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  • T2D and Me

    1/18/2020 6:05:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    It was 11 years ago that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). There are people in my extended family who have suffered greatly because they did not take the diagnosis seriously. I am not like my family in this manner. With the help of Spark People, Diabetes Dietitians and my Primary Ca... Read more

  • Getting Unstuck

    1/17/2020 5:27:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Have you ever ended up on the side of the road with your car unable to move? I have. It's not fun, and it's not pretty. I carry a shovel and bucket of sand in the back of my car for such occasions. There have been times when I've needed to call a tow truck to get me out. My message today... Read more

  • Winter weather ahead

    1/16/2020 7:38:01 AM, by MSLZZY

    The forecast for the weekend ahead is looking very cold and windy with a winter weather advisory turning into a winter weather watch. Snow and strong winds and a good chance that no travel advised warnings will be posted. That will change the outlook for our plans but we make sure to be fl... Read more

  • The Jungle Story Quilt

    1/16/2020 5:15:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    A quilt is my multi-month labor of love. I’m always concerned that I won’t get it done, and the project will sit in a box somewhere as the baby is born, and the little child grows. That is why I chose a simple pattern with a panel in the center. I added a brown border around the panel and will ... Read more

  • Take Good Care of Yourself!

    1/15/2020 5:29:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    In the midst of the craziness of life, I make sure that self-care is on the schedule. 1. Once a month, I have an appointment to talk with a dietitian about how I'm controlling Type 2 Diabetes. This month, I had quite a surprise. Amber asked me about my snacks, and I told her that I often eat... Read more

  • Wrong Turn On the Road to Happiness

    1/14/2020 5:30:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes things beyond our control turn out disastrous. This is what happened when my husband, recovering from hand surgery got the call from his daughter. She changed her mind, and would not be coming down for a visit. His expectations were high, and he was let down. Again. Also, he was taki... Read more

  • Brisk Sunday with snow

    1/13/2020 7:35:03 AM, by MSLZZY

    A sharply colder day and about 2 inches of light fluffy snow. I understand there was a problem with visibility around the area. I took GS to archery yesterday. It was for the annual archery safety course that you must attend in order to participate. I learned a few things. We invited DS ov... Read more

  • Defining "Fine"

    1/13/2020 5:15:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    I recently went to a Caring for the Caregivers meeting. As I entered the room, I was asked; “Hi Jackie, how are you?” I answered; “I’m fine, how are you?” My friend responded; “I’m fine, thank you.” Truthfully, we are both weary and worn and that’s why we were at an 8:30 AM Caregivers S... Read more

  • The Goal Keeper

    1/12/2020 5:23:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    In the game of life, I'm a goalkeeper and I hope that you will be a goalkeeper too! I spend part of each morning looking at my goals, writing down hoe I will reach my goals, and how to simplify my life to keep the goals of others from affecting my own goals. You see, the goalkeeper works very ... Read more

  • Time to check in

    1/11/2020 7:58:50 AM, by MSLZZY

    A busy last few days. I went with hubby yesterday as he needed to have a PET scan done to clear up a question on a spot on one lung. How long has it been there(years) and will it become an issue later. They did a full body scan and it took 2 hours but we will have answers next week. I too... Read more

  • Find A Way to Make it Happen!

    1/11/2020 5:13:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Where there's a will, there's a Way! This proverb was stated slightly differently in 1640 (To him that will, ways are not wanting) but has been repeated in its present form since the early 1800s. Yesterday I found a way to get in my 10K steps even though I spent the day at the hospital, sittin... Read more

  • Don't Get Too Comfortable!

    1/10/2020 5:09:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life Can Change in an Instant. Yesterday I was getting ready to rush out the door for work when my phone rang. It was Cynthia, my husband's boss; "John is sitting here next to me, and we're on speakerphone." His index finger was now 1/2 inch shorter, and we were on our way to the ER. Today... Read more

  • Trust Yourself and Smart Friends!

    1/9/2020 5:22:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Some days things just don't come together, but that's okay. Other days they do. Trust the decisions that you've made. Modify that decision, and keep moving forward! I made a decision to eat a low carb diet in order to help control Type 2 Diabetes. Over the Christmas vacation, I got off-trac... Read more

  • Give it the EXTRA!

    1/8/2020 5:12:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    The EXTRA! The food changes are DEFINITELY working, thanks to the extra energy that I’ve been putting into my plan. Here are my thoughtful changes: I have shortened my walking/jogging workouts because of the knee pain. I also added riding the stationary bike and pilates. Tomorrow I wil... Read more

  • Gathering the receipts

    1/7/2020 7:26:14 AM, by MSLZZY

    I have started tax preparations early this year. I do not like have a table full of receipts setting around for a month. I started with the items for farmers market, then I will work on the medical bills and insurance. These do not take as much time but the volume of paper involved is the is... Read more

  • Clean Food

    1/7/2020 5:13:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently I wrote about eating “clean food”, and was asked what this phrase means. To me, it means eating food that is raw and natural. It means eating whole foods in their most natural state and avoiding processed foods such as refined sugar. I am dealing with Type 2 Diabetes, and work hard to... Read more

  • Wrapping up the season

    1/6/2020 7:30:47 AM, by MSLZZY

    We took down the Christmas tree at church yesterday, just hubby, our DD and family and her MIL. No one else stayed to help. At first we were just going to take down the tree and do the rest of Saturday but decided to just finish it at once. There were no guarantees that others would come to ... Read more

  • Moving Forward!

    1/6/2020 5:05:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today's walk will bring me back to the stone arch bridge near my home. I could stay inside and walk on the elliptical, but getting outside in the cold air is invigorating and more exciting. It feels good to get outside in the winter! I make sure and dress warm enough and stay away from icy pla... Read more

  • The Food Feats Challenge!

    1/5/2020 5:49:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the next 32 days, I'm challenging you to do three things: 1. To eat a clean and healthy diet. 2. To enter into the food tracker everything that you eat. 3. To drink 8+ glasses of water a day. Romaine calm! You can do this! Are you up for the challenge? I am! I hope that y... Read more

  • Life Can Get Messy!

    1/4/2020 5:47:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    From the moment of our birth until the day we die, life is often very messy. In fact, some of the most pivotal moments are loud and chaotic. Learning and living are not neat activities. Little Gabby looks so cute and manageable here, but one day after the picture was taken, she was diagnosed wi... Read more

  • Another day

    1/3/2020 7:31:23 AM, by MSLZZY

    A beautiful sunny day yesterday and MIL and SIL were here for lunch and a pleasant visit. I came home early to make lunch and went back late. Somehow the day flew by and I think I covered all the bases and will finish out the week. Now if the phone doesn't ring, I may just get my desk cleare... Read more

  • Frozen By Fear?

    1/3/2020 5:18:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Lately, I've been feeling a lot of fear and it's kept me frozen in my tracks. I need to make new changes, but I'm scared because of the fact that my blood sugar numbers are not lowering as they used to. I deal with Type II Diabetes. I eat a healthy diet and get lots of exercises. I hike, wal... Read more

  • The tree is down and the noodle table is up

    1/2/2020 7:36:01 AM, by MSLZZY

    We had so many tiny eggs that just do not sell so we decided to make noodles yesterday. So we made 4 batches after we took the tree down and set up all the paraphernalia that it takes. DH's mother and sister will be here later and are staying for supper. He has baked an angel food cake for... Read more

  • Homemade Birthday Bag

    1/2/2020 5:05:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Shiloh turns 4 in March. I'm making a birthday bag and filling it with her present. A long time ago, I paid 50 cents for this lovely appliqued panel at a Good Will Store. I've been waiting for the special time to add it to a bag. Yesterday I had the time, and I started on the bag. Homem... Read more

  • A Bright New Year

    1/1/2020 8:25:03 AM, by MSLZZY

    Each and every year starts the same-with the promise of something bigger and better than last year. Time will tell if this will be true but we hope for it all the same. Put the disappointments of 2019 behind you. Allow yourself to heal from the hurts and pains. Remember fondly all the wond... Read more

  • Dealing with Pain

    1/1/2020 5:05:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    In 2020, I will not hide my pain, but deal with it! Just before Christmas, I was told that I am a part of a Godless socialist political party and when I said that I pray for the president, (I was) “Jackie uttering words.... therefore she can’t be equated as being a good person” That hurt me, a... Read more

  • Be resolute.

    12/31/2019 7:39:01 AM, by MSLZZY

    I gave up making resolutions years ago and have tried to allow myself the ability to adjust and adapt to all of life's changes as they come along. But I am also resolute, with a firm determination to keep striving to do my best. I do have realistic goals but am giving myself every opportunit... Read more

  • I'm Expecting Great Things in 2020!

    12/31/2019 5:27:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    In 2020, I'll find a new level of health. I've found that my favorite yoga class is at home with my own music playing. My DH is happy to give me the livingroom for 90 minutes while I follow the routine. I'll do this every Monday. I'm finding some great simple healthy recipes with Jamie Oliver... Read more

  • The Art of Making Memories

    12/30/2019 6:46:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    In 2020, I will be making and sharing memories. I do not get enough time with my children and grandkids. When I see them, I find ways to make those memories count! As I prepared for my last trip down, I told them how much their Daddy loved chocolate chip cookies. I made aprons for the kids... Read more

  • Last Sunday of the year and the decade

    12/29/2019 9:17:39 AM, by MSLZZY

    The last 10 years have come and gone and we will break into the 20's and move ahead. I remember the scare of Y2K and how unsure we were in how technology would handle moving from 1999 to 2000. Now we are 20 years past that. Unbelievable. We are in the middle of a snowstorm and have had at ... Read more

  • It all starts with ME

    12/29/2019 6:53:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    As the New Year begins, I am recommitting to my goals. There are a few changes though. 1. I'm shrinking my goals to help me be more successful! Healthy Eating and exercise are tops, and then committing to staying connected to my family is next. 2. Keeping the goals concrete. My 2 bite ru... Read more

  • Just start!

    12/28/2019 5:27:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    2020 is almost upon us. I am re-examining my 2019 goals and making some minor changes. I'm taking the time to write them down and reflect on what worked and didn't work in 2019. My biggest win was to start keeping a Full Focus diary. It has really helped me to see and work towards my goals... Read more

  • Another strong weather system

    12/27/2019 7:15:46 PM, by MSLZZY

    After the mild weather we have through Christmas, now we will have to deal with rain that turns to ice, then snow and then blizzard like conditions. It all starts tonight and drags on until Monday. So glad that there is no school in session. We will attempt to drive to DD's for Christmas ... Read more

  • My Special Place

    12/27/2019 8:15:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every year we visit a very special spot, The Perkins House B&B in Cornish, Maine. It is my favorite home away from home is at the Perkins house. They decorate their lovely mansion in ways that I just don’t take time to do at home. Christmas is magical here, and I love to be here any time in ... Read more

  • Back to reality

    12/26/2019 7:37:31 AM, by MSLZZY

    Christmas is over as far as the calendar shows but the feelings of love and peace should remain every day of the year. We had a lovely day at MIL's. DS decided he did not want to go along so we went on our own. The mind of a 10 year old in the body of a 38 year old man. Still hard for mo... Read more

  • Go Tell It On The Mountain!

    12/26/2019 6:35:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    What is the story that you are telling? Are you telling people about your strengths or weaknesses? Are you finding solutions to your problems or just complaining about them? Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born and we have His strength in us. What is your story? Make... Read more

  • Merry Christmas!

    12/25/2019 8:12:47 AM, by MSLZZY

    Although we are in an area of dense fog, the day is bright with the joy of Christmas. Have a wonderful day with family and friends. We will be traveling to MIL's this morning and I have boxed up the items we need for lunch. We will prepare everything at her house. Lots to remember but I th... Read more

  • Finding Holiday Joy!

    12/25/2019 6:04:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    I started out depressed this holiday season. I was able to turn it into a beautiful Christmas by doing these five things: 1. I identified my great sadness. My mother is in hospice and dying. I cannot meet all of her needs, and that bothers me. 2. I accepted the love and support of others... Read more

  • The Gifts that I Give to ME!

    12/24/2019 6:50:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    My cards are written, the presents are wrapped and the food is prepared. I've thought of everyone else, but now it's time to give something to me. There are gifts that only I can give to myself! 1. Peace. Yesterday I blocked two people who have disrespectfully argued with me on Facebook for ... Read more

  • Monday blessings

    12/23/2019 7:35:14 AM, by MSLZZY

    Soon it will be Christmas. How exciting! We look forward to this time all year and then, it is over. Such anticipation! Each year presents it's own challenges. We are dealing with MIL and her long recuperation from surgery and the very real possibility that she will no longer be able to stay... Read more

  • Be Brave!

    12/23/2019 6:13:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    What would you do if you were brave? Today I think of Mary and Joseph and the Christmas story. It must have taken great courage on Joseph's part to face his friends and family, letting them know that he would not divorce Mary. He was marrying a woman pregnant, but not his child. What a scand... Read more

  • The Big Re-Gift

    12/22/2019 6:01:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    This Christmas I gave away a cherished gift. I gave my brother the carving made by my Uncle Bob 30 years ago. I loved this carving with the story (see Cherished Memories Blog), but it was time to pass it on. My brother John had spent the first 2 years of his retirement caring for my Mom on wee... Read more

  • The Office Open House and Welcome to Winter

    12/21/2019 7:55:42 AM, by MSLZZY

    We had an Open House at the office for Christmas. We had an advertisement in the paper and posters around town in the business places. We had 7 clients stop by for coffee, cookies and goodies. Very disappointing for SIL and DD but there are many events going on. About 10 years ago, DH and ... Read more

  • Cherished Memories

    12/21/2019 5:16:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    The Family “Heirloom” It was at Christmas 30 years ago that my Uncle Bob gave this beautiful carving to my Dad. My Dad smiled, laughed and put it on the mantle for all to see. There’s the story behind the carving: My father often cut down trees as a side business. All six kids helped, and my ... Read more

  • Finding the right path

    12/20/2019 7:23:49 AM, by MSLZZY

    There are no easy answers to all of life's questions. Find the right path for you. What works for one person may not work for another. Happy Friday. HUGS!... Read more

  • Old Trucks and Christmas Magic

    12/20/2019 5:33:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    The old trucks have a certain charm and rustic beauty all their own. They seem to tell us that there is magic in Christmas. Just when you’re sure than an old truck is ready for the junk heap, it comes back to life in a magical way! Christmas magic is silent. It is something that can be felt i... Read more