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Day 243: Some Days You Hold the Can and Some Days You Wear the String!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Enjoy both! :-)

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Have a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 3/16/2012 10:02AM

    Cute! I like to do those Jigidi puzzles from time to time, thanks to you!

Hope you have a great day!

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Carla

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NEW-CAZ 3/15/2012 2:18PM

    I am an ardent fan of the site thanks to you dear Lexie although it nearly ended in divorce- remember emoticon emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 3/15/2012 1:51PM

    I tried, but am not good at puzzles. We are having beautiful weather here, up in the 70's very unusual for this time of year. Have a great Thursday. Me and my friend went for a lovely walk this morning.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 3/15/2012 12:14PM

    Love these puzzles! Have a wonderful day Lexie!
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Day 238: Target Smashed so far this week!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I've walked and danced a LOT this week!

Sunday 4th March = 11100 steps
Monday 5th March = 11560 steps
Tuesday 6th March 12553 steps
Wednesday 7th March = 12087 steps
Thursday 8th March = 11490 steps
Friday 9th March = 11334 steps

I've been flying! :-)

If I can do it again today I'll be really happy!





I'm grinning from ear to ear as it is! :-)





Changing the subject...

The Alibi channel here in the UK has been re-running Due South from the beginning of the first series, and a few days ago we had what is probably my favourite episode. This is the song from the episode - Ride Forever - with Paul gross and the late, great Leslie Nielsen singing their hearts out.

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Just wanted to share. :-)





Enjoy your weekend!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 3/14/2012 6:08PM

    Woohoo! You're doing great with your steps :)))

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CARLA-216 3/13/2012 11:15AM

    You are getting those steps in big time, Lex! Way to go!

xoxo
Carla

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CHEVY63 3/13/2012 10:36AM

    Great job on the fitness - hope the weekend was a good one! Also loved your pictures - you make me laugh!!!

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BOVEY63 3/11/2012 4:06PM

    Awesome job on your steps Lexie!
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Have a wonderful week!
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MAURIZIA 3/11/2012 4:21AM

    WOOHOO on those steps, Lexie! I love "Due South."May have to check Netflix...thanks for reminding me...

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_LINDA 3/10/2012 1:17PM

    Wow!! You are a stepping machine!! You really want to make that distance of five miles a day!! Good on you!!
I never knew Leslie sang, how about that, and he is a good old Canadian boy!
Thanks for sharing!!
Keep up the fantastic work!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 3/10/2012 9:12AM

    I loved Leslie also!!! emoticon You are going great!! Keep up the graet work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 3/10/2012 9:06AM

    I like the line from the movie Airplane where he says "and don't call me Shirley(surely)" my DH likes his movies, he was a funny man.

Lexie you are doing fantastic with your steps, wow!

Have a great weekend.

That is a cool video, thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Shirl


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GOPINTOS 3/10/2012 7:21AM

    Good job!
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NEW-CAZ 3/10/2012 7:15AM

    Loved Leslie Lex, such a funny man, I remember a scene with Prissica Presley once and I was in stitches!
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Day 235: Three days in a row! I'm on fire!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Five miles Sunday, Five miles Monday and now Five and a half miles today! No kidding!

Hooray for Just Dance 3 is all I can say! It is my favourite of the three Just Dance games, and there are a number of songs with specifically aerobic-themed dances, which give me a terrific workout! :-)

Yesterday, to make up my steps, I let the game randomly pick songs until I passed the 11000 step mark. Today, after a Highwoods walk with Sophie, I did the same thing.

Am very tired now. Zzzzzzzz.........





123.3 miles left to walk to John O'Groats. :-) 25 days to do it in.





Can she do it?





I guess time will tell. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CJANSEN40 3/14/2012 8:50PM

    Great job! I hope I get to see this continue

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_LINDA 3/7/2012 12:52AM

    Wow! That is impressive! You are really rolling!
Keep up the great work!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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WANDAH3 3/6/2012 8:29PM

    Way to go! I'm impressed...you'll be passing me in no time *grin*

Hugs,
Wanda

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You are doing fabulous!

Hugs,
Shirl

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SCREWIE 3/6/2012 6:27PM

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Send a postcard :D

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CARLA-216 3/6/2012 3:13PM

    Awesome job, Lex!

Go Lex...go Lex...go Lex! emoticon

xoxo
Carla

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    Way to go Lexie!
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Day 233: I managed 5 miles yesterday!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Hee hee! It was a close run thing, because by dinner time last night I was still around 700 steps short of the 11000 that makes five miles on my system. But a little Leslie Sansone-styley walking while watching Grey's Anatomy popped me over the target. My legs weren't thrilled, it has to be said, being as I'd already done 106 minutes of dancing with the Wii and walking with Leslie Sansone earlier in the day, but I was delighted in spite of their moaning! :-)



Thanks to The Big Garden and a trip to Waitrose I have 8761 steps under my belt so far today, and I plan to do some Wii dancing to get the rest very shortly. :-)



And talking of the Big garden, I had a surprise today...

Tara announced as I was leaving the house that she would pop by the garden after she had nipped to Waitrose for some biscuits! Shocked I was, because no amount of cajoling had persuaded her to join me up there before now. Then the bubble burst... She said she would only be popping by to let me know she was on her way home!!!

Now, let's think this through logically... :-)

Waitrose is a ten minute walk from the house, but a 25 minute walk from the Big Garden. So 'popping by' isn't really an accurate statement. :-) It's not exactly like she would have been passing the gate.

Tara has a mobile phone, so if she wanted me to know she was headed home, she could ring me. :-)

It was pouring with rain, which is not a weather option Tara is exactly fond of, especially when it is accompanied by 20 mile an hour winds, low temps and sleet!

But sure enough, she turned up about half past ten, damp but grinning from ear to ear, so pleased with herself for doing it all alone! Awesomeness! :-)

And she really enjoyed herself. :-)

We were huddled in the polytunnel because of the weather, and were making seed pots out of newspaper. I was making cone-shaped pots, and a couple of other people were using a special tool for shaping pot-shaped pots. I showed Tara how to make the cones, and she set to with a will, earning herself a nice cup of tea for her hard work. :-) We left a little early, because by noon the polytunnel was very full of people and Tara isn't the biggest fan of crowds of people, but she really enjoyed herself, and wants to go up there again. :-)

We were pretty soggy by the time we got home, but cold and windy though it is currently, I'm just happy that the snow we got didn't stick. It was too wet and not cold enough. Yay!!! :-)

Of course we really need the rain, so I refuse to moan about it. :-)



Well, Tara is hovering, the dinner's in the slow cooker (an experimental mix of sausages, bean salad, courgettes, mushroom, and chunks of Jerusalem artichoke in a tomato and onion sauce), and the Wii is calling me .. after we've watched Pointless though. Do love that show! :-)

So, I'm off to record my exercise efforts and work on my steps. :-)

Catch you later! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 3/6/2012 12:49AM

    What a fantastic day all around!! Absolutely wonderful Tara joined you at the Big Garden :))) Getting all those steps in!
You are back with a vengeance!!
Hope you and Tara have many more good days to come!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 3/5/2012 9:03PM

    How awesome that Tara joined you and you had such a nice time together at the garden.
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Great job on the steps and working out!
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YOYONOMORE1 3/5/2012 6:39PM

    Good job on the all the steps and exercise. That's nice Tara decided to join you and it sounds like you both had some fun. Glad to see you on hear, mom finally got some puter time, lol.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CARLA-216 3/5/2012 3:33PM

    I love that Tara joined you in the Big Garden. That put a big smile on my face!

Your dinner sounds mighty tasty. Making me hungry!

xoxo
Carla

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ANNEMAC5 3/5/2012 2:34PM

    Great blog as always, You sound better looks like you found your get up and go (mine is still lost). Glad Tara decided to join you even if she did it in her own round about way. Hopefully she will join you again. Dinner sounds lovely, yum .
It has felt really cold to-day, wet and windy hope it improves tomorrow as I have the day off. I was at the hospice in Colchester last Thursday, sunny day but was only there for a 3-5 meeting so no free time. Hopefully we can sort out a day this month to meet up for that walk.
Anne :)

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NEW-CAZ 3/5/2012 2:04PM

    Glad you shared a productive day with Tara Lex.
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Enjoy your evening, Corrie should be good tonight (I think I read you watch it?) emoticon

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Day 232: Has it Really Been This Long?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Good grief! It has been a lot of days since I last blogged!

February has been a .....

Month ....



It hasn't been all bad. I just had a lot of tiredness, costo, and a general lack of get up and go.

In fact, if you look at my step count, it is disastrous compared to my normal months. Considering my daily target is 7700 steps currently, I have had a lot of days where I've been under 500! On those days, and sadly there have been quite a number of them, I've done no exercise at all.

I do hate it when my battery goes flat like that. :-(



However, now that March is here, I'm feeling a little more with it. The weather has improved (threats of snow tonight notwithstanding)

Back on the 13th Feb, Castle Park still lay under a lot of snow and ice:



On the 14th I had to brave the ice to take Sophie to the vet with a haematoma in her ear. (The ice was still inches thick on some of the pathways) The vet explained what was happening to her ear, checked her for an ear infection but found her ears were remarkably clean, and ended up unable to explain how she got the thick ear. (My personal view is that she got headbutted by the dog next door, who comes in our garden regularly because the fence is still not fixed, and he is rough with Sophie because his brother bullies him so he is used to playing hard.)

Anyhoo, as she is old, surgery is the last resort, so we decided to leave it to settle on its own. The vet gave her a steroid injection to make sure the ear wasn't irritating Sophie, and over the next few weeks it should thicken and become like a cauliflower ear, and not overly noticeable really, apart from possibly sticking out a bit. The only issue will be if it affects her nearer the ear. If it develops we will have to do the surgery route.

I popped up to Highwoods with her on the way back, which she really enjoyed. The paths were a bit dodgy but we were able to avoid the worst of it.

TOM had kicked in by that point, so I had a couple of quiet days.

The following Tuesday I took Sophie back to the vets for an update on her ear and her annual jab and checkup. Verdict was the ear is starting to settle, the injection went without a hitch and everything felt and sounded fine aside from her usual issues.

We had a couple of trips to Highwoods that week as well. It was lovely to see the place minus the snow again:



Monday 27th and I did a stint at the Big Garden after two weeks of not managing to get there for various reasons. We planted seeds in the polytunnel - two types of Aubergine, hot cayenne peppers and green cauliflower. We also did a lot of leaf-raking.

On Tuesday I took Sophie to the vets just to weigh her on their machine this time. She has piled the weight back on over the last three months, so we need to start working on that again. She weighs 30.5 kilos and they would like her ideally to lose five kilos. She has love handles (the vet's words), and could do with losing them. LOL

She struggled with Highwoods on Wed, but we did well over four miles on the Tuesday so I think she was feeling it a bit.

A couple of days ago I had to give her some medication because she was limping again, but it was a one off probably just from sleeping in an awkward position. She seems ok again now, but I'll take it a bit easier with her around Highwoods. It is just that when it looks as lovely as it did last week, it is hard not to just keep walking and walking. :-)

And here we are in March already! :-)

Crocuses and speedwell in the front garden:





and the daffs and bluebells won't be long either:



Highlight of March so far was yesterday.

I went to the Golden Banana to see a talk given by Gavin Pretor-Pinney - Founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society. I would link you to the website but it is playing up at the moment.

It was great fun! Gavin is an excellent orator. He is amusing, and knows his subject well, and he incorporates the audience by encouraging them to answer qustions for which he hands out goodies such as button badges, patches and for one lucky man a CD of rain sounds! LOL I wanted that CD! I have Kevin Kendle's 'Clouds' which is his musical interpretation of different cloud types and is amazing. I have a CD of Medwyn Goodall's 'April Showers', which is two tracks about 25 mins each - one of a thunderstorm, and one of the same storm but with incidental music. I also have a tape of a storm with Native American Flute played through it by the amazing Kevin Locke.

But I want that CD too! I guess I'll have to save my pennies and buy it. :-)

I was wearing my Cloud Appreciation Society badge, and he spotted me in the audience, which was fun. There were a few members there, but I was the only one wearing a badge. :-)

After the talk we were able to get our books signed. I took my copy of The Cloudspotter's Guide in with me, and he very kindly signed it. I told him I also have signed copies of his Wavewatcher's Companion, and his I-Spy style cloud spotting book, that Bryony bought for me last year when he gave a talk at Ways With Words. He is talking at their Words By The Water Literary Festival this coming Wednesday, so I asked him to say "Hi!" to Bryony for me when he gets up there. He can't miss her. She's the one that settles all the celebrities in when they arrive! LOL

We also talked about the live BBC Weather Watch programmes that he appeared all too briefly on last year, along with some of our members. He was understandably disappointed that they were on camera for barely 30 seconds, after all the trouble they had gone to to be there for the programme.

It was a good programme, but it had way too much stuff crammed into way too short a time, and his portion of the programme ended up way way shorter than they originally intended. Such a shame!

Still, it was wonderful to finally meet him in the flesh, and he is the kind of person you could chat with for hours, he is so easy to talk to. I hope I meet him again one day for a longer chat.

The exhibition at the Golden Banana was wonderful too, and the highlight of that, without a doubt, was the five Constable Cloud Paintings they were fortunate enough to acquire. It was securing them for the exhibition that prompted the invitation to Gavin to give a talk. To quote the Exhibition Curator, "As soon as we knew we had the Constable cloud paintings, I said 'we have to get that cloud man in to give a talk. I couldn't remember his name, but I knew we had to have him!' " LOL



So, there you go. I'm up to date. :-)

Today I promised myself I'd get back on track, and this blog is the start of that, along with joining some team challenges and catching up with friends blogs. Next bit is to do some exercise. I dressed in my kit this morning as soon as I got up but haven't actually done anything yet. :-)

My land's End to John O'Groats target is in jeopardy. I need to walk at least 5 miles a day for the next 28 days to make it, and I don't think that is likely. I will be close though, and my challenge for the next four weeks is to get as close to my target as I can.

I braved the scales this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find I'm at 12 stone 7 1/4 lbs. So not lost but not gained either. :-) It shows that although I may have lost track on the exercise a bit, I have a good handle on my eating and my water intake, even if the water may be a bit lower than I'd like some days.

So, it could have been a lot worse. :-)

Well, I'm off to be a good girl and get some walking in with Leslie and some dancing with my Broadway game on Wii. :-)

Enjoy your day! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 3/5/2012 2:57PM

    I've missed you so much, Lexie! So good to see you back.

I'm sorry your February was tough. It seems to be a hard month for many, myself included. I'm glad you're on the upswing now. I'm also sorry Sophie has had some issues, but glad she seems okay now.

How neat you got to meet and have a chat with Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Sounds like a highlight for sure!

xoxo
Carla

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ZURDTA- 3/5/2012 7:30AM

    Yeah February - say no more! Loving the Spring like weather we are having right now (in Worcestershire it's lovely & bright). I love Spring... I really do!

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MNOT2THICK 3/4/2012 10:21PM

    Hi Lexie,

You were definitely missed. Glad to see you back. I can relate with the steps. It gets challenging when there is snow and ice on the ground. Happy to hear Sophie's ear is getting better

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NEW-CAZ 3/4/2012 3:12PM

    HI Lex nice to see you blogging and I just love your use of pics -I always come away from your page smiling. Good luck for this month hun, kick a*se baby emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 3/4/2012 11:03AM

    Sounds like your are back on track! ;-) Hope you are feeling better and March is your month!! I also hope Sophie feels better. Hugs!!

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BOVEY63 3/4/2012 10:36AM

    Hi Lexie,
Nice seeing a blog from you. I had the same type of month as far as exercise and was below normal numbers. Here's to both of us kicking it up in March!
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Hope Sophie is doing better.
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_LINDA 3/4/2012 10:22AM

    Oh Lexie! So wonderful to have you back -missed you!
So very sorry you had such a rotten month :((
How awesome to meet Gavin and get his autograph on your Cloud Spotter's Guide -never even knew there was such a book!
Poor Sophie and all her problems -happy to hear she is on the mend!
Dealing with a lot of ice here too. Never got much snow, but because of our unusually mild weather what we did get keeps melting then freezing -lots of falls and broken bones and lots of car wrecks :((
Hope you have a fabulous Sunday, and a way better March!!
Love those greenery photos -long way off for any of that here..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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WANDAH3 3/4/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like you have gotten things back on track and are moving ahead again. Sometimes we just really need to rest out bodies and follow that inner guidance. What a great experience being able to attend the cloud workshops.
Love the pictures of the flowers making their appearances once again. YAY, spring is arriving. I need to get my seedling started in the house so that they are ready for my garden in May.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Wanda

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