Saturday, December 18, 2010
Very, very luckily for Bryony and Rob, they flew back from Iceland last evening, getting to Rob's parents' in Horsham before the snow started in earnest. Bryony wanted a White Wedding, but with so many people needing to travel safely we kind of cancelled that wish. :-) So today she got a White Church Blessing instead. :-)
The snow did mean a number of guests didn't make it, sadly. The blessing has been organised by Rob's parents to give their extended family a chance to celebrate the wedding. Rob has a very, very, very big family. Quite a lot of them came to Devon, and many more are attending the blessing.
We were invited, but couldn't be away two weekends in a row. It wouldn't have been fair on Sophie or Anne and Pat to disappear again so soon, and it is probably just as well, because we wouldn't have been able to get home again tomorrow. Looking at the weather Bry and Rob will probably be stuck in Horsham for a day or two. Not that they'll mind I'm guessing, though Rob tells me they plan to head for Devon as long as ice isn't too much of an issue. :-)
As for me, I plan to get up bright and early in the morning to take Sophie for a walk in the snow at Highwoods. Want to get out there before all the regulars turn the place to ice. :-) This dratted cold is hanging on to me but I will not let it beat me into submission! Fresh air is good for me! So there!!! *grin*
Sophie is a major snow dog. I reckon she was a Husky in a previous life. She has been out in the garden several times in the last few hours, and is now sitting sulking by the back door because I'm ignoring her wanting to go out yet again! I am so mean to that dog! LOL
Here's something amusing...
A council worker came through my gate and knocked on the door today. When I answered the door he was on his knees in the snow painting my doorstep red! I told him to go for it, but that I didn't want the back doorstep done, and left him to it.
So sad a sight to see this guy going door to door in the snow with the soul purpose of painting doorsteps. :-) I have one question... Why? Not why is it a sad sight, but why are the council spending money painting doorsteps? *shakes head in disbelief*
So, that is me for another day. I'm getting so little sleep currently that I'm exhausted. When I do sleep I seem to be planning a wedding in my dreams, though for the life of me I can't understand why! :-)
Well, to sleep, perchance to actually sleep and not dream about weddings. :-)
Friday, December 17, 2010
Before I start this blog I just want to tell all my Sparkfriends who are being buried under feet of snow, that I am thinking of them, and if I was close enough I'd be there with a shovel to help dig you out. Keep safe, keep warm. *hugs*
I just love this weather, when it isn't being a pain in the butt, sometimes literally. :-) We woke this morning to a light dusting of snow, and iced up puddles, but for the most part the area around here is safe for cars and pedestrians....for now....they are still threatening vast dollops of snow over the next 24-36 hours.
At 9.30am Pat, a lady from the SESAW animal rescue centre, arrived to pick up that 60kg of dog food I've been holding onto for several weeks. Turns out messages didn't get sent on, and she only found out about the offer after I rang the centre on Wednesday to find out if they still wanted the food. A combination of bad weather, and our wedding trip had meant delays on both sides, but at last the food is where it should be... heading for the bellies of rescued mutts at the centre. YAY!!!
To celebrate, Sophie and I set out for a romp at Highwoods, and I took some photos of iced puddles that I thought looked really pretty. When ice is this colour and in small amounts it is easy to avoid and lovely to look at. Nature sure knows how to beautify a place! :-)
As you can see, it is a lovely day here, even though it is below freezing:
But clouds are gathering and there is a distinct pink haze to them:
The clouds are appearing from the south and west, and I was surprised by that, because the overnight chill came down from the north. Turns out we are going to be getting hit from the south too, and they aren't quite sure how far north this particular band of cloud will get. We could get sandwiched and only get a trickle of snow, or we could get smacked hard. Time will tell I guess. :-)
Colds/flu are running their course. We are both over the worse I think. We're aiming for a quiet weekend of R&R. :-)
It is neighbour Anne's birthday today, but as she has only just got over her own cold she is reluctant to have us round, plus David's may be TB-related, so we exchanged greetings by phone, and I hope to finish her pressie today, a hyperbolic scarf of my own design in green, her favourite colour. I still have her Mum's shawl here as well. Maybe next week I'll finally get to give it to her. :-)
Photos to follow once the shawl is delivered. :-)
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Astonishingly, I lost 1 3/4 lbs during the wedding week. More excitingly, I broke the 13 stone barrier! I weighed myself this morning and I'm 12 stone 13 3/4 lbs! How long have I hovered just over that 13 stone mark? LOL
Also, I have had to tighten up my jeans belt another notch, so I have lost at least an inch off my waistline!
Mind you, I suspect half the reason for the loss is that when I am emotional/stressed I lose my appetite, and the other half is that during the four days (Thursday to Sunday) of the wedding weekend I walked 17 miles! Yep, I kept my pedometer in my pocket for the entire weekend out of curiosity. :-) In fact, over the seven days I walked 30 miles!
I may make a further loss this week, thanks to the fact that we have both come home with cold/flu type symptoms. Tara's started the Saturday night, and mine started on Monday. We both feel pretty poorly. :-(
Still, never mind! These things happen when you have 80 or so people in one place for four days. I just hope Rob and Bryony escape. They are off on their mini-honeymoon, and Bry was complaining of a sore throat as they were preparing to board the plane Tue morning. Rob managed to keep the honeymoon destination a complete surprise from her until they were at the checking-in desk at the airport! Their actual honeymoon will take place next year, when they go to see the Northern Lights. As this is the wrong time of year for that apparently, they settled for a three day break, and Rob decided to tell Bry nothing except to pack for warmth. *grin*
So, where did they jet off to? Well, Bry rang me from the check-in line to tell me. They have gone to Reykjavík in Iceland! How cool is that? *pun intended* I just hope the volcanoes behave themselves while they're there. :-) We have been promised a ton of photos, so we have that to look forward to, as well as the wedding pics, once people start sorting through them.
Well, seeing as I can do little else today except nurse this bug, I'm going to go through all my friends blogs and see what I've missed this last week. Maybe I'll crochet a bit while I'm catching up with you all. :-)
I hope I feel up to walking Sophie in a bit. Pat and Anne spoiled her rotten while we were away. She ended up staying in Anne's house from Thursday afternoon until Friday evening, sleeping beside Anne on the sofa in her sitting room Thur night, and Anne took her for a walk round the field behind our house.
Pat took over Friday evening, taking Sophie to her house, and keeping her there until we got back on Sunday evening. Sophie got three walks a day with Pat! :-)
It's funny, but Sophie really didn't get excited when Pat bought her home Sunday evening. She just went with the flow, I guess. It wasn't until we were walking our regular fields at Highwoods Monday morning that she finally clicked that things were back to normal, and she had what I can only describe as a crackerdog five minutes! (Readers of the James Herriot books will know what I mean.) It was great to see her racing around with a manic grin on her face. I don't think she'll mind being back to one good long walk a day, not now that life is back to normal. :-)
Well, I'm heading to the kettle for a cuppa while I wait for the council workmen to arrive. Well enough or no, I can't go for a walk until they arrive and tell me what they need to do. They are supposed to be doing some work to the outside of the house, painting wood, and rendering round the windows as far as I know, though the woman I spoke to seemed awfully vague about what was planned. I have a sneaking suspicion that they aren't coming but we'll see. :-)
Have a Wonderful Wednesday.
It's good to be back. :-)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Hi Honey, I'm Home! :-)
I have a Son-in-Law who takes his duties to his Mum-in-Law very
seriously. Not only did he dance with me last night to tunes from a
Cornish Bagpipe band whose name momentarily escapes me, but you can
see them on the beginning of the You Tube video...
...but when we said goodbye this morning he gave me a bearhug, lifting
me a foot off the floor at the same time! He is a tall chap! LOL
Photos should soon start pouring in from all sorts of people for me to
share, but for now, picture this....
The Registrar is introduced to me 15 mins before curtain up, and he
says, "You're Lexie? It's good to finally meet you. I gather you are
reading Dr. Seuss! A wonderful poem that is used far too rarely on
these occasions. I'm reallly looking forward to hearing it!" Already
nervous about what I have to do, the nerves shot up a couple more
So, the assembled family and friends sit through the Registrar's
introduction, a Bill Bryson reading (giggles and applause), a
Declaration of Freedom to Marry, and excerpts from a poem called I
Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg (little giggles and applause).
Then I get introduced.
I stood up and faced the 70-odd guests.
"Before I read this poem I thought I would share a little story with
you all. *puzzled looks from Bryony and Rob* When Bryony first asked
me to read this poem, Rob was a little concerned that I wouldn't
manage to make it through the reading without bawling my eyes out.
Well, it is a very emotional occasion, so I thought I'd best come
I stepped forward to my chair, and whipped a large white tablecloth
out of my handbag, dabbed my eyes with it, to great laughter, then
presented it to Rob and asked him to hold it for me 'just in case'!
*grin* The look on his face was priceless!
Then I read this:
Oh! The Places You’ll Go
Congratulations! Today is your day,
You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can take yourselves
In any direction you choose.
You're together forever. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the ones who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "We don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains, and your shoes full of feet,
You're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In which case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.
It's opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do
to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along. You'll start happening too.
You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Together you’ll fly; The best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't. Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups and Hang-ups
can happen to you.
But together you'll escape any waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places where boom bands are playing.
Together you’ll find all the fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do as a two
will make the winning-est winners of you.
You'll be together as together can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.
But on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
So be sure you both step
With care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!)
Guys you’ll move mountains
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So get on your way!
I got a huge cheer and a round of applause at the end, then I took the
tablecloth back from Rob, dabbed my eyes one more time (for real this
time because the last few lines made me well up), and sat down in my
Then the registrar completed the ceremony with the exchange of rings
and vows, and David (Rob's Dad) and I witnessed the signing of the
I have a Son-in-Law! Yay!!!
This isn't Bry and Rob.
It is some random couple I spotted in the LOLs. :-)
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