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  • Going Gray

    6/4/2020 5:12:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Many of my friends have already claimed their gray hair. I was unsure how to do it or if I ever wanted to let my gray hair show through. It had been 3 months since I had been to the salon. It was time for a change! At the advice of my hairdresser, I had just some strands of hair on the top o... Read more

  • Listening

    6/3/2020 5:22:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    The world is changing and people are protesting. Why? They don't feel that their voice is being heard. Some people are giving up time with their family and work in order to walk in protest. Why? They want to be seen and listened to. Once complaint by George Floyd's brother was; "The pre... Read more

  • Our Hike Up Bald Mt

    6/2/2020 5:22:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Sunday, May 30th, I had a great day hiking! This is the second time we have visited Bald Mountain, Hancock, NH in the Spring. This privately owned Conservation Land is protected from current and future development. The full name of the lake connected to the trails is the DePierrefeu Willard... Read more

  • Perseverance

    6/1/2020 5:11:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe all of my dreams have not come true. Maybe I have had some tough times, but so have a lot of people! I confess that I bought a few lottery tickets in my day, hoping to win “The BIG One”, but that was not God’s plan. I have learned to be satisfied with the life that I have. I’ve lear... Read more

  • Beyond My Control

    5/31/2020 5:17:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes life sends curve balls and we have to adjust. Yesterday’s visit at the Quabbin Valley HealthCare Center was very different. I had invited family and friends to join me, and there were 8 people (Donna, Bruce, Christopher, Jayden, Lynn, Didi, John and I ) and one dog. I was sure that ... Read more

  • Water Walking

    5/30/2020 5:08:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Manahan Beach was quiet at 6:30 in the morning. The weather has changed, and so has my exercise routine. When the mosquitoes are too thick for me to walk my normal route, I go walking in the water. There’s a nice breeze at the lake, and walking in the water keeps me cool. The resistance... Read more

  • Adjustments and Flexibility

    5/29/2020 5:14:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are so many things that keep changing around me. My classroom is different. I’m learning how to teach from home. Some students will continue to be taught online through the summer and also in September. I’m having to learn a whole different way of teaching. This summer will be a busy t... Read more

  • Diabetes and Retinopathy

    5/28/2020 5:14:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    If you or someone that you know has Diabetes, you probably already know about retinopathy. According to Wikipedia, retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue at the back of the eye (retina). Poor... Read more

  • potential improvement ahead after all this time

    5/28/2020 12:22:30 AM, by RKOTTEK
    2292658 bush fires are now gone hope you can read the link cheers richard... Read more

  • Flattening The Curve

    5/27/2020 5:23:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am part of a small group of women who dream the impossible dream. We make masks and give them away in order to flatten the COVID 19 curve. We started in late February, and will continue as long as we are needed. You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I know that there ... Read more

  • The Secret To My Success

    5/26/2020 5:21:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have found that by getting up before everyone else in the house gives me peace and the ability to focus on all that I will face in my day. I take time to read my Bible and pray, then write a blog and focus om intention for the day. Since the start of COVID 19, I use my old commute time to get... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Juice Fasting, Day 14

    5/10/2020 8:46:08 AM, by WILDHUNTRESS

    With all the craziness going on now it seems my weight loss coach forgot about me. My new plan is juice fasting once again but this time I'm going until I reach my goal weight. So far I'm enjoying this. In the two weeks I've been doing this my weight has already dropped 21.7 pounds. I have a lo... 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

  • 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

  • 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