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  • INFOBESITY..... New Word to me !!!!

    7/7/2020 1:42:30 PM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning my sparking friends. Sure hope you are not plagued with INFOBESITY today. I didn't realize until this morning that I have another condition. Totally unexpected. It is called INFOBESITY. (Information Overload....or Too much information thrown at you). Apparently I "... 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

  • Power of Believing in Yourself....

    7/5/2020 10:56:05 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning all you wonderful sparkers. "ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING WONDERFUL IS GOING TO HAPPEN. EVEN WITH ALL THE UPS AND DOWNS, NEVER TAKE A DAY FOR GRANTED." I have just realized how powerful our minds are in coping with stress, anxiety and other upsets in our lives. I jus... Read more

  • "Life is like a card game......

    7/4/2020 12:09:32 PM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning jokers in my deck of cards. There are no wrong roads or paths. Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives puts us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. Some of those paths we didn't even know we were suppose to walk. We ... Read more

  • Monkey Mind....

    7/3/2020 7:18:43 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning,. No more Monkeying Around. "TAMING YOUR MONKEY MIND." Zen Buddhists refer to the constant chatter of the mind as "Monkey Mind." The Budda held that the human mind is filled with drunken monkeys flinging themselves from tree branches, jumping around and chattering nonst... 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

  • Courage is found.....

    7/2/2020 9:12:25 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning my courageous friends. "COURAGE IS NOT HAVING THE STRENGTH TO GO ON. IT IS GOING ON WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH." Courage comes in many forms: Being bold, being brave, being tough (emotionally). Being courageous does not mean we are not afraid, it means we are tr... 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

  • 07-01-2020

    7/1/2020 8:42:45 PM, by BE-THE-CHANGE

    I need to keep reminding myself of this. I have reset my trackers, joined a few new teams, and started the New Member Challenge (back to basics). There is no finish line to live a healthy life - it is an ongoing journey. There may be bumps along the way, but the important thing is to keep movi... Read more

  • Life is like a Camera.....

    7/1/2020 8:59:53 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning my photogenic friends. Now isn't that a great way to look at life. We have to ZOOM in what is really important in our lives and let the little stuff go, the stuff that doesn't matter. If situations don't turn out just the way we expect them to, turn those NEGATIVES into POS... 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

  • Kindness Is Not Wasted.....

    6/30/2020 8:55:19 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning my kind and generous friends. "'NO ACT OF KINDNESS NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS NEVER WASTED." Sometimes we really don't understand the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment. Kindness is seeing the best in others when they cannot see i... 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

  • "You Will Never Find Time .......

    6/29/2020 10:10:19 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning my timeless friends. I think this is the hardest thing to do for ourselves. We can conjure up soooo many excuses why we don't find time for ourselves. I know I have to make myself a priority once in awhile. It's not selfish, it's necessary. As individuals we c... 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

  • The Hard Shelled Egg....

    6/28/2020 11:39:34 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning my strong and powerful sparking friends. My blog today is about the power that lies with inside each of us. It's about determination and the strength to do what needs to be done. "IF AN EGG IS BROKEN BY AN OUTSIDE FORCE, LIFE ENDS. IF AN EGG IS BROKEN BY AN INSIDE FORCE, THE... 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

  • List to your body....the quiet talker.

    6/27/2020 12:53:08 PM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning my sparking friends. "YOUR BODY IS LIKE THE QUIET TALKER WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO SAY." I have noticed that my body talks to me everyday. Sometimes it is a whisper and sometimes it is a roar. I have to take time to listen to what that inner voice has to say.... 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

  • Eating the Frog......

    6/26/2020 12:19:42 PM, by CHEMODRAGONS


  • 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

  • A place you gladly call home......

    6/25/2020 5:48:35 AM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    Good morning masters of your Own domain. The place where your garden grows, the flowers bloom (love those yellow flowers that grow in the lawn that when you gently rub it under your chin tells you if love butter or not) and the grass continues to grow soft beneath your feet. One thing about our d... 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

  • Color me blessed....

    6/24/2020 1:44:13 PM, by CHEMODRAGONS

    You know what can make a hohum day better? A splash of color!!!! Friends are like that. They add color to your life. Family members can turn those ordinary colors into extrordinary colors. My mission today is to add a touch of color to my life. Modern research has shown that when our eyes... 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

  • Love one another.....

    6/23/2020 4:00:49 PM, by CHEMODRAGONS

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  • 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

  • Empty Nest, fourth time 'round

    6/17/2020 3:49:13 PM, by PEGGY-BEE

    Tacy moved Monday and there were tears, many tears. This is the 4th time she's left home, granted she was only here 3 months this time. But before this I had not been serious about watching my diet. Just one extra person made a ton of difference, suddenly there was all kinds of food I Should Not eve... 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

  • Things opening...

    6/13/2020 11:55:08 PM, by PEGGY-BEE

    I have to say the shelter at home was a blessing for me because Tacy quit her job at the Natural History Museum, got a job with Orange County with an apartment 145 miles away from us in Costa Mesa. But the weekend she was to move the governor shut down the state and she could not move as planned, a... 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

  • 6/12/2020 Where I’m At Today, Six months since my diabetic doctor visit.

    6/12/2020 11:25:32 AM, by BILLTHOMSON

    Today is a Beautiful Day. Today is the 6 month "anniversary" since my last Diabetic doctor appointment. This is the first 6-month appointment I've had, the rest were 3 month and 1-4 month appointments since being in the hospital I am pleased with my blood sugar readings. My glucose in the hospi... Read more

  • Be Brave

    6/12/2020 5:24:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a day to be brave and to allow the unexpected. I had expected that my family would be coming for a visit, but it doesn't appear to be happening. No visit from the grandies is a tough pill for me to swallow! This is a time to allow others to do what they must do even when I don't like ... Read more

  • a mere 58 years ago...

    6/11/2020 2:49:43 PM, by PEGGY-BEE

    June 1962 Here we are, BobbyBear and PeggyBea, at our campsite at Morro Bay campground and all ready to go to Hearst Castle. This is how we dressed to go site seeing back in those days. In other pics at the castle, not one person is wearing short pants and nearly every woman is wearing a dress.... Read more

  • Going Deep

    6/11/2020 5:27:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    If you can't go long, go deep!" is the saying of my friend. She often vacations at home, and always finds great adventures by studying the native flowers along our road or creating Chinese dishes. In order to go higher, we must go deeper. Today I am starting my summer vacation with much ... Read more

  • Last Day Of School

    6/10/2020 5:24:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is it. The end of a very unusual year. This year, I learned how to teach remotely with a one day notice. I'm still learning, but it's getting easier. At first, I spent every extra minute learning about remote learning. My approach to teaching and caring for myself has greatly improved. ... Read more

  • Fox Forest

    6/8/2020 5:40:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    In these crazy times, I need nature more than ever. A quiet walk in the woods, Listening to a small songbird cross my path. Watching to the Great Blue Heron take off from his sunny perch. Surprised by a young fawn cross the path in front of me as I walk along and hear the sound of... Read more