NANFACEMIRE1's SparkPeople Blog NANFACEMIRE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Thanksgiving Hello Everyone, I would like to wish all of you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING. I have so many blessings to be thankful for this year. A lot has happened but things are turning out okay.There have been a lot of good things happening also. Anyone traveling, please take a lot of caution and make sure you buckle up. <BR> <BR> HAPPY THANKSGIVING. <em>429</em> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:40:01 EST Lots of Snow 1-23-16 This morning in our front yard. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am in the Shenandoah Valley of VA and we are participating in the blizzard of 2016, not so much by choice, but by Mother Nature herself. The last I checked we had about 19" and that was 2-3 hours ago. It is still snowing very hard and with huge wind gusts. I believe it is supposed to snow through tonight also. It is said we may get up to 3... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:19:37 EST Rain 4.65 It has been raining here since Saturday with a total of just about 6". Yesterday, we had 4.65" falling in just that one day. There was water every where and streams going through yards. <BR> <BR> Here are a few photos I took: <BR> <BR> This amount was from Saturday and in another hour, we got just to 6". <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The creek above had overflowed and the water was rushing into the lake a... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:01:46 EST We Shall Never Forget 9-11-2001 We shall never forget 9-11-2001 <BR> <BR> God bless this GREAT AMERICA <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:58:05 EST 2 lbs 4 oz Tomato From My Garden 8-4-15 Today I picked my biggest tomato ever......It is a Brandywine Heirloom and it weighs in at 2 lbs 4 oz. I am so excited about it... I was so excited when I picked it this morning. The leaves on these tomatoes are more like a potato plant leaf, not a regular tomato. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am holding it in my hand so you can compare. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is hard to see the numbers on the scale, but h... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:26:39 EST Happy Mother's Day to all of the Great Mom's Here On SP Would like to wish all of the great mom's here on SP a Happy Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of me and my mom. She went to heaven 2.5 years ago and I miss her so much. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of our 5 generations: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of Carla (my daughter and also she is a mom of 4) and Me (the mom) <BR> <BR>... Sat, 9 May 2015 22:01:34 EST Reese's Meet Reese's if you haven't already met him. He is our "rescue" chocolate lab. We got him one year ago today when he was 8 months old. We were his 6th home in 8 months. He had a really rough first year. When we got him, he wasn't house trained and was about 10 lbs underweight. He is really smart and we housed trained in just a couple of days. Shortly after we got him, he ate a rock and it was lodged in his intestines. He had to have emergency surgery which left him with a 6" scar. He sure ha... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 13:35:45 EST Snow 2-21-15 Well, we sure did get our share of snow yesterday....we got 9.5" and then we got freezing rain on top of that. So thankful for our "snow man" and his boys. They came about 8:00 last night and did our sidewalk and driveway. Today the temp is going to be in the 40's so hopefully a lot of it will melt. <BR> <BR> Thank you Jay and your sons.....we appreciate your hard and tiring work. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:29:07 EST Happy Valentine's Day I want to wish all of you here on Spark People a very HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. <BR> <BR> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:25:35 EST Reese's and His Bed Well, Reese's has had an exciting day. We always watch him so carefully b/c he is a lab puppy. Everyone knows they will get into everything. His biggest problem is that he "steals" pillows, shoes, etc. We always are where he is so he hasn't really eaten any of those things. He definitely eats blankets so we haven't been able to have one in his crate nor a crate bed. We have been trying him a little at a time with his bed in the crate and he has done wonderfully. Today we went for Hubby to g... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:37:11 EST Happy New Year <em>411</em> Want to wish all of my Rootin' for Ruby ladies a very Happy New Year. May it be blessed, healthy, and happy. <BR> <BR> I love this Ruby team and all of the support that is offered here. You have helped me maintain my weight through the years and that makes me HAPPY. May 2015 be the greatest year ever. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:55:26 EST Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to all of my spark friends. You are very special to me all year. <BR> <BR> We are married 28 years today <em>384</em> 12-24-86 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nancy and Larry Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:54:47 EST My New Great Grand Girl going home Tuesday morning Kinleigh Nikole entered this world. She is our 6th Great-grand child and the first Great-Grand GIRL. We are tickled PINK. She weighed in at 6 lbs 9 oz. which makes her seem really tiny compared to her big brother Levi. He weighed 8 lbs 15 1/2 oz. <BR> <BR> <em>139</em> <em>178</em> <em>75</em> <em>173</em> <em>80</em> <em>183</em> <em>176</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of her all dressed to go home. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:38:52 EST I Have Maintained for almost 12 years I lost my weight through Weight Watchers and have maintained my status as lifetime member. I have also been keeping maintenance for almost 12 years (in December). It is not the easiest thing in the world to do some days. Some days are really easy, some days aren't quite as easy and some days I have to work really hard to keep on track. For the biggest part of time it is easy and it is really good. When I do get off track, I don't "beat myself up". I just give myself a FRESH START and get bac... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:55:01 EST My Violets I told my team that I would post a photo of my violets. They do bloom almost all of the time. I do pretty well with them now. Many years ago, my mother-in-law kept giving me violets and I would always take "too good a care" of them and they would be gone. I would either over water or under water. If you have to do one or the other, it is better to under water. They like a lot of bright light, but not bright sunshine. Actually, they take very little care. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:28 EST My little Summer Garden 2014 I am posting a picture of my garden for this year. I have green beans, cukes, yellow and green squash, onions, and LOTS of tomatoes. We have had so much rain that the garden has gotten so overgrown. Today, I was tying tomatoes to the outside of the cages because they had grown so much. I also cut a lot of the squash leaves off not knowing if it will mess up the plants. I sure hope not. The leaves were so big and growing into the tomatoes. I think I need more space or less plants. We had some... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:28:44 EST Rain and Sunshine Gave us This Wow, we had a really hard storm for a little while right at dinner time. Then while it was raining, the sun came out. I got up from the table and said, there has got to be a rainbow. I ran out the back door and looked towards where the rainbow should be and "there is was". I came back into the house and got my camera and went to the front of the house. I captured the rainbow along with a shadow of the American flag for a beautiful photo. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:42:16 EST Reese's says today is my 1st Birthday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is Reese's 1st birthday and it has been a long ride for him. When we got him, he was 8 months old and we were his 6th home. He had infected ears and worms....but we took care of that in short time. We got his shots right away. He has had kennel cough and 2 weeks ago, he ate a rock that was lodged in his intestines and was too large to get rid of. He had major emergency surgery. He has a 5" incision that... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:21:47 EST Reese's Pieces say HAPPY FLAG DAY Happy Flag Day Sparkers <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Reese's Pieces Sat, 14 Jun 2014 07:24:31 EST My "first" from this year's garden Well, we have our first yellow squash for the season. I didn't even see when it bloomed...Today I walked past and there was the tiny "first" yellow squash. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next is the green bean plant which has just started to vine. It is almost over to the fence so it can climb. I only did one short row of beans this year and should have enough to eat, just none for putting up for winter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 20:59:05 EST Reese's and my Standoff !!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Reese's has just been full of himself today. <BR> <BR> Our standoff started just before 6:00 a.m. this morning. I went into the bedroom and told him I would be right back. He usually stands at the gate and waits very nicely for me to come back. I came down the hall and there he was in a "standoff". lol He knew he was wrong and he wouldn't come to me for anything. He kept going into the sun room behind the ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:44:54 EST I am going to be a GREAT Grammie again We got the news yesterday and I am going to be a GREAT Grammie again. <BR> Aaron, Amber and Levi are having a baby girl and she is due Nov. 21. Levi is going to be a big brother. Her name is going to be Kinleigh Nikole--What a sweet blessing. I am <BR> <BR> <em>80</em> <em>73</em> <em>173</em> <em>183</em> <em>139</em> <em>75</em> <em>73</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:30:11 EST It is a beautiful day It is a beautiful day today and I want to wish everyone a great weekend. <BR> <BR> I am still nursing my bronchitis/cold so I am not doing much of anything. I am going to sit on the deck in a short while and watch the gliders go up and come in for a landing. <BR> <BR> Well wishes for all... Sat, 3 May 2014 12:42:01 EST Happy Easter Wishing all of my Spark Friends a HAPPY EASTER. Hope you are having a special day and celebration with your families. <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>288</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:37:14 EST My Easter Egg Tree When my grandchildren were little, they always came to my house for Easter and they still do so many years later. I am so happy about that because family means EVERYTHING to me. Now my grands have children of their own and my Great-grands come for Easter. Years past, I always decorated a tree in front of the house with the little plastic eggs. My Greats are two years old and 11 months. We are celebrating Easter a week early this year. They are all coming this weekend except one that has to wo... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:14:27 EST Decorated Plates for AJ I just finished making the decorated plates for my great-grandson's 1st birthday party. The large one is 13" and the two medium ones are 10" each. They are made using clear glass plates and attaching material on the reverse side with mod-podge and then clear acrylic poly. They can't be put in the dishwasher, but you can put them in the sink and wash....not leaving to soak. I have made over 200 of these plates, but these are the first I have made in a few years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:07:44 EST The Vet Says Even Puppies Need Their Teeth Brushed We rescued an 8 month old chocolate lab and he is just so sweet. He is 9 months old now and we are the 6th home he has had in his short lifetime. We named him Reese' the peanut butter cup b/c he is chocolate. We have no idea why no one kept him. He had been neutered, micro-chipped and some training. We took him to the vet b/c he had worms and both ears infected. He is now in good condition. The vet said how good he was and couldn't see why no one kept him either. He said all puppies... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:04:29 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day Wishing all of my Spark friends a very HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY. Have a great day. Who is cooking corned beef and cabbage today besides me? I have never made Irish Soda Bread, but I might look up a recipe and make some today. I am not Irish, but I like the corned beef meal. <BR> <BR> We got snow again last night. Still snowing a little and totals are to be 8-12". I am going out to measure shortly. Is spring ever going to get here. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440<... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:39:33 EST Snow--over 14" still snowing Snow started about 5:00 pm yesterday but when I went to bed, there wasn't a "deep" up this morning (5:00 am) and it was 13.5" BUT now it is just over 14" and still snowing........ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:43:56 EST I LOVE snow This year, we have only had a dusting of snow when all around us got "inches" of snow. I was disappointed until yesterday. We got 6" of snow and I may go out and play in it. I have a dental appt this morning and will call to see if they are open. We also have bowling for our senior league. A lot of the bowlers are in their 70's and some in their 80's. The snow is crunchy and will not be safe for getting around. We will have to call to see if we are still going to bowl. Seems most all schools ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:07:54 EST No Internet Well, Saturday there was wide spread power outage and then it finally came back on. Sunday night the power was out again for a few hours. This morning, we had power, but no internet. It was off when I got up and off for several hours. The power outages were a fire at a substation the first day and the second, they had to replace a part....that doesn't seem right to be off that long replacing a part, but I guess that is what it was. I have no idea why the internet was off, but so glad it is b... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:12:17 EST No Power this a.m. One doesn't really understand and realize how much you depend on electricity until there is a power outage. When we got up this a.m., we had no power. Hubby turned on the generator to make us coffee.....okay, so this wasn't bad so far. Do you know how many times you go into a room or closet and flip the switch for light? I did that so many times and always laughed when the light didn't come on. We did have to use the generator to keep our 2 refrigerators and big freezer at a good temp. We ha... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:57:32 EST Happy New Year Wishing all of my spark friends a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. May the new year bring you good health and much happiness. Remember to do the best you can EVERY day. Remember to always move forward. Keep on keeping on. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:39:19 EST What I found out while shopping today !!!!! With little to do today, Hubby and I decided to go shopping after lunch. <BR> <BR> Well, we did go shopping to Kohl's, Bed-bath & beyond, and Ross.....We didn't buy a thing. I do have a tale to tell on me though. Going from one store to the next, it was raining really hard. I told Hubby my foot was getting wet on the bottom. I lifted my foot and the whole bottom of the shoe was cracked all of the way looked and the other shoe was the same. I would never had known if it h... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:30:06 EST Merry Christmas Wishing everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS <em>446</em> <em>443</em> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:04:46 EST Ta-Da My Christmas Village Well, it seems it has taken me forever to get this together this year. Everyday I said that I was going to get it done. Today, it finally happened.....I have had this village for many years starting out with just a few pieces and adding some each year. I did the ice rink all in one year, but not sure how well it shows up on here. I can't add any other items because I don't have any more room....I look forward to enjoying it each time I put it out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:01:05 EST Great Grammie with great grandsons Here is a photo of me with my two great grandsons, Levi-2 years and AJ-7 mo. old. All but one of my grandchilden were able to come to Grammie's for Thanksgiving Day. We did miss him, but understood his not being here. I am so blessed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:34:31 EST Happy Thanksgiving Wishing all of you here at Spark People a: <BR> <BR> HAPPY THANKSGIVING <em>429</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 05:40:22 EST Happy Thanksgiving Wishing all of my spark friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. Do the BEST you can do to stay on track. If you don't manage to do that, don't beat yourself up, just get back on track. <BR> <BR> Give thanks for all of your blessings. <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Thank all of you for being here for all of us. HAPPY THANKSGIVING <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 05:47:48 EST My truly No-cal birthday cake !!!!! I have had a very happy birthday today. First phone call today from my brother wishing me a happy birthday. My neighbor took me out to lunch and Hubby fixed me a wonderful dinner (grilled chicken, frozen corn from our garden , freshly sliced tomatoes from our garden and coleslaw. I had over 50 birthday wishes on my Facebook page and many wishes on my spark page and many spark goodie wishes also. When I came back from lunch, I had a message on my phone that a delivery was on my front porch. It... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:14:39 EST Levi is "2" today It sure doesn't seem as if Levi could possibly be "2" today. Seems like just a few weeks ago he was born. His is our great grandson and we are so thrilled with him. His mom and dad bring him to visit often and we always have a good time. We are so blessed. <BR> <BR> Levi in the parking lot leaving with his mom's phone: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Levi loves being in the field of flowers: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:05:18 EST Tomatoes still going strong. I just can't believe all of the tomatoes we have gotten this year. Now that I have said that, I should believe it because we did the same last year. It has been a lot of work, but worth every bit of it....we will have enough to last through the winter. I really will be sorry when I can't just slice one and eat it though. I eat at least one whole one a day. Sometimes I have one for bkfst, lunch, and dinner. I LOVE fresh tomatoes. The largest tomatoes this year: <BR> One was l lb. 14 oz. <BR>... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:57:42 EST My BIG bowl of Roma tomatoes We have been processing tomatoes just about every day for a week, and some before that also. Saturday we made salsa (5 pints). This morning I picked Roma tomatoes again (after doing the same yesterday. We processed 5 qts yesterday. This bowl is my BIG stainless bowl that I use when making cookies at Christmas. You can tell the size of the bowl because I am holding it in front of ME. This picture is today's harvest and we have finished processing them....I don't think there will be enough t... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:43:56 EST WE WON A HAMMOCK I sent a photo to SunSetter of our awning we got from them. It was a contest to enter to win a hammock. I took a picture of Hubby on the deck under the awning and entered. Well, we got a phone call saying we won......Yay....yay..... The hammock came a couple of days ago so we put it together today and I sent a photo to the SunSetter website of the two of us on the hammock. Thank you SunSetter. <BR> <BR> Our friend was coming over for lunch and Hubby and I were on the deck in the back yard... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:53:11 EST 1 lb 13 oz, 1 lb 12 oz, and one a little smaller Yesterday when we returned from our 4-day-weekend at the hunt camp in the mountains of West Virginia , we had to pick the garden. We picked yellow/green squash, tomatoes, and green beans.. We weighed these tomatoes because they were so heavy. They are heirloom tomatoes---type is Brandwine. The leaves on the plant look like potato leaves instead of tomato leaves. <BR> <BR> First one 1 lb 13 oz. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2nd one 1 lb ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 17:03:10 EST Handsome face I woke up to this morning I was awakened this morning with this handsome little face looking at me. This is AJ, my great-grandson....Em, Joey, and Carla came in last night after we had gone to bed. Emily thought this would be a great wake-up call and it certainly was. <BR> <BR> This picture was taken this morning when we were going to the Sweet Dreams Festival. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:26:54 EST Bigger than the other big tomato. I posted a picture of a LARGE tomato the other day that weighed less than this one. TODAY, I picked one that weighs 1 lb 12 oz. It is in perfect shape, no worm holes or bird picking holes. <BR> <BR> It is a German Johnson <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:12:44 EST Wreath for my Mom It will be one year on Friday the 26th that my Mom passed away and I miss her so terribly. I wanted to feel closer to her so today I made this wreath to take to the cemetery. She was a loving and wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Great-Great Grandmother. We all love her and miss her. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:56:34 EST Tomatoes are almost ready I think another day or two for these to be ready. We did pick about a dozen this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:38:47 EST Rainy Day----oh NO !!!! Well, First thing this mornning, I washed clothes and put on the lines, weeded the garden and tied up tomato plants for over 2 hours. Hubby and I ate lunch on the deck with the awning out. I went out to cut the the front yard almost cut....then came downpour,,,,clothes still on line and awning is still out....YUKKKKKKK <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I guess there are things that could be a lot worse. I am thankful ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:46:51 EST