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Not a Druid's favourite saint

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I am torn on St Paddy's Day. Here's why...

St Patrick vowed to drive all the snakes (Druids) out of Ireland.



BUT he didn't succeed...

We have Irish heritage added to our mix, thanks to my ex husband. Tara is proud of her Irish blood, and we named her after the most sacred spot in Ireland - Tara Hill. She is also proud of her Druid connections. :-)

So, I smile and greet everyone on St Paddy's Day, in the sure and certain knowledge that Druidry is alive and well in Ireland! LOL

And I like snakes too! *grin*

May the Luck o' the Irish rub off on you this St Patrick's Day and every day to come!



And what am I spending the rest of my day doing? Making a pressie for a friend that has a love of all things Irish, that's what. :-) How's that for perfect timing? LOL

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:51PM

    Ok, you're going to have to expound upon the snakes being druids.

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SCREWIE 3/21/2011 9:56AM

    I went to Tara many years ago; lovely place, very atmospheric!

Thanks for reminding me of it :)

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LINDABENEDICT 3/18/2011 10:56PM

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JHADZHIA 3/18/2011 10:47PM

    I love St. Patrick's Day only because its all things green. Had no real idea of what was being celebrated/ remembered.
I will be wearing green as my hoodie and jacket are that color. That is the extant of my celebration (I don't get out much)
Thanks for the info!
Hugs,
Linda

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ELAOPET 3/18/2011 2:34PM

    I've no love lost for snakes, but I find your picture crazy funny! LOL
I love the irish (not that I know many LOL)!
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MNOT2THICK 3/18/2011 9:59AM

    Cute blog, glad St. Patty didn't get his way. emoticon

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CHEVY63 3/17/2011 8:58PM

    Love your pictures!

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BOVEY63 3/17/2011 7:57PM

    Happy St. Paddy's Day to you too! Love the cartoons!
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DARACOX 3/17/2011 3:56PM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/17/2011 1:36PM

    How interesting ,you have taught me something today Lexie thank -you! love and hugs,Cheri

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CARLA-216 3/17/2011 11:39AM

    I hear ya, Lex! I just read a very informative piece about this yesterday, written by a Druid from England who now calls County Sligo Ireland his home.


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BOE4LIFE 3/17/2011 9:38AM

    loved it thank you for sharing.

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CAROLIAN 3/17/2011 8:36AM

    Great blog lol emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 3/17/2011 7:26AM

    LOL, Lex! Loved this blog and St Pat's face! Too funny!
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Here's a weightloss measurement I didn't think of before...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The wrist measurement!

My older daughter bought me a really pretty leaves on a branch silver bracelet several years ago:

It was a snug fit at the time, and it wasn't long before my wrist was too podgy for it to fit me anymore. Since then, Tara - my younger daughter - has bugged me at intervals to let her have the bracelet, but I always resisted, because part of the reason Bry gave me the bracelet was because I had become a Druid. Druid - trees - see the connection? :-) I didn't want to part with it, even though I couldn't wear it.

Well, Tara pulled it out today and asked to try it on. For some reason I can't fathom, I said to try it on me instead, and it fitted! Look!



Not only does it fit, but it is a loose fit!



Now THAT is progress!!! *grin*
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:50PM

    That is so cool! I'm glad you're back in that bracelet again, and maybe Tara can borrow it sometime!

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That is fantastic Lexie!! You have to have faith sometimes!
Its absolutely gorgeous by the way, you will have to get it taken in..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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TRINA001 3/18/2011 8:20AM

    wow,
theres nothing much more encouraging that a lovely surprise like that is there?
well done!

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CHEVY63 3/17/2011 8:57PM

    emoticon = So pretty!

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ZURDTA- 3/17/2011 10:24AM

    Lovely...

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TWOTIMESS 3/17/2011 6:42AM

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Poor Tara...
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You!

Happiness!

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SCREWIE 3/17/2011 4:58AM

    Lovely bracelet, and a great way to mark progress!

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CAROLIAN 3/17/2011 3:40AM

    Love ly bracelet great you can now wear it,I found the same with one of my necklaces it now hangs down rather than looking like a choker emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/17/2011 3:20AM

    What a lovely bracelet and a brilliant surprise. I too had the same revelation today ,I always had tiny wrists but after the accident I ballooned up and many things didn't fit (I used to wear children's watches in spite of my towering height ) I bought presents for my friends twins today at a shop in the mall and they had bracelets that are supposed to help with pain (not sure yet whether I believe in them but I am feeling better) The girl went to give me a small and I said "Oh I am too podgy for that and she said ,you have tiny wrists" and sure enough the small is loose so we both were happy today!

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CATWOOMAN 3/16/2011 11:51PM

    emoticonWhat a lovely surprise! Good for you. Bet it made your day. Hope you have another one like that soon!
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CARLA-216 3/16/2011 8:33PM

    Yes, my dear, that is progress! Nice! I hadn't thought about it, but my wrist is a tad smaller, too.

The bracelet is beautiful and such a nice and thoughtful gift. You'll be wearing it now, right?

xoxo
Carla

PS: I've considered lately becoming a Druid...
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DREAMS2LIFE 3/16/2011 8:15PM

    Yea for you! I remember the day when my son said he could fit both arms all the way around me - that was an unexpected weightloss measurement for me! (And made me cry) Now you can wear the bracelet that you were meant to have. Enjoy this special day! emoticon

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DAV128 3/16/2011 7:03PM

    Excellent - Good for you. It's funny where we tend to lose inches. I wear rubber gloves at work and I suddenly noticed the other day I'm wearing large gloves and the 2x I used to use roll up (way too large) when I try to wear them now. Go Figure - But it's fun to see the results in unexpected ways.

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My Get-up-and-go...

Friday, March 11, 2011

...got-up-and-went. LOL



I managed everything I wanted to do each day exercise-wise until Thursday. On Thursday morning I found the uphills at Highwoods were really hard going, what with so little sleep and everything else going on healthwise, so we only managed one field and home. After breakfast I did most of the planned 30 minutes of strength stuff, but it was a half-hearted attempt at best, and all I could do was yawn! LOL



I gave up all pretence at exercising at that point, made it to Waitrose with revamped Wilbur and dragged him home full of food and stuff, and spent the rest of the day on my butt at the computer mostly.

Wilbur has a new name to go with his new look incidentally. I was pulling him across the big grass patch on the way to Waitrose and it was really whipping up the wind out there. He momentarily left the ground, and I said, "Woah there fella! You take off like that and I'll have to change your name to Piglet and fly you like a kite!"



Well, the Universe let out an enormous belly laugh, and so the switch was made. Seems appropriate. Piglet does like flowers! And he is a pig, and so was Wilbur. :-)

This morning I just ached, but I really wanted to get to Highwoods for the fifth day, so we went. I wished I hadn't! My tummy hurt (TOM) and every step hurt as a result of it. The only time I didn't hurt was when I was standing chatting with people. *pouts*

On the plus side the chats were lovely. I bumped into the elderly lady whose little dog has had a complete blood transfusion and platelets infusions and all sorts of procedures. The good news is that this has all worked and her dog is doing a lot better. She looked so happy, bless her! :-)

The other lady I got to chat with has two black greyhounds, a collie and a shaggy dog, and they are a riot! They are all lovely dogs, but the two greyhounds are a bit barky! Like "Someone's coming! Quick! Warn Mum!!!" Only they do it to anyone coming down the path as I discovered today. One of the girls in the group approaching us looked quite scared, poor love. If you aren't good around dogs, it is quite likely to freak you out, especially as they tend to bounce towards you while barking. :-) Fortunately Sophie doesn't join in. :-) Their owner thinks Sophie is adorable, and that she has impeccable dog-manners! Not like her lot! (her words, not mine) LOL

Once we got back home, I made breakfast and have spent the rest of the day sparking and catching up on emails. I'm still achy and tired, but I did manage 15 minutes with Leslie this evening, although again I'm real tired and yawning. I'll see how I feel tomorrow morning, but I think a complete rest day may be in order.



Best news of the week:

Tara did great yesterday! With her autistic foibles, certain things are difficult for her, and judging safety is a biggie! However, she needs to learn enough to be independent and so we have been working on getting her out and about on her own. I got her a mobile phone recently, so she can call if there's a problem, and she grabbed my Mark Fenton Walking book and has been walking up and down the road occasionally to get in the swing of it. Yesterday, we decided to up the ante, and I asked her to go to Tesco Express (about a 15 minute walk each way and no really busy roads to negotiate cos it's in a housing estate) to get some meatballs and she said yes!

She did it! She walked up to the shop, bought the meatballs, and a couple of other things I needed, and came back home all on her own! She is really proud of herself, and so am I!!! It may not seem a big deal to a lot of people, after all, she is nearly 15 years old, but for both of us, this is HUGE!!! She said it felt really weird being alone, but she hummed to herself while she walked to keep herself company! :-)

So well done Tara!!! :-)



(She's a Harry Potter fanatic *grin*)

Yay! The weekend's here!
Have a good one everybody!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:48PM

    Bravo indeed for Tara...and for you!!
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SCREWIE 3/17/2011 5:02AM

    Well done Tara!

I bet you, Lexie, must have been pretty restless too until she got back :)

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LINDABENEDICT 3/16/2011 5:58PM

    Yay Tara,,,and yay Lexie as well ! emoticon

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CHRISTURTLE 3/15/2011 10:09PM

    Congratulations Tara!!! She deserves to be so proud of herself, not only getting there and back without a problem, buying the right things for you. I can almost feel your pride in her from here, and deservedly so.
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BOVEY63 3/13/2011 12:37PM

    emoticonLexie on getting in exercise when not feeling so well.
emoticonTara on your recent accomplishment.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
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ZURDTA- 3/12/2011 11:20AM

    Way to go Tara!

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ELAOPET 3/12/2011 7:42AM

    Heck, I'm 39 and I have not forgotten the hard times going out - brave thing and brave of you to have not followed her from the distance! (which is what I would be struggling with if I were you) Go girls!!!
My Ela is about to become one depressed pup the way thing are going walk-wise. I feel sorry for her. Every time dad calls her to go out she comes to me :(((
Ah, it'll pass...
Way to go on your walks! WOOHOO!!!!!
have he best weekend!!!!!!!!!

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SLENDERCLAIRE 3/12/2011 6:00AM

    Fantastic about Tara. As you say, such a big achievement! And if she's 15, she's got 15 years of her different "normality" to contend with. Really brave.
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Loved the pictures - a fun start to my day!
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/12/2011 2:10AM

    Well done Tara Bravo!Yes the idea of a rest day sounds very good I don't think we want to be hobbling indefinitely!Loved the pictures !hugs,Cheri xxx

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CHEVY63 3/11/2011 11:35PM

    Yay for Tara's success today! Hope you feel more energetic soon.

Thanks for posting all the pictures - made me laugh!

Oh, and we haven't see the cardinals lately. They must have just been flying through. Last week we had a big flock of red-wing blackbirds stop for a meal. They are very pretty. For the most part we just have a bunch of house finches and house sparrows - not very exotic, but they keep the cats entertained.




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SROUS1340 3/11/2011 4:35PM

    It's an extremely big thing that Tara did, for both you and her.
Congrats to you both!!!

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CARLA-216 3/11/2011 3:52PM

    That's so great that Tara managed Tesco Express on her own!

I just *knew* you were going to say Wilbur is now Piglet!

And I'm totally LOLing at the hilarious pics today!

xoxo
Carla

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TWOTIMESS 3/11/2011 3:40PM

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Yay! for Tara venturing out on her own!
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Yay! for Sophie for displaying good manners!
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Hugs for you to get better soon!

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A Rainbow in My Day

Thursday, March 10, 2011

As I was sorting through my wool last night, trying to decide what to make next, I was struck by the array of colours in the containers. It occurred to me that I have a whole rainbow of colour in my days, so here is my photo blog of my own little rainbow...

If you feel inspired, perhaps you'd like to blog about your rainbow too, and let me know so I can come and see it. :-)

This is what started me thinking:



So, how does it go? Aah, yes...

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

RED

The reddest autumn leaves imaginable:



ORANGE

My favourite jumper! I've had this one for years, and I just love the colour. :-) It was warm enough on Monday to take my coat off at Highwoods, and this is the proof! *grin*



YELLOW

The daffodils finally opening up in my garden today:



GREEN

My own design - cross-stitched bracelet in shades of green:



BLUE

The incredible sky over Highwoods this morning. Some of the best blue sky and puffy cloud action so far this year:



INDIGO

Didn't know what to add for this so I went googling indigo things and found this montage which has some beautiful things I love - flowers, birds, butterflies, twilight... I love this collection! :-)



VIOLET

Actual Violets! :-) Found these on the way back from Waitrose this afternoon:



So, that is my rainbow today. Something to make me smile, no matter how tired and achy I am. :-)
How does your rainbow look?
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:46PM

    I bought a knitted hat in Italy that I love. I've been inspecting it but I'll never be able to replicate it. The flower on it looks crocheted but the hat looks knitted. I meant to go back to the store and buy a black one, too, but never made it back.

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CHAR1970 3/14/2011 8:40PM

    That was such a great and unique blog. Thank you for sharing!

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TRINA001 3/14/2011 8:33PM

    I love rainbows. More specifically, Zippy from rainbow, but anything about rainbows too.
Thats a really pretty bracelet you've made, love it!

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DFROMTX 3/11/2011 4:48PM

    Thanks for sharing. Always did love rainbows of any kind.

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BOVEY63 3/11/2011 1:08PM

    Loved seeing your rainbow!
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SCREWIE 3/11/2011 10:49AM

    Gorgeous colours!

I'll try to do something similar :)

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CAROLIAN 3/11/2011 1:35AM

    Love your rainbow.I too was looking through my wool collection yesterday ians mam had no knitting on, we all knit for charity and i end up storing all the wool patterns etc.last week we sorted the bags in wardrobe out and passed any wool unsuitable for our projects along with a load of material making room for guess what more wool which someone left on doorstep last night.So freda took baby wool to knit prem baby items.I am doing greeting cards at the minute i mad 100 last week the charity picked them up mon and sold out by tues closing so on the go again when i get all other things done first. enjoy your day lol carol emoticon

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LINDAGRAVEL 3/10/2011 11:56PM

    love your rainbow.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/10/2011 11:43PM

    Your rainbow is beautiful .I am still suffering from Procol Harem World .....A whiter shade of pale ,it is snowing again !I hope you feel better soon.I overdid today so it is going to be a long night LOL! love and hugs,Cheri

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CHEVY63 3/10/2011 10:09PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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JHADZHIA 3/10/2011 8:58PM

    LOVED this colorful blog!! Awesome!!
Long ways from colors here, still deep in the browns, whites and greys of winter..
Beautiful bracelet!! You are talented!!
Nice to see you can enjoy the first blooms!
Hope you feel better soon,
hugs,
Linda xxx

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LINDABENEDICT 3/10/2011 6:07PM

    Beautiful rainbow !!!!!

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ANNEMAC5 3/10/2011 3:52PM

    TOO tired tonight to search for my rainbow but loved to look at yours, isn't it lovely to see those spring flowers and blue skies emoticon

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DARACOX 3/10/2011 3:25PM

    very cute, thanks for sharing

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CARLA-216 3/10/2011 2:19PM

    What a bright and cheery blog! I love it!

xoxo
Carla

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TWOTIMESS 3/10/2011 2:08PM

    Very colourful blog, Lexie! I live in what is called the Rainbow Nation - South Africa.
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And it's back! :-(

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Woke this morning in pain after a very sleepless night. Hmmm... It is twinges with breaks of a few mins to half an hour between, but when they hit... Woah!!! Decided to take the walk with Sophie this morning as the gaps between aren't too bad, and apart from a couple of times when I had to stop for a minute and clutch myself I was fine, but definitely slow and puffing well! Looks like it has found a new method of attack. *sigh*

Not only that, but TOM turned up and is being a real pain in the whatsit too! *growl* The thing with him though, is that often a little exercise can actually help. So here I am, with my body in a dilemma:

Tom says "Let's go for a walk!"



and Costo says, "You have got to be kidding!"



So, we went, but with the understanding that I could turn around and head for home at a moment's notice, which fortunately I didn't have to enforce. :-) I did what I call The Lollipop Walk today. Straight through the first two fields, right round the edge of the third field, and back through the first two. I was a bit slow, and stopped to chat a couple of times, but at least we were out in the fresh air.

So now Sophie and I are home, with aching bits and bobs, but we enjoyed ourselves. For the rest of the day it is playlists and crochet on my mind. I have to take my flare-up meds, but I'm trying to stick to the lower strength painkillers in the hope that I can function to some level for the rest of today at least. :-) I'm already feeling sleepy though, so it's not looking too good. *she says yawning*



Oooh, I managed to juggle my programmes last night. I get to see my two comedies on Sunday Eve, all being well. :-) Is happy viewing bunny! :-)

Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:41PM

    I hope it's all better now. And if you can walk and exercise with all that happening...I have no excuses, so I will just have to start doing it. I did 10 minutes before work this morning, but that is diddly-squat. Haven't used that expression for a while.

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BOVEY63 3/9/2011 4:25PM

    Hope you feel better real soon.
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/9/2011 1:28PM

    So sorry to hear you have been hit with an out of commission rendering force.You are still managing to make people smile though! You are a wonder! And you got in some exercise .I'd say you did remarkably well! love and hugs,Cheri

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JHADZHIA 3/9/2011 1:01PM

    So sorry you are getting hit with a double whammy :((
Glad you could complete your walk though. Don't be proud. If you have something that can take the pain away, go for it! No reason to suffer if you don't have to..
Take care of yourself, no one else is going to..
Thoughts are with you, hoping this will pass quickly..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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DARACOX 3/9/2011 12:10PM

    Glad you still got out for your walk! Feel better soon!

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CARLA-216 3/9/2011 12:07PM

    Boo! I'm sorry the pain is back. I hope it takes a hike really soon.
I am glad you got in a nice walk despite it, and I'm sure Sophie appreciated it, too!

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TWOTIMESS 3/9/2011 8:52AM

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Brilliant blog, Lexie! It must be the pain meds that aids creativity. I'm so sorry the pain is back, hopefully it will calm down with your meds. Do you take anti-inflammatories for it?
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P0KERS0PH 3/9/2011 7:36AM

    I hope you are feeling better soon hun xx

Btw, I love your new wallpaper, it makes me want to get outside in the sun!

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