Ok let me see if i can describe this...
There is probably an easy fix for this i am new to wordpress
1st - in the design/widgets section...I tried removing all the widgets because there were ones showing that i had not selected... the site was always showing popular posts and comments on the right side even though the i didn't have them on the list. because they were not on the list i couldn't even move them.
so i decided to start at square 1 and take them all out. However when I go to my site there are widgets on both sides. Is there a default somewhere that i can turn off - so I just select which widgets i want and where i want them
No matter what i add or take away - the right side shows "popular posts" and "recent comments" above all my other widgets.
thanks for your help-zenfull