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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'...lol...still 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 way...lol...I 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 rest...lol...even 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 it...lol...

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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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Lethargy

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 twice...lol...it'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.

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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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Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...

Monday, May 09, 2011

I got weighed this morning.
There's nothing new in that but it's something I haven't done for a while.
I was surprised, pleasantly surprised actually, to find I'd gained fourteen pounds!!
Yes, that's right fourteen pounds...lol...I know what you're thinking!!
But I say pleasantly surprised as I thought it would have been a lot more!

I suppose I should feel disgusted with myself, but I can't.
For one thing I haven't the energy!
I've had a bad few weeks with health problems, limited exercise and new medication to contend with and when it's coupled with a lack of will power...well! what can I say...it just happened.
I'm not going to beat myself up about it, what's done is done and there's nothing I can change about that.

But this morning I've decided 'that's it'.
There'll be no more shilly-shallying about and I'll get stuck in there!

So, once again, I'm back!

I've amended my ticker accordingly and I'm back in the game.

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MARILYN1260 5/11/2011 9:34AM

    Of course you can and will get rid of the extra pounds as soon as your body adjusts to your new medicine. Once you feel better you'll be walking and gardening and having fun with your friends and the pounds will disappear.
Hugs, Marilyn

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ONESPOTLEFT 5/10/2011 8:22PM

    you can do it; I have started walking outside again and it is so cheery in spring
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ECONLADY 5/9/2011 9:23PM

    You go girl! I'm also struggling to get back in the game. Bootcamp seems to help.

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CAROLYN0107 5/9/2011 5:39PM

    YES, you can do it. I totally understand your "predicament" with the scale. I found out that my scale was not correct and when I got a beam scale from the hospital warehouse, I had gained quite a bit of weight.

You'll be able to get it back off. Sorry you've been ill.

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The vagaries of weather...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

We can't win can we?

Remember all that snow, ice and frost which waterlogged all our gardens when it defrosted...we all said we don't need any more rain, but down it came!
That was back through February, since then...nothing!

It's been quite breezy and sometimes chilly lately, even overnight frosts and we've also had some good helpings of sunshine, but we've had no rain to speak of.
The weather men are saying it's been the driest March for fifty years and it's continued into April. Still no rain predicted for the coming week so we're having to water the garden night and morning.

The farmers are wishing it would rain as they've had nothing much except the odd light shower since the crops were planted which doesn't bode well for a good harvest.
I was speaking to one garrulous old boy the other day, praising the glorious weather...lol...I can't repeat what he called it, it certainly wasn't glorious!!

The spring flowers are very pretty but aren't lasting long, some are all leaf and no flower, and the trees are still pretty bare of leaf though the hedges seem to be greening up.

I planted all my seeds about a week ago, they germinated quickly and already they're right for pricking out into their next pots.
I've just spent a very enjoyable morning sitting in the sunshine underneath the beautiful blossoms of my Cheals weeping cherry and potted on around two hundred seedlings which I've loaded back into the greenhouse....still more to do!
They're flowers mostly, for my patio tubs, and veggie seedlings for the garden but none will be planted out until late May after all risk of frost has gone.





Part of a bough laden with blossom on my Cheals weeping cherry





Just a few of around two hundred seedlings I've pricked out this morning...these are french marigold 'tiger's eye'.

  
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DEBHAPPY2B 4/22/2011 4:22PM

    I have missed chatting with you--I hope you get some rain soon! As for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA...it seems to rain every day! I am very chilly and waterlogged! But I am losing weight! So I am smiling anyways!

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XME501 4/15/2011 10:52AM

    I think we are getting all the rain here in Oregon - Our river is back up - it is overcast and rained most of the night.

Miss Sunshine, your weeping cherry picture is just beautiful!! Hope you get some rain soon - wish I could send you some of ours.

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NEELOJ 4/14/2011 9:49AM

    Sorry your spring has not been the best. We have not had a lot of rain but we have had enough it seems.
So far this has been a beautiful Spring for Kansas. The flowers and shrubs have been full of blooms all over.
Keep those seedlings happy, it will rain soon I bet!!
JO

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SHELLYG2725 4/13/2011 7:42PM

    Sorry to hear about the lack of rain. I hope your spring gets better. We haven't started planting yet, but the April Showers to bring May Flowers are coming down regularly so far. I hope they head off our east coast and last for you. :)

I love the pictures. It looks a lot like my families plantings. Good Reminder of home. :)

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ECONLADY 4/13/2011 7:42PM

    The flowers are beautiful!

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KAT573 4/13/2011 1:08PM

    MARTHA ANN! these are lovely pictures! How do you 'prick' out seeds? just curious.
I hope yall get some RAIN soon tho!
Off I go to get some errands done and need to do weed spraying too, as well as potting up my tomato plants; grape tomatoes this time. already did the big beefsteaks; they have not sprouted yet tho;
xo

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MARTHA-ANN 4/13/2011 10:31AM

    From Yorkshire, we've had the odd light shower, but nothing much, could do with a good couple of days downpours!

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GERIKRAGH 4/13/2011 10:28AM

    Where are you from? I can't imagine anywhere in the US that it hasn't been raining!

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ALICIA214 4/13/2011 10:21AM

 

That is Mother Nature for you ,Unpredictable.

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