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  • JOY

    10/13/2019 6:00:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love the feeling of being in the woods in Autumn. Walking quietly along a path with beautiful colors all around me. That is much more than just a cardio workout. It is a joy! That joy keeps me moving forward and meeting my goals. Joy is a strength. Join me on my Daily Goals Challenge! s... Read more

  • Our little Liliputan

    10/12/2019 6:02:33 PM, by 1CRAZYDOG

    Meet Lilly! She's the apple of our eye. Just got her today. She's 4 mths. old, black 'n' white w/some brown and FULL of energy! Akin to a tornado, I think ... Read more

  • Vegan mayonaise recipe - easy and great taste

    10/12/2019 12:24:54 PM, by WHITE-2

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    ss-mayo/ Made this today, with firm tofu so it did not turn out very creamy, but it tastes great and I can also use it as a spread! Very quick and easy to prepare. Didn't need to use a blender, I could just 'knead' it by hand. ... Read more

  • the little "c".

    10/12/2019 5:28:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Cancer. It's a very scary word. I'm dealing with basal cell carcinoma. Skin cancer is not going to kill me, but it's made me re-examine my life in a new way. On Thursday I drove an hour to see a dermatologist. It took me a month to get in to see him, and that was quick compared to others!... Read more

  • My Mama Will Be Waiting

    10/11/2019 5:59:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, My Mom is having conversations and visits with my Dad, her parents, and sisters who have all died many years ago. At 97, I wonder if one day soon she will follow them to heaven. Every day that she is with me is a treasure. One day I will be looking for her face in my dreams and... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 10

    10/10/2019 5:36:00 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Find a unique way to connect two things that you wouldn't normally combine." (Well, it was a first for me!) ... Read more

  • I HAVE A VOICE

    10/10/2019 5:24:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    I remember how nervous Mom would get whenever I would bring up the president and national affairs. You see, politics were never discussed in our home. Ever. She would tell me; “Please stop! Nice people don’t discuss such things.” I’ve never known a nicer person that my mother, and she let me... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 9

    10/9/2019 9:35:46 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Make something intentionally ugly." ... Read more

  • Spark Daily Challenges

    10/9/2019 5:21:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love the Daily Spark Challenges. They keep me on track and find balance in my quest for good health. My favorite three are the Daily Goals, the Daily Fitness, and the Daily Nutrition. I keep them going most of the time. What keeps you moving forward? ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 8

    10/8/2019 7:36:50 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Spill something and create something from the mess." [About half a pack of paperclips were spilled and then made into a paperclip portrait of my husband - was a fun prompt to do today!] ... Read more

  • Falling Leaves

    10/8/2019 5:20:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    The Tree of Life in all its glory has released you and your beauty. Its foliage one at a time drops. And down you fall~ slowly turning around and around Suddenly you hit the ground. Stepped on, rained on, your colors fade to brown. Crushed, forgotten raked away. Is this t... Read more

  • Mother Goose is on the Loose!

    10/7/2019 4:07:39 PM, by 1CRAZYDOG

    Turned 65 and still alive! The Medicare card has now arrived. The healthcare coverage is a must, but lord-a-mighty, the checkbook will gather no dust! The fees are enough to make one wheeze!!! 9 yrs. of maintenance – not easy to do, but along the way have learned what not to chew! Slip ups... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 7

    10/7/2019 4:03:15 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a greeting card for a coworker or friend for an unspecial occasion." ... Read more

  • Living a Healthy Life

    10/7/2019 5:42:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Eating a healthy diet, exercising, getting the rest that I need: these all go into making my life healthy. My healthy life makes me a happy wife, mom, and person. Today I'm going to go out for my walk and drink all 9 glasses of water. Taking care of myself is the foundation for having a heal... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 6

    10/6/2019 11:51:18 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create something using only materials found in nature." Two roses from the front yard garden were picked and lasted a few days before the petals all came off in a heap, all at once. Boo!....But, timely for Creative Sprint! (The plant was gifted in memory of my brother, so our fami... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 5

    10/6/2019 11:42:08 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Make an homeage to an important teacher in your life." Books, creativity - art (making it and enjoying the work of others), Creative Sprint itself are all important teachers - thank you!! @noahscalin @micawave @ALRcreates [Image note: The book and bookmark ("bat skulls") are the w... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 4

    10/6/2019 10:03:36 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Make something inspired by the lyrics to a song that puts you in a great mood." Doing back-to-back house reno's (Argh!)....Don't think there will be much reno-wall artwork done for this Creative Sprint; after it took 6 coats of paint to cover up some of last year's efforts done on a w... Read more

  • The Little Extra

    10/6/2019 5:35:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    "The difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is that little extra." Unknown. Every day I take a few minutes to gain focus through my time of prayer and my time of planning. i'm writing a book, and spend at least 10-20 minutes working on it every day. I value my health and I take tim... Read more

  • My Autumn Walk

    10/5/2019 5:35:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    There's nothing as beautiful as a walk in Autumn. I think that New Hampshire has the most colorful Fall season of them all!... Read more

  • Tummy Troubles

    10/4/2019 5:41:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    When your body talks to you, listen. It will talk louder and louder until you do. Lately, my stomach has been queezy. I don't know why, but it's time for me to take the time to figure out what is going on. I think that a lot of my tummy troubles come from stress at work and being responsi... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 3

    10/4/2019 1:59:13 AM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create a mascot for yourself (or your team)." Today's mascot is a play-doh bluebird, even though it looks more like a miniature rubber duck, oops! ... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 2

    10/3/2019 9:31:53 PM, by SPARKINON

    Prompt: "Create an anagram of your name and illustrate it in some way." The anagram was created by an anagram solver website, not me, here 'tis... Mynda - Icelandic, verb (rare): to photograph. ... Read more

  • Two weeks on a plant based diet reduces cancer risk greatly

    10/3/2019 12:06:32 PM, by WHITE-2

    "As you can see in my video How Not to Die from Cancer, the study showed cancer growth started out at 100 percent, but then dropped after the subjects ate a plant-based diet for 14 days. A layer of breast cancer cells was laid down in a petri dish, and then blood from women eating the Standard Ameri... Read more

  • Enjoy the Beauty that's Around You!

    10/3/2019 5:24:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Stop and look at the flowers, trees, and people's faces! There's beauty all around you, meant to be enjoyed. In sunshine and in rain, there is something beautiful for you to see. The New England fall colors are one of the sights that I just love to see each year. "Autumn... the year's last, l... Read more

  • Planning on Success

    10/2/2019 5:23:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Make your plans and pray. Some days, I have lots of energy and put that energy into my plans, and other days I'm on autopilot. Always, I ask for God's help. Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. We just can't do it without help from above! God al... Read more

  • Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 1

    10/1/2019 9:38:12 PM, by SPARKINON

    Had a birrova online break...thanks for the messages, sparkpage posts, spark gifts during that time, much appreciated! Have lots of reading and catching up to do! But first, we sprint! Happy Creative Sprinting Month! Creative Sprint Day 1's Prompt: "Make something that fi... Read more

  • The Woodpile Workout!

    10/1/2019 5:24:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday a wonderful friend and his son came over and transformed a pile of huge chunks of wood into this beautiful stack. The three of us worked together for 2 hours and my husband was amazed. This is his birthday gift from the 3 of us. Happy 70th John!... Read more

  • Test

    9/30/2019 5:40:59 PM, by OLDEROWL

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  • WORK THE PLAN!

    9/30/2019 5:27:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I take a few minutes and plan my day. I write it down in my planner, and off I go. Spark helps me to start that plan by keeping my exercise and diet in check. I also get my motivation from being here. Taking time to plan has helped me to stay on track in many ways. It has also... Read more

  • Finding That "Get Moving" Spirit!

    9/29/2019 6:58:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Some days are easier than others. Some days I love going out for a walk. Today is not one of THOSE days. So what do I do? I get moving anyhow. My "Get Moving" attitude is out there, and I'm sure to find it if I just get moving! ... Read more

  • I can and I will!

    9/28/2019 5:44:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe I don't understand how I will make some things happen, but I know that I will figure it out as I go. I can and I will see my blood sugar at 120. My blood sugar is going down, and I will continue to see it go to 120. I continue to struggle with high morning numbers. I can and I will see... Read more

  • Urgently needed

    9/27/2019 6:28:23 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Found this in my computer journal and thought to share it. Don't remember where I got it. ~~~URGENTLY NEEDED~~~~ for building strong relationships ~AN ELECTRICIAN~ ~~to restore the current between people that do not speak to each other anymore. ~AN OPTICIAN~ ~~to change the outloo... Read more

  • I am the Woman to Blame!

    9/27/2019 5:31:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, I have no one to blame. I am responsible for my actions and my words. I am too old to blame my mother and too young to blame the kids. My boss is not responsible for my happiness and my husband is not responsible for my problems. The buck stops here. I am the person responsible for... Read more

  • How to stop overthinking

    9/26/2019 3:21:09 PM, by WHITE-2

    I found this blog very thought-provoking: www.devilinagoodman.com/post/2
    018/12/21/how-to-stop-over
    thinking-forever "All this is possible when we realize THAT we are thinking, rather than focusing on WHAT we are thinking about." * This youtube offers insights along the same line... Read more

  • "Keep On Keeping On!"

    9/26/2019 5:20:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Mom would tell me in words and actions; "Keep On Keeping On!" At 97, she still gets up each morning and does her crafts. Now she colors pictures that I laminate and put on bags. Her family and church family love receiving her gifts. Albert Einstein once said; "Life is like riding a bic... Read more

  • Pleasant five minute meditation

    9/25/2019 10:01:07 AM, by WHITE-2

    I tend to be critical with regard to the voice of the person reading the meditation. I like the voice on this five-minute meditation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=inpok4
    MKVLM... Read more

  • Looking up!

    9/25/2019 5:19:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Our focus makes such a difference! Do you want to improve your mood, look up! Make your focus at a higher point. It's all a great mystery...Look up at the sky and you'll see how everything changes Antoine de Saint-Exupery My favorite spot to look is Mt Monadnock. Both in artwork ... Read more

  • Singing

    9/24/2019 5:24:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love to sing! It brightens my day and lifts up my spirit. Lately, I've been enjoying the Ken Burns documentary on Country Music. If you are down, this will lift you up! I once sang on the Rue Royale in New Orleans with Grampa Elliot. What a memory! ... Read more

  • Skin & Cancer

    9/23/2019 5:18:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a small wound on my nose that has not healed in about a year. It may be cancerous, and I am beginning to learn about it. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, and it frequently occurs on the nose. This picture shows a hard, well-defined basal cell carcinoma that is no... Read more

  • Good Morning Sunshine!

    9/22/2019 6:08:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Good morning Friends! Remember to look up into the sunshine and count your many blessings. This is the day that the Lord has made. I am going to make someone's day wonderful with a loving and positive attitude. Be the sunshine in someone else's day today, and your day will be brighter t... Read more

  • Do people really hate to change?

    9/21/2019 10:30:51 AM, by WHITE-2

    'It is often stated that people naturally hate change. That's not true. People don't hate to change, but they hate to lose. If a change leads directly to an improvement of our situation, without costing us effort, pain or regrets, you'll never hear any complaint from anyone. If a change will only ... Read more

  • ME too!

    9/21/2019 5:18:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    School started, and I've been very busy. I've been taking care of everything and everyone. Except for ME. Somehow in the shuffle, I forgot about ME. I've been getting tired, frustrated and sad. I've been crabby with my husband. If I don't take care of ME, nothing words. It's time to f... Read more

  • Lean on Me

    9/20/2019 5:18:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all need someone to lean on. One of the healthiest and often overlooked ways that you can help yourself by to helping another person. Almost everyone needs help in one form or another. Taking the time to smile, say an encouraging word or go out of your way to show kindness can change anothe... Read more

  • Keep On Learning

    9/19/2019 5:07:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day is a new adventure if you are willing to learn! My grandchild is starting PreK, and she is so excited. A new school and a brand new adventure. We need to have Shiloh's attitude! Today is a new opportunity for us to grow and learn. I hope that you keep a vision for learning somethin... Read more

  • Find the Sunshine!

    9/18/2019 5:13:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    When you look for it, you will find it, even on the darkest of days. Finding my way out of the shadows is not always easy. Recently I was told that I might have skin cancer. For a while, I just did not want to even look for the sunshine. All I saw was something bigger than I have had to dea... Read more

  • My Daily Walk

    9/17/2019 5:27:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I take a walk down the old dirt road. This is my time to think, plan and enjoy the simple sounds of nature. The leaves are starting to turn now, and I love watching the slow change of the seasons. Lately, I've seen the early morning mist rising up. Soon it will be frost on t... Read more

  • One of the best 10 minute guided meditations I know

    9/16/2019 3:37:06 PM, by WHITE-2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=sJH6_ZbgeWQ I am very pleased with the voice. I'm quite sensitive to the voice of the person who offers a guided meditation. It is my impression that this lady actually knows what she is doing and is in a state of relaxed meditation herself while record... Read more

  • The kitchen garden

    9/16/2019 5:19:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's getting colder here in Hillsboro NH, and the garden is slowing down. I still have a good crop of kale, parsley, and basil to eat. Tonight I'll eat the last of the Swiss Chard. There's nothing quite as tasty as fresh veggies! I hope to be eating the fresh veggies until the beginning of Oc... Read more

  • Helping Others and Helping Yourself!

    9/15/2019 5:44:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” One way to stay on track is to help someone else. When I tell a friend "You can do it!" those words say the same to me. Lately, my problems seem insurmountable. I still have HBP and now there's a chance of skin cancer. Helping o... Read more

  • What is your "WHY"?

    9/14/2019 5:38:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    "People lose their way when they lose their "why."~Gail Hyatt No one said that it would be easy. Change is never going to be the easy thing to do. Changing our health involves changing our diets, exercise plan, our habits, and our thoughts. Having clarity as to WHY we are doing it keeps us on... Read more