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  • WHen I was a Teacher

    12/7/2019 8:37:37 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I knew from the time I was 12 I wanted to be a teacher. For sixth grade I had a teacher, Mrs. Schimmel, who inspired me. SHe was tough, but we knew it because she cared about us and wanted to bring out the best in each of us. I went to college and while there, I had a professor who had been m... Read more

  • The Feeding Christmas Tree

    12/6/2019 8:40:23 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    A few years ago we visited Longwood Gardens at Christmas time. ONe of the first things we saw was this beautiful outdoor tree surrounded by squirrels and birds. On close inspection we saw it was a feeding tree decorated just for the wildlife. The ornaments were all made from natural object... Read more

  • Christmas Memories

    12/5/2019 10:06:16 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    One of the things I enjoy about doing my Christmas decorating is the memories that many of the items stir up within me. for example this beautiful Christmas quilt. My Aunt Rosie made it in the year before she passed away. SHe hand stitched it all. After she passed away in ... Read more

  • Thursday

    12/5/2019 9:51:27 AM, by KITT52

    Its up to you...... 20 days till Christmas.....remember the real reason for the season....Jesus ... Read more

  • Listen to the Music

    12/4/2019 9:41:36 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I love all kinds of music. Many styles and genres. growing up my parents always had music playing in the house. When they passed on I got most of the vinyl albums,78s and 45s. This time of year I love listening to Christmas music. Everything from Perry Como to the Beach Boys fro... Read more

  • Like a Nesting Doll

    12/3/2019 9:46:50 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    My father in law loved to travel. On one of his trips to Russia he brought home several Russian Nesting dolls. I fell in love with them. They are so beautifully hand painted. As I have mentioned before, my husband's mother never liked me. When both of his parents passed away, and th... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    12/3/2019 6:01:29 AM, by KITT52

    Together we can reach our goals.... Have a happy and Healthy Tuesday........ Read more

  • Monday

    12/2/2019 6:29:45 PM, by KITT52

    a bit late ...have a good evening... Read more

  • ANd so it Begins...

    12/2/2019 7:49:36 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    A few years ago my son gave me these adorable vegetable ornaments for the tree. It was because he was supporting me in my trying to be healthy lifestyle. Every year when I get them out, I think of how I want to make this season a healthy one. ANd so it begins. The Christmas rush. I already... Read more

  • Sunday Dec. 1st.

    12/1/2019 12:54:06 PM, by KITT52

    yep its the last month of the year.. time sure does fly... I am sad to say I have not reached my goal yet... I can work hard this month to try and get closer... No excuses... I know I over eat... I don't really eat junk food, but Im still over eating healthy foods.....I need to do better... ... Read more

  • A Day of Rest

    12/1/2019 9:32:28 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    It has been a busy week. At the beginning of the week I focused on getting ready for Thanksgiving. There was cleaning to do, groceries to buy, a turkey to pick up from the farm. THursday was final preparations. Getting the turkey in the oven, preparing the side dishes, setting the tables. ... Read more

  • Saturday

    11/30/2019 2:10:18 PM, by KITT52

    This makes me think... Have a healthy week end... Read more

  • The Aftermath

    11/30/2019 9:30:28 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I forgot to mention something about Thanksgiving Day. My daughter and grandson live about an hour and forty-five minutes from our house. In September when my grandson turned 16 he got his =driving permit. On Thanksgiving he drove to my house in my daughter's car with her! He drove home also. ... Read more

  • Black Friday

    11/29/2019 8:04:39 PM, by KITT52

    Im late, its almost 7 pm... just so much to get done today.. Hope everyone had a good day.. had fun shopping ... or relaxing which ever you choose. I went just to the fresh produce market, no black Friday deals there... but it was fun to get fresh berries and zucchini mushrooms.. ... Read more

  • Family and food

    11/29/2019 11:35:34 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    This was my table yesterday. All set for family to arrive. I hope you all had as wonderful a day as we did. There was plenty of food, as well as the spatchcocked 28 pound turkey (which baked in 2 and a half hours) We always serve it buffet style, with the food laid out in the kitchen. ... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/28/2019 5:52:40 PM, by KITT52

    Hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving Lets remind our loved ones we are thankful every day. Give thanks to friends and family while you still can...Life can change in a minute...one day there here and then next they might be gone...and once they are gone....well you know w... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 28, 2019

    11/28/2019 1:53:10 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • I am thankful for...

    11/28/2019 7:34:43 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US friends. We have a tradition in our home that before dinner, we go around and let everyone share what he/she is thankful for. Many times we all end up with tears in our eyes. My goal is try maintain this thankful attitude every day. To look for the best t... Read more

  • Wednesday

    11/27/2019 6:24:48 PM, by KITT52

    another good quote that says it all..... I am grateful for my life and my parents who taught me to be a responsible person, I was taught to respect people and most importantly myself....and kindness matters everyday and to everyone.. I might not agree with someones views or opi... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 27, 2019

    11/27/2019 4:29:42 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. I have the most incredible family. From the youngest to the oldest, we are always there for each other. 2. My faith in my Heavenly Father and the love that He gives to me each moment of every day. It is a wonderful thing to actually b... Read more

  • We are Spatchcocking

    11/27/2019 9:32:32 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    That was my grandson on quite a few Thanksgivings ago. I have such wonderful memories of Thanksgiving. Like the first year we hosted it at this home. We had been living here about 6 months and I was still trying to learn how to regulate my cooking on an electric stove. I had only ever used g... Read more

  • Love Me Like This

    11/26/2019 4:53:05 PM, by SUNSET09

    Today I asked my body what she needed, Which is a big deal Considering my journey of Not Really Asking That Much. I thought she might need more water. Or protein. Or greens. Or yoga. Or supplements. Or movement. But as I stood in the shower Reflecting on her stretch... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    11/26/2019 3:08:37 PM, by KITT52

    For me this says it all Have a Happy and Healthy Tuesday... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 26, 2019

    11/26/2019 2:41:46 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • The Results Are In

    11/26/2019 9:35:26 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I saw the doctor yesterday. My blood work and urine test results were in. He was very happy with all of the results. Everything is either where he wants it to be, or at least, continuing to move in the right direction. We talked about my not sleeping well. We talked about PCOS. We tal... Read more

  • Monday

    11/25/2019 7:15:21 PM, by KITT52

    Hope everyone had a healthy Monday.. Im just getting to sparking..it was a busy day again... this whole week is going to be busy Lets stay focused on healthy food, healthy portions and focus on the people we love even if we can't be with them... ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 25, 2019

    11/25/2019 4:29:58 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim helped me and we got the bedding changed and laundered this morning. 2. We had our weekly Monday brunch. It was a fun week to plan because vacation is coming in just a few days. 3. Jim and I went to the mall because we had so... Read more

  • Doctor Today

    11/25/2019 8:55:42 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    About 2 years ago I began seeing a specialized doctor, with the goal of trying to get my body losing weight, instead of always gaining or maintaining. Prior to the first visit, I had to have bloodwork done and an intense urine test. At the first visit, he told me the results, made some recom... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 24, 2019

    11/24/2019 3:49:17 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop early this afternoon and Jamie joined us. 2. Jamie put up and decorated the Christmas tree for me. This is the first time it has been put up before Thanksgiving, but we are leaving on a cruise at the e... Read more

  • Sunday

    11/24/2019 10:47:43 AM, by KITT52

    Have a healthy and Happy week. ... Read more

  • Rainy Day Sunday

    11/24/2019 8:53:19 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I woke up this morning to a dark and rainy day. There was fog on the river. This kind of morning makes me want to snuggle in under the covers and stay cozy in my bed. But I have things going on today and I had to drag myself out. SUnday is my weigh in day. I have a love/hate relationship ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 23, 2019

    11/23/2019 1:48:33 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop this morning. 2. I am watching The Ohio State football game. There's nothing like Ohio State football! 3. I will be going to the jamboree tonight to take care of cash. We are having another big ... Read more

  • Getting a late start today

    11/23/2019 10:00:56 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I do not sleep well. I usually wake up really early. I was awake during the night last night for a long time. But I was able to fall back asleep and woke up a little later than usual this morning. SO I am just going to say a quick hello. I have to finish my grocery list this morning. I wan... Read more

  • Friday

    11/22/2019 6:54:41 PM, by KITT52

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Friday the day got away from me and Im just sparking at 6.pm. but it was a good day Have a healthy week end........ Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 22, 2019

    11/22/2019 4:37:02 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I got the house cleaned this morning. 2. After the housework was done, we had a couple of grocery stores to visit. 3. After grocery shopping, we did a few things to get ready for vacation. They weren't much-cancelling ... Read more

  • SOmetimes You Just Have to ride that Goat

    11/22/2019 11:32:59 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Have you ever had one of those days when you wondered why you even bothered to get out of bed? Where everything seems to go astray? I had one of those the other day. I wanted to crawl in a hole somewhere like my grandson in that photo, when he was at the Nashville Zoo years ago. Just peek my ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 21, 2019

    11/21/2019 1:45:49 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Hello Beautiful

    11/21/2019 9:26:18 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Hello Beautiful! Let me tell you, I do not feel beautiful. How is it that I can look around and find something beautiful in everyone I see, but when it comes to me, I just do not see it. A few years ago, my sweet hubby brought home that Hello Beautiful sign and put it right in the entrywa... Read more

  • Thursday

    11/21/2019 6:38:08 AM, by KITT52

    Have a Happy and Healthy Thursday, one week till Thanksgiving.... 429 465 426... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 20, 2019

    11/20/2019 3:14:11 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Today I cleaned out my closet and fixed a box of clothes for the Kidney Foundation. We heard that they are in need of Winter coats and I have some that I don't wear and one that I have never worn that I am more than happy to donate. 2... Read more

  • I'm Only Sleeping (Not)

    11/20/2019 9:36:17 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    We all need sleep. Here is my grandson as a baby, sleeping like a...baby! How easy it was for him to fall asleep anywhere, no matter what noise was surrounding him, or how much light was in the room. I suppose when I was a baby, I could sleep like that too. As adults many people can still sle... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 19, 2019

    11/19/2019 4:26:21 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. I had several phone calls today from friends, my brother and my Dad. 2. I finished wrapping all of the Christmas gifts. I wanted to get done early before our cruise. 3. I had a couple of days worth of laundry to do today. I just... Read more

  • WHO Let The Dogs Out?

    11/19/2019 9:07:50 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    My son and daughter in law have two dogs, my grand dogs. The brownish one is Lucy and the white one is Fletcher. THey live around the corner from us. WHen they got Lucy several years ago, they asked me to let her out and walk her every week day at lunchtime while they work. We live next to... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    11/19/2019 7:30:30 AM, by KITT52

    Have a Happy and Healthy Tuesday....... think positive thoughts, you can do what ever you set your mind and heart to do... as always God loves you...... Read more

  • Monday

    11/18/2019 7:07:31 PM, by KITT52

    it was a very busy day and Im now just getting to my sparking.... I did get a lot of movement today... ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 18, 2019

    11/18/2019 4:31:39 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I started our day out with our normal Monday brunch out to plan our week together. 2. Jim and I went to the VA because it was time for Jim's annual eye exam. All went well for him, new glasses are on order and he doesn't go bac... Read more

  • This and That

    11/18/2019 8:19:20 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I live in a beautiful place. I took this photo from across the Delaware looking back at the beginning of my street. The first half mile of my street is part of Washington Crossing State Park in NJ. We have lived here 34 years. We moved in when my youngest son was 5 months old. I am ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 17, 2019

    11/17/2019 2:05:07 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Today is Sunday, which is my favorite day of the week. 2. We went to the coffee shop for a visit today and Jamie met us there. 3. Jim and I went to the mall to fit him for a new sports jacket. The best part of going to the mall... Read more

  • Sunday

    11/17/2019 1:31:36 PM, by KITT52

    the weeks are flying by....we have been back in Texas more than a month... the weather has been perfect the last few days...74 and sunny, we have been enjoying our new deck...it seem we have so much more room and what a delight to sit outside and watch the hummingbirds fight for nectar ...lol for su... Read more

  • Happy Anniversary

    11/17/2019 9:15:32 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Today is our 46th wedding anniversary. WHo would have thought back then we would be married this long? We first met in college. We have changed a lot since then. Learning to live with and love another person can be challenging at times. One of the biggest lessons I... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 16, 2019

    11/16/2019 1:33:48 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop this morning. 2. JIm and I both got our hair cut. It is nice to look like myself again. 3. Ohio State plays this afternoon. 4. Jim and I are going to the jamboree tonight so I can take ca... Read more

  • Saturday

    11/16/2019 10:02:46 AM, by KITT52

    Have a wonderful Saturday... Read more

  • Finding Peace Today

    11/16/2019 9:49:42 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Isn't this a peaceful scene? This farm is not far from my house. IN the autumn with the rich colors it looks beautiful. The sheep grazing look so content. This is something I want to find for myself today. Peace and contentment. I have been feeling much more positive these days. I loo... Read more

  • Friday

    11/15/2019 1:27:37 PM, by KITT52

    It's less than 2 week to Thanksgiving....I need to go get my Turkey....I'll be making our dinner on Dec. 1st. we have other plan for Thanksgiving do, but I can't go with out making a turkey ...I love turkey and the trimmings, we are going to have a friendsgiving on that Sunday..... Have a healt... Read more

  • Balancing Act

    11/15/2019 7:51:41 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I saw this statue at Grounds for Sculpture and feel i love with it. How beautifully it portrays the elegance and grace of the dancer. I was also struck by the sense of balance. As I grow older, my sense of balance is way off, both physically and emotionally. My trainer is constantly working ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 15, 2019

    11/15/2019 7:06:07 AM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. I had a very early start to my day so I am using this time to Spark. 2. After Jim gets up and has breakfast, we are going to clean house. 3. After cleaning, we have groceries to buy today. 4. This evening, Jim and I are goin... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    11/14/2019 7:10:18 PM, by KITT52

    This Thursday I am so thankful for friends and family.. Today was my birthday and I am so blessed with friends who took me out for a special lunch at a tea room.... Husband who made me a special dinner, filet mignon, king crab legs and fresh green beans....and my dear friend Ida made me ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 14, 2019

    11/14/2019 1:14:39 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Should I Follow the Signs?

    11/14/2019 9:05:07 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    One of my favorite places to visit nearby is Grounds for Sculpture. It is a magical place filled with art of all kinds. On one visit I came across these signs. Though they are colorful and interesting, I found them a bit confusing. I wished there was an explanation posted nearby. I find on... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 13, 2019

    11/13/2019 12:26:07 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Today started earlier than usual. If I wish, I have all of my exercise in for the day. I may do more later because it just feels so good. 2. Because I am trying to get things done early this year, I wrapped some Christmas gifts today.... Read more

  • Another Wednesday

    11/13/2019 9:00:58 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I needed a little color in my world today. I woke up with intentions of going to a class at the gym, But my insides quickly let me know that was not going to happen. Every once in a while they act up and keep my running all day. At least I get lots of steps in!!! 334 I have to rethink... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 12, 2019

    11/12/2019 4:29:07 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. I enjoyed phone calls from my brother and two friends today. These are people that mean a lot to me. 2. I made an old fashioned lantern to put on my kitchen table. I put lights inside of it and they are on a timer like the wreath I di... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    11/12/2019 2:36:47 PM, by KITT52

    We are having a terrible rain storm, since last night and temps so far only 42, that cold for sourthen Texas.... had to delay my special lunch for friends, roads are flooded and its just nasty..... But the upside is I made a wonderful pot of veggie soup and a lite chicken salad for dinner. I ... Read more

  • Expert

    11/12/2019 7:10:19 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    ONe day a friend and I were driving around following a self guiding tour to covered bridges in the area. As we were waiting at a light, we saw this sign and I had to take a photo of it. We laughed so hard we were crying. We wondered who would need this expert? A mother trying to teach her ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 11, 2019

    11/11/2019 3:19:39 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Today I would like to let our American and Canadian Veterans know how much we appreciate all that they have done to protect our Countries. We are indeed blessed. Happy Veterans and Remembrance Day! Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Veterans Day

    11/11/2019 2:13:23 PM, by KITT52

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  • November 11

    11/11/2019 12:56:01 PM, by TERMITEMOM

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  • Using What's Available

    11/11/2019 8:02:58 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    This summer I was at my neighbor's and saw this birdhouse in their yard. It sure is unique and clever. They just used what they had creatively. WHo would have imagined a motor becoming a birdhouse? It made me think about the concept of using what is available. I often do that when I am pl... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 10, 2019

    11/10/2019 4:00:39 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim, Jamie and I had a short trip to the coffee shop this afternoon. 2. Jim and I ran a couple of errands that were important. I also got a little Christmas shopping done. 3. I have been working on an Ohio State snowman wreath ... Read more

  • Am I looking in the rear view mirror?

    11/10/2019 9:21:40 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays. I love that it is the weekend. I love that it is church day. I hate that, for me, it is weigh in day. WHen I weighed in today I had a big gain. so I began to look in the rear view mirror of my past week. I tracked all of my food, and I was ... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    11/10/2019 8:34:47 AM, by KITT52

    It's Sunday again...seems to come faster and faster..I'm busy this morning making up my menu for the week..It seems if I plan my meals for the week, I stay on track better, I spend less money in the grocery store and have less stress about ... OMG what am I making for dinner or do I have the stuff I... Read more

  • Saturday

    11/9/2019 2:41:16 PM, by KITT52

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  • Special Blessings-November 9, 2019

    11/9/2019 12:15:05 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim fixed breakfast this morning while I showered and got the laundry started. 2. I am sitting back and enjoying The Ohio State football game. I get to watch the whole game today because I got somebody to fill in doing the cash for me ... Read more

  • Raining ginkgo leaves

    11/9/2019 9:02:45 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    We have a 100+ year old ginkgo tree in our yard. The man who had the house built in 1905 planted it as a sapling. We love this tree. It has the fan shaped leaves. In the fall the leaves turn a bright yellow. Then in one day, the tree begins to drop all of its leaves. It rains ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-November 8, 2019

    11/8/2019 4:11:48 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I got the housecleaning done this morning. 2. We had two grocery stores to go to today, so now the freggies are all restocked. Not one piece of junk food from either store was purchased. 3. I am almost finished with the... Read more

  • SMall steps

    11/8/2019 6:33:54 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    A few years ago, I was caring for my then young grandson. One day when we got to his bus stop, these little shoes were sitting on the bench. Aren't they adorable? I tried to imagine what little girl they belonged to and why they had been left behind. What small steps her little feet must h... Read more