OZARKMARY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OZARKMARY OZARKMARY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 20th week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362591 The weeks are sure picking up speed. My weight is slowly showing progress which is a good thing. <em>521</em> I am so glad for TOPS weekly meetings that keep me accountable for stepping on the scale. <em>192</em> And the knowledge I get from Sparkpeople that I am able to share at meetings. I just wish all members would be consistent. Seems attendance falls off in the Spring/Summer just when it should pick up but I understand busy lives. <BR> <BR> I'm making progress with the yard. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 08:40:39 EST Week 17 almost 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354687 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/233221ac-a03c-4938-b90b-14b4df59df15.jpg"> <BR> As always, time is flying. I'm slowly getting the yard ready for summer. I got the bed by the end of our deck, weeded and munched just in time for a friend's return. Many cringe seeing this but I've come to learn how helpful they are. IT was here last year and I got a much commented on photo of, what I think was the same snake, looking in our living room window while hanging on the shepherd's ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:29:00 EST Week 17 almost 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354680 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7588749f-27ee-4d7b-a3b2-e27fc0f35ec3.jpg"> <BR> As always, time is flying. I'm slowly getting the yard ready for summer. I got the bed by the end of our deck, weeded and munched just in time for a friend's return. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:07:15 EST Week 14 Hmm Guess I got busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342854 Time <em>56</em> is flying. We're now down to one more <em>528</em> paycheck. Tax season flew by. <BR> <BR> The winter <em>425</em> seems to be a part of the past. Everything is blooming. <em>126</em> The dogwoods are starting to open. They are my favorite! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I volunteered to collect items for the <em>187</em> Newborns in Need group that helps babies in a 5 county area. It was so much fun! However, today I am the poster child for ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 21:01:31 EST Week 12 and First day of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335836 First day of Spring <em>126</em> that is to hit possibly 80!! <em>67</em> <em>198</em> Hope this doesn't predict summer. Haha <BR> <BR> Last week's weigh in brought a "turtle" <em>134</em> or stayed the same. Not bad for 2 days on the road 8 hrs <em>56</em> each, 2 stops at Cracker Barrell and a lunch at dd's of fried chicken. potato salad and pasta salad. <BR> <BR> This week has gone well inspite of <em>137</em> corned beef, cabbage <em>368</em> , and Irish soda bread... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:21:02 EST Week 11 and back to Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332448 We've been spoiled with <em>67</em> Spring like weather <em>126</em> for several weeks. My dh and I went to Illinois for the weekend to meet that new granddaughter. <em>183</em> What a little dolly. <em>26</em> Love at first sight! Grampa brought some presents for her <em>80</em> and <em>203</em> big brother. Mom and dad were thrilled with the stroller. <BR> <BR> We had chilly but sunny weather there and a cool but sunny trip home but then we woke to snow!! <em>425<... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:43:48 EST Week 10 already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328746 Lent <em>458</em> has started, the Spring weather storms <em>27</em> are a bit early and we will take a weekend trip <em>534</em> to Illinois to visit a new granddaughter. <em>173</em> <BR> <BR> As usual, I am giving up sweets <em>473</em> and snacking <em>521</em> for Lent. I am trying to be more prayerful <em>458</em> and generous with donations. <BR> <BR> Although we don't generally travel <em>433</em> when I have opportunity to work, this is an exception. Thi... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:37:55 EST Skipped the 8th and now 9.5 week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323427 It's not that I'm so busy but I have made some decisions recently with dh so I haven't been really focused on blogging. <BR> <BR> Change is good for the older brain and I have made a few. <em>253</em> I changed my cell phone carrier and got a "smarter" phone. I'm hoping it helps my old brain to speed up a bit. We now have decent wifi from a Hotspot so it will be easier to Spark <em>252</em> at home. <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> Our satellite tv bill has gotten outrages so I called to ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:29:54 EST 7th week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316476 Well, guess I missed my Sun, or Mon. entry but that's okay!! <em>592</em> I lost 1.5 lbs at TOPS last night. That's always a good thing. We had a discussion about keeping track of our calories each day. There was a consensus that we need to "write it down"! <em>249</em> Just putting our food on our electronics <em>387</em> isn't enough. I told them again about the wonders of SP. Can't seem to persuade them to check us out. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I have a day off since our... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:32:28 EST 6th Week Time flies in tax season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311959 I had a pretty good week. But, I did indulge in Pizza not once but twice. <em>483</em> <em>480</em> So, I have been careful since and am drinking the water <em>274</em> ..helps flush the salt. I even spent some time on the recumbent bike. <em>193</em> I'll find out tomorrow night at weigh in. Have a blessed week!! <em>306</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:19:31 EST 5th Week, already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307666 Well, so busy accomplishing things on my only day off that I forgot my Sunday blog. <em>20</em> I had a good food week, staying in my range all but two days. No added exercise so I'm anxious to see the numbers tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>274</em> <em>180</em> <em>311</em> <em>67</em> <em>192</em> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> See you LIGHTER!!! <em>334</em> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:54:42 EST 4th Week 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303724 I KNEW I was forgetting something yesterday. After church, I made a slow cooker meal for dinner. Washed, dried, folded and put away a load of clothes and read a book while I did a half hour on the recumbent bike. Made the dough for a loaf of whole wheat bread that I baked this morning. Haven't tasted it yet but my co-workers are lovin'it. Love my orange Lodge Dutch Oven! <BR> <BR> Had a good week so far but not much exercise. It felt good to get back on the bike. I'll find out tomo... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:29:57 EST Third week of 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298824 I will weigh on Tuesday and I feel confident it will be a loss. I am faithfully tracking my food which always makes a difference. I start my seasonal job tomorrow too. $$$ Hope you all have a blessed week. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:55:02 EST Had a great First week of 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293825 In spite of the cold weather <em>425</em> I walked <em>311</em> my mile every other day. I've tracked food <em>190</em> and kept iced lemon or lime water <em>274</em> handy all day, stopping after dinner. <em>211</em> Finally, looking forward to a weigh-in <em>193</em> . It's been awhile!! <em>20</em> Have a blessed week!!! <em>459</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 11:58:26 EST Happy 2017!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288477 Time for goal setting. As always, the year has 52 weeks and I need to lose 45#s, again. With those numbers, at 1# a week, I can reach my Goal by the week of Nov 5th. Sounds very doable! That was simple. No to get it done. I WILL do this!!! We can ALL live healthier so let's do it!! Praying God gives extra strength to those that frequently ask Him! Have a blessed week! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:13:49 EST Thank you GORDON66... I WILL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165434 It's been 5 months since my last blog and these are my thoughts. <BR> <BR> I NEED to get serious. <BR> <BR> I WILL knock off the sweets and stop indulging in too many salty snacks. <BR> <BR> I WILL track my activity...never have gotten into that habit. <BR> <BR> I WILL purge and organize in my home. <BR> <BR> I WILL stay focused on my Goal. For that reason, I have changed my Goal ticker so that it doesn't show all my PAST progress so that I may now start over and make NEW progress. <BR>... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:18:35 EST It's been 5 months since... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163976 It's been 5 months since my last blog and these are my thoughts. <BR> <BR> I NEED to get serious. <BR> <BR> I NEED to knock off the sweets and stop indulging in too many salty snacks. <BR> <BR> I NEED to track my activity...never have gotten into that habit. <BR> <BR> I NEED to purge and organize in my home. <BR> <BR> I NEED to stay focused on my Goal. For that reason, I have changed my Goal ticker so that it doesn't show all my PAST progress so that I may now start over and m... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:14:24 EST NEVER giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071662 I did it again. I'm at my highest allowable weight. I MUST not go higher. I WILL get it together once again! On ward and DOWNWARD on the scale. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69e80461-494f-48e5-8efb-a2bb5357d493.jpg"> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:58:22 EST This year is IT!! 2016 Bring it on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063165 I tell myself that the clock is ticking all the time. I believe I'd better get a move on and get to my Goal soon since I'm not getting any younger. Heh! I knew I gained and although I didn't set a good example at TOPS with a big loss for the year, I DID lose a few pounds. Since I am a life long yoyo-er, I always keep track on a calendar and checked back to see how I did from last year to this. I lost only 8 pounds BUT 28 pounds from 2 years ago. We have to stay positive and as I ALWAYS sa... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:33:59 EST Monday...and SP friendships are real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059916 It was nice to get back with the church family yesterday. No one made coffee so I was back home sooner than normal. Another beautiful warm/48 sunny winter day. I put drawer liners and dryer sheets in the re-purposed side table by my chair in the living room. Still need to organize some papers. Purging is in order. <BR> <BR> Shouldn't have had that popcorn last evening. Although it is low calorie there was enough fat (sunflower oil) to aggravate the old gallbladder. Time will tell with... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:09:51 EST Did well on this 2nd day of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058330 I got a pretty good sleep but was up by 5am. Finished putting the hangers on the coat rack and got the assistance of dh hanging it. The really neat hooks that I spray painted gold that wouldn't fit the rack replaced some plain hooks in our closet so we each have one. Crazy when you get excited about clothes hooks. <BR> <BR> Each day I find a few more things that need to be put away, thrown away or made ready for a future yard sale. Today I washed the old quilt from our bed which was re... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:23:02 EST Ahhh! A NEW beginning or a FRESH continuation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056873 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16b8f2ce-ac9e-43db-8355-9de0b569be65.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this and will try to live it this year and hope you all will too! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:33:36 EST 3rd Sunday in Advent...time is flying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046465 Although I haven't blogged in awhile, I continue to remember family, friends and this country in my prayers. <BR> <BR> I am still working on the kids' Advent calendars and just might get them all finished this weekend. My sewing machines aren't the best and if I remember correctly, the felt sheds and causes problems. I will say a prayer that the assembly of the number pockets goes smoothly and/or that I have the patience to persevere. <BR> <BR> Less than a week and we will head to IL... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:19:50 EST As I approach the birth of my Lord... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040489 I will pray more fervently for family health and awareness of their gifts from God. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:27:59 EST Bittersweet day today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026509 Today my beautiful little granddaughter, Amelia, is 1 Month old. It is also the 6th anniversary of my best friend Tobey's death. Life is good, though, giving us wonderful memories from the past and the gift of making future loving memories. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:00:02 EST First Saturday of Sept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991453 So many things running through my mind, the loss of family members last month, being able to be with my ALL my kids and gkids, enjoying old "back home" favorite foods, having safe travels by the grace of God, seeing my kids' high school football team play and win against a crosstown rival, returning to 10 days worth of yard work to catch up on, laundry to do and a 5# gain. I'll take the good with the bad and continue to focus on completing all tasks including the RElosing of those pounds. <B... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 10:42:02 EST Happy 4th of July!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955336 Good morning! I was just starting my Sparking this beautiful morning and saw on my Goal Motivator that I entered "Weighed 199.6 on 6-8-15". Sad thing is I am still bouncing from 199ish to 204! Why do I do this? Why do any of us do this? Hoping to figure me out one of these days. <BR> <BR> Hoping you have a Happy and safe Independence Day celebration!! God Bless America! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5b33358-57a2-425e-939c-d480ada1c348.jpg"> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:29:22 EST For you, EBETH13 Hugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1457659039.jpg"> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:42:10 EST 2014 is coming to a close. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839261 Just sitting here thinking about this year. I had a good season at my job. $$$ The bridal shower went well in May. My gson made his First Holy Communion that weekend and my new son-in-law to be went to his first mass. Summer wasn't too awfully warm but we needed an AC checkup that wasn't too costly. DH's diabetes is giving him grief with the neuropathy. We both got our checkups. All is well at both ends for this gal. I know, TMI! ;) The drive to and from CA went well and the wedding ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:52:27 EST Frost flowers, most have never seen them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817223 I think that this is caused when freezing temps cause moisture to raise through the stems of certain weeds. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020314117.jpg"> A feather and this second one was quite large, maybe as wide as a volleyball. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556767050.jpg"> God is good!!! Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:39:40 EST Thanks to ALL Veterans living and passed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815024 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1350670116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the end of my first week back on track. No sweets and no snacks. I'll weigh tonight and I know I have a loss. I feel so much better and have done several 1 mile walks. I would love to reach Onederland by New Year's Day!!!!! <BR> <BR> We will go to IL to be with most of my family for Thanksgiving then the Sunday before Christmas my CA dd will fly into KC and we will pick her up and bring her to our hou... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:00:23 EST Friday Night Lights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773928 Well, Tuesday weigh in was a bust but tracking and being more careful. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2076183042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Heard from a dear friend that will be coming for my b-day weekend. Really looking forward to that! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76310112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH has a scan appointment this later this afternoon so we will leave there and drive straight to our away game. The team has been moved up to the next higher class. ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:14:21 EST My B-day month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771041 Weigh-in tomorrow will not be pretty. What am I waiting for? Why do I postpone feeling and looking healthy? Why do these important questions fade from my mind most days? I could POSSIBLY, at 2 #'s a week, lose to GOAL in 25 weeks...a little over 6 months!! Pounds to ponder. <BR> <BR> This is my B-day month. IF I can make it 2 more weeks with no traffic tickets, I will have 50 years NO tickets!! Kind of proud of that fact. <BR> <BR> Planning on a proactive month. Blogs will tell. H... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:24:42 EST Wedding now time to get serious using TOPS, too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758888 Crazy summer. Went to Quad Cities for reunion. Son and wife brought kids so that we could bring them home with us. Had a week here with the kids. Next year the electronics will be restricted. <BR> <BR> Made the 2.5 day drive from MO to Long Beach with no close calls. Our VRBO house was wonderful except for the fact that the AC didn't work, the upstairs shower drain was plugged, the dark stone tile floor in the kitchen had never been cleaned (black bare feet resulted) and the owner and... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:43:03 EST Where does the time go? June 1, 2014 already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707932 Well, the Yard Sale was a success and I got the guest room straightened for my cousin's visit. Now, Memorial Day is a memory and Debby has gone back to FL well rested and ready to take on her new job. <BR> <BR> I gained a couple pounds but have already started to drop them. My goals for this month are to continue to weed and clean up the neglected yard, WALK 30 mins per day which is a true struggle and I really don't know why as I have the most beautiful place to walk, and to do some old f... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:18:45 EST I am grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699814 Although I have not been polite and have not replied to all your kind comments to my recent blogs, I DO read and appreciate them. I am scrambling to complete the staining of the deck and the preparing for the yard sale that has been postponed twice. We will be setting up this afternoon in spite of prediction of possible rain. My FL cousin is coming in Sunday evening and I can't wait. <BR> <BR> I have been slowly dropping ounces but that's better than gaining them. Had a physical and foun... Wed, 21 May 2014 08:43:39 EST Wednesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694760 Life sure teaches us to be flexible. This WAS the week for the postponed yard sale. Rain again, which delays my finishing the deck by staining the railings and the sale. We will try again next week. I AM gathering more items which helps rid clutter and gives others a chance to buy things they may need. Really hoping to not have to donate all, but if I do, so be it. Charity is a really good thing. <BR> <BR> I'm going to get out there before the rains move in again to dig and pot some be... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:29:55 EST The next day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694027 I didn't actually do the 30 min walk but walked way more than 30 doing the yard work. I Sparked yesterday and tracked some. Weather may not be cooperating with the Yard Sale. Rain predicted Wed, setup day and Thur. ugh! Guest room time today as it is raining. Have a blessed day!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1465762719.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859998780.jpg"> Tue, 13 May 2014 09:32:55 EST My Goals to reach by Memorial Day weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693154 Lose 5 lbs <BR> Finish Spring yard work, as much as you can EVER finish <BR> Clean and organize guest room <BR> Have a yard sale and donate leftovers to charity <BR> Get a physical (next Mon) <BR> Walk 3o minutes a day <BR> Spark daily and Track <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890794682.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1521846812.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1198486188.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 08:03:40 EST I am back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683904 It's been slow and steady up hill but I am back on track. During tax season when I work my seasonal job, I tended to eat too high calorie lunches with the girls. Then Lent started when I just quit eating sweets and between meals. I didn't lose a lot but I did lose. Then Easter Sunday came with the treat of chocolates and cake and a couple snacks. That following Monday, no sugar and no snacks. If I could only LIVE this way. Last Thursday, I went to IL to help with and enjoy my CA dd's b... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:35:00 EST Happy St Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650001 Well, it's St Patty's Day and there are only six weeks until my CA daughter's bridal shower. I need to get off my duff and get moving. Only losing a few 10ths each week is not gettin' it. We had an inch of sleet and 2 inches of snow yesterday afternoon. Hopefully, that was the last hurrah and winter is finished. It's going into the 50's today and much has already melted. Starting tomorrow, I will MAKE myself get those extra steps to help get the pounds off...again. <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:41:35 EST Last entry was July!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592283 Not surprised it's been so long. A lot has happened since mid July. Enjoyed the gkids visit and reunion. August brought a wonderful trip to the Emerald Coast. Ft Walton Beach was beautiful and breath taking. The 2 day car ride, both ways, was fun. Had plenty to eat at the Lambert's restaurants. They welcomed us by having each one of us in our party choose something from their gift shops. 9 FREE t-shirts was terrific. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630718150.jpg">... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:32:15 EST I will begin again to Continue... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422729 After the kids are home, after reunion I will begin again to Continue the journey to Goal. I MUST get away from the sugar!!! I CAN do this!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603795400.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l573646921.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l767164096.jpg"> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:08:51 EST Found the answer to the previous blog mystery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398107 It was a mouse. : / The end. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:19:21 EST Now, something scarey inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387057 Well, I've noticed some dirt on the shelf before but didn't give it much thought. Cleaned it in a hurry so a little was left. Last night after dinner, I saw that it looked like MORE dirt was laying on the shelf, so I cleaned it well this time. Broke a couple pieces of cactus, replanted them then watered. This morning... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1934026889.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1622631960.jpg"> SOOO, what do you think this is? ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:33:44 EST Little Magnolia pretty scarey, I hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387047 Since I don't knit and wanted to get her protected I decorated for Christmas in July...early. Clean cut to remove the dead top and now she looks great! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109229232.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939340937.jpg"> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:21:30 EST Garden project completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386110 Three weekends of travelling leaves little time for weeding or mulching. Got the newspaper laid, mulch spread and it's watered. Nothing fancy but functional. Before... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478445261.jpg"> After... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1905589898.jpg"> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:48:51 EST Found the problem with the Magnolia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386097 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2092793474.jpg"> I AM surrounded by woods. Any suggestions how to keep the woodpeckers away? I'm assuming it's from a woodpecker. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:29:17 EST A Magnolia problem? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385574 We didn't have an unusually cold winter, but this is what has happened to my tree. She's about 5yrs old. Any ideas? There is one more bloom to open. The bottom looks healthy. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l999909557.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:59:11 EST Gardners, How do I sterilize garden soil? Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348668 I have a small area that years ago was a strawberry bed. They died off years ago when many in my area last theirs also. Then I had dill take over. That was choked out with weeds. This area has been going downhill through the 2 hip replacements. Well, this year it is over a ft high with another type of weed. <BR> <BR> IF I cover it with black plastic for the year, do you think I will kill the weed seeds? HELP!!! <BR> <BR> For those members of the Home and Garden Do It Yourself on a B... Tue, 7 May 2013 13:22:59 EST