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  • research about gut micro-organisms--eat a variety of plants!

    12/15/2019 9:23:47 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Hiking Hedgehog Mt.

    12/15/2019 5:52:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    I need a change of pace, and to get in more steps. When I hike, my blood sugar levels are at their best. My BP is lower, and I feel really good. My husband and I are heading to a small peak that is close to our home. We will dress in layers as it should be cold. We will also bring a thermos... Read more

  • Hellofresh: creamy chive salmon

    12/14/2019 7:52:47 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    My first #hellofresh package arrived yesterday evening while I was at work. I came home just before 11pm, and had to open the box because like a kid at Christmas time I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. Above is what came in the box for my 1st meal. Now this meal was supposed to be fo... Read more

  • Oops I forgot to put the picture of a Christmas moose!

    12/14/2019 10:19:59 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Blue Christmas

    12/14/2019 5:25:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love the joy and magic of the season, but this year is different. This is a Christmas of holding Mom's hand in the nursing home, It will be a much quieter season with most of the grandkids far away. It will be a blue Christmas, and I'm fighting depression and feeling lonely. It's not the mos... Read more

  • Received 1st Hellofresh box

    12/14/2019 2:56:13 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    If the recipe says you should add a few drops of this and a tablespoon of that, then the ingredients will be in wrappers that contain just a few drops or just a tablespoon. Things such as vegetables are not measured. With the creamy chive salmon meal, (that I will cook tomorrow), there is ... Read more

  • Routine Progress

    12/13/2019 5:28:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    For over 10 years, I have experienced the shooting pain of neuropathy in my feet and ankles. Those pains are gone. I have been working out with The Classical Stretch program and Miranda Esmond-White. Her 23-minute simple stretching routines have improved my body and circulation. I love the wo... Read more

  • Sticking Together

    12/12/2019 5:21:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Snowmen are just flakes that stick together in the freezing weather. Sticking together makes us strong, and much bigger than we could ever be on our own. Don't get shoveled off to the snow heaps of life! Stick with your flaky friends! ... Read more

  • The Gift

    12/11/2019 5:16:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    My favorite Christmas memories involve the loving care of others. Didi brought the special quilt made by a friend and put it on my mother’s bed in the nursing home. She found a way to make mama’s day brighter with this beautiful little masterpiece. Nothing could make my heart happier than seei... Read more

  • I love moose around the holidays!

    12/10/2019 5:48:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    oops gotta find a moose picture, not a reindeer!... Read more

  • Emotional sadness for friends....

    12/10/2019 3:17:08 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, dear sparklers! 213 I got the nicest message this morning that told me how one of my sweet sweet friends really misses my blogs. Well....not to disappoint...here's what is going on in Bobbi World at the moment. 446 It's been a HECK of a week! First, my hubby's best BEST budd... Read more

  • Meal Delivery

    12/10/2019 1:04:01 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I decided to give myself a Christmas gift. After months of wondering how to get groceries without spending a whole day in Pahrump during our weekly employee shopping trips and making sure that I even get the day off from work. I decided to try out hellofresh. Not sure how long I will keep thi... Read more

  • Shoelaces And The Christmas Spirit

    12/10/2019 5:15:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    When I was growing up, I often ended up with broken shoelaces. Being the second of six kids meant that there were times Mom just did not make my shoelaces a priority. For some reason, that bothered me to no end. As an adult, I made sure that my kids had new laces when the old ones broke. I... Read more

  • Dear Santa...

    12/9/2019 11:20:20 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Prepared for a Busy Week!

    12/9/2019 5:20:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had a few tough days and learned some valuable lessons. 1. If I'm not prepared, life can really knock me down and drag me through the mud. I have to plan my days to get in everything that is important to me. 2. Peace of mind comes through my planning. 3. I won't be ready for Chri... Read more

  • 47th wedding anniversary -oh my--Dec. 9th

    12/8/2019 4:35:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    Lots of past memories are going through my head--47 years of memories--wow! We were married 9 years before our daughter was born. My family had given up on me. They were kind of surprised. And it is hard for me to believe her age! Oh my. Where did those years go? Hubby is in a nearby nurs... Read more

  • Enjoy!

    12/8/2019 11:55:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just found this on FB. NO--I did not make this! "So when we bought our house a few years ago, I always thought the trees that framed the front of the house would make perfect gnomes at Christmas. This year, I finally decided to take it on and figure out how to make something that was big enou... Read more

  • Details, Details!

    12/8/2019 7:07:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    It was one of those days with too much to do. I woke up a little tired and rushed into the day. I forgot to bring important things to the nursing home for my mom, I forgot to take care of things that needed to be done because I was all caught up in the unimportant things of life. Sometimes my l... Read more

  • Yummy Lunch in the EDR

    12/7/2019 3:13:42 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    The chicken was sooo good! Luckily the broccoli was cooked perfectly. So glad I walked down to see what they were having. Sometime this week, we should have a tree set up in the EDR, for us all to decorate. If the tree is ready tonight or tomorrow then I can help decorate..which ... Read more

  • Wow! Snowflake photos. Miraculous.

    12/7/2019 2:00:05 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Atrial Fibrillation graphic explanation

    12/7/2019 1:24:43 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I Am Not Super Woman!

    12/7/2019 6:01:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    No, I am not Super Woman, and I cannot save the world. I need help. I’m having a tough time, making plans to go to Florida in February to visit my son and his family I know that it is not at all rational, but I wonder if my mother will pass while we are gone. It really hurts my heart to leav... Read more

  • Photo frames--have you tried this?

    12/6/2019 11:14:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just now noticed this "new" thing. It probably isn't new at all! www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
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  • Stretching to Reach my Goals!

    12/6/2019 5:21:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Cold weather seems to bring on more aches and pain in my body. I'm tempted just to sit still, but I have goals to reach! I want to stay in shape to kayak with my sons and run with the grandkids. We will be climbing Mt Monadnock and possibly Mt Katahdin in Maine this summer. I also control Typ... Read more

  • How to help a caregiver

    12/5/2019 9:43:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Making Cards & Thanking Others

    12/5/2019 5:16:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Homemade cards are the best. The time and thought that goes into the process is priceless. This is a tough Christmas for me with my Mom’s health and energy declining. We have made Christmas cards every year for as long as I can remember. Making them without her is difficult, but decided to... Read more

  • December 5th

    12/5/2019 4:01:03 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    As you can see, I started out the month with a little snow on the mountain top. It's been cold so far...about 52 degrees and rainy when I went into work yesterday. I ate veggie lasagna for dinner in the EDR (employee dining room). If you don't read my page often..I will say again, there... Read more

  • What's Your Focus?

    12/4/2019 5:15:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today, I'm focusing on what matters! This morning, I woke up and had a heart-to-heart conversation with myself. Me: Hi Beautiful, how are you today? Myself: I'm doing good! I've got some big challenges, but I can meet them with God's help. Me: That's right, Jackie! You can meet these ... Read more

  • Ugh! A very bad awful day of yucky food choices!

    12/3/2019 7:02:35 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    40 Criminy...our 5% challenge just wrapped up a few days ago and I did so well on it. Once left to my own devices...I'm already in trouble! This morning I went to my grief group meeting and made the bad decision to take Christmas cookies. I thought it would be a nice treat....but that little ni... Read more

  • My to do list today

    12/3/2019 3:58:02 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Snow Days

    12/3/2019 5:17:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    15 inches, and it's still snowing! Yesterday I spent over 3 hours shoveling. I create some ramps out of snow on the side of my driveway so that I don't have to lift the snow. I bought a great shovel to help me keep from straining my back. Today it's still snowing, and I'll be out there ... Read more

  • Hunkering Down in the Snow Storm

    12/2/2019 5:10:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    It snowed 8 inches last night and should snow all day today. It's a good day to stay home. The school has been canceled! We have our first winter wonderland. It's almost 5 am as I put another stick on the fire, and enjoy the quiet of the early morning. I'll take some time to write before... Read more

  • Making Granola!

    12/1/2019 6:04:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm heating up the oven and making some low-sugar granola. The maple syrup is optional. I love it for the great flavor that it adds. A little goes a long way! 4 It's a great addition to my breakfasts and snacks. I use it as a cereal and also on my greek yogurt. 8 cup dry Oatmea... Read more

  • A few days off from our consignment gallery...I LOVE IT!

    11/30/2019 10:11:30 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Hello my darling sparklers! How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was nice but I did feel a little like a fish out of water. I imagine this will be my fate throughout the holidays. I've been such a 'twosome' with my dearly departed hubby for so many years...there is really no other way to feel.... Read more

  • Lack of cravings. Is it possible?

    11/30/2019 5:14:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    Something has changed! For over 5 weeks now I have been able to stick to a food plan because my cravings are not killing me. Never before have I felt like this. I sure hope it lasts. chris... Read more

  • Science Saves Lives!

    11/30/2019 6:15:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm sure that my life is much healthier because of science. I stopped smoking before 20 because science proved that smoking caused heart disease. I changed my diet because science proved that a low sugar and low carb diet is healthy for people who have Type 2 Diabetes. I drink 8 glasses of wat... Read more

  • Setting Happier Traditions

    11/29/2019 5:29:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    I’ve started a new tradition this year. Thanksgiving dinner was spent with people who love me. Some were family, and some weren’t exactly family. We ate at my husband’s ex-in-laws home. The celebration was fun and enjoyable. I made sure to call all members of my family or send a text. ... Read more

  • I'm On the Look-Out!

    11/28/2019 5:36:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I don’t fully understand the angry, draining emotions around me, but I know that I need to be strong and resist them. I need to bring joy to my family, to my students, and to my mother. I need to first receive that joy before I can give it away. Here is my plan (actually, I copied this from m... Read more

  • A little work respite...what to do...what to do?

    11/27/2019 12:54:09 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Good morning my dear sparklers! I'm off work for a few days for the Thanksgiving holiday and I'm happy to be off but I need to make a plan of what to do with my lonely self! It's hard when you have always had the love of your life to share vacation time with. What to do...what to do? I'm ... Read more

  • My Exercise Adventure

    11/27/2019 5:35:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Two weeks ago I joined a Yoga class at Bethel Farm here in Hillsboro. It's a lot of work, but worth it! I can do most of the exercises, but even when I can't do an exercise perfectly, I give it a try. Shantelle, the class leader, is helpful, but not pushy. I like that. I really like the roo... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Week

    11/26/2019 3:05:35 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    A stranger in the store recommended this brand of cornbread mix...so I finally made it a couple days ago. Next time I will be adding cream corn to the mix to add more corn flavor. I cooked sweet potatoes today for lunch. I have to work on Thanksgiving, so I see no reason to wait for swee... Read more

  • Turning up the Volume

    11/26/2019 5:23:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Mom started hospice. I've been watching the fire of my mother's life flicker and it's frightening, agonizing and painful.  Even more painful are the reactions of family members who have rejected me because Mom is now in hospice.  My brother and sister once loved me, but no longer are k... Read more

  • Staying off the Thin Ice!

    11/25/2019 5:18:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night, we got a large dose of freezing rain. Our roads and sidewalks are covered with a thin sheet of ice. The town has sanded, but this is one day where the elliptical and the stationary bike come in very handy. It's much better to have sure footing in life and in walking. Don't take... Read more

  • Finding and Using the Help

    11/24/2019 5:40:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I met with a hospice nurse. It's hard to face the fact that my mother is preparing to die. Even though she loves her children, she's ready to move on. Her work on Earth is coming to a close, and now I need to hold her hand as she experiences her "change of life". I want my mom to... Read more

  • Opportunity

    11/23/2019 5:46:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    "Opportunity looks a lot like hard work." Jim Rohn I'm thankful for the many opportunities that I've been given in my life. Currently, I have the opportunity to learn about hospice. I never wanted to learn these lessons, but it is my gift from God right now. I might as well embrace what I... Read more

  • Committed to be Fit!

    11/22/2019 5:23:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am committed to my health. If I'm not healthy, I can't help my family or myself. This is a busy time in my life, but my commitment to fitness is still a part of the plan. 1. I walk every day. If the weather is bad outside, I walk inside. 2. I eat right and track my food. I give mysel... Read more

  • Letting Bo & Letting Be

    11/21/2019 5:09:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mom has told us that she is ready to go. "I thought that I was dying last night;' she told us. My Dad (who passed 20 years ago) visits her at night and she will go with him one of these nights. It's her privilege and her life. Our family is starting hospice care on Saturday and making some hard ... Read more

  • Making The Time

    11/20/2019 5:19:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy person. I bet you are too. I fill my day with friends, family, work, exercise, good food, and some fun. Now there are new demands on my time in regards to my Mom. I really don't have time to spare, but I will make the time. Time is a precious gift that is not to be wasted... Read more

  • November 2019 — Inner Peace

    11/19/2019 8:25:18 AM, by YOGA1973

    Few have it (I’ve LEARNED it), how do you get it? Encouraging memes are wonderful, and some even have a bit of wisdom, but there’s a lot more to inner peace than just reading about it — however encouraging it may be. Inner change is required, a change of point of view coupled with a “change of hear... Read more

  • Trying Something New!

    11/19/2019 5:14:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I changed my normal exercise schedule and went to a yoga class. I am not much of a class person, choosing to exercise on my own and hike with my husband. The change was very good, and I really liked the group. With all that is going on in my life right now, I think that the yoga comm... Read more

  • Frozen Cauliflower Pizza

    11/18/2019 3:36:18 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    One of my neighbors that share my community kitchen. He reminded me that we have a long, 13-hour power outtage scheduled for tomorrow. So he wanted to eat the pizza before it happened. He works during graveyard shift and power will be out before he gets off work in the morning. A power... Read more

  • I'm with Martha!

    11/18/2019 5:25:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have joined a lot of different groups on SparkPeople over the years, but my successful times are when I'm with people who personally ask me. Martha from the Healthy Hearts SparkTeam asked me to join her Daily Exercise Challenge. This is the first thing that I check off when I go to Spark. I ... Read more

  • 2019 November - Why pork or shrimp?

    11/17/2019 4:45:32 PM, by YOGA1973

    Just gonna gripe a bit.... Why pork or shrimp, lobster, gator, shark... name something else that “cleans up the world”: rats, roaches, ants, worms..... Am I missing something here? If we’re cleaning up our diets, why would I eat something that eats refuse? Just sayin’..... Took me a while (YEARS ... Read more

  • Choosing Joy

    11/17/2019 6:04:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    My mom no longer lives at home. It broke my heart to see her leave her big home. She shares a small room in a nursing home, and she has learned to love it! It was hard at first, but this is where she needs to be. She has lots of friends here! She is reconnecting with people that she has kno... Read more

  • My Morning Blog

    11/16/2019 5:45:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I sit down and write about the good, bad, beautiful and ugly parts of my life. I make the ending as possible as I can, and I find that this has helped me in my journey. I've gained a better understanding of what I'm going through from the many comments of my friends who respond. ... Read more