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I had a bath

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The builder won,t be back for a week, and he hasn,t quite finished. Today the plumber and electrician will be in. The plumber needed to buy a material we didn't have so he couldn't plumb in the sink. But he finished the bath and shower. So yesterday I had a bath in the new bath. No door, no lights, no worries!
Sparkies, I bitterly resisted saying goodbye to our old cast iron bath which I dearly loved. But this new bath is so comfortable and deep, it was heaven! I think I will be in it again tonight.

We are having the most drenching rain, I haven't had the heart to get out in it except to feed the chickens and go to Zumba.
I am showing prospective tenants through one of our flats today, they will certainly be seeing it at its worst.
Anyway, my holiday hasn,t gone exactly according to plan. Gardening is not really an option in this kind of weather.
I hope we can get the painting & papering done, but the carpet cleaning will have to wait until the builder has finished.

Soon there will be a patch of floor for me to use to do my abs workout that I promised myself to start in April.
Oh well, I guess I am being strong and flexible in one sense, anyway.
Trying to stay chillaxed

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BOHEMIANCAT 4/17/2014 1:18PM

    Congrats on the remodeling! I love baths!

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WISHICOULDFLY 4/17/2014 6:21AM

    A bath sounds lovely! I have not done this in ages. Enjoy!

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TRESSWANN 4/17/2014 5:21AM

    Couldn't live without my bath. Enjoy your new one

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ARTJAC 4/17/2014 12:28AM


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    I certainly wouldn't want to get rid of the cast iron one either. They'll probably resell it and make a fortune! Happy that you love your new bath.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/16/2014 5:56PM

  Renovation is always an adventure! Good luck and so glad you love your new tub!

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RACEWELLWON 4/16/2014 4:18PM

    Sounds like a wonderful tub !! I know sometimes its hard to let go of the old as we grow fond of things we cherish - good for you getting out to Zumba during a storm !! emoticon I am sure the tenets will get the idea of what the Flat appears like and you my Dear are the bonus of the entire package. From Gorgeous emoticon to another Happy Easter !! - I am not going any where ! Oh checked on the book May 5th it arrives - Yeah I am looking forward to receiving !! emoticon Hugs K

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WETPTARMIGAN 4/16/2014 2:49PM

    Hee hee! What to do on a wet day? Stay indoors and get wet! emoticon emoticon

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My Zumba holiday

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sparkadees, it is grey and overcast here, but at least it stopped raining for a day. My first day of my holiday.
My cold didn't happen, I think I nipped it in the bud. My garden is enjoying all the rain but I need to get it ready for winter! And the rain has stopped the fencers from coming. Looks like I will have lost three planting seasons before my fence gardens are finally planted.
On the bright side, I have plenty of time to get into the garden, and I think I will just have to put on my wet weather gear and set to.
On the bathroom front, it progresses, and maybe I will be using it on Friday. Squee! Otherwise, Easter holiday, it will be the end of next week.
My lovely Zumba teacher keeps going through the holidays, so I get to do Zumba Monday to Saturday. Whatever else, this is going to be a Zumba holiday.

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RACEWELLWON 4/15/2014 8:47AM

    Oh I am so happy that you did not get the cold !! Yeah - That's good news - you not preparing alone - it snowed here last night ??? No stress - just keep breathing - Enjoy your holiday - your know I am just journaling to keep track , right ? Still waiting for book - OMG ?? Wow , anyway from one chick to the other - have a beautiful day !! Hugs K

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WISHICOULDFLY 4/15/2014 6:17AM

    Enjoy Fifi!

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TRESSWANN 4/14/2014 6:36PM

    Love zumba. Have a blast.

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_LINDA 4/14/2014 7:34AM

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Lucky you! LOVE Zumba!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 7:23AM

  Weather doesn't always cooperate with our plans, does it! Glad the bathroom is progressing!

HUGS and smiles.

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    Sounds like a fun week!

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    It's fun to play in the rain if it's not too cool!

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    Now a days there seems to be a holiday almost monthly. I feel that once I get started on a week there's some sort of reason for people to stop while I continue on cleaning their houses. LOL ?School schedules are also a nightmare. Oh well!

Enjoy your Zumba holiday my friend.

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DOGLADY13 4/14/2014 5:32AM

    I can just imagine a wet, bedraggled Fifi racing off to zumba, weeds and mud clinging to her rubber boots!

Enjoy your break. I have some long weekends coming up in May.

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ARTJAC 4/14/2014 5:28AM


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Dinner with my darling

Friday, April 11, 2014

I looked at my calendar and decided that if I want to reach my goal for my target date, this is the perfect time to do another round of the Cura. My holiday means if I feel a little tired, I can rest, so I have started a three week session. Which means two Feast Days.
So last night DH took me out for dinner in his new classic car, a 1972 Rover 2000 TC. He has just got it warranted and good to drive. What a blast driving a manual with a choke and quarter light windows! I was charmed!
Also, there was pasta!
I haven't had pasta all year. It was nice, but... Meh.
Today, steel cut oat porridge! ice cream!
Tomorrow, two meals a day, 1 type of vegetable per meal...

(By popular request. here is a picture, taken the next day)

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/15/2014 7:36AM

    So good to hear you had a lovely evening... I LOVE the car!!!

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    The car is so cute!
So's the guy, yours?

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DOGLADY13 4/13/2014 4:06PM

    I'm grinning from ear to ear reading about your date. He sounds pretty daring - fancy car, fancy dinner. Ooo la la!

Glad you had fun with your sweetie.

emoticon With your commitment to the Cura.

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RACEWELLWON 4/12/2014 11:39AM

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ARTJAC 4/12/2014 1:23AM


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    Isn't it funny how food you loved doesn't cut it anymore?
I'd rather have the veggies without the pasta now!

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PUDLECRAZY 4/11/2014 8:54PM

    I know this worked really well for you in the past. I agree with wetptamigan ~ pics of the car!!!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/11/2014 8:51PM

  Good luck with your next round! Have fun going out to dinner too!

Happy weekend.

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    Sounds like fun riding in that wonderful vintage car. I'm sure he was very proud to have his gal beside him.

We will cheer you on with your next round of Cura.

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WETPTARMIGAN 4/11/2014 3:16PM

    Show us a picture of the car! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 4/11/2014 2:35PM

    good for you

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Other renovations

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

In addition to my own renovations there is progress on the bathroom, with the first coat of paint going on today. The weather has changed and it is very windy and wet, not optimal paint drying weather , but it is what it is.
I cleaned down the bedroom walls today, they were coated in thick dust. They are a little the worse for wear so I think we will paint them before we move back into the bedroom. And of course clean the carpets. So I have a big round of cleaning to do next week, which I have taken off. At the end of that time we should be all spick and span and ready to face winter...

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RACEWELLWON 4/8/2014 9:02PM

    Great Work out and then swimmimg !! Wow ! Checked on the Book - still shipping - emoticon Your the Best - Love the Watches - just wait till the leg thing done - were going out - lol Hugs K

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1CRAZYDOG 4/8/2014 10:09AM

  Good job! Good luck, too.

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    I hope that things go as smoothly as you plan. Great job on the walls.

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GOLFGMA 4/8/2014 7:38AM

    You are now ahead of the game. We have green pollen over everything so my cleaning will be after this is gone then, windows, walls, etc. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 4/8/2014 6:55AM

    And this is why I live I squalor. No energy for all the work I need to do to make our apartment livable.

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Panel beating and rewards, & some vanity

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Hey there Sparkadoodles, I think I have blogged before about renovations.
I'm taking advantage of the change in my appearance from the weight I have got rid of to do some skin renovation work, too.
I've got another session of facial treatment today to cope with little thread veins. I am getting close to the point where I could go without makeup which is such a change for me. Not that I will go without makeup because I use a mineral powder as a sunscreen. We need that here in NZ where the sun is so strong and there is a hole in the ozone layer. But to be foundation free with confidence will be great for me!
I have been spending a bit of money on myself lately, not on fancy clothes but on my skin. It is my reward for taking such great care of my health and for my efforts losing weight.
I feel so much better, and I look so much better, and I am making myself look even better.
So I did something rather radical last week and got my hands zapped with a laser to deal with unwanted pigmentation. Have any of you had this done?
But I can't believe the results. The freckles and sunspots and age spots went darker and now my wonderful busy body has got to work and is magicing them away, pouf! They are dissipating before my eyes! I am amazed, and overjoyed.
I always hated the big freckles on my hands, I think they are very aging, and now I realize I don't need to put up with them. I could have done this ages ago, if only I had realized.

Has anyone else had laser treatment?

One happy chick

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DOGLADY13 4/8/2014 5:32AM

    I have not gone to that level of panel beating, but my skin is still in decent shape. Once in a while I ponder the slight sag by my eye brows and I can see the beginnings of jowls now that the double chin is going away. But I'm too lazy to do anything about it.

You have become one confident chick. The Cura, zumba, aquacise et al have been good for you.

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RDEE22 4/7/2014 4:08AM

    A new you. emoticon Fifi. You deserve it.

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ARTJAC 4/7/2014 12:38AM


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    Something to think about for the future.
Nothing wrong with making yourself feel better!
I had an eye lift several years back. My lids folded over so fat I always felt sleepy.
One day I'll post the before and after. No one can tell I had anything done. It made no drastic changes but I FEEL better!

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PHOENIX1949 4/6/2014 6:47PM

    Tucked your experiences into my 'for the future' list. I have so many red thread veins on my face that I look like a road map. A former Primary Care Physician said he could tell I had Scots-Irish heritage by just looking at my skin. Scads of age spots (liver spots) on my hands too. No laser for them; however I did use cold laser therapy to ease arthritis pain in my hands -- no OUCH factor involved.

emoticon on doing things for YOU.

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    I've never had that done. I'm glad you did and had great results.

For myself I'd prefer to go without makeup and fuss. Men do, so why not women? LOL Heck most men, especially in the entertainment business don't even shave!

Good for you Fifi!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/6/2014 10:41AM

  Good for you! HUGS

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