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Things to do when the weather is icky.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

As the weather goes back to what is considered 'normal' for the UK - cold, drizzly, misty, windy - here are a selection of the weird and the wacky tourist attractions around the UK that you may enjoy whatever the weather - so it says, but I don't think they really thought this one through, looking at some of the ideas.

Who wouldn't enjoy admiring the world's largest colouring pencil, or swinging in the grabber of a giant JCB digger? Who wouldn't love to know the history of lawn mowers, or going Nessie-spotting in Scotland? And for the really hardy types, there is always the only nudist beach in Scotland. *Brrr...*


www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24080506




I think I'll give most of these a miss, thanks all the same. :-)

Milestone reached today:

I arrived at John O'Groats again on my Nintendo DS Active Health game. 912 miles in 259 days (37 weeks). That is an average of 3.52 miles per day. This has been mostly achieved indoors, so weather-safe. Step to the Beat, Leslie Sansone DVDs and all the other fun tools I have to hand have kept me moving, and I also include any steps from shopping etc, and now I have a new target to try and beat. :-) I've been using this game almost as long as I've been on Sparkpeople, and the pedometer goes everywhere with me. Best game ever! :-) If you are talking about value for money, anyway. I think I paid 10 for it at Tesco with some money off vouchers. I've had it about 4 1/2 years now.

Water is still fine. I can't imagine not drinking my water minimum these days. I am a long way from this blog entry back in my early Spark Days:

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And freggies are mostly fine too. Bit fed up with beans and chick peas, but aside from that. :-)

I pulled my first beetroots from the garden yesterday, boiled them whole until tender, them peeled and chopped them up and they are in my fridge ready to eat with lunches and dinners. The enjoyment of fresh veg from the garden is sublime. :-) We may not have the biggest harvest this year, but we are really enjoying what we have. A couple of evenings ago I garnished a home made lamb and veg bolognese sauce with 5 whole dwarf beans from one of my plants. :-) It may not have been much, but they were amazingly sweet and tender. So are my runner beans. Instead of leaving them to get to the size in the shops I pick them at about half the size, and that way they aren't stringy and are tender and sweet as well.

Hey, I haven't mentioned the Menopause yet today.

So here is your bit of menopausal wisdom for today.


Menopause symptoms are like buses. You wait ages for one, and then three come along together.


Menopause isn't for sissies! ;-)


Enjoy your day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 9/18/2013 4:05PM

    Great job on the miles!
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Love the menopause jokes - going through it myself (no blue face yet though LOL!)

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    I reviewed the link and found it interesting. I added it to my favorites.
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MNNICE 9/15/2013 2:16PM

    My idea of how to spend an "icky" day: grab a book, a blanket, and snuggle in!

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    Great blog Lex, well done on your steps! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 9/15/2013 12:54PM

    are you having your own personal power surges?!!?! That is what menopause is .... sound more positive that way! lol

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_LINDA 9/15/2013 12:08PM

    No precipitation here, but the mornings are getting cold enough that everyone better get everything out of their gardens they don't want frozen! We have had an amazingly long streak of sunny days!
Those are some interesting picks for site-seeing.
Yes, you sure have come a long way from your water phobia days ;)
Lucky you getting some great garden veggies!
Way to go keeping your stepping streak alive!
Have a good evening!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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YJNANA 9/15/2013 11:41AM

    Cute Blog today :)
I love your Cat, I totally know that feeling LOL
Your weather sounds a lot like ours, here in Washington State.

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    Interesting!

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Bet You Didn't Know 'Blue Face' is a Menopausal Side-Effect!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This menopausal side-effect was reported recently on a website that assists women who are trying to cope with various effects of this time of their life. Well worth taking note, as although this particular side-effect is rare, it could happen to you:


I have struggled with menopause side effects plus foggy brain, severe joint pain, night sweats, flushes etc.
I've been to my GP and HRT was contra indicated for me. (health issues)
So I've been trying supplements and vitamins and am now on ADs.
This has caused various changes and side effects of one form or another.
So when I recently woke up with a bad rash over my face and neck I got quite concerned.
I looked in the bathroom mirror and I looked Blue?!?!
I couldn't think what I had taken to cause this.
So decided to have a think over a cuppa whilst getting dressed.
During which I sat at my dressing table and cleaned my skin with a cosmetic wipe...low and behold , the blue came off my face??....Then the penny dropped.
I had recently bought Teal Blue Bedding, and although I DID prewash it, the dye was coming off during my night sweats.
So I was waking up BLUE and covered in a rash.
What a twit.. panic over.

So, ladies, do be careful when choosing your bedding. Don't want anyone else turning blue overnight!
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Well, off to hang new nets and to figure out how to put up a curtain rod. This could be interesting. :-)
Enjoy your day.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 9/18/2013 4:03PM

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    Wow - totally amazing! Prewashing the sheets and the dye still coming off. I wouldn't have figured that one out!
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    Thanks for finding the humor in those horrible night sweats!

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AHTRAP 9/12/2013 6:17PM

    Thought you might be cross promoting for the new Smurfs movie.

Glad you were only looking blue, and not feeling blue, anyway!

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    OH wow!! Thanks for the warning!!! emoticon

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MNNICE 9/12/2013 2:41PM

    The things us women have to endure!!!!

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    Tooo funny!

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    emoticon That would at least be a very pretty form of blue!

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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...


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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. :-)

Hugs,
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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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.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ARTJAC 9/11/2013 7:23PM

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

But she can keep the birdseed! YUK!!!
Hugs,
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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    emoticon Our George(who live to 18 years old) was a vegetarian.He loved all veggies and fruits (except Bananas).
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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/14/2013 2:56AM

    Very happy dog

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/14/2013 2:56AM

    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!
Hugs,
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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