Thursday, November 25, 2010
I am delighted to report that Christine rang me this afternoon, to double check the final details of the order, and to let me know the top boss lady, Jo, is on the case and determined that Sophie shall receive her food and goodies by Monday if she has to deliver it herself! LOL
The computer added to the fun and games by mixing up the order still, and trying to get them to deliver Weight Control (the right stuff) with the Beef Complete, which was supposed to have disappeared from the order! Computers! Anyway, they had a chat with the computer and a large wrench, and the computer decided to see sense. LOL
Christine also said that rather than them pick up the 48kgs of Bakers Complete and the 8kg of puppy food andf take it back, would I like to donate it to a rescue centre? They would have done that with it anyway, because they couldn't send it out to anyone else, even unopened, and she thought I might like to choose where it goes.
I am so excited! I've rung and left a message at a centre called S.E.S.A.W in Leavenheath, which isn't too far from here, and I'm hoping to hear from them later or tomorrow. They will have to pick the food up because I don't have transport, but the amount I have should supply a fair few meals for the dogs in their care, or they can share it among the people who give temporary foster homes to the rescued animals while they wait to be permanently rehomed.
Hee hee! I think I'm even more excited to be able to do this than I am about winning the food for Sophie! LOL
Hope you are all having a terrific day, and that all those having Thanksgiving celebrations are having a wonderful time!
I am very thankful that I can help out some needy dogs thanks to the Purina Baker's Heist Competition mix-up. :-)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It has been a very busy day today (Tue) so this is a very short blog, well, short for me anyway. *grin*
Fruit and Veg: 8
Calories: Over by 118 calories Ooops!
Carbs: In Range
Fat: Over by 2g
Protein: In range
Weight: 13 stone, 1 3/4lbs
Steps: 9026 (just over four miles in total)
Walkies for Monday was what I now call the Boat Field Circuit. Working it anti-clockwise means getting in a good uphill march to add to the exercise. :-) The circuit takes around 50 minutes door to door.
Add to that a shopping Circuit to Waitrose and it was a good walking day. :-)
A sign, or should I call it artwork, sprung up over the weekend. I was surprised to see this by the side of the path at the top of Boat Field.
It is an artist's impression of this view as you step into the adjoining field:
There was no information as to who created it, or why it has been placed there.
The only other picture I took on Monday was of a pair of my nice new hiking socks, that arrived a day early! :-)
Oooh, and two photos of the clouds. We were one of the few areas in the UK not under a blanket of grey for the whole day, apparently. :-)
In other news:
Today (Tue) I got back from our walk to find that James had phoned. James from Purina. He was ringing to tell me that it was all arranged and someone would be collecting all the erroneous dog food, i.e. the ENTIRE delivery, and would be leaving Weight Control Bakers and Doggy Treats instead. The only thing he couldn't tell me was when. He says by the 7th Dec, because I told him I had a wedding to attend from the 9th, but we shall see. He didn't please me when it became apparent that he actually had planned to make us wait until March for the delivery, before he got Christine's note. But I think I offended him by laughing aloud over the phone and telling him that it really had been the most entertaining foul-up!
Christine hasn't emailled to confirm what James said, so forgive me if I'm not 100% convinced. Time will tell I guess. :-)
Sophie took her first ride in a car since I got her eight years ago. Whether she had been in one before I have no idea, but we need to know if we can get her to the kennels next month. :-)
A good family friend volunteered to act as the chauffeur. We covered the back seat of his car in an old duvet, in case she got scared and 'leaked', which she is a little prone to. She wouldn't get in until I did, and then she scrambled onto the seat beside me. After sitting there for a few moments, she then got down on the floor of the car behind the passenger seat, squeezing herself into a teeny tiny space that she really didn't fit in, and once down there got stuck. Fortunately, Adrian was able to move the passenger seat forward, so that she could curl up more comfortably, and there she stayed, her head buried under the passenger seat, refusing to get back on the seat, or look up to see where we were going. She laid there, curled in a ball, shaking like a leaf, as Ade drove us up our road, and then down to Waitrose, and back, so she just had a few minutes to endure.
When we got back, and Ade switched off the engine, I opened the door and got out, and she was so excited to be back at the house, she was ecstatic! She positively bounced into the house! LOL
So, a good first try, and she didn't pee on the floor of the car, so win, win! :-) Ade is coming back to give her another short spin on Thursday.
Anne may still be able to look after Sophie on the wedding weekend, meaning she won't have to go to the kennels at all, but she is waiting on confirmation of a potential commission in London, and if it comes through she will be away that weekend. I know she could really do with it happening, but does it have to be THAT weekend? LOL
I must dash. I don't have time to do more Sparking today, and I won't be around much tomorrow either. We have to go into town to find a few bits and bobs for the wedding, plus I am working on a prayer shawl for a friend's Mum who has Parkinson's.
So, hopefully, I'll catch up with you all a bit tomorrow, and I should have more time on Thursday, once we've done the Walk, the Vet's for Sophie's second vaccination, and her second joyride with Ade. :-)
Not such a short blog after all! *grin*
Have a great day everyone! :-)
I love finding more than one caption for similar photos! :-)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Fruit and Veg: 7
Calories: 0ver by 46
Carbs: In range
Fat: In range
Protein: In range
Weight: 13 stone 1 3/4 lbs
I forgot that dogs don't understand rest days. :-)
I got up and performed my usual start to the day: bathroom, downstairs, feed Birds, feed Sophie, grab Nutrigrain and glass of water and after lighting a candle, I stood facing the East to start my day with a prayer or three. :-)
Then I sat at the kitchen table to do a reading. Because it was a designated rest day, I did a more detailed reading, taking about an hour, and every five minutes, Sophie came into the kitchen to see whether I was finished.
As soon as I stood up at the end, she was there, ready to chase me up the stairs to put my outdoor clothes on and go for a walk, and instead I walked to the cupboards and started preparing porage.
Ooooh, what a puzzled face! Why was I doing the after-walk-breakfast before the walk? She started to fuss around the door to the stairs so I opened it for her, and she went straight to her leads. I felt SO guilty, but by then the porage was cooking, so I decided that if she didn't accept the situation by the time we'd eaten, I'd take her out.
Sophie went upstairs, to see if Tara could be persuaded out of bed. No! Tara buried her head under the covers. So she walked into my room and sat on my bed, glaring at Tara until Tara couldn't take it anymore and turned to face the wall. Sophie then leapt off, walked into her own room, sat on the bed there and went into full sulk mode!
Well, I couldn't hack the guilt anymore, so I called her, and when she came downstairs I took her into the garden to play football. That snapped her out of it! We had a wonderful time, in between me rushing back in to check the porage, and by the time it was cooked, so was Sophie!
All thoughts of walkies forgotten, she climbed onto the sofa and went to sleep. She got her attention, and I got my porage, then a nice leisurely soak in the bath, and an afternoon of reading and studying, interspersed with games of tuggers. :-)
Unfortunately, my legs aren't overly thrilled with the concept of a rest day either, and tend to ache by the evening if left idle. In the end I pulled out Tigger and Roo (Mini Trampoline and Aerobic Step for those who are new to my blog), and did about 40 minutes alternating between them, making close to 5000 steps in the time. :-)
So, yes, rest day not so restful actually. :-)
This is Monday now, so...
Hope you are all having a great Monday!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Fruit and Veg: 6
Calories: over by 67
Carbs: in range
Fat: In range
Protein: In range!
88 grams of protein! Yes! Thankyou Chicken and Corned Beef!
Weight at the end of the week: 13 stone 1 1/2 lbs
Close to three miles. These Walkies are really helping! :-)
Walkies today was going to be a simple circuit affair: Follow the main path until we reached the far end of Boat Field, then turn left and walk up the hill, turn left again, along the top of boatfield, turn left again and walk down two fields and back to the tunnel.
Something made me decide on a slight detour, however. Having reached the end of Boat field, instead of turning left as planned, I chose to turn right to see if there were any ways through to the marshland up that path.
When we reached the top of the steep incline, there was a field to the right, which did indeed link through to the area I was thinking of. As I stood there looking at the view, a green woodpecker flew over my head, circled the field, almost landed, then changed its mind and flew to a post at the edge of the field and stood on the post watching the woodland intently for several minutes! Wow! Breathtaking! :-)
Because of only having trainers on, to give my left leg a break from the boots (it is just one little area rubbing), I decided against attempting the route, but took a few photos of the view:
This is the field information, and yes I just noticed what some bright spark has done to the name! LOL:
Looking towards Boat Field. Can you see the tiny white dots in there? The farmer has just put sheep in there to get the scrub down:
The field through that gap you see is the field we traipsed through when we got lost in the marsh, and behind that you can pick out another field, backed by trees. That is the first field we enter after coming through the tunnel, and the railway line is obscurred by those trees! It looks like quite a distance away, doesn't it. :-)
And this picture shows some of the woodland we walked through during the three mile circuit on Friday. :-)
We turned to head back down the path to continue on the circuit plans:
I was totally NOT expecting to see what I saw as we walked aound that bend in the path.
I taut I taw a... DEER!
I DID! I taw a DEER!
It was standing at the side of the path as we came round the corner, and it saw us and leapt into the hedge! We walked slowly and quietly down to where it had disappeared, and I peered into the hedgerow to see if I could spot it. It was there! About 15 feet in. I slowly raised my camera phone to try and snap a shot, and as it clicked, the deer shot off! They must have amazing hearing! :-)
We walked very slowly, peering into the hedge at intervals, and I spotted it again a few feet further down, eating. This time, I stood as still as humanly possible and we watched each other through the tangle of branches for about two minutes, with the deer occasionally stepping a touch closer to me, to get a better look at me I guess. :-) I didn't dare try and raise my arm to try for another pic, and instead, stood there, almost holding my breath. Eventually I did move very slowly, to try and get the camera up, but the deer took off before I could use it. Camera shy. Oh well. :-)
The fun thing is that I have two photos with critturs in, but neither crittur is exactly visible.
I swear that in this picture is the deer I saw:
And in this picture, the Green Woodpecker is sitting on one of those fence posts! :-)
I've given you a clue with the 2nd pic as to where to 'watch the birdie'. As for the deer, well, you are not looking for its face! LOL. Anyone who can spot either the woodpecker or the deer will get a nice little 'packed lunch' goodie from me, so they can go out crittur spotting in their own neighbourhood! *grin*
There are two things I really really wish Santa could give me this Christmas: A pair of binoculars, and a decent camera. The phone camera isn't bad, as you can see, but the zoom totally sucks! I can't use it, because all you get is a blur. Close up it takes a good photo. You can get in as close as six inches and get a decent photo, but no self-respecting wild crittur is going to oblige me by standing still until I get close enough to photograph the whites of their eyes, now are they! LOL
I may have to hunt down a shop that caters to Twitchers and see what they have in the way of binoculars, and have a chat with a local photography shop about an easy-to-use camera. See what we are looking at price-wise and so forth. Somehow, I suspect Santa is struggling financially too this year. :-)
So, that was Saturday. I spent most of the rest of the day, working and sparking. :-)
Hope you are all having a Serene Sunday!
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