VONBLACKBIRD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VONBLACKBIRD VONBLACKBIRD'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/ Advent Calendar Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040603 I finished the Advent Book...really waited almost to last minute to finish but did manage to get it done. So will be posting cover, back and day one and another page today. I made this from brown craft paper and using Mod Podge to adhere most of the things to it..then stickers and tie ons. I did make quite a few mistakes in getting some of the pages upside down. Then couldn't find the paper rings to tie it all together so used glittery yarn to tie instead. <BR> This is the front. <BR> <img ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:21:43 EST Rain and More Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040015 Wow we have had the rain...we got right at 8 inches since Friday. I haven't been able to get online due to my satellite internet...it just doesn't work during really overcast days. So first time since Thursday to get online. River came up some but not really bad flood stage but enough for the local campground to move their rental campers up to the high line. We have needed a lot of rain as our water table has not risen much since the drought 2-3 years ago so think this helped a whole lot. On... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:57:36 EST Nice Quiet Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038141 Spending to day reflecting on our gifts we have received from God. No big meals for us. Rain has started so going to cuddle under a quilt and do some hand stitching instead. Hubby is playing in his shop. So thankful we don't have to cook and then overeat like most on this day. Neither of us likes overeating anymore as we pay for it for several day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4efc3ee2-3f31-4519-b79a-0be9b464b631.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:54:34 EST Sunday's Annual Thanksgiving dinner at church http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037683 I did get a few photos of the Thanksgiving dinner at church. We have many older people who come just for this meal and then we load them up with food to take home...So many do without this time of year. Our fundraiser we did earlier with 4 other churches was a hit and we were able to buy the entire fixings for 6 families for Thanksgiving. Our next thing is joining several churches putting on a living Nativity. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07709408-f140-4252-ab2a-4d2c... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:24:54 EST Part 2 of Hubby's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037173 Just a few photos from his birthday party on Saturday. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29f40c28-8999-4991-b18c-31286a9fdeca.JPG"> <BR> Pop in denim shirt and his 2 sisters...oldest and youngest and the oldest sister's husband. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/284cab1a-017c-4690-88f0-e98c2c592bf1.JPG"> <BR> Pop and our 3 sons <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/411a3e4b-0caa-448b-ba41-4e37558d2988.JPG"> <BR> Our chef. He put on quite... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:17:40 EST Hubby's Surprise Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036667 What a weekend it has been...Hubby is very happy with his gifts the kids and all gave him on Saturday evening. His sister got her times mixed up and thought we were meeting at 6 instead of 4...so after calling her it took them an hour to get there and the kids and grands were all leaving when they arrived. The young men who did the grill in front of us were real characters and it was like a show in itself...such entertainment. I took photos but haven't gotten them out of the camera yet so wil... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:18:42 EST Today's the day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035722 Today is the day for hubby's surprise party. Both of us have been busy all morning. First I had popped 3 gallons of popcorn yesterday evening and this morning I cooked up the syrup for Amish Caramel corn. Added almonds to it. Have it cooled and bagged. I'm taking all 3 bags to be shared by the kids and their families. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b726fb9c-3d16-43c3-b28d-2443a38d3662.JPG"> <BR> Notice the pan of sliced turkey breasts. We got 2 of these pans from 3 breasts t... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:53:31 EST Another pleasant day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035241 Have been having another pleasant day. I cooked up some fresh cranberry sauce to take to our pot luck at church on Sunday. I like it really cold. I also started making somfe bread. I'm in the second rise. It is made with buttermilk. <BR> <BR> Hubby came home early and decided to smoke the turkey breasts, ham and pork roast for church today instead of tomorrow. We are meeting the kids and grandkids tomorrow evening for his surprise birthday. He just thinks it is getting the family together fo... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:37:21 EST Winter is here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034711 I know winter doesn't officially start until the middle of December but with the freezing temps here now....well it is winter for me. Had 2 days of rain and of course it knocks out my satellite internet so have to be content with hand stitching on those days. <BR> <BR> I finally got my bolt of white wool but was a little disappointed. Wool used to come in 60inch wide bolts and now only 45...and of course when you wash and dry it to felt it for rug hooking it shrinks even more. I love this qu... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:33:46 EST cloudy weekend and Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033132 We have had a couple of dreary days...not much rain but just spitting mist and cold to your bones. I never get online on Sundays but not much to post about. I did finish all 7 of the days of the week towels. I have an apron to put an iron-on design and do it next. I have my sisters Christmas rug ready to go but waiting on some wool I ordered so I can dye for this rug. It is supposed to be delivered today. <BR> Not much in the way of exercise so need to get moving today even though I'm stiff ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:44:25 EST Prayer does work!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031988 Well on the continuing saga of the well pump...seems all is ok now. Our well is a shallow well and is spring fed and has lots of minerals...hence the sand filter...well apparently the submersible pump had fallen too far down in the well and was sucking up minerals and debris. It has a screen to help deter this but apparently it was too far down and the screen was stopping up...a good shake and seems it fixed itself. I went on to wash 3 more loads of laundry, bathed the dog and cleaned house a... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:04:51 EST Not a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031490 With the weather change, my arthritis has been acting up. My hip that need replacing is giving me fits as is the shoulder on that same side...but I will live. I've lived with pain from RA and OA for so long that it is 2nd nature to me and I can either give up and complain or get on with life and put on a smile. I don't dare give up!!!! I don't want to lose what movement I can still do as well so just will work through the pain this morning. <BR> <BR> Hubby has been so excited all week as tom... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:27:12 EST Walking type of Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030945 I love the fresh air after storms. We had storms yesterday so did not get online at all. But today is so fresh and breezy and just leaves a wonderful feeling inside. So time for a good walk this morning. While on my walk I took a few photos. I love mushrooms and toadstools and other fungi..so of course I had to get a photo of some. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f9106f9-5c37-40ed-8174-40426a6d0f9f.JPG"> <BR> Then yesterday during the rain, hubby and I went to town for ... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:04:59 EST Gorgeous Day for a walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029890 Just a short post today. I really would rather be outside walking or working on my crafty things than to be on the computer so much...And today is just gorgeous for a walk. Temps are warmer than yesterday and sun is shining brightly so have been out once and headed out there again. <BR> <BR> I'm really going to try to watch what I eat today. Lately I've been making hubby sweets and desserts and usually when I make them, I eat them..so today I made him a cheesecake pie with butterscotch. I do... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:37:23 EST cooler temps and weekend and chatelaines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029187 The temps around here cooled off considerably...downright cold to me in the mornings. I did an early morning walk and took this photo of the sun coming up over the mountain. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41f5dabd-8483-44fe-8f4a-17646c64985e.JPG"> <BR> I love where we live...and love my walks around our place. <BR> Someone asked me what a chatelaine was...well in Victorian era, ladies sewed and stitched a lot by hand and most had small bags they carried when they went o... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:40:02 EST been busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028206 I've somewhat been back here on Sparkpeople but really this time of year is so busy. I've been watching more what I've been eating and trying to move more. I need to do more of the moving though especially with colder weather coming on. <BR> <BR> As most know I do lots of handmade things and lately I've mainly been trying to do things for Christmas and birthday gifts. I'm also gradually going through some of my things and cull out and giving away much to the DILs and granddaughters. I decid... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 11:08:16 EST Strange and Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986786 I'm floored by all the comments on me being named motivator. ME MOTIVATOR????? Ok what's up doc? I have not been here on my Spark page in so long to even update it. I went to satellite internet (and by the way not impressed with it). I also broke down and bought a new computer as my old one allowed so many pop ups here even though my virus protectors were working. This new one also allows popups here as well but not as bad. I went to windows 10 and think it is so-so...still not impressed. Man... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:22:41 EST I think I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716619 You know it is so hard to leave Sparkpeople. I have just made way too many friends here. So decided to try to come back but just not do all the things I was doing. I'm tiptoeing quietly through here and hoping my computer will act ok. I took it back into the computer guy and he fixed it some and then showed me how to completely restore it. I did it and it had it's ups and downs so finally installed AVG virus protector and had that program clean up my computer. I had Norton but seems it wasn't... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:52:49 EST spark people site & bugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701608 I am completely leaving spark people due to this site giving my computer and tablet viruses. I have been here since 2008 so I am really sad to have to leave but I cannot keep having this problem. I am going to miss everyone. <em>247</em> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:41:10 EST Computer problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700095 I spent 2 hours with my computer geek fixing my computer. And think it is finally fixed. I will write more later on this week. Wed, 21 May 2014 14:52:23 EST computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699432 My computer quit again so back on my tablet!!! Will take it in again tomorrow. Got haircut today. Tue, 20 May 2014 18:24:06 EST baby hawks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698657 I had mentioned here earlier this spring about a pair of hawks nesting in a tree in our front yard. It has become a daily thing for us to take the binoculars out and watch them. They hatched out 3 but think they have a hard time raising 3 little ones so the stronger 2 chicks booted out the weakest one. We found it a little over a week ago dead at the bottom of the tree. At that time we only thought there were 1 or 2 chicks but must have been 3. On Saturday when the grandkids came out we had a... Mon, 19 May 2014 18:40:06 EST other day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696504 Today has been spent doing laundry & cleaning house and yard preparing for the kids to come out for BBQ tomorrow. It will be an early celebration for our 35th anniversary. Our real anniversary is not until the 25th. But one son will be gone then. Oldest son and family won't be coming as they had party planned for the daughter who graduated. <BR> <BR> Some good news!!! Found someone local to fix my computer so hopefully I will have it back by next week. Fri, 16 May 2014 15:39:28 EST THINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695803 I tried to post a blog post yesterday but I could not get it to do. Much has happened since I've gotten better. We drove over to see one of the grand daughters graduate. It was an hour & half drive there so we went early to see the family's new house. We left early to make it home before 10 that night. Today we went with the other son & wife to look over a new deer camp that hubby is considering joining. I also finished a rug and won't start a new one until Sunday since we will have kids and... Thu, 15 May 2014 15:29:24 EST SICK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693434 I have been very sick and can only blame it on myself. I decided to go cold turkey off my prilosec. Bad choice!!! I have been on it for years and thought maybe getting off it once and for all would be better for me. I went from Sunday until Friday and about landed myself in the hospital. Got in local clinic as emergency on Friday and had blood tests taken and told I needed to get back on the proposed. So it will be a lifetime thing now. I am a little better today. <BR> <BR> On another note..... Mon, 12 May 2014 13:18:57 EST computer & rug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687396 My computer died so having to use my tablet which is a pain. I cannot spin the wheels or watch videos thru SP. I finished my 3 little chicks rug. Sorry it is sideways. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433793104.jpg"> Sun, 4 May 2014 18:46:05 EST Be back soon (hopefully) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683381 I'm having internet problems and having to use the backdoor to come on SP so will not be blogging here much until it is fixed. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:51:33 EST Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681133 Well we named our kitten...CHARLIE BROWN. He just seemed like a Charlie Brown..and man for a little runt he sure knows how to chow down. <BR> <BR> Our iris have begun to bloom so I got some photos before the storms hit tomorrow and ruins them. Also the green looking plant is a wild thrillium and I planted them years ago and they have really spread now. Then our new flower beds and planters out front. We have a cedar wax wing nesting in the new bird house too. <BR> Bronze Iris <BR> <img sr... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:38:21 EST It's Friday again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680380 Yesterday I worked my volunteer day at the art gallery and it stormed all day. I didn't turn on my computer when I got home due to lightning and power going in and out. Then was going to get on here early and do my posting but our middle son and DIL came over and surprised us. We didn't realize it was time for him to come home from his shift at sea. His ship was moved to the west coast of Australia and so he was gone longer than usual. He also got a promotion and may have another promotion ag... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:22:12 EST Slow Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678765 A nice quiet day today. Sun is out and temps are perfect. I've been out walking and will be outside most of today. Also working on my new rug. Tonight is Bible Study at church and then tomorrow I do my volunteer day at the art gallery. I so enjoy days like today. Weather perfect and getting good exercise. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727837122.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1732585491.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:17:44 EST Busy 2 days and lost internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677822 I took off Sunday due to so much going on at church. I got up early Sunday morning and prepared a veggie and a fruit tray and a strawberry delight dish for pot luck. The youth did the program and was so wonderful. We are so proud to have such a great youth group in our church. Pot luck was a hit...And then they had an egg hunt for the younger kids afterwards. Great time visiting for us older folk. Came home and did a long walk so got lots of exercise Sunday. Went to bed early (7pm) as I was s... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:06:38 EST Saturday blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675844 It's been a long day but have really enjoyed today. <BR> Two of the daughter in loves came out with 4 of the granddaughers today. We had a wonderful time and weather was perfect. We at a lunch out under the gazebo and then the older 2 grands hid eggs for the younger 2. Had such a good time. I will be headed to bed early tonight and then get up early in the morning to prepare the rest of the stuff I'm taking for pot luck at church. So thought I would share some photos. <BR> These are one of ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:04:43 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675230 Fridays seem like they are always busy for me. I usually change my bed linens on this day and do laundry.. I do laundry about twice a week but today's laundry with the bed linens always seems to be more. Drove into town this morning and went to the local plant nursery. Hubby got fertilizer and I bought lots of annuals to go in my planters in front of the house. Went out to the DIL's and got some eggs and then to grocery store. Making veggie and fruit trays for Sunday's potluck at church. Also... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:13:40 EST A lazy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674483 Got up this morning and was going to do my sparking here first thing and first thing turning on my computer had it to crash. I recovered it ok but while it was reformulating I cut some woolie worms for my rug hooking at another time. I like keeping them on hand already cut so when I get ready to hook a rug, I have them ready to go. Then one of my DILs called me and was having problems with some graphic work. Something to do with the granddaughter's graduation invitations..so she and the DGD w... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:26:41 EST Fruit trees and rug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673658 Well between 2 morning freezes we think we lost all our plum and peaches. But that is ok. Like I said yesterday, we still have left overs in our freezer and pantry and less work for us this summer. <BR> <BR> Today we did our monthly mad dash to Hot Springs for our shopping at Walmarts and Sam's. Hubby had to get some iron rods to fix our wood grill and so we took a tour of the town. We drove some roads behind the horse race track. Place we had never been before. Got some good walking in whi... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:34:29 EST Have no fear!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672970 I love reading what people comment to my blogs. Yesterday was really interesting. I've not been one to be fearful of much of anything. I can't say I was always that way as when I was a child I feared the monster under my bed. But that was a child's fear. I love taking walks around our property at night and don't take a flash light either. Just something about the night sky that is lit up with stars. I had planned to get up and go look at the moon this morning when the blood moon was to occur... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:20:44 EST Strange sounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672225 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435135824.jpg"> <BR> A few weeks ago someone posted some links to youtube on facebook. They were videos of strange trumpet sounds in the air. I have read about the trumpets in the Bible and also have seen lately that there are more and more signs of Jesus coming. I've seen articles about the blood moons and just this morning on the early news the weather forcaster mentioned the blood moon. I had not thought much about these and know many peo... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:46:51 EST Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671288 The weather here is getting bad...threat of tornados. Rain is here and supposed to turn cold next few nights. I'm praying we don't have a freeze. Just couldn't stand to lose all our fruit this year. I'm sharing a couple of spring pictures from the place. <BR> Redbud trees and Spirea bushes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097001392.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550425418.jpg"> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:20:48 EST Bird watching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670668 I've been outside most of today bird watching. I tried and tried to get a photo of the chickadee that is nesting in the big bitdhouse. Also could not get one of the hawks. But have to tell you that watching the hawks has been wonderful. One evening I had hubby binoculars and watched the male flying around and then he flew up to the nest and the female stuck her head out and put her head on his chest and then she flew out and he took his turn sitting on the eggs. The male and female chickadee ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:14:16 EST Just things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669970 I didn't have time yesterday to get a blog post up. Just was so out of it too. Today is much better. In the past 2 days we have planted most of the seeds in our veggie garden. All but the watermelon. We also have not planted the tomato or pepper plants yet. We have mowed the lawn and today hubby is pressure washing our patio and outdoor furniture. I plan to try to paint the rockers, benches and metal chairs next week if it is dry. Today I've spent doing laundry and cleaning house. Also drove ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:38:27 EST Hubby's update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668374 Made a flying trip to the VA hospital in Little Rock. 2.5hours each way. Again he signed in electronically and again they did not have him in the system but he did ask 5 minutes after he signed in to make sure they got him this time. Instead of a 3 hour wait like last time, he got in in less than an hour. The doctor said it looked like they almost got it all when they did the biopsy last time but they did dig more out. It wasn't that deep so he didnt' have to have stitches and he won't go bac... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:55:16 EST Rainy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667510 Well doesn't look like our plans to plant the garden this week is going to happen. We are having storms and supposed to last a few days. Tomorrow is the day hubby gets the spot on his face removed at the VA. So going to be a long day. Takes 2.5hours to drive over there and then the 2.5 hours to drive back if we miss the bad traffic. We will get a subway breakfast and then come home to left overs. But the day will be shot tomorrow. Hubby informed me we won't be seeing his sister afterwards. I ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:47:55 EST Fruit trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931342473.jpg"> <BR> someone asked what kinds of trees we bought. So between what we bought locally and what we ordered here is my list: <BR> 2 Keifer pears <BR> 2 Russian mulberry <BR> 1 Hale Haven peach <BR> 2 Elbera peaches <BR> 1 Stanley plum <BR> 2 Asian pears <BR> 2 Early blue plums <BR> 4 Sugar Sweet Cherry <BR> <BR> There is probably more but can't remember them all. We have them planted now and will work on getting the rest of our... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:22:09 EST it pays to make noise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665196 They say the squeeky hinge gets the oil...well guess it pays to gripe at companies sometimes. I had called and emailed that fruit tree company on Thursday and they got on the ball and mailed as soon as I wrote the email asking to cancel our order. We got the trees today..And got them all planted. In the next few days I will put up a list of the trees we bought over the past week. <BR> <BR> Got a good mile walk in today. Back was hurting quite a bit when I finished but will keep at it. Diet w... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 18:04:45 EST yesterday and today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664513 I missed writing yesterday due to thunder storms. Our electricity was cutting in and out so I had to get off the computer. Yesterday we spent the day working around the place. This morning we drove to the plant nursery closest to us and bought 5 fruit trees. I had called the company we ordered some trees from yesterday to ask why we have not received our order. We ordered on Feb. 14th. Was told that the ground was still frozen where they grow and couldn't be dug up yet. So asked how to cancel... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:29:37 EST Plant buying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662844 Today we drove to the big town and went to a plant nursery. We bought an AllRed plum tree. Our old one died in the drought 2 summers ago. This time we will plant with a perforated sewer pipe beside it to water deep. We also got some succulents to put in our planters. I want to find some sweet potato vines and some other annuals to brighten them up as well. Bible study this evening. <BR> Found this online and had a good laugh...didn't know bananas had this!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:01:46 EST Spring? is it finally here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661903 I'm hoping and praying that spring is finally here. The birds have really been calling to one another. Hubby and I have finally figured out that the new bird we spotted the other day is a brown thrush or wood thrush. He was in the top of our apple tree and I tried and tried to sneak around to get the front of him but never could..he was calling for a mate and finally one appeared and they both seemed so happy. They used to nest in our muscadine vines but since we cut it way back they will hav... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:05:23 EST Day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661054 I took yesterday off from the computer. I may do this every Sunday. Our Sunday evening services start at 5pm so not much time to do anything on Sunday's anyway. I did finish hooking a rectangular small rug to make into a Bible carrier. I am braiding the handles and then adding pockets inside. I got it blocked last night and working on the rest today. We also bought the rest of our seed and plants for the garden. And we got the corn planted. We will wait a week or 2 before planting the rest. S... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:40:49 EST challenge and today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659431 I'm working through the challenges that the 5% challenge team puts up before our 8 week session begins. These are the questions for today. <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> What do you want to change? I want to get more fit mainly to be able to walk longer and hike again. I want to improve my muscle tone. <BR> How do you want to look? Getting smaller would be nice and going down to a smaller size in clothing would be too but mainly I want to ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:19:57 EST Today's visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658839 Today we drove over to the oldest son's house. They moved back to Arkansas from Texas and built a new house. I forgot to take my camera so don't have pictures of their place. But it was the grandson's 16th birthday today and we really had a nice visit over all. This DIL is the one I have not gotten along with and lately I have been praying that we could see eye to eye and get along and even to change my attitude...well my prayers were answered and we really had a good visit. They live about 6... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:18:42 EST