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For the knitters among you....

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I have designed and knitted a little keepsake or gift bag in memory of the child who touched so many hearts in 10 short years.

Here is the link to the free pattern:

I published it on Ravelry which is a free crafting website and well worth a look for knitting, crochet and other crafting ideas.

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2014 2:51AM

    Fantastic! Love it Una

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JOYINKY 7/29/2014 11:02PM

  It's beautiful Una!

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Uplifting triathlon story....

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Here is a moving story about an 8 year old boy who brought his disabled 6 year old brother along with him in a youth triathlon....

Here's an updated link:

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JOYINKY 7/27/2014 10:31AM

  Beautiful story; you can see the joy in BOTH their faces!

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NEW-CAZ 7/27/2014 3:31AM

    It touched my heart, beautiful story emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2014 4:23PM

    I can't access the link Una! Shame.

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Just devastated...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I had some really sad news today. I volunteer as a reading helper at my local primary school. In February I was assigned to a boy who was identified as likely to benefit from one-to-one reading help. He was the sort of well behaved child who just disappears in a class of 30 children.

Well, he flourished and his reading level advanced by 3 subgrades which his teacher told me was more than expected.

Yesterday the boy was almost squealing with excitement about a forthcoming holiday. He told me yesterday was his last day at school. That was a prophetic statement.

Today I had 2 phone messages and an email asking me to phone the school urgently. They wanted to give me the sad news before I heard it from anyone else. It turns out that the boy choked on a 50p coin and fell. The hospital was treating his head injury but did not spot that his airway was blocked until it was too late. Sadly he died.

I was completely shocked by the news. I was standing up at the time and now I understand why you should always ask someone to sit down before passing on bad news. If I hadn't been close to a chair, I would have fainted.

It was such a waste of a young life. I can't understand how medical professionals wouldn't spot that an airway was blocked. But the blame game won't help now.

Life is precious and can be snuffed out just like that. The only consolation is that this boy really did live every day to the full and was actually very happy recently. That is the message I am going to take from this tragedy. Live life, be healthy and happy.

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IMEMINE1 7/19/2014 4:07PM

    emoticon I find that so shocking and I can only imagine how you must feel. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 7/16/2014 5:12AM

    So very sad.

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JOYINKY 7/15/2014 11:08PM

  How horrible! I'm so sorry! There are not words adequate to describe the loss of a young life to all who cared about him. Family, friends, mentor. I'm sorry for your loss. emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 7/15/2014 7:42PM

    How awful. I am so sorry for your loss. It hurts my heart too.

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NEW-CAZ 7/15/2014 4:08PM

    I am so sorry Una, such a shock and such a waste of a young life.

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FISHGUT3 7/15/2014 3:46PM

    I am very sorry

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ANNEMAC5 7/15/2014 3:29PM

    What a shock for you. The school were very good to catch you before you heard the news elsewhere. Such a tragic waste of a young life and his poor parents. No words can adequately say what I felt as I read this. Even if they had noticed the airway problem earlier in the hospital I would imagine he was severely brain damaged through lack of oxygen. It is lucky we do not know what is ahead of us emoticon

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LMGMILLER 7/15/2014 3:05PM

    I am sorry for your loss. You made a difference in that boys life remember that you improved the time he was given and don't let this derail you from making a difference in other peoples lives. emoticon

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JENNY888 7/15/2014 2:14PM

    I am so sorry for the loss, but really happy you could provide the happy spark in this boy's life in his last days.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 7/15/2014 2:04PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. HUGS

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CTURCOTTE 7/15/2014 1:55PM

    That is so sad! TO young. But I agree with you. When tragedy hits one must find some HOPE in it all. Even though I dont know this boy I think that is what he would have wanted you to do. Live life to the fullest for him!

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Need a bit of advice about phones......

Sunday, June 15, 2014

emoticon Hello all you clever people...

Maybe someone can help me with a query about mobile phones.

I have a really basic mobile phone that is years old and does not connect to the Internet. I really like some of the Spark People tracking apps, so I am considering joining the 21st century and upgrading my phone. emoticon This would be a big step for me as I like my current museum piece!

I have always resisted buying a new phone as I didn't think I would do much with it apart from make phone calls. I would love to hear from anyone who uses the Spark People apps. Are they easy to use? Do they work on all the modern smartphones? Do the trackers automatically update the online trackers or are they completely unconnected?
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Have a great Sunday everyone.

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LIZZIE888 6/21/2014 3:28PM

  Do it, do it, do it. Its one of those things like so many others that looks like a terrifying leap into the unknown but is really just a step off the pavement.

Yes, it will be difficult for a week or so... you won't be able to remember how to answer a call... there are five different ways of doing the same thing... and you will wonder why on earth you ever thought this was a good idea. Then suddenly it just falls into place and you will wonder how you ever managed without it.

I've got the Spark People app and it works really well... It's a condensed version of the site, all your points and minutes and foods are tracked and synchronised with the main site, all your personal settings are there, along with your favourite activities and your listed foods, and it's with you wherever you go.

One word of warning... You can come to rely on it too much, so if you lost it life might be a bit difficult, so make sure you have back-up for your information... because we don't have phone books with people's numbers in any more! And have more than one charger, so you don't run out of battery...

But do it... take the leap!
Let me know how you get on.

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IMEMINE1 6/18/2014 8:52PM

    I have a phone that I am trying to learn how to use. I'm afraid you have to ask the young ones. My grand daughter knows more about them and she's 8. LOL

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ANNEMAC5 6/15/2014 11:07AM

    Sorry not much help I still have the old fashion pay as you go Nokia basic phone and text. I use my ipad a lot family keep wanting me to improve my phone I am reluctant to get tied into monthly contracts and I think I spent too much time on the internet as it is

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JOYINKY 6/15/2014 9:07AM

  You are ahead of me just to be thinking about it! Good Luck! :)

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NEW-CAZ 6/15/2014 3:24AM

    Mine's a basic one Una so I'm in the same boat as you.

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Use it or lose it.....

Thursday, May 22, 2014

How true that expression is!

Last week I was uber busy and had to miss going to the gym for a whole 7 days. Considering I have been to the gym 4 times per week since I rejoined in December, that was a big deal for me.

My 4 visits tend to be divided equally between cardio and weights work outs. I am back in my old routine now and what a difference that missed week has made.

I have had to slightly reduce the weights I am using on some of the machines. I am very careful about what I lift as I don't want to injure myself. I know from experience that damaged muscles take ages to heal. Some instructors tell you to push through the pain barrier. But, if I feel something is about to pop, snap or explode, I stop. It just isn't worth the risk.

On my cardio visits, I tend to use the treadmill, the elliptical machine and the exercise bike. Again, I am very careful and keep an eye on my heart rate reading. It is possible to work too hard on cardio machines and I think a lot of people were shocked when the tv presenter Andrew Marr blamed his stroke on working too fast on a rowing machine.

I still work on the cardio machines for the same number of minutes and stay within my safe heart rate range. But it is more tiring than it was before I missed a week.

I lost a pound in weight last week mainly because I was rushing around like a lunatic and barely had time to eat correctly. I didn't celebrate that weight loss as it didn't make be feel any fitter.

All this has just proved to me that staying fit and healthy has to be a continuous life-long commitment.
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CAROLMAID 6/13/2014 9:56AM

    Yes....I find that working too hard beyond the pain limit in strenghth isn't a good thing. Better to dial it down a notch. same for cardio. Sounds counter productive but I believe to much, too hard for too long equals lack of results. Feeling better is the goal, NOT destroyed! It's hard to come back from that indeed.
Very good thinking. Keep up the good work and thanks for the reminder!

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  emoticon emoticon emoticon You've got this! :)

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GIVEMEFRIES 5/22/2014 4:45AM

    You got this!

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KRISZTA11 5/22/2014 3:34AM

    Very true, thank you for the reminder!
You will be to your best strength in no time.

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ONECALMMOM 5/22/2014 3:33AM

  It's amazing how fast we loose our fitness level when we take a break. But, you'll see great results if you get back on track! emoticon

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