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Friday, January 06, 2012

Hi to all my Spark friends.
It seems ages since I've logged in to Spark properly.
I've been ill and even though I'm not quite 100% better yet I started back in my healthy eating routine last Friday when a burst of unexpected energy spurred me
So far the dividends are good as this morning I've lost some weight and I feel a whole lot better than I did this time last week.

I've missed everybody.
I enjoy the little chats we have and hope to now log-in daily.
I hope you're all well, have had a wonderful Christmas and (better late than never!!) I wish a Happy New Year to you all. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 1/11/2012 4:37AM

    Thanks Marilyn emoticon

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MARILYN1260 1/10/2012 8:29PM

    Glad you're back sparking and I look forward to hearing lots of good news from you this year.

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GOLDFISHLIZ 1/7/2012 5:21PM

    Welcome back! Lovely to see your cheerful daisy profile out and about again. Thanks for visiting my page - and a happy and healthy New Year to you!

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MARTHA-ANN 1/6/2012 4:13PM

    Thanks Shari, I'm feeling better daily.

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MOM2ACAT 1/6/2012 2:35PM

    Welcome back and hope you feel better soon!

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MARTHA-ANN 1/6/2012 11:03AM

    Thankyou both, it's good to be back emoticon

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ECONLADY 1/6/2012 11:00AM

    Welcome back! I've missed you!

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CAROLYN0107 1/6/2012 6:36AM

    Welcome back and Happy New Year!!

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Sod's law...

Friday, May 27, 2011

My friend and I followed part of a Heritage Trail through the medieval town of Beverley yesterday. It has sculptures that depict the guilds, crafts and trades of medieval times and is split into five separate walks encompassing the whole of the town.
Over the summer we fully intend to walk them all plus an art one showing the paintings of Fred & Mary Elwell...both prominent Beverley artists.

It's been a very dry spring here and we haven't had any significant rain for nine weeks now, just the odd five minute sharp shower which has hardly wet the ground.
We were really looking forward to the trail, me especially as I've been bad with sciatica and not done any walking for a while and I've missed it.
So yesterday morning we set off on the walk, keen and eager, to a nice gentle breeze and warm sunshine.

The first part of the walk was very good, it's a look and find sort of trail, some things aren't obvious but we enjoyed searching around trying to find the various sculptures.
Some are high up on walls, other set into the pavement and still other are statues plain to was fun.
We even made a detour to an old disused cemetery to find the Elwell's grave, it wasn't part of the trail but interesting.
But all good things as they say...

At eleven o'clock a very large black cloud appeared followed by more and more until the whole of the sky looked dark and forbidding. Shortly afterwards the heavens opened, and I mean opened!
It came down like stair rods, straight and hard!

We were on the edge of the town, away from the shops and out onto the ancient medieval pastureland but we skipped back and sheltered under the town's medieval North Bar Gate confident it would be another five minute wonder....wishful thinking!

After twenty minutes, with the sky black and menacing the wind got up, the rain came down even faster and we retreated back into town to a little cafe we'd seen close by.
Cold and very damp we sat with a hot drink and watched as the rain fell and then bounced back up from the cobbled street with relish.
Half an hour later it seemed to have eased a little and with the sky still looking a little ominous we ventured forth again.
We gaily followed the, by now very soggy, route map.
I was taking pictures of each sculpture we found...hard to do in pouring

The plan of the day was we were going to do walk one, have a light lunch somewhere and then continue with walk two incorporating some of the Elwell paintings that were along the way but after we'd finished the first walk we were absolutely soaked, so much so I felt as if I'd had a shower with my clothes on.
My jacket was only showerproof and the rain filtered through to everything underneath it, even my shoes were soggy and when I eventually took them and my socks off on returning home my feet were black with dye!
My hair looked as if I'd just washed it and left it, it hung in dripping rats tails...

We finished walk one and were still debating whether to go to walk two when it began to thunder, crashing and banging loudly interspaced with white zig zags of lightning.
Well... what would you have done?
We gave up!

It's sod's law really, we had no grandchildren to watch, nothing desperate to do, we were free for the whole day.
The country definitely needs the rain. It actually needs to rain non-stop for a month to bring levels up to where they should be... but why yesterday!

I enjoyed yesterday in a perverse sort of way but unbelievably this morning was warm and sunny again, it still is this afternoon too!

A few of my pictures:

Jerkin Makers: The Beverley Jerkin makers made leather tunics from the leather of Beverley tanneries.

Cartmen: Carts were the main form of transport in medieval Beverley, this depicts the old saying 'putting the cart before the horse'.

Bakers: There was a ducking stool on Tiger Lane where unscrupulous bakers were punished for selling poor bread, either that or they were fined.

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XME501 5/28/2011 12:23PM

    The pictures are great!! We have had more than our share of rain here - much more that usual. But the crops and flowers are just loving it. I lived mostly in Western Oregon where it rains much more - so I love the rain! Love to walk in it if it is not too windy.

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MOM2ACAT 5/27/2011 5:42PM

    Great pics! That trail sounds like something I would enjoy.

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ECONLADY 5/27/2011 2:33PM

    I think God had other plans. The pictures are great!

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Walking the walk...

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm feeling a whole lot better now with the new medication I'm on, not quite so weary and lethargic, and my sciatica has almost gone too.
So DH and I decided to go walking yesterday. We walk and bird watch a lot...or rather, we did until my silly liver started playing up, and we've missed it.
We discussed what I thought I would be able to do and chose to walk part of the Centenary Way which is over a pretty flat and very scenic part of Yorkshire.

We decided to see how I went and to park the car near the middle of the walk then head off in one direction before coming back to the car, if I couldn't do any more - all well and good, if I could we'd go in the other direction and then back to the car again. We wouldn't do it all as it's a long walk with hills further on, we'd just do the flat part...and I did it, both ways!

I was pretty slow towards the end and very glad to sit down when we got back to the car. It was quite windy and took your breath away when we had to face it on the return but the second part was more sheltered behind trees.
I'm glad I did it, I slept like a log last night and this morning I feel rejuvenated...tired, lethargic but rejuvenated and no sciatic pain to speak of except a little twinge near the back of my thigh.
It's raised my hopes that I can go on an Historic Town Trail on Thursday, in the medieval town of Beverley, which I'd been planning with a friend...all being well and with fingers crossed, I'll manage it.

Walking the walk...

Walking the walk.
Talking the talk.
Enjoying a beautiful day.

Watching the scenery.
Delight in the greenery.
Enjoy the Centenary Way.

Feeling the burn.
A lesson to learn.
Muscles are tight but...hey!
I've enjoyed my walking.
I've enjoyed my talkng.
Though it's left me lethargic today!! emoticon

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ECONLADY 5/23/2011 10:11PM

    I'm glad you got out!

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MOM2ACAT 5/23/2011 6:55PM

    That is awesome! Knowing the pain of sciatica myself, I know how great that must have felt to be able to walk without pain!

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XME501 5/23/2011 10:46AM

    So glad you had a good walk yesterday. Sounds beautiful. This weekend I finished a flag wall hanging i did for my sister's husband who is a veteran. I will post pictures later - I slept a little later this morning so is time to get ready for work.

And, am glad you found some medication that is helping. I have been tired recently - but it is mostly stress. Seems like there is always a family issue. But, I just have to remember that God is in control - and I know I can trust Him.

Always so good to visit your blog!!


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Getting on with it...

Monday, May 16, 2011

My new medication seems to have kicked in now and I'm not feeling so 'twitchy' tired and the sciatica hasn't gone yet though it is much better.

DH worked hard yesterday, re-lining his pond that the bad winter weather affected. It's a job and a half really, removing all the fish and plants and pumping out the water before taking the old liner out and putting in the new one. I helped where I could but didn't push myself too much. I passed things, cleaned things, split and repotted plants, made drinks and generally got in the enjoyed it and slept really well last night, nine hours, the most I've had in a long while.

This morning I'm going to make some butternut squash, carrot and onion soup...then I'll probably need a little though I'll sit down to chop!

This afternoon I'm being picked up by friends to go to a nearby village Church flower festival. It's called 'Hats Galore' and each display will contain hats and a flower arrangement to compliment it. There'll be refreshments in the vestry, a chance to catch up with people and I'm really looking forward to it.

We emptied the pond water over the lawn and flower beds as we've had no rain in eight weeks, this cheeky chappie really enjoyed poking in the wet ground and found lots of tasty titbits.

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MARTHA-ANN 5/23/2011 10:16AM

    Thanks everyone, the soup was delicious even if I needed a sit down after making

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ONESPOTLEFT 5/18/2011 6:24AM

    The soup sounds great; what time is lunch?

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ECONLADY 5/16/2011 8:55PM

    The soup sounds wonderful. Yum!

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MOM2ACAT 5/16/2011 5:25PM

    Glad you are feeling better.
Great pic of the bird!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lethargy...a good strong word, it sounds like it could be important doesn't it?
But the dictionary defines it as meaning torpid and apathetic, lack of interest and energy, sluggish, benumbed, stupified, dull...
Well, I'm all those!

I didn't have a good day yesterday, health wise that is, not foodwise.
I counted and tracked everything but towards mid afternoon began feeling very lethargic and kept nodding off so yesterday I was under my calories.
I ended up not eating much at teatime and was in bed at nine pm but only slept fitfully. I laid in a bit this morning but I don't feel a whole lot better today though I have had a good breakfast...I've only been up a couple of hours and have already nodded off's gonna be one of them days!

It's some new medication I'm on...which is beginning to kick in...that coupled with a liver dysfunction and an immune system problem but it is getting better. I've also had severe sciatica for about a month now though those symptoms have eased a lot.
The lethargy is definitely better than it was...only some days now, not all of them and sometimes not all day either.
I do feel as if I'm on the mend even though it might not sound like it.
I've started tracking my food again, got back to eating more nice fresh fruit and vegetables and I've always been good with my water intake so as I begin to feel more alert I also hope to shift some pounds.

I CAN do it emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 5/23/2011 10:18AM

    Thanks everyone...I'm being sensible and only doing what my body lets me, I'm not pushing it at all emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 5/13/2011 6:48AM

    Sorry you've been feeling ill. I know you're taking good care of yourself.

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MOM2ACAT 5/11/2011 7:06PM

    emoticon I know that feeling.

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ECONLADY 5/11/2011 4:59PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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SHELLYG2725 5/11/2011 2:29PM

    Martha Ann, I hope you are feeling better soon. emoticon emoticon

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MARILYN1260 5/11/2011 9:31AM

    Martha-Ann, hope you start feeling better, stronger and more energetic very soon. In the meantime, if you need to rest, then listen to your body.
Hugs, Marilyn

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DOLLBABE56 5/11/2011 7:38AM

    I do hope you are on the mend.

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ONESPOTLEFT 5/11/2011 6:32AM

    I pray you to be well soon and that you can regain some of your energy from your youth. Would it not be wonderful to be able to save some of the energy you had in your teens and 20s and even 30s to give yourself a boost when you needed it

Take care dear one you are able to do all you can just not as well as you once could; so adjust your expectations to allow yourself to age with grace.

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