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Cable-cutting monsters stole my login streak and other news.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday was a somewhat eventful day. When I woke up on Friday morning, just after 8am I was pretty nervous. I was meeting neighbour Anne at 9am to go out to the kennels to see what Sophie can expect if she goes in there for a few days while we are away at Bryony's wedding weekend.

I am battling a few fears here, not the least of which is a travel fear. Yes, I am nervous about how Sophie will fare in kennels, but I am also quite a travel phobe, especially in cars. It is a deep-rooted fear I have never managed to shake, caused initially by being involved in a fatal road crash when I was about six, and exacerbated by a road-rage ex-husband who's fast and aggressive driving nearly drove me to a nervous breakdown. Learning to drive solved the problem for a while, but at the moment I don't have a car. This was a 15 minute drive to the kennels I was panicking about. Can you imagine how much I am dreading the 250 mile drive to Devon for the wedding? *gulp*

In all the time I've known Anne I have never travelled further than the end of the road with her when she has spotted me walking home from the stores and offered me a lift. Fortunately she is a terrific driver! She doesn't speed, and is highly alert to idiots. :-) Even on the A12 I felt ok with her, which says a lot for her driving, truly.

We headed out to the kennels on time, and apart from the photo on google maps being of the wrong property, we found the kennels very easily. The lady who owns the kennels is lovely! She showed us around, knows the dogs names without having to check the door tags, and her face shines as she introduces them to us. She obviously loves her work. :-) She had to retrieve a blanket from one dog that had dragged it out into the run, and rather than just put it back in the basket it was hung on a hook to be replaced, and the dog got a big scrubble before she came back out of the pen. :-)

OK, so the kennels aren't the Hilton, but considering the area is made up basically of concrete and metal mesh, it is clean, smell-free, and full of dogs that were almost without exception cheerful, barking, and licky. It was a busy week, being half-term, so there were a lot of dogs to say hello to as we walked down the long corridors, and we were shown both inside and outdoors. Many of the dogs are regulars, and the kennel rarely advertises because word of mouth keeps them busy enough. A local vet boards her dog there too, which is also good to know. We discussed Sophies needs, her fussy eating, and various other things, and I came away feeling as ok as I'm going to about leaving her in kennels. She will be well cared for there.

We got back by 10am, and had a cuppa at Anne's before heading home an hour later. We came in the house, and the TV was as I'd left it. I always put it on for Sophie when I'm out, so she has a little company. The sound also distracts her from some of what is going on outside so she doesn't bark at everything that moves. :-)

I walked into the kitchen to start making breakfast, and Tara shouted through that the TV had died. I walked back in the sitting room, and it had the page on that tells you they are updating the service so, strange as it is for this to happen when the set top box is already on, we ignored it while I prepared the porage and apple and started cooking. The TV was still off, and Tara went to plug in the modem and switch on the computer, and the modem started flashing. Oh. Losing the internet and the TV at once is a nuisance, and unusual, so I rang Virgin. There were no faults showing up on their system, so the lady I was speaking to booked us in for a technician to visit between noon and 4pm. I thanked her and rang off, relieved that it would be a same-day service.

I popped upstairs and was surprised to see my bedside light on. That only happens if we have had a power cut. It is one of those lights that you tap with your finger to switch on, and it has three brightness settings, and for some reason I have never understood a power cut can cause it to switch on. I came back down and checked the clock on the cooker, because that is usually flasshing at 0000 if we lost electricity, but it was fine.

Wondering if we had had an extremely brief power surge or something that had caused the set top box to switch off, I finished making the porage and we ate up and I started to play a game on the computer. A few minutes in and the computer went poof! The electric went off for the splittest of split seconds, the computer restarted, asking if I wanted to do so in safe mode and so forth, and I let it complete opening up, and then I closed it down. I didn't want to risk frying the poor thing if the lecky as going to continue to play up. I also had to switch the fridge off because it was making the most extraordinary noises! A quick check upstairs showed that my bedside light was on again too! Tara, who'd been facing the TV when the power went said that the set top box had switched off and restarted again too, although the power was off so briefly that the TV hadn't registered the loss and was still switched on. Go figure! *shrugs and pulls a face*

It was just after noon at this point, and -wonder of wonders - the technicians chose this moment to pull up! I have never known any company have techs at your door 30 mins after ringing them! Sophie and Tara went into the kitchen, so that the guys could do their job in peace, and it was just as well. They were here for nearly half an hour all in. They started by pulling my system apart, saying that as my set top box is really old they would replace it with a new one while they were here. They used their diagnostic tools, checking for a signal and so on, and there was nothing doing! Then they checked the big box out in the street and found that other houses weren't getting a signal either! So, they came back in, told me the signals were down, and rang engineering.

Engineering, meanwhile, had found out that a roadworks in the next street being carried out by a gas company had accidentally severed electricity cables and Virgin Media cables during their digging process. They had apparently taken out about 400 Virgin customers' homes, not to mention a number of houses in the immediate vicinity of the works who also lost their electricity completely, not just briefly like us.

Engineering told my techs that if was a big job and that it would take a few hours to sort out the mess these guys had made! So that was that. They couldn't even give me my smart new set top box, because with no signal they couldn't download my info into it! They repacked it and took it away and hooked up my old one again. *sad face* LOL

Resigned to being without TV and Internet for a few hours, and not wanting to put the computer on again in case the electric went out again, I stuck a Charmed DVD into the Playstation and sat and sewed for a few hours. The signal was still not back by 6pm, so I put on some music, cleaned the kitchen and started cooking dinner, hoping that they would at least have us back up and running by 9pm so I could see the new episodes of The Mentalist and Medium.

At 8.30pm we sat down to Chicken Korma with the film Matilda for company, and ended up seeing the whole film because we still didn't have our signal back. So, after that we played more music and chatted and played games on Tara's laptop. Around midnight we gave up on seeing any TV that night - Jools Holland's music show was on by then and we missed that too - and made cuppas and went to bed for a read. :-)

It was while I was sitting in bed that I realised just how badly I had failed in my streaks. I only had 4 helping of fruit and veg, and only 6 glasses of water, and although I wasn't down for a walk, I would still normally get my minimum steps in, and hadn't done that either. I couldn't even do my upper body videos. No internet = no Nicole! It was one huge WHOOPS! of a day Sparkwise.

Shall we call it a rest day? *grin*

So that was Friday.

This morning we woke up late, and Tara ran downstairs to check the internet and TV. She came back up to say that we had internet back but the TV was still not working. She also had a package for me from Moonpig.com! That's a first! I've never had a card from Moonpig. It said on the outside not to peek until my birthday, so I'll be good. I'm very excited though, wondering who it's from and what daft idea they have come up with. LOLOL

I got up, dressed, and was just doing my warm-ups before my walk when the TV came back on. So we are finally back in fully-functioning mode. :-) It only took twenty-four hours to fix! It must have been some hatchet job they did on those cables!!! LOL

Of course it has messed up my login streak because I didn't get on the internet at all yesterday. Oh well, these things happen, but I had been hoping not to break the streak until the wedding. *pout*

I completed a 45 minute walk today and the weather was gorgeous! It was warm and sunny, so much so that it was more like a warm spring day!

My turnaround point. Almost at the top of the woods:

The top field:

Boat Field:

I love the sky on a day like this:

After breakfast I did the upper body workout I missed yesterday. It included some wrist exercises. I've been finding that I sometimes get a little pain in them, so I'm hoping that a few strengthening exercises might help.

This has turned into a very lengthy blog, sorry about that folks. It is time to go see what I can do about trimming down my inbox. :-) I should try and fit in some work too. The trouble with getting up so late is that the day races past before you know it. :-)

Oooh, I can watch the Mentalist tonight at 8pm! Good oh! :-) I can also see Medium, if I don't mind waiting till 1 am tomorrow night. Oh Boy! How badly do I want to see it? I'll have to think on that one. LOL BBC iplayer will have Jools on, so I can see that anytime in the next few days.

Tomorrow is Samhain! My favourite Druid/Pagan/Wiccan holiday of the year. I'm really looking forward to it. :-)

I hope you are all having a good weekend. :-)
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 11/1/2010 1:42PM

    I forgot to say, I am glad you got a good feeling about the kennel where you'll leave Sophie when you go to Devon for the wedding. From you description it sure sounds like a good place!

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CARLA-216 11/1/2010 1:40PM

    I hope you had a nice Samhain!

I'm in love with the place you walk at! We also had that BLUE sky on Saturday. :-)

Durnitall for the gas company cutting your connection and causing you to break your streak! My hubby works for the local telephone company. He has told me in the past that if there is a fiber cut it takes hours for the cable guys to re-splice all that cable.


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WANDAH3 10/31/2010 10:55AM

    Happy Samhain day Lexie.

I didn't make it on SP at all yesterday either, but it was due to needing to accomplish things in the house and get some groceries.
So glad that your services are all back up and running. Hope the TV guys come back with the new set box. It's amazing how dependent we have become on having TV and Internet.

Have a wonderfully, blessed day today.

PS...yay on the kennels being such a lovely spot. I'm the same when it comes to leaving my cat...she is so particular!
I'll be thinking of you as you make your road trip.


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ZURDTA- 10/31/2010 10:12AM

    Great photos... glad virgin back up to speed.

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JHADZHIA 10/31/2010 12:09AM

    Sorry about all the troubles and your broken streaks :(
Tomorrow ia another day! Will enjoy reading about what you do for fun tomorrow!

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CHEVY63 10/30/2010 6:38PM

    I hate breaking a streak, too!!! Especially when it's not your fault - sorry about the cable snafu.

Your pictures of your walk are cool - looks like a great place to hang around.

Have a great night!

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SILLYHP1953 10/30/2010 6:17PM

    The pictures of where you walk are beautiful!!! Sounds like you managed ok with no tv or internet for a while. We lost interet and cell phone service in our whole area a few weeks ago for 9-10 hours and my first thought is how are the teenagers going to handle this? I'm sure it was an experience.
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JESSIELOVE78 10/30/2010 4:47PM

    It looks like you had a great walk.

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LINDABENEDICT 10/30/2010 3:11PM

    Busy busy busy ...even with the TV ands internet down !!! AMAZING !!!!Glad you are back up and running ( your internet/tv connection that is !)

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KNITTABLES 10/30/2010 3:09PM

    Wow, you sure found stuff to do while the internet and TV was off. Good for you. Have a very safe and Happy Halloween.

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Walked a lot more than I thought today.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I was really surprised to see how many steps I amassed today. I have at least 2000 more than I expected. It must have been the way we shopped in Waitrose. We were all over the place, not being able to make up our minds on meals, so we went down several of the aisles three or four times. We had odd items we don't normally buy that needed searching for too. I know we caught the eye of some of the staff. We gave them a laugh as we kept passing them again and again. :-) We did decide to indulge in those lamb and mango burgers. We are having them for dinner tomorrow. This evening I made a huge pot of cottage pie. Om nom nommy! :-) I just portioned out the leftovers for freezing.

I forgot to treat myself to a muffin! *Shock! Horror!* We were on our way home before I realised, and much as my mouth was watering at the prospect I kept going and didn't turn back. I had a taste of Tara's fairy cake, and contented myself with that. I'm going to see what I can find recipe-wise to make possibly. I don't know what it will be. I'll see what calls me. :-) How about chocolate and beetroot brownies? Bryony has made them and says they are delicious! And they count towards your five-a-day! Gotta love that! :-)

So, today I did a 20 minute walk, followed by 20 mins core strength training. I did the core video as usual, and then a couple of exercises on the bed. That one where my feet are on the floor and I sit up and lie down using my abs to do so, and a lower back move where you lie on your front with your hands by your ears and lift your front up and lower it again. I couldn't do most of the ones they offered on SP today because I had ticked that I have a resistance band, but mine isn't the right type so I couldn't use it. I've reset it now to leave the resistance band out of the equation. Resistance is Useless! LOL

That's it for today. I am more than ready for my bed. For some reason I am really tired tonight. Might be in the doghouse tomorrow - if Anne can get away. :-)

Night night. Sleep tight.
Don't let the bedbugs bite.
Lex xxx
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LINDABENEDICT 10/29/2010 11:34PM

    Nighty night ...sleep tight !

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KNITTABLES 10/28/2010 7:46PM

    Cute pictures. love them. Thanks for the recipe. Awesome stepping you did.

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CARLA-216 10/28/2010 12:51PM

    Ooh, thanks for the recipe! I was thinking I was going to have to ask for it but then there it was!

Good job on the steps yesterday as well as the core work you did.


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WANDAH3 10/28/2010 8:24AM

    I have to invest in a new pedometer. My old one just wore right out. I find that wearing it really helps me to stay on track.
Now the Fairy cake, sounds like a lovely substitute for a muffin! *grin*

Have a great day today,

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ZURDTA- 10/28/2010 6:10AM

    Ha ha ha - love the Vogon - time for some poetry eh?

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JHADZHIA 10/28/2010 1:22AM

    Way to go on your steps! Awesome! Rest if your body tells you to now. Hope you have a good sleep.
Your food is totally different to anything I have ever eaten, but I am very simple, no cooking or baking, just plain fruits and veggies as nature intended them.. Boring I know. The only thing I cook are my egg whites, parsnips and potatoes. If I can safely eat it raw, I will.
Have a great Thursday!!
Linda xx

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BOVEY63 10/27/2010 10:58PM

    Great job on the exercise and all hose extra steps!
Sweet dreams and have a great day tomorrow.

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YOYONOMORE1 10/27/2010 8:50PM

    Have a restful night so you can have a good day tomorrow. Good job on the exercise.


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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/27/2010 8:06PM


What a great job on all of your exercise today! Amazing how those steps add up when you are wandering aimlessly with purpose...lol

Those burgers for tomorrow's dinner sound wonderful....let us know how you enjoy them, I bet the are just delish!

Have a restful sleep tonight and a great day tomorrow!

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Well, you all asked so nicely.....

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

....so here it is. A picture of me as Professor Minerva McGonagall. Enjoy, because I'm not much of a one for having photos taken of me. *grin*

I don't do well taking photos of myself in a mirror. Should have switched the flash off! LOLOL

Then I tried the bathroom mirror. Which was better except, well, you can see what happened! LOLOL

Anyhoo.... Tara came to the rescue:

Oops! That was when I was reaching for my broom. Let's try again!

There you go! Me with my witchy Familiar! Zombie-Dog! :-)
Maybe I need to go back into town to get me my own hat! LOLOL
Lex xxx

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CHEVY63 10/29/2010 9:41AM

    Love the look, love the look (said in a high pitched tone as the photographers snap away)

Thanks - those are great pics!!!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/27/2010 8:29PM

    YOU ROCK!! I think you had best run out and get yourself one!

Nice to see you girls having soooooo much fun!


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BOE4LIFE 10/27/2010 1:25PM

    I love it. Very nice pics. Thanks for sharing.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/27/2010 12:29PM

    OOOOOH lovely ,and I love,love love your familiar !

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CARLA-216 10/27/2010 9:46AM

    How fun! Thanks for showing us your Professor McGonagall impression. I love all the pics and you're a good sport to indulge us!


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JHADZHIA 10/27/2010 1:28AM

    Great photos, cool costume, and just LOVE Sophie!! So cute!!

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KNITTABLES 10/27/2010 12:12AM

    You looked good, great pictures. Love the dog.

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BOVEY63 10/26/2010 11:22PM

    Love it! You look awesome!

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CHRISTURTLE 10/26/2010 10:38PM

    Your photos are great, from the first to the last - each one even better than the last. I thought that shadowy figure lurking behind the flash of light in the mirror was done deliberately, hahah.

You made a wonderful Professor McGonagal, and as for your familiar, sooo wonderful. Really got into the spirit of the whole thing, bright, zombie-like eyes (? do zombies have bright flashing eyes?)...

Also love the way you just sooo casually mention you were just reaching for your broom. Going for a ride, perhaps? lol.
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    Cute cute cute!

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PEGGY-BEE 10/26/2010 8:54PM

    Yes, you look great and I love your familiar!
Fun photos.

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LINDABENEDICT 10/26/2010 8:33PM

    Oh , you are sooooo her !!! I LOVE it !!!!!!

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I slept like a witch last night. :-)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I went to sleep with a broomstick leaning against my wardrobe and a witch's hat draped over the bedpost. LOL Having not realised Tara had popped the hat there, you can imagine my surprise to see it when I woke this morning. Incidentally, She got me into the hat and informed me that I looked just like Professor McGonagall. Maggie Smith, eat your heart out! *grin*

I did a slightly wet twenty minute walk this morning, on a sore heel. The dratted thing has cracked quite badly, so I'm having to be careful how I walk, and not walk too fast. Hmmm... I bought some Flexitol heel balm while at the chemist yesterday. It is twice the price of the Scholl stuff, but the Scholl isn't designed for deep cracks (sorry if tmi).

I tell you one thing. Two good applications and my heels already feel heaps smoother and look a lot better. I've had this problem before and worked through it without applying creams, but that was in my sedentary days, when I only did a small amount of walking and was sat four days out of seven. I don't want to have to stop my new walking plan while the heel heals - the heel heals - that's funny! *grin*

The tube offers visible improvement in three days. Try twenty-four hours! I'm rubbing on cream first and last thing each day, and will continue with it once they are better to keep them from cracking again. It will be worth the nearly £6 every so often through the winter if it works. ( I have no idea how long a tube lasts.)

I feel the same way, incidentally, about my Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. The cold plays havoc with my hands, and though I've tried different creams, most smell, and that can be very off-putting when you're eating, having florally-scented hands near your nose while trying to munch your lunch. :-) Neutrogena is expensive in comparison, but it only takes the tiniest amount to smooth your hands and it is smell-free. I've had my current tube for well over a year. Most people who visit end up trying a teeny squeeze for themselves too, so it is lasting well. :-)

I did some Tiggering after my walk to make up my steps. I think it was about 20 minutes or so. I was engrossed in a show called Cowboy Trap at the time, so I forgot to check the clock.

After breakfast, which as usual involved porage and apple - a huge sweet tree-matured cox - *Melts in joy* - I did a ten minute upper body video, followed by two other exercises. The first was modified push-ups, which I modified still further by doing them against the wall. The second was torture. It involved lying face down and laying your arms parallel to your body, palms facing the ceiling. You then raise your arms and lower them. It is a lot harder than it sounds. They are called Lying Triceps Lifts, and I'd be lying if I said I liked doing them. ;-)

I spent the time from then until a late lunch double-checking all my paperwork is in order and accessible, so that tomorrow I can sit down with the tax return form, knowing that I have everything where I can easily lay my hands on it. A good and constructive time. :-) Now I'm having a little Sparking time before getting on with a few other things I need to do.

Pork, Apple, Honey and Rosemary Chipolatas for dinner tonight. Tara loves trying different sausages, and this time even I'm intrigued. They are only tiny, so won't be a huge expense calories-wise, the two I'm having are about the equivalent of one normal-size sausage (think Richmonds), and I have a little mash and a heap of yummy veg to eat with them. They have Lamb and Mango burgers in Waitrose too - 99p each. I am very tempted to get one of those to try later in the week. :-)

Well, enough of my ramblings. I have an appointment with a friend, a beach, and a picnic basket to discuss finding me a man, and I'm running late. LOLOLOL
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Oh, and the broomstick is shedding! *grin*

Have a great day!
Lex xxx
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CHERIRIDDELL 10/27/2010 12:28PM

    I love your pictures ,I would add them to my blogs to as requested but I lack your computer savvy(I am sitting disconsolately in the corner wearing my bloody dunce cap not a witches hat with a solitary tear dripping down my cheek makes a heartbreaking picture!!!) I feel your pain about deep crevices in the feet in the extreme cold here I even went to the doctor here as creams did not seem to be wroking ,this will make you laugh he promptly supergled the offending crevice back together !!!!!! hugs,Cheri

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LOVESLIFE48 10/27/2010 8:15AM

    Love this blog!!

I hope your heals heel heals!!! I also hope your picnic was a success!!!

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JHADZHIA 10/27/2010 1:34AM

    You always have some strange food words I have to look up what they are lol. Loved this blog! Lots of fun!
I have a special cream that works fast too, has no scent, and lasts forever. Its not greasy, important for not smearing up the computer, my eyeglasses and anything else that show prints lol. I just hate getting those heal cracks. Our winter is especially hard and dry.
Hope you had a productive picnic there ;)

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    "a huge sweet tree-matured cox" What they heck does that mean? You English people! Does it mean some kind of tree has nuts ready?
Lex you crack me up everyday! I may not always comment but I always enjoy the read. Did you ever think of doing creative writing?

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WANDAH3 10/26/2010 7:25PM

    Lexie, thank you, thank you, thank you. Your wonderful sense of humor just gave me the giggles. It's been one of those days for me and I needed the humor. I spent the afternoon at the new library wearing a respirator mask and looking like Darth Vador's mother. I didn't have the mask to begin with and really scared myself to the point of having to be escorted outside to my vehicle because of difficulties breathing and feeling light headed. We phoned our emergency facilities contact and had Sheldon bring me a respirator mask as Sally and I needed to finish the evacuations procedures...talk about irony!
I will definitely be spending the rest of the week at the old library *grin*. At least I now own a respirator mask and just might find myself having to wear it all day in order to be at work. I will need to go outdoors to my vehicle to have breaks, but at least I'm ready for Halloween!

I'll be taking things easy tonight and tomorrow as my chest is really sore and my throat a bit raw at the moment, but should be good in the next 24 hours.


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KNITTABLES 10/26/2010 7:18PM

    I am glad you are doing well and that you have found some cream that works on your feet and one for your hands.
I agree we all need to see a picture of you in the hat.
Take care.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/26/2010 5:04PM


With my luck the broom would have fallen on the bed in the night and scared the daylights out of me...lol You will have to share a pic of you in that get up...if you are giving Maggie Smith a run for her money it should be quite the picture...lol

Glad to hear you have found something to take care of your heels and hands....winter is the worst for my hands and feet as well. Perhaps I will take a look and see if they carry your wonder creams here! I am with you on hand creams that are scented...strong scents from soap, lotions and potions cause instant migraines never mind those lovely people who bath in their perfume and cologne! All they have to do is walk past and the headache is instant!!

I am glad that everything is organized for what hopefully will be smooth sailing with your tax forms in the morning.

Dinner sounds yummy and that date you have about a man sounds interesting...I expect a full update...lol

Have a great one!

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BOE4LIFE 10/26/2010 4:46PM

    Wow that was quite the day you had there. I also am intrigued as to how the man hunting will go. I, however, am not in the market for a man. My wife would not approve, or maybe she would... Oh well enjoy your time.

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CHEVY63 10/26/2010 4:32PM

    I always love your pictures - they make me laugh!

It's great to find something that works - and better when it only takes a small amount. Sounds like you're on to something good.

You continue to do awesome with the fitness - congrats on keeping it up! I'll be going to the gym in a little while, so I'll try to keep up with you.

Have a great night -

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CARLA-216 10/26/2010 2:11PM

    OK now, why no pic of you in the witch hat?

Flexitol is GOOD stuff! I found several tubes of it on clearance at a store here and bought it all up. You're right, nothing works as well as that or the Neutrogena hand creme.

The sausages sound quite tasty! Let us know how you like them.

Have fun with your friend discussing finding you a man!


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BOVEY63 10/26/2010 1:22PM

    Glad to hear you found something to work on your heals. I get cracked heels during the fall and winter months too, and fortunately have found an Avon product that works for me.
Have fun with your friend, the beach and the picnic basket. If you find an extra good man, put him on a plane and send him over the ocean to me.

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It could be worse....

Monday, October 25, 2010

The dentist went.... well, it went. :-)

Tara is doing well on the whole. She has to change her dental routine slightly, trying a mouthwash and dental floss for the first time, and she has the beginning of decay in one tooth that the dentist is going to fix with a procedure that coats the tooth to protect it. Otherwise her mouth is looking good. :-) He gave her a little instruction on the amount of time she spends brushing her teeth and gums - 2 minutes, not 10 seconds he said. LOL

My lump is an infection caused by some kind of tissue growth under my tongue. The dentist has referred me to the hospital for a consultation. Oh good. I get to go to the hospital again. With another lump. emoticon
Oh the irony! LOL

Other than that, considering I've had these same dentures for 25 years, my bite is still good, and he said that all they need is a little work to make them sharper for biting. They are pretty worn in places. LOL He can work on that once the hospital has sorted out my lump.

So, the dreaded visit was painless, and the new dentist surgery gets a thumbs up from both of us. Tara didn't cry even though she wasn't exactly thrilled about things, and is actually fine about going back next Thursday to have the procedure done. Of course, the dentist telling her that it is a pain-free procedure probably helped. :-)

Then we went round the corner to a couple of shops and picked up a witch hat for 99p, and a broomstick for �1.49, so Tara's happy. :-)

A few necessaries at Waitrose on the way back, and we are set. :-) Now I have to finish the tax return paperwork. I have until the end of the week to decipher the actual form, fill it in and send it off. Otherwise I'll have to do it *horrors* ON LINE! *eep!* I can do this! I have all the receipts and stuff sorted out, so I can do this. I can do this. I really can!

But this evening I Spark! So there! :-)

Oooh, in all the excitement I nearly forgot! I did a 25 minute walk this morning, and a 10 minute lower body video, and two other exercises. The first was running lunges, which are great fun and so funny. Anyone watching would be in fits of laughter because you kind of fake-run, arms included, like people used to do in those very early black and white films. Think Harold Llloyd or the Keystone Cops. *grin* For sheer entertainment value and feel good smiles, I think they are my new favourite strength exercise. :-)

I also did those calf raises that you have to do while leaning against a wall with your legs wide apart, and squatting in a sitting position. Not so good. Six of those and my legs were all a-quiver! It wasn't easy, but I did my two sets of 12 reps, even if it was more like 4 sets of 6. I was very pleased with myself. :-)

My right hip was aching on the way back from town, but is holding up well in the circumstances. It's all good. :-) So, off to my inbox to see who has been blogging and who's been waving to me. emoticon

Catch you all later.
Lex xxx
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Food LOLs. Well, it fits with the teeth thing. :-)

Who does?

Want fries with that? :-)


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JESSIELOVE78 10/26/2010 9:12AM


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LOVESLIFE48 10/26/2010 7:40AM

    Glad all went well with the dentist!! I love the pictures of your daughter!!

Great blog!!

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ZURDTA- 10/26/2010 5:50AM

    Oh dear... poor you and a lump. Never pleasant and hopefully nothing to worry about. My brother has Apergers and my mother is a dentist phobic, so I know about taking Autistic youths to dentists... Tara did well. And so did you! The outfit looks great - witch's spell casting...

Good luck with the tax return, you can do it online, you know you can... can't you??! I am lucky I am PAYE employee... but only for the fact that I do not have to do a tax return...

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/25/2010 10:56PM

    Tara looks lovely as a witch .Good luck with the lump.I love your photos the iceberg one was absolutely brilliant ! hugs,Cheri

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BOVEY63 10/25/2010 9:54PM

    Tara sure makes an adorable witch!
So glad to hear that the dentist visit went well.
Great job on the working out!

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CHEVY63 10/25/2010 9:53PM

    I always love your pictures! Tara looks awsome in her witch's costume.

Glad that things went better than expected with the dentist - hope that the lump turns out to be better than expected too.


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KNITTABLES 10/25/2010 8:08PM

    Cute costume and thanks for the pictures. Good luck with the rest of the week.

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WANDAH3 10/25/2010 7:04PM

    Thank you for bringing a big smile to my face. Tara looks awesome. I love the way she looks like she's flying on that broom stick.

Yay, for great dentists. Here's hoping the lump will disappear.
I'm sending you an email on SP.


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JHADZHIA 10/25/2010 4:37PM

    Glad all worked out well! Tara looks great!! Good bargains!! Wish I could get finds like that!!
Well done with the fitness!
Keeping fingers crossed they can take care of that lump in short order..
Taxes, well, don't want to think about it (very mathematically challenged)
Take care of yourself,
Linda xx

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CARLA-216 10/25/2010 4:21PM

    Look at Tara! How fun!

Glad the dentist visit was painless, and I hope the lump is nothing of concern. Good job on the walk and other exercises today! You are doing it and enjoying it and that's just fab!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/25/2010 4:10PM


Well all in all it was a day of getting thing done. I think you are just going to have to resign yourself that you are a lumpy gal...lol I am sure it is nothing that a few more antibiotics can't cure. Here our dentist would have given you a prescription and away you would go. Don't you dare go having any procedures done until it has healed....freezing does not take when there is infection...ask me I learned the hard way! Hopefully they get you and your lump in and taken care of sooner than later.

Great job on the exercising all those wobbles mean the muscles are working hard!!! WAY TO GO!!

Good luck with the tax forms...YOU CAN DO THEM!!

Tara looks like a very happy young lady....all ready ...and now the wait...lol

Have a great evening sparking.

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BOE4LIFE 10/25/2010 3:24PM

    Sounds like it was a decent day all in all. Glad to hear you are enjoying the workouts. Thank you for all the comments and support. You Rock!! emoticon

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