Monday, February 06, 2012
Tis true, tis true!
Jo rang me this morning.
She said, and I quote:
"I'm just ringing round to tell everyone that we aren't opening the Big Garden today for several reasons, the main one being that we can't find it!!!"
Yes people, the white stuff has effectively buried the garden so well that there is little to see.
This makes me feel better, because I hate to let people down but the pavements are treacherous here today, thick with ice and trampled snow. With a couple of steep hills to negotiate also, I knew I wouldn't have been able to get there today anyway.
I told Jo this, and she said,
"Isn't it great when you worry that you are going to let someone down, and then the someone rings and lets you off the hook!" LOL
I do like her sense of humour. *grin*
You know, she is a big kid when it comes to snow. I wouldn't be too surprised to find she has cancelled so she can have all that snow to herself. :-)
Apparently, last year she spent days building a huge fort!
You have to admit she has dedication ... and a good eye for detail! LOL
So, I went to bed last night feeling a little sick, and with a bit of a temperature, and this morning I'm still feeling 'weird' for want of a better word. So, with nothing to take me out of the house today, I think I'll have a quiet day and chillout.
At the end of last week my Land's End to John O'Groats walk was nicely on target. I've walked 713.4 miles in 203 days which is an average of 3.51 miles per day.
My current daily step target is 7700.
My current weight is 12 stone 7 3/4 lbs. So although I'm not dropping any further at the moment, I'm not gaining either, swaying between 12.7 and 12.10 for the most part.
I hope to drop a little more weight in time. I still want to reach a firm size 16 instead of being 'between sizes', so getting below 12 stone would probably clinch that. :-) Currently though, I'm very happy with my efforts since joining Spark, because I have already dropped 2 stone! I have to keep reminding myself of that when the scales don't move much.
So, whatever the weather, be safe and have a great day everyone! :-)
Sunday, February 05, 2012
It is customary to show off the snow we get gifted to us before we get sick of it and it turns into a muddy slushy mess, so here are my contributions to that custom. :-)
Feel free to skip if you are already up to your patoot in the stuff and more than ready for the thaw! :-)
Action shot! Otherwise entitled 'How to Throw a Snowball at Yourself'! LOL
Sophie loves snow football!
A perfectly iced table showing we had about 6 inches of snow in all overnight.
The most astonishing thing I've seen so far this year...
icicles hanging from ...
and I kid you not ...
hanging from a spider web!
naturally the water on the bird table freezes and the Maggies were pecking at solid ice yesterday, so I pulled out some old plastic containers I never use and filled one with water and put it out yesterday afternoon.
This morning it was apparently frozen solid, so I brought it indoors, and replaced it with one of the others.
After twenty minutes or so I saw it was yielding around the edge so I tipped it upside down in the sink to let the block of ice melt.
But, it was only solid across the top and around the sides. Turned out I had a perfect ice bowl full of water!
I tried to take it out of the sink to get a better pic but broke part off one of the sides. Still, you can see the rest of it, still half full of water.
In other news...
I'm having a rest day. I dug a path through the snow from the back door to the bird table and another from the front door to the road, and that is me done for the day. :-) I haven't had a lot of sleep, and I have some interesting pains here and there, so I'm taking a break from exercise. Not as much of a break as I would have, had the snow not materialised, but there you go. :-)
So, not much of an entry for my first day with my new exercise notebook. :-)
Never mind. I'll be playing Just Dance catchup, and working on Wii Fit Plus routines again tomorrow, noting my scores and minutes in my notebook for the various Spark Challenges I play.
I won't be able to go to the Big Garden tomorrow. It will be too treacherous a walk sadly, and I don't know anyone who could give me a lift.
But, if it clears up enough, maybe I'll be able to get there on Thursday instead. :-)
Enjoy your Sunday!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Just a very quick blog...
I've found out where all the local blackbirds live. I've been missing our pair and their young. I think they've moved into this bijou block of Ivy Flats just down the road from us...
There's the Hubby doing a fly-by! :-)
Seriously, though, I must have counted 9 separate blackbirds while I was walking through this small alley yesterday. :-)
Today marks the end of my second exercise notebook in 8 months!
I started this one on the 6th June 2011:
It was an A5 notebook, and I'd filled it up by the 23rd October.
Then I started using this one on 24th October 2011:
Today I filled its last page, so tomorrow - Day 204 - I start another new notebook:
I wonder how long this one will last! :-)
Here are a couple of photos of the snow we have so far outside the house:
It is about an inch deep at the moment. They are telling us we will have quite a bit more than that by morning.
Last Monday at the Big Garden, I built a little fence from scratch! And here it is!
I may not make it to the garden this coming Monday if the snow hangs around, but we'll see.
Maureen Lipman is in my bathroom! LOL I always keep a book in there for those slow fibre days, and her 'I Must Collect Myself' is the latest in my collection. :-) I got the idea from a friend many years ago who kept books by Thelwell and A.A. Milne in her bathroom, among others. :-) I spent many a happy few minutes in her bathroom whenever I visited.
So, what do you read in your bathroom?
Saturday, January 28, 2012
We have a plague of Roadwork Pixies in this area at the moment. These creatures descend on our roads, dig holes, and then disappear, leaving road traffic and pedestrians alike with the most amazingly intricate hazards to negotiate.
This is what a trip between my house and Waitrose currently looks like...
Bottom of my street:
Outside the Co-op:
Opposite the walkthrough to Waitrose (note the newly filled in hole in the foreground as well as the new hole further down the road on the opposite side):
Proof that the Roadwork Pixies do eventually creep back and fill the holes in again... In this case, during the time it took me to get my groceries. :-)
They are sneaky little critturs these Roadwork pixies. Just for fun they like to occasionally take their Mini Diggers and use the buckets to mangle stray cables that happen to be in the hole they dig.
A while ago you may remember me mentioning that works at the other end of our road resulted in a power outtage of some considerable size and duration when a digger went through both electricity cables and Virgin's media cables.
This time the Roadwork Pixie at this end of the street (see pic 1) put his digger bucket through our electricity cable. Sadly, this was not a very smart Pixie. He sat on his digger trying to ring the electricity company as one by one, local residents went down to ask if he was the reason for the sudden cessation of their power.
The reason I say he wasn't a very smart Pixie was not so much that he sat there for all to get aerated at, but that he only managed to take out our side of the street from number 2 to number 26 (my house!) I mean, if you are going to do the job, do it right and take out half the town for goodness sake! ;-) If you don't do a thorough job of it chaos and rivalry ensues! As in this case. :-)
Instead of total cameraderie in our street, I had the dubious honour of having the neighbour on one side as bereft of electricity as me, and the neighbour on the other side happily using his power tools and washing machine, oblivious to the chaos just the other side of his fence. LOL Not to mention the gloaters across the road, smug in the knowledge that they could still watch TV and play on their computers, while waving their nice warm cups of tea at us. LOL
But once we had established that the Roadwork Pixie was at fault, by dint of going down and asking him ourselves what he had done (he must have got heartily sick of us all by the end of it), Tara and I toddled into town for a bit of a mooch, hoping that the cable would be fixed by the time we got home.
This was particularly important to me because I just happened to have a load of Just Dance Bingo's to dance and claim - the largest number in one go that I'd ever had! Five Bingos! Quite the collection! But unless the power was restored I couldn't dance the dances to claim my bingos.
We had a good time. I was broke, but Tara had pocket money, so we strolled around, she bought a couple of CDs and we came back via Castle Park, and were delighted to see the swans close to the footbridge:
And on the way back past the railway lines, I was struck by the amazing red of these branches:
Not to mention that the gorse is in flower - in January!!!
And one of the neighbours had these crocuses nestling in her front garden:
Sadly, we came back to find that we were still power-bereft, and indeed, were settling into the kitchen where we could have the benefit of heat from the gas cooker, and a table for some candles so that we could at least see well enough to play Monopoly in the rapidly encroaching darkness, when the power finally came back on 5 1/2 hours later! So, a mad dash to the TV and the Wii and I did my dances, and was lucky to only lose one Bingo because of the delay. :-)
So that was Friday! :-)
Well, it is late, and I must away, before the hot water bottle loses its heat. It is a pretty cold night tonight.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :-)
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