WINE4GIRL's SparkPeople Blog WINE4GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community England 2017 Nan's birthday The Man and I went to England to visit his Mum for her 90th birthday. She is a jewel! Her 94 year old sister joined us for much of the time and we treated the ladies to as many outings as they could handle. <img src=""> Not the most flattering pic of me, but they couldn't believe that I could turn the camera around on my cell phone. LOL! <BR> <BR> First off, our gift was a shrug, hand crocheted by Earthy Child, ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:06:31 EST Thoughts to consider There's some mighty fine advice in these words. <BR> <BR> <BR> ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. <BR> <BR> TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. <BR> <BR> THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. <BR> <BR> FOUR. When you say, "I love you," mean it. <BR> <BR> FIVE. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye. <BR> <BR> SIX. Be e... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:36:28 EST Mulch much? Yup. We have an annual Pi(e) party on (you guessed it!) Pi day so we like to put on our best "face" for the party. Each year, we invite some new folks and anyone that has been before is always welcome to return. Right now, we're expecting 15 or so folks plus the 2 of us. Who knows who else will show up? I'm making a British style Beef and Mushroom pie and am still debating the second pie. I make 2 even though there's always more than enough. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> So... back to the mulch. Th... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:08:34 EST Winter gardening I am a gardener. That means that sometimes, I'm out when it is yucky out there. I bought some elephant garlic the other day and the seller kept saying "You need to put these in the ground like yesterday!" She had gotten them late, but chilled them so they would (fingers crossed) thrive. Cold or not, I got them in the ground, along with a heritage variety she had. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Winter gardening... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:35:37 EST Cluckables The Man dotes on "his girls" as he likes to call them. We (ha ha - HE) feeds them fresh produce from the garden and lots of fruit from the grocery. Even though we have compost bins and we've talked about chickens scrabbling in compost piles, oh no! His girls get only the best and freshest, because whatever they eat affects the eggs. Found that out when I let them eat fresh horseradish leaves. <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:40:04 EST What's love got to do with it? Apparently a lot. Lots more than I gave credit to. <BR> <BR> My husband is my rock, best friend, partner, cheerleader... I could go on and on. He is without a doubt, the most positive person I've ever been around. When I ask how things (projects, work) are going, the response 99% of the time is "Wonderful!". He calls as he leaves work to see if he needs to pick up anything and when I ask how he is then, he says "Amazing! On my way home to the most amazing woman in the world!" <BR> (No joke... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:02:29 EST Women who farm... lose weight I follow a group on FB called Women Who Farm. Today's story struck me because even though we do a good bit of growing our own, my dependencies on bread and cheese are still there. I was a baker fresh out of culinary school and my love of bread hasn't decreased. Add cheese and a glass of wine and I call it a meal. <BR> <BR> But, I digress. This isn't about me, but a couple of really cool women who have collectively lost 225 pounds farming. Check it out! <BR> <link> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:16:10 EST Holiday Calorie burners Check out the link to see just how many calories you are burning this holiday season! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-unusual-ways-to-burn-christmas-calories/ </link> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:17:09 EST Hot OJ recipe It's that time again when the weather changes and does all kind of craziness, like getting cold! I know, it's nearly December, but it's cold... and so am I! I came down with a cough and fever on Sunday, better for a bit and now it's back. Probably the change in temps. (That's what I'm blaming it on anyway!) <BR> <BR> I'm hitting the hot Orange Juice pretty hard. If you didn't remember from last year or you've never heard of it, give it a try. It's quite tasty and good for you! <BR> <BR> Mu... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:37:49 EST Caterpillars to Butterflies I just read an article that the Monarch's have arrived in Mexico, in time to "bed down" for winter. One of my focuses in my gardens is to provide varieties of Milkweed, which is the host plant for Monarch butterflies. We need more butterflies and bees to pollinate our food! In our area, it's getting too cold to see many butterflies, but this is just too cool. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=19420 </link> <BR> <BR> A Monarch laying eggs on Milkwe... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:58:11 EST Green for Greens? Grow your own! Neiman Marcus has Collard Greens for sale... Yes, NM is getting into greens, especially the ones in your wallet! If the link doesn't work, do a Google search. It's out there! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>food/wp/2016/11/02/neiman-marcus-sells<BR>-collard-greens-for-66-and-the-interne<BR>t-mockery-explodes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 07:08:29 EST Butternut Squash and Parsnip Tart Doing a slight mod on this recipe from Oh My Veggies (link at the bottom) as one to demo today. I love showing people how to cook seasonally. Changing up herbs, cheeses and even the crust can offer up new delights. <BR> <BR> Butternut Squash and Parsnip Tart <BR> Ingredients <BR> For the veggies: <BR> 1 cup cubed (1/2 to 3/4 inch) parsnip (can sub carrots) <BR> 3 cups cubed (about 3/4 inch) butternut squash <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 1 large clove garlic, minced <... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 07:15:48 EST Why are soldiers having to repay bonuses? I try hard to stay away from political topics. I respect and appreciate my friends and don't want to get into heated, hurtful arguments with them as I've seen happen in families and friendships. However... <BR> <BR> My son is a Veteran. He joined because he loves his country. While at his advanced training, 9-11 occurred. He didn't ask to go to war, nor was he given a choice. While he wasn't in California, nor in the National Guard, he was a soldier in Iraq. <BR> <BR> Our Army (and my son)... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:24 EST Doing something is better than doing nothing! I started consciously working out on Monday, inspired by my friend Sharon. She is focused and enjoys a lot of the same things I do, except she likes (and used to teach) exercise. Oh, I'm not opposed to it. I enjoy seeing OTHER PEOPLE working out! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> A long time ago, in a far away land, I taught water aerobics. It was after an injury that I started water aerobics and it was not at all common or popular. But - I lost 35 pounds doing it. I started back after the l... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:49:01 EST Hydrate today for tomorrow! This is an excellent illustration of why you hydrate today even if you aren't going out today. Set yourself up for success! <BR> <link><BR>mguide/dp-nws-weather-0726-20160725-st<BR>ory.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:32:38 EST Garden craft class I definitely didn't shoot enough pics of the projects, but we had a great time and folks had plenty of take aways. I tried to focus on recycling as well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Playing with chicken wire, I made a cloche (photo) and we attempted to make orbs to look like alliums in the garden. Spray paint purple, then mount on a bamboo stick painted green. Not quite as successful, but several of us are stil... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:03:32 EST House is finally finished and for sale! It's been a long time coming, but we finally got it on the market this past Tuesday. Since then, we've had at least two showings per day. I hope and pray for a quick sale. I'm so past done! <BR> <BR> If you want to see, please view <link><BR>-Rosalie-Street-Winston-Salem-NC-27104<BR>-181151205 </link> <BR> I think it turned out pretty great. The cabinet next to the stove is for a pull out trash can. (Got a lot of grief from others on the kitchen desig... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:08:19 EST New SP page? Nope, don't like it! I agree 100% with what KaseyCoff said in this blog: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168082 </link> <BR> <BR> I feel like we weren't given any notice, input or choice. No likey. <BR> PLEASE click the I Liked this blog button on her post! Sun, 22 May 2016 12:29:27 EST Spiral herb garden I have wanted one for so long and it's finally in. I received the bricks and red pavers for free, so why not?!?! In about a month, it will look so much better (I hope!), with the herbs adjusting to their new home and tons of basil, parsley and more growing. <BR> <BR> My husband (SMITU) put up a canopy over my work area so I wouldn't get too hot. He's the most thoughtful man! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since we... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:29:53 EST Oliver! Insanity has entered our house in the form of a 10-11 week old puppy, now named Oliver. SMITU is the director of the Animal Shelter and when Oliver was brought in, the wait for a new dog was over. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's been just over three years since Dylan passed away. We talked about our age and our lifestyle sans pups, but this puppy won his heart over and now mine! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:13:04 EST Plants, Greenhouse and AP success! The race is on to generate a reasonable amount of seedlings for our annual plant sale. I started germinating seeds in late January for the April 23-24 sale to benefit our nonprofit. We've recently selected a new project (wheelchair beds at a therapeutic facility) so now to generate the monies to fund the project. <BR> <BR> First, the vegetables I planted in the Aquaponics (AP) system have done fairly well. Tomatoes came on strong, then the nutrient issues have almost defeated me. We have Au... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:58:18 EST School Board Presentation <img src=""> <BR> It's almost garden season for most folks, but with my job, gardening (even if only in my head) is year round. Planning sometimes takes more time than planting! <BR> <BR> I have designed several gardens recently and finally got approval on two of them yesterday. Here is one of them, designed for maximum output. The harvest will be donated each week to Social Services recipients, but children will... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 07:38:10 EST 34 pictures of which muscles you are stretching Ever wonder if you are working the correct muscle when you stretch? After being stuck inside for the past couple of days I really need to stretch! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es-stretching/ </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:25:12 EST 10 Things To Do At Night For A Good Morning Here are 10 simple things to do before bed that help to make the morning a good one. <BR> <BR> Organize Your Evening Ritual: <BR> <BR> 1. Do a quick tidy <BR> Put things away and straighten up a little. It will make all the difference to wake up and see a sense of order in your home. <BR> <BR> 2. Preempt morning panic <BR> Attack the trouble areas the night before. Coffee beans in the machine? Work outfit decided? Kids’ schoolbags packed? <BR> <BR> 3. Prepare the breakfast zone <BR> Set t... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:42:08 EST National Cheese Lover's day! <img src=""> <BR> Many people cut cheese out of their diet when they start looking at losing weight. Don't Brie crazy! I Camember to think of eliminating cheese from my diet! This article from the Wisconsin Cheese Board has great info on why you should continue to eat and enjoy cheese responsibly. Cheese is Gouda for you! <BR> <link><BR>05/8-reasons-to-eat-cheese/?sf16771048=1 ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:40:14 EST Dementia affects more than just the patient From <link> </link> Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. I am unfortunately very familiar with dementia and it's most common form, Alzheimer's. My father had Alzheimer's and I helped my brother with him. Admittedly, my brother did the hardest part because our Dad was living with him. I had the responsibility of straightening out the financial part of stuff. The hardest part was that he refused to talk about deat... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:19:32 EST 10 (plus) Things to do in January - Farmers Almanac From Susan Higgins, Web Content Editor at Farmers Almanac <BR> <BR> Now that the holidays are over, and we head into the thick of winter, you might be asking yourself, “now what?” Here’s a list of 10 things to do for the month of January that will not only keep you busy, but may even improve your mood! Try one, or all ten! <BR> <BR> Write thank you notes. It’s probably the last thing you feel like doing, but if you buy yourself some beautiful notes and a nice pen, it can actually be a thera... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 08:58:49 EST 14 important thoughts 1. Fall and Rise <BR> Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago . <BR> <BR> 2. A father's advice <BR> Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic <BR> <BR> 3. The power of uniqueness. <... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:44:07 EST Start as you mean to go One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received is "Start as you mean to go". So, started the new year off by making conscious choices on what I eat and drink. I'm cutting off beer till April and only having a glass of wine per night. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Okay, maybe not like that! More like this... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Started... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:45:59 EST Planning for success in the garden and out! It is easy for me to relate my health with gardening. I grow a lot of what we eat + fresh veg and fruits are good for you = better health. <BR> <BR> This article is actually about gardening, but it applies to setting yourself up for success in better health and weight loss. Thought I'd share... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lanning-for-success/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:15:19 EST The hidden epidemic So.... not exactly Christmas fare, however, I wanted to share the following article. I had prolapse surgery 8 years ago that failed, then went on to physical therapy. (Yes, they do have PT for this condition!) It kinda creeped me out, but is was the less invasive option. <BR> <BR> Having to be cautious about how long/hard you work out is smart, so you don't hurt yourself. Having to be cautious so you don't embarrass yourself is another story. Running for every available bathroom isn't fun. ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:16:55 EST Great book If you are looking for a great book for someone else or for yourself, check out Ellen Marrs' book on Amazon. She is truly inspirational! She trained with many of my friends (coaching and encouraging most of them!) to complete a Komen 3-day. She lives what she writes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>earned-Running/dp/1516881621 </link> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:48:35 EST Cool Gadgets for Gifts I'm always looking for something different but totally usable for my kids. I came across this and thought about getting it for myself. Not too bad for a busy lifestyle! <BR> <link><BR>controlled-smart-baking/901201p.html </link> <BR> <BR> What gadgets can you recommend or do you want to get? <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:45:23 EST Be Thankful Be Thankful <BR> Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, <BR> If you did, what would there be to look forward to? <BR> Be thankful when you don’t know something <BR> For it gives you the opportunity to learn. <BR> Be thankful for the difficult times. <BR> During those times you grow. <BR> Be thankful for your limitations <BR> Because they give you opportunities for improvement. <BR> Be thankful for each new challenge <BR> Because it will build your strength and characte... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:15:01 EST Prescription for nature? Had a meeting with the American Heart Association regarding doctors writing prescription for community gardens and giving food boxes in lower income areas. Today I came across this. I'm totally on board with getting outside! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pretty-much-totally-complete-health-ca<BR>se-for-urban-nature/411331/ </link> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:15:10 EST Wicked Garden - details We had a lot of fun pulling this together, however, I was scared spitless that I was going to touch something I shouldn't. I am allergic to bee stings and spider bites, kinda crazy for a gardener, but I do carry an Epipen with me. Fear and respect for the plants was valid. <BR> <BR> Kids and adults surprised me by being so interested and asking great questions. We had a steady stream coming in almost all night long! <BR> <BR> The list was originally much longer, but this is what we ended u... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:17:20 EST Spooktacular Our city hosted a Spooktacular event with games, spooky story telling, a fire twirler, cool booths and food at one of the parks and of course, I got roped into it. I am the Community Garden Program Coordinator, so someone thought it would be "fun" for us to put on a poison garden. NOPE! But we did put on a Wicked Garden, plants that can make you sick and others that are just mean, like holly. Great education opportunity. Here's a few pics from the event. (I managed to not be in any of these!... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:07:22 EST It's a Souper day! Okay, so insanity strikes when I'm stuck in the house. I picked up, moved or tied down everything possible to past two days getting ready for our rain event. So what now? Am I motivated to do anything indoors? Maybe in a while. For now, think I'll peruse soup recipes for inspiration. <BR> <BR><BR>winter-soups/ <BR> <BR> Hope you can access the link, if not go to big oven's website. They have a lot of great recipes. Any favorites out there? Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:17:28 EST FIFO Have you ever heard the term FIFO before? In the food service industry, we use FIFO as a standard. It means First In, First Out. Basically, when food comes in, it's rotated to the front of the shelves so it is used first. We should be using the same concept in our pantries and refrigerators. <BR> <BR> Trying to be healthier, I have been eating a cup greek yogurt each morning. The store had them on sale last week so I stocked up on my favorites and tossed them on the top shelf of the frig. S... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:03:24 EST Procrastinating... has to stop! Saw this article and it speaks well to some of the issues I have, starting with social media. <BR> <link><BR>1-practical-ways-to-stop-procrastinati<BR>on.html?dgs=1 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have so many things going on, if I don't stay organized and on top of each one, I fall behind very quickly. I'm behind, but fighting my way out of the chaos. <BR> <img src=... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:43:06 EST September Plank Challenge Friends of mine have been doing this and keep raving about it. Not sure I can do it, but what the heck! WHY NOT TRY??? <BR> <BR> The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn't! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 2 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 3 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 4 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 5 - 40 seconds <BR> Day 6 - REST <BR> Day 7 - 45 seconds <BR> Day 8 - 45 seconds <BR>... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:34:26 EST Interesting articles I come across random articles at what seems to be just the right time. Here are two that I "found" this weekend. <BR> <BR> Calming your anxious mind... <BR> <link><BR>/the-mindful-self-express/201506/9-way<BR>s-calm-your-anxious-mind? </link> <BR> <BR> How to Project power... <BR> <link><BR>how-to-project-power.html? </link> <BR> <BR> I also watched Sparkpeople's video on power yoga poses. I did it a couple o... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:32:21 EST Greenhouse project We did it! I say three hours, but that doesn't count the three hours from three other volunteers, plus four hours from the volunteer electrician, plus all my time, but the most important thing is it's done! <BR> <BR> Wait, I need to buy a door sweep and a safety stopper for the back window and... well, 99% finished. Feel free to take a look. I'll try to post pics on here tomorrow, but for now, I'm going to have a glass of wine and check out the recliner! <BR> <link> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 19:10:41 EST Not a fish tale! The Man and I had a rare 2 days back to back of fishing. He has been working so much that it's rare for him to have 2 days off in a week, so when he wanted to go fishing on day two - at 7:30am, I'm not going to say no. We are very blessed to live where we can put the boat in very quickly. One day we'll have our own dock, but not today. <BR> <BR> We decided to go to Ft. Monroe to explore an area we hadn't been in before. What should have been 1 foot seas turned out to be a bit more choppy. (... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:38:25 EST Step outside the box My sweetheart steps so far outside the box, he forgets what the box looks like! I am still recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and having trouble sleeping because I move a lot in my sleep. Adjust my pillow - OW! Grab the blanket - OW! You get the pic. <BR> <BR> Night before last was particularly rough and I woke him up a couple of times unintentionally. When I finally dragged myself out of bed, this is what greeted me: <BR> <img src=" Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:53:41 EST Good advice! Great article... <BR> <link><BR>/changepower/201505/5-thoughts-can-get<BR>-you-through-almost-anything </link> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:19:26 EST Million Pollinator Gardens This is a cool new site I saw this morning. Upload your pollinator garden pics and join millions of other folks helping to increase our bee population. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the latest pic of my Bee garden. I plant a ton of African Blue Basil every year for my neighbor's honeybees, but even the bumblebees like to hang out there! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:33:02 EST Pirate ball Just a quick photo! I wish the ones with SMITU had turned out, but I will always take more. Wearing a dress this heavy gives me new found respect for the ladies that wore them all day... And mine is modified to not be quite so heavy! It does, however, have a built in whale bone corset. I don't remember discussing a corset with the dressmaker! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:59:22 EST ReWild your life 30 day challenge Get outside! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:00:33 EST Measuring Sexy Just saying... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:03:26 EST