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  • Finding Genealogy and family history, is a fun thing !

    5/25/2020 12:11:22 PM, by VDALE4

    I hope you haves a good Memorial Day, & that we all remember of our Veterans that have served our country, many have given their lives to protect, and give us the freedom that we all enjoy in this year of 2020. My Husband 4th Great Grand father, Hilyard Hicks/ Hix, served in the War of 1812, in... Read more

  • Fighting the enemy of FEAR

    5/25/2020 5:21:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Down through the ages, there have been forces that have come against us. Sometimes they have been easy to recognize like overweight, and some have been difficult to see such as high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. Fear is also an elusive force that can destroy us. Fear can raise my blood ... Read more

  • Sunday Walk

    5/24/2020 5:22:19 PM, by BLHEALTH

    We have enjoyed a blessed Sunday. The outdoor walk did us both good, even if it was a little hot. Summer is upon us! We'll have to take good care of yourself by drinking water, exercising and eating right And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget t... Read more

  • Stick to the Plan!

    5/24/2020 5:24:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are days when I give me energy to eating right and getting in my exercise, and the numbers just don't show it. And then there are days like yesterday. I got up early, took care of my morning routine, but had no time to stretch and get in my walk. I still ate a very low carb healthy ... Read more

  • Week 432 ... MB 216 ...

    5/23/2020 10:46:09 PM, by DOVESEYES

    Morning Sparkies, I am trying to get this done in a hurry as a huge storm is on it's way, expected to last a week !!! We fed Beauty early and she was confused about what we were doing :) but she would be coaxed into a new area hopefully away from the winds with an early feeding. DD a... Read more

  • In Times of Uncertainty...

    5/23/2020 5:53:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    In times of uncertainty, I will keep it simple. I will find the three major goals of my life, and I will work towards them. I won't be limited by the limited imaginations of others. I will follow my own goals. In times of uncertainty, I will stay at peace. I won't let the confusion around... Read more

  • I really took control this week

    5/22/2020 1:01:58 PM, by MOMTOLJ

    This month came with great hope and expectations! A week and a half in the month ; lots of stress and uncertainty. Results? I put on 6 pounds in a short time. Sunday, I looked at my journal and realized what has been going on. Wake up time!!! Right there and then, I took control and did w... Read more

  • What are you listening to?

    5/22/2020 5:14:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night I turned off the evening news, and went outside in the backyard. Instead of listening to the gloom and doom of the daily reports, I listened to the birds. I took off my shoes and walked in the cool grass. I gave my plants an extra drink, and enjoyed the beauty. Sometimes, beauty s... Read more

  • My Great Grand baby almost 5 months old

    5/21/2020 11:39:30 AM, by VDALE4

    Such a little Sweetheart. My Grand Daughter sent this so I can watch him grow.... In Three days he will be 5 months old ... Read more

  • In the Meantime...

    5/21/2020 5:06:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is not my dream come to pass. I'm ready to go camping, hiking and visiting but ( as you know) I can't because of the Pandemic. So, in the meantime…. Maybe I can’t go anywhere right now, but that doesn’t stop me from making plans. In the meantime, I’ll continue making masks. I’ve... Read more

  • Good Health Feels Great!

    5/20/2020 5:11:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every once in a while, it happens. I feel the results of my healthy lifestyle changes and I feel GREAT! Perhaps it is because I am drinking 9 glasses of water a day. Perhaps it is a healthy diet and regular exercise. Maybe it is stretching in the morning and yoga in the evening. Whatever it ... Read more

  • Memorial Day Masks and the Church Clothesline

    5/19/2020 5:10:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    I attend Smith Church in the center of Hillsboro, NH. Thousands of cars go by the church every day, and now we know that they notice what’s going on here. On May 7, we started a clothesline with free homemade masks. Emily, Sue, Susan and Nancy also make masks, and keep the line as full as p... Read more

  • Masked Community

    5/18/2020 5:18:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    I did not realize just how many people in my community, Hillsborough, NH needed and wanted masks until I made them available for donation. On May 7th, I was given permission to put a bag with masks in JD Foods, a local grocery store. Within days, I had a clothesline up at my church, Smith Memo... Read more

  • Life is Different but Good

    5/17/2020 2:07:02 PM, by BLHEALTH

    Finally got back in regular church and it was so nice, but a lot different with all the new rules we now have to follow. Seems that many people are rather scared to be back in the public again. God is able to help us when we live for Him. Even in the bad times God is good. We had an Avocado Sa... Read more

  • Nothing Fancy Random Evaluation of My Plan

    5/17/2020 8:48:33 AM, by CRYSALLIS1

    I have been away for too long but that's an old story for a good majority of people. I have a couple motivating factors right now. I have good health; I want to maintain good health. Good nutrition goes a long way to optimal health. I want to look better in my clothes. I want to learn to... Read more

  • One more Reason to Drink That Water!

    5/17/2020 5:19:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are so many reasons to drink water! It helps us lose weight, it keeps all of our bodily systems working properly. Our body temperature stays in the correct range, and we don't overheat. Elimination of body waste works better. I did not know until today just how good water is in prev... Read more

  • Week 431 ... MB 215...

    5/16/2020 10:14:18 PM, by DOVESEYES

    Morning wonderful Sparkies, There is green grass sprouting all around our property and on all the hills around. A lovely site after so long. Beauty is at the fence earlier these days as the weather cools, however we only have so much to give so it lasts :) DD asked if I wanted a painting... Read more

  • My Virtual Doctor’s Visit

    5/16/2020 5:08:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    Virtual office visits are simply doctor-patient interactions that occur through a Web-based portal. During this pandemic, virtual visits satisfy patients' need for timely access to care and allow them to communicate with their doctor when it's convenient for them, whether from home or work, rega... Read more

  • “Wackos!”

    5/15/2020 5:12:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    My friend Susan was called a wacko while trying to help someone understand why people need to wear masks during this pandemic. It really bothered her to have someone resort to name calling over a life or death situation. I am so proud of my friend for speaking up and trying to help bring unders... Read more

  • High Hopes

    5/14/2020 5:07:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    “Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.”~Daniel Burnham I have a friend who is afraid to make big plans and to have hope. “What if I am disappointed?” she asks. She feels that it is better not to make big plans and to live a safe life. I like making attainable plans that are as big a... Read more

  • A Fistful of Dandelions

    5/13/2020 5:16:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have received many lovely bouquets in my life, but the ones that touched my heart the most came from my sons when they were very young. There's something very sweet about receiving a bouquet of dandelions from a young child. I think that God made dandelions so that sweet young children will... Read more

  • this is a great idea a personal home added

    5/12/2020 4:15:32 PM, by PANDABEAR42

    a personal home in Cambria County put in something called a chatterbox. this gives people in the personal home and families to be able to talk face to face. it's a great idea.
    dents-and-famili... Read more

  • I'm over the moon version 2

    5/12/2020 1:23:12 PM, by PANDABEAR42

    going to try this again. sometimes i have trouble with my server. this is 2 of my most favorite songs meshed together by a favorite singer of mine. i was over the moon when i came across this when looking for just one of my favs. hope you enjoy it and thank you for visiting. have a good... Read more

  • I'm Over the moon!

    5/12/2020 12:58:32 PM, by PANDABEAR42

    i was looking for one of my most favorite songs and i happened along on this one and think i hit the jackpot today. this is 2 of my most favorites meshed together with one of my favorite singers. i'm just over the moon finding this unexpectedly. hope you enjoy this as much as i have. h... Read more

  • Seeing The Progress!

    5/12/2020 5:48:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently I had some blood work done for my upcoming doctor’s visit. I was so happy to see that my A1C has gone down. I’m still in the “pre-diabetic range”, but after years of being diagnosed with T2D (Type 2 Diabetes), that is to be expected. My level went down from 7.2 to 6.8. Th... Read more

  • Time well spent

    5/11/2020 8:07:49 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    During this quarantine I’ve realized I really need to get outdoors daily. More than anything else this is what feels good. So maybe that is a 9 mile ride on my bike at lunch, a morning walk, or an evening walk with DH and the pups. Often, I like to explore new trails or I like to find th... Read more

  • Burnt Biscuits

    5/11/2020 5:09:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my d... Read more

  • The Kindness of Mom

    5/10/2020 5:18:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    My mother taught me the valuable lesson of kindness. She loved her family, friends and the world. Every day I try to live up to her standard. Compassionate the mountains rise Dim with the wistful dimness of old eyes That, having looked on life time out of mind, Know that the simple... Read more

  • Week 430 ... MB 214 ...

    5/9/2020 11:27:02 PM, by DOVESEYES

    Happy Mother's Day :) !!! Morning Sparkies, I skyped with Bec, it was a happy, noisy, children running around, dog barking, call but so great to see and hear them all :). She is a wonderful Mum. Douglas and Aria We went to the Tax agent on Wednesday, no help for Par... Read more

  • MOTHER'S DAY 2020

    5/9/2020 2:57:44 PM, by BLHEALTH

    Happy Mother's day to all mothers out there!!! I miss my own mother who has been gone to Heaven since 2008. Give your Mother Roses while she is living. God is my Comforter. He said: Isaiah 66:13: "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you." Enjoy the Mother poem below: ... Read more

  • Jackie at the Window

    5/9/2020 5:16:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    It’s me, Mom. I’m standing outside, and you don’t understand why. I’m looking in and sending you kisses. I wave, and you look bewildered. I’ll keep waving until I can come inside and see you. I’m sending you love through the window. I hope that you understand that I care. One day this ... Read more

  • No Flowers for Mama!

    5/8/2020 5:32:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    This year is very different. My Mom is in the nursing home and no flowers are being allowed in. I will be waiting (like many others, I expect) when the flower restriction is removed. For now it is enough to know that the facility has no residents or staff with COVID 19. I can live with that! ... Read more

  • Making Post-Pandemic Plans

    5/7/2020 5:11:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    The pandemic is a great time to dream of the days to come. Life has changed, and we have time to think about what is truly important to us. It has been said that “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” My Goal is to spend more time with my grand-kids. I am planning a Grammy Camp w... Read more

  • It Was Fly Away Day for the Baby !

    5/6/2020 10:43:21 AM, by VDALE4

    Yesterday May 5, 2020, was time to spread his wings and Fly away for the Little Dove. This was the Last photo that I took just 10 minutes before he decided to take flight. We noticed that over the weekend the mother was fluffing his little wing and making him want to fly just as the mom & ... Read more

  • Serenity NOW!

    5/6/2020 5:16:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    Serenity is the word of the day for me. I can't change the Pandemic. I can only make things worse by fighting against this "hurricane of germs". People need to stay inside when the storm is raging. Be patient. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do! Pandemics don’t go away overnigh... Read more

  • Love Today

    5/5/2020 5:19:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Love Today! Take time to love this day Good or bad, come what may! God made this day for me and you To learn some lessons, it is true. Take time to look to Christ above Find the truth, live the love! Value time as a precious gift To help a friend-give them a lift! “Time... Read more

  • Sesame-Ginger Broccoli Salad

    5/4/2020 5:08:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is my new favorite salad! I found this in the Hannaford Fresh magazine Ingredients 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds 3 Tbsp. tahini 2 Tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar 2 Tbsp. water 1 Tbsp. honey 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 tsp. grated ginger, from a 1" kno... Read more

  • pink/teal socks for Zoe

    5/3/2020 12:39:49 PM, by CARO488

    This is KnitPicks Hawthorne, which I have used often, and love. However, this color rubs off on my fingers as I knit. I have a pair of socks I made for myself that still to this day continue to leak color when I wash them. I asked Zoe if she was willing to hand wash these - possibly foreve... Read more

  • brown batik purse

    5/3/2020 12:34:12 PM, by CARO488

    All batik scraps from a bag I made years ago and brown twill from a pair of jeans Two outside pockets one inside zipper pocket two inside flat pockets Pink Sand Beach Designs London City Bag My previous bag was from a kit - their Tuscany Tote... Read more

  • more hats for Cheyenne River

    5/3/2020 11:54:15 AM, by CARO488

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  • Getting out

    5/3/2020 8:49:27 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Yesterday was rough! Spring allergies and weather changes wrecked my Saturday. Having Covid-19 isn’t the only reason some of us can’t breathe, have headaches, are fatigued etc. Today, i’m Putting on a mask or buff and am going out. The dog will be thrilled..he just got home with DH and immedi... Read more

  • Healing & Health Are A Lifestyle!

    5/3/2020 5:31:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    The biggest lesson that I've learned from SparkPeople is that good health is a daily learning experience and a lifestyle change. Every day I work to improve my health so that I can live an active and productive life with my family and friends. Health comes from mindful action and experience. ... Read more

  • Week 429 ... MB 213 ...

    5/2/2020 10:57:36 PM, by DOVESEYES

    Morning Sparkies, Happy May to all. :) A scarf shawl finished :) A drop stitch Pattern I have not tried before I loved making it and have given it to a dear friend. I sneaked out and gave it to her :), did cover my face though :) Miss A turned four. When ... Read more

  • A day outside

    5/2/2020 9:35:40 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Spring has sprung and we don’t have to be captive in our homes. I took the dog for a walk and passed 3 people on about 3 hours. Time well spent. Step goal met. Happy dog. And some new to me flowers! 87 378 This is an Eastern shooting star ... Read more

  • A Virtual House Call with my Doctor

    5/2/2020 5:40:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    My first teleconference with my doctor is coming up. I’ve never done this before, and I am really looking forward to it. I will be able to save a lot of time and have all my prescription medications with me at the visit. Why am I meeting my doctor online? For 3 great reasons: 1. It’s ... Read more

  • The Tough Get GROWING!

    5/1/2020 5:23:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    When the going gets tough, the tough get growing! Are you spending a lot of time at home these days? Consider growing a garden. Whether it’s a window box with herbs, a porch garden, or a huge field, growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers is good for your health. This is a great time to get... Read more


    4/30/2020 1:56:27 PM, by BLHEALTH

    A welcome change for our dinner today. Pizza was brought into us from our son Mark. We have been at home for so long now, we welcome changes. Now I believe it want be long until things will be back to normal, at least some. So many people are hurting and out of work. MORE THAN ENOUGH The you... Read more

  • A Happy Moose

    4/30/2020 5:14:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    A happy moose is a special sight Meant to bring us great delight. Most people don't see moose often enough To look beyond the rough and tough And see that happy, silly side That moose work so very hard to hide But when this merry moose you view- Know that it reminds me of you! Poe... Read more

  • Already a third of the year has gone by!

    4/29/2020 7:28:45 PM, by MOMTOLJ

    Tomorrow is weigh-in day as it's the last of the month. Since it's the last of the 4th month, I also take my measurements to compare with the 31rst of December, 2019. I'm confident there will be a small lost but not as much as I was hoping. Many struggles! I'm already planning for the next 4 m... Read more

  • Those were the Days!

    4/29/2020 5:05:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    It’s funny how life can be. We get in a cycle of doing certain things in a certain way, and it looks like that cycle will never change. Then along comes change through graduation, a death, a divorce, or a pandemic. Life changes. Be ready to change with it when the change comes! Once upon... Read more

  • Rainy Days

    4/28/2020 5:21:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Changes in weather Changes in routine Changes in moods. I love the sunny days when I work in the garden and make progress planting hearty crops. Today I’m inside sewing, cleaning, and reading. I work on my lesson plans, and I reflect. I often forget that both rain and sun are n... Read more

  • Change it up with goals

    4/27/2020 9:33:13 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    This is one of my hiking companions. This is the other one. Can you guess which one has more energy? Well Mr. O went hiking/exploring with me yesterday. I was looking for morel mushrooms. Didn’t find anybut really enjoyed the wildflowers. Recommitting ... Read more

  • Being Mom

    4/27/2020 5:17:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    Being Mom Missing my kids Missing my own Mom. Loving the youngers, Loving the elders. All I can be I am. Creatively caring for family and friends In difficult times. In times like these, love is essential. Love will hold us together and carry us to the other side. ... Read more

  • Weigh-In -- 26Apr20

    4/27/2020 12:43:36 AM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    At long last, down a pound... I've been getting my fluids, but not eating well. Did a bit of healthy cooking this weekend, now to keep it up. Doing all right with the COVID-19 rules, they pretty much are the same as my regular routine. I have been going to work 2-3 days a week, but with ... Read more

  • Strength Training Alternative- Dog Pull

    4/26/2020 6:43:10 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    With gym closures I decided to order the missing part needed to hook up this trailer I bought at a garage sale last year and then loaded the victim. Our rescue doodle??? is now 68 lbs and approximately 2 1/2 years old. He seems to like his bicycle tours. I've maybe taken him out for about 1... Read more

  • Sunday At Home

    4/26/2020 10:44:07 AM, by BLHEALTH

    It seems so strange sitting at home on Sunday morning, when I am usually going to church. But this too shall soon pass. We are rotating all our food supply and using up the old. Now when new comes in, I'll keep it separated. Today we are eating from the freezer. Very good for these weeks we're s... Read more

  • The Present Of My Presence

    4/26/2020 5:39:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Just to be present It’s all that I have to give and it’s all that she wants. Just to see her and hear her voice can brighten any gloomy day. I will find a way to let my mother know that she is special and I love her. My own Mother’s day will be a bittersweet experience. No ... Read more