BGGARDEN's SparkPeople Blog BGGARDEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time Flies When You are sharing Monkey Brains I bet you have heard or said this like a million times in your life time : WHERE did the summer go? Now make that 1 million and 1 ! <BR> First I want to say that just like in my comment status on sparkpeople today I really love how sparkpeople is always there for you. This week I had a friendly reminder from the dearest friend I have ( which I met on Sparks a few years back) inquiring if I had been on sparkspeople lately. Thank you for the reminder so I am back to post a little from my... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 15:28:21 EST Grow your Own If I can do it ... anyone can do it! <BR> I am a city girl at heart. I don't know the names of most of the pretty blooms I grow but I love what they do for me and my family. The colors light up our world and add to the beautiful surroundings. I recently started growing my veggies in raised beds and I love it. It is so much easier. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful feeling to walk out in the garden ( big or small) and pick something healthy for your family to enjoy! <BR> <img src="http://... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 14:36:54 EST I've missed you! Hey All - It is a fabulous spring morning here in the garden and I just wanted to post a little something from my world. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> From my frosty morning walk in the garden. <BR> These tulips seem to be enjoying the crisp treat from spring! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've missed you, <BR> Bren <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:23:03 EST Happy New Year! I am a little late with this blog but I have been so busy with life. I recently deleted myself ...... ouch .... off of my Veggies and Blooms Team. I feel so bad for leaving those lovely ladies but I was a horrible leader the past 1/2 year. <BR> <BR> Do you remember when you were a kid and you would go sledding in the winter? You know that feeling when you are going down the hill and it feels like there is NO WAY to stop till you hit the bottom? That is pretty much the I can describe my l... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 01:02:33 EST Holiday Green Tour 09 I want to share with you the Holiday Green Tour I have kicked off in the Garden Network. During the Holiday months I visit local greenhouses and share with you what they are doing to celebrate the Season. You won't want to miss all the creative Garden ideas you can use in your Home & Garden. <BR> <BR> Holiday Green Tour '09 <BR> <link><BR>iday-green-tour-2009.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:45:47 EST Staying SMART healthy working on a Web Design For the past few days I have been working on my HTML and CSS skills with my Web Design program. That's Right - a new website is in the works. I am feeling my age with all the NEW features todays web design programs allow you to use to keep a updated web site. Getting a little frustrated but I am not giving up! <BR> <BR> Thank you Spark Friends for all your encouragement. <BR> <BR> I will be updating daily - remember to always take ONE step at a TIME! <BR> <link> </l... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 12:53:09 EST I am featured on the Garden World Report! Last week I had the previledge to be featured on the Garden World Report. <BR> Please check it out at : <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The video will keep looping until a new report is posted on SUnday. <BR> <BR> SO please stop by and tell me what you all think!!! <BR> Bren Sat, 7 Nov 2009 13:07:44 EST I found Healthy Living.... I know that sounds so crazy to post ' I found healthy living' ... but I DID! <BR> And the best part is I did it on my own. Please don't take that wrong because I do so appreciated my friends I have followed and met along the way here at Sparkpeople. This is what I did.... LIVED! This spring - summer I completely dedicated my time and energy into my gardening, home life and capturing that joy on film ( or digital images!) . Finding my passion for the things I enjoy doing and sharing that... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:41:49 EST AWAY ON HARVEST BREAK! The weather has been wonderful and the fruits & Veggies are better then ever this year. <BR> Forgive me for not being on sparkpeople. I promise to return once the Harvest is complete. <BR> <BR> IT IS all about living my friends. <BR> (((HUGS))) and Happy last days of summer. <BR> Bren <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 09:45:33 EST Here & There with Health 1st! It has been a wonderful summer so far so I thought I would stop in share some summer memories with my friends at SparkPeople. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The photo above is from tonights 'harvest'. This is only the beginning of the veggie harvest. The color has been wonderful this year despite the lack of rain we have been experiencing. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Zinnia' row at Sunrise! <BR> <B... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 23:03:58 EST On Spark Break I wanted to post a quick little note to let my sparkfriends know I am going on a Spark Break. Not sure when I will 'officially' be back. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all your support, <BR> Bren <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 12:15:35 EST Lost in the Garden I need to note this is a GOOD lost. The past few days I have been in the garden from sunrise to sunset. Weeding, watering and pampering those poor little cucumbers and zucchini that need RAIN so desperately. What a wonderful feeling to look out into the garden and see the plants I started from seed producing blooms. I even have a few peppers that have been survived on a veggie platter. This is GOOD HEALTH. <BR> <BR> I never would have imagined I would love being in the country as mu... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:30:29 EST 1st Russian Tomato Super excited to show the FRUITS OF MY LABOR.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NOT TO MENTION I feel wonderful working in the garden. <BR> <BR> BTW - the tomato was super yummy weighting in at only .3 oz but hearty and bold sweet flavor. I can't wait to have a few of these in a garden salad. <BR> <BR> ENJOY THE SUMMER ....... <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 15:52:14 EST Wordless Wednesday in the Garden <img src=""> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:04:47 EST Water and Pink a few of my favorites Just had to share this wonderful pink that can't get enough of with my dear Spark Buddies! <img src=""> <BR> Isn't that collage just wonderful?!!! And that is only my ENDLESS SUMMER variety. Can't wait to share my Pinky Winky , Oak Leaf and the Limelight with you all. Anyone else a big Hydrangea fan? <BR> <BR> We are heading into my 'not so favorite' time of year. YOU KNOW, when the heat starts kicking in and you just can't get cooled... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 16:58:46 EST Happy Friday Everyone! It has been too long... forgive me for being away so long. I have been super busy in the garden. Here is a little photo of what I have been enjoying in the garden. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These are the last days for the peony blooms. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Happy and HEALTHY WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Jun 2009 22:47:49 EST Make a Choice <img src=""> <BR> First off - I am going to share with you a little piece of my world in the garden. The roses have arrived. IF you would like to read more about gardening in my parts of the Midwest please visit me at : <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make a Choice is my thought for today because as I visit Sparkpeople during my coffee time I realized that to be the healthy person you are meant to be means y... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 10:55:32 EST Happy Bloom Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> The peonies have arrived in my garden. <BR> Enjoy the last days of spring my friends. <BR> Happy Bloom Tuesday Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:31:13 EST Happy Weekend - BUDDY LIST Happy Friday - what a wonderful morning it was in the garden taking a few photos of what maybe the last days for the seeded Daisy. That is OK because we can enjoy them forever when you take a photo. I am going to share them with you all this morning. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also I wanted to let all my Veggie and Blooms Team Members know that we are not forming the JUne Buddy List. IT is super important to take just a few minutes a... Fri, 29 May 2009 10:22:49 EST UPDATES This morning I took some time to add new photos to the NEWLY updated SParkpeople page. I love the new features the creators at Spark Network have provided it's users. I hope this encourages more people to get involved with this fabulous community and start learning to live the healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Today in the garden : <img src=""> <BR> Today is your day to make it happen.... go out and live your dream! <BR> <BR> <BR> Stop by... Wed, 27 May 2009 08:52:55 EST A Simple Bloom Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Simple as the Daisy Petals <BR> <BR> This past week I have been cutting the breads and heavy carbs out of my diet. It is working for me and I am finally dropping some unwanted pounds. It is simply my bodies way of saying ' THANK YOU ' for thinking of me and giving me what I need to grow healthy. <BR> <BR> It is simple for me to think of living healthy if I think of it as I do for caring for the flowers I love to grow.... Tue, 19 May 2009 12:19:28 EST NOW RIGHT NOW.... go out and take a photo of what you see! Share it with us on Sparkpeople! Happy Weekend <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is mine after mowing the grass in between the rain drops. So very happy the sun is out for dinner on the deck. <BR> <BR> LOVE LIFE... get out and enjoy what we have been blessed with. From the BGGarden. <BR> Sat, 16 May 2009 19:30:55 EST Bloom Tuesday - Healthy Snacks Happy Bloom Tuesday Everyone! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BUSY BUSY TIME in the garden.... don't forget to eat a health snack while in for a break after doing busy activities. <BR> <BR> It’s important to have access to nutritious low-carb snack food so that if you get hungry between meals you won’t reach for crackers and chips. <BR> <BR> Ideally, a low-carb snack should have protein, healthy fat, and some fiber (so the best thing would b... Tue, 12 May 2009 08:18:10 EST Away - In the Garden Getting busy in my neck of the woods. Forgive me if I am not SPARKIN' ONLINE as much in May. I am sparkin' in real life with sticking to diet, exercise and drinking loads of water. <BR> I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the May Blooms as well dear friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Spring from my garden. Fri, 8 May 2009 10:34:07 EST Blooms to share <img src=""> <BR> I don't think I need to say much more about WHY I love gardening after looking at these lovely peonies tulips that are blooming in one of my gardens. <BR> <BR> The sunny warm weather was left us an we are enjoying ( yes enjoying!) some rain. My elliptical missed me on those sunny days. It has been nice to get caught up on things indoors. I do still sneak out and plant or weed a few areas of the garden because there is... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 07:26:42 EST Another Flu in the News.... What to do about the new flu in the news this morning?! <BR> Like I tell my kids ' WASH YOUR HANDS!" <BR> <BR> This one is just too pretty not to share with you all. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The weather turn to summer here in the Midwest as we break record highs for this time of the year. I have been busy trying to keep up with watering the new trees / plants until the cooler weather and rain arrives. <BR> <BR> We should take note... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 08:23:43 EST Just Living! This is my super busy time of year and it is hard to keep to commitments online. This is the time of year when my life is like a roller coaster. Long days in the garden moving heavy sod bags and toting wheel barrels of compost or digging up something new. By the end of the day I am so SUPER tired I don't know if I am coming or going. I LOVE IT!!!!! <BR> <BR> By the Summers End we will sit back and just enjoy the surroundings...... This was worth the hard work! <BR> <BR> I hope you fin... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 22:40:29 EST Here comes the blooms <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are some of the things the April rain showers brought. <BR> It feels wonderful to be outside and working in the garden. IS there any other exercise that is better then that???!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy life and be healthy dear friends. <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 17 Apr 2009 11:42:41 EST Happy but very WET Bloom Tuesday Yes we are jumping mud puddles in our neck of the woods but we are happy because of the old saying ' April Showers bring May Flowers!' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With the thoughts of summer right around the corner I hope this will keep you focused on healthy living so you can enjoy your warm days better. I know I am focusing on wearing those sleeveless shirts with confidence by doing basic weight training today. <BR> <BR> Happy ... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 19:46:28 EST Favorite this Spring <img src=""> <BR> This was just too fabulous not to share! <BR> <BR> Be healthy and enjoy the sun this Good Friday! <BR> <BR> P.S. YES Patty - this is one of my pretty daffodils that are blooming right now. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 11:05:56 EST ARE YOU BLOOMING.... or Glooming? I hope this photos from Tuesdays Bloom makes you BLOOM! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Smile Today - It is one of the healthiest things you can do! <BR> Wed, 8 Apr 2009 12:57:17 EST Spring Cleaning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cleaning the flower beds and adding some wonderful little pansy flowers. Busy week we had in the garden getting things ready to welcome spring. <BR> <BR> While we are doing some cleaning on the outside why not look on the inside as well? Take a look inside the refrigerator and cabinets in the kitchen and be sure we have it stocked with HEALTHY TREATS. While the busy time has arrived it is even more important to ... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 08:39:52 EST April - I am in the Garden! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share with you some of the color going on in my garden to wish you all a very Happy April! <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:48:52 EST Happy BLOOM TUESDAY <img src=""> <BR> WELL.... I was going to share my yellows that are just starting to bloom but then I remembered I had not shared my blues from last week. ENJOY this Bloom Tuesday! <BR> <BR> The sun is rising in my neck of the woods and I will be out in the garden all day. We are enjoying a warm spring and it is a blessing to be able to do the clean up from winter early. <BR> <BR> I hope you are able to get out and enjoy this day. <B... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 08:10:23 EST Wordless Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:43:41 EST Happy Bloom Tuesday Well... they are almost a bloom! A collection of my latest little buds that are appearing in my yard today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope to get some starter trees I have been growing for a few years into their permanant location before the rain arrives tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Back to BURNING SOME CALORIES in the Garden today! <BR> Happy Spring Tue, 24 Mar 2009 12:23:52 EST March Clean UP - Spring has SPRUNG! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The flowers are starting to get their buds and the yard needs some tender loving care because it is that time of year! YES.... Spring has Sprung in my neck of the woods. It doesn't mean we may not get some last minute snow but there is plenty to do while the weather is nice. <BR> <BR> This is the time of year I usually turn 'workouts' over to workouts in the yard. After all isn't that what life is all about? ... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 07:19:51 EST Week2 of March BOOTCAMP <img src=""> <BR> MEASURE - It will show success if you keep with it! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share with y'all this workout I have been doing and feeling super good about. IT IS WORKING FOR ME!!! I just had to share the information with my sparkfriend with thoughts that someone out there may need to be motivated to get up and MOVE!!! <BR> <BR> FIRST UP - WEIGHT IN and MEASURE <BR> hips/ waist / bust and arms <BR> WRITE IT DOWN - and don'... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 13:03:01 EST Is it Spring ? I had to share a few photos of the wonderful day. It is truly a day to take the exercise outside. IF you have any extra time at all I would encourage you all to go out and take a walk... and look at the signs of spring. <BR> What are you doing on the warmer days? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Happy to see some signs of what is yet to come. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The kittens are ... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 13:41:46 EST Wordless Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 4 Mar 2009 23:10:22 EST Bloom Tuesday - AGASTACHE Honey Bee Blue I can't wait till spring as arrived in my neck of the woods. Most gardeners are making their list and checking it twice this time of year. I am adding a new variety of Agastache to my list for this years planting. <BR> <BR> Yesterday for Bloom Tuesday over at the Veggies and Blooms garden Team I blogged about the AGASTACHE Honey Bee Blue. I LOVE THIS PERENNIAL! It has been one of the best addition to my gardens providing color, a wonderful licrice scent and plenty of butterflies. I woul... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:42:43 EST Staying Motivated on the Weekend Hard to believe it is the end of the work week already. This week seemed to fly by for me. Old man winter is going out with a bang again this year dumping 3 - 5 inches of fresh snow on us this weekend. I am like most Midwesterns' and I can't wait to get outside to enjoy spring. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With the winter still upon us it is hard to not just stay under the cozy comforter on the weekends when you don't have to get up... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 07:55:27 EST Happy Tuesday Bloom! This is my bloom for today ..... it won't be long and these wonderful tulips will be blooming again in the yard. LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Bloom Tuesday! Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:57:28 EST Happy Bloom 2's Day! being 'creative' with my title today..... must be the sunshine! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The image is the miniature orange blossom rose I have blooming in my kitchen window. <BR> Happy Bloom Tuesday Friends! <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:43:06 EST Spring Tease..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tulips from my photos eye! This photoshop creation was made by using on of my tulips photos and a layer I borrowed from Photoshop Friend. <BR> <BR> Today has been just lovely! The sun keeps peeking out but the temperature is welcomed. We are looking at high 40's today and that is just perfect for the middle of winter. <BR> <BR> Working on some bulb information today for a talk I have to give at the end of th... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 14:50:02 EST Spring Fever <img src=""> <BR> I got the SPRING FEVER BUG really bad. could be this horrible 1 digit cold spell we have been having for the month of January. OUCH... Tired of seeing singer digits on my outside reading each day. In my neck of the woods we still have a few months left of 'winter'. <BR> <BR> Making the best of it and starting to do some research on the plants that were successful in years past. This year I want to focus more on growi... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 08:30:13 EST MIA - what is that really? <img src=""> <BR> This is a little something I put together for my blog entry today. The sketch in the middle is one of my OLD SCHOOL sketches. I think I did this design back in 1996. That dress pattern was one of my favorites to put together. It was on my clip board so I thought I would scrapbook it a few minutes ago. <BR> <BR> Drawing , cutting, pricking my finger with a sewing needle is what I have been doing the past few days. If... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 21:25:51 EST A Dream <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this on one of my favorite Scrapbooking blogs this morning and I just had to share this with you. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday <em>129</em> Wed, 4 Feb 2009 09:49:52 EST End of the Week Collage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hard to believe it is the end of the week. I sharing with you the image I put together for my garden blog. What a wonderful two weeks it has been. COLD... but wonderful. <BR> <BR> LOVE LIFE - that is my moto for this month. Simple but oh so true. Keep those simple words in mind even when life throws a curve ball at you. IF that curve ball is health related, financial issues, or you just don't know what is bring... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:32:33 EST Happy 'Bloom' Tuesday Not the bloom I want to see in my neck of the woods just yet . While taking some photos of the snow today I noticed my Magnolia Tree has some buds. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This can't be good! I don't remember there being buds this early in the year. We will see what happens. <BR> <BR> My favorite garden magazine had a wonderful article last month that I have read at last 10 times now. It is about resolutions and keeping them. BI... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 19:06:34 EST