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What a night.....

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Last night was one of 'those' nights.....I'm sure you've all had them, the kind where the night disappears so fast and you haven't been asleep for more than five minutes!!
Well last night was one of them...

Yesterday afternoon my neighbours children brought me a fledgling blackbird they'd rescued from the jaws of death.....well, their ginger cat really!
Knowing I've brought up chicks before and not being able to keep it 'cos of their two cats they trustingly brought it to me.
The trouble is it has a broken leg.
Not just a broken leg which I could splint with a matchstick, oh! no this has to be above the leg, probably around the hip joint so the leg is never going to work even if the chick survives.
He doesn't appear to be in pain and sits quite happily in his shoebox on his nest of paper towels.
He's quite well fledged with most of his feathers still intact though part of his tail looks very bedraggled and chewed, his yellow gape is gone and he's feisty and hungry so he probably has a chance.
I can't see any puncture wounds so there should be no infection, cat bites are notorious for that, but he probably needs more specialist care than I can give him so my neighbour will be taking him to the local RSPCA when it opens on Monday morning.

Anyway, I was late to bed, it was gone one thirty am, after watching a film and what with feeding the bird every three or four hour, the night had just seemed to streak away.
It went so fast.
I'd just got off to sleep to be awoken by a loud squawking from 'Bertie' blackbird.....and he was across the landing in another bedroom so you can imagine how loud he was!
I fed him the crushed up and water soaked dried cat food mix and mealworms and he quite happily went back off to sleep.....unfortunately I didn't, well, not straight away.

And when I did, I was woken yet again by a very vocal 'Bertie'.
After a repeat feeding performance I finally got back to sleep to be awoken by a very loud crashing noise!

Wondering what on earth was happening I looked out of the bedroom window to find a silver car had run slap bang into the back of a blue one parked across the road and a local young man emerging from the steaming or smoking car.....this is at five am!!

I pulled on some trousers over my nightwear and went outside to see if he was OK.....he was shook up but seemed unhurt and mad as hell with himself.
He rang his dad but refused to come inside to wait prefering to lie on the grass verge.
Dad appeared in minutes as they only live around the corner and they pushed the car to the side of the road, cleared all the debris, thanked me and left.
The odd thing is that there are other houses much nearer than me and not a soul appeared to have heard anything, didn't even look out of the windows and it was a hot & humid night so windows were open!

I got back in to find 'Bertie' squawking away again, I fed him and logged in to Spark, loaded a few pictures to Flickr and answered some e-mails.
It's now eight am and 'Bertie' is fast asleep.....LOL....I wish I was!!!

Final footnote: My DH slept through all this and is still asleep as I type!! emoticon



Bertie



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SHELLB39 6/28/2010 9:08AM

    Glad to see you got a good nights rest! You are a kind soul...your goodness is realized in the care for a helpless creature and the young man your stood by following a frustrating circumstance. Thanks for sharing. Keep us updated with Bertie's progress!

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MARTHA-ANN 6/28/2010 4:41AM

    Thanks everyone, I slept pretty good, Bertie fed twice in the night and was still looking feisty this morning. Becky my neighbour has taken it in to the RSPCA now so it may survive.....I miss it squawking actually.....LOL! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 6/27/2010 6:37PM

    What a sweet little bird!

Hope you can get your sleep tonight.

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NEELOJ 6/27/2010 5:22PM

    Isn't life grand!! There is always something to keep it interesting for us!
Hopefully you will sleep good tonight. Little Bertie may not have to wake you very often.
You are a such a nice person to take care of everyone and everything else......
NOW take care of yourself!!! LOL
JO

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QUIETCUPOFTEA 6/27/2010 11:20AM

    that bird is truly blessed to have landed in your care! i hope you can get a good night's rest tonight. be gentle with yourself today... emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 6/27/2010 9:41AM

    What a good soul you are. I've been there - my eldest daughter brought home a blackbird chick her last year in high school. It was quite vocal too! We were able to release it a week later.

It's hard to believe that no one heard the crash. Oh well. Thank goodness you did. Hopefully you will be able to nap later.
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MAINLADY 6/27/2010 7:08AM

    What a night you had. Hopefully you'll be able to get a nap sometime today...if Bertie doesn't want to be fed and all cars stay on the road.

I'm leaving early tomorrow morning so won't be around for a few days. Take care of yourself and I'll check in once I arrive at my destination.

Hugs,
Sharon

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RORYLYONS 6/27/2010 4:43AM

    Bless your emoticon You so sweet caring for the bird & the young man..Hope you get some shut~eye tonight.. emoticon emoticon

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 6/27/2010 3:51AM

    Sorry that there was so much action going on that interrupted your sleep. Thank you for helping the young man involved in the accident and also for helping the blackbird get better. You are a blessing to many.
HUGS
Pam

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Shades of the mad scientist....

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday 7 am...
I awoke feeling 'off it' this morning.....upset stomach, achey and generally feeling tired.
I think I know why.

I've been doing a little experiment on myself over the last three weeks.....that's where the shades of the mad scientist come in, I've always fancied myself as a wild haired experimenter!! LOL
For the past eight weeks since I climbed back on the Spark wagon with great gusto and managed to stay there I haven't had the irritable bowel like symptoms which have been plaguing me on and off for the last couple of years.
I've no idea why it clicked but suddenly it made sense to me that when I was eating good wholesome home cooked food my symptoms were so much better.
So three weeks ago I decided on a little experimentation.

I'd long suspected it might be what I was eating so on the Thursday I stayed within my calorie range but had processed readymeal type food as my main meal and again on the Friday.
Saturday dawned with an upset stomach, tiredness and aches.

From the Saturday I went back to my home cooked wholesome meals, veggies, fruit etc and then repeated the processed foods on the Thusday and Friday of the next consecutive two weeks and lo and behold on both Saturday mornings the symptoms were back.

I'd suspected it could be proccessed food for a while before I started to experiment and though I can't really prove anything and it might not be that it's certainly looking that way.
I can't pin it down to anything specific as I had different foods on all six days but all of them had a big long list of e-numbers and additives in them.

I don't have readymeal type things very often but they are handy if I'm in a rush or going out for the day.
Now I've decided my 'homemade' ready meals are the 'in' thing from now on and I'm going to plate a couple up every now and again and freeze them so I'm never tempted to buy readymeals again.

From today I'm back to my good nourishing home cooked recipes using fresh ingredients, I just wish I didn't feel 'off it'!


red onions from the local farm shop




  
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MARTHA-ANN 6/26/2010 12:54PM

    thanks everyone I hope it proves useful, I'm definitely not going through it again!! emoticon
I've also noticed I don't get indigestion as much when i eat home cooked food.

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SHELLB39 6/26/2010 9:19AM

    Thanks for so bravely exploring this topic. I believe it's important to keep this in the fore front of food choices. I have wondered for some time now, how all the additives/preservatives may be playing a part in the cancer rate that seems out of control in so many areas of the globe! So here's to fresh beet salad today with ingredients grown locally! Time to go chop chop!! emoticon

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KAT573 6/20/2010 9:33PM

    wowow have you looked at the additives in the readymades and found any in common? You ARE a scientist! but Mad? I don't think so! Smart is what comes to mind.
KUDOS on taking mindful considerations. Unfortunately for me, I have IBS no matter what.....and it is worst at certain times than others so I will ahve to figure out what clean foods may be causing irritations.
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NEELOJ 6/19/2010 4:11PM

    Sorry you are feeling a little off today! But doesn't it feel good to learn about the things that you have!!
You are so smart to experiment and find what is best for your body!!
Now "you GO girl"!!! LOL

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MARTHA-ANN 6/19/2010 4:05PM

    Thanks everyone, I'm back on the good wholesome food again and feeling much better. emoticon

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FISHKNEES 6/19/2010 12:13PM

    I learned that lesson for myself this year..I too suffer from IBS...fast food kills me and that is all ate for years...now it is home cooked food for me...what else I figured out..is nothing I make ever makes me feel off..I can eat everything I want now...I have also learned what portion size works best for each food item..I have become a cook..who would of thought it a year ago...Keep up the good work..you rock!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAINLADY 6/19/2010 12:08PM

    Looks like you found the source of your IBS. Good for you. I think you are right on as I notice when I eat better I don't have the IBS either. However, I don't think I put it together until just now though. Since you have already proven this to be fact, I won't put myself through trying it out. I'm going to take your word for it and stay away from the ready made meals as much as possible. It sure makes sense and all-in-all you'll be eating much more healthy.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs
Sharon

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CAROLYN0107 6/19/2010 10:48AM

    It looks like your experiment taught you a lot.
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PANSYLADY2 6/19/2010 10:07AM

    It's fascinating to see what foods our bodies react to. I learned long ago that mine does't like carbonated beverages of any kine! Am looking forward to any more of your "mad scientist" experiments. Really happy to hear you sharing about your success.
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DOLLBABE56 6/19/2010 9:59AM

    You know, I completely understand this. One of mine appears to be milk. I can drink/eat it occasionally, but if everyday it seems to build up in my system and the acid reflux sets in. At least I think it's milk.... I know that garlic and onions are culprits too. I do have acid reflux and non-acid reflux, so I am "supposed" to follow a certain diet.

That is a great idea of freezing a few meals. Good luck!!!

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Wet, windy & wonderful....

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My DH and I walked part of the Wolds Way on Sunday.
We did around six miles even though it decided to bucket down with rain instead of the light showers we started off with.
We do walk and bird watch a lot when I think about it but it doesn't seem like hard work when you're doing something you enjoy. I'm slower than I used to be but persevere and manage quite well. I'm very good at walking uphill but not much kop at coming down them when I always end up sidling along like a crab...LOL it's to do with the joint I think, no pain going up but pain coming down.

I have an arthritic knee and ankle and recurring problems with piriformis syndrome, morton's foot and a ligament in the back of my knee...this is all in the same leg...LOL...but I find walking through the aches and pains pays off as by the next day I can usually feel the benefit. This week I didn't ache much at all when I set off, that came later back at home when I relaxed, but I slept well and next morning I was more or less ache free again and I'm convinced it does me good by giving me exercise and enjoyment.

High points along with the fresh air and exercise were many and varied:

Being enthralled by a hen harrier catching prey and carrying it back to the nest, hanging in the strong wind with a mouse dangling from her beak but sadly not long enough for me to focus with the camera.

The kyloes with their calves, trusting enough to come quite close to the fence but not quite close enough for you to touch them...so sweet!

Standing on the brow of the dale with the wind in your hair, the carved oak waymarkers pointing the way and the green fields undulating in the background.

Turning a corner from a high hedged lane to see an oilseed rape field sporting a streak of beautiful red poppies across the middle.

Walking through the darkling wood listening to the raindrops pattering on the foliage above our heads.

OK it rained...a lot!! but the fresh air, the sights and sounds more than made up for it and we finished up in a beautiful country pub for tea.....simply delicious and through my wise choices all healthy and on my programme too!!
Was I good or what??

All in all a Wonderful day.



oak waymarkers on the brow of the dale


poppies streak across a field of oilseed rape


Kyloe and calves

  
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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/17/2010 1:32PM

    wonderful.. thank you

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DEBHAPPY2B 6/17/2010 10:53AM

    Wow, Martha-Ann, thanks for the beautiful pictures! It makes me want to come over and stroll in the rain with you...well, maybe just have that cup of tea, lol! Thanks for sharing with us!

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NEELOJ 6/15/2010 2:25PM

    What a beautiful walk we just took!!!
Thanks for the adventure!

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FISHKNEES 6/15/2010 11:49AM

    Looks beautiful...Thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AFM-SPARK 6/15/2010 11:19AM

    Sounds nice, good job on 6 miles!

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MAINLADY 6/15/2010 7:00AM

    Your walk with your DH sounded wonderful. I have the piriformis syndrome, too, so I know how painful it can be. I cant' wait for the day when I can actually go out walking again. I do need surgery and that will have to happen first.

The poppies are gorgeous. I would love to see a field of them. How beautiful.

I'm glad that you pushed through the pain and the rain and ended your walk with a nice cup of tea. You can proud of yourself.

Have a great day today.

Hugs,
Sharon

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MARILYN1260 6/15/2010 5:02AM

    Martha-Ann, you really are an inspiration! It's so good that you didn't let the weather keep you from enjoying your day. The scenes you described sounded so much like those I read in the romance novels that take place in England.
Hugs, Marilyn

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a bit of what you fancy does you good.....

Monday, June 07, 2010

Many moons ago when I first join Sparkpeople I set out some Spark Small Goals.
One of them is to reward myself every time I lose ten pounds.
Nothing much, just a little incentive to keep me going.

Over time I've treated myself to...
A country music tape.
A whole fresh lobster which was so delicious I treated myself to one again on the next ten pound loss.
A pair of pretty summer flip-flops.
An inexpensive pink diamante butterfly brooch.
A small book of poetry by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
And...a nifty stainless steel gardening trowel.

Today I hit another ten pounds small goal and after much deliberation I've come home with a bottle of nail varnish in a pretty shade of pink called 'Raspberry Crush'.
I never paint my fingernails but I've always done my toenails, changing the colour every couple of weeks.
Now it's summer time and sandal weather I thought a nice new colour would set me off just fine.....not that I haven't already got a shelfful to choose from!!

I have psoriasis so can't choose things to pamper myself with like bubble bath, soaps etc. as I'm not able to use them so I usually have to rack my brain for something.

Tonight I've changed my toenail varnish colour a few days early and 'Raspberry Crushed' them so they should look pretty swish tomorrow when my friend and I go out for the day.....I just hope it doesn't rain and I can put my sandals on!


'Raspberry Crush' nail varnish


A bit of what you fancy does you good....

  
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SHELLB39 6/19/2010 12:13PM

    Thanks for your "pretty pink" reward message and congrats to you on your recent 10 lb. goal accomplishment! emoticon

Here's wishing you a sunny day to show them off! Cloudy here in Minnesota too!

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HAVALOVER 6/18/2010 11:17PM

    Love it, Martha-Ann! I bet it looks fabulous on you.
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ps. I adore the word "fancy".. I should use it more often, just for the heck of it, hahaha... Oh, it's so British, even for a Panamanian!

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MARTHA-ANN 6/15/2010 3:52AM

    It was a lovely day out!
And I ended up with another reward as DH bought me a small lobster all to myself, it's good job I'm from a fishing family and I know how to cook them!!.....it was yummy! I can't understand why he doesn't like them!

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AFM-SPARK 6/11/2010 4:53PM

    I hope the stately home was fun!

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DOLLBABE56 6/9/2010 7:36AM

    oooooo - I like the color! emoticon

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FISHKNEES 6/9/2010 4:22AM

    beutiful color for a beautiful lady...it will quit raining someday...I hope emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 6/9/2010 1:14AM

    Thanks everyone, I didn't get to wear my sandals, it poured down ALL day! emoticon

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NEELOJ 6/8/2010 10:03PM

    What a wonderful color!!! Congrats on the ten!!!!


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MAINLADY 6/8/2010 7:22AM

    Wishing you a sunshiny day to show off those Raspberry Crushed toes. Wonderful idea about small rewards for every ten pounds. I've yet to reach that first ten pounds but when I do it will definitely be a lobster!

Hugs,
Sharon

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CAROLYN0107 6/7/2010 11:49PM

    Great idea and congratulations on losing another ten pounds!
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MARILYN1260 6/7/2010 10:22PM

    Martha-Ann, congratulations on reaching another goal. Hope the weather is wonderful for your day out. Take a picture of your pretty toe nail polish.
Hugs, Marilyn

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KAT573 6/7/2010 9:34PM

    Wowow one of the things I have trouble with is rewarding myself consistently and for specific achievements! You have some good ideas there. I will have to sit and think about what I want for mine; right now that lobster sounds darn good. LOL!

I think I am gonna have to sit down and work on this; it is my big weak point.
HUGS
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DOLLBABE56 6/7/2010 7:02PM

    I like to paint my toenails also, and am not a fan of painting my fingernails. I like all of your rewards. I'm still working on my first 10 lbs. ugh.

I hope that the rain holds off for you so you can wear those sandals.

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arthritis, frizz & barbecue....

Saturday, June 05, 2010

It's been a good week.
I feel really well except for an arthritis flare-up in my knee and ankle which has knocked me off the exercise a little bit.
I've persevered through the pain and done what I can but I've missed my long walks.
I did find some chair exercises on the internet which I've been doing and found very good, I'll keep them in mind for when it has another flare.
It's much better now and I hope to get back to my regular walking next week.

I did potter in the garden a little bit but it's been so hot and humid that I didn't do much, the weatherman said it was supposedly hotter than Brazil and Europe!
I don't mind it when it's dry heat, it's the humidity I'm not keen on and it always affects my hair, foggy days do it too, and I end up looking like some wild haired mad woman!
It just won't lie down and frizzes out like candyfloss.
I've even put straightener serum on it but it makes little difference...my son calls them my 'stand up and be counted' days!
We have a sixtieth birthday barbecue party to attend tonight so I think the serum will be called on yet again!

Dietwise I'm doing good even if I say so myself.....LOL.....the experience of the nasty woman last week has really spurred me on, she's definitly my new weightloss tool and no mistake....now I just have to be good at the barbecue!!
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GOLDFISHLIZ 6/7/2010 11:06AM

    Hi Martha -Ann! Just saw your blog - we have a lot in common - I'm from Yorkshire originally, now in Cumbria; I have arthritic knees, and my hair can frizz out for England!! Let's get to know each other!!
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NEELOJ 6/5/2010 5:34PM

    It amazes me how often your weather is just like it is here!
We are very hot and humid. I am just sitting inside this weekend. I can't take that humidity either!!
Barbecue sounds fun! Can be great if you just eat the right things. Of course I always want the wrong things!! LOL
Have a great time!!

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DOLLBABE56 6/5/2010 2:53PM

    I feel the same way about the humidity. It is so humid and hot here today in Alabama. Even with a breeze it is still unbearable - not to mention the hot flashes I have anyway. ugh.

Have fun at the barbeque. You will do fine. Everything in moderation! Now, I need to take my own advice. We can do this!
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FISHKNEES 6/5/2010 12:27PM

    You will be good at the BBQ...I totally understand the hair thing...lmao...I got the wild women look all summer long too...I embrace it...I am happy to have hair to complain about...I have lost it once in my life and that was enough to make me enjoy and love it even when it looks like Einstein or Don King!!! emoticon

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MARILYN1260 6/5/2010 10:22AM

    Enjoy the barbecue. A little bit of this and a little bit of that :)
Hugs, Marilyn

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