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Bank Holiday

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Well, we've just had a Bank Holiday here and it was fine!! which is highly unusual for a Bank Holiday.

We had unexpected visitors arrive and they ended up staying three nights and two days. It was lovely to see them and we were out and about walking, bird watching etc.
We had a couple of meals out but I did quite well and didn't exceed my calories range too much. I'm hoping all the walking we did will counteract it anyway.
They've left now and DH has gone back to work so I'll soon be back in the old routine.

My sons treated me to a new camera. A digital one.
I'd been going on a bit about getting one and they suddenly offered to buy me one...maybe to shut me up!!
I wasn't hinting, just wondering whether to get one or not.
Anyway, I LOVE it.
I like the way you get instant pictures and can delete them if they are no good.
This is the best bit for me as I'm not very good at taking pictures, I always blamed it on my glasses getting in the way.
I won't be able to do that now as you don't need to put it to your eye. Everyone will just know I'm no good at it now!!
It's also so easy to put on the computer.
I don't know why I waited so long...I could be the next 'David Bailey'...!!

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MARTHA-ANN 8/27/2008 3:22AM

    Thanks everyone,
I think I'm going to enjoy having this camera!

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MOM2ACAT 8/26/2008 6:06PM

    Have fun with the new camera! Congrats!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 8/26/2008 10:20AM

    Digital cameras are the best! I love the auto-focus and zoom feature on mine - can take some amazing shots (and I'm not very good at it). It's amazing what a spider looks like at 12X zoom. Looking forward to seeing some of your amazing photos.

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SUSIE531 8/26/2008 6:45AM

    Look forward to seeing lots of new photos. lol

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CAROLYN0107 8/26/2008 5:54AM

    Digital photos are great! I'm sure you'll have fun with your new camera.

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What a week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's so good to get back on line properly, I've missed everyone and all the fun and encouragement.

It all started with the gas man coming for his yearly check on the central heating boiler. He said new regulations meant we needed it earthing again and recommended an electrician to do it.
He duly arrived, took one look at the back box (didn't know what that was then...sure do now!!) and said it needed replacing due to new regulations.

He started off well, replaced it in about an hour and switched the electric back on.
The whole system tripped!
He rechecked everything, switched the electric back on.
The whole system tripped.
Aparently these new systems are so sensitive they even trip if a light bulb blows!

To cut a long story short he was here from 8am to 7.30pm Thursday by which time he (and me!) had had enough so he bypassed the system for the evening and said he'd be back in the morning.
At least we got a bar meal at the local pub as there was nothing to cook on. I did good too and stuck to fish & vegetables.

He arrived back 8am Friday and worked hard until 4.45pm when he admitted defeat and has left us with half the kitchen rewired and the other half still to do. (He is coming back...justdon't know when!)
It's a nightmare as five sockets aren't working and I keep forgetting and plugging the hoover, toaster etc, in and wondering why they don't work before I remember.

On a brighter note, I had a good clean-up yesterday which was a good work out too and I did lose 3lbs this week so the plateau is well and truly 'busted'.

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MRSSCAIEFE 8/18/2008 9:31AM

    You poor dear! I had to chuckle. At least you sound pleasant about the whole episode. I hope all is well now. Have a great day and God Bless you! Sandy

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MARILYN1260 8/16/2008 7:21AM

    What a frustrating time you had, but it's good that you're back 3 lbs lighter. emoticon Marilyn

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MOM2ACAT 8/13/2008 9:07PM

    Congrats on the 3 pounds lost!

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GINGERSTARDUST 8/13/2008 11:25AM

    emoticonHey GREAT Martha Ann emoticonon the 3 lbs lost!!I hope the wireing goes more smoothly from here on for you!!We missed you! emoticonGinger

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I've done it!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

YES! Yes! YES! emoticon I've 'busted the plateau'!!!

I was beginning to think I'd never get started again but this morning the scales showed 2lbs lost. emoticon
I did a little dance I was so pleased. DH thought I'd gone mad but was really pleased for me.
I just hope it keeps coming off now. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 8/12/2008 10:06AM

    Congratulations for breaking a plateau!! emoticon

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    Congrats sweetie!!! Its just great!! Hope youre well!!!! Miss you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIE531 8/5/2008 8:31AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Well done you!!
Keep going now you're on a roll

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    Yes! Persistence pays off!

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LYNNEL38 8/4/2008 11:01AM

    Congratulations "2" you! Sticking out a plateau is a real achievement.

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MAINLADY 8/4/2008 6:53AM

    emoticon emoticon, glad that you hung in there and it finally paid off. Those plateaus can be discouraging. Great with the 2 pound loss. I have no doubts that from now on it'll keep coming off. Have a great day.


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Busting that plateau!

Monday, July 21, 2008

I've been stuck at the same weight for three weeks now.
It's so frustrating!!!

OK, so the first week was my own fault...I was bit lax with the calorie range but the last couple of weeks have been fine and still no movement on the pounds.
And there's no change on the measurement side either!

I've been reading the Spark articles on 'Busting the plateau' and there are some really good ideas to boost weightloss in them so I'm going to put a few into action.

Hopefully next week will see an improvement on my ticker..... that poor little fishy hasn't had a swim in ages! emoticon

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ROSEWHISPERS 7/21/2008 6:30PM

    Hang in there, you can do it!

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    Me, too!
I need something to shake things up, too. Thanks for the reminder about checking the Spark articles.

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KATER328 7/21/2008 11:57AM

    I'm right there with you, Martha-Ann! We can break our plateaus together. :)

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CAROLYN0107 7/21/2008 9:50AM

    Hi, I was at a plateau for about three weeks and finally see some progress this week. I think if you're eating healthily and exercise that you'll see progress. Yes, SparkPeople did have some ideas for breaking that plateau that were good. emoticon

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This day

Thursday, July 03, 2008

It seems to be raining a lot... but then it usually does through Wimbledon fortnight!
I like to watch the tennis but all we're getting at the moment is quick bursts of matches then re-plays as rain stops play.
It's very frustrating.

Yesterday was all re-plays so I decided to clean out a cupboard in the small bedroom we use as an office-cum-computer room.

Lawks! but that cupboard was full.....mostly genealogy stuff but right at the back I found a cardboard box I had covered in a flowery wrapping paper.
I must have done it way back in the seventies when the kids were little as I remember they covered boxes too, one rainy afternoon when they wanted something to do.

Thats what it says on the side in quite nice calligraphy...we were having calligraphy lessons in school at the time!

Well, yesterday evening was spent going through this box.
I had to wait 'til then as the bedroom resembled a jumble sale so had to be tidied first.
Course I could have just pushed everything back in the cupboard but I resisited the temptation.

So many memories...bits of paper with things written on them.
Nothings really but meaning so much.
Little notes on funny things the children had said, jokes, friend talk and poems and prose I'd written myself or collected 'cos I liked them.
I really enjoyed looking through them.

As I was about to finish I noticed something stuck inside the lid and pulled it out.
It seems very appropriate to our lovely team so I'm going to write it here for you.

It's a Sanskrit Proverb by Kalidasa who was a classical Sanskrit poet from around the 5th century.
It's remarkable how much it is relevant to today.

Sanskrit Proverb
By Kalidasa.

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In it's brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence.

The bliss of growth,
The splendour of action,
The glory of power...

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

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    What a wonderful reminder to savor every day.
Thanks for sharing...

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MOM2ACAT 7/3/2008 1:37PM

    How nice to find that hidden treasure!

Our rain has stopped here, shouldn't be having any more rain now til Tuesday or Wednesday.

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