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.
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!!!
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!
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...
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!
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