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Famous Neighbour is on TV tonight. *grin*

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just a heads-up for anyone who can get UK's Channel 4.

8pm tonight it is Kirsty's Homemade Home, and my lovely neighbour - Anne Schwegmann-Fielding - is helping the couple to mosaic a garden bench. I watched the filming, and saw the bench during construction, and it is beautiful! And extraordinarily heavy! You wouldn't believe the fun they had trying to get it into the van for delivery. *grin*

Anne's website is being updated at the moment, but this link takes you to pictures of some of her artwork.


Hope you get the chance to see it tonight, or watch the catch-up on Channel 4 on demand from tomorrow. It is the third episode of the current series. I don't know if 4 on Demand is available outside the UK. Maybe someone can let me know?


Lex xxx
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Got Mars from Holst's Planets playing at the moment, and it doesn't half build the excitement up! LOLOL

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CHEVY63 11/16/2010 9:32PM

    Love the pics! Glad that you met such a nice guy on the walk.

Have a great one


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TIGGERIFFIC123 11/16/2010 9:20PM

    Please give Anne my CONGRATS on her television appearance. She does just beautiful work...one very talented lady.


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WANDAH3 11/16/2010 7:35PM

    I can't access the channel here, but I'm planning on checking out the link that you provided.
Aren't you just the "cat's meow" having such a famous neighbor *grin*


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LINDABENEDICT 11/16/2010 6:57PM

    Wow ! We cannot access that channel. Too bad for us !!!! Hope you are feeling better !

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LYNNANN43 11/16/2010 2:03PM

    BEAUTIFUL artwork!

I'm 75% German & 1/4 English. My family's name is Fielding:D On my Bucket List, I have "Find out more about where your Grandfather is from in England and go & visit.

Perhaps this is a sign, that this should be next on my list to conquer!!!

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KNITTABLES 11/16/2010 1:53PM

    WOW, great works of Art. Thanks for sharing.

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CARLA-216 11/16/2010 1:48PM

    Oh my, what beautiful masterpieces she creates! I'd love that cat sculpture, as well as a panel and a fountain. Cool that she's going to be on TV!

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JHADZHIA 11/16/2010 1:05PM

    Good for your neighbour, she is really talented!!!

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JESSIELOVE78 11/16/2010 12:48PM

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Monday: "Which part?"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I'm trying to fill in the previous day's stats and info the day after they happen, so although the date is Tuesday, the blog is about Monday. Confused? Well, I am! LOLOL

Monday Stats:

Water = 8 glasses

fruit and Veg = 6
Turned out I did have 5 yesterday. I forgot to include my fruit juice. :-)

Calories = over by 49
Carbs = in range
Fat = 1g over
Protein = 13g under

Weight = 186

Walked with Sophie around the perimeters of two of the Highwoods fields. Was also up and down to the post office, returning wedding clothing, all those size 16 jeans, and a pair of shoes to Littlewoods.

Step count = 6558 (as near 3 miles as makes no odds)

A funny thing happened on the way out of the park....

As we came down the last stretch of field we could see a man leading two young Whippets, and he was avoiding a woman with two Labradors, so I wondered if his dogs were friendly or not. As I approached he was forced to turn and see me because his dogs were trying to get to us by whatever means possible. I shouted across to ask if they were friendly and he said they were, just young and boisterous. :-) We went up to them and Sophie put up with being sniffed and so on, but when the poor guy tried to say hello to her she backed away and growled at him.

This meant I had to explain that she was wary of him because it was a man who ill treated her before she was rescued, so it takes her a while to trust people generally, and men in particular. She settles with dogs and kids instantly, but the owners are a different matter. :-) he looked so sad, bless him, and then he asked if offering her a treat would help. No. It won't. She won't take anything from anyone if she is wary of them, and when she is nervous she won't even take a treat from me. So he handed me the treat to give to her later. Wasn't that kind? :-)

So, having been crouched down to try and win her over he stood up and said, "Well, at least she is fine with my dogs."

I said, "She probably senses a kindred spirit. Sophie is part Whippet."

He looked her up and down for a few seconds, and then said in a puzzled voice: "Which part?" LOLOLOL

I explained she is a Boxer/Whippet cross, and more Boxer than Whippet. really. The only whippet in her is her spindly legs, large chest cavity and colouring. The funny thing is that when you put her next to a Boxer you get much the same reaction. *grin*

We started to walk into the tunnel, and I suddenly felt nuzzling at my right hand. I looked down, and one of the Whippets was trying to prize the treat her owner gave me out of my hand! She won too. Well, it wasn't one Sophie would eat anyway, and she was so cute about it, I couldn't resist the little thief! LOLOL

We walked back to the estate with Whippet Man. He lives in a nice old house right on the edge of the estate. I hope we get to meet him again. He was nice and chatty, and the Whippets were the cutest wee things with the most incredible markings. :-)

Tune in tomorrow for our Tuesday Marshland Adventure also known as The Reason Mum Has Now Ordered a Good Pair of Walking Boots! *grin*

A couple of field photos:

Not ANOTHER photo-break! Sheesh!

And one of me, that came about because I wanted to know if I could photograph myself. LOL. Might add this one to my gallery.

Have a great day everyone!
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 11/17/2010 11:35AM

    If you keep meeting up with that man on your walks then maybe Sophie will accept a treat one of these days!

Love the cartoon of Maxine!

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LINDABENEDICT 11/16/2010 6:58PM

    Great pics of you and Sophie !

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JHADZHIA 11/16/2010 1:04PM

    Glad you met someone so nice.. maybe whippet photos next time?
Love your photo!! Would look great on your profile!

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CARLA-216 11/16/2010 11:58AM

    Whippet man offering Sophie a treat sounds like Tom! When he worked in the field with the telephone company, he carried a box of dog biscuits in his company truck to give to any (nice) dog he met. And when we are traveling, one of the first things he will buy locally is a box of dog biscuits. It's a great way to strike up conversation with the locals when traveling!

I love all the pics, and especially your smiling face! You took a good self photo...waaaaaay better than my sorry attempts!

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BOVEY63 11/16/2010 11:49AM

    So nice that you and Sophie had unexpected walking partners.
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Nice pictures - you and Sophie are adorable!

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Sunday: Rethinking my plans

Monday, November 15, 2010

I have decided to make Sunday a total day off. I've ummed and aahed about this for ages, trying to decide what is best, and much as I hate the thought of deliberately not trying to at least make a minimum step count seven days a week, a day off is a good way to recharge my batteries, especially as it would seem that the Tietze's/Costochondritis or whatever is becoming a permanent fixture in varying degrees of ouch. :-) Having a day where I can just relax, chill, and contemplate my navel - do people really do that? What do they ask? How did that fluff get there? *grin* - will be good for me.

So, the Sunday Stats:

Water = 9 glasses
Drenched today I was! LOL

fruit and Veg = 4
Would have been five but I realised too late that I didn't have a tomato to go with my cheese on toast.

Calories = in range
Carbs = in range
Fat = 5g over
Protein = 1g under

Weight = 185.75

No exercise scheduled.
No exercise attempted, unless you count getting in and out of the bath! LOL

Step count = 528
When I rest, I REALLY rest! LOL

Thanks everyone for the comments about the clothes. The trousers arrived today (Monday), and nothing works together at all! LOL I give up! Three lovely pairs of trousers that anyone would love to have, and not one pair looked right with the top or the jacket. I have no eye when it comes to clothes. I know what I am comfy in and I'm a casual kind of girl. Smart casual at best.

The truth? I want to wear a polo neck jumper and a nice pair of trousers, with maybe a simple jacket to the wedding. Does that sound so bad? :-)

Aaah, well, *sigh* Back to the drawing board!

In my fantasies, I look like Shania Twain!

In reality, well, I'm more your Dorothy:

Maybe if I fuse the two.....

**Brain asplodes**

No, no, no, no, NO!

Something will fit eventually. It will. I know it will! Next stop simple black trousers.

I live in hope. :-)
Hope you are all having a good day.
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 11/16/2010 11:42AM

    I am fashion blind, so I'm no one to offer any advice on clothing! But simple black trousers sound like a win to me!

I am glad you've decided to take a rest day on Sunday. Our bodies make progress when resting, so I've read.


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ZURDTA- 11/16/2010 2:34AM

    Rest days are good.

And yes, simple black trousers will work with that top and jacket...

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JHADZHIA 11/16/2010 1:02AM

    Lexie, I am glad you have given yourself a day of rest. Perhaps your body was trying to tell you something too. REST is not a bad word!! I know I struggle taking a day off, just haven't been able to and maybe if I could, my ailments might heal up faster, do you think?? You ought to try getting into meditation and boifeedback to help with the pain.
Take care of yourself,
Linda xxx

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TIGGERIFFIC123 11/15/2010 8:03PM


I am so glad to hear that you are trying a different proactive approach to help deal with and hopefully ward off the Tietze's. Here is hoping that it works out for you!!

I KNOW you will find something wonderful for the Wedding that is both comfortable and as beautiful as you are! I can NEVER order when it comes to clothes, I have to go through the pain of trying on, and on and on until I find something that is just right!

Hope you had a great Monday!

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KNITTABLES 11/15/2010 6:13PM

    Love this blog and the picture to go with it. Take care and one rest day is a great thing to do so that you can recharge and be ready for the rest of the week. emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 11/15/2010 5:40PM

    Well, I kinda like that outfit that Dorothy is wearing, looks like clothes for a fun wedding!! I've always like that Shania video...yes, to look like her and sing, too! Oh well.

Taking Sunday off sounds like a great idea. Sometimes I have a problem getting started again if I miss a day. But I don't think that's going to happen with you.

You'll find a great outfit for the wedding, I have faith.

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WANDAH3 11/15/2010 4:03PM

    A day of rest is important...even the Lord had a day off! *grin*

I'm the last person to ask about clothes...like you...I just like to be comfortable. I've never been a clothes horse, so why start now *grin*

Have an awesome day,

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CJANSEN40 11/15/2010 3:08PM

    a rest day is good. Long as you don't take it too far like eat the whole cake you're golden.

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LINDABENEDICT 11/15/2010 2:57PM

    A rest day sounds like a great idea ....and so do simple black trousers !!! Have fun with the clothes stuff ,,,your new body looks great, so you can really enjoy looking devine !!!!!

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The Lost Weekend became The Lost Week!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hi everyone! Did you wonder where I got to? It has been a busy, and somewhat stressful, week. The Tietze's is still lingering, and the week off hard exercise hasn't made any difference as far as I can tell. Also, for some inexplicable reason, I also lost interest in tracking my nutrition, weight etc. and didn't even feel up to blogging! I completely slacked off this week. I even found myself eating more than I normally would, and munching too many doughnuts, muffins etc. I did manage to read friend's blogs though, so not all was lost. :-)

Maybe I just needed a little break. Maybe the stress of everything is getting to me. The pain certainly is starting to. :-(

I am pretty fed up with it all, to be honest. I am under increasing stress because of all the problems associated with the upcoming wedding, and much as I love my daughter, I want to be on the other side of it all now! LOL

I don't want my first blog for a week to be a negative moaning minnie kind of blog, so I will push the rest of the problems aside and talk about the good stuff now....

Hmmm... what happened that was good this week?


Let.... me.... think....

Something good must have happened....

OK, well, it has been a week of going to the dogs. *grin*

A very nice man from Purina, the makers of Bakers Complete, rang me on Monday night to congratulate me on winning the year's supply of food and treats for Sophie. He asked me a few questions about her - age, breed, weight, health and preferences flavour-wise. Then he told me that someone would be in touch about deliveries. Apparently they deliver 3 month's worth of food at a time. I wonder what three months in one go will look like? :-)

On Thursday I took Sophie to the vets for vaccinations and a microchip. The microchip was a free extra in with the vaccinations, and it seemed like a good idea, so I accepted it. The visit cost £58, and once she has the top-up shot in two weeks she can go to the kennels for the wedding weekend. I opted out of the kennel cough jab. The kennels don't insist on it, and money is at a premium at the moment. Of course we still have to get her used to getting into a car, and that was supposed to be arranged this week and I've been badly let down, but that is an annoying megative and I don't want to talk about it... *growl* I'll just say that when someone makes plans with you, the least they can do is stick to it, and if they can't they ring and say so, not leave you hanging for TWO WEEKS! *growls again*


The weather was pretty bad this week - wind and rain, with gales through Thursday, and a lot more rain, but my prayers were answered Thursday morning, and the rain eased enough to get Sophie to the vet and back without getting more than damp. She was also very brave, not even whimpering when the vet stuck the needles in. :-) The vet also said that as she seems fine now, she doesn't need the anti-inflammatories all the time, and to just bring her back if she has a flare-up. That was good. :-)

Then he said that she was a bit overweight, and that if she could lose a few pounds it would help her arthritis. So now she is on a diet and exercise plan just like me! Do they have Sparkdogs, do you think? LOL

I told the vet about the prize we'd won, and he said to ring them and ask for the weight-control version of Baker's Complete. I did that as soon as we got back, and the lady I spoke to said she would pass the information along to the distribution centre for me. :-)

The vet's have a free scale in the waiting area that we can pop in any time and use to see how she is doing. Isn't that good? Only problem is that Sophie doesn't like it for some reason. It doesn't make a noise or anything, but she is very suspicious of it. So, I plan to weigh her every week and get her used to it that way. :-) Either she will adjust or I will get a bad back trying to lift her onto the thing and need an adjustment myself! LOL

On Friday morning the weather was better, although still a bit windy, and as Tara was awake when I got up, I suggested we all go for a walk to Highwoods. Sophie seemed up to a decent walk after not being able to walk her for the longest time, and Tara seemed keen, so after a nutrigrain and a cold drink each - me water and Tara milk - we set out. Once we reached Highwoods, I suggested that instead of keeping to the main path we explore a part of the park we haven't been through, so we headed up the field, keeping near the woodland at the side of the railway tracks, and walked through three fields, one after the other:

Sophie was very excited:

She and Tara often ran ahead of me:

At the top of the three fields, we found a muddy lane:

And a little pond:

We came out at the back of ASDA!

That is normally quite a walk from our house, along busy roads, and not a walk I ever relished. Not that I would shop at ASDA anyway, but the main hospital is just up the road from there, so it is a handy route to know about for the future. :-)

So we turned around and headed back into the park, and carried on along what they call the Circular Route until we spotted a lone bench. I took the opportunity for a quick breather while Tara took charge of the camera:

We finally reached the main woodland area, but by then Sophie was starting to flag, so I dribbled water from my bottle for her to lap at, and then we walked home, pausing for a brief time by the river while I tried to persuade her to take a drink. Funny dog. She prefers Mum's bottled water, so she had another slurp of that instead. That time she made contact with the bottle making me have to do without until we got home, so next time she is having her own bottle to drink from. LOL

This morning it was just Sophie and I so we walked the perimeter of the first field, and got home in 40 minutes. Tomorrow we'll probably try two fields, weather permitting. They are threatening more rain again, and those fields are quite slippy in places. :-)

When we got back the confirmation letter was sitting there from Purina, and they said the first delivery of food will be within 28 days. I had hoped it would be quicker, but never mind. As long as they don't try to deliver it during the wedding weekend which is bang on the 28 days! *gulp*

On a different subject, with exactly 4 weeks to go till the wedding, I am at the stage of trying on clothes. I ordered several size 16 jeans to try from Littlewoods, and not one pair was comfy, so I'm not dropping a jeans size for the wedding after all. Still, never mind. As long as what I wear is comfy I'm fine. I ordered a top and a velvet jacket, and am waiting on some trousers for my Mum of the Bride outfit. I just hope I can get away with what I've bought. I have to decide whether the outfit is ok in the next couple of days, and if not send the things back

Honest opinions only please. What do you guys think? Bear in mind that I will be wearing smart trousers with them, not jeans, plus a matching velvet hairband, not the biker scarf. :-)

Can I get away with wearing these?

Well, back to my inbox!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. :-)
Lex xxx
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I nearly forgot to LOL! Shock! Horror!

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KNITTABLES 11/15/2010 2:46AM

    I love the top on you and it is so good to catch up what you have been doing and feeling.
Congrats on your winning the dog food. I hope you feel better soon.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 11/14/2010 10:19PM


So good to read an update, we missed you!! Hope you enjoyed your break from spark...now back to routine!..LOL

Wonderful news that Sophie is doing so very well...that is just amazing!! Even more amazing not needing her medication daily...way to go Sophie (Tummy rubs for Sophie all the way from Canada...LOL)

I totally understand about the wedding...for such wonderful occasions when you are actually involved in a family wedding they take on a whole new meaning...lol I am sure it will go wonderfully and you will look wonderful! Good to hear you are thinking comfort something we sacrifice all too often! Love the jacket and the blouse not sure I love them together (something about the neckline not working with the jacket .... but that's me).

Hope you had a great weekend! Hope your weather gets better.

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LINDABENEDICT 11/14/2010 10:11PM

    I LOVE the top and the jacket !!! Quite chic ! Black pants with skinny legs with it ? You look great by the way !! Sorry to hear you are not feeling so well. Hope you have a good week this week !

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CHEVY63 11/14/2010 7:21PM

    I'm glad to hear about your week - I've been checking your page! I think it's natural to need a break now and again - it's important to come back though!

I really enjoyed your pictures and the description of the walk. It looks lovely, and you, Tara and Sophie all look like you were having fun.

I like the first outfit, but go with what feels most comfortable to you!

I hope you feel better this week, and that the wedding preparations go smoothly.

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SCREWIE 11/14/2010 5:46PM

    I love the jacket and top. If they feel right you should definitely go for them!

Don't worry too much about the calories, some times you need a break. The most important thing is that you don't add unnecessary stress to an already stressful time.

Take it easy :)

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ZURDTA- 11/14/2010 5:12AM

    I have been feeling kinda bleugh too. The weather is so grey right now and dark... dark too early. And tracking on SP is not straightforward on Spark for us Brits either ... ho hum. Gotta keep our chins up, right!

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SILLYHP1953 11/13/2010 11:12PM

    I'm glad you're back! It does sound like quite a week, and we are going to have those weeks.

I like the top and I like the jacket but I'm not sure I like them together. But if you and your daughter who's getting married like them, then that's what is important. It's not like I'm a fashion designer or anything!!

I enjoyed seeing all the pictures and reading the stories.

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BOVEY63 11/13/2010 9:12PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures - you, Tara and Sophie look like you were having a great time. So glad Sophie is doing better and got such a good report from the vet.
I love the jacket and the blouse - I would definitely wear them.

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WANDAH3 11/13/2010 8:16PM

    Love the photos and thanks for the "walk". You have such a beautiful place to walk, it seems so nice and peaceful...not traffic roaring down the street right beside you!

Love the new top...I would definitely wear it :)

Yay, for Sophie getting her first delivery of diet concsious kibbles. I love that she will be "sparking" right along with you.

Have a wonderful day, hope you start feeling more comfortable soon.

Lots of hugs,

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JHADZHIA 11/13/2010 7:49PM

    Sorry you have had such a rotten week, right down to the lousy weather! When it rains it just pours, doesn't it? I absolutely love these photos of you! Wish you would make one of them your profile instead of that silly twit you have on there. You are beautiful and have a smile that lights up a room! I would love to see your wonderful face on my activity feeds ;)) Big hint there Lexie..
That is a pretty and unique top you have there! No worries someone else will be wearing the same thing. I love being one of a kind..
I sure hope this week goes better for you all around..
Big hugs,
Linda xxx

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P0KERS0PH 11/13/2010 4:38PM

    Sometimes I think your body just craves for some time out from all this calorie watching. Just make sure you get back on track now before it turns into a month out like my break did lol!

It's all about learning & persistence...wipe yourself off, get back up and carry on. One foot infront of the other.

Hope Sophie enjoys her prize!

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The Whomping Willow has nothing on Tietze's!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Yep, I've been whomped by the Tietze's again! Its timing was perfect - 20 minutes before we had to leave the house on Thursday afternoon to take Tara to the dentist for some treatment, I was stabbed from my chest through to my back with a red hot poker that left me gasping for breath!

It eased enough over about ten minutes so that we were able to go into town, albeit walking a mite slower than normal, and we had a lot of fun in Castle Park because the pain was reduced to a dull ache by then and Autumn had finally arrived in all its glory! :-)

I couldn't run at all, or bend much, but I was able to stand for a photo:

Tara had a whale of a time running through the leaves:

She also enjoyed sneaking up behind me with handfuls of leaves and throwing them over my head, but as the target, I couldn't actually get any photos of that! LOLOLOL

We managed to get everything done that was planned in town - new maxtra cartridge for the brita jug, new notebook for me, and the dentist visit, which took all of five minutes and didn't hurt at all, though Tara found the mouth vacuum cleaner peculiar to say the least, specially when the nurse kept getting it stuck to her tongue! LOL

By the time we left the pain was becoming somewhat persistent, and although we had hoped to check out a few charity shops before heading home I had to admit defeat, so we popped into the chippy for a small battered sausage and a few chips, (yes, naughty I know, but we were hungry and it was the only food source close by) and walked home, munching as we went. We were walking past Waitrose, so we popped in for milk and teabags, and it was a good thing we did!

The sun was setting as we reached the store, and the colours were amazing, so I took some photos when we left:

I'm always amazed how well the photos can come out sometimes, considering that this is just a basic camera phone I am using. :-)

The pain gradually developed and spread across my back as the evening went on, until it got to the point that I couldn't do a thing! Seriously! It was the worst attack yet. I couldn't close the back door, lift my handbag, or even a mug of tea! I hobbled upstairs to bed, and did my best to get comfortable. I took some painkillers, but they made no difference at all! I lay there, not even tossing and turning, because it hurt to move. I eventually managed to drop off to sleep, but woke every time my body tried to move in my sleep. To turn over I had to lever myself up to a seated position, turn to face the other way, and then lower myself back down again. Not conducive to a decent sleep. :-(

I rang the surgery as soon as I got up in the morning, because although the pain had lessened a little, it was still pretty bad and my movement was still pretty restricted, and I was at the doctors half an hour later. I was thoroughly examined by a lady I hadn't met before. She said that the costochondritis/Tietze's was causing muscle spasms in my back. She prescribed stronger painkillers and anti-inflammatory meds, and suggested I get a hot water bottle and have lots of warm baths! :-)

Hmmmm.... Can I run my home from the bath do you think? :-)

I got home eventually, after picking up the meds, and buying the smallest hot water bottle I've ever seen. They only had kiddie ones you see. LOL. I then popped next door to see Anne, and down to the local shop for a bag of pasta and some bananas, because I knew that I would be knocked for six once I took the pills and wanted a couple of days of not needing to go anywhere.

Then I took my first dose of pills, and Friday magically disappeared......... :-)

I've got up this morning to find that I still have some pain, but nothing like as bad as it was, so I am taking my anti-inflammatory tablets but trying not to take the painkillers unless I have to. :-) I am grounded though. I'm not walking anywhere or doing any strength exercises this weekend, to give my body as much rest as possible.

Pain has been a pain all round this week as it happens. My lovely neighbour Anne suffers from spasms near her kidneys that can be very debilitating, and she had an attack during my birthday meal, forcing her to cut the evening short sadly. I made chicken and asparagus risotto, and that went down very well, and I also made a rice pudding for dessert because I know Anne and David like it. Unfortunately Anne's pain kicked in just as I was taking the pudding out of the oven. I made her a chamomile tea because that sometimes helps, but it was a really bad attack and she had to leave. I made them take the rice pudding with them though. Tara doesn't eat dessert at night and I was full and I'd made it mostly for them, so David had some that evening, and the two of them polished it off for breakfast next morning. LOL

So, that is basically Wed, Thur and Fri in a large and chatty nutshell - with pics. :-)

I plan to spend some time sparking and some time sewing this weekend, and maybe some reading too, pain and everything else permitting.

Oh, we came under rocket fire last night!

I found this embedded in my lawn this morning. It must have dropped at quite a lick because about an inch of the head was under the soil!

The joys of Bonfire Night! Not!

I don't object to Bonfire Night. A decent firework display is a beautiful thing to behold! I just object to people playing silly buggers with fireworks, and if this reached my garden, someone was playing silly buggers! I also wish they would confine the fireworks to just one night, so we don't spend two weeks or more dealing with this kind of thing on an almost nightly basis.

Mini Moan Over! :-)

Have a great weekend everyone!
Bonfire night take two tonight. Oh goodie! :-)
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 11/13/2010 8:27AM

    Lovely pictures :)

I hope the anti inflammatory meds do their work quickly!

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BOVEY63 11/9/2010 12:18PM

    I sure hope you've gotten the pain under control.
It sure looks and sounds like Tara had a wonderful time playing in the leaves.

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/8/2010 6:05AM

    Sorry to hear about the pain - but I know about not wanting to take the heavy pain killers. I've had to take percoset for the pain before - and it kills the pain, but can you say 'Helloooo La-La loopy land". I hate the loopy feeling so bad, that I just threw them away, swallowed some Aleve (napoxen sodium) and just put up with the pain - so I know how you feel.

Glad you're feeling better.

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CHEVY63 11/7/2010 10:54PM

    So sorry to hear of your pain - I wish you didnt have to deal with this.


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SILLYHP1953 11/7/2010 6:43PM

    I had never heard of Tietze before; I looked it up and one thing it said was it can occur after hearty bouts of laughter! It said lots of other things which make me say I am sorry you are having to deal with it. I know I do not deal with pain well at all.

Your pictures were beautiful and your posters are quite funny - no hearty bouts of laughter for you, though.

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MNOT2THICK 11/7/2010 4:01PM


Sorry to hear about your attack. Hope you are back to feeling better soon. emoticon

Loved your beautiful photos. Thanks

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JHADZHIA 11/7/2010 12:52AM

    So sorry you have this flare :(( Glad you got better meds
Beautiful photos!! I love swooshing through the leaves too, so much fun!! Feel better tomorrow!
Linda xxx

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LINDABENEDICT 11/6/2010 11:35PM

    SO sorry to hear of your flare up. Hope you are on the mend. YOU LOOK GREAT !!!! Now if you just felt great too .
Love your pictures, and your stories !

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JESSIELOVE78 11/6/2010 5:57PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Having sharp pains are not fun. Love the fall pictures!!! emoticon Thank you for the sharing! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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CARLA-216 11/6/2010 4:16PM

    What lovely photos, of you and Tara, and of the sunset as well!

I am so sorry to hear that the blasted Tietze's has attacked again. I hope it goes away quick and stays gone for a long time!

Re Bonfire Night lasting for two weeks...that is how it seems around here with Independence Day.

You take good care. I am glad to see you back among the Sparking. Been missing you!


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KNITTABLES 11/6/2010 2:22PM

    Well I am tired after reading your blog. Another great read. I enjoyed your story telling. You have a gift of words and I can imagined myself along with you on your journey. I am so sorry that you are is so much pain. Take care and get as much rest as you can. I will be sparking and working on Scooby all weekend, must get they orders out. emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/6/2010 1:39PM

    Oh I do love your blogs it was just the thing to brighten my morning (sorry to hear about the flare up ,but you manage to make that sound bearable too) I am planning a Sparking weekend too ,I had 20 moles removed yesterday so I am not venturing far from hom till tomorrow night !(Dinner theatre and even if I am sore and have to go in a shroud I am going !!!!) hugs,Cheri

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WANDAH3 11/6/2010 1:10PM

    Lexie, I'm so sorry for the pain you've been experiencing. I'm sending gentle hugs and healing thoughts your way.

Now that is some big fire cracker in your yard....wow...it looks like it could have done some damage if it had dry areas or someone!

Love the pictures...your sense of humor is so uplifting. Thank you for sharing, you are such an inspiration to me.

Lots of hugs,

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ZURDTA- 11/6/2010 12:30PM

    O M Gosh so sorry to hear of another attack - sounds incredibly painful. Glad you are not in so much pain now. Looks like a lovely place to walk...

Love the guy in the bath (love Hitchhikers - now that doesn't look right, I ought to now look up how to spell but I am too tired right now... !!) It would be great to run everything from the bath, heh heh!

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BOE4LIFE 11/6/2010 12:17PM

    Wow. You are quite the writer. Have you ever thought of dabbling in writing stories? I am sorry Tietze's has decided that your body would make a splendid habitat. If only it were say the metabolism of a 10 yr old that had decided to move in I think your life would be a tad easier on you. I do applaud your strength in going out and enjoying the day despite your unwelcome companion. Women have always been stronger than men and tend not to complain as much as we do. When women do complain like a man they are labeled a Hypochondriac or a whiner. A tad odd to be coming from a man eh? Oh well have a glorious day and enjoy a hot soak. Huggs ya gently.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 11/6/2010 12:11PM


I am so sorry to hear of such a major flare up. I am glad to hear you were off to the Dr. first thing the next morning. Sounds like they gave you some really powerful medication being as you missed a day...lol
Glad to hear your plan for some rest and relaxation while your body heals from this latest round!

Belated birthday wishes!! Glad you were able to spend it with family and friends even if Anne had to leave early. Rice Pudding for breakfast...sounds sinful...lol

Have a great weekend and take care of you!

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    Oh Lex! I'm really starting to think that even though we speak english we both speak a different version. I googled Tietze's because I had never heard of this and it sounds just awful! I'm sorry your in pain and will be praying for you that it eases quickly.
In the mean time I'm going to look for an English to English translator!
Take care of yourself!

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