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Brrr it's cold!!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Brrr it's cold....a very chilly strong north wind is blowing so hard the snowflakes are almost horizontal!.
It's been snowing on and off since 21st December and never seems to get much above freezing so the snow and ice are compacted down. There's still a good depth over the footpaths and roads so I can't go walking outdoors yet.
Last nights snow is on top of the already compacted snow and ice making it very slippery and it still keeps snowing too. They're forecasting yet more to come for at least the next week and the temperature never seems to get much above freezing before it drops for the night again. What little bit of sun we do get just melts the surface which freezes over night making it like a skating rink.
I'm still too wary after my knee ligament damage, which is just coming right, and I don't want to slip and damage it again...so it's indoor walk marching again....I enjoy it but I'd rather be out and about with my camera, unfortunately my walk buddy has a damaged knee at the moment so I daren't risk it alone.

I've denuded the house of it's Christmas decorations...it actually looks quite bare!
I danced around doing the dusting, polishing and hoovering which made quite a nice workout and have walk marched for thirty minutes.

Yesterday I made a couple of big batches of soup which I've frozen into portions. One's butternut squash, onions and carrots and DH doesn't like it so it's all for me.....he he he!.....the other is mixed vegetable which DH will have some of.
I don't really have a recipe, just throw everything in, add chicken stock, any herbs or spices I fancy and that's it.....negligible calories, nice and warming on a winters day and a good filler!

  
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SPIRITSEEKER2 1/6/2010 5:49PM

   
Love the picture Thanks, glad I am not where you live, it is cold enough here.. we have been so cold for too long too.. might get a dusting of snow tomorrow night..

Keep warm

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NEELOJ 1/6/2010 4:27PM

    Our weather is the same as yours still too. Except we have not had any days above freezing since before Christmas. So we still have 10 inches of snow on the ground. And it is snowing right now too!!
I have a couple of bird feeders that I try to keep full. The birds seem to be very hungry. I guess they can't find much right now except in feeders.

Stay inside and exercise! It is not worth it outside. I am doing the same thing. I love being out but not in this weather!!
Have a great day and wish I could see the "dancing duster"!! LOL
And I will take a serving of the soup please!........
JO

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LOOZINITNOW 1/6/2010 9:48AM

    The soup sounds absolutely delicious and hopefully will help warm you up! emoticon

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motivator of the day!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I'm not sure how you get to be Motivator of the day or how you get to know about it either but apparently I'm it!!!!
I'm thrilled...
My Sparkpage is covered with wonderful comments, goodies and emails from Sparkers who have sent their congratulations and good wishes and to them I send hugs and say a very big THANKYOU.

My health has been pretty poor these last couple of years but I now feel as though I've turned a corner and can get on with living life as it should be lived.
Losing weight is part of that so Spark has been a lifesaver to me not just through the wonderful people I've met here who are an inspiration but there is no end of wonderful help, advice.....nutritional & motivational.....and recipes to keep me on track and encourage me through any rough patches.....and there have been a few of those!
It's not so much me motivating you as you motivating me.....

I'm looking forward to 2010 with great anticipation, I'm hoping to stay on the wagon permanently and want to wish all my Spark friends a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
May YOUR year turn out to be everything YOU want it to be. emoticon emoticon

  
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SUNNY332 1/2/2010 4:30PM

    I do not know how I missed this as I try to comment when I see the MOD posted.

Anyway - Congrats - good job & keep up the good work. It is indeed an honor and your Time to SHINE.


Hugs, Sunny

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CAROLYN0107 1/2/2010 5:17AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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SPIRITSEEKER2 12/31/2009 9:44PM

    emoticon emoticon and Happy New Year

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TIME4ANEWME47 12/31/2009 9:25PM

    Congrats!!! And Happy New YEAR!!! emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 12/31/2009 6:59AM

    Thankyou so much for all the kind comments, you're ALL motivators too emoticon

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RASCALOO 12/30/2009 5:39PM

    emoticon I don't know either but I'm happy you did! Congratulations!

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MOM2ACAT 12/30/2009 5:30PM

    emoticon Congrats!!!

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NEELOJ 12/30/2009 4:01PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!!
You do deserve it!!!
You have become such a good friend to me over the last year. That comes from just taking the time to talk! And like you said, not only does it motivate us but what you give returns in multiple!!!!
It is going to be a great year for you and me!!!!
JO

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LADY_KATHY 12/30/2009 3:36PM

    Congratulations on MOD!!!!!!!!! You are awesome... have a GREAT 2010!!!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/30/2009 3:07PM

    Congratulations --- you sound like a motivator to me :)

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SAMGERBINE 12/30/2009 10:08AM

    Woohoo for you!!! emoticon

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HIGHLIFE73 12/30/2009 10:04AM

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LOOZINITNOW 12/30/2009 7:31AM

    Congratulations and what an honor!

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DOLLBABE56 12/30/2009 7:07AM

    May you have a happy, healthy new year too! We all need motivation, so thank you!
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MELOSPARKLE 12/30/2009 7:07AM

    Congratulations!!! I'll have to stop by and check out your page for a dose of motivation!

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MAGDALINI-EL 12/30/2009 7:06AM

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the GREATEST Christmas present anyone could ask for......

Monday, December 07, 2009

My youngest son was made redundant eighteen months ago as the recession set in.
In that time I've watched him grow more dejected each week as he steadfastly applied for any and every job he heard about and received no acknowledgement back.

Some jobs had over three hundred applicants!

He went on training courses supposed to better his chances but which in reality made no difference what so ever.

In all this time he had one interview but found another thirtyfive shortlisted applicants there when he arrived...he didn't get the job.

He attended the job centre every week, wrote and re-wrote his CV so it sounded different and lived on a frugal handout which would make anybody feel down hearted.

I admire him so much for his perseverence which has at last paid dividends...
a firm he applied to over a year ago kept him in mind and on Friday called the Job Centre to ask them to tell him to get in touch.

He started work today.....YEAH!!!

There is hope for everyone out there....though sometimes it's a long time materialising. emoticon

  
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MARTHA-ANN 12/30/2009 10:58AM

    it sure is, we walked into jobs so easily didn't we?

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NURSESUSIE51 12/30/2009 9:56AM

    My daughter went through the same thing about a year ago. She had a job she loved and was great at, but was downsized out. It is so hard to watch your child suffer. But like your son, she recovered and is now gainfully employed. Life's a little harder now than when we were young, isn't it?

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MARTHA-ANN 12/30/2009 8:00AM

    thankyou so much for your comments, he is still working and enjoying it. emoticon

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ESMERILDA1313 12/30/2009 7:46AM

    Yes that was the best Christmas gift of all! I am proud of you son! And you for all your support! Thank you for sharing your story with me!

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KAT573 12/12/2009 9:32AM

    Yahoooo! Persistance is important! I am so happy for you and for your son!
hugs


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MARTHA-ANN 12/8/2009 7:30AM

    Thanks everyone for all your kind comments, they're much appreciated.
YS said he'd enjoyed his first day and is looking forward to the rest of the week emoticon

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SILVERWITCH59 12/7/2009 9:12PM

    emoticon Oh Martha ann what happy news :)

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VALI_T 12/7/2009 6:35PM

    I'm so happy that your son finally found a job. I hope it's a really great one and that he'll like it a lot.

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HOPE2BE 12/7/2009 3:33PM

    So happy your son found a job when he did. God doesn't forget us. As you try to lose weight just remember your weight will come off when you least expect it to. Keep trying just as your son did.

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NEELOJ 12/7/2009 12:11PM

    Perseverence........
That keeps us all going doesn't it!! For one reason or another....

So happy your son found work! Give him a hug from me!
And Merry Christmas!!!
JO

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SPIRITSEEKER2 12/7/2009 11:25AM

   
YA HOO !!!!!!!!! I am so happy for him... my 2 sons had the same things , thankfully they are both back to work, but lost vehicles and stuff... tell hin congrads !!!!!!

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LILSUNFLOWER 12/7/2009 8:47AM

    You're right. That was a fantastic Christmas present. Good luck to your son in his new position.
The recession is hitting everyone hard. My younger son is a graphic designer, worked for a full year in a company which created video games for a major distributor...well the company went belly up with NO WARNING. Son applied for unemployment but was DENIED because he had in the past worked free-lance. I am so upset that he paid in to SS and unemployment but is now being penalized. He's going to try to fight it, but what does he live on in the mean time?
Forgive me to have vented on your Happy Blog....but you, of all people, understand how upsetting the situation is.
Take care and have a wonderful Christmas.
Lil emoticon emoticon

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SHERRYCG 12/7/2009 8:43AM

    Hurrah! Good for your Son. You are right saying perserverance pays off. The job situation is really scary. I feel sorry for everyone in the job search market. The stores are complaining sales are down this Christmas season. No wonder. No work, no money, no gifts.
I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas. Sherry

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a Christmassy visit

Friday, November 20, 2009

Yesterday myself and a friend had a very pleasant afternoon out visiting a nearby stately home to view their Christmas decorations.
This year they were made and displayed by the new young owners of the hall and this was reflected in their designs.
It was very child friendly, minimal, colourful and mixed modern with traditional in a very appealing way.
I enjoyed it immensely and walked quite a good distance with out feeling much pain as it was so interesting.
It was just the stairs that got me, three flights...but I didn't do them all at once.
I'm rather slow, two feet on each step which can cause traffic jams if there are a lot of people about and it makes my knee ache rather than hurt.
I didn't sleep too well last night, I did get a couple of muscle cramps and spasms that had me wandering around the house for an hour or so but today I am relatively pain free.
I'm convinced gentle exercise and slowly building up my strenghth again is the way to go.


raw silk swags adorn the fireplace in the Great Hall


decorated Christmas tree in Great Hall...about fifteen foot high


illuminated willow twig heart on Oak Staircase


illuminated crystal ginger jar surrounded by golden candle votives in the Justices' Room






  
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LILSUNFLOWER 11/29/2009 4:50PM

    What beautiful decorations! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I'm ready to start preparing for Christmas. I hate it that the stores start playing Christmas music before Halloween!
Do you have any special plans for the Holiday?
Just thinking about you and wondering how things were your side of the Pond.
Lil Sun Flower

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MARTHA-ANN 11/23/2009 5:12AM

    Thanks everyone, I'm feeling loads better and the afernoon out really helped.
I've just finished my medication and am now slowly building up my walking and trying to get back to normal... emoticon

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MARILYN1260 11/21/2009 8:18PM

    Very nice pictures Martha-Ann. I'm glad you went out and enjoyed the day in spite of your pain. Get better SOON !

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KAT573 11/21/2009 8:04PM

    wow what a lovely trip for you! I am so glad you were able to navigate and hope you have a good rest tonight, my dear friend!
HUGS
Kat emoticon

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LADY51 11/21/2009 6:47PM

    Sounds like you had an awesome day out. The fireplace is beautiful. So is the tree. I love tall trees! Makes me think of going to our local museum

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HOPE2BE 11/21/2009 8:11AM

    I loved the pictures. I imagine you thought it was worth it too. Sorry about the pain in your legs. I'll pray they get better.

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MOM2ACAT 11/20/2009 7:31PM

    Beautiful decorations!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 11/20/2009 6:31PM

    glad you were able to walk around and see the pretty decorations.. thanks for the pictures

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turning point

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

After six weeks I finally slept through the night, 10:30pm to 7:00am, and I feel GREAT!
Almost pain free, just a slight limp as my knee still won't straighten properly yet, the odd muscle spasm now and again but I'm raring to go!
Oh! I AM going to take it slowly, not rush into anything and I'll build up my walking again, I don't want anything to go wrong now.

The weather has been bad since Saturday with high wind and torrential rain just when I wanted to get out and about again but I've managed a short walk each morning and enjoyed it for all that!

I've sort of been off the wagon dietwise too and yesterday climbed back on and I'm staying here now come hell or high water.
I've kept up with my physio exercises and drank my water so it hasn't all been bad..... emoticon

  
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KAT573 11/21/2009 8:07PM

    Good for YOU pacing yourself and building up your strength. Hopefully the weather is better now than when you wrote this, which for some reason I am missing your blogs!!
NOT goodz!
hugs
Kat

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CAROLYN0107 11/19/2009 3:06PM

    I'm so glad that you are relatively pain free now and had a good night sleep!

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MARTHA-ANN 11/5/2009 3:39AM

    Thanks everyone, I intend to take it easy...baby steps Elafant.
The weather gods are certainly helping Spirit as it's too cold to hang about outside and it also makes my muscles hurt when it's cold.
Thanks Marilyn and Lil for your much needed support emoticon

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SPIRITSEEKER2 11/3/2009 6:25PM

   

Ha- the weather gods are keeping you reined in... pun...lol

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MARILYN1260 11/3/2009 8:19AM

    Hello Martha-Ann, this is the report I was waiting to hear. So happy for you!!
Marilyn

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LILSUNFLOWER 11/3/2009 5:21AM

    Congratulations! I noticed your status and am thrilled for you. What I wouldn't do for more than 4 hours of sleep a night.
I didn't have a good summer, diet wise. Lots of stress, etc.
The good news is I just finished the third of my cortisone shots in by lower back and I think they might finally be helping.
Good luck with your PT. A good night's rest is just such a gift,
Keep up the good work.
(new profile picture) But I'm still:
Lil emoticon emoticon

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JILLIEWILLE1 11/3/2009 4:41AM

    Recovery is a long hard road. I am glad to see that you are at your turning point. Take it slow and easy..baby steps so you don't go back to square 1. Sending positive thoughts your way! emoticon

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