ANNCHER's SparkPeople Blog ANNCHER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Granddaughter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My granddaughter just turned 2 on December 7th. She is full of energy and fun to be around. Looking forward to the holidays. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your holidays! Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:01:31 EST Mother passed away. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I spend the night with her on Sunday and Monday morning she passed away at 6:00 am. I figure she was in labor with me and I was by her side while she was dying. <BR> <BR> My goal was not to leave mom alone. I spend as much time as I could with her while she was ill. <BR> <BR> I have family staying with me & more arriving today. <BR> The visitation will be Thursday & Funeral on Friday. <BR... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:19:58 EST My exercise dog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dog Sara thinks she can exercise with me. Have a great day! Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:32:23 EST My birthday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Birthday... this is what 58 looks like.. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:06:50 EST Garden vegetables. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is what I picked at the farm this past weekend. Also picked some fresh cilantro. Garden fresh vegetables are so good! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:13:06 EST My new granddaughter.. Thought I would share a picture of my granddaughter. The picture was taken Sunday when she was 1 week old. Her weight was 4 lbs 11 oz. She has no body fat. Can't imagine no body fat. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Picture of me holding my granddaughter. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Babies are so special... <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Hugs! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:24:51 EST Busy with my tomatoes.. I had an excellent tomato crop this year. I canned 50 quarts of tomatoes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made spaghetti sauce and salsa. I canned 12 pints of each. I've made 5 batches of Pica de Gallo and a double batch of chili. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also gave away tomatoes to family... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:47:49 EST Sara is chilling out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was at the cottage this pass weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sara at the farm relaxing. <BR> <BR> Hugs! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:50:49 EST 36 tomato plants <img src=""> <BR> I was surprise to see how well they have grown in three weeks. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can taste a fresh tomato. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:46:55 EST Get Well Card for Grandma Grandma broke her hip last Saturday & had surgery on Sunday. Yesterday she was moved to a rehab center. <BR> <BR> We are stopping after work to see Grandma at the rehab center. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Grandma keeps asking about Sara our dog. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:23:24 EST My hobby is flowers. This is the time of the year I like to start my seeds indoors for my favor annual flowers that I plant outdoors in the spring time. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I have planted seeds for marigolds, impatiens & petunias. <BR> <BR> Last year my flowers were so beautiful! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Petunias. My hanging plant would be petunias. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:46:50 EST Sara & I Sara & I are matching today! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dogs are hard to take pictures of sometimes.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enough of the picture taking I want to go for a walk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Stay warm! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:18:10 EST My dog is wearing.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sara is wearing leg warmers. Now that is fashion for a dog! <BR> <BR> Have a warm day! <BR> Hugs! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:04:09 EST Happy Holidays! Sometimes the holidays are often times of stress. We forget the true meaning & how blessed we are. <BR> <BR> So hopefully you can take a moment during this busy time of year and remember why we really celebrate. <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! <em>460</em> <BR> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:58:53 EST Sara helping out Sara is trying to help out at work. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She was on this box for a long time. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nap time.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All in a dog's life at work. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:20:51 EST Vacations are good for you. Just back from a needed vacation in Vegas. I had time to relax, saw two shows, ate out at several nice restaurants. I had a really nice time. <BR> <BR> Pictures from our terrace at The Cosmopolitan. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Me in a shoe. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I now feel refresh & ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 17:09:49 EST Work weekend This was taken last weekend at our summer cottage. <BR> <BR> Sara was having fun in the leaves. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She loves to play in the leaves. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The cleaning up the yard at the cottage took us 7 hours. <BR> <BR> The next day we drove to the farm. <BR> Sunset at the farm. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:18:19 EST Dogs notice.. This was early afternoon last Monday. This tree is located by the farm house. The dogs notice something in the mulberry tree. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sara is keeping an eye on the raccoon. <BR> <img src="ht... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:02:11 EST Mini get away This was a really hot weekend & we decided to go swimming. We knew a beach that allows dogs to go swimming too. <BR> <BR> Sara & I getting ready to go to the beach. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sara swimming for the first time. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had so much fun we went swimming the next day. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:40:55 EST How the fight got started... <BR> One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift... The next year, I didn't buy her a gift. When she asked me why, I replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!" And that's how the fight started...... ________________________________ <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpo... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:37:40 EST Exercising with Sara playing ball Dogs are a great way to get some fun exercise in. Sometimes she makes me go get the ball & she will run after me when I have the ball. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I come with the ball <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh ball is in the tree. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day & stay cool! <BR> <BR... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:12:00 EST Antibiotics for prevention. First my daughter called me & told me the bad news. My grandson has whopping cough. <BR> My grandson has had his shots. So how could he get the whopping cough? <BR> <BR> Then I get a phone call from the health department to inform me that I was around someone who has whopping cough. The health department wanted me to go on antibiotics for prevention. <BR> <BR> So I called my doctor and ask her about taking antibiotics. She said the policy is if you are around someone more than one h... Wed, 23 May 2012 17:58:00 EST Mini Getaway Last weekend I had a short getaway to Gulfport Mississippi. On Sunday we took the Ship Island Excursion cruise to West Ship Island. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On the way we slow down twice to watch the dolphins. The seagulls were flying around the ferry looking for food. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The island is the north central Gulf of Mexico, about 11 miles o... Thu, 10 May 2012 10:40:03 EST Morel Mushrooms I went hiking at the farm last weekend & found some morel mushrooms. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sara was tired after hiking. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 15:12:09 EST Duck crossing I saw the Mother duck crossing the road with her babies this morning. How cute! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 15:08:02 EST Road trips.. How come when you take a little vacation it is so much harder to get back into the regular routine? <BR> <BR> I went to Las Vegas on April 4th. On Sunday we did a road trip to Oatman Arizona. Oatman is about 125 miles from Las Vegas. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was our route we took: Boulder City, Lake Mead, and Willow Beach. We stopped at Willow Beach. The lake was so clear you could see the bottom. Willow Beach is a run o... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:11:22 EST De-cluttering clothes Yesterday I was trying on pants & jeans. I have a hard time getting rid of clothes. <BR> <BR> So far I got rid of one pair of jeans. The reason is a bad torn in the butt thigh area. I had torn them last October when I was doing yard work at the cottage. I keep old clothes for when we go to the farm & when I am doing yard work. <BR> <BR> I create a maybe tub of clothes. In this tub are jeans that are too big & jeans that are tight. If I could lose 6 more pounds those tight jeans wi... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:21:08 EST Sara as a puppy. Sara was a rescue puppy. She was 4 1/2 months old. <BR> <BR> First day we had Sara at her new home. This was July of 2008. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was Sara’s first trip up north to our summer cottage. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The following weekend was Sara’s first farm visit. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:25:46 EST Goals for me. 1. I’m taking a short vacation on April 6th for 5 nights. <BR> <BR> 2. I register for a trade show in June. Some of the new equipment will be shown there. <BR> <BR> 3. Look into organic farming. This would be a new goal for me. I am interest in eating healthy & providing healthy vegetables to others. <BR> <BR> 4. Be positive.... keep up with exercising. <BR> <BR> So glad to have Spark Friends. The best network around. <BR> <BR> Guess what plant this is? <BR> <BR> <img... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:25:11 EST Life's challenges I feel face with some difficult decisions lately. <BR> <BR> Work… business is not doing well. The economy is taking its toll on us. <BR> So now I have to decide what to do. <BR> <BR> Here are some of my choices I came up with: <BR> <BR> 1. Go with the change of the times & add on more different equipment which cost more money. Right now we have our equipment pay off. <BR> <BR> 2. Size down to a smaller shop. We are paying too much for overhead cost. Keep doing the same on a s... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:39:18 EST Snowing this morning! Wet heavy snow on the way to work. I wish it was Saturday cause it was my turn to drive. I was careful & we were a little late to work. <BR> <BR> Front yard view. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looking out of my kitchen. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sara outside.. She loves the snow. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sara had to play... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:49:12 EST Hobby I think everyone needs a hobby. A hobby will help you think of something else besides food. <BR> <BR> The one thing I really enjoy doing is planting seeds for my flowers & vegetable plants. This is the weekend I plan on doing the seeds for my flowers. Happy gardening! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:21:35 EST Walk run I just went for a quick walk run with Sara. Having a dog at work makes me take a break & go for a walk. Some days are harder than others. Today we are having a nice sunny day a little warmer than usually. <BR> <BR> A Dog's life is so simple. Sara greets us in the morning. She gets excited to go outside in the morning to feed the squirrels, she likes to go to work with us, likes to go for walks. She knows when it is time to go home. At home she runs around in the yard. After di... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:26:08 EST Cold go away!! I feel like I am in this cycle where I have not be exercising. My excuse is this cold I have with a cough. I am ordering this cold to go away so I can go back to working out on my exercise bike. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:37:32 EST Xmas Gift from my grandson. Here is my Xmas gift from my grandson. Sometimes kids make you feel special inside & out. Grandpa asks him if we could have two days of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a happy holiday. I enjoyed every moment spending time with my family on Xmas. <BR> <BR> Hugs! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:58:48 EST Works for me I got really serious about my weight lost again. I started to gain weight with all the parties & activities I was doing. My jeans were getting tight & I was not happy with myself. <BR> <BR> Everyday I started to write something in my calendar journal. <BR> I record how much I am exercising & my goals first part of the day. <BR> <BR> I write these goals in my journal everyday. <BR> Exercise <BR> No beer <BR> Eat smaller portions <BR> <BR> After Halloween I added <BR> No candy. <... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:02:55 EST Cottage work weekend Every year we make a final trip to our summer cottage before winter. We closed the cottage for the year. We also do the annual cleaning up the leaves. <BR> <BR> This is the trip I really do not care for. I actually dread going. It is one of those situations that you have to make the best of it. The weather was nice which always helps. <BR> <BR> So this is how my trip became entertaining by having my dog Sara along. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:02:35 EST Baby pictures Good day to you! <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my grandson at 1 month old <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is me & my grandson. <BR> How can you have a bad day looking at someone so precious. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day today! <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:21:01 EST Oh No! Here I go again! OK I have not weighed myself for a while. <BR> <BR> I was starting to get compulsive weighing myself every day. The last time I weigh in I was upset that I gain a couple of pounds so I decided to try running. <BR> <BR> I following the prescribe method for starting running. I don’t know if I just have the worst ankles but they both swell up. The pain was so bad that I could hardly walk for about two weeks. In the mean time I had other issues that I was dealing with at work & my home li... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 17:02:58 EST Grandkids are so precious. My oldest grandson is 9 years old & the baby was born on 9/9/11. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The baby is doing well. His weight is 4 lbs 15 oz. My daughter is tired all the time. Baby wakes mom up every two hours. The baby is going to the doctor twice a week for check ups. <BR> <BR> My 9 year old grandson is making big adjustments for his little brother. He likes to help mom. <BR> <BR> Have a good day! <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:01:54 EST How was your weekend? My weekend was fun & relaxing. <BR> <BR> I made 1 gallon pickles & canned 5 quarts of tomatoes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to take Sara for a hike. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is my herd that decided to follow us. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 16:47:04 EST Farm weekend I had another busy weekend at the farm. <BR> <BR> I made two gallons of pickles. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is my tomato basket for eating. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Red onions. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a natural spring closed to the farm. The water is good for drinking. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:41:27 EST Farm - 1st batch of pickles this year We went out to our farm on Saturday morning. The weeds were terrible in both gardens. I had to pull weeds & more weeds to get to the cucumbers. <BR> This was all day event. <BR> <BR> On Sunday I made first patches of pickles. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Planning returned trip on Friday to the farm. I will have a record crop of cucumbers this year. I always say too much work but taste so good to have fresh pickles. <BR> <BR> I co... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:49:59 EST