Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By building garden furniture in the snow. How else? LOL
No, it wasn't that bad. It was more sleet and the occasional hailstone. And barely above freezing, which chilled me to the bone. I'm still feeling cold, even though I have been indoors with the heating turned up for the last three hours.
Still, it was worth it...
Now you see the bramble...
and now you don't...
My lovely gardener started work in earnest today. First I dragged him to B&Q for a garden bench and a table, which we then brought home and built, then he took his hedge trimmer to the bramble, cleared it, and saved both my Rowan and my Bay. He even gave the Bay a trim before he left! Incidentally, the table has a hidden surprise... First it is a table...
but if you get cold, you pull on the ring in the middle, and voila! You have a firepit instead...
Now that's what I call multi-tasking! :-)
Oh, and the garden bench was supposed to be just a cheap wooden bench, but when I spotted this little beauty, I had a change of plan...
Now I can be out there in all (well, most) weathers, all comfy on a seat that can rock me to sleep, with a nice fire to keep me warm. :-)
Next stage, off to Kent Blaxill to choose some paving on Friday, all being well. :-)
Meet our resident Blackbird! He is keeping a close eye on proceedings. I hope he approves.
Maggie is also watching us carefully for signs of noms and shinies:
Incidentally, if you can find the Young's Gastro range in your local supermarket, I can heartily recommend the Basa cooked in a lemon and herb tempura batter. It truly melts in the mouth! It is only 252 calories, and is substantial enough that you don't need anything except some veggies with it. Utterly delicious!
Happy Alban Eiler, everyone (that's Druid for Happy Spring Equinox). :-)
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Well, no harm done. I'm still at 12 1/2 stone ish, even though I've not been accurately measuring food or water, and I haven't specifically exercised ourside of shopping expeditions.
The beauty of this is that it proves something to me. It proves that much of my lifestyle is now geared towards healthy living. OK, so I didn't do ten mins minimum aerobic exercise, but I have done a lot of walking in the course of the week, even though I could have caught buses, or taxis everywhere I went.
My food has been good on the whole. Plenty of fish and veggies, and no meat to speak of, outside of the two sausages I ate as part of a toasted sausage and cheese sandwich the other day. Well, it was a craving, and I enjoyed it, but now I'm over it. LOL
I'm also finding that with the fish I often don't need potato with it, just veg, so that cuts the calories down further.
Water has been pretty good. even choosing sparkling water over coke when I've had to eat out. I've had the odd glass of wine, which has been nice, but nothing excessive.
There was that pint of lager that came as part of a meal deal the week before...
And the chicken korma it came with was vegless.
But hey, nobody's perfect, right? LOL
Anyhoo *ahem, cough, cough*
And the real awesome bit? I am officially a size 16! Not in between 16 and 18 anymore. I went to try on six pairs of Marks & Spencers jeans, and two of the three size 16s were so comfy, even seated, that I bought them! And one of the pairs was a 'slim boot'! So I didn't even bother trying the three size 18s on!
I have thrown out and/or donated all my old scruffy comfortable size 18 jeans! You would not believe the state some of them were in! LOL
And a chap in charge of the changing rooms at the big Sainsburys told me I looked slim!!! :-)
I am so pleased! To get back to a comfortable size 16 was my goal. I don't think I will ever get much smaller because I want to still enjoy my food, and I can't enjoy margarine, sweeteners or salad. :-)
Oh, guess what I bought to wear while boxercising:
And in other news...
We had a surprise visit from a flock of Waxwings yesterday:
I spotted them as I was seeing the gardener out. He came round to measure up my garden and quote for some work I have planned, and they were feasting on the neighbour's cotoneaster. Then they flew into the tree opposite, which is where they are in the photo.
Never seen them here before! Awesome sight!
So, I'm back on target:
Today I've done 30 mins exercise with Kendall Hogan. I love this routine:
I'm on target with my water, and heading that way with my freggies as well.
Well, the dishes are beckoning, so I'd best head for the kitchen.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
So, We Sing Robbie Williams arrived in the post today, and we excitedly plugged in the microphones and had a good singalong to such classics as Kids, Somethin' Stupid, Bodies etc
Then we decided to switch to Guitar Hero, so Tara could play guitar and I could sing. Also good fun, belting out Jet (Wings) In The Shadows (Rasmus) and Losing My Religion (REM). Then my throat decided it needed a rest, leaving Tara wanting me to hold the microphone so she cound sing and play guitar at the same time!
Well, I love her dearly, but I have better things to do than be a microphone stand, so it was time to figure out an alternative. We needed something free standing, and tall enough to attach a mike to.
I think I've got it
Enter my Christmas pressie!
Remember my new mop?
Well, it already has several uses with all its attachments - mop, glass cleaner, garment steamer, carpet cleaner, etc.
Now it has another use...
as a microphone stand...
It just needed a little parcel tape to hold it in place!
Happy Kidling, and a happy Mummy!
Who could ask for more?
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