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Monday, July 27, 2009

I don't think I'll ever use the expression 'ants in your pants' in a jocular way ever again.
It's just NOT funny!

I finally managed to get my shoe on today and managed a short walk.
I haven't done much walking for the last three weeks due to an arthritis flare-up in my knee and ankle. It's been pretty swollen and painful and has taken longer than usual to get better.

By last Tuesday my foot was going down nicely and as I could get my shoes on I decided to do a spot of gardening just taking off done foliage and flowers, nothing too strenuous or that involved kneeling.
Soon I was quite happily dead heading, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
I'd been out quite a time when I felt a burning sensation in my right foot, I couldn't see anything when I pulled my sock down so I gave it a good rub and carried on gardening.

Suddenly my feet and legs were on fire, burning, itching, it was really painful. I pulled up my trouser leg and there were big red lumps all over.
I ran into the back garden.....I was working in the front garden and thought better of taking my clothes off there!....I ripped my trousers off, they were full of red ants and the little blighters were stinging away. I had to pull them off and pick them out of my trousers and socks to squish them.
My husband came home just then wondering what I was doing out in the garden in just my undercrackers!

He counted fifteen lumps to my right leg and two on my left foot.
He 'googled' red ants to see what to do and we followed the didn't help!
I didn't sleep well and by next morning my right leg had twentythree lumps and my left foot three.
They were huge, like half golfballs and red and itchy and painful.
I felt dizzy and was sick a couple of times so DH took me to the doctor.
He said he didn't think I was allergic to them as that could have caused anaphylactic shock but I'd had so many stings I'd had a reaction.
He gave me antihistimine tablets and cream but by the following day I had thirtyfive lumps on my right leg and five on my left foot.
The burning pain was terrible, even material touching it hurt and it's taken six days to go off. The bumps have flattened now but any touch, however light makes them tingle, it's not pleasant but it's not painful.

Apparently the formic acid injected goes to your nerves and this can tingle for up to a couple of months. Some liken this to the pain from shingles but I've never had them so I don't know...if it feels like this I don't ever want them!!
In America you call the red ant a fire certainly lives up to it's name...I felt like I was on fire!

DH has found the nest hidden between two of the bricks which border the front path, he's put ant killer down. We think I must have stepped on or near it and they've attacked.
I didn't get too badly stung, it could have been much worse I suppose...
I've told DH the front garden is his domain from now on, I'll stick to the back where I know there isn't any...well I don't think there is!!

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PEGGYANNSCH 7/28/2009 11:54AM


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GIRLINBRAZIL 7/28/2009 7:56AM

    Oh my! One of my boys had a similar experience in the middle of nowhere Brazil.
Whew! Glad you are all right!


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CAROLYN0107 7/28/2009 6:49AM

    I know very well about ants as we have "ARMY ANTS" in Gabon and they hurt! They use pincers and you have to pull them off one at a time if you happen to get bit.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/27/2009 11:49AM

    Thanks everyone, I don't usually get stung or bitten by anything when gardening, this was an exception but it's made me wary and I'll probably spray myself with repellent before I go out and garden now LOL

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PMCFARM 7/27/2009 11:38AM

  The only thing that helps me with the pain from fire ants is to wipe the sting sites with ammonia,

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WOLFSPIRITS 7/27/2009 11:15AM


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NURSESUSIE51 7/27/2009 11:14AM

    Ouch!!!! Sounds like an awful experience. I'm glad you're on the mend now. I looked to see where you lived, thinking maybe one of our southern states, but see you live in England. I'm sure your gardens are just lovely, despite the creatures. Hope that doesn't happen again.

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New arrivals!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

For three weeks now I've been keeping my eye on a pair of Blackbirds building a nest, laying eggs and finally the chicks are hatching.
'Fred' the male of the pair was a chick I raised two years ago after his mother was eaten by a cat. He's still friendly and regards my garden as his territory.
He's found a 'wife' and together they've built a nest in the laurel bush just outside the sitting room window.
Seventeen days ago the first egg was laid with one following every day until there were three. That's unusual as they normally lay five or six.
Today two of the chicks hatched with hopefully the other following suit tomorrow.
They're quite used to me looking in the nest and at this moment the mother is settled in for the night.
It's weird really but l feel like a new mum!! LOL

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/18/2009 8:05AM

    Today we know full story. So sad. emoticon

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TEA_NUT 6/24/2009 7:39AM

    Thanks for sharing! I love a good bird story.
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MARTHA-ANN 6/24/2009 3:27AM

    You can follow their progress on my picture blog on Flickr.
You can either follow the link below any of my postings and go to the set entitled 'Fred's nest' or you can follow this address, unfortunately it won't give a live link so you'll have to type it in...sorry.
You can click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge the picture or follow through in order.

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NIGHTSTAR777 6/23/2009 7:42PM

    How they are now? I was looking for this pic before and it was long time. Do you going to blog this story?

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KAT573 6/3/2009 7:33AM

    Hey, how come I missed this blog?? Anyway, checkig in on you and saw this so I had to see what ws gooing on, now, didn't I? Hmmmmmmm HOW did you get up above this bird nest? Weren't you worried about dropping your camera and losing it in that upturned beak? LOL! Just kidding. ADoRabliss bald and naked hatchling, eh? How are they doing now? still ok? Did the third hatch? Did that cat catch?

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DEEPGREENBEAN 5/4/2009 10:49PM

    Thanks for the bird story, Martha-Ann. What a great picture! Hope to see more.

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NAN71486 5/3/2009 4:43AM

    What a sweet story! Made me smile :)! LOL emoticon

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Back on track & Thankyou!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Thankyou so much to everybody who gave me the encouragement I needed on my last blog, you were all so helpful that it's working LOL I've had a great week-end.
I've eaten sensibly, exercised consistently and drank my water with a vengeance.

I was a bit wary about getting weighed this morning as it's only two days since I got back on track and I thought if I'd gained, as you can in the week, it might put me off but I've taken the bull by the horns and...nothing's changed! so I'll weigh-in next Monday as usual, hopefully with a loss!!

The dormouse picture is because that's how I felt at the end of last week and now I'm changing all that...I've come out of hibernation! LOL

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SCOTTIEGIRL57 4/27/2009 5:43PM

    I absolutely love your dormouse picture! It's adorable! I'm so happy you've gotten started again. I'm gonna take your lead on this and work harder myself. Thank you for the motivation!

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    Martha Ann you soundl like me!I have had a hard time myself for quite a while with the weight thing so can really relate to how you feel!We are pullin for you ,you can do it!Sending many good wishes your way for success!! emoticonGinger

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KAT573 4/27/2009 7:44AM

    MARTHA-ANN: Gee, I had no idea you were having a hard time! I decided to read your blog; it is the first time I got noitice you had made an entry. I am glad those who were aware rallied round you, you certainly minimally, deserve that support!! And good for you on grabbing the bull by the horns. I know how it feels for I have been there more than not this past year.

I am in a challenge now, but had been for the previous round but just could not get things down and together. Had to be on floater status two weeks in! But this first week is going well, and I have put the time in to prep for check-ins, and routines, etc so I know I will do better.

I am glad you are here and I am so grateful to know you!
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

It's been a while since I've written a blog so I've just re-read my past ones and I'm ashamed of myself.

I log-in every day, get my Spark points, take part in group discussions, help run a team, encourage people, welcome new members, talk to my friends, the list goes on, I do everything.......everything that is but lose weight!!
I haven't lost weight for three weeks and it's not a's ME......ME who's NOT eating properly!
I start off great every morning, full of 'get up and go' and by dinnertime it's 'got up and gone'!!

The nice weather is here and things don't fit properly.
I've gained twelve pounds so I've given myself a dressing down and today I'm back planning and eating the right stuff, drinking the water and walking the miles, (actually the walking & drinking never stopped so it wasn't all bad and I'm definitely fitter!!) I'm determined to get back on track with my eating.
I've altered my ticker and will weigh-in every week on a monday again.
It's only two days until then but it might spur me on if I've lost a little bit otherwise I'll weigh-in weekly as I used to.

I CAN do it

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NIGHTSTAR777 6/22/2009 7:01AM

    Hi Martha Ann
I look at your photos once and I am big fun of you. I love your photos, your philosophy. I do like your Words of wisdom! I use it to say to my friends, no we are not fatty, we are very intelligent!

I am very thank you for comments to my photos.
I am a leader team with tiger image on my page. I invite you to join us. It will be very interesting to read your stories.
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    Yes! You can do it! Glad you were able to catch it before it got too out of hand!

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SHAI09 4/25/2009 12:56PM

    CONGRATS for realizing and admitting you need to get back on track...making ourselves accountable is a big part of the answer to losing the weight and that is just what you have done...I am really proud that you decided to do it TODAY instead of putting it off till MONDAY like many of us would have! Pat yourself on the back and smile. Hugs to ya and good luck!!

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TEA_NUT 4/25/2009 12:44PM

    Yes you can! : ) You're not in that boat alone...I have to become more consistent in my exercise regime and be more careful of the carbs and proteins that I eat. I think I'm going to deny myself computer time in the mornings until after I've exercised.....wait that doesn't sound right.....I'll REWARD myself with computer time. : )

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YOGATICHA 4/25/2009 12:26PM

    Martha Ann ~ We have all been in the same boat. In the "for what it's worth" deptment...I've been rowing right along side of you for some time now. he he he It is so down to the "T" wake up, eat a great breakfast and a great lunch and then backslide at dinner time or my big problem...snacking after dinner. So yeah, it's time to walk the talk. Let's do this thing!!

The important thing is to recognize what we're doing wrong and get back on track. And, that is what you have done. I'm here to join you.

BTW ~ there should be no shame and no harsh judgement of yourself. It was just something that happened that probably needed to happen. Now it's time to find a different path.

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ANGELINE52 4/25/2009 12:14PM

  The important part is your willingness to see it through. Kudos for you for your honesty and determination.

I admire you for exercising so consistently. I know I'd lose more if I would exercise more, but 8 months in and it's still my biggest struggle.

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DAISYDIETING 4/25/2009 12:14PM

    I know as soon as you get up and running around and start your diet again you can do! emoticon

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MARILYN1260 4/25/2009 12:02PM

    Hi Martha Ann, I hope you'll get back on track so you can start losing weight again. But let me say that you are a huge inspiration to me with your commitment to walking and drinking a good amount of water. You've been faithful to your exercise program despite the weather, the flu, bad colds and aches and pains. That's so much more than I've done all this time. I just replied to one of our team members saying I'll get back to my diet AFTER the party today. I think I'll delete that message and give it my best to eat sensibly at the party.
Hugs, Marilyn

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FOCUSEDANDFIT 4/25/2009 11:59AM

  It's great to have a place to be honest and pull us back in when we are ready. I'm glad you got back on track, and are on your way to a fun, fit summer. I am here because of the yo yo also, so i know where you are coming from! You are brave to share this blog, thank you. It helps to hear others who are in the same position. You have nothing to be ashamed of!

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NORTHSTARJG 4/25/2009 11:57AM

    Yes - you can do it - Yes you can!

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Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow!!!

Friday, December 05, 2008

We seem to have had nothing but snow for well over a week now and we just aren't used to it...well not this much. emoticon
I've been walking daily, until yesterday, taking my photos which I love doing.
I even escaped injury on Tuesday when a car ran out of control and ended up right where I'd been standing two minutes before.
My DH also had a lucky escape Tuesday when a van ran into him, luckily just car damage to both vehicles.
It rained overnight on Wednesday and again last night and the paths are so slippery I daren't go out now.
The tree picture was taken from the front room window, it's now snowing again, sleety stuff but it's bitterly cold and windy.
Hopefully it won't settle and I can start to go out again...why do you always miss what you can't have?
I like snow really, just not this much!!

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MOM2ACAT 12/5/2008 6:07PM

    Beautiful photo!
Be careful out there on the roads!

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ETAGGEL 12/5/2008 11:15AM

    I know , snow looks so peaceful but it can create havoc. Take care,

Best wishes

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CAROLYN0107 12/5/2008 10:18AM

    I'm glad no one got hurt via car and/or car pedestrian accidents in that SNOW!

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