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  • The Garden Rhyme

    7/12/2020 5:36:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    This has been a great year for our garden. We have two 10X10 feel raised areas plus pots on our deck. Every morning we sit out on the deck, drink our coffee and check out our work. We water every morning if it has not rained. The basil has done very well, in it's pot so low, It's rai... Read more

  • Finding help

    7/11/2020 5:12:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    I just can't do it all alone! Yesterday, I just needed someone to be with me. Mom doesn't know who I am, and visits (even pleasant visits) are hard some days. I called family, but no one could join me. As I prepared to get my temperature taken and be led over to see her, my nephew Christophe... Read more

  • Finding help

    7/11/2020 5:12:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I just can't do it all alone!... Read more

  • FitBit Folly and Blood Sugar Rising

    7/10/2020 5:25:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have trusted my FitBit to count my steps and be a measure of my physical activity, but I've found a few drawbacks. Sometimes it down't sync properly. Right before my vacation it did not charge properly, giving me 3 days with no data, since I left the charge cord home. It doesn't give me an a... Read more

  • Nasty Horsefly!!

    7/9/2020 5:09:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Horseflies are relentless, cruel and mean. The wickedest bug I’ve ever seen. When I’m out walking they come around. Circle my head with a buzzing sound. I hate those creatures because they bite And leave a swollen mark, both morning and night. Because of them, I’ve shortened my w... Read more

  • Riding Off Into The Sunshine

    7/8/2020 5:32:42 AM, by JSTETSER

    John's nephew from Colorado drove 2500 miles to visit us. What an honor! Dan rode off into the sunrise this morning and I will miss him. He visited us for five days, and we had a wonderful visit. Reconnecting with family is important. What a great time! I wish that it could have been longer... Read more

  • Love the Life You Live

    7/7/2020 5:35:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    I had hoped for a different life. I wanted to be retired by now, surrounded by my children and grandkids. Instead, I find myself still working, with family far away. I have a good life, but not the life that I had planned. Most people I have chosen to be thankful for what I have. Th... Read more

  • Stetser Camping Trip

    7/6/2020 5:33:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    I spent the weekend camping just 20 miles from my home. It was nice to get away. A family member rode his motorcycle from Colorado to New Hampshire to join us. Dan is a fun-loving guy and an excellent cook. It's always great to have someone special join us on a special day. Camping brin... Read more

  • Be Kind To Yourself!

    7/3/2020 5:55:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friend, You are beautiful, special and important. God made you to be just the person that you are. Be kind to yourself. Cut yourself the same slack that you show to others. Know that we are cheering for you to do well today, this week, this month, this year and throughout life. You a... Read more

  • Yes, I CAN!

    7/2/2020 5:22:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe you can understand what happened to me yesterday. I was working with friends on making masks. We social distanced, and all went well. At lunch, I usually have lots of salad and a small amount of pizza, but that didn't happen. without thinking, I ate 3 pieces of the pizza. My blood suga... Read more

  • A Very Small Get-Away

    7/1/2020 5:27:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I should be in my happy place-Acadia National Park watching the sun rise over the ocean. Instead, I'm in my living room on my computer. Our reservations were cancelled because of the pandemic. I've come to terms with it. My living room is much better than a hospital waiting room or an ICU roo... Read more

  • First Things First!

    6/30/2020 5:18:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have carved out 45 minutes a day just for me. I get up at 5 almost every morning, organize my day with prayer, Bible reading, SparkPeople and exercise. I put first things first! My days have direction. I always write down my "Daily Big 3" along with my other tasks. I find a mental focus... Read more

  • Walking and Meditation

    6/29/2020 5:28:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I hiked near my home. I love to hike, and find that meditation fits well with the gentle, constant movement of my hike. I learned the following through a recent FitBit article. My hikes are more interesting and also calming when I add the moving meditation. Focus on your feet.... Read more

  • Piecing It All Together

    6/28/2020 5:25:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    I wrote a book, and am currently learning how to get it published. This is the story of me, an adult daughter, and my mother gaining a bond through sewing, crafting and quilting . My mother taught me how to sew as a child, bit it was not until I was in my 30’s that I learned to love sewing. ... Read more

  • Changing My Commitment

    6/27/2020 5:22:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Besides being a teacher, wife, mom, grandma, and daughter, I am a mask maker. I thought that this would be a small project, lasting a few months, and I’m finding that it is the job with no end in sight. I told myself and God ; “When I run out of elastic and fabric, I’m finished. I have been gi... Read more

  • Working Together

    6/26/2020 5:31:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes I have to give up part of my plan to "get 'er done". I have found that I have to alter my plans to fit in with the plans of others in order to reach our goals. Never stick so tightly to your plan that you have to go it alone. Find people with the same basic goals, and go with them. ... Read more

  • Busy Days

    6/25/2020 5:13:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love finding ways to help people in their lives. Yesterday I had the Hillsboro Mask Makers over, and we worked for over 2 hours on masks for our town. With the help of 2 sergers, 2 sewing machines and an iron, we put together over 40 masks, with another 100 for us to finish at home. spending ... Read more

  • My Health and The Heat Wave

    6/24/2020 5:25:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been over 90 here in Hillsboro, NH for 5 days now. I have shortened my 90 minute walk considerably. Walking has been a key method for me to keep my diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes under control. As the temperatures have risen, so has my glucose readings. Today is the day that I make a bigg... Read more

  • The Power Of Positive Writing

    6/23/2020 5:34:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Writing is my therapy, my daily pep talk and my activities log. It keeps me on track, and focused on my goals. Writing helps me to communicate with my family and my world. First, i share my writing with my SparkFriends. You are so supportive and understanding, Sometimes I share my sewing ... Read more

  • Cleaning House!

    6/22/2020 5:25:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was the perfect house cleaning storm. 1. It was too hot outside for a good hike. 2. For the first time in over 5 months, we have someone coming to stay with us. 3. There were ants in the bathroom. I went on a caffeine-induced cleaning spree! I always marvel at how dirty ... Read more

  • My Garden

    6/21/2020 5:13:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    My little patch of dirt and the potted plants on my deck are a source of health and joy. There’s nothing like fresh veggies! Having a garden close to the kitchen makes a big difference for me. Often I start my meal, pick a few fresh vegetables and herbs, and add them right into what I’m cookin... Read more

  • Time is On My Side

    6/20/2020 5:55:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    First things need to be first for time to be on my side. That is why first- I exercise, I pray and meditate I choose healthy foods I call my children. I reach out and love a friend. Hear Mother Theresa's words today; "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. ... Read more

  • Fresh Strawberries

    6/19/2020 6:01:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is one of my guilty pleasures. Strawberries taste so good, and remind me of my childhood. I only eat them when fresh, and enjoy every bite. I find that when I allow myself the freedom to enjoy the food that I love, I don't crave it. Here are the nutritional facts. Calories: 53.... Read more

  • Fighting Insurance Denial

    6/18/2020 5:31:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am concerned about my insurance company’s interference with my medication for HBP. I was prescribed Losartan Potassium 50 MG twice a day. My insurance would only allow the prescription to be Losartan Potassium 100 MG once a day. I have been documenting my blood pressure readings in the m... Read more

  • Alone

    6/17/2020 5:28:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I miss my family being around me. I miss the hugs of my grandies and the silliness of their joy. I miss hearing the stories and the questions. I miss the laughter too. This pandemic has left me in a difficult place, feeling different. Sometimes, being different feels a lot like ... Read more

  • My Long-Term Commitment to Good Health

    6/16/2020 5:33:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and I take it seriously. This morning I followed my routine of taking my before breakfast blood sugar reading, and it was a very good number for me. 129. I have had pre-breakfast numbers in the 130'2 -160's for over a month. even though I follow a strict... Read more

  • Don't Wait To Feel Motivated!

    6/15/2020 5:18:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    Feelings can be so fickle. Some days I'm motivated to exercise, and some days I'm not. Some days I don't want to do much of anything, quite frankly. I have a routine and I have goals that get me moving every morning. I'm 64, and I'm going to keep moving forward! I know what the alterna... Read more

  • Thoughtful Little Gifts

    6/14/2020 5:28:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's the little things that make life special. I was able to bring my mother a chocolate bar for the first time in three months. Sweets for the sweet! I know how much it will mean to my mother to get a treat. My heart is glad knowing that when the candy bar has been wiped down and delivere... Read more

  • Lupines

    6/13/2020 5:20:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    You cannot be sure exactly when a flower will bloom. A lot depends on the winters that we have. If the winter is harsh and snow lasts longer into April, the lupines won't bloom when expected. One year, things worked out perfectly for the Lupine Festival in Sugar Hill, NH. I was privileged ... Read more