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tomorrow is another day....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Well, the company's left and arrived back home safely.
I've done the laundry, cleaned the house and done a bit of gardening, shopped for groceries, visited a sick friend, visited my mother-in-law and walked my five miles both yesterday & today.

Oh yes... and I've eaten chocolate!!!
Not just a small piece...oh no couldn't just be a small piece could it?
No chance!!
A whole bar of galaxy....a BIG bar of galaxy!!
And you know what?
It was other description fits it.
It WAS gorgeous!!!

Of course the feeling, now I've eaten it, is anything but gorgeous.
I'm an idiot!
No, let's get this right...I'm a BIG idiot!!

Still, it's over and done with now, out of my system, the craving's gone, I'm back on track.
I had a good day otherwise, used all my calories, drank my water, exercised....
so, as Scarlett O'Hara said in 'gone with the wind'....
'tomorrow is another day!'....

and I'm going to use it wisely! emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/26/2009 8:42AM

    Oh! don't Kat...LOL
We can now buy Reeces peanut butter cups over here and I love 'em!!
You've got my mouth watering now, good job they don't sell 'em in the village.
I'll have to wait until I go into town on Saturday and hopefully I'll have forgotten about 'em by then!! emoticon

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KAT573 8/26/2009 7:28AM

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm I had me a BIG reeses candy bar the other night and enjoyed thoroughly and could have done so more thoughtfully, since it is gonna be another long time before I decide I want to have a candybar.

Depriving myself is not realistic over the long haul, but having a 'treat' as a treat and not as an everyday part of my diet, is. So I do allow for these.

I am GLAD you are here, and I am GLAD for what you share!
xxoo emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/23/2009 4:37AM

    thanks everyone for the lovely comments, the chocolate was only there because it got left wasn't even mine LOL
I'm back on track and feeding from YOUR inspiration...thankyou emoticon

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/22/2009 10:03PM

    Do not say that "I'm a BIG idiot!!' about my good friend! If my friend is ' a BIG idiot!!' then who am I? No, i am not idiot. And I am really happy. Today I ate big, really big bowl of ice-crime. Very sweet, really too sweet. LOL, I wish I did not ate it, but I just could not stop.
Well , tomorrow is another day. I will go out and will not take any bad food. Promise.

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HOPE2BE 8/22/2009 9:43PM

    You know what I cleaned my apt. because they said they were having inspection. I cleaned all my dishes and swept the floor and mopped the floor and vacummed and put all the papers away and things that were in the wrong place I put away in the right place and threw out garbage and exercised and ate my meals and tried to stay within the boundaries. However I know I slip and fall and yet people like you are an inspiration to keep me on track. So thats what we are here to do is keep you on track. You just slipped and now you can get back on. Thats the most wonderful feeling to know you didn't slip again.

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SILVERWITCH59 8/22/2009 8:40PM

    emoticonyou know what sometimes you just have too. Love ya emoticon

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CWYNN01 8/22/2009 6:39PM

    I wish I could say I felt that way. I have eaten bad the past 2 days & feel sooo BLAHHHHHHH.. I just have been having a crazy week & want to go somewhere & just cry.

I am glad you are back on track. Hang in there.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

We've got company for a while, it's lovely to see them and we're having a great time.
We've been busy visiting places they haven't been for a while and looking in on relatives too.
It's lovely going back to childhood haunts with all their remembrances.

We've been doing quite a bit of walking which is great BUT also quite a bit of eating out!! LOL
I've tried to make healthy choices and I don't think I'm doing too badly but there has been the odd moment when I've eaten unwisely...and enjoyed it too!!!'s quite hard when you get invited to dine with folks at their home for a sit down meal, nothing to choose from, but I've tried to keep my portions good and hopefully the walking will compensate for the small indulgences I've had.

view over the town from Olivers Mount

all family christenings happened here

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GOLDFISHLIZ 8/22/2009 4:47PM

    Love your pics of Scarborough - I was born in Yorkshire, and worked in N Yorks for 3 years - MANY years ago! I loved Whitby, not just for the fish and chips (sighs at happy memories lol) but for its history and charm.

Happy that you are well - enjoy your weekend!

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/17/2009 7:53AM

    Love your post and I always love your photos.

To be with family is so great if you love your memory. The church is nice. It is so good to have memory where you was born, where you come from.
Happy for you.

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CONNIE1-11 8/16/2009 4:08AM

  sounds like you had a fun time....try sharing with someone when you go out to works grrrreat ! (plus its half the cost ) emoticon

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the jolly farmer....

Monday, August 10, 2009

What is it about our English weather that makes us want to talk about it so much?
A foreigners view of the quintessential English person seems to be drinking tea and talking about the weather....we don' we?

Well... for a start I don't drink tea, never have, can't even bring myself to try the stuff now, don't even like the smell.
I have a little teapot in case we have guests who want tea but it's not used very often as most seem to drink coffee now...I don't drink coffee either!
I'm well aware a lot of people love tea and drink it non-stop so can understand why we are thought of as a nation of tea-lovers and everyone has something they don't like, mine just happens to be tea.

So that's one theory down the drain...and the weather, that's no different.
We do talk about it....a lot!

I was suddenly made aware of this last Saturday when everybody I met said almost the same thing...'isn't it a beautiful day?'
Well it was a beautiful day, but then they almost all went on to say....'makes a change from all the rain we've been getting' or 'haven't we had some odd weather this year?'

And....I suddenly realised I do the same!
I talk about the weather to almost everyone I meet and sometimes it's me that starts the conversation!
Something like 'isn't this sunshine lovely?' or the equally as banal 'looks like rain' or 'cold isn't it?'

Oh! how wonderful the gift they gi' us to see ourselves as others see us.....LOL
It reminds me of a song we used to sing in school...

I know a jolly farmer so ruddy and trim
What 'ere may be the weather 'tis some use to him
Come sunshine or rain it is certain to please
What is bad for the hay is just right for the peas!

I guess I'm quintessential English after all...just with a bit of a slant!! LOL

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MARTHA-ANN 8/11/2009 11:47AM

    Thanks Nightstar & Silver emoticon's

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SILVERWITCH59 8/11/2009 8:27AM

    and we love you for it ((((MARTHA ANN))))))))

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/10/2009 11:20PM

    Thanks Martha-Ann. It is interesting to know about people from other countries.

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MARTHA-ANN 8/10/2009 7:04PM

    Thanks Marilyn, hope you have a blessed day too! emoticon

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PMCFARM 8/10/2009 12:48PM

  Martha Ann I love your blogs...they always make me feel happy! Have a blessed it rainy or snowy or sunshiny!! emoticon

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Walking the walk...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Well, it's a couple of weeks since I got back to walking and I'm up to my 10,000 steps a day.
Five miles...Mmmm sounds better that way!
I suppose I do more really as that's just my daily walk, it doesn't count all the housework, shopping, gardening etc.

I treated myself yesterday to some proper walking/hiking sandals. Got a really good bargain by shopping around and finding them on 'sale' at one of the shops....funny that, I did the same when I got my new walking/hiking boots! One good thing to come out of the recession!!

Today my DH and I went walking and bird watching so I probably did more miles than usual. It's great combing the two things I love to do. It doesn't feel like exercise!
We take a pack-up for lunch...made by my own fair I know it will be healthy and I also drink lots of water too.
We were hoping to see buzzards so I knew we'd be sat high up on a grassy knoll looking down over a lake and a forest of pine trees when we ate was wonderful, sunny and warm and sooo quiet, we never saw a soul until on the way back when we passed another couple....and we saw buzzards, two of them soaring majestically on the air currents. We could hear them mewing to each other too.

The heather was blooming as we walked back through the soughing pines listening to bird song and were lucky enough to spot a redpoll. We also found some fly agaric, the quintessential fairytale red toadstool which is very pretty but highly poisonous.

red poll


fly agaric

my new walking/hiking sandals...note what's left of the ant bites on my right foot!

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CAROLYN0107 8/14/2009 2:08PM

    10,000 steps a day is terrific!

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/10/2009 11:16PM

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MARTHA-ANN 8/10/2009 2:35AM

    Thanks everyone, it was a great walk and the weather helped to make it nicer, even though I go walking in rain, hail or shine!
Marilyn I didn't wear my sandals for this walk as it's through forestry rides where there are adders and you need a bit of protection.
I have worn them today though and they're lovely and comfortable...well padded where needed and light as a feather!

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SCOTTIEGIRL57 8/10/2009 12:38AM

    I just love your photos. I especially like the one of the bird as I'm a bird lover myself. Also, excellent work w/your walking. That's very inspiring for me as I've been terrible about diet and exercise lately. It sounds like a wonderful outing.

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MOM2ACAT 8/9/2009 5:03PM

    Beautiful photos!

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MARILYN1260 8/9/2009 10:46AM

    Hi Martha-Ann, thanks for sharing your walk. Your pictures are wonderful. How do you like your new sandals? Hope they're very comfortable.

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on the road again....

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Well, after four weeks with almost no exercise I'm back at it....walking that is!
I love to walk and really missed it when I couldn't do it. Now I'm all better I can indulge myself again and wander the lanes with my camera.
I was doing five miles a day but have decided to build it up again after not doing any for a while.

I have a pedometer which links to my computer so I can record my steps, it doesn't need to be fixed to your waistband, you can put it in your pocket or even in a handbag, not sure how it works but it does.
The first time I used it I was wary it wouldn't record properly so I put it in my pocket and then used my other one on my waistband, when I got back home they were matched so ever since then I've never doubted it. The computer builds up a programme so you can follow your progress.

Yesterdays walk was approximately 2 miles done in two short walks, not very speedy and I was so tired when I got back I had to have a sit down!!
Today I did almost 3 miles in one walk, still not too speedy but not so sitting down today!!
I really enjoyed it, I feel invigorated. It was good to get some fresh air and feel one with nature again...I didn't realise how much I'd missed it.

the old pump in the village main street.

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HOPE2BE 7/31/2009 8:20AM

    Glad to hear you're walking again and that the pedometers work good anywhere. The picture is great and it sounds like the weather is good also. Thats great that you could increase your miles and not get tired the second day. I get tired easily. Some days are better than othes. Keep up the good work.

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CAROLYN0107 7/31/2009 7:28AM

    That's great that you're back to walking. I have a pedometer but have been too sedentary this past month. August MUST be better for me!

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AMYC128 7/29/2009 3:19PM

    Good for you for getting back out there and walking. I'm trying to find a pedometer that isn't sensitive the ones I've have got and returned meausure several steps before even getting in on the waistband. Didn't know that they had one that works with the computer. Thank you.


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TJARRARD 7/29/2009 11:48AM

    Gratz on getting out and walking again, and what a lovely picture!

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HVMBRU 7/29/2009 11:27AM

    Who wouldn't want to wander through the lanes when they are as exquisite as that!

Glad to hear you are feeling better and thanks for the info on the pedometers.

Good luck with your weight loss too. Hm, do you still need to lose? I'll have to check and see.


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