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Introducing My Favourite Animal... The Lirpa Loof!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Here is the only picture I could find of him online...



And here's a video taken of the one they had in London Zoo a fair few years ago...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwDwRsfUj6Y

Very rare, very elusive, and very cute! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 4/2/2012 12:04PM

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    He is too darn cut! Thanks for sharing the video!

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_LINDA 4/1/2012 5:31PM

    Good one!! Too cute!

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WANDAH3 4/1/2012 10:33AM

    Happy April's Fool.

Mother Nature decided to play a good one on us...last night we were sitting out doors around the fire pit enjoying Spring...this morning there is snow on the ground!

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Wanda


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YOYONOMORE1 4/1/2012 9:28AM

    Happy April 1st, loved the clip, certainly made me laugh and what a great way to start my day. Oh and by the way, thanks so much for my goodie. Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOE4LIFE 4/1/2012 9:14AM

    That was too danged funny. ty for the morning chuckle.

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ANNIE924 4/1/2012 8:16AM

    Hi Lexie: Funny clip thanks for sharing on this April 1
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ANNEMAC5 4/1/2012 6:10AM

    I loved this rare clip of the lirpa loof. How clever to be able to get the old film. I love the innocence and it reminded me of the problems they used to have with the spaghetti tree crop.
Hope you are having a good day, a bit chilly down this way
Anne :0)

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NEW-CAZ 4/1/2012 5:30AM

    I remember the April Fool too Lex emoticon

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Day 9: I seem to have a curry fetish

Monday, March 26, 2012

I don't know why, but I seem to be attracted towards various curries at the moment, as long as they are mild or on the mild side of medium.

Last week I bought a jar of Waitrose Makhani curry sauce, and split it between two meals, coating a chicken leg in half the sauce and slow cooking it each time. Glory be! That was nommy!!! :-)

Today, I decided to grab a ready meal for tomorrow night from the Waitrose range. I rarely buy ready meals for myself, but just occasionally I find them useful as a quick fix or a bit of a treat. Well, with no one around to cook for me these days, this is the closest I get! LOL

Waitrose have recently launched their Love Life - You Count meal selection, where the calorie count is written nice and big on the box for easy reference.

So, this is the one I am trying...





I thought that was a very reasonable calorie count for a main meal. I'll add veggies to my plate too of course. A fennel bulb and some brocolli probably. Nom!

A couple of weeks ago we bought their snackpot macaroni cheese and were really impressed with it. For Tara to say it was as good as Mum's mac 'n' cheese is high praise indeed. From its flavour you absolutely could not tell it was lower in fat. :-)

Thing is though, I often find that when they reduce fat in curries, it has the detrimental effect of making the spices more coarse in flavour, and I don't like that. Also, this one being a medium on Waitrose's scale of heat means that it could be over my comfort zone, so I have bought a small tub of zero fat natural yogurt to add a dollop or two should the need arise.

Wish me luck! :-)

I would be delighted to have finally found a tasty go-to low cal curry ready meal for occasional noms.

In other news...

I've been playing with my ST exercise lists, and it is quite good fun. I can utilise them when I do most of the challenges set up on the Sparkteams I frequent. I used the Core list on Saturday, and picked the songs from JD2 to help finish filling in the March JD2 dance challenge I was in.

Yesterday was random pics from the Cardio list, and today I have a random selection of Upper Body exercises and games to play.

Now, if only I can get Tara off the Playstation so that I can use the Wii.

I know, I know... I'm usually trying to get her off the computer! LOL

My foot is improving - just a wee twinge or two - on the walk to Waitrose today, so it obviously isn't quite fully mended as yet. At least it doesn't mind most movements I make. It really does seem to be actual walking that causes the problem, and I also observed today that the pavement camber has a part to play, in that if it tilts in one direction my foot is fine, but if it tilts the other way, my foot doesn't like it. So probably best to stay away from Highwoods and its rough terrain for another week. *sigh*

I need to go into town later in the week, and that will be the big test. If I'm hobbling after that I will definitely go to the doctor and see what's what. The last thing I need is not to be able to walk everywhere. That would be a right royal pain in the pa'foot'!

Have a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 3/28/2012 9:20AM

    Hope the meal turned out to be as good as you hoped it would be! Also glad to hear your foot is doing better. Hope the week is going well.

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CARLA-216 3/27/2012 11:49AM

    I am glad you're foot is improving, and hoping it keeps up the progression. I agree with the camber of the road making it hurt or not.

I love curry. Sadly it's not something that is common around here. Phooey!

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Carla

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ZURDTA- 3/27/2012 6:28AM

    Love curry - in all forms - just yummy times. It doesn't have to be hot, just tasty, right. Personally I love a hot one - chilli-head that I am :) xx

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YOYONOMORE1 3/26/2012 7:24PM

    Glad to hear your foot is coming along. Have a good evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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NEW-CAZ 3/26/2012 3:16PM

    I hope you enjoy your curry, my tummy doesn't like Indian Curries these days, can just about get away with a Chinese Curry.
Nice to see you're getting around better, keep up the good work!

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_LINDA 3/26/2012 2:49PM

    Oh how I love curry :)) But extra spicy of course ;) Hope this meal is okay for you! Nice to hear you getting around better with the foot!
Looks like you will have to set up schedule times for using the Wii so you always have a time to use it. Surely Tara wouldn't mind if she knows in advance when its Mom's turn!
Feel better soon!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 3/26/2012 1:10PM

    Hope you enjoy the meal. Great idea to add yogurt if it's too spicy!

Also hope your foot feels better!
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Day 6: Whoopie! Completed at last!

Friday, March 23, 2012

It has taken several weeks, but at last I have tested every Wii game, exercise DVD and online video I enjoy using for exercising, and split their contents into Upper, Lower, Core, Full Body, Cardio and Stretch lists.



I know, there's a word for people like me. LOL

But the thing is, now that I've done that, I can use exercises and games specific to my ST of the day, and either cherry pick from the list, or let Random.org choose a selection for me.

I'm really pleased because it has taken a long time to get it all straight.

I will still be refining the list as I discover things that don't work as well as I thought they would, and I'll add more things in as I get them.

Big worry, however. Game have gone into liquidation and they are the only shop left in Colchester that stock an extensive selection of Wii games. HMV have a small selection, but they are struggling as a company too, and the last time we went into town, it looked like Swallow Games was also closed (whether for the day or for good we don't know) We lost Gamestation last year - and that was the biggest shame because it was our favourite of the stores.

As I don't buy online for various reasons, this is going to be a real problem!

And as if that wasn't enough, Game was earmarked by Tara as a possible place to work once she turns 16. Now she's worried that HMV - her other work choice - will also go the same way.

*Sigh*

Changes the subject!

Good news! We have new fencing! 20 panels were delivered next door this morning, and as I type and eat my porage they are being slotted into place. They are doing my side first, and it looks terrific! The fencing went down in the gales just after Christmas, so it has been a long wait and a shared garden and house situation, because her dog likes coming into my house. I don't mind that occasionally. Chucky is a sweetie. But as the weather warms up I prefer to leave my back door open all day so Sophie can stroll in and out as she pleases, and with the fencing missing, it meant I couldn't do that without a constant stream of unwanted visitors at all hours.

*wanders off to put her porage bowl in the sink and get a peek out the window at the garden*



Oooh, it does look nice out there! :-) I guess I've got no excuses left now. I'll have to get the lawnmower out. :-)

AWESOME!!!!!!



So, off to do a fifteen minute burst of exercise using my Lower Body List. Second of the day. Yay!

Have a good one!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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YOYONOMORE1 3/23/2012 7:17PM

    Sounds like you've done a great job of getting things organized and ready to go and you'll know where to find the ones you want when you want them. Fence looks very nice. We've had rain all day long and it looks like it's going to rain all evening, but we needed it, things have really greened up. Have a wonderful evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 3/23/2012 3:51PM

    Nice to have all the games sorted - need to do that too! Bummer about the games store closing.

The fence looks awesome. So nice that you can keep the door open for Sophie again.

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ZURDTA- 3/23/2012 9:54AM

    Good job organising the Wii fit Games.

Our neighbours just replaced their fencing down our side - lucky us!

It is shame about Game and HMV - our HMV store didn't last - nearest one is Merry Hill (in the West Midlands). Online shopping for these things is so much easier - it's true.

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CHEVY63 3/23/2012 9:53AM

    Cool! It's great to have things organized! Glad to hear about the fence too - now that the weather is nice it will be very handy.

Have a great Friday!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/23/2012 9:38AM

    emoticon great exercise resources to add variety!

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_LINDA 3/23/2012 9:37AM

    Its actually good to be so very organized. Then you don't have to muck about wondering what you are going to do for a workout. You will be able to keep track of what you are doing and making sure everything gets worked out:)
The fence looks fantastic! About time! I am sure Sophie will enjoy her freedom now :) Nice seeing that green. Suppsoed to get snow today here, right now its socked in with a heavy fog.
Hard to understand all these stores are closing. Are video games dying out because people prefer to play online or something? I know I got away from my console games to go online, less mess and fussing with more wires..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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NEW-CAZ 3/23/2012 8:14AM

    WOW, you have a variety of exercises now to prevent boredom!
What a shame Game is closing down, recession is hitting hard all over Lex and I hope your Tara is lucky with her job *crosses fingers and eyes for luck*.
Fence looks good, which reminds me mine needs re coating with wood protective tint as some stage, weather is good enough but still visitng MIL in hospital which takes up most of the day. It will get done no doubt, even if I do a panel at a time emoticon

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Day 5: Well, that was fun...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Poor old Spark been through some hiccups the last couple of days.

Question:

How am I supposed to make a blog with LOLs in when SP isn't letting them be seen? :-)

Day before yesterday and random pics on blogs I was trying to see weren't being shown.

Yesterday the emoticons joined in, and my Spark Page background, and links and all sorts of issues. Then SP disappeared!

Oh the horror of no SP!



But the tech fairies behind the scenes worked their magic, and a few hours later they were back, and so were the emoticons and pics.

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So now I can go back over my friends' blogs and see what all the comments were about. :-)

It was fun guessing what was happening.

For example, my friend Bovey63 told us that she was wandering around in an Alfred Hitchcock Movie when she went for a walk.

Could she have seen this?



And another friend, Senator9, found a magical camera.

Could he have meant this one?



I'm so looking forward to finding out what I missed. :-)

Enjoy your day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 3/22/2012 3:31PM

    Yes, glad everything is back to normal!!

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YOYONOMORE1 3/22/2012 1:22PM

    Love those pictures, LOL! Especially the cat with the milk jug.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 3/22/2012 1:09PM

    You are so funny!
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Thankfully none of the birds looked like the one in your picture - although with the mist, who knows?

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CARLA-216 3/22/2012 7:27AM

    You sure know how to make lemonade out of lemons! I love that about you!

xoxo
Carla


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MRE1956 3/22/2012 7:03AM

    Yeah, that sure was a bummer with the site being down.....I figured it was just my laptop connectivity issue rearing its ugly head again......until I noticed that other sites were working just fine!

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RRP546 3/22/2012 6:59AM

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Day 2: Sense and Sensibility - aka - Being Good Sucks! :-)

Monday, March 19, 2012

I woke bright and early this morning, really wanting to go to the Big Garden, but as I lay there listening to the birds in my own garden, I had a stern word with myself about being sensible.



Last night I had talked myself into the walk to the garden, IF I then sat and kept the weight off while I was there. But I knew that it was a bad idea, and even if my foot felt a bit better, it would be silly to walk any great distance and aggravate it further, especially over the rough terrain at Highwoods. So I reluctantly turned off my alarm clock and tried to go back to sleep.



But I couldn't, because I was sulking the kind of sulk you sulk when you know you have to do the sensible thing, but you really don't want to!!! *mentally stamps foot*



However, when I got up, came downstairs and got in front of the computer to find some exercise I could do that wouldn't hurt my foot, I found that the Feelgood Fairy had left me a little pressie on You Tube, namely my very favourite Kendell Hogan exercise video that had vanished when Exercise TV closed down!

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That cheered me right up, so I grabbed some water and did the video as best I could, making allowances for any moves that might aggravate my foot. It was magic!!! :-)



After that and breakfast, I headed off to Waitrose for a couple of things, and by the end of our road I knew I'd done the right thing in not going to the Big Garden. The walk to Waitrose was uncomfortable. So a walk all that way to the Big garden would have been a disaster!

Knowing that made me feel better about missing out. Well, a bit better anyway. :-)

So, yesterday I did two 15 minute fitness bursts. A 15 min Leslie Sansone routine before breakfast, and a 20 min Kendell Hogan Cardio video later in the day. I may not be getting my step count target in, but it is definitely easier on my foot to do short bursts like this. :-)

Apart from one more Waitrose trip later in the week I have nothing I have to go out for, so I'm going to be good and give my foot the best chance of a swift recovery. Yes I am! And no more sulking! So there!!! :-)



Enjoy your day!

Spring Equinox, here we come!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MNOT2THICK 3/25/2012 5:36PM

    Great move Lexie emoticonGlad you are finding what can work for you emoticon

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ZURDTA- 3/21/2012 11:41AM

    All good stuff

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CHEVY63 3/20/2012 9:49AM

    Sorry to hear that your foot is giving you problems! It sounds like you made the right choice.

Love the pictures - you helped me start my day with a smile!

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YOYONOMORE1 3/19/2012 6:34PM

    Sorry you have a hurting foot, hope it heals quickly, sounds like you are trying to take care of it and give it time to heal. I got that serenity prayer with the froggy in an e-mail, I posted it in my bedroom, I also put it out on our bulletin board in our lobby. Hope you've had a great day and will enjoy your evening. Love your background of flowers, I need to do something springy looking.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 3/19/2012 4:38PM

    Great job on finding workouts that don't aggravate your foot!
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_LINDA 3/19/2012 4:07PM

    Way to make the most of it! That is being smart! Remember, small bits of fitness do add up! If you can only do 10 minutes at a time, that is great, do a little bit here and there!
Hoping your foot feels better soon!
No guilt now, you can only do what your body allows!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 3/19/2012 2:54PM

    You were smart to not go to the Big Garden. Even if your foot did feel like making it out there, you'd still have to walk all the way back. Get well soon, footsie!

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 3/19/2012 2:39PM

    Glad you've found a way to make lemonade out of lemons Lex, feel better soon hun emoticon

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