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How Do You Know When You're Middle-Aged?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I am approaching 50, and I wonder how I am supposed to feel about that and what differences I might notice in my behaviour and attitudes to life. After all, being fifty in this day and age is a little different from the way my parents had things when they were fifty.

So when you have such an important question to ask, there is only one website to look to for the answers...


And here are some pointers for knowing when you are Middle-Aged:

1. You don't understand what young peasants are talking about.

2. You struggle to read Chaucer in weak candlelight.

3. You hate rowdy taverns.

4. You constantly worry that you might have the Black Death.

5. You don't know or care who Blondel is sleeping with.

6. You tell your wife that Crusaders seem to look younger every year.

7. You struggle with new technology such as the heavy plough and the longbow.

8. You find Gothic architecture too modern.

9. You keep forgetting who the king is.

10. You dream of buying a second hovel in France.

Well, that really helps me. Hope it has made things a little clearer for you guys as well. :-)

Lex xxx
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MARGARITTM 9/12/2013 1:20PM

    That explains a lot!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 9/11/2013 10:42PM

    Perspective is all about where you are standing. I am 65 and remember 50. That was a great decade because you are still lively, and looking for lots of new things to do (even if the music is odd). So enjoy the age it really is a lot of fun. Keep moving and stay healthy

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    Cute! emoticon Love the funnies!


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Zombie Motivation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It's as good a motivational tool as any. :-) I don't have to run faster than a zombie. I just need to run faster than you. *evil laugh*

I'm sorry I disappeared again. It seems that I've been rather self-destructive lately, to the extent that I keep injuring myself in the most awkward places at the most inopportune moments.

I am currently sporting a magnificent bruise on the inside of my left arm - from what I'm not sure, and the start of one on the outside of the same arm from being whacked with a heavy cardboard box. I also have a grating injury on the tip of my middle right finger from a couple of days ago when the grater slipped and I tried to catch it. And the week before that I sliced the ring finger of my right hand to the bone on a tin lid, and couldn't use it properly for over a week.

Menopause has hit with a vengeance, and apparently my clumsiness and lapses in concentration are symptoms of it that have combined to turn me into a disaster on two legs! Add the hot flushes/night sweats into the mix and you have a gibbering, sleep-deprived idiot trying to make sense of things while being unable to type properly with her right hand.

How long is it supposed to take to paint an entrance hall, stairwell and landing? About three days? Well, it has been a fortnight so far - (or has it been three weeks now), thanks to all the injuries.

What I've done is looking good so far, though.

In other news...

I decided to sponsor a Guide Dog Puppy. Meet Harley:

Isn't he gorgeous? I will be giving them a monthly donation for the next two years as Harley goes through his training. I'm looking forward to getting regular 'pupdates' on his progress. :-)

In the garden things have been going quite well. I've had a lot of courgettes. I think the plant and its flowers are really striking:

A couple of nights ago I had my first runner beans and my first kohlrabi:

Well, back to the grindstone, if my fingers will play nicely.

Is it just me, or is it cold enough to need to put the heating on? I feel cheated if I have to use the heating before November.
Catch you all later.
Lex xxx
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ANNEMAC5 9/11/2013 6:22AM

    Your hall looks great bright and fresh. I am sympathetic with the menopause symptoms. I am forgetful, clumsy and night /day hot flashes. My symptoms are really mild though compared to what I read happens to others.
At present nursing my shoulder problem did go to Dr to-day just to get them to confirm my diagnosis and make sure I am not making it worse with my exercise. I am doing the right things but I have been given anti-inflammatory to take for a month .
The guide dog looks so sweet and typical of you to be generous, will Twinkle get jealous ?
Anne :)

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 9/10/2013 10:22PM

    Glad to see your blog again, lets do try to keep it all together. At some point in time menopause ends. However, life is some what ODD while it is around Take care

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_LINDA 9/10/2013 9:57PM

    Wow! So sorry to hear about all those nasty things attacking you and causing painful injuries!! That nasty tin can -hope you have had a tetanus shot in the last little while..
That is wonderful of you to help sponsor a guide dog, a real sweetie indeed!!
Oh my those veggies look good -love that purple kohlrabi!!!
Its going down to 8 C (46 F) here tonight :( Not ready for the abrupt and nasty end to our beautiful summer yet! *stomp* *stomp*
Great to hear from you! Feel better soon!
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 9/10/2013 7:18PM

    Hope you are feeling better soon!! I go to the neurologist tomorrow, hopefully I can start to exercise again!! The door looks great!!! And Harley is soooooo adorable!! You are awesome to sponsor him!!!

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SHAWFAN 9/10/2013 6:25PM

    Sorry you've been hurting yourself, Lex, and I hope that stops! Harley is adorable! So good of you to sponsor him in his training for someone you probably won't even meet. The paint looks great, even though it took you longer than you expected.
Have a great rest of the week! And no more accidents! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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AHTRAP 9/10/2013 5:18PM

    Well, I seem to have pulled a butt muscle, if it makes you feel any better, you're not the only one prone to odd and potentially embarrassing injury. I think I'm zombie chow at the pace I'm moving today. Guess I'll just have to make like the folks in Shaun of the Dead and pretend to be one of the zombies, and maybe they won't realize that I'm not once dead.

Less facetiously, stop hurting yourself! (Ok, that wasn't less facetious at all, sorry. But it was heartfelt, if that counts for anything).

And you're right, the painting to date looks nice. You could have done it all in three days, and then looked back a fortnight later thinking it looked like crap, so there's that. Something to be said for taking your time and getting it right in the first place.

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GRANPATTIE 9/10/2013 4:47PM

    Lexie, I hope the injury phase is over very soon. AND the sleep-deprived part. I have FAR too much experience with sleep deprivation. It seems to getting better now, and I hope yours does, too.

I LOVE Harley. Yes, he is gorgeous. What a great thing to be doing. Whoever ends up getting that friend for life will be so grateful.

I also love your last picture. I have a cat that loves my yarn like that.

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OWL_20 9/10/2013 4:07PM

    While I hate the 'flashes' the loss of mental capacity is the thing that worries me (and those around me, LOL). Harley is just plain cute--what a nice idea to sponsor him and something I haven't heard of before. Hope your fingers heal up nicely!

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NEW-CAZ 9/10/2013 3:46PM

    I never picked you as being accident prone! Take better care Lex ((hugs))
Loving the decoration and the pooch, so sweet of you and so typical of your good nature.
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CHEVY63 9/10/2013 2:57PM

    Oh No!!! Don't hurt yourself anymore!

I'll send you some of our heat - it was 90 (F) when I went to lunch.

Your puppy is very cute - that's great that you're helping him to be trained to help someone!

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PROPMAN1 9/10/2013 2:40PM

  Sorry you've been injuring yourself so often. Some days/weeks that's just how it is and then...viola, you're back to being yourself again.

Harley is adorable! You are doing something super for someone you probably don't even know. Blessings!

If tomorrow wasn't supposed to be 90 or so we would be considering heat too. We've had some really chilly days lately. What happened to the seasons? Seems we skip spring, have a short summer, fall doesn't last too long and then winter stays forever. Farmer's Almanac says colder and snowier this year. GRRRR!!!

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CARLA-216 9/10/2013 2:37PM

    Oh dear, you sound like me, injuring yourself over everyday things. That slice on your finger to the bone sounds scary!

The entrance hall looks so bright and pretty!

I love that you're sponsoring a Guide Dog. He is so pretty!

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Learning From Twinkle (my dog) About Fitness and Nutrition

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Twinkle is a great life coach. :-) She really knows her stuff about Fitness and Nutrition.

When it comes to Fitness, she recommends a good run or a nice brisk walk. She considers my walks with Leslie Sansone in front of the TV to be a little strange, but then, I consider her idea of running along sniffing the ground and other 'things' a little odd too.

Twinkle also recommends that after brisk exercise you should stretch. She has a particular fondness for yoga and practices the Downward Facing Dog, followed by the Cobra. She also feels it is important to vary your routine, so sometimes she does the Cobra, followed by Downward Facing Dog.

As for Nutrition, she feels that a well-balanced diet with a good bit of variety is essential for good health and to keep those joints nice and supple. She loves her Bakers Complete, with a little Wainwrights thrown in for extra crunch. She also approves of healthy snacks such as cheesy bites and crunchy raw carrot. As an occasional treat, she will go out to the garden and steal some bird seed, but is a little annoyed that I have put an end to her wholescale munching of said seed by no longer providing the birds with a floor platter. Now she only gets to hoover up a few dropped seeds here and there. But she is the first to admit that a weakness for the wrong kind of snack can lead to health problems down the line, and so is really quite grateful that I am helping her to keep that particular fetish of hers under control.

As for freggies, she believes in eating a rainbow if at all possible, a tricky thing for her to judge seeing as she only sees things in black and white. However, she can tell by smelling which are her greens and which are her browns, and she get her white in the form of banana, and her orange in the carrot. Oh, and we mustn't forget her occasional red. She has a fondness for the strawberries I grow in the garden. Next year they are going into hanging baskets! We humans aren't getting a look in! For a doggy, that is quite a variety, and probably rainbow enough.

And, finally, Twinks always makes sure she gets plenty of water through the day to round things off. She knows that if she gets dehydrated she won't be able to enjoy her walks, runs, sniffing or noms, all of which are very important to her. She won't touch fizzy drinks in any form, however, not even fizzy water, mostly because she doesn't like the bubbles getting up her nose!

So, I reckon that if I follow Twink's example, I will be fit and healthy.

But she can keep the birdseed! YUK!!!
Lex xxx
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2ABBYNORMAL 8/26/2013 12:21AM

    I love the Dog Training for Dummies book picture torn up by the dog. So cute.

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IMEMINE1 8/16/2013 5:45AM

    emoticon Our George(who live to 18 years old) was a vegetarian.He loved all veggies and fruits (except Bananas).
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ARTJAC 8/14/2013 5:46AM

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    Very happy dog

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    I love the innocent face above the shredded book. I have come home to tissues shredded down the hallway and Dusty always looks at me with the same innocent eyes. As far as healthy, I have noticed since he turned 11 he is more cautious with his vigorous exercise but still loves to sniff his way down the street.

Thank you and Twink for the smiles.

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ANNEMAC5 8/13/2013 1:57PM

    Clever blog emoticon animals have such natural instincts we humans can learn a lot from them.

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_LINDA 8/13/2013 11:47AM

    You are one smart doggie, Twinks! Great tips! But bird seed?? That is a little far out there :P
Have a great evening!
Linda xxx

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GRANPATTIE 8/13/2013 11:32AM

    Sounds like your dog, Twinkle, is a pretty smart cookie!

Great blog. Way to present the information. I enjoyed it.

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SHAWFAN 8/13/2013 8:22AM

    Thanks for the smile! Give Twinkes a pat from me!

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CARLA-216 8/13/2013 7:36AM

    Dogs are so smart, and such good life companions for us mere humans!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/13/2013 7:31AM

    Love this blog!! Twinks is very smart!! Give her a hug and a kiss for me!!

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MAURIZIA 8/13/2013 7:27AM

    I so enjoyed these lessons. Thank you, Twinks, for sharing your healthy secrets!! I always say my kitties teach me how to relax, sleep and meditate...something I seldom practice because of my work schedule.

Lexie, you started my day with a smile!!

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Yep, the kids are in Brazil!

Monday, August 12, 2013

The view from their balcony is of Christ the redeemer. Granted you probably needed a magnifying glass to spot it, given the size Sparkpeople shrinks photos to. LOL

Anyway, I hope they are having a fabulous time. The hostel is right on the edge of the National Park Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, which sounds like a slice of Brazilian heaven to me. :-)

I've been having a play with sweet potato today. I had it boiled and mashed a fair few years ago, and was not enamoured, frankly. Having done a little research online recently, however, I decided to give it another try. This time I baked one in its jacket and roasted another one in chunks coated with olive oil, salt and pepper.

The results? Well, I popped a dollop of butter on the baked one and munched it down in about 2 minutes. Gorgeous!

And now I'm munching through the roasted one. Also absolutely delicious! I am actually really surprised because I thought I'd likely wasted my money. But no, I have already put them on my next shopping list.

Yum yum! Mmmmm.....

I'm in love!

And that's lunch taken care of. They are remarkably filling!

Have a great day!
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 8/13/2013 11:24AM

    I love sweet potatoes! They come in fry shape too, which when baked up are great too, same way that you roast them, drizzle of oil and herbs. Glad you discovered them a second time, because all that orange (carotene) means great nutrition and good for your eyes!
Your kids are in for a good time in the party capital of the world ;)

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GARDENCHRIS 8/13/2013 7:22AM

    nice photo...... sweet potatoes are good baked with a little brown sugar on them also..

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/12/2013 10:57PM

    I think the picture is beautiful.
I love sweet potatoes, but my husband does not.
It seems like a pain in the butt to prepare two different kinds of potatoes. That's just me.


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LOPEYP 8/12/2013 6:39PM

    I give you credit for trying the sweet potatoes and finding a "recipe" that you liked.
They are one of my favorite vegetables.

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SHAWFAN 8/12/2013 6:09PM

    Hope they're having a great time! I love sweet potatoes!Baked is best!

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SENATOR9 8/12/2013 3:10PM

    like Annie's husband i'll stay with the regular one

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ANNEMAC5 8/12/2013 2:57PM

    Lucky kids never got that far when I was young.
I got converted to sweet potatoes a couple of years ago only problem is DH does not like them

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CARLA-216 8/12/2013 2:45PM

    I LOVE sweet potatoes! I like them best baked in their jacket, if I'm going to eat them "on their own" like that. [I also love sweet potato pie and candied sweet potatoes, and neither of those ways are particularly Spark friendly...without modifications from how my mom makes them.]

I hope Bry and Rob (it is Rob, right?) have a great time!

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YJNANA 8/12/2013 2:19PM

    Does the roasted get a bit of crunch?? I think I would like that one :)

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    emoticon pic Lex a very recognizable land mark!


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MARGARITTM 8/12/2013 1:25PM

    What a wonderful experience for the kids!

Congrats on letting go at the right time and letting live and learn!

I did not eat sweet potatoes as a kid either - now I am a devoted yam fan!

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MAURIZIA 8/12/2013 12:27PM

    Lexie, I recognized the Christ statue...which has fascinated since my elementary school days at a Catholic school.

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite veggies! So glad you enjoyed them in their new preparation styles.

Enjoy your day!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/12/2013 12:00PM

    Gorgeous picture!!

Your potatoes sound delicious!!

Have a great day!!

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It arrived! That was quick!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Guess what arrived by delivery van today...

You'll never guess...

Even if I give you a clue...

Even if I give you a picture clue...

A picture of the unopened parcel...


Can't guess?

Think a picture of the parcel will help?


Oh, go on then...

Here's a picture clue...

Have you guessed what it is yet?


It is the lighter weight, nobble-free...


A lot less painful to use, although I can only keep it round my waist for a few seconds, it's a start. Tara likes it too, so we are both trying to use it. :-)

And in other news, can you guess where DD Bry and her hubby are from this view out of their Hostel Bedroom window?

They are staying hereabouts for the next three weeks. Bry tells me their taxi ride from the airport was of the white knuckle variety, the buses double as roller coasters, and if you ask for fruit juice you get a beef sandwich. I think she needs to get a new phrase book! LOL


In the garden, one courgette is ready to be picked. I could have picked it yesterday or even two days ago, but I'm trying to be patient and wait until it is big enough to count as a whole portion of veg. Be still my eager tastebuds! Not long to wait now. :-)

I got to show it, and the rest of the garden off to a family friend today, and have lunch out there, and play a couple of games of The Big Bang Theory Trivia Board Game outside as well. Nice! Lovely, actually. :-)


Twinkle snagged the only ripe strawberry ... again! Little perisher. LOLOL

Happy Happy Weekend!
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/12/2013 10:05AM

    How exciting, a courgette almost ready to be harvested!

I have no clue where Bry is. I see others have guessed Brazil, and according to what I've heard about how people drive there, I'm going to have to go along with that.

Enjoy hula-ing!

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    i have no idea where they are...Jerusalem
the hula hoop is so nice. I love the wrapping no waste there.

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RAINBOWCHOC 8/10/2013 4:48PM

    I think it looks like Oberamagau or however they spell the place with the Passion Play.

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_LINDA 8/10/2013 4:37PM

    Enjoy hooping! Love those colors! Mine has two shades of purple, one shiny, one duller and a strip of shiny blue running around it. I had an easy go of it keeping the hoop up as I have both large hips and a convenient pot belly shelf to keep it on
Love, love, LOVE the funnies, really good ones!
It escapes me, the name of that famous cross, but someone said Brazil first anyway.
Enjoy the visiting!
Linda xxx

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SHAWFAN 8/10/2013 3:09PM

    Have fun with that hula hoop. And I would guess they are in Brazil?

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YJNANA 8/10/2013 2:39PM

    Cute Blog
I have a 6# hula hoop
which sorta hurts and burns after a few minutes.
The one a Workout express was 5 lb and that's what I ordered, but mix up se ordered me a 6 lb
The are not cheap, so I won't get rid of it and using in only occasionally
What wt did you get?
It is fun, when its the right size.
Have fun, they say 1/2 hr burns 200 Calories.
My longest at the gym was 10 min.

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MAURIZIA 8/10/2013 2:24PM

    Swing those hips, Lexie! :) I used to love my hula hoop as a child...not sure I could manage it all these years later.

South America is my guess...Brazil, perhaps?

Enjoy your day...

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LOSTLIME 8/10/2013 2:20PM

    Very nice blog! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the hula hoop!

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