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  • I Missed the Super Moon

    4/9/2020 12:29:54 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I reminded everyone a couple of days ago, and then forgot to check it out myself! Another one is due in May and I will make sure to see that one. Hang in there, friends. "A man has no business to be depressed by a disappointment, anyway; he ought to make up his mind to get even." Mark Tw... Read more

  • My New and Better Normal

    4/9/2020 5:17:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    “Change is an opportunity to do something amazing.” I’m taking some ideas directly from the blog Toward A New and Better Normal by George Couros I have learned to look at the change in two ways: 1. Change will come my way and I can “go” through it or “grow” through it. I grow when I see... Read more

  • "A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past...

    4/8/2020 2:07:00 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future." Sydney J. Harris I have to admit that sometimes I am a cynic, but I call it a realist. (smiling) Have begun listing things to sell on a selling site. I've given away so many things to non-profits over the years that I could have o... Read more

  • Organization is My Foundation!

    4/8/2020 5:10:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Once again, I needed to take the time to organize! I had a few rough days because my house and my life had become organized and out of balance. Organization is the foundation to get my life in gear. When we get organized, we save time. Ben Franklin said that every minute spent organizing is... Read more

  • Super Moon, Alcohol Sales, Singing in the Rain

    4/7/2020 1:08:53 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Tonight's Super Moon will be a big, bright ball in the sky. Most likely, due to cloud covering here for the past few days, it'll be a blur. But if you miss it tonight, another Super Moon will appear in May. That's when the moon is closest to the earth. So alcohol beverages have seen signific... Read more

  • Today is Her Birthday!

    4/7/2020 5:05:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my mother's REAL Birthday. I won't be outside the window, but I will SKYPE with her, and make it as special as I can! My mother has lived through many changes, and this is one more. Perhaps the best gift that I can give to my Mom this year is a positive attitude and lots of phone... Read more

  • "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning...

    4/6/2020 1:22:22 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." Bob Dylan Walked between rain stops and starts. Will do my second one later. So nice to get outside in the blustery air. Hope all's well in your corner of the world.... Read more

  • Working too Hard in a Pandemic Panic

    4/6/2020 5:26:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a problem. Every so often, I bury myself in my school work and the work of making masks and medical gowns and allow my home to get messy. I forget to do the regular cleaning until I lose something that I can't do without like my phone! Today is a day for me to look around and enjoy... Read more

  • KORU - WHAT AN INTERESTING APPLE FROM NEW ZEALAND!

    4/5/2020 11:23:36 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    The bag says, "New Zealand's gift from nature. Bite into the spicy but sweet apple that happened by chance." When you unseal the bag, what do you smell? ROSES!!! Yes, roses. The history on the bag says, "They came to life from an apple core tossed into a rose bush in New Zealand. That core ... Read more

  • Spring Challenge

    4/5/2020 10:12:55 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    After the sunrise this morning, I stepped into the fresh air and got on my bike for 10 miles in the 43 degree weather. Yesterday kicked off the spring 5% challenge and for the next 8 weeks I hope to navigate my way through life and to improve my life in big or small ways. Each day is an oppo... Read more

  • Singing to Mama!

    4/5/2020 5:12:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    For over a month I’ve been planning the celebration! Long before social distancing and isolation came on the scene, I was planning a special day for my mother. We have made many changes, but it will still be a very special day. We sang Happy Birthday and put our cards on her window. Mom... Read more

  • ALL SHOOK UP

    4/4/2020 10:30:47 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Last night I was just beginning to unwind and relax after all of the recent unnerving challenges, and was reading in bed when my entire bed jolted, I heard the rumble, and my body nearly rolled over. Wow! I get an instant stomachache and shaking (get it? smiling) with quakes. Never get used to th... Read more

  • Feelings Are Like Waves!

    4/4/2020 5:13:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I was hit with one of those negative unexpected surprises at work. I was left out of a training day that really could have helped me. In this emotionally fragile time, my first thought was to get angry. My second thought was that maybe there are things I do not know and ask about the tr... Read more

  • I BRIEFLY Returned to a Toxic Relationship During Stressful Times

    4/3/2020 12:03:12 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yes, I mean SUGAR. Off of it since January, the month of March socked me in the jaw and I needed some joy. (smiling) That's over now, and it didn't give me that much joy. (which is not surprising) But I'm back on track, jack. Hope all's well in your world. Hoping no other shoes will drop as... Read more

  • Focus On Learning

    4/3/2020 5:13:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    These past three weeks have been a time of extreme focus on learning how to teach students online. I have done pretty well, for the most part. I still have a lot to learn. I can get through my lessons without losing the attention of the class, and that is a good thing! I write down every sin... Read more

  • A Happy Ending to This Saga (or so I think)

    4/2/2020 10:53:57 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    So, the mechanic came to get my car yesterday and I was polite, but strong in communicating my expectations and frustration. He took the car, and a few hours later, brought it back. He had me drive it while he followed me. I tested it out to my satisfaction and pulled in to a station to get gas. ... Read more

  • Masking My Way Through Life

    4/2/2020 5:07:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I was asked; "why do you wear those masks anyhow?" I wear a mask every time I go out in public, and I’ve found it to be a very effective tool if not for medical reasons, definitely for psychological reasons. I’ve heard conflicting opinions on how effective this strategy is from scient... Read more

  • "Surely Can't Get Worse..." (wanna bet)

    4/1/2020 11:31:07 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I received a goodie and sweet message from a SP friend wishing me a happy April and better days ahead. She said surely can't get worse. But it did... Picked up my car from repair yesterday and barely made it home safely. It has not been repaired properly and I called the mechanic who told me... Read more

  • Your Smiles

    4/1/2020 5:20:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Your smiles are contagious magic- Just put one on your face! And notice the frown I have will suddenly erase. Your smile can bring me healing when I do not feel well. Your smile can bring me joy on a day that seemed from hell. Your smile can bring me comfort when all I fe... Read more

  • MARCH HAS BEEN A HUMDINGER

    3/31/2020 3:28:00 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This morning I got towed and have a few thousand dollars worth of repairs being done as I type this blog. March has been a trying time, for sure. Sinus/ear infection. Virus isolating lifestyle. Now the vehicle thing. However, I'm feeling uncharacteristically happy and hopeful. Just thankfu... Read more

  • Sharing Homemade Soup

    3/31/2020 5:11:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Good soup and good neighbors belong together. Both bring comfort and joy. The soup is on the stove to share with neighbors up the street Basil mushrooms and onions fill the air with my healthy treat This raw and rainy day makes me glad to stay inside Hot and hearty soup fills me with w... Read more

  • Masked Heroes

    3/30/2020 5:12:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every extra moment we have, we work on our mask-making mission And pray that our masks will help those who need them most. We mask our fear with hope. We mask our anger with love. Mailing masks to those beyond our reach but not beyond our care. Using up our extra fabric, ... Read more

  • "I've developed a new philosophy...

    3/29/2020 10:36:45 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I only dread one day at a time." Charles Schulz Awaiting a toilet paper delivery; who would've thought tp would be such a precious commodity not easily located in any of the nearby stores? I am so happy that I've been off sugar since the beginning of the year as I feel this helped keep my... Read more

  • Morning Walks on my Country Road

    3/29/2020 5:07:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    I live on a dirt road. There is no tar on this road, just dirt. It gets very muddy in the springtime when the snow melts and I sometimes track the mud into my house. I still like my country road because it is very quiet. When I go out for my early morning walks, no one can hear my footsteps on... Read more

  • I Hate to Brag but...

    3/28/2020 10:47:56 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I was avoiding people long before the pandemic hit. (courtesy of a cartoon I saw) Hoping our weather starts to warm up. It's been colder much longer than I remember in prior years. Have a happy, healthy day, friends. "Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose the... Read more

  • Sleeping In

    3/28/2020 6:37:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy early riser who sticks to a full schedule. Not today. Today is my rest day and I really need it. Every once in a while, I need to cut myself some slack and sleep in! I'm so good at sleeping, I can do it with my eyes closed! ... Read more

  • GUESS WHAT I HAVE?

    3/27/2020 4:58:20 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    So, I'm waiting for doc’s office to call, the one I have an appt with on April 2. Nurse practitioner called a couple of hours ago, she was the first one I saw. Well, my swabs came back positive for two different viruses. And after doing research after that call, I see that many common colds are c... Read more

  • these trying times

    3/27/2020 7:26:58 AM, by SMIDGON

    This is Day 8 of self-isolation. It's on the caution side. I have Stress induced Asthma. And, I'm in the hi-risk group. Almost 80. Only hubby is in and out. He's being cautious. He has to get out to go for Dialysis. Only thing that keeps me going is SADIE MAE. I eat as hea... Read more

  • Riding the Wave of COVID 19

    3/27/2020 5:29:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everywhere I look, I see more bad news about the COVID 19 pandemic. Finally, I had to turn off the news. There’s only so much bad news I can listen to. Last night I had a nightmare about the virus, and realized that I have had TOO MUCH BAD NEWS! "What’s in my dreams at night?” My mother in ... Read more

  • "It takes all the running you can do...

    3/26/2020 11:54:41 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    to keep in the same place." Lewis Carroll Just wanted to check in and say hi to all of you wonderful folks. Hang in there.... Read more

  • The Marvelous Mask Makers!

    3/26/2020 5:16:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have not been alone in my mask-making endeavor! There are many more and I don't know all of those lovely people. Last week(3/20/2020) I received a request from my friend Babette to make masks for a hospital. I asked lots of questions and did my research before starting the project. By ... Read more

  • Unwanted Spring Snow

    3/25/2020 5:04:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's snowfall amounted to 7 inches. This is not what I want or need, But it’s today’s experience. I shovel away this soft, white heavy, unwanted gift from God. My predictable world grows wild and exciting when I open my heart and accept this beautiful present. The burdens a... Read more

  • Where's Your Wig!

    3/24/2020 8:47:44 PM, by MSROZZIE

    See what self-isolation and staying at home does to your pets! SPark ON! 54... Read more

  • 2nd Blog.......Ever!!

    3/24/2020 11:50:07 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    This a letter that I sent to all the Teams on which I am the Leader or the Co-Leader. Several people asked if I would post this where anyone could read it, so here it is. Even if you're not on the Teams, I still care about you! MESSAGE TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS During this time of turmoil i... Read more

  • Finding the New Balance

    3/24/2020 5:22:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had so many changes lately! Finding a new balance is difficult and I have become aware of how these changes affect my health! I am getting into a new routine with teaching at home. I find that it takes all my attention and concentration. I do best when I'm home alone and my husband is... Read more

  • Social Distancing

    3/23/2020 9:19:46 PM, by MSROZZIE

    Stay safe and 593 We can do this! 104 ... Read more

  • It's Spreading!

    3/23/2020 5:23:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have something more contagious than the Coronavirus, and You may have it too! It's faith, hope, and kindness! It is more powerful than any virus because you don't need direct contact. It is still powerful when masked. This is a time when we all need to be contagious with faith, hope, an... Read more

  • We're In This Together

    3/22/2020 5:26:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Are you feeling alone and separated from family and friends? Join the party! We have to work together to make it through the pandemic. Our community is only as healthy as the weakest person. Each of us needs to give what we can! Call a friend and tell them that you're thinking of them. ... Read more

  • RIP KENNY ROGERS

    3/21/2020 10:23:02 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Another talented soul departs, and he will be missed. Thanks for all the great tunes, Kenny. Rest in peace. Well, friends, I haven't had much to say so my blogs have been fewer lately. But I'm trying to stay updated on all of you who write daily. Day 5 of antibiotics as my cold turned i... Read more

  • Making Masks

    3/21/2020 5:19:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    My world changed yesterday when I got a call from my friend B who told me that hospitals are out of masks and I can help! I started immediately and made over a dozen last night. I've included a link to the pattern for my sewing friends. These are nonmedical masks and will help protect people unti... Read more

  • SPRING HAS SPRung!

    3/20/2020 8:57:50 AM, by SMIDGON

    ENJOY ! FROM Sadie Mae to all my Friends HAPPY SPRING! GOD HELP US ALL, JANET 😁... Read more

  • Keeping My Distance

    3/20/2020 5:31:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    We are in this together, and I want to keep my friends, neighbors, and family safe. I am a healthy person that the medical community fears the most. Someone in my household has a cough and cold, but I do not. I have s sore throat. I am an" asymptomatic carrier of the common cold." In years g... Read more

  • We Will Survive and Thrive

    3/19/2020 5:05:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, these are tough days. I’m home teaching my virtual lessons and making the most of it. There’s always extra stress when there’s a change of plans. My schedule has been turned upside down, and it’s uncomfortable for me. I’m figuring out how to teach and enjoy my students from a distance. ... Read more

  • Let's share something good!

    3/18/2020 9:29:56 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Name a healthy food. I'll kick this off: Flax seeds... Read more

  • RAMBLINGS

    3/18/2020 7:56:15 AM, by SMIDGON

    HEAVEN HELP US ALL! THIS TOO SHALL PASS. I DECIDED I would send some light harted pics yesterday. I took the pics, but, when I started to send them, something different happened I lost all focus so, I decided I better just back off. That was 7p.m.. I woke up at 9p.m.. I gue... Read more

  • My Positive Pandemic Plan

    3/18/2020 5:21:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every so often, fear and stress show their ugly faces, and I over-react. Yesterday I got so angry at my husband after I broke my laminator. I needed to get some pages laminated for my students. Now I need to order another one or make the trip into Staples. I did not need to get angry, b... Read more

  • COVID-19 and Stress Eating

    3/17/2020 8:44:23 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Well....in my previous blog I said this is the opportunity to form new habits. I absolutely want to find something good with this virus that is turning the world upside down. I believe that human kind can unite and work together across the world. We need to work together as friends, coworkers, neig... Read more

  • Take Good Care of Yourself!

    3/17/2020 5:18:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    This pandemic has helped me understand just how important it is for me to take good care of myself, and to become much more aware of any changes in my body. According to healthline.com, flu symptoms include the following: fatigue sudden fever (usually above 100°F [38°C]) scratchy or sore t... Read more

  • Teaching from Home & Staying Healthy

    3/16/2020 5:22:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm a public School teacher, in the process of learning to teach from my home. For the next 3 weeks, I have no commute which will save me over an hour. I have a lot to learn since I've never done very much remote teaching. The teacher has a lot to learn before I can teach my students. Wednesd... Read more

  • Don't Miss a Golden Opportunity

    3/15/2020 10:01:44 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Wow! Well life can change so quickly can't it? I see the changes being implemented in our society as an opportunity to make constructive changes to my habits. 224 #1. The temptation to go out to a restaurant or grab something to bring home or eat on the run is gone. 226 Now there is... Read more

  • Pandemic Opportunities

    3/15/2020 5:21:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    The last few weeks have been difficult. I am unable to visit my mother, and she is getting anxious. The bus drivers in my family can't work and will not get paid. Tomorrow I meet with other teachers to learn if the school will be in session, and how it will be handled. In the middle of all... Read more

  • Jackie's Healthy Smoothie

    3/14/2020 5:36:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Jackie’s Healthy Smoothie ⅓ Cup chopped kale leaves, oregano leaves, parsley or swiss chard ½ banana ½ cup blueberries ⅔ cup Vegetable juice (I make my own) 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed meal 1 cup of Kefir For the past 5 years, I have been making a morning smoothie. I drink... Read more

  • My Mom and The Corona Virus

    3/13/2020 5:12:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    I cannot visit my Mom because her nursing home is under a strict "No Visitors Until Further Notice" because of the COVID 19 virus. I think that Scott Wheeler, owner of the Quabbin Valley Healthcare made a wise and proactive choice. He closed The Quabbin HealthCare Facility to all visitors. ... Read more

  • Meditation and Knowing Myself

    3/12/2020 5:22:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Meditation I look at my meditation as a time to find the wisdom that is within me. It’s as though I’m letting my heart preach a sermon to my mind. This is a time to listen and be still. Sometimes I hear the message of love, letting me know that I am who I am, and that is good! Other ti... Read more

  • My Secret Ambition

    3/11/2020 5:01:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's our ambitions that keep us moving forward and our life interesting. I have always wanted to go on the PBS TV show Finding Your Roots with Educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. My grandmother Harriett Bullard voted at town elections in 1902- long before women had the national right to vote. Here ... Read more