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I had an awful fright tonight! I'm still shaking!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

My neighbour's dogs started barking and they don't do that as a rule, and then I could hear voices - loud voices - coming from the back gardens. Thinking my neighbour might need help I opened the back door, and heard words to the effect of "Sh**! The door's opening!"

Instant panic for me, because it was pitch dark out there and I couldn't see a thing! So, I told Sophie "Go Fetch!" and she obligingly ran out into the garden while I raced for the telephone to dial 999!

You should have heard her barking as she chased whoever it was down the garden!

Meanwhile I'm being asked whether I want fire, police or ambulance, and I'm telling the lady on the phone what is going on while holding my torch, which is dying on me, trying to see where the people (sounded like teenage boys) were.

By the time the police got here the boys were gone, but when we went down the garden using the Policewoman's massive torch, it was clear where they had gone. They had used an old TV stand to climb over into my other neighbour's garden, breaking it in the process. So the policewoman went next door to check Anne's garden out too.

I had thought they had come over from the field behind the house, but it looks like what they actually did was work their way through at least four back gardens, presumably looking for stuff to pinch!

The police surrounded the area and were stopping everyone and asking questions. I don't suppose they will find the kids now, but I'm glad they came out to look.

11 years I've lived here, and the only intruders I've dealt with till now were...

A small dog that squeezed through a hole in the fence and couldn't find it's way out, and a naked toddler with a Houdini complex that climbed over the fence from next door when his Mum wasn't looking!

I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight. *sigh*

Hope your evening is less eventful!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 4/7/2012 7:06PM

    That sounds very scary!

Glad to hear that it all went well and the Police were there quickly.

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CHEVY63 4/5/2012 4:26PM

    Wow, that sounds scary! Glad you're ok!

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CARLA-216 4/5/2012 3:25PM

    Scary for sure! I'm glad no one was hurt and nothing was stolen. I also don't think they will be back, especially knowing a dog may chase them (or worse) away!

I hope today has been, and this evening is, calm and relaxing for you!

xoxo
Carla

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ZURDTA- 4/5/2012 6:23AM

    Crikey! What a fright!

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MRE1956 4/5/2012 5:34AM

    I don't know how anyone can dislike dogs in light of your scary story......may karma have its way with the $#!@# perps!

And a good ol' "Atta Boy" shout-out to your neighbor's furry heros!

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SASSYJAY 4/5/2012 4:03AM

    Barking dogs are the BEST burglar alarms.

My hubby has always thought I was crazy when the dogs bark, and I tell them "Good Girl!" or "Good Boy!" Frankly, I think they ARE doing a good job of what they were 'hired' to do.

And unless there really is an important (to them) reason for the barking, it seems to calm them down. I think it's because they're expecting a treat for being 'good'...lol

So glad there was a happy ending to your scare.

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BUBBLEJ1 4/5/2012 3:23AM

    What a fright! Well, I don't think they will come back! If they meant to harm you they wouldn't have run off when they did. And now that they know that someone is home, they will probably stay away.

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NEW-CAZ 4/5/2012 2:50AM

    Glad you're okay Lex!
Thank heaven for the dogs raising the alarm.
You were lucky with the police turning up so quickly, how often do we hear that they don't respond.
Sounds like you can count on Sophie, what a superdog! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/5/2012 1:36AM

    Sophie the hero dog!! So very glad it was just kids, and that you got a speedy police response.. Maybe just try a window next time and shout out who goes there rather then stepping out..
Hope you were able to sleep, although Sophie would be on the job.
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNEMAC5 4/5/2012 12:56AM

    Glad you are OK. Lucky you heard the dogs bark. I was on my own last night as DH was away overnight so I went to bed early. So I would not have heard anybody in my garden.
You got a good response to your 999 call you hear so many stories of them taking hours to come. Sophie to the rescue...
Hope you managed to get some sleep I know you will be replaying things in your mind but bet you forgot about your foot !
Hugs Anne

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MNOT2THICK 4/4/2012 8:46PM

    That had my heart racing a little. Lexie, maybe you can install a flood light in the back yard. I would feel a lot better if you did not open your door. Horray for your brave doggie and the police coming on time. emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 4/4/2012 7:58PM

    Glad you called the police and that your doggie could chase them away, hopefully they will not try that again. Stay safe. Hope you have a peaceful evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 4/4/2012 7:45PM

    That does sound so scary. Glad no one was hurt.
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Hope you are able to sleep and have a much better day tomorrow.

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CING56 4/4/2012 6:52PM

    Hi Lexie,
Sounds like you've had a scary evening. I hope things have calmed down a bit now.
Take care
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BESCATS 4/4/2012 6:32PM

    Thank God for our dogs !! It is getting very scary in this world today with so much violence and vandalism. My dogs send hugs & "high-fives" to your dogs for a job well done. Be safe, God Bless. emoticon

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MSKITYOCAT 4/4/2012 6:24PM

  That is so scary. Did you have to eat after that? I sure would have. LOL
Blessings to you for a quiet night.

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SSIMON74 4/4/2012 6:21PM

    Wow. I hope that never happens again... Aren't our dogs, so brave?

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Can I Jump For Joy Now? Or Should I Wait Until The Weekend?

Monday, April 02, 2012

Ooooh, I am delighted! Bry emailed today to let us know that both she and Rob would be up here for the Easter weekend.





But, much as it will be lovely to see them both, the timing is off, and it really isn't the best time for us, what with my foot still recovering, so long walks out of the question, plus TOM due for both of us any day that will definitely throw a couple of spanners in the works.





However...

There is an overwhelming reason or two why picking a different weekend won't work.

The first is that Rob's work schedule won't have another long weekend to play with for quite a while - or at least not that he can travel up here for.

And we are going to need him up here...



because....



They are bringing with them...



a Laptop!!!!!!





Yay! It is Bry's old Mac laptop, and they are giving it to Tara so that we can each have our own computer again. :-)

We aren't used to using Macs, so we are going to need Rob's expertise to teach us the ropes through the weekend. :-)

If it all goes well, by this time next week I'll have my baby all to myself again. That means I'll be able to Spark more, study more, Jigidi more, and exercise and stuff whenever I want to!

Always assuming that nothing goes wrong, which is why I'm not sure quite when to start jumping up and down and doing a happy dance! LOL

It is going to be a tricky week ahead...

keeping my fingers crossed...

while trying to spring clean! *grin*

Have a Manic (in a good way) Monday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MAURIZIA 4/3/2012 4:30PM

    No doubt it will all work out...and you'll be pleasantly surprised! :)

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_LINDA 4/3/2012 12:48AM

    That is fantastic news!!! Jump for joy virtually all you want!! Doing the happy dance for you!
Hope that foot smartens up soon!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 4/2/2012 4:12PM

    Fingers crossed it all works out!

And careful how you jump for joy...don't want you aggravating your foot!

xoxo
Carla

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WANDAH3 4/2/2012 4:03PM

    It will all work out...trust that the universe has it all in control. Enjoy your visit.

Hugs,
Wanda

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BOVEY63 4/2/2012 3:51PM

    How wonderful for all of you!
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Jumping in excitement for you!

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YOYONOMORE1 4/2/2012 3:49PM

    Oh joy, joy, happy, happy your very own laptop, that means we'll be seeing more of you, I like that. Have a great day!

Hugs,
Shirl

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LOVESLIFE48 4/2/2012 3:08PM

    That's awesome!!! You can do a couple of jumps!! LOL!!! Have a great visit!!! emoticon

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CHEVY63 4/2/2012 1:54PM

    Great news! Glad that you'll get to see them, and that you'll have your laptop back to yourself.

Have a great week!!!!

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I got April Fooled by my Wii!!!

Sunday, April 01, 2012




Gotta love the little quirks they built into the Wii Fit Plus game! LOL

In other news, we (Tara and I) took advantage of what we think is the most inspired sales promotion currently in existence...





Buy two packs of bodyform for 2.50 (so cheaper than usual - win number one), AND get a free bar of Galaxy Smooth! My fave milk chocolate of all time (win number two)!

Can't tell you how delighted we are with that one, specially as TOM is imminent for both of us! LOL

So, been a fun day. I did 39 mins of jogging with Wii Fit Plus and Tigger. Then I danced two words for my Wii Dance For Fitness Spell It April Challenge. Basically, you choose a word and dance one song for each letter of the word. Today I did SPARK and PEOPLE. :-)

Hope you are having a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 4/7/2012 6:26PM

    Bodyform and chocolate is a great combo, lol!

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CARLA-216 4/2/2012 12:09PM

    Too funny that the Wii April Fooled you!

And the sale combination of Bodyforms + chocolate is priceless!

How is your foot doing?

xoxo
Carla

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LOVESLIFE48 4/2/2012 8:11AM

    I just got the wii fit with the board yesterday!! Now I just have to connect it up!! I'm so excited!!

Have a great day my friend!! emoticon

(The wii actually said that?!?! LOL!)

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ZURDTA- 4/2/2012 5:15AM

    Ha ha!

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BOVEY63 4/1/2012 7:48PM

    The wii was so funny! Gotta love a great deal ~ and with chocolate to boot!

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MNOT2THICK 4/1/2012 6:22PM

    Happy April Fools. emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/1/2012 5:25PM

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Happy April Fool's Day Lex emoticon

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WANDAH3 4/1/2012 4:41PM

    You just have to love the Wii. They certainly have done much to make keeping active fun. Have a great day...woo hoo on the bargains!

Hugs,
Wanda

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_LINDA 4/1/2012 4:25PM

    Lol! Didn't think a game would know the holidays!
Way to rock your workouts! Great deal on the bodyforms! Nothing like that ever here I can tell you!
Happy April Fool's Day!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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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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BOVEY63 4/1/2012 7:47PM

    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!

Hugs,
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!

xoxo
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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