then when it says you can't go to that page, well, just go bac... Read more

  • Fact Check

    8/17/2017 5:37:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    We hear so many different voices, it's easy to believe a false one. Every day we need to be reading and learning in order to recognize the false statements. That's what happened to me recently when my brother David send me an article stating that "A; Gore's utility bill for his mansion was over $... Read more

  • To Feed My Soul - August 2014 Guidepost Article

    8/17/2017 12:21:50 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Reading one of my mom's "Guideposts" magazines that she had given us to recycle. I should probably re-subscribe. But this lady had anorexia nervosa... nearly died. Eight strangers at the YMCA staged an intervention with her parents and the hospital.
    er-l... Read more

  • Revolutionary Time Travel

    8/16/2017 5:13:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have some exciting weekend plans. Traveling through time to 1920 has shown me how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. The Old Governor Benjamin Pierce and his wife, Anna Kendrick Pierce were a hard working couple that faced many challenges. Benjamin's first wife Elizabeth die... Read more

  • MindBodyGreen

    8/15/2017 11:42:44 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Ahhh interesting article that clarifies a bit, for me, about journaling va other types of writing:
    res-what-it-taught-me And another one I want to study more - as I see a multi-generational p... Read more

  • Free Food Costs Me Pounds!

    8/15/2017 5:21:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    My biggest temptations come in the way of the free food at the start of the school year! For some reason, I have to go into those buffets put on by the school district and the PTA prepared to either put a lot on my plate, prepared to dump it, or just stay away from the area completely. I ... Read more

  • At PT and daily exercise I am sweating lots. Huh?

    8/14/2017 12:19:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I certainly am not exercising hard. I am 70 so I focus on the exercises from my physical therapist and from the recent 8 week balance class. I did the stationary bike yesterday 10 min. and ended up sweating. I did a few more exercises off the bike and continued sweating. I don't unders... Read more

  • Online puzzle of the world's countries. Fun

    8/14/2017 11:14:53 AM, by CTUPTON
    le-redux/... Read more

  • Find A WAY!

    8/14/2017 5:12:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have some plans that are very important to me. Plans for my health, and my upcoming retirement. Things are not falling into place as easily as I hoped. With my health, I had a great plan for exercise until I bruised my toe. Who knew that a small member of my body could have such a major ... Read more

  • Focus on the Goal!

    8/13/2017 6:04:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    What is it that you REALLY want to accomplish this month? I want to see my glucose #s drop. I want to get out and walk/run/bike/kayak every day. I want to stay in excellent health, and be able to share hiking with my grandkids. I'm going to follow one course until I'm successful. Toda... Read more

  • The New Plan

    8/12/2017 5:47:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    The new school year is about to begin, and that requires a new teaching plan. I also need a new exercise plan for my life. My summer boot camp has been very good for me, but I must change for the school year. My workout time will move to the afternoon, and I will add some exercise in to my s... Read more

  • Lina is Turning 4!

    8/11/2017 5:17:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Turning Four! I remember when you were born. You were so cute and so small. Quickly you've grown! You turned one, and loved watching you learn to crawl, then walk and talk. You could wave bye-bye when your Mom and Dad went to school and work. At two, you were swimming and laughin... Read more

  • Enjoying a beautiful world

    8/10/2017 1:30:53 PM, by JSTETSER

    Never take Nature for granted!... Read more

  • I asked hubby what he was going to do today...

    8/10/2017 10:20:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    answer--singing "swingin' on the outhouse door without his nightie" 335... Read more

  • Line dancing class! Only 2 of us showed up but it worked out fine.

    8/10/2017 10:18:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    355 I thought it was going to be country line dancing with someone calling out "so see do" etc. Nope. People dance alone but can be lots of people in the room. Stand in lines so they don't bump each other. Oh! I love this music! But alas I have not learned the steps yet. Cowboy Hustle... Read more

  • Saved! No lock problem at all!

    8/10/2017 9:35:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    The maintenance worker did not cut off the old lock. I guess he forgot! chris 198 PHEW! ... Read more

  • Combination lock problem

    8/10/2017 8:39:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    Of course, I lost the combination. So I had the lock cut off. I have a second lock already bought --in the same package as the first one. Well-- in big letters it says 2 combination locks--with the same combination! 198 Oh well. Not too big a loss. chris ... Read more

  • Camping

    8/9/2017 9:10:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    What a beautiful day to be out in nature! #deliciousdailymoment... Read more

  • Buy your own Hardware Store

    8/8/2017 4:45:24 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Little town north of us has The Old Hardware Store - now listed for sale. I think it is going on auction August 25. But some may remember their Grandparents or great-grandparents saying (gross) things like (something) was "Slicker'n snot on a glass doorknob!" No? Mine did. Maybe it was an Oki... Read more

  • Buy your own Hardware Store

    8/8/2017 4:44:46 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Little town north of us has The Old Hardware Store - now listed for sale. I think it is going on auction August 25. But some may remember their Grandparents or great-grandparents saying (gross) things like (something) was "Slicker'n snot on a glass doorknob!" No? Mine did. Maybe it was an Oki... Read more

  • Evans Notch

    8/8/2017 9:28:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit!... Read more

  • Evans Notch

    8/8/2017 9:27:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit!... Read more

  • Evans Notch

    8/8/2017 9:26:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit!... Read more

  • Evans Notch

    8/8/2017 9:26:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    Evans Notch in Maine is a great geographic place to visit!... Read more

  • Today's note from the universe

    8/7/2017 7:36:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    It’s time to do “the work,” CHRISTINE. Happily-ever-after awaits, The Universe... Read more

  • Enjoy

    8/7/2017 1:16:34 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • A New Day

    8/7/2017 6:15:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Find one way in which you can improve your life in a small way. It's a brand new day of possibilities!... Read more

  • Italy healthiest country! Canada did well, too.

    8/6/2017 2:10:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    c&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social Easier to understand: There is a chart w... Read more

  • When emotions make me crazy and might wreck my healthy momentum.....10 part series

    8/6/2017 9:55:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    ind_over_body_fat.asp Part 1: Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less
    596&page=2 I know I am eating out of emotions today. I ha... Read more

  • Anyone from Clarence, NY (or in general near Buffalo)? Deaf?

    8/6/2017 9:29:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just thought I'd throw it out there. The Deaf is put there just because I used to teach Deaf students in Hartford, CT. (over 40 years) I have not yet made contact with anyone here near Clarence. But would love to. chris ... Read more

  • Just fun

    8/6/2017 8:19:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Elegant elf ears earbuds. Just what I was wanting. chris... Read more

  • Trying to get through a few weeks of yuky medical appts.

    8/6/2017 8:00:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Trying to get through a few weeks of very yuky doctor's appts. My face looks awful from some "freezing" of sun damage. And tomorrow is a biopsy of one spot. Aug. 16 colonoscopy. Oh boy. We are again trying to solve hubby's throat problem. It won't be easy. It is weak throat muscles and ... Read more

  • Sparks and SparkPeople

    8/6/2017 6:20:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    It only takes a Spark to get a fire going, and SparkPeople has fueled a healthy change in my life. Thanks!... Read more

  • Niagara Falls oopsy

    8/5/2017 2:21:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Human error" is what today's newspaper article said. A few workers were doing various tasks and there were some shift changes, too. Workers were told to turn off a certain valve when stuff from that pipe turned dark. But no one was "watching the pot." That would have ended the problem--the... Read more

  • The Mutant Squash in my Compost Pile

    8/5/2017 5:01:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    My compost pile is full of squash seeds from a year's worth of dinners with squash that I've bought from the grocery store and farmers markets. I have been amazed that the squash from my compost pile are the largest and healthiest squash in my garden. No other squash vines have produced anythi... Read more

  • Analysis on my previous blog

    8/4/2017 11:52:15 PM, by RKOTTEK

    The individual at the centre of the video appears to be eloquent and therefore possibly well read Following the links from the youtube page, it appears as tho supplements may be used as part of his diet. Foremost is yeast which is pictured on a table of food ingredients. I would hazard a guess... Read more

  • OOpsy! Someone's gonna "get it" for this huge mistake at Niagara Falls.

    8/4/2017 2:19:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not nice! I am thrilled that I did not pick that day to visit the falls. The sewage dump cleared within a few hours but their timing was exquisite. NOT! chris... Read more

  • I will look into this challenge. Thank you-my good spark friend!

    8/4/2017 10:15:21 AM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=6345185 Has anyone joined this challenge? How did it work for you? chris... Read more

  • I Feel Your Pain

    8/4/2017 5:22:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's ceremony was thoughtful, moving, and beautiful. I sat towards the back with coworkers. My heart was touched when your daughters spoke about their dad, their hearts broken as they held hands, sharing their loving stories, and we all cried for their pain and their loss. I went ... Read more

  • August 2, MMXVII

    8/4/2017 12:01:45 AM, by PETALIA

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  • "I Don't Know" Part 3

    8/3/2017 8:27:00 PM, by _RAMONA

    According to the Divine Miss O.... So, here I am stuck writing an essay when I could be out doing fun summer stuff, because Mom and Dad don’t like that I say, “I don’t know” a lot of the time when they ask me questions… usually when I’m in trouble. They want to know what... Read more

  • "I Don't Know" Part 2

    8/3/2017 7:47:03 PM, by _RAMONA

    So, life almost never goes quite the way we plan, and we had to mover our deadline... so all essays were due this morning. Here's Dad's Contribution! My current life circumstance is that my daughter, The Divine Miss O, is having difficulty communicating with my wife a... Read more

  • Power Through

    8/3/2017 12:53:40 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    I would like to share with you a post, by me, from our challenge group. I hope it will help some of you, whether, it's a fitness goal, or some other goal. Don't lose sight of the goal. And I meant it seriously, if you need help with keeping sight of your goals, motivation,.... a swift kick in the bu... Read more

  • The Athlete in Me!

    8/3/2017 5:08:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    A shift in my thinking has begun! I no longer look at myself as an old person, sick with high blood pressure and Diabetes. I am an athlete! My body is the Temple of God! I am strong, and I feed my spirit, soul and body with good quality food. I am able to meet the challenges in my lif... Read more

  • worth a look

    8/2/2017 11:17:33 PM, by RKOTTEK
    S8DoM cheers... Read more

  • Worried about hubby's doctor appt.

    8/2/2017 8:02:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    He talked about a feeding tube. No way! I just heard of a woman who cut hers off! She could not talk so she used this method to express her displeasure. Hubby has occasional bouts of almost choking. He coughs it out and then sneezes hard for awhile. It is not pretty. They will do a bari... Read more

  • If you can dream it...

    8/2/2017 5:16:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a dream to gain greater health, and control Type II Diabetes. This summer, I kicked my workout plan into high gear. I planned my own Boot camp training! Every day, I'm up at 4:45, and I start with my Spark Time. After that, I get in my exercise routine. Rather than pay for a gy... Read more

  • 50 ways to grow your brain

    8/2/2017 12:05:40 AM, by JUNEPA

    I am behind on my blogs, I like to put in photos, they take time to edit and place, and so on. I like to use my blog as a journal to look back on what I have done. Blogs to come - our Feb 2017 barn collapse - my trip to New Zealand - our trip to Italy - our new barn - my cross-Cana... Read more

  • Losing weight is NOT a straight path. Statistics. So I am not alone in a zig zag path.

    8/1/2017 12:58:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    The National Weight Loss Registry is a large, ongoing research study of several thousand individuals who have maintained weight loss. To be part of the study, participants need to have lost a minimum of 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. Registry members have lost an average of 66 ... Read more

  • Cookie Monster wisdom.

    8/1/2017 12:17:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Here we go again-still trying to learn the difference phys vs emot hunger!

    8/1/2017 12:04:17 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Reach For The New!

    8/1/2017 5:01:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day we make the decision of what is most important to us. The answer to that question is seen in how we spend our time, what we put in our mouth, and what we say. Today make a decision that you KNOW will make your future healthier and brighter. So much of our future depends on us! Don... Read more

  • The Friends of SPARK!

    7/31/2017 5:13:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Why do I visit SPARK every single morning? It's my encouraging friends who take time to help me through my day! I care about you, and you care about me! 1. My 5 AM visits make my day! I may not be able to get out and visit people often, but I get to visit my Spark Friends every day! 2. ... Read more

  • "I don't know."

    7/31/2017 1:31:30 AM, by _RAMONA

    The love of my life (The Divine Miss O), with the love of her life... her French Horn... she plays with the local youth orchestra... the youngest by several years. I am SO in love with my Divine Miss O at this stage of the game (she turned 13 July 1st). While last summer was a bit o... Read more

  • This House

    7/30/2017 5:05:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    This house is a place of miracles and healing love. This home is a place of joyful and sincere prayer. Faith, hope and love abide here. Have no fear about the impossible circumstances, because the faith of the people in this house works by our love. I hope that you will say the same ... Read more

  • Finally, a real checklist for cleaning!

    7/29/2017 7:19:32 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Letting Go of Others Expectations

    7/29/2017 5:16:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I feel the pressure of people who I love. They want me to make them happy, and I cannot. Some times I have to choose between my good health and their happiness. Most of the time, I make the right choice. Life is a balance between giving and receiving. I find that letting go and trustin... Read more

  • a good start for each day

    7/28/2017 11:40:27 PM, by RKOTTEK

    cheers richard
    r-morning-routine/... Read more

  • Enjoy #2

    7/28/2017 7:45:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935! Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. A comet's tail always points away from the sun. The Swine Flu v... Read more

  • Enjoy #1

    7/28/2017 7:44:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end. If you stop getting thirsty , you need to drink more water. When a human bod... Read more

  • Thoughts on my "cleaning "

    7/28/2017 12:23:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    I think positive(ly) --mostly. click to see enlarged--oops! I will work on this one! ... Read more

  • This is how I feel today!

    7/28/2017 10:19:04 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Gabby update

    7/28/2017 5:03:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Little Gabby is doing well. Having Nana with her almost every day has brought a relaxed and fun spirit to her life. Mom was very careful about taking Gabby to the grocery store, but Nana takes her our, and washes everything with a Clorox wipe. They go, and have fun. Mom had Gabby on a very... Read more

  • DONNARADISCH “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” –

    7/27/2017 12:46:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    DONNARADISCH “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller Oh boy, is this quote for me! chris... Read more

  • My Morning PEP Talk!

    7/27/2017 5:12:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Listen UP! Come on now, Jackie! It's time to get serious about your health and your goals. Do you want them or not? If so, listen up! You have to change your cheating ways, Baby! No more little extra bites of food that you don't need. Eat your portions and be satisfied! You have ... Read more

  • Kayaks and bigger crafts on the Historic Tour of the Buffalo River

    7/26/2017 1:51:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    (pictures from the internet) I did this tour a second time. First time was with 1avery . The place where I now live has many local trips. I was not really sure what I signed up for. 40 It happened to be the same trip I did before. But..this time a bigger boat and a more info... Read more

  • Change my Thoughts, Change My Life

    7/26/2017 5:30:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm making a change. I'm changing my mind in order to change my eating habits. I've allowed myself to eat a few things that are keeping me from my goal. My goal is to have my A1C level back to the 5 range. Currently it is at 7. I have Type II Diabetes, and the A1C test is a blood test... Read more

  • Veggies: My New Best Friend

    7/25/2017 11:43:01 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    This is me.....prep cooking my vegetables, that I don't eat raw. I got these beauties already shredded and ready to cook, at Kroger. The bowl is zuchini, I added onions, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper and cooked it in olive oil. I already have some pesto, that I made over the weekend and I will hav... Read more

  • Living the History

    7/25/2017 1:16:13 PM, by JSTETSER

    The dress isn't done yet, but I will be Anna Kendrick Pierce (mother of President Franklin Pierce) from Hillsboro, NH at the Living History Event 8/19-20.... Read more

  • Start with a Spark

    7/25/2017 5:16:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    252 Every morning, after I take time to read the Bible and pray, I Spark. I need to connect with my Spark Friends, and to hold myself to the high standard of health. I log what I ate for dinner last night, and what I'll eat for breakfast, read an article, write a blog, say hello to a few friend... Read more

  • Pet insurance

    7/24/2017 10:28:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Perhaps the insurance company just did you a favor by saving you from paying unnecessary premiums??" Wow I never thought of it that way! OK I will now put money aside and build a "kitty" for the kitty. 20 chris... Read more

  • Part II: How upset should I be?

    7/24/2017 10:18:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    304 Your wise comments gave me some perspective on this. This set of aides I have and the woman that keeps them scheduled have been wonderful. This is the second time in 10 months no one showed up. I think it is a pretty good record. I was told a typed phone message did not go through fr... Read more

  • How upset should I be?

    7/24/2017 1:16:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    The health aides got mixed up this morning so DH missed his gastroenterology appointment at noon. I, obviously, called to say we could not get there. It was rescheduled for Aug. 1 but 9:15 am. On a scale of 1-10, how upset should I be? I had a physical therapy appointment schedule... Read more

  • Mom's House

    7/24/2017 5:38:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    The house is quiet as I listen to my moms rattle breathing, her snoring and the clock. I watch her faltering steps. The tv is way too loud. The kitchen needs some deep cleaning. The floor that my ex-husband put in needs replacing. I've lived elsewhere for 4 decades, but she has called t... Read more

  • Weekend with Mom

    7/23/2017 5:29:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have been helping my mom with cooking, cleaning and some fun since Friday. My brother who lives with her went camping. It's been a great 3 days! I've been able to get to know my mom on a whole new level.... Read more

  • Momentum?

    7/22/2017 7:24:38 PM, by _RAMONA

    Okay... I just have to put this some place, and since this is the only place I can speak freely about my experience, this is where it's going. I've had a TERRIBLE week. I am exhausted. Why? I'm not sleeping. Why? Because I apparently now live in "the hood" and no one told me! How do I... Read more

  • Any Experience?

    7/22/2017 3:32:12 PM, by _RAMONA

    I love, love, LOVE this dress: ...and THIS (I have no dressy pants... this is so cut for my body) Does anyone have any experience ordering from Rotita? I order from Cleo on-line all the time (and from other places for other purposes... Read more