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Garden hint

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One of the things that hubby and I do to save money on our flower gardens is to find plants that are native or buy regular ivy. Ivy makes a terrific plant in a planter. We also have one huge flower bed that is total shade the entire day so there is hardly anything that grows there. Ivy will but it is too close to the house and we don't want ivy doing damage to the log siding. We tried caladiums and elephant ears but the spot is so cold that they don't grow well so one day several years ago we priced ferns in the local nursery...they can be quite expensive and the hot house ones really don't do well in the ground...We live in an area that has a lot of springs, rivers and creeks so there are plenty of wild ferns growing in the wet areas...so one year we planted wild ferns in one small bed and they are still faring really well ..so this year we went back down to the tiny creek and dug more and planted about a week ago and they have already taken root and are growing madly in their new home. I have dug and replanted wild violets and thrillium and just love the natural native forest look to them. So before you spend bunches of money on nursery plants look around where you live and see what you can find to transplant.

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MISSY455 4/12/2012 2:03AM

    Thanks for the garden tip!

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REBECCATKD 4/11/2012 11:17PM

    Great idea! I noticed a small bush growing in a field near my neighborhood. I may take your advice and a shovel and bring it home.

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Garden Scenes

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Today has been another good day. First got a walk in and then hooked on my owl rug outside..then we drove to the local plant nursery and bought bunches of annuals...Got them planted and then ate a light lunch..then we tackled the old rambling rugosa rose which has somewhat reverted to a wild variety..And last we trimmed out the bush cherry bushes. We have alot of dead trees to still remove. The heat and drought we had last year really took a tole on all the trees and plants. Our veggie gardend is completely planted and you can almost see the plants grow. Last weekend you could barely see the plants but now they are up and off to a good start. Then I spent the rest of today sitting outside hooking on the rug again. It has been a good day. I also kept my calories on the low end. I'm on a roll...

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MISSY455 4/11/2012 1:14AM

    Love the garden pictures! Thank you for sharing with us :-)

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CATHYINLA 4/10/2012 8:12PM

    Great garden photos. I love to garden and am always inspired by what others do.


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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/10/2012 7:15PM

    I love your garden pictures...especially the toilets. emoticon
You have had a special day. GOOD!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/10/2012 7:07PM

    Yay! You are doing great! We have been eating asparagus, lettuce, and radishes out of the garden. Yum!

Love the toilet planters -- how whimsical!

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A very very good day!!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Today has been a wonderful day. Sun came out and warmed things up so the achy joints went away. I got a good walk in and then sat outside the rest of the day and hooked on my owl rug. Got mainly the head finished. But only downside of today was the deer flies came out and man can they bite so came in earlier than planned. I also did wll on my calorie count and did only 4 calories over my lowest tracking level..and I don't feel as hungry today. The sweets and sugar things I had this past weekend really made my hunger level rise. So need to steer clear of them for awhile..I predict it is going to be a good day tomorrow.

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MISSY455 4/10/2012 2:58AM

    Sounds like an emoticon day! I hope your prediction is right and you have a good Tuesday:-)

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Close to the top

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Well my good intentions of eating on the lower end of my calorie scale just didn't work today. It has been cloudy, damp and cold and it makes me ache and not want to move. I did get a 15 minute walk in but the calorie counting was not good. I hit the high side of my calorie scale so hoping with sun tomorrow and being outside more, I will stick to the plan more. I'm not berating myself for what I managed today as I DID keep it under the top scale...i just need to eat less this week..want to make those pounds move..So tomorrow is another day.

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MISSY455 4/9/2012 2:39AM

    I hope the rest of your week goes better for you. it's a process, enjoy the journey!

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    Good perspective. Congrats for seeing the positive too.

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Thought blew it!!!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Phew!!! I thought I had blown it today. I ate my usual breakfast and then since the DILs and granddaughters were coming out to eat outside for our Easter get together..I figured I would blow my diet...But came on here and put in my calories for the day and yipeeeee!!!! I kept it within range today...You could have knocked my socks off...I had eaten a chocolate pie one of the DILs brought...and still kept it within range..I'm so so pleased!!! So this next will I will concentrate on keeping my calorie count to the lower level..and switching out my plate for a smaller one..at least 8 inches or smaller. One of the goals in my A team with the 5% challenge...I did get a good walk in today besides dust mopping the floors and sweeping part of the porch..I only counted my walking minutes..And I lost .8 of a pound this week..not too bad but would have loved to have lost a full pound or more...so going to work really hard this next week.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/8/2012 2:13PM

    I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me...I think I've "blown it" and then I think I may as well KEEP blowing it for the rest of the day...but then I track what I've eaten and found out it's not bad at all.

So just goes to show, we don't know everything, LOL.

I'm finding the small plate to be a challenge, I'm using a paper plate!

Happy easter, Von!

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MISSY455 4/8/2012 2:49AM

Just goes to show everything in moderation! You doubled my weight loss for the week :-) emoticon every loss counts!

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