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Day 172: Drat!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wrote a blog.

Lost the blog.

Will try again later!

Don't you just hate it when that happens!

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I keep telling people my brain is going!

Fancy closing the window instead of posting the blog! Sheesh! LOLOLOL

catchyoulater!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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    Done that too!
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CHEVY63 1/4/2012 10:44AM

    I know the feeling - but in my case it's my laptop eating the blog! Have a great day!

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NEW-CAZ 1/4/2012 10:02AM

    Darn it!........and that's being polite. Don't you just hate when that happens?! emoticon

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BOE4LIFE 1/4/2012 10:00AM

    I have been guilty of this as well. Have a great day.

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SENATOR9 1/4/2012 9:21AM

    Hate it when it happens

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Day 169: Happy New Year! And it is!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Oh glory be! Had such a lie in today after a very late night, that the rest of the day has escaped, and here I am with no time to write a proper long blog telling you about all my happy end of the year news!

So, the abridged version...

Suffice to say that I was lucky enough to have the company of my bestie on the phone for over 4 hours last night, reconnected with another good friend the same evening, and spent the New Year singing and dancing round the sitting room for more than two hours during Jules Holland's Hootenanny! Earned myself around 3500 steps I did, doing that! LOL

I finally understand why my word for 2011 was SPIRIT. It only took until a couple of hours before midnight to figure it out! *grin* Hey, I never claimed to be quick on the uptake. LOL

So, I wonder what 2012 will bring? I feel very excited and optimistic about 2012. A lot of threes this year. I'm 48. 4 + 8 = 12. 1 + 2 = 3. I start my new 12 year cycle, and this feels like a real year for beginnings! :-) I know I have a few things to deal with that I'm not looking forward to - mostly plucking up the courage to get a couple of health issues sorted out. But I feel very open to possibilities. Could be a good year for love this year. :-) I seem to recall Venus (Aphrodite) has a busy year coming up.



Have a wonderful 2012!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ODDLASS 1/3/2012 3:46AM

    Have a great one Lex XXXX

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_LINDA 1/3/2012 12:59AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful time!! Hoping for a fabulous 2012, may you have good health, happiness, peace and prosperity!! I especially loved that last cartoon -my sister-in-law is at that age and I am only two years behind her -though the health news says women go through on average at age 51, so only one more to go..
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 1/2/2012 1:14PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to end 2011 and start 2012!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 1/2/2012 12:38PM

    Sure sounds like a great start to the new year - love catching up with friends!

Here's to many, many good things coming your way in 2012!
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NEW-CAZ 1/2/2012 3:16AM

    I missed the show but know what a hoot it usually is! Glad you enjoyed yourself.
Hope 2012 is all you want it to be.
Happy New Year Lex
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ANNIE924 1/1/2012 8:58PM

    So you danced the night away - what a good plan.

Hope 2012 is all that you desire it to be and that it meets all your expectations. By the way, take care of the health issues it's important!

Happy New Year and thank you for all of your support and friendship throughout 2011.

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YOYONOMORE1 1/1/2012 7:45PM

    Sounds like you had a lovely time dancing and singing, that is the spirit. Us two oldies were in bed by 10, I figured out that ball will drop if I am awake or asleep and the new year arrives regardless of what I am doing. We had a pizza party in our community room at 7 p.m. last night, that was fun visiting with the other residents. I believe 2012 is going to be a wonderful year.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CHEVY63 1/1/2012 7:28PM

    Glad you had a wonderful time last night - and I hope it's a wonderful 2012!

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    I agree!! 2012 is going to be a great year for everyone!! Glad you had a good time New Year Eve!! emoticon

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Day 164: Owls! (with pics) 3D at the Cinema, and Migraines!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hi Everyone!


Look at this!


This is Athena’s Owl!


Athene noctua – the Little Owl...


ON. My. Arm!!! *squeeeeeeeee!*





We met these people from the Southend Owl Sanctuary yesterday in town, when we were on our way to the cinema. The old boy in the wheelchair, gave me his Little Owl to hold!

And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, he also let me stroke the Eurasian Eagle Owl behind him too,


see...





The third owl - a Bengal Eagle Owl - I wasn’t allowed to touch, as he is a more recent rescue and not used to the attention yet (someone shot him, apparently!), but you can see him in this picture. He’s the one on the right watching when I was first trying to attract the Eagle Owl’s attention. What I didn’t realise at the time was that the Eagle Owl was actually looking at Rob, posing for his camera! :–)





Who’s over the moon?


I am! LOL


Oooh, and can you also see that I am wearing my owl pendant watch, and an owl brooch? I bought the pendant watch last year to go with my wedding outfit, and Bry gave me the owl brooch for Christmas. Only worn it one day and it already brings me luck! LOL I also have an owl keyring, made like stained glass, and a tiny silver owl that I keep in my pocket. I am a walking owl tribute whenever I leave the house. *grin*

So, we were actually on our way to the cinema. Bry and Rob offered to treat us to a viewing of Arthur Christmas in 3D on Boxing Day. It is a good job that I am always early for everything, or we wouldn't have been able to stop and spend time with the owls. :-)

The cinema was a bit of a downer. Within a minute of puting the glasses on I started getting black and white zigzags in my vision - the standard precursor to one of my migraines! I haven't had a migraine in over two years, so it looks like the glasses triggered it. Well, there have been reports that some people are susceptible to headaches from using them, so I guess I'm in that unhappy band.

Fortunately, I had my whack-em painkillers to hand, so I swallowed a couple and sucked it up. The zigzags go away after about 20 minutes, and the headache, though uncomfortably painful to begin with (it kicks in when the visual disturbances stop) settled to a manageable level quite quickly, thanks to the pills, so I was able to sit through the film, which was an absolute delight!

I can't recommend it highly enough, though you may want to see the 2D version if you are susceptible to headaches/migraines. *grin* Arthur Christmas is inspired, and laugh-out-loud funny in places. Take tissues! I was crying with laughter before it was over, and there are some tender moments too. :-)

I did feel quite woozy when we got up to leave, but aside from wobbly legs and some difficuly refocusing my eyes for a couple of minutes, I was well enough to cope with perusing books in WH Smith on the way home. I picked up a doozy of a slow cooker cookbook in their sale!



Every single recipe is written with both slow cooker and conventional oven instructions. They tell you if the recipe is freezable, and if so at what stage of the cooking process, and how long it will keep in the freezer! It even has a a section at the front on cuts of meat, how to cut a chicken into portions, how to make things like dumplings, and various other useful information, like useful things to keep in your cupboards, to make shopping for the recipes easier.

It is 350 pages of Nom! :-) My mouth was watering just reading some of the recipes! :-)

Well, I'm going to leave things there for now. I need to get some exercise in. I just couldn't wait to tell you all about the owls! :-)

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas! I've had some wonderful indulgences, but not overdone it. Drank a little alcohol, ate Yule Log and Mince pies with brandy cream, had roast potatoes with my pork, red cabbage and veggies, ate biscuits and chocolates, and nibbled on toffee popcorn at the cinema!

Sounds like a lot, and it was compared to normal eating patterns, but we also walked into town and back, and did a lot of games like Wii Sports Resort, and my exercise bike game. In fact, we were all moaning that we watched too much TV on Christmas Day. Too much sitting. Not enough movement. :-)

Well, there was Kung Fu Panda, Monsters v. Aliens, and Ratatouille in quick succession, almost immediately followed by Dr Who and Strictly, so it was a little tricky, as we hadn't seen any of them and wanted to watch the lot! But as soon as Strictly was over, out came Wii Sports Resort again, so we got some golf and tennis in before bed. :-)

We also spent a lot of time chasing around after Rob's micro helicopter.



Yep, that's what I got him for Christmas. :-) A remote controlled micro helicopter! it is a teeny little thing, ever so cute, and robust! It is an indoor toy, and Rob had great fun trying to learn how to control it. Found every dusty corner of my house it did, falling down behind bookshelves and into normally unaccessed corners of the sitting room! LOLOLOL

I got on the scales this morning, and I'm 12 stone 8 exactly, which is only 1lb more than this time last week.

I'm very ok with that. :-)

Well, I'm off to get my exercise now.
Catch you later!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 12/30/2011 3:39PM

    How cool! That is so neat, glad you had the chance to pet the owls. It sounds like you've had a wonderful time over the holidays, so glad you've had fun!

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SCREWIE 12/28/2011 7:35PM

    Wow, those owls are cool!

I have problems with the 3D thingy too. It doesn't give me headache but the only time I went to see a 3D movie I felt nauseous for hours afterwards.

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_LINDA 12/27/2011 8:13PM

    LOVELY photos with the owls!! When my Mom was growing up in the far north, she rescued and raised a greta snowy owl. It was never a 'pet' , but would always come back for a visit..
I just watched Monsters vs. Aliens, and saw Kung Fu Panda a few days ago, but haven't seen Ratatouille.
Sorry to hear of your reaction to the 3D movie -good on you to carry your medicine with you to help ease the symptoms..
They are having a Dr. Who marathon here right now, but we are watching a lot of movies instead as they are really trotting out the Christmas ones, a lot of which I haven't seen.
My time with Mom is winding down. No appointments or bridge from now until Jan 2, so will be making the most of it -shopping here we come!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNEMAC5 12/27/2011 5:10PM

    Great pictures, love the look on your face when you have the baby owl on your arm. A pity about the pictures. I get motion sickness with 3d, so would be wasted on me. Handy you had your pills with you. I gave my son a mini helicopter for indoors to but a cheaper looking one also gave him Amazon vouchers. Difficult to get for boys. Well stuffed my self with chocolate to-day and feel bloated and ug. Back to work tomorrow back to routine.

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CARLA-216 12/27/2011 2:42PM

    How exciting for you to see the owls! I love the birds of prey. We went to a raptor rehab center a couple years ago and I there were a few owls.

Not bad at all being just 1 lb heavier. Well done!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 12/27/2011 11:46AM

    What an awesome experience with the owls! Great pics!
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So glad the pills helped so you could enjoy the movie.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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IDLETYME 12/27/2011 8:11AM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, a really fun day!!! I love owl everythings too!! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/27/2011 8:03AM

    How amazing was that?! I ADORE owls, any bird of prey, so majestic.

Sounds like you watched all the kiddies films like I did and those I thought I'd miss I've recorded so can watch when other crap is on over New Year.
Do you watch Eastenders at all Lex? Boy what a sorry line for Masood and Zainab....getting SOOO tired of the deranged Yusef but I've gotta watch it for the end game LOL.

Have an equally wonderful New Year

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ONESTUBBORNTART 12/27/2011 7:26AM

    Oh, I just love owls! And now I have the name of the owl I have a photograph of, which I scrapbooked ages ago - thank you!

I'm glad you had a nice Christmas x emoticon

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Day 160: I Cannot Brain Today. I Have the Dumb.

Friday, December 23, 2011

How could I do it?





How did I manage to miss it?





Of all the things not to notice when preparing a meal that needs a good few hours in the slow cooker.





Can you guess what it is yet?















Yes, the word in common is 'SWITCH!'

I forgot to switch the slow cooker on!!!!!!





Boy will I be eating late tonight!!!

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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So, what lapse of memory have you had recently? make us laugh, I dare you! *grin*


  
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SCREWIE 12/28/2011 7:39PM

    I regularly start making coffee, then go off doing something else while waiting for the kettle to boil... having forgotten to turn it on :D

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CARLA-216 12/27/2011 11:58AM

    Oh man, I hope you got to eat before too late!

The first forgetful thing that I've done that pops in my head is one morning I turned our gas logs on to heat the house before work....and forgot to turn them off when I left. I called Tom and since he works close to home he went home to turn them off. Said it was almost 90 degrees in the living room! LOL From now on if I turn them on, I write myself a note to remember to turn them off.
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Carla

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/27/2011 8:54AM

    Thanks for the giggle!

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CHEVY63 12/26/2011 1:46PM

    Been there, done that! I came home from work one day, ready for my yummy meal that I thought about all day, and found the cold slow cooker just sitting there.

I hope you got to eat something eventually! I also hope that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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NEW-CAZ 12/24/2011 3:07PM

    Lex! what am I gonna do with you? emoticon

I filled the kettle the other day and didn't turn it on as DH called me to see something on the news. We ate brekkie, I went to pour us a cuppa and.........no tea made emoticon

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 1:08AM

    Oh my, I would be starving!! I sometimes think I would forget my head if it wasn't screwed on. Mom always delights in phoning and telling me what I have forgotten to take home in my many 'sleepovers'. Got to admit it sometimes takes a while to figure it out. Except the time when I really needed to brush my teeth after having a garlic laden supper -I can tell you that morning breath was something else as was trying to enjoy a fruit shake that tasted like garlic :PPP
Have a fabulous X Mas eve!
Hugs
Linda xxx

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/23/2011 5:00PM

    Can you guess what it is yet?

Yep. He's doing a new version of "the down dog".
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    That is funny, did you finally get to eat? emoticon

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Day 159: Winter Solstice and a busy week

Thursday, December 22, 2011




Last week I did really well, making a minimum of 7400 steps each day, so I upped my daily minimum to 7500, a nice round-ish number. :-)

I also finally succumbed and ordered a copy of Wii Sports Resort.

That arrived on Monday this week. I played on it for six hours! I tried every game on it - more than once in most cases. On Tuesday, oh. boy. that. hurts ...

... well, you know that exercise that is supposed to help tighten up bat wings - where you raise your arm in the air above your head, and then bend the forearm up and down behind your head, usually with a weight of some kind? Well, it is now Thursday and I still can't do that move without the muscle hurting. That is how much exercise it got on Monday! LOL

Now, if only I can work out which of the various games isolated that muscle, my batwings are a gonner for sure! *grin*

So, yes, I recommend Wii Sports Resort for a good upper arm and core workout, but don't do it for six hours straight! LOL





Of course, I still had to get my work in, and do all the Christmas shopping. I still owe work a few hours - ten - but I think all the Christmas shopping is finally done. A last minute gift for Son-in-law is winging (and that is a clue people) its way to arrive tomorrow - I hope! Can't wait to see his face on Christmas Day! LOL



So, yesterday I did two trips to Waitrose, and today I did a trip into town and another trip to Waitrose. On all three occasions I was dragging a very full and very heavy Wilbur home (my shopping bag on wheels), so that was cardio and strength training taken care of. :-)

I bought a new purse today, because the zip has bust on my old one, but the sad irony is that, after all this Christmas and food shopping, I have nothing much left to put in it! LOL





So, a last minute tip for you before Christmas reaches us, and with only two shopping days to go.

*audible gulps as we all realise there is something we forgot to buy*





Don't forget to relax and enjoy the Holidays. Don't be too hard on yourself. Have the occasional treat, and don't let that little monster in the bathroom get you down...





Don't let it make you do this...





After all...





Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 12/27/2011 11:54AM

    I got my cats one of those pirate ships and they liked it a lot. I still find him sleeping in it from time to time. LOL

Enjoy your new game! I hope your arm feels better now.

xoxo
Carla

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 1:27AM

    Wow!! Six hours!! Must be fun, except for the delayed ouchies! Would be nice to know how to tighten up the old batwings!
Wishing you a nice hot tub with massaging jets and soothing lavender salts..
Love the funnies as always!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 12/23/2011 8:57PM

    Thanks for all the smiles!
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    6 hours of wii.That is racking up the minutes emoticon

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    great work ! Have a wonderful Christmas! emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 12/22/2011 4:03PM

    Great job on the exercise, my steps have been rubbish some days not even 2000. Glad you have got Christmas sorted. Love your pictures and story telling
Anne :)

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ANNIE924 12/22/2011 3:47PM

    Good going on all the exercise, hope your muscles recover soon. I have completed all my shopping. I just have to make several pies for me non-dieting friends. emoticon

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.

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SHERYLDS 12/22/2011 3:07PM

    i have done MAXINE'S routine and you know what
my extra padding came in handy
Happy Holidays

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CHEVY63 12/22/2011 2:53PM

    HEE HEE - I always love your pictures!!!!!

Hope you're arms are feeling better soon - those exercises always kill me!

I hope you have an awesome Christmas with your family, and enjoy yourself!

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