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  • Sadness

    10/17/2019 5:23:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    yesterday was a very sad day for me. My mother is not doing well with her health. She has pneumonia and a UTI. I could not be with her today, and I'm very sad. I wish that I could be by her side during her weakest moments, but I live 90 minutes away, and could not go. She spent the day in th... Read more

  • First Things First

    10/16/2019 5:16:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    I learned from the best! I remember seeing my Dad get up early and stretch out before going to work on his bike. After he retired, he got up early and went for a run, and in his later years, he got up early and walked with my mom. My Mom would read her Bible, and go for a walk every day. ... Read more

  • Wondering and Wandering

    10/15/2019 5:11:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes I wonder as I wander through the woods, why is this world such a diverse and beautiful place? I am so thankful for the beauty and love that I find. I am content with a calmer kind of satisfaction with the beauty that I get to share with my friends and family. I have a sense of b... Read more

  • Life is Fragile, Handle With Care

    10/14/2019 5:44:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes we forget that even the rough and tough might be cream puffs inside. Sometimes we get jostled around and hurt by others. Still, our purpose on this earth is to be kind towards other people. Recently, I was treated harshly by a family member. We both care deeply about our Mom but h... Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

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    9/22/2019 1:25:00 AM, by RKOTTEK

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  • 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